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Idaho County Association

Caldwell City Clerk Debbie Geyer Honored with Weatherby Award

At the recent Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) Institute in Coeur d'Alene, Caldwell City Clerk Debbie Geyer was honored with the Dr. James B. Weatherby Award for excellence, effectiveness and efficiency in city government.   Read More

AIC News

Grangeville City Clerk-Treasurer Tonya Kennedy Takes the Reins as ICCTFOA President

Grangeville City Clerk-Treasurer Tonya Kennedy was sworn in as the incoming President of the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA) at the September ICCTFOA Institute in Coeur d'Alene.  Read More

Register Now for the AIC Fall Water Academies

The Association of Idaho Cities is excited to host five regional Water Academies this fall!  Read More

LHTAC Funding Workshops Coming to a City Near You

The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) is doing a series of regional 3-hour workshops that cover all of their funding applications, including the surplus eliminator funded Local Strategic Initiatives and Children Pedestrian Safety Programs. Also, learn about other programs and services LHTAC provides to local highway jurisdictions.  Read More

Funding Opportunity: Senior Corps Program

The Corporation for National and Community Service is accepting grant applications for its Senior Corps Program through Wednesday, November 7, 2018.  Read More

Speaker Series: Microgrid, Storage, & Smartgrid - Driving Innovation for a Secure and Prosperous Idaho

Mark your calendars for  a FREE Idaho Energy Innovation event scheduled for Boise on October 10th and Idaho Falls on October 11th!   Read More

WIFIA Information Session - Join EPA in Seattle on October 11th

The Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program seeks to accelerate investments in our nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.  Read More

Opportunity Zone Forum to be Held October 10 in Boise

You are invited to participate in this Idaho Opportunity Zone Forum to be held on October 10, 2018 in Boise.  Read More

9th Annual Northwest Climate Conference - Boise, ID

The 9th Annual Northwest Climate Conference will be held in Boise October 9-11, and a broad range of climate specialists will be in town, along with 300+ attendees.  Read More

AIC Shines its Community Spotlight on Donnelly

Donnelly is located near the northeastern shoreline of the 30,000-acre... Read More

AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho... Read More

AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as... Read More

 

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ICRMP Corner

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month! During the month of October, the National Cybersecurity Alliance reaches out to all Americans, public- and private-sector partners and the international community about cyber threats and offers tips and best practices concerning how to stay safe online.

For documents, including how to stay safe online and protect you and your agency, visit the ICRMP website here: https://www.icrmp.org/risk-management/technology/

 

Regional

Spokane Police Department could use drones in investigations

The Spokane Police Department could soon use drones to search for missing people and reconstruct crimes, if a resolution authorizing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles passes City Council next week.  Read More

Which States Are Voting on Transportation Funding This Year?

Lawmakers have long wrestled with how to raise money to fix roads and other infrastructure. In four states this November, voters will have a chance to weigh in.  Read More

Seattle embraced dockless bike shares, but bans scooter ones. How come?

A little over a year ago, Seattle led the nation, becoming the first major city to open its streets to shareable bikes that didn’t need docking stations and could be left almost anywhere.  Read More

Avista sale includes protections against Canadian government influence and rate hikes, consultant says

Avista Corp.’s proposed sale to Hydro One Ltd. has safeguards to protect local customers from Canadian government interference and rate hikes if the Toronto-based utility runs into future financial troubles, says a consultant hired by the two companies to scrutinize the proposed agreement.  Read More

 


Idaho News

Idaho Teacher of the Year helps shape curriculum, community and students’ futures

Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra surprised Marc Beitia in his classroom at the high school Monday afternoon with the news that he has been chosen to represent Idaho in the National Teacher of the Year competition.  Read More

Need for agreement, city to be project manager in band shell project, says Grangeville council

GRANGEVILLE — The vision and fund-raising for a proposed band shell at Pioneer Park would remain in private hands, but overseeing the project would now fall under the management of the City of Grangeville.  Read More

$60,000 simulator trains Pocatello police officers for high risk situations

POCATELLO – Patrol Officer Joel Greenway and his partner stand at the top of the stairs as a man below enters the stairwell with gun in hand.   Read More

Sculpture honoring Ashton unveiled at Pocket Park

ASHTON – The city’s Pocket Park is now home to a bronze sculpture dedicated to all things Ashton.  Read More

Group awarded $945,000 to help with downtown revitalization efforts

IDAHO FALLS – The Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation is awarded $945,000 by the Idaho Falls Redevelopment Agency for downtown projects, including street improvements and parking technology. Idaho Falls Downtown Development Corporation exists to promote and care for the downtown area by promoting and advocating the downtown consistently.  Read More

Majority of Meridian traffic citations, half of DUIs given to residents of another city

When residents spot a car pulled over by a Meridian police officer, chances are the driver doesn’t live in Meridian.  Being in the center of the Treasure Valley means Meridian experiences outside traffic coming in from all sides. Roughly 60 percent of all traffic citations and 50 percent of all driving under the influence charges issued in Meridian are for residents of other cities — largely Boise and Nampa.  Read More

Center Street Underpass changes unveiled

POCATELLO — After being closed for construction for more than a month, the Center Street Underpass is once again open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, and officials say the improvements were made under budget.  Read More

Bike share company deploys e-scooters in Meridian

Meridian residents have a new way to get around.  Lime, formally LimeBike, a dock-free bike share company, deployed electric scooters Thursday morning in Meridian, according to city spokeswoman Kaycee Emery.  Read More

PRIEST RIVER’S DOWNTOWN UTILITY LINES GOING UNDERGROUND

PRIEST RIVER — The Priest River Urban Renewal Agency board approved a resolution last week to receive a $250,000 loan that will initiate the first portion of the downtown revitalization project this fall.   Read More

In Idaho, where you live can affect how long you live

If you’re a man in north Idaho’s Benewah County, you can expect to live about 74 years.  But if you drive south through the rolling hills of the Palouse, you’ll soon end up in Latah County, where men live an average of 78 years — four years longer than their immediate neighbors to the north.  The disparity demonstrates what sociologists and doctors have long known: How long you live might depend on which county you call home, and there’s no one cause, or solution, to the problem.   Read More

Idaho Falls launching fiber optic pilot program for residents

IDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls Power is partnering with Utah open-access fiber network UTOPIA to begin offering fiber optic access to select Idaho Falls households.  Read More

Northwest Wine: Idaho’s growing wine industry is worthy of your attention

By just about any measurement, Idaho’s wine industry is small compared to its Northwest neighbors. Yet the Gem State’s burgeoning wine industry is among the most exciting and enjoyable to follow.  Read More

Firefighting aircraft causing increase in air traffic above Pocatello, Chubbuck

This wildfire season has been so busy that the firefighting aircraft at Pocatello Regional Airport have used nearly double the amount of fire retardant than the previous record, officials said.  Read More

iCourt: What you need to know about the new modernized court system

IDAHO FALLS — Over the past three years Idaho courts have been transitioning to an electronic filling system to improve operations and accessibility to court information across the state.  Read More

Idaho’s state firefighting bills come to $17 million for season

The fire season bills are in for the state of Idaho, and it looks like the state’s net firefighting expenses this year will be just over $17 million, roughly equal to the recent years’ average. The Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee set aside $20 million this year to cover the state’s firefighting season costs, so the bills are covered.  Read More

National

Five Takeaways for Cities from the FCC’s Small Cell Preemption Order

On Wednesday, September 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a declaratory ruling and report and order that would enact harsh new preemptions of local authority over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way.  Read More

Why Workforce Development Matters for Mayors

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed mayors’ state of the cities speeches, which highlight the priorities mayors are focusing on. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report has a sample of 160 mayoral speeches between January and April 2018 and includes cities of all population sizes and across geographic regions.  Read More

Urban-Rural by the Numbers

To bridge the gap between urban and rural areas, we first need to understand what sets these communities apart and where they have common ground. Below are a few key stats about urban and rural populations, economies and housing, and the different types of critical challenges these communities face.  Read More

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