Document 430595

At left, Boise resident and retired
teacher/inventor Tom Tracy sits at
the back of the room behind
students and parents at the
At left, a downtown Eagle business
owner urges elected officials to
consider purchaging the Goldman
lot on the southeast corner of Eagle
Road and Old State Street for
Young Entrepreneurs
Academy (YEA!)
downtown Eagle parking
for customers and merchants
during the busiest shopping season
of the year. Read longtime coffee
shop/bakery owner Naomi
Preston’s plea on Page 6.
information session last Saturday.
Another will be held November 17
at 6:00 p.m. at the West Ada School
District Training Center.
(See photos, article on Page 9)
w. Ada County
since August
Valley Times
November 17, 2014
Volume 14, Number 46
To subscribe,
call Tom at (208)
841-0461. For
advertising, call
Becky at (208)
50 cents
Early snowfall hits,
buries valley floor
BOISE– A snowstorm that dumped several inches in the Treasure Valley came as a welcome sight for winter sports enthusiasts.
But skiers and snowboarders may still have to wait to hit the
slopes. Bogus Basin manager Alan Moore said Friday morning
the mountain has gotten about seven inches of snow. More piled
up by the afternoon.
But Moore said they need at least four more inches of snow
before they start thinking about opening. And even that much snowfall is no guarantee parts of the mountain won’t be left bare.
“Once you get to that point, you’ve got to go out in a cat and
see how it lays down,” he said.
The storm is slated to slow into the afternoon and evening,
which would leave Bogus still several inches short.
“We’re definitely in the wait and see,” he said.
Brundage Mountain reported six inches of snow by Friday
morning, and officials there say they are also looking for a lot
more. There needs to be at least 18 inches in order to properly
groom and pack the slopes.
When they hit those accumulation levels, Brundage Mountain
(Continued in next columns, across at right and above)
NASA astronaut shares stories of life
aboard the International Space Station
NASA astronaut and Boise State Professor of the Practice Steve
Swanson shared stories about his time aboard the International
Space Station last Wednesday in the BSU Student Union Simplot
Swanson spent six months in orbit on the ISS from March to
September 2014. In May, he took over as commander of Expedition 40.
Swanson, who has a Ph.D. in computer science, became an
astronaut in 1998. His flight experience includes two space shuttle
missions and one long-duration mission on the International Space
Station. On the 2007 Atlantis shuttle mission, Swanson helped
deliver, install and repair equipment and performed two spacewalks
on the space station. On 2009’s Discovery shuttle mission to the
space station, he again delivered and installed equipment and performed two spacewalks. As commander of the International Space
Station’s Expedition 40, he led the team of astronauts and cosmonauts and conducted science and technology experiments.
Swanson and his family live
in Houston, Texas. His parents
live in Eagle, Idaho.He is one
of five BSU Professors of the
Practice. The program identifies
talented and accomplished business, scientific and artistic leaders from around the country and
beyond and invites them to bring
world-class experience and excitement to Boise State students.
Others are artist Benjamin Victor, Whole Foods CEO Walter
Robb, filmmaker Ben Shedd
and journalist and movie animaSteve Swanson
tor Steve Moore.
Ten inches of snow made driving dangerous starting last Thursday night. (
will open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before opening for the whole week Dec. 12.
Sun Valley, which got only four inches of snow, will open Thanksgiving Day. Tamarack also got
four inches at the base, and is scheduled to open mid-December. (Source:
MVHS engages local community...November is the time of year when many of us will give
thanks for all the goodness in our lives. Giving back to our community creates a climate that
becomes wonderfully systemic and seems to have an amazing impact. At the Meridian Valley
Humane Society, we understand how important it is to engage our local community and to enhance
the knowledge and understanding of what we are about. Without our volunteers’ kindness and
caring, MVHS would not be able to continue to care for our dogs as we do. Currently, MVHS has
about 111 very dedicated volunteers. – By Bob Berman
See Page 5 for numbers that indicate the importance of our volunteers.
Meridian dog shelter celebrates first year
Many of the 111 volunteers at the Meridian Valley Humane Society were recognized at a party
on November 8 at 191 N. Linder Road featuring awards, cake and punch.
“We currently have 10-12 dogs and a capacity of 20,” said Debbie Decker, MVHS Board President.
“We’re small and get to know our dogs very well to match them up with people.” The operation
receives no government funding “and is totally volunteer and donation driven,” she said.
A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning just north of the shelter allows volunteers to walk the dogs in
a penned area between the properties. Dutch Bros. Coffee reps showed up recently with a check for
$4,200 and the Idaho Stampede will do a sponsorship in February.
“We’re totally grass roots,” said volunteer Carolyn Sinnard.
Adorable small canines in cages await their ‘fur-ever’ homes
or, until that happens, a walk.
Darlene Graham and Molly
Valley Times
Page 2
November 17, 2014
Eagle hires first-ever Water Superintendent
Ken Acuff is sworn in at the November 10th council meeting.
Kellie Rekow introduced Ken Acuff at the special November 10th City Council meeting. The
new Water Superintendent, the first-ever in the City of Eagle, will start in about a month and brings
many years of experience as owner/operator of Kenaco Excavation and five years as Lead Maintenance and Operations Operator of the Meridian Heights Water and Sewer District.
“I’m looking forward to bringing some structure (to the department) and working with the staff
and developers,” he said.
On the consent agenda, Council members approved a noise waiver request on May 16, 2015
until midnight to accommodate a private wedding ceremony and reception at Crooked Flats; approved the final plat for Henry’s Fork Subdivision No. 3 (FP-09-14); approved the findings of fact
and conclusions of law, including a development agreement modification, development agreement
in lieu of a planned unit development (PUD) and preliminary plat
for Gateway Subdivision (RZ-07-13 MOD and PP-04-14); approved the findings of fact and conclusions of law for Spring Valley Subdivision No. 1 (PP-06-12); and granted an appeal of the
Zoning Administrator’s decision to deny the issuance of a building permit for Russ and Janet Buschert to construct a 902-squarefoot greenhouse/shed within their front yard setback on 3.962 acres
located at 235 W. Floating Feather Road (AA-01-14).
In other business, Council members approved an annexation,
rezone from RUT (Rural-Urban Transition, an Ada County land
use designation) and A-R (Agricultural-Residential, up to one unit
per five acres) to R-3-DA (Residential, up to three units per acre
with a development agreement) and a preliminary plat for Banbury
Meadows Subdivision No. 8 (A-02-14/RZ-02-14 and PP-01-14).
The 29-lot (26 buildable and three common) site is on 11.81 acres
on the west side of S. Chipper Way 50 feet north of its intersection
with W. Oakhampton Drive.
Representing Banbury Meadows, LLC, Becky McKay of Engineering Solutions said the site is “surrounded by the golf course
and nine lots abut it.” Despite its name, the subdivision is not part
of the homes comprised by the Banbury Meadows homeowners
association and that group doesn’t want to include it because they
Becky McKay
fear it will drive up their maintenance costs. HOA President Linda
Bennett said, “We have not decided whether to annex it. We’re concerned about inadequate pressurized irrigation.”
McKay said it’s unusual for such a project to feature so much open space and designing it has
proven to be a challenge. “We’re right on the cusp of economic viability,” she said.
(Continued in next columns, across and at right)
Four generations of the Acuff family attended last week’s
meeting. From left, son Nathan, wife Pam, son Kerry (behind
granddaughter Lilly), Ken and father-in-law Duane Jenkins.
Two Eagle residents honored on Veterans Day
Two residents of Eagle were among the veterans and volunteers who received Spirit of Freedom Service Awards on November 11 at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise.
Douglas P. Foote was one of seven veterans who received the
award presented by Bob Ford from the office of Idaho Sen. Mike
Crapo. The others were Thomas L. Couch, Gerald E. “Jerry” Feil,
Sr., Todd Bramhall, Milton D. Smith, Robert E. Lenigan of Star
and Gerald A. Hanson. Foote served more than 20 years in the Air
National Guard and earned many honors for his distinguished service. He was nominated by the American Legion Middleton Post
39. He and his wife, Janis, donated their pet and livestock sitting
business services to veterans in need.
Mary May was one of four volunteers honored. The others were
Mark Kathleen Caldwell, Sam Wonacott and Barry Kelson. May
was nominated by James Earp, Administrator of the Idaho State
Veterans Cemetery, where she has volunteered since May 2014.
She has been a long-time volunteer for military-related causes, is
founder and chair of the Eagle Food and Wine Festival and the
Central Valley Expressway Coalition. She is also current chair of
the board of the College of Western Idaho.
Shona Carter, 7, wields the oversized scissors with an assist from her parents, Jacob and
Donna at the Meridian Chamber of Commerce event on November 12th.
Cacicia’s Cucinas continues on in The Village
Doug Foot is escorted by
Cassie Hettinga, a member of
Kuna High’s student council.
Mary May with award
MERIDIAN – How do you pronounce this business name? Not to be facetious, capricious or
egregious, just say “Sa-keesh-as” with the accent on the second syllable and you’re correct.
Owners Jacob and Donna Carter purchased Cacicia’s Cucinas earlier this year. The restaurant at
3630 E. Monarch Sky Lane, Suite 100 in The Village, features Old World Sicilian Foods and is open
from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.
“Cucinas means ‘kitchen’ in Italian,” Jacob said, adding the business employs seven local residents who stayed on during and after the transition. Jacob’s recommendations on the menu include
from the Pasta list, “Fettuccini Aldredo;” from the Grata, the Basil Bruschetta Burger;” from the
Melts, “The Godfather.” Your children will enjoy the Kids Menu. Try “Shona’s Special,” grilled
chicken with the choice of a juice box or chocolate milk, fries or baby carrots or a fruit snack.
For more information about Cacicia’s Cucinas including catering your next event during the
holiday season, call 893-5020.
November 17, 2014
Eagle City Council results from November 10
(Ccontinued from previous page)
Council members also approved a development agreement
modification and a preliminary plat for Eagle Lofts Subdivision
(RZ-14-06 MOD 2 and PP-03-14), an 82-lot (76 buildable, five
common and one private street) site on 18.58 acres on the south
side of Riverside Drive 1,600 feet west of the intersection of Riverside and S. Edgewood Lane.
At the applicant’s request, the council continued to November
25 CU-05-00 MOD, a request by Banbury Meadows, LLC, for a
conditional use permit for a height exception to add 60-foot-high
poles and safety netting along the east side of the driving range at
the golf course.
Council approved after a public hearing with no testimony
proposed new fees to cover the cost of the city’s recreation programs. Members also approved Resolution 14-25 that establishes
a fee schedule for recreation programs coordinated by the Parks
and Recreation Department.
Council continued to a future meeting a request for the Mayor
to sign a letter to the Idaho Transportation Department stating the
City of Eagle will be responsible for the maintenance of a future
yet to be funded or built pedestrian/bicycle walkway/bridge crossing the north channel of the Boise River on Eagle Road. Parks and
Recreation Director Mike Aho was authorized to proceed with submission of grant applications.
Members remanded back to staff a proposed contract between
the city and the Skyhawks organization for youth sports programs.
Council members remanded Resolution 14-14 establishing a
city communication policy to council for revision and simplification, approved Resolution 14-19 establishing a city board/committee/commission appointment policy and remanded Resolution
14-16 establishing a city social media policy to council and staff
for review.
The council also set a December 10, 2014 deadline for submission of the Eagle Road/State Street intersection surveys. The
online survey is available at
EagleRoadStateStreetIntersection. Only one survey submission per
computer is allowed. The hardcopy survey is available at Eagle
City Hall. Instructions accompany each survey. Respondents are
encouraged to review the definitions of the intersection alternatives and evaluation criteria before taking the survey.
Eagle Senior Center activities
• Tuesday, November 18th: Noon, lunch; and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle. Speakers are on the activities list.
• Wednesday, November 19th: 9:00 a.m., Fit & Fallproof Exercise
Class; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Bridge. Van available for medical appointments; call 440-0266.
• Thursday, November 20th: Noon, lunch: 12:45-2:00 p.m., Bingo;
and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle.
• Friday, November 21st: 9:00 a.m., Fit and Fallproof Exercise Class;
and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle class.
• Monday, November 24th: 9:00 a.m., Fit and Fallproof Exercise
For more information, call 939-0475.
Meridian Senior Center activities
• Tuesday, November 18th: Noon, lunch; and 1:00 p.m., Art Class
and Board meeting.
• Wednesday, November 19th: 9:30 a.m., yoga; 10:00 a.m.,
Alzheimer’s Care Support Group and Home, Health & Misc. Fair; noon,
lunch; 1:00 p.m., Pinochle; and 7:30 p.m., dance lessons.
• Thursday, November 20th: 8:30 a.m., foot clinic (call 463-8834
for appointment); 11:00 a.m., Mah Jongg; noon, lunch; 12:30 p.m., attorney visits (membership & signup required); and 1:00 p.m., quilting.
• Friday, November 21st: 9:30 a.m., Zumba; 11:45 a.m., Association meeting; noon, lunch; 1:00 p.m., Canasta; and 4:00 p.m., doors open
for Black Out Bingo.
• Monday, November 24th: 9:30 a.m., Stretch and Tone; noon,
lunch; and 1:00 p.m., Dominoes.
For information, call 888-5555. (Note: There is a $2 charge for all
Area Senior Center lunch menu
• Tuesday, November 18th: Enchiladas with Sour Cream, refried
beans, corn and 2% milk.
• Wednesday, November 19th: Beef Goulash, Oriental blend
veggies, fruit, whole wheat bread and 2% milk.
• Thursday, November 20th: Turkey with Stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, roll and 2%
• Friday, November 21st: Lemon Dill Fish with Tartar Sauce, rice,
Scandinavian blend vegggies, juice, whole wheat bread and 2% milk.
(Note: Star & Kuna centers will have a turkey dinner)
• Monday, November 24th: Chicken Alfredo with Pasta, beets, fruit,
whole wheat bread and 2% milk.
For more information, call 888-5555 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Lunch is served at the Eagle Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
Valley Times
Ada Community Library Victory Branch, 10664 W. Victory
Road (corner of Five Mile & Victory roads, will host a second round
of five free “Let’s Talk About it”
scholar-led book discussions from
the NEH and ALA of Bridging
Cultures: Muslim Journeys with
the theme Connected Histories.
The discussions will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. on November 19
and Leo Africanus by Amin
Maalouf on December 10. Dr.
Megan Dixon & Dr. Maimuna Islam (Dali) from The College of
Idaho will be the group scholars.
Books are available through
the LYNX library hold system or
at Victory. A Worlds Connect program on Nigeria will be at the Meridian Library Main Branch in November. Visit www. adalib. org/victory, the Worlds Connect FaceBook
page or call 362-0181.
Send your news to [email protected] Deadline is every Friday at noon.
Questions? Call 407-5224.
A designated driver is as
close as a local phone call. “Let
us drive you home.” Safe transportation for late nighters on the
weekend in Meridian, Eagle,
Star, Garden City and Hidden
Springs areas. Even a first-time
DUI conviction can cost upwards of $10,000 in fines, court
costs and attorney fees. Protect
yourself and your assets and life
safety. Play it smart and avoid
costly mistakes. For more information, call 631-7744.
Whether it’s your company’s party or a celebration
with friends or family, check out
the local pros at My Masterpiece Parties at 603 E. State
Street in downtown Eagle. Call
Michelle at 938-1370.
Star Senior Center
Center hours are 10:00 a.m.
to 1:45 p.m. during the week.
Lunch and bus rides are on a
donation basis. Enjoy Dominoes
and shooting pool before lunch
each Wednesday and Friday.
Bingo is played after lunch each
Wednesday and Friday, and Pinochle each Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Books, books on tape, VCR/
DVD movies and CDs/cassette
tapes are available in the office.
The bus is available for pickup
if you need a ride to the center;
call the number below. For information, call 286-7943. Come
visit the center; it’s a great place
to “hang out.”
Integrity Computer
Consulting & Repair
(208) 288-4345
Page 3
Idaho Power one of 40 ‘Best Energy Companies’
For the third year running, Idaho Power is ranked among the
40 “Best Energy Companies” in the nation. Listed under parent
company IDACORP, Idaho Power first appeared on the “Fortnightly 40” in 2012, and has moved up the rankings every year
“IDACORP continues a remarkable three-year climb to the
17th position, up from its 39th-place debut in 2012,” said Michael
Burr, author of the Fortnightly 40. “Its rise has been fueled
by…strong, sustainable growth metrics.”
The Fortnightly 40 is compiled each year by Public Utilities
Fortnightly, an industry trade magazine. The rigorous grading criteria measures utilities’ long-term performance vs. their ability to
adapt, and ranks them according to operating efficiency, asset utilization and financial leverage.
“At Idaho Power, we provide reliable, responsible, fair-priced
energy services,” said Idaho Power President and CEO Darrel
Anderson. “We’re proud to be among 2014’s Fortnightly 40.”
Student art contest winners announced
Idaho Power announced the winners in its annual Energy
Awareness Month art contest held in October across its service
area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. Nearly 2,000 works of
art were submitted in the following categories: Electrical Safety
(Ouch the Outlet), Ways to Save Energy and What Does Energy/
Electricity Mean to You? The contest is designed to bring energy
education into the classroom and engage students and families to
think about energy in a fun way. Entries were judged on content,
creativity and originality.
Both overall and regional winners were recognized. Overall
winners in the “Ways to Save” category were Alexis White (3rd5th grades) from Pocatello, Sarah Anewalt (6th-8th grades) from
Boise and Hailey Voth (9th-12th grades) from Caldwell. In the
“Energy/Electricity” category, overall winners were Meghan
Nowak (3rd-5th grades) from Twin Falls, Benjamin Castillo (6th8th grades) from Kuna and Widya Azhar (9th-12th grades) from
Caldwell. And the winning artist, overall, for “Ouch the Outlet”
was 2nd-grader Jake Brown from Pocatello. Both students and their
teachers will receive gift cards.
To see Overall and Regional winning artwork, go to idaho
Snake River flows increase below Hells Canyon
Flows in the Snake River below Hells Canyon are currently
being managed by Idaho Power to benefit spawning fall chinook
salmon. Idaho Power recently increased those flows below Hells
Canyon Dam to 9,200 cubic feet per second (cfs). Boaters, anglers and others using the river below Hells Canyon Dam can expect flows to be at or near that level until early- to mid-December.
Idaho Power’s Fall Chinook Flow program provides steady
flows below Hells Canyon Dam to provide optimum conditions
for spawning fall chinook salmon. Since this program began more
than 20 years ago, the number of salmon nests (redds) counted
below the dam has increased dramatically. You can see a chart,
and additional information about the program, on Idaho Power’s
web site,
Idaho Power will provide updates if there are significant
changes to flows below Hells Canyon Dam. We will provide an
update in early December to let the public know when Fall Chinook spawning flows are set to end. Updated flow information for
Hells Canyon is at
WaterInformation/default.cfm. Information about flows provided
on the company website and flow monitors are approximate and
are subject to change, depending on generation and system reliability needs
I-84, Meridian Road Interchange update
Work continues on the east half of the new bridge over I-84.
Crews are constructing the bridge piers, columns and walls and
have begun construction to rebuild the east half of Meridian Road
between Overland Road and the interstate ramps.
For more information on this project, see the project web site
The Meridian Senior Center
will host a
815 Main Street
in downtown Meridian
Health and Home Fair
‘We offer professional
service and affordable rates’
November 19, 2014
10:00-11:45 a.m.
in the Center’s Art and Exercise Room
Come and check out the latest vendors!
Page 4
Valley Times
November 17 , 2014
A Look Back in Lila Hill
Community Calendar events
(The Meridian History Center is to the left of the front door
of City Hall. Photos and other items are on display. The center’s
hours are Monday through Friday from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Volunteers
are needed to help us stay open more days. The Meridian Historical Society wishes to add to its collection of the Polk Directories of
Boise City and Ada County. If you
have any and would like to donate
them, they may be left at the History
Center any afternoon between 1:00
and 3:00 or at the City Clerk’s Office
during office hours from 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. For more information, visit historycente
/meridian-idaho, www.meridiancity.
org/HPC and Facebook. Looking for
Meridian history source materials?
Your local library has They Came to
Lila Hill
Build a Community by Hill and
Davidson, 1986; Before the Times, Meridian Historical Society
1885-1909 extracts; and “History of the Meridian School District”
by Doug Rutan, a doctoral thesis. The History Center at Meridian
City Hall has copies of the first-named book for $15 and Before the
Times for $25. The office is open from 1:00-3:00 p.m. weekdays.
The Meridian Times is available on microfilm at the Idaho State
Historical Library and Archives in Boise. It is located on the righthand side of the road as you approach the old penitentiary and is
open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00
p.m. Call the center at 489-0602; leave a message.
100 Years Ago
Meridian Times
November 20th, 1914
Sixteen carloads of Boise Valley horses were shipped last week
to Canada and from there to England to be used as British cavalry
mounts. They brought a good price.
A marriage license was issued yesterday in Boise to Raymond
P. Gregory of Meridian and Mabel C. Rivers of Boise.
One of the needs of Meridian is a telephone installed at the
post office. A public institution of the kind should not be without
this necessary adjunct to every well-equipped business house. That
the former postmaster was able to secure a phone at a less price
through his connection with the company has nothing to do with
the case. Let’s have a telephone at the post office, as it is needed by
the merchants and patrons every day.
The Rural High School will have a cross country run on Saturday, November 21st, for which there are nineteen entries to-date.
The course will be five miles in length beginning at the school and
the finish line at the post office. Prizes will be donated by local
business owners. Those entered are William Rose, O.C. Thurman,
Leland Linn, Ross McCallister, Harvey Powers, Clarence Irvin,
Raymond Wolfe, Woodford Wagner, Harold Linn, Lloyd Hutchinson, Willie Jones, Alvin Hashbarger, Raymond Hutchinson, John
Williamson, Jess Evans, Joe Williamson, Wilfred Allison, Alva
Hawks and Quincy Adams.
Seventy-five years ago Meridian Times November 17th , 1939
Meridian High School’s fast football team closed the season
here on Saturday before a crowd of fans as they held the Vale,
Oregon team to a 6-6 score. Meridian closed the season as the championship team for the “A” district.
The Amity Ladies Club voted to purchase a coffee pot, dishpan and five dozen coffee cups for use at the Amity schoolhouse.
The local Lions Club and the Occident Club joined in entertaining the faculty from the Meridian and outlying school districts.
A play about how a women’s club is conducted was given by the
Occident Club.
Fifty Years Ago Meridian News-Times November 19th, 1964
More than 400 student musicians representing 10 area high
schools will appear in a public concert this Saturday evening at the
high school in Meridian at 7:30. A 70-voice honor choir will sing
at the concert. Randall Spicer, director of bands at Washington State
University at Pullman, will be the clinician. (The same Randall
Spicer was clinician from the University of Colorado when I was
in high school. – lh) General chairman for the host group will be
MHS Principal John C. Riddlemoser.
School officials are studying plans for a new building. Supt. J.
Lowell Scott said the greatest student overloads at present are at
Southside (now Mary McPherson) and Meridian grade schools.
The new building will be financed with proceeds from the six-mil
Plant Facilities Fund levy approved by voters last May 4th.
Rev. C.A. Slaughter of Meridian Assembly of God Church returned home on Monday after giving a series of special sermons in
the First Assembly of God Church in Pocatello last week. While in
the university town, Rev. Slaughter was a houseguest of his daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Arnold.
• Alzheimer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Meridian
Senior Center. Anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is encouraged to attend. For more
information, call Coordinator Cindy Hill at 888-5555.
• The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4000 & Auxiliary meet the second Tuesday of
each month at the VFW Hall, Meridian & Broadway. Information: 855-0420.
• The American Legion Meridian Post 113 meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
at the American Legion Hall, 22 W. Broadway Avenue. Information: 590-1710.
• The American Legion Middleton Post 39 meets the last Monday of each month at the Sunrise
Cafe, Middleton. No-host dinner 6:00-7:0 W0 p.m., meeting at 7:00. All current and former military
are invited to join. Contact the Commander at 890-2907 or visit
• American Legion Post 127 & Auxiliary of Eagle meet on the second Tuesday of the month at
7:00 p.m. the Eagle Sewer District, 44 N. Palmetto Avenue, Eagle. For more information about the
organization and its activities, contact Mike Foley at 375-0793. All veterans are invited to attend.
• The Eagle Chamber of Commerce holds its monthly luncheon on the second Tuesday of
every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Hills Golf Course. For more information, call 939-4222
or e-mail [email protected]
• Eagle Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesday at Casa Mexico, 383 W. State Street in
Eagle at noon. For more information including membership, call Hugh Fryling at 258-3630.
• The Eagle Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Willowcreek Grill, 1065 E. Winding
Creek Drive. Call Gretchen Brown at 208-854-3623 or Mike Harris at 208-947-9368.
• The Eagle-Star Rotary Club meets every Thursdayat noon at Plantation Country Club, 6515
W. State Street. For additional information, call Robin Dodson at 373-1705 or e-mail dodsrobi
• First Friday ART IN EAGLE, 4:00-9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Eagle Arts Commission. “Growing
and Celebrating the Arts to Strengthen Community.” Visit
• The Knitting Club, a group devoted to knitting items for various charitable organizations,
meets at Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Way, Eagle, Idaho 83616. For more information, call
Margaret at 939-7162
• Meridian Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings at Hampton Inn & Suites,
875 S. Allen Street, from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. For additional information, call Loraine Hand at 376-5752.
• The Meridian Chamber of Commerce meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday; RSVP to 888-2817.
• Meridian Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Louie’s, 888-0044.
• Meridian Lodge #47, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, meets the second Tuesday at
the Masonic Temple, 800 East 2nd Street, Meridian at 7:30 p.m. 888-1455.
• The Meridian Noon Lions meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at noon of each month at Fiesta
Guadalajara, 704 E. Fairview Avenue in Meridian. Guests are always welcome. For more info, contact
Del Oswald at 453-2134 or [email protected]
• Meridian Optimist Club meets every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. at JB’s Restaurant, 1565 S.
Meridian Road, Meridian, 895-0419.
• Meridian Rotary Club meets Mondays at Meadowlake Village east of St. Luke’s Meridian
Medical Center at noon, 344-1117 or 439-6973.
Mailing address: IDAHO UNCLAIMED PROPERTY, P.O. BOX 83720, BOISE, ID 83720-9101
Telephone: 877-388-2942 (Toll Free), (208) 332-2942
Web Address:, click on Unclaimed Property
CJ Catering, Eagle ID 83616; Napoleon Espinosa, Eagle ID 83616; Mark E. Johnson, Eagle ID 83616;
Deborah L. Long, Eagle ID 83616; Andrea J. Mellies, Eagle ID 83616; Richard Quintrall, Eagle ID 83616;
Kelly S. Torkelso, Eagle ID 83616; Leticia Espino, Meridian ID 83642; Noemi P. Espinosa, Meridian ID
83642; Maya Ferry, Meridian ID 83642; Allyson D. Grant, Meridian ID 83616; Courtney D. Hardt, Meridian ID 83642; William C. Hardt, Meridian ID 83642; Ryan Haynie, Meridian ID 83642; Belinda Heersink,
Meridian ID 83642; Raymond Hopkins, Meridian ID 83642; Audra M. Jones, Meridian ID 83642; Duane R.
Kempkers, Meridian ID 83642; Janett K. Lane, Meridian ID 83642; Beth Lois, Meridian ID 83642; Louis J.
Lois, Meridian ID 83642; Michael Okey Insurance Agency, Meridian ID 83642; Melissa L. Peraza, Meridian ID 83642; Esther J. Ring, Meridian ID 83642; and Madelyn C. Wright, Meridian ID 83642.
November 21 DIALOGUE features humorist Dave Barry
On the November 21 edition of DIALOGUE at 7:30 p.m., Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and
author Dave Barry hams it up with host Marcia Franklin at the 2014 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.
They talk about Barry’s misadventures in the Gem State including tree climbing, snowmobiling and
trout fishing and what he thinks the new motto for Idaho should be. They also discuss Barry’s successful writing partnership with Ridley Pearson on the Peter and the Starcatchers series, and Barry
even serenades Franklin and the IdahoPTV crew with an original tune.
Beginning on December 1st, you may purchase your driver’s license and 1965 license plates at
the Meridian City building from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and even during the noon hour!
Judy Mitchell, senior class candidate, was elected Harvest Queen for 1964 at the annual Harvest
Ball sponsored by the FFA at the high school last Friday.
Southside Nimble Fingers 4-H Club’s program consisted of demonstrations given by members
Martha Smith, Diane Creason, Ann Jackson, Barbara Brown and Karla Jossis.
Twenty-five Years Ago
Valley News
November 22nd, 1989
A proposed game center permit application for the old creamery building has been placed on hold
until several issues can be resolved. The creamery now houses a collection of cars, some intact and
some just parts. The current lessee of the building is in violation of a court order to clean up the area.
A year ago, Henry Reimann bid on a sorghum press. He then planted sorghum seed and watched
it grow all summer, watering and tending it well. Then contrary to some advice, he let it go until after
frost, when several young helpers stripped the leaves, cut off and discarded the top tassels and stacked
the stalks for processing. Other sorghum processing equipment was made ready and on the first
weekend in November, he called in his family and friends and started the fire in the stove, a four-byeight-foot cinderblock fireplace in his barnyard. The press is run by one horsepower of the fourfooted kind. Then Reimann also hooked up one of his Percheron mares, Babe, to drive the press. He
later had to harness another Percheron, his sorrel mare named Bird, because Babe got lazy and wouldn’t
work, he said. Then Reimann and his helpers began feeding stalks into the press. A green juice began
to flow, strained through cheesecloth and caught in a ten-gallon milk can. The juice was poured into
a stainless pan which fitted over the open fire of his stove. The juice boiled rather quickly and tended
to scorch, Reimann said, making it necessary to stir cautiously with wooden paddles. The crew cooked
and drained batch after batch. Thirty gallons of juice yielded 18 gallons of syrup, almost exactly what
had been predicted by his various advisors and written sources for the amount of sorghum planted.
Valley Times
November 17, 2014
Page 5
John H. Burns, [email protected],,
Facebook: Rock of Honor,
President, Rock of Honor Memorial [email protected]
Telephone: 515-9200
By John H. Burns
When I was a boy
I had a sled
And prayed for snow to fall.
So I could take my sled
To Maryland Hill and slide
All the way down.
But now I’m a grown man
And I have a car
And I pray that snow won’t fall
So I can drive my car
Down Maryland Hill
And it won’t slip and slide
All the way down.
The hill is still there
And the white snow still falls.
I’m still the same person
But I’ve grown so tall.
Oh, to have that innocent wonder
I knew as a child.
Life was so simple
For a boy and his sled.
Now, as I watch
The snow fall around
I’m a man with a shovel
Clearing the ground.
But somewhere inside me
Is a boy with a sled
Guilt Trips
By Becky McKinstry •
I can’t even begin to count how often I have reprimanded myself for saying or doing something
I have felt guilty about.
I would make a terrible criminal. I would dissect every moment that I was mean to someone or
took on a role as a thief or told someone a lie. I would be on a constant guilt trip until I finally landed
in the loony bin.
Then there are those daily guilt trips from thoughts questioning if I do enough, like spending
time with my kids and grandkids (even though they may be too busy to notice) or why I don’t cook
more or read more or balance my checkbook each week.
It goes on. Why don’t I dust more? or I need to exercise more. Why did I eat that? Do I call my
mother enough? Did I get enough work done and yada, yada.
I wonder if we are genetically engineered to have a compartment of guilt in our brain set aside
for all the should-haves or why didn’t-I’s. Life can be exhausting when we dwell on all that selfinduced guilt.
In the book, The Upside of Your Dark Side, written by Todd Kashdan, Ph. D., and Robert BiswasDiener, Dr. Philos., the authors share how guilt is a highly effective motivator. It challenges us to be
better and to acknowledge parts of our life we need to grow into and helps us to determine what is
OK and what is not.
By avoiding the negative thoughts and guilt, we avoid large parts of who we are. They go on to
say; “The key lies in the emotional, social and mental agility, the behavior – not just the ‘good’ ones
– in order to respond most effectively to whatever situation we might encounter.”
There are positives and negatives in every area of life and when we focus only on one part or the other, we stifle our potential and see things from
a limited point of view. By inviting all parts of your personality into uncharted territory, your curiosity and level of understanding increase as you
put yourself out there.
Yes, for the majority of your time you should be optimistic and positive
but we cannot ignore the less attractive side and expect life to be rosy all the
time. Use guilt to your advantage; figure out when it is a useful growth tool
or when it should be thrown out the window of your thoughts. Slow down
and reflect on how your life can be enriched by using a little more of the dark
Becky McKinstry
side to enlighten your path to your future.
Factoid...(NAPS) – While turkey is usually associated with Thanksgiving, which as everyone
knows takes place in late November, National Turkey Lovers’ Month is celebrated in June.
John Burns
Contributions are greatly
appreciated to the:
Post Office Box 1531
Meridian, ID 83680-1531
Ed. note: John Burns’ collections of short stories are available from; his publisher, Crystal Dreams; or himself at
[email protected] They’re great reading & gifts!
Ada’s electronics recycling program...Anytime between 7:00
a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
on Saturdays, the Ada County Landfill, 10300 N. Seaman’s Gulch
Road, accepts electronic equipment for recycling at no charge.
Bring old cell phones, cameras, computers, televisions etc. and let
the attendant know. Do the right thing for our environment and
recycle whenever you can, including taking glass to receptacles.
Visit http://www.adacounty
INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is now meeting
the needs of Eagle students who learn better outside the traditional
classroom setting. For information about this fully accredited virtual
public school serving grades K-12, visit www.connections idEvent=11909.
The Meridian Senior Bridge group meets every Thursday
and Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Ten Mile Christian Church on the
northwest corner of Ten Mile and Franklin roads. Questions?
Call 288-2497.
SCIENCE TREK visits two astronauts
On this month’s SCIENCE TREK, host Joan Cartan-Hansen
travels to the Johnson Space Center in Texas and meets with astronauts Amy Ross and Duane Ross (no relation) to answer students’
questions about what it takes to be an astronaut.
Cartan-Hansen will also take viewers on a tour of some of the
center’s astronaut training facilities.
Now in its 16th season, the monthly science show for elementary school-aged children airs Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00/1:00
p.m. MT/PT; it repeats Sunday, November 23 at 8:00/7:00 a.m.
and Monday, November 24, at 2:00/1:00 p.m. MT/PT.
Students may watch SCIENCE TREK over the air or on the
show’s web site. They may send their questions via e-mail to
[email protected] or submit video questions recorded on
their smartphones or webcams. Students who send in a question
are eligible to win prizes for their classroom.
The SCIENCE TREK web site offers facts, links, reading lists,
a glossary, podcasts of programs, video shorts, full episodes and
special web-exclusive programming.
Bob Berman on Meridian Valley Humane Society
(Continued from Page 1)
The following numbers indicate how very important our volunteers are in the continued success of our shelter.
• In 2013, MVHS took in 41 dogs and adopted out 40.
• In 2014, MVHS took in 305 dogs and adopted out 282
Just look at the difference a year makes!
MVHS invites you to visit us, take a tour, and simply just “hang
out” with the dogs and other volunteers and even take one of them
(the dogs) on a walk. We guarantee you will have fun. It really is
quite a special Humane Society. It is a rather simple process to
become a volunteer and there are various ways in which our volunteers help us.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing the warmth and
goodness that surrounds our dogs and volunteers. Our contact information is Meridian Valley Humane Society, 191 N. Linder Road,
Meridian, ID 83642, phone (208) 794-0944. The MVHS web site
address is The e-mail address is [email protected] Also, visit us
on Facebook at Meridian Valley Humane Society.
Bath or shower? The average bathtub contains about 20 gallons of water, while the average shower used about half of that
amount but only if you limit the time you are standing under it.
Save water by reserving baths for special occasions and keep
your time in the shower to under five minutes or you’ll consume
as much or water than if you were bathing. Suction cup an egg
timer onto the shower wall as a good way of keeping track of
how much time you are in there. This can even make showering
a fun race against time. Also, consider installing a hand-held
shower wand, which directs the water where you want it to go
and wastes less of it. Joanna Yarrow, 1,001 Ways to Save the
Earth (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2007), number 235.
Page 6
Valley Times
November 17 , 2014
Opinion - Editorial
Downtown business owner: We need
more parking on east side of Eagle Road
Conservatives appear to have won overwhelmingly in the November 4th elections, as the GOP
regained control of the Senate and added to its grip on the House of Representatives. But here’s the
problem: Big Government Republicans (BGRs) don’t like conservatives any more than the criminal
regime of Democrats. Moribund McConnell and Boehner the Bane of Conservatives don’t seem to
“get it” and what is more, don’t care. The Democrats and BGRs have identified conservatives including Tea Partiers and returning veterans, in fact, anyone who doesn’t like runaway federal spending
and dares to voice opposition as the enemy. Yes, the very voters who expressed vehement opposition
to what’s been going on for so many years inside the Beltway are the enemy. Just as telling: No
matter what outrages the latest scandal should generate, no one including the BGRs dares to criticize
the Prevaricator-in-Chief and don’t be surprised when amnesty hits us all in the coming weeks. – FT
Dear Eagle Mayor and City Council,
Eagle has a thriving downtown with many businesses from
restaurants to galleries, clothing stores, a candy shop, bicycle shop
and more! But we urgently need to help the businesses east of
Eagle Road on State Street with additional parking.
We have two brand-new businesses on First Street, Marcet’s
Beauty Boutique and St. Victor Gallery & Home Store. On any
given day near dinner time, all of their spaces for street parking
are taken up by Da Vinci’s or Smoky Mountain customers.
The good news is, our downtown restaurants are attracting customers for dinner. The bad news is that our retail merchants need
parking, too!
I’m aware that the Eagle Urban Renewal is working very hard
to provide parking where the former Tri-City Meats business property is. This is fantastic! However, there is not nearly the need for
parking west of Eagle Road downtown as there is east of Eagle
There is a wonderful opportunity for additional parking that
already potentially exists on the southeast corner of the Eagle Road
and State Street intersection. That is the empty lot that has been for
sale for years.
If the City of Eagle or Urban Renewal Agency could strike a
deal with the property owners (the Goldmans), it would provide
immediate help to many downtown businesses, especially during
the busiest shopping time of the year.
Can Downtown Eagle businesses count on your help to secure
extra parking?
We all work hard to provide a charming downtown full of a
variety of shops for residents.
Thank you for your consideration.
Naomi Preston, Eagle
Broadband lesson: Federal funds do
not last forever and a day, or always
By Wayne Hoffman
In Declo, high school principal Roland Bott says he’s worried for his students. They’re depending on a broadband system that delivers math courses to that southern Idaho school district. Without
the system, the 57 students might not be able to take a course that they must take in order to graduate.
That’s according to an Associated Press story following up on the aftermath of a judge’s decision
to toss out the contract that kept the Idaho Education Network going. The problems with the contract
have been simmering for years, and that caught the eye of the federal government, which decided to
withhold funding.
I’m not writing today about the contract; instead I’m focused on the fact that hundreds of programs in Idaho depend on federal money, and that money could go away at any time, just as happened with the broadband system. State lawmakers are unprepared. So are the Idahoans who depend
on hundreds of programs funded in whole or in part by the federal government.
Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order in March asking agencies to list all of their grants
and the possible repercussions should the federal government withhold 10 percent of the funds. That
led to a report spanning 92 pages listing the grants covering the whole of state government.
Now, lawmakers will be able to see what they’re voting on this winter when agency budgets are
presented. Hopefully, that will spark a good amount of discussion about what’s being funded and
why, measure the impact of federally funded programs and act in the best interests of their constituents.
But agencies still need to put a lot more thought into what might happen if the federal government stops being so generous. For example, the Idaho Transportation Department, in its report, opined
that it is “operating under the assumption there will be no reduction in federal funding.” This is
stunning, given that it’s no secret that the federal trust fund that supplies money to states for highway
projects is empty, and so far, there’s little political will to address the issue.
The Department of Insurance noted that with a 10 percent reduction in federal funding, “services
would be reduced.” That’s not what I would call informative.
One agency, the Commission on Aging, just made it into a math problem, tallying up the dollar
amount it would lose if subjected to 10 percent less federal dollars.
Since 2003, Idaho’s reliance on federal money has grown 86 percent. The number of programs,
the number of people using those programs and the number of government employees administering those programs keeps growing and growing.
Down at the Statehouse, the rooms are equipped with fire alarms. No
one knows when or if another fire will break out. But it’s understood that
it’s best to be prepared. If there is a fire, preparation might just save lives,
summon the fire department and reduce the damage.
Similarly, being prepared for the possibility that federal money goes
away is an important task, one that Idaho officials should take seriously.
Today the education broadband system is at risk. Tomorrow, it may well
be a program that veterans, children, the elderly or the poor are depending on.
Wayne Hoffman
The Goldman lot on the southeast corner of Eagle Road and
Old State Street. (Photo by Naomi Preston)
Veterans should have health coverage
By Jon Bailey, [email protected] (Center for Rural Affairs)
On Veteran’s Day, we honor those who serve and have served
our country. Veterans put their lives on the line to protect our independence, our freedom, and all the rights we hold dear. Now is the
time to fight for them by ensuring they have access to health coverage.
Nationally, one in 10 veterans are without health insurance
and do not use Veterans Administration healthcare. Nearly a million veterans and their spouses have incomes low enough to qualify
for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Over 280,000 veterans and nearly 100,000 spouses of veterans would qualify for expanded benefits but reside in states that have chosen not to expand
Medicaid. This is what is known as the “coverage gap” –
hardworking people without employer-sponsored health insurance
and living in states that are denying them access to health care
States that have chosen not to take advantage of Medicaid
coverage for working adults with low incomes - 23 states in all have left hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to pay for
health care in other states while denying access to health care for
tens of thousands of friends, neighbors and family members, including thousands of veterans, close to home.
Our veterans have kept our nation safe and secure. Veteran’s
Day serves as a reminder of the debt we owe all our veterans. One
way we can help repay that debt is to ensure that all veterans have
access to health care coverage.
Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, nonprofit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms
and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs
addressing social, economic and environmental issues.
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Page 7
A personal note for Diabetes Awareness Month
Published continuously in Western Ada County since August 2000
Valley Times
Now in our fifteenth year of continuous publication in western Ada County
Published every Monday by Valley Times, LLC
Current issue available on the web site:
Publisher/Editor: Valley Times, LLC
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1790, Eagle ID 83616
Fax: 381-0160 • web site:
Advertising information: Call 407-5224
Marketing/Subscription Specialists: Becky McKinstry, Tom McKinstry
E-mail: [email protected]
Reporter/Photographer: Anita Torres
Subscription price: $38 yr./$45 out-of-state
Newsstand price: 50 cents per issue
Periodicals postage paid at Eagle, Idaho 83616 under USPS No. 010-467
POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Valley Times, LLC, Box 1790,
Eagle ID 83616
Contributors: Lila Hill, Becky McKinstry, John H. Burns and Rich Nesbit
Member: Eagle Chamber of Commerce (Community Partner Award, 2013),
Meridian Chamber of Commerce (Small Business Award, 2010)
Meridian Downtown Business Association (Board member, 2014)
Betty Kusler’s claims in recent column
on ‘first Americans’ are incorrect
By Dave Roberts, Meridian
Modern anthropology has determined that Ms. Kusler’s claims
in the recent column on “American Indians” are incorrect.
The Indians were NOT the “first Americans” and are certainly
NOT the “true natives of the North American Continent” [sic],
since they, too, came across the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia
(and beyond).
The oldest known skeletons in North America all pre-date the
Indians by thousands of years and are definitely NOT Indians.
These skeletons are those such as Kennewick Man and Spirit Cave
Woman. They were “here first” and they are NOT Indians.
Consolidated tax bills ‘are in the mail’
By: Vicky McIntyre, Ada County Treasurer
To paraphrase an old saying about checks, “Tax bills are in the
mail.” Ada and Canyon county taxpayers should start seeing their
annual consolidated property tax bills arrive in their mailbox this
next week. Many people contact the Treasurer’s office about those
bills. I hope that this short explanation will help area taxpayers
understand what comprises that bill.
Your tax bill is a consolidation of many elements, none of which
are under the control of the Treasurer. First, the base of your tax
bill is the annual assessed value. This figure is derived by the County
Assessor’s office and entered into the roll in June of each year.
Taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value may appeal that
value prior to the end of June.
The appeals are heard by the Board of County Commissioners
serving as the Board of Equalization. During this hearing, you are
allowed to provide testimony and evidence as to why your value
should be different. Taxpayers MAY contact the appraiser assigned
to their property to have discussions on appraised value. January
1st is the lien date that establishes a property’s value.
The second component of a consolidated tax bill is the home-owner’s exemption. The Idaho State Tax Commission is
required by law to compute the
homeowner’s exemption limit each year,
based on the federal Housing Price Index
for Idaho. The Index is the same throughout the state and isn’t adjusted to reflect
housing price changes that vary in different parts of Idaho. That means a taxpayer’s
home value may increase, but the home
Vicky McIntyre
is still subject to a lower homeowner’s exemption. This Index has decreased steadily since 2011. In 2013. it
was $81,000 and for 2014 it is $83.920.
The third component of your tax bill is the setting of the levies. This is done by every taxing district that makes up your property. The County publishes the names and contact phone numbers
of these districts on both the assessment notice and the consolidated tax bill. The budget process of every taxing district is similar. The process begins in March of each year and must be completed by the end of August. Taxpayers are urged to question budget increases of every taxing district. By law, taxing districts cannot increase their annual budget more than 3% or above their levy
limit. When all of the budgets have been set and approved, they go
to the Idaho State Tax Commission, which calculates the levy. The
(Continued in next columns, across at right and above)
By Chuck Malloy
Ten years ago this month, a cardiologist told me I was a prime candidate for dropping dead at any
moment because my heart was clogging up, as if Elmer’s glue was flowing through my veins. I
checked into the hospital the next day and doctors were cracking open my chest for a five-way heart
bypass that saved my life.
I’m telling this story because November happens to be American Diabetes Awareness Month, a
time to focus attention on a growing disease that hits 30 million people in America and more than 80
million people who are diagnosed with a ticking time bomb called “pre-diabetes.”If we do nothing,
it is projected that one in three people will have diabetes by 2050 and I can only imagine what that
will do in terms of health care costs.
As I celebrate my 10-year anniversary of my new lease on life, this also is a good time to reflect
on what I have been through, what could have happened and maybe offer some hope for those who
are battling this disease.
A clogged up heart was only one of the complications I have experienced since being diagnosed
with diabetes 15 years ago. I lost a toe in 2001, essentially lost my vision two years later and left my
job as an editorial writer with the Idaho Statesman. When I told the human resource director that I
couldn’t see to read, he gave me some friendly and sound advice: “Chuck, go home and get well.”
I followed that advice.
Nobody dies directly from diabetes; it’s the complications from
this silent killer that can make death a welcome relief in the later stages.
Heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, amputations and nerve damage
are among those complications. If I didn’t have the bypass surgery 10
years ago, I wouldn’t be around to tell my story. Instead … I’m 64
years old and feeling great. My heart is strong and healthy, my eyesight
has fully recovered (I don’t need glasses, except for reading) and (get
this) I’m getting more distance on my golf shots than I’ve seen in decades.
That isn’t supposed to happen! I don’t know if all this is the result
Chuck Malloy
of the grace of God or dumb luck, but I’ll take the outcome. Diabetes is
a horrible disease, but it is not a death sentence. It can be managed and some of the effects can be
reversed (I’m living proof). Certainly, diabetes means some life-style changes including more exercise and better eating.
There’s plenty of help for those with the disease, including the American Diabetes Association
that is leading the effort to find a cure for the disease. The ADA also provides expertise in management and offers tips for a healthier life style such as more walking and smarter cooking. So, it isn’t all
gloom and doom, although there’s enough information that can scare the daylights out of people.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and two of three people with diabetes die from heart
disease or stroke. The rate for amputations for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people
without diabetes. The national cost for treating the disease is estimated at $245 billion.
The National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are entities that are working
to find a cure. Aside from that, there are no grand government solutions. Individuals have responsibility to help themselves. It starts with the home and parents promoting a healthier life-style for their
kids who will be part of this world in 2050.
November is a good time to talk about all of this. But healthier living cannot be confined to a
single month.
Chuck Malloy of Boise writes columns for Ridenbaugh Press and is the Diabetes Awareness
Chairman for Lions District 39W.
Regional experts at Cyber Security Summit
BOISE – Cyber security experts from across the Pacific Northwest shared the challenges of
securing individual networks and identifying security solutions at a summit hosted by the Idaho
Bureau of Homeland Security last week at the Hewlett-Packard Co. campus in Boise.
The Idaho Cyber Security Interdependencies Workshop drew approximately 150 state, local,
tribal, territorial and private-sector representatives. Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little gave the
welcoming remarks. The Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) helped organize the summit.
“Here in Idaho we need to move beyond protecting our individual computer systems to forming
a coalition of people and organizations dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity,” said Brigadier General Brad Richy, Director of the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. “By working together, we can
leverage our significant combined cyber expertise to create a more secure and resilient state.”
Attendees included representatives from the Idaho National Laboratory, Micron Technology,
Hewlett-Packard, St. Luke’s Health System, Supervalu Inc., Boise State University, Norco, the Idaho
Army National Guard, the City of Boise, sheriff’s offices statewide and roughly a dozen State of
Idaho agencies. One objective of the event was to improve organizations’ ability to prevent
cybersecurity intrusions into their computer systems and to cultivate stronger public-private partnerships.
Editorial policy: Valley Times is a politically independent weekly newspaper that practices the
First Amendment. Views expressed in guest opinions and letters to the editor reflect positions held by
the writer(s), not the newspaper. If you have questions or required additional clarification, e-mail
[email protected] Submissions are subject to editing because of space limitations, especially later in the week as the Friday noon deadline approaches. For this reason, early submission
is encouraged. Letters and guest opinions are also subject to editing and/or rejection based on profanity and other standards of community values. We encourage submissions by underrepresented groups
including various non-GOP organizations.
levy rates are certified to the County Treasurer and Auditor the first part of October.
The fourth component of your tax bill is the Treasurer gathering up all of the pieces including
assessed value, homeowner’s exemption, and levy rates. These are combined to produce the tax bill
that is delivered to you by the last Monday in November. Taxes are payable by December 20th.
(Ed. note: Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has been in office since 2011. Her office is
responsible for the delivery and collection of taxes for all Ada County properties. Call 287-6800.)
Page 8
Valley Times
Safe winter-driving pointers from ITD
BOISE - The onset of winter weather brings with it a host of questions: When encountering a
snowplow operating on Idaho highways, how and when should you pass? How fast should you drive
on snow-covered highways? Where will you find the worst winter road conditions?
Answers to those and many other questions related to winter driving are available as part of a
safe winter travel-information package produced by the Idaho Transportation Department at http:// The 10-part series helps motorists safely navigate
Idaho’s highways and roads.
The series includes information about ITD’s 511 Traveler Services system, driving near working
snowplows, essential emergency items to pack in your vehicle, 10 tips for safe driving and what to do
during an emergency.
“Preparation and situational awareness are two strategies to help ensure safe winter driving not
just for yourself, but the other motorists on the road. Ensuring your vehicle is up to the challenge of
winter driving before you leave, and being attentive while on the road, make a huge difference,”
Chief Engineer Dave Jones said.
ITD’s priority is to provide the safest travel conditions possible. “We have professionals assigned to winter maintenance and they are ready for the challenges ahead,” Jones said. “But we also
ask drivers to do their part to make winter travel safer for everyone by being prepared, cautious and
For example:
• Before heading out on the state’s highways, dial 5-1-1 or visit on the web for
updates on winter road and weather conditions, emergency closures and access to highway condition
reports. Images from cameras throughout the state are available on the web site and on the mobile
web application.
• Winter conditions increase the importance of a well-maintained vehicle. Keep car windows,
mirrors and lights clear of snow and ice. Make sure tires and brakes are ready for the extra demands
of winter. Visit a mechanic and ensure car battery and fluid levels are sufficient, heating units are
working properly and that tires have sufficient traction for snowy conditions.
• If you need to install tire chains, look for a safe place away from traffic. Know how to install
them properly before embarking on winter travel and practice installing them if you cannot remember the process. Tire chains should be applied to the drive wheels.
• Drive at a pace that you believe is safest for your vehicle and your driving abilities. Do not let
other drivers dictate your speed. If traffic builds behind you, look for a safe place to pull to the right
and allow others to pass.
• Drive with low-beam headlights in heavy snowfall or fog. Keep your headlights, stoplights and
turn-signal lenses clean. Dirty headlights can cut visibility by 50 percent or more.
• If you start to skid, ease your foot off the accelerator. If you have a manual transmission, push
in the clutch. Keep your foot off the brake and steer in the direction the rear of the vehicle is skidding.
• Carry essential supplies in your vehicle, such as: flashlights with extra batteries, a first aid kit,
a blanket or sleeping bag, a basic tool kit, waterproof matches or butane lighter, bottled water, pocketknife or multi-purpose tool.
The most important safety measures drivers can take include:
• ensuring that everyone in the vehicle wears a seatbelt;
• never driving after drinking alcohol, and
• always checking highway conditions in advance at or by calling 5-1-1.
Idaho is rugged country with a diverse geography and natural beauty. The qualities that invite
exploration, recreation and commerce also can make winter driving a challenge, Jones said. Safely
navigating Idaho’s winter weather and highways requires preparation and patience.
“Our highest goal is for travelers to arrive safely at their destination and to work constantly for
zero deaths,” Jones said.
To see all of ITD’s safe winter driving recommendations, visit and select the graphic
“Winter Driving Conditions” on the right side of the page.
Questions? Visit ITD on-line at, follow ITD on Twitter (@IdahoITD) or Facebook
and check travel conditions at or dial 5-1-1. Slow down in highway construction
zones and pay attention. Safety for drivers and workers is ITD’s highest priority.
Give thanks this season by donating blood to the Red Cross
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help
ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.
Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family
gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B
negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red
Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
As extra encouragement to donate blood during the busiest time of November
for many people, presenting blood donors from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique celebrity chef recipes, while supplies last. Thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of Mario Batali, Rocco
DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella.
• Eagle, December 6, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Eagle Public Library, 100 N Stierman Way
• Meridian, December 8, noon-5:00 p.m., Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W. Franklin Road
and December 11, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Vibra Hospital of Boise, 2131 S. Bonito Way
November 17, 2014
Learn to speak in public for greater confidence and success
in life. Eagle Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from 8:009:00 a.m. at Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State Street,
Boise 83714. Visit www.eagle ID toastmasters. org.
Charitable giving pays off for everyone
By Guy Ferguson
Americans are pretty generous; in fact, 83% of us donated
money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup
survey. And now that we’re entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your key motivation for
making charitable gifts, of course, is to help those organizations
whose work is meaningful to you. However, by supporting these
groups, you can also make life less “taxing” for yourself.
Specifically, by making charitable contributions, you may be
able to receive some valuable tax breaks. To claim a deduction,
though, you need to itemize your taxes, and you need to make sure
that the organization you’re supporting is qualified, from a taxdeductibility standpoint. If you’re unsure whether a group is qualified, just ask to see its letter from the IRS. (Many organizations
now post these letters on their web sites.)
Here’s how the charitable tax deduction works: If you give
$200 to a qualified charity, and you’re in the 25% tax bracket, you
can deduct $200, with a tax benefit of $50, when you file your
2014 taxes. Consequently, the net “cost” of your donation is just
$150 ($200 minus the $50 tax savings).
Of course, you are not confined to making cash gifts. In fact,
if you donate certain types of noncash assets, you may be able to
increase your tax benefits. Suppose you give $1,000 worth of stock
in ABC Company to a charitable group. If you’re in the 25%
bracket, you’ll be able to deduct $250 when you file your taxes.
And by donating the ABC stock, you can avoid paying the capital
gains taxes that would be due if you had eventually sold the stock
Keep in mind that if you want to
deduct your contributions for the 2014
tax year, you’ll need to make your gifts
by Dec. 31. One more reminder: Retain
your paperwork. If you made gifts totaling over $250 to any single charity
or noncash contributions of any items
worth over $500, the IRS requires written acknowledgments for your contributions.
If you want to take a longer-term
Guy Ferguson
approach to charitable giving, while incorporating your gifts in planning for your estate, you might want
to consider establishing a charitable remainder trust. Under this
arrangement, you’d place some assets, such as stocks or real estate, into a trust, which could then use these assets to pay you a
lifetime income stream. When you establish the trust, you may be
able to receive an immediate tax deduction based on the charitable
group’s “remainder interest,” the amount the charity is likely to
ultimately receive. (This figure is determined by an IRS formula.)
Upon your death, the trust would relinquish the remaining assets
to the charitable organization you’ve named. This type of trust can
be complex, so to create one, you’ll need to work with your tax
and legal advisors.
While the tax benefits associated with charitable giving are
significant, they should not, ultimately, drive your gifting decisions. You should also consider the effect your gift will have on
the other areas of your estate considerations, so make sure you
communicate your plans to your family members.
In any case, though, be as generous as you can this holiday
season and in the years to come. Your generosity will be a rewarding experience for everyone.
Five steps for being faster at the neighborhood pharmacy
(NAPSI) – There are five steps you can take to get in and out of the pharmacy faster:
1. Time your visit right. Pharmacies are generally less busy and lines may be shorter mid-mornings and late afternoons.
2. Scan to refill. Many pharmacies now have secure apps that let you scan the bar code on a
current prescription when it needs refilling.
3. Keep all your information together. CVS/pharmacy customers have 24-hour access to their
prescription records, can view and order refills, and stay up-to-date with health needs via the mobile
app and at
4. Many pharmacies offer text, e-mail or telephone alerts.
5. Avoid unnecessary issues. The CVS mobile app has a Drug
Interaction Checker that checks medications and their reactions
with other medications, foods and so on. A Pill Identifier takes the
guesswork out of which pills are which, so you take the right one.
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Page 9
First Idaho YEA! class to teach students
how to make/create, not just take a job
MERIDIAN –The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting year
long class that transforms middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Throughout the class, students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch
their plans to a panel of investors, and actually launch and run their own real, legal, fully formed
companies and social movements. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the local business
community and exciting behind-the-scenes trips to local companies, the fun, projects-based YEA!
approach empowers students to take charge of their futures in a profound way.
Founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester with support from the Kaufmann Foundation,
the Young Entrepreneurs Academy today serves thousands of students in 168 communities across
America. In 2011, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Campaign for Free Enterprise became a national sponsor and partner of the Academy to help celebrate the spirit of enterprise among
today’s youth and tomorrow’s future leaders.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is not only a wonderful tool to teach students about business, but also a great way to build confident leaders with values. An excellent instrument to unify the
business and educational communities, YEA! continues to expand across the country to fulfill our
mission of teaching more students how to make a job, not just take a job. (Source:
The first-ever YEA! class will start in January at the West Ada School
District Training Center and run through the end of the school year. That’s
a shortened version timewise of the full school year course that will begin in October of 2015. Anne Little Roberts, Executive Director of the
Meridian Chamber of Commerce, told about 50 attendees at the Saturday
informal meeting at Food Services of America the students will still receive all the information that will be presented during the annual course.
“We were so excited to get this started that we decided not to wait,” she
The chamber is partnering with the school district, which will provide the facilities and an instructor as well as input. Students will meet
for three hours per week on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and interact
with a new adult business expert every week. Cost for the course is $495,
with 25 percent of that due at enrollment and the remainder by February.
Candy Troutman welcomes
Completed applications, available at the chamber office in Storey
attendees, explains program Park or on the chamber web site, www.meridianchamber.og, are due in
the chamber office by December 5th. Class enrollment is limited to 24 students; every applicant will be interviewed and the application reviewed to determine who will be in the first class. For more information, call the
chamber office during regular business hours at 888-2817.
The 24 students are expected to come up with about half that number of new business ideas, each worked
on by one or more students. They will develop a business plan, open a checking account and visit the Idaho
Secretary of State’s Office to learn how to register their business names. They will also be exposed to software
on how to make an effective presentation to a panel of real investors (who will decide whether to invest $2-600
in a business) and do a media “meet and greet” session. There will also be field trips to local businesses such as
Evengreen, a solar panel business in downtown Meridian, and a trade show one Saturday in May. Little Roberts
said gaining access to and building relationships with business mentors are huge pluses for students in the
“We believe in business and business builds community,” said Candy Troutman of the chamber staff,
adding there are many benefits to completing the course. “This will look great on your resume,” she told
students at the information session. Asked if they would share any general information about ideas they might
have, one prospective YEA! class member said, “Cars that don’t use gas.” Little Roberts said some vehicles
have been converted to run on vegetable oil.
Retiree Tom Tracy of Boise attended to encourage students to distribute “best wishes” in the form of a
paragraph on “Becoming an Entrepreneur”: (concluded in last paragraph, above at right)
Anne Little Roberts talks to
parents, students
“If you have a passion to benefit the earth, the world, human life,
it requires you to approach both
business and politics with the deliberation of an engineer. You must
bring about social change.
It requires a strategy that is
vertically and horizontally integrated, stretching from idea creation to policy development to education to grass-roots organizations
to lobbying to litigation to political
A worthwhile project is extremely ambitious. To succeed, it
has to be pursued with an obsession.”
Page 10
Valley Times
November 17, 2014
The Queen and her court at the 38th Mrs. Idaho America pageant held in the Capital High School auditorium.
Mrs. Boise Metro crowned 2015 Mrs. Idaho America at this year’s pageant
BOISE – The 2015 Mrs. Idaho America pageant was held October 18th 2014 at Capital High
School auditorium featuring 38 of Idaho’s most beautiful and accomplished married women from
across the state.
Charity Majors, Mrs. Boise Metro was crowned Mrs. Idaho America 2015 and won an allexpense paid trip to the national competition and a prize package worth over $10,000. Next September, Charity will join 50 other state winners to compete in the Mrs. America Pageant.
Charity’s court included 1st runner-up Melissa Rhodehouse, Mrs. Idaho Falls; 2nd runner-up
Camille Levi, Mrs. Can-Ada; 3rd runner-up Lauren Gettman, Mrs. Eagle Island and 4th runner-up,
Michele Sheets, Mrs. Kootenai County. Rounding out the top 15 were Christi van Ravenhorst, Mrs.
McCall; Heather Quisel, Mrs. Capital City; America Yorita-Carrion, Mrs. Boise Greenbelt; Karissa
Shaw, Mrs. Meridian Village; Leyla Barthlome, Mrs. Lakeview; Sandy Carey, Mrs. North Meridian;
Laura Mason, Mrs. Lucky Peak; Kimberly Paige, Mrs. Bannock County; Alyson Likes, Mrs. Eagle
and Amy Janson, Mrs. South Eagle.
Award winners: Mrs. Congeniality, Amy Janson, Mrs. South
Eagle; Non-Finalist Best Evening Gown, Christi van Ravenhorst,
Mrs. McCall; Non-Finalist Best Swimsuit, Sandy Carey, Mrs. North
Meridian; Non-Finalist Best Interview, Ellen Austin, Mrs. Magic
Valley; Most Original Costume, Suzanne Sibbett, Mrs. Bonneville
County in her Wheat Dress; Most Whimsical Costume, Erin Waller,
Mrs. Meridian City as an A-10; Best Costume, Melissa Rhodehouse, Mrs. Idaho Falls as an Elk; Community Service, Heather
Langer, Mrs. Eagle Crest; Spirit of Pageantry, Ellen Austin, Mrs.
Magic Valley; Most Appearances, Amber Swenson, Mrs. Eagle
Ridge; Most Years Married; Ellen Austin, Mrs. Magic Valley (27
years); Career Achievement, Mandi Stephenson, Mrs. South Meridian; Most Ticket Sales, Heather Harrington, Mrs. Ada County;
Director’s Award, Kimberly Paige, Mrs. Bannock County; Most
(Continued in next columns, across and at right)
Call or visit any of our financial advisors in the Meridian
area. To find an Edward Jones
office near you, call 1-800EDJONES or visit
NMaRs?rel 0
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Meridian City Town Hall meeting
stresses safety, caution during holidays
Mrs. Idaho 2015 (continued from previous page)
Ad Sales, Heather Harrington, Mrs. Ada County; Most Recommendations, Alyson Likes, Mrs. Eagle; Photogenic, Karissa Shaw,
Mrs. Meridian Village; Ambassador Awards and recruiting bonuses
of $3000, Kimberly Paige, Mrs. Bannock County; Tegan Brown,
Mrs. Meridian; Samantha Harrison, Mrs. Boise Basin; Elizabeth
Mashburn, Mrs. Rexburg; Christi van Ravenhorst, Mrs. McCall;
Amber Swenson, Mrs. Eagle Ridge; Angela Manning, Mrs. City
of Trees and Heather Quisel, Mrs. Capital City. Queen of Recruiting was Virginia Treat, Mrs. Garden City. Fabulous Face, Amber
Swenson, Mrs. Eagle Ridge.
The Class of 2015 rose to the challenge and collected over
71,000 pairs of shoes for orphans in Africa, Ecuador and Haiti.
Dando Amor Shoe Drive Top 5 - Melissa Rhodehouse, Mrs. Idaho
Falls, 2900 pairs; Lacey Wirkus, Mrs. Ammon, 2955 pairs; America
Yorita-Carrion, Mrs. Boise Greenbelt, 5134 pairs; Camille Levi,
Mrs. Can-Ada, 7695 pairs. Winner of an all-expense-paid trip to
Africa valued at $4300 to deliver those shoes was Heather Harrington, Mrs. Ada County with 25,550 pairs of shoes.
Each contestant wrote a letter about how her husband represents the spirit of Mr. Idaho. This award is presented in memory of
Justin Walker, Mr. Idaho 2008. Brenton Van Tassell, the lucky man
married to Trinity Van Tassell, Mrs. Kuna, was the recipient of the
2015 Spirit of Mr. Idaho Award.
Each year, the community is invited to submit nominations
for the Heart of Idaho Award given to an individual who inspires
others by demonstrating extraordinary faith, courage and love. The
award is presented in memory of Jennifer Zitney Boals, Mrs.
Caldwell 2007 & 2008. This year’s recipient was Ron Amarel of
Middleton. To learn more about Ron and the nonprofit he founded,
Friends of our Community, visit
The Mrs. Idaho America Pageant is now awarding local titles
and the opportunity to represent your town/community at the 2016
Mrs. Idaho America pageant. Only the first 50 qualified applicants
will be accepted.
The Mrs. Idaho America Competition is an exciting and rewarding program that recognizes Idaho’s married women and is
the official state preliminary to the prestigious Mrs. America Pageant. Delegates must be of good moral character, married, at least
18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Idaho. Areas of
competition include Personal Interview, Physical Fitness and
Evening Wear. Past contestants range in age from 19-60. Organiz(Concluded in next column, across at right)
Page 11
Sgt. Matt Parsons with the Meridian Police Department
1960s bumper sticker: “If
you hate cops, next time you
need help, call a hippie.”
ers say every contestant is a winner and gains valuable experience at the pageant.
2016 marks the 39th year
of the Mrs. America Pageant,
which celebrates the dreams,
and goals of America’s most
valuable resource, the married
woman! To apply to be part of
the 2016 Mrs. Idaho America
Pageant, visit the web site at
http://www.mrsidaho pageant.
For additional information,
e-mail [email protected]
com or call pageant staff at 8593809 or 870-3722.
About 60 people attended the November 12th Meridian City
Town Hall meeting at Paramount Elementary.
Mayor Tammy de Weerd welcomed attendees and presented
an overview of the items to be covered. Parks & Recreation Director Steve Siddoway described the upcoming Christmas in Meridian celebration including the tree lighting and Santa visit on Friday, December 5th at Generation Plaza.
MPD Detective Craig Fawley talked about protection from
fraud including on-line threats from data breeches and malware.
He cautioned the elderly to beware of “grandparent scams” in which
a young-sounding caller posing as a grandchild extorts money over
the phone. Such monies are never reclaimed, he said.
Fawley also urged constant vigilance when it comes to personal banking practices. “Monitor your accounts,” he said.
Sgt. Matt Parsons talked about personal, home and auto safety.
“Know your license plate number,” he said, adding it’s a good idea
to paper clip your vehicle registration and proof of insurance together in the glove box so it’s handy when an officer pulls you over
and asks for your driver’s license and those two items.
“If you are a victim of a crime, call dispatch,” he said, adding
the Ada County nonemergency number to call is 377-6790. “We’ll
show up.” He also encouraged “lighting up the neighborhood but
close your blinds, lock your house and car to decrease opportunities for criminals. Keep belongings out of sight,” especially with
the holiday season nearly upon shoppers. “Be vigilant and pay attention,” he said. “Be a good neighbor.” Parsons also said it’s a
good idea “to record your TV serial numbers” and other identifying numbers on property items to assist authorities in returning
them to you.
MPD Officer David Gomez talked about his experiences as a
School Resource Officer or SRO at Lewis & Clark Middle School
and currently at Mountain View High School. “I get 6-10 bullying
reports per week,” he said, adding that students have too much
access to electronic or digital media devices. He said parents should
not allow their children to have or use Snapjack or Kik software
and said students should limit their media friends to 200.
“At Lewis & Clark, I discovered there were 75 pictures of nude
middle school students,” he said. “This year, 13 adult males met
what they thought were young students that turned out to be Meridian Police officers.”
(Continued on Page 13)
Looking for a venue
for your Holiday
Support the American Legion veterans’
organization that supports our community.
Call 590-1710 for reservations.
Host your event at the
American Legion building!
• Christmas/Thanksgiving party
• Weddings/Anniversaries and Dances
• Retirement Parties
• Birthday Parties
• Business Meetings
• Annual Seminars
• Professional Training
• Organizational Dinners
• Church Services
• Bazaars or Craft Shows
• Youth Organizations
• Family Celebrations
• Health Clinics
• Political Events
• Fund Raisers
The foundation of finance for business
• Year-End Planning / Tax Returns
• Complimentary Second Opinion
• Tax Analysis, Review and Advantages
• Bookkeeping and Accounting Services
• Annual Finance Planning
• CPA Services/ Audit
Contact our office – 208-947-2400
1850 N Lakes Place - Meridian ID 83646
Valley Times
Page 12
November 17 , 2014
I’m Fiona. One look at me and you’ll want to take me home (I
hope!). I am gorgeous, if I do say so myself. I was born sometime
around May so I’m still a baby. I would love to find a home of my
very own. I am a very nice girl who loves to be around everyone
and I love to sunbathe. I currently live in a foster home with kids,
dogs, a hamster, hedgehogs and a few other cats. I love and do
great with all of them! I am spayed, current on vaccines, microchipped and litter box trained. If you are willing to commit to me
for my entire life, then I’d like to go home with you. To meet me,
please fill out an adoption application at http://fuzzypawz My adoption fee is $20.
Sweet little 7-year-old Chubby looks like he is a Corgi trapped
inside a Chihuahua body. He is a shy boy who takes time to feel
comfortable with new people. He doesn’t seem to want to be the
center of attention, so while he follows his foster mom around, he
rarely jumps into her lap. This may change once he has a permanent home of his own and an owner who will bring him peace.
Prior to coming to his Fuzzy Pawz Rescue foster home, this boy
didn’t have the best of lives. He did not grow up learning to be a
normal happy, playful dog and, sadly, never learned how to play
with toys. He is, however, very good with other dogs, having lived
with lots of them in the past. Chubby would probably do best in a
household with another dog that he can model behavior after or
with an owner who has lots of time to devote to him. He is very
quiet in the house and perfectly house trained. While Chubbs is
okay with kids, he would need to be in a home with children who
know to respect his wanting to be left alone at times. Loud, running kids would make him shut down. He loves to jump up on the
couch and likes to sleep with his doggie friends in your bed. He is
a great little traveler and recently enjoyed a trip to Cascade; in
fact, he was so relaxed that he slept the whole way to the mountains. Chubby is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, which
means he is ready for adoption into a new and loving household
where he is nurtured and appreciated. If you can offer Chubby a
lifetime of happiness, please fill out the application for him at http:/
/fuzzypawz and his foster mom will get back to you quickly. Chubby’s adoption fee is
59 N. Five Mile Rd.
Don’t buy a pet; visit a local shelter, where you’ll find
many adoptable, adorable animals needing a loving home.
Post-election definition: Psephophobia is the fear of voting.
(Source: NAPS).
Meridian Wildlife Sightings by Larry Woodard
New neighbors
Beware of spraying skunks.
Ralph, our new neighbor, recently moved to Meridian from
California like many in our growing city.
He is just now getting acquainted with the quirks of living in a
semi-rural area. Ralph appreciates the ducks in our pond, the Canada
geese that sail over his house each morning on their way to the
cornfields, a large band of quail and the howl of an occasional
But he had not anticipated
“Stripes,” the neighborhood
We fed this itinerant skunk
for a couple of years because the
wife said he was “so pretty.” I
had not seen him during the past
We didn’t know until recently he had taken up residence
at Ralph’s. The latter’s experience with a large striped skunk
has not been mutually enjoyable.
His two dogs have been repeatedly sprayed, but the crowning insult was when the skunk
sprayed his old pickup. Driving
to downtown Meridian in his
newly scented pickup has limited Ralph’s shopping options.
What’s the solution? Ralph
just needs to put out some cat
food for his new neighbor,
“Stripes” the skunk, and I think
everything would clear up.
210 Fairview Avenue
3321 S. Federal Way
Vietnam Veterans
Chapter 1025
22 E. Broadway
American Legion Hall
Meeting time 7:00 p.m.
First Tuesday of the month
Spouses are invited, too.
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Around the World: Idaho-Western scenes by Betty Kusler
Idaho from wilderness to farmland is a grand mix of western scenery. As I took my morning walk
before the cold weather arrived, I stopped to take in the pleasant early morning breeze and just sit and
absorb the marvelous atmosphere.
As Idaho became Idaho, we saw it as part of the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and the
Intermountain West. The Gem State boasts mountainous wilderness areas, vast plains farther south
with rolling prairies, snowy peaks, sage-covered flatlands, a vast Craters of the Moon region, the
Palouse Hills, rippling wheat fields and others of yellow flowering rape. There are forested hills and
abundant fields of wheat, barley, beans, peas, onions, hops, sugar beets and vegetables of many kinds
including generous fields of potatoes.
Idaho ships grain from surrounding farmlands through the Lewiston Port of Entry for 470 miles
to the Pacific Ocean, bound for Far Eastern markets. One of our latest additions is the large area set
aside for the raptors along the Snake River, 483,000 acres. These birds of prey adorn the cliffs along
the Snake River south of Melba and feed off an abundance of small animals on the plains above. The
birds’ nests are lower than their hunting grounds, but the raptors can easily rise above the cliffs on
updrafts and then soar on warm air currents across the sagebrush-covered flatland in search of a
squirrel or rabbit. They take their prey home effortlessly by gliding down to the cliffs.
Moose and other animals thrive in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness area, some 3.8-million acres
where wildlife is protected. In the northern range is Lake Pend Oreille, 43 miles long and more than
1,000 feet deep and an irresistible lure for fishermen.
In the mountain ranges are the western white pines, some of them 300 feet tall. The disastrous fire
of 1910 and blister rust have reduced much of the growth but 80 percent of northern Idaho is still
forested. The state is still as green in this region as it was 200 years ago.
I have lived in Idaho since 1945 and have seen many changes including a lot of replanting, dam
building to save and utilize water for hydroelectricity, fruits of various sorts and large wineries under
development. Idaho provides many opportunities to explore, aided by today’s technology. Places to
visit include Balanced Rock, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Hells Canyon, Nez Perce
National Historical Park & Museum, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Shoshone Falls and Sun
Idaho was inhabited by Indians for 12,000 years. They and Appaloosa horses (see photo on previous page, above and at left) came from Asia to this area, where the Nez Perce tribe bred them as a
means of travel and way of life, constant companions in the struggle to survive.
Page 13
Meridian City Town Hall (continued from Page 11)
Meridian Fire Department Education Officer Pam Orr said,
“Cooking is the number-one cause of fires in homes. Never leave a
fire unattended.” She also recommended that homeowners get carbon monoxide as well as fire alarms and check the batteries regularly. They should also be able to distinguish between the alarms’
sounds. Also, Christmas tree decorations “can start fires, so unplug
them at night. Also, examine them before plugging them in.”
Assistant Public Affairs Director Brent McCurdy of the Boise
Coordinating Council of the LDS Church presented an update on
the new temple under construction at 7345 N. Linder Road. “We’re
still early in the process, but things are under way,” he said, adding
“there’s no completion date yet. It will be a place of beauty and
‘Customs agent’ tries to extort money for prescription drugs
By Robb Hicken, Better Business Bureau
The message on Ruth’s answering machine clearly stated, “Jeff Thompson with U.S. Customs,
badge number 5-5-8-1. “
The Ada County resident said, “It was so out of place that I had to listen to it twice. But, when I
heard it a second time, I called the number back.”
The man who answered was polite, authoritative and calm as he introduced himself and explained the intention for the call. He said he needed to find out who had ordered prescription drugs
over the Internet.
“I was a bit embarrassed,” she recalls, “but I had gone on-line to fill a prescription for my
husband. It was for Cialis.”
The man claiming to be with Division 79 of U.S. Customs in Boise told her there was no warrant
for her arrest, yet.
“When I admitted to making the internet purchase, he quickly came back saying that I needed to
go to the Ada County courthouse and pick up some documents,” Ruth said.
He claimed that if she would turn herself in, she could post bail immediately.
“Well, when I heard those words, I was terrified,” Ruth said. “But when I said I couldn’t afford
$1,500, he tried to calm me down, saying he knew the judge and could make some arrangements.”
Panicked, worried and disturbed, she started thinking of the consequences of being arrested,
paying bail and explaining the situation to family and friends.
“It terrified me after he said he had my police records in front of him and could tell I was a good
citizen who never had a driving ticket or prior arrests,” she said. “How would he know that information?”
This call is part of an elaborate scam using law enforcement agencies titles, badge numbers and
names including Drug Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
and even the local sheriffs’ offices.
An official for U.S. Customs in Boise said the office received several calls this week. He says
after consumers enter their personal and bankcard information to buy the drugs, the information is
used for blackmail and extortion.
The threatening phone calls scare their marks and then offer a lifeline to their victims. The caller
tells his victims they can either pay their bail money immediately, set a deadline for payment over the
phone or they will be charged as suspects in a criminal investigation and face jail time.
“He said he knew the judge and could maybe make arrangements for me to pay a lesser bail
amount if I could do it immediately,” Ruth says.
If you get a call like this, here are points you can be sure of:
• Federal government agencies don’t ask people to send money for unpaid loans, winnings,
tickets, taxes, bail or fines.
• If you still feel unsure, look up the official number of the agency the caller is pretending to
represent so you can get the real story.
• Watch your credit card statements when shopping online. Some victims who purchased their
drugs using a credit card also reported fraudulent use of their credit cards.
• Personal and financial information could be compromised.
Don’t get left out in the cold when it comes to vehicle care
(NAPSI) – “In colder temperatures, engines require more cranking amps and batteries are less
efficient,” explained Interstate Batteries engineering services manager, Gale Kimbrough, also known
as “Mr. Battery.” “That reduces the battery’s charge acceptance and ability to start an engine. If not
properly maintained, it could create a big damper on your travel plans.”
To help you keep your vehicle battery running in cold weather and know what to do when it’s
time to replace it, consider these seven tips:
1. Have the vehicle’s starting and charging system tested every three months or every oil change.
2. Use a battery charger to maintain charge levels and keep the
battery in good condition.
3. Inspect the battery cables, posts and fasteners. Cable corrosion prevents power from flowing freely from the battery, reducing the power available to start the car.
4. Clean the battery terminals with a wire brush or battery
cleaner spray.
5. When possible, keep the vehicle in a garage overnight or
plugged in, especially in extremely harsh weather conditions. If
garage storage is not possible, it may pay to invest in a battery
6. If the battery is not a sealed model, check the fluid levels,
using distilled water to fill any cells that appear low.
7. You may drop your old batteries to be recycled at any Interstate Batteries or Interstate All Battery Center retail store. While
you’re there, you can get a free winter battery check.
For further facts and advice, visit
or call (866) 842-5368.
Valley Times
Page 14
November 17, 2014
Study: Community-based mental health providers need more prep to care for vets
community-based mental health
providers are not well prepared to
take care of the special needs of
military veterans and their families,
according to a new study by the
RAND Corporation that was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the
Military Officers Association of
The exploratory report, based
on a national survey of mental
health providers, found few community-based care providers met
criteria for military cultural competency or used evidence-based
approaches to treat problems commonly seen among veterans.
”Our findings suggest that
community-based mental health
providers are not as well prepared
as they need to be to address the
needs of veterans and their families,” said Terri Tanielian, the
study’s lead author and a senior
social research analyst at RAND,
a nonprofit research organization.
“There is a need for increased training among community-based providers in high-quality treatment
techniques for PTSD and other disorders that are more common
among veterans.”
Although the Department of
Defense and Veterans Health Administration in recent years have
increased employment of mental
health professionals, many veterans may seek services from practitioners in the civilian sector, often
because they are located closer to
their homes. In addition,
policymakers have expanded veterans’ access to community-based
health providers as a way to meet
demands, given capacity constraints in the VA health system
. Our veterans have served and
sacrificed for our nation and deserve the very best care,” said Kate
Rubin, president, United Health
Foundation. “We hope this study
will focus attention on the opportunity to better prepare the mental
health workforce to meet the
unique needs of veterans and their
Recent military veterans are
more likely than the general population to suffer from major depressive disorder and posttraumatic
stress disorders, two conditions
prevalent among people who have
deployed to battle zones.
RAND researchers surveyed
a convenience sample of 522 psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed
clinical social workers and licensed
counselors to determine whether
they had the training needed to be
sensitive to the needs of veterans
and whether they used evidencebased methods to treat major depressive disorder and PTSD.
Just 13 percent of the mental
health providers surveyed met the
study’s readiness criteria for both
cultural competency and delivering
evidence-based care. Care providers who worked in community settings were less prepared than providers who are affiliated with the
VA or military health system.
While 70 percent of care providers working in a military or VA
setting had high military cultural
competency, only 24 percent of
providers participating in the
TRICARE network, the Department of Defense’s health insurance
program, and 8 percent of provid-
ers without VA or TRICARE affiliation met the threshold for cultural
Nearly one quarter of care providers practicing within 10 miles
of a VA or military treatment facility met the threshold for high military cultural competency, while just
15 percent of providers practicing
at more distant locations met the
”Veterans and their family
members face unique challenges,
and addressing their needs requires
understanding military culture as
well as their mental health challenges,” said retired Navy Vice
Adm. Norb Ryan, president of the
Military Officers Association of
America. “It’s crucial that our civilian mental health providers acquire the training and perspective
they need to guide their practice in
the care of our military and veteran
The study recommends organizations that maintain registries or
care provider networks include information about mental health
practitioners’ ability to properly
treat the special needs of military
and veteran populations
.In addition, researchers encourage policymakers to expand
access to effective training in evidence-based treatment approaches
and create incentives to encourage
care providers to use these strategies in their routine practice
.The study, “Ready to Serve:
An Assessment of CommunityBased Provider Capacity to Deliver
Competent, Quality Care to Veterans and Their Families,” is available at
(Continued in next column)
Other authors of the study
are Coreen Farris, Caroline
Epley, Carrie M. Farmer, Eric
Robinson, Charles C. Engel and
Michael William Robbins and
Lisa H. Jaycox
.RAND Health is the nation’s
largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research
portfolio that focuses on health care
costs, quality and public health preparedness, among other topics
‘Oh, Susana’...Last December,
New Mexico Gov. Susana
Martinez announced a new
state effort to provide free
counseling and therapy
services to U.S. veterans
returning home from tours of
duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and
other hot spots.
The Gathering and the Meridian Ministerial Fellowship
A Thanksgiving Celebration
Friday, November 21, 2014
at 1827 W. 3rd Street, Meridian
• 4:30 p.m., Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
• 6:00 p.m., Children’s Program
• 7:00 p.m., ‘The Gathering’ Worship Experience
Come and celebrate with the faith community of Meridia the
goodness of God in our city, our familes and local churches. There
will be amazing worship, fellowship, a children’s program and an
early Thanksgiving community dinner.
If you need information about the meal (seving, donating, cooking, need a ride etc.), call Pastor Monico at 888-1921 and leave a
The Gaterhing is a night of worship were we devote outserlves
to the Lord in praise, worship and intercession. God promises to
meet us with His glkoary and His presence as we pursue Him in
spirit and truth (James 8:8 and Jeremiah 29:13)
Located near the Interstate at 953 S. Industry Way in Meridian (east of WinCo)
• Bankruptcy • Employment Law
• Real Estate • Business Formation
• Contracts • Wills & Trusts
• Criminal Defense • Banking & Finance
• Condemnation • Accidents & Injuries
• Divorce & Child Custody
• Products Liability • Collections
• Corporations & LLCs • Discrimination Claims
• Complex Litigation • Estate Planning
• Construction & Development
Valley Times
November 17, 2014
Club Endurance, The Pumas Volleyball
Team, partners w/ Clothes for the Cause
MERIDIAN – The Pumas Volleyball Team partnered with
Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects clothes
in exchange for cash, for an event to raise money toward paying
for the girls’ travel and tournament costs.
The Pumas Volleyball Team hosted the clothing and textile
drive and accepted clothing and shoes of any kind, in any condition on November 15th.. Clothes for the Cause will pick up the
donations and provide Club Endurance, The Pumas Volleyball
Team, with the total of their fundraising effort measured in dollars
per pound.
“The Pumas are not just a club volleyball team,” said coach
Brooke Schrack. “They are a group of girls who strive to be better
athletes, better students and better members of the community.”
“We were thrilled to help The Pumas Volleyball Team in its
time of need,” said Vanessa Hanson. “Clothes for the Cause and
Club Endurance Volleyball made it easy for everyone in our community to contribute by collecting things free of charge that our
friends, family and neighbors already have in their houses.”
The Pumas are starting their fifth year as a club team. They
have formed a great sisterhood of athletes and train hard, play hard
and laugh hard together. In the 2013-2014, season their record was
100-35. They were the Utah Grand Prix Champions and after winning their first local tournament moved up an age group and played
in the finals four more times.
They placed 34th out of 294
teams at one of the national tournaments in Reno, Nevada. They
ended their season playing in the
finals at a tournament in Seattle.
“They had an incredible season
and are extremely excited for the
Free flu shots, hep C and TBI screenings November 30 at ISU-Meridian
Free flu shots and screenings for hepatitis C and traumatic brain
injury are among services offered at a community health screening Thursday, November 20 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Idaho State
University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.
The screening is the third of six scheduled at various Treasure
Valley locations through March for adults with no insurance or
limited access to preventive health care. Appointments aren’t necessary.
Screening co-director Dr. Glenda Carr reminds adults to immunize against the flu. “An immunization not only protects you
but can help others from getting the flu, especially if you are around
the young, the elderly or people with chronic health conditions,”
said Carr, an ISU-Meridian clinical assistant pharmacy professor.
Other free services include:
• Blood pressure checks, medication reviews and disease education
• Dental evaluations
• Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
• On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol and HIV
• Hearing and eye screenings
• Nutrition assessment and recommendations
• Health education
The Centers for Disease Control recommends people born between 1954 and 1965 get screened for hepatitis C, a blood-borne
infection that increases a person’s chance of developing cirrhosis
and liver cancer. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.
“Hepatitis C can take up to 30 years to seriously affect the
liver,” said Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian’s viral hepatitis and HIV
educator. “If an individual knows that they have chronic hep C,
they can take proactive steps toward better health.”
The traumatic brain injury screenings are new this year, thanks
to federal funding awarded to ISU’s Institute of Rural Health. IRH
researcher Russell Spearman notes more than 32,000 Idahoans are
living with a severe traumatic brain injury sustained in car crashes,
military combat or playing sports.
The free Community Health Screening Program began in
March 2010 through a partnership with ISU-Meridian, Ada County,
Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and
The full screening process takes about 90 minutes and patients in immediate need are given appointments at low-cost Treasure Valley clinics for additional care.
For more information, call 373-1700 or e-mail healthy
[email protected]
up coming season,” Schrack
Saturday’s site for America
Recycles Day was Applebee’s at
1460 N. Eagle Road in Meridian. Clothes for the Cause collected donations of garments,
pairs of shoes, hats, gloves, towels, sheets, blankets, quilts,
drapery, purses, belts, rugs and
stuffed animals.
Through such events,
Clothes for the Cause gives
community groups including
churches, sports teams, school
bands and others the opportunity
to turn their friends and families’ unwanted clothes into cash
while promoting sustainability
and charitable acts in their community.
Unlike the quintessential
fundraiser that asks people to
buy candy bars, flower bulbs or
candles, Clothes for the Cause
assists community groups and
youth and makes a positive impact on the environment and inneed communities, without
charging event participants a
cent. Instead of decaying in
landfills, donated items are reworn, reused or ethically recycled both in the United States
and abroad, based on best use.
Clothes for the Cause provides all necessary tools and materials to host a successful
fundraiser, including informational brochures, letters and fliers to distribute to the community members, tired-and-true
promotion tactics, and convenient pickup of donated items at
the close of the fundraiser. Event
organizers can structure their
events to raise a wide range of
funds to support a variety of
community projects – from purchasing new soccer jerseys to rebuilding a community.
Clothes for the Cause is a family-run fundraising company that
collects clothing and shoes of any
kind, in any condition in exchange
for funds dedicated to schools,
teams, clubs, community organizations, disaster relief and others. The
organization has offices in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Clothes for the Cause is owned
by Gemtext, a Northwest-based
sustainability-focused company
serving the textile recycling industry through regional partnerships.
Gemtext collects unwanted textiles
and recycles or repurposes the materials in domestic and international
markets. For more information or
to contact an event planner in your
area, call 1-800-935-0992 or visit
Fragrance-infused ornaments can
bring the holidays to life with the
scent of fresh-cut trees that could
fool even a lumberjack.
Page 15
Prep Football
Mountain View beats Lake City 28-14
The 9-2 Mountain View Mavericks hosted and defeated the 92 Lake City Timberwolves of Coeur d’Alene 28-14 Friday night at
the 5A state football tournament to advance against the winner of
Saturday’s 8-2 Rocky Mountain Grizzlies vs. the 10-0 Highland
Rams game at Albertson’s Stadium.
This was the Mavs’ first opportunity to host a state semifinal
contest and they were determined not to be derailed enroute to the
state title game.
With extremely cold temperatures and six feet of snow and ice
to contend with, the hosts stayed mainly on the ground. After a
scoreless first period, Mountain View junior Trey Bell ran the ball
in from 10 yards out, the first of three unanswered touchdowns.
After recovering the ball from an onside kick at the Lake CIty
42, Mav senior tailback Kole Goodwin squired into the end zone
from one yard out and MV led 14-0. With under a minute and a half
left in the last period, MV senior Kaleb Turlington intercepted
Timbervolves quarterback Mike Goggin to put the game on ice,
figuratively and literally.
Signal caller Garrett Collingham continued the effective ground
game, rushing for scores of 541 and 55 yards for a total of 247
yards as opposed to completing only two passes. A disturbing note
for MV, however, was Collingham injuring his left knee on a punt
in the final period, forcing him to leave the game and calling into
question his ability to recover in time for the title game.
Coach Judd Benedick praised his team for “bending but not
breaking and playing hard.”
Highland 42, Rocky Mtn. 25 in semifinal
The 9-2 Rocky Mountain Grizzlies traveled to Holt Arena in
Pocatello for Saturday’s 5A state semifinal football game against
the undefeated host, the Highland Rams. The visitors played hard
but the hosts defeated RM 42-25 to advance to the title game against
the Mountain View Mavericks.
The Griz scored first on a 44-yard run by Christian Blaser, but
a two-points after conversion run failed and the Rams answered
with an 82-yard pount return by Tamalii Campbell. Connor
Atkinson’s point-after kick was good and the hosts led 7-6.
The second period saw the visitors again score first on a 15yard scamper by Jake Roper; again, the two-points-after conversion attempt failed and Highland responded with two rushing twoyard touchdowns, one by Garrett Chrtistensen and the other by
Dakota Tillotson. Rocky Mountain’s Collin Slater caught a 25-yard
scoring pass from Ryan Beard but the hosts carried a 21-18 lead
into the locker rooms at halftime.
The third period sawonly one score, a six-yard pass from
Tillotson to Logn Schmidt. In the final period, Rockyu Mountain
scored first on a seven-yard scoring strike from Beard to Cordell
Shelton, but Highland answered with two touchdowns, a 14-yard
run by Christensen and a scoring strike of 38 yards from Tillotson
to Connor Harding.
Send your individual and team sports news to [email protected] Send photos (in color or black and white)
as separate attachments in jpg. Deadline is every Friday at noon
for the following Monday’s issue unless other arrangements are
made in advance.
Sweet scents of joy for the holiday season
(NAPSI) – This year, you may treat your sense of smell to the
delights of the holiday season. Studies and experience indicate the
smells as well as sights and sounds of the season are what attract
people as they shop for Christmas.
That’s because the nostalgic scent of fresh-cut Christmas trees
is found in ornaments that can be hung from tree boughs, tucked
into wreaths and garland or discreetly hidden throughout the house.
Made of natural fibers sourced from sustainable resources and
infused with pure fragrance, these ScentSicles offer a no-mess,
no-flame, simple way to make artificial holiday greenery smell
real, enhance the scent of a live tree or just add scent as a decoration to any room.
They’re available seasonally at many major retail stores and
year-round at and
Now, a visit to that site before December 31 can also add the
scent of victory to your home. You may enter The World’s Most
Authentic Artificial Tree Sweepstakes.
The grand prize is a stunningly realistic Balsam Hill tree, a
supply of ScentSicles and $500. Five runners-up each win a
ScentSicles supply and $100. Learn more at (866) 435-1832.
Valley Times
Page 16
November 17, 2014
MPD Supervisor’s Log
Friday, November 7th, 2014
• Unattended death, 4600 block of W.
Big Creek Street and in the 3000 block of E.
• Vandalism, 1000 block of N. Biltmore.
• Computer crime/misappropriation of
personal information, 2200 block of N. Justin.
• Attempted grand theft, 300 block of
E. Aruba Court.
• Possession of paraphernalia, Fairview
Avenue & Eagle Road.
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
• Domestic - verbal, 2000 block of W.
• Battery, N. Turnberry Way & W. Bedrock Drive.
• No-contact order violation, 5000
block of E. Fairview Avenue.
• One juvenile arrested for juvenile
beyond control/detention order.
• Possession of marijuana & paraphernalia, 1600 block of E. McMillan Road.
• Veronica Ortega, 24, was arrested on
two warrants.
• Grand theft - auto, 400 block of W.
Cherry Lane.
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
• Domestic - verbal, 1200 block of E.
4th Street, in the 600 block of E.
Willowbrook and in the 600 block of E.
• Unattended death, 2000 block of N.
Simerly Avenue.
• Unlawful entry, 600 block of E.
• Derek Peterson, 26, was arrested as
a fugitive to Idaho and two counts of petit
• Peter Lopez, 28, was arrested on a
Monday, November 10th, 2014
• Andras Marosvari, 24, was arrested
on a warrant.
• Protective custody hold, 600 block
of N.W. 15th Street.
• Grand theft, 600 block of E. Senita
Canyon Street and in the 1100 block of S.
Progress Avenue.
• EMS assist, 300 block of W. Cherry
• Xuana Corona, 20, was arrested for
petit theft.
• Petit theft, 2590 N. Monaco Way.
• Residential burglary, 2500 block of
N. Springtime Avenue.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
• Fraudulent misappropriation of personal information, 4100 block of E. Pine
Bluff Drive.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
• Grand theft, 400 block of E. Fairview
• Alexa Hoffman, 27, and Randall
Billups, 28, were arrested for trafficking.
Thursday, November 13th, 2014
• Injury ttaffic accident, Eagle Road
and Fairview Avenue.
• Grand theft, 3300 block of E. Lanark
• Petit theft, 300 block of W. Cherry
Lane and in the 700 block of W. Overland
• Patrick Chapman, 39, was arrested
for disturbing the peace by fighting and domestic - verbal.
• Tiffany Myers, 38, was arrested for
(For more information, call 888-6678
during regular business hours.)
The Eagle Urban Agency
seeks a new member of the
working group to attend monthly and special meetings such as
the one November 20th at 1:00
p.m. at Eagle City Hall (visitors
are always welcome). The
working group helps assist the
Eagle Urban Agency with
possible projects and research
for approximately 2-4 hours per
month. For more info, call Mark
Butler, URA Chairman, at 208939-7444.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Ordinances of the City of Meridian
and the Laws of the State of Idaho that the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City
of Meridian will hold a public hearing at the Meridian City Hall, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian, Idaho, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2014 for the
purpose of reviewing and considering the applications of:
ACNW Properties, LLC for Conditional Use Permit approval to operate an indoor recreation facility in an I-L zoning district for ACNW Indoor Recreation Facility
located 1471 E. Commercial Drive.
DBTV Southridge Farm, LLC for Rezone of 3.05 acres from R-15 to TN-R; 1.67
acres from R-4 to R-8; and 0.83 of an acre from R-8 to R-4 AND PP 14-017 for Preliminary Plat approval consisting of 167 single-family residential building lots and 32 common/other lots on 48.56 acres of land in the R-4, R-8 and TN-R zoning districts for
Southridge Estates Subdivision generally located south of W. Overland Road between
S. Linder Road and S. Ten Mile Road (This item has been Re-Noticed from November
20, 2014)
More particular descriptions of the above properties are on file in the Community
Development Department office at Meridian City Hall, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian Idaho and are available for inspection during regular business hours, Monday
through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Copies of the above applications are available for review upon request. Any
and all interested persons shall be heard at said public hearing, and the public is welcome
and invited to submit testimony. Oral testimony may be limited to three (3) minutes per
person. Written materials may be submitted seven (7) days prior to the above hearing
date so that all interested parties may examine them prior to the hearing. All materials
presented at public meetings shall become property of the City of Meridian. Anyone
desiring accommodation for disabilities related to documents and/or hearings, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 888-4433 at least 72 hours prior to the public meeting.
PUBLISH 17th of November and 1st of December 2014.
Second Chance Square Dance returns
Friday, November 21 to Linen Building
Legal Notices
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Ordinances of the City of Meridian
and the Laws of the State of Idaho that the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City
of Meridian will hold a public hearing at the Meridian City Hall, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian, Idaho, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 for the
purpose of reviewing and considering the applications of:
DBTV Southridge Farm, LLC for Rezone of 3.05 acres to TN-R; 1.67 acres to R4; and 0.83 of an acre to R-8 AND Preliminary Plat approval consisting of 193 singlefamily residential building lots and 19 common/other lots on 48.56 acres of land in the R4, R-8 and TN-R zoning districts for Southridge Subdivision generally located south of
W. Overland Road between S. Linder Road and S. Ten Mile Road;
Clarence McLain for Amendment to the Future Land Use Map contained in the
Comprehensive Plan to change the land use designation on approximately 2.92 acres from
Low Density Residential (LDR) to Commercial AND Annexation of approximately 1.44
acres from R1 zoning district in Ada County to the C-G (General Retail and Service)
zoning district for Tribal Fire generally located north side of E. Overland Road and east
of S. Topaz Avenue.
More particular descriptions of the above properties are on file in the Community
Development Department office at Meridian City Hall, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian Idaho and are available for inspection during regular business hours, Monday
through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Copies of the above applications are available for review upon request. Any and all
interested persons shall be heard at said public hearing, and the public is welcome and
invited to submit testimony. Oral testimony may be limited to three (3) minutes per person. Written materials may be submitted seven (7) days prior to the above hearing date so
that all interested parties may examine them prior to the hearing. All materials presented
at public meetings shall become property of the City of Meridian. Anyone desiring accommodation for disabilities related to documents and/or hearings, please contact the
City Clerk’s Office at 888-4433 at least 72 hours prior to the public meeting.
PUBLISH 3rd and 17th of November 2014
The Second Chance Square Dance returns at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21 to the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove Street in
the Linen District.
Cost is $7 for all ages. There will be a full bar (ID required)
and plenty of free offstreet parking available at the Linen Building.
Modeled after the popular Hokum Hoedown and featuring
many familiar faces, the Second Chance Square Dance is a modern take on the old-time hootenanny featuring the infectious swing
of an authentic acoustic string band. Providing music for the dance
will be the Second Chance Dance Band.
At each dance, a live band performs a diverse assortment of
traditional folk-dance and string-band tunes while a cast of colorful callers directs the dances.
In addition to square dancing, the event features some good
old-fashioned, swingin’, two-steppin’ western dancing. Young and
old, couples and families, tattooed hipsters and ten-gallon
cowboys...the Second Chance Square Dance is a come-as-you-are,
hand-clappin’ hootenanny for all.
For more information, contact Chad Dryden with Bandwagon
PR by calling (208) 284-0355 or e-mail [email protected]
Want to make a difference? Get involved in a service club in
your community. Your local City Hall and Chamber of Commerce
have a list of clubs and other local causes that could use your time.
The Meridian Valley Humane Society, Canine Rescue accepts only owner-relinquished dogs and is located at 191 N. Linder
Road (between Pine Avenue and Franklin Road in front of Heritage Auto). The volunteers who opened this dog rescue program
appreciate all donations of money and dog food. If you have questions or can volunteer a few hours of your time to help these animals, call Nancy Harvey, Board member, at 639-9440. See the special feature with photos about the Meridian Valley Humane Society on Page 1 of this issue.
This contest is open to students in grades 9-12. The top national prize is a $10,000 scholarship. Other prizes range from $5,000
for second-place down to $500 for fifth through eighth place. The
first-place winner will also receive a plaque, airfare and two night’s
lodging to attend the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention. The
national first-place winning entry will be featured on the cover of
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Magazine. Second and third place will be
featured in the magazine and all eight top prize winners will featured on the Ladies Auxiliary web site,
Deadline is March 31st, 2015. Send entries to the Post & Auxiliary 4000, Irene Godby, 34 E. Waterbury Lane, Meridian ID
83646, phone (208) 855-0420 or June Pack at (208) 888-2839.
School career counselor will have copy of the entry form or
interested students may call June Pack at 888-2839 for a copy.
You may see last year’s winners at www.ladies auxvfw. org/
Young American Creative Patriotic Art.
Readers, send your group/organization and individual news to
[email protected] Attach photos in jpg or pdf format
and include names. The deadline is every Friday at noon for the
upcoming Monday issue. We welcome items from service clubs as
well as families about the positive difference in lives that are made
every day in our community but mostly go unheralded.
November 17, 2014
Legal Notices
The City of Meridian is requesting sealed Proposals for UV DISINFECTION EQUIPMENT FOR WWTP. Proposals will be received by the City of Meridian, Purchasing
Department, at the City Hall Building located at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Ste. 106,
Meridian, Idaho 83642, until 4:00 p.m., prevailing local time, DECEMBER 11, 2014.
A complete RFP package is available at City of Meridian Purchasing Department located
at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Ste 106, Meridian, Idaho 83642 or online at the City of
Meridian web site at this address:
Aprebid meeting will be held on November 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Meridian City Hall,
Finance Conference Room, 33 E Broadway, Suite 106, Meridian, ID. Proposers may
phone in to participate at (208) 489-0417.
All questions concerning this Invitation for Bid or requests for additional information
should be directed to: Keith Watts at (208) 489-0417.
DATED this 13thday ofNovember 2014
Keith Watts, Purchasing Manager
Run Dates: November 17, 2014 and November 24, 2014
Valley Times
Page 17
EPA settles with Student Works Painting, Inc., for failure to
comply with lead-based paint regulations at Boise home
SEATTLWE – College Works Painting, a California-based painting company (d.b.a. Student
Works Painting, Inc.), has agreed to settle alleged violations of federal lead-based paint regulations
with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The settlement - which includes a $39,532 penalty
- covers actions that occurred at a property in Boise in October 2011.
According to EPA case documents, Student Works Painting failed to follow lead-safe work
practices and establish and maintain adequate records for renovation activities on a Boise residential
property built before 1978. These practices are required under EPA’s national Repair, Renovation
and Painting (RRP) rule, which is aimed at preventing the ingestion or inhalation of lead-based paint
chips or dust. The violations were documented during an inspection at the home, following a local
“If repairs or remodeling are done carelessly in older homes, it could result in lead contamination,
which in turn could pose a serious health hazard to young children,” said Kate Kelly, Director of
EPA’s office of Air, Waste & Toxics in Seattle. “Research has shown that as many as one million
children in America are needlessly exposed to lead, resulting in elevated blood lead levels, which
have been shown to harm both physical and mental development. Our lead-based paint regulations
help safeguard children from this unnecessary exposure risk.”
This is not the first time College Works Painting, the parent company, has failed to comply. In
2011, the company also paid a $32,508 penalty for other lead-based paint rule violations.
EPA’s Lead-based Paint regulations require that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting
projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and preschools built before 1978:
• Have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state)
• Use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers, and
• Follow lead-safe work practices.
Lead-based paint can be found on walls, ceilings, woodwork, windows or even floors. When
lead-based paint on these surfaces is chipped, sanded, or scraped, it breaks into tiny, barely visible
pieces that children can swallow or inhale. Even small repair and renovation jobs, including repainting projects, can create enough lead dust and chips to harm children.
For information on the hazards of lead paint, call 1-800-424-LEAD or via the Internet at http:// For a copy of the CAFO(legal document), visit
Eagle Urban Renewal Agency sets special meeting Nov. 17
to discuss rehab expenses for Tri-City Meats properties
Choose a stain color to enhance your wood
(NAPSI) – When it comes to giving your home natural
warmth and beauty, few things compare to wood, which is
surprisingly flexible when it comes to color. Whether you’re
refinishing your floors or cabinets, restoring a fine piece of
furniture or creating a new look distressing an existing piece,
wood stain can enhance the beauty of the wood and add to
your style.
From traditional colors
such as walnut or oak to
trendy espresso or weathered
gray, you may select from a
variety of wood stains or create your own custom colors
by mixing stains. The experts
at the Minwax Company have
tips to help:
• Each species of wood
accepts stain differently. A
dark walnut stain will look
different on pine than on
cherry. Test the stain on an
inconspicuous area of the When making up a package for
shipping or storing, remember to
wood first to see the true tape it shut with flaps taped
down along the middle and on
(See Pre-stain your both ends over the corners and
reinforce the seams with a goodwood on Page 18)
quality clear tape.
The Eagle Urgan Renewal Agency will hold a special meeting on Monday, November 17 at 1:00
p.m. at City Hall.
Commissioners welcome public comment on all agenda items except those which specifically
state, “No public comment will be taken on this item”. Where public comment is not allowed it is
either because the public comment period was held and was closed, or the item is an “executive
session” item subject to sole review by the Agency and its representatives, or other reason as stated
by the Chairman.
Individuals are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes, and more time is afforded to representatives of groups. If you want to submit written comments on any item, please do so at least 24
hours in advance to assure that Board members have time to read and consider your views. Written
comments can be dropped off at Eagle City Hall and e-mails may be sent to
[email protected]
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call – Reynolds, Butler, McFarland, Kunz, Ridgeway
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Amendments to agenda
5. Public Comment on matters not on the agenda (Please limit comments to 3 minutes maximum)
6. Approval of November 4th Meeting Minutes
7. Discussion of rehab costs for Tri-City Meats properties (south of W. State Street and west of
Eagle Road) and possible execution of lease agreement
Some smart shipping and storage suggestions
(NAPSI) – Whether you’re sending gifts for the holidays, packing for a move or storing keepsakes, heeding a few hints on how to prepare things for shipping and storage can help your package
stay safe and intact.
• First, choose a strong, rigid carton made of high-quality corrugated cardboard, preferably double
walled to ensure strength, durability and protection. Be sure it has enough room for the cushioning
material around the contents. If you’re reusing a box for shipping, cover up or black out any old
labels and markings.
• Next, place plenty of cushioning around your items. Wrap each item separately within the
carton with protective cushioning. Don’t let any items touch the walls of the carton. Close and gently
shake the box to see whether there is enough padding. If you hear items moving around as you shake
the box, add more newspaper, packing foam or plastic material to secure the package.
• Before you ship or store your stuff away, make two lists of what’s in the box. Put one inside the
box and then tape the other to the outside, so you know what’s in which container and what not to
overlook when you open one.
• Tape your box shut and reinforce the seams with quality tape. Don’t use cord, string or twine,
which can get caught in mail processing equipment. Fortunately, you can now get a tape that is
almost three inches wide, so packages can be secured with just one strip of tape. Gorilla Shipping
Tape also has a 3.4-mil construction, which makes it thicker, tougher and wider than other tapes.
Plus, it’s water and temperature resistant, so it stands up to the elements—whether you’re shipping a
package across the country or storing a box in a humid attic. It comes on an easy-to-grip, quiet
dispenser, and the tape cuts easily for smooth dispensing.
• If traveling for a holiday or visit, ship packages and boxes ahead of time to save space in your
You may find further facts on-line at and’gorillaglue.
Page 18
The regular monthly meetings of the Eagle Arts Commission
have been changed to the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30
a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. E-mail artscommission
Leadership Idaho Agriculture posts
participants, hometowns of Class 35
The Leadership Idaho Agriculture Foundation has announced
the following participants in Class 35. These individuals have been
selected from agriculture and agribusiness organizations to participate in the class sessions to be held throughout the next four
months. The LIA program is designed to enhance the leadership,
personal development and awareness of agriculture for each participant. Since 1985, 842 participants have graduated from the statewide program. Sessions will be held in Moscow, Pocatello, Twin
Falls and Boise before graduation in February. Sponsorship for
participants is provided by various agencies, organizations, commodity groups and agribusinesses.
Mark Bateman
Kristie D. Dorsey
David Duvall
Joe Farmer
Aric Frostenson
Kyra Gibson
Taylor Grant
Lance Hedler
Tyler Hepworth
Annie Inks
Randall Jayo
Blair Lyon
Lindsay Markegard
Kirk Moser
Tyler Musgrave
Treg Owings
Megan Paez
Kyra Povirk
Wendy Pratt
Samantha Ramsay
Alex Reed
Shane Robins
Jen Root
Lovina Roselle
Steve Smith
Garrett Tschida
Jeremey Varley
Jane Waldher
Heathe Weston
Riley Wight
“The LIA Foundation is dedicated to leadership development
for Idaho men and women,” said Rick Waitley, Executive Director. “Class members will hear over 60 different speakers, participate in tours, have speaking opportunities and experience personal
growth situations which will better prepare them for leadership
opportunities in the agriculture industry and rural communities. “
For additional information about participation in the LIA program or to offer financial support for the Foundation, contact
Waitley at the following address: 55 SW 5th Ave, Suite 100, Meridian, ID 83642, call (208)-888-0988 or visit the web site at
Pre-stain your wood (continued from Page 17)
• Use a pre-stain wood conditioner to prevent streaks and
blotches and ensure the wood absorbs the stain evenly.
• For beautiful, even color, thoroughly stir, not shake, the
can to distribute pigments that may have settled on the bottom.
• If you create a custom color, measure each shade carefully and write it down so you can re-create it.
• For an antique or distressed look, layer lighter and darker
stain colors. Once the stain has dried, lightly sand away the
top layer in different spots and then protect the piece with a
clear finish. See the Minwax Pinterest board “Distressed Furniture Projects” for more information
Amended onto the Meridian City Council agenda, at right:
• by the Parks & Recreation Department, Recreational Pathway Easement – Cottonwood Development for Vicenza Estates,
• by the Public Works Department, Development of a Water
Main Easement by Cottonwood Development for Vincenza States,
Valley Times
November 17, 2014
Salman Rushdie to give Distinguished Lecture
on modern literature & politics on Nov. 20
The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents author Sir
Salman Rushdie at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 20 at the Morrison Center for the Performing
Arts. His lecture, titled “Literature and Politics in the Modern World,” is free and open to the public.
No tickets are required.
Rushdie has penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers and received
a Queen’s Knighthood for “services to literature.” He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the
most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.
His novels include The Satanic Verses (which resulted in death threats and a bounty placed on his
murder by radical Islamists), The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Enchantress
of Florence and Midnight’s Children, which won the Booker Prize in 1981 and later the Best of
Booker. The novel has been adapted to film and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He also is the author of the bestselling memoir Joseph Anton.
An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world’s top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays titled “Step Across the Line,” written a book on
“The Wizard of Oz” and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world’s
oldest human rights organization. His children’s novels include Luka and the Fire of Life and Haroun
and the Sea of Stories.
Note the following Morrison Center security policies: The Morrison Center reserves the right to
search all bags. Clutches or purses larger than 14 inches by 14 inches are not permitted. Large purses,
tote bags, backpacks and fanny packs are discouraged. The Morrison Center is a smoke-free environment; vaping is not allowed. It also is a gun-free environment. View Boise State’s weapons policy at
The Distinguished Lecture Series will continue on April 8, 2015 with Canadian writer Margaret
Atwood, winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize. She is
the author of more than 30 volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction and nonfiction.
Meridian Downtown Business Association
asked to ‘buy in’ to proposed branding logos
Elected officials weighed in on three logos to brand downtown at their November 12th meeting,
before the Meridian Downtown Business Association meets later this month.
Dan Basalone of the Meridian Development Corporation described the genesis of the proposed
logos. Following stakeholders’ meetings earlier this year, CH2M Hill of Boise worked with Pegasus
Planning of Dallas, Texas, a consulting firm hired by the city to analyze economic development
strengths and weaknesses, generated the proposed logos. “We’re currently in the listening phase” to
gather more input, Basalone said. “We need buy-in by the Meridian Downtown Business Association.”
Councilman Joe Borton said he likes the so-called “Split Corridor” logo (see far-left color graphic
on next page, across and below at right) but likes “the center one the most. Keith Bird agreed. “The
main thing is, the Downtown Business Association buys into this. It does more for the businesses.
Luke Cavener said, “I like the sun (but) with single colors.” Genesis Milam said her view is
“similar but with a different orange. This is too yellowy.” She also said the lines in the far-right logo
in the photo should be “squiggly or curved.” Dave Zaremba said, “I’m leaning toward the sun, as well.
I like surveying instruments such as in the (public) artwork in the lobby” of City Hall. It takes advantage of Meridian’s meaning.” Milam agreed that “history is important.”
Mayor Tammy de Weerd reported that members of her Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council or MYAC
also looked at the logos. “Seventy-two were for number two, thirty were for number one and the sun
was not popular at all” with only two or three votes, she said.
Betsy Roberts of CH2M Hill, who worked on the logos along with Ashley Squires, Administrator
of the Meridian Development Corporation, said the Mayor’s economic development team and the
Downtown Business Association have provided input to the MDC’s Wayfinding Committee. She said
50 percent of Meridian’s population is younger than 34.
“Generation Z has adopted social media, “ she said. “Generation Z’s attention span is eight seconds.”
Taking demographic data into account, organizers focused their efforts when organizing the logo
project on building a brand, raising awareness (called “brand equity building”) and “strategic engagement.” Mayor de Weerd said the goal of such efforts is “so people will hop on their bikes and come
Council members also discussed three phrases or “taglines,” one under each proposed logo including “Explore. Engage. Experience.”, “Uncover History, Discover History” and “Discover. Celebrate. Connect.” The Mayor mentioned the Downtown History Walk that reflects the work of the
Meridian History Center and the MDC and starts in City Hall Plaza.
Officials discussed mixing and matching taglines with different logos. Councilman Cavener said,
“It’s hard to get excited about taglines” and suggested holding off “till we find out who we are.”
In other business Caleb Hoof of the Community Planning Department introduced Sean Kelly,
new Community Development Block Grant administrator who replaced Lori den Hertog. Kelly said
described Program Year 2013 in the CDBG Action Plan Amendment and said decisions of where to
spend the funds paid attention to shared values of community, diversity and family. He added that
$98,667.38 was approved to build a restroom facility at Centennial Park immediately east of the city’s
Community Center on the southeast corner of E. 2nd Street and Idaho Avenue (the former site of the
Police Department and before that of the Post Office).
Under City Council Liaison/Committee Updates, i was announced that Kristy Vigil has been
working in the Mayor’s Office since late August and Justin Lucas is leaving the Community Department to return to the Ada County Highway District as planning manager.
Council approved a resolution appointing J. Scott Walters to the Solid Waste Advisory Commission. Members also heard a presentation by ACHD on the Downtown Boise Origin-Destination Study
(impact fees) and approved spending $30,000 for Pegasus Planning & Development to develop a
project plan for a multipurpose event center. They also approved two ordinances, one for annexation/
rezone for Locust Grove Water Reservoir No. 2 and a rezone for Citadel II Self Storage.
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Page 19
Obituary: Frederick ‘Fred’ E. Obenchain
Rushdie has written 11 novels. (
Idaho Heating and Cooling
Business Spotlight...After 40 years working in the heating and
cooling industry, owners Ben Frisbee and Matt Hines opened Idaho
Heating and Cooling in Meridian this past month.
They specialize in commercial, residential and industrial services, including replacement, installation, service and repairs for
all types of heating and cooling needs. Idaho Heating and Cooling
offers 24-hour service for evaluations, diagnostics, repair and free
second opinions.
They understand what it takes to build trust and confidence
that experience offers when it comes to protecting your home and
business. The friendly professionals at Idaho Heating and Cooling
believes that HVAC is more than heating and cooling. They go
above and beyond to provide quality installation and superior service for new and existing commercial and residential buildings.
Idaho Heating and Cooling covers the Treasure Valley providing service, installations and repairs and are always open for emergency calls. They can be reached at 208-901-5154 or 24-hour service at 208-921-7772, or visit
Three logos presented to the Meridian Downtown
Business Association for ‘branding’
Frederick “Fred” E. Obenchain of Meridian, Idaho, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior
on November 12, 2014. A memorial service was held on November 15th at Meridian First Baptist
He was born on February 5, 1929 in Hailey, Idaho to Elfred and Judith Obenchain. Fred graduated from Boise High School and attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon.
He married the love of his life, Lois Marie Pierce, on May 10, 1952. They went to California,
where he studied at the Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary for one year. They had their first
daughter, Sandy. Their youngest daughter, Cindi, was born six years later in Boise.
Fred loved camping with his family. He also loved to hunt and fish and be in the great outdoors,
even if it was just a Sunday drive in the mountains. He also had a sense of humor; his favorite saying
was, “Never fear, Freddie is here” especially on Sunday drives in the mountains. He was also a
handyman who could fix or build a deck or a workshop in the back yard. He was a true craftsman.
Fred worked for Idaho Power for 31 years. Early in his career, he worked out of town most of the
time as a construction worker servicing the towers at power substations all over Idaho. After an
accident that crushed his right foot after he had to jump from a falling tower, he worked in the Boise
office as a Materials Coordinator until he retired in 1985.
Fred will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; his two daughters, Sandy (Carey) Cochran and Cindi (Steve)
Testardi and five grandsons, Chad, Donald, Eric, Seneca and Andrew; 11 great-grandchildren and
three great great-grandchildren. Fred is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Nancy) Obenchain, John (Carol) Obenchain and sister, Lois (Bob)
Gundry and also his sister-in-law, Anne Obenchain.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dean and Jim Obenchain
and Jim’s wife, Dorothy.
The family would like to thank the staff at Genesis Meridian Health
Care and Legacy Home Health and Hospice for their care and support.
They loved Fred and he loved them.
When daddy left his earthly body, we can imagine the hand of Jesus
reaching down and saying, “Never fear, Freddie; your Savior is here.”
Obituary: Catherine P. G. LoCicero
Catherine Philomena Gallagher LoCicero passed away recently at the age of 79. Funeral Mass
was celebrated on November 12th at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Meridian, with committal services on November 13th at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
She was born on April 8, 1935 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the third of ten children born to
Henry and Mary (Molly) Gallagher. “Kitsy” was a nurse midwife and did her schooling in England
before moving to California with her sister and friend in 1957.
She married Angelo LoCicero in 1960 and they had their son, Brendan, in 1964. Her grandchildren, Jack and Charlie, were born in 1998 and 2000 and were the world to her. She also enjoyed time
with her sisters and countless friends.
In 2007, Kitsy moved to Meridian after nearly 30 years in Huntington Beach in 2007. She was
the ultimate bargain shopper who could spot a deal a mile away. She was also the friendliest person
you ever met and within minutes she would know your whole life story
and she would never forget it.
She was very active in Holy Apostles Church until declining health
made attendance impossible. She is survived by her husband, Angelo;
son, Brendan; daughter-in-law, Jessica; grandsons Jack and Charlie, sisters Roisin, Gabrielle, Imelda and Maura and brothers Patrick, Liam and
Hilary and their spouses; a stepson, Joe, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Henry Jr.,
and sister, Ethna. The world is a bleaker place without Kitsy in it.
Remembrances may be left on-line for the family at Services were under the direction of Accent
Funeral Home.
November 17, 2014
Valley Times
Top honors awarded at Speedway banquet
By Tyler Schild (photos by Bill Adams/Extreme Photo)
The Meridian Speedway in conjunction with the Western Idaho Racing Association hosted its annual
awards banquet on November 8th to present hardware to 15 division champions while WIRA inducted two
members into its Hall of Fame. A special honor was awarded to Meridian Speedway’s Driver of the Year.
Bryan Warf started his racing career wrestling Open Flat go-karts on dirt before stepping into asphalt
supermodifieds and sprintcars. While his well-honed racing skills have made him a formidable on-track opponent, Warf collected the Driver of the Year award for much more than his ability to wheel his sprintcar
around the quarter-mile. Warf’s dedication to mentoring the young crop of winged sprintcar drivers made him
a lock for the racing humanitarian award.
“I had a lot of people that taught me to race when I was younger,” Warf said of his transition from karts
to sprintcars. “I guess this means I’m getting old.”
Warf’s representation of Idaho motorsports while touring with the Western Winged Sprintcars was also
cited as a determining factor. “We have the best race track in the Northwest,” Warf said. “Let’s be proud of
what we have.”
Dave Brodigan, nicknamed ‘Mighty’ by his competitors, was inducted into the WIRA Hall of Fame
Saturday. Brodigan’s contribution to Idaho motorsports over his 30 years of racing, including his organization
of the Blind Alley Rally, was rewarded with the longest standing ovation of the evening.
“What an honor,” Brodigan said, looking over his plaque. “Thank you.”
In a rare action, WIRA inducted a second member into its Hall of Fame Saturday, recognizing Adam
Nelson for his life-long involvement with Idaho motorsports and Meridian Speedway. Following in the foot-
Page 20
steps of his late father Leroy, Nelson was a racer before he transitioned
to promoter and was responsible for the 2003 resurrection of the Eagle,
Idaho Super Oval, renamed Chaparral. He is the current managing partner of Meridian Speedway.
“Cool,” was all the normally talkative Nelson could muster for some
time after being called to the stage. “Nothing signifies racing more than
family,” said Nelson, returning to form. “I’m fortunate to have the best
wife you could have. It takes a special kind of woman to put up with us
circle track guys.”
“I’ve never heard him at a loss for words,” said long-time corner
flagger Craig Beckstead.
Speedway competitors look forward to April and the start of the
2015 racing season. Check for the 2015
schedule and rule updates.
Melissa Weaver, right, CWI Professional Truck Driving Street Stocks
Adam Nelson, center, with his family
after his induction into the WIRA Hall
of Fame.
50 E. State Street in
Downtown Eagle
Bryan Warf, Mountain Dew Winged
Sprintcar Champion
Dave Brodigan, left, with son Dennis
after his induction into the WIRA Hall
of Fame.
Beer Specials, Board Games,
Snacks & Fun!
featuring Beer Pong tables
Full Bar
Also, Happy Hours 1/2 off
ALL drinks
M-F 3:30-6:30
Watch the Vandal game
Saturday, November 29
to be announced vs. the
Appalachian State
Mountaineers at Kidd
Brewer Stadium,
Boone, North Carolina