Gooding Community Newsletter

June 2019, #16

Summer Reading Kicks Off at the Gooding Public Library

The Gooding Public Library will once again be spreading joy and a love of reading to the youth of our community through the summer reading program. This year's theme is a "Universe of Stories."


Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10 am summer reading activities will take place at the library, beginning this Tuesday! On Wednesdays the library staff will be at the East Park with free books and fun activities taking place during the lunch in the park time starting at 12:15 (the lunch in the park program begins on June 10th). This will be followed by "NASA Science" activities at the library at 2 pm each Wednesday. All of this will be in addition to other fun activities like robots, coding, and book club that will be a part of the regular schedule.


Check out the calendar below for all of the awesome fun planned for this month and throughout the summer. Also, be sure to bring the kids for free root beer floats on Tuesday evening at 6 pm!

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Gooding Fun in the Sun Day June 11th

Bring the whole family to the CSI Gooding center from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, June 11th for this free event. There will be food, giveaways, all sorts of activities, and the chance to learn about some of the exciting things that CSI offers to learners in our community. Check out all of the details in the flyer below.
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THE THIRD ANNUAL UNICORN DAY FUNDRAISER FOR GREAT, INC. IS JUNE 8TH

The third annual Unicorn Day fundraiser for the Gooding Theater is being held at the County Fairgrounds on June 8th from 11 am until 3 pm. Be sure to mark your calendars. There will be unicorn rides provided by the Koyle family, train rides on the Veggie Train provided by Floral Avenue Gardens, and buckboard rides provided by Dale Lamm.


A Karaoke Song Fest is planned for ages 2 – 6, 7 to 13 and 14 up with a drawing in each category for a harmonica from the Music Center, a Ukulele and music lessons from Dunkley Music, and an Ovation Guitar donated by Dennis Koyle. A “Unicorn” Hunt provided by Jeanette Carpenter and lots of games with prizes awarded, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, Navajo Tacos, Chili Dogs, Unicorn Rainbow Popcorn, Unicorn Cookies, Rainbow Floats, Cotton Candy and more. Food and drinks are provided by Pepsico, Falls Brand, and GREAT, Inc. It is going to be a fun, fun, family friendly day!


The Black Bear Diner’s Black Bear will be there handing out candy and has donated gift certificates for our silent auction table. We have many wonderful silent auction items from Chick-fil-A, a $450 value donation from Goode Motor, Tickets to Putters Mini Golf, Rudy’s A Cook’s Paradise, Plant Therapy, Once Upon A Child, Toy Town, tickets to the races at Meridian Speedway, Kneader’s Bread Basket, Wilson Bates, hams from Falls Brand, Arthur Court Serve Ware donated by Elena Court and much, much more!


All proceeds will go toward the restoration of the historic Schubert Theatre. GREAT, Inc. has received a matching grant award notice in the amount of $10,000 from the Idaho Heritage Trust for the repair and repainting of the exterior masonry of the historic Schubert Theatre through the royalty payments of their trademarked license plate design. Our goal is to begin the restoration inside once this project is completed. GREAT, Inc. is asking the community to support them in their effort to meet this $10,000 matching grant challenge and their goal to raise $10,000 to restore this historic theatre FOR YOU!


Bring your family and friends, have fun and support this worthy cause. Like us at

https://www.facebook.com/SchubertTheatre/and watch our Facebook posts to see some of the great silent auction items and prizes. Donations of $500 or more will be listed on our new web site at www.theschuberttheater.com. Volunteers would be greatly appreciated. Call Shanna Koyle at (208) 539-2390.

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Glanbia's Gooding Fun Day Scheduled for June 21

Join us June 21st from 3-6 pm in the East Park as we celebrate Gooding Fun Day sponsored by Glanbia, Once again the Gooding Chamber of Commerce will be serving chili with all the fixins, the Gooding Airport Flyers Association will be making grilled cheese sandwiches and providing the tables and chairs, and Glanbia is providing everything else: entertainment, water, ice cream, cheese, and much more!


Bring your family to this fun, free event!

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Gooding County Historical Society Summer Speaker Nights Continue

"The Gooding County Historical Society is offering their second in a series of Summer Speaker Nights on June 19th, 7 pm, at the Gooding Historical Museum located at 273 Euskadi Lane, beside North Canyon Medical Center.


The featured speaker will be Ron James, recently retired (2015) from the Twin Falls School District and currently is an adjunct Cultural Anthropology instructor the College of Southern Idaho. He received a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Idaho, with a special focus on the historical archaeology of 19th Century Chinese gold mining sites. His M.A. thesis Ruins of a World: Chinese Gold Mining at the Mon-Tung Site in the Snake River Canyon was published in 1993 as part of the Interior Department’s Idaho Cultural Resource Series (now out of print). He has done extensive archaeological and ethnographic research into the Chinese and Japanese immigration experience in southern Idaho. His interests also include the Astorians and the early fur trade period. Ron has taught special topics courses on the archaeology and history of southern Idaho as well as various symposiums and classes on Idaho’s Asian heritage. He also contributed two chapters, “First Encounters” and “Staking a Claim” to The Secrets of the Magic Valley edited by Todd Shallot. Published 2002 by Black Canyon Communications LLC in cooperation with the Hagerman Fossil Council and Boise State University History Department. James is also a member of the Twin Falls County Historic Preservation Commission.


For more information or to learn about GCHS membership, please contact Nancy Turley at 208 -358-5807 or 404-695-0003.

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Local Authors Participate in Oregon Event

Gooding was well represented when local author Sharon Hart Strickland, and Literary Strategist Anna Weber, took part in "Night at the Museum," a book fair held in Grants Pass, Oregon, on May 23rd. With authors and visitors from all over the Northwest, Sharon and Anna made new acquaintances, sold their books, and networked with a wide variety of literary representatives. In addition, Anna gave a presentation on marketing to a rapt audience of authors from Grants Pass and beyond.

Gooding Police Department Seeking New Officer

The Gooding Police Department is accepting applications for a Police Officer. Preference will be given to experienced officers as the immediate need is for a detective. Applications may be obtained at the Gooding Police Department or online at the website for the City of Gooding, http://www.goodingidaho.org/ .


Spring is definitely here and there is still a lot to be done to clean up our city. With leaves coming on, a number of street signs are obstructed by foliage that needs to be trimmed back to create a safer community for all. Getting a start on weeds early will also make it much easier to maintain yards and minimize the collection of debris carried by the winds. Additionally, there are a lot of unlicensed or inoperable vehicles on our streets that need to be removed. In most cases, local junk yards will remove them for free, or even pay for their salvage value. It may not be much, but it is better than nothing and a nice removal of the eyesore to your home while providing more space for yourself and parking. Failure to remove such vehicles may result in their being towed as an abandoned vehicle, whether currently registered or not if they are perceived to be junk by their appearance and other factors, which include being parked in the same place for more than 24 hours. Finally, did you know that Idaho REQUIRES a front and rear license plate on all vehicles with few exceptions. Failing to display both plates could net the driver a $67.00 fine, regardless if you are the owner or not!


Thanks for doing your part in keeping our community safe and beautiful.

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A Note From Fire Chief Covey

With all the rain the light fuel is growing. Please keep a defensible space around your property. The Annual Fireman’s Benefit BBQ will be held at the west park on June 29 from 11- 2 pm. We will have lots of raffle prizes and auction items. There will also be ice cream bars and give aways. Lunch cost is still only $5.00 All proceeds go to the Fireman’s benefit fund and will be dispersed back to the community.
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Chip Seal Update

This is the third year of the streets department 10 year road maintenance program. Below is a list of the streets scheduled for this year. The dates are not set yet due to availability and schedules of the materials:


1st St. from Main to Washington

1st St. from Washington to Nebraska

Oschner from Nebraska to End

2nd from Main to Nebraska

3rd from Main to end East

4th from Main to end East

5th from Main to Nebraska

6th from Main to end East

Gooding School District Honors Retiring Educators

On Wednesday, May 29th the Gooding School District held a celebration to honor the contributions of 6 retiring educators. We would like to thank each of them and all of those in the education field for sharing their time and talents for the betterment of our youth. Seen below pictured from left to right are Linda Larsen, Barbara Sorensen, Connie Schull, Cora Caldwell, and Robin Leitich (not pictured Paula Vukonich), and being recognized by Superintendent Larsen. Best of luck in your future endeavors!
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Parks Update

West Park playground equipment update- Crews have trimmed trees around the area where the new playground equipment will be installed, removed two trees needed to widen the alley access, and are beginning to layout the footprint so the segments can be assembled. Look for continued progress throughout the summer.


Also, get ready for another great 4th of July fireworks display. Details can be seen in the 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!