Help Needed for Annual Zoo Cleanup Day

Individuals and volunteer service groups throughout the community are invited to help the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park during its annual Cleanup Day, Sat., April 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

There are a variety of projects including cleaning, raking and mulching that need to be done in preparation for opening day on Sat., April 11. Volunteers are instructed to go to the front gate of the zoo ready with work gloves, rakes and shovels.

Volunteers under the age of 18 should request the Volunteer Release of Liability form in advance as it needs to be signed by a parent or guardian prior to April 4. All youth and special service volunteer groups must be accompanied by qualified leaders or supervisors from their organization at all times.

If you have questions or to request a Volunteer Release of Liability form in advance, contact Darrell Markum, General Curator, at (208) 612-8419 or dmarkum@idahofallszoo.org.

Your Zoo Needs YOU!

Do you have a love for animals and conservation and enjoy sharing your passion with others? Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is looking for adults (18 and over) who would like to become volunteers in the Education Department.

Our adult volunteers work with people of all ages to lead tours, conduct the winter outreach programs, help with special events and care for the animals in the zoo’s education department.

Learn more about volunteering at the zoo at the Open House on Tuesday, April 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Library in the public meeting room.

Can’t make it to the open house? Visit www.idahofallszoo.org and click on the Get Involved tab at the top of the page or contact Education Curator Sunny Katseanes at (208) 612-8418.

The zoo opens April 11, 2015.

Construction Notice – Hitt Road Single Lane Closures & Detours

Idaho Falls, ID:  During construction improvements on 25th East (Hitt Road), from Sunnyside Road south to 49th (Township), there will be periodic night traffic restrictions consisting of single lane closures (8:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.) or detours (9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.) throughout the remainder of the project. Effective today, March 26.

The project is scheduled for completion in July.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and local business traffic within the project area.

Construction activities will also require day and night speed reductions within the project limits. Reduce speeds, use caution and obey posted road signs while traveling through this project.

For more information, contact DePatco at (208) 458-4000 or 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/

Community to Capital 2015

Idaho Falls, ID:  Community leaders will travel to Washington DC March 25 & 26, 2015 to meet with members of the Idaho congressional delegation to discuss issues affecting eastern Idaho. They will also meet with representatives from the US Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Energy and the Energy Community Alliance.

On Wednesday morning, the group will attend the Idaho Industries Breakfast where they will have the opportunity to interact with many of Idaho’s Washington DC advocates and staffers from Idaho congressional offices.

“The advocacy trip this year is a little different,” says Mayor Casper. “We invited a large cross-section of community leaders to attend, and we are expanding our messaging beyond our traditional energy sectors. The good work at the lab and at the site are vital to eastern Idaho’s economy, but we are hoping to demonstrate the breadth of what our community has to offer by taking a broader approach this year,” adds Casper.

Community to Capital Representatives:

Partnership for Science & Technology CEO, Leslie Jones states, “Trips like these are valuable to establish new and reinforce existing relationships with key DOE decision makers.  It gives Partnership for Science and Technology an opportunity to advocate for issues and projects critical to its membership. I am eager to share the successes of our local leadership which clearly demonstrates the involvement of our communities and shows that Idaho is open for business.”

“Taking an active role in advocacy on behalf of our business community is very important to our Chamber,” states Idaho Falls Chamber CEO, Michelle Holt. “Making time to meet with our delegation, to show community support for continued funding and expanded missions for INL, and to educate ourselves about the issues that face businesses locally and nationally through briefings by the US Chamber of Commerce, helps to make our local economy stronger,” adds Holt.

Media Note:  A press conference will be held with the local representatives listed above on April 2, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls to share observations and insights resulting from the meetings.

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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 Awards Ceremony

Idaho Falls, ID:The Idaho Falls Fire Department will hold their annual Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium on Sat., March 21, 2015. The event is open to the public.

“This is an opportunity for us to recognize a few members of our community who have made a significant impact on us. It is also a chance to recognize our own members for outstanding service this past year,” states Chief Dave Hanneman. “The fire service is rich with tradition – from what we wear, like our insignias, to how we refer to our positions. The public will have the opportunity to see some of those traditions as we ‘swear in’ and ‘pin’ or ‘badge’ our newly promoted officers.”

Awards

  • Community Recognition Awards: Tom Lenderink, Lamar Hayward & Roxanne Mitro
  • Life Safety Awards: Eric Day, Terry Kofoed, Aaron Cliburn & Paul Martignacco
  • EMT of the Year: Rob Hall
  • Firefighter of the Year: Alyn Criddle
  • Center for Public Safety Excellence: Fire Officer Designation – Jeff Parsons & Paul Radford

Promotions

  • Drivers – Josiah Bigelow & Levi McAffee
  • Captains – Nick Hirschi, Mark Pitcher & John Pugmire
  • Battalion Chiefs – Cody Anderson, Lance Johnson & Paul Radford
  • Deputy Chiefs – Dave Coffey & Duane Nelson

New paramedics will be recognized to include Brian McCalvy, Aaron Nelson & Shayne Saari; and nine new firefighters will be sworn in.

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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/

Nightly Road Closures on Hitt Road Beginning March 22

Idaho Falls, ID:  There will be nightly road closures on Hitt Road (25th East) south of Sunnyside Road beginning Sun., March 22 – Thurs., March 26.  The road will close at 9 p.m. and reopen at 5 a.m. for underground utility installation.

The road will be closed during those times to all through traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and business access.

For more information, contact DePatco at (208) 458-4000 or 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/

Public Invited – Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency Annual Report

Idaho Falls, ID:  The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency annual report will be presented for discussion and approval at the regular monthly meeting at noon on March 19, in City Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls.

The annual report summarizes the agency’s activities for 2014 and provides a brief history of agency actions over its 27-year history.  As with all of its meetings, the public is invited to attend.

The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency was activated in 1988 by the Mayor and City Council.  Soon after the agency was activated, the Mayor and City Council created the Lindsey Boulevard Urban Renewal District (now the expanded Snake River Urban Renewal District) to address areas that contained numerous vacant parcels, open storage and gravel roads. The agency then issued a bond and undertook the reconstruction of Lindsey Boulevard and Utah Avenue.

Since 1988, the agency has improved Lindsey Boulevard, Utah Avenue, Memorial Drive, and Wardell and Mercury rights-of-way. They have also relocated power lines; improved major road intersections and railroad crossings; and replaced or installed water, sewer and storm drainage lines.

In 2004, the Mayor and City Council approved the creation of the River Commons Urban Renewal District on lands which previously housed a gravel pit. The agency entered into a partnership with the developer of Snake River Landing, Ball Ventures, to finance the construction of Pier View Drive, portions of Snake River Parkway, Milligan Road within the city, Bluff Drive and accompanying public utilities.

As of 2014, these improvements spurred an increase of more than $198 million in assessed value in these two districts.

In 2014, the agency agreed to participate with Broadway Ford in public improvements required to build a new showroom and garage on Broadway, financed the public improvements on the Greenbelt from the tax increment generated by Taylor Crossing and agreed to assist the city with improvements on the Greenbelt north of Broadway.

All of the agency meetings are open to the public and held in the City Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls, at noon on the third Thursday of the month.

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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/

Revised Construction Notice – Hitt Road Closed Wednesday Evening

Idaho Falls, ID:  Hitt Road (25th East) south of Sunnyside Road will close at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18 for construction work.  It will reopen at 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.

The road will be closed to all through traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and business access.

A prior release dated March 14 stated the road would close Tuesday evening.

For more information, contact DePatco at (208) 458-4000 or 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/

Construction Notice: Road Closure – Hitt Road South of Sunnyside

Idaho Falls, ID:  Hitt Road (25th East) south of Sunnyside Road will close at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 for construction work.  It will reopen at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

The road will be closed to all through traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles and business access.

For more information, contact DePatco at (208) 458-4000 or 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/

 

10th Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund Ceremony

Idaho Falls, ID:  Scholarships totaling $50K will be awarded to 50 students from area schools at the 10th Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund ceremony on Wednesday, March 18, at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls.

A reception limited to award recipients, parents, sponsors and school administrators will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a public award ceremony at 7 p.m.  The award ceremony is free and open to the public.

The Mayor’s Scholarship Fund supports two different awards, the Senior Scholarship for graduating seniors in the amount of $1500, and the Mayor’s Promise Award in the amount of $500 for students in grades 8-11 who agree to maintain a college-bound path. Both awards are intended for use at accredited institutions of higher education in Idaho. The Mayor’s Promise Awards can also be applied to dual credit courses taken through Idaho high schools. Dual credit courses allow students to obtain college credits while working toward their high school diploma.

“An educated workforce is good for our city and good for our state,” states Mayor Casper. “But the influence of today’s young people will go beyond that.  Our world is increasingly interconnected.  Students today are collaborating more than even on projects to address global problems.  Our youth will drive government, economic, education and societal change. I extend not only my congratulations to all the recipients but a thank you to their families, teachers and mentors for supporting them. We must also recognize our program sponsors who willingly support this program year after year,” adds Casper.

Emily Josephson, student at Skyline High School states, “This program is so amazing, and I am so grateful for it because it is going to help me reach my academic goals.”

In 2006, then Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman, in partnership with the District 91 and District 93 Education Foundations, established the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund has provided nearly 300 scholarships totaling more than $290K to area students. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to students who plan to pursue their post-high school education. An endowment fund was also established to ensure the program’s future as it encourages students to stay on the path to higher education.

MSF committee members have stayed in contact with former scholarship recipients over the years. Kyle Martin is attending the University of Moscow and is working on his doctorate in physics.  Brittney Johnson graduated from Boise State University with a degree in communications.  She is currently working for the Minnesota Vikings in marketing for the Female Fan Development program.  She previously worked in marketing for two years for the Denver Broncos.  In an email from Brittney’s mom, she stated, “She has always been grateful for the scholarship assistance through the Mayor’s Scholarship program.”

2015 Senior Recipients 2015 Promise Recipients
Khari Amos Idaho Falls Seth Acheson Taylor’s Crossing
Heidi Barrie Skyline Ty Bitter Eagle Rock
Janeth Castro Skyline Kyler Butikofer Taylor’s Crossing
Austin Clements Bonneville Analee Cortez Eagle Rock
Curtis Cook Bonneville Michael DeYoung Eagle Rock
Rebecca Corgatelli Homeschool McKenzie Gerard Taylor’s Crossing
Giselle Escobar Emerson Elizabeth Harrison Eagle Rock
Cecilia Fuentes Sandoval Bonneville Matthew Henry Eagle Rock
Cheyanne Garcia Bonneville Dallin Maddock Taylorview
Vanessa Greener-Burnside Skyline Jacquara Mims Eagle Rock
Samantha Hernandez Idaho Falls Nicolas Nunez Taylorview
Katelyn Hinton Bonneville Jace Owen Eagle Rock
Tianna Houlihan Skyline Elsa Ponce Resendiz Taylorview
Emily Josephson Skyline Elizabeth Romo Eagle Rock
Ashley Klink Skyline Rafael Vences Eagle Rock
Rebekah Laybourn Bonneville Kerya McMurtrey Taylor’s Crossing
Jessa Marinus Taylor’s Crossing Steven Nawrocki Skyline
BreaAnna Miller Technical Careers James Droegemueller Taylor’s Crossing
Madison Moore Skyline Andy Nelson Idaho Falls
Saydee Moss Idaho Falls Alexandria Hammons Bonneville
Marissa Norman Hillcrest Madison Drefs Bonneville
Sarah Phillips Bonneville Cody Chamberlain Bonneville
Dari Rojas Idaho Falls Tyson Baldwin Technical Careers
Alexis Simpson Hillcrest Jonathan Ballard Technical Careers
Jonathan Trusty Skyline Makinley Duffin Hillcrest