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“Pocatello’s Promise of Tomorrow Mayoral Scholarship” Recipients Announced

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 12, 2020)

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The recipients of the 2020 “Pocatello’s Promise of Tomorrow Mayoral Scholarship” have been selected.

In its inaugural year, the scholarship program awarded five students with two-year scholarships each totaling $2,000 ($500 per semester) to Idaho State University.  The students, their high schools, and planned fields of study are:

Deja Revere – New Horizon High School – Forensic Science
Kayden Cummings – Grace Lutheran High School – Physician’s Assistant
Mariana Vera – Century High School – Anthropology
Raquel Martin – Highland High School – Special Education or Social Work
Sophia Eagle (Martin) – New Horizon High School – Welding

“We had 22 graduating seniors apply for the scholarship, and I can tell you the quality of the applications was incredible,” said Mayor Brian Blad.  “These five students stood out, though, and we are excited to award Deja, Kayden, Mariana, Raquel and Sophia with scholarships.  They have specific visions for their futures, and we are honored to be part of their journey.”

Applications were reviewed by the Mayoral Scholarship Committee with consideration given to the applicant’s personal higher learning goals, financial need and possible impediments to higher education.

The scholarship is a partnership with the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is funded by contributions from Idaho Central Credit Union, D. L. Evans Bank, ISU Credit Union, Citizens Community Bank, The Bank of Commerce, and US Bank.

“This program would absolutely not be possible without administration from the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Foundation and contributions from our local financial institutions,” said the Mayor.  “It’s inspiring to see our community come together to support these students with their higher learning goals.”

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Hawley Troxell Presents: BACK TO WORK: An Employment Lawyer’s Tips for Developing a Legally Compliant Return to Work Plan

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(Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce Press Release, May 8, 2020)

Hawley Troxell Presents: BACK TO WORK: An Employment Lawyer’s Tips for Developing a Legally Compliant Return to Work Plan

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Governor Brad Little has announced a plan to ease workplace restrictions and to open up businesses in stages.  In this webinar John Ashby, an employment lawyer from Hawley Troxell, will discuss strategies for bringing employees back to work in ways that comply with employment laws and state and federal guidance.

Topics will include:

  • Legal risks in bringing employees back after layoffs, furloughs or telework arrangements
  • Continuing paid leave obligations and strategies for developing employee leave policies
  • Guidance on employee testing, medical inquiries, and temperature checks
  • What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19
  • What to do if employees refuse to return to work

Time:

May 12, 2020 10:00 AM in Mountain Time

To learn more, or to register for the webinar, visit: https://hawleytroxell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kNH1c-olTi-VlEUp_OljQQ

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Pocatello Fire Department Offering Landfill Passes to Residents Living in Wildland-Urban Interface Areas

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 11, 2020)

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Thanks to a partnership between the Pocatello Fire Department (PFD) and the Gateway Interagency Fire Front, residents living in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas of the Gate City can get a little help clearing their property of wildfire fuels.

As part of the Gateway Interagency Fire Front Fuel Reduction Project, WUI residents can get a pass from PFD to dispose of flammable vegetation (e.g. brush, trees, tree limbs, and weeds) from their property at the Bannock County Landfill free of charge.

“As wildfire season approaches, residents need to start taking actions now to make their homes more defensible,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist with the Pocatello Fire Department.  “Reducing the fuel loads is the first step and these certificates help ease the financial burden on homeowners as they work to make their homes safer.”

To receive the pass, residents must fill out the form at https://pocatello.seamlessdocs.com/f/PFDfuelreduction or by calling 208-234-7083.  Residents are required to provide identification to verify they live in one of the WUI areas.  Once the pass is issued, it is valid for two weeks from the date it is issued.

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To see a map of the wildland-urban interface areas of Pocatello, visit https://www.pocatello.us/DocumentCenter/View/2750/2018-Pocatello-Chubbuck-Firework-Zones-Map-PDF?bidId=.  Areas of the map that are colored orange, yellow, or pink are the wildland-urban interface areas.

Residents with questions about the pass can contact Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist, at 208-234-7083 or via email at kstouse@pocatello.us.

For more information on what homeowners can do to protect their home from wildfire, visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Wildfire.

For more information about the Pocatello Fire Department, visit https://pocatello.us/189/Fire.

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White House Proclamation on National Charter Schools Week, 2020

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(White House Press Release, May 8, 2020)

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Nearly 30 years ago, in a small town in southeast Minnesota, freedom-loving Americans on both sides of the political aisle opened the doors to our Nation’s first public charter school, enabling families to more effectively choose the best learning environment for their child. This historic action sparked a movement that now spans 44 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

There are currently more than 7,400 public charter schools providing individualized education and learning opportunities to more than 3 million students and their families throughout our Nation. During National Charter School Week, we recognize the contributions of public charter school leaders, teachers, students, and parents and reaffirm our commitment to further expand access to public charter schools and all high-quality education opportunities throughout our Nation.

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Every American family should have the right to choose the learning environment that works best for their child. Despite this, for decades the idea that all children can thrive under a one-size-fits-all approach to learning has defined American education. This antiquated and monolithic model leaves far too many of our Nation’s young people trapped in a learning environment that does not meet their individual needs. Public charter schools ensure individual choice and empower students to fulfil their potential. These important educational options also disproportionately serve low-income students and students of color, and have a proven track record of serving these children better than neighboring public schools.

Although public charter school enrollment has increased at least eightfold in the past 18 years, there are currently more than 1 million students still on waitlists throughout the country. My Administration remains committed to ensuring these children are able to receive the best education possible by expanding access to alternative education options. Since my first day in office, I have championed school choice and education freedom for every American student, acknowledging that a family’s zip code or socioeconomic status should not determine a child’s future. My Administration has invested nearly $1.5 billion in the development of public charter schools, while also taking action to restore local control over education and expand access to high-quality education opportunities. Together, we are empowering students and families to be able to access learning environments that meet their unique needs.

This week, public charter schools, families, and supporters will share inspirational stories of success, recognize leaders in the charter sector, and build awareness of the unique public charter school model that offers flexibility to try different instructional methods while being accountable for student achievement and outcomes. During National Charter Schools Week, and every week, let us celebrate the extraordinary work of public charter schools in advancing education freedom, excellence, and innovative approaches to learning. By continuing to support public charter schools and students, we will give power back to families and build a brighter future for all Americans.

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NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 10 through May 16, 2020, as National Charter Schools Week. I commend our Nation’s successful public charter schools, teachers, and administrators, and I call on States and communities to help students and empower parents and families by supporting high-quality charter schools as an important school choice option.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Pocatello: Hearing Examiner Agenda Posted for May 14, 2020 Meeting

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City of Pocatello City Hall

(Press Release, May 5, 2020)

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The agenda for the Pocatello Hearing Examiner meeting scheduled for May 14, 2020, has been posted on the City website.

The single action item on the agenda is a request for a conditional use permit to allow for new self storage units to be developed within the Commercial General (CG) zoning district.  The applicant also requests a variance from the required transitional landscape buffer between commercial and residential zones.

The subject property is currently a vacant and undeveloped parcel of land approximately .29 acres in size.  This parcel is adjacent to the Union Pacific Rail Road right of way to the east and the Heritage Village Townhomes to the west.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines, no on-site public access is permitted for this meeting.  The meeting will be live-streamed at: https://www.pocatello.us/718/Live-Streaming and available on Sparklight Cable channel 56.  The phone number for public hearing testimony call-in is 208-234-6283.

To view the agenda, visit:

https://www.pocatello.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_05142020-1017

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Pocatello: Water System Flushing Begins Monday, May 11, 2020

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 7, 2020)

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Starting Monday, residents may see water flowing from Pocatello’s fire hydrants.

May 11 will mark the beginning of the City of Pocatello Water Department’s annual water system flushing efforts.  During the process, workers open the valves on fire hydrants around the city allowing water to remove any build-up of material in water pipes.

“Our yearly system flush allows us to accomplish several things,” said Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent.  “First, it helps to clear any sediment within the pipes to ensure residents are receiving high-quality water.  Second, it helps us to verify the condition and proper operation of fire hydrants.  Last, it also helps us identify any inefficiencies within the system.”

During the system flush, residents may notice a temporary drop in their water pressure.  Also, water may be rust-colored or cloudy but Armstrong says the discolored water is not harmful and will clear up in a few hours.

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Officials ask that if you see a crew flushing a hydrant on your street, avoid running tap water and using a washing machine or dishwasher until the flushing is complete.  Additionally, they ask drivers to please treat the crew like any other road work personnel and drive carefully.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, employees will take separate vehicles to each flushing site and maintain appropriate social distance between themselves and the public.

The flushing process will take about three weeks but due to unforeseen circumstances, the schedule may be altered or extended.

The City of Pocatello Water Department operates and maintains over 275 miles of water lines, 21 water supply wells, 16 water storage tanks, 12 booster pumping stations and 42 pressure reducing valves.

For more information on the City of Pocatello Water Department, visit https://pocatello.us/215/Water.

City officials encourage all residents to take precautions to protect themselves from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Additional information on ways to help prevent the spread of the disease can be found at https://siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php,

Information about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

, and https://www.cdc.gov/.

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Pastor Kirk Triplett, Faith Lutheran Church, Pocatello, Speaks on “The Sure Path Through Trouble,” Sunday, May 10, Livestreaming at 10:00 A.M.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Pastor Kirk Triplett, Faith Lutheran Church

Today, Sunday, May 10, 2020, Pastor Kirk Triplett of Faith Lutheran Church, Pocatello, will be speaking on “The Sure Path Through Trouble” during his weekly sermon.  The service will be livestreamed beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time (MST).

Today’s sermon is based on John 14: 1-11.

Music featured in today’s service includes, “Hallelujah Your Love is Amazing,” “Forever,” “Here I am to Worship,” “Build My Life,” “Great are You Lord,” and “On Our Side.”

To learn more about Faith Lutheran Church, or to watch today’s service, click on the link, below.

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Half-off Dog Licenses Through May 31 Offered by Pocatello Animal Services

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(City of Pocatello Press Release, May 8, 2020)

You can license your dog with Pocatello Animal Services for half-price through May 31.

Until the end of May, the department is offering $5 dog licenses for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $10 licenses for dogs that are not spayed or neutered.

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“Dogs that get picked up by an Animal Control Officer are more likely to be returned to their owner rather than taken to the Shelter if they have a license on them and they are microchipped,” said Josh Heinz, Animal Services Director. “If an owner has kept their information up to date with the license and microchip company, we can get pets home quicker.”

Pet parents can pick up their half-price license at the Pocatello Animal Shelter, City of Pocatello Mayor’s Office, and local veterinary offices. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents who are getting a license from the Pocatello Animal Shelter are asked to call 208-234-6156 and make an appointment. Residents who come to City Hall for their dog license are asked to call the Mayor’s Office from the phone provided in the lobby or from their personal phone. A staff member will meet them at the interior doors to complete the transaction. Lastly, residents who are getting a license through a local veterinary office should contact the vet’s office for further instructions.

For more information on Pocatello Animal Services or to view adoptable pets, visit https://pocatello.us/150/Animal-Services or like the department’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PocatelloAnimalServices.

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White House Proclamation on Mother’s Day, 2020

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(White House Press Release, May 8, 2020)

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the exceptional mothers in our lives.  It is through the unwavering love, comfort, and guidance of these extraordinary women that we first learn to experience joy and the wonders of life.  Whether they became mothers through birth, adoption, foster care, or other means, these women are deserving of our unending gratitude and praise this day and every day.

The intuition and wisdom passed from mother to child strengthens the fabric of our Nation and preserves generations of wisdom and familial values.  In our earliest days, our mothers provide us with love and nurturing care.  They often know our talents before we do, and they selflessly encourage us to use these God-given gifts to pursue our biggest dreams and most admirable ambitions.  As we grow, our mothers teach us to be productive, contributing members of society and to care for one another as they have cared for us.  As life-long supporters, mothers provide reassurance and guidance when needed most.  President Abraham Lincoln described this spirit of compassion: “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.  They have clung to me all my life.”  Our mothers embrace us for who we are and help guide us to who we are meant to be.  They advocate for us and counsel us, and above all else provide us with a steadfast and enduring love each day.

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Today, on Mother’s Day, we celebrate mothers everywhere and thank them for all that they do to enrich our lives, honoring how they raise us with a special grace and endurance.  Their character, courage, and compassion are gifts that transcend time and span generations.  May today be filled with the joy of knowing their contributions to our society are immeasurable, and their love for us does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

In recognition of the contributions of mothers to American families and to our Nation, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 8, 1914 (38 Stat. 770), has designated the second Sunday in May each year as Mother’s Day, and requested the President to call for its appropriate observance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2020, as Mother’s Day.  I encourage all Americans to express their love and respect for their mothers or beloved mother figures, whether with us in person or in spirit, and to reflect on the importance of motherhood to the prosperity of our families, communities, and Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England’s Video Blog, May 8, 2020

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(City of Chubbuck, Video Release, May 8, 2020)

Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England’s latest video blog has been posted on the City of Chubbuck website and on the City’s YouTube channel.  In this video, Mayor England provides updates on: Idaho’s Stages for Recovery, Baseball/Softball, City Hall, Free Landfill Day, Teachers & Nurses Day, Hospital Week, and the most recent City Council Meeting.

To view the Mayor’s latest update, click on the video link, below: