Movies in the Park Starts Tonight!

Weekend Fun with Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation – Movies in the Park & 2015 Adventure Ride

Movies in the Park

Get out the blankets, camp chairs & flashlights because it’s movie time!  Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation will launch this season’s Movies in the Park on Fri., May 29. Disney’s Planes – Fire & Rescue will show at Tautphaus Park at dusk.

Bill’s Bike & Run will give a FREE bike away at every movie. They will also run a complimentary bike valet for anyone riding their bikes to the event.

Movies in the Park will be held the last Friday of the month at various Idaho Falls parks, May-September. Click HERE to see a complete schedule and more information.

Movies in the Park is sponsored by Teton Toyota, Bill’s Bike & Run, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Westmark Credit Union and Riverbend Communications.

2015 Adventure Ride

The 2015 Adventure Ride is a family bike ride mixed with a scavenger hunt. The ride starts at 10 a.m., sharp, on Sat., May 30, at the Pier in Snake River Landing. Riders will be challenged to ride to eight different locations throughout downtown Idaho Falls, Snake River Landing and along the Greenbelt.

The challenge will be to visit all locations within a 2-hour time period. At each location, participants will receive a raffle ticket. For those that finish the challenge by noon, the raffle tickets can be entered into a prize drawing totaling over $1K, including three bikes. The event is sponsored by Dave’s Bike Shop, Idaho Mountain Trading, BMPO (Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization), Bill’s Bike & Run and Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation.

Wes Deist Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center will close at 3 p.m. on Fri., May 29 for the Surfer Swim Meet. It will remain closed through May 30 for the Special Olympics Swim Meet and the Mashed Potato Dash Swim Meet.

Golf

New for 2015 – Family Golf Day will be held every Saturday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (May-Sept.). Play will rotate each week between Pinecrest, Sand Creek & Sage Lakes. Come play 9 holes in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere that allows your group to play at leisurely pace. Click link for details.

For additional information about Idaho Falls Parks & Recreational activities, see website.

Calling all Volunteers!

Idaho Falls, ID – In conjunction with the annual Clean & Green Citywide Cleanup held the first part of May, the city of Idaho Falls will hold its first annual Clean & Green Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 13. FREE t-shirts will be given to the first 200 volunteers who sign up!

“Whether it’s making sure community events run smoothly; creating awareness for non-profits; planting flowers; or giving their time, expertise and resources to various boards, committees and organizations, our community continues to reach out in service to others time after time. It’s so inspiring to see!” states Mayor Casper.

“In 2014, more than 14,900 volunteer hours were contributed to Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation, and we are still getting calls from groups who want to help out, which is why we created the Clean & Green Volunteer Day,” adds Casper.

Adults, children, teenagers, families, civic organizations, Boy Scouts, church groups and youth groups are all invited to sign up by calling Parks & Recreation at (208) 612-8479.

Some of the projects include cleaning up parks, fence lines and alleyways; painting over graffiti and spreading bark in playgrounds.  Project assignments are given on a first-come-first-serve basis, and volunteers will receive additional instruction upon sign-up.

The groups that have signed up will then meet by the fountain at Tautphaus Park at 9 a.m. on June 13 for a kick-off event co-sponsored by the city of Idaho Falls, Idaho Central Credit Union and Riverbend Communications.

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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/

National Dam Safety Awareness Day

National Dam Safety Awareness Day occurs on May 31 each year in commemoration of the failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pa. in 1889.

This was the worst dam failure in our nation’s history, killing more than 2,200 people – far more deadly than the Teton Dam failure in 1976, which caused 11 deaths.

National Dam Safety Awareness Day was created to encourage and promote individual and community responsibility for dam safety, as well as to provide information on what steps can be taken to prevent future catastrophic dam failures. A secondary goal is to promote the benefits that dams offer to communities.

Here in Idaho Falls, for example, the four hydropower plants help keep Idaho Falls Power’s electric rates among the lowest in the nation while providing a variety of recreational opportunities – from boating and water skiing in the 305-acre Gem Lake Marina, to fishing in the children’s fishing pond at Gem State, to picnic areas along the river as it flows through Idaho Falls.

Three of the four dams in Idaho Falls are low-head and therefore low-risk – there is no reservoir or water storage – but anglers frequent the river channel around the facilities where water levels could rise significantly and suddenly if the gates are opened. Plant operators control these gates and use cameras to check for anglers who might be in danger, signs are posted to address the potential for fast-rising water and sirens serve as a warning.

Many eastern Idahoans also spend time on other dams – Island Park and Palisades, in particular. While these dams provide many benefits to communities in eastern Idaho and across the country, it’s important to recognize the flood risk these facilities could pose if they fail.

Dam safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone is encouraged to know their risk (and benefits), know their role and take action.

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Memorial Weekend Fun with Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation

Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation would like to thank our veterans and active service members and wish our community a very happy and safe Memorial Weekend!

 Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park kicks off the summer season this Sat., May 23.  Zoo hours from May 23-Sept. 7 will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with last admission at 5 p.m.

On May 23 from 1-4 p.m., explore the breathtaking world of bears during Bear Aware Day. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult and their favorite stuffed teddy bear. Enjoy interactive exhibits, games, crafts and a display by Idaho Fish and Game.

May 23 – Sept.7

  • The 2015 Animal Encounters Show will take you on amazing new adventures around the world. Shows run daily at 1:30 p.m., with additional shows on Saturdays and holidays at 11 a.m., Sundays at 3:30 p.m. and a special evening show at 6:30 p.m. on Date Nights.
  • Explore the zoo’s animals from your local zoo keepers during the zoo’s new Keeper Chats presentations.  The chats will take place daily at Penguin Cove at 10 a.m. and various locations around the zoo at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wes Deist Aquatic Center

  • The Aquatic Center will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend for pre-summer cleaning and maintenance. The pool will close Sat., May 23 at 4 p.m., all day Sun. & Mon., May 24 & 25, and will resume with the regular swim schedule on Tues., May 26.
  • The Aquatic Center is now hiring for summer lifeguards and summer swimming lessons instructions.  Please apply online at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or call the Aquatic Center at (208) 612-8519.

Golf

New for 2015 – Family Golf Day! Every Saturday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. (May-Sept.). Play will rotate each week between Pinecrest, Sand Creek & Sage Lakes. Come play 9 holes in a fun, no pressure atmosphere that allows your group to play at leisurely pace. Click link for details.

For additional information about the Idaho Falls Zoo, Aquatic Center or other Idaho Falls Parks & Recreational activities, see website.

Construction Notice – Holmes Avenue to Close Tonight to Repair Leak

Idaho Falls, ID:  The 300 block of Holmes Avenue will close at 9 p.m. on Thurs., May 21 to repair a leaking water service.

Barring any unforeseen circumstances, it will reopen at 8 a.m. on Fri., May 22.

Traffic for the northbound and southbound lanes will be redirected during the construction.

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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 Power Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  Idaho Falls Power is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)[1] designation and one of 54 designees to be awarded the RP3 Diamond designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Mass., and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Sacramento, CA.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.  Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.  The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the utilities that earned the designation this year join the 94 that received it last year for a total of 184.

“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry, and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” said Stone.

Idaho Falls Power is one of the four Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) customers awarded the diamond designation and the only Utah Association Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) member to receive diamond designation.

“We’re honored to receive the diamond designation which is the highest award level,” states Jackie Flowers, general manager, Idaho Falls Power. “The RP3 review process is very rigorous. The staff at Idaho Falls Power has earned the accolades. They put in a lot of hard work to serve our community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work,” adds Flowers.

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper states, “IFP is already a clear leader in our state and region. This award puts us in the top quartile among our public power peers nationally as far as reliability of performance is concerned.  And, we all know that when it comes to keeping the power on, reliability is always the goal. Our staff has performed well. It’s always a proud moment when I say that I am with Idaho Falls Power. This award is just one of the many reasons why.”

For a complete list of awards, see the APPA website.

This is the tenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered.  APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities.  It is located in Arlington, VA.

[1] RP3® is a registered service mark of APPA.

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About Idaho Falls Power: Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The city has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900.

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 Notice – Informational Meeting on Proposed Revisions to Subdivision Ordinance

Idaho Falls, ID: The public is invited to attend an informational meeting on May 27 regarding proposed revisions to the Subdivision Ordinance. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls.

The presentation will be hosted by the city of Idaho Falls’ Public Works and Community Development Services Departments. Staff will present the proposed language and process changes, and there will be time provided for questions and answers.

Some of the proposed changes include reformatting and reordering the ordinance for clarity, preliminary plat amendments, survey accuracy requirements, title policies and reports, guarantees of completion for public improvements and new application formats.

“Historically, two documents were used to outline the subdivision regulations for the city – the subdivision ordinance and a subdivision policy procedure document,” states Kerry Beutler, assistant planning director.  “The proposed revisions would combine those two documents and sync them with current and best practices related to the subdivision process,” adds Beutler.

To review the current ordinance and all proposed changes, click on the link: Community Development Services.  Comments regarding the proposed changes will be taken by the Community Development Services Department through June 5, 2015.

For comments or questions, contact Kerry Beutler, assistant planning director at (208) 612-8278 or kbeautler@idahofallsidaho.gov.

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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/

 

General Contractor & Public Notice – New Fire Station

Idaho Falls Fire Department to hold open house to discuss plans for new fire station & new general contractor licensing requirements

Idaho Falls, ID:  The Idaho Falls Fire Department will hold an open house on Wed., May 20 from 6-8 p.m. in Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue, Idaho Falls to discuss plans for the new downtown fire station.

“The primary purpose of the open house is to invite contractors in to learn about the new process and to assist them with making sure they have the proper licensing before the project goes out for bid the end of June,” states Chief Dave Hanneman. “We will also be discussing the project timeline, and staff from the fire department as well as the architects will be available for questions.”

According to the State of Idaho Division of Building Safety webpage, “The State of Idaho requires that construction managers (CM’s) be licensed in order to assure the public that CM’s have the level of education and experience required for successful management of public construction projects. A license is required for any individual who wishes to act as a construction manager in public works construction or offers to perform construction management services on any project where the estimated cost of the entire project is $10,000 or more and where the project involves public funding from the State of Idaho or any other political subdivision of the state that is authorized to let or award contracts for any public work.”

In April 2015, Idaho Falls City Council unanimously approved the $163K contract with CRSA to design a new fire station to replace downtown Fire Station 1. The new station will be located on existing city-owned property on E Street between Shoup and Park Avenues.

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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.

Road Construction on Woodruff Avenue to Begin Monday

Idaho Falls, ID:  On Mon., May 18, construction crews will begin Phase I of the Woodruff Avenue reconstruction project by restricting traffic on Woodruff Avenue to two lane traffic on the west side from the intersection of Caribou Street/Easy Street to the canal north of Kearney Street.

The Caribou Street/Easy Street intersection will then close May 19-22, and speeds will be reduced to 25 mph with no left turns. Traffic will be rerouted to businesses and residential areas.

Phase I involves full reconstruction of Woodruff Avenue between the Caribou Street/Easy Street intersection north to between Kearney Street and the canal. A larger storm pipe will be installed along with new inlets and two fire hydrants.  ADA improvements at the intersections will also be made and will include minor sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement as needed to install the before mentioned items. Reconstruction also involves Garfield Street.

Phase I of the project is expected to be completed the end of June.

Phase II will shift to two lane traffic to the east side of Woodruff Avenue with the same restrictions and is anticipated to be completed in mid- to late-July.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

TMC contractors and the city of Idaho Falls appreciates the community’s patience as they work to complete much-needed improvements.

For information on this project or other city of Idaho Falls construction projects, see the Construction Projects page on the city’s website.

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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/