I.F. Library Parking Lot to Undergo Reconstruction

IDAHO FALLS, ID: Knife River Construction will begin reconstruction of the Idaho Falls Public Library parking lot on Wednesday.

During this project, library patrons will have access to half of the main library parking lot at all times. Initially, the Park Avenue entrance to the main parking lot will be closed with the Capital Avenue entrance remaining open. At least one of the two parking lot entrances will be open to patrons during the reconstruction project.

Patrons should watch for signage as a guide to the open entrance.
The drive‐through book‐drop on Park Avenue will also remain open as much as possible during the project. An alternate after‐hours book-drop may be provided during the times closure is necessary.

The City of Idaho Falls appreciates the library patrons’ patience during this project, which is expected to be completed in approximately 60 days.

Clean & Green Citywide Cleanup

Idaho Falls, ID:  Join us as we spruce up our community!  The city of Idaho Falls will once again hold the annual Clean & Green Citywide Cleanup, May 1-May 10.  Whether it’s an old couch or a pile of branches, residents are encouraged to tidy their homes, yards and neighborhoods during this annual event.

The public and media are invited to help us kick off the event at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Rock Gardens located south of Pancheri Bridge on the west side of the riverbank.

In recognition of the city’s 150th anniversary and the Clean & Green program, the city of Idaho Falls teamed up with Idaho Falls School District 91 and the art students from Idaho Falls and Skyline High Schools to paint IF150-themed murals. The murals will be painted in the tunnel under the Pancheri Bridge during the kickoff event, and Mayor Casper will read a Clean & Green proclamation.

Recycling bins and dumpsters for inside and outdoor waste will be placed at various locations throughout the city May 1-May 10. A list of recycling bin and dumpster locations, as well as information on household hazardous waste, prescription drug disposal and latex paint disposal, can be found by clicking on the Clean & Green logo on the home page of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

The city will enhance the program this year by offering a Clean & Green Citywide Volunteer Day on June 13. This will be a day to focus on brighten up our city by planting flowers or trees and cleaning up parks, alleyways or roadways. If you are interested or have employees, church groups, civic organizations or youth groups that would be interested in volunteering, contact Genene Eddins in Parks & Recreation at (208) 612-8479.

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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 Leaders Invite the Public to Take a Closer Look at the Budget & Future Projects

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  With budget season quickly approaching, Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and City Council members invite the public to attend the Budget Watch Open House on Tuesday, May 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Library, 457 W. Broadway.

There will not be a formal presentation, but a chance to visit with Mayor Casper and City Council members.  City leaders encourage residents to bring the entire family to learn more about our local government, meet city staff members and take the opportunity to engage in discussions about upcoming projects and budgets.

“We are very anxious to hear what the citizens’ priorities are for this budget season,” states Mayor Casper. “If you’ve ever had concerns or questions about how your tax dollars are spent, this is a great opportunity to dialogue with city leadership,” adds Casper.

Officials from Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Idaho Falls Power, Public Works, Community Development Services (formerly Planning & Building), Idaho Falls Fire Department, Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Library and Municipal Services will also be available for questions.

The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

If citizens are not able to attend the open house but would like to ask a question or offer feedback, they are encouraged to go to the home page of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov and click on the Citizen Request tab at the top of the page or call (208) 612-8235.

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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/

Free Golf Day Tomorrow!

It’s time to get back out on the course! Tuesday, April 28 is FREE Golf Day at ALL three golf courses in Idaho Falls – Pinecrest, Sand Creek and Sage Lakes!

We are offering a FREE golf day to get golfers back out and into the swing of things. Weekends too busy?  Money tight right now?  No problem! Come out and play tomorrow for FREE!

Includes free greens fees only. Carts, ranges, etc. are not included.

Make a tee time for FREE Golf Day by visiting www.golfif.com.

Live Well Idaho Falls Community Challenge

Idaho Falls, ID:  For the month of May, the community-wide Live Well Idaho Falls committee is challenging the community to cut out sugary beverages and Rehydrate in 28!

Live Well Idaho Falls is an educational program featuring local experts discussing important topics to inspire and empower all of us to improve our health. The committee consists of representatives from the city of Idaho Falls, city of Ammon, EIRMC, Mountain View Hospital and Eastern Idaho Public Health District.

“We are moving forward with our quest for better health and feeling well, and we invite everyone to join in,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Casper. “Citizens can attend the free monthly presentations held at the Idaho Falls Library or join in various challenges like Rehydrate in 28. In celebration of our city’s 150th anniversary, I also challenge every citizen to bike, run or walk 150 miles by the end of the year,” adds Casper.

It’s time to put down the soda, kick the can, junk the juice and replace it with 1 quart of water per 50 pounds of body weight or eight 8-ounce glasses per day. Some health conditions may prevent individuals from drinking that much water – as with anything, participants are encouraged to seek and follow their physician’s guidance.

To participate simply pick up the Rehydrate in 28 card and track water intake for 28 days during the month of May. Cards are located at any of the following locations:

  • Idaho Falls Public Library
  • Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center
  • Mountain View Hospital
  • City of Ammon Town Hall
  • Eastern Idaho Public Health District

Cards can also be printed from the City of Idaho Falls website (click on the Live Well Idaho Falls logo on the home page). Cards returned to the locations listed above by June 12, 2015 will be entered in the prize drawing. Follow us 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 http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Idaho Falls Raceway Opens Today for Public Practice

Idaho Falls Raceway at Noise Park opens today, Wed., April 22 for public practice. Motorcycle enthusiasts can practice every Wednesday from 5 p.m. until dusk – weather and scheduled events permitting.

Season passes are $250, and punch passes are $150. Passes are available at the Recreation Center, 520 Memorial Drive (open M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.).  Daily passes are $20 and are available at the gate.

The park is located at 8433 W. Arco Hwy – approximately 4 miles west of city limits.

For additional information about Idaho Falls Raceway and motorbike classes, click on the “Play” tab on the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or follow Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

Mayors’ Family Bike Ride – One of Many Events Planned in Recognition of National Bike Month

IDAHO FALLS, ID: The community is invited to join the mayors of Idaho Falls, Ammon, Iona and Ucon for an evening bike ride on Monday, May 18. The ride is hosted by the city of Ammon this year and will begin at the Ammon Fire Department at 6:30 p.m.

The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) provides transportation planning for the cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona & Ucon, as well as the urbanized portions of Bonneville County.  The Mayors’ Family Bike Ride is a joint city/BMPO effort to help promote National Bike Month and city-wide wellness and is held annually at a rotating host city.

There are several other local events throughout April & May in recognition of National Bike Month, including:

  • April 25 – Opening Social, 2-3 p.m., Tautphaus Park (near the Skate Park)
  • April 25 – Bike Skill Rodeo, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tautphaus Park (near the Skate Park)
  • May 15 – National Bike to Work Day
  • May 18 – Mayors’ Family Bike Ride, 6:30 p.m., Ammon Fire Dept.
  • May 30 – Adventure Ride, race starts at 10 a.m., Snake River Landing (pier). Prizes available.

The events are sponsored by Dave’s Bike Shop, Idaho Mountain Trading, Bill’s Bike Shop, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation, Ammon Parks Department, Idaho Falls Community Pathways and Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO). Mayors’ Family Bike Ride map. Courtesy of the city of Ammon

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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/

Technical Rescue Team Takes Advantage of Demolition Project

Idaho Falls, ID:  The old Broadway Ford building will be the site for the Idaho Falls Fire Department’s (IFFD) Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) training drill tomorrow night from 5-9 p.m. at 980 W. Broadway St.

USAR is a program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and involves the location, rescue and stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces. The program prepares first responders on various emergencies or disasters including earthquakes, storms, floods, dam failures and hazardous material releases.

Over the past couple of days, pre-planting objects have been placed throughout the empty building in preparation for the drill. After the demolition crew brings down the building upon the objects, the IFFD’s Technical Rescue Team will attempt to locate and “rescue” the objects.

“We are very pleased that the owners of Broadway Ford could make this building available for such a unique training opportunity,” states Chief Hanneman. “We would also like to thank TMC Contractors and Morgan Construction for allowing us access to the building for fire training over the last couple of weeks,” adds Hanneman.

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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.

Mayor Casper Appoints Local Forensic Accountant David Smith for Vacant City Council Seat

(Corrected press release .)

Idaho Falls, ID:  During this week’s regular City Council meeting, Mayor Casper will ask the Idaho Falls City Council to approve her appointment of Idaho Falls Forensic Accountant, David Smith to the vacant City Council seat. The meeting will be held on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue.

A council seat became vacant after Councilman Dee Whittier passed away on March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23.

“I have chosen David Smith because he will add critical expertise to our City Council,” states Mayor Casper. “Councilman Whittier’s background in financial planning was a great asset to the council, and Mr. Smith builds on that legacy.  Not only does he have stellar credentials and financial experience, but he was also a member of the Citizen Review Committee for the Municipal Services Division in 2014 which means he is familiar with internal city processes.”

“I look forward to working with Mr. Smith and other council members over the next several months as we do a thorough review of our internal controls and ensure we are using the best business practices for our finances,” adds Casper.

David M. Smith owns Smith and Company CPAs PLLC, an Idaho Falls Forensic Accounting firm. David is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Hawaii.  David is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, a Certified Valuation Analyst and is accredited in Business Valuations and in Business Appraisal Review.

David is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the Financial Consulting Group, the largest association of independently owned accounting, business valuation and financial services firms in North America. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College.

He has served with various community organizations and Boards of Directors including the Idaho Falls Exchange Club, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Idaho Falls Family YMCA and Eastern Idaho Economic Development Corporation.

David is an Idaho Falls native.  He and his wife Karen have raised five children that all attended public schools in Idaho Falls. Karen recently retired from the city of Idaho Falls after 21 years.

David Smith stated, “I appreciate the trust and respect Mayor Casper has bestowed upon me to fill the seat of Councilman Whittier, and I will work to earn the same trust from the citizens. I believe Idaho Falls is a great community, and the best is yet to come.”

According to Idaho Code, Title 50-704, a vacancy on the council shall be filled by appointment made by the mayor with the consent of the council, which appointee shall serve until the next general city election, at which such vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the original term.

Mayor Casper began accepting applications on March 10. Applicants had to meet the state code requirements for a council member (Title 50-4). A total of eight applications were received.

“All of the applicants made a strong presentation and demonstrated a commitment to public service.  I hope to see all of them involved with our city in one way or another in the coming months,” said 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/

Mayor Casper Appoints Local Forensic Accountant David Smith for Vacant City Council Seat

Idaho Falls, ID:  During today’s City Council work session, Mayor Casper will ask the Idaho Falls City Council to approve her appointment of Idaho Falls Forensic Accountant, David Smith to the vacant City Council seat. The work session will be held at 3 p.m. in Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue.

A council seat became vacant after Councilman Dee Whittier passed away on March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23.

“I have chosen David Smith because he will add critical expertise to our City Council,” states Mayor Casper. “Councilman Whittier’s background in financial planning was a great asset to the council, and Mr. Smith builds on that legacy.  Not only does he have stellar credentials and financial experience, but he was also a member of the Citizen Review Committee for the Municipal Services Division in 2014 which means he is familiar with internal city processes.”

“I look forward to working with Mr. Smith and other council members over the next several months as we do a thorough review of our internal controls and ensure we are using the best business practices for our finances,” adds Casper.

David M. Smith owns Smith and Company CPAs PLLC, an Idaho Falls Forensic Accounting firm. David is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Hawaii.  David is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, a Certified Valuation Analyst and is accredited in Business Valuations and in Business Appraisal Review.

David is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant and a member of the Financial Consulting Group, the largest association of independently owned accounting, business valuation and financial services firms in North America. David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Carroll College.

He has served with various community organizations and Boards of Directors including the Idaho Falls Exchange Club, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County, Idaho Falls Family YMCA and Eastern Idaho Economic Development Corporation.

David is an Idaho Falls native.  He and his wife Karen have raised five children that all attended public schools in Idaho Falls. Karen recently retired from the city of Idaho Falls after 21 years.

David Smith stated, “I appreciate the trust and respect Mayor Casper has bestowed upon me to fill the seat of Councilman Whittier, and I will work to earn the same trust from the citizens. I believe Idaho Falls is a great community, and the best is yet to come.”

According to Idaho Code, Title 50-704, a vacancy on the council shall be filled by appointment made by the mayor with the consent of the council, which appointee shall serve until the next general city election, at which such vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the original term.

Mayor Casper began accepting applications on March 10. Applicants had to meet the state code requirements for a council member (Title 50-4). A total of eight applications were received.

“All of the applicants made a strong presentation and demonstrated a commitment to public service.  I hope to see all of them involved with our city in one way or another in the coming months,” said 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/