Gooding Community Newsletter

July 2018 #5

Gooding Fireworks Show This Wednesday

It is time to celebrate the freedoms we have in this wonderful country of ours. The annual Gooding fireworks show will take place this Wednesday, July 4th, at the Gooding Middle School. The show will be begin at dusk. This year Kona Ice will have a display on site so that families can purchase some shaved ice to enjoy before and during the show.

The City of Gooding would once again like to thank Glanbia and all those who donated time and supplies to make our fireworks show possible.

The Gooding Veterinary Clinic would also love to help you if you have any pets that are terrified of the fireworks and loud sounds they will be hearing this week. Give them a call at 934-5626 to schedule an appointment before the 4th. They have lots of ideas and some medications that can help scared pets, prevent runaways, home destruction, and self-injury!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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Exciting News about the College of Southern Idaho in Gooding

The CSI Gooding North Side Center has a new look. This month they will be having a grand opening to showcase the changes that have been made.

There are also a couple of really exciting classes being offered to Gooding's youth in July.

This Friday, July 6th, CSI is hosting a Little Robotics Day Camp. Here is a description of the activity:

In Little Robotitions Robotics Camp, younger students will learn new skills in science, engineering, technology, and coding using the LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics kits and software. You’ll learn the important 21st Century skill of programming the intuitive way – by bringing your adorable creations to life. What parents love, and what kids don’t realize is they are also sharpening computational thinking skills like logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and modeling simulations. In Little Robotitions Robotics Camp, kids are empowered to ask the right questions, define problems, and design their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their own hands.

The class runs from 9 a.m. to noon. It is for kids ages 6-8.

Also, on July 6th will be the Beginning Robotiion EVA3 Day Camp class. This class is for older children ages 9-14. It will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. From the CSI website, here is a description of that class:

Design, build, and program a LEGO EV3 robot that will crush the competition in a fun, end-of-camp contest. LEGO Robotics camp is open to all boys and girls interested in applying science, technology, engineering, and math while learning real-world problem-solving skills and gracious professionalism from the valley''s own award-winning 5026 Tesla Coils FTC Robotics Team. Space is limited to the first 15 registrations.

There are charges for both classes, and space is limited, so if you are interested in either class please call or email the North Side Center at the contact information below:


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2nd Annual Unicorn Day was a "GREAT" Success!

The 2nd Annual Unicorn Day fundraiser for GREAT, Inc. to restore the Schubert Theatre was a GREAT success thanks to the many people who made it possible! Everyone had a great time that came from several cities in Idaho to ride Alina the Unicorn. Many people came from Utah as well as tourists from other states to attend our event almost tripling our attendance from last year!

Many thanks and much gratitude to our sponsors and volunteers, Shanna and Denny Koyle and their family who devoted so much time, energy and money to hold this event at their farm and their families, Julene Jones, our Unicorn Master Handler and her husband that supported her in participating in this event, Janna Faye and Braden Coleman, Justine and Albert Bishop, Jatauna and Hyrum Stanger; they make Unicorn Day possible and successful! Many thanks to David Anderson of Glanbia and his wife Kristy; Falls Brand for their great hotdogs; Pepsi Beverages Company for all the great assortment of beverages; M&W and Ridleys for condiments, paper goods and ice who helped feed our attendees; and for the many volunteers and GREAT board members who worked so hard, gave so much and helped make this event a success! Last, but never least, thank you to all of you who brought your families and came to participate in our fundraiser – without you, it wouldn’t have been the success it was!

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Gooding Police Officer News

Officer Swanson graduated from the Police Academy on June 22nd. We are excited to have him back to complete our department. He has received a wealth of knowledge over the last ten weeks and will be on a field training program with other officers over the next 3-4 weeks. We also welcome Larry Green to our department. Officer Green began his Gooding PD career on 16 June and brings with him 12 years of experience, which includes detention, patrol, investigations, and drug impaired driving recognition. As we proceed through this budget year, we anticipate adding another School Resource Officer to the department. This would not be possible without the assistance of the Gooding School District providing the needed funding to support it.

Do your vehicle wheels and tires look like this? Idaho code 49-949 requires that every vehicle be equipped with fenders or covers that extend at least to each side of the cross sections of tread of its tires. In essence, the tread of the tires may not extend beyond the body of the vehicle unless additional flares are applied to the wheel wells to deflect dirt or other substances that may be picked up or carried by wheel and tires. There are a few exceptions to this such as antique vehicles. If a vehicle is modified as to its rear bumper, mud-flaps may also be required. Failure to comply with this regulation is an infraction with a fine of $67.00. Additionally, should an object ejected from your improperly covered tire strike and chip or break something, such as the windshield of another vehicle, one may be civilly liable for the damages. If a vehicle is properly equipped and operated, such damage would be considered as a road hazard.

Annual Swim Under the Stars Fundraiser Coming in July

Later this month the Gooding Volunteer Group will be hosting another fundraiser to help raise money for the proposed West Park Project. This fundraiser will be the annual "Swim Under the Stars" event where you and your family will have the opportunity to do some night swimming at the Gooding Public Pool.

Please check back soon for a flyer with time and date details!

Also, if your are wanting to contribute to the building of the new playground equipment at the West Park, the Gooding Volunteer Group is excepting donations from businesses and individuals. Donating can be a great way to show your community support and pride, but it can also be a great way to promote your business!

The Gooding Library Foundation is Hosting Another Murder Mystery Fundraiser

The Gooding Library Foundation continues to raise funds for our library as the year of murder mysteries continues! First there were shenanigans on the high seas in a pirate themed adventure, and then there were wild times in the Old West as a group of gunslingers descended on the town of Gravestone. Now, it is time to party hard in a luau themed mystery!

Attendees of these events have talked about the fun and intrigue of the puzzling mysteries, but more than that they have talked about how much fun it is to engage with fellow members of the community in such memorable ways. So, break out your grass skirts and coconut bikinis. It is time to party Hawaiian style! Tickets are available for sale at the library.

Look below for details on this event, and below that for a calendar of all of the awesome activities taking place at the library this month! There are a ton of activities for kids to do while they are out of school, from coding classes to summer reading with some of their favorite teachers (and possibly city councilmen!).

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Cruisin for Caden Fundraising Efforts Continue

The June 9th fundraising efforts for toddler Parker Hainline were a big success. They were able to raise $3,000 for Parker and his family!

Fundraising efforts continue for Parker and for baby Nik, both of whom were born with the rare genetic disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). You can learn more about this disease and how it affects the families in the flyer below. The next event will be the 5th Annual Ride with a dinner and auction. Please follow the Cruisin for Caden Facebook page for more information on fundraising and events to help these children and their families, and thanks for all you have done so far!

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Summer School Begins Soon at GES and GMS

Gooding School District principals Brandee Sabala and Janet Williamson wanted to make sure everyone knew about summer school classes being held at the elementary school and middle school that will begin this month. Classes start July 10th and run until August 9th for the elementary and August 2nd for the middle school. They will be conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all students free of charge. Please contact Mrs. Sabala at of Mrs. Williamson at for more information.

Mrs. Sabala also wants to encourage all students to keep practicing their math skills over the summer by using Reflex Math and iStation, services available free to the students.

Remember to "Rock" your reading and help the elementary school meet the school goal of reading 2,018 books this summer, by reading at least one book per month. Check out our "Rocking Library" for lots of great events and books!!!

And remember, lunches are still being served each weekend at the East Park from 12:15 to 1:15 pm free of charge to all students aged 18 and younger.

City Services News

Fire Department-

Just a reminder that fire season will soon be upon us. For those living in the rural settings keep a green area around your structures. Be mindful of where you park along side roads and around tall dry grass. With the 4th of July right around the corner please be careful with the fireworks. Have a hose or a bucket of water ready while lighting them. Please be aware of the laws and possible consequences for igniting illegal fireworks.

Water project-

The pipeline replacement part of the Water System Improvements project started last October is finished with the exception of a few “punch list items” that will be wrapped up very soon. If there is an issue with work done on your property let us know at City Hall so we can get it addressed. Construction of the South well has started and is expected to be completed sometime this fall.


The CCR or “Consumer Confidence Report” has been published in the Times News and is available on the City website: and copies are also available at City Hall.

City Council Meetings will be held on July 2nd and July 16th this month at 7 p.m. The city offices will be closed this week on July 4th.

Diamond Peak of Gooding is accepting new residents

Diamond Peak of Gooding is now accepting new admissions. Private Pay residents will receive a move in special of half off their first month's rent. Contact Tami Watson for a tour at 208-934-5506.

Gooding City Ordinance of the Month

A wet spring and a nice summer is a sure recipe for fun...and weeds. In our effort to continue beautifying our city, we would like to highlight our weed ordinance. Weeds need to be taken care of properly, for the beauty and the safety of your property and your neighborhood.

If you have received correspondence about your weeds from the city, please address the issue as soon as possible. If you are physically unable to take care of your weeds, please let the city know. Help may be available from the city, or by some of our many community volunteer groups.

Here is the ordinance (Ordinance 9-6-1)

It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent, lessee, tenant, or other person occupying or having charge or control of any premises to permit weeds to remain upon said premises or any area between the property lines of said premises and the centerline of any adjacent street or alley, including, but not specifically limited to, sidewalks, streets, alleys, easements, rights of way and all other areas, public or private. All "weeds" as hereinafter defined are declared a nuisance and are subject to abatement as hereinafter provided.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, agent, lessee, tenant, or other person occupying or having charge or control of any premises to permit the accumulation of cut weeds, grass, brush, tree limbs or garden spoils. This accumulation is deemed to be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of inhabitants of the city of Gooding and is declared to be a nuisance. (Ord. 654, 11-20-2006)

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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!