Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Idaho Falls Auditorium District hires Rob Spear as new executive director

Rob Spear
The Idaho Falls Auditorium District has hired a new executive director, Rob Spear.

"After a three-month search, the board agreed that Rob is the right person for this position and we are excited to see him onboard with this project,” said Terri Gazdik, the board's chairwoman. Spear replaces Chip Scott who resigned earlier this year.

Spear comes from University of Idaho, where he served as the director of athletics. He holds a doctorate from the University of Idaho, an MBA from the University of Montana and undergraduate degree in business from the College of Great Falls (now the University of Providence).

According to the IFAD press release: "(Spear) is a proven fund-raiser who was responsible for several multi-million-dollar gifts to the University of Idaho; managed over $50 million in construction projects, ranging from athletic facilities to bio-engineering buildings; and has a history of developing and establishing positive relationships with community, state, federal and corporate organizations. Spear and his wife, Sandy, have always immersed themselves into community activities."

Spear was deeply involved in the plan to bring an events center to the UI campus and other facilities improvements, but was fired by the Idaho State Board of Education in August 2018 after a months-long probe into his handling  in 2013 of a sexual-assault complaint against a football player. The Idaho Statesman reported that two female students had spoken to police about the same player previously. According to the Statesman story, the student senate requested Spear resign his position, and several other former female student-athletes criticized Spear’s leadership. He was fired for convenience, so he is due a $181,958-per-year salary through Feb. 17, 2020. That amount will be offset by any income he receives from the auditorium district. The IFAD job pays $100,000 per year, according to reporting in the Post Register.

“I want to commend the IFAD Board for doing its due diligence and thoroughly understanding the facts surrounding my departure from the University of Idaho,” Spear said in the IFAD press release.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Brynne Hansen named AmeriTitle state title manager

Brynne Hansen
Brynne Hansen has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president and state title manager for AmeriTitle Idaho.

A longtime St. Anthony resident and proud member of a ‘potato family,’ Hansen started in the title industry in 1997.  Over the past 22 years she has held various positions, giving her a wealth of knowledge and insight.  She joined the AmeriTitle team 10 years ago, and most recently held the position of East Idaho Title Production Manager.

"(My) favorite part of my job is the relationships I’ve developed with my team and with customers, and I am excited to work more with the AmeriTitle teams across the great State of Idaho,” Hansen said. "Each transaction tells a different story and can present a different challenge."

AmeriTitle Vice President and Idaho State Manager Richard Hajek said, “Brynne is one of a kind; not often do you find someone so committed, energetic, competitive, and enthusiastic about Title Insurance and service.  I have no doubt that when Brynne or her team are involved in a file, they will provide the best product and service available in our industry.”

Brynne and her husband Jarrod have two children, Colter, 12, and Carson, 18, who is living in Boise attending Boise State University. She loves hunting, fishing, snow-machining, cooking, canning, and is an extremely involved baseball mom, spending a lot of time traveling and supporting her kids passion for baseball.  She can be reached by contacting the AmeriTitle Idaho Falls operation at 208-524-6600 or via email at Brynne.Hansen@AmeriTitle.com.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lucy's New York Style Pizzeria moving to downtown location today

After close to 10 years on East Anderson Street, Lucy’s New York Style Pizzeria is moving to a brand new location today in The Broadway, at 560 West Broadway.

The move has been on for close to a year, as Lucy’s was announced as one of the contracted tenants in September 2017, when the permit applications were filed. The previous year, owner Geoff Padigimus told BizMojo Idaho that he was looking for a new location.

The new location on Broadway will be able to seat 114 people, twice as many as the East Anderson location. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. It will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Padigimus opened the Anderson location (previously a Pizza Hut) in late 2009, but Lucy’s started in Roberts. They now have four restaurants — three in eastern Idaho, one in Utah. He said his original idea was to do hot-and-ready pizza part-time and keep working construction, but the slowdown in the industry made him think again. This coincided with his introduction to Rich Franco, who showed him how to make New York style pizza. In fact, Lucy's was  named after Franco's bulldog, Lucy, and the pizza ovens and equipment came from Franco's kitchen on First Street.

New York-style pizza is made with a large hand-tossed thin crust, often sold in wide slices to go. The crust is thick and crisp only along its edge, yet soft, thin, and pliable enough beneath its toppings to be folded in half to eat.

Lucy’s does indeed offer pizza by the slice. The menu at the new restaurant will include several new items, including Nutella Pie, a dessert option. Padigimus told East Idaho News they are also looking to add new sauces like Alfredo or pesto.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Crmbl Cookies set to open at Sandcreek Commons

Crumbl Cookies will be opening this week at Sandcreek Commons, 2656 East Sunnyside Road, a multi-tenant retail building in Ammon. A soft opening is planned for  6 p.m. Thursday. Free cookie day is Friday, and the grand opening will be Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight.

The menu offers chocolate chip and sugar cookies, with a rotating menu of cookie selections that change weekly. The shop’s customer-friendly location offers convenient access and ample parking, but cookie fans will also be thrilled to know Crumbl is a cookie bakery with late-night delivery options. More info on cookie specials and delivery can be found at www.crumblcookies.com.

Friday, April 5, 2019

INL celebrates 2018 accomplishments at banquet tonight

Idaho National Laboratory will celebrate tonight the achievements of some of its exceptional employees at the 23rd annual Laboratory Director Awards ceremony. The reception honors a wide range of talent among the diverse roles and responsibilities that make INL’s research possible.
The event will highlight outstanding achievements from 2018, including 21 newly issued patents, five copyright assertions and four R&D 100 Awards. INL, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, will recognize the work done over the past decades with a commemorative video, and employees will be recognized for their outstanding research and development accomplishments in support of INL’s mission.

"2018 was a great year of success at INL, thanks to our dedicated and talented staff," INL Laboratory Director Mark Peters said. "Tonight's ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and express our gratitude. Congratulations to our award winners, and to all in our workforce. This last year was truly a memorable one, and I appreciate everyone's passion and hard work."

Douglas Porter will be inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame at the five-patent level. Frederick Stewart and Mark Stone will be inducted at the 10-patent level.

The 2018 award recipients are:

• Community Award: Linda Montgomery
• Inclusive Diversity Award: Donna O’Kelly
• Leadership Award: Richard Farrar
• Mission Advancement: Partnership and Collaboration Award: High-Density Nuclear Fuel Fabrication Development Team: Steven Martinson, Adrian Wagner, Mark Borland, Blair Grover, Brett Horsburgh
• Mission Enabling Support Services Individual Award: Jana Beyerlin and Shawn Jensen
• Mission Enabling Support Services Team Award: Remote-Handled Low-Level Waste Disposal Team: Brady Orchard, Brett Welty, Stephanie Austad, Sadie Butler, Boyd Christensen, Bradley Cole, Pamela Crane, Reese Gannon, Stacy Nottestad, Abraham Romo, Jeffrey Sondrup, Steven Richards, Albert Wilcox
• Outstanding Impact Award: CyberStrike Team: Robert Smith, Daniel Noyes, John Yadon, Amanda Belloff, Ron Heaps, Joel Johnson, Trent Taylor, Timothy Conway
• Laboratory Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement: Jeffery Aguiar
• Laboratory Award for Exceptional Engineering Achievement: Sergiy Sazhin
• Laboratory Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement: Yoshiko Fujita
• Laboratory Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science and Technology: Brad Norby
• Inventor of the Year Award: Henry Chu
• Operations Technician of the Year Award: Darren Nielsen
• Research and Development Technician of the Year Award: Richard Hatch
• INL Vision Award: CES-21 Team: Robert Caliva, Rita Foster, Jed Haile, Bryce McClurg, Bryan Beckman
• INL Vision Award: Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear Team: John Jackson, Lori Braase
• INL Vision Award: Nuclear Science User Facilities Team: Dan Ogden, Collin Knight, Lindy Bean, Jeff Benson, Renae Soelberg
• INL Vision Award: Carl Stoots

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

IF Advertising Federation awards banquet set for Friday

The theme for this year's event is Film Noir, courtesy of MCS Advertising.
The Idaho Falls Advertising Federation on Friday will hold its 2019 Gem Awards at The Downtown Event Center, on Park Avenue. Hosted by KPVI Television's, Matt Davenport, the local club invites all to see what solid work eastern Idaho delivers.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by dinner from Diabla's Kitchen. The event will include the handing out of awards for regional creative and marketing excellence. This will be followed by a dessert bar featuring sweets from Pop's Ice Cream and La Vanilla Bean.

Winners were notified of their wins, but exactly which awards -- Opal for recognition, Ruby for place and Diamond for excellence -- will not be revealed until show night. In addition to professional awards, student awards will also be recognized. The highest award, Best In Show, will be presented to the top standout entry.

The judging took place in January, and this year's judges were: Christal Gammill, managing director of Publics North America, Boise and the District 11 governor of the American Advertising Federation; Mel Mansfield, executive creative director, Davies Moore; and Allie Hoskins, Graphic Designer, KLIM.

The Mission Award, is awarded to an individual or organization that upholds and honors the mission of the American Advertising Federation. It is decided by the president and immediate past president of the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation Club. The recipient is unknown until the award is announced at the event.

"Honoring and exemplifying the focus of the American Advertising Federation is why we come together," said Adam Bostrom, president of the Idaho Falls Advertising Federation. "The Mission Award is our way of honoring colleagues, to show them how much their dedication to the industry is an influence and that they are recognized for integrity in business, creativity and advocacy."

This year's co-sponsor is the Downtown Event Center. The dessert bar sponsor is KPVI Television. Each attendee will leave with a gift bag, sponsored by the Shoshone-Bannock Casino Hotel, featuring items from business partners including Blue Phoenix Branding, College of Eastern Idaho Foundation, AlphaGraphics, Bank of Idaho and the Idaho Falls Advertising Club.

Within the awards, students who enter the creative show are recognized with awards and also with tickets. Student award winners are given three tickets, for themselves and two guests, to attend the event. These tickets are sponsored by partners, so these students have the opportunity to meet and socialize. These student tickets would not be possible without the dedication of the Bank of Idaho and IE Productions.

MCS Advertising is the sponsor of the creative look and feel to this year's event. The theme is Film Noir, and the MCS Team has worked on the collateral, promotion and print for the evening.

"Planning such a fun event would not be possible without the help of our amazing partners, within and outside the creative and advertising industry," said Andrea Todd, planning committee chair.

Tickets are still available until noon Wednesday, and are available at https://bit.ly/2VdJOww. Questions regarding the event can be directed to Todd at 208-569-9498 or the club website  https://ifadfed.wordpress.com/.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Expansion planned for The Falls Apartments

Artist's rendering of The Falls Apartments
Kartchner Inc. and Snake River Landing are planning to build 96 new apartments, an expansion of The Falls Apartments. The apartment community, at Snake River Landing, opened in 2016 with 228 units, so this will expand the number to 324. Work starts in April.

"The Falls Apartments is one of the many southeast Idaho communities we have taken a fresh approach to in the design and development process in order to bring something unique to the growing market,” said Troy Kartchner, president of Kartchner Inc. “Through this expansion, we will be fulfilling the need for large two- and three-bedroom apartments. Residents of the Falls Apartments greatly value the amenities we offer, along with the conveniences Snake River Landing provides that is within walking distance of our community.”

The Falls Apartments features 1, 2 and 3-bedroom options, including a limited number of furnished corporate units. Available amenities include a premium fitness center, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area, a 24-hour club room for gatherings, and a playground. Onsite management and 24-hour maintenance services are also available.

In addition to The Falls Apartments, Kartchner has also developed 34 single-family homes known as Legacy Creek, the first residential community in Snake River Landing.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Kartchner once again, and see the success and growth of The Falls Apartments,” said Eric Isom, Snake River Landing's chief development officer. “People who live and work here love the amenities of Snake River Landing, like the trails, water features and well-maintained grounds. They also enjoy the short walk to restaurants, shops and the greenbelt.”

For more information, go to thefallsapts.com or 208-529-0010.