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Puzzle answers December 13, 2017

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Hot Cards and Cold Beer

There's no better way to for sports fans to spend a Saturday. Jerry's Rookie Shop in Garden City, which sells sports cards, collectibles, vintage finds and more, has hosted an event billed as the longest-running Sports Card Show in the Treasure Valley for the past 20 years. The 2017 edition, dubbed Hot Cards and Cold Beer, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, at Powderhaus Brewing in Garden City, and will pair sports card-packed tables with cold alpine brews. There's no better way to for sports fans to spend a Saturday than browsing the latest and greatest (and the oldest and most classic) in sports cards and memorabilia while sipping some quality suds—and if you're not, then this may be the perfect time to Christmas shop for someone who is. Plus, admission is free for the whole family, so kids are welcome to join in on browsing the goods.

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

(Blank) of the Month Clubs

Monthly club subscriptions provide a wide variety of options for gifts for that impossible-to-please person on your Christmas list. The Book of the Month Club set the standard for subscriptions that deliver monthly delights. Beginning in 1926, BOMC delivered soon-to-be bestsellers from Ernest Hemingway, J.D. Salinger and, in its 10th year, selected Gone With the Wind by then-unknown author Margaret Mitchell. Monthly club subscriptions have exploded ever since, and provide a wide variety of options for gifts for that impossible-to-please person on your Christmas list. Harry and David offers a wildly-popular Fruit of the Month Club (beginning at $80), but there are scores of other clubs to choose from, including Beer of the Month ($27.95 for seven microbrews per month), BBQ Sauce of the Month ($17.95 for two varieties per month), Breakfast of the Month ($22.95 for a main course, jam and premium coffee per month), Cigar of the Month ($24.95 for five premium cigars per month), Dog Treat of the Month ($17.95 for a pound of oven-fresh treats per month), Leggings of the Month ($29.99 for a new pair each month), Olive Oil of the Month ($22.95 for a new variety of extra virgin olive oil, plus gourmet breadsticks each month) and Teddy Bear of the Month ($21.95 for a new cuddly friend each month). Check the company websites for details, and start checking people off your list.

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Flavorful Fairytales: Santasaurus

Whether you have a little one obsessed with dinosaurs or just want a family break from holiday shopping, this class is sure to fit the bill for an unexpected Christmas treat. What does Christmas have to do with dinosaurs? Well, usually not much—unless you ask Niamh Sharkey, the children's book author who wrote Santasaurus, a playful story about Christmas in Dinosaur Town that features a hat-wearing dinosaur as Santa Claus. On Thursday, Dec. 14, the staff at JUMP will lead a class for kids centered around the jurassic holiday tale, including a storytime reading of the book, a "deviled dinosaur eggs" cooking class and a "Santasaurus bearded hats" craft project. The class is open to all ages, as long as a parent tags along to supervise the dino-centric fun. Whether you have a little one obsessed with dinosaurs or just want a family break from holiday shopping, this class is sure to fit the bill for an unexpected Christmas treat. 

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Comedy, Music and More in the Treasure Valley This Week

When comedy is right, it's so right. A lot of artists who come to Boise like it so much, they return to perform again and again. Andrew Sleighter would count himself in that group. Several years ago, the 30-something, Los Angeles-based comic got his first headlining spot at Liquid Laughs, which his why he decided to record a comedy album at Liquid, which Sleighter will do while he's here Thursday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 17 (he's recording his Friday and Saturday night shows). It's Sleighter's first "real" recorded special—he'd like to think the 100 copies of the debut album be put out almost a decade ago will never resurface—and he plans to push it out to Sirius XM, Spotify and more. As funny as Sleighter is, that won't be a tough sell. Sleighter also isn't afraid of putting in the work to make things happen. He's booked pretty solid through August of next year. wrote for the Sports Show with Norm Macdonald on Comedy Central, performed on Last Comic Standing and did stand-up on Conan. He probably had his choice of clubs to record in, but Liquid was at the top of his list. "I've always had good luck with Boise crowds," Sleighter said. "Boise is one of my favorite places to play, and [the crowds] are always smart and cool." He added that he's particularly excited about the Boise shows because he's been working on a new hour for more than a year, so it will be "fresh." It will also be authentic, both onstage and off. "What gets recorded gets recorded," Sleighter said. "[I] can't go back and say, 'Add a laugh here,' or anything. I think that would sound so bad." Sleighter recognizes that a whole new show and the pressures of recording do bring risks, but the payoff is worth it. "Comedy is fragile," he said. "A lot of things can ruin it. But when it's right, it is so right." Get tickets at liquidboise.com. ••• In other funny news, playwright Dano Madden has released another web series based on a quintessential, New York City niche profession—his first series, Precious Cargo (preciouscargowebseries.com), focused on two sisters tutoring the children of "the one-percenters." Brokers, which the former Idahoan wrote with star Aaron Ballard, is about Ellen (Ballard), a young woman from the South who moves to NYC and finds herself working as a liaison for people in search of a Big Apple abode. From eccentric…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Emily Ruskovich Author Talk

Meet the award-winning author at her reading at Rediscovered Books. O. Henry Award-winning author Emily Ruskovich is proof that while you can take the girl out of Idaho, you can't take Idaho out of the girl. Born and raised on Hoodoo Mountain in the Idaho panhandle, Ruskovich left the Gem State to attend the Iowa Writers' Workshop, but ultimately returned home to the state that informed her fiction. In her debut novel, Idaho, Ruskovich explores the complexity of love and tragedy against the backdrop of the mountains she grew up in, crafting a setting and tone that will resonate with anyone who has traveled there. Boise bookworms are invited to stop by Rediscovered Books on Eighth Street Thursday, Dec. 7, to meet Ruskovich—who teaches Creative Writing at Boise State University—hear more about her novel and pick up a signed copy of the book.

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Hawkins and Oldman Shine in The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour

The films couldn't be more different—one is grounded in world history, the other floats in a daydream—yet both tap into the mysteries of the human soul. In a year in which cinema increasingly proved to be a refuge from a world spinning off its axis, 2017 has saved the best performances by an actor and actress in leading roles for last. Sally Hawkins and Gary Oldman in The Shape of Water and Darkest Hour respectively, raised the proverbial bar, roused any deadened spirits and reminded audiences how magical movies can be. Both Hawkins and Oldman are tremendous and are sure bets to be long-overdue Oscar winners. Their films couldn't be more different—one is grounded in world history, the other floats in a daydream—yet both tap into the mysteries of the human soul. Anyone whose heart hasn't already been melted by Sally Hawkins hasn't seen her performances in Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine or Maudie. Without uttering a peep in The Shape of Water, Hawkins fills the screen (and viewers' hearts) with endless delight and says volumes with her soulful eyes. She plays Elisa, a mute janitor working the late shift in a top-secret government laboratory in 1960s Baltimore, and her work routine is mundane—until she meets a mysterious water-breathing creature the U.S. government has dubbed "the asset." This creature is being held captive by a government agent (Michael Shannon) who wants to harvest the merman's body for research. When Elisa recruits a motley crew of friends (Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins) to help rescue the creature, a heart-stopping chase ensues. The Shape of Water is an all-too-rare adult fairy tale, with traces of Beauty and the Beast, Creature from the Black Lagoon and even E.T. in its DNA—but leave the kids at home. While the sex scenes are never over the top, there are a lot of them. A lot. It's also important to note The Shape of Water isn't mere fantasy. A masterwork from writer/director Guillermo del Toro, the film also highlights our current political climate and the alt-right obsession with marginalizing people and ridding America of individuals it deems unwanted. Following the premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, del Toro confirmed the character of Elisa represents people who are readily dismissed. "These are people who have been considered to be invisible by people of authority," he said. A different kind of moral authority—one in the hands of intelligent, compassionate people—is also at the heart of Darkest Hour, which is set in 1940, when Britain is on the brink of disaster in the early days…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Boise Burger Week

We keep going back to local eateries like those joining us for our inaugural Boise Burger Week, Dec. 13-19. Before Boise became a boomtown of new hotels, apartment buildings, subdivisions, retail outlets and other construction projects (in future years, historians may refer to this time as the Great Dust Rush), you couldn't go far without passing a great swath of verdant field where cattle lazily grazed. While there are far fewer farms and ranches in the capital city, agriculture—particularly the beef industry—is still huge in Idaho, with nearly 9,700 cattle ranchers operating in the state, more than 97 percent of which are family owned and operated. Proximity might be a factor in good burger availability, but it's quality, innovation, affordability or all three that keeps us going back to local eateries like those joining us for our inaugural Boise Burger Week, Dec. 13-19. These participating restaurants will have a special burger or price on their menu during this time, and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Idaho Beef Council's Beef Counts Program, which helps get protein-rich beef donations to foodbanks in Idaho and Washington. So while you're out holiday shopping or otherwise reveling in yuletide cheer, drop into a Burger Week participating restaurant, order up a mouthwatering burger and tuck in. For a little light reading while you enjoy your delicious respite, check out the list of burger/beef facts below: White Castle, founded in 1921, is the oldest hamburger chain in America. Its first burger sold for $.05. Hamburgers account for almost half of all sandwiches sold, and 71 percent of all beef consumed in U.S. restaurants. Americans consume more than 50 billion burgers every year. Cheese became a popular addition to hamburgers during the 1920s. American GI's during WWII tried to get hamburgers renamed "Liberty Sandwiches." National Hamburger Day 2018 in the U.S. is May 28. At $666, the Douche Burger from 666 Burger in New York was the most expensive hamburger in America. It was made with high-end items such as foie gras-stuffed Kobe beef, Gruyere cheese melted in Champagne steam, lobster, truffles and caviar; and it was served in a gold-leaf wrapper. 666 Burger has since closed. McDonalds purchases more than 1 billion pounds of hamburger meat every year. McDonald's sells 75 burgers every second—or 270,000 burgers an hour. The first reference to a "Hamburg steak" was in 1884. It was made of boiled chicken. Americans eat 9 billion hamburgers at fast food restaurants each year. In 2017, Rix "Terabite" Francisco, 24, won a Guinness…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Consumer Warning

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Blue Christmas

Being along doesn't mean being lonely. Dear Minerva, Christmas is almost here, and I am spending it alone. I don't want to be the person who is mopey and complaining about being alone during the holidays, but this year it is bothering me more than ever. It's not just being alone but also seeing all of the joyful couples and families. I feel like a jerk sometimes, but I'm sick of being reminded I'm alone. Sincerely, Blue Christmas Dear Blue, The holidays are often difficult since they are so closely associated with family, relationships and spending time with others. But fear not! Your Christmas doesn't have to be like other people's. Something I have come to hold precious is the time I spend taking care of myself. Take yourself out to Christmas dinner—many restaurants are open for Christmas. Treat yourself to something delicious. Then, spend the day doing something you enjoy. Maybe it's watching your favorite movies or pursuing a favorite hobby. Maybe it's napping all day. Maybe it is volunteering to help others who are in need. The point is, you have the power to make Christmas, or any holiday, special for yourself. Also, don't let the smiling faces of happy families and couples fool you. Some of them are faking it until they make it. I hereby command you to be self-indulgent this holiday season, and shower yourself with love and attention. After all, you are worth it. Wishing you a divoonly decadent season, darling!…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Burger Bites

Presented by Boise Weekly and Idaho Beef Council It's funny how some things only seem to make sense during certain times of the year. Giving Christmas presents in July, hanging out at the pool in December and hiding Easter eggs in February are pretty absurd activities. However, the unlikeliest scenario can sometimes produce the greatest reward. Hamburgers are most often associated with warm weather. Summertime get-togethers are often depicted by somebody flipping patties on a grill. Imagine, though, how satisfying a juicy burger would be on a frigid day, as you step out of an icy wind into one of the great restaurants listed below, and wrap your hands around a mouthwatering beef-and-bun masterpiece. Burgers are the perfect cold-weather food, which is why we are happy to announce the inaugural Boise Burger Week, presented by Boise Weekly and Idaho Beef Council, Dec. 13-19. It's a big win-win-win. First, a portion of proceeds during this week will go toward the Idaho Beef Council Beef Counts Program, which benefits the Idaho FoodBank. Second, share pictures of your burgers tagged with @bwburgerweek, @boiseweekly, @idahobeefcouncil and #BWBurgerweek on Instagram and Twitter, and you'll be entered to win some sweet prizes. Third, you're going to eat some awesome burgers at the Boise Burger Week 2017 participating restaurants listed to the right. Visit boiseburgerweek.com for more information (and addresses).…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Local Trio 2x2 Releases Debut Album 60-90 BPH

The grungy guitar drones, steady tempos and plaintive tunes on 60-90 BPH call to mind 90s rock bands like Veruca Salt, My Bloody Valentine and Sleater-Kinney. When Gia Trotter, Robert Reeves and Brian Anglin from 2x2 talked with Boise Weekly, they hadn't yet figured out what to call their debut album. "I asked [Trotter] the same thing today," Anglin said, laughing. "It may just be self-titled at this point," Trotter added. "I'm having a hard time with it. ... I told Brian it was hard enough to come up with the name [2x2] a couple years ago. So coming up with a title for an album, I'm like, 'Please don't make me. Please don't make me do it.'" Trotter joked about using the lack of a title as a hook for the band's upcoming album release show. "We'll keep it illusive, that's what we'll do," she said. "Keep everyone guessing. ... You'll get the title when you walk through the door. Actually, that may be true." Eventually, the indie-rock band did come up with a title, 60-90 BPH (self-released, 2017), and Boiseans will want to see 2x2 celebrate its release at Neurolux on Saturday, Dec. 16. Local post-punk trio The French Tips and local alt-rock group Love-Lace will open. The grungy guitar drones, steady tempos and plaintive tunes on 60-90 BPH call to mind 90s rock bands like Veruca Salt, My Bloody Valentine and Sleater-Kinney. According to the band, that's not accidental. "We are products of the '90s," Trotter said. "I mean, that's my jam. ... I still like some of the classic, old '90s grunge stuff. Robert hates that I call it that." "Well, it's a manufactured term," Reeves said. "It's what some journalist [called it]. For lack of a better term, to me, it's just Pacific Northwest bands." The idea for 2x2 arose when Trotter and Reeves began dating a couple of years ago. "He was like, 'Oh, I'm a musician; I used to play with these bands and such and such,'" Trotter remembered. "And we were like, 'Well, let's just see what happens when we play in the garage.' And I say it every time, but it was like magic. We instantly wrote songs." For lead singer and lyricist Trotter, 2x2 is the latest in a long line of musical projects. She has performed with a wide range of local acts over the years, including indie-pop bands Spondee and The Very Most, roots-rock group a.k.a. Belle and the all-covers supergroup Mostly Muff, whose lineup includes Lisa Simpson from Finn Riggins and Ivy Meissner…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Ballet Idaho: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition for more than 100 years. The Nutcracker, first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December of 1892, has been a Christmas classic around the world for more than 100 years. For many families, particularly those with little girls, the holidays aren't complete without a trip to see the ballet performed on stage. This year, Ballet Idaho is bringing The Nutcracker back to Boise with five performances at the Morrison Center, featuring the original scores by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography by Peter Anastos. The event promises beautifully crafted costumes and sets, a stunning snow scene and appearances from more than 100 Ballet Idaho Academy dancers. Plus, Ballet Idaho is offering a Nutcracker Party (complete with cast photos, autographs and prizes) and backstage tours to "make your Nutcracker experience even more magical."

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Boise City Posts Clarification on Service Dogs in Parks

The signs at the entrances to Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve read that dogs were prohibited in the park—no exceptions allowed—but Reyburn and her dog Bella had every right to be there. Debra Reyburn, a disabled Boise woman who requires a service dog, says she ran into a good amount of pushback from other citizens at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve while walking there. Some recreators even told her that she had no business bringing her dog into a city park. "Some were very confrontational and hostile about my service dog. I had people taking photographs of me and my license plate," said Reyburn. "I just had to stop going there because people were really nasty." The signs at the entrances to Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve read that dogs were prohibited in the park—no exceptions allowed—but Reyburn and her dog Bella had every right to be there. The Americans with Disabilities Act states that any "state or local government, business or nonprofit that serve the public must allow service animals...in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go." "It's not as if there was any question about Bella being a service dog," Reyburn said. "She's not what some people call their 'emotional support' dogs. Bella is a service dog with very particular things that she can do for me." Reyburn was struck by the West Nile virus and encephalitis 12 years ago. She said the disease nearly killed her, and triggered issues with her speech and movement. "It's been a long process, but I look at that as being my life's greatest teacher," she said, adding that she thought park users at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve needed to learn a lesson as well. That's why she penned a letter to the City of Boise, and sent copies to the Idaho Attorney General's office and the U.S. Department of Justice, writing: "I do not have an equal opportunity to enjoy Hyatt Lakes because of the signage and the interpretation of those signs by patrons." City officials quickly fixed the error, installing new signage making it clear that service dogs were indeed allowed in public spaces. The city also updated its web pages to confirm the clarification. That prompted Reyburn to write another letter—but this time with a word of thanks. "The new signs actually make me feel that I and my service animal are welcome in this wonderful community," she wrote.…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Local Startup Adventures in Boise Sends "Experiences" by Snail Mail

Past adventures have included archery lessons at Dead-On Archery, rock climbing at Urban Ascent, an escape challenge at Boise Escape and much, much more. At the age of 26, Jennifer Godoi was bitten by the adventure bug; she took a trip to Morocco, and her experience abroad turned her world on its head, sparking a fascination with foreign countries. Back in the U.S., this love of the new and different inspired two Idaho businesses—first, Paint N' Sip, the successful wine bar/art studio in Garden City that Godoi opened in 2012, and now Adventures in Boise, a startup subscription mailing service that delivers adventures by post. "I love to go off and do things," said Godoi, an energetic woman whose easy smile grew as she spoke about her experiences overseas. "I drive little tiny cars through ridiculous amounts of countries. I did 26 countries this year. I drove through the Sahara Desert twice in a little Fiat Seicento, which is smaller than a [Volkswagen] Rabbit, just a tiny little car. I just love doing stuff like that—I love going off and trying new adventures, trying new things. My friends know that, so a lot of times I get a phone call asking, 'Hey, my friend's coming to town, what should we do this weekend?' or 'Where should we go eat?' or 'What's coming up that we should know about?'" Adventures in Boise is Godoi's way of answering those questions—not just for her friends, but for anyone in Boise who is wondering what to do on a night out. Partly inspired by Loot Crate, a subscription service that sends out boxes of geek and gaming merchandise, Godoi and her business partner Michael Marvos created a service that will send monthly adventures to subscribers in the form of local business vouchers and accompanying trinkets. The mailings, which cost $30 for the first month and then $25 per month after that (with discounts for couples) arrive in intriguing, hand-lettered envelopes that look almost like treasure maps. "Instead of sending people stuff, we send them experiences," explained Marvos, co-founder and operations manager of the growing company. Past adventures have included archery lessons at Dead-On Archery, rock climbing at Urban Ascent, an escape challenge at Boise Escape, dance lessons at Heirloom Dance Studio, a black light ropes course at Bodies in Motion and painting classes at Paint N' Sip, with experiences like sword fighting and cheese making potentially in the works. The subscription base is still small—as of Nov. 15, about five months after the official company launch, Adventures…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Push Here for Health and Wellness

Bryan saw the initial need for a health and wellness vending machine two years ago, he said, due to the number of students in immediate need of health products but unable to get them quickly due to a lack of accessibility. As early as next year, Boise State University students might find a new vending machine on the second floor of the Student Union Building. The new machine would dispense condoms, pregnancy tests, Plan B medication and a number of other health products. If approved, Boise State would join a select number of American universities that already offer the new vending machines. Students at Boise State will have economics major Haydn Bryan to thank if the machine becomes a reality. The junior, who has been working on the proposal for nearly nine months, said he got the idea after watching a video on Snapchat about the "Wellness-to-Go" vending machine at the University of California, Davis, the brainchild of Parteek Singh, who was student body president at UC Davis in 2015. Earlier this year, Bryan asked Singh for guidance on getting something similar for Boise State. Bryan said Singh helped him create the proposal he formally presented to the Boise State University Health Services department—Bryan is among students from more than 30 schools "interested in learning how to do the same thing on their campuses," according to a September 2017 New York Times article. Bryan saw the initial need for a health and wellness vending machine two years ago, he said, due to the number of students in immediate need of health products but unable to get them quickly due to a lack of accessibility. "I understand that student needs are diverse and variable, and that accessibility and privacy will only serve to create a healthier and more empowered student body," Bryan wrote in an email. "Facilitating the purchase of healthcare items allows students to manage their own healthcare needs in an efficient and economical manner. I have a personal passion for this project because I know multiple individuals that needed a program like this, and they didn't have anywhere to turn to." The vending machine in the Boise State SUB would sit in a discreet corner where users would be afforded some privacy. The available items could be everything from acetaminophen (Tylenol) and allergy medicine, to pregnancy tests, contraceptives, personal lubricants and Plan B, as well as other health items unavailable on campus during late-night hours. According to Bryan's proposal, the location of the machine would also provide much needed "accessibility ... to on-campus, affordable, over-the-counter health care products," and the cost of keeping the machine filled could also be reduced,…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

"Why didn't you call me?"

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Roland Jones

A day in the life of a Salvation Army bell ringer For veteran Salvation Army bell ringer Roland Jones, standing by his red kettle to solicit donations is closer to a calling than a day at work. Jones has been a Salvation Army member for more than 50 years, and the time he spends ringing—first at Cabela's in Boise and now at Walmart in Ontario, Oregon—is the highlight of his year. Nellie Baker, the Boise Salvation Army director of annual gifts, said during his 12 years on the job, Jones has consistently brought in $60-$80 per hour—well above the $30 average. Though he had to take last year off from his kettle to care for his 95-year-old brother-in-law and was struck by illness early this season, Jones was happy to talk about his past experiences and how much he's looking forward to getting back to work. A few days after this interview took place, Jones called BW to say he had made a full recovery and was heading back out to his kettle. How long have been with the Salvation Army? I've been with the Salvation Army since I was 12, and I'm almost 82 now ... I've been an ordained minister in the Salvation Army, but right now I'm just a member or what we call a "soldier." And how long have you been ringing bells? I've stood kettles for years. I stood when I lived in Boise, then I moved out here three years ago to Fruitland. I stood at Cabela's and was the No. 1 kettle bell ringer in bringing in income. Do you do anything special to bring in those extra donations? I have my Salvation Army uniform, and I stand it in a lot of times and it helps a lot ... [And] when little kids put money into the Christmas kettle, I tell them, "Now, because you did that, you get to ring the bell." While they're ringing the bell, I look at the mom, and I say, "If Mom's got a cell phone camera, she could take a picture of this and have a keepsake for years down the road." And I'm sure if another kid walks by right then, they want to ring the bell, too. Oh yeah, and of course everybody likes to have Mom or Dad take a picture of them ringing the bell. I tell them, "Well now, years down the road, you can look at that picture and say,…

Published on 13 December 2017 | 11:00 am

Dec. 12, 2017: What to Know

A new Boise crisis center opens, the reviews are in for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Alabama Senate race heats up and have you read "Cat Person"? Today, voters in Alabama will cast their ballots in a special election for an open Senate seat. In the contest are Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. The race has been controversial, as Moore has been accused by at least five women of sexual misconduct. He has received vocal support from President Donald Trump, however, and opinion polls have been notably difficult to parse in the lead-up to the election. According to PolitiFact, the race has also been a lightning rod for fake news, with numerous claims about the candidates, Moore's accusers and media coverage garnering "Pants on Fire!" ratings from the website. Have you read "Cat Person," the short story published in the most recent issue of The New Yorker? The piece chronicling a romantic encounter that leads to middling sex went viral over the weekend, spawning its own Twitter account chronicling men's reactions to it and a glut of think pieces about how men and women read the story differently, bad sex and dating in the 21st century. Star Wars: The Last Jedi doesn't open until midnight on Thursday, but the reviews are already coming in—and they're almost universally positive. The New York Times calls it "Really Good!" and Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post wrote it's rife with "irreverent humor and worshipful love for the original text." The Pathways Community Crisis Center, the fourth such center in Idaho funded by the Idaho Legislature and justice reinvestment grant dollars, opens today in Boise. Managed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, it will assess, intervene and refer patients experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises. It is located at 7192 Potomac Drive in Boise. Other centers are located in Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene and Twin Falls.…

Published on 12 December 2017 | 7:37 pm

Horrific Puppet Affair Finds Humor in the Space Between Halloween and Christmas

Check out the show, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 23, at Woodland Empire Ale Craft. Tickets are $5 on Wednesdays and $10 Thursdays-Saturdays. Every year the distance between Halloween and Christmas feels shorter. Holiday lights go up a little earlier, and at the grocery store, one clerk is putting bags of fun-size candy bars on clearance while another is stocking shelves with advent calendars and candy canes. The holidays are like huge stars in orbit around each other, and at HomeGrown Theatre, they've already collided—to delightful effect. On preview night Dec. 8, the cast of The Horrific Puppet Affair, now in its sixth year, was armed with its puppets, and had at least as much fun as the audience, offering up a buffet of uproarious holiday-themed skits, with humor as black as coal. Though HPA is known for its comedy, there were a few serious, tasteful skits, notably about depression and mortality. They gave the evening some gravity and reprieve from the weightlessness of stories about cannibal holiday cartoons and bestial Santa Clauses. The show runs through Saturday, Dec. 23, at Woodland Empire Ale Craft. Tickets are $5 on Wednesdays and $10 Thursdays-Saturdays.…

Published on 11 December 2017 | 6:59 pm

Dec. 11, 2017: What to Know

An explosion rocks a New York City transportation hub, check out that new Spider-Man trailer, immigration from Central America picks up as immigration from Mexico slows, and police are investigating a deceased male found under the Broadway Bridge in Boise. A suspect is in custody after an explosion forced the evacuation of one of the busiest transportation gateways in New York City in an apparent act of terrorism. Four people were injured in the blast at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, including the man believed to be responsible for the explosion, identified by police as Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant from Brooklyn. Nearby subway stations were evacuated and the Port Authority Bus Terminal was shut down following the incident, The New York Times reports. The official teaser trailer for the upcoming animated Marvel film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was released Sunday. The film, which will be released in time for Christmas 2018, teases Miles Morales, the young, African-American version of the character discovering the breadth and strength of his powers while chasing masked capers—and is that him interacting with an older, more mature friendly neighborhood web-slinger in the final frames of the trailer? It's also a gorgeous bit of filmmaking that captures Spidey's falling-flailing-failing first attempts at web-crawling, eye-grabbing colors and the vast, glassy cityscape of the Big Apple. As the number of immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico dips, the number of immigrants from the so-called Northern Triangle—El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—is rising, according to a Dec. 7 report from the Pew Research Center. Between 2007 and 2015, the number of U.S. Mexican immigrants dropped by 6 percent, but during that same time period, the number of immigrants from Northern Triangle countries increased by 25 percent. Possible explanations for the trend include high rates of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and economic opportunity in the U.S. Approximately 3 million Northern Triangle immigrants lived in the United States in 2015, an estimated 55 percent of whom were unauthorized. Pew estimated 24 percent of all immigrants in the U.S. were unauthorized that same year. An investigation is underway after a passerby discovered a body under the Broadway Bridge in Boise Sunday. Boise Police and Boise Fire were called to the scene, where they found the body of a deceased adult male on the north side of the canal. Police do not suspect foul play. The Ada County Coroner will notify the victim's next of kin before releasing the identity of the deceased.…

Published on 11 December 2017 | 6:18 pm

Form & Function Coffee Opens Boise Brick-and-Mortar

A grand opening is set to follow on Saturday, Dec. 16, when the shop will offer half-priced coffee drinks all day. Form & Function, a local coffee roaster known for pouring small-batch brews at the Boise Farmer's Market, held a soft opening Friday, Dec. 8, for its new brick-and-mortar location at the base of the Fowler apartment building on Fifth and Broad street. A grand opening is set to follow on Saturday, Dec. 16, when the shop will offer half-priced coffee drinks all day.  Regular hours at the shop will be 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. On entry, the shop is impressively airy, with a white-topped bar, balcony level and plenty of industrial touches. Blonde wood, live greenery, and a rainbow display of bagged coffee beans add color to the space, and the drink menu behind the bar is set in extra-large lettering. Stop by for a pourover, or choose a snack from the menu of breakfast bowls and signature toasts (including the ever-popular avocado and Brunch on Toast, topped with lemon ricotta, pesto, radish, turmeric pickled egg and chive).…

Published on 9 December 2017 | 12:05 am

Dec. 8, 2017: What to Know

The administrator certificate of Sage International School founder Don Keller is suspended, Rep. Paulette Jordan announces her run for governor, there's a settlement in a case of sexual and racial harassment at the Idaho State Controller's Office and the Los Angeles Times investigates a list of LA Sheriff's Deputies. Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Plummer) has announced she is running for governor, the Associated Press reports. The two-term representative will face A.J. Balukoff in the democratic primary, who ran unopposed in the democratic primary in the 2014 race for governor. A two-term representative and member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, she is the only Native American lawmaker currently serving in the Idaho Legislature. Announcing her candidacy, she said, "Service is an inherent value in my family, from my ancestors on down to my sons, and they will carry on that tradition forward in their lives." A Democrat hasn't won the governorship since 1990, when Cecil Andrus won his fourth nonconsecutive term. In September, a former Idaho State Controller's Office employee alleged she had been sexually and racially harassed at work by the former chief of staff of the agency, Dan Goicoechea, and that the harassment had knowingly been allowed to continue by State Controller Brandon Woolf. In an agreement announced Thursday, the State Controller's Office has settled with the former employee, the AP reports. The settlement includes a $83,000 cash payment and a requirement that Goicoechea not be rehired by the office, which has not admitted to any liability in the case. A Los Angeles Times investigation has uncovered a secret list of approximately 300 Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies with histories of tampering with evidence, dishonesty and other misconduct. In an atmosphere of growing scrutiny and mistrust of police, Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to hand the list over to prosecutors, who must tell defendants about information that could call into question an officer's credibility as a witness. The move is opposed by the powerful police officers union representing McDonnell's deputies. A legal dispute has begun over the issue, and the California Supreme Court will likely make a decision next year. The Professional Standards Commission has suspended the administrator certificate of Sage International School founder Don Keller, Idaho Ed News reports. According to the commission, Keller misused public money, violated Idaho law and manipulated state reports. According to the PSC, Keller hired improperly certified people to teach, improperly filed state reports to hide his activities, failed to properly report instructional hours and bought alcohol with school funds. His administrator certificate has been suspended for two years, but he did not lose his teaching certificate, and is employed as a science teacher at West Junior High School. In early 2016, Sage…

Published on 8 December 2017 | 6:50 pm

Gateway, Brundage and Tamarack Announce Weekend Openings

Good news for powder enthusiasts has come down the pipeline this week: Tamarack, Brundage and Gateway are all opening for business. Boise is a winter sports town if ever there was one. Seasonal attractions like Bogus Basin, Tamarack Resort, Gateway Parks and Brundage Mountain Resort fill up each year as skiers, snowboarders and tubers break out to enjoy the snowy outdoors. This week, good news has come down the pipeline for powder hounds: Tamarack, Brundage and Gateway will all be open for business soon. Tamarack will open for the season Friday, Dec. 8, and Brundage will welcome the public for a weekend of free skiing on Easy Street, its lower slope, that same weekend, with the rest of the resort to open as soon as more snow falls. Bogus is in a similar position, with an opening date still to be announced. Even closer to home, Gateway Parks, the terrain park and tubing hill located in Eagle Island State Park,  announced in a press release Thursday that it will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 9, despite the fact that significant snow has yet to fall in the valley.  "We're going to have tubing [ready to go], and we're trying to get our rail set up so that we can have a little terrain park [too]," said Syndey Gottsch, the office manager at Gateway. She added that the park has three snowblowers, and has been loading its hill with man-made snow since overnight temperatures dropped below freezing. The three-lane tubing hill will be the main attraction for the season opening, and Gateway has stocked it with 150 "turbo tubes" in anticipation of a crowd. Check out the Gateway website for hours and prices, and to skip the line by purchasing tickets in advance.…

Published on 7 December 2017 | 11:40 pm

Idaho Democratic Party Staff Votes Unanimously to Unionize

"Our staff is setting an example of what it means to 'walk the talk' for other state parties and progressive organizations around the country." The staff of the Idaho Democratic Party have voted to unionize, the first of any state democratic party staff in the nation to do so. A spokesperson for IDP said the vote was unanimous. Staff has authorized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 291 to serve as its collective bargaining representative. "This is a huge milestone for the IBEW and the IDP," said IBEW 291 business manager Mark Zaleski. IBEW officials said they'll be working with IDP staff to draw up a contract to address staff concerns while meeting both management and staff needs. "Although it creates some challenges, I am pleased our staff has decided to unionize," said IDP Chairman Bert Marley. "Our staff is setting an example of what it means to 'walk the talk' for other state parties and progressive organizations around the country."…

Published on 7 December 2017 | 8:12 pm

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