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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, October 12, 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.


City of Burley City Administrator Mark Mitton was recognized for 35 years of service at the recent ICMA Annual Conference.


The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission announced the winners of the 23rd Annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts—Excellence in the Arts, Allen and Mary Dee Dodge; Support of the Arts, Mike Dodge; Arts in Education, Jessica Bryant and Iris Siegler; and Student Excellence in the Arts, Jack Bird. Mayor Steve Widmyer presented the awards on October 10 at the Hagadone Event Center. This event was open to the public.  Live music and a silent auction were featured at the event.


The Mayor’s Awards in the Arts are presented by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and the City of Coeur d’Alene to recognize and encourage excellence in the arts and to stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout the city.


On October 1, the City of Ketchum hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Thunder Springs bus stop on Saddle Road. The new stop is adorned with art by Karen Jacobsen.


Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is participating in the Mayor’s Walking Challenge during the month of October. The month-long competition is designed to promote good health and activity for area school children by getting Idaho Mayors active and walking at the elementary schools. Mayors who walk an average of 10,000 steps a day will win $1,000 to donate to a park or school of their choice for new physical activity equipment. Mayor Tammy will be visiting every elementary school in Meridian in October to walk with the students.


City of Moscow City Supervisor Gary Riedner was recognized for 30 years of service at the recent ICMA Annual Conference.


Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert led the Russell Elementary Walkiing School Bus for International Walk to School Day on October 10. The Mayor will also join other schools in weekly events throughout October to continue promoting walk-to-school activities as part of the High Five! Mayor’s Walking Challenge.


At the October 4 Pocatello City Council Meeting, Mayor Brian Blad proclaimed October 7 to 13 as Fire Prevention Week in the City. The proclamation was read by Council President Jim Johnston and asked residents “to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Pocatello fire and emergency services during Fire Prevention Week 2018.”


On November 16, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be making a stop in the City of Pocatello, one of over 25 communities along the way that will host the “People’s Tree” as it makes the 3,000-mile journey to Washington D.C. An event will be held November 16 for the public to view the tree. The event will be free to the public and details will be announced as the date approaches. “Hosting the nation’s Christmas tree is a great honor for our community,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “I hope everyone will make plans to come out and see the tree as it travels east. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss.” The theme for the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is “Find Your Trail!” in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries—the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. In November, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will travel eastward from Oregon on the reverse path of the Oregon Trail. The Willamette National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors and Travel Oregon will bring the tree from Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 holiday season.


Grace Lutheran Middle School Eighth Grader Kaden Horton will be the kicking off the City of Pocatello’s Mayor for a Day program for the 2018-19 school year. Mayor for a Day Horton’s term will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and he will join Mayor Brian Blad in meeting with officials as well as get an insider’s view of the City’s day-to-day operations. During the school year, a new Mayor for a Day is chosen from the city’s middle and high schools once a month. The selection is made by the school and a different school is represented each month.


The Salmon River Public Library in Riggins was recently named Idaho Public Library of the Year by the Idaho Library Association (ILA).  Library Director, Susan Hollenbeak, received the award at the ILA's Conference in Moscow on October 4th.


Twin Falls firefighters Joe Renaldi and Jesse Killinger were awarded their Firefighter Level II certificates at the September 24 City Council Meeting.


Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar will be competing in the Mayors’ School Walking Challenge, striving to complete 10,000 steps per day during October to be eligible for another small grant to support a community health project within the City.


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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