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Friday, October 25, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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People October 25, 2019


Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.

At a Pocatello City Council meeting, Councilmembers voted to confirm Mayor Brian Blad’s appointment of Ashley Linton-Welsh to the Chief Financial Officer/City Treasurer post.

In the role, Linton-Welsh is responsible for directing all major budgeting, accounting, purchasing, and treasury functions for the City as well as managing the Finance and Utility Billing Departments. 

“I am excited to work more closely with the City of Pocatello’s Department Heads and City Council to accomplish great things for the City of Pocatello,” said Linton-Welsh.  “I am looking forward to providing sound financial reporting and transparency to those living here and getting to know more people in the community.”

Prior to joining the City, she was an Accountant/Accounting Manager for Rails West Federal Credit Union. Linton-Welsh started her career at the City of Pocatello in July 2014 as a Budget Analyst. In September 2016, she was promoted to Senior Accountant and in February 2019, she moved into the Deputy Chief Financial Officer/Deputy City Treasurer post. She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelors in Accounting and Master of Accountancy degrees from Idaho State University. Linton-Welsh steps in for Joyce Stroschein who retired in August.

“Ashley has a strong knowledge of municipal finance, especially when it comes to the City of Pocatello,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “Over the last several years, she has been instrumental in helping to develop the City’s budget.”


The City of Coeur d’Alene’s Councilman Ron Edinger announced his retirement in March and this month the City celebrated his retirement with an open house. He spent many years on the council, four of which were spent as mayor.

Edinger was first elected to the Coeur d’Alene City Council in 1968, where he served until 1974, when he was elected and served as mayor.

It was during Edinger’s time as mayor that the City of Coeur d’Alene purchased the ever famous Tubbs Hill, a feat done with no tax increase. It was also during Edinger’s tenure that the redesign of the area known today as Independence Point took place.

Following a successful term, Edinger ran for council again in 1980, and has maintained the position of highest vote-getter ever since.  

To Edinger, who turns 83 in May, the decision to retire is bittersweet.

“I’m sure I’m gonna miss it,” he said. “I think after 50 years, though, it’s time.”


Boise City Officials announced the second-largest donation of Foothills land in city history during a news conference at City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Longtime Boiseans Terry Walther and Tracey Herrick will donate nearly 75 acres of land in the Collister neighborhood, a gift that Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said is the largest land donation since 2003.

“This donation is important to our family because it continues a long tradition of preservation and appreciation for the Boise Foothills and what they mean to the city of Boise,” Walther said in a news release. “We are proud to join a list of Idahoans who have donated land to maintain the natural habitat that is vital for deer and other animals to thrive.”

Boise Mayor David Bieter also lauded Walther and Herrick’s donation on Tuesday.

“I don’t need to tell anybody in Boise ... how important the Foothills are,” Bieter said.

According to Bieter, the city has more than 12,000 acres of Foothills land.


Scott Spencer, the man to thank for the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic each year, received the Boise mayor’s highest honor Friday: a key to the city.

Spencer and his wife, Laurie, first organized the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic in 1991 as a part of the Boise River Festival. It has evolved to a stand-alone event that sees more than 40 balloons launched each day for five days every summer.

Spirit of Boise’s Night Glow draws huge crowds to Ann Morrison Park to watch the balloons light up, and the morning events bring people out of bed around sunrise for a chance to watch dozens of balloons take off.

Mayor David Bieter presented Spencer with the award during a ceremony at the Boise Depot, saying the balloons have become “part of who we are as a city” as one such balloon served as a backdrop to the ceremony.


Twin Falls Mayor Shawn Barigar, with the permission of Governor Brad Little, ordered all United States and Idaho state flags at public facilities in the City of Twin Falls to be flown at half-staff from Sunrise on October 28th, 2019, until Sunset on November 1st, 2019, in honor of former Twin Falls Fire Chief Ron Clark. He further invited interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance.

Clark died unexpectedly Monday, October 14th, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.

Clark often said that he “won the career lottery” when he started his career with the Twin Falls Fire Department in February 1976. He rose through the ranks of the fire department serving as a Driver, Captain, and Battalion Chief. He was appointed to the role of Fire Chief in May 1998. Clark served in that role until his retirement in July 2016, after more than 40 years with the City of Twin Falls – among the longest-serving public servants of the citizens of Twin Falls.

Clark was actively involved in supporting firefighters and the profession, even serving as President of the Twin Falls Professional Firefighters Union Local 1556 and as President of the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association.

A City Proclamation to honor Clark was read by Mayor Barigar during a Twin Falls City Council meeting.


The City of Nampa has been working to fully implement the National Main Street model over the last several years, but this marks the first time the City has partnered with the Nampa Development Corporation to hire a full-time executive to run the Main Street program. Jay Snyder will serve as a City employee working closely with the Economic Development office, Mayor’s office and a newly appointed Main Street Advisory Board of Directors.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Nampa Development Corporation to provide dedicated resources to fuel Nampa’s downtown development. Downtowns are the heartbeat of a community and a healthy downtown is a good indicator of a vibrant community. Nampa is very fortunate to be one of the few cities in Idaho to be part of Main Street America, which has proven strategies to implement historic preservation principals, economic transformational strategies and promotional events to build vibrant downtowns.”


Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle has appointed Mike Baledge, the city’s deputy fire chief and fire marshal, to be the city’s next fire chief.

Baledge was selected from among 20 candidates solicited from a nationwide search. He has 24 years of experience. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter and moved through the ranks from a paid-per-call volunteer to deputy chief, holding various leadership ranks and positions along the way, serving as an officer for 17 years.

“Our best emergency response is with paid-per-call firefighters, because they bring with them all the expertise of their trades, as well as their emergency-response training,” Baledge said.

In 2002, Baledge was hired by the Hailey Fire Department as a full-time staffer. In addition to his training and emergency-response duties, he took on the role of fire marshal, performing commercial-building-plan reviews and inspections.

Baledge is a state-certified EMT/instructor, and trains the community in CPR through various venues. He teaches firefighter essentials through the local firefighting academy, which trains new prospective firefighters every January. He holds a national wildland Type 5 Incident Command certification, and functions as engine boss and squad boss when deployed on wildland fires.


Mud Lake Mayor Sherry Locascio has joined mayors across the state in raising money for her community this month — one step at a time.

The Mayor’s Walking Challenge, held annually by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, started Oct. 1, allows mayors to raise $1,000 for their communities. Throughout the month, each of the mayors participating in the challenge must average 10,000 steps per day in order to earn the money.

This is Locascio’s second year participating in the challenge. In addition to being the mayor of Mud Lake, Locascio is also a junior high language arts teacher with the Clark County School District. She said the school district allows her to take her classes walking with her some days when the classes get their work done.

“It is fun, and the kids love to be able to go walk with you,” she said.

Locascio is among 77 mayors participating in the challenge state-wide, according to a Blue Cross of Idaho news release. Funds the mayors raise are intended to support school or community projects and programs that promote physical activity or access to healthy foods.

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 Payton by e-mail or fax 344-8677.


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