Gooding Community Newsletter

June 2021, #40

Fun Family Events For All!

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Gooding Fire District Open House & Annual Fireman's Benefit BBQ

Saturday, June 26th, 11am-2pm

2155 Montana Street

Gooding, ID

The Gooding Fire District would like to invite the Community to the Open House & Annual BBQ at the new Fire Station located at 2155 Montana Street on June 26th from 11 AM to 2 PM. We will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs with a side. The cost will be $5.00 per plate. We will also be doing the raffle with prizes donated from local businesses. All proceeds raised go to the Burn Out Fund that help local families in need.

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Gooding Public Library Summer Reading

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Free Summer Lunch Program

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Quarterly Mobile Food Bank on June 17th

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Christian Life Fellowship invites you to their Father's Day Celebration

This event is free to the Community and will be held on June 20, 2021 (Father's Day) at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the pavilion area at the Gooding fair grounds. If you have any questions please call Lyle at (208) 421-8635.

Olympic Vacation Bible School

The Gooding First Christian Church welcomes all children from K - 5th to attend Olympic VBS. For additional information call (208) 934-4542.

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Interested In Becoming A CNA? This is for you.....

The CSI Gooding Center is excited to announce the start of a CNA evening course this fall. The class will run August 23, 2021 to December 16, 2021 on Wednesday and Thursday, 5:00 pm - 9:50 pm. They will also be offering instruction support in English and Spanish on Tuesday nights, 5:00 pm - 9:50 pm.

Please Help Bridget Rose and Her Family

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Looking for Child Care?

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Basketball Camp - Register By July 1st

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Gooding High School Summer School Program

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Gooding High School Registration

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Short-Term Expenses?

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Word From Gooding Police Chief Dave Fisher

Hands Free Law

We are now entering the 100 deadliest days of summer in Idaho. Typically this is the high point of crash fatalities for the year with new drivers and high mobility. There have been some law changes and more to come, hoping to minimize these terrible incidents. The one that likely will have the most effect is the distracted driving law, commonly known as the hands free device law. There are many exceptions for the motorists such as public safety or for the reporting of incidents of fire, reckless drivers, accidents, etc.. There is no exception for common phone calls or texting and drivers could be cited with a fine of $131.50 (fine plus court costs) for a first offense, and more for subsequent offenses, including possible license suspension. See Idaho Code 49-1401A. Locally we have seen rise in the number of unlicensed drivers, mostly young drivers who have never had a license. This is a dangerous situation for those inexperienced drivers who have not had proper training or instruction.

Wide Tire Violation

Does your truck or car have wide tires? It could cost you a citation with a fine of $67.00 and you will still have to make your wheels and tires legal. Receiving a citation does not allow you to continue to violate the equipment laws and the driver may be subject to further citations until corrected. Additionally, damage such as broken windows from rocks and other debris thrown from vehicles in violation could make the owner or driver responsible for any such damages. If correctly equipped, this damage is called "road hazard". Refer to Idaho Code 49-949. The truck on the left would be in violation where the tires extend beyond the body of the vehicle. The truck on the right appears to have been correctly modified for wide tires by adding flares that cover the tread of the tires. Mud flaps may also be required if more than 20 inches behind the tires is exposed beyond the body of the vehicle. Altering a vehicle in height will almost always require mud flaps. "Trucks" as in semi trucks, trailers, busses, etc are required to cover their tires at any more than 10 inches. In any case, nothing on a vehicle may be below the lowest part of the rim or tire. The only exceptions to these rules are pre-1935 vehicles or replicas thereof for fair weather use on well-maintained roads (paved or hard surface and not on gravel or soft surfaces).

Purple Headlights Are Not Allowed

You may also note the purple lights on the white vehicle above. While other colors are permissible for displays or parades, they are not permissible for normal use on roadways of Idaho. The only colors permissible in Idaho are amber, red, or white. White light is restricted to headlights with the exception of momentary use for reverse lights and for license plate illumination, which should be shielded to only illuminate the license plate and not exude light rear of the vehicle. Any marker or other lights on or to the front, or on the side towards the front of the vehicle shall be yellow or amber. Any marker or other lights on or to the rear, or on the side towards the rear of the vehicle shall be or red. Signal lights may be red or amber / yellow. We now have lots of options for auxiliary lighting as well with motorists adding LED lights and light bars to vehicles for use as additional headlights. While there may not be a restriction for use off road, on any roadway, no more than four (4) such lights may be in use at one time, with one required on each side (except motorcycles). The use of headlights and brights would account for a total of four, or headlights and standard fog lights. Any additional would be a violation.

Is Your License Plate Visible?

Looking at both of these vehicles (pictured above), you may notice that neither has a front license plate. Idaho does require a front and rear plate on all vehicles, except for motorcycles, vehicle dealers, classic cars registered as such, semi trucks, and trailers. Further every license plate shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned to prevent the plate from swinging, be at a height not less than twelve (12) inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate, be in a place and position to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained free from foreign materials (mud / snow) and in a condition to be clearly legible, and all registration stickers shall be securely attached to the license plate license plates must be securely fastened, clearly visible, and legible.

Loud Vehicles

Lastly, there has been some discussion on local social network sites about loud mufflers. This is covered by Idaho Code 49-937. In short, modifications or alterations to a vehicle muffler system are unlawful except to repair and maintain them in good working order, and must be made to conform to the manufacturers specifications. This law also covers excessive smoke as well. Additionally, mufflers which emit sound higher than 96 decibels, when measured at 20 inches and a 45 degree angle from the exhaust are a violation as well.

Property Clean Up

The City will be sending out letters if an address is in violation of Gooding City Code Title 9, Chapter 6 which provides, in part, that it is unlawful for any owner or occupant of property in the city to permit nuisance weeds to accumulate and/or remain on the property.


The city code defines weeds as: (A) Brush, woody vines and volunteer trees; (B) Weeds and indigenous grass which may attain such large growth as to become, when dry, a fire menace to adjacent improved property; (C) Weeds which are located in an area which harbors rats, insects, animals, reptiles, or any other creature which either may or does constitute a menace to health, public safety or welfare; (D) Plants and indigenous grasses on or about residential property which, because of their height, has a blighting influence on the neighborhood. Any such plants and indigenous grasses shall be presumed to be blighting if they exceed eight inches (8") in height. (E) All noxious weeds as identified by state statute title 22 chapter 24. (Ord. 654, 11-20-2006).


The owner or occupant will be given 10 days from receiving the notice to cooperate.


If there is no removal of the nuisance weeds from the property within ten (10) days, the city is authorized to remove the nuisance weeds and assess the costs of removal. If the owner does not pay such costs, the costs will be added to their property tax as a special assessment. If the city does have to remove the nuisance weeds, no further notice will be given before such removal.


The City would like to work with everyone to resolve this matter in order to make a safe, clean neighborhood that will not infringe on the general public’s health, safety and welfare.


The City can provide a truck, free of charge, to haul off any of the weeds removed from the property. Trucks will be provided at a first come first serve basis. You may call City Hall (208) 934-5669 to request a truck for cleanup. Only yard waste may be deposited in trucks for removal.


Homeowners and business owners are responsible for their property to the middle of the street to the middle of the alley. Below is a picture for reference.

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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 you 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!