FREE Spring Clean-up, Spring events, and the Summer Activity Guide is out!
Eagle is Home
Spring time is such an awakening, trees and flowers are blooming, grass is turning green and growing, runners and bicyclists are out and about in large numbers, our parks are full, and it seems that everyone is involved in some way or another in some type of “spring cleaning”.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to work with a local Cub Scout Pack 77 to plant a tree at the Ada/Eagle Sports Park to celebrate Arbor Day, visit with every vendor at Eagle’s first Saturday Market of the year and participate in a fund raising event with the Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation. The event was to support our Missing in Action and their Families. The event for the first time ever was staged and started at the Eagle Fred Meyer and rode to Sweet – Ola, Idaho for the opening ceremonies and auction. The organization is committed to “Never Forget” those who served and have not returned home. This year the 50th anniversary of our last troops pulling out of Viet Nam there are over 1,621 troops still missing or unaccounted for. During the past year, nine individuals were repatriated by members of the National League of Families. The goal of the organization is to bring everyone home which would in effect put their organization out of business.
Later this month, May 21st – 31st the 10th Annual Eagle Field of Honor will display 600 U.S. Flags to honor all those who have sacrificed so much to ensure our Freedom and our way of life. This is the longest continuously running Field of Honor event anywhere. Anyone interested in honoring someone by sponsoring a flag or becoming an event sponsor contact for details. Please join me and others for the opening ceremonies on May 21st at 4:00 PM in Merrill Park.

Stan Ridgeway, Mayor
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The City of Eagle Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide is now available with activities for Families, Adults and Children.
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Pictured with Mayor Ridgeway: Museum Coordinator Alana Dunn, Helen Fisher, Betty Fisher, and Edith Fisher Cohen
Volunteer of the Month
The City of Eagle recognizes the importance of volunteerism and is taking a moment to thank those who selflessly give of themselves to the community.
Eagle Historical Society
The Eagle Historical Society has been a part of Eagle for over 15 years and an integral part of the museum.  They were loosely formed in the beginning but soon gained momentum and oversaw the opening and continuing operation of the museum.  The first few members were quick to open up membership and had a full roster shortly thereafter.   Over the years the Eagle Historical Society and Museum have worked hand in hand to encourage the education of the community.  The Society was instrumental in different events over the years including:   A tour via a small bus that was borrowed from Boise that toured the historic buildings and houses of Eagle, including a special tour during Christmas.   A tour of the Old State Penitentiary and also of the Eagle Island Prison Farm.  The Society also arranged for different lectures, one bringing in local historian Arthur Hart. In addition to this, the Society also arranged for a re-enactment of the Civil War at the corner of Eagle Road and State Street.   Unfortunately, over the years, membership has wound down and the Eagle Historical Society has closed its doors.  However, today we would like to honor three long standing members of the Society; Betty Fisher, Edith Fisher Cohen, and Helen Fisher.  All three which have been volunteering with the museum and continued to be much needed.  Their warmth and willingness to help in anyway make them a delight.  Their spirit of volunteering and selflessness to help educate the public is what makes Eagle the great community it is.

Eagle Soaring Citizen Award

The City of Eagle is pleased to recognize Bill and Tami Reed for the Eagle Soaring Citizen Award. Bill and Tami opened the local bike shop, Reed Cycle in 2000 and have made an enormous impact on the Eagle community ever since. The Reeds have volunteered numerous hours hosting Bike Repair courses for the City of Eagle, sponsoring local mountain bike and cyclocross races, and participating in several other community activities. Caitlin Straubinger, Recreation Specialist, stated “They make an awesome contribution to the community by teaching this class (Bike Repair 101) and helping cyclists gain confidence and skills for the trails and paths around Eagle!” We are so thankful for all that the Reeds have contributed to our community and look forward to continuing to work with them to make Eagle an excellent place to live, bike and play!
Eagle Historical Museum
67 E. State St.
Eagle, Idaho
(208) 939-2669 
Eagle’s connection to Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral (almost)
by Alana Dunn, Curator, Eagle Historical Museum
Going on my 5th year as Museum Curator for the Eagle Historical Museum, I have heard of some amazing tales in my time; all told by well-meaning folks. But over the years, I have heard rumors and have had people straight out tell me that Wyatt Earp had a saloon here in Eagle. I had never heard that before, but in history, nothing is out of the realm of possibility, so I did some research. Here is what I found.
Wyatt Earp and his brother, Jim did indeed open a tent saloon in a city that had the word “eagle” in its name; Eagle City was a mining camp that sprung up in 1881 along the Coeur D’Alene river, in Idaho’s panhandle.
The well-known gunfighter had come to Idaho just three years after the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral. Earp arrived in Eagle City in January of 1884, but left a short 8 months later in September, headed for Colorado. During that time, he did indeed set up a tent saloon and served liquor to the gold miners. A more permanent town developed at a better location just up the river from Eagle City, a small town called Murray. 
Wyatt Earp's short stay in Idaho left no legacy, except that Eagle City was once the home of a Wild West legend. With that small tent city long gone, it’s easy to imagine that our community could have actually been home to Wyatt and his saloon, but unfortunately, we are about 407 miles too far south to claim that honor.
Become a Market Vendor! 

Now accepting applications for vending at the Saturday Market or the Gazebo Concert Series-Night Market! 

or visit the Eagle Saturday Market page at

Eagle Parks & Recreation
The City of Eagle Parks and Recreation 2015 Annual Report is now available! It can be found on our website Hard copies are available at Eagle City Hall (660 E. Civic Lane). 
How can you have a bad day at the park? 
by Jenessa Hansen, Community Enhancement Coordinator, City of Eagle Parks and Recreation
Inversions, cold weather, and snowy days are a thing of the past and flowers and sunshine are in our future. Two of my favorite seasons in Idaho are spring and autumn and when spring hits everyone has the same reaction, they stumble out of their homes letting the warm sun hit their skin, lifting the corners of their mouths up to their eyes. People can’t help but smile as they walk to their favorite coffee shop or ride their bikes down the Greenbelt.
One of my favorite spring memories is when my mom and I would go to the local library and pick out a book. If anyone knows me I have a tendency to be indecisive. The task of what book to choose would take at least an hour. Then we might head to the local deli to pick up lunch. This task might take me only thirty minutes to decide which veggies will adorn my egg salad sandwich (I have a very patient mother). With our books in hand and our meals in our bag we would head to the park. I would sit nibbling on my sandwich, flipping through the pages, and soaking up the adventure contained in those pages. Taking breaks to watch the squirrels chase each other up and down the old, large, weathered trees. To this day whenever I get a chance I grab my book and head to the park. How can you have a bad day at the park? Children are playing, squirrels are chattering and at every moment people around you are creating memories. We at the City of Eagle, in the Parks & Recreation Department, are busy preparing events for families. We love giving these families the opportunities to create memories. I love my job because I get a chance to create a space where our community can come together and thrive.
A couple of these events are the Eagle Saturday Market and the Gazebo Concert Series. The Eagle Saturday Market has begun and we would love to greet you from 9:30AM-2PM. The Gazebo Concert Series will begin May 26th and will continue through September. We will be bringing you live music on these last Thursdays of the month, 6:30PM-9:00PM. In conjunction with the Gazebo Concert Series we will have Night Market 4:00PM-9:00PM where we hope you can fill your bellies.
As spring turns into summer it is my hope and intention that your family can enjoy sitting with your friends at Heritage Park on Thursday evenings, allowing the tunes to dance in your ears and through your bones. That you can enjoy walking through your market on Saturday mornings conversing with neighbors and old friends. To have an opportunity to breathe in the spring air and make some memories.

Mayor Stan Ridgeway read an Arbor Day proclamation before presenting it to Pack 77 Scoutmaster Ryan Harvey. “Trees provide many benefits to a community and we’re proud Eagle has been designated a TreeCity USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation,” he said. As a TreeCity USA, Eagle must hold an Arbor Day event every year and also have a tree inventory conducted on public property.

Pictured: Mayor Stan Ridgeway and Cub Scout Pack 77 
Nominate Your Neighbor!
The city of Eagle would like to express our appreciation to the exceptional people in our community that make our city a great place to live and work. Do you know someone that enhances our quality of life? Helps those in need? Preforms good deeds or acts of kindness? Please take the time to nominate your neighbors, friends, teachers, and volunteers in our community for one of our awards!
All nominations are accepted year-round. To nominate someone you know, please fill out the Nomination Form located on our website and return it to: City Hall, C/O Tammy Gordon, 660 E Civic Ln, Eagle, ID 83616 OR  
Eagle Public Library
100 N. Stierman Way
Eagle, Idaho 83616
 (208) 939-6814
May at the Library
by Steve Bumgarner, Director Eagle Public Library
Spring is here, and at the Eagle Public Library that means one thing -- the Library’s Summer Reading Program is fast approaching. It’s a great opportunity to help your school age children maintain or improve their current reading levels and avoid the “summer slide”, the decline of reading skills that occurs during the summer months. This summer, your elementary school aged children can contract with the Library to read an agreed upon number of books. If they meet their reading contract, they’ll be invited to a special program in early August to recognize their accomplishment with prizes and treats. Registration for this fun and easy way to keep reading throughout the Summer begins this month. For middle school and high school readers, there’s a separate program in which participants are entered into drawings for prizes – the more someone reads, the greater their chance of winning. In addition to the reading program, there are many special programs during the Summer, including elementary school aged themed programs such as Masterpiece for Kids, storytellers, sled dogs, jellyfish in a jar, and tie-dye fun. For teens, there’s Instagram art, henna tattoos, board games, and more. The Library’s digital collections continue to grow, and with mobile devices, you’re able to take the library with you. The Library’s ebook collection is always expanding. To borrow an ebook, start at then click on the E-Books button. There are thousands of ebooks to borrow. Ebooks are never overdue and there are never fines.
The Library’s subscription to Zinio offers digital downloads of your favorite magazines. To use the collection of over 160 magazine titles, start at then click on the E-Magazines button. Once checked-out, the magazine never has to be returned – it’s yours forever. 
Freegal, the Library’s music download service, now offers the ability to stream commercial-free music collection of over 9 million songs. With your Eagle Public Library card, you can stream music for three hours per day per card AND download three songs a week. To stream or download music from Freegal, visit the library’s webpage ( and click on the Music link. Freegal is also available on mobile devices.
Programming highlights for May include:
  • Zen Garden, May 14, 2:00 pm, Adults. It’s a different kind of garden, but it’s a lot of fun. Become the master of your own Zen garden.
  • Make Your Own Waffle Cookie, May 17, 6:00 pm, Teens. Waffles aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Learn to use a waffle iron to make fabulous cookies.
  • Broken Crayon Art, May 28, 2:00 pm, Elementary School Age. Create colorful masterpieces with old crayons and a hair dryer.  Watch as the colored wax creates instant artwork.
These are just a few of the events occurring at your Eagle Public Library during May. For a complete listing, see the Library's calendar and
The Eagle Historical Society and the Eagle Historical Museum presents the “Community Cabinet.”
This collection of self made woodcarvings was on display for the month of April thanks to Don Brigham. 
If you would like to participate in this fun and educational project, please contact:
Helen Fisher, Eagle Museum
Alana Dunn, Museum Coordinator
Visit:  for details! 
Byron Schexnayder has been commissioned by the City of Eagle to produce four murals, the first of which is hanging inside Mayor Stan Ridgeway’s office at City Hall.
Public Hearings: 
To review these documents, please visit the City's website.
May 2 – Planning and Zoning
  • CU-04-16 – Eagle Art Gallery Addition of an Accessory Use (Bar) – Stephen Douglas
  • A-01-16/RZ-01-16/PP/FP-03-16 – Eusterman Subdivision – Matthew B. Eusterman
May 10 – City Council
  • CU-02-16 – Rear Setback Waiver – Kristin Ranney
  • PP/FP-01-16 – Yes Subdivision No. 2 – White-Leasure
May 16 – Planning and Zoning
  • CU-05-16 – Childcare Facility (Private School) – Brooke Van Horn
  • A-02-16/RZ-02-16/CU-03-16/PPUD-01-16/PP-01-16 – HCR Level 3 Planned Unit Development – Phase 3 – Home Capital Resources, LLC
May 24 – City Council
  • CU-04-16 – Eagle Art Gallery Addition of an Accessory Use (Bar) – Stephen Douglas
  • A-01-16/RZ-01-16/PP/FP-03-16 – Eusterman Subdivision – Matthew B. Eusterman
*Please note: Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)
Getting involved:
The public is encouraged to attend any and all meetings. Agendas are posted on our website calendar or can be sent to you directly by opting-into our Email Notifications or requesting a fax to (208) 939-6827.
Visit our site often for updates and the Latest News on our Home Page. Weekly meetings are also posted to our Facebook account here: 
Public Comment: 
Your input and engagement is encouraged. If you cannot attend the meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.
*Please note Public Hearing testimony must be submitted 5 days prior to the hearing date. (Ord 1-8-3)