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AIC Highlight Noteworthy People

Friday, December 21, 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.


Mayor Neil Bradshaw, the City of Ketchum and Ketchum’s partners, who collaborated on protecting and preserving the region’s dark skies, hosted the Starry Solstice Social to celebrate our dark skies on December 21, the longest night of the year. Astronomers from Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, Kirk Long and Greg Harman, presented on the most interesting facets of astronomy—the scale of the universe, black holes and aliens. They were stationed at their telescopes during the event to help guests find their favorite planet or constellation. “Our dark skies are part of what makes Ketchum and its surrounds a little unique,” said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “What better time to celebrate it than on the longest night?” The event featured an exhibit on the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, in addition to activities for kids. Hemingway STEAM School teacher Scott Slonim gave tours of the night sky inside the Star Lab portable planetarium at Ketchum City. On December 18, 2017, the International Dark-Sky Association announced its formal approval of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve, the first of its kind in the United States and one of just 12 such reserves worldwide. The reserve stretches from Ketchum/Sun Valley to Stanley, includes areas in Blaine, Boise, Custer and Elmore counties and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The total area of the reserve is 1,416 square miles, making it the third largest in the world.


At the December 6 Pocatello City Council Meeting, Mayor Brian Blad proclaimed December to be Veterans Suicide Awareness Month and urged citizens “to recognize how serious suicide is and the steps each of us can take to protect those around us from such tragedy.” The proclamation was requested by the Idaho Field of Heroes Memorial Committee and was read by Councilwoman Beena Mannan.


Parks Supervisor Dennis Payne is retiring from the City of Pocatello on December 17, after 37 years of service. “Some of the projects I’m most proud to be a part of are the improvements we’ve made to the department’s sprinkler systems, building and updating facilities around the parks, working with Old Town Pocatello on various projects, and putting up the Christmas lights each year,” said Dennis. “It has been a pleasure to work with so many dedicated city employees and seeing these projects come to fruition.” “We are going to miss him professionally and personally,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “He has always been proactive in finding better ways to do his job more efficiently. Our community is better because of his contributions.” In retirement, Dennis and his wife, Kimette, plan on traveling, spending time in the Palisades area, and doing a little more fishing. “It has been an honor to work with the many different civic groups who have stepped up to help beautify Pocatello’s parks and the city,” Payne said. An open house was held for Dennis at the Parks and Recreation shop on December 17. The public was invited to attend.


The life of a Pocatello man who achieved Hollywood’s highest honor is on display at the City’s Marshall Public Library. The work of costume designer Edward Stevenson will be showcased at the library through January 12, 2019. The display features photographs, costume sketches, and images of films he worked on including classics such as “Citizen Kane” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He was awarded an Oscar in 1961 for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White for his efforts on “The Facts of Life.” Previously, he was nominated twice in 1952 for costume design work on “The Mudlark” and “David and Bathsheba.” Stevenson was also friends with Lucille Ball, designing her costumers for over 15 years. “Stevenson was uniquely tied into Pocatello’s railroad origins,” said Trent Clegg, Reference Specialist at the library. “His father, Andrew B. Stevenson, worked many years for the railroad, acting as the superintendent of the entire Idaho division from 1910 until his death in 1919. ‘Eddie’ moved to Hollywood a few years after his father’s death.” Stevenson was born in Pocatello in 1906. He died in 1968 at the age of 62 and was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery. A portion of the items on display have been licensed to the Marshal Public Library by the Eli M. Oboler Library Special Collections Department. 


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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