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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Thursday, March 22, 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.


The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, recently awarded $47,646 in grants to organizations and individuals at its winter board meeting. The 29 awards included eighteen grants for public humanities programs and eleven Teacher Incentive Grants. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The projects funded included: Challis Public Library received $1,600 to host local artist Jim Stark to teach and inspire writers and photographers of all skills in a three-day workshop. Idaho State University in Pocatello was awarded $850 to bring immigration attorney Melanie Gleason to campus to discuss immigration issues. Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History was awarded $2,500 to develop "Town & Gown," an exhibit examining the relationship the college has fostered with the community of Lewiston over the course of the institution's 125-year history. Malad Valley Welsh Foundation received $1,800 to help support presenters at the 2018 Malad Valley Welsh Festival—Lucie Thomas Washburn will present the history and culture of Wales, Carla Kelly will discuss the process used to research her second historical fiction book about Welsh miners, and Annette Davis Elcock and Mary Alice Christophersen Telford will provide an introduction to Wales annual eisteddfod, the poetry and music competition. Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls was awarded $6,000 to bring the exhibit "The Power of Steampunk," which showcases the cultural phenomenon known as steampunk which is influenced by 19th century authors and Victorian aesthetics combined to bring history, technology, culture and STEAM education to the region. Sam Rodius Memorial Park Association in Coeur d' Alene was awarded $1,976 to capture the oral histories of Cougar Gulch and the Meadowbrook Community Hall. Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc. in Hailey received $2,000 to invite Sofian Khan and Andrés Caballero (Gaucho del Norte) and Carolyn Dufurrena (Sheepherders with Cell Phones) to screen their films at the 2018 Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Twin Falls County Historical Society Museum in Filer was awarded $2,000 to help support a series of educational field trips to several local landmarks. University of Idaho in Moscow received $1,000 to collect oral histories about the former Riverside Dance Hall in Potlatch once host to Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Duke Ellington. Wallace District Mining Museum in Wallace was awarded $1,000 to develop an exhibit highlighting the cultural diversity of the miners and their communities in the Coeur d' Alene region. Garden City Library Foundation was awarded $1,000 to continue its mobile literacy outreach program, reaching more than 1,000 children and their families, and circulating over 6,000 books. Hailey Public Library received $1,000 to build culture kits to include in their circulating materials.


The City of Blackfoot awarded Julie Ann Goodrich, former Executive Director of the Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce, a contract for economic development services.


Vera Pedrow is the new Deputy City Clerk for the City of Filer.


The City of Jerome’s Payroll Administrator Martie Maires retired on March 2 after 20 years of service to the City.


The City of Jerome has hired several new people: Meesha Worden, Part-time Animal Shelter Attendant; Scott Campbell, Police Officer; Michael Norris, Police Officer; Aracely Domine-Raddatz, Circulation Technician; Paola Lagunas Diaz, Circulation Technician; Zach Ingraham, Fire Fighter; and Tom Mong, Wastewater Operator I.


Micah Austin, the head of the City of Ketchum’s Building Department, resigned to accept a new position with the City of Ammon.

On March 15 Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd dedicated a new art installation in Heroes Park. Journey of Heroes was created by Treasure Valley artist Ken McCall, and it recognizes not only national heroes but local heroes as well. The art structure features three tall poles topped with sails depicting images of American heroes who, throughout history, have exemplified adventure, transformation, and service. These heroes include U.S. Veterans; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; Sacagawea; Abraham Lincoln; Orville and Wilbur Wright; Amelia Earhart; Rosa Parks; Martin Luther King Jr.; as well as images of an astronaut, doctor, firefighter, and police officer. A series of small trail markers along the park’s loop pathway pay tribute to Idaho heroes nominated by local schools. Those honored include Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong, nominated by Pioneer Elementary School; Educator Dean Brigham, nominated by Paramount Elementary School; WWII combat pilot Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, nominated by Heritage Middle School; Local organ donor Alex Fox, nominated by Rocky Mountain High School; and Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph, nominated by Chief Joseph School of the Arts. The project is the result of collaboration between the Meridian Arts Commission and the Meridian Parks and Recreation Commission and was created in support of the City of Meridian’s goal to add more art to open spaces in the community. 


The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission announced the Moscow Artwalk 2018 cover artist as Erica Wagner.


Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library recently purchased eight iPads and special software with the help of a grant from the Rotary Club of Pocatello and Rotary District 5400. The technology will allow librarians to host a reading group for children who cannot, or prefer not, to communicate verbally. Speech therapist Krista Hale and early literacy librarian Becca Hyde are developing the curriculum for the program which will start in April. “The devices become voices for the children,” said Hyde. “The devices ease frustration and improve their lives as they can spontaneously converse, ask and answer questions and express their feelings and thoughts….The program is similar in purpose to a typical story time and is designed to help children achieve literacy, learn socialization skills, and enjoy learning and the library.”


Pocatello Regional Transit Director Dave Hunt is retiring March 30, 2018. Hunt began working for the department in 1993 and has been director since 2009.  After retirement, he and his wife plan to spend more time camping, serving in the community, and enjoying more time with their six children and 15 grandchildren.


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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