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Monday, August 12, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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City Clips August, 2019


Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.



The City of Carey commemorated its 100th birthday late July with a centennial celebration bringing together locals and visitors to honor the founding of the city in 1919.


The City of Boise held the annual Goathead Festival. Hundreds of Boise cyclists cruised onto the steps of the Idaho State Capital Building for the annual Goathead Festival, donned in their craziest costumes, to take on the menace that is the goathead plant. Leading up to the festival, participants were challenged to remove 8,000 pounds of goathead plants. Boise residents swept through downtown, celebrating local bike culture in the annual Freak Bike Show and Pedal-Powered Parade. The event raised money for local cycling nonprofits including the Boise Bicycle Project.


The winners of this year’s AARP Community Challenge were announced last week. Of the 159 grantees nationwide, four were located in Idaho, and an impressive two came out of Teton Valley.


The City of Driggs and the Valley of the Tetons Library both received AARP funding for projects promising to encourage vitality in the community. The library will use its $5,000 to upgrade its Victor facade with benches, eco-friendly landscaping, and rebuilt steps. Driggs will use its $8,000 for stools, a concrete foosball table, and a large scale Chinese checkers board to accompany the chess board in the Mugler Plaza next to Teton Thai.


During the award presentation on Friday, Francoise Cleveland of AARP Idaho said, “When we received the project proposals for this area, we were excited to see they fit perfectly into our category for creating public, vibrant spaces. The two projects are amazing.”


Librarian Rasheil Stanger noted that the library has free Wi-Fi available 24 hours a day and with an outdoor reading center, library patrons can use the internet in comfort even during off hours.


“Similar to the library, this is a place to bring the community together,” said Driggs community development director Doug Self of the Mugler Plaza, which is where the award ceremony was staged. “With a high growth community, there can be divisions between the newcomers and old timers, and the young and the old. We want a place where everyone can come together and play, and be young at heart, and get to know each other.”


Both projects should be completed by the end of October or the beginning of November. To read more about the AARP Community Challenge, visit


The City of Kuna celebrated their 57th year of Kuna Days this month. For 57 years, the Kuna community has gathered the first weekend in August to celebrate.  For those who spent their entire day at Kuna Days saw the parade, vendors, live music groups, a fire dance behind City Hall and a recreation zone with yard games, small pools, beverages and other attractions for adults. Once dusk fell, folks made their way down Second and Main streets shouldering folding chairs. Others settled in behind City Hall, outside local bars and in their trucks to watch the annual fireworks show.


The City of Meridian opened the first 27 acres of Discovery Park this month. This first phase has a climbing wall modeled after Idaho topography, dual zip lines, roller slides, a splash pad, fenced dog park, specialty gardens, illuminated softball fields, and more.

Taking inspiration from all over Idaho, Discovery Park has incorporated some iconic symbols within its architecture such as the state bird, flower, and tree, according to a press release from the city. There’s a sand and water play area that teaches kids about water flow and dams while they build sandcastles.


The City of Idaho Falls firefighters and paramedics welcomed their newest fire truck Monday with a ceremony dating back to the early days of their profession. The “wet-down” and “push-in” ceremony begins with the truck being washed and dried and then pushed inside. The crew, Mayor Casper, and a few of their family members helped wash and push the truck inside.


The City of Menan raised about $4,000 during the city’s Fourth of July Celebration this year that will be spent on community activities and safety measures for next year’s celebration. Menan Mayor Tad Haight said the Menan celebration continues to grow every year, and he said the increase in people has become a safety hazard. Haight said other than safety items, he would like to see the money spent on a movie night in the park, a city trick-or-treat or Christmas tree lighting.


The City of Bellevue, the Water Superintendent Kelly West, DEQ and the Bellevue Library put on a super fun event for the summer reading program. The kids learned all about the geologic formation of an aquifer, how pollution can get into ground water, and how this pollution can end up in drinking water wells. Thy learned how their actions can affect ground water and drinking water. They also built their own edible aquifers while learning about the different geologic layers, different types of aquifers, how aquifers become contaminated, and the need to protect and conserve ground water resource.


The City of Jerome, the North Park Citizens Committee and Idaho Central Credit Union had a dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled North Park. The new community park includes a splash pad, a playground with musical play features, picnic shelters, an amphitheater and a pump track. It complements the city’s efforts to revitalize downtown and community spirit by providing greater accommodations for outdoor activities, concerts and family-friendly activities.


The Twin Falls Public Library has received a grant of $2,835 to preserve more than 3,000 recently donated photographs, slides, negatives and films from the estate of local architect Harald Gerber. The library will completely catalog and archive the material while digitizing the most significant items to add to the library’s growing digital historical photograph collection which currently has more than 8,000 photographs.


“Accessibility and preservation are our most important goals,” Jennifer Hills, reference librarian and project manager, said in a statement. “When we take steps to preserve our historical records for the long term, we ensure our community’s access to those records for years to come. The library is known for its safeguarding of the Bisbee and Kelker photo collections; we can’t wait to share the Gerber collection with everyone.”


The City of Cottonwood held a new festival, Summer Fest, this month. This new festival will help to showcase the community. Cottonwood Summer Fest completed its first run with three days well attended for a variety of events.


The Pine Street Woods in Sandpoint are another step closer to trails accessible to everyone thanks to a $5,000 AARP Community Challenge grant. The funds were presented to Kaniksu Land Trust officials Monday by Lupe Wissel, AARP Idaho state director. One of four projects selected in Idaho, the grant will help build a half-mile loop trail in the Pine Street Woods with seating to support community members who may have mobility issues.


 The City of Mullan saw use of it’s water park when the  Mullan Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 49th annual Mullan Fireman’s Fun Festival in the heart of town.

The two-day event featured several activities including a parade, kids games and of course, the famous firefighter competition.Held almost like an Olympic games for firefighters, this year’s competition held after the parade had nine teams (made up of fire personnel and competitive civilians) battle it out in the four water-drenched, firefighting-based events.


In addition to being an event that brings attention to Mullan, all the money raised goes back to MVFD or other local organizations that held their own fundraisers, such as local schools, the Mullan library and the community foundation.


The City of Sandpoint has replaced 155 trash containers in its downtown core and parks with 56 new Bigbelly “smart” waste collections bins.


Each of the new bins is equipped with Wi-Fi and a solar power transmitter that signals Waste Management and city staff when it needs to be emptied. They also feature a pull-down hopper and foot pedal, making garbage disposal easier and more sanitary, according to a statement by city officials this week. To prevent overflow and liquid spills common to traditional cans, Bigbelly units are tamper resistant and sealed.


Units located in busier downtown locations such as the entrance to Bridge Street, along Main Street, and in city parks are also equipped with solar powered internal compactors that allow them to hold 150 gallons, which is nearly five times more than the city’s traditional trash containers, according to the statement.


“Fewer trash collections leads to fewer refuse vehicles for shorter periods of time reducing wear and tear on our streets and traffic impacts,” Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad said in the statement. “It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. This all leads to a calmer, more sustainable environment and livable community.”


The City of Coeur d’Alene’s public art collection has increased by 5. The Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is pleased to annown the addition of five new art pieces to the art collection. The “Viking Ship” bike rack, “It’s a Cuttthrought World” mural, “Soaring with Friends” statue, “Swimming with Friends” statue, and “The Idaho Lumberjack” statue have all been added around the city.


The Idaho Falls Airport (IDA) has released its passenger numbers for the first half of 2019 and the results show record numbers of passengers flying through the IDA’s gates.  From January 1 to June 30 of 2019, the airport handled approximately 165,000 total passengers. That number is nearly 20,000 passengers more than flew through the airport during the same period in 2018. This translates to a 15% increase over the same period 2018.


“We are very pleased to see such a significant increase in our passenger numbers,” said IDA Director Rick Cloutier.  “The airport staff has been working with the airlines to increase frequency of flights and increase the size of the aircraft and we are definitely seeing the benefits of that work in our increased passenger counts.”


The City of Sandpoint had walking tours through the downtown this month. To mark the release of the third printing of “Sandpoint – A Walk Through History,” the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission is conducting a free, guided walking tour of historic buildings in downtown Sandpoint.


“Sandpoint is fortunate to have so many buildings that speak for our history. Congratulations to the Historic Preservation Commission for bringing these stories to life in a guide that residents and visitors alike will find entertaining and enlightening,” remarked Mayor Shelby Rognstad.


Produced by the Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission in collaboration with the Bonner County Museum, the guide features photos and descriptions of more than fifty sites throughout Sandpoint, including some listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as winners of Preservation Idaho’s Orchids and Onions Award.


The City of Georgetown received a loan from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) who announced the award of a $410,000 low interest drinking water construction loan. The funding will be used to install new piping, upgrade existing piping, install a sodium hypochlorite system, and construct a new equipment building.


The City of Boise received a $6,371 flood management grant, approved by the Idaho Water Resource Board for a $21,236 project on Crane Creek west of the Esther Simplot Ponds. This project is called the Crane Creek Flood Mitigation Project.


The City of Hailey received a $50,000 flood management Grant, approved by the Idaho Water Resource Board for a $104,134 project to construct a drainage ditch extension on the east side of War Eagle Drive in the Della View subdivision. This project is called the Della View Flood Mitigation Project.



The City of Emmett’s 12th Street Project is on time and under budget.

The $220,000 ITD pathway project grant won last spring by the City of Emmett is starting to produce fruit. Once the curbing is all in and the rapid flashers are installed, the Safe-Route-to-School initiative on 12th Street will be completed on time and under budget.


The Kuna City Council approved the final draft of Envision Kuna, the city’s comprehensive land-use plan, on July 16. The plan was passed with a unanimous vote from members of city council after several revisions were made and public hearings were held over the past few months.


The comprehensive plan is a document that will guide Kuna’s development for the next 20 years. Work on the plan started in May 2017. The purpose of the plan is to ensure that future decisions about the city’s growth are made with the community’s vision in mind, and as such, the community was invited on a number of occasions to provide input.


The Nampa Public Library is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $91,943 grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) for a project called, “Be Well Nampa.” The primary objective of the “Be Well Nampa” project for the NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Award is to improve the quality of life in our community and enhance access to existing health services by serving as a centralized, neutral location.


Nampa Library Director Claire Connley stated, “We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant.  Through the Be Well Nampa initiative, Nampa residents will be able to capably participate in their own healthcare, no matter what their means. We hope to make a lasting difference in health outcomes and awareness in Nampa.”



After several years in the making, the final phase of Boise’s whitewater river park is now open. The series of rapids, officially called J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation Boise Whitewater Park, now features four wave-shaping structures over roughly half a mile on the Boise River. The first phase of the park, which opened in 2012, has long been popular with surfers and kayakers who splash through the waves created by a hydraulic dam system controlled by city technicians.


“What started in 2012 when we cut the ribbon of Phase One ... within a couple of days, (people were) saying, ‘Let’s do a Phase Two,’ ” Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, said at the ribbon cutting on Thursday afternoon. “The idea of a Phase Two was really a pipe dream at that time.


The newly opened phase features another mechanized wave, as well as two drop structures crafted from boulders. Depending on river flows, the boulders create different “play waves” for visitors to paddle through.


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

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