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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, May 5, 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.


On April 25, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that 18 Idaho Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awards will be distributed to benefit community and economic development and improve senior centers in cities and counties throughout Idaho. Of the 18 grants awarded, 14 were to cities:

  • City of Ashton – Wastewater Improvement Project - $500,000

  • City of Basalt – Wastewater Improvement Project - $350,000

  • City of Blackfoot – Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project - $500,000

  • City of Donnelly – Water System Improvement Project - $500,000

  • City of Filer – Water System Improvement Project - $500,000

  • City of Garden City – Infrastructure to serve Life’s Kitchen - $474,689 (sub-recipient: Life’s Kitchen)

  • City of Grangeville – Construction of a new Kids Klub facility - $400,000 (sub-recipient: Kids Klub)

  • City of Hazelton – Water System Improvement Project - $412,550

  • City of Kellogg – Wastewater Collection Line Replacement Project - $500,000

  • City of Kimberly – Roof Replacement & Kitchen Improvement Project - $84,150

  • City of Mountain Home – Senior Center Kitchen Improvement Project - $150,000

  • City of Preston – Water System Improvement Project - $500,000

  • City of Shelley – Water System Improvement Project - $400,000

  • City of Stites – Wastewater Improvement Project - $375,000


The City of Dover has received an Arbor Day Grant sponsored by the Idaho Department of Lands, Avista, Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.  Dover’s Mayor Annie Shaha has signed a Proclamation designating Friday, May 19th, 2017 as Arbor Day in the City of Dover.  Residents of Dover will be gathering to clean up and beautify the native plant gardens within the park as well as the entry of City Hall. 


The City of Idaho Falls is entering the planning stages for a new arboretum, thanks to a generous donation from Neil Chesbro of Chesbro Music. Plans are for the arboretum to be incorporated into the city’s popular greenbelt along the Snake River.


Travis Conquergood received the 2017 “Dispatcher of the Year” award from the Idaho Falls Police Department April 17 at the Idaho Falls Bonneville 911 Center.


The Idaho Falls Downtown Fire Station #1 officially opened on May 1. The Skyline High School Jazz Combo entertained elected officials, community members and guests as they arrived for the grand opening ceremony in front of the newly constructed station located at 343 “E” Street. “The address, 343, has a significant meaning to us as it signifies the number of firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We are here today to dedicate this station in their honor,” stated Fire Chief Dave Hanneman.


Officers David Shanor and Justin Hegstrom have joined the Idaho Falls Police Department.


The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission announced that Tobias Sauer is the cover artist for Moscow Artwalk 2017, which opens June 16. Sauer’s original oil on linen, titled “Standing Proud,” will be on display during Moscow Artwalk at the Third Street Gallery in Moscow City Hall.


The City of Moscow and the Farmers Market Commission announced that Laura Marie McGreevy is the winner of the 2017 Moscow Farmers Market Poster.


The City of Moscow Tree Commission hosted the annual Arbor Day ceremony and tree planting at the Eggan Youth Center in Moscow. The City’s 24th annual recognition as a Tree City USA and acknowledgment of the City as a recipient of a Growth Award was presented by Jennifer Russell with the Idaho Department of Lands. City Councilmember Jim Boland read the annual Arbor Day Proclamation and the Moscow Middle School Art Class was in attendance to share their Arbor Day excitement. Members of the public were encouraged to attend and help plant the Arbor Day “Swamp White Oak” tree.  After the planting, attendee’s had the opportunity to take home a free tree seedling courtesy of the Moscow Tree Commission. Seedlings available to choose from were the Concolor Fir and the Black Cherry.


Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad proclaimed April 28 as Arbor Day in the city. Councilmember Gary Moore read the proclamation at a recent City Council Meeting. The proclamation encouraged citizens to “support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands” and urged them “to plant and care for trees to gladden the heart and promote the well-being of this and future generations.”


On April 29, the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission and the Idaho State University Department of History hosted a symposium titled “Adventures in Idaho.” Presentations at the event focused on a variety of topics from the impact of James Brady and Frank Paradise’s contributions to the Gate City to the Pocatellans who served their country during the Spanish American War, as well as how the Snake River and its aquifer have been the source of conflict around the state. The event was free and open to the public.


Recently, Mayor Brian Blad pledged the City of Pocatello’s support for Cities Thrive, a nationwide coalition that seeks to bring together leaders to “brainstorm new ideas, discuss best practices, create an ongoing conversation, and push our federal partners to join us in making mental health and substance misuse a top priority.” “Twenty percent of Americans suffer from a condition that impacts their mental well-being,” said Mayor Blad. “This issue touches us all and as Mayor, I am joining with other mayors from across the country to help further the conversation about mental health and substance abuse.” Coalition members advocate for “a better behavioral health system in this country for our families.” Member cities also provide technical assistance to other members regarding mental health and substance abuse/misuse issues and programs. The monthly coalition calls will update participating members on federal programs, upcoming legislation and policies, funding opportunities, and other topics related to mental health. With Pocatello joining the coalition, the first city in Idaho to sign on, all 50 states and more than 150 cities are now represented in Cities Thrive.  Cities Thrive spring boarded from ThriveNYC and both initiatives are being spearheaded by the First Lady of New York City Chirlane I. McCray.


Grace Lutheran School eighth-grader Emmett Holt was selected as the last Pocatello Mayor for a Day for the school year. During his term May 9, Emmett will join Mayor Brian Blad in overseeing the operations of the City. On the schedule are meetings with Pocatello Fire Department Chief David Gates and City of Pocatello Chief Information Officer Chris Sorensen.


Jeffrey Mansfield was appointed as Public Works Director/City Engineer by Mayor Brian Blad and the appointment confirmed by the Pocatello City Council. In this position, Mansfield is tasked with overseeing operation of the Water, Water Pollution Control (WPC), Sanitation, Streets, Engineering and Science/Environmental Departments.


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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