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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, September 7, 2018  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.


The City of Caldwell is launching a new resource that streamlines the search for free and low-cost, interactive family-oriented events in the City. “We the Family” will give busy parents and caregivers easy access not only to a targeted events calendar, but also to resources for parenting, helping kids and teens succeed at school, and having fun together. “We the Family” is a joint project of the City, Caldwell Public Library, Indian Creek Plaza, Advocates Against Family Violence, Love Caldwell, Family Advocates, Sacajawea Community School, Southwest District Health, and the Caldwell Y.


The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department held its Annual Open House on September 8. The theme was Look, Listen, Learn. The public was invited to visit the Fire Department, where lots of fun and education were provided. Attractions included Life Flight Helicopter, Idaho Disaster Dogs, CDA FireFighter Pipes & Drums, Combat Challenge for Kids, Fire Apparatus and Equipment, Fire Extinguisher Demo, Fire Safety Trailer, North Idaho College Workforce Training Center, Sparky the Fire Dog, and much more. Hotdogs and beverages were provided.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recently awarded a $42,500 wastewater planning grant to the City of Genesee. The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and identify any needed improvements. The remaining $42,500 of the $85,000 project will be funded by the City.


The City of Idaho Falls was named one of the nation’s best affordable mountain towns by The city ranked fifth on the national list. Other top-ranking cities included Ogden, Utah; Leadville, Colorado; Boone, North Carolina; and Crestline, California.


The City of Idaho Falls joined members of the Idaho Falls Civitan Club to cut the ribbon on the city’s newest playground at Freeman Park on August 17. The playground includes slides, swings, climbing structures, a tunnel, benches and a first-of-its-kind rope climbing apparatus. The playground is compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. The ribbon cutting featured food and drinks provided byy the Civitan organization. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, children from local community groups were welcomed to participate in inaugurating the new playground.


The Meridian Fire Department hosted a free Car Seat Check Up event on August 16.


The annual Meridian Community Block Party took place on September 15 in the Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. The day-long event is designed to unite businesses and organizations whose programs promote healthy lifestyles, develop creativity and inspire the concept of play. The event featured a variety of vendors from the local community.


The City of Meridian, working in conjunction with neighboring cities in the Treasure Valley, launched the Hefty® EnergyBag® program which allows 1,500 households to participant in a program to recover many recyclable plastics numbered 3-7 that are currently sent to the landfill.  These residents will participate at no additional cost to their recycling services and will receive a one-year supply of orange Hefty® EnergyBags® which once filled will be sent to Renewlogy, a Salt Lake City based company, which collects these materials and breaks the plastics down to the molecular level to transform into readily usable fuel.


The City of Pocatello, in partnership with Idaho State University’s Stream Ecology Center and Valley Pride, sponsored the annual Portneuf River Cleanup on August 18. Volunteers picked up debris and trash that collected on the banks and in the river over the last year. Sacajawea Park, the J.R. Simplot Company plant, Edson Fichter Nature Area, and areas near City Creek were also included in the cleanup.


The Pocatello Police Department held the First Responder Highland on August 25. Teams participated in the traditional Celtic events of Stone Put, Weight for Distance Throw, Hammer Throw, Weight Over Bar, Sheaf Toss, and Caber Toss. The money raised went towards providing student workbooks and shirts for the Bannock County D.A.R.E. program. There were also games for kids, and food was available for purchase during the games. Scottish Games date back to the third century where Scottish warriors displayed their bravery and strength by performing feats of skill and power in front of an opposing army. The modern games are a continuation of this ancient Celtic tradition. The First Responder Highland Games were sponsored by the Pocatello Police Department, Bannock County D.A.R.E., and the Eastern Idaho Scottish Athletics (EISA). EISA is an organization that is devoted to training for and competing in the nine heavy throwing events of the Scottish Highlands.


The Pocatello Police Department recently partnered with Bike Index to create an online bike registry for Pocatellans. Bike Index gives anyone the ability to register and recover bicycles. The free registration service and database can be used and searched by individuals, bike shops, and police departments. The Police Department is encouraging all citizens to register their bikes on the Bike Index portal so found bikes can be returned to their owners.


On September 7, Pocatello City Officials, the Pocatello Chiefs and members of the public held a ribbon cutting celebrating the reopening of the Center Street Underpass. Over the last month, crews repaired the façade on the east and west sides of the underpass, reconstructed the medians, upgraded the vehicle tunnel lights to light-emitting diodes, and recoated the pedestrian railings.


The MDA Fill the Boot fundraiser took place in August in Twin Falls. The annual fundraiser raised over $22,000 this year, a new record, beating the old record by $3,000. All the money raised stays in the Magic Valley and goes to families need—helping pay for doctor bills, medicine, and making homes more accessible.


If your city has done something noteworthy or received an honor and you would like it listed in City Clips, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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