Whittier Street Water Line Project

Idaho Falls, ID – TMC Contractors, Inc., under contract with the City of Idaho Falls, will begin construction on the Whittier Street Water Line Project on Monday, March 28.

Whittier Street from Holmes Avenue to the intersection of Freeman Avenue will be closed to thru traffic due to water line and street reconstruction. Alternate routes have been established.

The project includes new water service installation to the homes located on the south side and right-of-way sections of Whittier Street.  Temporary water service will be installed to the homes affected by the construction.

No parking will be permitted on Whittier Street, from Holmes Avenue to Freeman Avenue. Parking will also not be permitted in driveways in that area as to not disturb or disconnect the temporary water service to homes.

Residents have been provided with alternate parking areas in the old Elks Lodge Bowling Alley parking lot for the duration of the project.

Barring unforeseen conditions, the construction project is expected to be completed in 45 days.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Come One, Come All to Idaho Falls Zoo’s Annual Community-wide Zoo Clean-up Day

Idaho Falls Zoo is seeking individuals and volunteer service groups throughout the community to help the zoo prepare for the season opening during its annual Clean-up Day, Saturday, April 2.

There are a variety of projects including cleaning, raking, and mulching that are needed to get the zoo tidied up for the opening day on Saturday, April 9.

Volunteers are instructed to bring work gloves, rakes and shovels with them to the front gate of the zoo, anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on April 2, where a zoo employee will provide further instructions.

For volunteers under the age of 18, a City of Idaho Falls Volunteer Release of Liability form must be completed and signed by a legal guardian prior to April 2.

All youth and special service volunteer groups must be accompanied by qualified leaders or supervisors from their organization at all times.

To download the Volunteer Release of Liability form, click HERE or see the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.  

If you have questions or for additional information, contact Darrell Markum, General Curator, at (208) 612-8419 or dmarkum@idahofallszoo.org.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:  With more than 400 individual animals representing 110 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.

Community Conversation on Snow Removal

Idaho Falls, ID – The public is invited to attend a Community Conversation on Snow Removal on Wednesday, March 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers inside the City Annex Building, 380 Constitution Way.

City officials will be available to accept public comment and answer questions regarding current snow removal policies and procedures.

The city also encourages residents to participate in the conversation by completing a short survey between now and April 6. The link to the Snow Removal Survey and additional information can be found on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov.

Residents can also email questions and comments to snowsuggestions@idahofallsidaho.gov.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Press Conference – Community to Capital

Idaho Falls, Idaho: A press conference will be held with local Community to Capital representatives to share observations and insights resulting from meetings in Washington DC last week.

Representatives traveled to Washington DC to meet with members of the Idaho congressional delegation to discuss issues affecting eastern Idaho. They also met with representatives from the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Topics discussed included spent nuclear fuel, small modular reactors, the GAIN Program, the environmental management clean-up mission, advanced transportation, new legislation and cyber security.

When:                Wednesday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:               Idaho Falls City Council Chambers, 680 Park Avenue

Who:                   Community to Capital Representatives:

  • Rebecca Casper, Mayor, City of Idaho Falls
  • Dana Kirkham, Mayor, City of Ammon
  • Michael Hart, Immediate Past President, Partnership for Science & Technology
  • Richard Holman, Board President, Partnership for Science & Technology
  • Jan Rogers, CEO, REDI for Eastern Idaho
  • Jerry Stenquist, Board Member, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Idaho Falls Fire Department Partners with ISU to Offer New Paramedic Program

(Press Release provided by Idaho State University)

Expansion of Idaho State University Paramedic Science Program

Idaho Falls- The Idaho State University Paramedic Science program is expanding to Eastern Idaho. The program was previously only taught in Meridian but will also be offered at the Idaho Falls and Pocatello campuses thanks to a partnership between ISU’s Emergency Services Department, the Idaho Falls Fire Department and Ada County Paramedics. With the recent termination of BYU-Idaho’s paramedic program, this expansion will fill a critical gap in healthcare education in the area.

The classes will be delivered starting in Fall of 2016 to both Idaho Falls and Pocatello via distance learning broadcasts. Hands on laboratory classes will also be held one day each week in Idaho Falls. Students will also have a chance to gain real-world experience through internships with local emergency services. Graduates of the degree will be prepared to enter the workforce with the potential to make $40,000 or more per year.

Unlike certificate-only programs in Idaho, students in the Paramedic Science A.S. program at ISU are eligible for federal financial aid. The program is the only accredited Associate of Science Degree of its kind in the state. After completion of the program, students can continue on to a B.S. in Health Science with a concentration in Emergency Medical Services. This option also opens the door for students to apply to medical school, physician assistant studies and other graduate programs.

In order to apply for the program, students must have completed two semesters of anatomy and physiology, one semester of medical terminology and possess both an EMT certification and a healthcare provider CPR card. For more information, call the Idaho State University Emergency Services Department at (208) 373-1760 or visit isu.edu/esd

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Statement from the Idaho Falls Fire Department:  The Idaho Falls Fire Department recently hired 23 new recruits. In order to find qualified individuals, several of the new hires were recruited from out of state, including Utah, Arizona, Ohio and South Carolina. “The new contract with ISU has many advantages for students, as well as for our local fire department,” explains Idaho Falls Fire Department Chief Dave Hanneman. “Our paramedics will not only be lab instructors for the program, but four spots in the program will be guaranteed for our employees, allowing them to advance their education and careers. The other advantage is that the employees who have gone through the program already can petition to get an academic degree. We look forward to working with ISU to offer this program and really raise the bar for our paramedics on the academic side,” adds Hanneman.

Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency Annual Report

Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency will be presenting its annual report for discussion and approval at its regular monthly meeting at noon on March 17, 2016, in City Council Chambers located at 680 Park Avenue.

The annual report summarizes the Agency’s activities for 2015 and provides a brief history of Agency actions over its 27-year history. As with all of Agency meetings, the public is invited to attend.

The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency was activated in 1988 by Idaho Falls Mayor and Council. Soon after the Agency was activated, the Mayor and Council created the Lindsey Boulevard Urban Renewal District (now the expanded Snake River Urban Renewal District). This area contained numerous vacant parcels, open storage and gravel roads.

The Agency issued a bond and undertook the reconstruction of Lindsey Boulevard and Utah Avenue. Since 1988, the Agency has improved Lindsey Boulevard, Utah Avenue, Wardell and Mercury rights-of-way and Memorial Drive. The Agency has also relocated power lines; improved major road intersections and railroad crossings; and replaced or installed water, sewer and storm drainage lines.

In 2004, the Mayor and Council approved the creation of the River Commons Urban Renewal District on lands which previously housed a gravel pit. The Agency entered into a partnership with the developer of Snake River Landing, Ball Ventures, to finance the construction of Pier View Drive, portions of Snake River Parkway, Milligan Road within the city and Bluff Drive and accompanying public utilities. As of 2015, these improvements spurred an increase of $202,060,908 in the assessed value in these two districts.

In 2015, the Mayor and Council approved the Eagle Ridge District, the fourth district in the program. This district has already seen the completion of Snake River Parkway connected to Pioneer Road and a new intersection with Utah Avenue. Also in 2015, the Agency agreed to purchase the site of the former Saving Center grocery store and an option on the Bonneville Hotel. Both of these projects are planned to be used for mixed-use developments. Requests for Proposals were posted and sent to developers in early 2016 with a due date of May 2.

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

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About the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency: The Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency began work in the Snake River Urban Renewal District in 1988 and reconstructed Lindsay Boulevard, Utah Avenue, Wardell Avenue, a portion of Milligan Road, and Memorial Drive with the tax proceeds from new development. As part of this street reconstruction, the Agency installed water and sewer lines and storm drainage. The Agency also financed the relocation of transmission lines to spur development east of I-15. With the efforts of the Agency and others, the assessed valuation of the district has increased by over $140 million. The Snake River district will end on December 31, 2018, although the Agency may continue to receive the increment into 2019.

Power Pole Replacement Project set for Melbourne Park Subdivision

Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Power is set to launch a project Monday, March 14, that calls for upgrading its equipment in the Melbourne Park subdivision.

The project calls for replacing power poles and lines and installing energy-efficiency LEDs in 43 street lights.

There are no major outages planned during the project, which is expected to continue until mid-summer. Residents could experience minor outages of 2 hours or less. IFP personnel will alert residents of any disruptions in service as the work progresses.

Traffic will not be disrupted, but crews will need access to poles located in back yards.

The first phase of the project will focus on Meadow Street and Meppen, Melbourne, Wahlquist and Logan Drives.

The second phase will encompass an area bounded by John Adams Parkway, Meppen Drive, Tyra Avenue, Logan Drive and the north side of Bodily Street. A start date is unknown for the second phase, but it will begin immediately after the first phase is complete.

The final phase will focus on residences on the south side of 1st Street, Melbourne Drive, Croft Street, Tyra Avenue and the north side of Logan Drive.

In all, the project calls for replacing nearly 50 power poles and 3 miles of primary distribution lines. Most of the equipment in place today dates back to the 1950s and ’60 and has begun to deteriorate.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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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. Learn more on our website.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Idaho Falls Zoo Spring Break Mini-Camps

The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, in partnership with Gonzales-Stoller Surveillance, will host its annual spring break mini-camps during the week of March 21.

Children (ages 5-12) will spend a wild spring break learning about how the exotic animals that live at the zoo are both similar and different from animals found right here in Idaho.

We’ll explore the first exotic animals to come to the Idaho Falls Zoo and how we make these non-natives feel at home. We’ll also use native and exotic animal information to learn about the scientific method and conduct a scientific experiment.

Space is limited, so sign up today by visiting our website or by calling us at (208) 612-8418. Scholarships may be available.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:  With more than 400 individual animals representing 110 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.

Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund Ceremony

Idaho Falls, ID Idaho Falls, ID: Scholarships totaling $40K will be awarded to students from area schools at the Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund ceremony on Monday, March 14, at the Colonial Theater in Idaho Falls.

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

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

“An education is a precious thing. It is clear that Idaho’s youth will need training and opportunities for learning beyond high school. This program is one tremendous effort to give Idaho Falls students the advantages higher education offers. We thank the many generous sponsors who make this program possible,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper.

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

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

2016 Senior Recipients 2016 Promise Recipients

Emma Baczuk

Ethan Taylor

Kathryn Suciu

Isabelle Nielsen

Katie Meldrum

Alayna Horrocks

Chalyze Brush

Jasmine Morgan

Makayla Andra

Macy Jordin

Matiline Andresen

Jordyn Boelter

Aspen Cadenhead

Virginia Weitzel

Aubrey Hazecamp

Mercedes Berry

Hunter Corun

Joanna Gonzalez

David Andrade

Kaitlyn Sollender

Jessica Foster

Andy Nelson

Madelyn Verdoorn

Aryanna Truesdell

Mattie McBride

Lola Botero

Chris Spaulding

Natalie Buenrostro

Megan Tracy

Alexis Harrington-Burt

Alina Cook-Marthis

Kaitlin Cook

Gavin Slater

Kayla Stanley

Melissa Murillo

Cody Chamberlain

Kilee Pemberton

Alicia Cuellar

Cody Taylor

Cheyenne Miller

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry McCullough.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Straw Stack Fire

Idaho Falls, ID: The Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to a straw stack fire at 113th South 15th East at 1:44 a.m. on March 3, 2016.

Engine 4 arrived and found a fully involved straw stack next to the road with heat impingement on the power lines but no other exposures. Engine 4 requested Battalion 1. There was nothing to save as the stack was fully involved upon arrival. There were no injuries.

Rocky Mountain Power was consulted, and they determined that the power lines would remain energized.

Rescue 1 and Engine 1 monitored the fire through the early morning hours. The stack is expected to continue to burn and smolder throughout the day, and crews will continue to monitor it.

There were a total of ten firefighters on scene (2 engine, 1 rescue and a battalion chief). The estimated damage was 560 one-ton bales of straw. The fire is still under investigation.

Media note: For additional information, contact Battalion Chief Cody Anderson at 612-8413.

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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 department 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 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. The IFFD EMS responses for 2008 numbered just over 8,200.Learn more on our website.