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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, April 7, 2017  
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.


The Idaho City Historical Foundation received the 2016 Sister Alfreda Elsensohn Award for outstanding museum interpretation and historical preservation at a special award ceremony on April 1 from the Idaho Humanities Council, the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Idaho Heritage Trust. The annual award is the highest honor currently awarded to a museum in the state and carries a pooled $10,000 prize to be used by a chosen museum, historical society, or interpretive organization to continue its educational efforts.


The Idaho Falls Fire Department announced that Firefighter/Driver Jim Hitch was selected at the American Legion Post 56 Firefighter of the Year for 2017. He was honored at the Post 56 American Legion Birthday Dinner on March 16. He will be recognized again at the Idaho Falls Fire Department’s Annual Awards Ceremony on April 28.


The Idaho Falls Police Department announced that Officer Kevin Goms was recognized as the 2017 American Legion Post 56 Police Officer of the Year and was honored by the American Legion on March 16.


Captain Darren Cook retired from the Idaho Falls Police Department after 30 years of service to the City.


Dale Bolthouse was recently appointed as the new Public Works Director for the City of Meridian by Mayor Tammy de Weerd. The appointment was unanimously approved by the City Council.


Dave Reynolds, Division Chief of EMS for the Moscow Fire Department, has announced his retirement effective June 2017. Following a rigorous and comprehensive testing and interview process, Debby Carscallen has been identified as the new Division Chief of EMS. She will officially take the position on May 8.


Rhett Nicks has been hired as the new Pocatello Animal Services Director and will start work on March 27. He previously served as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the St. Louis County Animal Care and Control in St. Louis, Missouri.


Recently, Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand named 28-year law enforcement veteran Corporal Kirk Howe as the Department’s new Community Relations Officer. The position serves as a liaison to different groups in the community with a focus on building partnerships with civic, educational, professional, and government organizations.


Calvary Chapel Christian School ninth-grader Emma Otvos served as Pocatello’s Mayor for a Day on March 29. During her time in office, she met with leaders of various City departments and received an inside look at how the City operates on a day-to-day basis. 

The 13th Annual Post Falls Tree Giveaway was held on April 8. Mayor Ron Jacobson opened the event with the reading of the Arbor Day proclamation and acceptance of the City’s 2016 Tree City USA award. Donations were accepted at the event for the Tree Trust Fund, which is used to plant trees in public locations, education, and grant matches. The tree and shrub selection included flowering cherry varieties, birch, globe willow, dogwood, Rose of Sharon and hydrangea varieties. Over 30,000 trees have been given away at this annual event over the years with the help and generosity of local volunteer groups and event sponsors.  

Kim Burkhalter, new Victim Witness Services Coordinator, and Tracy Thompson, new Police Officer, have joined the Twin Falls Police Department.


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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