Thursday, January 31, 2013

MacKenzie River Pizza to open in Snake River Landing

MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub is planning to open a new restaurant later this year in Snake River Landing, on Milligan Road just south of Buffalo Wild Wings.

The restaurant will be roughly 5,500 square feet and will be located in a new retail building. It is expected to employ 60 people.

Based in Montana, MacKenzie River Pizza has 16 locations in five states. The Idaho Falls location will be its second in Idaho (the Coeur D’Alene restaurant opened in 2009.)

The Idaho Falls location will be owned by franchisee Mark Thompson and operated by Colin Higgins. Under their holding company, Granite Mountain Restaurants LLC, the two own and operate one other MacKenzie River Pizza, in Butte, Mont.

The chain is known for more than 70 different lunch and dinner menu items, including a huge variety of pizzas.

"Snake River Landing is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub. We look forward to their opening later this year,” said Eric Isom, chief development officer of Snake River Landing.

You can learn more about MacKenzie River, Pizza Grill & Pub by visiting their Web site, http://www.mackenzieriverpizza.com/

Two scientists named INL Fellows

A.J. "Gus" Caffrey (left) and Richard N. Wright
Two scientists with six decades of combined research and development experience have been selected as Idaho National Laboratory Fellows.

A.J. "Gus" Caffrey and Richard N. Wright have earned the distinction held by only nine others in the 62-year history of the lab. Selection as a fellow is the lab's top scientific achievement designation.
"Laboratory Fellows are the scientific leaders of the laboratory who have achieved a national and international reputation as authorities in their area of expertise," wrote Caffrey's manager, David Ceci, in his nomination letter.

Caffrey, a physicist, earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in gamma ray and neutron spectroscopy. In his 32 years at INL he led the development of several transformative technologies, including Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy, which nondestructively detects the contents of munitions that may contain chemical warfare agents. It earned an R&D 100 Award 20 years ago and is used around the world today. He is also advancing an invention that can passively verify the contents of nuclear fuel casks.

Wright earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University. During his 27-year tenure at INL, he has led several research efforts in the lab's Materials Science Department. He currently leads a team characterizing potential metals for applications in very high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant High Temperature Metals Research and Development Program.

Caffrey has consulted for the International Atomic Energy Agency, served on two national Energy Department panels, and is an original member of the U.S. Army's Munitions Assessment Review Board, which cannot lawfully meet unless an INL PINS scientist is present.

Wright has contributed and influenced the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy University Program, its Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program and the Metals Working Group for the Generation IV International Forum on Very High Temperature Reactors, for which he chairs the management board. He has published 62 journal articles, 50 conference proceedings and nonreviewed articles, and holds seven patents.

A candidate for Laboratory Fellow is recommended by the employee’s manager to the Fellows Promotion Committee, which reviews promotion packages. Selection as an INL Laboratory Fellow equates to being named to an endowed chair at a major university, an elite member of a professional society or a member of a national academy.

The other nine INL Fellows are William Apel, James Delmore, J. Stephen Herring, Paul Meakin, Giuseppe Palmiotti, David Petti, Joy Rempe, Herschel Smartt and Terry Todd.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Idaho Falls P&Z board OKs specialty grocery store on 17th Street

Here's what a typical Natural Grocers store looks like. 

The Idaho Falls Planning and Zoning Commission has approved plans for a specialty grocery store on land south of 17th Street where Andrew Well Drilling used to be.

The developer, Leadership Circle, LLC, of Montrose, Colo., is seeking eventually to build a 15,000-square-foot grocery, a restaurant and a retail store on 4.42 acres, but the only definite plans at the moment are for the grocery. During the application process Leadership Circle has been reluctant to release its client's name, but research reveals the company has represented the 56-year-old Natural Grocers chain as it has expanded into Idaho and Montana in the past year.

Natural Grocers has stores in 12 states. In 2011 it opened stores in Boise and Missoula, and most recently it opened a store in Helena in December. "We really cater to specialty diets, gluten-free, non GMO (genetically modified organisms)," spokeswoman Nancy Flynn told the Journal World in Lawrence, Kan., where it opened a store in 2010. "We feel like we're the label-readers in the market."

Here is a link to its Web site: http://www.naturalgrocers.com/.

The City Council will hear the matter at its Feb. 28 meeting. If it gives its approval, a plat will be submitted and work can start, said Brad Cramer, assistant city planner.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Idaho Falls declares snow alert; parking restrictions enacted

It's official: We have a winter.

The city of Idaho Falls declared a snow alert today, putting snow removal restrictions for Zones A and B in effect.

Here's the map (click to enlarge):


ZONE A -- Snow removal in Zone A on east-west streets will begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. Snow removal in Zone A on north-south streets will begin Wednesday at 8 a.m. On streets running north to south, parking restrictions will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On east-west streets, parking restrictions will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
ZONE B -- Snow removal in Zone B began today. Parking restrictions will be in effect on all streets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Vehicles should be moved off the public streets as quickly as possible.

Other parking restrictions already in effect include:
NORTH-SOUTH STREETS – Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
EAST-WEST STREETS – Parking restrictions will be in effect between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
MAJOR STREETS – Parking restrictions are in effect (see map).
All city residents and businesses are encouraged to move vehicles off the streets as quickly as possible. Under the ordinance, any vehicles left on the streets in violation of the ordinance may be towed immediately and stored at the owner’s expense.

Downtown boutique features recycled jewelry, artwork, decor

Downtown Idaho Falls has a new store, Re'Eclectique, at 260 A Street, a boutique featuring items made from recycled materials. Owners Sherri Biorn and Monique Purcell make everything sold in the store, including artwork, furniture, jewelry and home decor. Their philosophy is to rescue and reinvent things from the disposable world.

From now through the end of February, they are having a weekly Facebook contest. Find their page on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/pages/ReEclectique/225391854249595, like them and follow their giveways running up to a final big freebie on Feb. 28.

Hours for the store are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (208) 881-5149.