Construction Notice – Hitt & Sunnyside Road Improvements

Idaho Falls, ID: On Monday, March 2, DePatco Inc. will begin construction on 25th East (Hitt Road) and the intersection of Sunnyside Road & Hitt Road.

In order to maintain safety, the contractor will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction, when necessary, and perform construction activities during non-peak traffic hours.

The Idaho Falls Power contractor, Track Utilities, will initiate pole placement work on Monday as well.  While the majority of the work will occur outside the paved surface, motorists are encouraged to watch for hazards or changes in construction conditions and honor construction warning signs.

Construction questions can be directed to DePatco at (208) 458-4000 or the City of Idaho Falls Public Works Division at (208) 612-8250.

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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/

Idaho Falls Fire Department Honors Roland Clark – The First Paramedic in the State of Idaho

Idaho Falls, ID: Retired Division Chief Roland Clark was more than the first paramedic in the State of Idaho; he was number one in the eyes of so many of his colleagues, and he will be missed by all.

Roland Clark, 73, affectionately knowns as “RC” passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Apache Junction, Arizona from complications of COPD.

Clark started working for Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD) in 1965. He became the first paramedic in the State of Idaho in March 1974, holding the distinct EMS number 0001. This is in contrast to EMS numbers that now run in the tens of thousands.

Clark was a 37-year member of the Idaho Falls Firefighters Union (IAFF Local 1565) and lifetime supporter who was considered a “permanent fixture” at the annual retirement party. “Many guys just went to the dinner to talk to RC,” states Union President, Mark Pitcher, IFFD.

“I never personally had the opportunity to work for Chief Clark but those that did said he was tough, but he was always great to help out, get you going in the right direction and an absolute joy to work with,” Pitcher adds.

Clark was instrumental in many programs and projects that are still currently in place and operating efficiently at IFFD.

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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 Clerk, Rosemarie Anderson Retires After 31 Years of Service

Idaho Falls, ID:  Kathy Hampton was appointed as the new city clerk at tonight’s City Council meeting after Rosemarie Anderson announced her retirement earlier this year. The appointment will be effective April 5, 2015.

Rose Anderson began her employment with the city in the Public Works Division where she met her husband, Steve Anderson. Throughout her 31 years of service with the city she also worked in the Police Department and for Personnel, Planning & Building and Municipal Services.

“Rose was instrumental with assisting in the organization of the Historic Preservation District, as well as many departmental filing systems throughout the city,” states Municipal Services Director, Craig Rockwood.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to have served this city and its citizens for the past 31 years,” said Anderson. “I had the distinct opportunity to work for five of our city’s mayors – S. Eddie Pedersen, Thomas Campbell, Linda Milam, Jared Fuhriman and now Rebecca Casper,” Anderson added. When asked about the biggest change she has seen in the city over the years, she jokingly stated, “I went from using a manual typewriter, to an electric typewriter and now a computer.”

Newly appointed City Clerk, Kathy Hampton has worked for the city since April 2007.  She worked in the City Treasurer’s Office until Dec. 2007, at which time she was hired as the city’s deputy clerk.

Hampton is completing her training through the Association of Idaho Cities and Boise State University to become a Certified Municipal Clerk with the State of Idaho. Last September, she was awarded one of the Mayor’s “Above & Beyond” employee recognition awards for her exemplary service to the city.

“She has faithfully and honorably served as our deputy clerk for the past seven years,” states Rockwood. “She has been instrumental, in a very positive way, in updating many of the functions performed in the Clerk’s Office,” adds Rockwood.

“She’s the first bright and friendly face the public sees when they walk into City Hall, and I know the city will be in great hands with Kathy,” states Anderson.

“I am looking forward to the new challenge,” states Hampton. “Rose has been a fantastic mentor for so many years, and I know I have some very big shoes to fill. I will miss her dearly.  She’s not just my boss – she’s also my friend.”

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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/

Last Night to Skate Disco Style

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  The City of Idaho Falls Division of Parks and Recreation will hold the last Laser Light Skate Night of the season at the Ice Arena in Tautphaus Park this Friday, Feb. 27.

“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,” states PJ Holm, recreation superintendent. “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. To find out more about the exciting activities we offer throughout the year, follow Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation on Facebook!

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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 www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

Notification for Contractors – Changes in Code, Permitting Procedures & Fees

Idaho Falls, ID:  Effective immediately, all new right-of-way permits require a $50 fee – a change that was approved by resolution at the City Council meeting on Feb. 12.

In December 2014, the City Code chapters regulating right-of-way contractor licensing and right-of-way permits were updated by ordinance. This was followed by a training meeting on Jan. 28 to inform contractors of code changes, modified licensing and permitting procedures.

The changes were implemented after the city’s Public Works division recognized that the permitting program for construction work done in public rights-of-way was not as effective as it could be. The modifications will provide consistency in permit processing, licensing, enforcement and inspection.

“One of the changes to the code was the addition of a provision for charging a fee for right-of-way permits. However, no fee was charged prior to this week as it had not yet been set by resolution by City Council,” states Kent Fugal, city engineer.

For contractors who could not attend the Right-of-Way Contractor Licensing & Right-of-Way Permits training, the archived video can be viewed by clicking on the Live Stream link on the city’s website, www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

For additional information, contact Kent Fugal, city engineer, at (208) 612-8258.

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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/

Idaho Falls Regional Airport Recognized for Training Excellence

Idaho Falls, ID:  On Feb. 11, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) issued a press release recognizing airports for training excellence. Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IFRA) was one of the 92 airports that received recognition for training completed in 2014.

“Continuing education is a key process to maintaining a safe, secure and competitive airport environment, and I am proud of all our team members who do their part in accomplishing this,” said Craig H. Davis, airport director, IFRA.

According to the release, an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award signifies that airport employees and others working at the facilities have completed a specified amount of federally mandated airport-specific and continuing education training using ANTN Digicast’s Web-based training system.

“ANTN Digicast was created for airports of all sizes as a cost-effective, efficient way to help comply with mandated training requirements, and we’re encouraged that so many airports have made it an integral part of their training programs,” said Patrick Raker, senior vice president of AAAE’s Training and Technology Service Department. “The fact that the system tracks training on a per-user basis provides concrete proof to regulators that employees have completed all of their recurrent training requirements,” adds Raker.

Subscribers to the ANTN Digicast have unlimited access to 300-plus training programs for employees and tenants. Some of the topics include operations, aircraft rescue and firefighting, security, customer service and FAA required recurrent training.

Award Winners:

    • Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport – Springfield Airport Authority
    • Addison Airport
    • Aeropuerto de Cancun S.A de C.V
    • Albany International Airport
    • Arlington Municipal Airport
    • Augusta Regional Airport
    • Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
    • AvPorts at Teterboro Airport
    • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
    • Blue Grass Airport
    • Broward County Aviation Department – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
    • Capital Region International Airport
    • Centennial Airport
    • Chicago Rockford International Airport
    • Columbus Municipal Airport
    • Contra Costa County Airports
    • Dallas Love Field
    • Daytona Beach International Airport
    • Dothan Regional Airport
    • El Paso International Airport
    • Elmira Corning Regional Airport
    • Evansville Regional Airport
    • Fayetteville Regional Airport
    • Florence Regional Airport
    • Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
    • Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
    • Gainesville Regional Airport
    • Gary/Chicago International Airport
    • Grand Canyon West Airport
    • Greenville Mid-Delta Regional Airport
    • Griffiss International Airport
    • Hilton Head Island Airport Fire/Operations
    • Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority
    • Idaho Falls Regional Airport
    • Jackson Municipal Airport Authority
    • James M. Cox Dayton International Airport
    • Kona International Airport at Keahol
    • Lakeland Linder Regional Airport
    • Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport
    • Little Rock National Airport
    • Louisville International Airport
    • Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport
    • McClellan-Palomar Airport
    • McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport – Jackson-Madison County Airport Authority
    • Missoula International Airport
    • Morristown Municipal Airport
    • N.W. Arkansas Regional Airport Authority
    • Naples Municipal Airport
    • NAS Whiting Field
    • New Castle County Airport
    • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
    • Norfolk International Airport
    • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
    • Ocala International Airport
    • Ohio State University Airport
    • Orlando International Airport
    • Palm Springs International Airport
    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
    • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
    • Prescott Municipal Airport
    • Pueblo Memorial Airport
    • Purdue University Airport
    • Rapid City Regional Airport
    • Reno/Tahoe International Airport
    • Republic Airport
    • Rickenbacker International Airport
    • Roanoke Regional Airport Commission
    • Salina Regional Airport
    • San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport
    • Santa Barbara Airport
    • Scottsdale Airport
    • Sioux Gateway Airport
    • Southern California Logistics Airport
    • Southwest Georgia Regional Airport
    • St. George Municipal Airport
    • Stewart International Airport
    • Sugar Land Regional Airport
    • Tallahassee Regional Airport
    • Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport
    • The Eastern Iowa Airport – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    • Trenton-Mercer Airport
    • Tucson International Airport
    • Tulsa International Airport – Operations Division
    • Tweed New Haven Airport
    • University of Illinois-Willard Airport
    • University of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport
    • University Park Airport
    • Van Nuys Airport
    • Watertown International Airport
    • Wichita Airport Authority
    • Wilmington International Airport
    • Yellowstone Regional Airport

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ABOUT AAAE Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE’s 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

About Idaho Falls Regional Airport  Mission Statement:The airport is committed to providing first-class airport services and staying competitive. The airport will accomplish this by maintaining the highest levels of safety and security; systematically improving infrastructure; implementing effective marketing strategies; improving the customer experience by staying up to date with emerging technologies; and balancing the roles of operating the airport as a public service and business enterprise.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is a regional air transportation center serving Eastern Idaho, Southern Montana, and Western Wyoming. The airport is served by Skywest/Delta Airlines with frequent daily flights to Salt Lake City, Utah and seasonal flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; United Express with daily non-stop flights to Denver, Colorado; and Allegiant Air offers weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona and summer seasonal flights are also offered to Los Angeles and Oakland, California.http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport by the Numbers

Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Falls Regional Airport has compiled a review of its growth in 2014. New air service, a terminal expansion and a considerable increase in passengers topped the list of positive developments.

“Our passengers have increased 12 percent over 2013—remarkable growth, especially considering the dramatic changes in the airline industry,” said Craig H. Davis, airport director. “But enplanements only tell part of the story. This year we thought we should share the numbers that help reflect all of the growth we’ve had,” adds Davis.

Operations

Operations at Idaho Falls Regional Airport increased by 12 percent from the previous year:

  • Total commercial airline passenger enplanements:
    • 2014: 163,274
    • 2013: 146,378
    • 2012: 159,976
    • 2011: 148,863
    • 2010: 143,836
  • Total pounds of cargo/freight deplaned continues to increase for the fourth year in a row:
    • 2014: 2,204,795
    • 2013: 2,141,287
    • 2012: 2,050,454
    • 2011: 2,036,669
    • 2010: 2,065,816
  • Aircraft operations (total departures and landings):
    • 2014: 34,121
    • 2013: 35,402
    • 2012: 38,219
    • 2011: 38,070
    • 2010: 38,306
    • The airport also improved its operational efficiency via several airfield and terminal enhancement projects, including new airfield directional signage; the installation of an FAA certified ADS-B system (replacing conventional ground-based radar,ADS-B utilizes satellite technology to allow pilots and air traffic controllers to “see” and control aircraft with more precision, and over a larger percentage of the earth’s surface); installation of a “Ground-link Pilot” communications and safety system; terminal entrance accessibility improvements; new entrance-road streetlights; and establishing a terminal pet relief station.

Finance

As recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airport functions within an “enterprise” budget fund and continues to operate in the black and be self-sustaining financially, without relying on city general fund assistance. FY 2014 operating revenues totaled $5,047,839 including $2,518,891 in federal and state grant reimbursements.

  • In June, the airport completed a $2.9 million, 5000 sq. ft. terminal expansion project, of which 94 percent of the funding was provided by the FAA.
  • The airport received a $1.8 million FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant in FY 2014 to construct an aircraft ramp, taxi lane, access road and utilities to accommodate future private hangar demand.

Safety

Safety and security continues to be the airport’s primary goal.

  • The airport successfully scored a passing grade of 100 percent on two important 2014 federal inspections:
    • Annual FAA Airport Safety and Certification Inspection. This marks the fourth consecutive year the airport has passed this important inspection with “no discrepancies” found.
    • Annual Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Comprehensive Security Audit and Inspection. This also marks the fourth consecutive year the airport has successfully passed this important inspection.
  • Passenger security has been improved with the expansion of the airport’s CCTV security camera system.
  • In addition to relocating the TSA checked baggage operations into a secured, nonpublic location, the airport also worked with TSA to implement a Duress Alarm system at the security checkpoint and improved x-ray passenger screening systems.

Air Service and Community Outreach

The airport maintains its commitment to air service development by nurturing existing airline service and attracting additional airline service with viable and sustainable routes.

  • In 2014, the airport established flights serving Denver, Boise and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
  • The airport continues the search for an airline willing to utilize the DOT Small Community Air Service Development Grant as a revenue guarantee to establish daily service to an east coast hub airport. Search efforts also continue in establishing direct flights to Seattle and expanded service to the Los Angeles basin.
  • The airport initiated a community outreach, public relations, branding and marketing program.
  • Airport staff worked closely with state and federal legislators and airport lobbyist organizations to ensure the continued federal funding for the Federal Contract Tower Program and Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Grant funding via the 2014 Omnibus Bill.

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About Idaho Falls Regional Airport   Mission Statement:The airport is committed to providing first-class airport services and staying competitive. The airport will accomplish this by maintaining the highest levels of safety and security; systematically improving infrastructure; implementing effective marketing strategies; improving the customer experience by staying up to date with emerging technologies; and balancing the roles of operating the airport as a public service and business enterprise.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is a regional air transportation center serving Eastern Idaho, Southern Montana, and Western Wyoming. The airport is served by Skywest/Delta Airlines with frequent daily flights to Salt Lake City, Utah and seasonal flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; United Express with daily non-stop flights to Denver, Colorado; and Allegiant Air offers weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona and summer seasonal flights are also offered to Los Angeles and Oakland, California.http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

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/

Members Named & Kickoff Meeting Scheduled for 2nd Round of Citizen Review Committees

Idaho Falls, ID:  Members of the second round of Citizen Review Committees (CRC) will meet for the first time during a kickoff meeting on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 from 7:45 – 10:30 a.m., in Council Chambers located inside the City Annex Building, 680 Park Avenue.

In early December, Mayor Casper, once again, called for applications from city residents to review basic functions and budget processes of city divisions to improve efficiencies and service delivery.

Four of the city’s eleven divisions will be examined over the next few months, including Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Power, Public Works and Idaho Falls Police Department.

Applicants with various backgrounds and experience were selected based on their area of interest and the criteria of living within city limits. Those who would stand to receive a direct financial benefit from a particular city division were not selected.

Committee Members:

Parks & Recreation Idaho Falls Power Public Works Idaho Falls Police Dept.
Greg Wray Arthur Kull Bryan Bjorgaard Kent Granat
Gerry Bates Kris Millgate Sydney Withers Russell Johnson
James Gregory Thomas Baldwin Gloria Valenti Robert Coombs
James Freeman John Snyder Gerald Sehlke Keith Daum
Robert Nitschke Kurt Myers William Phoenix Christie Bevis
Ryan Dustin Donald Macdonald Hope Forsmann Robert Copp
Claudia Pine Bri Rolston Samuel Pole Ed Conn
Richard Kenney Roderic Thomas Melodie McBride
Anne Staton Voilleque Lonnie Mollberg Robert Stallman
Patricia Taysom
Don Stevens

The committees’ first goal will be to meet and receive a general orientation about the division, learn what its functions are and establish meeting schedules.  After that, tours of relevant city facilities and budget reviews will round out the learning phase.  Additional phases will include time for the committees to research and deliberate about division processes and to write up and present their findings to Council.

The committees will compile their findings and create reports to be formally presented by the Mayor to the City Council. “I anticipate the reports will serve to inform Councilmembers as they make city policy and set city budgets,” states Mayor Casper.

Committee members will be asked to review each division’s priorities in light of the Mayor’s stated goals of maintaining fidelity to law, seeking solutions to city problems, promoting economic growth and enhancing city assets.

“I am very optimistic about the committees. The members selected this year have substantial credentials and are from a variety of backgrounds, and I am looking forward to, once again, tapping into community talents. As I stated during last year’s CRC meetings, if we get the right people asking the right questions, then we’ll be able to identify the city’s strengths, pinpoint areas of improvement and potentially uncover valuable cost savings,” adds Casper.

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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/

Idaho Falls Zoo Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

Hey teens! Did you know volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while getting valuable community service hours – hours that look GREAT to potential employers and on college applications?

The Junior Zoo Crew is a volunteer education program designed for ages 13-17 to assist zoo staff during the summer months. Volunteers will learn about animal care, conservation, zoo careers and education within a zoo setting.  They will assist animal keepers in the Children’s Zoo, care for the animals, answer questions from the public and assist with animal shows and special projects.

Submit an application by April 1 to be considered for the Junior Zoo Crew program. Applications are available under the education tab on the zoo’s website:  www.idahofallszoo.org.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Selected applicants will be asked to undergo an interview. For those accepted into the program, there is a participation fee of $85 for Tautphaus Park Zoo Society members and $105 for non-members.  The fee goes toward providing training materials, a uniform shirt, nametag and an appreciation party at the end of the season. Fees will be collected during the parent/guardian information meeting on May 2, upon acceptance.

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.