City Clips September 18, 2015
Monday, September 21, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The Idaho Falls Fire Department hosted an open house on September 11. The open house was an opportunity for the community to meet members of the fire department and incoming recruits, learn about the department, ask questions and tour the station and trucks.
On September 12, the Idaho Falls Fire Department hosted the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial 5k/10k Run & Walk at Snake River Landing in honor of the 403 fallen firefighters, police and EMS heroes who died on 9/11 and also local fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our communities. “We will never forget.”
The Ernest and Mary Hemingway House was entered in the National Register of Historic Places. This listing recognizes the historic significance of their home in Ketchum to the state and the community.
Meridian’s new Public Safety Training Center was immediately put to use upon opening. The official ribbon cutting was held on September 21, but agencies across the valley were already utilizing the classroom space and the City’s fire and police personnel were using the training grounds prior to the ribbon cutting. The new facility is the first of its kind to be built in the valley—giving agencies across the area the ability to train locally instead of out of state.
Pocatello’s Portneuf Wellness Complex, donated to the City and County by Portneuf Medical Center and the Portneuf Health Care Foundation, is now officially open. The Wellness Complex has an urban fishing pond with a stream running into the reservoir; an amphitheater with seating for 12,000; basketball courts; sand volleyball courts; seven multi-use fields for soccer, football, rugby and lacrosse; over four miles of walking trails; and a BMX bike trail.
Post Falls held its 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event on September 11. Ceremonies to remember and honor the victims of 9/11 included a moment of silence, the lowering of the U.S. Flag to half-staff, a traditional bell ringing for fallen firefighters and the laying of a wreath and taps for all victims of 9/11. Honor guard units from Post Falls Police Department, Kootenai Fire & Rescue, American Legion Post 143 and the Patriot Guard Riders participated.