Gooding Community Newsletter

November 2018, #9

Election Day is November 6th!

If you are reading this newsletter there is a good chance you are an involved citizen of our community. As such we would encourage you to get out and vote in our county/district/state elections that are being held on Tuesday, November 6th. Many important positions within local and state government will be decided by your votes. here is some information on polling places throughout the county:


For more information on candidates and who is on the ballot, or about early voting or absentee voting opportunities, please visit the Gooding County Elections website at

Thanks for being a part of the democratic process that makes our nation so great!

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Join North Canyon Medical Center for the 4th Annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl

The North Canyon Medical Center is excited to join forces with the Twin Falls Optimist Club to support the local Coats for Kids program. Entry fee, per player, is the donation of a NEW child’s coat. All coats will be donated to the Coats for Kids program; which serves children all across the Magic Valley.

Turkey Bowl
Saturday, November 3rd
IESDB Fields, Gooding

Online registration is available here:

Learn more about the Coats for Kids™ Program:

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Gooding Gobbler Fun Run to be Held on Thanksgiving Morning

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 Cross County Team will recieve the proceeds.

Their long time coach, Kent Seifert, has helped with the Gooding Gobbler every year and lots of Cross Country team members participate each year as well. The Gooding Gobbler is excited to partner with these runners for some extra fun this year!

The run/walk starts at North Valley Acadmey which then winds through town and the countryside. All participants will receive a t-shirt with registration. If you have a child 5 and under their registration will be free. If you would like to purchase an additional t-shirt for them you will have that option when registering. 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.

Find all of the details and register online at :

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Gooding Rec District Fall Sports Continue

1st and 2nd grade basketball runs from November 6th to December 13th The boys session is 4:15 to 5:00 pm and the girls session is 5:15 to 6:00 pm. Tuesdays they will teach skills and on Thursdays they will have skill competitions and try to play games.

Volleyball for 3rd to 6th grade girls runs from November 5th to December 12th. 3rd & 4th grade session is 4:15 to 5:00 pm. 5th & 6th grade session is 5:00 to 5:45 pm.

They will not hold sessions during Thanksgiving week for either sport. Registrations forms are at the school and the rec gym. They are also available on line at and you may also register online at

Rec director Legarreta is also starting Gooding Elite Basketball for boys and girls 4th to 8th grades. Please contact him at 208-539-0710 or by email at for coaching and player sign up.

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A Note from Police Chief Dave Fisher

November is here and it’s only a few short weeks until the beginning of the holiday season. The Gooding Police Department will again take part in the annual “No Shave November” fundraiser event. We will accept donations through the police department office, City Hall, or by mail. Many departments, businesses and other organizations allow their employees to grow beards for the month of November as the name implies, for a nominal fee or donation. How the money raised is spent varies as donations to a number of charitable organizations. As a department, however, we have chosen to spend our funds locally. In the last three years, we have identified students or families in need of support during this beautiful yet tough time of year. We have then provided presents and other support as needed. Dependent upon the amount of funds available we also support other students. Last year we paid up a number of students school lunch bills in addition to payment of some past due utility bills. If you can see a way to support us in this effort, please make a donation of what you can to support those in need within our own community.

As we head into November, please also remember your pets. The City of Gooding does operate a dog kennel but, it has no means to regularly take care of or otherwise regulate other animals such as cats. Our furry little friends need help during this time of year and it may not take much. Just a little bit of shelter, an old blanket or towel, fresh unfrozen water, and of course some food. In extreme temperatures, they may need a little more help, even if they are an “OUTSIDE” pet.

Finally, we are again asking for some assistance with investigations. The northeast side of town has had a continual problem with vandalism of street signs. Several have been run over and others have been removed all together, post and sign. Please help us in stopping this activity and in locating those responsible. Be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity and if you know of someone who happens to have some street signs in their possession, we would like to hear from you.


Chief Dave

Local Politician Donates to Elementary School Library

Representative Sally Toone helped earn money for the Gooding Elementary/Middle School during their annual fall Book Fair. While she was there, she donated two books to the elementary library. These books are part of an educational program sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutger’s University. The goal of their program “Teach a Girl to Lead” is to inspire girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders. Making women’s political leadership visible to America’s youth will help both boys and girls grow up with more inclusive ideas about who can lead. Mrs. Teresa Miller, Library Clerk, accepted the donation.

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Book Fair and Grandparents Day a Big Success!

Gooding Elementary/Middle School Library (GEMS) just completed a very successful Book Fair in association with Idaho Book Fairs, an Idaho company located in Boise. The Grand Event recognized the important role grandparents play in a child’s education. Grandparents were invited to join their grandchildren for lunch and a trip to the Book Fair. Learning to read is the most important skill a grandchild can learn.

A big thank you goes to all the parents, students, volunteers, and staff that helped to make the fall Book Fair so successful. The proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase needed books for the GEMS Library. Several people purchased books to donate to their child’s teacher’s wish list, which enlarges the classroom libraries.

The libraries appreciate all the support from our community. A special thanks goes to the more than 30 adult volunteers that sold books during the Book Fair. It was great to see so many new and returning volunteers and customers!

The schools will host another Book Fair during Parent/Teacher Conferences in April. See you then!

Pictured below is Mrs. RaeLyn Rigby and her granddaughter MaKatie Rigby, winners of a prize basket!

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Take Your Family Out For A Good Time

On November 9th there will be an opportunity to enjoy some live music in our community! Don Forbes, The "Bitterroot Mountain Troubadour," will be performing at the Chill N Grill at 7:00 p.m. Don Forbes is a singer/songwriter from Salmon, Idaho.

Check out some of his music at the following site:

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Gooding Public Library to Host an Ugly Sweater Murder Mystery

It is time once again for one of the famous GPL murder mystery dinner fundraisers! This month's fundraiser, which will be held at the library on Saturday, November 17 at 6 p.m. will have an ugly sweater theme. So...dig out that ugly old thing, throw it on, and try not to get blood all over it as you interact with other fellow awesome community members, solve a grizzly crime, and help the library continue to raise funds for its upcoming transition to a district library. Tickets can be purchased at the library. Please contact them at 208-934-4089 for more information and to reserve your spot.

Check out the rest of GPL's fun happening this month in the calendar below.

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Benefit Fundraiser to Take Place for Jack Holland

Jack Holland, the son of Ben and Katie Holland, spent over a month in the ICU fighting for his life battling an extreme case of E-coli. A "Strike the Debt Down" benefit to raise funds to help pay for his doctor bills will be held at the Ranch Bowl on November 5th. All bowling fees for this event will go directly to the family to help ease the debt of their medical costs. Food and beverages can be purchased additionally (but won't be part of the fundraiser).

When: Monday, November 5, 2018

Where: Ranch Bowl - 1730 Main Street, Gooding

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (or whenever bowlers are finished)

Cost: $4 per line, per person (includes ball and shoes)

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November Lab Work Specials - November 5-9

Please participate November 5–8 at North Canyon Medical Center or November 9th at Golden Years Senior Center in Shoshone and take advantage of valuable lab work savings. Pre-register October 1-31 at North Canyon Medical Center, online at or by phone at (208) 934-9692.


Traditional Health Fair Panel | $35.00
A broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, liver and kidney disease. 12-hr fast required.

Testosterone | $15.00
A test to detect abnormal testosterone levels in males 20 and older.

PSA | $15.00
A screening test for males to detect prostate cancer.

Hemoglobin A1c | $15.00
Determines how well your diabetes is being controlled.


Nov 5-8 | 7am-2pm
North Canyon Medical Center – Gooding

Nov 9 | 7am-10am
Golden Years Senior Center – Shoshone

This Just In!

Internet Safety with

Officer Gomez

November 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM-8 PM

Gooding High School

This class will cover what you need to know to keep your family safe online.

Save the Date...

The Gooding Community Chorale is currently rehearsing for its Christmas cantata, "A World of Christmas." Performances to be December 7, 8, & 9, at the Walker Center. Key an eye on the next issue of the Gooding Community Newsletter for full color details, but for now mark your calendars for this sweet occasion.

Gooding City Happenings


City Council – November 5th & 19th , 7:00 pm, City Hall

Chamber of Commerce – November 15th, Noon, Zeppes

Planning & Zoning – November 15th , 2:00 pm, City Hall

Urban Renewal Agency – November 1st, 8:15 am, City Hall

The public is always invited to attend and participate!

City Offices will be closed November 11th for Veteran’s Day and November 22nd & 23rd for Thanksgiving.

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!