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Lava Hot Springs KOA gets upgraded cabins

Oct 2nd, 2015 | By

   The bedroom in a new KOA Campground cabin in Lava Hot Springs.

LAVA HOT SPRINGS — An open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow people to view and tour the nine new cabins now in place at the KOA Campground at the east end of Lava Hot Springs

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
Rebecca Satter’s Buckskin Outpost, a bed and breakfast in the Buckskin area. Photos are of various features of the bed and breakfast.

By Vanessa Grieve   Fall is a great time to enjoy the changing scenery and explore the region when the summer crowds have concluded their recess.   Fall weather is generally not too hot and not too cold. The scenery is beautiful and people often take scenic drives along the Oregon Trail Scenic Byway
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Documentary set on Tour of Idaho dirt bike course

Sep 18th, 2015 | By

   Will Lyons, Martin Hackworth and Jimmy Lewis stand at Sundance Mountain, the end of the Tour of Idaho.

By Cydney McFarland The Tour of Idaho, an approximately 1,400-mile dirt bike challenge through the state, will be the subject of a documentary starring professional motorcyclist Jimmy Lewis. Lewis teamed up with Will Lyons, who has worked as a cameraman and producer on popular reality TV shows like The Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” and
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Farmer’s corn wins People’s Choice award

Sep 11th, 2015 | By

   Richard Johnson, owner of Grove City Gardens Farm in Blackfoot, won the People’s Choice Food Award on Monday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, with a sample of his juicy sweet corn.

By GREG EICHELBERGER For the Journal Even though Richard Johnson, owner of Grove City Gardens Farm in Blackfoot (with his autumn mazes and catering services), has had fans of his delicious, juicy sweet corn for many years now. He has just made a whole new legion of fans with his victory in the People’s Choice
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Taste Bud Bonanza: From corndogs to alligator, everybody has a favorite fair food

Sep 8th, 2015 | By

   Bernadine Cook, right, and her sister Belinda Govatos stopped and got a fried turkey drumstick Saturday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot in honor of their recently deceased father, Jan Nel. He always stopped and got one when attending the fair.

By DEBBIE BRYCE    For the Idaho State Journal BLACKFOOT — The food court might just be the biggest attraction at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Fairgoers are immediately drawn to the aroma wafting from the food court, located just inside the main gate. With choices ranging from Dutchoven dinners to deep-fried candy bars, the
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State Fair kicks off Saturday

Sep 4th, 2015 | By

   Heidi Morris enters her cajeta, a caramel sauce made from unpasteurized goats’ milk, to Jolene Farmer at the check-in for entries for the Eastern Idaho State Fair on Wednesday.

By KENDRA EVENSEN   BLACKFOOT — About 220,000 people will head to Blackfoot in the days ahead for the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which will officially kick off on Saturday and continue through Sept. 12. Manager Brandon Bird noted that the fair, considered to be the longest running annual event in the area, draws
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Event center next to Grace Lutheran gets OK, again

Aug 31st, 2015 | By
Event center next to Grace Lutheran gets OK, again

By Michael H. O’Donnell      POCATELLO — In a repeat of the action it took last month, the Pocatello Planning and Zoning Commission approved the contract rezone and conditional use permit necessary for Grace Lutheran Church to build an event center near its existing elementary school and church off Baldy Avenue on Wednesday
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Proposed rules address naming of Idaho parks for businesses

Aug 26th, 2015 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi Associated Press    BOISE — Idaho officials aren’t ruling out that new state parks could be named after private companies that give large donations or sponsorships, but a recently proposed set of rules would severely limit business’ ability to acquire naming rights.    Earlier this year, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed legislation
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Obama signs legislation creating new Idaho wilderness

Aug 11th, 2015 | By

BY KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE — President Barack Obama on Friday signed a wilderness bill protecting 275,000 acres in central Idaho.    Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act in the Oval Office with Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho and others behind him.    “This is a
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Wellness Complex nears opening

Aug 3rd, 2015 | By
The Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre is going up quickly at the Portneuf Wellness Complex in Pocatello.

BY MICHAELH. O’DONNELL      POCATELLO — As he walks around the nearly completed Portneuf Wellness Complex north of the Bannock County Fairgrounds, Shaun Menchaca is all smiles. A vision for the future is coming alive.    “There’s so much synergy,” Menchaca said.    Menchaca is the president and chief executive officer of the
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