Gooding Community Newsletter

December 2018, #10

Happy Holidays Gooding!

The holidays are going to begin in a BIG way in downtown Gooding on December 1st! The Gooding Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the annual holiday kickoff, with a full day of activities for you and your family. Here is a list of the "old-fashioned" fun you can be a part of:


Begins at 9 AM in downtown Gooding


At 1:00 PM Santa arrives by Firetruck at the Schubert Theater
Stop by between 1 PM and 4 PM to see Santa


M & W Market between 4 PM and 5 PM


Gooding Courthouse Lawn at 6:00 PM


Line up behind Columbia Bank at 5:30 PM
Parade starts at 6:30 PM

For event information, contact Heather Wright @ 208 934 8449

City of Gooding Switches to a New Online Bill Pay System

Now you can pay your bill online…..

As a way to offer you more choices in how you pay your bill, the City of Gooding now lets you make payments online. We have partnered with Xpress Bill Pay, the premier provider for online payment systems.

All you need is an internet connection through a web browser and an email address. Once you sign up for your free account and start using this service, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it!

It’s simple to use. Every month we’ll send you a reminder email to let you know when your bill is online. Then, you just log into your account at and view your bill.

You can also see one years’ history of your account online, so you can compare your current bill to a previous bill.

When you’re ready to pay your bill, select a payment type. You can pay with credit card, debit card, or electronic funds transfer. Enter the information and you’re done! It’s that easy, and only takes you a few minutes each month. Or you can set up your bill on Auto Pay and have it automatically paid for you each month!

We offered this service at the request of our customers – you asked and we delivered! To sign up, go to or and click on the online payment tab and follow the instructions there.

And remember, it’s free to sign up and free to use.
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Bill Pay Q & A

Q: Does it cost anything to sign up for online payments?

A: No. It’s free to sign up for online payments and to use the service.

Q: What is Xpress Bill Pay?

A: Xpress Bill Pay is the company we have partnered with to handle our online and credit card payments. You access your account from their website,

Q: What payment choices do I have?

A: You can pay with a credit or debit card, or you can transfer funds directly from your checking account (aka: eCheck).

Q: What will my bill look like online?

A: We try to make the online bill display similar to your paper statement so you’ll find it easy to read your bill on a screen.

Q: What other information is available?

A: You can view up to two years' history of your account online, once we have two years, so you can compare your current bill to a previous bill.

Q: Do I need to pay my bills from my computer?

A: Not at all. You can pay your bill from just about anywhere via computer or mobile device. All you need is access to the internet through a web browser. You then log in to your account using your email address and password, or you can sign in using our app. No need to worry about late payments if you’re out of town when your bill is due.

Q: How do I know the payment went through?

A: After you complete the transaction, you can receive an email receipt to confirm that your payment went through.

Q: Is my information safe?

A: Absolutely. All the transactions are handled on secure servers. As long as you don’t give out your password, only you will be able to access your account. Plus, your personal information or email address will not be sold or rented to third parties for marketing purposes without your permission.

Gooding Community Choral Annual Christmas Cantata

Performances for "A World of Christmas" by the Gooding Community Chorale and Orchestra will be held on the evenings of December 7th and 8th and the afternoon of December 9th at the Walker Center Auditorium. See the flyer below for details.
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North Valley Academy to Host Annual Winter Orchestra Program and Fundraiser

North Valley Academy will have their annual Winter Concert and Program, accompanied with a silent auction on December 11th and December 13th. The program is at 6:30 pm each night. All community members are invited!
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Gooding Volunteer Group Nearing Completion of West Park Project Fundraising

The Gooding Volunteer Group is excited to make two announcements!

1) ALL West Park Project components have been sponsored!
2) They have raised $65,000 of the $75,000 goal for the West Park Project!

However, to reach the fundraising goal date of 12/31/18 and installation goal of Spring of 2019, the Gooding Volunteer Group needs your help!

Please consider being a West Park Project Sponsor!

Gooding Volunteer Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation is a great way to support a local project and save tax money as the end of the year approaches! Please consider donating today. Contact Gooding Community Playgrounds (208) 539-1876 with any questions. Check out the information below for sponsorship information.

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Gooding Mayor Wins Walking Challenge

In October, Gooding Mayor Jeff Brekke participated in a "Mayor's Walking Challenge," a competition powered by the Blue Cross of Idaho's Foundation for Health and designed to promote healthy communities and schools, to heighten better living awareness, and to have fun.

Mayor Brekke was able to accomplish the goal of walking over an average of 10,000 steps everyday for the month, and in so doing he won $1000 for our community! Mayor Brekke has decided that he is going to use this $1000 donation to help develop the BMX bike trail next year.

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Meeting Planned to Discuss Ideas for BMX Park

This past summer the Mayor and City Council heard comments from members of the BMX community here in Gooding who wanted to see a track be built for them to enjoy their sport. Beginning in January the city will be scheduling meetings with those who would like to help us design a track. We will be looking to build a track that will: best meet the needs of different ages and skills of riders, works within the area that we have south of the Skate Park on 4th Ave West, and then utilize materials that we currently have on hand to build it at the lowest possible cost. We will also be looking for local earth work contractors and material suppliers who want to help make this project successful.

Please contact the city with any questions or comments and be on the lookout for time and date details on the meeting.

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Gooding's CSI Center Announces Spring Classes

Registration for spring semester has begun, and shown below is the CSI Gooding spring schedule of classes. CSI is excited to offer 26 classes locally though the Gooding Center, with a great mix of General Education courses and career specific courses to suit students’ needs throughout the day and evening. They are also continuing to bring in-person instructors to the CSI Gooding Center in the areas of English composition, Spanish language, and health nutrition.

For information please call or email Shawna Jacobson at CSI. 208-934-8678 or

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Gooding Elementary News!

Be sure to be there for the PTA Breakfast with Santa on the Polar Express day!

On December 14th from 7:30 -10:30 am at the Gooding Elementary /Middle School the PTA will be hosting this exciting event.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 -9:00, and during this time families will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, engage in a reading corner, build crafts, and get their faces painted.

Then, from 9:00 - 10:30 the whistle blows and the train leaves the station! The Polar Express movie will be presented on the big screen, with hot chocolate served during the show. Popcorn will also be available for $1.00. And, perhaps coolest of all, kids will be able to bring in a homemade boxcar from home to watch the movie in! so, get creative and come down to the school for some family fun.

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Gooding Police News

The Gooding Police Department is still taking donations through 7 December for our “No Shave November” fundraiser. These funds will be used to help families in our own community who may need a little help this time of year. We have had a lot of interest, but few donations, putting our fund total well below our normal amount. Give locally and help those in need in our own community.

We would also like to recognize Officer Justin Herman who just recently graduated from the Idaho Police Academy and received his Post Basic Certificate at the December 4th City Council meeting. Officer Herman now has about 1000 hours of training over a 5 year period and is also certified as a Detention officer and as a Marine Deputy / Officer. His training and experience will likely lead to an Intermediate Patrol Certificate in the very near future.

Winter is upon us and we all need to take extra care in our daily driving. One of the most common problems this time of year is driving without clearing the frost from windshields, which severely limits our ability to see in front of and to the driver's sides. The same can be said about excessive accumulation of snow. Please take the time to clear your windows as no one wants to be involved in a crash, especially with a pedestrian or child during the morning commute. Another problem more prevalent during the winter months is burned out headlights and other vehicle accessories which are heavily used during these times of extended darkness. Keep in mind that headlights usually burn out in close proximity of time. While you may have one light left, it could go out at any time leaving you with no headlights at all.

We recently have had questions raised about semi-trucks parking on city streets. In review of the city code, trucks or other machinery licensed for over one ton capacity 1,000 pounds may not be parked upon any public street, alley, or property within the city of Gooding for more than one hour, unless such vehicle is actively being loaded or unloaded. Additionally, vehicles may not be parked on any street on the business district (commercial zone) for more than 30 minutes between 2am and 7am. These laws are for the protection of our streets and to provide an adequate time for routine maintenance with minimal interference.

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Gooding Public Library December Calendar

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City Happenings

City Council Meetings Monday, December 3rd and Monday, December 17, both at 7 pm.

Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday, December 20th at 2 pm.

City offices will be closed on December 25th, and maybe some other days as well...

Dog licenses are available now for 2019! Get your dog licensed today. A shiny new license makes a great holiday gift for those furry loved ones.



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!