Emergency Alert Testing Scheduled for Today

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Bonneville County Emergency Management will be conducting a test of the emergency alert system sirens throughout Idaho Falls and Ammon today, Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. Each siren will sound for no longer than 30 seconds.

This is ONLY a test. There is no need to call emergency services with this activation. In the event the emergency alert sirens are used in a real event, you should tune in to your local news source for information and instructions regarding the disaster and/or emergency that may be occurring.

The sirens are an outdoor warning system intended to prompt those who may not be near a radio, television or other news source during a real emergency to seek out the reason(s) for the siren activation.

For additional information contact Tom Lenderink, Director, Office of Emergency Management, Bonneville County Emergency Management at (208) 529-1223 or tlenderink@co.bonneville.id.us.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

About Bonneville County Emergency Management: Manmade or natural, emergencies or disasters can strike at any time. The Office of Emergency Management provides leadership, planning, education and resources to protect lives, property, and the environment in the event an emergency or disaster was to strike Bonneville County. Emergency Management works with County departments, local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector in and around Bonneville County to develop disaster preparedness plans, and provide training and exercise activities. http://www.co.bonneville.id.us/index.php/emergency-management

Thanksgiving Safety from the Idaho Falls Fire Department

Idaho Falls, ID: The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Cooking safety is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there’s a lot of activity and people at home.

The kitchen is not the only concern for the Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD). While the idea of fried turkey may seem appealing, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) advises against it, stating “…the injuries and accidents that can occur by using a fryer far, far outweigh any of the benefits.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2003-2013, there have been more than 125 turkey fryer-related burns, explosions, smoke inhalations or laceration incidents reported. This is due to the substantial quantity of cooking oil used at high temperatures. Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process. All it takes is the fryer getting jarred or tipped over.

Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, at which time both rain and snow are common in our area. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, either of which can lead to burns.

“If you are planning to cook with a turkey fryer remember to only use a thawed turkey and keep the fryer at a safe distance away from your garage and house,” states Chief Dave Hanneman, IFFD.

IFFD would like to offer the following cooking safety tips:

  • If you plan on having a fried turkey at your holiday table, consider seeking out a professional establishment to get your fried turkey from – grocery store, specialty food retailers and restaurants.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children at least 3 feet away from the cooking areas.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Test to make sure your smoke alarms are working.

Enjoy your holiday, everyone, and thank you for making fire safety a priority as you celebrate this season!

For tips on how to keep kids safe in the kitchen see the Fire Prevention tab on the left-hand side of our website at http://bit.ly/IdahoFallsFireDept.

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About Idaho Falls Fire Department: The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls. The Idaho Falls Fire Department Fire Services division serves population of approximately 85,000 residents occupying approximately 250 square miles. The area includes the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. The Idaho Falls Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division serves a population of approximately 118,000 residents occupying approximately 1900 square miles. The area includes Bonneville County and portions of Bingham and Jefferson counties.

Connecting Our Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Draft Plan Available for Public Review and Comment

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The draft Connecting Our Community (COC) Plan for the Idaho Falls area is now available for the public to review. The plan can be downloaded online or reviewed by going to www.connectidahofalls.com or by visiting the Parks & Recreation office located at 520 Memorial Drive.

The purpose of the COC plan is to make improvements in the pedestrian and bicycle trails and paths in the Idaho Falls area.

Building on public input received via a mail-in survey and open house workshops over the past year, the planning efforts focused on making key strategic improvements to the city’s on- and off-street trail and greenbelt network.

In October 2013, residents in the Idaho Falls area received a two-page, 21 question survey inside their utility bills (Idaho Falls) or in the community newsletters (Ammon, Iona and Ucon). There were 1,115 surveys completed. Survey respondents overwhelmingly identified three plan priorities including increased connections to the greenbelt, the creation of safe routes to schools and new and improved trails overall and along canals.

“More than 1,500 residents contributed to this planning effort, and we look forward to sharing the vision the community has for an expanded trail network with Bonneville County elected officials,” states Parks & Recreation Director, Greg A. Weitzel. “We will be requesting approval of the long-term plan by resolution after the final public review and process periods are complete,” adds Weitzel.

By downloading the COC plan, residents can find out more about the plans to connect communities in the Idaho Falls area through greenbelt, bikeway, and pedestrian facility improvements. Comments and suggestions can be made by clicking on the “How to Contribute” tab at the top of the www.connectidahofalls.com webpage or by calling the Parks & Recreation division at (208) 612-8480.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Seasonal Snow Removal Restrictions

Yearly Winter Snow Removal Ordinance in Effect

Idaho Falls, Idaho: In advance of forecasted snowfall this coming weekend, the city of Idaho Falls would like to remind residents that yearly snow removal rules are currently in effect. The rules will stay in place until March 15, 2015 and will govern the city’s rules and restrictions regarding excess snow removal from city streets.

Maps, instructions and the city ordinance regarding snow removal and parking restrictions can be found in the informational sheet provided in the utility bills this month or by visiting the home page of the city’s website at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

Individual questions regarding snow removal can also be posted on the city’s website by clicking on the Citizen Request tab located at the top right-hand corner or by calling the street department at (208) 612-8490.

Let’s all do our part to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season by practicing safe winter weather driving.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Open House – Sign Ordinance Changes

The City of Idaho Falls Planning Department is updating portions of the sign ordinance and is seeking citizen and other stakeholder input. A Sign Ordinance Change Open House will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. in the south lobby of the Idaho Falls Public Library.

The specific sections of the code that they are seeking input on include L.E.D. signs, downtown signs and signs located at shopping centers.

Display boards will be available at the open house. Staff will also be available to answer questions and explain the changes.

For those who are not able to attend the open house but would like to provide comment, an online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/idahofallssignmeup. The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 1.

November Classes at Idaho Falls Zoo

Need something fun for your kids to do as the weather gets colder or during the Thanksgiving break? Why not send them to the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park where they can whoop it up in these soundsational mini-camps! Pre-registration for zoo classes is required. Class space is limited, so sign up NOW!

Animal Dads Class:
Nov. 14, 10-10:50 a.m. Ages: 2-5. $15. Register by Nov. 10.
Hurry in! You still have time to sign your toddlers up for our Animal Dads class. Think your dad is great? Discover different types of animal dads and the things they do for their young.

Squeak, Hoot & Howl Class:
Nov. 24-25, 1-4 p.m. Ages: 5-7. $35 for TPZS members/$42.50 non-members. Register by Nov. 21.
Birds tweet, pigs snort, snakes hiss, but what animal drums? This class will teach children what noises animals make and the reasons why. Join the roarchestra and come see what the chatter is all about!

Animal Chit-Chat Class:
Nov. 24-26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages: 8-11. $57.50 TPZS members/$70 non-members. Register by Nov. 21.
How do you say “hello” without words? Some animals roar, some whistle and some bark, but what does all that noise mean? In this mini-camp, children will explore the many ways animals talk and communicate with one another, including sounds, facial expressions, smells and more!

For more information on our education programs or to register for classes, visit our website www.idahofallszoo.org and click on Education Programs or contact the Zoo Education Department at (208) 612-8453 or zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org.

2nd Annual Idaho Falls Blue Goose Cyclocross

Idaho Falls, ID:Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation would like to invite the community to participate in the 2nd annual Idaho Falls Blue Goose Cyclocross on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Freeman Park.

Cyclocross is a bicycle race usually held over a cross-country course, featuring hills, turns and sometimes muddy terrain that occasionally requires a rider to carry the bicycle over and around other obstacles.

“The Blue Goose Cyclocross is a great way to improve your biking skills, meet other cyclists and exercise in a great local park like Freeman. Last year we had over 75 riders participate. We hope to double that number this year,” states PJ Holm, recreation superintendent.

Saturday’s race will start and finish in Freeman Park and consists of both youth and adult races. The funds raised will be donated to projects and programs that support the City of Idaho Falls Connecting Our Community plan, www.connectidahofalls.com. 

Who:  Adults of all abilities and children ages 9 and up.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 8. Kids (13 and under) race at 12 noon, beginners at 12:45 p.m., and experienced racers at 1:40 p.m.

Why: Fundraiser for Connecting Our Community, a plan for connecting the Idaho Falls area through walking and biking.

Cost: Kids (13 and under): $10 with shirt or free without shirt.  Beginners & experienced: $20 (includes t-shirt). Awards presented for all levels.

Contact:  For race information, contact Tyson at (208) 522-3341 or Gary at (801) 574-5916.

Registration:  Register at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 520 Memorial Drive or online at www.ifrec.org. Helmets required.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/