Boo at the Zoo – So many cool things to see, it’s scary!

Boo at the Zoo will run Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week from 5:00-8:30 p.m. and tickets are only $5 each!

Here’s a look at some of the exclusive things going on during this year’s event:

  • On Wednesday and Thursday, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile™ will be at the zoo! Yep, the world famous vehicle shaped like a giant hotdog will be inside the zoo. Come check it out!
  • On Thursday only, join us from a galaxy far, far away. You won’t want to miss the Timberline Garrison which is a local chapter of the 501st *The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm’s preferred Imperial costuming group. The 501st will have a special photo opportunity backdrop for you to pose with your favorite costumed Star Wars character!
  • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday explore the swashbuckling world of pirates as Idaho Falls Zoo opens the pond area for the first time ever during Boo at the Zoo.  You’ll see the giant kraken that has sunk the S.S. IF Zoo and the scurvy seadogs who are trying to save the ship’s booty!

We also have more local businesses and organizations providing trick-or-treat booths around the zoo than ever before!

If guests would like to see the wonderful light displays at the zoo but don’t want to attend Boo at the Zoo, the zoo night lights will be on display Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission on Oct. 31 is only $3.75 for adults (13 and over), $2.25 for kids (4-12) and $3 for seniors 62 and over. Ages 3 and under are free.

For more information on Boo at the Zoo, visit www.idahofallszoo.org or call (208) 612-8470.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Kerry McCullough directly at (208) 821-6321or kmccullough@idahofallsidaho.gov.

*Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Photo: S.S. IF Zoo

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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 – Broadway Bridge Lane & Sidewalk Closures

Idaho Falls, ID – Road lane and sidewalk closures on both sides of the Broadway Bridge will be necessary over the next couple of weeks as construction crews continue to work on railing improvements.

The improvements will include the construction of a concrete wall to provide vehicular and pedestrian separation and the replacement of the existing bridge sidewalk railing to increase safety.

Broadway Bridge Scheduled Closures:

  • Week of Oct. 26
    • The right lane of both the eastbound and westbound roadway will be closed during the day and night for railing and structure painting work beneath the bridge deck.
    • The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge will be closed for safety railing replacement. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the south sidewalk until the railing is installed.
  • Week of Nov. 2
    • The right lane of both the eastbound and westbound roadway will be closed during the day and night for railing and structure painting work benefit the bridge deck.
    • The sidewalk on the south side of the bridge will be closed for safety railing replacement. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the north sidewalk until the railing is installed.
  • Week of Nov. 9
    • The right lane of both the eastbound and westbound roadway will be closed during the day and night for railing and structure painting work beneath the bridge deck.
    • The sidewalk on the south side of the bridge may be closed for safety railing replacement. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the north sidewalk until the railing is installed.

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

For questions, call Cannon Inc. at (208) 785-6281.

Media note: To schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough at (208) 821-6321 or kmccullough@idahofallsidaho.gov.

Photo:  Conceptual drawing of Broadway Bridge improvements to include:

1) Pedestrian/vehicular separation;

2) Vertical railing; and

3) Pedestrian/bike lanes.

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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.

The Great Pumpkin Cross Bike Race and Festival & Blue Goose Cyclocross

Don’t put those bikes away quite yet! The City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department and Bill’s Bike & Run have partnered up to bring two great cycling opportunities to the community!

The Great Pumpkin Cross Bike Race & Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 23. The race is geared toward all ages and experience levels, so bring the entire family down to Community Park at 7 p.m.! The Idaho Falls Youth Hockey Association will provide various pumpkin-related activities.

On Saturday, Nov. 7 the annual Blue Goose Cyclocross will be held at 9 a.m. at Freeman Park.  Cyclocross is a bicycle race held over a cross-country course, featuring hills, turns and sometimes muddy terrain that occasionally requires a rider to carry the bicycle over and around other obstacles.

The registration fee for each event is $15 for kids and adults in all divisions. All proceeds from both races support the Connecting our Community walking and biking plan. Register at www.IFrec.org.

“This year will be the 3rd annual Blue Goose Cylcocross. We’ve had almost 100 riders participate in this race for the last two years,” states Recreation Superintendent, PJ Holm. “We are excited to offer yet another bicycling event with the Great Pumpkin Cross.”

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city employees, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough at (208) 821-6321or at kmccullough@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/

 

Falls to Briefly Disappear During Construction Work

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Don’t be alarmed if you see the falls disappear for a couple of days next week. Idaho Falls Power (IFP) crews will shut down the falls while tackling a trio of projects tied to the City Hydropower Plant.

On Oct. 19, work will commence to repair concrete damage on the diversion dam, or weir that creates the falls. The project calls for crews to perform minor repairs on two damaged areas along the dam, which is located in the middle of the Snake River.

Work on the weir is expected to take one day and is scheduled to coincide with two other projects that are expected to take two days – reconstruction of a concrete retaining wall south of the Broadway Bridge and routine maintenance on the generator at the plant.

Handling all three projects at once will limit the downtime of the City Plant – one of four hydropower facilities owned and operated by Idaho Falls Power.

IFP generally schedules plant maintenance in the fall, when the demand for electricity is low because of mild temperatures and below capacity generation due to low river flows.

Greenbelt traffic will likely be routed around the construction zone for the duration of the project. The work will also result in a 2-foot drop in the river level, forcing the closure of the pedestrian foot bridge underneath John’s Hole Bridge at US Hwy 20.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough at (208) 821-6321 or kmccullough@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/

Mark Your Calendars Now! City of Idaho Falls Leaf Collection Schedule 2015

Idaho Falls, ID: The City of Idaho Falls leaf collection schedule will begin Monday, Oct. 19.

Residents are encouraged to visit the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or call the Street Division at (208) 612-8490 to find out when their neighborhood is scheduled for collection.

The schedule will be repeated, weather and time permitting, as leaves accumulate and conditions warrant.

Due to equipment limitations, only leaves should be piled on the street next to the curb, and cars should be parked off the street. Tree limbs and branches should not be piled with the leaves.

In accordance with city ordinance, property owners must keep their trees trimmed 15’ above the street surface to allow the street sweepers room to travel under the trees without damage to the equipment or to the trees.

Anyone living outside the stated boundaries may contact the Street Division to request leaf collection in their area. The schedule may vary slightly due to workload.

Leaves collected will be made available to the general public as mulch at a later date.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough at (208) 821-6321 or kmccullough@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/

Exclusive Boo at the Zoo Preview

Would you like a sneak peek at all the amazing preparations that go into Boo at the Zoo? This month only take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to set up for Idaho Falls’ largest Halloween event at Idaho Falls Zoo’s special Boo at the Zoo Preview tours!

See how staff installs over 500k lights, numerous lighted sculptures and more than 1k pumpkins in less than three weeks! Guests will also discover how the zoo staff prepares the animals for winter.

Space is limited for these exclusive tours so reserve your space now by calling 612-8453. The tours will last approximately one hour.

Tour Dates/Times:

  • Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Sunday Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.

The fee for the tours is only $8 per person for TPZS members ages 4 and up, $12 per person for non-members and ages 3 and under are only $3 each. Payment must be made upon reservation and at least two days before the tour.

Due to guests receiving exclusive access to zoo grounds during the tours, strollers will not be permitted for safety reasons.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Kerry McCullough directly at (208) 821-6321or kmccullough@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/

City of Idaho Falls Awarded APA Outstanding Plan Award

A Plan Shaped by Community Engagement 

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls Community Development Services Department is proud to announce that the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded the city with the APA Outstanding Plan Award for their 2013 Comprehensive Plan at the annual conference in Sandpoint, Idaho on Oct. 7.

This award honors a written plan that advances the science and art of planning or brings awareness of the benefits of good planning. The award seeks to recognize excellence in planning for livable and sustainable communities with public engagement and realistic goals. During the conference, the awards committee stated that Idaho Falls’ plan was selected because they were impressed that the staff completed the plan in-house and that they used innovative methods to engage the public.

“The significance of this award is that while most communities turn to outside consultants to produce their plans, we decided to conserve resources by completing a majority of the plan in-house,” explains former Community Development Services Director, Renee Magee.

An essential piece of the plan was the public involvement process that began in 1992, prior to the creation of the plan. During that time the department received over 8,000 respondents. Local residents were presented with three questions:

1) Where is your favorite place in Idaho Falls?

2) What are the best features of Idaho Falls?

3) What are the worst features of Idaho Falls?

Based on the responses from those three questions, important themes were developed for the comprehensive plan to include parks, streets, a vibrant downtown, trees and landscaping, entrance ways, commercial development, strong residential neighborhoods, as well as biking and walking trails.

“The development of this plan demonstrates the important participatory role citizens play in data collection, city planning and vision-setting activities. By asking citizens to participate, we not only keep costs low, but we empower them to bring forward new ideas and create positive change for our city,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper.

“This award reflects so much more than just a good plan – it reflects an engaged and involved community, a professional and dedicated Planning and Zoning Commission, a hardworking and talented staff, and supportive political leadership. Those same elements are needed to implement the plan and make the vision of the community a reality.”

A link to the comprehensive plan and comprehensive plan video can be found on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city of Idaho Falls staff, contact Kerry McCullough, public information officer, at (208) 821-6321.

Link to Comprehensive Plan You Tube Video

Photo: Brad Cramer, Community Development Services Director, City of Idaho Falls and Idaho Falls City Councilman, Ed Marohn at the APA annual conference in Sandpoint, Idaho.

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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/

New High-Tech Playground Equipment Installed at Equal Access Playground at Tautphaus Park

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: After receiving rave reviews from local kids when a new era of playground equipment was demonstrated at Riverbend Communication’s East Idaho Kid’s Fair last summer, the Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department decided to bring high-tech to a local playground.

According to the company’s website, NEOS® combines the speed and fun of electronic games with the explosive movement of aerobic exercise to create the most exciting playground ever to hit play spaces.

The new NEOS® playground equipment was installed at the Equal Access playground in Tautphaus Park last week and is completely ADA accessible.

The total cost of the equipment and installation was approximately $30k and was paid for by insurance money recovered after prior playground equipment was stolen from the Equal Access playground last year.

“There’s no denying that kids today live in a world full of high-tech devices. The NEOS® equipment gives kids the technology they want while getting them outside and active,” states Director of Parks & Recreation, Greg A. Weitzel.

For additional information regarding this release, please contact Kerry McCullough directly at (208) 821-6321or at kmccullough@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/

 

Mayor Casper Selected to Attend Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2016

A yearlong program for elected women leaders from across the nation

Idaho Falls, ID – The Governing Institute recently announced the members of the Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2016 – the new class of elected officials from state and local government selected to participate in the second year of this annual program. Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper was one of the 25 women leaders out of 100 nominated selected to attend the program.

According to a press release issued by Governing, the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program highlights the outstanding contributions of women currently in public office. The program provides leadership development and critical job skills during three in-person summits and creates a network to pay it forward by mentoring the next generation of women leaders to run for office.

Participants were selected based on career and educational accomplishments, recommendations from the nominators and a commitment to actively participate. Each class also includes one “rising star” – a young woman not yet serving in elected office but with the interest and potential to run in the future.

The first leadership conference for the 2016 class will be held Nov. 7-8 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The 25 women will also be profiled in the February 2016 issue of Governing magazine and will participate in Governing events throughout the coming year, including a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. in January 2016.

“The new class is a remarkable group of women from Alaska to Florida. We look forward to a year of inspiration, professional development, sharing best practices and establishing relationships that will directly result in more women seeking to advance their careers in elected office,” says Julia Burrow, executive director of the Governing Institute.

“I’m humbled to be nominated to participate in this program. I look forward to not only learning and gleaning ideas from such a talented group of women, but also to the opportunity to mentor yet another generation of leaders. If we want to see change in the number and qualifications of women and men participating in government, we need to continue to educate, encourage and empower them to do so. This program is an important step in that direction,” states Mayor Casper.

The Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2016 includes women from 22 different states holding a variety of offices statewide and at the local level – two of which are from the State of Idaho. Idaho State Representative Wendy Horman was also selected to participate.

The Honorable Raumesh Akbari

Tennessee State Representative

SLLF Lois M. DeBerry Scholar

The Honorable Linda Langston

Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa

The Honorable Carol Alvarado

Texas State Representative

The Honorable Andrea Lea

Arkansas State Auditor

The Honorable Marlene Anielski

Ohio State Representative

The Honorable Gail McCann Beatty

Missouri State Representative

The Honorable Stephanie Bice

Oklahoma State Senator

The Honorable Charisse Millett

Alaska State Representative

The Honorable Mary Ann Borgeson

Commissioner, Douglas County, Nebraska

The Honorable Erin Oban

North Dakota State Senator

The Honorable Toni Carter

Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minnesota

The Honorable Cherrish Pryor

Indiana State Representative

The Honorable Rebecca Casper

Mayor, Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Honorable Brenda Roberts

Auditor, Oakland, California

The Honorable Joy Cooper

Mayor, Hallandale Beach, Florid

The Honorable Loretta Smith

Commissioner, Multnomah County, Oregon

The Honorable Shelley Goodman Taub

Commissioner, Oakland County, Michigan

The Honorable Melanie Stambaugh

Washington State Representative

The Honorable Betsy Hodges

Mayor, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Honorable Ivy R. Taylor

Mayor, San Antonia, Texas

The Honorable Wendy Horman

Idaho State Representative

The Honorable Michelle Wu

Councilor, City of Boston, Massachusetts

The Honorable Lindsey P. Horvath

Mayor, West Hollywood, California

Sarah Besnoff

Law Clerk, United States Courts

Rising Star

The Honorable Adrienne Jones

Maryland State Delegate

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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/.

About the Governing Institute: The Governing Institute advances better government by improving performance and outcomes through research, decision support, and executive education to help public sector leaders govern more effectively. Governing is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

2015 Citizen Review Committee Reports Available for Review

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The 2015 Citizen Review Committee (CRC) reports are now available for review and can be found on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or by calling the Office of the Mayor at (208) 612-8235.

This is the second round of CRCs since Mayor Casper called on residents to review basic functions and budget processes of city departments just prior to taking office in 2014.

This year, applicants were called upon to review the Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation, Idaho Falls Power and Public Works.

The committees began meeting in February and were asked to review each department’s priorities in light of Mayor Casper’s goals of maintaining fidelity to law, seeking solutions to city problems, promoting economic growth and enhancing city assets.

Over the past several months, committee members have spent numerous hours meeting with city directors and staff. They have reviewed information and participated in in-depth discussions, fieldtrips and budget reviews. Each committee then compiled a report and made recommendations to be reviewed by Mayor and City Council.

The CRCs for Idaho Falls Power and Public Works shared their reports with Mayor and City Council at yesterday’s work session. The Parks & Recreation and Idaho Falls Police Department CRCs will share their reports at the October 19 work session.

The directors of the four departments reviewed this year have been tasked with writing responses to the CRC recommendations. These responses will be posted on the city’s website as they become available.

Mayor Casper will be calling for applicants for the final three CRCs in late-November to early-December. The public will be notified when the application process is open.

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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/