SpringHill Suites by Marriott holds ribbon cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday in conjunction with the grand opening of a new SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Idaho Falls.

Woodbury Corporation, a full-service real estate development and management company, along with its partner the Walker family, developed the hotel at 665 Riverwalk Drive, just south of the Residence Inn by Marriott, which is also operated by Woodbury Corporation.

The new 124-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott was designed for both business and leisure travelers, a Woodbury Corporation news release said. The hotel features large suites with separate areas for working, sleeping and living and “spa-quality bathrooms,” the release said.

Amenities include business services, complimentary Wi-Fi, same-day dry cleaning, guest laundry facilities, an indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, an outdoor patio area with a fire pit and a fitness center. The hotel also has two meeting rooms with more than 1,170 square feet to accommodate gatherings of up to 40 people, with catering available if needed, the release said.

Bjoern Jaeger is the hotel’s general manager. He earned the 2015 General Manager of the Year award for the entire Residence Inn brand while managing the Residence Inn Idaho Falls, the release said.

“The SpringHill Suites property is part of a new wave of development and redevelopment in our city’s downtown corridor,” Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper said in the release. “Idaho Falls has the right mix of business, recreation, and leisure travel to keep occupancy rates strong throughout the year. And, particularly in the summer months, increased tourist travel results in brisk economic transactions throughout the city’s service sector.”

The new hotel brings 40 full-time jobs and increased tourism opportunities to Idaho Falls, the release said. The project also included the installation of a new quarter-mile road along the Snake River through Taylor Crossing on the River, increasing accessibility to the city.

Bingham Memorial Hospital

announces I.F. surgery center

Bingham Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Cardio Renal Centers of America, will hold a Thursday groundbreaking ceremony for a new, “state-of-the-art surgery center and catheterization laboratory” in Idaho Falls, a hospital news release said.

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 am. under a large white tent on East Sunnyside Road just in front of the Fairwinds Senior Living Center at 3310 Valencia Drive, the release said.

This event will include a keynote speech from Lt. Gov. Brad Little and speeches from Drs. Fahim Rahim and Naeem Rahim.

The more than 25,000-square-foot facility also will include doctors offices for outpatient clinic visits for cardiology, nephrology, interventional radiology and interventional pain management. It also will offer “the latest technology in the region for peritoneal dialysis,” the release said.

No rate increase for

Fall River Electric customers

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative’s nine-member board of directors voted unanimously to absorb a Bonneville Power Administration rate hike and not increase rates to its owner-members.

The BPA, the Cooperative’s primary power supplier, announced earlier this year its intention to increase both its wholesale power rates and transmission rates. BPA later announced that it was raising rates 6.1 percent effective Sunday.

At the regular September meeting of Fall River Electric’s board, the directors discussed the BPA rate increase and whether it would result in an increase in rates to Cooperative members but also possible implementation of a demand charge for residential members and a review of the Cooperative’s net metering policy for members that generate power from their own solar, wind or hydro systems.

The board postponed for future consideration both the residential demand charge and net metering review.

For information visit, fallriverelectric.com.

I.F.-based MarCom LLC

buys Butte, Mont., lab

MarCom LLC, headquartered in Idaho Falls, has finalized an agreement with E Capital Partners LLC to acquire the laboratory assets from MSE Inc. in Butte, Mont., and will reopen there as MarCom Laboratory Services on Nov. 1.

MarCom is an SBA-certified Native American-owned, 8(a), and woman-owned business that provides management, administrative, engineering, nuclear operations, information technology services, SCADA, and health and safety services to U.S. Department of Energy sites as well as commercial customers across the country, a MarCom news release said.

The Butte, Mont., laboratory will provide analytical services for water and soil samples for public and private entities.

“MarCom Laboratory Services is the newest addition to our growing portfolio of services, allowing us to become more diversified while continuing to grow,” said Marcella Medor, MarCom’s president, in the release.

For information, visit marcomllc.net.

Cabela’s gives Boy Scout Troop 0388

$2K in gear through its Outdoor Fund

Cabela’s presented Boy Scout Troop 0388 with nearly $2,000 worth of gear Saturday at the Ammon Cabela’s located at 3693 S. 25th East.

The presentation was made through Cabela’s Outdoor Fund Scout Gear Program supports Scout activities and educational programs tied to hunting, fishing, camping and target shooting with gear from Cabela’s. More than $100,000 was allocated to Scouts in 2017 through the program.

“We are extremely grateful to Cabela’s and the generosity they have shown us through this Outdoor Fund Program Grant,” said Zac Bodily, Troop 0388 Scoutmaster, in a news release. “The equipment awarded to us through this grant will allow our youth to have many positive experiences in the outdoors that will help them to grow and improve together.”

Rexburg Area Chamber

to host rural planning forum

Madison County Commissioner Jon Weber will talk about the Madison Rural Planning Organization during a Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce forum on Oct. 11.

The forum starts at noon at the Chamber’s office, 167 W. Main St, suite 2, (upstairs at the Medicine Shoppe).

Lunch is available for $7. RSVP by Friday to info@rexburgchamber.com or by calling 208-356-5700.

Best Buy offers tech support services

Best Buy has announced it will offer unlimited tech support services in eastern Idaho.

Best Buy’s Total Tech Support is now available at more than 200 Best Buy stores, including the Idaho Falls location at 2404 S. 25th East.

The new membership program helps people with all of their tech and appliance needs, no matter where or when they bought their gear.

The service covers existing devices and appliances, plus current and future purchases, a Best Buy news release said.

For information, contact the store’s Geek Squad department at 208-524-1455.

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