Gooding Community Newsletter

July 2019, #17

4th of July Activities

The 4th of July in Gooding will be filled with activities! Plan to enjoy fun events all over town, from Gooding Recreation District soccer to mud volleyball at Lion’s Park, and swimming at the East Park Pool which will be open from 1-5 PM. To top it all off there will be the fireworks display at the Middle School, which should be amazing this year! Kona Ice will be on hand to keep you cool, so see you on the fourth!

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Summer Message from Chief Fisher

With summer in full swing and July 4th upon us, please remember to be careful with fire and fireworks. July 5th is the last legal day to sell or use any fireworks without a special permit. With the wet spring, there will be plenty of fuel for wildland fires. Please be cautious wherever you go, and remember, for home safety a well maintained fire barrier could save your home. In the city we may not think of this much, but excessive vegetation growth is a fire hazard. Weed control is a good measure of fire protection and is required within the city of Gooding. Help a neighbor with their weed problem if they are having troubles or may not know what to do to minimize them.

We are also well into the 100 deadliest days for driving. Every year, summer seems to yield the most traffic deaths of any other time. Exercise care, do not become an aggressive driver, and practice defensive driving. Above all else, please do not drink and drive, and watch out for and report those that do. The life you save may be your own or that of a family member or close friend.

Summer is also yard sale season which brings increased traffic to all of our neighborhoods. Residents are reminded that yard sales are limited to 4 each year and must be of normally obtained household items. Business sales are not allowed with the exception of those benefiting our local organizations, which must be at a place of business and not at private homes. Lastly, signs must be removed within 48 hours of the end of any yard sales.

Have a great summer and we will see you again in August as the fair season comes into full swing with the Gooding County Fair running the week of 12-17 August.

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Summer Message from Fire Chief Covey

The Gooding Firemen’s Benefit Picnic went well. We served about 300 people. A big thanks to all that helped and showed up to take part in the festivity.

The Gooding County Fire Departments are starting a Special Operations Rescue Team (or SORT for short). Five Gooding firefighters just finished up a week long high angle rope rescue training in Twin Falls. We will be available for rope rescue, swift water rescue, basic search and rescue and (as soon as we can get it funded) SCUBA. Some of the training and equipment for this team was funded by Glanbia. We hope to get more funds from local industry to complete our training and purchase dive equipment.

The fire season has begun. Please be aware that if you are going to be doing any burning in the city you need a burn permit. They are free and you can obtain one from City Hall or the Fire Department. If you live outside city limits you must obtain a burn permit from IDL. These can be obtained by going to their website

See you at the fireworks which we will be setting off at the Middle School this year on the 4th around 10pm. Let’s have a safe July!! God Bless. Chief Covey

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Veteran Plaques


We would like to get the word out that we need information from local veterans to engrave on a retirement plaque. Name, branch of service, rank, years served, location, distinguished accommodations, etc. We would then like to present these in November at the high school Veterans Day assembly.

What a wonderful idea to honor our heroes! Please either contact Tom Woodland, or you can drop off, carrier pigeon, mail, (or whatever it takes!) your information to City Hall, 308 5th Ave W. Gooding ID 83330 C/O Larry Bybee. If you have individual names or access to a list, let's help Tom and the Gooding High School out with this fantastic project. I know Tom would love to see this project grow so that every service member in the country could be recognized.

Please provide the information in writing so we can make sure he has all the details. You can also email Larry the information at:

Operation Facelift

Operation Facelift has been around for a few years and receives its funding through the Idaho Department of Commerce, but it may be in jeopardy due to a lack of communities willing to participate. This year both the Gooding Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Gooding have taken on projects to help improve the look of our Main Street corridor. The chamber has purchased new banners that will be placed further south and north of town to emphasize the fact that the community of Gooding is more more than just the area from the tracks to Highway 26. The Rotary Club is working with Tom Woodland and the FAA to construct an entrance sign on the south end of town. The sign is unique in the fact that the artwork portion can be changed out to highlight different themes. Stayed tuned, hopefully we win this year’s Operation Facelift Challenge!

With the uncertainty of the program continuing it would be great to let the Department of Commerce know that we value the program, so if there are any businesses along Main Street that would like to have their building spruced up next year let us know by contacting Larry in the Public Works Department. The grant amount is usually around $750 total per community, but it depends on the overall number of communities that have joined in.

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GCHS Speaker Nights Continue

The Gooding County Historical Society is pleased to announce
that the 2019 Summer Speakers Night will host the following speakers
and subjects to conclude the year’s events at the Gooding County
Historical Museum, 273 Euskadi Lane in Gooding:

July 17, 7 pm – Early Idaho Politics with Perri Gardner
Sept. 18, 7pm – Denyee Matthews - Historic Farm Techniques

Perri Gardner is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at
the College of Southern Idaho. She received her MS in Political
Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her BA in Political
Science from Boise State University. She will explore the historical
place of Gooding County in Idaho's legislative districts.

Her research and teaching interests include topics in American
government, Idaho State government and social science research
methods. She is especially interested in engaging young people in
civic life, supporting civility, inclusivity, and diversity on our
college campuses, as well as supporting the mission of Rotary
International — SERVICE ABOVE SELF.

For more information please contact Nancy Turley
Gooding County Historical Society
208 -358-5807 404-695-0003

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The Board of Directors for Gooding Restoration for Entertainment, Arts and Theater would like to thank all those who participated as volunteers and who donated to our annual Unicorn Day Fundraising event this year to restore the historic Schubert Theatre. From our hearts to yours, we wish to thank all those who supported our event by coming to it and participating in the fun! THANK YOU!

We are very grateful to Music Center Inc. who donated a harmonica, Dunkley Music who donated a ukulele and a month of lessons, and Denny Koyle who donated an Ovation Guitar for our Karaoke Drawing. Also thanks to Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise, Once Upon a Child, Plant Therapy, Putter’s Mini Golf, Black Bear Diner, Chick-fil-A, Goode Motor, Jakers, and to Toy Town who gave us a wonderful giant, stuffed unicorn for our silent auction. Special thanks to Falls Brand and Pepsico for their continued donations and support. Many thanks to Floral Gardens for the use of their Veggie Train for rides and Dale Lamm for buckboard rides.

A special thank you to Director Shanna Koyle and her husband Denny Koyle and their families for providing us with Alena the Unicorn, preparing food and Unicorn Popcorn, providing the use of their sound equipment for our karaoke drawing, organized the event and much more and to Jatauna Koyle Stanger, Justine Koyle Bishop and our heroine, Julene Koyle Jones for “costuming” and taking care of Alena and taking the children on their Unicorn Rides!

Thank you to more of our GREAT volunteers, Director David Anderson and wife Kristy, Joyce Bingham, Kay Bonning, Rocio Cheney, Kelly Dahl, Michael Driesel, Director Shar Jackson and her daughter Bailey, Nicole Johnson Susie Jorgansen, Carolin, Dave and John Konzelman, Lonnie LeaVell, Katie Koyle, Lexie and Ross Koyle, Tiffany Koyle, Suzanne Neuman, The Osborne Family - Doralee, Daniel, Emma, Eileen, Gabriel Osborne, Diana Rowe, Director Ruth Simerly, Leslie Tennant, Cody Turner and so many more! Please forgive us if we have left anyone out. We appreciate all of you, more than you know.

In the planning is our 100 year celebration in 2020! If you are a crafter, artist, or artisan and would like to rent space to sell your work, please get in touch with us now. This will be a BIG event! If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you. Contact Charmy LeaVell at (208) 539-0202. Again, MANY THANKS!
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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

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!
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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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City and County Notes

Tree yard

Beginning in July we will open the tree yard on Mondays from 10 AM until 4 PM. It will be closed on July 4th and 5th, but will reopen Saturday the 6th.


The Gooding City Council has suspended the sprinkler restrictions again this year to allow greater flexibility in yard watering. We will be monitoring the water system to evaluate the effects and reporting to the council later in the year to see if it will be possible to remove the restrictions permanently.

With summer here it is time to make sure that your backflow device is working properly by having it tested. A list of licensed testers is available on the website: or at city hall 308 5th Ave W.

County Commissioners Meeting

The Gooding County Commissioners would like to let the community know that they have started meeting in the evening once a month to make it easier for county residents to attend a meeting. The evening meeting will be the one held on the 4th Monday of every month. They will continue to meet at 10:00 AM each Monday, but on the 4th Monday of the month they will reconvene for the evening meeting at 6 PM. All agendas can be found on the Gooding County website at or on the Facebook page under "The County of Gooding."

City Council

Gooding City Council meetings will be held at City Hall on Monday July 1st and Monday July 15th, both at 7 PM. City offices will be closed Thursday July 4th and Friday July 5th for the holiday.

Lunch in the Park Continues

See flyer below.

Gooding Jr. Rodeo Coming in August

See flyer below.

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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!