Gooding Community Newsletter

October 2018, #8

Get ready for Fall Cleanup and Other October Events!

There are a lot of fun activities planned for our community this month. We will have opportunities to beautify the town together, spectate exciting events, and have some Halloween fun. Here is a list of some of the awesomeness you can be a part of this month:

October 6th from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Streetcar Shootout in Gooding @ Snake River Dragway 1974 S 1600 E, Gooding. Utah vs. Idaho showdown for the last race of the year. Never seen a drag race? It is an amazing time!

October 6th from 11am – 5 pm will also be the Fossil Day Parade in Hagerman. Enjoy the Hagerman Fossil Day Parade. Parade begins at 11 am with food, vendors, horse and wagon rides.

Fall Clean Up will be October 8th – 12th. Please put yard waste next to your garbage can but do not block the can. Crews will be around to pick up the waste after the 12th. No household garbage please.

October 12th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. is the East Park Cleanup & Restoration Project. The Gooding Volunteer Group, in cooperation with the City of Gooding, will be doing a work day at the East Park on October 12th from 9 AM - 4 PM. We will be repairing the remaining vandalism damage as well as general cleaning and restoration to the playground equipment. We welcome and would greatly appreciate all community volunteers that would like to participate in this project. For organizational purposes, please text or call 208-539-1876 to signup up for a committee. Thank you in advance to all volunteers!

The Gooding Community Chorale is planning for this year's Christmas Cantata. First run-through will take place on Sunday, October 14 at 5:00 pm, at the Methodist Church. All singers welcome. Performance dates are December 7-8-9. Contact is director Rick Strickland, 208-539-5210,

October 20th @ 2:00 p.m. at the Gooding County Fairgrounds – 2nd Annual Halloween Fun Walk/Run hosted by the Gooding School District Education Foundation. This is a great family event for all ages! Prizes for best costumes, trick-or-treat stations and refreshments served after the race. Proceeds will help academics within the Gooding Joint School District.

And of course Halloween trick-or-treating will take place throughout town on Wednesday, Oct 31st. Prior to dusk select businesses in the downtown area will be opening for trick-or-treating. If you plan on handing candy out from your home, please make sure your outside lights are on and working. And most importantly, drive safe as our streets will be filled with children and families!

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Idaho Department of Labor Announces Career Expo in our Area

RSVP Now for the Tri-County Career Expo/Hiring Event

The Idaho Department of Labor is pleased to announce the Tri-County Career Expo/Hiring Event. Mark your calendar now to join us at the Wendell High School, All Purpose Room on Thursday, October 25, 2018 for this opportunity to show case your business. Please respond as soon as possible as seating is limited.

Schedule: Thursday, October 25, 2018

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: Wendell High School

850 E Main St

Wendell, ID 83355

(208) 536-2100

The purpose of this event is to provide a venue where you can provide career awareness to students, parents, jobseekers and local community members. It is also an opportunity to connect with potential employees if your company is hiring. We would like to expose attendees to the many current and future employment opportunities available and all the exciting opportunities your industry has to offer.

A table and chairs are set-up for each business. You are welcome to bring tablecloths, brochures, business cards, job announcements and applications (if applicable). If you are in need of a larger space, an extra table for displays, signage, equipment, or have any other needs, please let us know.

To register, or if you have any question, please contact:

Megan Beyer at (208) 735-2500 ext. 3311,

Carlos Hernandez at (208) 735-2500 ext. 3426

Jan Roeser at (208) 735-2500 ext. 3639

If your company is unable to attend the Hiring Event, please let us know and we are happy to post your job announcements at the Idaho Department of Labor any time of the year at no cost to your business. Please send an email with complete details to

We look forward to seeing you at our Tri-County Career Expo/Hiring Event!


Magic Valley—Idaho Department of Labor

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Schubert Theatre Restoration Efforts Underway

It has been a very exciting 2 1/2 weeks for the GREAT board members watching the progress on the final phase of the historic Schubert Theatre roof project. For those of you that don’t know, the Schubert Theatre is also known as the Gooding Cinema and is located at 402 Main Street in Gooding. This is a major milestone for GREAT, Inc. in the restoration of the Schubert. This project was a near $100,000 project funded by grants and donations from the Idaho Community Foundation, Kings within the ICF, the Curtis Turner Memorial Fund, Unrestricted Southwestern Region in the Idaho Community Foundation, the Harv B. Bickett and Lucile Stevens Bickett fund within the Idaho Community Foundation, the Idaho Heritage Trust, Union Pacific, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, NW Farm Credit, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Glanbia, the Mary Bradoff Foundation and from our community. The roof project is due to be completed in another week.

Fundraising has begun for the restoration of the brick and mortar by pointing and sealing the bricks and replacing bricks that need to be replaced on the building to stop further deterioration from the elements and moisture seeping in damaging the interior decorations. We have also begun fundraising to begin the restoration of the apartment upstairs which will be used for meetings, reunions and other activities. It will involve full plans from our architects with the information we will need for new plumbing and electricity.

Get excited because it is happening and remember this restoration is for you! Donations as well as legacy donations are always needed, welcome and gratefully appreciated. They can be mailed to GREAT, Inc., P.O. Box 433, Gooding, ID 83330.

Get Ready for the Annual Gooding Gobbler 5K

The Gooding Gobbler is a walk/run 5K held on Thanksgiving each year. The event will be on November 22nd at 8:00 a.m. this year, with the start/finish line at the North Valley Academy.

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 to the Gooding Fire Department.

The Gooding Fire Department has been a huge support each year of the Gooding Gobbler. They help block the roads, provide water & first aid stations and also helped raised money for the very first fun run "Trot for T.J."

The run/walk starts at North Valley Academy 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.

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

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GPL October Calendar

October promises more great events at the Gooding Public Library. Also, not included on this month's calendar is an event that you should definitely add to your calendar. On November 17th, GPL will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Murder Mystery Dinner! Tickets are for sale now, so get yours early. The cost is $20 per person or $35 for a couple.

Check out the calendar below to see everything happening in October.

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Three Gooding Students are Summer Reading Winners

Three lucky students from Gooding School District won Amazon gift cards for their summer reading efforts. The name of each student who completed the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Gooding Public Library and the Idaho Commission for Libraries was placed in a hat and the winning names were randomly chosen in each school. The winners were: elementary school – Erik Solis; middle school – Paige Ray; and high school – Dylan Ray. The libraries appreciate the support from each of our principals, Mrs. Brandee Sabala, Ms. Janet Williamson, and Mr. Leigh Patterson, who allocated funds for these rewards. The libraries encourage all students to complete the whole Summer Reading Program next year at the public library. Reading has many benefits!!!

Gooding Elementary/Middle School is Having a Book Fair

As the first quarter of school draws near a close, the GES/GMS libraries are preparing for a book fair that will take place in the library during the week of parent/teacher conferences. Here is the info:

October 22 – 25, 2018

Monday & Tuesday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All proceeds will go to benefit the libraries, so please come and bring your friends and family!

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Cruisin' for Caden Fundraiser Update

"Our ride fundraiser raised $7000 for Niklaus Reincke, of which the Reincke family donated $1000 back to the family of Parker. That night we also had a member, Clint Tremelling, shave his head to raise money for Jack Holland. $1200 was raised for that family as well. We are currently raffling off a whole pig to raise money for families that may need help with the upcoming holidays, generously donated by Summer Ulrich . Raffle tickets are $5 or 5 for $20. The drawing if the winner will be held on December 7th. We are also accepting applications from the families in need of help with gifts for the kids and food for holiday dinners, please contact Tricia Tamke for more details."

For more information on the Cruisin' for Caden fundraising efforts, please visit their Facebook page.

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Gooding City Police Adds New Officer...and a Note from Chief Dave!

Last month we shared this information about our new officer, and now we have a photo (see below) for our newest team meber on the Gooding City Police force, Samantha White. Samantha comes to us as a certified officer which means she will not need to be gone for four months to complete academy training. Officer White lives in Gooding and is excited for the opportunity to serve in the community that she is a part of. She will be assigned as a patrol officer as we recently added a second School Resource Officer position to our ranks with the help of the Gooding School District.

Fall is here and winter is right around the corner and fall cleanup days are here. This is a great time to clean out dying weeds, trim or remove trees, and prepare for the cold temperatures and snow. Let's not forget our pets and prepare their little homes or shelters as needed. The Police Department would like to ask that if you have an unlicensed or otherwise non useable vehicle parked on the street, please remove it to your personal property or remove it totally. This will help in decluttering our city streets, making travel through and removal of snow much easier.

Vehicles (including trailers and recreational vehicles) that are not currently licensed, and are found within the street or right of way, including public parking areas, are subject to being impounded as an abandoned vehicle. Other factors that may subject a vehicle to impound are those that are dismantled to any degree as well as those that are mechanically unsafe for operation (flat or missing tires, windows, etc). Finally, those that appear to be abandoned or are parked in the same location for more than 24 hours may be impounded. According to Idaho Law, "Abandon" means to leave a vehicle on private property without the permission of the person having rights to the possession of the property, or on a highway or other property open to the public for the purposes of vehicular traffic or parking, or upon or within the right-of-way of any highway, for twenty-four (24) hours or longer. The Police Department does regularly enforce abandoned vehicle codes, usually by a section of the city, so as to eliminate the appearance of targeting any one particular person or property. Residents are reminded, however, collecting of vehicles upon private property meeting the description of abandoned or junk shall be done in such a manner that they may not be seen from outside of the property (inside of an enclosed building or behind a fence that precludes observation within).


Police Chief Dave Fisher

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Idaho Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductions to Take Place




(208) 539-0202

WHAT:The Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame is holding their Inductions with a tri-tip dinner buffet, live entertainment and a dance to follow this year at the Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center in Twin Falls October 20th with a remarkable and impressive lineup of accomplished and talented Inductees. This is an unusual and exciting induction event in that there are father/son, husband/wife, and father/daughter Inductees.

A special ceremony honoring the flamboyant and extraordinary cowboy and 1916 World Saddle Bronc Champion, Jackson Sundown of the Nez Perce Tribe from Jacques Spur, ID. The story of Jackson Sundown will be told at the inductions and will be sure to impress all who attend.

Twice voted Rodeo Man of the Year, and 1979 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee Shawn Davis formerly of Twin Falls and his son Zane Davis, Blackfoot, ID will be honored. Shawn Davis, a three time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, has devoted much of his life to the sport of rode. He won his first title in 1965 and then captured back-to-back titles in 1967-68. He has been general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1986 and was a major proponent of moving the NFR from Oklahoma City, OK to Las Vegas. He has served on the PRCA Board of Directors and was the rodeo coach at CSI in Twin Falls for 29 years before retiring in 2007 and voted a Legend of ProRodeo in 2011. Zane Davis is an All-Around Intercollegiate Champion, National Intercollegiate Champion and was All Around Champion in 1994.

Two time World Champion in 1984 for All-Around and Team Roping in 1984, and 2003 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee, Dee Pickett from Star, ID will also be inducted. Although Dee had a standout football career as a quarterback at BSU, he followed his love of rodeo and went on to win two world titles. His success in the rodeo arena began with the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year title in 1978, the year he joined the association and his first year to qualify for the Nation Finals Rodeo. He went on to quality for another 19 NFRs. Pickett is considered one of Pro Rodeo’s best athletes ever.

Many will be there to honor Kirk and Stevia Webb of Wendell, ID in the Western Heritage Category. Ernie Sites who has performed with Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Riders in the Sky, Sons of the Pioneers and Patsy Montana is being inducted in the Western Music, Poetry and Western Authors Category and will be performing after the inductions with IRHF Director Don Jesser and 2017 Inductee Johnny U. with a dance to follow.

The late Everett Prescott of Kimberly, ID is also being inducted in the Western Heritage Category and daughter Sheri Prescott Arkoosh of Nampa, ID is being inducted in the Notables and Influential People Category; many will know Sheri for her work with the Miss Rodeo Idaho and Miss Rodeo America programs. The late Arty Tyler and his son Bob Tyler of Rupert, ID are also being inducted in the Western Heritage Category.

Included in the lineup is Joni James Smith formerly of Jerome, ID. Like mother like daughter, for the 1st time in the history of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant and Miss Rodeo America Pageant, Joni James, the daughter of former Miss Rodeo Idaho, Karen (Lavens) James, has captured the same coveted honor. And later on in 1990 won the same prestigious title her mother held as Miss Rodeo America. Joni also held the title 1986 National Miss College Rodeo. She was the 1984 Idaho High School All-Around Cowgirl and went on to a higher level of competition on her black horse Joe to win the Idaho Cowboys Association Champion Barrel Racer in 1985.

Many have seen the photographs and work of Jim Fain. Jim and his wife Karen Fain of Logan, UT are being inducted in the Rodeo Photographers category. Jim and his wife have traveled all over the U.S. and has many credits including being a PRCA member for 55 years, PRCA Gold Card Member, PRCA Photographer of the Year in 1996 and 2006, ProRodeo Sports News Photo of the Year in 2014, and his photos have been in numerous magazines, ads such as for Tony Lama Boots and Billboards for Justin Boots. He is a 2014 Utah Cowboy Hall and Wester Heritage Museum Inductee, has had his photos shown in several movies and on album covers.

Casey Bequeath – Caldwell, ID and son Cody Bequeath – New Plymouth, ID. Casey is a gold card holder and has won numerous championships in the ICA (Idaho Cowboy Association) for Saddle Bronc riding in 1983, 1985, 1986 and won the ICA finals in 1985 and was reserve champion in 1982, 1984 and 1987. He qualified every year until 1987. He and his son Cody were the only father and son to win the rough stock riding in Saddle Bronc and Bull riding in the IDA. Cody Bequeath is a 1998 ICA Bull Riding Champ, and won Reserve ICA Bull Riding Championship in 1999 and 2007, the NW Region Bull Riding Championship in 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was PRCA Bull Riding Rookie of the Year – Columbia River Circuit.

Judi VanDorn Thacker – Eagle, ID. Judi won her first championship in 1958 and won in 1960 for the Idaho Girls Rodeo Association in Junior Barrel racing. She competed in ICA Rodeo and represented that association as a Miss Rodeo Idaho Contestant. She joined the pro ranks in 1964 and rodeoed at that level for 25 years. She worked as an RCA (PRCA) timer for Beutler Brothers and Christenson Brothers Rodeo Company with legends like June Ivory and Linda Christensen. Before the circuit system was in place, she served as Director for Idaho in the GRA (WPRA) Tri-State Chapter, then served as a GRA (WPRA) spokeswoman under Northwest director Kay Davis for 17 years. She was instrumental in helping to form and incorporate the Gem State Rodeo Association for Idaho’s youth. She set the arena record at the Pocatello Idaho Pro Rodeo. She was in the top 15 in the Wilderness circuit from 1978-1986 winning the finals in 1982.
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Community Business and Meetings

Interested on what is happening with the city departments and government? Here is the meeting schedule for this month:

Gooding City Council Meetings for October are the 1st and 15th @ 7:00 pm @ City Hall.

Planning & Zoning Meeting is October 18th @ 2:00 pm @ City Hall.

Urban Renewal Meeting is October 4th @ 8:15 am @ City Hall.

Chamber of Commerce Meeting is October 18th @ Zeppes @ Noon.

Community members are always welcome to attend and encouraged to participate.

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!