Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Those Days Argonne"

The group Hecktor Pecktor has recorded an interesting song about Arco.  They also have more song about other places in Idaho.  Check it out.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Representatives from Crapo, Risch and Simpson offices on hand to answer questions 

Idaho Falls, ID – Field representatives from the offices of Senators Mike Crapo, Senator Jim Risch and Congressman Mike Simpson will host remote office meetings in Arco and Mackay on Thursday, November 15th.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Snow Sculpture in Driggs

Call to Artists and Other Opportunities!
SnowScapes -The Art of Sculpting Snow
Snow Sculpture Event and Competition
Driggs, Idaho - Jan.15-19, 2013
Applications due December 1, 2012 

The Teton Arts Council and the City of Driggs, Idaho invite you to apply to :

SnowScapes – The Art of Sculpting Snow competition as part of The Teton Valley Great Snow Fest, a Teton Valley Foundation event.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

2012 Variety Show Line Up

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
2012 Variety Show and Citizen and Buisness Recognition
Thrusday November 7th, 7:00 PM
Butte Elementary School Auditorium
Admission $3.00 , Familes $15.00
Gary McCormack -Musical Number
Butte High School Jazz Band- directed by Stephanie Nelson
Taylor Loftus  -  Musical Number
Mel Johnson- Musical Number
Cindy Jardine – Musical Number
Emilee Hansen & Natasha Dando- clogging and ballet
Kathy Morgan – Piano solo
Announcing “Business of the Year” Nominees
Bargain Barn
Dier’s Home Improvement
Garner’s Lumber

Announcing “Citizen of the Year” Nominees

Terry  Cheyney
Jeannie Keller
Barb Andersen
Trilby McAffee
Weston Hone- Cowboy Poetry
Seth Hansen – Magic Card Tricks
Austin Hadley Band
Presentation of “Business of the Year Award 2012”
Presentation of “Citizen of the Year Award 2012”

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

October Webinar - Establishing a Microenterprise Lending Program

October Webinar - Establishing a Microenterprise Lending Program

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar continues Thursday, October 11, 2012 with Establishing a Collaborative Microenterprise Lending Program with Nancy Bowen, OSU Extension and Julie Miller, Wright State University Business Enterprise Center. All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT) at

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

4th of July Community Luau

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a 4th of July celebration and party in the Arco City Park, immediately after the 4th of July Parade.  The theme is "Hawaiian Luau".  Participants will have a selection of A)Teriyaki Chicken B)Teriyaki Beef or C) Hawaiian pulled pork.  The mean will be served with corn on the cob and Luau Rice, and there will be a selection of A) Hawaiian Pineapple Rice or B) Pineapple Upsidedown Cake for desert.  Adults (9+ years) is $8.00 per meal, childerend under 8 are $1 per year of age.  Check should be made to the Butte County Chamber of Commerce and ticket can be purchased at the locations below.....
...  we will also be running some "old-fashion" games like sack races and 3 legged races....if you could help coordinate one of these please call Melinda---

We need 50 confirmed meals by Tuesday June 19th in order for the caterer to proceed....please get you order in at one of the establishments below....

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

ATC Customer Appreciation June 21

ATC is looking forward to seeing all of our good friends for their Customer Appreciation Day, June 21, 2012.  We are trying something different this year and will be having it at the Bottolfsen Park in Arco in the evening from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  There will be a free Barbecue with lots of great food.  There will be games and prizes for the kids and young at heart. 
We are excited to have Live Entertainment this year, with a local talent, Greg Harwood..  Make sure you come and put your name in the drawings for free service and prizes.  We look forward to seeing you there and having lots of fun.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Mount Borah Ranch Historic Ranch Tour May 12th

Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month:
Mount Borah Ranch Historic Ranch Tour

Life-long Custer County rancher, Wiley Smith will lead a walking tour of his family’s historic Mt. Borah Ranch on Saturday May 12.  Spend a fun and fascinating day learning about the ranch’s history, the history of ranching in the beautiful upper Big Lost River Valley, and view the wide variety of historic equipment that has been used at the ranch over the past century.   

The tour starts at 11 AM, Saturday May 12.  Meet at the ranch entrance next to the Smith’s yellow brick house on east side of Highway 93 near Mile Marker 130, about twenty one miles north of Mackay, ID. 

Bring a lunch and water. 

After the tour, the South Custer Historical Society Museum in Mackay will be open to visitors. 

For more information please contact John Rose at 208-879-4121 

This event is sponsored by the Salmon-Challis National Forest, South Custer Historical Society, and North Custer Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Entrepreneurs and Their Communities: Free Webinar on Direct Marketing

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, April 12 for the Entrepreneurs and Their Communities webinar on product displays for direct markets. The recording and presentation materials are now available at Please feel free to share the link with others that may be interested and feel free to explore some of our other topics while you are there.

Our next webinar will be Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:00pm Eastern. We will pick up the discussion where we left off this month continuing the discussion of the art and science of direct marketing. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us.
No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.--

Mary Peabody
UVM Extension, Community & Economic Development
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT 05602
Phone: 802-223-2389 x202

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bobbie's Doll House Opens in Moore

By Chad Cheyney, Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Bobbie McKee started collecting dolls more than 35 years ago after her friend, Harriet, started teaching her to repair and restore dolls. On Valentine’s Day, Bobbie realized a long time dream to open a doll museum, Bobbie’s Doll House. The Doll House in located in downtown Moore, Idaho between the Chop Shop and Glass and Moore. It is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The museum is supported by donations.

Monday, February 13, 2012

eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities Program Development Survey

Online Survey
January, 2012

We would ask your help to help us continue to provide the best service possible to those operating a small business or those interested in doing so as well as to individuals and agencies who are assisting these individuals. To do this we need your help in two ways.
1. Please complete this short survey to help guide our future development efforts.
2. Please pass the survey along to 5 other businesses or organizations that you work with and ask them to complete.
3. Then ask them to pass along the survey to 5 additional people that they know. We are gathering in all types and sizes of businesses…everyone is welcome.

eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out. To best serve you, it is necessary to, at times, gather feedback from those using the site as well as from those who have not been to the site but are interested in the general topic.

Just a reminder - If you are interested in getting ongoing information regarding our COP, please join our Facebook page at:

To complete the survey please click on the following link:

Thanks in advance.
Glenn Muske
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities COP Co-chair
Rural and Agribusiness Enterprise Development Specialist
NDSU Extension Service - Center for Community Vitality
2718 Gateway Ave, #104 / Bismarck, ND 58504

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Making the Most of Social Media Marketing Feb 15th: A free webinar for Idaho Farmers and Ranchers

With over 800 million active users on Facebook alone, it's hard to deny the marketing potential of social media. However, for those new to using social media for marketing and business promotion purposes, it can be a complicated process to navigate. That is why the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is hosting a free Webinar (online meeting) to help small farms involved in direct marketing, farmers markets or agritourism, learn more about using these valuable and free marketing methods.

The webinar will feature speakers from Drake Cooper, a Boise based advertising agency with vast experience running marketing campaigns via social media. The participants who will benefit most from this webinar are those who have already established a Facebook page, have amassed a small audience and are now looking to understand current best practices and insights to get the most return from their efforts. However, those brand new to Facebook will also learn the basics of creating and using a business page. In additional to specific Facebook strategies and tactics, the webinar will also address other online tools and web ideas to consider integrating into a social media strategy.

With the growing popularity of social media and shrinking advertising budgets, it's imperative that those in agriculture learn how to effectively use this marketing tool. It's also a great opportunity to reach the general public with the true story of agriculture.

The Webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, February 15th at 1:00pm (MST) and is FREE to interested Idaho companies. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

To Register, contact Lacey Menasco at or (208)332-8538. She will email the Webinar link and conference call login information to you.
Draft Minutes
Butte County Chamber of Commerce
January 11, 2012
Deli Sandwich Shop

Call to Order
Steve @ 8:15 Breakfast served

Approval of the Agenda
Janet moved to approve agenda/ Chad second. Carried.

Janet Thornock, Steve Streeper, Lanell Farmer, Rhonda Morris, Chad Cheyney, Richard Dean, Cheri Maynard, Mea Hayes, Amy Collins, Collette Atwood

Treasurers Report
According to Janet, there is $5,288 in the Fun Run Account, $1,700.79 in the Rodeo Account.

Old Business

Liability Insurance
Executive board will handle this Janet will talk with Chris Richards to see what liability insurance covers as far as activities involving alcohol.

Revision of the By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation
The next election of officers will be held May 2013. Rhonda will bring the update of officers and addresses to the next meeting.

New Business

Atomic Days
Atomic Days will be held the third weekend in July. This year the dates are July 20-22. A facebook page for Atomic Days was discussed. We already have a web page ( The bill needs to be paid. We aren’t sure if the bill is for last year of the coming year.

Melinda is the Atomic Days Chairperson. Discussed whether to bring in a band or have a radio station there to play music, possibly Doug Hymas. We could use a flatbed truck or a trailer as a stage.

A street dance after the rodeo was discussed. It was decided that it would be in competition with the Mello-Dee Club and the idea was dropped.

The high school has, in the past, mapped out the booths for Atomic Days and received the revenue. There have been problems in the past with regard to location of certain booths. Steve would be willing to set the location of booths and collect the money. Someone will need to make callbacks and be available to show vendors where to set up and be available to help vendors with any needs they may have.

Since Atomic Days is a Chamber Sponsored event, we would like local businesses to be involved in the planning of Atomic Days. They will be invited to a planning meeting to see how we can best help them benefit from Atomic Days. Chad will find out if website bill is for last year or coming year.

Rhonda has talked to the city regarding power and will check into it further.
Chad will set up a doodle survey to see when most can attend an Atomic Days planning meeting.

Brain Storm Ideas for Arco Beautification
Richard suggested we talk to business owners about keeping their windows clean. Maybe keep a lit display so we look like we are in business.

Is the city counsel doing anything about commercial properties being kept up, especially on main street? Horizons has a clean up committee. Also ALRED was working on a grant to update the buildings faces on main street. We need to all be working together as proposed to individually.

Michelle to report on ALRED grant

Brain Storm Ideas for Shop at Home Program
A banner across the highway was discussed. There is a minimum height requirement over the state highway. We would also have the cost of installing poles in cement to hold the banner. Any sign would need to be approved by the DOT.

Steve presented an idea of a reader/light board. He had seen something similar at Christmas time in a small town. The board could say something like, “Spend a few minutes in Arco.” We can look into advertising on the school’s reader board. It is in need of repair. The chamber may be able to help with the cost of the repair if businesses can advertise there.

Light pole banners were discussed. The idea was well received. We can start with Atomic Days and possibly expand from there.

The Saturday Market seems to be the only business on Main Street open on a Saturday morning, with the exception of Lost River Drug.

Cheri and Amy reported that their open house for Perfect Shot Photography was not very well attended. It was discussed that advertising is very important and probably should have been in the newspaper for at least 2 weeks prior to the open house.

The idea of business coupons was discussed such as 10% off any item at Lost River Drug when you present a receipt from Crater of the Moon. We should help to promote each other.

Collette reported that when she was on travel for her work, there was a cable station advertising local events. She checked with her company and they can provide the cable channel. It could be a school to work program possibly hand in hand with the light board.

Chad presented the idea of Jr. Achievement to teach 8 1-hour classes. They can be taught in a variety of ways, possibly during the school day and in conjunction with the school to work idea.

Collette also reported that ATC would like to sponsor some kind of event with a hamburger fry. Possibly the Cancer Awarabration?

Chad said he received a call from a management company in Boise who is looking for a licensed contractor to visit a house in Moore that the bank owns and make sure it is being taken car of. No one at the meeting had any ideas of names to pass along.

Lanell to check with school to see if we can advertise on their light board and the cost of repair.

Mea can give us an idea of what the cost would be for the banners.

Family Dollar
Chad believes this is still moving forward.

Meeting Schedule and Location for 2012
We need to calendar the chamber meeting dates and locations for the year. This can be handled at the next meeting.

Chad moved to adjourn at 9:45/ Rhonda second.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Credible Connections – An Outreach Opportunity for Your Organization!

What are the burning issues in your community? Economic Development? Jobs? Education?

The Idaho Commission for Libraries through its online @ your library grant project -- in collaboration with Idaho Department of Labor and Adult Basic Education/PTE -- will be hosting a 2-hour networking session in a community near you to connect with individuals who have resources to address those burning issues. Join in the conversation with your local library and get connected with the people and resources that will make a difference for your community.

Why? During the past year and a half, the Idaho Commission for Libraries has provided enhanced broadband connectivity and Public Computing Centers to rural communities throughout Idaho as well as provided access to a number of online resources for all Idahoans through their public and school libraries, such as LearningExpress Library and Scout. We are gathering great stories that address the positive impact these resources have had on people’s lives – enhancing educational and workforce development opportunities.

As with any project, connections and education are sustainability factors – and this one is no different. There are many initiatives surrounding education, job skill development, and economics that are available and it is our goal to connect community leaders with local and state resources, so they can take the next step toward achieving their goals.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity. Along with a resource packet filled with information and tools, you will meet individuals from other agencies and community groups who have a wide-range of projects in progress. Connect and identify how you might partner to further the economic development of Idaho communities. We will be holding door prize drawings for iPod Nana (8G) and a Wi-Fi Card.

Go to for more information on locations, dates and registration. REGISTER TODAY – Space is limited.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Shirley Biladeau
Continuing Education Consultant
Idaho Commission for Libraries
325 West State Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

208.639.4149 ~