Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Draft Minutes of December Meeting

Draft Minutes
December 11th, 2013
Pickles Place 

Members: Chad Cheyney, Clay Condit, Helen Merrill, Dick and Mary Dean, Shelly Rupp, Janet Thornock, Julie Hayward, Rose Bernal, Melinda Shodin, John Danz, Katie Brownlee

Guests: Paula & Gene Davies, Oded Paz 

Call to Order
Called to order at 8:03 AM
Approval of the Agenda
Clay /Janet /approved
Program: Councilman Gene Davies: City Water Project
Melinda introduced Councilman Davies.
The new well is drilled and the pump house is almost completed. We are waiting for the pump and the motor.  They contractor started on the water mains, but have been held up by the weather.  We will be going to meters. Replacement of the metal water tank will be the last part of the project to be completed next fall.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Information on Arco Water Project to Be Presented at Chamber Meeting Wednesday

By Chad Cheyney, communications
The Arco Water Project will be the subject of the presentation at the monthly business meeting of the Butte County Chamber of Commerce.  Councilman Gene Davies will be our guest.  Councilman Davies will describe the project and the timeline projected by the engineering firm and answer questions. 
The The Butte County Chamber of Commerce’s December meeting will be held Wednesday December 11th, at Pickle’s Place.  The meeting will begin at 8:00 AM.  After the short presentation, the Chamber will consider other business. 

Chamber of Commerce meetings are open to all.

Monday, November 25, 2013

November Chamber of Commerce Meeting Minutes

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Agenda/ Daft Minutes
November 13, 2013
Jacks Travel Plaza 
Members: Chad Cheyney, Brad Huerta, Shelly Rupp, Rose Bernal, Julie Hayward, Clay Condit, Melina Shodin, Helen Merrill, Mia Hays

  Discussion   Action
  Call to Order

Melinda called the meeting to order at 8:10AM

  Approval of the Agenda


Program: Dr. Helen Merrill
  Dr. Merrill is holding an open house at her new office next to the Memorial Annex on Friday November 15th from 4-8.

Chiropractors are a kind of neurologist—they take care of your nerves by try to take pressure of nerves from bones.  Helen demonstrated with models about spinal changes with age, and how these changes impinge on the nervous system. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Get Help Finding Health Insurance that is Right for You and Your Family Dec 4th

BOISE, Idaho –Choosing a health plan can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.  Your Health Idaho, Idaho’s official Health Insurance Marketplace, is a new resource run by and for Idahoans. 

Your Health Idaho wants everyone to know that they do not have to go through this process alone. 

To help residents understand what the exchange is and what it means to their family or business, Jody Olson, a Your Health Idaho representative, will be speaking at a free symposium at the Arco-Butte Business Incubation Center, 159 North Idaho St. in Arco on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What Do You Know About Community and Economic Development in the Lost Rivers Valleys?

By Chad Cheyney, manager Arco Butte Business Incubation Center

Do you know what organizations have an interest or role in community and economic development in the Lost Rivers Valley?  Do you know the people who are involved? Do you know what they think their role is or what they think they do best?  Do you see “gaps” in our economic and community development activities that could be closed to help generate new business that will bring money and jobs to our communities that can help support more a diverse retail businesses?  The Arco Butte Business Incubation Center invites you and your organization to participate in a community and economic development forum on Tuesday, November 12th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  The forum will be held in the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center in Suite 203.  The meeting is open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nominations for Citizen and Business of the Year Due Novemember 4th

Butte Chamber Seeks Citizen and Business of the Year Nominations
The Butte County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year.

Nominees for Citizen of the Year should be individuals who are actively volunteering to make a difference in our community.  Nominations will be scored in four areas: Community Contribution, Length of Service, Estimation of Community Impact, and Reason for Nomination (Why should this person be selected?). 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Snowscapes: the Art of Scultping Snow, January 13-17th

Click the poster for the rules and registration information! 

Draft Minutes of October 10 Meeting

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Agenda/ Draft Minutes
October 10th, 2013
Golden West Café 

Members: Chad Cheyney, Mary Dean, Richard Dean, Clay Condit, Kevin Hays, Brad Huerta, Shelley Rupp, Julie Hayward, Katie Brownlee, Melinda Shodin
Guests: Sand Wilson, Ann Karr 

Call to Order
Melinda called the meeting to order at 8:05AM
Approval of the Agenda
Julie move to approve the agenda/  clay second /carried
Program: Ms. Julie Hayward, LRED
Melina introduced Julie Hayward the new executive director.
Lost River Economic Development Directors are having meetings on October 22 and 23 at the Business Center.  The purpose of the meetings will be development of a strategic plan.  Julie indicated that since LRED receives public funds the meeting will be open for all.  She invited everyone to the meeting.  The facilitator for the strategic planning will be Wendy Greenlowe.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Thursday October, 10th at 8:00 AM at the Golden West Café.

RE:          October Chamber Meeting
WHEN: Thursday October 10th, 2013
WHERE: Golden West Café
TIME:    8:00 AM 

Our program for this meeting will be Ms. Julie Haywood, recently hired executive director of Lost Rivers Economic Development.  Ms. Hayward will be discussing here perspective on economic development in the Lost Rivers Valley.

We will also discussing:
Chamber Website
Craters Gateway Community
Casino Night
Community Recognition Program & Fall Chamber Talent Show
Table-top Advertising Project

Please join us to learn more about Lost Rivers Economic Development. 

Butte Chamber of Commerce meetings are open to all. 



Amateur Radio Club to From in the Lost River Valley Sunday October 6th

Anyone interested in becoming part of an amateur (HAM) radio operator should attend a meeting on Sunday afternoon, October 6th, in Conference Room A of the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center.  The meeting will begin at 6 PM and should be over before 8 PM.

Butte-Clark Transportation Committee Meeting Oct. 9th

October 2, 2013
Our second and final meeting of the Butte-Clark Transportation Committee this year will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9. We will gather in the Dubois City Hall on 332 W. Main Street in Dubois.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Butte County Chamber Hears About Hospital Bond at September Meeting

By Melinda Shodin, interim chair person
Butte County Chamber of Commerce Convened their meeting at the Lost Rivers Hospital September 11th at 8:09am
 Members present were:   Marie Cummins, Jack Jensen, Shelley Rupp, Brad Huerta, Melinda Shodin and Clay Condit.
Due to the Lost Rivers Medical Center presentation, and the absence of both Executive board members and current committee chairmen/women of up and coming events there was no agenda to approve.
   Jack moved to table the minutes; seconded by Marie- Motion carried.
   Jack moved to table the financial reports; seconded by Marie- Motion carried (it was noted that Janet had stated there had been no new business financially and the report was still the same as last month.
   It was proposed by Brad that we put a flyer about the variety show and community recognition program together to add to the hospitals break for breakfast on Oct 2nd. We will discuss this with Mea.
    Brad was happy to report that the state of the hospitals financial status has finally been balanced with its budget, so long as there are no surprise repairs or unforeseen breakdowns of equipment.  An immediate concern is that the x-ray machine is extremely old and in need of replacement. This is a very grave concern for the hospitals continuation of this needed service, as it is a most integral piece of equipment and necessary for the Medical Center's survival. 
   Brad stated that he is committed to his position and this hospital. He is very proud, of the progress that has been made thus far.  He has worked hard to create a working, balanced budget along with the assistance of the hospital's board of directors and his administrative assistant, Shelley Rupp.  Brad emphasized that it is his belief that this impending recovery is due primarily to many of the hospitals staff members.  He stated that, it was they alone in their dedication to this recovery mission, and their willingness to make then needed salary adjustments thus enabling the Medical Center to move forward from the very difficult financial condition in which they were in. 
   The Board has had to make some very tough decisions, for some, this meant staffing cuts, thus increasing the workload of the remaining employees.  Brad stated several times his appreciation and admiration for those who stayed to weather the storm and has been very impressed with employee morale, team spirit and every ones combined effort to keep the quality of patient care up, and patient cost down.
   On a lighter note, Brad was happy to announce that under its new leadership the hospital is now benefiting from government funding programs which are available to all hospitals and were not being taken advantage of in the past.  This amounts to about $500,000 a year increased revenue, which has of course been included in the hospitals operational budget.
   Brad asked the Chamber to back him in his endeavor to gain approval for the proposed new bond.   He gave an extremely informative and persuasive talk about the utmost importance of passing the bond on the upcoming November ballot.   Brad also enumerated many reasons for its necessity and especially the need to liquidate past debt remaining from the accrued unpaid debt after the 2009 audit and 2010 bankruptcy settlement.   To date, there remains $1.8 million in un-discharged debt from the facility bankruptcy in 2010.  Additionally, there is also another $700,000 in aged accounts that are still pending payment, from by the Medical Center's past administration.  The Medical Center budget has no room for any extra overhead expenses.  Since two thirds of the Medical Center revenue comes from Medicare and Medicaid there is concern over the need to purchase an Electronic Medical Records System (EMR), which is mandated under the Affordable Health Care Act to comply with the Government standards and to receive reimbursement for their services.   It is proximately a. $1.5 million for the Lost Rivers Medical Center and is necessary to receive reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid. 
   Regarding the impending levy and using the median property value for this county of $67,000, Brad explained that it would amount to an approximately an increase of taxes of $5 per month or $1.83 per $1000 of property value per month, or amount to an approximate increase of $60 per year for the average resident that qualifies for the homeowners tax exemption. The bonds indicated rate is 6.75% over 20 years. (Really 19% with the "one year paid in advance" requirement met.)
Covering an area larger than the state of Rhode Island, the hospital taxing district (which includes all of Butte County and southern Custer County) is requesting the passage of the Bond on November 5th of this year.   This tax bond will affect those who live within the hospital district, and will be only a nominal percentage of the district's assessed property value. 
  Another reason to passing of this bond is the importance of the huge trickle down impact the closure of the Medical Center would have on the surrounding sustainability of the community.  Most of the Medical Center employees are well -educated professional people who could easily find employment elsewhere in other communities and will likely relocate from the valley impacting immediately our schools and further decreasing property value and local businesses customer base.  As time marches on along with direct loss of jobs, the impact of the loss of income would have on local businesses, the loss of more and more of their customer base, (not to mention again furthering the reduction our already low property value).
   Were the hospital to close, there would also be the added impacts on remaining residents and our economy as there would be more travel expense for patients and family members for expense of  motels, fuel, restaurants, and loss of retail business carried on while on medical visits in the "city".  Perhaps the greatest impact would be increased deaths due to the distance to medical services.
A further impact of the closure of the Medical Center could be the loss of our volunteer ambulance services.  Due to the increased travel time, there may be a need to create an ambulance district and hire paramedic employees to staff these extended trips.   Currently most of our ambulance crew of volunteers have regular jobs, it would be nearly impossible for the volunteer EMTs to continue to carry on their duties with the greatly increased transportation times involved.  With an average of three emergency room calls per day, it would be completely unfair for us to ask our current volunteer based EMT staffing  to meet this level of need.
   To recap, this bond will not just continue to enable the hospital to function, but it will allow it to rebuild and upgraded services, along with liquidating past debt.   Perhaps most importantly, it will allow the hospital to improve the value and sustainability of our community, which so many of us hold so near and dear.  The Medical Center's presence is a large asset to those residing in this community.  This bond will enable an expansion of its current services, rather than closing its doors & leaving the counties remaining residents trapped with the huge remaining past debt and no hospital or clinics Were we to lose our hospital, and with the district liable for the debt, the tax payers would bear an even heavier burden of repayment, economic losses, increased loss of life and limb and all due to our loss of rapid access to medical services. 
   As a result of Brads presentation the following discussion ensued:  Butte County is a wonderful retirement community with its laid back attitude, ability to rally in times of need and has a enveloping Hometown feel.  Unfortunately though, without the presence of medical facilities, many elder residents would find residing here a health threat or liability rather than a blessing.  Our children are our future: Without proper medical attention during unforeseen accidents or sports injuries, there futures will be greatly compromised and for some even non-existent without emergency medical services.
   Jack moved for the Chamber to endorse the passage of the bond issue publicly.  The motion was seconded by Marie, and was passed unanimously.    
It was unanimously concluded that without a hospital, we would have decreased population, and/or decreased income in the community, adversely affecting all current businesses economically and, brutally affecting all members of the community severely, both economically and personally.  The trickle-down effect of the loss of the hospital would be devastating to our economic stability. 
Melinda nominated Clay Condit to be the chair for business communication liaison. Clay accepted this position and will await a statement from the Hospital endorsed by the Chamber to communicate with the local businesses that were not in attendance, requesting their support of this impending bond on any and all levels.
   Next meeting will be held at the Golden west Café on October 9th at 8am
   Marie moved to conclude the meeting and Jack seconded.  Motion carried.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:10 am.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Ever Thought About Starting a Business?

The new executive director of Lost River Economic Development, Julie Hayward, along with the staff at the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center and the Mackay Action Center  want to help you start a successful business.  You can reach Julie at 527-5900.

2013 Rexburg Business Competion Entries Due November 7th

The City of Rexburg and the Madison Economic Partners, along with a number of other businesses, sponsor an annual business competition to encourage entrepreneurs to develop and present their businesses.  Entries for this year's competition are due by November 7th.  The program incentivizes new and existing businesses through the planning, preparation and presentation process needed to obtain outside funding.  It promotes networking among the participants and finally promotes Eastern Idaho as a good place to  start or have a business.

The program offers significant financial rewards to the winners with the provision of prize money and seed money for the best presentations. Awards are made to experienced business people as well as young entrepreneurs.

The presentation will be given on November 14th.

Contact Julie at Lost River Economic Development 527-5900 for additional information.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Idahoan Finds Travel, Adventure and Family in National Service Program

Perry Point, Md.—Arco native, Reuben Allen, is an alumnus of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), which celebrates its 20th anniversary starting this week. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, team-based, residential national service program for men and women ages 18 to 24. Since the year 2000, AmeriCorps NCCC members in the state of Idaho have served over 112,000 hours, planted 61,000 new trees and assisted over 5,000 people with disabilities.  As of earlier this year, 350 AmeriCorps members overall were serving in Idaho across 23 projects.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Helping Small Towns Succeed: Pathways to Community Prosperity

Join us at the top of the Rockies in beautiful Leadville, Colorado, for Helping Small Towns Succeed: Pathways to Prosperity and Sustainability, on October 8-10, 2013.  This annual institute, initiated in 1992 with support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will be held this year with corporate support from Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, and co-sponsorship by Colorado Mountain College and the City of Leadville.  This is your opportunity for hands-on learning of a framework for rural community vitality and back-home, practical applications that can be implemented immediately.

Organized by the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, this year's institute will focus on a nationally acclaimed small town development approach known as HomeTown Competitiveness (HTC), designed to make your hometown competitive in a fast-paced, global economic marketplace.  The HTC framework has been employed in 14 states nationwide and has been become known as a turn-around strategy for rural communities facing population and business decline.  It focuses on four inter-related priorities known as the HTC Pillars, which are designed to:
" Build Local Leadership
" Energize Entrepreneurship
" Engage Youth and Young Adults
" Expand Community Philanthropy
Click for Program


  About the Heartland Center
The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an independent nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future.  The Heartland Center is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska with a field office in Kerrville, Texas.
Heartland Center for Leadership Development
3110 N. 40th St. Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 474-7667

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Butte Chamber to Meet September 11th at Lost River Medical Center

September 6th  2013

RE:          Regular September Meeting at Lost Rivers Medical Center September 11th

The September meeting of the Lost Rivers Medical Center will be held Wednesday September 11th beginning at 8:00 AM in the conference room of the Lost Rivers Medical Center.  Attendees should go to the “Lab Entrance” on the ground floor on the west side of the building.  The conference room is immediately inside the door to the right.

Our guest speaker for the meeting will be Brad Huerta, Chief Executive Officer of the Lost Rivers Medical Center.  Mr. Huerta will be discussing the hospital bond that will appear on the November ballot.  He will outline the need for, and benefits of the  bond and the  impact on tax obligations.  A tour of the recently renovate clinic will be included.

Breakfast for those who desire it will be provided by Lost River Medical Center. 

Chamber meetings are open to everyone, and chamber members, interested citizens and local businesses are encouraged to attend.

Chad Cheyney- Communications

Monday, August 12, 2013

Chamber Welcomes Taquería la Costa

By Chad Cheyney, Chamber Communications

Photo by Lonnie Brewer, Arco Advertiser
front: left to right Hector Martinez, Melinda Shodin (Absolute
Therapy); back: left to right: Martinez cousin, Alberto Martinez,
Rhonda Morris (Craters of the Moon Nat'l Hist. Assn.)
Janet Thornock, (East Idaho Credit Union), Katie Brownlee
(ATC), Chad Cheyney (University of Idaho Extension)
The Butte County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday morning for Hector and Maricela Martinez, owners of the Taquería la Costa.  Mr. Martinez purchased and refurbished the old mini-mart on West Grand Avenue, across of the Bottolfson Park.  They opened for business on the Saturday of Atomic Days 2013.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Draft Minutes: Subject to Revision
Wednesday, July 10, 2013-Mountain View RV Park Café 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Atomic Days: July 19-20, 2013

By Melinda Shodin
On July 17, 1955, Arco became the first city in the world to be lit by nuclear energy! Electricity was generated by the Boiling Water Reactor III (BORAX III) at the internationally renowned Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory, and was switched on by local technicians.  On that historic day, this safely harnessed Atomic Energy brightly lit our little City of Arco for approximately 2 hours.
Arco’s Atomic Days: sponsored by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce is held annually on the 3rd weekend in July.  It is a community-wide Rodeo and Festival-like celebration to commemorate this exciting day in our community’s history.  Commonly both high school class and family reunions, like to take advantage of this special time to hold reunions.  There are a wide variety of things to do and we draw folks from across America to our hometown. Please feel free to stop in and enjoy our fun filled celebration, activities and revel in all of the history Arco has to offer!  Stay updated by “liking” our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/atomicdays. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

4TH OF JULY Community FESTIVITIES "Home of the Free Because of the Brave"

  By:   Melinda Shodin & Rose Bernal 

We are excited & ever so proud to announce that this year your communities' 4th of July family events are a result of the Partnering of your very own Butte County Troop Boosters,  your Butte County Chamber of Commerce & Local Volunteer Firefighters!   Help us celebrate our freedom remembering our loved & cherished ones by entering your float/vehicle or by coming downtown to view the parade & donating to the Fireworks display which is completely community funded!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Skateboarding Through Arco...A Push to Remember - Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer's

I would like to introduce you to “A Push to Remember – Skateboarding Across America to End Alzheimer’s”.  On July 4th, 2013, our five person team,  ranging in age from 20 to 56 will come together to push our skateboards 3,000 miles from Newport, Oregon to New York City, New York in a little over three weeks. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Butte County Chamber Minutes from May 15, 2013

Butte County Chamber Meeting Minutes
May 15, 2013
Pickle’s Place 

Interim Chair Melinda Shodin called meeting to order at 8:06am.  

Members Present: Melinda Shodin, Clay Condit, Richard and Mary Dean, Jack Jensen, Janet Thornock, Mea Mays, Marie Cummins, Rhonda Morris, Tammy Maynard. 

Rhonda MM to accept April Meeting minutes as read. Jack 2nd. Passes by voice. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Chamber - $1457.01  Rodeo: 1898.96 with a total of  3355.89 

Old: Business:  Jack gave a review of the Butte High School Senior Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by the Chamber on May 14.  Catered by Jack. All went very well.  Seniors were very appreciative and thankful.  Each student had to tell what their most memorable moments were in school, and tell of their plans after graduation.

Harlem Ambassadors – Rhonda MM to not take on that activity due to the cost. Jack 2nd. Passed by voice. 

Kyle Petty Ride:  Jack said everything went well.  The group was very pleasant and clean.  Had lunch, filled up tanks, and spent 30+ minutes visiting with the public and taking pictures. 

Lost River Vermiculture – Tammy Maynard gave a talk on what their business provides.  They raise red worms which provide an organic fertilizer for lawns, gardens, rose bushes, trees, potted plants, and anywhere you want healthier plants and soil.  (see article.) 

ATC will be Highlighted business for June meeting. 

July 4th Luau.  Will be held in City Park again this year immediately after the parade.  Menu has been tweaked but ticket price is still the same bargain.  Need to sell 50 tickets in advance.  $8.00/adult.  $5.00 for children up to age 12.  Chamber gets $1.00/ticket.

Heidi’s Tips and Toes, Donna Storer, and Clay Condit have agreed to assist.  Rhonda suggested asking a cub scout troop to help with set/up/clean up as a service project. 

Atomic Days:  Discussion points
Melinda – Permanent Stage at City Park for future performances.  Adopt-a-Board.
Janet MM to take proposal to City Council, Jack 2nd. Passed by voice. No one volunteered to talk to city council?? Melinda?
Parade – Guker’s are still parade captains.
Concert Friday Night – Chad Nolan is returning for second year. 

Co-ed Softball Tournament – Rhonda gave update.  Tourney is pretty much full.  16 teams.  Need shagging crew. John Danz suggested band – Stephanie Nelson. 
Jack mentions the Idaho Department of Transportation meeting at BIC tonight at 6pm.  Discussion of lowering speed limit in front of Jack’s Travel Plaza and Golden West.
Rhonda brought up that Arco needs to push and advertise as Gateway to Crates of the Moon and try to get more of the tourist traffic to stop in Arco.  250,000 people from all over the world visit Craters of the Moon and most all drive through Arco on their way to or from the park.
Craters of the Moon Natural History Association is sponsoring a Fun Run at the Craters on September 28, 2013 to celebrate National Public Lands Day.  More info to follow.
Casino Night – Topic tabled until fall.
Meeting adjourned at 9:08am.


Monday, May 13, 2013

May Chamber Meeting Wednesday May 15 Features Lost River Vermiculture

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business meeting on Wednesday May 15th at 8:00 AM.  The meeting will be held at Pickle's Place.  Our featured speaker for this month will be Tammy Maynard of Lost River Vermiculture.  Tammy's business produces and applies all natural fertilizer for yards, lawns and trees.

We will also be working on the 4th of July Luau and Atomic Days.

Chamber to Honor Seniors on Tuesday May 14th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will recognize graduating seniors excellence at a luncheon held in their honor on Tuesday, May 14th in room 203 of the Arco Butte Business Incubation Center.  Chamber member, family and sponsors are invited to attend.

This year the Chamber will be honoring Tyler Andreason, Jessica Bates, Katrina Callister, Carly Hansen, Gentry Taylor and Corbin Traughber excellence in academics based on their grade point averages.  The Chamber will also recognize Deschley Patterson as the "most improved" senior as determined by the faculty.  Katie Hawley will be honore as the " most influential" teachers.

A lunch of pulled-pork sandwiches, chips and a beverage will be catered by Jack's Travel Plaza.  Honories will be presented with a personalized plaque for their accomplishments.  Plaques were produced by Hot Ink Screen Printing and will be presented by the sponsors.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

”Idaho Gives” will benefit the Idaho Rural Partnership’s Community Review Program.

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 more than 400 Idaho nonprofits including the Idaho Rural Partnership’s (IRP) Idaho Community Review will participate in the inaugural “Idaho Gives,” a day of statewide online charitable giving coordinated by the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Does Butte County Benefit from "Protected Public Lands"?

A recent study has revealed that per capital income in non-metro counties is related to the presence of "protected public lands".  The study also found that in  Butte County, the effect of protected publicly lands was about $2100 or 7% of the per capita income.  This is far less than many of our neighboring counties, which suggests that we are not capitalizing on the resources available to us.

So how could we encourage visitor to the Craters of the Moon or to our National Forest Lands spend more time (and more money) in Arco, Moore and Mackay?  We know that over 200,000 people stop to visit the Craters, but how many spend the night in Arco, visit the Idaho Science Center or explore the back county opportunities in Butte and south Custer Counties before they "jet off" to Yellowstone?

Read the article and check out the interactive map at:

Chamber Meeting Wednesday April 17th

April 13th, 2013

Regular April Meeting Wednesday
The regular April meeting was moved to Wednesday April 17 due to a conflict with the presenters schedule.  The meeting will be held at Jack’s Travel Plaza at 8:00 AM.  Our presenter will be Mia Hays from Hot Ink Screen Printing who has new techniques and products to share.  Members and none members are welcome to attend. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

13th Annual Steelheader's Ball April 6th

The Challis Chamber of Commerce and Budweiser are sponsoring the 13th Annual Steelheader's Ball in Challis, Idaho.  In conjunction with the ball, which is a major fund raiser for the Challis Chamber, there will be a raffle for a Hyde Drift Boat.  For more information contact the Challis Chamber of Commerce at 879-2771.   For information on the Fishing Contest contact the Bent Rod at 879-2500.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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