The Pocatello Planning and Zoning Commission, in a meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, has set aside time for a public hearing on a request to annex and zone the Northgate Parkway from the eastern extent of the new interchange to the Northeastern City limit line. For the full text of this request, and to see the full agenda, go to:
Newly elected Pocatello City Council members Roger Bray, Claudia Ortega, and Chris Stevens kept one of their campaign promises last night as they held their first Community Conversation at Pocatello’s Senior Activity Center (Center).
Just under four dozen people sat in a large circle in one of the Center’s meeting rooms waiting to address, and hear from, their newly elected representatives. The meeting began a few minutes after 7:00 pm, with Stevens introducing Lenet Peevy-Neifert, who sang two songs, ‘Wind Beneath My Wings,’ and ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’ Stevens commented, “It’s not about the three of us, it’s about those who elected us and the voters.”
Councilman Roger Bray then began the informal meeting by setting ground rules and informing those in attendance that, as a sitting Pocatello Councilman, he would be leaving the room when and if the discussion turned to issues currently on the City Council agenda (this happened several times during the meeting).
Ortega followed Bray in speaking, saying that, “Community meetings were promised on the campaign trail…we just want to hear your concerns…we’re hoping to have a lot more of these.”
The first question of the evening was a participant wanting to know what was meant by the three of them, “running together.” Ortega replied that, while each of them had some differences, they all held a fundamental set of beliefs about government, that government should be reaching out to the community rather than community members trying to seek an audience with elected officials.
Other questions and comments over the course of the two-hour meeting focused on the number of empty commercial buildings, blight, development, the railroad, the tax base, and taxes in general. A few of those attending stated that they, as residents, did not feel like they were listened to when they voiced their opinions to City officials.
The topic resulting in the most animated discussion of the evening was the proposal before the City Council to spend around $70,000 for a new city logo and branding. Several of those in attendance supported the idea of branding, but said that the cost was far too high and that local taxpayer money should not be sent out-of-state for the project.
Throughout the evening, Bray, Ortega, and Stevens stressed communicating with the public and fiscal responsibility. Stevens also said that, for too long the city had been, “reactive, not proactive.”
The meeting ended just after 9:00 pm with the three hosts urging unity and asking all Pocatello residents to come together to work to improve the quality of life in the city.
Zoo Idaho will be wrapping up 2019 with its coolest event of the year.
Zoo Idaho will host the sixth annual “Wild Winter Weekends” Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. At the event, Zoo Idaho animals’ exhibits will be decorated with Christmas lights for attendees to enjoy while they walk around the zoo sipping hot chocolate and eating cookies. Both days will also feature snow science projects for zoo-goers including, snow volcanoes, crystal making, and an animal tracks activity. The zoo’s resident animals will also be treated to winter-themed enrichment activities from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“Wild Winter Weekends are a great way to get into the holiday spirit while observing our native wildlife in their winter habitats,” said Rachael Shearouse, Education Curator at Zoo Idaho. “It’s a great time to check out our Rocky Mountain Bull Elk; they have the largest antlers of all the elk sub-species and keep those antlers throughout the winter. You can also join us to investigate other winter behaviors by participating in our educational activities offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wild Winter Weekends have something fun for the whole family.”
Admission to Wild Winter Weekends is free for ages 0 to 2, $4 for ages 3 to 11, $6 for ages 12 to 59, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up. Zoo Idaho Zoological Society members can get in for free.
Zoo Idaho is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at email@example.com; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.
VFW Post 735, Pocatello, Idaho, held their annual Citizenship Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 23. The luncheon, which honors the winners of the Voice of Democracy speech competition, Patriot’s Pen essay competition, and the Teacher of the Year, was held at the Pocatello Elks Lodge.
Ms. Marilana Buck, who teaches at Williams Thomas Middle School in American Falls, was selected as the Teacher of the Year. Ms. Buck teaches 8th grade social studies and is a student council advisor. Each year she has her students study the Constitution of the United States in a very unique way, from the perspective of an immigrant. Students pick a country from which they will “move to America” from, select a name, and, by completing assignments, “earn money” to reach America. At the end of their studies, they take a 100-question test using questions from the U.S. citizen test bank. In addition, in March of each year, she leads a one-week trip with her students to visit Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other historical areas.
The winners of the Voice of Democracy speech competition this year are Mckelle Robinson, 1st place, Emma Otvos, 2nd place, and Eddy Crowder, 3rd place. Robinson attends Century High School, Otvos attends Calvary Chapel Christian School, and Crowder is homeschooled.
The Patriot’s Pen essay competition winners for 2019-2020 are Zoe Zufelt, 1st place, Samantha Waldron, 2nd place, and Haidyn Christensen, 3rd place. Zufelt is a homeschooled student, Waldron attends Connor Academy, and Christensen attends Alameda Middle School.
The first place winners and the Teacher of the Year winner now advance to the District level of the competition.
Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Each year more than 111,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
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.
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.
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 pmDickens Festival at Idaho State University Ballroom
9:30 amLadies’ Christmas Tea at Faith Lutheran Church:
10:00 am to NoonNew Knowledge Adventures & Friends Hosts Open House at Roy F. Christiansen Bldg. #48, 777 Memorial Dr., Pocatello
NoonAdamo String Quartet performs as part of “Music in the Library” Series at Marshall Public Library
7:30 pmScrooge’s Christmas, A Theatrical Ballet, Performed at Frazier Hall
Get in the Christmas Spirit: Come Out and Join the Fun!
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.
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 marshallpl.org or like the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/marshallpl.
The Snake River New Horizons Band is comprised of beginning musicians over the age of 50. For more information and how to join, visit facebook.com/SnakeRiverNewHorizonsBand.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.
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 § AARP § 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)