Public Invited to Fire Department Recruit Academy Open House

Idaho Falls, ID: The Idaho Falls Fire Department invites the community to a Fire Department Recruit Academy Open House on Friday, October 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This FREE, family-oriented event will be held at Fire Station 4, located at 3180 S. Woodruff Avenue.

The community will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the newest members of the Idaho Falls Fire Department. The event will include a baked potato bar, Halloween games and a costume parade for the kids!

Bring the entire family out for an evening full of entertainment on October 28!

Don’t forget to follow the Idaho Falls Fire Department on Facebook!

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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.

Upper Hydropower Plant Project Approaches Completion

Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Power is in the final stages of completing the Upper Plant Project. Pending unforeseen conditions, the department anticipates having all recreational facilities, including the new boat launch returned to normal operations this coming weekend.

The project, which began the end of September, involved lowering the river approximately six feet in that area, constructing a cofferdam in the west channel and removing approximately 75,000 cubic yards of sediment in front of the power house that accumulated over the past thirty years.  IFP also took advantage of the lowered water level to rebuild the boat launch on the east bank of the river adjacent to the project.

The sedimentation has now been removed from the power channel, and the boat ramp reconstruction is nearly complete. Removal of the cofferdam and re-watering the power channel began earlier yesterday.

Idaho Falls Power will start refilling the upper plant reservoir on Wednesday, October 26 with an estimated return to normal river elevations upstream within 24 to 48 hours.  The refill will commence in such a manner as to minimize the impact on downstream river flows and stream bank elevations below Gem State.

As always, the public is encouraged to use caution, recreate safely in and around the river, and follow all posted signs.

Access to the area directly around the project remains closed until project completion.

IFP has worked closely with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Fish and Game and the Army Corps of Engineers to plan, coordinate and obtain permits for this project.

Photo: Upper Plant Boat Launch

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.

Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation Improvement Program Amendment & Modifications

Idaho Falls, ID –  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, and Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA), in conjunction with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), announces an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

It is proposed to adjust the FY 2016 TIP for the purpose of adding new projects and minor program adjustments.

A list of new projects and minor adjustments to the TIP 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 list can also be viewed on the BMPO website at www.bmpo.org under the Public Involvement (Public Notice) section.

Comments will be taken from Wednesday, October 26, 2016 through Wednesday, November 9, 2016.  Comments can be made via phone at (208) 612-8530 or email at bmpo@bmpo.org.

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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.

Residential Auto-Load Collection Phase Two Implementation

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls’ Sanitation Division is excited to announce the second of three phases to convert residential refuse collection to an auto-load system beginning this month. The first phase, completed in 2015, converted approximately 4,500 residential homes and phase two will add another 5,000 to automated refuse collection.

A map of subdivisions and addresses included within this implementation phase is available at the city’s website , and a list of the neighborhoods impacted is listed below.

Delivery of new carts will begin the week of October 24th. The Sanitation Division requests that residents involved in phase two begin using the city-supplied refuse carts on their regular pick-up day of the week following cart deliveries.

The following neighborhoods are included in the phase set to begin Monday:
Alice Dickson Estates
Anderson-Jeppson Addition
Andrew Addition
Baywood Park Estates
Bel-Aire Addition
Bonavista Addition
Canterbury Park
Christensen Garden Subdivision
Columbia Heights Addition
Edgemont Gardens Addition
Fenway Park Subdivision
Golden L. Clark Addition
Home Ranch Addition
Jennie Lee Addition
John Adams Heights
Jossie Hughes Addition
Kelsey Estates
Legends
Linden Park Addition
Lorin C Anderson
Maplewood Subdivision
Melbourne Park Addition (south of John Adams Pkwy)
Orlin Park Addition
Parkwood Addition
Parkwood Meadows Subdivision
Pine Acres Subdivision
Prestwich Country Estates
Raders Tara
Skyline Terrace
Squire Barlow Addition
Stonebrook
Sunny Heights Addition
University Manor
Victorian Village
The Village
West Jennie Lee Addition
Westridge Addition

Further questions can be answered by calling the Sanitation Division at (208) 612-8491.

Project Update: Grandview Drive Widening

Idaho Falls, ID – The project to widen Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue is set to be complete by the end of November, weather permitting.

The project dates to mid-April when the City began relocating waterlines along the project limits. The waterline relocation effort ended in early June and the reconstruction and widening of Grandview Drive began Aug. 1.

The federally funded project calls for a number of roadway improvements, including reconstruction of the roadway, widening of Grandview to five lanes, the addition of a 12-foot-wide shared-use pathway on Grandview’s south side, and a sidewalk on the north side between Skyline and Saturn.

Remaining work includes retaining wall construction on the south side of Grandview; curb, gutter and sidewalk installation; roadway excavation and paving on the south side of Grandview; and utility adjustments/striping. Paving is scheduled to be complete in November.

The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 25 MPH, and motorists should expect periodic lane closures. Motorists are also advised to watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

Work that has been completed to date includes:

  • Waterline relocation
  • Phone relocation on the north side of Grandview
  • Construction of a storm water infiltration system that will hold 900 cubic yards of water at a depth of 16 feet beneath the roadway
  • Construction of the storm sewer lines
  • Construction of the north roadway retaining wall
  • Roadway base and paving (bottom lift) on the north half of the roadway

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE. For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250.

Scam Targets City Residents

Idaho Falls, ID – The City has again received reports of a scam targeting Idaho Falls residents.

In an incident reported this week, an Idaho Falls man received a call from someone posing as a City Utilities representative threatening to disconnect electric service to the man’s home if he didn’t pay his utility bill over the phone with a credit card.

Scammers have taken a similar approach in recent years, but in this case the victim said the caller provided an account number.  We urge you to take steps to protect your account number and other sensitive information.

We also remind you that no one from City Utilities or Idaho Falls Power will contact you by phone and threaten disconnection of service if payment is not made immediately. The City does not take payments by phone through outgoing calls, although customers can make a payment by calling (844) 235-2019, a secure toll-free number.

If you receive a call from someone claiming to represent Idaho Falls Power or the City, we encourage you end the call and call us at 612-8430 or 612-8144 to confirm it was a legitimate call or verify the status of your account.

Commercial Structure Fire

Idaho Falls, ID:  On Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:53 am, the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to1471 Northgate Mile for a structure fire.

The fire department responded with 2 engines, 1 ladder truck, 3 ambulances, a Safety Officer, and a Battalion Chief for a total of 17 personnel for a structure fire.

On arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from the roof and roof vents of a medium-sized commercial structure being used as a restaurant.  All occupants were out of the building.

The first engine to arrive made an aggressive interior attack backed up by the second engine, while the ladder truck set up and checked for extension into the roof.

Partial collapse of the roof was found, and fire was venting through the roof structure.

All fire department personnel were removed from the inside of the structure and firefighters began defensive fire operations. As of 1 pm Friday, the main body of fire had been extinguished and IFFD crews remained on scene performing overhaul and extinguishing hot spots.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported, but the building suffered significant damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Park Avenue Detour

Idaho Falls, ID: Traffic restrictions will be in place downtown until Friday afternoon as crews install curb, gutter, and sidewalk in front of the new fire station.

The left lane of Park Avenue between F Street and E Street is closed, as is the eastbound lane of E street between Shoup Avenue and Park Avenue. Signs are in place to direct motorists around the work.

The closures will be lifted between 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

During all construction activities, watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits. For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250. Click here for the traffic plan.

City of Idaho Falls Leaf Collection Begins Monday

Idaho Falls, ID: The City of Idaho Falls leaf collection schedule will begin Monday, Oct. 17.

Residents are encouraged to visit the homepage of the city website 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 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.

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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 Zoo regular season extended one more week

Idaho Falls, ID: There is one more week to enjoy the Idaho Falls Zoo during its regular season! Thanks to a positive weather forecast, the zoo will be open daily through Sunday, Oct. 16. Fall is a great time to visit the zoo to see some of the cold-hardy animals that become more active in the cooler temperatures.

Daily through Oct. 16 the zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to last admission at 4 p.m. Grounds are cleared at 5 p.m.

The zoo will, of course, still host the annual Boo at the Zoo fundraiser on Oct. 27, 28 and 29 and for Night Lights on Oct. 30 and 31. Get your tickets now to Idaho Falls’ hottest Halloween event at Albertson’s, Broulim’s and the zoo Giftshop and administration office.

Has your company or organization signed up for a booth yet? If not, don’t delay! Time is running out, and it’s a great way to advertise to nearly 10,000 people in our community! For more information on a booth at Boo at the Zoo, contact Laurie Gravatt at tpzs@cableone.net or 208-612-8421. Hurry, space is extremely limited!

Even when the zoo is closed educational programs will still be offered including monthly toddler classes, winter and spring mini camps for kids and Zoomobiles – the zoo’s educational outreach program where we bring zoo animals to your classroom. For more information on off-season education offerings, visit Idaho Falls Zoo’s website.

Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Matt Evans directly at (208) 521-1017or  mmevans@idahofallsidaho.gov.

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:   With more than 330 individual animals representing 130 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.