(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 2, 2020)
The Pocatello City Council has put its stamp of approval on a resolution confirming the City’s status as a “welcoming and inclusive” city.
At Thursday’s regular City Council meeting, Councilmembers voted to approve the resolution that states “The City of Pocatello celebrates and values its long-standing tradition of welcoming visitors and newcomers to this beautiful valley, and creating a vibrant, diverse community where all of our residents feel welcomed, safe, and able to fully participate in, and contribute to, our city’s economic and social life. Further, the City “reaffirms its values of inclusion, respect, and justice and the city’s commitment toward actions to reinforce these values. We have a dream of continuing to cultivate a culture of harmony and inclusion.” Pocatellans are also “encouraged to do their part in reaching out and welcoming all those who live in and visit our great City.”
“From our beginning, Pocatello has always been a diverse community,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “Welcoming and including everyone are part of our everyday traditions. In addition, the resolution dovetails perfectly with the City’s mission statement, which states ‘Pocatello is a vibrant community promoting a high quality of life through innovation, growth, respect, inclusiveness and pride in who we are.’”
The idea for the resolution was brought to the City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee (HRAC) by Dr. Larry Gebhardt. From there, the resolution was drafted and presented to the City Council by the HRAC.
“Since its inception, the HRAC has advocated for human and civil rights in Pocatello,” said Rituraj Yadav, Chair of the City of Pocatello Human Relations Advisory Committee. “This resolution reaffirms the City’s commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.”
The City of Pocatello has posted Mayor Brian Blad’s newsletter for the month of October. In this latest newsletter, Mayor Blad’s first article is dedicated to thanking City employees, who he says, “work hard to make sure we can all feel comfortable raising our families here.”
Mayor Blad goes on to say, ” I could go on and on and on about the City’s employees. You will not find a better group of people. They take so much pride in their work. They are diligent and professional individuals. I am blessed to be able to work alongside some of the best people I have ever met, and I am publicly giving them my heartfelt thanks! If you have an opportunity to thank a City employee, please do. They are your family, friends and neighbors.
To read this and other articles in the Mayor’s Newsletter, visit:
During Fire Prevention Week, we are reminded to keep doing our part to prevent fires before they tragically claim lives and destroy homes, businesses, and natural resources. Every American can play a role in raising awareness about preventing fires and taking simple precautions to help prevent fire-related deaths and injuries. We also commend our Nation’s brave firefighters and emergency workers who risk their health and safety each day, and we solemnly remember those who gave their lives in service to protect Americans and our communities. This week, I encourage all Americans to take steps to prepare their family, property, and community on what to do before, during, and after a fire.
This year, courageous firefighters and other brave Americans have confronted one of the worst fire seasons in our history. We have seen more than 43,500 wildfires, lost more than 10,000 buildings, and 35 people have tragically died. In the Western States, more than 30,000 firefighters — the largest deployment in history — have battled these fires, risking their lives for their fellow Americans’ safety. My Administration is thankful for the assistance from our National Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, and international partners from Canada and Mexico to help end this devastation.
This tragic fire season is another reminder of the importance of effective forest management, which can play a big role in helping prevent forest fires. Proactive steps such as cleaning forest floors to remove flammable limbs and leaves can help reduce the risk of large fires and improve the health of our Nation’s forests. In 2020, I have approved more than 30 Stafford Act Declarations, including Fire Management Assistance Grants, to help multiple States stop fires, and we continue to encourage active forest management efforts throughout the country.
This year, we also give special recognition to the many American firefighters who joined the valiant efforts of our Australian allies in fighting bushfires that killed hundreds of people and countless animals and destroyed thousands of homes. Tragically, three Americans perished in this courageous effort. These heroes, all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, embodied the very best of the American spirit in their desire to help others, and we will always honor their memory.
Home fires are also a cause for significant concern. Cooking fires are one of the most common types of residential fires, and fires in the home can start easily if the right precautions are not taken. I recommend that Americans take active steps to protect themselves and their families at home, including by testing smoke alarms once a month and replacing them after 10 years, as recommended by the United States Fire Administration. Additionally, it is important to have a fire escape route in place so all are prepared for how to leave the home if a fire does occur. We can all do our part to prevent fires in and around our homes to protect the lives of our families and neighbors.
Throughout this Fire Prevention Week, we come together to recognize the threat posed by fire, honor the lives it claims each year, and recommit to preventing fires in our homes, businesses, and across this great Nation’s wildlands. I encourage all Americans to reduce fire deaths, injuries, and property loss through prudent preparation.
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 October 4 through October 10, 2020, as Fire Prevention Week. On Sunday, October 4, 2020, in accordance with Public Law 107–51, the flag of the United States will be flown at half-staff at all Federal office buildings in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. I call on all Americans to participate in this observance with appropriate programs and activities and by renewing their efforts to prevent fires and their tragic consequences.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.
(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 1, 2020)
Thanks to the Marshall Public Library and the Pocatello Arts Council, patrons will be able to enjoy a little art and culture for free.
Through the Library’s Arts and Community Ticket (ACT) program, patrons can enjoy theater performances at Idaho State University’s L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center and peruse the exhibits at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) or Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum at no cost.
“ACT provides community members access to the wealth of culture and enrichment in our own community,” said Amy Campbell, Public Services Supervisor. “This year with so many organizations necessarily modifying what they do, it is especially important for people to have the chance to enjoy these opportunities.”
All tickets are available in sets. A set of tickets to performances at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center includes two adult tickets, except for the performances of Elephant and Piggie which includes tickets for two adults and two children. A set of tickets to the IMNH and Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum includes one adult ticket and two youth tickets. Tickets are available the first Monday of each month on a first-come, first served basis with two sets available each month for theater performances and two each month for each of the museums. Tickets to the IMNH and Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum will be available starting in October. Patrons who utilize the tickets are asked to contact each venue prior to attending to find out what procedures are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets were purchased using funds from the Marshall Public Library and a Pocatello Arts Council grant.
“The tickets to the ISU Theater were purchased entirely through a generous grant from the Pocatello Arts Council,” Campbell said. “The Pocatello Arts Council has been supportive of the program since the Library’s started it last year, and we are grateful to them for helping to bring ISU’s wonderful theater performances to even more people this year.”
For more information on the Arts and Community Tickets program, contact Amy Campbell, Public Services Supervisor, at 208-232-1263 ext. 105.
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.
(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 2, 2020)
The Pocatello City Council has amended the “Animal Services” section of City Code to add a section that prohibits citizens from feeding or attracting wildlife except for certain birds and squirrels in city limits.
Under the ordinance, “it is unlawful for any person to intentionally and knowingly feed or attract wildlife (wild or habituated) except those birds and squirrels as allowed in 6.04.260.C by placing, depositing, distributing, storing, or scattering food, edible material, garbage, or other attractant, with the intent to lure, attract, entice, or feed wildlife.”
“We all love that wilderness areas and opportunities to see wildlife are right out our backdoors,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “However, interactions between people and wildlife are causing changes in animal migration patterns and in their health, as well as causing dangerous situations between animals and vehicles. We need to act responsibly and keep wildlife out of our neighborhoods.”
Exceptions are provided for domestic animals including “dogs, cats, chickens, horses and livestock or a person feeding their own domestic waterfowl, pheasants, chukars, turkeys, and other animals as allowed by the Idaho Department of Agriculture rules and with the appropriate permits, if necessary.” Additionally, an exception is provided for “seeds, nectar, and other material in feeders elevated at least five (5) feet above the ground for birds (other than Wild Turkey and Waterfowl) or tree squirrels placed specifically to attract wild birds (other than Wild Turkey and Waterfowl) or tree squirrels.”
Prior to adopting the ordinance, the City Council sought the input of the Urban Wildlife Taskforce and Idaho Department of Fish & Game. In meetings, they discussed concerns and explored solutions, including the ordinance, to reduce the number of wildlife or wildlife conflicts within City limits.
City of Pocatello Animal Control Officers, Pocatello Police Officers, or any other State of Idaho certified Peace Officer may investigate and issue a warning or citation for a violation of the ordinance.
Any violation of the ordinance is an infraction and punishable by a fine of $100.
(City of Pocatello Press Release, October 2, 2020)
Zoo Idaho has announced that their Zoo Boo event will be held on October 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., 2900 S. 2nd Avenue in Pocatello.
The announcement states:
Join us for our annual Zoo Boo event! Due to COVID-19, you MUST REGISTER FOR A TIME SLOT AHEAD OF TIME using the register link. The number of guests per time slot will be limited, and a specific path will be designated for guests to follow. Trick or treat around the zoo, join the costume contest, and participate in fun activities provided by our vendors. Food purchases from The Sand Trap will also be available.
“Idaho’s institutions of higher education play a huge role in our state’s economic prosperity, and it is critical that we support students as much as possible during these unprecedented times,” Governor Little said. “It was a priority of mine that higher education institutions were fully funded to cover the increased operating costs associated with COVID.”
The breakdown of federal COVID funding for higher education so far includes:
$36,175,557 from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund: This was a direct distribution from the federal government to institutions. At least half is to be used for emergency grants to students to cover student financial losses. The remainder may be used for institution expenses.
$14,147,128 from CFAC: This includes $4,147,128 to be used for COVID-related expenses; $4 million for Idaho Online, the new platform to make courses accessible across institutions; $5 million approved today for the eight public colleges and universities; and $1 million approved today for the five private, nonprofit postsecondary institutions to support critical expenditures related to their COVID-19 responses.
$5,100,000 from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, one of the funds established by the CARES Act.
(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, October 1, 2020)
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and public health officials today outlined the steps Idaho is taking to work with the federal government on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The availability of a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine is one of the biggest hurdles in getting our lives closer to normal. We’re proud that the United States is taking a leadership role in the research and development of the vaccine. Here in Idaho, we have been planning for months for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and we will remain focused on making sure Idaho is ready when the initial supply becomes available,” Governor Little said.
Governor Little announced that he is directing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to convene the new Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee to advise the Governor on the prioritization of vaccines when it is in limited supply, on the implementation of the vaccination plan, and on communication and delivery of the vaccine. More information on the committee and its membership will be available in the coming days.
State public health officials stressed that the initial supply of vaccine is expected to be limited. Although the final decision has not been made yet, it is expected the vaccine likely will be offered first to healthcare workers. Vaccinating healthcare workers will protect them and their patients.
New COVID-19 testing resources coming to Idaho schools
Governor Little also highlighted today that Idaho will receive an additional 530,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests, and he is prioritizing these tests be used for schools.
The tests are inexpensive, simple to use, more than 95-percent accurate, and produce results within 15 minutes with a less invasive nasal swab and no machine.
“The new rapid tests are a game changer for schools. The new tests quickly determine who has and does not have COVID-19 so students and teachers can be back in their classrooms,” Governor Little said.
The additional 530,000 tests will be delivered to Idaho over the next three months, with a shipment of 35,000 tests being shipped today to local public health agencies across the state to help support COVID-19 testing in schools. Many rapid tests that Idaho already received are being used in Idaho’s long-term care facilities.
Governor clarifies Stage 4 and emergency order
Governor Little also said Idaho will remain open and in Stage 4 of the Idaho Rebounds plan for another two weeks because statewide metrics were not met over the past two weeks for the number of reported cases, the percent of positive tests, and the number of COVID hospitalizations.
However, Governor Little emphasized that under Stage 4 Idaho is open for business and there are no restrictions on businesses and other activities. Stage 4 does include important recommendations for businesses and residents to follow in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“I often hear and read, ‘Open up Idaho!’ Idaho is open and has been for months. The good actions of Idahoans and our business community enabled us to move to the final stage of our Idaho Rebounds plan months ago, and that’s one of the primary reasons Idaho is leading the country in our economic prosperity,” Governor Little said.
Governor Little also clarified misconceptions about the statewide COVID-19 emergency order. He said the emergency order exists for two primary reasons. First, it gives Idaho access to state and federal resources in order to protect citizens and expedite recovery, just like an emergency order for a flood, fire, or other natural disaster. Secondly, it communicates to the public that we are, indeed, in a state of emergency. All 50 states have active COVID-19 emergency orders in place.
The COVID-19 emergency order follows state law and takes responsible, measured steps to protect our loved ones and neighbors. It does not take away or infringe on Idahoans’ constitutional rights, it does not shut down Idaho, and it does not give local governments the authority to create and enforce local mask orders.
Governor Little added that as dropping temperatures drive people indoors, virus activity will pick up in Idaho and across the country in the coming months, reinforcing the need for people to get a flu shot and for all of us to ramp up our personal actions to slow the spread of coronavirus, keep our students in school, our loved ones safe, and our economy open.