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Blad Announces Short List of Candidates for Vacant Pocatello Council Seats

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 26, 2022)

The City of Pocatello is excited to announce the Mayor received 38 applications for vacant City Council Seats #2 and #3. The field of potential new City Council members has been narrowed down to 13 candidates.

Thursday, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad announced the candidates for vacant seats #2 and #3.

Following the interview process, Blad will submit his final selections for confirmation at a regular City Council meeting. Blad anticipates having both positions filled by the end of October.

 

 

“Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. I am so proud of our community and proud to see so many wanting to make a difference by offering their services to the citizens of Pocatello. It was a very difficult task to narrow the candidate list down for interviews. All have good ideas for Pocatello’s future,” said Blad.

Once appointed, the new Council Members will serve the remaining term for seats #2 and #3, which end January 2024.

Potential City Council Member candidates:

  • Ken Bullock
  • Fallon Deatherage-Bradley
  • Whitney Fenwick
  • Jim Johnston
  • Ali Khan
  • Rainbow Maldonado
  • Corey Mangum
  • Ed Munson
  • Brent Nichols
  • Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Jonah Saunders
  • Ruby Walsh
  • Emma Watts

Real Estate Tip of the Week from Schnitzler Realty Team

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September 26, 2022

The realty world can be confusing for buyers and sellers alike.  Magazines, websites, and conventional wisdom offer conflicting views on how to maximize your home’s value and your buying power.  Chris and Margaret Schnitzler, of HomeSmart Premier Realty, are shedding light on the subject by sharing Real Estate Tips on their Facebook page.

This week, the Schnitzlers remind sellers to clarify exactly what is included in the sale.  “Plenty of buyers have been shocked on their final walk-through of the home they plan to buy only to find that the chandelier and bookshelves they fell in love with are gone. Change out those fixtures or very clearly put it in all documents that those things are not included if you plan to take them with you,” they caution.

Chris and Margaret remind buyers to limit viewings to homes that fall within their budget.  “It’s tempting to look above your price range and see if the seller will come down $50,000 but chances are they won’t. One option is to offer on a home and ask them to buy down your interest points.”

To contact the Schnitzler Team about your realty needs, call 208-852-6112.

 

 

 

Bannock County Board of Commissioners Meetings, September 26-30, 2022

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September 26, 2022

Monday, September 26, 2022
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022:
  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Thursday, September 29, 2022:

  • There are no meetings scheduled at this time.
Friday, September 30, 2022:
  • 9:00 AM – Meeting to approve claims with Potential Executive Session
  • 9:30 AM – Work Session (potential action items)
More about BOCC Meetings
The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is comprised of the three elected County Commissioners: Ernie Moser (District 1, Chair), Jeff Hough (District 2), and Terrel Tovey (District 3).
The BOCC generally meets twice a week: regular business meetings are on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and work sessions are on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are generally held in the Commissioner’s Chambers at 624 E Center, Room 212, Pocatello, Idaho, unless otherwise noted. Times subject to change within 15 minutes of stated time.
During these meetings, the BOCC may: approve contracts, expend funds, hear testimony, make decisions on land use cases and take care of other County matters, and are open to the public.

Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ Program Resumes September 29

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September 25, 2022

After a hiatus of more than twelve months, Governor Little’s ‘Capital for a Day’ program is set to resume on Thursday, September 29.  From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day, the governor and members of his cabinet will conduct business in Carey, ID.

Carey is a town of approximately 600 people, located along the Little Wood River in Blaine County.

The website for the Office of the Governor offers more information about the ‘Capital for a Day’ program: Governor Little brings state government to Idaho communities through the “Capital for a Day” program. By bringing members of the Governor’s Cabinet to a rural town in a different Idaho county every month, residents are able to address their issues directly with the Governor and his administration for an entire day. Idahoans are encouraged to ask questions, share their opinions, and seek answers from state agencies.

 

 

Pocatello: Road Closure and Traffic Report for Week of September 26

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(Photo Credit: City of Pocatello)

September 25, 2022

The Road Closure and Traffic Report for the City of Pocatello for the week of September 26 has been posted on the City’s website.

Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities: Keeping Government Accountable

Some of the highlights include:

  • Street sweepers will be following their regular schedule
  • Street Operations is patching potholes and curb lines throughout the city
  • Repainting of crosswalks and arrows continues
  • Replacement of the water main line on Hayes Avenue continues
  • Street Department will be milling and paving parts of N. Hayes Avenue, W. Carson Street, and W. Young Street
  • ADA-complaint curb ramp and sidewalk improvements continue on Clark Street
  • Exit 71 on I-15 (leading to I-86) will be closed September 7 through September 28
  • Chubbuck Road will be closed between Pleasant View Dr. and Fairgrounds Rd. as part of the I-86/I-15 System Interchange project, and will remain closed until Fall 2024
  • The four-month steam tunnel replacement project on South 8th Avenue continues
  • There will be temporary closures of E. Bonneville St. due to sewer and water tie-ins
  • Crews will be jetting sewer lines throughout the city

To read the full report, visit:  Pocatello Traffic Report/Road Closures, Week of September 26, 2022

City of Pocatello Calendar, September 26-30, 2022

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City of Pocatello City Hall

September 25, 2022

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

  • 3:15 p.m.: Pocatello Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting, Council Chambers

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

  • 1:30 p.m.: Site Plan Review, Iwamizawa Conference Room

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

  • 12:00 p.m.: Animal Shelter Advisory Board Meeting, 3100 Avenue of the Chiefs

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

  • No Meetings Scheduled

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

  • No Meetings Scheduled

 

 

Patriots for Liberty and Constitution to Discuss de Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy in America,’ Monday, September 26

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Patriots for Liberty and Constitution

September 25, 2022

On Monday, September 26, the group Patriots for Liberty & Constitution will continue discussing Alexis de Tocqueville’s ‘Democracy in America‘ Book 1.  The discussion will be led by Art da Rosa.

According to the event notes, “We were not able to complete the discussion on Chapter 16, The Present And Probable Future Conditions of the Three Races That Inhabit the Territory of the United States. We will continue the discussion on September 25th. If we have additional time, we will be discussing the cycle of history; the Tytler Cycle, and the excerpt from the book the Fourth Turning.”

The group meets at Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 202 S. 7th Avenue in Pocatello, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit: Patriots for Liberty & Constitution

 

 

 

 

Bannock County’s First Annual Washington Day Dinner Is Saturday, October 15

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September 23, 2022

Pocatello, ID–Bannock County’s first annual Washington Day Dinner, named in honor of America’s first President, is planned for Saturday, October 15, at the beautifully renovated Purpose Building, located at 224 N. Main St. in Pocatello’s historic Old Town.

The evening will begin with a 5:00 p.m. reception, at which attendees will enjoy chatting with friends and conservative candidates while snacking from charcuterie boards provided by local baker Ashley Smith.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.

After dinner, Idaho Republican Party Chairwoman Dorothy Moon will address the gathering.

Reservations are required for the Washington Day Dinner.  Tickets are $35 per person, and include a ticket for the drawings which will be held during the event.  Additional tickets may be purchased as well.  To reserve your place at the dinner, purchase additional tickets for the drawings, or become an event sponsor, contact John Crowder at jcrowder27@hotmail.com.  Please note that registrations will not be accepted via social media.

Parking for the event will be in the lot behind the Purpose Building.  Event organizers recommend using the building’s back entrance for convenience.

 

 

P.A.G.E.: County Prosecutor’s Office Struggling to Recruit, Retain Attorneys

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Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities: Keeping Government Accountable

September 24, 2022

Pocatello, ID–In a recent social media post, the watchdog group Pocatello for Accountable Government Entities informed the community that the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office is facing a critical staffing shortage.  The post reads:

FYI BANNOCK COUNTY RESIDENTS:

At the 09/21/2022 Bannock County Commissioners Business Meeting, it was brought to the County Commissioners’ attention by Bannock County Prosecutor, Steve Herzog, that when fully staffed the prosecutor’s office has nine (9) attorneys (of 12) handling the criminal caseload. They have recently lost three of those attorneys and may be losing a fourth soon for various reasons (two are moving to the Public Defenders) which potentially may leave his office with five of nine attorneys to handle the load.
Mr. Herzog was bringing this to their attention because they cannot afford to lose any additional staff. He relayed that recruitment is not yielding many applicants. Continued staffing shortages could force changes in how, what, and when criminal cases are prosecuted and at some point, if this problem isn’t addressed, this may become a public safety issue.
He pointed out this is not a problem unique to Bannock County as both Twin Falls and the AG’s office (as examples) have similar staffing and recruiting issues.
The request was for a one-year stipend which could vary in cost depending upon the amount and how it is applied. In the “ROUGH ESTIMATE” provided by staff, a $1000/month stipend per attorney could cost anywhere from $144,000/ year (not including benefits) for only the Prosecutor’s office to $363,000 (not including benefits) if expanded to the Public Defender’s Office.
The Commissioners wanted extra time to think about it. Commissioner Moser expressed he hates stipends because, at the end of the year, the extra funds get taken away. Commissioner Hough questioned if there wasn’t a more permanent solution that involved “thinking outside the box” and not just solving every problem with more money. Commissioner Tovey was not present.
A recent ISJ article highlighted the staffing issues in the Sheriff’s office. It would seem there are other departments struggling as well.

FULL DISCUSSION starts @ approximately 40:40 and ends @ approximately 58:30

Marshall Public Library’s ‘Garden to Give’ Program Continues to Accept Food for The Idaho Foodbank

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 23, 2022)

Pocatello, ID–The Marshall Public Library is looking to take in your excess produce. Whether it’s a little or a lot, every bit helps. According to The Idaho Foodbank, Idaho is home to over 152,890 people with food insecurity.

In 2019, Marshall Public Library donated around 800 pounds of produce thanks to the community. If you have extra fruits or vegetables, please consider donating. The library will be accepting donations through September and the first couple of weeks into October.

“The community has been great this year. We know things have been hard on everyone and still the people of Pocatello have come through to help others. Every little bit helps and we have received donations of all sizes, so thank you!” said Public Services Supervisor Amy Campbell with the Marshall Public Library.

 

 

The Idaho Foodbank regularly needs fresh fruits and vegetables, said Campbell. And after not having the Garden to Give program for the last two years due to the pandemic, Marshall Public Library is excited to have it back this year and for many years to come.

Marshall Public Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us, 208.234.6248, or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.