Gooding Community Newsletter

November 2019, #21

November 5th is Election Day!

Hey Gooding citizens, it is time to get out there and vote. Gooding County elections are set for this Tuesday, November 5. This year there are for 2 open city council seats, a Gooding Recreation District Director seat for Sub District 3, and a bond vote for proposed new jail and courthouse facilities.

Please note these polling place changes:

Gooding Rural Precinct has moved to the Flower Building located at the Gooding County Fairgrounds, 203 Lucy Ln.

Wendell Rural Precinct has moved to the Wendell Senior Center located at 380 1st Ave E.

Early voting is also taking place right now at the courthouse.

Please help keep our community functioning the way you want it to by sharing your voice and your vote. See the sample ballot below.

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Gooding City Police Raising Funds With "No Shave November"

The Gooding Police Department is again participating in No Shave November to raise funds for local youth and families this Christmas. We had some later donations last year which we have carried over to this year. With that, we are already halfway to our target goal of $1,000.00. Last year, prior to the late donations, we fell short of our goal, but did raise just over $700.00. We expect to do much better this year with all donations spent on kids and families in our own area and town. Donations may be made personally at Gooding City Hall, the Gooding Police Department, or even mailed to the Gooding Police Department at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho 83330. We would like to have all donations in by Thursday, December 12th, so that we may go shopping for our selected recipients of gifts this year.

The Gooding Police Department is also accepting applications for an entry level police officer and an experienced officer/detective. If you know of someone who would like to begin or continue a career with the Gooding Police Department, please let them know. Application closing date is 8 November, 2019 with a pay rate of $17.50 – $20.00 per hour, DOE. Applications are available at the Gooding PD office or at the City website,

The Gooding Dog Pound is in need of volunteers to assist with maintenance and care of our furry little guests when Ordinance Office Kelley is unavailable. He could also use assistance with transportation occasionally when he is able to find other placement options in the Treasure Valley, the Wood River Valley, or even elsewhere. We have sent dogs to out of state locations as well. Generally these are short notice and based upon space available.

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Sign Up to Run the Gooding Gobbler

The Gooding Gobbler is a walk/run 5K held on Thanksgiving. It began in 2013 by Emily Graybeal and friends, as a fundraiser to help a friend cover his medical costs from cancer. Since then it has donated funds to various organizations such as the Gooding Volunteer Group's playground fund and the Gooding Fire Department. This year the Gooding High School baseball team will receive the proceeds.

The run/walk starts at North Valley Acadmey which then winds through town and the countryside. All participants will recieve a t-shirt with registration. If you have a child 5 and under their registration will be free. All paid runners will receive a custom Goodling Gobbler Beanie! Medals will be given out to top finishers and to other fun categories such as the oldest and youngest runners.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the race.

Event details and schedule

Pre-registration begins at 7:00 am on site. The race begins at 8:00 am. The course will begin at North Valley Academy at 906 Main Street, turn left onto 7th Ave West, turn left onto 1800 East, then left again on 14th Ave West and back up to Main Street. Participants will turn left on Main Street and complete the race using the sidewalks back to North Valley Academy.

Register online at:

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Gooding County Museum Names New Curator

The Gooding County Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Melody Wilkinson of Gooding as the new Museum Curator. Ms. Wilkinson has been a hard-working member of the Society since 2012 and has formerly been on the Research Committee with the specific assignment of cataloging death notices and obituaries. She also photographed artifacts, compiled the Gooding Leader tin address plates for storage, managed the Museum Gift Shop and helped with displays. Born in Burley to the Dudley family, she moved with her husband (now deceased) to Gooding in 1979. She was married for 38 years and has traveled extensively throughout the western states, as well as Texas, Colorado and Mexico. The Gooding County Historical Society is pleased to accept her leadership of the museum, Other officers currently serving the Society are President Ilene Rounsefell of Wendell, Vice President Larry Graves of Bliss, Secretary Fae Christopherson of Wendell, Membership Chair Nancy Turley of Wendell, and Directors At-Large, Barbara Bunn of Gooding, Ruby Graves of Bliss, Penny Pauls of Gooding, and Joani Pauls of Gooding.
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Efforts Continue to Make Our City Safer

Thanks to an anonymous donation (you know who you are…) the city has been able to purchase an LED display sign that shows the vehicle speed as they approach. This will be relocated to different locations to remind drivers how fast they should be going. Thank you all for obeying our posted speed limits and keeping our pedestrians and children safe.
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Gooding Library November Calendar

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Gooding City Notes


Western Construction is making tremendous progress on the 635’ runway extension at the airport. Because of available FAA funding the project has been broken into two parts: Phase 1 currently being worked on includes the relocation of approximately 130,000 cubic yards of dirt to build the foundation for the asphalt. Phase 2, the asphalt work, is anticipated to be funded in 2021


At the most recent city council meeting the council decided not to commit to a privatization of our sanitation services at this time. In an effort to be progressive minded and consider operating costs of the future, the council began an investigation a few months ago into our city run sanitation. They received bids from multiple private companies and compared what these companies could offer against what services the city now offers and expenses it incurs. After careful consideration and after seeking public input from those in attendance at meetings, the council decided to continue operating as normal. The city would like to thank those companies that dedicated time and energy to our problem solving process.


The Gooding Volunteer Group and city staff gathered early this month to install the story boards located around the area of the West Park and were also able to purchase and install the border around the new equipment at the West Park, Thank you so much!


Crews have been busy gathering tree limbs during clean up week. The tree yard will remain open into the first part of November, weather permitting.


Welcome to Idaho! Seemingly overnight the weather has turned cold! Be sure and winterize your pipes.

Geographic Information System

The city has been compiling data to help manage its infrastructure and resources. We have contracted with Idaho Rural Water Association to gather GPS data on both the water and sewer systems. This information allows staff to more quickly locate meters and valves in an emergency, track maintenance and repairs, etc. Most recently we have collected data on all of our stop and speed limit signs so that we can complete out Transportation Master Plan. The mapping and database for the signs will help us secure grant money to fund replacement signs that are out of compliance in addition to tracking repair and replacement.

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Christmas Cantata Upcoming!

The Gooding Community Chorale will be presenting I HEAR THE PROPHET CALLIN' a Christmas cantata by Pepper Choplin, at the Walker Center at 7:00 p.m. on December 13 and 14, and at 4:00 p.m. on December 15. There will be no charge for this annual community event. Mark your calendars!
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Brockman Chiropractic 25th Anniversary Celebration Upcoming!

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City Meetings for November

City Hall will be closed November 11th for Veterans Day.

City Hall will be closed November 28th & 29th for Thanksgiving.

Elections – November 5th GO VOTE!

City Council Meetings – November 4th & November 18th @ 7:00 pm City Hall.

Planning & Zoning Meeting – November 21st @ 3:00 pm City Hall.

Urban Renewal Meeting – November 7th @ 9:00 am City Hall.

Wood River RC&D Meeting – November 7th @ 6 pm Gooding Bed & Breakfast.

Airport Advisory Board Meeting – November 13th @ 7:00 pm Gooding Airport.

Chamber of Commerce Meeting – November 21st @ 12:00 pm Zeppes Pizza.

This is a Publication of 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!