Gooding Community Newsletter

December 2019, #22


The annual bake sale and raffle to raise funds for the restoration of the Schubert Theater begins at 12:00 on Saturday, December 7th with Santa arriving at 1:00 on the firetruck. Many thanks to Chief Brandon for seeing that Santa is there for the kids! Mrs. Claus and their elves will also be there, so come pick out your favorite goodies, check out the raffle items for the perfect gift to support the restoration of YOUR theater, and bring the kiddos to visit with Santa. See you there!

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Gooding PTA Hosting a Breakfast with Santa!!

Gooding Schools PTA has a fun morning in store with their 4th Annual Breakfast with Santa! The event will be in the school cafeteria and gymnasium! This event will be free of charge to all our wonderful families! They do welcome donations, however, and as always these will go directly back to our school! Thinking of Christmas they will have Senator gear available to purchase for gifts, and also "Smencils" (yummy smelling pencils) for $1.00, which will definitely be fun stocking stuffers. Please come join us and have some fun!!!

Warmest Wishes from your

PTA Board!

Nan Haner President

Megan Jacobsen Vice

Taylor Morris co Vice

Michelle Platts Secretary

Chelsea Lee co Secretary

Tiffany Koyle Box Tops

Dorothy Jensen Treasurer

Nicole Hults co Treasurer

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Christmas Cantata and Fundraiser

The Gooding Community Chorale will be presenting I HEAR THE PROPHET CALLIN' a Christmas cantata by Pepper Choplin, at the Walker Center at 7:00 p.m. on December 13 and 14, and at 4:00 p.m. on December 15. There will be no charge for this annual community event.

The Gooding United Methodist Church will also be hosting "The Wonder of Christmas" holiday bazaar fundraiser. Check out all of the exciting information on these events in the flyers below.

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Gooding Main Street Holiday Kickoff

On the evening of Saturday, December 7th we will be hosting the annual City of Gooding Holiday Kickoff with caroling at 5:30 p.m. and the tree lighting at 6 p.m. The Holiday Night Light Parade will then commence at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for all of the fun! See the flyer below for other fun local holiday events.
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Southern Idaho Economic Development Hosting Community Feedback Session

For those who attended our first community feedback session in September, we greatly value your input and participation! This time, we are circling back for a second, more open feedback event to refine and evaluate the material we've been putting together. We're welcoming input from all community members in looking towards a bright future for Gooding!

This event will take place at Gooding City Hall on the evening Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6pm to 8pm. Attached you will find a flyer with event details, please feel free to print and pass this on. We are looking forward to hearing more from the community of Gooding!

Thank you again for all your help in making this project happen and feel free to reach out with any questions using the contact information listed below. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Alexa Wilhelm

Rural Economic Development Coordinator

Southern Idaho Economic Development

O: (208) 732-6459

C: (717) 357-5149

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Gooding Senators Music Program On December 6th from 6-9 p.m. and Elementary Concert Info

Gooding Senators Music Program Fall Showcase is Friday, December 6th from 6-9 pm in the GHS Multipurpose Room. Come enjoy the bands and choirs as they showcase their hard work in the fall semester.

6:00 pm- Red Band & Gold Band

7:00 pm- Red Thunder Band & Black Lightning Drumline

8:00 pm- Senator Singers & Vocalise

Show your support of the Music Program by purchasing SWAG at the Fall Showcase as well. The logo was based off of a student design. All proceeds will benefit the music program.

The Red Thunder Band is back in action for Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball seasons starting December 5th! Vocalise will also be performing the National Anthem during the games.

There will also be a number of concerts for the Gooding Elementary School. That information is displayed in the flyer below.

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Gooding Hotel Bed and Breakfast Christmas Open House

The Historic Gooding Hotel is hosting a special "Very Vintage Christmas" open house. There will be a tour of the building, refreshments, and door prizes. Enjoy this holiday fun at this treasure of our community on Saturday, December 7th from 1-3 p.m.
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Brockman Chiropractic 25th Anniversary!

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5 Disneyland Passes Being Raffled!

A select group of students from GMS and GHS have been working hard over the past year to raise funds to travel with EF Educational Tours on a trip to London and Paris during Spring Break 2020. Part of this hard work has included doing community service projects throughout our town. As a reward for these projects, the group has been granted 5 all-day passes to Disneyland! In an effort to finish their fundraising efforts, the group will be holding a raffle for these tickets. All of the tickets will be going to one lucky winner, and that could be you!

Raffle tickets are being sold 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. The big winner will be announced at halftime of the boys middle school basketball home game at GMS on Wednesday, February 5th. You don't need to be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased from any of the students attending the trip. For more information, or to purchase your raffle tickets now, please contact Amber Smith at 208-731-5901 or by email at

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Information on the Tri-County Board of Community Guardians

The Board of Community Guardians for Gooding, Lincoln, and Jerome Counties provides assistance to adult citizens who are no longer able to care for themselves. The role of the board is to ensure vulnerable adults (those who can no longer make or communicate responsible decisions or provide for their own basic needs) are protected from exploitation, abuse, and neglect.

The board is currently looking for compassionate community volunteers who would be willing to advocate for those who have been declared incapacitated by the court. If you are interested, please call Program Coordinator Cody Cantrell at 208-644-2708.

Winter Driving Tips!

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Note From Police Chief Fisher

The Gooding Police Department would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas a great New Year. Officers are participating in our annual No Shave November fund raiser to purchase toys and other necessary items for our local children. We have raised just over $1,000.00 this year. $750 of this, however, is holdover funds from late donations last year. There is still time to donate as we plan to make purchases with these funds the week of December 16th. Donations may be made in person at the City Hall, the Police Department, or by mail at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, ID 83330.

Winter has finally arrived and it is time to check your vehicles for proper working order of its equipment, especially lights and wipers. Also remember to give yourself a bit more time to reach your destination as it will take longer to get a vehicle ready for any destination with the need to clear windows and lights for frost, snow, and debris.

The Police Department would also like to thank Officer Justin Herman for his years of service to the Gooding Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Deputy and the City of Gooding as a Patrol Officer. Officer Herman will be returning to his home area in the Treasure Valley in the near future to be closer to family. With his departure, we are again in search of a patrol officer. We are always accepting applications for officers and are now in need of replacing two patrol officers and one detective. We are in the process of reviewing current applications and scheduling testing events for selection of our newest officers.

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Note From Fire Chief Covey

A big welcome to Scott Williams!! Scott is the first Chaplain the Gooding Fire Department has ever had. Scott is the Pastor at the Gooding First Christian Church. He and his wonderful family moved from Ohio this year and has become a perfect fit for our community and family here at the department. With what our first responders see from call to call having Scott supporting our crew and their families on an emotional and spiritual level is priceless.

The Gooding Fire District would like to remind those that use a wood stove to clean the chimney on a regular basis. We would also like to take a moment and thank those who are slowing down and driving with caution on these winter roads. We have responded to a minimal amount of collisions this season. The Fire Department is now able to respond to any Search and Rescue situations in Gooding County Bennett Hill area. Personal snowmobiles are being used at this time. We will be looking for donations so we can purchase a toboggan to pull behind a snowmobile. We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and God Bless, Chief Covey.

City Meeting Schedule

Meeting dates:

12/2/9 - City Council Meeting @ 7:00 pm, City Hall

12/5/19 - Urban Renewal Agency Meeting @ 9:00 am, City Hall

12/5/19 - Wood River RC&D Meeting @ 6:00 pm, Gooding Hotel Bed & Breakfast

12/16/19 - City Council Meeting @ 7:00 pm, City Hall

12/19/19 - Chamber of Commerce Meeting @ 12:00 pm, Zeppes Pizza

12/19/19 - City Planning & Zoning Meeting @ 3:00 pm, City Hall

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!