Officals return from business outreach in Japan


A delegation of business representatives from eastern Idaho recently returned from a weeklong trip to Japan.

At the invitation of Sakae Castings CEO Takashi Suzuki, the delegation toured several cities throughout Japan and discussed potential future business interests in the region.

Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI), was among the delegation that traveled to Japan and was impressed by what the trip was able to accomplish.

“It was just unbelievable,” she said. “We met with two mayors, a vice governor, the president of the local chamber of commerce, president of the Tokyo University of Technology, and 15 companies in five days.”

Among the stops on this trip was Hachioji City and Idaho Falls’ sister city, Tokai, where the delegation discussed potential business with nine small to mid-size businesses in the area at a summit.

“We were able to develop deeper relationships at the government and chamber level, as well as with businesses,” Rogers said. “And we think we’ll be able to connect with small to mid-size businesses in eastern Idaho so that there will be some collaboration opportunities.”

Rogers said the trip was a success, and expects future business dealings between the Japanese companies they visited and eastern Idaho to come from the visit.

“We had some very interesting meeting and a great team,” she said. “We were warmly received.”

A delegation from Japan is expected to visit eastern Idaho later this summer, where discussions on future investment in eastern Idaho is expected to take place.

I.F. farmers market

opens for 2018 season

With spring moving into the region the annual Idaho Falls Farmers Market is opening for the season this weekend.

The open-air market, which features in-season greenery and produce, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 27 along Memorial Drive between A and D streets. Memorial Drive will be closed to all vehicle traffic between A and D streets during the market.

Wackerli Subaru donates

to Community Food Basket

As part of Subaru’s 2017 Share the Love charity drive, a local dealership has made a donation to the Community Food Basket - Idaho Falls.

On April 26, Wackerli Subaru presented a check for $13,184 to the food basket through proceeds from the Share the Love event.

Held at the end of each year, the Subaru Share the Love event donates $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of charities, including national partners. In addition, each Subaru retailer selected a hometown charity from their local community to support.

The Community Food Basket - Idaho Falls served 11,357 families with emergency food provisions in 2017, and a total of 45,065 individuals. The organization is on pace this year to serve 12,132 families, according to a news release.

Bill’s Bike and Run announces

youth bike challenge

A local outdoor retailer is sponsoring a youth bike challenge to encourage kids to “lead a healthier lifestyle by using cycling as a means of transportation and a source of fun.”

Bill’s Bike & Run is sponsoring the 2018 Bike Challenge, with the theme of “Be Incredible, Ride a Bike!,” based off of the upcoming Disney movie “Incredibles 2.” The goal of the event is to encourage students to bicycle to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their commute.

The store is partnering with the Smith Group, Safe Routes to School, and Bell Photography for this year’s event. In 2017, 4,400 students across area school participated in the bike challenge.

The event will feature an art contest, low-cost bike helmet sales, free bike safety checks, and a ride-to-school challenge. Students who sign up for the event and ride their bike to school for 12 days from May 7 through May 25 will receive a free T-shirt from Smith Group and be entered for a chance to win a new bike from Bill’s Bike & Run. One winner will be chosen from each of the Idaho Falls School District 91 and Bonneville Joint School District 93 elementary schools, as well as several private/charter schools with a total of 29 new bikes being awarded to area children.

Students interested in participation can discuss activities with their schools, or contact Bill’s Bike & Run at its Idaho Falls or Ammon locations.

Cyber crime seminar being held in I.F.

A former FBI special agent is coming to Idaho Falls to speak on identity protection and cyber crime.​

Jeff Lanza will be the keynote speaker at this event, discussing his time with the FBI and how individuals can protect their identity during the connected age.

The event, sponsored by Onyx Financial Advisors, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Lindsay Blvd. To RSVP, call Onyx Financial Advisors at 208-522-6400.

Free skin cancer screening

offered on Melanoma Monday

High Valley Dermatology is holding a one-day free skin cancer screening from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The event is known in the dermatology community as Melanoma Monday, a clinic news release said.

The screenings will take place at the clinic’s office at 2085 Providence Way in Idaho Falls.

The clinic screens around 300 people each year at this event, the release said. The event is geared to increase public awareness skin protection from the sun. Most cancers aren’t preventable but most skin cancer can be prevented, the release said. There are 3-5 million cases each year in the U.S. alone.

“If more people would use better sun protection methods, that number would decrease in time,” the release said.

For information, call 208-525-4888 or visit

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