Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park Celebrates 80th Birthday by Welcoming New Zebra Foal

Idaho Falls, ID – It’s a year for birthdays and anniversaries! Not only are we celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary, but also the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park’s 80th birthday! The zoo is excited to celebrate this milestone by announcing the birth of a female zebra foal, born at the zoo on Friday, July 17.

“We are thrilled to have another addition to our zebra herd,” says Interim Zoo Superintendent, Linda Beard. “This is the third baby born to our zebra mare, and the 18th foal fathered by our 24-year-old zebra stallion. What better way to celebrate the zoo’s 80th birthday than with a new animal birth!”

The zoo staff would like to invite the community to join them in their celebration by participating in the history picture contest that can be found on the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Facebook page. “Search your closets and attics, open those dusty boxes, visit with parents and grandparents and see what you can find!” states Beard.

To qualify, the photos must have been taken in the zoo before the major renovations took place in the early 1990s, and multiple qualified photos can be submitted. Photos can also be emailed to zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org with the photo date (if known), participant’s name and contact information. The contest deadline is Friday, Aug. 7.

The photos will then be gathered and judged by a group of zoo enthusiasts for authenticity, uniqueness and age. The contest winner will receive a pass for up to six people to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.

In 1934, the city of Idaho Falls purchased land in Tautphaus Park, then called “City Park,” and in 1935 the first zoo animals were brought to the park. Log buildings were erected throughout the park and financed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project.  Some of these buildings can still be seen on zoo grounds and now serve as an education center and a storage barn.

In 1998, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park became the first zoo in Idaho to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For more information about zoo programs, classes or registration, visit the Idaho Falls Zoo online or contact the Education Department at (208) 612-8418 or via email at zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org. Guests are also invited to visit our staff at the gift shop, open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Media Note:  For additional information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, 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.  Visit us online!

About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park Zoo: The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, founded in 1935, is dedicated to preserving wildlife and educating and entertaining zoo guests. Located in Tautphaus Park off South Blvd, the zoo is home to over 350 animals of 120 plus different species exhibited in a variety of naturalistic displays. For more information, visit the zoo online.

Construction Notice – Chip Sealing & Fog Coating

Idaho Falls, ID – HK Contractors will begin chip sealing, sweeping and fog coating city streets in the following sequence and locations:

Friday, July 31

  • Bellin Road – Pancheri Drive to Genevieve Way
  • Elva Street – Holmes Avenue to Royal Avenue
  • Elva Street – Holmes Avenue to Northgate Mile

Sunday, August 2

  • Utah Avenue – Roundabout Project
  • D Street – Underpass Project
  • D Street – Shoup Avenue to Boulevard

The anticipated project duration for all roads listed above is 20 days.

Please watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

For questions, contact HK Contractors at (208) 523-6600.  For information on all city of Idaho Falls construction projects, see 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/

Behavioral Enrichment Day at Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

Idaho Falls, ID – Sunday, August 2 is Behavioral Enrichment Day at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park.  Guests are invited to observe the animals participating in special activities designed to encourage natural behaviors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Behavioral enrichment is the environmental enhancement of the lives of animals in a managed setting by providing them with physical and mental stimulation to increase natural and healthy behavior.

“Our goal is to offer behavioral enrichment to our animals at the Idaho Falls Zoo on a daily basis, but often times it is offered behind the scenes or in ways that guests may not even notice,” says Interim Zoo Superintendent, Linda Beard. “The enrichment activities help stimulate and encourage natural behaviors. In other words, we are adding a little creativity, fun and stimulation to the animals’ lives!” explains Beard.

Behavioral Enrichment Day is a way to demonstrate to zoo guests the importance of animal enrichment.  “You are likely to see shredded paper, cardboard boxes and other things you may not generally see when you visit the zoo,” adds Beard.

Upon entry, guests will receive a schedule of enrichment activities

Admission to the Idaho Falls Zoo is $7.25 for adults (ages 13-61), $5.75 for seniors (62+) $4.25 for children (ages 4-12). Children 3 and under are free. One quarter of the admission fee goes to the Quarters for Conservation project. Each guest will receive a token to vote for their favorite conservation effort.

For more information about zoo programs, classes or registration, visit the Idaho Falls Zoo online or contact the Education Department at (208) 612-8418 or via email at zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org. Guests are also invited to visit our staff at the gift shop, open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Media Note:  For additional information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, 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.  Visit us online!

About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park Zoo: The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, founded in 1935, is dedicated to preserving wildlife and educating and entertaining zoo guests. Located in Tautphaus Park off South Blvd, the zoo is home to over 350 animals of 120 plus different species exhibited in a variety of naturalistic displays. For more information, visit the zoo online.

Senior Day at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park

Monday, Aug. 3, is Senior Day at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park. Visitors 62 years old and older get in FREE all day!

This annual event, sponsored by Lincoln Court, includes lunch from noon-1 p.m. and music by the Old Time Fiddlers from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Percy the Penguin will be making appearances, and the zoo ambassadors will be posing for picture opportunities from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Gates open at 9 a.m. with the last admission at 5 p.m.

For additional information on this event or to schedule a special event at the zoo, contact Guest Services Manager, Mary Leigh at (208) 612-8420 or mleigh@idahofallszoo.org.

For more information about zoo programs, classes or registration, visit the Idaho Falls Zoo online or contact the Education Department at (208) 612-8418 or via email at zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org. Guests are also invited to visit our staff at the gift shop, open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Lincoln Court.

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Construction Notice – City-wide Thermoplastic Pavement Markings

Idaho Falls, ID – Falls Striping, LLC begun updating thermoplastic pavement marking within Idaho Falls. Work associated with this project is anticipated to continue through early September.

Reflective thermoplastic crosswalks and other pavement markings will be completed in various residential and commercial areas throughout the city of Idaho Falls.

No major road closures are anticipated.

The community’s patience is appreciated as we strive to improve pedestrian safety.

For questions or concerns, contact (208) 589-8584.

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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 – Final Stages of Hitt Road & Sunnyside Road Intersection Project

Idaho Falls, ID – On Wed., July 29, DePatco Inc. will begin the final stages of construction at 25th East (Hitt Road) and 49th South (Sunnyside Road).

Construction activities include chip sealing, applying a fog coat and final pavement markings.

Motorists should expect lane reductions, occasional evening construction and short delays.

The work is expected to be complete by the first week in August.

For questions, contact DePatco at (208) 458-4000.

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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/

Former U.S. Army Paratrooper & Double Amputee, Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman Parachutes in for War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo

Idaho Falls, ID – The city of Idaho Falls is proud to once again host the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo. The rodeo, organized by the American Legion Bonneville Post 56, is the oldest rodeo in Idaho and has been a local tradition since 1911. Opening night is this Thurs., July 30.

“This year we are pleased and honored to announce that we have a very special guest joining us,” states Larry Pettingill, rodeo board member. “Retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman, a former member of the U.S. Army’s elite paratrooper team, the Golden Knights, and double amputee will be parachuting in during the pre-rodeo events.”

Bowman will parachute in at approximately 7:50 p.m., Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 30-Aug. 1.

In February 1994, Bowman lost his legs in an accident in Yuma, Arizona during an annual Golden Knights training when he collided in midair with a fellow teammate, Sgt. Jose Aquillon, at a combined speed of 300 mph. His teammate lost his life instantly.

Bowman persevered through this tragedy and went on to become the first double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army and is the U.S. Parachute Team’s lead speaker and recruitment commander.  He also spends a great deal of his personal time working with disabled and physically challenged individuals.

According to Bowman’s website, he has given more than 400 speeches in the last few years and has been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest and People, as well as television programs including Dateline, A Current Affair, Real TV, NBC Person of the Week, Day and Date and Extra.

“It is quite an honor to have a man of such courage, strength and character take part in one of our city’s most iconic events and in the midst of celebrating our city’s 150th anniversary,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “This year makes for 104 years of rodeo in Idaho Falls. I express my gratitude to all of the sponsors and the American Legion Bonneville Post 56 for promoting this event throughout the years – an event that benefits our local veterans. I look forward to dusting off my boots this weekend to join the community as we watch the cowboys and cowgirls show off their talents,” adds Casper.

A record number of cowboys and cowgirls registered for the War Bonnet Roundup this year at 477 – up 100 from last year. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s most decorated cowboy, Trevor Brazile, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Brazile has held the All American title for the past nine years.

Tickets are $18 for adults ($20 at the gate) and $10 for children ($10 at the gate) on Thurs. & Fri.  Saturday ticket prices are $20 for adults ($25 at the gate) and $10 for children ($10 at the gate).

Tickets can be purchased online at War Bonnet Roundup or at the gates. Note that attendees may be asked to show identification when picking up tickets reserved online.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with pre-rodeo events starting at 7 p.m., followed by main events at 8 p.m. Mini bull riding, as well as calf and lamb scrambles for kids ages 4-12 begins at 7 p.m. The rodeo takes place at Sandy Downs, 1860 E. 65th S., Idaho Falls.

Media note: For more information or to set up an interview regarding the rodeo, contact Kerry McCullough, Public Information Officer, city of Idaho Falls at (208) 821-6321 or kmccullough@idahofallsidaho.gov

For contact information or for additional information on Dana Bowman, see website. Dana Lee Bowman can also be followed on Facebook

Photos courtesy of Dana Bowman.

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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 Unveils Branding Initiatives Including New IFlyIDA.com Website and Logo

Airport celebrates by hosting “I fly IDA because…” giveaway with Allegiant

Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is pleased to unveil a new website and logo that is both functional and easy to remember. IFlyIDA.com includes a custom designed logo as well as resources for travelers including a cost comparison calculator and booking widget.

The launch of IDA’s new branding components are part of its comprehensive air service marketing plan which aims to increase participation and awareness of the airport’s offerings within the community. To celebrate the launch, IDA is hosting an “I fly IDA because…” Giveaway which asks entrants to tell the airport why they choose to fly IDA.

“We’ve seen extraordinary growth at the airport over the past couple of years, and I’m anxious to see what happens as a result of our new marketing campaign,” states Mayor Casper. “One of the recommendations from last year’s Airport Citizen Review Committee was to introduce a new marketing campaign to help reduce the amount of ‘leakage’ to other airports and to help change the perception that it’s cheaper to fly out of Salt Lake City. Hiring a marketing firm with extensive experience in airport marketing has already proven to be beneficial,” adds Casper.

IFlyIDA.com integrates the airport’s three letter airport code “IDA” into an easy-to-remember URL that distinguishes and identifies the airport to travelers. The website was custom designed to be mobile-friendly and includes a cost calculator and booking widget.

The cost calculator estimates the total cost of flying out of two other area airports based on the amount of money one would lose in travel time away from work, as well as gas, parking and airfare costs. The booking widget auto populates airfares to/from IDA to destinations served from the airport and then allows customers to book flights based on available options. Real-time flight status updates, a flight tracker and air traffic map are also included to assist travelers in their planning needs.

The new, exclusively-designed logo highlights the airport’s three-letter code as a key distinguisher and includes the proper name of the airport – Idaho Falls Regional Airport. The blue and green colors reflect environmental elements found in Idaho Falls and the swish used in the “A” implies the upward movement of air travel.

Signage within the terminal has been updated with the blue and green color scheme, and the Idaho Falls Regional Airport sign located at the entrance has also been updated with the new logo. Another recent change in the terminal is that patrons may now enjoy a smoke-free environment at Kathryn’s Lounge.

“The launch of IFlyIDA.com and our new logo are important components of our marketing initiatives this year,” said Craig Davis, IDA airport director. “The functionality and ease of use on the new website will ensure our customers have all the information they need before embarking on their air travel, including the true costs of flying out of larger airports. IDA’s small terminal, close parking, short TSA lines and amenities like free Wi-Fi, electronic charge stations and service to key hubs and destinations are all reasons why our community should choose to fly IDA,” adds Davis.

To celebrate the new branding launch, IDA is hosting a promotion that encourages people to submit reasons why they choose to fly IDA. To enter the “I fly IDA because…” Giveaway, complete the entry form found at Facebook.com/IFlyIDA or Woobox.com/n5baq3 and specify why you choose to fly IDA. The promotion will begin July 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. MT and conclude August 25, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Each week one participant will win a $200 Delta Air Lines or United Airlines gift card, and one lucky person will win a trip for two to Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) or Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona (AZA) courtesy of Allegiant. Fans who share the promotion and get their friends to enter the giveaway will receive one additional entry, increasing their chances of winning.

IDA wants to remind the community that in addition to its regular scheduled service to Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona; IDA also has seasonal nonstop service on Allegiant to Oakland, California until August 16 and to Los Angeles, California until August 17. Delta is offering seasonal nonstop service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota until September 1. Tickets are on sale now and may be booked at Allegiant.com or Delta.com.

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About Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) : Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) is an air transportation center for Eastern Idaho, Southern Montana, and Western Wyoming travelers and serves as an access point to some of America’s favorite tourist destinations including Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Sun Valley, Idaho. The terminal building is easy to navigate, parking is just a few steps away from check-in, there are never long TSA lines and airport amenities include free wi-fi, electronic charging stations, a restaurant, gift shop and concession stand. The airport is served by Delta Airlines with daily nonstop flights to Salt Lake City, Utah and seasonal service to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; United Airlines with daily nonstop flights to Denver, Colorado; and Allegiant with weekly flights to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona and seasonal flights to Los Angeles and Oakland, California. For more information or to book a flight, visit IFlyIDA.com.

Idaho Falls Power Pays off Debt, Absorbs Rate Increase from Bonneville Power Administration

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  Following Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) release of their final record of decision on their rate case, Idaho Falls Power (IFP) is putting the finishing touches on its cost of service analysis to prepare an electric rate action for the City Council to adopt with the FY15-16 budget.

Power purchases from BPA are the largest expenditure in IFP’s budget, roughly 41% of the budgeted expenses for the upcoming fiscal year. In a July 23 press release, BPA announced the rate increase for power and transmission rates for the two year period, beginning October 1. The end result for Idaho Falls Power will be an increase in BPA power supply costs of approximately $2.0 million annually. Normally Idaho Falls Power would pass along that increase to its customers. But this year is not a normal year.

“In 2015, we retired the debt associated with our locally-owned hydropower plants. With those debt payments off the books and in light of other efficiency measures we have implemented, we intend to absorb the rate increase from BPA and pass along a reduction in the consumptive use rate,” said Jackie Flowers, Idaho Falls Power general manager. “Most customers will see a decrease in the electric portion of their utility bill.”

IFP’s proposed rate structure will be discussed at the August 10 City Council work session.  Following that, IFP will host three open houses on August 12, inviting customers to their office to learn how the utility sets rates and hear more details about the proposed changes to rate structure. Open house times will be 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m.  Open houses are not expected to last more than one hour. Final adoption will be subject to City Council approval as part of the FY15-16 budget process.

The cost of service model calls for the residential electric consumptive rate to drop from 6.25 cents per kilowatt-hour used to 5.78 cents per kilowatt-hour. The consumptive use rate decrease will be offset by an increase in the monthly customer service charge, from $10 to $15, to better capture “fixed costs” associated with keeping the city’s electric system ready to serve should the customer decide to flip the switch. The model actually calls for the monthly customer service charge to be $18.

IFP also plans to implement a power cost adjustment as a component of its rate structure that will fluctuate annually, in order to more transparently pass along power supply costs (IFP’s hydro assets are capable of generating about a quarter of the city’s electric needs; the rest is purchased).

Assistant General Manager Bear Prairie said “Power Cost Adjustments (PCA) have become a normal component of electric rate structure in the utility industry in part because power supply costs are the biggest cost in the budget and typically have the most variability. IFP’s PCA will become a way to communicate transparently to customers what our costs are based on water conditions and market conditions. Given that our facilities are now paid off, the PCA provides an opportunity for our customers to receive some level of return on their investment in our power plants, particularly when we have good water years.”

The PCA will be a new line item on the bill and will be adjusted annually to reflect the previous year’s power supply costs. In good water years, the PCA may lead to a reduction in electric bills. In bad water years, the PCA may lead to an increase in electric bills.  While the current water year has been mixed, this year the PCA will lead to an additional 0.43 cent per kilowatt-hour reduction in consumptive use rate for residential customers.

With the PCA factored into the equation, IFP’s residential rate for the coming fiscal year would be 5.35 cents per kilowatt-hour (down from 6.25 cents per kilowatt-hour), less than half the national average of nearly 13 cents per kilowatt hour. Under IFP’s proposed new rate structure, the average residential customer would see approximately a 6 percent reduction on their electric bill, from $72.50 to $68.50.  Actual rate impacts will depend upon electric consumption.

Additionally, Idaho Falls Power is hosting the “Celebrating our Hydropower Heritage” event at the end of September as part of the IF150 series.

“Idaho Falls is very unique with its hydropower assets and its rich history in local hydropower investments.  This community’s investment in its own electric utility and its own generating resources sets us apart as a price leader in low cost, clean, consumer-owned electricity.  We have a public power system that should be celebrated as part of the 150th anniversary of the city,” Flowers said.  The city first started generating electricity in 1900 – one of the oldest public power systems in the northwest – 115 years later that investment is still paying off.  The community is encouraged to participate in the upcoming celebration. More details will be released in the next couple months.

Media note:  Contact Kerry McCullough, Public Information Officer at (208) 821-6321 to schedule interviews with Idaho Falls Power staff. 

#IF150 #BuiltByBond #PublicPower #HydroHeritage

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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 – 1st Street Water Leak Repair

Idaho Falls, ID – On Thurs., July 16, 2015, the city of Idaho Falls will repair a leaking water main on 1st Street, just east of the intersection of 1st Street and Linden Drive.

Construction work will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m.  Barring any unforeseen conditions, the repair work is anticipated to be complete by 5 p.m.

During construction, travel on 1st Street will be reduced to a single lane for both east and westbound traffic.

Please watch for equipment and workers and follow all traffic signs and flaggers.

For questions, contact the Water Division at (208) 612-8471.  For information on all city of Idaho Falls construction projects, see 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/