It’s that time of year in Aberdeen when the pungent aroma of deep-fried french fries wafts through the hallways of the Marshall building on the campus of the University of Idaho’s Aberdeen Research & Extension Center.

SHELLEY – Quilt shows are filled with color, new patterns, and teachers who are will to share their quilting tips. Hundreds of people took in the two days of quilt classes at the 21st Annual Quilt Spectacular Open House at the North Bingham County District Library in Shelley Tuesday and Wednesday.

Henry Jemmett had a variety of interests; fishing, hunting, baseball, and music among them, but the interest that seemed to best define Henry and drive his awareness of the natural world was beaver trapping.

A field northeast of Aberdeen is in the final stages of transforming into Idaho’s most technologically advanced crop service facility, thanks to a multi-million-dollar agribusiness investment by J.R. Simplot Company.

BLACKFOOT — After lengthy debate in the Idaho House Monday, members voted 49-20 to advance the Idaho Patient Act (House Bill 515) to the state Senate.

FIRTH – The Firth School Board has announced four finalists for the superintendent’s position that will be open at the end of June with the retirement of Sid Tubbs.

BLACKFOOT – Eleven defendants appeared Monday in Bingham County 7th District Court to enter pleas to or be sentenced on felony charges, and nine for other issues such as hearings and disposition on probation violations or to check in with 7th District Judge Darren Simpson to report on how th…

BLACKFOOT — A couple of local leaders voiced their disappointment over the passage of House Bill 409 in the state legislature Tuesday.

BLACKFOOT – Kilby Dee Williams, the 35-year-old Shelley man charged with seven counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16, pleaded innocent to the charges in Bingham County 7th District Court Monday, and lost his bid to go free on his own recognizance or have his bail lowered.

BLACKFOOT – Supporters of the Bingham County Search and Rescue came out in droves Saturday to show their support at the annual dinner and auction that goes a long ways toward funding the all-volunteer organization which assists a number of law enforcement agencies with their expertise and eq…

More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year and account for nearly half of all cancers in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). And the rate of skin cancer is even higher in Idaho with so many year-round outdoor activities, the higher elevation whic…

FORT HALL – An upsurge in the incidence of kidney failure among tribal members on the Fort Hall Reservation suffering from type 2 diabetes prompted the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes over 20 years ago to embrace an expanded treatment approach for the disease through the Indian Health Service, and a…

BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot School District Superintendent Brian Kress has been keeping a close eye on the recent moves toward a four-day school week made by the Shelley School District.

SHELLEY – The 21st annual Quilt Spectacular Open House takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Wednesday at the North Bingham County District Library, 197 West Locust St., in Shelley.

NAMPA — It was a magical run to the 3A state final for record-setting junior Josee Steadman and the Snake River girls’ basketball team.

SHELLEY – Shelley School District trustees approved a four-day school week in a unanimous 5-0 decision Thursday night. The four-day week will begin in the 2020-21 school year.

BLACKFOOT — The children of the Scott family on Walker St. got a nice surprise Friday with a makeover reveal as part of a project at Ridge Crest Elementary School that’s become a tradition.

ABERDEEN — A high-yielding russet potato that was bred locally and should be officially released soon has shown promise as a short-season variety for processing that’s suited for storing at cold temperatures.

BLACKFOOT – The musical “Madagascar Jr.” comes to life at 7:30 p.m. starting today at the Nuart Theater, 195 N. Broadway St., in Blackfoot. There are six performances — today, Saturday, Monday, and Feb. 28, 29, and March 2, presented by the Blackfoot Community Players.

BLACKFOOT – Among 11 defendants scheduled to appear before Judge James Barrett for preliminary hearing in Bingham County Magistrate Court Thursday, only two opted to have their hearings, and both were bound over to answer in District Court.

BLACKFOOT — A review of progress made with an eye toward continued improvement was part of the state of the district address presented to the Blackfoot school board by Superintendent Brian Kress Wednesday night.

BLACKFOOT – Seventeen defendants were scheduled to appear Monday before 7th District Judge Darren Simpson on felony charges, but only three were there for sentencing. The others appeared for a variety of reasons, including pretrial conferences, status conferences and probation review, with t…

BLACKFOOT — The Rexburg-based group Citizens For Decency will be conducting its “Unite To Fight” pornography conference Saturday at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center.

Take a nice long, deep breath. Are you able to? Did you feel tightness in your chest, or have a sudden urge to cough? It is estimated that 25 million Americans — including 7 million children — have asthma. For those living with asthma, taking a deep breath can be tough.

BLACKFOOT – If you have ever wondered if there was something that you could do to help your community and lend a hand to those in need, this is the time that you can step up and be a part of a local organization that makes a difference.

FIRTH – Stewart Portela was sworn into office during the Firth City Council meeting on Wednesday. He was reelected to a council position last November.

BLACKFOOT – Thirteen defendants appeared Thursday before Magistrate Judge James Barrett on felony charges, 12 for preliminary hearing and one for arraignment.

BLACKFOOT -- Paul Wolfley's transition from a car wash to a laundromat at 1801 E. Airport Road is pretty much now complete.

BLACKFOOT — T.J. Boyer is working hard to build autism awareness in Bingham County because of the experiences she and her husband David have gone through in raising their own autistic child.

SHELLEY – About 80 people attended a public hearing Thursday night about a possible four-day school week in Shelley that is being considered by the Shelley school board members.

BLACKFOOT – A California man accused of multiple felony crimes in connection with an attack on a Shelley couple in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day withdrew the waiver of his preliminary hearing in Bingham County Magistrate Court Thursday and it was rescheduled for Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m.

SHELLEY – Shelley’s Public Works Director Justin Johnson presented a possible amendment to the city’s snow removal ordinance during a city council meeting Tuesday night.

BLACKFOOT – In a two-hour meeting Wednesday night, the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Committee met their new administrator, Tiffany Olsen.

Some time ago, Maude Owens, a longtime friend, told me the following story regarding talk show host Larry King’s 328-page book entitled, “Love Stories of WWII.”

BLACKFOOT – An Atomic City couple faced an administrative hearing before Bingham County Clerk Pamela Eckhardt Thursday after Atomic City Mayor Christian Polatis filed a challenge to the address listed on their voter registration card.

As mentioned in last week’s column, greater sage-grouse are in trouble. In the early 1990s, Idaho hunters enjoyed a 30-day season with a bag limit of 3 grouse per day. In 1992 the estimated harvest was 29,900 sage-grouse. Just 10 years later the estimated harvest was 7,576, the season was re…

BLACKFOOT — The 11th annual Bingham’s Got Talent show, organized by the Relay for Life team from Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Blackfoot called Angels Among Us, is coming up. Shirley Brumfield is the team captain.

BLACKFOOT — It’s been reported that the number of people being fed at the Community Dinner Table (CDT) on Tuesday nights at Jason Lee Memorial United Methodist Church at 168 S University Ave. is dropping.

BLACKFOOT — Bingham County Commission Chairman Whitney Manwaring presented a state of the county address Wednesday afternoon during the monthly luncheon of the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce.

BLACKFOOT — The birth of a child is supposed to be one of life’s happiest moments for parents, but sometimes complications can occur and a baby may pass away. To provide the emotional support to parents in this situation, the Little Joys Remembrance Foundation donated a CuddleCot to the team…

SHELLEY – Shelley school board members are exploring the possibility of a four-day school week for the school district, and public input about the four-day week can be given Thursday at the Shelley High School Little Theater, 570 W. Fir in Shelley. The meeting opens to the public at 6:30 p.m.

ABERDEEN — Linda Balls stepped away from her full-time position as Aberdeen’s city clerk/treasurer Jan. 31, but she’s still keeping a bit of a hand in it to make the transition go smoothly.

Over 45 million Americans suffer from joint pain and are limited when it comes to physical activity. According to U.S. News this number is on the rise, with about 67 million projected to suffer from moderate to severe joint pain by 2030.

You’ve heard the ads: “all-natural remedy!” or “miracle cure!” But when it comes to your heart health, do supplements live up to the hype?

Jeff Stark’s retirement plans would just have to wait. With only two and a half weeks to his retirement, Stark was busy completing all the necessary paper work for the release of the Galena Russet potato.

BLACKFOOT — Ralyn D. Piper, 21, was arrested Saturday afternoon after police said she forced her way into a residence on N. Stout Street in Blackfoot and battered a 93-year-old female victim, according to a Blackfoot Police Department press release.

BLACKFOOT – The Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission will tackle some unfinished business at the start of its Wednesday night meeting as well as meet the county’s new zoning administrator, Thomas resident Tiffany Olsen.

BLACKFOOT — Glanbia Nutritionals and the Blackfoot Walmart store are receiving recognition for February Spotlight of the Month by the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce.