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Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England Addresses Chamber Local Issues Committee

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Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England was the featured speaker at the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Local Issues Committee meeting for November. Mayor England spoke to the group, gathered at Perkins Restaurant, updating members on Chubbuck’s plans for growth before taking questions from those in attendance. The mayor noted that Chubbuck has been growing in recent years, and that, with the completion of the Interchange, growth, both residential and business, is expected to continue.

Significant projects are being considered by major developers, Mayor England said. He also stated that he was pleased to see the developers working in concert, rather than in opposition, which he believes will yield better long-term results for Chubbuck citizens.

Mayor England provided details about the process that was undertaken to develop plans for new and remodeled buildings that will be constructed in the city, including City Hall, the Police Station, and the Fire Station.

Mayor England stated that, “Good planning results when data, rather than opinion, drives decisions.” To that end, the Mayor and the members of the City council are working from a facilities study as they set direction.

The study revealed that the order in which new facilities should be built was different than what he had anticipated. “The study showed that the first building project we need to undertake is a new City Hall,” the mayor said.

The new City Hall, to be built at one end of a developing downtown area, will serve as an “anchor,” with the other “anchor” being the Idaho Central Credit Union building.

The current City Hall will be converted to a police facility.

The mayor noted, also, the need to construct a new fire station. An updated animal services facility is also part of the long-term plans.

 

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Idaho Continues Partnership Encouraging Students to Explore Cybersecurity Careers

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(Press Release)

Wednesday November 20, 2019

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that Idaho will again partner with the SANS Institute on an initiative to introduce Idaho high school and college students to careers in cybersecurity through the Girls Go CyberStart and Cyber FastTrack initiatives.
The partnership aims to identify talented youth across Idaho and inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Last year, the state joined both initiatives for the first time and saw more than 150 high school girls and boys participate in the online Girls Go CyberStart training program. Similarly, more than 200 college students competed in the Cyber FastTrack program. Students who participate receive access to 300 hours of training leading to immediately employable skills in cyber and information security. Both online programs are offered to students free of charge through private industry sponsorships that allow students to earn prizes and scholarships for their participation.

Registration for CyberStart begins on Dec. 2, and FastTrack registration begins in March.
In 2019, three Idaho high school teams scored well enough in the national Girls Go CyberStart competition to earn prize money for their school or organization. A team from Idaho Falls Compass Academy was awarded $1,000, while a team from Boise-based Foothills School of Arts and Sciences was awarded $750, and a team from Coeur d’ Alene’s Gizmo CDA was awarded $500. In addition, a team from Boise’s Centennial High School was one of 120 teams nationwide to advance to the national championship round in June.

In 2019, a total of 10,330 high school girls from across the country participated in the competition.

In the college Cyber FastTrack program, students from 11 Idaho colleges and universities took part in the program with three Idaho students placing in the top 100 nationally. University of Idaho senior Taegan Williams, Lewis-Clark State College senior Karl Lundgren, and Brigham Young University-Idaho sophomore Justin Wilson outperformed more than 13,000 college students in the competition, each earning $22,000 toward an undergraduate certificate in Applied CyberSecurity from the SANS Institute.

Girls Go CyberStart is a free online game open to female and male students in grades 9 through 12, regardless of their prior knowledge or experience with cybersecurity and information technology. Playing alone or on teams, students solve challenges to gain points and advance through levels earning prizes along the way. In addition to individual prizes, such as trips, gift certificates and computers, the three in-state schools with the most participants win monetary prizes. Idaho girls who participate in the program are eligible to win one of at least 10 scholarships for $500 to the college of their choice.

Cyber FastTrack is a free online cybersecurity program for college students and recent graduates. Designed by global technology experts, FastTrack is designed for college students who want a rapid pathway to join the cyber workforce. Cyber FastTrack students can earn scholarships to study advanced cybersecurity at the SANS Institute.

Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or IT experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.

In addition to the SANS Institute, Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho STEM Action Center are key supporters of the initiative. More information on the programs can be found at http://www.girlsgocyberstart.org and http://www.cyberfasttrack.org.

 

 

Governor Brad Little Invites Idahoans to Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

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Photo by Oleg Magni

Governor Brad Little issues an invitation to join his family at the Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting:

Second Lady Karen Pence Hosts Second Business Summit on Military Spouse Employment Solutions

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Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(Press Release)

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence hosted business leaders from across the country, in partnership with American Corporate Partners, for a second business summit to create military spouse employment solutions. The summit took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.

Fifty-seven businesses and organizations were represented at the summit to report the progress they have made in developing plans to address military spouse unemployment. This summit follows the inaugural business summit hosted by Mrs. Pence earlier in May. Companies, such as Amazon, BMS, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin, presented their action steps and offered ideas for other businesses in attendance to help develop similar actionable plans.

“Military spouses are well-educated, hardworking, flexible, reliable, and loyal,” said Mrs. Pence. “They are valuable assets to our American workforce. I am encouraged by the business and organization leaders who are developing job opportunities to benefit our military spouses.”

The Second Lady’s Military Spouse Campaign and Business Summit Series

Mrs. Pence launched a campaign in September of 2018 to honor and highlight the service of military spouses while also recognizing their unique employment challenges. Mrs. Pence has traveled the country meeting spouses, business leaders, and government officials advocating for more fulfilling career opportunities for military spouses.

As part of this work, Mrs. Pence partnered with American Corporate Partners (ACP) to invite American business and organization leaders to the White House for a series of business summits to create military spouse employment solutions.

1st Summit: May 2019, 46 American businesses met at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to brainstorm and discuss ways their businesses can find private-public sector employment solutions.

2nd Summit: November 2019, 57 American businesses and seven organizations convened to continue the conversation about their ongoing efforts to brainstorm and develop plans to address military spouse employment challenges.

Businesses will be invited back to a third Summit where they can share updates about the progress they have made to develop and implement plans to address military spouse employment challenges.

Military Spouse Employment Facts

According to the Department of Defense, military spouse unemployment currently stands at 24%.

Military spouses are disproportionately affected by occupational licensing requirements, with approximately one third working in a field requiring a license.

Military spouses earn substantially less than other labor market participants, and the employment challenges affect military recruitment, retention, and readiness.

Military spouses, on average, move every two to three years.

 

 

President Trump Continues to Reshape Federal Courts with Latest Nominations

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Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

On Thursday, November 21, the White House announced that nine nominations, eight of which were for federal judges, had been sent to the Senate.  The confirmation of Trump appointed judges has already resulted in the flipping of three circuits from predominately Democrat appointed to predominately Republican appointed judges.  Of the 179 Circuit Court positions in the United States, 43 are currently occupied by Trump picks.  Another nine positions are projected to be picked by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  If this occurs, President Trump will have selected almost 30% of these judges sitting one step below the Supreme Court.  Such judges are appointed for life, meaning Trump appointed judges will likely influence the courts for decades to come.

Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate

Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, vice Edward E. Carnes, retiring.

Jason Myung-lk Chung, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador, vice Swati A. Dandekar.

John W. Holcomb, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice Dean D. Pregerson, retired.

Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice John A. Houston, retired.

Steve Kim, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, vice Beverly Reid O’Connell, deceased.

Joshua M. Kindred, of Alaska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, vice Ralph R. Beistline, retired.

Michelle M. Pettit, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Michael M. Anello, retired.

Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, vice Marilyn L. Huff, retired.

Jennifer P. Togliatti, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, vice James C. Mahan, retired.

President Trump Presents the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal

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Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

On Thursday, November 21, at a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House, President Donald Trump presented the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to several recipients.  Among the awardees was actor Jon Voight.

 

 

Governor Little Issues Executive Order Addressing Interstate Transportation of Hemp in Idaho

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(Press Release)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little issued an executive order today to resolve conflicts between state and federal law related to the interstate transportation of hemp across Idaho.

The executive order serves as a stopgap measure until the Idaho Legislature enacts a more permanent solution.

The executive order does not authorize or legalize the production of hemp, its byproducts, oils, or any other derivative prohibited by Idaho law.

Recent changes to federal law prevent states from prohibiting the transportation or shipment of hemp produced in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill. In late October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued interim final rules regulating the production of hemp in states that have legalized it. Upon publication of those interim final rules, Idaho law now likely conflicts with federal law with respect to interstate transportation of hemp.
Executive action was needed to ensure the laws of the State of Idaho as written are faithfully executed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Idaho residents from the illicit drug trade.

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture, Idaho State Police, and Idaho Transportation Department will promulgate temporary rules and work cooperatively to carry out the executive order.

“From the start, I have stated I am not opposed to a new crop such as hemp, but that we need to be sure the production and shipping of industrial hemp is not a front to smuggle illicit drugs into and around Idaho. We expected new federal rules would eventually result in hemp lawfully traveling across state lines. My administration has prepared for this development, working with partners in law enforcement and other interested parties. As it turns out, the rules were published at a time when the Idaho Legislature could not quickly respond. My executive order is a stopgap measure to address the narrow issue of interstate transportation of hemp until the Idaho Legislature develops a permanent regulatory framework around hemp,” Governor Little said.

Link to Executive Order 2019-13 can be found here:

Click to access eo-2019-13.pdf

 

 

Chubbuck City Offices Closed for Holiday

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(City of Chubbuck Press Release by Joey Bowers)

City Offices will be closed Wednesday November 27, 2019 at 1:30pm until Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30am. Sanitation will be delayed 1 day following Thanksgiving Day.

 

Giant Pokemon Vending Machine Installed in Fred Meyer

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(Photo Credit: Eddy Crowder)

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Fred Meyer store in Pocatello has a brand new Pokémon vending machine installed in their lobby.  With close to five dozen items, the vending machine has everything from booster packs to elite trainer boxes…and it’s a sight to behold.  Comments online indicate that, where previously installed, people traveled to the stores just to see the vending machines.

If you are one of the many who’ve, “Gotta Catch ‘Em All,” you now have one more place to go to make it possible.