Last Call for Citizen Review Committee Applications

Idaho Falls, ID:  City of Idaho Falls residents have until next Monday, Jan. 5 to submit applications for the next round of Citizen Review Committees.

Mayor Casper began working on establishing Citizen Review Committees to provide a top-to-bottom review of city divisions just prior to taking office in December 2013. The first round of reviews concluded last October.

The four city divisions that will be reviewed in 2015 include Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Power and Public Works.

A link to the CRC applications can be found on the home page of city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or at the City Clerk’s office located inside City Hall, 308 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

For additional information, contact Kerry McCullough, public information officer at (208) 612-8122.

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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/

City of Idaho Falls Snow Removal Proclamation

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The City of Idaho Falls is declaring a snow alert effective today, Dec. 29. Snow removal restrictions for Zones A and B are in effect. (A snow removal map and additional information can be found on the home page of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.)

ZONE A

    • North-south streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning on Dec. 29.
    • East-west streets: Parking restrictions will be in effect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday beginning on Dec. 30.

ZONE B

  • Parking restrictions will be in effect on all streets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning on Dec. 29.Vehicles should be moved off the public streets as quickly as possible.

Other parking restrictions already in effect include:

DOWNTOWN

  •  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 already in effect.

All city residents and businesses are encouraged to move vehicles off the streets as quickly as possible. Under City Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 5 any vehicle left on the streets in violation of the ordinance may be towed immediately and stored at the owner’s expense. (See city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov to review Title 9, Chapter 5 code.)

“We would like to remind residents that it is against city ordinance to shovel snow from sidewalks and driveways into city streets. We would appreciate the public’s help by shoveling the snow onto yards instead,” states Street Superintendent, Paul Hathaway.

For additional information or to report an area that was missed by city snow plows, contact the Street Department at (208) 612-8490.

For additional information regarding enforcement of the snow removal parking restrictions, please contact Sergeant Dave Frei at the Idaho Falls Police Department at (208) 612-8620.

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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/ 

Caught on Camera – Christmas Eve Copper Thief

Idaho Falls, ID:  The investment in new camera equipment paid off when an Idaho Falls man was arrested for grand theft and cited for vandalism.

Terry L. Waid, a 49-year-old male, was arrested after he was caught stealing $1,100 worth of copper wire from the Idaho Falls Power complex at 140 S. Capital around 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve. He also caused $200 in damage to a fence to gain entry into the complex.

Waid was caught the day after the new high-tech camera equipment was installed at Idaho Falls Power’s main facility. “Copper theft is a serious problem in the electric industry. Not only does it cost our customers money and put our system reliability in jeopardy, but it can result in death if energized equipment is the target,” states Jackie Flowers, general manager at Idaho Falls Power.

The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity or unmarked vehicles at electric facilities.

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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/

Let There Be Light! Tautphaus Skate Park Receives New Lighting

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  The skateboard community in Idaho Falls will be skating a bit later now that the Tautphaus Skate Park has been upgraded with new LED lighting.

The Division of Parks and Recreation has a goal of offering high-quality, family-friendly programming for individuals of all ages in the Idaho Falls community.  This goal does not only extend to programs and activities, but to facilities as well.

In 2014, while planning the city’s first skateboard competition, the Recreation Department discovered that the skateboard community really wanted to see lights erected at the skate park to improve safety and allow users to skate later in the evenings.  In response, Bradley Engineering was hired to design an efficient, low maintenance lighting system. Four new LED street lights were provided by Idaho Falls Power and installed by Rocky Mountain Electric.

Donations from the community for skate park additions and upgrades funded the $17,411 project. “We would like to express our gratitude to all those who helped bring this project to fruition. We extend a very special thank you to Bradley Engineering for donating $1,936 in labor costs for a project that they wholeheartedly support,” stated Recreation Superintended, PJ Holm.

The lights are user-activated. To turn the lights on, the user will press a glowing button on one of the light poles.  The lights will stay on for two hours and then shut off.  An alarm will start buzzing five minutes before the lights turn off, allowing a skater to hit the button again to provide another two hours of light. The lights will shut off each night at 11p.m.

“There were many occasions when I drove through Tautphaus Park at night and noticed skateboarders using nothing but car headlights to illuminate their way. These new lights will give the skateboard community a safer environment while they recreate,” adds Holm.

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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/

Laser Light Skate Night Returns to Ice Arena

Idaho Falls, ID:  Last year’s Laser Light Skate Night was such a success that the City of Idaho Falls Division of Parks and Recreation had to bring it back again this year. The event will be offered on Friday, Dec. 26 at the Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena in Tautphaus Park.

“Our public skate sessions have been packed this year, and this event adds an entirely different element to skating,” states PJ Holm, recreation superintendent. “The overhead lights will be turned off and the lasers, strobes, colored lights and fog machines will be set up to transform the facility into something completely different than the typical ice rink. Participants will think they’re at a disco in the 70’s,” adds Holm.

This exciting event will run from 7-11 p.m., and all ages are welcome! The cost to step back in disco time is $5 per person. Skate rentals available for $3.25 per person.

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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/.

Christmas Tree Disposal Sites

Idaho Falls, ID:  Once again, the city’s Sanitation Department will assist residents with post-holiday cleanup efforts by offering Christmas tree disposal services.

Due to the procedure for handling garbage at the Bonneville County Transfer Station, discarded Christmas trees cannot be placed in with regular garbage.

Eighteen collection sites throughout the city have been designated for Christmas tree disposal. Residents have until Jan. 30 to dispose of trees in the designated locations. These sites are for resident use only and not to be used by tree lots for disposal of trees not sold.

All ornaments and lights should be removed prior to discarding the trees as the trees will be chipped and turned into mulch.  The mulch will be made available to residents next spring.

Tree Disposal Locations:

  1. Washburn & Michael (Reinhart Park)
  2. Grandview & Foote Drive
  3. Coachman & Broadway (behind car wash)
  4. Pancheri (west of Eagle Rock School)
  5. Fremont Avenue (by recycling bin north of Science Center)
  6. Mound & W. Elva Street (Melaleuca Field parking lot)
  7. N. Water & Chestnut (NE corner)
  8. W. 13th & Placer
  9. 10th & Emerson
  10. 17th & Emerson
  11. S. Boulevard & Rogers Street
  12. Bennett & Waid
  13. Cleveland & Fanning (SW corner)
  14. Sunnyside Park (by Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center – SE corner)
  15. South of 1st Street (west side of Meppen)
  16. Sykes & Davidson
  17. Ashment & 12th Street
  18. Russet & Lincoln

A link to the list of disposal locations is on the home page of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov. For additional information about Christmas tree disposal or mulching, contact the Sanitation Department at (208) 612-8491.

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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/

Christmas Tree Safety

Idaho Falls, ID: As we approach the final days of the 2014 holiday season, the Idaho Falls Fire Department would like to remind citizens to properly maintain cut Christmas trees.

It is important to water the trees frequently to retain high moisture content in the needles of the trees and to limit accidental ignition and prevent rapid flame spread. Dry needles can readily ignite with a flaming source and generate heat release rates that are capable of causing flashover – an almost simultaneous ignition of exposed combustible material.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 210 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees. Based on data from 2002 through 2005, these fires caused an average of 24 civilian deaths, 27 civilian injuries, and $13.3 million in direct property damage per year.

According to NFPA, the number of Christmas tree fires is relatively low but these fires represent a higher level of hazard.

  • On average, 1 in every 9 Christmas tree fires resulted in a fatality compared to an average of 1 death per 75 non-confined home structure fires overall.
  • 49 percent of Christmas tree fires spread beyond the room of origin.
  • Fires that spread beyond the room of origin caused 94 percent of the associated fatalities.
  • The percentage of trees involved in structure fires presents an extremely small portion of the total number of natural Christmas trees sold, which is estimated at 30 million trees in the United States each year.

“Be safe this holiday season and remember, a well-watered tree is a safe tree,” says Idaho Falls Fire Chief Dave Hanneman.

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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/

City Receives Early Christmas Gift

Idaho Falls, ID:  City Council members are all smiles tonight as the City Council approved a very generous Christmas gift from local developers.

The gift came in the form of a Gift and Park Development Agreement for 11.18 acres of undeveloped, prime, riverfront property. The donation consists of approximately $2 million in land, in-kind donations and cash from Stafford & Woody Smith, Ball Ventures and the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls.

“On behalf of the city, I would like to say thank you to Stafford & Woody Smith, Ball Ventures and the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls for their tremendous generosity. I also wish to mention the hard work and leadership shown by Director Weitzel. We are fortunate to have him at the helm of our Parks and Recreation division,” states Mayor Casper. “This project underscores the city’s commitment to encouraging public-private partnerships for the benefit of all residents – especially ones like this which will leave a positive, lasting impact on our city. This park will become yet another jewel in the city’s greenbelt system,” adds Casper.

The land will be developed into a city park and will be an extension of Ryder Park. The parcel is located at the south end of Snake River Landing, immediately north of the Sunnyside Road Bridge. The section of river next to the proposed park has unique lava rock formations and a beautiful natural waterfall, and is near other parcels of land owned by the Smith family and Ball Ventures.

The agreement states that the land will be developed for the purpose of a city park to include walkways, parking, water features, landscaping, lighting, benches, monuments and other features, and it will be known as “Heritage Park.”

“The Heritage Park theme was conceptualized with the core roots of our community in mind – a community that was developed around the scenic Snake River and that is uniquely vast in agricultural, nuclear and hydroelectric power. This park will represent and celebrate our heritage,” states Stafford Smith. Smith co-owns the land with his brother Woody Smith.

According to Eric Isom, Chief Development Officer of Ball Ventures, LLC, “The creation of Heritage Park is a great example of how individuals, companies, civic organizations and city officials can work together to accomplish amazing things for our community. Our Principal Allen Ball and CEO Cortney Liddiard had the vision of enhancing the riverfront as part of Snake River Landing since the property was purchased and the initial planning began.  Our commitment of funds reflects Mr. Ball’s desire to give back to the community that has given so much to him.  Improving this riverfront area will not only increase the quality of life for area residents, but will continue to promote further economic development in our city.  We are happy to work with the Smith family, the Rotary Club, Mayor Casper and the Idaho Falls City Council and staff to see this vision become a reality.”

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Director, Greg A. Weitzel states, “We are humbled by this incredibly generous donation. This shows how much people care about this community and the preservation of our green space. The donors have stepped up and offered a prime, riverfront piece of property. Now it’s time for us to step up and do our best to turn the parcel of land into a beautiful park and extension of the greenbelt to be enjoyed by all,” adds Weitzel.

Over the past 24 years, the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls, through money generated by the Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race and grants from the city, has contributed to approximately $2 million in greenbelt improvements and expansions. Past Rotary-funded projects include over 7 miles of running/biking paths, the Trapper statue on B Street & Memorial Drive and the development of the Friendship Garden and Ryder Park.

“Rotary has been committed to raising money to develop and enhance the greenbelt since 1991. We were delighted to partner with the other Heritage Park donors as part of our 2018 Centennial project,” states Kevin Call, member of the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls.

A Heritage Park Development Committee will be established in the next 90 days, and they will spend the next three years planning and developing the property. The city anticipates seeking out local, state, federal and foundation grants, as well as soliciting other businesses, to fund the development piece of the project.

Media Note: For additional information or to arrange interviews, contact Kerry McCullough, Public Information Officer at (208) 612-8122.

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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/

City of Idaho Falls Moves Full Steam Ahead on Hitt Road Project

Idaho Falls, ID: City Council approved an approximate $2 million bid with DePatco for the 25th East (Hitt Road), 49th South to Sunnyside Road Project at tonight’s City Council meeting. Construction will begin as soon as the weather breaks this spring. The completion deadline is July, 2015.

The project includes:

  • Full-width reconstruction and widening for one-half mile south of Sunnyside Road consisting of two lanes each direction plus a center turn lane, an asphalt multi-use path on the west side and a concrete sidewalk on the east side.
  • Widening and re-striping of the Sunnyside Road intersection to add a second left-turn lane and a dedicated right-turn lane to each of the four approaches.
  • Replacement/expansion of the traffic signal system at the Sunnyside Road intersection.
  • Addition of lighting along 25th East, south of Sunnyside Road.

“In just four short months, J-U-B Engineers and Six Mile Engineering designed the project – a process that could normally take up to a year or more,” states city engineer, Kent Fugal. “The accelerated design schedule is also attributed to the city of Ammon’s work on right-of-way acquisition and Idaho Falls’ staff design and survey support efforts,” adds Fugal.

According to Chris Canfield, City of Idaho Falls Assistant Public Works Director, “Not only was the design process expedited, but the construction bids came in under budget which indicates an accurate design with timely bidding.”

Work will be coordinated with Idaho Falls Power to relocate power lines along the east side of the road in early spring.

Traffic restrictions during construction will be minimized through construction staging and night work.

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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/

Christmas with the Critters at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for Christmas with the Critters at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park.

The zoo will celebrate the holiday season by reopening Saturday, Dec. 20 through Tuesday, Dec. 23, and again on Friday & Saturday, Dec. 26& 27. Admission is half price!

There will be hot beverages available at the Kookaburra Kafe, and kids can visit with Santa from noon -1p.m., Dec. 20-23.

The Explorer’s Station Gift Shop has plenty of fun merchandise in stock for any last minute shopping. Memberships in the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society make great gifts for that “hard-to-buy-for” person.

Christmas with the Critters is a fun and unique way to enjoy the holiday season. Bundle up and come see us! The zoo staff and animals miss seeing our guests,” says Linda Beard, interim zoo superintendent.  “Although many of the animals are snuggled in for the winter, there are still plenty of animals to see. Our tiger and snow leopards really enjoy the colder weather, as do the camels. Guests will still be able to enjoy many other animals like the wallaby, zebra and the flamingos,” adds Beard.

Gates open at 10 a.m., last admission is at 3 p.m. and the grounds close at 4 p.m.

Admission prices: Adults (ages 13-61) $3.50, children (ages 4-12) $2 and seniors (ages 62 and older) $2.75. Zoo memberships are valid for admission.

The zoo reserves the right to close if weather conditions are deemed unfavorable. For more information, go to www.idahofallszoo.org and click on Christmas with the Critters.

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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/