Gooding Community Newsletter

May 2019, #15

Gooding County Museum is Now Open

The Gooding County Historical Society is pleased to announce the summer opening of the Gooding County Museum and invites you to bring your family and explore the “days of old” in Gooding County. The Museum is open 10-4, Fridays and Saturdays from April until October, 2019. Special opening is available to anyone wishing to bring guests at other times. Call 208-934-5366 or 208-316-5366 to make your reservation.

Admission to the Museum is free as well as admission to Speakers Night, which is held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Museum. This month's featured speaker on May 15th will be Colin Smith from Gooding. He will be discussing a social history of Japanese American incarceration in the Magic Valley during World War II. Other featured speakers will include: June 19 Ron James – The Astorians, July 17 Peri Gardner - Idaho Politics and Senator Gooding, September 18 Denyée Matthews – Early Farming.

Justin Vipperman of CSI serves as chair of the speaker nights and can answer any questions. He can be reached at Membership applications of $15 are available from Nancy Turley.

We invite you to join the Historical Society and help preserve the history of Gooding County!

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Jr. Golf At the Gooding Golf Course

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The members of the Board of Directors for GREAT, Inc. are very grateful to Northwest Farm Credit Services for presenting us with another award for the restoration of the Historic Schubert Theatre. Dusty Goff, Associate Appraiser at Northwest Farm Credit Services and GREAT, Inc. volunteer and Appraisal Data Specialist Diana Rowe also with Northwest Farm Credit Services presented a check for $750 to GREAT, Inc. President Charmy LeaVell, Secretary Shanna Koyle, and Director Sharlyn Jackson on stage of the Historic Schubert Theatre. Volunteer Carolin Konzelman who has been busy with her son restoring school desks to be auctioned off on Unicorn Day, also joined them.

Unicorn Day will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Fairgrounds this year with more GREAT activities planned. Along with the restored school desks to be auctioned off, there will be other great silent auction items to bid on to help fund the Masonry Project above the marquee and under the “canopy” that is called the “dental” architecture where the bricks are coming loose. It is the second major project in the restoration of the theater. Following this project fundraising will begin for the restoration inside! Be sure to mark your calendars to bring your family to support this project on Unicorn Day. Donations to support this project can also be mailed to GREAT, Inc. P.O. Box 433, Gooding ID 83330.
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Gooding Public Library May Calendar

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Public Works Updates


You may have noticed a new drinking fountain at the Lion's Park. The original fountain had suffered some settling over the years and needed to be replaced. The Gooding Lion's Club partnered with the city to purchase a new fountain that embraces efforts to be more environmentally friendly by providing a bottle filler tap for many of us that bring our water bottles with us every day. Doing so reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in our landfill in addition to being a less expensive way to stay hydrated.

Crews will begin construction of the West Park equipment as time permits.

Crews will also begin construction of the BMX park as time permits. If you are a contractor or future user of the park who would like to help build the park or provide materials, please contact Public Works at 208 595-4902.


We will be preparing the streets scheduled for chip sealing over the next 3 months by filling the potholes, sealing the cracks, and restoring gravel to the road edges.

Councilman Chuck Cram has been coordinating volunteers and seeking financial donations to help restore sections of the sidewalk between Orchard and Highway 26 on the east side of Highway 26. A number of pedestrians use this route daily and you may ask why we are not simply replacing the sidewalks. We are creating a safe walkable path at this time due to the 2024/ 2025 Highway 46 ITD road project which is being planned to include the city replacing sidewalks and installing LED street lighting.

Tree yard:

There are plenty of chips available this year, as usual the price is $1 per yard (3’ X 3’ X 3’) please call city hall to schedule. Please note that large volumes/ multiple loads require purchaser to provide their own equipment to load and haul.

Water/ Sewer:

Tim Weaver has worked in the Public Works Department for 37 years and has recently retired. We are grateful for his service and wish him well in his new adventures. Thank you Tim!!

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Gooding Elementary Newsletter

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Fire Department Highlights

The Gooding Fire District will be out at the health fair with some equipment on May 18. They will be giving away smoke detectors, so be sure to come by. Also the Firefighters yearly benefit BBQ at the West Park will be June 29 from 11-3 with more info to follow next month. We would like to remind the great citizens of our city and rural community to burn wisely this spring. Always have water on hand and keep an eye on the weather conditions. If you are in an urban wildland setting try to give your residence a 100’ green space from any fuel.

Gooding Is An Opportunity Zone!

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Idaho Trivia

Gooding Elementary students in the fourth and fifth grades just finished an Idaho trivia contest. Mrs. Caldwell and Mrs. Miller conducted the competitions during the Specials time in the library. Questions involved trivia about Idaho symbols, history, geography, and local information. Students commented that they really learned interesting things about Idaho! Competition was fierce at times! The winning teams won by one point! The winning team for the fourth grade was: Bendt Anhder, Riley Arnold, Analia Barrera, and Nancy Carabez Avina. The fifth grade winning team was Chris Huerta, Talon Hale, Eli Esterbrook, and Riley Lockwood.
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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!