Bannock County
February 2022
Big bucks, big plans
Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 4 – First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Pocatello

Feb. 5, 12, & 26 – Jr. Zookeeper Days at Zoo Idaho

Feb. 21 – Presidents' Day, Courthouse, DMV and Driver's License Division Closed
A Minute With Your Elected Official
Prepare for May 17 Primary Election with Clerk Jason Dixon
Each year as the election season approaches, I find that there is a common misunderstanding and sense of confusion about party affiliation and voting in a Primary Election in Idaho. As the elected Bannock County Clerk, I’m also your Chief Elections Officer, so I felt it my responsibility to try to clear things up...
Property Taxes: Looking to the Legislature
Bannock County Gems
You don't have to travel far for a romantic getaway in the Marsh Valley: book a stay at a luxury hotel in McCammon! Opened in July 2014, the Harkness Hotel is run by the local Hunsaker family. In 2019, the Hotel was awarded the World Boutique Hotel Award for "Americas’ Most Inspired Design Hotel." The historic building, once known as the McCammon State Bank and the "Big Store Building", was originally built in 1906. The two-story building housed a large general store and McCammon's first hospital. Now, people from Southeast Idaho and around the region travel to little McCammon for a unique, luxurious stay, complete with salon and spa.
The Bannock County Veteran Services proudly serves veterans and their dependents by helping them apply for benefits they have earned by serving their country. Veteran Services helps connect veterans to local services while advocating for them as they navigate the Veteran Benefit Administration and Veteran Health Administration. You may have heard our County Veteran Service Officer, Melissa Hartman, discussing her office’s role in the community during KZBQ's Veterans Spotlight on the third Wednesday of every month. You can find the Veteran Services office at Idaho State University’s Student Union Building on the third floor inside of the Veterans Student Service Center.
Busy at Bannock County
We're always busy at Bannock County Government! Follow us on social media to see what we're up to.

Commissioner Jeff Hough is teaming up with other local leaders to speak with area high school students about their vision for the community.

Bannock County Coroner Torey Danner updated the Coroner's logo and badge to make it more unique to the county.

Our Special Projects team installed a new drop box outside the DMV and Assessor's Office, so customers can skip the line when returning documents.

Commissioner Jeff Hough and Chief of Staff Braeden Clayson completed a leadership course through the National Association of Counties.
Notable News in Bannock County

More Idahoans are working today than before the coronavirus pandemic began nearly two years ago. In fact, Idaho is one of only four states that have recaptured jobs lost in the early months of the pandemic.

Sheriff Tony Manu has made improvements to the Bannock County Jail to better care for inmates with mental health conditions, but says Idaho lacks the facilities and resources needed to prevent recidivism.

Sam Krieg of Pocatello will compete alongside 50 professional runners from around the world in the 126th Boston Marathon this April. Krieg will start the race ranked in the top 60 competitors overall and top 10 competitors over 40-years-old.

Rob Poleki, former Bannock County Clerk and inventor of Washie, a self-cleaning toilet seat, is negotiating deals with the NBA to put his product in multiple sporting arenas' restrooms across the west.

A new 67,428 square-foot Morton Buildings manufacturing plant is coming to the Gate City this year. The plant will launch with a staff of 20 to 30 employees, with expansion expected in the near future.

Community leaders' dreams of a new facility for the Pocatello Senior Activity Center are developing. The next steps are to acquire land and ramp up fundraising.

Governor Brad Little proposed opening a $12 million, 100-bed re-entry facility for the Pocatello area. If approved, the facility would help inmates who qualify connect to jobs and resources to help them succeed upon their release.

The "Pocatello's Promise of Tomorrow Mayoral Scholarship" is open for applications to area high school seniors until Feb. 25. The scholarship is aimed at helping students who do not qualify for traditional scholarships based on grades or community involvement.
Idaho's Black History
Idaho has a historically small population of Black people, but jobs at the railroad attracted Black people to Pocatello and Boise, which have since had the largest and most concentrated population of African Americans in Idaho. By 1920, Pocatello had the largest per capita Black population in the state at 2.4%. A century later, and still Idaho’s small Black communities primarily reside in the same two cities.

-Emma Iannacone,
Public Information Officer