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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, September 7, 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.


Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer proclaimed August 17 as “Coeur d’Alene Little League Day” in recognition of the Coeur d’Alene Little League team’s recent win at the Northwest Regional Little League tournament. They are the first Little League team from Coeur d’Alene to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.


The Idaho Falls Regional Airport opened its doors on September 6 for the public to get an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the airport. Airport Director Rick Cloutier and his staff welcomed members of the community as they provided tours of the airport building, the airfield and equipment and answered questions about the airport and its operations. Refreshments were served, and a photo booth was available as well as free parking at the airport during the event.


The City of Meridian celebrated 125 years on August 18—the original townsite was filed on August 18, 1893. Mayor Tammy de Weerd issued a proclamation acknowledging the city’s 125-year milestone at the August 14 City Council Meeting.


The City of Moscow hosted an official celebration of the newest addition to the city’s park system, Indian Hills Park, on August 21. The event included an official ribbon cutting and light refreshments. Funding for the project was primarily from the Hamilton Fund bequest to the City by Bob Hamilton for the benefit of youth recreation in the city.


The City of Moscow Parks & Recreation Department held a Lola Clyde Park Sign Dedication on August 29. The park is named after Lola Gamble Clyde, a Moscow native who was a teacher, farmer, and active Community member. Light refreshments were served, and the public was able to view the conceptual plans for the park’s future development.


Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England and the Bannock County Commissioners jointly proclaimed September 17 to 23 as “Kind Community Week.” The proclamation urges “citizens to be more than bystanders when it comes to kindness” and “make the choice every day to be kind and integrate kindness into your daily lives.” Councilwoman Beena Mannan read the proclamation during a recent Pocatello City Council meeting.


A proclamation declaring September to be National Recovery Month, seeking to raise awareness of mental illness and addiction disorders was read at a recent Pocatello City Council Meeting by Councilman Roger Bray. The proclamation also called upon the people of Pocatello to observe the month “with appropriate programs, activities, and ceremonies supporting this year’s theme, ‘Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.’”


At a recent City Council Meeting, Councilwoman Heidi Adamson read a proclamation declaring September to be Assistance Dog Month in the Gate City. The proclamation urges “the citizens of Pocatello to become educated on the importance of assistance dogs and their significance in our community.”


Councilwoman Linda Leeuwrik read a proclamation at a recent Pocatello City Council Meeting establishing September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week. The edict urges “citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties and remembering that lost rights may never be regained.”


Through the City of Pocatello’s Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Program, a family home on Sublette is now clear of lead paint hazards. Contractors installed new siding and trim, replaced wood fascia and soffits as well as rain gutters and downspouts, installed wood trim around four windows, and replaced three doors at no cost to the family. “We’re excited to have our first home complete and look forward to helping many more families…have the peace of mind that their home is lead safe,” said Janae Mitchell, Program Outreach Coordinator. Funding for the program comes from a $1.5 million Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. To be eligible for the program, residents must meet income guidelines set by HUD and a child under the age of six must live in the home or visit frequently. Once an applicant is approved for the program, the home will be tested for lead-based paint hazards. If hazards are found, the homeowner will be relocated at no cost to them while the work is completed. Following completion, a lead risk assessor will assure that all lead-based paint hazards are cleared from the home.


CSO III Patti Rohweder retired on August 17, after 18 years of dedicated to the City of Twin Falls and the community.


Twin Falls firefighters Kody Lewin, Jared Sauer, and Dan Gould successfully passed the TFFD Driver’s Academy and received their certificates on August 6.


Firefighter Zac Fleming received a certificate for completing the TFFD Firefighter Level 2 program at a recent Twin Falls City Council Meeting.


At the end of the session at the recent D.A.R.E. Officer Training in South Jordan, Utah, Pocatello Police Officer Kevin Buetts was honored with the Overall Outstanding Team Member Award. The 80-hour training shows officers different techniques and methods for connecting with children in and out of the classroom. The training also goes beyond teaching children about the dangers of drug abuse by addressing bullying, social media, and other challenges children face. “As police officers, we often see people in the worst of circumstances,” said Officer Buetts, “It’s a breath of fresh air to come into the positive environment of a classroom and show students that officers care about them and help the students make better decisions as they grow.” Now back in Pocatello, Buetts will serve as the D.A.R.E. instructor, focusing on the 5th and 6th grades, as well as School Resource Officer for New Horizons High School.


Recently, the Pocatello Police Department purchased a FAAC Milo Range use of force simulator. Using video projection and a laser detection system, the simulator takes officers through different incidents they may encounter.  “Essentially, officers are able to get live-fire training without using a single shell,” said Lieutenant Bill Collins. “We’ve repurposed equipment that has passed its useful life and modified it for use with the simulator. The firearms utilize carbon dioxide cartridges and even recoil like the real thing.” When an officer is in a scenario, another officer at the controls of the system is able to adjust the response of the subject or subjects depending on how the officer in the simulation reacts. While they are working the scenario, the system allows officers to practice different use of force options, from batons to Tasers and firearms. “While it’s impossible to train for every possible situation, the system allows us to walk-through the common ones officers face as well as scenarios that are difficult to simulate in a real-world environment,” said Lieutenant Collins. “The simulator allows officers to work through everything from traffic stops to burglaries and active shooters situations.”


Heidi Klein is the new City Clerk for the City of Smelterville. She replaces Candy Birchmier, who is no longer with the City.


Jacque Beard is the new City Clerk for the City of Tetonia. She replaces Billie McMahon, who resigned.


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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