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Pocatello Mayor’s Newsletter for December, 2019 Posted


Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad’s newsletter for the month of December has been posted on the City website.  In this month’s newsletter, Mayor Blad explains how the city prioritizes keeping the roads clear in the article, Snowflakes and Snow Plows, discusses the Marshall Public Library Exhibit: WWI Lessons & Legacies, and provides residents with the 2020 recycling schedule.

To view the newsletter, go to:


Newly Elected City Council Members to Hold First ‘Community Conversation’ Tonight at Senior Activity Center


Newly elected Pocatello City Council Members Chris Stevens, Roger Bray, and Claudia Ortega will be holding an informal chat tonight, December 3, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Senior Activity Center.  The purpose of the event is to, “hear your concerns, answer your questions and listen to your ideas to make Pocatello better.”  They will be meeting with constituents in Room #3 of the Senior Center, which is located at 427 North 6th Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho 83201.


Fun Family Events All Day Long This Saturday, December 7!


The saying, “The Fun Never Stops” definitely applies to Pocatello this coming Saturday, December 7.  A variety of fun, family events will be taking place throughout the day.  Here are some of the exciting and entertaining ways for you to spend your day:

9:00 am to 6:00 pm Dickens Festival at Idaho State University Ballroom

9:30 am Ladies’ Christmas Tea at Faith Lutheran Church:

10:00 am to Noon New Knowledge Adventures & Friends Hosts Open House at Roy                               F. Christiansen Bldg. #48, 777 Memorial Dr., Pocatello

Noon  Adamo String Quartet performs as part of “Music in the Library” Series at               Marshall Public Library

7:30 pm Scrooge’s Christmas, A Theatrical Ballet, Performed at Frazier Hall


Get in the Christmas Spirit: Come Out and Join the Fun!



City of Chubbuck Issues Update on New Day Parkway Extension Project


(Press Release)

With the opening of the Northgate Interchange the City of Chubbuck wanted to release an update on the New Day Parkway extension project. Phase 1 and phase 2 are complete and ready for the opening of the Interchange. With cooperation between the City and the Idaho Transportation Department a temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Yellowstone, Siphon Rd., and New Day Parkway; until a permanent system will be installed with a future ITD project. Due to a Fort Hall Irrigation repair project in the winter of 2020 we have postponed Phase 3 until 2021. This delay will allow the City to coordinate with Fort Hall Irrigation and lower the cost of development. Phase 3 will widen New Day Parkway from Yellowstone to Whitaker Road which will include four traveling lanes, turning lanes, and walking/bike lanes on both sides of the roadway.


Pair of Holiday “Music in the Library” Performances Planned at Marshall Public Library


(Press Release)

The sounds of the season will be ringing through the Marshall Public Library this month.

The Marshall Public Library will be hosting two holiday-themed performances as part of the library’s “Music in the Library” series. The first will feature the Adamo String Quartet performing traditional and classic Christmas meldodies Saturday, December 7 at noon. The Adamo String Quartet features Pocatello High School and Century High School students Collin Hyde, Joseph Morrissey, Samuel Sterner, and Elsa Ferrin. The group’s members also participate in their respective schools’ orchestras and the Idaho State Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra.

“The library has a lot of happy memories for us,” said Collin Hyde. “We wanted to share something we really love doing — making music.”

Meanwhile, a quintet of Snake River New Horizons Band members will be performing holiday classics, carols, and other favorites Saturday, December 21 at 1 p.m. The group is Catherine Read on flute, Angela Luckey on the clarinet, Raylene Houck on oboe, Elizabeth Dyer on french horn, and Marlin Brunkow will be trading his trombone for a bassoon.

“We all enjoy playing together, but we hope that these familiar Christmas carols will move people at the library to join us and sing along,” said Elizabeth Dyer. “Don’t just listen – help us make a joyful noise for the holidays.”

Both performances will be held on the first floor of the library.

“Music is a big part of the holiday season and we’re pleased to bring live performances from two talented groups to our library patrons,” said Amy Campell, Public Services Supervisor.

For more information on the other programs and services offered by the Marshall Public Library, visit or like the library’s Facebook page at

The Snake River New Horizons Band is comprised of beginning musicians over the age of 50. For more information and how to join, visit

The 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; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.



New Knowledge Adventures & Friends Open House December 7


New Knowledge Adventures and Friends
Open House December 7

NKA Spring 2020 Catalogs will be available!
Friends joining NKA:
§ Senior Activity Center
§ United Senior Project
§ Snake River New Horizon’s Band
§ Southeast Idaho Council of Government (SICOG)
§ Senior Games

Come see what Pocatello has to offer the 50+ generation. Join us for light refreshments while learning about the latest happenings with each of these successful groups. Friends, family and neighbors welcome.

Date: Saturday, December 7th
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Location: Roy F. Christiansen Bldg. #48
777 Memorial Dr.

(Plenty of parking will be available in the CEWT parking lot)


Change of Meeting Date for Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee


(Press Release)

Notice is hereby given that the Human Relations Advisory Committee is changing its meeting for the month of December. The Human Relations Advisory Committee will convene Monday, December 23, 2019 rather than meeting Monday, December 9, 2019.

The meeting will be held Monday, December 23, 2019 at 5:30 p.m., in the Iwamizawa Conference Room of City Hall, 911 N. 7th Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho.

Submitted by:

Laura Judkins, Staff Liaison
Human Relations Advisory Committee
December 2, 2019

Blood Drive Hosted by Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Scheduled for Wednesday, December 18


The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, December 18, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Blood donations will be accepted at the Pocatello Blood Donation Center at the Pine Ridge Mall, 4155 Yellowstone Avenue, in Pocatello.



City of Pocatello to Consider Awarding Contract for Logo and Brand Style Guide at City Council Meeting, Thursday


Updated 12/2/2019 at 2:38 pm local time to include link to City Council Agenda

In addition to addressing various plat applications and declarations of surplus property, the Pocatello City Council is scheduled to consider awarding the RFP to design a logo and brand style guide for the City of Pocatello to BWP Communications at their Thursday, December 5, City Council meeting. Staff has recommended awarding of the contract, although the proposal is still subject to legal department review.  According to Logan McDougall, Public Information Officer for the City of Pocatello, the estimated cost for the work to be done is between $72,500 and $75,300.  McDougall said that the city had previously budgeted $90,000 for the project.

The full agenda can be seen, here:

First Lady Melania Trump Unveils Christmas at the White House 2019

Photo Credit: Aaron Kittredge

(Press Release)

The First Family is celebrating their third Christmas in the White House. This year’s theme, “The Spirit of America,” is a tribute to the traditions, customs, and history that make our Nation great. Designed by First Lady Melania Trump, the White House decorations celebrate the courageous individuals who have shaped our country and kept the American spirit alive.

Upon entering the East Wing, visitors are welcomed by the cherished Gold Star Family Tree. Proudly decorated by Gold Star families, it is adorned with golden stars and patriotic ribbons. This tree reminds us of the service and selflessness of the American heroes who defend this great land.

Around the corner, the East Colonnade is a timeline of American design, innovation, and architecture. Through the archways, the East Garden Room displays the First Family’s annual ornament and Christmas card. This year, both showcase the American flag – a symbol of our Nation’s pride.

Entering the Ground Floor Corridor, the Vermeil Room highlights the spirit of generosity of previous First Ladies. Two trees are illuminated with tones of blush and gold and pieces of historic vermeil are on display for guests to view. In the Library, the legacies of Presidents are celebrated with past and present White House Historical Association annual ornaments. The 2019 ornament is featured on the center tree and honors President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The China Room is set with a holiday feast, illustrating the joys of family coming together at the holidays and sharing in the spirit of the season.

Upstairs in the East Room, four star-spangled trees stand tall, glimmering with stars and cascading ribbons. Perched at the top of each are gilded eagles, a reminder of our Nation’s freedom and strength. Features of the American flag are proudly incorporated in the décor, with red symbolizing bravery and valor, and blue symbolizing perseverance and justice. For the 52nd year the White House Crèche is on display.

Moving into the Parlors, the Green Room features beloved and classic Christmas tales. Visitors can count down the days of the holiday season with the White House Advent calendar hanging in the windows. A time-honored tradition, the official White House Christmas tree takes its place in the Blue Room measuring over 18 feet tall. Blossoming with handmade paper flowers, the décor on the Blue Room tree pays homage to the distinctive floral emblem of every state and territory. The Red Room, decorated with games galore, ignites the childlike spirit we all have at this time of year.

The State Dining room celebrates America, the beautiful. Displayed on the iconic eagle pier table, the Gingerbread House features the South Portico of the White House and landmarks from across the country, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Space Needle, Mount Rushmore, the Alamo, Gateway Arch, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty. The White House pastry team carefully constructed this masterpiece out of 200 lbs. of gingerbread dough, 125 lbs. of pastillage dough, 35 lbs. of chocolate, and 25 lbs. of royal icing.

Ending in the Grand Foyer and Cross Hall, guests find themselves in a glistening winter garden, filled with 22 evergreens, 14 golden magnolia topiaries, 10 floral urns, and dusted with fresh-fallen snow.

“This Christmas season I want to honor those who have shaped our country and made it the place we are proud to call home, and I am excited to announce our White House holiday theme, ‘The Spirit of America’ ” said First Lady Melania Trump. “When I travel the country, I am inspired by the hard working people and families that I meet. No matter which state they call home, many Americans share a strong set of values and deep appreciation for the traditions and history of our great nation. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers who worked to make sure the People’s House was ready for Christmas. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

Throughout the month of December, the White House will be welcoming guests to enjoy this year’s decorations by hosting open houses, receptions, and tours.or the Trump family’s first Christmas in the White House, @FLOTUS chose a theme that paid tribute to 200 years of Presidential holiday traditions.