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Ongoing vandalism costing Portneuf Wellness Complex thousands

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POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - There's an ongoing vandalism problem at the Portneuf Wellness Complex.

Alongside busted-in bathroom stall doors, broken camera mounts, run-down fences and graffiti, is another issue of vandalism that's costing the Complex thousands of dollars a year.

People are throwing the rocks that line the lake into the water and ice, repeatedly.

“When they take those rocks off and make it completely barren, it’s something we’ve got to go get more rocks to replace, and it’s pretty labor intensive,” said Guy Patterson, the director of the Complex and Bannock County Event Center.

The rocks serve a purpose besides aesthetics: they hold down and protect the liner around the artificial lake.

“It really is like thousands of dollars worth of rocks that are being thrown into the lake in the winter and the summer,” Patterson said.

Patterson assumes the vandals are not malicious, but are probably kids and people who don't know they're causing so much damage.

Either way, he's hoping educating the public on the issue (as well as using heavier rocks) will stop the continuous problem.

“Then we can use the money we’re spending on replacing rocks that have already been purchased, we can spend on things we’d enjoy more like concerts, movies, things at the amphitheater,” Patterson said.

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Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.



  1. Just a thought; how about setting up a couple of miniguns with motion detectors? MOST non-personal crimes–burglaries, thefts, etc. have at least SOME abstract ‘logic’. i.e. “I want that, somebody else has it, so I’ll TAKE it.” Vandalism–and its kin, monkey tracks/graffiti–has not even the most inane sense to it. 🙁

  2. I agree broken throwing arms, broken legs, maybe a kick or two into the ‘gnads or that particular area since many don’t have ‘gnads at birth and some don’t later in life; however, a Dillon mini-gun, as cool as they are is most likely not the problem.

    But I do like your thinking to make it hurt to stop these morons. This is a beautiful complex, I have walked it a few times.

    Only proves there are morons in Idaho just like CA and NYC.

    1. Or, J Weld, it proves we’re IMPORTING too many.
      Regardless HOW badly you and I feel about it, depending on my mood-of-the-moment, the mini-gun/motion detectors might be a ‘tad’ severe, but vandalisms/monkey-tracks are very low on the list of crimes police have to address. This is completely understandable.
      Even WERE the P.o.S.’s to be caught, Larry the Lawyer would most likely get charges bargained down to ‘probation’, ad infinitum, to help the ‘overpaid and underworked’ prosecutor(s).
      It, as with the infinitely changing/rechanging, mandating (but not ORDERING because THAT might cost votes!!!) COVID-19 ‘responses’, is simply one of “society’s” many proofs of the old Texas(?) adage: “Some people are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.” Y’all have one of those good days everybody keeps talkin’ about, J Weld1 😉

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