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Idaho County Association

Regional AIC Water Academies Coming Soon — Register Today!

This fall AIC is hosting five regional Water Academies to provide valuable training on water management and planning best practices, with a focus on regional issues.  Elected officials, city clerks, public works staff, and engineers are encouraged to attend.  You can register now on the AIC website.    Read More

AIC News

AIC Legislative Summit on November 30 in Boise

The AIC Legislative Committee will meet Friday, November 30 in Boise at the Boise Center East Building Room 420.  The meeting will last from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and lunch will be on your own.  All city elected officials and staff are encouraged to attend.  We ask those who want to attend to please RSVP on the AIC website.  Read More

Idaho Dept. of Environmental Quality Seeks Drinking Water Advisory Committee Representatives: November 15, 2018 Deadline

The Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ’s) drinking water program is seeking members for five positions to be appointed by the Director of DEQ to the Drinking Water Advisory Committee (DWAC). The committee provides advice and guidance to the drinking water program on important policy matters and issues. More information, including the mission statement, can be found on-line HERE or by going to www.deq.idaho.gov and typing in “drinking water advisory committee” in the search field.   Read More

Idaho Rural Water Association receives grant for new workforce development & training center

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1.4 million grant to the Idaho Rural Water Association (IRWA) to help build a new workforce development and training center to educate current and future professionals responsible for the operation of Idaho’s drinking water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.  Read More

NLC: Water Resources Bill is a Win for Cities

This week, Congress sent the President a comprehensive bipartisan water infrastructure bill. America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) passed the House by voice vote and passed the Senate by a vote of 99-1. In a tense political climate leading up to the mid-term elections, the strong support for the bill in both chambers shows that infrastructure investments truly are a bipartisan issue. The nation’s cities couldn’t agree more.  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.  Over $340,000 is available for the State of Idaho.  Detailed information about the grant can be be found in the Notice: Fiscal Year 2019 RSVP Competition.  Read More

AIC Shines Its Community Spotlight on Stanley

Stanley is situated in one of the most spectacular near pristine... 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

 

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

Mixed materials: Garbage in the recycling is messing up the industry

On the concrete floor of Inland Empire Paper sat a 1,500-pound bale of waste paper ready to be recycled into new paper. The bale came from a modern single-stream recycling system that takes mixed-up recyclable materials collected at the curb and sorts them out by product.  Read More

Seattle construction boom means lots of empty apartments, even some cheaper rents

It's been quite the reversal for the Seattle-area rental market, where rent growth has been near the bottom of the country in 2018 following years of rent hikes that were among the nation's largest. Now, landlords have responded by giving out perks to lure renters.   Read More

Major Utah oil-shale project clears ‘tremendous milestone,’ but at what cost to the environment?

North America’s first commercial oil-shale operation cleared perhaps its biggest hurdle when the federal government authorized a 14-mile corridor across public land in eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin to service a proposed strip mine and processing plant that could produce 50,000 barrels of crude a day — but also deplete the Green River.  Read More

Two Lime scooters found at bottom of Spokane River

Two Lime scooters have been found in the Spokane River. It’s not known how the bright-green-and-white motorized scooters got there, but the Post Street Bridge stretches over a part of the river where Wednesday about 1,350 cubic feet of water rushed past every second.   Read More

Washington Supreme Court tosses out state’s death penalty

OLYMPIA – Washington’s death penalty was struck down Thursday by the state’s highest court, which said the law is applied arbitrarily and in a racially biased manner. A majority of the court said the death penalty is not applied equally in all cases, but can depend on where the crime took place, whether the prosecuting county has the budget to pursue it or the race of the defendant.   Read More

Idaho News

Texas man thanks the city of Wallace for an act of kindness, 56 years later

WALLACE, Idaho - In 1962 Seattle hosted a World's Fair and it attracted attention from, as you'd imagine, the world. It also attracted the attention of three recent high school graduates from Odessa, Texas who had stars in the eyes and plan to take over the world.   Read More

Cell phones now banned while driving in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Drivers in Idaho Falls must now put down the cell phone. The Idaho Falls City Council unanimously approved a city ordinance banning the use of mobile electronic devices while driving. There is an exception for law enforcement and other first responders. If you do get caught talking on your cell phone, you will get a violation. Three violations in a two-year period will result in a misdemeanor charge. City council members say this is all about the safety of the public.   Read More

Next steps: Twin Falls Fire Department looks toward updates, growth

TWIN FALLS — The city’s firehouses need more than a fresh coat of paint. The fire department says it needs to replace all three stations — and look at building more — in the coming years.  Read More

Scooters' Meridian hiatus likely to last until mid-March

Lime, a ride sharing company, plans to pause operations in Meridian until mid-March. The pause will allow the company to meet the conditions of the joint agreement, some of which were not followed when Lime first launched late last month, according to a city of Meridian email to residents Tuesday.   Read More

URA moves forward with extending boundaries

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency wants to shift its focus for future redevelopment efforts. The board is moving forward with changing the agency’s boundaries to eliminate a section of Blue Lakes Boulevard and areas that are primarily residential. Instead, the URA would like to include Addison Avenue West from Martin Street to Washington Street, as well as a section of Twin Falls along Washington Street South.  Read More

Eastern Idaho's Madison County Hit By Cyber Attack

Madison County in eastern Idaho is still reeling from a cyber attack over the weekend. The hackers put ransomware into Madison County’s computer system.  Read More

Fire Chief picked to fill Boise School Board Vacancy

Local Fire Chief Dennis Doan was sworn in as the newest member of the Boise school board Monday night. Trustees selected Doan from a pool of four finalists. He will fill out the remainder of former school board member Doug Park’s term, which runs through September 2020. Park resigned shortly after the September election.  Read More

Officials celebrate Ella Ave. project

SANDPOINT — The Ella Avenue rehabilitation project recently finished on time and well under budget, prompting city officials to continue improvements on the stretch of road between Pine and Chestnut streets.  Read More

Building boom: Twin Falls sets building permit record

TWIN FALLS — A surge in new homes and fourplexes helped bring the city’s building permits to record numbers for the fiscal year that just ended. Twin Falls issued 3,544 building permits for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, more than any other year since the city took over issuing some types of permits from the state.   Read More

Idaho's Third Veterans Cemetery Coming To Blackfoot

A new veteran’s cemetery is coming to the Gem State. The facility in the eastern part of the state will be Idaho’s third burial ground for those who served in the armed forces.  The newest veteran’s cemetery will break ground next summer in Bingham County. Forty acres of farmland near State Hospital South in Blackfoot will be made over into a final resting place for service members.  Read More

E-Scooters Coming to Boise

Stationless devices – bicycles, E-bikes and E-scooters – are popping up across the nation and will soon make their way to Boise. Two companies – Lime and Bird – will be the first to bring stationless E-scooters to our city in mid-October. Lime and Bird, in partnership with the City, will be hosting three educational events focused on responsible ridership and safety tips. All residents are welcome to join.  Read More

Preston City must raise fees to address infrastructure issues, states report

Doing nothing with Preston City's infrastructure is not an option, states a report presented to the Preston City Council last week. The city needs a secondary source of culinary water, a new water delivery system for its current supply and a new sewage treatment plant, Steve Fuller told the council. Other members of the committee who prepared the report are Jim Summers, Heather Parkinson, Cheryl Carver, Lindsay Madsen and Brent Dodge.  Read More

Firefighters, Community Come Together At New Facility

Around 100 people attended the grand opening of the new Ketchum-Sun Valley fire training facility on Lewis Street in Ketchum on Sunday. The facility is on land donated by the city of Ketchum and was built with volunteer efforts and charitable donations. “This is a tremendous achievement and is an incredible accomplishment for the volunteers,” Mayor Neil Bradshaw said.  Read More

Rexburg police officer graduates from FBI National Academy

REXBURG — The Rexburg Police Department is proud to announce that Lieutenant Colin Erickson graduated from the 273rd FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Erickson joined the Rexburg Police Department in 1993 and has served in a variety of capacities. He currently oversees the Community Policing Division. Erickson was among 228 law enforcement officers who attended the National Academy. It consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 25 international countries, along with military and federal Officers.   Read More

IFFD celebrates Fire Prevention Week with block party

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Falls Fire Department celebrated Fire Prevention Week Thursday night with a community block party.   Read More

Driggs subscribes to short-term rental policing service

As part of Driggs’ quest to get a better handle on the short-term vacation rentals operating within city limits, last week Driggs City Council decided to subscribe to a service that promises to find every short-term rental posted on the Internet.  Read More

Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission announces Mayor's Awards in the Arts

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission has announced the winners of the 23rd annual Mayor’s Awards in the Arts.  Read More

Idaho Falls and Ammon planning efforts recognized

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls and Ammon received top honors for planning efforts from the American Planning Association in Boise Wednesday.  Read More

Physicist, Nobel Laureate And Idaho Resident Leon Lederman Dies

A famous experimental physicist who lived in eastern Idaho has died. Leon Lederman was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on subatomic particles.  Read More

Idaho farmers working to reduce water pollution

Ranchers and farmers in Idaho are taking advantage of a Section 319 clause in the federal Clean Water Act to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in reducing pollution in the state’s streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes and aquifer.  Read More

National

4 Unexpected Ways Congress’ Aviation Bill Impacts Cities

Every day, more than 42,000 flights travel through cities in the United States, carrying 2.5 million airline passengers across more than 29 million square miles of airspace. This is why reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was on the must-do list before Congress leaves Washington for the mid-term elections. Cities were glad to see that the Senate moved forward with a negotiated FAA package and sent it to the President’s desk for signature, particularly because the FAA’s existing programs were not the only programs of note for cities in the bill.  Read More

Green Roof Requirements Are On the Rise

Rooftops aren’t just for shingles and solar panels anymore. Increasingly, they’re for the birds, the bees and the trees. Green roofs, which have been common in Europe for more than 40 years, are slowly catching on in the U.S. Since the mid-aughts, there’s been a small but growing effort -- particularly in the last two years -- to turn rooftops over to all kinds of vegetation.  Read More

Mayors Urge Greater Support, Clearer Path for Cities to Combat the Opioid Crisis

On October 10, the National League of Cities (NLC) hosted Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, NLC’s first vice president, Huntington, West Virginia Mayor Steve Williams and Knoxville, Tennessee Mayor Madeline Rogero in Washington to highlight the partnership needed from our federal government to successfully combat the opioid crisis in cities across America.  Read More

Crime Victims' Rights on Ballots in Several States

A movement to enshrine victims' rights in state constitutions has momentum all across the country -- even as the movement's biggest champion faces criminal charges himself. Voters in six states in November will decide whether to approve constitutional amendments known as Marsy's Law. They are named after Marsy Nicholas, a California woman who was murdered in 1983 by an ex-boyfriend who had been released on bail without her knowledge.   Read More

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