Meridian - Valley Times

At right, the Eagle Urban Renewal
Agency aka the Mayor and City
Council at a special meeting on
March 30th at 6:00 p.m. at City
Hall will consider a complaint for
At right, Meridian Mayor
Tammy de Weerd proclaims
Mountain View HS
State Champions Day
last Tuesday to recogniz the
Maverick-ettes after a 26-1
season capped by the only
WASD title in the girls 5A
State Basketball Tournament.
condemnation of
property at 35 W. State
and the former gas station that has
been painted and the site cleaned
up. ‘No further public comment
will be taken on this item.’
(See article, enlarged photo
on Page 14
(See agenda on Page 16)
w. Ada County
since August
March 23, 2015
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Saturday Farmers Market to
open on April 18th in Eagle
Event coordinator Cyuthia England announced the opening of
the Eagle Saturday Market on April 18th at a vendors meeting last
Thursday in City Hall. Changes include extending the hours from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
(instead of 1:00) and adding KBOI radio station AM-69, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for promotions. “Every Saturday will be a
specialty day.” she said, e.g., an art day in midJuly. For more information, call 919-2027.
Cynthia England
Meridian council remands
Nesting Swan back to P&Z
Teacher Jaimee Johnston works with Emily Hunter.
Sawtooth Elementary student
‘gives peace (poster) a chance’
By Chuck Malloy
If music can help unite the world, as Emily Hunter sees it with her young eyes, then maybe more
13-year-olds should be part of high-level peace negotiations.
The colorful poster she crafted as part of a class project, depicting an old-time record player and
speaker along with peace symbols, was selected as one of 23 merit award winners in the 27th annual
Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The Meridian Lions, the sponsoring club, presented her
with a $500 check from Lions Clubs International. (Continued on Page 8)
Following a public hearing and testimony in opposition, the
City Council on March 17th voted to remand requests for annexation and zoning of 27.75 acres and a preliminary plat for 31 building lots and seven common/other lots on 10.37
acres to be zoned R-8 at 4617 and 4620 S.
Martinel Lane for Nesting Swan Ranch by Blossom 1, LLC back to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
“These guys sneaked out on me,” said Dan
Luke, who owns 1.5 acres just south of the site.
He said he was offered only half of what his property is worth and the roundabout at Eagle and
Amity roads has his acreage in a virtual hole.
“They’re leapfrogging and I just don’t think it’s
fair.” Mayor Tammy de Weerd expressed concern
Luke’s property would be landlocked. Councilman Keith Bird said the zoning should be kept at
Dan Luke
R-4, not R-8 and R-15, south to Amity.
Planner Sonja Watters said outstanding issues include the leapfrogging, the private street is not wide enough, the location of a
stub street to the north, overcrowded schools in the West Ada District and a need for a pedestrian pathway to the east.
ACHD Commuteride to host
first-ever May in Motion 101
From left, ACHD Commuteride Manager Maureen Gresham, Karen Fink of the Idaho Office for
Refugees and D. Kirk Montgomery, Coordinated Marketing Manager of Valley Regional Transit.
BOISE – The Ada County Highway District Commuteride and
Valley Regional Transit hosted its first-ever May in Motion 101
event on March 17 at the Owyhee Plaza in the Penthouse.
May in Motion is a campaign geared toward educating people
about alternative forms of transportation including walking, bicycling, riding the bus, carpooling, and vanpooling. It challenges
residents of the Treasure Valley to try some form of alternate transportation for the month of May.
May in Motion 101 is an opportunity to learn how businesses
can participate in the fun and free transportation campaign in May.
When employees get to work with healthier and less expensive
alternatives, everybody wins. “This is the 10th year for May in
Motion,” said ACHD Commuteride Manager Maureen Gresham.
“Last year, we connected with 92 businesses. This year, we’re hoping to reach 100.”
The Boise Bicycle Project and Boise Bike Share were also on
hand to answer any questions.
For more information, call 345-7665 or visit
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Would you like 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 wothwhile local causes.
Monk’s life-altering experience underlines
importance of work-zone safety awareness
The March 10th $96 million bond levy to improve Meridian
High School and build new schools exceeded the required twothirds of patron approval. The West Ada School District said more
than 17,000 voters approved the bond levy with just under 72%
voting in favor.
IDAHO FALLS – Troy Monk believes in safety. He believes drivers must pay attention, particularly in highway construction zones. It is a belief forged by a frightening late-August day that nearly
cost him his life.
Monk’s story also coincides with National Work Zone Awareness Week, March 23-27.
There have been more than 2,000 crashes in work zones in the last five years (2009-2013),
accounting for 11 fatalities. A total of five highway workers have been injured as a result. Nearly two
decades ago, Troy Monk was one of those statistics.
Monk was working on a project alongside traffic on U.S. 26 on Aug. 22, 1996.
“We were building a turnout between the Clark Hill rest area and the Hiese turnoff, and I was
running the road grader. I began helping one of my co-workers learn to run the grader. After he got
comfortable with the operation, I took over one end of the flagging operation,” Monk recalled.
On that day, he had seen several cars driving dangerously. “People get mesmerized out there,” he
said. “They don’t pay attention.”
About an hour later, it happened.
Monk, then a 31-year-old maintenance driver for ITD’s District 6 office in eastern Idaho, had
just stopped a car on the highway to allow equipment to move in and out at the turnaround for
maintenance trucks and equipment between Ririe and Swan Valley.
Just as he stepped off the road to allow the car to pass, another vehicle came into view. The police told Monk the college-age girl who
was driving had been playing with her radio, looked up and saw the
stationary vehicle in the road. She swerved off the road to avoid hitting
the stopped car. She slammed into Monk instead.
The force of the impact knocked Monk out of his high-top tennis
shoes. He was just a few feet from being a repeat victim. “Before she
was able to stop, the driver almost ran back over me 68 feet from where
I had been standing,” he said.
Although Monk didn’t lose consciousness, things got a little fuzzy.
He thinks, but does not exactly know, if he was airborne for those 86
feet. He does, however, vividly recall a co-worker yelling, “Oh my God,
Troy Monk today
he’s alive; he’s moving.”
He suffered a broken shoulder, crushed collarbone, broken left arm, and multiple fractures of his
left leg. She hit Monk flush, shattering her windshield.
The only thing that likely saved Monk was the car’s design — it had a scooped-out front end, a
feature of the older-model Saabs. “That’s one of the only reasons I am still alive,” Monk said. “It
busted up my left side pretty badly. I have a permanent plate in my left arm, and a permanent rod
through my left leg.”
Although “Road Work” and “Prepare to Stop” signs were posted, the driver who hit Monk later
told police she never saw them.
Monk spent two weeks in the hospital and the next five months in a hospital bed at home. “It was
over a year before I was out of a wheelchair, and didn’t need to use crutches or a cane,” Monk
Monk and his wife had just adopted a baby girl. “I had to watch her take her first steps from that
hospital bed,” he says wistfully. “That was the hardest part – not being able to play with her.”
When he returned to work in the summer of 1997, more difficult times awaited.
“The first time I was released to return to maintenance, I was put on flagging and a vehicle hit the
brakes and slid…I almost passed out,” he recalled.
”Ever since this incident, safety is my priority,” explained Monk. “To this day on ALL my projects,
safety is first. I always look for ways to make the work zone safer. Traffic control is very important.”
Monk now works for the design-construction Team A in District 6.
Monk said he still thinks of that 1996 event often. “It was life-changing in many ways.” Lifechanging, but not life-ending.
”I actually reference this event regularly when dealing with contractors,” said Monk. “They
need to be able to prepare for any situation. And realize that their job is not as important as their life.”
Dinner/live auction to benefit Capital
City Sound Chorus is Fri., March 27th
Capital City Sound Chorus will host a dinner and live auction
fundraiser on Friday, March 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Whitney
United Methodist Church, 3315 W. Overland Road, Boise.
Enjoy an adult night out that offers dinner, musical entertainment and a live auction featuring a date-night basket, a queen bed
set and comforter, a man’s basket, a garden bench, antique jewelry, home baked goods, an antique side table, a golf package and
much more. A delicious dinner including beverage and dessert will
be served and is included in the price of the ticket.
Entertainment will be provided by a delightful barbershop
quartet. The auctioneer promises to keep things lively and fun.
There’s something for everyone. Tickets are $9 per person and are
available at the door. However, space is limited, so reserve your
spot and purchase your ticket on-line through PayPal to dusty2shoes For more information about the chorus, go to
Eagle March 25 CID meeting cancelled
The meeting of the Eagle Community Infrastructure District
(CID) No. 1 scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. at
Eagle City Hall has been cancelled.
CID Board members are comprised of elected officials, mainly
City Council members. For more information, call the City Clerk’s
Office during regular business hours at 939-6813.
Early learning in Idaho symposium coming May 4th
Call or visit any of our financial
advisors in the Meridian area. To
find an Edward Jones office near
you, call 1-800-EDJONES or visit
On May 4th, Boise State University’s Andrus Center and the University of Idaho’s McClure
Center will co-host a nonpartisan dialogue on learning opportunities for Idaho’s young children at
the Riverside Hotel. The two organizations have joined together to identify an Idaho approach to
increasing the share of children who enter kindergarten prepared for success in school and later life.
Join us for this one-day symposium as our presenters:
• Explore the science of learning,
• Profile where Idaho’s young children currently spend their days and what resources are available to them,
• Investigate learning through digital media and
• Review successful early learning programs in Idaho and other states.
In the final session of the day, conference participants will have an opportunity to interact with a
panel of state and local leaders about what priorities should guide early learning policy in Idaho.
Registration is only $20, which includes lunch. Continuing Education Units are available. Complete information and on-line registration are available at
Special Olympics athletes, leaders and family members from 39 states converged on Capitol
Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 18 for SO’s 12th annual Capitol Hill Day. They held more than
25- face-to-face meetings with Congressional representatives to advocate for continued federal support for critical health and education services provided by SO that transform so many lives.
March 23, 2015
Meridian Senior Center’s Mad Hatters group
It looks like a page out of a country magazine. The Mad Hatters of the Meridian Senior Center are busily knitting, looming or
crocheting. Busily they work, all the while carrying on conversations.
These ladies are amazing. Last year (2014), they produced a
total of 223 items for the following organizations:
• Project School Bell (AM);
• American Cancer Society;
• Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program’
• St. Luke’s Hospital; and
• Veterans, both State and Federal.
Feel free to come and join these ladies on the second and fourth
Tuesdays of every month at 10:00 a.m. Call Cindy Hill at (208)
888-5555 for additional information.
Eagle Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from 8:00-9:00
a.m. at Foothills Christian Church, 9655 W. State Street in Boise.
Visit for more information.
The City of Meridian has the following job opening:
Building Specialist
Job Summary: The Building Specialist performs a broad
scope of building services administrative functions and processes
under the supervision and direction of the Building Official.
Duties include processing Commercial, Residential and Capital
project plans and documents submitted by developers, contractors or others in order to obtain building permits. This role verifies inspection processes and documents using the City’s enterprise software. The incumbent works with a moderate degree of
independence within a scheduled routine, using good judgment
and initiative. The position requires the incumbent to work effectively with a wide range of people including elected officials, co-workers, contractors, builders, business owners,
homeowners, commercial real estate agents, design professionals and the general public.
For details and to apply, visit
North Star Charter School lottery applications are now
being accepted for grades K-12. Deadline for the applications
is March 20, 2015. The lottery will be held on April 2nd, 2015.
Lottery applications may be found on the web site at northstar
Eagle Senior Center activities
• Tuesday, March 24th: 9:00 a.m.-noon, pool playing; 11:00 a.m.,
Senior Jammers; noon, lunch; and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle.
• Wednesday, March 25th: 9:00 a.m., Fit & Fallproof Exercise; 10:00
a.m.-3:00 p.m., Bridge. Van available for medical appointments; call 4400266.
• Thursday, March 26th: 9:00 a.m.-noon, pool playing; 11:00 a.m.,
blood pressure checks by Eagle Firemen; noon, lunch; 12:45-2:00 p.m.,
Bridge; and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle. Birthday celebrations by Humana.
• Friday, March 27th: 9:00 a.m., Fit and Fallproof Exercise Class;
1:00-3:00 p.m., Pinochle Class.
• Monday, March 30th: 9:00 a.m., Fit and Fallproof Exercise Class.
For more information, call 939-0475.
Meridian Senior Center activities
• Tuesday, March 24th: 10:00 a.m., Mad Hatters, Knitters &
Loomers; noon, lunch; and 1:00 p.m., Art Class.
• Wednesday, March 25th: 9:30 a.m., yoga; 11:00 a.m., blood pressure checks; noon, lunch; 1:00 p.m., Pinochle; and 7:30 p.m., dance lessons.
• Thursday, March 26th: 8:30 a.m., Foot Clinic (call 888-5555 for
an appointment); 10:00 a.m., Mat Hatters, Knitters & Loomers; and noon,
• Friday, March 27th: 9:30 a.m., Zumba; noon, lunch; 1:00 p.m.,
Canasta; and 4:00 p.m., doors open for Bingo.
• Monday, March 30th: 9:30 a.m., Stretch & 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, March 24th: Biscuits & Sausage Gravy, eggs, spiced
apples, juice and 2% milk.
• Wednesday, March 25th: Meatloaf with Gravy, mashed potatoes,
corn, frog-eye salad, whole wheat bread and 2% milk.
• Thursday, March 26th: Ham & Pineapple, scalloped potatoes,
winter mix veggies, green salad with dressing, Graham crackers, whole
wheat bread and 2% milk.
• Friday, March 27th: New menu - Garlic Herb Tilapia with Tarter
Sauce, wild rice, mixed veggies, cole slaw, whole wheat bread and 2%
• Monday, March 30th: Pork Fritter with gravy, mashed potatoes,
spring mix veggies, Graham crackers, 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.
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Volunteers are needed for
Friday Night Bingo Center at
the Park (Meridian Senior Center). For more information, email Mary Wheeler at meridian
[email protected]
Be informed about land use
and other decisions by local municipalities and other agencies
that impact the entire community. Read the legal notices every week in Valley Times.
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Walk your talk...Don’t just
talk about changing the world,
do something about it and get
on with it. The late spiritual and
political leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi, said, we must
“be the change we want to see
in the world.”
The Meridian Valley Humane Society, Canine Rescue
accepts only owner-relinquished
dogs 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.
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
“hang out.”
Integrity Computer
Consulting & Repair
(208) 288-4345
815 Main Street
in downtown Meridian
‘We offer professional
service and affordable rates’
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Meridian Optimist 38th annual Easter
Egg Hunt coming Saturday, April 4th
The Optimist Club of Meridian will hold its 38th Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the Meridian Elementary
School, 1035 N.W. 1st Street.
Age groups are from toddler through 10 years. “Egg Off” will
be at 11:00 a.m. sharp so get there early for a great start. Pick up
marked Laffy Taffys and win one of many prizes to be given away.
The hunt will go on, rain or shine!
“Have you ever seen 20,000 Laffy Taffys picked up in less
than five minutes?” said Easter egg hunt chairperson Trenna Bowman Garcia. “It’s something to see! Everyone is in for a great time.”
Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”
since 1919. Members clubs conduct positive service projects aimed
at providing a helping hand to youth. Optimist International is one
of the world’s largest and most
active service club organizations
with more than 2,600 clubs
around the world.
For more information, log
on to www.meridianoptimist
,org or call 870-7975.
Make It, Take It Kits @Your Library
By Cheri Rendler
Want to learn how to knit, see how robots work or learn to
play the ukulele? Libraries are a great resource for life-long learning. The Meridian Library District loans more than books, DVDs
and music to library members.
We also offer Make It, Take It Kits to highlight Do It Yourself
(DIY) type projects and the opportunity to learn new technology
skills, like coding and circuits. Each kit has a theme and combines
traditional library resources (books, DVDs, magazines) with online resources (web sites, video tutorials, digital content) and physical objects.
The kits contain information to learn a new skill, are loaned
for four weeks and can be placed on hold. We’ve added new fitness kits including ZumbaExhilerate, Focus T25 and Fitness Bands.
Our new bicycle repair kits include a multi-tool set, tire levers and
a mini bicycle pump.
A variety of our kits may be found on our Make It Take It
webpage at Check it out!
Meridian DBA holds monthly meeting
A dozen people attended the March 20th monthly meeting of
the Meridian Downtown Business Association.
President Joe Kozlowski presided and welcomed Colin Moss
of the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, who said a planning
session will be held on Monday, April 13 by the Christmas Committee to plan the Downtown Business Decorating Contest. Mayor
Tammy de Weerd was asked about economic development and
specifically plans for a convention and performing arts centers as
well as a hotel in the downtown area.
“We need to get our conference center here,” she said. “We
(Meridian) are an unknown entity and need a track record” to jump
start activities downtown.
March 19
4:00 p.m.
City Hall
Room. A
The Meridian Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition works
collaboratively within the community to implement innovative, sustainable prevention strategies to achieve
our vision of freeing our community from the destructive effects of substance abuse.
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A Look Back in Lila Hill
(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 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. The Meridian Library District is
cataloging and listing holdings of the Meridian History Center. To
access this information, visit, click on Resources and
then Databases. You will find the items under Meridian History
Center in the list at the left side of the page. This is a continuing
project and more items will be added as they are catalogued.
100 Years Ago
Meridian Times
March 26th, 1915
Several Meridian people have commended the stand taken favorable to all teachers staying in town during school week, and
several businessmen are emphatic in the statement that no teacher
should be employed who refuses to do so. There is no sentiment
against Boise teachers, any more than any other place, neither is
there objection to the teacher going home on Friday evening, but
there is a just claim that the teacher should spend the school week
in Meridian.
Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Biddick left on Wednesday for Pocatello,
where Mr. Biddick will take charge as manager of the Jensen creamery at that place.
The Village board of Meridian has made final payment to J.J.
Carroll for the macadam grading on the business streets. Aside from
a fe places than be easily graded with a scraper when the rain comes,
the streets are in good condition and it looks as though the deep
mud is a thing of the past.
The Meridian cheese factory has received the large ice machine ordered some time ago, and it will be installed at once.
The Jensen Creamery has moved their Meridian cream receiving station from Broadway to the east end of the Bargain Store.
This company is also operating receiving stations at Eagle and Star.
Jensen Creamery will receive cream on Monday and Thursday of
each week. “We test and pay cash for cream.”
Seventy-five years ago
Meridian Times March 22nd, 1940
The death of Elmer Sims removes a well-known former businessman of our community. Mr. Sims was for 25 years concerned
in the civic improvements planned for Meridian. During the world
war, he was selected by Governor Alexander to supervise the recruiting of soldier boys in Meridian and vicinity.
Dr. Joseph Thomas has had his office in the Songer building
redecorated and new rugs have been provided.
Meridian farm market prices checked weekly by local firms.
Oats, cwt. $1.20. Heavy colored hens, over 4 1/2 lb., 12 cents.
Turkeys, dressed, young toms, 14 cents. Eggs, large, 14 cents per
Fifty Years Ago Meridian News-Times
March 25th, 1965
Meridian’s Lloyd E. Hutcheson Post No. 113, American Legion, celebrated the 46th birthday of the American Legion at their
March 16th meeting. The following members received pins for the
longest continuous membership: 45 years, James B. Taylor, William H. Latimer and Bernard McNeff; 40-year pin, Elmer Lorah;
and 35-year pins to Clyde Waitley, Orville Jackson, Harry Bryce,
William E. Mayes and Harry Mosman.
Meridian delegates to Girls State this year are Caroline Brooks,
LaRee Lenton and Donna Stevens. Calleen Johnson was named as
Ads: At the Red Steer drive-in, you can get a taco for 35 cents
and get one free. Dance Friday and Saturday nights at the Little
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March 23, 2015
Community Calendar events
• Alzheimer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. and on the
third Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Meridian Senior Center at Julius M. Kleiner
Memorial Park. 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. The first Wednesday meeting is at 6:45 p.m. and the second is still 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
• Mad Hatters Knitting & Looming Grop meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:00
a.m. in the Meridian Senior Center Library at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.
• 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 Mayor’s Anti Drug Coaltion (MADC) meets the third Thursday of every month
at 4:00 p.m. in conference room A at City Hall. For information, call 846-7395.
• 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.
• Native Daughters of Idaho meets the third Tuesday of the month from noon to 3:00 p.m.
September through June, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2915 S. Montana Avenue in Caldwell. Call Marilyn
Steiger, Publicity Chair, at 887-9794.
Valley Times urges readers to consider adopting a shelter pet. These adorable animals have been
spayed or neutered, vaccinated and socialized to become a new and instant part of your family. It’s
easy and affordable to complete the adoption process. We recommend Fuzzypawzrescue to help you
through each step; see Page 12. You may also contact the Meridian Valley Humane Society and/or
the Idaho Humane Society for opportunities to adopt that are literally endless.
Detroit. See “Love is a Ball” with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball at the Roxy. Teens may dance to the
“Comets” on Saturday night at the Roxy after the movie. Dine at Pat’s Cafe. Dining room available
for parties and banquets by reservation. 24-hour ambulance service, Robison Chapel of the Chimes.
Twenty-five Years Ago
Meridian News-Times
March 21st, 1990
Joplin School Boosters presented a request to the Meridian School Board to canvas public opinion in the Joplin attendance area about year-round schools and to seek input from other districts in the
state which utilize the year-round system. The proposal concerns the overcrowded conditions in the
district elementary school. The School Board names Trustee Wally Hedrick and Joplin Principal
Linda Clark to serve on the committee and approved expenses to bring representatives from the
Preston School District to Meridian to explain about their year-round system which has been in operation for eight years, Supt. Nick Hallett reported.
Meridian’s request for a state grant for a downtown renewal project was turned down by the
Idaho Department of Commerce this week. Current grants went to cities that were in danger of being
fined $25,000 a day by the EPA for inadequate water and sewer facilities.
(Ed. note: Lila Hill’s regular weekly column began on August 30th, 1990 in the weekly Valley
News, nearly a quarter of a century ago as her gift to the community.)
‘Living with Cancer’ airs March 27 on DIALOGUE
On the March 27 edition of DIALOGUE, producer/host Marcia Franklin looks at the challenges and
opportunities for rural cancer research and treatment. Guests include Dr. Dan Zuckerman, executive
medical director of St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and professor Cheryl Jorcyk of
Boise State University. During the show, Franklin also profiles Cari Hug, a resident of Cambridge,
Idaho, who has been living with metastatic breast cancer for 16 years.
The program airs on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. and repeats Sunday, March 29, at 5:00/4:00
p.m. MT/PT. It was produced in conjunction with the March 30-April 1 national broadcast of the
.During the discussion, Dr. Zuckerman talks about his collaboration with Jorcyk, who is studying the mechanisms of metastatic breast cancer in the hopes of creating a treatment for the disease.
The two also discuss the promise of cancer cures based in genetics and immunology, and how the
lack of a medical school in Idaho affects cancer research and treatment. (Continued on Page 5)
Valley Times
March 23, 2015
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John H. Burns, [email protected],,
Facebook: Rock of Honor,
President, Rock of Honor Memorial [email protected]
Telephone: 515-9200
Junk mail
By John H. Burns
A confirmed bachelor relative of mine passed away a few years ago. Frank was a WW 2 veteran.
He earned a good salary and lived a happy contented life doing exactly what he wanted, when he
wanted and how he wanted.
Frank retired worry free. However, he always said that when his money gave out he would, too.
Well, that’s the way it happened. He left no immediate family, no other relatives, no money, no
bills and no regrets.
It fell upon my wife and me to make the necessary funeral arrangements, as well as to tie up the
loose ends like closing out his checking account, notifying the Social Security, his Union Brotherhood,
the American Legion and the VFW and other lodges he belonged to.
To cover all bases, we notified the U. S. Post Office to forward any mail he would receive to our
That was the one big mistake we made and we cannot correct it.
We received his legal mail, as well as junk mail, a never-ending delivery of more and more junk
mail. Local real estate agents want to sell Frank a house. Window companies want to put new windows
in the house the real estate agent had not yet sold to Frank.
Cleaning companies are requesting to send professional window cleaners over to clean the windows
of the house he hasn’t bought. A rental supply company wants to supply the tools to make some home
repairs on the house Frank has yet to buy.
But the best one of all, and I still can’t believe I read it right, is the one that came just the other
(Continued in next columns, above at right)
Cascade Schools benefit from Idaho Power HVAC makeover
A new video shows how Idaho Power provided some needed support of an energy efficiency
project in Cascade through its Custom Efficiency program — helping local students and the community. Our energy-efficiency experts teamed with the Cascade School District to revamp its heating,
cooling and ventilation system, cut electric bills by almost half, and create happier, warmer students.
Learn how by watching this video on Idaho Power’s YouTube channel:
Swan Falls camping upgrades complete
Idaho Power has completed extensive renovations at its Swan Falls campground south of Boise.
The company’s property, near its oldest hydroelectric generating facility, includes 20 campsites, two
boat ramps and a day-use area.
The upgrades include fire rings and graded, graveled parking areas in the campsites, road improvements, new boat docks and ramps, vault toilets, and an ADA-accessible boat loading area.
The day-use area now includes a paved trail and covered picnic shelter. Use of the park and the
camping areas is free and is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on the Swan Falls
area is available on-line at
Idaho Power files annual Energy Efficiency Report
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 Dream or himself at
[email protected] They’re great reading & gifts!
day addressed to Mrs. Frank, his wife, whom he hasn’t carried
over the threshold of the house he hasn’t purchased.
I don’t know how to stop these crazy mailing companies from
sending him this mail. If we didn’t have a sense of humor it would
be morbid but Frank had a sense of humor and in a way we share
this post office joke with him each time he gets a free trial box of
toothpaste or breakfast cereal.
Since these commercial mailers have Frank happily married
and living in a house he never bought, my wife and I are waiting
for the day a diaper company sends the happy new parents a free
coupon for disposable diapers to celebrate the arrival of Frank, Jr.
The Rock of Honor Committee will meet on Thursday, March
26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Executive Room at Maui Wowi coffee
house on Franklin Road just west of the main fire station. Planning will continue for the 2015 Memorial Day event.
Volunteers are still needed at the Meridian Senior Center, Julius
M. Kleiner Memorial Park, in the dining room from 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. and during Friday night Bingo from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Get
involved in your community by helping local seniors. You will
find the experience very rewarding as you give back to the
community that gives so much to all of us. Volunteering means
you get more by giving back. If you have time to volunteer during
the holiday season that is upon us, e-mail Mary at
[email protected] For general information about the
center and its programs, call 888-555 during regular business hours.
There is nothing like helping those who have devoted their entire
lives to their family, friends and community.
Eagle Lions holds membership drive
If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your
community, the Eagle Lions Club is looking for you.
The Lions Club is the largest service club in the world with
1.35 million members and 46,000 clubs in 200 countries. Lions
Clubs have helped in areas of sight and hearing, environmental
programs, raising awareness on health issues like diabetes and
work to improve health around the world.
The Lions Club gets
involved in local community projects to offer
help, money and support
to keep communities
strong. Learn more about
your local Lions Club
and how you can become
a member by calling 9390202 or 258-3630. Visit
Idaho Power customers helped save nearly 140,000 megawatt-hours of energy by participating
in energy efficiency activities last year, a 33-percent increase from the previous year, according to
the company’s Demand-Side Management 2014 Annual Report submitted to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, Friday, March 16. That’s enough electricity to serve more than 9,000 average-sized
homes in the Idaho Power service area for a year.The annual report provides a review of the company’s
demand-side management (DSM) activities and finances throughout 2014 and outlines Idaho Power’s
plans for future DSM activities. Last year, Idaho Power focused on promoting energy efficiency
options for customers while achieving increased energy savings and demand reduction. Highlights in
the report include the successful return of two demand response programs and the company’s commitment to a 2015 to 2019 Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) business plan for activities designed to increase energy efficiency in the region.
”We had a very successful year in both saving energy and helping our customers use energy
‘Living with Cancer’ (continued on Page 5)
wisely,” said Theresa Drake, Idaho Power Customer Relations & Energy Efficiency Manager. “We
In addition to talking with Hug about her physical and emoalso saved customer funds under the new NEEA agreement and our redesigned demand response tional journey, Franklin visits the Mountain States Tumor Institute
programs while keeping an excellent level of service.”
clinic in Fruitland, Idaho, where Hug is being treated, to learn more
To learn more about Idaho Power’s energy efficiency programs, visit about efforts to provide and expand services to rural patients.
.A comprehensive list of cancer resources can be found on the
website:, including informaINSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is now meeting the needs of Eagle students who
contribute to a national “story wall” about living
learn better outside the traditional classroom setting. Education is changing as rapidly as our expanding
population to meet the needs of children and programs and facilities as well must adapt to the everchanging times. Become more informed about this fully accredited virtual public school serving
Want to make a difference? Get involved in a service club in
grades K-12 simply by visiting www.connections academy. com/idaho-online-school/events.aspx? your community. Help yourself by assisting others to make where
you live and work a better place. It’sd easy; your local City Hall
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
David A. Hughes, Eagle ID 83616; Santa Rosa Equipment Service, Eagle ID 83616; Darlene A. Turner,
Eagle ID 83616; Mike Ball, Meridian ID 83642; Rachael Ball, Meridian ID 83642; Bello Homes, Meridian
ID 83642; Bob Eriksen Chevrolet Inc., Meridian ID 83642; Angel D. Christensen, Meridian ID 83642; Floral
Cindis, Meridian ID 83642; Deshane Dillman, Meridian ID 83642; Donna Donaldson, Meridian ID 83642;
Israel Espinosa, Meridian ID 83642; Bishop A. Gravatt, Meridian ID 83642; Thomas R. Hammond, Meridian
ID 83642; Donald J. Henderson, Meridian ID 83642; William C. Jensen, Meridian ID 83642; Earlene E.
Jordan, Meridian ID 83642; L & L, Meridian ID 83642; Kurt C. Lee, Meridian ID 83642; John Long, Meridian ID 83642; Irene A. Quintana, Meridian ID 83642; Leslie Uptergrove, Meridian ID 83642; Prior E. Varick,
Meridian ID 83642; Richard Williams, Meridian ID 83642; and John Porter, Star ID 83669.
and Chamber of Commerce have a list of clubs and other local
causes and needs.
Keep your shopping dollars close to
home...Where you shop for groceries and
what you buy matters. Always look for the
“Grown in Idaho®” seal when you shop for
potatoes at the local market. When it comes
to our state’s economic health, your shopping
habits matter a lot. For facts, tips and recipes,
visit www. idaho potato .com.
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March 23, 2015
Opinion - Editorial
Keystone XL will promote U.S. energy independence
(Ed. note: The headline has the word “will” instead of “would” because if we survive the last two
years of the current Administration, the Keystone XL pipeline will be constructed and would have
been were it not for the most radical Marxist in U.S. presidential history’s bowing to his extreme
leftist base. At least 80% of Americans surveyed support this project, which would provide thousands of jobs and lessen our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. In the larger picture, we are controlled by socialists who want to murder, not benefit the middle class of this nation and turn the U.S.
into a Third World and third-rate country dependent on them as well as oil from Saudi Arabia.)
Building Keystone XL will have little impact on gas prices in either direction in Montana or
elsewhere across the country. The price of gas is set by world prices for crude oil not the price of
Infrastructure funding possible
without raising taxes … really?
By Wayne Hoffman
For the last several days, a group of Republican legislators have been holding semi-secret 7:00
a.m. meetings to solve the question of how to pump more money into Idaho’s highways and bridges.
They’re racing the clock to develop a plan that could win support of the House and Senate and then
signed into law. They’re racing the clock because lawmakers still hope to go home by next Friday.
But it doesn’t take 7 a.m. meetings to fix what ails the state’s highways and bridges. Rep. Stephen
Harris of Meridian has the best plan of all the plans that have been submitted thus far. Harris’ proposal simply calls for the Legislature to clamp down on current programmatic spending starting next
summer. By clamping down on spending, the state would free up the new tax revenue that comes into
the state through economic growth, and that freed up money could then be plowed into highways and
Think of it the way you do your family’s budget: If your boss gives you a raise, you could always
take that new money to get the latest and greatest electronic gadget, or you could use that money to
pay off debts or fix your car.
Similarly, Harris’ proposal, requiring a year of austerity, would boost the state’s investment in
transportation by $120 million, or close to 50 percent.
But austerity is not necessarily this Legislature’s strong suit. In the coming budget year alone,
there’s expected to be about $160 million in fresh cash available for anything from existing state
government programs to, you guessed it, highways and bridges.
However, much of that money is spoken for in Gov. Butch Otter’s budget, albeit not for roads.
And lawmakers don’t appear to be doing much to deviate from Otter’s budget proposal. Still, Harris’
proposal doesn’t call for the spending sacrifices to take place until July 2016.
About 25 House members have agreed to co-sponsor the Harris proposal. Still, there’s not yet
been a hearing planned for the Harris proposal. And even still, no senators have signed onto the
Harris plan, making its future highly doubtful, even though the state Senate, like its House counterpart, is controlled by Republicans.
The lack of support has left legislators gravitating to the usual standbys—proposals that raise
differing assortments of gas and diesel taxes and vehicle registration fees in differing quantities and
configurations. Harris’ option is preferred.
But another acceptable plan would raise fuel taxes while making dramatic cuts in other taxes
thus to have no impact on Idahoans’ bottom line. That type of approach has been discussed, but so far
hasn’t been introduced.
Republican lawmakers occupy 80 percent of the seats in the Legislature and hold every constitutional office and all four congressional seats. It
would seem as though the voters have been communicating something to
lawmakers in their support for people who campaign with taglines that
proclaim adherence to “limited government” and “conservative principles.”
Idaho lawmakers clearly have a mandate to govern as conservatives.
They clearly have a mandate to pass legislation like the bill that Harris
proposes, or an alternative bill that funds highway repairs without increasing the tax burden on Idahoans.
It seems as though the real meeting to decide how to solve our highWayne Hoffman
way and problem was held last November. Further additional deliberations
about how to proceed are not necessary.
Canadian or Bakken crude oil. Refiners in the Midwest who have
been purchasing crude from Canadian and American producers in
Montana and North Dakota at discounted prices have been charging market prices for gas.
The U.S. Energy Information Agency’s own data shows that
over the past several years, despite enjoying lower crude costs,
retail gasoline prices in the Midwest averaged four per cent higher
than the Gulf Coast.
The southern portion of the Keystone System (Gulf Coast Pipeline) has begun delivering crude in January to the Gulf Coast from
tank farms in the Midwest eliminating much of the backlog at
Cushing and netting higher prices for Midwestern and Canadian
oil. According to Mr. Thompson and Mr. Findley’s logic Montana
should already be seeing higher gas prices and a loss of jobs, but
that is not the case.
The comments made about Montana’s refineries becoming less
competitive due to higher crude prices in the Midwest simply
doesn’t pass muster. Until 2008, the Midwest commanded the highest prices for crude oil in the United States which was a primary
driver behind building the first phase of the Keystone System.
Mr. Thompson and Mr. Findley’s piece also erroneously suggests that Keystone XL is about exports. This is categorically false.
Keystone XL is designed to serve U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast,
period. We have said repeatedly that not a drop of crude oil from
Keystone XL will be exported.
The statement, “The United States already exports more refined fuels than we import, and that trend will accelerate if Keystone is built,” is also categorically false and was specifically addressed in the State Department’s market analysis in Keystone XL’s
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement that, “U.S.
product exports are not sensitive to different scenarios of pipeline
The comparison between coal and oil sands is wildly inaccurate. Emissions from the entire oil sands industry are 55 megatons
or .16 percent of global emissions. That is less than the emissions
from three coal-fired power plants in the United States. Montana’s
refineries are supplied almost exclusively by Canadian oil (88%),
which supports hundreds of jobs and provides considerable economic benefit to the state.
What Keystone XL will do is contribute millions in taxes
through six counties in Montana, generate $212 million in GDP,
support 3,700 jobs in the state and safely bring more Canadian and
Bakken crude oil to markets where producers will receive the highest value for their product while driving out riskier, higher-priced
crudes from places like Venezuela, Russia and the Middle East.
That’s good for Montana and good for the country.
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‘Add No Words’ – The Concert
Basic information:
Concert will be held March 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nampa
Civic Center Brandt auditorium; Nampa, ID. One-man, two-hour
show by Lance Wells features instrumental performances on piano, guitar and drum set.
Ticket prices and seating:
• Rows AA-D: $15.00 adult; $13.00 senior, student, or child
• Rows E-N : $11.00 adult; $8.00 senior, student, or child
• 640 seat capacity
Visit or or call (208)468-5555
Performer information:
Mr. Wells grew up in Caldwell, Idaho and has been performing music for more than 30 years. He graduated from Caldwell
High School in 1989 and from the University of Idaho in 1997. He
has performed as a solo artist and as an ensemble member in numerous Idaho cities, as well as in Seattle, New York City, Salt
Lake City, Washington, D.C., and Nashville. The “Add No Words”
concert will contain a wide variety of musical styles from various
eras… there will be something for everyone!
Charitable benefit information:
Twenty percent of gross ticket proceeds (after ticket agent’s
fees) are designated for the Klein family of Oregon. The family
faces financial hardship after their refusal to provide a cake for a
“gay wedding” based on their Christian faith. The performer’s goal
is to raise $1000.
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IdahoPTV to air three locally produced cancer-related programs
in conjunction with PBS’ ‘Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies’
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Eagle City trio follows costly ‘mud hole’
with condemnation of private property
I decided to check how much the City of Eagle received as
their share of the profits from McFarland’s mud hole; strike that, I
mean Gateway Parks AKA Eagle Snow Park. My records request
listed a total of $4,068.39 in total receipts from Gateway Parks for
the fall of 2014 and through February of 2015. These sums are
concession fees due to the City.
Further research told me that Eagle paid Ada County a total of
$172,190.50 for the acreage surrounding and including the Snow
Park and the bike park that Eagle had to buy as a result of terminating its lease with Ada County.
So what does this say about the profitability of this winter
play ground built on the edge of a desert that is notorious for its
mild winters? It says that not including the legal expenses required
for doing everything wrong in the beginning, Eagle earned .023%
on its investment. At that rate, it will take Eagle 42.3 years just to
earn its investment back. Since Ryan Neptune can get out of his
contract in 20 years, it’s possible that Eagle may only get less than
half of its investment back.
Mary McFarland, Mark Butler and Jim Reynolds are the three
votes that brought us this fiasco and these three votes were the
same ones who decided to deprive the Smiths of their right to
maximize the return on investment for their property at Eagle and
State, through the hasty and careless use of eminent domain.
I can only speculate what Mary’s motivation is, so I will not
do so. Jim, however, is the self-righteous author of many missives
striking out at “Big Government” and how it imposes its will upon
private enterprise and here he is doing it to private enterprise with
the power of “Small Government.” Mark is ever the planner and
seems unable to wait to wrest this property from its rightful owners
and create a parking lot. A parking lot? Really?”
I can’t help but wonder if the three of them are grabbing this
property so that the concept of a roundabout can raise its ugly
head again. These three have proven that they can switch sides on
any issue dependent on which way the wind blows.
James Pauls, Eagle
185 annual LDS General Conference
broadcast schedule for April 4-5
BOISE – The 185th Annual General Conference of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be broadcast live on local
television, and English and Spanish language radio.
Sessions are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m. MT on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, 2015. Speakers will include the First Presidency and other General Authorities
and general officers of the Church.
Southwestern Idaho-area viewers may watch the conference
on KTVB Channel 7.2 24/7, KTRV Channel 12.1, and on BYUTV. Area listeners may hear the session broadcasts on KTRP 1260
AM (English) and KWEI 1450 AM (Spanish). On-line viewing
and listening is also availableat and
During the conference, leaders speak on a variety of spiritual
topics. Talks usually cover basic gospel principles or address significant issues of the day, with speakers encouraging individuals
and families in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ.
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and guest opinions from all viewpoints. Preference is given to local submissions and all items are subject to the usual constraints of
community taste and available space.
In conjunction with this month’s premiere of the PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of
All Maladies” and a national cancer-awareness campaign, Idaho Public Television will air three
locally produced cancer-related shows. (See related article on Page 17)
The three-part national documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman
and produced by Ken Burns, airs Monday-Wednesday, March 30-April 1, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT. The
six-hour film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., The
Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
. The documentary tells the comprehensive story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients, and an
investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, within
sight of lasting cures.
In the preceding week, OUTDOOR IDAHO and DIALOGUE will join in the cancer-awareness
campaign. OUTDOOR IDAHO’s award-winning Nature’s Healing Power airs Thursday, March 26,
at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT. This encore presentation features stories of Idahoans who have found strength
and solace in nature as they confront cancer and other illnesses. It also shines a spotlight on Idaho
nonprofits that offer outdoor retreats for cancer survivors. Also, the OUTDOOR IDAHO encore
presentation of Camp Rainbow Gold, which features a camp for young cancer patients, airs on the
World subchannel Saturday, March 28, at 6:00/5:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 9:00/8:00 p.m.
On the Friday, March 27 episode of DIALOGUE, host Marcia Franklin will take a look at Living
With Cancer, which examines the challenges and successes of conducting cancer research and providing cancer care in a rural state like Idaho. Guests will include Dr. Dan Zuckerman, the medical
director of St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and Boise State University biology professor
Cheryl Jorcyk, a cancer researcher and cancer survivor. This new program, which airs at 7:30 p.m.
MT/PT and repeats on Sunday, March 29 at 5:00/4:00 p.m. MT/PT, will also include a segment on
the MSTI cancer care center in Fruitland.
Eagle council to discuss, maybe act on recommendation to
table Eagle/State intersection study at March 24th meeting
The Eagle City Council will meet on Tuesday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. for precouncil before the
regular meeting at 6:30. Following a 17-item consent agenda, the council will take up, under Unfinished Business, a discussion and possible action on a recommendation to table the Eagle Road/State
Street intersection study, as well as a report on the City of Eagle’s efforts to obtain impact fee
information from Ada County Highway District. (JK)
• Public Hearing: RZ-20-06 MOD2 – Bel Air Eagle – American Communities: American
Communities, represented by Dave Yorgason with Tall Timber Consulting, is requesting a development
agreement modification to allow for a multi-family development consisting of 14-buildings (13multi-family buildings containing 300-dwelling units and one (1) club house) including a height
exception to 45-feet for the multi-family buildings. The 22.17-acre site is generally located at the
southwest corner of West Old Valley Road and North Linder Road. (WEV)
• NEW BUSINESS: IFYWP 2016-2020 – Integrated Five Year Work Plan (Agency
Requests): Staff and/or a representative of the Eagle Transportation Committee will present the
Committee’s recommendation regarding the updated agency request list for the prioritization of
transportation projects within the City of Eagle. (WEV)
Idaho STAR spring opener at High Desert
Harley-Davidson in Meridian on March 28
Idaho STAR, the state’s motorcycle safety program, will be holding a Spring Opener to kick off
the motorcycle riding season and to reach riders with information to prevent crashes.
The event is hosted and cosponsored by High Desert Harley-Davidson in Meridian on Saturday,
March 28. STAR and High Desert Harley-Davidson are joining forces to offer STAR courses onsite
at High Desert. A celebratory groundbreaking ceremony will take place on March 28 at 11:15 a.m.
Two additional spring openers at Coeur d’Alene Powersports on April 25 and at Action Motor
Sports in Idaho Falls on May 2 will be hosted to reach riders statewide. All three events will run on
Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The spring openers will include riding demonstrations, handouts, giveaways, and information
about the factors involved in Idaho’s motorcycle crashes. The focus will be on what riders can do to
avoid those crashes. Events are free and open to the public.
“Looking at a five-year average of motorcycle fatalities, the numbers are trending downward.
We are encouraged by the lower numbers and will continue our efforts to drive these numbers down
to zero,” said Sunshine Beer, STAR Program Director. “We want to keep reminding riders about the
importance of practice, training and keeping your riding skills sharp, and the Spring Openers are one
more way to reach the riders of Idaho.”
Rider training is not just for new riders; Idaho STAR has courses for all levels of riders and will
be demonstrating some of the riding skills and techniques taught during some of the STAR classes at
the Spring Openers.
The Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program was established to reduce crashes and fatalities
involving motorcyclists, primarily through rider training and education programs. STAR provides
training for all levels of experience and ability, from people just thinking about buying a motorcycle,
all the way up to expert riders. You can find more information about Idaho STAR by calling them at
888-280-STAR, visit them on-line at or find them at,
@STARmotorcycle and
Idaho STAR is an Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education program and operates
through the College of Southern Idaho. STAR is accredited by the National Association of State
Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA). STAR training is associated with a 79 percent reduced
crash risk and an 89 percent reduction in the risk of a fatal crash. STAR provides courses for all levels
of riders, taught by Idaho certified instructors.
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Meridian Police Employee Association
(MPEA) sponsors scholarship program
The MPEA scholarship program provides four (4) $500.00 individual scholarships for applicants who reside, work, volunteer,
or attend school in the City of Meridian. Two (2) of these scholarships will be awarded to current MPEA members or an MPEA
member’s immediate family member. The additional two (2) scholarships will be awarded to members of the Meridian community.
The applicant must plan to attend an accredited college or vocational education program in the fall of 2015. The scholarship is
conditional upon the recipient’s enrollment at an accredited college or vocational education program and is a non-renewable grant.
Any student wishing to apply for a scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA including one complete term (semester
or trimester) of their last academic year.
The application form for MPEA academic scholarship program is on the web site, To apply, print it,
complete it and mail it to ATTN: MPEA Scholarship, 1401. E.
Watertower St., Meridian, ID 83642. At this time it is not possible
to submit your MPEA Scholarship application form electronically.
The scholarship application form is due on April 15, 2015.
Recipients will be selected by the MPEA Scholarship Committee.
The selection process will be completed by May 1, 2015. All applicants will be notified by mail of the selection committee’s decisions.
The following are important points for all students interested
in applying for a scholarship with MPEA:
• The completed application form must be postmarked by April
15, 2015.
• All required information must be included with the application form at the time it is submitted (This includes any transcripts,
letters of recommendation, etc).
• The applicant must have a minimum 2.50 un-weighted GPA.
• The entire application must be submitted at the same time, in
one packet, to ensure all required information is present during the
evaluation and selection process.
Any questions about the scholarship or application process
should be directed to Sergeant John Gonzales with the Meridian
Police Department at 208-846-7397.
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March 23, 2015
Sawtooth Elementary student gives peace (poster) a chance (continued from Page 1)
But the accomplishment goes far beyond winning an award, or receiving a check, as Emily’s
proud art teacher at Sawtooth Elementary School, Jaimee Johnston, describes.
“She won out of 400,000 entries and 65 countries, and is helping to represent America,” Johnston
said. “What an accomplishment for such a young girl.”
When the award was announced recently, Johnston showed Lions Club members a video of the
classroom reaction to the news. “Emily was the calm one, and I was the one jumping around acting
like a 13-year-old,” Johnston said.
Emily was equally calm addressing the Lions and her parents, Amy and Peter Sorensen. “I wanted
to show that music unites people all over the world, even in totally different parts of the world,” she
said. “World peace creates joy and music among nations.”
The 23 merit award winners reflect an international flavor. They came from China, Colombia,
Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Taiwan, Philippines, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden and the United
States. In addition to Emily, other winners from the U.S. came from Hawaii, Minnesota, New Jersey,
Ohio and Virginia. The grand prize winner was from China, but that does not diminish the accomplishments of the other 22 merit winners.
The local contest was organized by Ron Hagadone, a Meridian Lions Club member who went to
Johnston’s class to talk about the project. Johnston took over from there, starting with brainstorming
and showed pictures of past winners.
“We talked not only about the level of skill they possessed, but how they conveyed the concept
of peace without just drawing a big peace sign,” she said. “To select the winner, I had the entire
Sawtooth staff vote on the posters they thought were the best.”
The top 13 posters were selected, but Johnston said she had an early favorite after seeing what
came from Emily’s brainstorming.
“I guessed she would be the winner,” Johnston said. “I couldn’t have hand-picked a more deserving student for this award. She is the type of student that will go sit next to the person who needs a
friend, who doesn’t care about what the popular students think and does things because they are the
right thing to do. She has been incredibly humble throughout the last few weeks as I brag about her
to every person that dares to talk to me for a few minutes.
“It is like having students like her that inspire me,” Johnston said. “Emily is the perfect example
of a student who had something important to say and said it in the most beautiful way I could ever
imagine.” (Ed. note: “Give Peace a Chance” is the name of a famous John Lennon song.)
Meridian OKs two MFD requests
City Council members at their March 17th meeting approved
two requests from the Fire Department including:
• The Compliance Engine, web-based software for reporting
results of required inspections to the MFD. Chief Mark Niemeyer
said it costs a business $10 per system (e.g., a hood over an oven
in a restaurant) per address and the cost to the city is zero. Officials authorized the agreement with Brycer, LLC for The Compliance Engine and approved Resolution No. 15-1057 adopting an
administrative policy of the MFD regarding an approved method
of transmitting records of inspection.
• Memorandum of Understanding and Agreement between the
City of Meridian and the Meridian Rural Fire Protection District
whereby the latter will pay an additional $2,000 to the City for fire
protection. Chief Niemeyer said under the Joint Powers Agreement from 1998 the Rural Fire Protection District pays a certain
amount for life safety services in the form of administrative support.
In other business, Council members
• approved FP 15-006, a final plat of 51 single family residential lots and six common lots on 5.23 acres in an R-15 zoning district for Solterra No. 2 by C15, LLC on the northeast corner of E.
Fairview Avenue and N. Hickory Way.
• approved following public hearings AZ 14-015, annexation
and zoning of 9.76 acres with an R-8 zoning district and CUP 14019, a conditional use permit to develop a 28,000-square-foot Christian church on 8.47 acres in an R-8 zoning district for Sulamita
Church by Architecture Northwest on the southwest corner of W.
Cherry Lane and N. Black Cat Road.
Council members also approved Resolution 15-1057 appointing Robert Waldher to Seat 2 of the Meridian Transportation Commission. They also approved a budget amendment for the Public
Works Department for the Trimble GPS purchase for a not-to-exceed amount of $23,339; and reviewed city roadway, intersection
and Community Program Project Priorities for 2015 presented by
Caleb Hood of the Community Development Department.
(Meridian council results continued on Page 16)
Don’t drink and drive...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. Be smart and stay safe. For more information, call 631-7744.
Home tour helps out children with cancer,
families through Camp Rainbow Gold
BOISE – Michael Heinz with Heinz Built Homes is proud to present the Home of Distinction
located within the Legacy Subdivision at 6261 W Founders Drive, Eagle ID 83616. From April 3rd
through April 19th, the public is invited to tour this beautiful villa.
While showcasing the latest building products and design trends, the tour will raise funds for a
wonderful cause. Camp Rainbow Gold will receive 100% of the proceeds from tour ticket sales.
Tickets for the tour can be purchased for $8 at the home.
This is a welcoming, sprawling villa, with European Country design. Located overlooking a 7
acre lake in the Legacy subdivision in Eagle, Idaho, with the foothills for backdrop. This home
shows attention to detail with its warm palette and its comfortable and efficient layout along with
elegant architectural woodwork throughout the home, including beamed ceilings.
It has five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, a 5-car garage shop, storage rooms, kitchen, eating area and a
great room with a full bar. There is an exercise room, large utility, game room, master suite with split
vanities, two walk-in closets, soaking tub, walk-in shower and privacy garden. A sweeping staircase
leads to the upper floor. Relax with the large wraparound pool with fire pots and water features,
lounging gazebo, BBQ gazebo, covered patio and additional trellis covered area.
The Heinz family has built custom homes in all price categories from small entry level homes for
first time buyers or empty nesters, to large estates in the greater Treasure Valley area in the State of
Idaho. It does not matter if it is a standard building lot that is ready to build on or an acreage piece
that needs to be developed with access roads and power, water, septic, etc., they can handle the
project. Camp Rainbow Gold brings community, love and silliness into the tough, trying and painful
world of childhood cancer by improving the spiritual, mental and physical health of children and
their families
Connecting people with the outdoors in an unmatched setting and providing physical challenges
provokes interest and inquiry, ultimately building confidence and enabling the campers to heal emotionally so their lives are not burdened by their illness but empowered by the experience of overcoming it. It’s a place where the bond of friendship is stronger than cancer.
The programs at Camp Rainbow Gold seek to honor the individuality of each child by offering
experiences that are diverse, thrilling and inspiring in the hopes that the children and families find a
sense of peace, the opportunity to heal and a bond within their Idaho community.
Directions to the home...From the city of Eagle, head west on Hwy 44 / State Street to Linder
Road. Turn right onto Linder Road heading North to Floating Feather Rd. Turn Left onto Floating
Feather Road heading West and turn Left into the Legacy Subdivision on N. Champions Way. Turn
Right onto W. Founders Drive. Follow W. Founders Drive to the end. Home is located last house on
the left at the corner of W. Founders Drive and N. Luge Way.
For more information, visit and click on Boise
March 23, 2015
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Around the World: Switzerland
‘Payette Morning’ by Scotty Perkins
The Eagle Arts Commission is pleased to announce the April 2015 Artist of the Month at the
Eagle City Hall Gallery and St. Luke’s Eagle Gallery. These galleries are open to the public and may
be viewed during regular business hours.
Scotty Perkins, April Artist of the Month, Eagle City Hall
Scotty Perkins is a landscape, wilderness, and wildlife fine art photographer based in Eagle,
Scotty took up photography in 2013, mostly as a good excuse to expand and appreciate his love
of being in the wilderness. Scotty grew up around nature photography, with his father Richard himself being a passionate nature photographer and participating actively with the North American Nature Photographers Association.
In the last two years, Scotty has traveled to some of the most beloved national parks and wilderness areas, hiking, camping, and photographing. In many cases he has had the good fortune to spend
time in the field and with some of the most gifted nature photographers int he world, hoping to learn
more and more about how to capture and share the beauty of the natural world online and in print.
Scotty grew up in New Mexico and has a B.A. in microbiology from Cornell University and an
Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University. He has three children, Caitlin, Jared, and Alexandria. Scotty’s wife Nicole is an executive at Boise State University, heading up parking and
When not being a husband, father or photographer, Scotty is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer for PayNearMe, a payments company based in Sunnyvale, California. PayNearMe offers cash payment solutions to benefit the un- and underbanked population
across the United States.
By Betty Kusler
When I think of Switzerland, I remember many times hearing
the phrase, “The roof of Europe.” I also think of it as the most
peaceful place on earth. Switzerland is surrounded by five other
countries: France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein and Austria.
In the summer, it is also surrounded by green grass and in the
winter by welcome clean snow. It is small, with only 15,937 square
miles, less than half the size of our state of Maine, but it is beautiful.
One may find greenness everywhere from pine forests to palm
trees, icy glaciers to lovely lakes, quiet streams to thundering waterfalls, lawn-like meadows, ancient castles and peaceful history.
The Swiss are law-abiding and respectful of each area and what
it offers. We feel this security as we walk on the streets. The present
population is listed at 7,623,380.
This small country is divided into three main regions: The Alps
in the south, the Swiss Plateau in the center and Sura, a chain of
low forested mountains. One interesting surprise is the clocks and
activities in this high-end industrial area. In Berne, it was exciting
to see a show every hour. A rooster crows, a bear dances and a
clown shakes his fist at the clock above him.
All this has been done countless times at the exact minute as it
has occurred since 1530 and it is still running well. Electricity has
helped Switzerland find ways of using machines to do much of the
heavy work needed to climb these steep mountains and make them
into an activity of usefulness as well as sport.
While at St. Gallen, we were taken to the second floor of a
church to see 100,000 volumes and manuscripts. We also saw the
Bible printed in Nuremberg in 1591 with text written in twelve
parallel columns in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish,
Danish, Polish, Moravian and Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Syrian. It
was a thrill, but I did not dare touch as it was too precious.
There are 50,000 people employed in the watchmaking industry. Jura is a famous watchmaking center. If you have one from
that area, treasure it.
G. Leslie Manlove, April Artist of the Month, St. Luke’s Gallery
Born in San Francisco area, George Leslie Manlove was raised in the Rocky Mountains. He
discovered photography at the age of 18. Manlove purchased a Pentax film camera with savings from
A train glides downward along the Swiss Alps.
his newspaper route and began photographing his family and landscapes in the 1980’s.
Chocolate is not the same the world over. Here the cocoa beans
Manlove went on to shoot around the world, including projects of the Camino de Santiago in
Spain, Chinese culture, historic western homesteads, and a recent work-in-progress on Los Angeles are cleaned and roasted, then ground by stone mills, producing a
chocolate liquid that is at least half cocoa butter. A few other ininner-city street life.
“Photography workshops and seminars have been an important part of developing his photo- gredients are added, but the priceless additive is Swiss perfecgraphic style and craft. Manlove has had the opportunity to learn from accomplished photographers tionism.
The Swiss alpenhorn may be heard for up to six miles. It is
from National Geographic, Time magazine, Magnum Photo and the Washington Post.Enjoy his work
from the trunk of a young mountain spruce that must grow
now on display at St. Luke’s Gallery, 3101 E. State Street, Eagle.
horizontally from a rock crevice and then grow upward, creating
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the natural curve so vital to the foghorn tone of the instrument.
Ninety hours later, it is ready to provide the clarion sound expected
for the maker’s homeland.
We must not forget Swiss cheese or partaking in a fondue.
Each diner is given a long-handled fork with which to spear a piece
of bread to dip into the gooey cheese. If your bread falls off into
the fondue, you must buy a round of drinks for the other feasters.
Artist’s Statement - “The Lens of Life”
There is nothing more remarkable to me than the beauty that is
found everywhere on this Earth, in nature, and the creatures that
inhabit it. This is why I am passionate about capturing Mother
Nature’s true character and incredible diversity. Burning desert
sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers an opportunity to create an image that sustains our connection. It is a joy to journey off the beaten path, an escape, if you
will. These opportunities are powerful, thus one must have the
craft and passion to capture these images to share with others. The
reward is the artists’ expression through photography, an image
that captures the essence of the Earth and all her beauty.
The Eagle Arts Commission comprised of volunteers, serves
in an advisory capacity and is established to advise Eagle the City
‘Stanley Water Taxi’ by G. Leslie Manlove captures the pristine mirror-reflective waters in the Council on ways in which city government might best serve the
magnificent Stanley area.
public with regard to matters involving the arts.
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Hana Hoang and Lauren James clip leaves from a sagebrush plant.
Next ‘steppe’: C of I students research
medicinal use of sagebrush in the field
The sun shone through wispy clouds as a gentle breeze roamed like a pioneer across miles of
southwest Idaho sagebrush steppe. College of Idaho student Hana Hoang plucked a pale-blue leaf off
a basin big sagebrush plant and held it under her nose. She grinded it between her fingers, releasing
the volatile compounds that give sagebrush its bitter and spicy scent.
“This should be made into an essential oil or something,” Hoang said.
But sagebrush could have an even more valuable use. While the desert plant is known for its
antibacterial and antifungal properties, C of I chemistry professor Dr. Carolyn Dadabay and her
student research team are deconstructing sagebrush leaves to look for bioactive chemicals that could
inhibit the body’s detoxification system.
In the right dose amount, these chemicals could help the human body keep medication in its
system for longer periods of time.
“One of the biggest problems in developing drugs that work effectively is that your body is very
good at getting rid of drugs,” Dadabay said. “And it has all these different mechanisms for getting rid
March 23 2015
of foreign compounds, and it uses those mechanisms to get rid of
drugs. Then the drugs don’t work.”
On that day, students from the C of I and research partner Boise
State University were collecting two types of sagebrush—basin
big sagebrush and low sagebrush. The students snipped off leaves
and put them into ziplock bags destined for the lab.
While The C of I is running a preclinical study on the compounds found in sagebrush, collaborator and Boise State biology
professor Dr. Jennifer Forbey is looking at the ecological side of
what compounds attract pygmy rabbits and sage grouse to nibble
on one sagebrush plant versus another.
The smell and toxic nature of sagebrush repels most animals
from eating it. But pygmy rabbits and sage grouse have a diet consisting mainly of the desert plant. They’ve adapted and found a
way around its toxic nature. But even then, sagebrush makes chemicals that even those animals don’t want to eat, Dadabay said. And
it’s those plants she is interested in.
“The chemistry that (the animals) are avoiding might be the
place to look for very powerful drugs,” Dadabay said.
One of the students examining those chemicals is senior chemistry major Andrew Nguyen. He analyzes the sagebrush samples
in the C of I lab, using a high-performance liquid chromatography
machine to separate compounds of interest, such as polyphenols.
The next step is to eventually identify specific compounds and see
what effects they would have in the body.
The College of Idaho and Boise State are both part of the Idaho
INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program. The goals of the program are to establish a research network
among Idaho institutions and increase that network’s capacity, to
provide students with research opportunities, and to enhance sci-
You can see the difference in levels of fluorescence in different samples of sagebrush.
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Andew Nguyen analyzes sagebrush samples with a high-performance liquid chromatography machine.
ence and technology knowledge of the state’s workforce. Dadabay’s
project recently was awarded an INBRE grant totaling $764,000
over the next five years.
“The really great thing is we are setting up this infrastructure
for drug discovery and we’re spreading it across the state,” Dadabay
Research technician and Lewis-Clark State College graduate
Lauren James was accepted as a student into the INBRE program
with Boise State last summer. She transitioned tobecome Dadabay’s
lab manager this winter.
“The INBRE program provides a lot of great opportunities for
Lewis-Clark students because we don’t get the chance to do a lot
of research,” James said. “Other students and I from LCSC have
been able to come down to BSU and C of I to work on the collaboration and get experience in the lab.”
C of I students also are benefitting from working with two sets
of faculty and being able to relate classroom-learned concepts and
theory to the lab.
“I get to apply what I’ve learned to a real-world setting,” said
senior chemistry major Cynthia Tang. “It definitely helps you understand what you’ve learned.”
“Much more memorable in this setting,” agreed senior mathphysics major Blair Symington.
Whether or not Dadabay and her students will unearth the magic
medicinal compound is yet to be seen. But perhaps sagebrush,which
sprawls over 148 million acres in the West and was passed over by
hundreds of thousands on the Oregon Trail, could be the new gold.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private
liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a
winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and
Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students
to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities,
natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, empowering
them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit
Beyond the valley...D.L. Evans Bank, a local community bank in
Idaho, held a grand opening for its newest branch on March 18th
at 2634 E. Sunnyside Road in Ammon, Idaho. Many civil leaders
and dignitaries were in attendance. Above is a photo of the ribbon-cutting conducted by the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce
and Chamber Ambassadors.
Meridian seniors March for Meals
Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd at the March 17th City Council
meeting issued a proclamation for March for Meals held March 14th
in Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park. Event coordinator Grant Jones
said Meridian’s eventwith over 400 participants was the largest in
the nation and the Meals on Wheels program delivers to 80
homebound seniros a week and feeds over 100 every weekday at
the Senior Center in Kleiner Park.
From left, Mariah Simpson, Lochlan Frederick and Darien Wood
Meridian Optimists announce winners of essay contest
Mariah Simpson, a student at Mountain View High School, Lochlan Frederick, who is home
schooled, and Darien Wood, a student at Eagle High School recently won first, second and third
place respectively in the Optimist Club of Meridian’s annual essay contest based on a theme of
“Optimism Should be a Priority.”
They received medals and prizes of $200, $150 and $100 for placing in the top three. In addition,
Mariah’s first-place essay was submitted for judging at the District level competing with students
from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia. The winner at that level will receive
a $2,500 college scholarship.
The Optimist Club of Meridian has sponsored the Essay Contest for many years and has been
active in the community since 1976. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in
include an Oratorical Scholarship Contest, Junior Rifle Club, Holiday Food Baskets, Annual Easter
Egg Hunt and much more. An events calendar is available at
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 100,000 adult and
youth members in 3,400 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the
world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that
reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, call (314)
371-6000 or visit the organization’s web site at
‘What if we built our communities around public places?’
Idaho Smart Growth imported two consultants from Project for Public Spaces last week. Gary
Toth and Philip Winn conducted interviews with stakeholders on Thursday afternoon and a workshop on Thursday evening at the
American Legion Hall. The goal
was for attendees “to learn how
placemaking is transforming
communities, and tools that can
help achieve success.”
The duo also conducted a
walking tour with Meridian officials and staff of the downtown
project area. Other sponsors included the Ada County Association of Realtors, CSHQA and the Gary Toth and Philip Winn during Thursday afternoon interviews in
the conference room of the Community Development Department.
City of Boise.
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Track your tax refund progress on-line
Violet is the sweetest, cutest little girl; she will melt your heart and
dash away the blues with her loveable nature. Hard to believe that this 9month-old girl was left behind in an empty house to fend for herself.
Lucky for her, a wonderful lady found her and brought her to Fuzzy
Pawz Rescue! Violet has proved to be such a love that we had to bring in
a professional photographer (thanks, Brenda Jane Photo) to get photos
of her; it’s hard to take pictures while she is trying to sit in your lap. She
can be a bit shy when first introduced to a new environment but once she
has time to get the lay of the land, she will make it her own. She is litterbox trained and we have not seen any bad behaviors from her. We have
not had a chance to introduce Violet to other dogs and cats, but we think
with the right introductions she would do great with them; she’s pretty
social. If you can offer Violet a home and will love her forever, please
complete an adoption application at
adoption-application-2/. There is a $20 adoption fee for Violet; she has
been spayed, vaccinated and will be microchipped upon adoption.
BOISE – If you want to know the status of your Idaho income
tax refund, go to the Idaho State Tax Commission web site at and click on the “Where’s my refund?” link on the
home page.
You may also get a refund update by calling the Tax Commission’s automated phone number at 364-7389 in the Boise area or
toll free at (888) 228-5770.
Both refund services are available 24 hours a day. To get your
refund status, you must provide your Social Security number and
the amount of your expected refund.
“All returns go through accuracy checks and a fraud review
before we issue any refunds, to ensure the refunds are issued to the
people who are supposed to receive them,” said Doreen Warren,
Revenue Operations administrator for the Tax Commission. “These
reviews have been very effective; last year, we identified more
than 1,000 confirmed fraudulent returns and stopped almost $1.4
million from being paid to those who weren’t entitled to the refund.”
When you file your taxes online, you can usually begin tracking your refund three to five business days after you receive your
acknowledgment email from the Tax Commission. The refund
should arrive within seven weeks of the e-mail you get from the
state. If you file a paper return, you can expect to wait three weeks
to track your refund status. The refund should arrive in up to 10
For more information about Idaho taxes, visit
You may also get answers to your basic tax questions by calling
the Tax Commission at 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll free at
(800) 972-7660.
Maggie is an adorable 4-year-old Labradoodle (her mom is a
Labradoodle and her dad is a Lab; that’s why she has a straight, wiry
coat) who loves to play ball. Maggie came to Fuzzy Pawz Rescue when
her family could no longer care for her. She is a very sweet girl who
rides well in a car, sits on command and listens well. Maggie is crate and
house trained; she also uses the door like a champ and walks well on a
leash. She is a smart girl who seems eager to learn new things. Maggie is
good with dogs her size; she doesn’t do well with little dogs or cats as
she plays too rough. Maggie has grown up around kids but we require
her new home have children over the age of 5 due to her size/rough play.
She is great with people and would do very well with a family that is
active and wants to take her hiking or camping and we think she’d easily
learn to bike with you. She is awesome in the house and makes a great
companion dog who just likes to be doing whatever you are without
being in your way. If you have lots of time to play ball and think Maggie
is the girl for you, please complete an adoption application at http:// Maggie has been
spayed, vaccinated, and microchipped; her adoption fee is $125.
Valley Times recently visited the Idaho Humane Society and found
the overwhelemed shelter and its compassionate volunteers needs your
help; especially awaiting your arrival and assistance are many loving
pets stuck in cages until rescued by loving new owners.
59 N. Five Mile Rd.
Readers, please consider
adopting a shelter pet when it’s
time to add a loving, furry family
member. There are thousands of
cats and dogs who need nurturing
homes awaiting your visit right
here in western Ada Couny to meet
your ‘furever’ friend. Studies prove
that pets bring love into a home for
you and all the members of your
family. Do your part to rescue one
or more of the many thousands of
animals in need right here in our
Seniors vulnerable to prize giveaway scams
The BBB offers the following advice for consumers doing
business with mail order or internet companies offering sweepstakes prizes:
• Do your homework. Ask whether this is, in fact, a legitimate company and whether it has awarded sweepstakes prizes in
the past.
• Study your odds of winning. Federal law requires companies to include a notice outlining odds of winning various
• Understand that making
a purchase does not increase
your chance of winning. Under
the law, anyone entering a
company’s sweepstakes contest
has an equal chance of winning
whether he or she orders anything.
• Monitor the activities of
loved ones carefully to keep
them from spending large
amounts of money in attempts
to win a sweepstakes.
The FBI said some seniors
may suffer from cognitive and
perceptual impairments which
makes them vulnerable to such
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.
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‘Be prepared; that’s the Boy Scouts’ solemn creed. Be prepared, and be clean in word and deed.’ – Tom Lehrer
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Varsity Softball: 5A
Varsity Baseball: 5A
Eagle Mustangs 7, Bishop Kelly 0
Mountain View 11, Centennial 1
Mtn. View
Eagle - Hitters: Fillmore 1-4 (HR, 3 RBIs), Corta 2-3, Kukla
1-3 (HR, 2 RBIs), Moffat 3-4 (2B), Tooley 1-3 (2 RBIs), Strickler
1-3, French 1-3. Pitchers: Fillmore (W) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB,
9 K; Moffat 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
Bishop Kelly (2-3) - Hitters: Sydney Engelhardt 1-3, Jenny
Falkner 1-2 (2 B), Delaney Atkins 1-3. Pitchers: Fillmore (W) 4
IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 1 K; Emily Twohigh 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0
ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Eagle Mustangs 9, Kuna 0
Eagle (4-0) - Hitters: Kukla 2-4, Corta 1-3, Fillmore 1-3 (GS,
4 RBIs), Tooley 1-3 (HR, RBI), Fisher 2-3 (HR, TBI), Whipple 11, Menlove 1-3 (HR, 2 RBIs), French 1-2 (RBI). Pitchers: Moffat
(W), 4 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Fillmore 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER,
0 BB, 4 K.
Bishop Kelly (4-2) - Hitters: Rose 1-4, Newman 2-4, Nell 13, Kleffner 2-3, Dawson 1-3, Craig 2-3 (2B), Clark 1-2, Miner 1-1
(2B). Pitchers: Newman (L) 7 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
Mountain View 13, Vallivue 10 (9)
MVHS 002
Mountain View (1-2, 1-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Caitlin Scott 1-5
(2B), Kylie Orr 3-4 (2B, 3B, 2 RBIs), Anna Hawk 2-5 (2B, GS, 6
RBIs), Megan Browne 2-6 (3B, RBI), Lindsey Gonzalez 3-6 (2
RBIs), JoJo Franco 2-4, Olivia Bradshaw 1-2, Mickayla Kelly
Harvey 2-4 (RBI). Pitchers: Cassie Tipton-Gardner 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R,
0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Bradshaw (W) 3 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Vallivue (3-1, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Emma Longoria 2-5
(RBI), Kathryn Goff 2-4 (2B, 2 RBIs), Emily Fox 1-3, Kendall
ena 1-3, Pitchers: Goff (L) 8.1 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 7 K;
Amanda Skogsberg 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Girls LaCrosse (late Tuesday results)
Eagle 12, Centennial 11
Eagle: Jorde Trudel, 4 goals; Sadie Gorman, 4 goals, 2 assists;
Katernine Kettering, 1 goal; Danika Langley, 3 goals; Tia Ford, 1
assist; Emily Martel, 1 assist; Anja Szentes, 1 assist. Goalkeeper:
Sydney Petrehn, 17 saves.
Centennial: Olivia Filiceti, 6 goals, 1 assist; Maloney Smith,
3 gtoals, 1 assist; Maddie Wilson, 1 goal; Alexi Gathman, 1 goal, 1
assists; McCall Freidenberger, 2 assists. Goalkeeper: Emily Alexander, 9 saves.
Rocky Mountain 12, Middleton 1 (5)
Rocky Mountain (2-1) - Hitters: Courney Petska 1-4, Maddy
Smith 1-4, Maddy Job 2-4 (2B), Megan Briscoe 3-4 (RBI), Hailey
Hicks 1-4 (2B, RBI), Sammy Lasure 1-3, Tommy MacDonald 1-3
(2 RBIs), Taylor Bruce 1-3. Pitcher: Hayden McKenney (W), 1.2
IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Middleton (4-1) - Hitters: Taylor Guerra 1-3, Aleah Mendiola
2-4 (RBI), Samantha Reed 1-4, Halley Niemeyer 1-4, Emily
Gatchell 1-3. Pitchers: Shelby Jarvis (L) 7 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0
BB, 3 K.
Mountain View (5-0, 1-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Carson Wong 24, Mitch Nunez 3-4 (2 RBIs), Boden Mills 1-2 (RBI), Jared Brown
1-2 (2B, 3 RBSs). Pitchers: Mills (W) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, O ER, 0 BB,
O K.
Centennial (1-2, 0-1 5A SIC)- Hitters: Sean Coffey 2-3, Nick
Pape 2-3, Jackson Metz 1-3. Pitchers: Ryan Blass (L) 3.1 IP, 1 H,
2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; Page 2 IIP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, O K; Collin
Spraker 0 IP, O H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, O K; Trace Ogata, 0.1 IP, 2 H,
2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, O K.
Rocky Mountain 4, Middleton 3 (8)
Rocky Mtn.
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8:00 a.m.-noon
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Rocky Mountain (5-0) - Hitters: Hollow 1-2, Whitt 1-1,
Reisbeck 3-4 (2 RBIs), Strickler 1-1, Beard 1-2 (2 RBIs), Roll 2-3
(2 RBIs), Barney 2-2 (RBI). Pitchers: Walker (W) 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1
ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Moody 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Travis 1 IP,
0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K,
Middleton (0-5) - Hitters: Sams 1-3, Locker 1-2, Tentinger 12 (RBI), Post 1-2, Mosley 1-2. Pitchers: Walker (L) 1.2 IP, 3 H, 6
R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1K; Arredendo 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K;
Sams 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.
Timberline 11, Mountain View 2
MVHS 002
Timberline (4-0, 1-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Harris 1-5, Price 3-5
(2B, 2RBIs), Steffler 1-4, Kim 2-4 (RBI), Taylor 2-3 (2RBIs),
Engelson 2-5 (RBI), Ulrickson 1-4, Ducarme 1-4 (RBI), Grant 34 (2RBIs). Pitchers: Price (W) 5 IP, 4 H, 2R 2ER, 3 BB 5 K.
Mountain View (5-1, 1-1 5A SIC)- Hitters: Auggie Francis 13 Caleb Burnham 1-3, Daniel Boots 1-3 (2B, RBI), Brendan Bolly
1-1, Mitch Nunes 1-1 (2B). Pitchers: Caleb Burnham () 3.1 IP, 8
H, 9 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K; Caleb Nielebeck 0.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER,
2 BB, 0 K; Satchell Stevens 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Bolly
1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Nick Flesher 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER,
1 BB, 0 K.
Eagle Mustangs 7, Bishop Kelly 6
Eagle - Hitters: Christian Padilla 2-4 (RBI), Kam Lane 1-4,
Gavin Speegle 1-2, Austin Jackson 1-3 (RBI), Malacki Ginner 1-4
(RBI), Reed Harrington 1-4, Tanner Wach 2-4, Shane Wickstrom
1-3. Pitchers: Max Ouwehand 2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K;
Trisden Gothberg 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; Ginner (W)
2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
Bishop Kelly (1-4) - Hitters: RJ Syverson 3-4. Pitchers: Tyler
Oldenberg (L) 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; Steve Zorich 1.1
IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
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Varsity Tennis
MV boys, Centennial girls win
Mountain View’s boys’ team beat Centennial 3.5-2.5.
• Singles: Gavin Hatter (C) def. Lucas Dibelius 6-1, 1-6, 6-1;
Kutter Hine (C) def. Nathan Hines 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Ethan Parker (MV)
def. Ben Harper 6-2, 6-0.
• Doubles: Cleveland-Hastings (MV) def. Schone-Taylor 6-1,
6-0; Gorringe-Chen (MV) def. Glick-Gopalakrishnan 6-2, 6-3.
• Mixed Doubles: Bronwyn Butuk-Cole Racine (RM) def.
Natalie Little-Patrick O’Neal 6-0, 6-1; and Jordan Daniels-Eric
Alonzo (RM) def. Dawson Zestrow-Sam Webster 6-2, 6-3.
Centennial’s girls’ team beat Mountain View 4.5-1.5.
• Singles: Ellie Gamble (C) def. Riley Clayeux 6-1, 6-1; Aly
Carlson (C) def. Shelby Rowley 6-0, 6-0; Anna Bradburn (C) def.
Marissa hirley 5-2, 7-5.
• Doubles: Dodd-Mercado (MV) def. Matz-Laursen 6-3, 6-0;
VanOrder-Boline (C) def. Mileman/Shaw-Maniz 6-2, 6-4.
In Mixed Doubles, Clark-Evans (C) def. Capell-Rico 7-5, 62; Baker-Hastings (MV) def. Stoker-Fromm 6-2, 6-0.
Girls Prep Basketball Champions honored at Meridian City Hall on March 17th...The 26-1
Maverick-ettes from Mountain View High School avenged their only loss of the season with a
66-55 win over Boise in the state title game in February. At right of Mayor de Weerd are Coach
Connie Skogrand and outstanding point guard Destiny Slocum, a junior committed to playing at the University of Washington. Mayor de Weerd said she played basketball in high
school. ‘We want you to know how proud we are of your dedication and hard work,’ she said.
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March 23. 2015
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Varsity Baseball: 5A
Varsity Softball: 5A
Meridian Warriors 8, Borah Lions 3
Rocky Mountain 13, Centennial 2 (5)
Meridian (4-0, 1-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Austin Yrazabel 2-4,
Kyle Redford 1-1, Talon Kreft 1-3 (RBI), Hayden Harris 2-2 (2B,
3 RBIs) Jack Borton 1-2 (RBI), Lawney Staggs 2-4 (3B, RBI).
Pitchers: Tyler Winkler (W) 4 IP. 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K;
Nathan Pena 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; Tyler Hollingsworth
1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Borah (0-3, 0-1 5A SIC)- Hitters: Riley Runyon 2-4 (RBI),
Joey Sullivan 1-4, Joel Perry 1-2, Jace Forrey 1-3. Pitchers: Joey
Sullivan 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1K; Justin Slattery (L) 0.1 IP,
2 H 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB; 0 K; Runyon 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1
K; Tyler Hollingsworth 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Capital Eagles 3, Eagle Mustangs 1
Capital (3-1, 2-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Bradley Jekich 1-3 (3B),
Hunter Weindel 1-1 (RBI), Conner Poulson 2-2 (2B), Nolan Jekich
2-3 (HR, 2 RBIs). Pitchers: Colbi Paul (W) 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1
BB, 4 K.
Eagle (0-3, 0-1 5A SIC)- Hitters Aden 1-3, Lane 1-2, Ginner
2-3, Wach 1-3, Garvin 1-2. Pitchers: Shubert (L) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3
ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Harrington 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Meridian Warriors 15, Centennial 2 (5)
Meridian (6-0, 2-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Drake Simons 1-3,
Austin Yrazabel 2-4 (2 2Bs, 3 RBIs), Kyle Reford 2-2 (HR, 3
RBIs), Talon Kreft 1-2, Hayden Harris 3-4 (HR, 2 RBIs), Tyler
Hollingsworth 2-3 (2B, 3 B, 2 RBIs), Jack Borton 2-2 (2B, RBI),
Lawney Staggs 1-3 (RBI). Pitcher: Tyler Rudd (W) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R,
2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.
Centennial (1-3, 0-2 5A SIC) - Hitters: Connor Jacobsen 13, Sean Coffey 1-2, Ryan Blass 1-2 (3B, 2 RBIs), Chad Martin 11. Pitchers: Joe Martin (L) 2.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K;
Trace Ogatqa 1.1 IP, 3 H 5R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; Jacobsen 1.1 IP, 2
H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
Girls LaCrosse (late Wednesday results)
Skyview Hawks 14, Centennial 7
Skyview: Kyle Wilson, 5 goals; Natalie Wylie, 2 goals, 1 assist Kaylinn Beal 3 goals, 1 assist; Paige Snyder, 1 goal; Kali
Chaloupka, 1 goal; Olivia Tener, 1 goal; Kendra Chaloupka, 1 goal;
Alex Fuller, 1 assist; Summer Mechsner, 1 assist. Goalkeeper:
Rachel Dahm, 7 saves.
Centennial: Mallory Smith, 4 goals; McCall Freidenberger, 2
goals; Tara Sant, 1 goal; Alexi Gathman, 1 assist. Goalkeeper: Emily
Alexander, 8 saves.
Boise Braves 13, Rocky Mountain 12
Boise: Megan Lee, 4 goals, 1 assist; Hadley Nelson, 1 goal;
Tess Goodwin, 2 goals, 1 assist; Annika Ozuna, 1 goal; Whitney
Taylor, 1 goal; Margo Pengilly, 1 goal; Lauren McGill, 2 goals, 2
assists; Molly Ryan, 1 goal.
Rocky Mountain: McKenzie Knudson, 2 goals, 1 assist; Darby
Knudson, 1 goal, 1 assist; Kiley Barber, 2 goals, 1 assist; Amberf
Wong, 1 goal; Abby Escandon, 3 goals, 1 assist; Grace Taylor, 3
goals, 1 assist. Goalkeepers: Madison Draper, 6 saves; Kirsti Bartlett, 2 saves.
Mountain View girls, boys prevail in 3way Track & Field meet at Timberline
The Mountain View girls and boys track & field teams defeated Boise and the host Wolves last weekend. The girls compiled
96 points to Boise’s 54 and Timberline’s 32. The boys scored 113
points to Timberline’3 39 and Boise’s 34. (Cont. above, at right)
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Varsity Golf
RM boys win Nampa
Invitational Tourney
The Rocky Mountain boys
golf team compiled a score of
293 to win last Tuesday’s
Nampa Invitational at Centennial Golf Course. Individual
scores: Ranger Downs, 76, Sam
Tidd, 75; Henry Bernard, 75;
Carson Barry, 72; and Braden
Larsen, 70. Eagle finished in
fourth place with a team score
of 302. Individual results:
Graysen Huff, 66 (first in top 10
individuals); Blake Taylor, 73,
Thomas Conrad, 81; Perrick
Lodge, 84; and Ryan Swanson,
82. In seventh place was Mountain View with 319. Individual
results: Brandon Allen, 73;
Blaze Rios, 82; Drew Sayer, 88;
Brandon Tueller, 84; and Devin
Hafford, 80. Meridian finished
10th with 339. Individuals:
Devan Craig, 78; Zach Sevy, 86;
Casey Winter, 85; Mikey Harpt,
90; and Cameron Walker, 108.
Bishop Kelly won the girls
division with 290, followed by
Eagle with 338. Individuals:
Natalie Mullins, 77; Hailey
Spalding, 81; Olivia Agrusa, 89;
Tess Crowley, 93; and Natalie
Chehimi, 94. Mountain View
finished third with 357. Individuals: Amalia Negrette, 91;
Annika Thomas, 85; Megan
Lawton, 88; Lauren Cordova,
98; and Jadyn Sutton, 93. Rocky
Mountain ended in fifth place
with 358. Individuals: Sydini
Kobayash, 88; Heather Kivi, 88;
Hannah Veloz, 88; Melissa
Samaniego, 94; and Adelaide
Turnage, 100
MV girls, boys win
Individual Maverick girl
wins: Jordyn Johnson, 100 at
12.97 seconds; Erin Hagen, 800
at 2:22.49; Reagan Badger,
3,200 at 11:44.60; Olivia Stiles,
100 hurdles in 16.9; Tori Sloan,
high jump at 5’0”; Natasha
Herbenson, long jump at
16’08.75”; Hannah Wuttke, shot
put, 33;04; and Saige Atkinson,
discus at 95’04”.
Individual Maverick boy
wins: Devin Gaskins, 100, 11.4;
Jamel Payton, 200, 22.91; Caleb
Hardy, 400, 51.70; Noah
Horsburgh, 1,600, 4:31.65; Sam
Berg, 3,200, 9:47.50; Andre
Jones, 110 hurdles, 15.8; Jared
Smythe, high jump, 6’0”; Josh
Young, pole vault, 13’06”;
Garrett Collingham, long jump,
21’08”; Camren Fraser, shot
put, 45’05”; and Conor Cook,
discus, 128’06”.
Rocky Mountain (3-1, 2-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Courtney Petska
2-3 (2B, 2 RBIs), Maddy Smith 2-3 (RBI), Megan Briscoe 2-4
(2B, HR, 3 RBIs), Courtney Anderson 1-2 (RBI), Tommy MacDonald 1-2 (RBI). Pitchers: Hayden McKenney (W) 4 IP, 7 H, 2
R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; Katelyn Wilfert 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0
Centennial (0-3, 0-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Michelle Miller 2-3
(2B), McCall Barney 2-3 (2B), Taylor Williams 1-2 (RBI), Carolyn
Murray 1-2 (RBI). Pitchers: Alicia Curry (L) 4 IP, 7 H, 11 R, 3 ER,
3 BB, 1 K; McKenna Pasquinelli 0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Boise Braves 5, Meridian Warriors 4
Boise (2-2, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: T. Cook 1-4 (RBI), Shimatsu
2-3, Butler 2-3 (2B), E. Cook 1-4 (3 RBIs), Barber 1-3, Chambers
1-4 (RBI). Pitchers: T. Cook 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; E.
Cook (W) 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
Meridian (0-3, 0-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Brink 1-4, Knauss 2-4
(2B), Martinez 1-2 (2B), Stapleton 1-3 (3B, 2 RBIs), Rice 1-2.
Pitchers: Rhodes (L) 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K.
Meridian Warriors 11, Columbia 0 (5)
Meridian (4-1, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Ashley Brink 1-3, Lexi
Knauss 2-3 (3 B, RBI), Shelby Martinez 2-3 (3 TBIs), Sam Whitley 1-4 (2B, 2 RBIs), Devon Stapelton 2-4 (RBI), Kaila Burnside
1-3 (2 RBIs), Kanyon Krawl 2-2. Pitchers: Sam Whitley (W) 4
IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K; Ali Rice 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB,
1 K.
Columbia (0-4, 0-2 5A SIC) - Hitters: T. Drake 1-2. Pitchers: B. Gamel (L) 5 IP, 1 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 0 K.
Centennial Patriots 19, Borah 3 (5)
Centennial (1-3, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Riley Rehberg 1-3,
Michelle Mille 1-4 (3 RBIs), Natalie Spencer 3-5 (2B, HR, 2 RBIs),
McCall Barney 2-2, Taylor Williams 2-4 (RBI), Carolyn Murrey
1-2 (2B, 2 RBIs), Jordynne Ketchum 1-1 (HR, 4 RBIs). Pitchers:
Alicia Curry (W) 4 IP. 7, H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, K; McKenna
Pasquinelli 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Borah (1-3, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Amaya Bentley 2-3, Lily
Gregory 1-1, Alyssa Bolt 1-2 (2 B, 2 RBIs), Malia Dustin 1-2,
Lexi Wilson 1-2, Savannah Armstrong 1-2. Pitchers: Emily Wilde
(L), 4.2 IP, 12 R, 9 H, 4 BB, 0 K; Dustin 0.1 IP, 2 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 0
Capital Eagles 7, Rocky Mountain 5
RMHS 000
Capital (3-1, 2-0 5A SIC) - Hitters: Spero 1-3, Ferguson 3-4,
Barnes 3-4 (2B, 2 RBIs), Wilson-Jenkins 2-4, Hazel 3-4 (2 RBIs),
Powers 2-3 (RBI), Link 1-2, Thowless 1-2 (RBI). Pitcher: WilsonJenkins (W) 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, 6 K.
Rocky Mountain (3-2, 1-1 5A SIC) - Hitters: Pestka 1-4,
Anderson 2-4 (HR, 2 RBIs), Job 1-3 (2B, RBI), Briscoe 1-4 (2
RBIs), Lasure 3-4. Pitchers: Wilfert (L) 5.2 IP, 15 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2
BB, 4 K; McKenney 0.1 IP 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
Eagle Mustangs 13, Boise Braves 3 (5)
Eagle (6-0, 2-0 5A SIC) - Leading hitters: Moffat 3-3 (2 HRs),
Fillmore 3-4 (2 HRs. Pitchers: Moffitt (W) 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2
Boise (2-3, 1-2 5A SIC) - Hitters: Not available. Pitchers: T.
Cook (L) 2.1 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 1 K; E. Cook 2.2 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K.
Some Wrestlemania predictions for this Sunday: The icon Sting
making his first-ever appearance as a contestant in a WWE ring
will defeat Triple H, Rusev the Super Athlete from Russia will make
a monkey out of John Cena to retain the U.S. title,, Randy Orton
will decimate and deliver an RKO to Seth Rollins (unless the Authority consisting of Triple H, his wife and WWE owner Stephanie
McMahon, the Big Show, Kain and Rollins’ diminutive duo for
security, Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury interferes, which is very
likely), Dolph Ziggler will regain his Intercontinental title and
Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will prevail in the title match
against Roman Reigns.
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Valley Times
March 23, 2015
Eagle Urban Renewal Agency to hold
special meeting March 30 at 6:00 p.m.
MPD Supervisor’s Log
Friday, March 13th, 2015
• Runaway, 4400 block of N. Stampede.
• Battery, 100 block of S. Spring Park
• Joseph Mount, 35, was arrested for
• Protective custody hold, 600 block
of W. Sedgewick.
• Vandalism, 800 block of W. Newport.
• Stalking, 100 block of S.W. 7th Street.
• Runaway, 2600 block of W. Forecast.
• Disturbance, 700 block of W.
• David Aebischer, 32, was arrested for
disturbing the peace and open container.
• Jimmy Garren, 57, was arrested for
grand theft. Donna Garren, 54, was arrested
for grand theft and resisting & obstructing.
• Trevor Evans, 23, was arrested for
aggravated assault and open container.
• Mallory Edwards, 30, was arrested
for DUI.
• Eric Collins, 43, was arrested for
• Danielle Savee, 24, was arrested for
DUI and eluding.
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
• Battery, 100 block of S. Rose Circle.
• Vehicular burglary, 4000 block of N.
Breeze Creek.
• Vehicular accident, Fairview & Avest.
• Gail Shaw, 29, was arrested for possession of drugs & paraphernalia and no insurance/2nd offense.
• Charline Bobolack, 51, was arrested
for disturving the peace.
• Timothy Edgemond, 26, was arrested
for commercial burglary and possession of
drugs. Kevan Hill, 33, was arrested for for
possession of burglary tools, commercial
burglary and on a warrant.
• Robert Boothe, 27, was arrested for
• Disturbance, 5000 block of N. Starry
Night and in the 1300 block of N. Rutledge.
• Bacilio Cruz Fernandez, 31, was arrested for DUI and failure to purchase a
driver’s license.
• Trevin LaPrelle, 19, was arrested for
disturbing the peace and possession of drug
• Vehicular burglary and curfew violation, 1600 block of N. Golf View.
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
• Grand theft, 1000 block of S.
Progress Avenue.
• Recovered stolen vehicle, 1000 block
of S. Progress Avenue.
• Disturbance, 600 block of N. Brownfield and in the 2600 block of N. Santee
• Vehicular burglary and grand theft,
5800 block of N. Red Hills.
• Thomas McIntosh, 49, was arrested
on a warrant.
Monday, March 16th, 2015
• Cameron Torgensen, 28, was arrested
for possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia and DWP.
• Matthew Pankau, 30, was arrested for
• Petit theft, 900 block of N.W. 12th
Street and in the 700 block of W. Overland
• Vandalism, 2000 block of N.W. 9th
• Fraud, 200 block of E. Havasupai
• Runaway, 5100 block of N. Dove
• David Oney, 33, was arrested for
grand theft and on a warrant.
• Residential burglary, 5100 block of
N. Dove Ridge Place and in the 1200 block
of E. Time Zone.
• Jordan Phillips, 18, was arrested on
a warrant.
• Garrett Martin, 24, was arrested on
two warrants.
• Jonathon Failing, 26, was arrested for
posession of drugs & paraphernalia and petit
• Identity theft, 2200 block of N.
Astaire Wy.
• Amanda Belle Diaz, 35, was arrested
for DWP/3rd offense.
• Disturbance, 5500 block of N. Sun
Shimmer Avenue.
(Continued on next page)
The Eagle Urban Renewal Agency will hold a special meeting
on Monday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. The Agency welcomes 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 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] Agenda items include:
• Amendments to agenda.
• Reports by Board members, attorney and secretary.
• Public comment on matters not on the agenda. (Please limit
comments to 3 minutes maximum.)
• Approval of February 25th, 2015 and March 3rd, 2015 meeting minutes.
• Treasurer’s Report – Lindsey Pretty Weasel
a. Review of vouchers and checks
b. Bank statement review
c. Review Profit and Loss Statement and Balance Sheet
• Consideration of URA annual report.
• Update on tree removal from leased Tri-City Meats properties and payment to City of Eagle’s tree fund.
• Executive Session pursuant to Idaho Code 67-2345(1)(c) and
(f) to consider acquisition of an interest in real property and to
communicate with legal counsel regarding pending litigation, or
controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be
• Consider submission of a subproject plan for review and approval by the City of Eagle, aka the “Heart of Eagle” downtown
public parking lot and blight elimination project. The uses contemplated in the subproject by the URA are already addressed in
the Eagle Urban Renewal Plan for the Downtown and East End
Urban Renewal Project so such a submission is optional and not
• Consideration of a complaint for condemnation of land necessary for the construction of a downtown public parking lot and
for the removal of blight. The property is located at 35 West State
Street, is identified as Ada County parcel numbers R0238260007
and R0238260008 and is located in Township 4N, Range 1E, Section O8. The property is generally located at the southwest corner
• Consideration of a bond resolution for funds for the downtown public parking lot. The possible amount is about $1.2 million, but the Agency may consider an amount closer to $500,000.
(Ed. note: The April 7, 2015 URA meeting has been cancelled.)
Eagle P&Z recommends approval of
CUP for 35’ cell tower at Eagle High
The Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission following a public hearing on March 16th voted to recommend approval to the
City Council of a conditional use permit for a cell tower (defined
as “personal wireless facility, height over 35 feet in Eagle City
Code) to be located at Eagle High School in place of an existing
baseball field light pole.
The applicant, Doug Kofford/TAEC, is also requesting conditional use permit approval of a setback waiver to decrease the minimum tower setback from two times the height of the tower form
the property line of any residence. The proposed 2,500-square-foot
lease area is adjacent to the outfield fence of the baseball field approximately 175 feet east of N. Park Lane at 574 N. Park Lane.
That item will now be placed on a future City Council agenda.
In other business, commisioners voted to table under Unfinished Business “City Comprehensive Plan Review Committee,”
selection of a member of the commission to represent outreach with
citizens and property owners to establish a list of potential issues
and concerns to be considered for inclusion in a potential rewrite
of the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
For more information on the cell tower, call the City Clerk’s
Office during regular business hours at 939-6813.
For more infor-mation on the Comprehensive Plan review/rewrite process, call the Planning Administrator or staff at during
regular business hours at 939-0227.
Legal Notice
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Ordinances of the City of Meridian
and the Laws of the State of Idaho that the City Council 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 Tuesday, April 7, 2015 for the purpose of reviewing and considering the application of:
Oak Leaf Development, Inc. for Rezone of 26.09 acres from the C-N and the R-15
zoning districts to the R-15 (8.48 acres) and C-C (17.61 acres) zoning districts; Preliminary Plat approval consisting of one (1) residential lot, three (3) commercial lots and
three (3) common lots on approximately 23.59 acres in the proposed R-15 and C-C zoning
districts; for Conditional Use Permit for a self-service storage facility consisting of a
care-takers/office building and fifteen (15) storage buildings on approximately 11.18 acres
of land in a proposed C-C zoning district AND Development Agreement Modification
to exclude the proposed C-C zoning boundary from the existing Development Agreement
for Jayker Village Subdivision generally located north side of Chinden Boulevard; west
of N. Tree Farm Way and N. Tree Haven Way;
Brighton Investments, LLC for Rezone of 5.05 acres of land from the C-G to the
R-40 zoning district; and 3.37 acres of land from the R-40 to the C-G zoning district; PP
15-002 for Preliminary Plat approval consisting of one (1) building lot in the R-40 zoning district; twenty-two (22) building lots in the C-G zoning district and five (5) common/
other lots on 36.04 acres of land; AND CUP 15-002 for Conditional Use Permit for a
multi-family development consisting of 280 dwelling units in an R-40 zoning district for
Paramount Southeast Subdivision generally located northwest corner of N. Meridian
Road and W. McMillan Road.
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 16th and 30th of March, 2015.
Legal notice is hereby given that the EAGLE CITY COUNCIL will hold a public hearing
April 14, 2015, at 6:30 P.M. at Eagle City Hall to consider the following:
APPLICATION #: A-06-14/RZ-07-14/PP-03-14
PROJECT SUMMARY: Coleman Homes, LLC, represented by Becky McKay with
Engineering Solutions, LLP, is requesting an annexation, rezone from RUT (Rural-Urban
Transition – Ada County designation) to MU-DA (Mixed Use with a development agreement in lieu of a PUD), and preliminary plat approvals for Eaglefield Village Subdivision, a 39-lot (31-buildable, 1-future development, and 7-common) residential subdivision.
PROJECT LOCATION: The 9.83-acre site is generally located on the north side of
State Highway 44, west of Linder Road, at the western terminus of W. Escalante Drive.
Application materials and a specific legal description are on file for public inspection at
Eagle City Hall, 660 Civic Lane. Public testimony is encouraged at the public hearing and
written comments will be accepted no later than five (5) working days prior to the public
hearing. Auxiliary aids or services for persons with disabilities can be made available by
calling the City Clerk (939-6813) at least three days prior to the public hearing.
The Ada County Highway District may also conduct public meetings regarding this
application. If you have questions about the meeting date or the traffic that this
development may generate or the impact of that traffic on streets in the area, please
contact the Ada County Highway District at 387-6170. In order to expedite your
request, please have ready the file number indicated in this notice.
Publish: March 23, 2015
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always
greet it in a garden.” – Ruth Stout
Meridian City Council results (continued from Page 8)
Bellabrook East continued to March 24
Council members voted 5-1 (with Joe Borton abstaining) to
continue AZ 15-001 and PP 15-001 to the March 24th meeting for
research and clarification of issues. Rod Cullip, who lives to the
north of the site, said the developer has yet to install a wrought
iron fence to keep kids awy from the horses and stallions.
Developer’s representative Ben Thomas said he knew nothing about
that, which Mayor de Weerd said “is disconcerting.” Planner Sonja
Watters said she would look into the fence and other issues including a new concept plan. Council members said they like the proposed gated community and have no problem with a private versus a public street.
Councilman Joe Borton asked Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer if a
homeowners’ association maintaining a 20-foot-wide gravel emergency vehicle access “meets public safety requirements”? Niemeyer
said, “Gravel does break down but there’s little traffic here. Our
preference would be to have it paved” but gravel does meet city
code. Other property owners in opposition to the applications included Frank Shoemaker and Roger Taylor. The former said he
agrees with the P&Z Commission’s recommendation and reasons
for denial. The latter oppose the proposed density and the fence.
Valley Times
March 23, 2015
Legal Notice
Sealed bids will be received by the Board of Commissioners of the Urban Renewal
Agency of the City of Meridian, commonly known as the Meridian Development
Corporation (“MDC”) for the Meridian Development Corporation: Request for
Qualifications for On-Call Marketing Services. MDC desires to receive bids from
qualified contractors for marketing services on an as-needed basis.
RFQ’s can be obtained by contacting Ashley Squyres, Administrator, at meridian
[email protected]
All RFQ’s must be sealed and submitted to and received by the MDC Administrator
on or before April 01, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. MST. RFQ’s must be submitted in accordance
with the terms of the Request for Qualification and delivered to the Attention of Ashley
Squyres at the address provided below.
Ashley Squyres, MDC Administrator
Mailing Address: MDC, 33 East Broadway Avenue, Meridian, Idaho 83642
Physical Address: Meridian City Hall, City Clerk’s Office, 33 East Broadway Avenue,
Meridian, Idaho 83642
Phone: 208-830-7786
Email: [email protected]
All RFQs must be signed by the individual authorized to act on behalf of the
submitting entityor, if an individual, the individual submitting the RFQ, and in accordance
with the Instructions to Bidders provided.
Publish: March 16 and 23, 2015
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, April 2, 2015 for the
purpose of reviewing and considering the applications of:
Heather Neitzell for Conditional Use Permit approval to operate an indoor recreation facility in an I-L zoning district for Meridian Martial Arts located 535 N. Locust
Grove; and
Ken Lenz for Conditional Use Permit approval for a drive-thru establishment in a
C-G zoning district within 300 feet of another drive-thru facility and existing residences
for Sonic Drive-In at Paramount located 4936 N. Linder Road.
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 16th and 30th of March 2015.
The City of Meridian is requesting sealed Bids for WELL 30 TEST WELL - CONSTRUCTION. Bids will be received by the City of Meridian, Purchasing Department, at
the City Hall Building located at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Ste. 106, Meridian,
Idaho83642, until 2:30 p.m., prevailing local time, MARCH 31, 2015.
A prebid meeting will be held on March 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Well 30 Site, NW
Corner of S. Shimmering Way and E. Radian Ridge Dr. Tradewinds Subdivision, Meridian, ID.
All questions concerning this Invitation for Bid or requests for additional information
should be directed to: Keith Watts and Kathy Wanner at (208) 489-0416.
DATED this 13th day of March, 2015
Keith Watts, Purchasing Manager
Run Dates: March 16, 2015 and March 23, 2015
The City of Meridian is requesting sealed Bids for WATER DIVISION SCADA ROOM
REMODEL. Bids will be received by the City of Meridian, Purchasing Department, at
the City Hall Building located at 33 East Broadway Avenue, Ste. 106, Meridian,
Idaho83642, until 2:30 p.m., prevailing local time, APRIL 8, 2015.
A complete bid packageis 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 APRIL 1, 2015at 10:00 a.m. at Meridian Water Division,
2235 NW 8th Street, Meridian, ID. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
All questions concerning this Invitation for Bid or requests for additional information
should be directed to: Kathy Wanner at (208) 489-0416.
DATED this 20th day of March , 2015
Keith Watts, Purchasing Manager
Run Dates: March 23, 2015 and March 30, 2015
Plant a tree for Arbor Day, April 24
National Arbor Day is Friday, April 24 and the Arbor Day
Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual
tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10
free shade trees.
By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the
following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress,
thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple,
and red maple.
The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America
“These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors
throughout the fall,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor
Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one
person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and
more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.”
The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting
instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to
12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free
of charge.
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free
trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410,
by April 30, 2015, or visit
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
The regular monthly meetings of the Eagle Arts Commission
are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. E-mail artscom mission
or call the City Clerk’s Office at 939-6813 during regular business
hours.For more information about the commission including how
you may becmoe involved with projects, visit the city’s web site at
Ada County has openings for volunteers
• Waterways Advisory Committee
Are you interested in donating just a few hours of your time per year to help advise
on waterway maintenance and improvement issues in Ada County? The Board of Ada
County Commissioners is currently seeking a volunteer to serve on the Ada County Waterways Advisory Committee. The seven (7) member Waterways Advisory Committee
typically meets at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of February, March, July and October,
and serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Commissioners. The Committee helps
provide direction on issues relating to waterway maintenance and improvement in Ada
County. This volunteer position is for a term of three (3) years, and committee members
must live in Ada County during their entire term.
Ada County Historic Preservation Council needs you
In just about one hour per month, you can help preserve Ada County’s heritage by
serving as a member of the Ada County Historic Preservation Council!
The Board of Ada County Commissioners is currently seeking an individual to serve
on the Ada County Historic Preservation Council, which is a volunteer position with a
three (3) year term. Professional experience in the disciplines of architecture, history,
planning, archaeology, or other historic preservation-related discipline is preferred, but
not required. The Historic Preservation Council promotes historic preservation in a variety of ways: Through public outreach & education, helping to nominate private and public properties for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, participating in
various land use planning processes, helping with fundraising for specific preservation
projects, and by recommending enactment of policies and ordinances intended to protect
historic properties. Examples of the Council’s past work include the award-winning book
Patterns of the Past, the book Echoes from the Ada County Courthouse: 1938-2001 by
Arthur A. Hart, the Barns of Ada County poster, and the County Treasures sign program.
The ten (10) member Council holds a one-hour meeting at noon on the
first Tuesday of each month. Council-sponsored events are occasionally held on weekends and evenings throughout the year, and prospective members will be expected to
attend some but not all such events. Council members may be asked to serve on subcommittees that focus on specific issues which may require additional project meetings and
How to Apply
Individuals interested in serving on these boards are asked to complete a volunteer
board application, available at the Ada County Commissioners’ Office or on the Web.
The Commissioners’ Office is located on the third floor of the Ada County Courthouse at
200 W. Front Street, Boise, 83702. The application is also available on the Ada County
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• Domestic assault, 300 block of E.
Gruber Avenue.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
• Sean Murphy, 47, was arrested for
domestic battery in the presence of a child.
• Sheila Christner, 47, was arrested on
two warrants.
• EMS assist and possession of drug
paraphernalia, 1500 block of N.W. 1st Street.
• Protective custody hold, 800 block
of N.W. 2nd Street.
• Alexa Hoffman, 27, was arrested for
DUI and possession of marijuana, Legend
drugs & paraphernalia.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
• One juvenile arrested, 3200 block of
W. Sugar Creek.
• Protective custody hold, 2300 block
of E. Wigle Drive.
• Angela Freeborg, 34, was arrested for
vehicular accident and DUI/2nd offense.
• Nicholas Meek, 19, was arrested on
a warrant.
• Battery, 1200 block of E. Fairview
• Grand theft, 2200 block of N.
Swainson Avenue.
• Domestic battery, 700 block of W.
Overland Drive.
• Threatening phone calls, 2700 block
of E. Pine Avenue.
Thursday, March 19th, 2015
• Vandalism, 1700 block of S. Eagle
• Domestic - verbal, 1000 block of
N.W. 12th Avenue.
• Petit theft, 500 block of S. Eagle
• Ross Brooks, 49, was arrested for
• Sean Maffey, 26, was cited for petit
• Richard Anderson Jr., 46, was arrested for domestic battery, vandalism and
interruption of a 911 call.
• Dylan Yates, 22, was arrested for
“It’s spring fever. That is what
the name of it is. And when you’ve
got it, you want — oh, you don’t
quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart
ache, you want it so!” Mark Twain
Cancer film preview is
March 25th in Boise
In conjunction with this
month’s premiere of the PBS
documentary CANCER: THE
EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES and a national cancerawareness campaign, Idaho
Public Television will host a preview of the film at the BSU
Special Events Center on March
25 from 6-8 p.m.
The three-part documentary
directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and produced by Ken Burns airs Monday-Wednesday, March 30April 1, at 8 p.m. MT. The sixhour film is based on the Pulitzer
Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.
The documentary tells the
comprehensive story of cancer,
from its first description in an
ancient Egyptian scroll to the
gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The
film interweaves a narrative
with intimate stories about contemporary patients and the latest scientific breakthroughs that
may have brought us within
sight of lasting cures.
web site at and from there click on the Volunteer Board Information link.
Completed applications may be delivered to the Commissioners’ Office at the
address above, sent via fax to 287-7009, or
e-mailed to [email protected] Call 2877000 for additional information.
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Should I rent or buy?
By Rich Nesbit
For those who know me, the answer is easy. For those who
don’t, let me help you out. BUY. Now that we have that out of the
way, let’s see why.
According to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National
Association of Realtors (NAR), income levels for renters have gone
up by 11% over the last five years. I like the sound of that; higher
income levels is a good start.
He goes on to say that rents have typically gone up 15% in the
same five years. YIKES! What he is saying is that renters have lost
4% of their buying power just because their wages have not kept
up with rent. WHEW! But Rich, this is Idaho and he bases his
information on what the nation does. True; I say, however, let’s
look at Idaho.
I know of a home where the tenant was paying $1,050 per
month. That home rose in rent, during Thanksgiving time up to
$1,100. So it went up an extra $50 bucks a month. It was nearly a
5% bump. If it had been summer, I believe it would have rented
for $1,200 per month. That would have been close to the 15%
mark. I know some apartment complexes, fourplexes that used to
rent for $550 per month and are now $650 per month. That’s more
than 15%. Right here in Boise.
Also, good luck trying to find a place to rent. At 97% occupancy, there is little choice. The law of supply and demand kicks
in. Little supply, large demand, prices go up.
So one benefit to homeownership is the mortgage stays the
same. Yes there are taxes and repairs, same as in a rental and believe me, the tenant pays, one way or another.
Another good thing that happens when owning a home is you
build equity. Your home tends to appreciate in value every year. In
Idaho, it is roughly 4% per year. So do the math.
You have a home that you bought for
$150,000. Next year, it could be worth
$156,000. You also build equity because
every month you pay some of the principal
down. In 12 short years, the amount applied
to interest starts to lower and the amount
applied to principal goes up. That results in
even more equity.
By year 12, you will owe $110,000, if
you have not borrowed against it or refiRich Nesbit
nanced. That is nearly $40,000 in equity.
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Like I said, buy; it adds up.
All the best from Richie Rich
Low-income and senior citizens may get
free one-on-one free income tax help
BOISE – Senior citizens and low-income taxpayers of any age
may find free help to prepare their income tax returns at tax preparation sites throughout Idaho.
Taxpayers can find the sites closest to them by going to the
Idaho State Tax Commission’s web site, and and clicking on the “Low income? Senior citizen? Get free tax help!” link
under the “Quick Picks” section. The sites, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation, are listed together by county.
The free help offered at these locations is designed for most
low-income and elderly taxpayers with simple federal and Idaho
tax returns. Those who are submitting a state return only to get a
grocery credit refund may also get help there, as well as those filing a federal return only to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Most locations offer electronic filing for faster refunds, and
some offer help in Spanish. The Tax Commission recommends that
people check its website the day they want to visit one of the sites
because the free tax help listing can change daily.
When visiting a site, taxpayers should bring their photo ID,
Social Security card, any W-2s and 1099s, a copy of last year’s
returns, and other important documents needed to file a return. A
full list of what to bring is available through the Tax Commission’s
web ESignsite.
Those who don’t have internet access can find a site by calling
the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or (800) 926-2588 Monday through
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time, or AARP’s
automated system at (888) 227-7669. Taxpayers may also get help
by calling the Tax Commission at 334-7660 in the Boise area or
toll free at (800) 972-7660.
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Young American Creative
Patriotic Art Contest
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 at www.ladiesauxvfw
Art must be on paper or canvas. Watercolor, pencil, pastel,
charcoal, tempera, crayon,
acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may
be used. Digital art may be submitted but must be on paper or
canvas; no discs will be accepted.
Do not frame! Submit canvas entries on stretcher frames.
Other entries must be matted on
white; do not use color mats. In
matting, use heavy paper to reinforce the back. Mounted and
floating mats may also be used.
The art should be no smaller
than 8”x10” but no larger than
18”x24”, not including the mat.
Be sure sure to complete the
entry form and attach to the back
of the entry. Note that a Ladies
Auxiliary or a foreign-based
Auxiliary or Post must be a
If you use the American flag
in your entry, it must conform
to the Federal Flag Code as far
as color, number of stars and
stripes and pertinent rules of the
code. It’s always best to portray
the flag as freely waving.
The entry must have been
done during the 2014-2015
schoolyear. Note you must have
your teacher’s signature. Only
one entry per student is allowed.
Student deadline is March
31st, 2015. Send entries to Post
& Auxiliary 4000, Irene Godby,
34 E. Waterbury Lane, Meridian ID 83646, phone (208) 8550420 or June Pack at (208) 8882839.
School career counselors
will have a copy of the entry
form or interested students may
call June Pack at 888-2839. See
last year’s winners at www.
ladiesauxvfw. org/Young American Creative Patriotic Art.
Try a drought proof your
garden...If you have a dry garden, plant drought-tolerant species such as agapanthus,
echinacea and sedum, which can
survive long periods with little
or no water. Joanna Yarrow,
1,001 Ways to Save the Earth,
number 227.
March 23, 2015
Be prepared for those RMDs
By Allen Gamel
You might not think that 70 ½ represents any particular milestone. But when you do reach this age, you will have to make
some decisions that affect an important aspect of your life, your
retirement income.
Here’s the background: Once you turn 70 ½, you will need to
start taking withdrawals from your 401(k) or similar employersponsored retirement plan and from your traditional IRA (but not
your Roth IRA). Actually, you will need to begin these withdrawals, known as “required minimum distributions” (RMDs), by April
1 of the following year and continue taking them by December 31
each year after that. These RMDs are calculated by dividing your
account balance at the end of the previous year by your life expectancy, as determined by IRS mortality tables. If your spouse is
your sole beneficiary and is more than 10 years younger than you,
you’d use a separate table. Don’t worry too much about the number crunching, though; your financial advisor generally can do the
calculations for you.
What you should concern yourself with,
however, are the first two words of RMD:
“required” and “minimum.” These words
mean what they say. If you don’t take withdrawals, or if you withdraw less than you
should, you could face a 50-percent penalty
tax on the difference between what you
withdrew and what you should have withdrawn, and then you’ll still have to take out
the required amount and pay taxes on the
taxable portions of those withdrawals. So
Allen Gamel
it’s a very good idea to take your withdrawals on time and without
“shortchanging” yourself.
Of course, you can certainly take more than the required minimum amount, but should you? The answer depends on whether
you need the money. But even if you have to take larger-thanminimum withdrawals, you’ll want to be careful not to take out
more than you need, because if you “over-withdraw” year after
year, you run the risk of outliving your resources. That’s why it’s
so important, during the early years of your retirement, to establish a sustainable withdrawal rate for your retirement accounts.
Your withdrawal rate will depend on a variety of factors, such as
your other sources of income including Social Security, earnings
from employment, savings, etc., your lifestyle choices, your estimated longevity, and so on. In any case, once you have arrived at
an appropriate withdrawal rate, you’ll need to stick to that rate
unless your circumstances change.
If you have multiple IRAs, you’ll also face another decision,
because, once you’ve calculated your total RMDs for the year,
from all your IRAs, you can take that amount from one or more of
them. Depending on the investment mix of these individual IRAs,
you may find it beneficial to take the money from one account and
leave the others intact, to potentially grow further. (If you have
multiple 401(k)s, though, you will likely need to calculate and
withdraw the separate RMDs for each plan.)
Other issues are also involved with RMDs, so, when the time
approaches, consult with your tax and financial advisors. By studying all your options before you begin taking these withdrawals,
you should be able to maximize their benefits.
“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the
heart of the night.” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria
Meridian, Idaho
Coffee with the Mayor
Tuesday, March 24th 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Ameriben/IEC Group
3449 E. Copper Point Street
Meridian 83642
All are welcome!
Join Mayor Tammy de Weerd and
other city leaders to discuss issues,
share ideas, ask questions, network,
enjoy refreshments and connect with
fiends old and new, all in a friendly,
casual environment.
No reservations need; just stop in!
Questions? Call Ken Corder at 4890535
March 23, 2015
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Premiere of Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon
Valor set for Boise and Caldwell on April 1st
As part of Read Me Treasure Valley 2015 and in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the
Vietnam War, the Friends of Ada County and Canyon County Veterans Courts will host premieres of
Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise on March 30 and the
College of Idaho in Caldwell on April 1. Both events begin at 6:45 PM.
The documentary film reveals the personal experiences of 14 Marines and 1 corpsman during the
77-day siege of Khe Sanh in the early months of 1968. Learn why the men enlisted, what they
experienced, and how it changed them forever.The film was produced and directed by Boise filmmakers Ken and Betty Rodgers who will attend along with award-winning editor John Nutt, and
several Khe Sanh survivors featured in the film.
These events are a community-wide effort by many sponsors and volunteers to bring the film, a
finalist in the recent Idaho Media Awards, to a wide audience and to further highlight the work going
on in the Treasure Valley to better respond to the needs of today’s veterans and their families.Many
local veterans service organizations will be showcased.
The screenings will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Boise author Alan Heathcock.
Tickets for the film are $10 ($7 for veterans and seniors) if purchased in advance, or $15 at the door
($10 for veterans). Advance tickets are available at or,
respectively. The Egyptian is located at 700 W Main Street in Boise, and College of Idaho’s Langroise
Recital Hall is at 2112 Cleveland Blvd., Caldwell.
Ticket sales will benefit Ada County Veterans’ Treatment Court, the Idaho Veterans’ Network,
Canyon County Veterans’ Court and Lighthouse Rescue Mission Veterans’ Programs.
“There’s nothing more noble than the voice that finally breaks the silence, even and especially if
the message delivered is one that makes us confront the best and the worst of who we are.” - Alan
Heathcock, Award-Winning Author of VOLT
“Thus, it’s a privilege and an honor to come across a work as disciplined and rigorous as Ken and
Betty Rodgers’ Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor…This is a grunt film that looks at history
from over the lip of the trench. To watch it is to think: Where did we get such men?” - Stephen
Hunter, longtime film critic for The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun
BGC of Ada County receives Gladys E. Langroise funding for new
gym, teen center adjacent to the Meridian Boys & Girls Club
BOISE – Building a Gymnasium and Teen Center is one step closer with a $15,000 donation
from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The gymnasium
and teen center, a $2.6 million project, will sit adjacent to the Meridian Boys & Girls Club on the
corner of Pine and Meridian Rd. “A gymnasium and teen center has been a dream for years,” said
Colleen Braga, executive director. “We’re getting close now. Construction is imminent.”
“The current clubhouse just isn’t big enough anymore to meet the growing needs of our community,” Braga said. “The club has had to limit growth due to space issues, she said. In the summer, over
100 kids are on our waiting list.”
“We are thrilled to see this dream become a reality and look forward to a groundbreaking occurring this spring,” said Campaign Co-Chair, Mayor Tammy de Weerd. “This center is a welcome
addition to our community. Now we will be able to serve many more kids for years to come.”
Idaho Department of Correction seeks walkaway inmate
BOISE – The Idaho Department of Correction is seeking a walkaway who was assigned to the
department’s community reentry center in Idaho Falls.
Raymond Mark Ross, IDOC #88261 (DOB: 03/16/1977), was last seen
Saturday night while working at his job in the 800 block of Lindsay Boulevard
in Idaho Falls. Ross 38 years old, black, with brown eyes and black hair. He is
6 feet, 6 inches tall, 225 pounds with a dark complexion.
On January 8, 2008 in Ada County, Ross was sentenced to 2 years to 10
years for delivery of a controlled substance. Ross was eligible for parole. He
was scheduled to complete his sentence on February 27.
Anyone who sees Ross is advised not to confront him but instead to notify
Raymond Ross local law enforcement authorities.
Marlee Drake, merchandiser, buyer and designer from The Nest
Home, Garden and Gift Store, 4195 N. Eagle Road, 938-2108, exhibits
and sells her wares at the Boise Home and Garden Show on Saturday,
March 21. Traveling worldwide in search of unique items, The Nest
provides the Treasure Valley with home furnishings, artwork, patio
furniture, whimsical decorations and women’s accessories,
‘ensuring the best quality and prices for customers.’
Meridian Library District offers DIT
(Do It Together) workshops thru May
Putting a spin on the popular DIY (do it yourself) philosophy,
Meridian Library District will offer a series of DIT (do it together)
workshops throughout March, April and May.
These classes are designed to foster an interest in local, sustainable lifestyles and to teach hands-on skills in seed starting,
raising backyard chickens, hunting and fishing, permaculture, beekeeping, and living off the power grid.
All workshops start at 6:30 p.m. in the large conference of the
Meridian Library at Cherry Lane (1326 W Cherry Lane, Meridian).
Programs on off-grid power, hunting and fishing, backyard beekeeping,
and permaculture will continue in April
and May. Complete information may
be found on the Meridian Library web
For more information about upcoming workshops and other programs
of interest to library patrons, contact
Audra Green at 1326 W. Cherry Lane,
Audra Green
Meridian, Idaho 83642 or e-mail audra
March 23, 2015
Valley Times
Boise Greenbike seeks sponsor for bike movers
Boise GreenBike, the city’s first modern bike share system, is working steadily toward a launch
this spring with 114 bikes at 15 stations located mostly downtown and at Boise State University.
One of the challenges still facing the program is how to move bikes around to ensure an adequate
number of bikes are available at each station. A bike share participant may get a bike from one
station but leave it at another station. This can create an imbalance in bike station inventories.
Boise GreenBike Director Dave Fotsch says he wants Boise GreenBike to be the greenest in the
country. “Every bike share system has to move bikes,” he said. “Most of them use trucks or vans,
which sort of defeats the purpose of trying to reduce car trips. We want to move bikes with bikes, so
we are seeking help from the business community to make that happen.”
Boise GreenBike has received a $3,250 grant from the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation as
seed money to create bike movers. The basic concept is to have a sturdy utility bike pulling a small
trailer that would carry at least four of the bike share bikes. Two bike trailers will be needed, but the
grant money is probably only enough to buy one, Fotsch explains. “We’re hoping to leverage this
grant by finding a business willing to invest in another bike mover setup.”
In exchange for its investment, the business will gain exclusive advertising rights on
both bike movers for as long as
they are in service. For more
information, call Dave Fotsch at
(208) 384-3739.
Boise GreenBike is a service
of Valley Regional Transit. The
City of Boise has provided major financial support to get the
program off the ground. Title
Sponsors include SelectHealth
and St. Luke’s Health System.
Go to
for more information about the
Above photo shows a bike mover currently used by CitiBike in New program and how it works on
the local level.
York City
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