New tennis, pickleball facility opens near Rigby

Our friend and sometimes contributor John Parsons tells us of a “splendid new indoor pickleball facility” that opened in late October near Rigby.

Blake Summers, a longtime assistant tennis coach at Rigby High School, built an indoor pickleball and tennis facility at his home at 356 North 3700 East, a couple of miles west of Rigby’s downtown.

The facility, which includes four pickleball courts, is available for use by reservation only. It cost $20 to rent a pickleball court for 90 minutes. As Parsons points out “split four ways, that’s a mere $5 a person.”

Controlled access to the facility is granted via an electronic key. Players can obtain keys from Summers and paying a deposit.

Summers eventually plans to make reservations available via a website but for now anyone who wants to play should contact him via email at or by calling 208-547-7784.

The facility is described on the USA Pickleball Association’s “Places To Play” database,

Mad River adds fine dining to its rafting trips

Jackson, Wyo.-based river outfitter Mad River Boat Trips has added to its whitewater rafting experiences on the wild and scenic Snake River by bringing Executive Chef Ty Hess on board to prepare guests’ meals.

Hess will “prepare fresh, ingredient-driven and ever-changing menus at the tour company’s riverside dinner site,” a Mad River news release said. Hess has nearly two decades of professional culinary experience, working in world-class restaurants, the release said.

Mad River’s 2018 season begins May 15.

For information, visit or find the outfitter on Facebook.

Modern Plumbing workers pass checks

Modern Plumbing, Heating and Electrical in Rigby has announced its compliance with the “Technician Seal of Safety” program designed to assure homeowners of their safety and security when inviting a contractor into their home.

The “Technician Seal of Safety” symbolizes the contractor’s commitment to conducting background checks and drug testing of all technicians entering customers’ homes, a Modern Plumbing news release said.

“We know how important it is to make a homeowner feel safe when a technician enters their home,” Jeff Clark, Modern Plumbing’s general manager, said in the release.

For information about the “Technician Seal of Safety” program, visit or call 208-745-7021.

Rexburg Motorsports reaches food goal

Rexburg Motorsports on Nov. 18 exceeded its goal by filling its Honda Pioneer Side x Side with food donations in just two hours.

The food drive to support the Upper Valley Food Pantry was held outside Broulim’s in Rexburg. The drive brought in more than a half-ton of donated food.

SCORE offers free business advice

SCORE, formerly Service Corps of retired Executives, provides free business advice through its network of volunteer business experts to anyone starting their own business or already running a small business.

To set up an appointment to meet with a mentor, call 208-523-1022.

Additionally, SCORE is seeking volunteers. If you would like to connect with fellow business owners and pass on your knowledge as a SCORE volunteer, call the SCORE office at 208-523-1022.

I.F. BLM hiring firefighters for 2018

The Bureau of Land Management’s Idaho Falls District is hiring about 80 wildland firefighters for the 2018 fire season.

Job applications will be accepted through Jan. 30, a BLM news release said.

Pay starts at $12.33 with the opportunity for overtime and hazard pay. To qualify you must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and have six months of general experience.

Positions range from engines and hotshots to dispatch. Learn more about wildland fire positions and the Idaho Falls District visit

Positions open and close at different times over the next month. Check the attached Idaho Fire Flyer 2018 for exact application dates.

To apply visit and search for range technician positions. The Idaho Falls District has stations in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Atomic City, Blackfoot, Fort Hall, Malad, American Falls, Dubois, Salmon and Soda Springs.

For information visit, and click on the Idaho BLM Fire and Aviation-Job Announcements tab.

Local restaurants donate $1,000

Subway restaurants in the Idaho Falls and Pocatello areas will present The Idaho Foodbank with check for $1,000 following the Subway Cares Program.

The check presentation will take place Wednesday in Pocatello.

Legislative Preview Breakfast is Dec. 14

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host its Legislative Preview Breakfast at 8 a.m. Dec. 14 at the College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th East, Building 6, Room 6164.

Bank of Idaho to host holiday party

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Business After Hours will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Bank of Idaho’s Capital Branch, 399 N. Capital Ave.

LunchboxWax ribbon cutting planned

LunchboxWax, 2680 E. Sunnyside Road in Ammon, will be the site of a Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday.

An open house will follow, lasting until 7 p.m.

Networking lunch scheduled for today

Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s Out of the Box Networking Lunch is from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the College of Eastern Idaho cafeteria, 1600 South 25th East.

This is an opportunity to build professional networks and learn more about community businesses. Call 208-523-1010 or email to RSVP. Members of the chamber are $10, and potential members and walk-ins are $12.

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