1. In the area of Northern Utah several equine herpes virus cases have been registered in the past several days. Specialists from the Department of Agriculture and Food say it is a slight increase compared to the situation they knew of last week.
idaho country news
The area where two horses were euthanized is located very close to Franklin County, Idaho. Horses from Eastern Idaho were in Utah before the disease occurred. Fortunately, until now veterinarians have not seen any horses that have developed the disease. If any horse has a running nose and high fever, it is tested and kept under close observation. This way, if the disease occurs in Idaho, it will be kept under control.
Horse shows and events are not restricted in Utah, but the horse owners are advised to take good care of their animals. The disease is not transmissible to people. The virus affects the reproductive, respiratory and nervous system of horses and can lead to the death of the sick animal. The virus spreads from animal to animal through the air, contaminated things, human hands or even clothing.
2. Four persons that have been involved in drug trafficking were sentenced in Pocatello, Idaho. These persons were selling methamphetamine.
3. The Intermountain Jazz Festival was held at the Blackfoot Performing Arts Center. Seven high school bands were involved in the performance, along with one middle school. The bands have performed, were evaluated and have gone to different workshops during the festival. The locals were able to attend the event freely.
4. On the 14th of March Jodie Ellis, agricultural programs manager and entomologist at the Idaho Department of Agriculture has informed the local population on the potential threat of several insects, like the Japanese beetle, the brown marmorated stink bug, the elm seed bug and the spotted wing Drosophila, which are very common insects in this geographical area. There are no charges for the persons that want to attend the event.
5. David Moore, the Police Chief in Blackfoot, plans to retire and he has already announced his intentions to the officials. His last day at work will be May 31; an interim will be appointed, of course. Moore has served for sixteen years in this position and he will probably work part time for the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association.
6. It is a well known fact that families can be strengthened trough music, and the opera tenor Paul Harms is dedicated to this idea. He is taking the role of an instructor at Music &Families, in Blackfoot, Idaho. His desire is to strengthen families through music by helping people learn how to play the guitar, the piano, the violin, the cello, the viola or the mandolin.
7. The state of Idaho has just celebrated 150 years since it became a territory. Eastern Idaho has organized a banquet and people that attended paid 25 UDS per ticket.
8. Since less and less young people choose legal careers, the Idaho Law Foundation has started a program through which it tries to convince them to choose a legal job. Students in grades 9 to 12 are taught about the law and about the legal system, with several attorneys being involved in the project.
9. On the 22nd of March five of the most important leaders in agriculture were included on the 41st Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame. The event was organized during a dinner held at O’Callahan’s in the Idaho Falls Shilo Inn Convention Center.
Idaho is one of the eight American Rocky Mountain States: Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. If you have the chance to go up Heaven’s Gate Lookout, in the Seven Devil’s Peaks, you will be able to see, on a clear day, four American States, which are the neighbors of Idaho.
People use to refer to Idaho as the Gem State, and this is true due to the precious rocks that are extracted there. In fact, one of the biggest diamonds that have ever found on the American territory was extracted near McCall, Idaho. That particular diamond had no less than 20 carats.
The state produces 72 types of precious and semi precious stones, some of them being extremely rare, which cannot be found anywhere else in this world. Many of the people that used to populate Idaho in the past were called Fortune Seekers, as many of them came there looking for gold and silver. And the truth is that some of them really found what they were seeking.
Idaho is the state that contains several ghost cities, and among them there are Silver City, Yankee Fork, Gold Dredge and Sierra Silver Mine. In the Southern area of the state tourists come and admire old wagons that were used in the 1800′s by pioneers which populated the area.
The vegetable that is directly linked to the state is the potato, and back in 2002 it was even declared to be the official vegetable. Due to the rich volcanic soil, the abundant waters coming from the melting snow of the mountains, the powerful sun and the cooler night, potatoes grow fast in the region and they have become well known worldwide.
As Americans love potatoes, the production is rapidly spread all over the States. The biggest potato chip is to be found in Blackfoot Idaho, where tourists have the chance to visit the Potato Museum. The chip looks like a Pringle and it is 25 inches by 14 inches.
The capital of Idaho is Boise, the largest city in the entire state. But the state boasts with several other important cities, some of them having very interesting names: Lava Hot Sprongs, Elk City, Horseshoe Bend, Soda Springs, to give just you just a few examples.
In Sca Spring tourists come to see the biggest man made geyser. Another interesting city is American Falls, a town that was completely moved back in 1920. The town of Rigby is considered to be the home of television, its very birth place. Near the town of Arco the first prototype of a nuclear submarine was built; it was been tested in the Snake River Plain, near Arco.
Located in the North central Idaho, Grangeville is the gateway to five wilderness regions and four forests having a surface of 5 and 1/2 million acres. In fact, Idaho comes right after Alaska, when it comes to wilderness regions. The deepest gorge in the US is located in this state, its depth being bigger than the Grand Canyon itself, close to 7900 feet. A large population of hawks, falcons and eagles can be located at Birds of Prey Wildlife Area.
Idaho, especially the Hangerman Valley, which is close to Twin Falls, is the place in Idaho that provides close to 90 percent of the trout sold all over the US. The heaviest sturgeon was also fished in Snake River, during the late 1800′s.
Idaho is also one of the preferred skiing destinations during the winter season, but few people really know that Sun Valley in Idaho was indeed the first ski destination in the entire U.S.A. It is there that the very first alpine skiing chairlift was built.