Gooding Community Newsletter

August 2018 #6

It's Fair Time!

August in Gooding means many things. In this newsletter you will find information on back-to-school, fall sports, and other city happenings. This is all pretty exciting, but one of the biggest annual events our community always looks forward to is the Gooding Fair and Rodeo. This year's fair is sure to be as exciting as ever!

Events for this 93rd annual Gooding County Fair and Rodeo kick off on Friday August 10th with the Junior Rodeo at 4 p.m. Fair activities will then run from Monday, August 13th through Sunday, August 19th. For your convenience, the entire fair schedule has been copied below. Highlights include the Gooding Pro Rodeo on August 16th and 17th, the parade and $1 ride night on August 15th, extreme bulls on August 15th, and the cowboy reunion and cowboy church on August 18th and 19th. Check out the attached flyers for more information on these events.

Friday – August 10

 4:00 pm – Junior Rodeo (pre-entry required)

Monday – August 13

 9:00 am – 9:00 pm – Open Class Entries (except flowers and garden produce)

Tuesday – August 14

 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Open Class Flower Entries

Wednesday – August 15

 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Open Class Garden Produce Entries

 5:30 pm – Main Street Parade – New Time

 Following Parade – Carnival Opens - $1 ride night

 Following Parade – 10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Open

 8:00 pm – PRCA Xtreme Bull Riding – Family Night

 Following Xtreme Bull Riding – WPRA Barrel Racing Slack

Thursday – August 16

 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Open

 11:00 am – Open Class Poultry, Rabbit and Cavy Show – Commercial Building Stage (pre-entry encouraged)

 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Open Class Premium Checks available – Fair Office

 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Kid’s Corner Open – Commercial Building

 5:00 pm – Carnival Open

 8:00 pm – PRCA Rodeo – Family Night

 Following Rodeo – Timed Event Slack

 Following Rodeo – Grant Webb Band – Chute 7

Friday – August 17

 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Open

 10:00 am – Open Class Beef Show – Beef Barn (pre-entry encouraged)

 12:00 pm – Tough Enough to Wear Pink Lunch – Commercial Building

 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Open Class Premium Checks available – Fair Office

 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Kid’s Corner Open – Commercial Building

 5:00 pm – Carnival Open

 8:00 pm – PRCA Rodeo – Family Night

 Following Rodeo – Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band – Chute 7

Saturday – August 18

 10:00 am – 10:00 pm – Exhibit Halls Open

 10:00 am – Drone Rodeo - Arena

 12:00 pm – Idaho Cowboy Reunion Lunch – Commercial Building

 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Open Class Premium Checks available – Fair Office

 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Kid’s Corner Open – Commercial Building

 2:00 pm – Carnival Open

 8:00 pm – PRCA Rodeo – Family Night

 Following Rodeo – Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band – Chute 7

 10:00 pm – Open Class Exhibits Released

Sunday – August 19

 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Open Class Premium Checks available – Fair Office

 10:00 am – Cowboy Church – Commercial Building

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Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luncheon to have Special Guest

This year's Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luncheon at the Gooding County Fair will have a special guest speaker, Amberley Snyder. Amberley Snyder has a true story of triumph over tragedy. A cowgirl whose love for horses overpowered all challenges put in her path. Her rodeo career began at a young age and her future was destined for success. A truck accident changed her life at age eighteen, leaving her paralyzed. Amberley now is inspiring thousands across America by telling her inspirational story and competing in rodeos across the western United States. She has let challenges she faces refine her, not define her. For more on her inspiring story visit and come hear her live at the Gooding Pro Rodeo Tough Enough to Wear Pink Luncheon on Friday, August 17th at 11:30 a.m.
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Fire Season in Full Swing

This year's wet spring and hot summer have combined to create dangerous fire conditions throughout the Western United States. Here near Gooding we have already experienced how powerful, frightening, and destructive these wild fires can be with our local Dog Creek Fire last month. Fire Chief Brandon Covey of the Gooding Rural Fire District has composed the following letter for the public.

"The Gooding Fire Department sent two brush trucks out on a national contract for the first time earlier this month. It is an IDL contract. We also sent a tender out as we do every year. We had to do some extensive training and paperwork in order to get two engine bosses certified. We have to be certified to have wild land engines out of state. Our new contract with BLM does not allow us to get paid from them for fires within our district until we have been there 24 hrs. So with the large BLM fire out at Dog Creek we did send them some wildland resources but an effort was focused on structure protection. The crew that was deployed out of state fought fire on the largest fire in the nation at that time, the Martin Fire. We also worked the Silver State fire that threatened Elko and then moved to the West Duck fire which was in Idaho and Nevada. We were able to get three Engine Bosses and one Fire Boss signed off out of the deployment. We are learning how to fight these large fires and changing old tactics here locally. This will in turn bring money into our district from the state and enable us to fight fire safer and more efficient. We have had two days off and hope to send another engine out soon. Please keep our crews and department in your prayers."

-Chief Covey

Thank you Chief Covey, and thanks to all of those who have been working so hard to keep us safe this summer!

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Important Back-to-School Information

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year for the Gooding School District is August 6th from 10-4 p.m. and August 7th from 1-7 p.m. Building secretaries will be in the office starting Aug. 1st.

An open house night will be August 14th from 5-7 p.m. and everyone is invited. There will be sessions on how to access Powerschool, and a presentation on school safety for parents, as well as registration for students.

The first day of school is August 20th! Kindergarten classes will start the following day on Tuesday, August 21st.

The North Valley Academy will be having their back-to-school night on Thursday, August 30th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The first day of school at the North Valley Academy will be Tuesday, September 4th.

The school calendar for the Gooding School District can be seen below.

For more information, please visit the school web site for either of the school districts.

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Time to Register for Fall Sports

The Gooding Recreation District is now registering students who want to particpate in football, soccer, and cheerleading!

Flag football will be offered to students this year in grades 2-4. Full contact football through the Rec District will be for students in grades 5 and 6. The games will be held on Saturdays and will all be played in Gooding again this year.

Soccer this year will again be offered to students in grades K-6. These games will also be played in Gooding. This year a soccer camp is being held at the Gooding Elementary School for any students grades K-6, and especially those wanting to play Rec soccer and get a jump on the season. The Gooding Soccer Camp 2018 will be after school Monday, August 20, Tuesday, August 21, and Thursday, August 23 with a free soccer game on Wednesday, August 22 between Gooding High School and Filer High School. Players for the Gooding High School soccer team will be running drills, playing games, and demonstrating the basics of the sport. The cost will be $20. If you have any questions, contact coach Jake Sporin at 208-866-0339 or by email at

Cheer will be available for students in grades 1-6.

Football, soccer, and cheer forms are available at the rec gym and at the city pool. You can also register online at or you can print a form at For more information, visit the Gooding Rec District website.

Vandalism found at the Skate Park

On the morning of July 19th evidence of vandalism was found at our skate park here in Gooding. We would like to remind all residents that our public parks are intended to be safe areas where the youth of our community can experience wholesome and positive activities with the best services possible available. Since these areas can not be monitored 24-7, it is the responsibility of us all to report any dangerous or illegal activity happening in our parks or throughout our community. Posted below are pictures of the damages done, and the skate park rules which are enforced by our local police. Thank you to everyone who contributes to our community and makes it a great and safe place to raise our children.

Unfortunately, this is a trend where the skate park has seen a significant increase in vandalism lately, and all parks and public facilities experience needless destruction frequently. Let’s all help put a stop to it! It not only wastes the precious money that is intended to maintain these facilities but cuts into money earmarked to make these places better. If you see or know of people or groups of people that are causing it please contact the Police Department at 208 934-8436.

We would also like to reiterate the rule against having bicycles in the skate park. This regulation has recently been discussed in city council meetings, and it has been decided that the city will move forward this year with the construction of a BMX dirt bike park to be located behind the skate park! If all goes well, the city should be able to handle most of the construction on this park project, and the new park should be ready for use in 2019. If anyone is willing to donate earth or other resources, or manpower or equipment, please contact the city to make arrangements.

More fun happening at the Gooding Public Library

We are transitioning from summer back into school time, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop at GPL. The last summer reading will take place on July 31st, but August continues to offer more activities for students and families. Each Tuesday will include a craft activity, and each Thursday will have a challenge activity. Of course, classic events like the adult book club will still take place monthly. This year the library will also have a Kids Corner located at the fair! Check out the August calendar below.
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Recycling bins no longer located behind city hall

As of August 1st, the large recycling bins will no longer be located behind city hall. This decision was largely made because of the high operating costs associated with the bins, costs that unfortunately proved too high to manage when the bins would fill up quickly with the failure to break down boxes and with trash items being disposed of in the recycling bins.

The containers will still be available for community use. They will now just be located at the local transfer station. The Gooding County Transfer Station for Southern Idaho Solid Waste is located on the highway between Wendell and Gooding at 2743 Highway 46.

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Gooding City Happenings

There are many improvements happening throughout our city. Of course, not all of these are without cost. Residents are soon to experience at rate increase on their city utilities rates in conjunction with the water improvement projects that have been taking place. There will be a public hearing taking place on Monday, August 13th at 6 p.m. for any who have questions or want to learn more about this increase.

There will also be a public hearing the following Monday at 6:30 p.m. for consideration of the proposed budget for the fiscal year from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019. The city council and community leaders have been working hard in recent months to analyze the budget and manage it effectively. Again, community input is wanted and welcomed! The next Gooding City Council Meeting will be held on Monday, August 6th.

Here is some information from our public works director on other city happenings:


The Pipeline portion of the project is complete! The remaining work involves the completion of the South Well which is scheduled for sometime in September.

Many who live and work in the service area of the new North Well on Agri-Lane, which reaches 7th Ave and beyond at certain times have noticed a milky white appearance to the water sometimes (some more than others and at different times of the day) when they turn on their faucets. The water is not harmful; it is simply air entrained in the water. We are working with our engineers and the contractors who constructed the facility to correct the issue, and we thank you for your patience.


The majority of our 2018 Chip Seal schedule has been completed. However, we still have the following work: A “Scrub Coat” (1.5” layer of a mixture of rock and emulsifying road oil) will be placed on Texas St. from 3rd to 4th, 9th Ave East from Main St. to Montana and then from Montana 9th to the River. This work is scheduled for Tuesday July 31st however is subject to change. We have been notifying residents in this area because this process requires that we close the road to vehicle traffic for 24 hours to allow the mixture to cure properly. The advantage of this process is that we can add a “crown”. A crown is the process of making the center of a road higher than the edges allowing water to run to the road edge away from the asphalt water on asphalt is what causes it to fail. The finished product is much like an asphalt “overlay” but at about 1/5th the cost. Approximately 7 to 10 days later we will return to those areas and chip seal them in addition to the remaining portions of 6th and 7th West. Thanks everyone in advance for your patience. The road maintenance plan will be a 10 year schedule so those affected in 2018 won’t see their road resealed until 2028.

Note; a large majority of our streets were originally developed using road graders which produced a flat road without a crown. It would be great to be able to use this scrub coat process on all the roads that need it. However, to keep costs as low as we can the roads are prioritized based on: current condition, years to complete failure, condition of sub base material, and volume of traffic.

Golf Course;

Many in our community are not aware that the Gooding Golf Course is a public course supported by both the City and County of Gooding and the REC District. The Country Club portion is privately operated by renowned golf professional Rob Ellis but the land the course sits on belongs to the City of Gooding. If you haven't been out there yet, now is a great time to experience this fantastic local amenity.


The Airport Engineering team is currently preparing the information necessary to go out to bid for a Runway Extension. The 635’ extension will be to the west and allow the current air traffic to safely use the airport within FAA guidelines. By getting the bids this time of year we are hopeful of two things, foremost is that we have local companies that are capable of doing the work and we hope they can compete and keep the money closer to home, and secondly we should have better pricing. We expect these improvements to the airport to further increase the strength of our local economy.


If you haven't yet done so, please sign up for local alerts on your phone using Nixle. This is a way that the city lets you know about any emergencies and also how we communicate things like the road closures that have been taking place this year. Just go to and enter Gooding Zip Code 83330 to start receiving updates.

This is a publication if the City of Gooding

The Gooding Community Newsletter is a publication designed to share the positive happenings in our community. If you have an event or news item you would like to share, please send along your information to the email address listed below. Should you have an idea you think could improve our community, we encourage you to bring those ideas to the city council with plans on how we can work together to make our city even better. Thanks for listening and sharing!