Things are Heating up in July at Idaho Falls Zoo

July 8—Wines in the Wild, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

On Friday, July 8 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. (last admission at 8:30 p.m.), sample a variety of wines while enjoying an evening at the zoo during this adults-only Wines in Wild zoo fundraiser hosted by the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (TPZS).

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 ($8 for designated drivers) or $35 ($10 for designated drivers) at the gate.  All proceeds benefit the zoo.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.tpzs.info/events or in person at the zoo gift shop, Firehouse Grill and MarCellar’s. Participants must be 21 to attend the event, and ALL participants are required to present an ID upon entry.

July 16—Carnivore Craze, 1-4 p.m.

On Saturday, July 16 from 1-4 p.m., bring the family to the zoo to experience the crazy world of carnivorous animals during this new event.  Participants will learn about the zoo’s amazing meat-eaters and will be able to watch some of them being fed on exhibit. The event is included with a regular paid admission or TPZS membership (must show membership card upon entry).

July 30 – Chillin’ at the Zoo! Ice Cream Social, Noon-4 p.m.

Bring the family to the zoo’s first-ever ice cream social, Chillin’ at the Zoo! fundraiser hosted by the Tautphaus Park Zoological Society. On Saturday, July 30 from noon-4 p.m., enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream throughout the zoo for only $5 per person in addition to a regular zoo admission.  TPZS members get in for only $5 per person with a membership card presented upon entry. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tpzs.info/events or in the zoo gift shop, and all proceeds go to benefit the Idaho Falls Zoo.

Throughout July

From being a junior zoo keeper, to an amateur scientist, to exploring turtles, animal calls and more, the Idaho Falls Zoo’s education department offers a wide variety of one-day and week-long programs for ages 2-13.  Check them out by clicking HERE. Sign up NOW. Space is limited!

Regular admission to the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is just $7.50 for adults (ages 13-61), $6 for seniors (62+), $4.50 for children (ages 4-12). Children 3 and under are free.  For more information visit the zoo online at www.idahofallszoo.org.  

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

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:   With more than 350 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.

Survey Work at Woodruff & 17th Tomorrow Morning

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls’ Engineering Division will be conducting survey work at the intersection of Woodruff Avenue and 17th Street on Tuesday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The two inside southbound and northbound lanes, as well as the center turn lane, on Woodruff Avenue will be closed during this time.

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

We appreciate your patience during this process. For questions, call the City of Idaho Falls at (208) 612-8250.

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

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

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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.

4th of July Parade Canned Food Drive

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls and the Interfaith Community Service Program (ICSP) will be conducting a food drive during this year’s 4th of July Parade. All donated items will be used locally.

This year’s parade theme is Salute to American Heroes. “What better way to salute American heroes than by following in their footsteps and holding a food drive to help our citizens who have fallen on difficult times,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper.

Parade attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food and paper good items to the parade.  Mayor Casper, City Council members and ICSP will be collecting the items along the parade route. Watch for them near the front of the parade lineup (entries 13 & 14).

Kaaren Parsons, Executive Director for the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen says, “Our need for donated food items during the summer is extremely high.  The many generous donations received during the holiday months begin to deplete, and we count on the Interfaith Community Service Program to help get us by until the fall.”

All of the donated items will stay in the community and benefit local organizations such as the Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center Soup Kitchen, Idaho Falls Community Food Basket and St. Vincent de Paul.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the 4th of July Parade Canned Food Drive Facebook event!

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

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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.

2017 Transportation Improvement Program

Idaho Falls, ID – The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (BMPO) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) will be available for public review from June 27-July 25.

TIP is a five-year program of highway and transit projects for the Bonneville Metropolitan Area. It is a compilation of projects from various federal, state and local funding programs where funding for a project must be identified and anticipated to be available for completion of the project.

The program will be available for review during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at BMPO, 1810 W. Broadway, Suite 15, Idaho Falls. The document can also be reviewed on the BMPO website at www.bmpo.org. Comments can be made via phone at (208) 612-8530 or email at bmpo@bmpo.org.  If requested, a public hearing will be held. The proposed FY 2017 TIP will be the final program unless amended.

The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) is an agency designated by the Governor of Idaho to conduct a continuing, comprehensive and cooperative transportation planning process in the urbanized area under the direction of elected officials from the cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona, Ucon, and the urbanized portions of Bonneville County, and Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority, in conjunction with the Idaho Transportation Department. Under the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, BMPO has the responsibility to develop an annual TIP for the urbanized area.

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

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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.

City of Idaho Falls Takes Home Achievement Awards

Idaho Falls, ID – The Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) presented Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and City Council Members with the City Achievement Award during AIC meetings in Boise, Idaho last night. The award recognizes the city and Idaho Falls Power for their public outreach campaign, “Celebrating Our Hydro Heritage” during last year’s sesquicentennial (IF150) celebration.

Former City of Idaho Falls Municipal Services Director, Craig Rockwood was also recognized at AIC and received the Ken Harward award. Mayor Rebecca Casper stated, “Craig is one of the few who really understands local governance and the importance of delivering service and results to citizens. Throughout his many years of service to Idaho Falls, his loyalty to the city was always readily apparent. He was very skilled at finding both opportunity and efficiency. This award is very fitting tribute for Craig, for, just as with the award’s namesake, Craig’s career in service to the cities of Idaho was fulfilled with integrity.”

The community outreach and engagement effort, “Celebrating Our Hydro Heritage,” was celebrated in conjunction with the city’s 150th anniversary and in recognition of the retirement of $48 million in municipal bonds used to build the city’s hydropower network. Plans included the development of a commemorative video telling the story of the hydropower facilities, a social media campaign to share historic photos and milestones, printed educational material, and a free public event that involved past community leaders and awards to local businesses.

The “Celebrating our Hydro Heritage” event was centered on the premiere of the Paid in Full video documenting the history of the project development and its significance to Idaho Falls’ heritage. The video featured a former Mayor, former utility chief engineer, current utility general manager, and a current maintenance foreman who was also on the crew when the facilities were constructed. A video trailer was developed to use in the social media campaign leading up to a free community event.

The event featured Congressional Delegation and trade industry messages, as well as, a panel of past community leaders who reminisced about the development of the projects. Their stories captured the attention of the audience and added a sense of nostalgia to the event. Community members who played a role in the development of the hydro plants were recognized with a Hydro Heritage Leadership Award, attendees were provided a black and white commemorative coin and VIP guests were provided a color commemorative coin. The night ended with a bond fire at the utility where an extra copy of the bond documents was ceremonially burned to represent the debt free status of the utility.

The utility’s social media messaging highlighted newspaper clippings from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The posts covered from the time the city’s previous dams were damaged by the Teton Dam flood to the bond proposal, and through the demolition and reconstruction of the plants. The bonds, ultimately, were approved overwhelmingly by voters.

“I am thrilled that the staff who worked tirelessly on this public outreach effort is being recognized.  Our outreach effort was very comprehensive, incorporating both traditional media and outreach venues but also adding a very detailed social media element and sophisticated media that included the video documentary as well as illustrative infographics,” says Idaho Falls Power General Manager, Jackie Flowers. “The night that we celebrated our hydro heritage was the ultimate culmination of all that work.  Past community leaders joined current community leaders to celebrate this city’s influence in local public power and hydropower development.  Those leaders reflect on the profound benefits of that historic investment and recognize the value that our not-for-profit, publicly owned utility brings to our community.  It was an honor to be part of such an important milestone in our city’s history.”

In October, Idaho Falls Power was presented with the Excellence in Public Power Communications award from the American Public Power Association for the Paid in Full video associated with the “Celebrating Our Hydro Heritage” event.

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

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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.

Public Invited to Review Draft Master Plans for Tautphaus & Heritage Parks

Idaho Falls, ID: The City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department invites the public to an open house to review and discuss two potential master plan alternatives for Tautphaus Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 29 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Tautphaus Park Ice Arena.  Conceptual drawings for the city’s newest park along the Snake River, Heritage Park, will also be unveiled during the meeting.

This is the second meeting the city has held regarding the Tautphaus Park master plan. The first meeting was held in February where members of the public had the opportunity to share their priorities for the park and engage in group discussions, polling and mapping exercises.

That public process identified three top goals for the park including creating safe pedestrian, bicycle and automobile access; highlighting the importance and beauty of the park; and ensuring a diversity of recreational uses and opportunities. The top three programs the public wanted to see added to the park included expanded zoo offerings, outdoor water play, and new winter activities. Additional information and polling results can be found at www.ifparkplans.com or by clicking HERE.

“Public engagement and participation is key to park planning and design. It’s all about a design that fits the needs of the citizens, visitors and tourists for decades to come,” states Parks & Recreation Director Greg A. Weitzel.

Following next week’s meeting, the design options will be available for review online at www.ifparkplans.com, and comments can be submitted on that website or emailed to gweitzel@idahofallsidaho.gov.

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

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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.

4th of July Safety & Fireworks

Idaho Falls, ID:  The city of Idaho Falls would like to remind citizens to pay extra attention to safety precautions during this busy 4th of July holiday to ensure the safety of our citizens and guests.

  • Call 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • Two emergency medical service command tents will be located at the corner of Broadway & Memorial Drive and Land Bank & River Parkway during the Liberty Festival on the Falls & Melaleuca Freedom Celebration.
  • Stay out of the river – it may look refreshing on a hot day, but there are many hidden dangers.
  • Keep fire lanes open on Memorial & Riverside Drive during the Liberty Festival for emergency personnel.
  • No alcohol allowed in city parks or on the River Walk.
  • No legal or illegal fireworks on the River Walk.
  • Stay hydrated, have patience and plan accordingly.

As we celebrate the 4th of July, it is important to understand city codes that govern the use of fireworks within city limits and safety rules to ensure we have a safe and happy holiday. Residents are asked to not only follow the rules, but also show courtesy to neighbors when it comes to lighting or setting off fireworks.

Here’s a few reminders regarding fireworks:

  • Fireworks can only be purchased within city limits between June 24 and July 5.
  • Always remember safety when using fireworks.
  • Never light fireworks inside.
  • Point fireworks away from homes, and keep from brush, leaves and flammable substances. NEVER THROW FIREWORKS AT PEOPLE.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it. Put it out with water and dispose of it.
  • Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times. Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks. Children, by state law, must be at least 16 years of age to light fireworks.
  • Sparklers may seem harmless, but can cause severe injuries as sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. So, it’s wise for children to be supervised while using sparklers.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital.
  • Residents can be cited for disturbing the peace if they are found to be causing a disturbance in neighborhoods because of fireworks.
  • Under city code, the use of illegal or banned fireworks within city limits is punishable by law and anyone discharging these fireworks could face up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Illegal and banned fireworks include, but are not limited to, firecrackers, cannon crackers, blank cartridges, skyrockets, rockets, roman candles, chasers, whistles, all torpedoes that explode by means of friction and toy cannons. Click HERE for city code.
  • The city of Idaho Falls fire marshal has the authority to approve or disapprove various community events involving pyrotechnics and seize illegal and unauthorized fireworks and explosives.
  • Fireworks of any kind will be prohibited near the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration. The restricted area will begin at Hwy 20 from Lindsay Blvd, including the properties at 970 and 950 Lindsay Blvd and on-ramp area south to include the properties at 900 Lindsay Blvd, 854 Lindsay Blvd and 850 Lindsay Blvd; and to the east to include Land Bank Street, the properties at 1020 Land Bank Street and include the John’s Hole boat dock area and continuing east to the river.

For more information about the 4th of July holiday in Idaho Falls, see the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or follow the City of Idaho Falls and Idaho Falls Police Department on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Kerry Hammon, Public Information Officer at (208) 821-6321 or khammon@idahofallsidaho.gov.

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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.

City to Host Traffic Removal Study Open House

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls’ Engineering Division is inviting all residents to attend a Traffic Signal Removal Study Open House on Tuesday, June 28.

The open house will be held at the City Council Chambers, 680 Park Ave., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Short informational presentations will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. during the open house.

The City of Idaho Falls and the Idaho Department of Transportation conducted a traffic signal removal study at various locations during the month of May. The study was designed to look at those locations to determine how to improve the flow of traffic, but still maintain safety.

In conjunction with the study, the Engineering Division is now seeking public input on the potential removal of various traffic signal within Idaho Falls.

The open house will give residents the opportunity to review and evaluate the details of the study, ask questions and get a better understanding of the decision-making process regarding the removal of existing traffic signals.

Residents will also be able to view display boards with various facts about each signal location.

Written comment forms will be available at the open house. Written comments can also be emailed to ifeng@idahofallsidaho.gov, mailed or dropped off in-person at the City of Idaho Falls Public Works Office at 380 Constitution Avenue (City Annex). The deadline for all comment submission is July 8.

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.

Wes Deist Aquatic Center Hosts The World’s Largest Swim Lesson™

On Friday, June 24, 2016, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the seventh year in a row to make noise that Swimming Lessons Save Lives.™

A global event, The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), will take place over the course of 24 hours at an estimated 500 locations in more than 20 countries. The Wes Deist Aquatic Center is the official host location facility for the WLSL 2016 event in Idaho Falls.

Lessons will be taught in 30 minute segments, starting at 9 a.m. on June 24. The event is free to the public, but participants MUST register.

Registration is required online at www.activityreg.com, by calling (208) 612-8519 or by visiting the Aquatic Center at 149 7th Street.

Since its inception, more than 155,000 children and adults have participated in WLSL lessons, generating more than half a billion media impressions about the vital importance of learning to swim. The 2015 WLSL event included 38,170 participants from 22 countries.

Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children ages 1-4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

Parents are invited to learn more about this phenomenal event by visiting www.wlsl.org.

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 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.

Water Service Line Repair at 2010 1st Street

Idaho Falls, ID – The city of Idaho Falls will repair a leaking water service line at 2010 1st Street this morning, Friday, June 10.

East-bound traffic will be reduced to one lane.  Barring unforeseen conditions, the project will be completed by late afternoon on Friday.

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

For questions, call the city’s Water Division at (208) 612-8471.

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.