INL receives honor for environmental commitment


Idaho National Laboratory is being honored for its achievements in environmental responsibility through its transportation system by the American Bus Association (ABA) Environmental Committee.

INL was selected as a winner of the 2018 Green Spirit Award in the “special recognition” category by the organization. The award is given to companies that demonstrate the greatest commitment to environmental stewardship in all areas of its business and community, an INL news release said.

Scott Wold, mission support services director for INL, said the award was an honor for the laboratory.

“The award recognizes INL for many years of investment in environmentally responsible equipment and the adoption of green business practices, including collaboration with the motor coach industry to find cleaner, more energy-efficient technology,” Wold said in the release.

The ABA Green Spirit Award, which is co-sponsored by Motor Coach Industries, was presented Jan. 29 to leaders of INL’s Mission Support Services Division at the association’s annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.

Criteria for the award focuses on three aspects of a company’s operations: administrative, maintenance, and equipment and facility practices. INL was one of three award recipients in 2018.

INL was recognized primarily for its ongoing efforts to conserve fuel and research new fuel-efficient methods for its vehicles, drivers and mechanics.

EIRMC offers new wireless fetal monitoring

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center has introduced a new monitoring device that will allow better service for women in labor.

The Monica Novii Wireless Patch System is a wireless fetal and maternal monitoring device that monitors fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and contractions for women in labor.

EIRMC is the only hospital in southeast Idaho that offers this option, a hospital news release said.

Previously, fetal monitoring systems included various cables between the sensor and monitors, and transducers and belts that limited mobility and could be irritating for patients. Furthermore, the transducers would have to be repositioned during the course of labor.

The new wireless system will allow patients to move in bed, walk around the room, and relax in various positions while in labor without the need to reposition a transponder.

The Monica Novii Wireless Patch System started being offered at EIRMC in January, and is an option for all women delivering at EIRMC.

Brady’s inducted into Jacuzzi Hall of Fame

An Idaho Falls hot tub dealer has received a rare honor from a national hot tub organization.

During a recent ceremony in Florida, Jacuzzi Hot Tubs announced that Brady’s of Eastern Idaho has been inducted into the Jacuzzi Hall of Fame. Brady’s is only the ninth inductee into the hall of fame in its 60-year history.

In a release, Brad Brady, CEO of Brady’s, and Steve Brady, co-owner, thanked their customers for helping the store achieve this honor.

“You don’t succeed in business for over 50 years without the continued support and loyalty that the people of Idaho and Wyoming have shown us, and we are eternally grateful,” Steve Brady said.

Brady’s also was recognized at the ceremony for being a Jacuzzi Gold Club member, which honors stores in the top 10 percent of sales nationwide. This is Brady’s 12th consecutive year receiving this honor.

State of the Cities Breakfast

In conjunction with the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the annual State of the Cities Breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. Feb. 20 at the Idaho National Laboratory Meeting Center, 775 University Blvd., Room A102.

The event will feature speeches from Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper and Ammon Mayor Sean Coletti of Ammon as they recap the previous year and present plans for their respective cities in the upcoming year.

Tickets for the event are $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-chamber members.

Blackfoot Chamber to host monthly mixer

The Greater Blackfoot Area Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly luncheon mixer at noon Wednesday at Premier Technology, 1858 W. Bridge Road in Blackfoot.

The event will feature speakers from the city and area businesses, and provide attendees networking opportunities. Lunch will be catered by Champs Chicken.

To learn more, visit

I.F. Chamber offers networking lunch

The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Out of the Box Networking Lunch at noon March 6 at the Pinecrest Event Center.

According to the Chamber’s website, the Out of the Box Networking Lunch is an “opportunity to build your professional network and learn more about businesses in the community” by interacting with local business owners in a casual environment.

Pre-registration for the event is required by March 2. Admission is $10 for Chamber members and $12 for nonmembers and walk-up sales.

For information or to RSVP, visit

Building permits

Idaho Falls building officials recently approved permits for the following projects:

n Single-family residence, valued at $162,520, 1187 Saddleback Ridge.

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Reporter Marc Basham can be reached at 208-542-6763.

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