BMH gets grant, donation for new CT scanner

Patients at Bingham Memorial Hospital will soon have access to the latest computed tomography (CT) scanner thanks to a grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash., and a contribution from the Bingham Health Care Foundation.

The state-of-the-art Aquilion scanner allows physicians to visualize internal injuries and disease in less time, a hospital news release said. That speed offers significant benefits to patients — especially trauma, pediatric, and critically ill patients.

The MJ Murdock Charitable Trust awarded the hospital $300,000 toward the scanner while Bingham Health Care Foundation contributed $125,000.

“Bingham Memorial is truly grateful to have received support from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bingham Health Care Foundation for the purchase of a new CT scanner,” said Danette Roberts, director of graduate medical education, research, grants, and continuing medical education at BMH, in the release. “Grants make meaningful impacts to nonprofit organizations and the communities that they serve. The real point of these awards is to rally the necessary resources to help communities thrive. The support from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bingham Health Care Foundation has allowed us to do just that.”

A CT or CAT scan is an X-ray procedure that uses a computer to combine numerous X-ray images to generate cross-sectional views and three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body. CT scans are used to analyze the head, blood clots, skull fractures, tumors, infections, hearts, and even bone density.

$65M expansion planned

at Mountain View Hospital

As reported by Paul Menser at, Mountain View Hospital plans a $65 million, 88-bed wing on the building’s east end in 2018.

The property’s owner, MPT Hospital LLC of Birmingham, Ala., filed a permit with the city of Idaho Falls Building Department for the project.

Local agencies and

outfitter job fair planned

Local agency and outfitter representatives will host a job fair from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27 in Salmon.

Representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and local outfitters will be available to discuss job opportunities with their respective agencies and companies in conjunction with the Lemhi Education Project at the Salmon Valley Business & Innovation Center, at 803 Monroe St.

Jobs available are predominantly seasonal, mainly during the spring, summer and fall, the release said. Opportunities include fire management positions, recreation such as trail building or campground maintenance, biologist technician positions in wildlife, fisheries, weeds, and range, and engineering technician jobs and various positions with local outfitter businesses.

The agencies and local outfitters encourage anyone who may have an interest to attend at any time during the evening. Seasonal jobs are often a stepping stone to permanent jobs, the release said.

Computers will be available to introduce the application website,, to potential applicants for Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management positions. If potential job applicants have laptops, it is recommended that they bring them to free up computers at the Innovation Center.

For information, contact Public Lands Center at 208-756-5100 or the Lemhi Education Project at 756-1551 or go to

Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show

named 2017 Air Show of the Year

The Idaho Falls Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show was named the Blue Angel Air Show of the Year award for 2017 at the International Council of Air Shows convention Dec. 4 in Las Vegas.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Air Show’s board of directors was Russell J. Johnson, who serves as both chairman of the board of Idaho Falls Air Show Inc. and the Blue Angles liaison. Also in attendance were Robert “Bob” Hoff, Jane Hoff and David Snell.

The 2017 Extreme Blue Thunder Air Show was considered the best of 34 Blue Angel performance locations during 2017, an air show news release said.

According to the US Navy Blue Angels, the award is given annually to a show site that best demonstrates the uppermost echelon in tactical and operational readiness of the air show site. Additionally, the show site must conform to the strict compliance standards and rigorous mandates of the Blue Angle’s support manual.

In total, the air show cost nearly $1.5 million to produce and operate. Income came from dozens of corporate sponsors, ticket sales, and value-in-kind services provided by the city of Idaho Falls. After accounting for all costs, the air show will distribute $120,000 in proceeds to local charity organizations. The charitable grant awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

Business After Hours is Thursday

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours for December will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bank of Idaho Lobby, 399 N. Capital Ave.

I.F. Chamber’s membership meeting is Jan. 16

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 annual membership meeting will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Waterfront at Snake River Landing, 1220 Event Center Drive.

The event will include a review of the chamber’s 2017 accomplishments, a look at objectives for 2018, and volunteer recognition.

Tickets can be purchased online at For information, call 208-523-1010 or email

State of the Cities and

State of the County Breakfast

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host the State of the Cities and State of the County Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at The Atrium at Hemming Village, 160 W. 2nd South.

Speakers include Madison County Commissioner Jon Weber, Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill and Sugar City Mayor Dave Ogden.

Tickets are $20 each and are available at the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 167 West Main St., Suite 2, or by calling 208-356-5700. Table sponsorships are $200.

Ribbon cutting

The Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. Jan. 3 at The Cedars Apartments, 155 W 2nd South.

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