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Pocatello: Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron Open House Tonight, October 1


October 1, 2020

Pocatello’s Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron will be holding an open house tonight, October 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1498 Thunderbolt Street, out at the Pocatello Airport.

Come out and learn about all that Civil Air Patrol has to offer.  To learn more about Pocatello’s Civil Air Patrol squadron, click on the image below to visit their Facebook page.


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Planning Underway in Idaho; COVID-19 Testing Resources Coming to Idaho Schools


(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, October 1, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

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.

The federal government said its goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to states starting in January.  Idaho’s plan for distribution of the vaccine is on track to be submitted to the federal government by Oct. 16.

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.


AMVETS Pancake Breakfast Returns, Saturday, October 3


September 29, 2020

AMVETS of Pocatello has announced the return of their popular, “1st Saturday of the Month Pancake Breakfast!”  Starting this coming Saturday, October 3, families will once again be able to join the AMVETS cooks for their hearty breakfast.

From 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., breakfast will be served at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Avenue, Pocatello.

Breakfast is only $5.00…and kids under 5 years old eat free!

SIPH – Southeastern Idaho Public Health Confirms 17th Death in Southeast Idaho Due to COVID-19


(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 29, 2020)

Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH) has confirmed another death associated with COVID-19 in Bannock County.  The individual was a female in her 60s.  This brings the total to seventeen deaths due to COVID-19 in southeast Idaho.  Out of respect to these individuals’ families, no additional details will be released.

SIPH urges all residents to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.  This includes practicing social distancing at all times, wearing cloth face coverings in public places, practicing good hand hygiene, and isolating immediately if you show symptoms of COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

•    Fever or chills

•    Cough

•    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

•    Fatigue

•    Muscle or body aches

•    Headache

•    New loss of taste or smell

•    Sore throat

•    Congestion or runny nose

•    Nausea or vomiting

•    Diarrhea


SIPH has a call center to field questions from the community and is open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You can reach the hotline at (208) 234-5875.

For southeast Idaho specific information about the novel coronavirus, please visit https://siphidaho.org/coronavirus.php.

For Idaho-specific information about the novel coronavirus, please visit https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

Join us Monday-Friday at 11 am for Facebook Live at https://facebook.com/siphidaho.


Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence After Meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judge Amy Coney Barrett


(White House Press Release, September 29, 2020)

U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C.

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, on behalf of President Donald Trump, I want to thank the Senate Majority Leader and your colleagues in the Senate who have committed to meet with an extraordinary American.  In Judge Amy Coney Barrett, we have someone of great character, of great intellect, who has a judicial philosophy that will uphold the Constitution of the United States.

President Trump discharged his duty under Article Two to nominate Judge Barrett to the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States.  And now we look forward, our entire team, Leader — working with you, Republicans in the Senate, and we hope Democrats in the Senate, as well — as you discharge your duty to advise and consent.

We truly do believe that Judge Barrett represents the best of America personally, in terms of her great intellect and her great background.  And we have every confidence that as the American people learn more about Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they will be as inspired as President Trump was when he made her nomination.

We believe the Senate has an opportunity, Leader, for a fair and respectful consideration hearing.  We urge our Democrat colleagues in the Senate to take the opportunity to meet with Judge Barrett and, as the hearing goes forward, to provide the kind of respectful hearing that the American people expect.

We look forward to a vote in the Senate in the near future and to fill the seat on the Supreme Court of the United States because the American people deserve a justice like Judge Amy Coney Barrett.  And the American people deserve nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States.

So, thank you, Leader, for the warm welcome today, and we look forward to working with you.


City of Pocatello Calendar, Week of September 28 – October 2, 2020


(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 25, 2020)

The City of Pocatello has released the following calendar of public meetings for the week of September 28 – October 2, 2020:

Monday, September 28

City Council Executive Session
11:00 a.m., Council Chambers

Pocatello Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Meeting
4:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Tuesday, September 29

Site Plan Review
1:30 p.m., Iwamizawa Conference Room

Wednesday, September 30

No Meetings Scheduled

Thursday, October 1

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board Meeting
1:00 p.m., Council Chambers

City Council Clarification Meeting
5:30 p.m., Council Chambers

City Council Meeting
6:00 p.m., Council Chambers

Friday, October 2

Flandro Project Bid Opening
2:00 p.m., Paradice Conference Room


Pocatello: Pipeline Maintenance Sept. 28 – Oct. 2 near City Creek, Cusick Creek Trail Areas


(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 28, 2020)

Trail users will see a little maintenance happening in two popular Pocatello places.

A contractor with Williams Pipeline will be maintaining the right of way for their natural gas pipeline in the City Creek Trail area and Cusick Creek Trailhead.  Trails adjacent to the work will be closed, including the City Creek Trail between bridges four and five and potentially the Bench to City Creek Connector Trail.

Some of the work includes removing trees, and the resulting mulch will be spread onto creek banks for erosion control.

The contractor will be posting signs at the trailheads informing users of the maintenance.

It is anticipated the project will be completed by October 2.

For more information about the pipeline maintenance, please visit williams.com/our-company/operations/ or call Bret Blair, Operations Supervisor, at 208-317-5865


Idaho Governor Brad Little Update on Half-Staff Flag Directive


(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, September 28, 2020)

Update, September 29, 2020

Pertaining to the half staff flag directive for fallen firefighter Ricky Fulton, Governor Brad Little has ordered both the U.S. and State of Idaho flags be returned to full staff at sunset on Wednesday, September 30.
After September 30, no active flag directives will be in place.
The current flag status in Idaho can be found at https://gov.idaho.gov/flag-status/.

Original Story:

Governor Brad Little, pursuant to a directive from the White House, has ordered both the U.S. and State of Idaho flags be returned to full staff at sunset on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, after the burial of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

A half-staff flag directive is still in place to honor Ricky Fulton, a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty.  The directive remains in place through the date of Fulton’s memorial. Once that date has been established, we will send out another notification.

Veterans Coffee Shop, Monday-Thursday at Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building


September 29, 2020

Are you a veteran or a supporter of veterans?  If so, stop by the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for a hot cup of coffee and good conversation.

All are welcome!

Fall Used Book Sale Planned for Oct. 2 and 3 at Marshall Public Library


(City of Pocatello Press Release, September 28, 2020)

For the first time in its history, The Friends of the Marshall Public Library’s Fall Used Book Sale is headed outside.

Friday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, October 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the group will hold their biannual sale in the south parking lot of the Library.  Prices are $2 for hardback books and $1 for paperbacks.  After noon on Saturday, “Bag-o-Books” will be available for $3, and bags are provided.  CDs and DVDs will also be available for purchase.  Cash and credit/debit cards will be accepted as payment.  Checks will not be accepted.  Barcode scanning will not be allowed at the used book sale.

“The community has been very generous with donations during this time, and our storerooms are overflowing,” said Tami Comstock, The Friends of the Marshall Public Library Board Member.  “With this surplus of books, you’re sure to find something for your reading needs.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear face coverings when six feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

The Friends of the Marshall Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization and proceeds from the sale will benefit the library.

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 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 sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.