Davis Field – Idaho State University Campus

Davis Field - Idaho State University Campus, fondly known as the Spud Bowl, is undergoing a complete $7.1 million renovation.
The renovation began on March 18, 2020 with a completion date by November 2020. The renovation is a complete tear-down and re-build. The aerial photo taken by Portneuf Valley Photo, Pocatello shows the progress made up to mid-May, 2020. A rendering of how Davis Field will appear when renovations are complete and the historic image of Davis Field are from the files at Idaho State University.

Constructed under the Public Works Administration "New Deal" program of the Federal Government, Davis Field has a colorful history which began in 1936 with its first football competition on November 11, 1956.

A summary of athletic events history is provided by the ISU Athletic Department

 

Historic Davis Field ISU Campus
Renovated Davis Field
Davis Field ISU Campus construction in progress

Pocatello-Chubbuck Merger Advisory

Despite vote Pocatello-Chubbuck merger plan not dead yet

Idaho State Journal
By Shelbie Harris
Nov 9, 2020

While Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England says the result of the Bannock County advisory ballot question should put to rest any effort to consolidate Chubbuck and Pocatello into one city, the committee interested in studying the endeavor hasn’t yet decided its next steps. more

Bannock County voters shoot down study of proposed Pocatello-Chubbuck merger

Idaho State Journal
By Shelbie Harris
Nov 3, 2020

Bannock County voters rejected on Tuesday the plan to study a proposed Pocatello-Chubbuck merger. more

Sample Ballot District 28 and District 29

The Bannock County Advisory Question re support of exploring consolidation is on page 2 of the ballot.

Advisory question on 2020 ballot sparks debate on exploring consolidation between towns

KPVI
10/30/2020

Stephen Timm a Pocatello resident says he wouldn't support a consolidation between Pocatello and Chubbuck, a topic discussion that's been had for years.

"Not really. Chubbuck doesn't want to be consolidated the majority of the people there are against it and I don't blame them," says Timm.

More at KPVI


Pocatello-Chubbuck merger advisory

Some Background

From Randy Stapilus and the Ridenbaugh Press:

One City or two?

September 20, 2019
About a century ago a bunch of cities were located in northern Bannock County, in the area of Pocatello. There was Pocatello and Chubbuck and, among others, on the northwest side of the larger community, Fairview and North Pocatello. More

Idaho State Journal

By John O'Connell Sept 14, 2019

Proposal would combine Pocatello and Chubbuck into one city under new name
Pocatello City Council President Jim Johnston is championing a long-shot plan he’s convinced would result in big municipal savings, thereby easing a weighty tax burden on many Bannock County residents.

Nonetheless, Johnston acknowledges a lot of people won’t like the idea he’s espousing — especially if they live in Pocatello’s northern neighbor, Chubbuck.

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Pocatello High School Indians Mascot

Pocatello High School unveils new Thunder the Bison mascot logos

Pocatello Thunder

District 25 school board chooses Thunder as new mascot for Pocatello High School

Idaho State Journal
Shelbie Harris
12/17/2020

The Gate City’s oldest high school will adopt the Thunder as its new mascot.

After what will be 129 years in June 2021, Pocatello High School is officially retiring its Indians mascot and replacing it with the Thunder.

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Pocatello Thunder logo

School board picks Thunder to replace Pocatello Indians

KPVI Channel 6
12/15/2020

In September, the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District No. 25's Board of Trustees voted to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot at the end of this school year. Tonight, after months of debates, public surveys and work sessions the board made a surprising decision.

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Phantoms edge out Bison in recent survey for new Pocatello High School mascot, board to vote next week

Idaho State Journal
Shelbie Harris
12/8/2020

POCATELLO — Data obtained from over 1,100 responses to a recent Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 survey indicates a narrow majority supports the Phantoms to replace the Indians mascot and moniker for Pocatello High School.

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Board of Trustees leaning toward bison mascot for Pocatello High School

KPVI
12/8/2020

Since September, we've been following the process for selecting a new Pocatello High School mascot. Last month, the community was invited to take a survey about the top five choices. The votes are in and the Pocatello Bison and Pocatello Phantoms are the top two choices.

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OPINION COLUMN: Eradicating the Indians

Idaho State Journal
Steven McCurdy
12/5/2020

Dealing with the elites at School District 25 is always like going to war. They make every disagreement a battle, every dissent a lose-lose proposition. Save Pocatello High School is once again fighting the school district’s inability to listen to their constituents. It is why so many are pushing to have board members recalled.

Here are several reasons why:

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OPINION COLUMN: Without public comment

Idaho State Journal
Billie Johnson
12/5/2020

I first encountered Pocatello High School Principal Lisa Delonas at a funeral in January of 2014. Nineteen-year-old Nick Borzog-Omid died in a car accident on New Year’s Eve. Mrs. Delonas delivered his life sketch to the packed Catholic chapel on North Seventh Avenue.

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Letter: From staff and faculty of Pocatello High School

Idaho State Journal
Letters To Editor
12/3/22020

We, members of the staff and faculty of Pocatello High School, are in full support of changing the mascot and team names of our school.

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Letter: From staff and faculty of Pocatello High School

Idaho State Journal
Letters To Editor
12/3/2020

We, members of the staff and faculty of Pocatello High School, are in full support of changing the mascot and team names of our school.

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Letter: Proud to be an Indian

Idaho State Journal
Letters To Editor
12/2/2020

I graduated from Pocatello High School in 1955. I was proud to be an Indian and I do not consider myself as racist. The word Indian represents courage, resilience and strength.

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Former PHS student body president seeks to keep Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal
By Scott Kraus
Nov 18, 2020

POCATELLO — A Pocatello man with a deep history at Pocatello High School plans to attend the meeting of the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to advocate for the board to put the question of a new PHS mascot up for a public vote.

Jeff Edwards says that’s a better route to go than just having the board pick a name. more

PCSD seeks feedback about Pocatello High School mascot selection

Local News 8
11/18/2020

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees are seeking additional public feedback regarding the selection of a new mascot for Pocatello High School.

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Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees seeks additional public feedback regarding the PHS mascot selection

Idaho State Journal
Nov 18, 2020

POCATELLO – The Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees is seeking additional public feedback regarding the selection of a new mascot for Pocatello High School.

The survey will ask participants to consider the top four (4) choices with the addition of a 5th and modified mascot: Pocatello Bison; Pocatello Phantoms; Pocatello Thunder with a Bison mascot; Pocatello Thunder with Thunder mascot; and Pocatello Mountain Lions. more

Survey On line Pocatello High School Mascot Finalists Evaluation

5 replacements possible for Pocatello Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal
11/18/2020

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees forged ahead with deciding on a new mascot to replace the Indians mascot at a meeting in the district office on Tuesday evening in Pocatello. More

Pocatello High School Indians Mascot

District 25 releases replacement options for Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal
10/25/2020

POCATELLO — The community now has nine options to consider to replace the Indians as the official mascot of Pocatello High School.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees will discuss the options during a Nov. 10 work session and is expected to take action on a new mascot on Nov. 17.

The committee created an advisory survey — tinyurl.com/SD25-PHS-Mascot — to accept feedback on the short list of options from students, staff, alumni and the community at large.

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Letter: Thank you, Lisa Delonas

Letters to Editor
Idaho State Journal

10-27-2020

I'd like to thank Lisa Delonas for being a positive advocate for Pocatello High School students and our greater community. As a PHS neighbor and a parent of two future PHS students, I am thankful to her for seeking a positive mascot (or logo, if you want to split hairs) for the school, one that doesn't rely on a caricature of an entire group of people.

I am proud that my children will attend PHS and I cannot wait for her to be their principal and their high school memories to center something fun, like a mountain lion, a bison, a mustang. High school memories should never supplant the rights and dignity of people and I see a lot of people blaming her for a change that, by absolutely any real metric, should have happened decades ago

So thank you, Principal Delonas, and keep making Pocatello a place for everyone.

You're just spam

Idaho State Journal

10/24/2020
Steven McCurdy

A few local residents have referred to Pocatello citizens opinions expressed thru the Save Pocatello Indian Petition as spam. And that is exactly how SD25 is treating you. Here is why. More

 

Letter: Poky High School’s 'mascot' controversy

Letters To Editor
Idaho State Journal
Oct 23, 2020

I enjoyed Shelbie Harris’s well-written article on Poky High School’s “mascot” controversy (11 October, A1). This letter proposes to interject a degree of precision into the argument.

Controversies are more productively argued about when terms are accurately defined, a service best provided by standard dictionaries. This issue involves three aspects. One is nickname, “a descriptive name added to or replacing the actual name of a person, place, or thing.” School nicknames are normally but not always plural. “Indians” is the nickname for PHS—it’s not the mascot. Two is mascot, “a person, animal, or object” that in some way embodies the spirit of a group, “such as a sports team.” A mascot is a singular concept, a personification, usually, of the nickname. “Indians” is not a mascot. Three is logo, “a symbol . . . designed for easy and definite recognition.” Poky’s, in the photo of Joseph Felde, is a stylized Indian profile. more

Behind closed doors

Idaho State Journal
Oct 24, 2020
By Clayton Armstrong

The more I find out about the process of the name change of the Indian logo for Pocatello High School the more disgusted I become with the actions of the School District administrators, board members and especially Pocatello principal, Lisa Delonas. more

Pocatello High School wants input on nine possibilities for new mascot

KPVI

10-20-2020

Pocatello High School is moving forward with the process of selecting a new mascot.

A committee made up of alumni, parents, school staff and community members looked through 185 submissions and narrowed it down to nine possibilities.

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District 25 releases nine possible replacement mascot names for Pocatello High School Indians

Idaho State Journal

10-21-2020

POCATELLO — The community now has nine options to consider to replace the Indians as the official mascot of Pocatello High School.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees will discuss the options during a Nov. 10 work session and is expected to take action on a new mascot on Nov. 17. more

Decades of research supports mascot change

Idaho State Journal

10-17-2020

“As professionals, we are bound to recognize and implement the most current and relevant research in order to provide the best education and the best educational environment for our students.”

I made the above statement in my address at a school board meeting on Sept. 15.

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Lisa Delonas

Opposition to Pocatello High School Indians mascot change mounting

Idaho State Journal

10-09-2020

Though the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees has voted to retire the Pocatello High School Indians mascot effective June 2021, opposition to its departure is mounting. More

Letter: New names for Pocatello High School mascot

Letter to the Editor
Idaho State Journal
Oct 6, 2020
Pocatello High School is changing the name of its sports teams. Here are some suggestions for new ones:

Pocatello Pioneers

Pocatello Puma

Pocatello Platypus

Pocatello Porcupine

Pocatello Pilots

Pocatello Pelicans

Pocatello Panda

Pocatello Pill Bugs

Pocatello Poodles

I'm sure your readers can come up with many more. Please add to the list and send them to Pocatello/Chubbuck District 25 on facebook.com.

Keith Ellsworth & Karen (Mayer) Ellsworth,

Class of '73,

Pocatello

 

Pocatello High School Indians Mascot

The History and background of the Pocatello High School Indians Mascot begins in baseball.

Idaho State Journal

Editor’s Note

This is the first article in a four-part series on the history and origins of the Pocatello High School Indians mascot. 

History of Indians mascot is tied to baseball

Recently a question has resurfaced concerning Pocatello High School’s tradition of using the name “The Indians.” Such monikers provide a sense of group identity and belonging that is hard to define, but deeply felt. So the words “history” and “tradition” play a large part in the discussions. More

History and background of the Pocatello High School mascot

Idaho State Journal

Editor’s Note

This is the second article in a four-part series.

The man behind the PHS Indians name

The man behind the Pocatello Indians baseball club of 1900 was a local celebrity named Billy Trapp. Billy first appeared in Hailey, Challis, and Clayton in the 1880s as an amicable gambler, saloon owner, and musician. He eventually moved to Pocatello where his reputation grew. Billy loved horse racing, loved women and loved baseball. More

The original Pocatello school built in 1892 that would become Pocatello High School, but in the beginning they were not "the Indians." The "Pocatello Indians" was a private baseball club.

History and background of the Pocatello High School mascot

Idaho State Journal

Editor’s Note

This is the third article in a four-part series. 

Pocatello High becomes home of the Indians

Pocatello did not stay small for long — 1903 was the land rush and the city boomed. As early as 1907 Pocatello High School had enough students to field sports teams in baseball and football. More

Pocatello High School Mascot

The Medicine Men Club page from the 1935 Pocatello High School yearbook. Advisor Wayne Whitlow is on the far right holding a bow.

 

History and background of the Pocatello High School mascot

Idaho State Journal

Editor’s Note

This is the fourth article in a four-part series .

Pocatello High School once again makes local history with mascot retirement

In 1946, the Pocatello High School yearbook had something new on its cover — a cartoon of an Indian with a mohawk and spear. The cartoon theme continues throughout the book. The Medicine Men are apparently gone, but the cheer club continues the tradition of wearing headdresses. Beneath their photo in large text reads, “Youuuu Redskins, Fight!!” More

 

Pocatello High School Sign

 

D. 25 trustees open to more discussion on proposed PHS Indians mascot retirement 

Idaho State Journal

9-11-2020
POCATELLO — The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees will have the opportunity Tuesday night to take action on a proposal to retire the Indian as Pocatello High School’s mascot. More

It's time to retire the Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal

9-11-2020
I would like to take a moment to share a few of my thoughts regarding Pocatello High School’s mascot. More

On June 13, 2016 the Idaho State Journal published this article

According to school Principal Lisa Delonas, the company will refurbish the sign — paint and fix rust spots, build a cabinet around the sign and add neon lights so the sign can shine again.

Lisa

Records show Tribes' wavering support of PHS Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal

9-15-2020
POCATELLO — The stance of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Pocatello High School’s use of the Indians moniker and mascot has been one of both support and opposition over the years. More

School District 25 board votes in favor of retiring Pocatello High School Indians mascot

Idaho State Journal

9-17-2020
POCATELLO — It was standing room only during the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening, which ushered in the end of a century-plus-long run for the Pocatello High School Indians mascot. More

Pocatello High School Retires 'Indians' Mascot

Boise Weekly

For more than 100 years, Pocatello High School's mascot was the Indians. That century ended on Sept. 15, when the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Board of Trustees voted 5-1 in favor of retiring that mascot, the Idaho State Journal reports.

INDIANS NO MORE

Idaho State Journal

To say that I was disappointed in the Pocatello/Chubbuck school board’s decision to retire the mascot “Indian” of Pocatello High School would be a huge understatement. But there are some pertinent facts and statements that need to be pointed out to the public. More

Holt Arena Idaho State University

Holt Arena Idaho State University

Holt Arena's 50th Anniversary

Holt Arena Idaho State UniversityHolt Arena is an indoor arena, multi-purpose athletic stadium which hosts Idaho State University and local area high school sporting events. Included are ISU football, indoor track and field events, the Simplot Games high school indoor track meet, high school football and other sporting events, rodeos, concerts and community events.

Holt Arena was originally named ASISU Minidome - named after the Associated Students of Idaho State University, who funded construction.

It was Milton W. "Dubby" Holt, Idaho State University’s Athletic Director in the late 1960’s, who first suggested the idea of an enclosed football stadium. The idea was considered very radical at the time and was met with a great deal of criticism. Despite this, the idea was presented to the student body and was approved by a student vote in January 1968. Construction began on October 1, 1968 and was completed in September of 1970.

The mini dome was the first enclosed stadium in Idaho, and the first covered football stadium built on a college campus. After it was completed for what was considered a reasonable price—2.8 million dollars—other domed stadiums began cropping up all over the country.

The stadium was built entirely with funds from a voluntary student fee increase.

Statistics: The building is 400 by 420 feet, enclosing 194,400 square feet of building floor area.  The structure is recessed 20 feet below grade, and rises 89 feet above grade giving it a clear span at center of 103 feet. It contains both a 12,000-seat football field and an 8,000-seat basketball court.

It is the largest public facility in eastern Idaho.

History of the Mini-Dome – Whitney Fenwick

"The iconic Holt Arena, more lovingly known to past generations as the Mini Dome, is the source of much delight for Pocatello residents and Idaho State University family alike. The time was ripe with progress both on the national level, with the first moon landing in 1969 and, on a more local scale, with the first collegiate covered dome under construction. Idaho State University was officially on the map for a one of a kind sports arena." Read entire article

Holt Arena under construction

Celebrating 50 Years of Holt Arena

POCATELLO, IdahoThis whole thing may never have happened, if not for hunting season.

The development of Idaho State University's famous multipurpose facility, originally branded the Minidome and forever to be known as Holt Arena, stemmed from marketing desperation. Milton "Dubby" Holt, ISU's athletic director, determined that the solution to drawing more fans to football games than the Spud Bowl attracted was playing at night, a fairly novel concept in the 1960s.

Moving the games indoors was even more creative. And the building that bears Holt's name is being celebrated in 2020 after a half-century of history and highlights, having been funded by bonds to be repaid with increased student fees and serving as an inspiration to other on-campus venues around the country.

Holt is remembered as "a very visionary person," says Mike King, the arena's first manager. Read entire article

Holt Arena’s 50th Anniversary

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Resources for your Small Business:

The local office for SBA is:

Idaho State University SBDC – ISU College of Business
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Pocatello, ID 83209-8020
208.244.8521

Chief Pocatello

Chief Pocatello – The Indian Chief for whom Pocatello was named

Chief Pocatello
Chief Pocatello

In the early 1800’s the Shoshone Indians lived and roamed in what is now known as northern Utah and southeast Idaho. Bands of Indians would move throughout the region with the season finding food and shelter suitable for the time of year. A band of the Shoshone tribe was led by one who later became known as Chief Pocatello. Some say his actual name was Tonaioza (meaning buffalo robe.) Born in 1815 he grew up in the area now known as northern Utah. Details of his life vary, but what stands out today is that his leadership was vital to the survival of his tribe during a tumultuous time in U.S. history.

Massacre Camp
Massacre Camp

In the early 1800’s the way of life of the Shoshone Indians was interrupted by settlers from the Midwest going west for various reasons. These settlers traveled the Oregon and California Trails which cut through the heart of the area the Indians relied on for food and sustenance. The seeming limitless resources the Indians survived on were being absorbed and destroyed by non-native settlers and pioneers passing through.

According to one authority:

“Pocatello and his people felt the pressure as travelers and settlers encroached on their homeland, destroyed game and native plant communities and killed their tribesmen. And, the chief and his warriors were known for their swift retaliation.”

Looking out for his people

As the westward expansion continued so did the frequency of conflicts between natives and non-natives. In 1858 the federal government ordered the U.S. Army into the Utah Territory, resulting in full-scale conflict between the U.S. and the Shoshone.

In retaliation, in August 1862, Chief Pocatello led an attack against the settlers. The attack occurred on the Snake River, now known as Massacre Rocks State Park. Several members of the wagon train were killed. In January 1863 Colonel Patrick Edward Connor led the U.S. Army troops in an attack on the Shoshone settlement in the Bear River area of southeastern Idaho killing more than 400 Shoshone, including women and children.

Warned of Connor’s advance, Pocatello led his people out of harm’s way in January of 1863 to Malad Valley.  To quote an historian

“To make that decision to leave in the dead of winter says a lot about his insight.”

Another chief and his band were largely destroyed.

Seeing the power of U.S. forces, Pocatello agreed to relocate his people. In 1868 Pocatello moved his people to a newly established reservation along the Snake River, the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Living on the reservation, Chief Pocatello endured broken promises and treaty agreements from the federal government. The chief withdrew from participation in reservation affairs and lived his remaining years in discontent. In October 1884 the chief died. According to his instructions, his body, along with his clothing, guns, knives, and hunting equipment were bound together and tossed into a deep spring in southern Idaho. Eighteen horses were also slaughtered and rolled into the spring on top of the chief.

The coming of the railroads

In 1881 the Oregon Short Line Railroad was organized and subsequently joined up with the Utah & Northern railroad at a spot in the heart of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  Chief Pocatello granted a right of way which allowed the railroad to cross the reservation. The railroad developed a settlement and built the Pacific hotel and station.  Although there was no land open for settlement, there quickly grew up a typical frontier town where excitement ran high. Vice was rampant and saloons and gambling knew no hours. The U.S. government purchased two thousand acres of reservation land from the Indians to be used as a town-site.

Railroad officials suggested  the name Shoshone for the settlement but after a dispute as to relevancy, the name Pocatello was appropriately selected.

Founded in 1889, Pocatello was so named in honor of Chief Pocatello. xxxx