Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SBA Small Business Disaster Loans Due by Jan 28th

Economic Injury Loans for Small Businesses
Release Date:  December 29, 2014 Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins
Release Number:  ID 14009-02 Phone:  (916) 735-1500
One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Tanya N. Garfield, Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West, today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in 17 Idaho counties and neighboring counties in Montana and Oregon of the January 28, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury.   These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties that began on April 1, 2014.

Primary Idaho counties:  Butte, Clark, Custer, Jefferson and Washington;

Monday, December 29, 2014

Chamber Minutes from November 2014

  The Butte County Chamber of Commerce
November 12th, 2014
Lost River Medical Center Conference Room
Draft Agenda
Attending: Brad, Shelly Rupp, Mary Dean, Richard Dean, clay Condit, Shelly Shaffer, Jack Jensen, Katie Browlee, Melinda Shodin, Chad Cheyney, Mea Hays, Candice Larsen, Rose Bernal

Call to order
8:07 AM.   Breakfast provided by Lost Rivers Medical Center.

Agenda approval/additions

Katie/ Clay / approved
Approval of minutes
Brand indicated that the reference to putting banners up near the hospital, should refer to the hospital property near the Travel Plaza
Brad moved to approve as amended/ Mea /

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Butte Chamber to Meet Wednesday Nov 12th at Lost River Med Center

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will meet on Wednesday November 12th at 8 AM in the conference room of the Lost River Medical Center.  The conference room is on the lower level, across the hall from the laboratory.

Breakfast will be provided to attendees who rsvp to ccheyney@uidaho.edu or srupp@lrmctr.org by close of business on Friday November 7th.

Items for Wednesdays Agenda include:
Discussion of revisions of the bylaws
Purchase of a large canopy
Outdoor Gear Swap
Seasonal promotion
Seasonal decorations and programs
   Hospital December 1
   Lions Park
and such other business as might need to be considered.

Minutes from the October meeting can be found at http://buttecountyidahochamber.blogspot.com/2014/10/chamber-met-october-8th-draft-minutes.html

The Butte County Chamber Variety Show and Recognition Program Thursday November 6

The Butte County Chamber Variety Show and Recognition program will be Thursday November 6th at 7 PM in the Butte High School Auditorium.  In addition to the variety show, the Chamber will recognize the Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year from the submissions for this year.  The Citizen of the Year will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Atomic Days Parade.

Monday, November 3, 2014

General Election Tomorrow November 4th!

The midterm general election will take place, tomarrtow on Tuesday, November 4th.

Candidates for Federal representatives and senators, state officials from governor to superintendent of schools, state representatives, as well as a host of county candidates are on the ballot.  Also the election of district judge and supervisors to soil conservation distinct.

Many state and Idaho federal candidates have participated in the "Idaho Debates" that were aired on public television and can be viewed at the website below.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

2015 Snowscapes Competition Seeking Artists

Driggs, Idaho – October 20, 2014- The Downtown Driggs Community Association invites both expert and beginner snow sculptors to apply to transform snow in to art as part of Driggs Snowscapes 2015. The 4th Annual Snowscapes event will showcase talented teams creating incredible large scale art from snow as part of the Teton Valley Great Snow Fest this January.

Artists are invited to submit their proposals for consideration in the competition that begins with sculpting January 19th – 23rd followed by showing and judging on January 24th.  Prizes will be awarded in various categories with the Grand Prize winners taking home the $1000 cash prize.

Submissions are due December 1st with application information and details available online at driggssnowscapes.org

Lauren Bennett

Event Coordinator
Downtown Driggs Community Association

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chamber Met October 8th: Draft Minutes

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce
October 8th at 8 AM at Jack's Travel Plaza on US 20-26.

Draft Minutes for October 8th
Attending: Chad Cheyney, Mea hays, S. Rupp, Brad Huerta, Clay Condit, Shelley Shaffer, Richard Dean, Katie Brownlee, Helen Merrill, Melinda Shodin, Candice Larson, Rose Bernal
Call to order
The meeting was called to order by Melinda at 8:02 AM in Jacks Travel Plaza.

Agenda approval/additions
Torch Light parade discussion was added
Helen Merrill / Katie Brownlee/ approved
Approval of minutes
Mea pointed out several corrections to the minutes concerning the variety show, which Chad corrected in the file
Katie  Brownlee moved to accept w/corrections /Helen Merrill/ approved
Treasurer’s report
Janet reported the treasury balances by text.  $2839.23 total with $240.50 reserved for the rodeo

Discuss ribbon cuttings for optometrist/”Hand Me Downs”
Optometrist will have his open house and ribbon cutting –October 21st at 5 PM

“Hand Me Downs” will have theirs on  Friday October 10th at 10 AM—
Shelly R is the lead on the optometrist

Shelly S. is going to contact the Advertiser, and members are encouraged to attend.

Annual Chamber Variety Show November 6th

By Cheri Maynard

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce and the Lost River Arts Council announce the Fourth Annual Variety Show, November 6th at 7 pm in the Butte High School Auditorium.  This show is being organized under the direction of Mea Hays and Cindy Jardine. The show features local talent and is also the venue to recognize the Business of the Year as well as the Citizen of the Year.  Citizen of the Year will also be honored as the Grand Marshal of the Atomic Days Parade held in July. If you are interested in nominating a business or person whom you feel has done an outstanding job in serving our community you are welcome to nominate that person or business. Nomination sheets can be found at the BIC office, East Idaho Credit Union or Heidi’s Tip and Toes.  If you have a talent you would like to share, contact Cindy Jardine at 527-8933. The show has in years past proved entertaining and well attended by the community, so mark your calendar and plan to attend on Nov. 6th

Friday, October 10, 2014

4th Annual Variety Show Seeking Talented Performers

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce in Association with the Lost Rivers Community
Arts Council are planning this years Variety Show.   The organizers are seeking local talent to perform. The event will be held Thursday, Nov 6th at 7:00pm. If you are interested in participating please contact Cindy Jardine at 527-8933

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chamber Meets October 8th at Golden West

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular October meeting on Wednesday
October 8th at 8 AM at Jack's Travel Plaza on US 20-26.

Agenda for October 8th
Call to order
Agenda approval/additions
Approval of minutes (Minutes of the previous meeting are available on this blog)
Treasurer report
Discuss ribbon cuttings for optician/hand me downs
Does chamber want to help with PTAs haunted spook alley?
Discussion about judges for person/business of the year by Brad
Mia hays report on talent show posters/Cindy Jardene
Helen to head up turkey bucks?
Christmas lights for trees along Front Street?
Helping hospital with the lighting of the tree/date? Organize if possible the businesses that wish to help with participation.
Discuss next meeting time and place.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chamber Hears from Optometrist, Plans for Ribbon Cuttings and Recognition Programs

September 10th 2014

Mia Hayes, Clay, Helen Merrill, Mary and Richard Dean, Melinda Shodin, Janet. Brad Huerta, Dr Cody Jones, Chandace Gammett, Katie Browlee
Meeting called to order at 8.15 by Melinda
Agenda approved moved by Brad 2nd Janet
Previous minutes were read by Melinda; Janet made a correction to the financial report. $1000.89 profit added from the Atomic Days with $500 being from added sponsorship not in previous calculations

No other corrections were made to minutes moved to approve minutes as corrected by Janet, 2nd Helen

Financial Report given by Janet
Melinda mentioned the advertising on the poster if members and advertisers had paid, questions were asked by members that there was no billing sent out so confusion about where to pay or who to pay., Janet offered to bill out advertisers if a list was provided. Melinda had a copy of the poster. The chamber offers members a reduced rate of $10 per square.
Janet also collected $235 from booth holders

Chandace mentioned that parks and rec had a meeting tonight and she would mention this topic there.

Dr Cody Jones a new Optometrist who has a main office in Blackfoot will now have a new office in the hospital right next to the Bengal Pharmacy and will be starting practice there next Tuesday; his offices hours in Arco will be Tuesdays from 8-6. opening up the opportunity if he can find a local person to staff another half a day a week without him present for billing and adjustments and pick up of prescriptions etc.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lost Rivers Community Review Begins Today September 25th

The Lost Rivers Community Review, a collaboration of the Idaho Rural Partnership and Lost River Economic Development with the assistance of may community and economic develop professionals gets underway today, Tuesday September 25th at 1:00 PM with a bus tour of the Lost River Valley for the visiting team and members of the home team.  The tour will reach from the Mackay Reservoir to Arco, and out toward Era and include the community of Moore.

After the tour the visitors will hold a listening session with the members of the home team, and interested business, community leaders and elected officials, beginning at 4:15 in the Mackay Elementary School multipurpose room.

After supper, the visitors will hold a listening session for any and all community members from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Mackay Elementary School multipurpose room.  If  you are not involved in the review in some other way, this is THE WAY for your views and concerns to be heard by the visitor.

The program will continue on Wednesday with listening session and focus groups in Mackay in the morning and similar sessions in the afternoon in Arco.  On Thursday, the visiting team will present their findings and suggestions at a meeting in the Arco School Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chamber Agenda for Wednesday September 10

Our featured speaker for this month will be Dr. Cody Jones, who will be opening a optomotry practice at Lost River Medical Center.

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Regular Monthly Meeting  September 10th, 2014
Mountain Man Trading Post



Call to order

Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes

Financial Report

Program:  Dr. Cody Jones
Complete Family Eye Care Dr. Cody Jones will make the presentation.  He will be providing eye care at LRMC

Community Review
Community Listening Session  on Tuesday Sept 23rd at Mackay Elementary, 7 PM;

Report Meeting on Thursday August 25th at 7PM  at the Arco High School Auditorium

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Chamber Minutes for August 2014

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Draft Minutes
August, 13th  2014,
La Costa Taquería

Candice Larson, Melinda Shodin, Shelly Rupp, Jack ? , Rose Bernal, Robin Pearson, Clay Condit, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dean,  Katie, Janet  Thornock

The meeting was called or order at 8:08

Added to agenda- Nominations for officers,
New prospective member Robin Pearson @ Timberline repair

Approved with correction to July minutes- Rose reported on 4th of July parade, not Candace, in Atomic Days final in tined to be changed to Chandos?

Financial report
Jack  moved and Shelly seconded acceptance of financial report
$3410.00 Balance ; bills still coming from Atomic Days
Breakfast; $529.00 Profit; with $985.48 in food expenses
T-shirts $100 profit; Jacks gave $100;  8 shirts are at Jacks to sell also, Bargain Barn has some and Mountain Man.

Lost Rivers Medical Center wants to take over Atomic Days breakfast. Shelly Rupp is researching cheaper food options, keeping in mind we use John’s permits/licenses

Community Review

Candace reported focus team leaders:
Rose is economic development
Shelly Shaffer is Community Involvement
Clay Condit is team leader for Community Identify
Idaho Rural Partnership is sending out community review survey from Boise .  Please encourage individuals to fill them out 
After the review and survey results the team leaders and their teams will follow through with completion.

Atomic Days review

Over 300 people came to the breakfast it was a success
Booth count down, Jaci Hill, the new High School counselor and is excited to continue working with us.

It was discussed whether or not softball or horseshoes will be doing their own advertising from here on out since they have not contributed to the Chamber to help cover the cost of advertising.

Vendor complaints regarding John’s trailers impeding the flow of movement to the ones who are behind the shelter  we need to remedy this problem, discussion on moving vendors and making a map.

Metal Specialties is retiring from being in charge of the parade, we need a replacement.

Cindy Jardine’s  program was a success she would like to do it again next year

Cruise IN: Successful for the 1st year, needs more advertising and outreach to outside communities

Melinda had 2 families offer to help with Atomic Days next year  the Taylors and Leola Duke

Junior Achievement in 2 classrooms at the school

Dragonfly tarps  New business Matt Nelson owner, possibly invite him to come and speak.

Invited Robin Pearson to speak at a future meeting

Leadership training classes, Alan Shaffer, has agreed to run some classes this fall/winter.

Next meeting Mountain Man Trading Post 8am on September 10th
Shelly moved to adjourn, Jack seconded.

Chamber Minutes for July 9th

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Regular Monthly Meeting
Draft Minutes July 9th, 2014
Mountain View RV Park

Attending:  Melinda Shodin, Chad Cheyney, Karin Richard, Helen Merrill, Brad Huerta Shelly Shaffer, Mary Dean, Katie Brownlee. Amy Taylor (Sen.  Risch),  Ethen Huffman (Rep.  Simpson), Clay Condit, Richard Dean, Kathryn Hitch (Sen.  Crapo), Jack Jensen, Chandos  Gamett, Shelly Rupp


Call to order
8:10 AM

Approval of the Agenda

Jack/ Rose
Approval of the Minutes

Financial Report
$2104.98   $240.51 rodeo
Program:  Introduction of Representatives of Senators Crapo and Risch
Amy Taylor, senator Risch’s office, Ethan Huffman, Simpson’s office, Kathyn  Hitch, Crapo’s office.

They cover cover 9 counties  and, try to get out in the region as much as possible;

What do they do—Constituent service guide—Take opinions, mail or email or phone
Case work-liaison to federal agencies;   Flags that have flown over the capital;  Arrangements for people visiting  DC;  Academy nominations;  Federal and other funding assistance and more. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Lost Rivers Valley Community Public Listening Session Tuesday Sept 23rd, Mackay

What do YOU want the Lost Rivers Valleys to be in the next 5 to 10 years!

Lost Rivers Community Review
September 23-25th
conducted by

Community Listening Session

We need to know what you think!

Tuesday, September 23rd 7:00 PM
Mackay Elementary School Gym

Survey for Lost Rivers Community Review is Due

The Lost Rivers Community Review will be taking place September 23rd to 25th.  The review is a collaboration between the Idaho Rural Partnership (IRP) and its various sister economic development agencies and Lost River Economic Development to provide a valley-wide evaluation of our communities to improve economic development and sustainability.    One portion of the project is a valley-wide survey of residents concerning there evaluation of various aspects of the community.

The survey was mailed to households a couple of weeks ago and was due this week, but IRP will continue to accept surveys until Thursday, September 11th.  If you received a survey PLEASE complete and return it.


To learn more about community reviews, read reviews from other Idaho cities, and reports about go to  Idaho Rural Partnership and follow the link to "community review".

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chamber to Meet Wednesday to Learn about Community Review

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their regular August business meeting on Wednesday, August 13th at La Costa Taquería.  The meeting will begin at 8:00 AM.  La Costa offers several breakfast options, however, you will need to bring your own coffee if you want some!

The minutes of the previous meetings, including last months can be found on the Chamber Blog http://buttecountyidahochamber.blogspot.com/

The program for the meeting will be presented by Candace Larsen, Executive Director of Lost Rivers Economic Development.  She will be discussing the upcoming Community Review, to be conducted in cooperation with Idaho Rural Partnership.  The on sight visit will take place in mid-September. The review will include a community survey, two community meetings, focus groups and listening sessions that will be attend by economic development professionals from around Idaho.  They will report at the last public meeting their recommendations, as a starting point for forming project or action teams.

Remember the Butte County Fair will be getting underway this week, with Team Penning Tuesday Evening, Team Branding Wednesday Evening, Kideo Thursday Evening, Team Roping on Friday evening and culminating in the Market Animal Sale Saturday afternoon.  The 4-H Council will also have their pit barbecue meal on Friday evening, which is the primary program fund raiser for 4-H.  Remember to enter open class exhibits on Tuesday 5-7PM and Wednesday 8:30 to 1 PM—entries will not be accepted after 1 pm for any reason.

Butte County Chamber to Hear About Community Review August 13

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Regular Monthly Meeting
Draft Minutes July 9th, 2014
Mountain View RV Park

Attending:  Melinda Shodin, Chad Cheyney, Karin Richard, Helen Merril, Brad Huerta, Shelly Shaffer, Mary Dean, Katie Brownlee. Amy Taylor (Sen Risch), Ethen Huffman (Rep Simpson), Clay Condit, Richard Dean, Kathryn Hitch (Sen Crapo), Jack Jensen, Chandice Gamett, Shelly Rupp


Call to order
8:10 AM

Approval of the Agenda

Jack/ Rose
Approval of the Minutes

Financial Report
$2104.98   $240.51 rodeo
Program:  Introduction of Representatives of Senators Crapo and Risch
Amy Taylor, senator Risch’s office, Ethan Huffman, Simpson’s office, Kathryn  Hitch, Crapo’s office.

They cover cover 9 counties  and, try to get out in the region as much as possible;

What do they do—Constituent service guide—Take opinions, mail or email or phone
Case work-liaison to federal agencies;   Flags that have flown over the capital;  Arrangements for people visiting  DC;  Academy nominations;  Federal and other funding assistance and more. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Nuclear Care Partners Team in Arco on September 23rd.

Members of the Nuclear Care Partners (NCP) team will be in Arco on Tuesday, September 23rd at the Lost River Senior Center from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

NCP invites all former Department of Energy workers/INL, subcontractors, or their caregivers to come and meet with the team to learn about the available in-home medical benefits for those who are now chronically ill as a result of their work exposure. 

Once approved, participants can be entitled to free services including meal preparation, housekeeping and laundry assistance, medication reminders, skilled nursing, bathing assistance and family caregivers can be trained and paid for the personal care they provide. Nuclear Care Partners is a licensed and approved provider of home health services through the Department of Labor. 
Proving the correlation of illness to working at Department of Energy sites can be difficult. More information can be found at www.nuclearcarepartners.com.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Draft Minutes of June Chamber Meeting

Butte County Chamber of Commerce
Draft Minutes
June 11th, 2014, Deli Sandwich Shop
Dr, Kerry Casperson (Bengal Pharmacy)
Brad Huerta
Shelley Rupp
Shelly Shaffer
Melinda Shodin
Richard Dean
Candice Larsen
??? - one other person did not get her name
Called to order 8:09
Approval of Agenda Clay/Shelley
Approval of Minutes Candice/Richard
Financial Report - Tabled


It was suggested that LRED look into an indoor Farmers Market or an art gallery for the use of some of the empty buildings downtown.
The upcoming Community Review and community forums was discussed (look for ads in paper).
Discussion on the possibility of receiving a tourism grant, what it would include.
Budget cuts no longer allow LRED to pay for a person to man the tourism booths.
Historical register evaluated downtown buildings.  They liked the grand avenue hotel, city hall, baptist church, and said the thrift shop and bar had some neat architectural features that were currently covered up. The buildings owned by Idaho Falls hospital next to the Grand Avenue Hotel had no historical register value.
Dr. Kerry Casperson from Bengal Pharmacy invited everyone to the grand opening and spoke on the significance of Lost Rivers Medical Center housing the first telepharmacy in the state.  The pharmacy also will play a role in the financial future of the hospital.
Deli Shop said that they had to do everything through a certified commercial contractor.
Atomic Days will have a waterslide and old fashion games
Businesses need to contact Arco advertiser with there exact Logo to be included on poster
Rose submitted an Atomic Days flyer to be included in Mackay's ATV Rally participants package
Need e-mails of board members
Meeting extended to 9:30 first Candice/ second Shelly
Suggestion was made to have a "Top Shot" event for a potential fundraiser. Businesses that have product (guns, ammo, bow arrows, etc.) could use the event as a marketing tool.
Arco's new logo was sent to Bob Bagley to use in the tourism videos
Hospital announced: $20,000 grant for 3 air conditioning units; $25,000 grant to cover half the cost for a new roof; purchase of electronic medical record mandated by "Obama Care;" Shelley handed out the hospital's flyer of events; hospital is trying to get a cardiologist to come out once a week; the ribbon cutting for the grand opening for the hospital will be 10:00 am Friday June 20th - free hot dogs and hamburgers; ISU president will speak.
Next meeting July 9th La Costa (Mexican restaurant)

Adjourn 9:25  Clay/Rose

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chamber Meeting Wednesday July 9th

The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday July 9th at 8:00 AM.  The meeting will be held at the Mountain View RV Park on US 93 (southbound).

We will have an opportunity to meet several new business owners in town and will finalized plans for Atomic Days.....

We will also hear a little bit about the upcoming Community Review to be lead by Lost River Economic Development with the help of the Idaho Rural Partnership.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bengal Pharmacy Grand Opening Friday June 20th

Click on images to enlarge

Grand Opening Ceremony at 10AM with a free barbecue for all to follow!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Regular Chamber Meeting June 11th at the Deli


Friday, June 6th 2014


RE:          Regular June Chamber Meeting

                Wednesday June 11th

                Deli Sandwich Shop, West Grand and Idaho

                8:00 AM


The Butte County Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly business meeting on Wednesday, June 11th, at 8 AM at the newly reopened Deli Sandwich Shop at the corner of West Grand and Idaho Street.

Our program will include a short report on the trials and tribulations of refurbishing the Deli Sandwich Shop after the fire which closed it several months ago.

We will also be discussing the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the grand opening of the Bengal Pharmacy at Lost Rivers Medical Center on June 20th.

Finally, we will finalize details for the 4the of July Luau and review progress toward the expanded Atomic Days activities.

The draft minutes of the May meeting may be found on the Chamber Blog at http://buttecountyidahochamber.blogspot.com/2014/06/draft-butte-chamber-minutes-from-may.html


Butte County Chamber of Commerce

Regular Monthly Meeting

Draft Agenda June 11th

Deli Sandwich Shop