Idaho Falls will soon be home to the region’s newest large-scale second-hand store.

Easter Seals-Goodwill Industries has begun renovations at 540 E. 17th St. The company leased the 21,560-square-foot former Hastings storefront earlier this year, and will feature approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space.

This will be the first Goodwill store in Idaho Falls, and it will be the seventh in Idaho. The company also has locations in Pocatello, Twin Falls and Boise.

Bill Collins, vice president of retail for Easter Seals-Goodwill, said the company finally found a good fit to expand its footprint into the area, which encouraged it to expand into the region.

“We’ve been looking at Idaho Falls for a decade now, and it was really just a matter of the right opportunity presenting itself,” he said. “It’s been a population center we’ve been focusing on for some time. When this came available, we knew it was a nice fit for us.”

Goodwill also opened a store at a former Hastings location in Twin Falls in November.

The company expects the new location will provide 20 to 25 full-time and part-time jobs. Collins expects the store to open in July or August.

“We’re just excited to be in Idaho Falls,” Collins said. “We anticipate that it’ll be a great success and look forward to working with the community.”

I.F. fire department

receives upgraded rating

The Idaho Falls Fire Department recently received an upgraded rating on risk reduction by a statewide organization.

The Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau upgraded the department from class 3 to class 2 status in risk reduction for area property owners. The Idaho Falls Fire Department is only the second out of 251 fire departments in the state to receive this distinction.

Chief Dave Hanneman of the Idaho Falls Fire Department said in a news release that this recognition provides benefits for homeowners, with ratings being one of the factors that affect insurance premiums.

“The difference between a class 3 and a class 2 rating essentially means that local fire department protection has improved so much that the risk to homeowners and insurance companies is less,” he said.

The department was last rated in 2012. Typically, departments receive updated ratings every 7 to 10 years, but the city said in a release that changes within the department resulted in a quicker reevaluation.

“We can respond better because there are more firefighters who are trained at higher levels now than ever before,” Hanneman said. “Twenty-six new firefighters were hired over the past two years due to retirements and increased emergency call volumes.”

Updated commercial building and homeowner ratings will take effect on the insurance renewal dates. Some insurance companies will put more emphasis on protection class than others, while others will not use this as a rating factor at all. Property owners are encouraged to call their insurance agent to inquire about the new rating and possible reductions in insurance premiums.

Idaho Falls Regional Airport

receives perfect rating from FAA

For the third consecutive year, the Idaho Falls Regional Airport has passed a Federal Aviation Administration inspection with its highest rating.

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport received zero discrepancies in its annual safety rating — the highest rating a commercial airport can receive.

The annual inspection focuses on several aspects of airport safety, including aircraft rescue, firefighting equipment training and response times, condition of the runway and taxiway, and accuracy and completeness of records for facility self-inspections, among other categories.

In a news release, Idaho Falls mayor Rebecca Casper praised the work of the airport staff for this accomplishment.

“For an airport to receive three perfect ratings in a row is really a very rare honor,” she said. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the exceptional work of our employees and management team at (the airport). This is a team effort and it really reflects the professionalism and hard work of all our staff there.”

Allied Health Care

promotes new treatment

Idaho Falls-based Allied Health Care is introducing a new treatment for erectile dysfunction.

GAINSWave, a new low-intensity shockwave therapy, is described in a news release as a non-invasive medical medical therapy to for erectile dysfunction. The drug and surgery-free procedure takes around 20 minutes.

To learn more, visit Allied Health Care’s website or call 208-522-8300.

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