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Idaho County Association

Register Today for AIC Annual Conference June 19-21 in Boise!

Register today for the AIC Annual Conference at the Boise Centre June 19-21 so that you get the early-bird registration rate, which is available until May 31.   Read More

AIC News

AIC District Directors Selected for Upcoming Year

Over 300 city officials attended the 2019 AIC Spring District Workshops held in six locations throughout the state in late April.  Read More

Call for Nominations: AIC Third Vice President

The AIC Nominating Committee will convene at the upcoming AIC Annual Conference to interview and nominate a candidate for AIC Third Vice President.  Read More

2019 Campaign Finance Manual & Forms Ready

The AIC Campaign Finance Reporting Manual for the November 2019 city elections has been completed and is available to download, along with the reporting forms, by clicking the links at the bottom of this post.  Read More

Governor Little Outlines Process to Keep Administrative Rules in Effect

Governor Brad Little began laying out his plan today to ensure existing administrative rules remain in effect following the Idaho Legislature’s decision not to reauthorize the rules during the 2019 legislative session.  Read More

Download the Presentation for the Spring District Workshops

The presentation for the workshop can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF.   Read More

2019 Legislative Session Finally Ends

After an unusually long and acrimonious session, the Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April 11th.  Read More

IHFA Southern Idaho Housing Roundtable Meetings - Registration Open

Registration for the Idaho Housing & Finance Association's Spring 2019 Housing Roundtable Meetings in Southern Idaho is now open. Read More

Deadline for City Achievement Award Applications Approaching

The deadline for submitting applications for City Achievement Awards is May 29, 2019.  Cities can find more information, including the application form and flyer on the AIC website.   Read More

AIC City Budgeting Manual for FY 2020 Completed

The City Budgeting Manual for FY 2020 has been completed and you can download the PDF by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  Read More

Regional Budget & Levy Workshops Coming Up Soon

The Idaho Tax Commission has scheduled the regional Budget & Levy Workshops to provide training for local government officials on budgeting and levying property taxes.  Read More

ID Smart Growth June Citizens Planning Academy

Idaho urban renewal – stories from communities large and small.  Read More

ID Smart Growth Grow Smart Awards – Nominations

Idaho Smart Growth has presented the annual Grow Smart Awards since 2005 to celebrate planning and development efforts around Idaho that exhibit outstanding implementation of smart growth principles.  Read More

AIC Shines Its Community Spotlight on Cambridge

Cambridge is a small farming community located in the upper Weiser Valley.  Read More

AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

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

AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

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

 

ICRMP Corner

We have been getting inquiries from members about drug testing and risk management discounts. The State Insurance Fund does have a risk management discount for drug testing; however, that is completely separate from ICRMP’s Risk Management Discount Program.

To clear up any confusion, we’ve explained both programs HERE.

 

Regional

Utility eyes early retirement for Wyoming coal-fired units

One Wyoming coal-fired power plant and part of another could face early retirement as part of ongoing efforts to keep down costs for electricity customers, PacifiCorp said Thursday.  Read More

San Diego Forgives $2 Million Worth Of Library Overdue Book Fees

San Diego's forgetful book borrowers are in luck.  Read More

Former Cassano’s being transformed into Open Doors family shelter expected to open in summer

Renovations are underway to convert the former Cassano’s Grocery Building into a new facility for the Open Doors Emergency Family Shelter, which is anticipated to open this summer.  Read More

This Republican Has a Good Point About Going Green

Environmental sustainability is a front-burner issue for cities these days, so it’s not hard to find news about what local governments are doing to address it.  Read More

 


Idaho News

Local lawmakers reflect on 2019 legislative session

IDAHO FALLS — The 2019 Idaho legislative session had wins and losses for east Idaho.  Read More

Orofino lands $300,000 grant for business park expansion

SJX Jet Boats will remodel existing space and add new building for its operations.  Read More

'To serve Twin Falls better': Firefighters describe safety hazards at old stations

TWIN FALLS — An overcrowded truck bay. Leaky ceilings. Potential safety hazards.  Read More

Six Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Idaho Medal of Honor

Six law enforcement officers will receive the Idaho Medal of Honor for performing with exceptional courage and bravery while protecting the public.  Read More

Boise’s ‘Housing First’ Provides A New Solution To Idaho Homelessness

In a booming city like Boise, a new apartment complex is hardly news. But New Path Community Housing, which opened in December, is different — all of its residents used to be homeless.  Read More

The eastern Idaho economic boom

As keynote speaker, Dana Kirkham – chief executive officer of the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) – launched the April 24 Eastern Idaho Outlook conference by firing off an impressive list of the region’s accomplishments, attributes and amenities that have it poised for explosive growth.  Read More

Weston receives WATERS Award

On Wednesday, April 17, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented Weston City with an award for their water system.  Read More

Idaho Falls announces new fire chief

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper has appointed Duane Nelson to the position of Fire Chief of the Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD).  Read More

"My training saved my life"

When Officer D.J. Duke came within 3 feet of the man who tried to kill him, his training took over.  Read More

Merril Quayle Named APWA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Public Works Leader of the Year

A  City of Pocatello Engineer has taken home a top honor from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Rocky Mountain Chapter.  Read More

Learn about Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contains a new tax incentive for investments in low-income census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.  Read More

Kuna Grange honors Citizen, Firefighter, Police Officer, Teacher, Granger of the Year

It's no secret Kuna has outstanding community members who go above and beyond for the city, and every year Kuna Grange #59 hosts an event to honor just a few such residents.  Read More

Wade honored for work at Dover water system

Mike Wade has been chosen Wastewater Systems Specialist of the Year by the Idaho Rural Water Association for his work with the city of Dover.  Read More

Kuna receives $500K grant for downtown revitalization

The city of Kuna received a $500,000 Idaho Community Development Block Grant to complete its downtown revitalization project.  Read More

County: Burying transmission line ‘the only option’

The Blaine County commissioners will uphold a decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission to grant Idaho Power Co. a conditional use permit to build a redundant transmission line along state Highway 75, on one expensive condition: the whole thing goes underground.  Read More

Governor's first 'Capital for a Day' addresses issues

In the Emmett City Hall chambers, Mayor Gordon Petrie introduced Governor Brad Little at his first “Capital for a Day” April 23, as “Emmett’s favorite son, the 33rd governor of the great state of Idaho, Gov. Brad Little.”  Read More

Ashton undergoes community review, Blackfoot to be next

Ashton is a town that prefers “little baby steps,” says Rachel Hatton of the Chamber of Commerce.  Read More

Pocatello Water Department to host 2019 Water Week May 6-9

The city of Pocatello Water Department will be celebrating all things H2O with its 28th annual open house.  Read More

It’s official! Costco is coming to Idaho Falls

Plans for an Idaho Falls Costco location were unveiled tonight as the retail giant received unanimous approval by the Idaho Falls City Council to build in the city as part of Idaho Falls’ Economic Development Incentive Program.  Read More

Hidden History: From Riverton to Heyburn

Longtime Heyburn resident J.A. Handy described in 1959 the area before the Minidoka Project.  Read More

IFPD welcomes 4 new officers

The Idaho Falls Police Department is excited to welcome four new police officers to the ranks. Officers King, Kinghorn, Norman and Cook were sworn in Tuesday morning at a ceremony conducted by Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and Chief Bryce Johnson of the Idaho Falls Police Department.  Read More

City of Emmett Named High Five Ambassador

The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health named the City of Emmett a High Five Ambassador and is awarding the city a $30,000 grant to help the city complete a walking path at a school and update its bicycle and pedestrian plan.  Read More

Elected officials OK dark-skies agreement

Central Idaho has received nationwide and global recognition for the Dark Sky Reserve that was created in 2017, and now local jurisdictions and the U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to oversee the reserve.  Read More

We are East Idaho: Ashton

When you first drive into Ashton, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to see. But if you look a little deeper, the town of roughly 1,100 people has much to offer the outside world and one another.  Read More

National

What This Bipartisan Transportation Bill Means for Your City

The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased to support the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act (S. 1098) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).  Read More

Census 2020: How to Count Hard-to-Count Communities

The census is one of the most basic functions of our federal system, requiring a count of every person in the United States every ten years.  Read More

Most Police Still Don't Carry the Drug That Reverses an Opioid Overdose

Due to the high cost of naloxone, only a fraction of the nation’s police departments equip their officers with it.  Read More

After Second Ransomware Attack in 14 Months, Baltimore Refuses to Pay

The city is the latest government to be targeted by hackers and forced to decide whether to pay to restore vital public services.  Read More

Openings for State Jobs Are Up, So Why Are Applications Down?

A new study shows the depth -- and the root causes -- of the public sector's workforce problem.  Read More

Shortage of Volunteer Firefighters Threatens Fire Departments' Existence

Without enough volunteers to respond to emergencies, some fire departments are cutting services or even shutting down. Most are changing the way they recruit.  Read More

 


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