Gooding Community Newsletter

August 2019, #18

It's Fair Time!

The Gooding County Fair will run this year from Monday August 12 through Saturday August 17. The theme of this year's fair is "Branded in Success."

2019 Main Street Parade

The Parade on Main Street is held Wednesday evening (August 14). The 2019 parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Line-up for the parade begins at 4:00 p.m. near the College of Southern Idaho Round Building. There is no charge to be in the parade. For more information, contact Pete Etchart at Valley Country Store - 208-934-5664.

The Jr. Rodeo will be held on August 9th at 4 p.m. For more information about that (see flyer below), the fair schedule, or vendor opportunities, please visit the Gooding County website at :

The 94th annual Gooding Pro Rodeo kicks off on August 14th with Xtreme Bulls, back for a second year. The rodeo will be held each night the 14th-17th. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit : (the address says 2018, but this site has current information for this year).

This is always a huge event in our community. Please come and enjoy the festivities with us! The rodeo will be broadcast nationally on Rodeo TV each night, so throw on some western wear and come help us put Gooding on the map!

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Gooding Students Raising Funds to Travel to Europe!

We are so excited to announce that students attending Gooding Middle School have been given the opportunity to travel abroad! Students will be traveling with the partnership of EF Tours in an effort to expand their educational opportunities to a more global scale! Where are we heading? First, we will be going to London, England, then on to Paris, France and finally we will end up in Versailles, France. Our travelers are so excited to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel with the classmates & fellow teachers.

In an effort to support fundraising for the students of our incredible community, we are asking local businesses to donate your talents and most popular items. Donated items must be able to be picked up no later than August 12th. Our traveling students will be selling raffle tickets during Back to School Night where donated items will be able to be raffled. The final raffle date will be held Thursday, August 29th! Tickets can be purchased 5 for $10.00, or 12 for $20.00. If you have any questions, or would like to donate, please contact Katie Bauman at . Thanks again for your consideration and supporting our kids!

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Body Balance Party in the Park August 2nd

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CSI Gooding Fall 2019 Courses

The CSI fall semester start date of August 19th is right around the corner! The CSI Gooding Center has great options for students to take courses locally in the Gooding service area. Attached is our full listing of course offerings. Please share with your contacts around the communities.

Note: We are excited to bring three new opportunities this fall in the areas of language, art, and early childhood education. The Elementary Spanish General Education course is designed for students who would like to begin and learn the language, or simply “refresh” their language skill. The History and Appreciation of Photography General Education courses provides a hands-on photography approach using darkroom and digital formats. The Early Childhood Health, Safety and Nutrition course is part of our 10-month basic technical certificate that leads into educator career pathways.

Thanks for your support!

Cesar Perez & Shawna Jacobson

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Idaho Chariots Car Show August 31st

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It is with GREAT excitement that Gooding Restoration for Entertainment, Arts and Theater will begin the restoration of the canopy above the marquee that is in bad repair in October of this year. All that old paint will be scraped off, it will be repainted and other work on it will be done as well. It restored back to its original beauty! This restoration is being funded by the generosity of the Idaho Community Foundation and in part by the generosity of the Idaho Heritage Trust for whom we are deeply grateful. We are now fundraising to begin the restoration inside!!!

We had a wonderful visit from Executive Director of the Idaho Heritage Trust and she is a wonderful advocate for us. She toured the theater thoroughly, inside, upstairs and outside and was very pleased with what she has found and noted the awesome work that our GREAT STARS, our volunteers have done to clean the basement and the auditorium. Your volunteer work is critical in helping us get funding from the foundations, corporations and trusts that we apply to. We are deeply grateful for you. Thank you all so much! We are looking forward to the using the $10,000 matching grant the Idaho Heritage Trust has awarded us. We are asking the community to be supportive of this project by helping us to match the required $10,000 to receive funding from them. Keep in mind, we are restoring this theater for YOU, the nonprofit owns the theater, and every one of your dollars counts - large or small.

Plans are in place now for our 100-year celebration in 2020. We have a meeting with the City Council next month to discuss a partnership with them to have it over the 4th of July to have fireworks, a parade, a street dance, antique auto show, crafters, entertainment, theater tours and much, much, more! We want to involve the whole community. Crafters and businesses who would like to be part of this event should contact us now to ensure space for their products if you are a crafter and planning on how best to support your business if you have a business in Gooding or the surrounding area. We would like to hear your ideas and feedback as to what you would like to see happen and what the best way you think would be to support your business. If you would like to be part of the planning of this “Over the Top” grand 100-year celebration contact Shanna Koyle at (208) 539-2390 or Charmy LeaVell at (208) 539-0202.

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Blue Fire BBQ

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Gooding County Rec District Sign Up For Fall Sports

Gooding Rec. District is now registering for fall sports: cheer grades k to 6, flag football grades 2 to 4, tackle football grades 5 & 6, and soccer grades k to 6. Registration forms are at the rec gym. Registration ends August 23rd. Call Smokey Legarreta (208)539-0710 for more information.
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Note From Police Chief Fisher

August is here and it is time for the fair and returning to school. Please be mindful of all of the events ongoing within our city and watch out for our kids as they begin their daily trek to school, some of them for the first time. This could also be called a time for fall cleanup as summer winds down. While yard sale season is almost over, I would like to remind everyone of the laws governing yard sales within the City of Gooding, and a request to help each other and our community to be a more appealing place to live.

  1. Yard sales are defined as those sales in a residential area for the purpose of disposing of personal property and not for the sale of merchandise purchased for resale or obtained by consignment or a similar manner.

  2. Yard sales are limited to 3 consecutive days, during daylight hours, and there may be no more than 4 yard sales per calendar year at any one address or by any one person.

  3. At the conclusion of a yard sale, items are to be removed or stored indoors within 24 hours.

  4. Signs for yard sales may not be placed more than 48 hours prior to a yard sale and must be removed within 24 hours of the conclusion of the yard sale.

  5. Violations are a misdemeanor requiring court appearance.

We could all help each other a little on these matters by removing old yard sale signs that may be found posted within our city. It’s a little effort compared to the greater effort that is required to complain about it while the problem is left to persist. This might be compared to a smile taking less muscles than frowning!

With fall and winter just around the corner, we can also do a bit more to resolve junk, rubbish, and abandoned or non-useable vehicles. In a nutshell, according to Idaho law, a vehicle left on the street for more than 24 hours fits the definition of an abandoned vehicle, whether registered or not. While we would not wish to pursue such a short time frame, we do need to address the abandoned vehicle problem within our city in greater detail. Vehicles that are considered as abandoned are those that are not registered / expired, have been parked for extended periods, or appear to be abandoned by means of being partially dismantled, inoperable, covered or filled with rubbish, broken windows, flat tires, covered in weeds, and so on, even in front of your own residence.

Gooding City Code states that any vehicle fitting the description of an abandoned vehicle must be kept within an enclosed building or within the property behind some device or fence so that it is not viewable from the surrounding public property (street, alley, etc.). Please keep in mind, that the street as defined is the right of way. This extends from property line to property line. This may be hard to determine, but the area from and including sidewalk to sidewalk is the most immediate means to locate the right of way. Other ways are fence to fence, as they are generally placed on or very close to property lines. Finally, power poles, irrigation boxes, and other publicly placed utilities or structures are generally within the right of way and outside of private property.

46 vehicles were tagged as abandoned north of the river. Most vehicles were removed by the owners with only a few to tow away. This only concerned vehicles parked within the streets and not those that may be considered as junk on private property which will be addressed in the near future. Please be proactive in helping us to beautify our community by addressing this concern.

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Gooding Public School Registration

Registration for returning students will be available online. A link will be provided on the district website at, and here on Facebook beginning August 6th.

You may also choose to visit the school to register your returning student.

All new student registrations will need to be on site. Please bring with you your child's birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency.

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North Valley Registration and More

North Valley Academy has registration for the 2019-2020 school on August 6th from 8am to 5pm and August 7th from 10am to 7pm. Mark your calendars!

Also, South Central Public Health Department will be at NVA to give vaccinations to those who need them on August 7th from Noon till 5pm.

NVA Back to school night is August 29th from 4 to 7.

School will start September 3rd.

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GPL Calendar

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Up Next At The Gooding County Museum

The Gooding County Historical Society has enjoyed the community participation in our 2019 Summer Speaker Nights. There will be no speaker in August because we are all busy with the Fair. Please plan to join us on September 18 at 7 pm at the Historical Museum on Euskadi Rd when Denyee Matthews from the anthropology department at the College of Southern Idaho will tell "The Story of Food." As a child living in California, she spent her summers in rural Michigan contemplating the meaning of corn. On one fateful afternoon as a youngster, perhaps seven or eight years old, her grandfather gave the devastating news that all the endless fields of corn were in fact, not sweet corn, but rather industrialized corn. "Wait, What! All this corn is inedible?" she cried. And there began her life-long quest to research the origins of agriculture, domesticated plants, biological and ecological consequences of early agriculture, and cultural transformation of society during the Neolithic Age to the contemporary. Her extensive travel and research includes Mexico, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and East Africa. She is fascinated by how the world took wild plants, domesticated them, and from there complex civilization followed, most of the time… and that’s when it gets really interesting, the exceptions to this rule.

We look forward to meeting many of you as you bring your antiques to be judged and displayed at the Fair.

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Diamond Peak of Gooding Accepting Admissions

Diamond Peak of Gooding is an 11 bed assisted living facility located at 745 California Street in Gooding, Idaho. Our small home allows us to develop and maintain personal relationships with our residents and their families. Diamond Peak of Gooding is designed to serve the special needs of the elderly that include Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other forms of memory loss. At Diamond Peak of Gooding, the residents enjoy an active engaging lifestyle that promotes wellness and independence. It is our goal to keep our residents linked to resources and opportunities in the community. The staff at Diamond Peak are committed to delivering a quality of care that meets the resident’s physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs.

Dimond Peak of Gooding is now accepting new admissions. Please contact Tami Watson at 208-934-5506 to set up a tour of the facility or for any questions you may have.

Assisted Living Services Include

  • Personalized Care Plan

  • 24 Hour Care

  • 24 RN Availability

  • Laundry & Housekeeping

  • Medication Assistance

  • Private Rooms

  • Assistance with Activities of Daily Living

  • Dietitian Approved Home-Cooked Meals

  • Emergency Call System

  • Secure Facility

  • Home Health & Hospice Support

  • Scheduled Daily Activities

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Please Note Upcoming Rate Changes For City Services

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the general election to be held in and for the City of Gooding, Idaho, will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The election is held for the purpose of electing the following offices for the specified terms: Two (2) council members for a term of four (4) years.

Candidates for city elected office are required to file a Declaration of Candidacy specifying the office sought and affirming that the individual is a qualified city elector, meaning: at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, the candidate’s primary residence must be within the city, the address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and the candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.

The Declaration of Candidacy must be accompanied by: (1) a nonrefundable filing fee of $40 or (2) a Petition of Candidacy signed by at least five (5) qualified city electors with the signatures verified by the county clerk’s office.

The deadline for filing Declarations of Candidacy is Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Declarations of Candidacy are available at the City Hall in the office of the city clerk at 308 5th Ave West from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hollye Lierman, City Clerk

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!