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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, March 9, 2018  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


Bonners Ferry Clerk/Treasurer Kris Larson has retired. Her last day was March 2, 2018.


Colleen Garrigan has been appointed as the new Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Bonners Ferry.


Sarah Babcock is no longer City Clerk for the City of Moore. The new City Clerk is Kristina Rottweiler.


Mia Vowels was recently appointed by the Moscow City Council as the City Attorney, filling the position which became vacant when Rod Hall resigned. Vowels has been serving as the Latah County Senior Deputy Prosecutor.


Mayor Brian Blad and the Pocatello City Council proclaimed March as National Nutrition Month® for the City. Councilmember Roger Bray read the proclamation at the March 2 Council Meeting.


Mayor Brian Blad and the Pocatello City Council proclaimed March 14, 2018, as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day for the City. Councilmember Heidi Adamson read the proclamation at the March 2 Council Meeting.


Danielle Garcia has been appointed as the new Animal Services Director for the City of Pocatello.


Thanks to funding from the City of Pocatello Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Pocatello Senior Activity Center has a new, state-of-the-art oven. The new Combi Oven allows the center’s kitchen staff to make meals faster and cooks to grill, roast, bake, steam, stew, blanch, and poach food. The new appliance is more efficient, and officials estimate the new oven will save the center roughly $5,000 in energy costs. The CDBG program assisted with the public service project by providing $9,438 in funding. The Pocatello Senior Activity Center provided the additional $2,896 for the purchase. “The Senior Activity Center’s mission is to provide a nutritious meal for seniors who are unable either physically or financially to provide for themselves,” said Wally Smith, Pocatello Senior Activity Center Board Chairman. “Funding like this specific grant is just what we need to progress and sustain our center.” “These efforts are what the CDBG program is all about,” said Adam Lane, Community Development Block Grant Program Manager with the City. “Without the CDBG funding, projects like this would not be completed, leaving vulnerable citizens without needed services.”


Fire Marshall Tim Lauda of the Twin Falls Fire Department has been selected by the National Firefighter Protection Association (NFPA) to receive the Star Scholarship Award for his dedication to teaching and promoting fire safety education.  NFPA chose 12 scholarship recipients from the United States and Canada who demonstrate consistent and innovative outreach to their communities, actively use and implement NFPA resources and programs, and enthusiastically educate the community about fire and life safety. Winners were selected by NFPA’s Regional Education Specialists and Canadian Public Education Representative. Each scholarship covers the full cost of travel, conference registration, and lodging for the NFPA Conference which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Chelsea J. Akers joined the Twin Falls Police Department as a Police Officer in December 2017.


Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has appointed Lonnie Allen, Mayor of the City of Warm River in Fremont County as the Region 6 representative on the Idaho Travel Council (ITC). Lonnie is the third-generation owner of Three Rivers Ranch, a world-class fly fishing destination and lodge, as well as four retail fly-fishing shops that also offer outfitting and guide services. As mayor of Warm River and a lifelong Idaho resident, she understands the balance between meeting the needs and concerns of a small community and promoting tourism in Idaho. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Henrys Fork Foundation, Teton Regional Land Trust, Idaho Nature Conservancy and the Ashton Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a board member for both the Teton Regional Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy and holds outfitters licenses in Idaho, Montana and Oregon, as well as an Idaho real estate license.


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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