Grandview & N. Skyline Water Line Installation

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls has contracted with Knife River Corporation for the installation of new water lines at the intersection of Grandview Drive and N. Skyline Drive beginning Sunday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The entirety of this phase of the construction project will be completed during the night hours only and will cease at 5 a.m. each day.

The roadways will be reduced to one lane only, and short detours will be in place to keep all roads accessible.  Airport access will not be disrupted.

Barring unforeseen conditions, this phase of the project is expected to be completed by Friday, May 6th.

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

For questions, call Knife River Corporation at (208) 523-8282.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

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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.

Groundbreaking for City-wide Wayfinding Signage Program

Idaho Falls, Idaho:  A historic groundbreaking ceremony will be held next Monday to signify the launch of the City of Idaho Falls’ City-wide Wayfinding Signage Program.

More than 140 new signs will be erected throughout the city over the next couple of months, including a monument at the I-15 entryway on Broadway.

The master wayfinding signage program will help bring awareness of the region’s major attractions through universal design standards that are reflective of the city’s brand identity.  The program also establishes a comprehensive standard for sign types from primary signage to trail signage and everything in between.

The public and media are invited to attend.

When:  Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Where: 1330 W. Broadway, Idaho Falls, Idaho (Parking available in the Shari’s parking lot.)

Who: Representatives from the City of Idaho Falls

The presentation will be followed by a groundbreaking ceremony with the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Photo: Employees testing sign mock-ups at various locations for scale and legibility.

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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’ Wastewater Operator Recognized

Idaho Falls, ID – Ronald N. O’Connor, a Collection System Equipment Operator for the City of Idaho Falls, and Idaho’s first Wastewater Professional Operator, was one of only forty operators from North America to be invited by the Association of Boards of Certification (ABC) to attend a wastewater workshop in Kansas.

In January 2015, Mr. O’Connor became the first Wastewater Professional Operator in the State of Idaho by completing a rigorous qualification process and passing a national Collections IV exam with a score of 94 percent.

O’Connor was also involved in creating the next generation of the standardized water and wastewater examinations. He was one of forty operators from North America to be invited to attend the wastewater workshops in April and one of ten members of the Wastewater Collection Operations Committee charged with rewriting the ABC Wastewater Collection exam questions.

New ABC certification exam blueprints (Need to Know Criteria) were completed in 2015 with the input of more than 7,000 water environmental industry professionals. Now, ABC will be developing new testing questions to assess professional competence in wastewater operations.

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.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport Receives Perfect Rating by FAA

Idaho Falls, ID – The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Inspection with zero discrepancies – the highest rating a commercial airport can receive.

The FAA requires all U.S. airports providing commercial airline services to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139. FAR Part 139 serves to ensure safety in air transportation and defines the standards within which an airport must operate on a daily basis. The annual inspection is required for an airport to renew its operating certificate.

This critical and comprehensive annual safety inspection focuses on areas such as aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, training and response times; condition of runway and taxiway pavement, markings and lighting; movement area; driver training; fuel storage and handling; obstructions to airspace; wildlife hazard management; and accuracy and completeness of records for facility self-inspections. FAA inspectors also critique the airport’s certification manual – a comprehensive document that includes an emergency plan for a variety of operational scenarios.

“This kind of honor is very rare.  It tells us that the flying public can expect a safe and excellent experience at IDA. And it provides even more evidence that our airport embodies and enjoys outstanding management,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Casper.

This year the airport not only successfully passed the inspection, but received accolades from the FAA for having zero discrepancies. The FAA also noted the need for additional airfield maintenance and operations staff and additional snow removal equipment to meet the growing needs of airport operations.

“Operating and maintaining an airport is no easy task. It requires professional management and extensive work throughout the year,” said IDA Airport Director Craig Davis. “We have great employees who take pride in keeping the traveling public safe. From maintaining aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and response operations, to making sure every runway light works each night, to implementing snow and ice control plan for the airfield 24/7, the behind-the-scenes tasks involved with running an airport are very meticulous but also very rewarding. Safety is our first priority at IDA, and I’m very proud of our entire team. Passing the FAA inspection with no discrepancies is a testament to our commitment to running a safe and secure operation and underscores our commitment to safeguarding the well-being of our passengers.” said IDA Airport Director Craig Davis.

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

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About Idaho Falls Regional Airport:  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. Our terminal building is easy to navigate, parking is just a few steps away from check-in and we never have long TSA lines. Airport amenities include free wi-fi electronic charging stations, a restaurant, a smoke-free lounge, gift shop and concession stand. Learn more on our website.

Structure Fire on Lincoln Road

Idaho Falls, ID:  On April 27, 2016 at 7:45 p.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 3075 E. Lincoln Road for a structure fire.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department responded with three engines, two ambulances, a battalion chief and a safety officer.

Upon arrival, the cooling towers of the old sugar factory were found to be fully involved in flames. The fire was contained to this area, and there was no damage to any of the grain bins or exposures. The fire was then extinguished.

The building is a total loss. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

For additional information, contact Battalion Chief Radford at (208) 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 the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. In 2015, the department provided an unmatched level of service at 4,011 engine responses and 8,666 ambulance calls.  Learn more on our website.

Public Input Requested for Draft Bicycle & Pedestrian Transportation Projects

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls is applying for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grants and is asking for public input on draft bicycle and pedestrian projects that have been identified for the project.  The deadline for public input is May 20.

The projects identified are part of the Connecting our Community comprehensive bicycle, pedestrian, and trails facility plan. The projects are federally funded and administered by the Idaho Transportation Department to provide for enhancements in transportation projects to ensure safety, mobility and economic development to residents.

The draft projects that have been identified and discussed with representatives from the local bicycle and pedestrian community include:

  1. Idaho Canal Trail (path along the Idaho Canal from Lincoln down to 12th).
  2. East Path Extension (crossing beneath US 20).
  3. Pancheri Bridge Pedestrian Safety Rail (railing separating pedestrians and vehicles on the Pancheri Bridge over the Snake River).
  4. West Side Idaho Falls Path Connections (trail connections on the west side of town along Pancheri, Grizzly and Saturn).
  5. Bush Elementary Area Sidewalk Improvements (sidewalk improvements along Anderson around Bush Elementary School).
  6. Yellowstone Sidewalk (sidewalk on the west side of Yellowstone, between Pancheri and Sunnyside).

To review draft project maps, click HERE.

Comments can be made via email at ifeng@idahofallsidaho.gov, by phone at (208) 612-8259 or by mail at 380 Constitution Way, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402, Attn: Public Works.

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.

NEW Science & Technology Education Camps

Idaho National Laboratory is partnering with the Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department to offer an incredible summer science experience for children.

INL is committed to inspiring bright young people in our communities and schools to see STEM fields as their gateway to a future career at the national laboratory.

Participants will explore science, technology, energy, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on activities and daily discovery. Two camps, based on age of the participants, are being offered July 12 to 14 at the Ice Arena in Tautphaus Park.

STEM on the Playground, Grades 2-4
Limited to 15 students
9 a.m. to noon each day

Who knew that a playground could become a “learn-ground?” Using a playground, participants will learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts by engaging in hands-on learning activities inside and outside.

Energy Exploration, Grades 5-6
Limited to 15 students
1 to 4 p.m. each day

Energy — we all use it. But where does it come from and how does it get there? This class will explore different ways that energy is created and used — from electrical generation and solar energy to wind energy and rocketry. 

Interested parents can register their children by submitting an application. Camp participants will be selected from the applicant pool.  Click HERE for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Camps are based on the grade the child will complete in June 2016.

Photo Credit: Idaho National Laboratory

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About Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation: The mission of the City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities based upon cost efficiency and community needs. Learn more on our website.

Public Notice – 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO), which provides transportation planning for the cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona, Ucon and the urbanized portions of Bonneville County, announces the proposed 25-year Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) through 2040 is available for review and public comment.

The proposed LRTP will also be the final LRTP unless amended.

The proposed 2040 LRTP will be available to the public for review during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the BMPO office located at 1810 W. Broadway, Suite 15 in Idaho Falls. The plan is also available on the BMPO website at www.bmpo.org.

Comments will be taken from April 25-May 13, 2016.  Written comments should be addressed to BMPO, 1810 W. Broadway, Suite 15, Idaho Falls, ID 83402. Comments can also be made via phone at (208) 612-8530 or email at dwest@bmpo.org. If requested, a public hearing will be held.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

 

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

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  With budget season quickly approaching, Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and City Council members invite the public to attend the Budget Watch Open House on Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Library, 457 W. Broadway.

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

“We are very anxious to hear what the citizens’ priorities are for this budget season,” states Mayor Casper. “Water conservation, snow removal, recreational opportunities, and facility improvements – all topics are on the table for discussion. If you’ve ever had concerns or questions about how your tax dollars are spent, this is a great opportunity to dialogue with city leadership,” adds Casper.

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

The meeting is open to the public.

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

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.

Idaho Falls Celebrates Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, the City of Idaho Falls Community Development Services Department has partnered with the Idaho State Historical Society to bring two events to Idaho Falls on May 5 and May 6.

“Understanding National Register Designation for Property Owners,” by Pete L’Orange will be held on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the ARTitorium on Broadway, 271 W. Broadway Street.

A brown bag luncheon, “Wait, THAT’S Historic? Preserving More than Pretty Houses and Fancy Buildings,” by Pete L’Orange on May 6 at noon will also be held at the ARTitorium on Broadway.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

A self-guided walking tour of the city’s 11th Street Historic District will also be held on June 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This tour is open to the public, and registration will be held just prior to the tour at Kate Curley Park.

The National Historic Preservation Act has transformed the face of communities from coast to coast as it established the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic building, landscapes and archaeology.

Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month has been funded in part with federal funds from the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Agriculture’s US Forest Service and the Department of Defense.

For additional information, contact Brent McLane, City of Idaho Falls, at (208) 612-8187.

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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.