Rocky Mountain Power, Rexburg Tabernacle Celebrate Centennial Year
August 08, 2012
REXBURG, Idaho — Rocky Mountain Power and the Rexburg Tabernacle marked their 100th birthdays today in a combined celebration.
Idaho’s Lieutenant Governor Brad Little, former Idaho Senator Mark Ricks, Rexburg Mayor Richard Woodland and Rocky Mountain Power President & CEO Richard Walje addressed citizens as well as business and community leaders.
To honor its customers in Idaho, Rocky Mountain Power contributed to the restoration of the Tabernacle. The new energy efficient windows were custom made to match the historical appearance of the old ones, but help prevent transmission of heat in or out, making the building more comfortable year-round and reducing power costs.
Walje thanked the many volunteers who have already donated and continue to donate time and money to the Tabernacle’s restoration. “Joining those efforts was the right way to commemorate our company’s legacy in Rexburg,” he said. “We are honored to be part of the restoration of this beautiful historic building.”
The Rexburg Tabernacle, constructed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1912, has been important to Rexburg residents for many years. The Tabernacle was purchased by the City of Rexburg after the building sustained major damage when the Teton Dam collapsed and flooded the surrounding area in 1976.
The Tabernacle’s basement houses the Upper Snake River Valley Historical Society’s Teton Flood Museum, which has an extensive collection of films, photos, and other memorabilia from the disaster. After the dam collapsed Rocky Mountain Power mobilized more than 400 employees to respond and rebuild the area’s electric system.
“The building really needed some TLC, and we’re especially proud of the fact we’re helping the Tabernacle become more energy efficient,” said Glen Pond, Rocky Mountain Power’s customer and community manager for the area. “We saw this as a great tie-in with our own centennial.”
The Tabernacle is used as a civic auditorium that seats 1,000 people for graduations, plays, concerts and other community events. This evening’s celebration was held prior to the City of Rexburg Art Council’s Wednesday Night Music Program featuring violinist Shannon Packer.
For additional information, call Rocky Mountain Power toll-free at 1-888-221-7070, or visit rockymountainpower.net.