Ward Hicks, a professor in the communication department at BYU-Idaho, has been keeping bees since he was a teenager.

Hicks said beekeeping has been in his family for generations and he got started as a teenager because his grandmother kept bees.

"She introduced me to the craft," Hicks said. "Her grandparents actually hauled bees in covered wagons into Southern Utah. They were in the Hole-in-the-Rock Expedition, and I can't believe how they did it, but they did."

He said his grandmother taught him everything she knew about it, and he's enjoyed it ever since.

"I just love it," Hicks said. "It's a fascinating hobby. It challenges your mind and your body. There's so many aspects of it."

Hicks said he takes his hives to class every once in a while to teach that writers need interesting subjects to write about.

"I have them interview me and I answer their questions and they try to create a little feature story," Hicks said.

He said he keeps 18 colonies about a mile from his home on the Snake River.

"It's a great hobby, a great little thing to be involved with," Hicks said.

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