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Meridian Woman Charged With Igniting Mile Marker 21 Fire Near Lucky Peak

Sara Schaeffer was booked into the Ada County Jail, where she's being held on a $100,000 bond, pending a Monday, July 30, preliminary hearing. A Meridian woman is behind bars, charged with setting the July 15 Mile Marker 21 wildfire that scorched approximately 700 acres near Lucky Peak Reservoir. Sara Schaeffer, 37, of Meridian, is charged with a felony count of arson and two additional counts of failure to appear in court on previous charges. Prosecutors said Schaeffer used a lighter and spray paint can to ignite the fire that swept along public and private land near the reservoir and along Idaho State Highway 21 in Boise County. Due to Boise County not having a jail, Schaeffer was booked into Ada County Jail. She's being held on a $100,000 bond, pending a Monday, July 30, preliminary hearing. Several agencies battled the wildfire, including rural fire departments and crews from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management…

Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:25 pm

Shopping Small: Two Bodegas Make Plans to Open in Boise

Bodega Boise and JD's Bodega are both set to open in the City of Trees, one as soon as Nov. 1 2018. While shopping at bodegas—small grocery stores in urban areas—is an institution that borders on a way of life in larger cities, the two cropping up in Boise will be the start of a new phenomenon for the City of Trees. Last July, BoiseDev.com reported that Boise local Josh Davis had filed with the Secretary of State to open JD's Bodega at 161 N. Capitol Blvd., across the busy thoroughfare from City Hall. Coming in at just under 2,000 square feet, the proposal included space for a prep kitchen, walk-in coolers and seating for patrons. Though Davis couldn't be reached for comment, Instagram posts as recent at June 28 show that the buildout is coming along well, and online job postings indicate the search for staff is underway. Meanwhile, a new contender has arrived on the scene: Bodega Boise, which is planned for the Kount building on the corner of 10th and Main streets and set to open Nov. 1, 2018. Taylor Hunt, who co-owns Bodega Boise with his mother, Dianne, said the idea came from a need to fill a shopping void in his own life. "Basically my struggle was that we didn't have anywhere to shop just for small things that we maybe forgot at Albertsons or whatever," said Hunt. "I spent a lot of time in New York and San Francisco, so my concept was basically a small urban market that does have groceries and household products, toilet paper, those kinds of things in relatively small packages and quantities." In addition to necessities like toothbrushes and makeup, Bodega Boise's 1,800-square-foot space will include reach-in refrigerators stocked with healthy grab-and-go items like salads and wraps, as well as beer and other snacks for the late-night bar crowd. Plans also include a "fast coffee" counter specializing in quick-pour drinks, pinball machines for the Boise High lunch crowd and a roll-up garage door that will open out onto sidewalk seating for those who'd like to sip non-alcoholic drinks and chow down on snacks without leaving the shop. Though he's eager to begin customizing the space, Hunt said the entire Kount building needs to be finished before construction on Bodega Boise can begin—hence the Nov. 1 opening date. "We've been kind of playing around with this concept for about four years," Hunt said. "We almost were going to use another spot about two years ago but that kind of fell through.…

Published on 20 July 2018 | 3:04 pm

Slideshow: Check Out the Just-Opened $7.2 Million Albertsons on Broadway

While the new Albertsons swung its doors open to customers this morning, a grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, July 21—79 years to the day from when Joe Albertsons opened his first Boise store. You can call it the "Seven Million Dollar Store." That's how much the new Albertsons on Broadway Avenue cost, and the public gets its first eye-popping look at the much-anticipated grocery today. The spacious store sits on a good-sized land parcel next to where another Albertsons stood since 1959, until a wrecking ball brought it down last year. The new Albertsons location actually has two stories, with a dining area and even a bar, dubbed "Broadway on the Rocks," on the upper floor. Visitors can enjoy no fewer than 26 beer taps at the bar, along with mixed drinks and wine by the glass. But the real dazzlers are on the ground floor, where a massive fresh produce section dubbed "The Garden" shares space with a giant pizza oven, burger grill, stir-fry chicken station, sandwich bar and plenty of grab-and-go items. Meats, seafood, baked goods and cheeses all have their own spotlight, and the aisles of beer and wine showcase one of the largest selections in any Treasure Valley store. The new store's concept is being branded "Market Street Idaho" by Albertsons officials, and while the store swung its doors open to customers this morning, a grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, July 21—79 years to the day from when Joe Albertsons opened his first Boise store. Check out our slideshow below:…

Published on 20 July 2018 | 2:33 pm

July 20, 2018: What to Know

The Trump White House wants sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, blue-green algae forces a pond closure at Esther Simplot Park, a shortage of pain medications and details on the centuries-old love affair between dogs and humans. The U.S. Interior Department on Thursday proposed some of the most sweeping changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law that helped bring the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction. The New York Times reports that The Trump White House says the ESA is "cumbersome" and "restricts economic development." Blue-green algae blooms have closed a second Treasure Valley pond in as many days. Officials at the City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department said Pond No. 1 at Esther Simplot Park is closed, including the children's beach area. City staff said they're working with the Department of Environmental Quality to test and treat the water, but in the meantime people need to steer clear. Officials also remind the public that dogs are no longer allowed in Quinn's Pond at Esther Simplot Park, including ponds No. 1 and No. 2. Canyon County officials announced this morning that mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile Virus have been trapped along the Boise River, south of Parma. Health officials began nighttime "fogging," using an aerial larvicide application, to help combat the bugs. Weather permitting, they expect to fog again tonight in the affected area. The Ada County Coroner has identified the woman found dead in a parked car on July 18. Investigators said 24-year-old Savanna Jo Hoover was unresponsive inside a vehicle parked near the intersection of Annett Street and Cherry Court. There's no word yet on the cause of death, but 32-year-old Tyler Bergin has been charged with evidence tampering in connection with the incident. Meanwhile, Boise Police report a July 19 incident where a man fired a gun into the air in a Fort Boise parking lot was an accident. Police said a 20-year-old man was experiencing "a medical condition which would not indicate criminal intent or understanding in regards to the event." No charges were filed. NPR reports that a growing number of U.S. physicians are concerned about shortages of pain medications. In an informal survey of nearly 2,500 anesthesiologists conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, 98 percent of respondents said they "regularly experience drug shortages at their institutions." More than 95 percent claimed those shortages impact the way they treat their patients. Here's something to help ease your way into the weekend. Time magazine has a story on why dogs and humans love each other more than…

Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:00 am

Attacker in Boise Nightclub Stabbing Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison

In April of this year, Jesus Garcia was convicted by an Ada County jury on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. UPDATE: July 19, 2018, 3 p.m. Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon sentenced 26-year-old Jesus Garcia to a minimum of 25 years behind bars for the stabbing death of a patron at a Boise nightclub in January 2017. Garcia was convicted of second-degree murder. In addition to Garcia's 25 years-to life in prison for the fatal stabbing, Reardon tacked on an additional 23 years for Garcia's convictions of aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. ORIGINAL POST: July 19, 2018  11 a.m. A Nampa man is set to be sentenced today following his conviction for the fatal stabbing death of a man at downtown Boise's China Blue nightclub on January 14, 2017. Surveillance footage inside the club revealed that two patrons, Daviel Ruiz-Gomez and Luis Rosales, were attacked by a male suspect with a knife. Rosales, stabbed in the chest and torso, survived; but Ruiz-Gomez died a short time later of multiple stab wounds. Prosecutors said 26-year-old Jesus Garcia had gotten into an altercation with the two victims, pulling out a pocket knife and stabbing them repeatedly. A few weeks after the incident, Boise Weekly sat down with Ted Challenger, owner of China Blue and a number of other nightclubs and taverns at Sixth and Main streets, unofficially known as the "Barmuda Trinagle." "Ten seconds. That's how fast [the incident] happened," said Challenger. "My doormen moved in and cops were here in a heartbeat. I think it took Boise police one minute to be on the scene. We applied first aid and paramedics were here in four minutes. The suspect? To the best of our knowledge, he was in the bar for about eight minutes." In April of this year, Garcia was convicted by an Ada County jury on charges of second-degree murder, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 10:51 pm

No Labels: Exploring Cosplay at Wizard World Comic Con in Boise

"It's a fun getaway from my day job," Alkali Layke said. "I keep coming back for the thrill of cosplay, from the preparation to the actual events." Alkali Layke was dressed in a shiny leotard that made her look like the spitting image of Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series. Standing at her merch booth selling photographs of herself in various costumes inspired by pop culture, she said she was introduced to the world of cosplay through make-up artistry, before she knew what "cosplay" even meant. Now, she has social media followings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and is a mentor to up-and-coming cosplayers around the world. "You know how people say they don't like working with people?" she asked. "Well, I'm not like that. I love people." Alkali Layke was part of a panel discussion with Princess Morgan of Cleveland, Ohio, at the Wizard World Comic Con, which took place at Boise Centre West on July 13-15. Their topic: cosplay on a budget. Though Alkali Layke and Princess Morgan are experts in their field, their passion for dressing as characters from fandom—an increasingly popular hobby or source of income for enthusiasts in Boise and beyond—would be familiar to anyone. "It's a fun getaway from my day job," Alkali Layke said. "I keep coming back for the thrill of cosplay, from the preparation to the actual events." What Alkali Layke and Princess Morgan do is more than dressing up as a hobby or occupation: They're part of a large and welcoming community, and people enter into it in a variety of ways. Princess Morgan was introduced to cosplay as a child, when she tagged along with her older cousins to a comic con. "I just fell in love with the welcoming atmosphere," she said. Eventually, she said, she would like to make costume design her full-time job, but for now, she's a student studying fashion at Kent State University. While she and her partner on stage are aspiring professionals, the majority of cosplayers are avid amateurs who enjoy dressing up for conventions the way many people dress up for Halloween. "For some, Halloween comes once a year," said live-action role-player, or LARP-er, Erin Kleveland of Boise, who wore medieval clothes. "But with cosplay events, you can dress up all year if you want." Cosplay is inclusive, and it embraces all fandoms, ages, levels of interest and experience, and body types. Like Alkali Layke, McKayla Agnew of Boise was dressed up as Harley Quinn. She said comic cons are places where she can feel safe being a…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 8:20 pm

Businesses Return to Normal After Brief Lockdown in Fort Boise Area Following Report of Shot Fired

Witnesses told police that a man had been sitting in a vehicle and was holding what appeared to be a firearm when it was fired. Some businesses in the Fort Boise area went into a brief lockdown Thursday morning as Boise Police investigated a report of a shot fired in a nearby parking lot. Police said no one was injured and there was no indication that anyone was in intended danger. Witnesses told police that a man had been sitting in a vehicle and was holding what appeared to be a firearm when it discharged. Police are still trying to locate the man, described as a heavy set white male with a round face, short brown hair and glasses. He wore what appeared to be an orange-striped or salmon-colored shirt, and cargo style shorts. His vehicle was an older forest-green Jeep Cherokee.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS. BPD said nearby businesses had resumed normal operations by early afternoon.…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 6:40 pm

A Crown for the Town Clown: Boise’s Funniest Person Will Give Birth to a Star

A marine biologist, a hairdresser and a travel agent walk into a Boise comedy club. A marine biologist, a hairdresser and a travel agent walk into a Boise comedy club. That’s not the start of a joke: That’s exactly what happened on July 7 at the kickoff for Boise’s Funniest Person, the search for the town’s next great comedian who, right now, isn’t a comedian at all. The annual contest, hosted by the Liquid Laughs, features Shakespearean actors, firefighters and archaeologists, among others, all battling for glory and a $1,000 cash prize. In the competition’s first phases, contestants audition for a handful of spots. On July 7, 20 would-be performers were given three minutes each to wring laughs from a panel of three judges and a sold-out club. Ten of them advanced to the next round and will perform on Saturday, July 21, after which their ranks will be reduced to five. On Saturday, July 28, a single comedian will take home the top prize. The competition has become a feeder for Boise’s comedy scene, according to Jeremy Aevermann, who owns Liquid Laughs comedy club. “We always get a few new comics out of Boise’s Funniest Person. People that would maybe never have tried stand-up comedy,” he said. Winners will join a tight-knit and budding comedy community. “We’re just one big muppety family,” said comedian Alisha Donahue, who organizes BFP with her comedy partner Jynx Jenkins. “It’s not as big a scene as Seattle or Portland, but there’s a lot of strong comedy happening here in the valley.” Donahue and Jenkins were comedy rookies when they competed in the very first BFP contest in 2012. During the competition they discovered they shared a strong comedic chemistry, and afterward founded the comedy duo Lady Bizness. They now perform across the country and were voted Best Local Comedian, as a duo, in Boise Weekly's Best of Boise earlier this year. BFP wasn’t just started to find new talent: It was also a business decision. While comedy shows thrive for most of the year, summer is notoriously slow. “In Boise, you’re fighting against the sun gods,” said Aevermann. “It’s beautiful here at eight o'clock at night all summer long. It’s hard to get people in a movie theater. That’s why we invented Boise’s Funniest Person, because we need something people want to come out to.” BFP is one of the brightest lights in the city’s comedy calendar, but far from the only one. A handful of startups, including…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 5:25 pm

Scentsy Partners With Disney on Character-Inspired Scents

Scentsy will launch "a variety of fragrance products and scented plush toys" inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, Disney princesses and Finding Nemo. When the fragrance giant Scentsy first pioneered its wickless candles, its business operations were run out of a 40-foot shipping container in rural Idaho. Now, the company has a sprawling Meridian campus, sales representatives spread across 14 countries and, most recently, a partnership with the company that built the happiest place on Earth: Disney. On July 19, Scentsy announced that it will launch a line of fragrance products and scented plush toys inspired by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood, Disney princesses and Finding Nemo, with some products set to roll out as early as next week.  The full line will be available through Scentsy consultants by Saturday, Sept. 1. Lonni Leavitt-Barker, Scentsy's senior manager for media, public relations and corporate giving, told Boise Weekly that the collaboration has been in progress but under wraps for roughly two years. Leavitt-Barker said even in the Scentsy offices, higher-ups used code words to keep most employees in the dark until the final unveiling of the partnership at the company's currently ongoing annual convention in Anaheim, California. The fragrances are set to be as quirky as the characters they represent. Scentsy described the "Your Pal, Mickey" scent as a "sweet-but-dapper celebration of green apple, orange blossom and fresh spring air," while "Love and Kisses, Minnie" features "bright red berries, fresh apricot and creamy vanilla." “Where Disney creates powerful memories through parks and entertainment, our products will help people remember and relive those experiences through fragrance,” said Scentsy Co-owner and CEO Orville Thompson in a press release. Scentsy has already added a Disney tab to its website, where customers can subscribe to a newsletter to learn more about the partnership and products as they hit the market. …

Published on 19 July 2018 | 3:54 pm

Explosive Report on Abuse of Women Photographers Stirs Both Anger and Pride

An investigation published this week was painful reading for many. For one advocate, it was also inspiring. On Monday, the Columbia Journalism Review published a nearly 10,000-word investigation of sexual harassment and abuse in the world of photojournalism. The investigation took five months and involved interviews with 50 people.The findings were dark.“Photojournalists described behavior from editors and colleagues that ranged from assault to unwanted advances to comments on their appearance or bodies when they were trying to work,” the article said.“Many women in the industry say the behavior is so common that they have long considered it simply one of the realities of working as a woman in the profession,” the investigation found. “They say the problem is rooted in a number of factors: The field has historically been male-dominated with a culture that glorifies macho, hyper-masculine behavior; there is an increasing reliance on freelancers, which affects accountability; workshops and other events for young photographers are often exploited by older, established photojournalists.”Elisa Lees Munoz read every word of the article with recognition and rage. Munoz is executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, and in 2013 the organization published its own report, “Violence and Harassment against Women in the News Media: A Global Picture.” The report, based on an international survey of women in journalism, found that harassment and violence against female journalists was widespread — both in the office and in the field.ProPublica reached out to Munoz to discuss the CJR investigation and her organization’s prior report. Munoz, who holds a master’s degree in international relations, has done work in the field of war crimes and election monitoring during her career.What did it feel like to read the CJR investigation?Regretfully, a number of the cases were familiar to us, and we were happy to have them made public. Even so, it was distressing to read the CJR investigation, because we have relationships with so many of the women who were brave enough to come forward. The details of the harassment are difficult to read, and it’s quite sad to think about these remarkably talented and strong women being put through these horrendous experiences. It takes a lot of courage for women to come forward with their stories of sexual harassment. There is always a risk to be calculated, even when these assaults happen in the public eye, in front of their colleagues, supervisors and friends. We know how much they risk in their personal and professional life by going public. Often, the women who dare…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 2:00 pm

Boise Man Who Admitted to 2013 Crash that Killed Cyclist, Arrested for DUI

Gavin Haley, 35, who admitted to inattentive driving in a 2013 crash that killed a cyclist, was arrested June 30 on a charge of driving under the influence, excessive. A Boise man, who pleaded guilty to careless driving in connection with a 2013 crash that killed a bicyclist, has been arrested again by Boise Police, this time for DUI. It was the predawn hours of Sept. 26, 2013, when commuters spotted the body of 53-year-old Victor Haskell, lying on State Street near North 30th Street. He was the victim of a hit-and-run. The incident triggered a series of memorials and rides-in-silence from the Boise cyclist community. Additionally, a so-called "ghost bike" was placed near the scene of where Haskell had died, with an attached sign that read, "Rest in Peace, Victor Haskell. Watch 4 Cyclists." Initially, prosecutors said a suspect, identified as  Gavin Haley, had admitted to drinking before the wreck, but he Haley also insisted that he did not realize he had struck the cyclist with his car. Haley's first trial, where he was charged with vehicular manslaughter, ended in 2015 with a hung jury. Prosecutors re-filed a manslaughter charge against Haley, and he ultimately agreed to plea to a lesser charge of inattentive or careless driving, a misdemeanor. In August 2016, Haley was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 65 days suspended and two years of probation. And now, Haley is facing a new charge. In the early morning hours of June 30, a Boise Police officer saw a motorcyclist fall from his bike while stopped at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and University Drive. Police said the motorcyclist got back on his bike, but when he sped off, he failed to maintain his lane of traffic several times. Following a traffic stop, police said they detected a strong odor of intoxication coming from the motorcyclist as he spoke. Additionally, he blew breath alcohol concentration tests of .202/.204 and .204/.207. The legal limit in Idaho is .08. The suspect, identified as Gavin Haley, now 35-years-old, was booked into the Ada County Jail on a charge of driving under the influence, excessive. He has since been released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty in a July 3 arraignment and is now scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference at the Ada County Courthouse on Thursday, Aug. 2. That same day, he'll also face a charge of probation violation in a separate court appearance. …

Published on 19 July 2018 | 2:00 pm

July 19, 2018: What to Know

Mark Zuckerberg attempts to "clarify" his remarks about the Holocaust, blue-green algae forces the closure of the pond at Eagle Island State Park, a significant pollution problem at some national parks and take a look at a stunning moment from last night's ESPYs. Facing growing criticism, Facebook announced Wednesday that it would begin removing misinformation that could lead to people being physically harmed, an expansion of its rules about the type of content it will take off its website. But The New York Times reports that Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg created an uproar Wednesday when he said he would not automatically remove content denying that the Holocaust took place. A Boise man is behind bars, charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman. Boise Police were summoned to an area near Annett Street and Cherry Court Wednesday to assist paramedics after a woman was found unresponsive inside a vehicle. Unfortunately, the woman was deceased when emergency personnel arrived on the scene. The Ada County Coroner has yet to publicly identify the woman or determine a cause of death. But a man was arrested because BPD said evidence indicated that he tampered with evidence at the scene. Tyler Bergin, 32, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of evidence destruction, alteration or concealment. He's being held with no bail. A blue-green algae bloom has triggered a closure of the pond at Eagle Island State Park. Officials with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation say high levels of potential toxins from the algae might sicken people or animals who ingest the contaminated water. While further tests are conducted, park officials have restricted access to the water at the park. Test results are expected within a few days. A new study published in Science Advances indicates that air pollution in 33 of America's most-visited national parks is on par with air quality in the nation's 20 largest cities. Some of the national parks included in the study are Yellowstone, Acadia and the Great Smoky Mountains. The top male and female athletes from every major sport were honored last night at the annual ESPY awards, televised on ABC-TV. But the high-spirited festivities came to a chilling halt when, in the final half of the broadcast, 141 women filled the stage. Each was a victim of Dr. Larry Nasser, the team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, who has since been sentenced to life behind bars for sexually abusing young women over two decades. While some of the planet's greatest athletes wiped a steady stream of tears,…

Published on 19 July 2018 | 1:10 pm

Parma Councilman Jailed for Lewd Conduct With Female Minor

Investigators said that during an interview. Myron Jenkins admitted to touching the female minor in a sexual manner. A City of Parma councilman has been charged with lewd conduct with a minor. The Canyon County Sheriff's Office said the arrest of 36-year-old Myron Jenkins came after a 14-year-old girl said she had been the victim of sexual touching on two separate occasions earlier this year. Jenkins was taken into custody on July 17 and booked into the Canyon County Jail. Investigators said that during an interview with Jenkins, he admitted to touching the female minor in a sexual manner. He also reportedly admitted to telling the girl not to say anything about the incidents because he could go to jail. Jenkins is being held on a $50,000 bond. His preliminary hearing in Canyon County Court is slated for Tuesday, July 31. Jenkins was elected to the Parma City Council in November 2017. His four-year term on the council runs until January 2022.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 9:00 pm

Planned Parenthood, ACLU Sue Idaho Over New Reporting Law on Abortion 'Complications'

"Abortion care is already incredibly safe. This is another attempt by Idaho politicians to shame and stigmatize people seeking abortion care, and to spread the myth that abortion is dangerous." The regional chapter of Planned Parenthood is partnering with the ACLU of Idaho in its fight against an Idaho law that requires new reporting requirements from abortion providers. The 2018 Idaho Legislature passed House Bill 638, which Republican sponsors dubbed the "Abortion Complications Reporting Act," requiring healthcare providers to report more than three dozen new so-called "complications" that have no link to abortion. "There are things on that list now, such as failure to show up for an appointment or even breast cancer, that have nothing to do with abortion," Hannah Brass Greer, chief legal counsel of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands told Boise Weekly. "These complications that are now required to be reported are, quite often, side effects or aren't even related." The law, which went into effect July 1, requires abortion providers to also collect personal information about women seeking an abortion, such as age, race, number of children and the number of previous abortions. "HB 638 is not about patient safety. Abortion care is already incredibly safe. This is another attempt by Idaho politicians to shame and stigmatize people seeking abortion care and to spread the myth that abortion is dangerous," said Greer. "These reporting requirements burden patients and their medical providers, and represent another example of government overreach by Idaho politicians. This law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.” The lawsuit was filed in the U.S District Court, District of Idaho. PPGNHI is represented by  Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham with Ferguson Durham, PLLC, and Ritchie Eppink and Molly Kafka with the ACLU of Idaho.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 8:48 pm

July 18, 2018: What to Know

Praise for Trump (from the Russian press), a big drug bust at a Boise bus station, a record-breaking float day on the Boise River, the American League prevails at the All Star Game and read what the critics are saying about Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. While the newspapers in most western nations derided President Trump's performance during his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, NPR reports that the front pages of Russian newspapers are trumpeting the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  Translation: the summit went "better than super."  And the newspaper Izvestia included a story from columnist Edward Lozansky who wrote, "The summit was yet another small miracle created by Trump." Boise Police were summoned to the downtown bus terminal Tuesday where a bus company employee tipped law enforcement off to a passenger who had more than 15 pounds of marijuana in his luggage. Police said a male suspect had been carrying 15 plastic-wrapped packages of a green leafy substance that later tested positive for marijuana. Edward Elder, 21, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of trafficking in marijuana. Ada County officials announced Monday that this past weekend saw the busiest floating traffic on the Boise River in recent memory. In fact, Saturday, July 14, was the biggest single day in the history of any Boise River float season, according to Ada County Parks and Waterways. Major League Baseball's All Star Game lived up to its billing Tuesday night, when the contest went into extra innings. Ultimately, George Springer of the Houston Astros smashed in a home run in the 10th inning, leading his American League teammates to a win over the National League, 8-6. Pick-up games of basketball are usually played with some level of respect, but ABC News reports that a game in Sterling, Virginia, got a bit out of hand when one player took issue with a foul and even called the police to complain about it. Eventually, cooler heads prevailed and no charges were filed. Variety reports that the early reviews are in for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the much-anticipated sequel to the hit musical. Variety's own Owen Gleiberman said, "It can be said with certainty that the ABBA musical is a form unto itself—a shamelessly innocent (or maybe just shameless) scrapbook pieced together out of the world's most sublime ear candy." The Guardian wrote, "That first film made me break out in a combination of hives and bubonic plague. The new one has the original film's plotless melange of feelgoodery." And The Atlantic wrote, "Here We Go Again is a…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 3:05 pm

Sentence Fragments

"This is the first time I've been translating someone else's voice for an extended period of time. It's like a game of telephone I really don't want to mess up." The dance stopped and the audience rocketed to its feet. People cried, clapped and turned to their neighbors. Project Flux's performances at Ming Studios are usually emotional affairs, but Sentences, which ran June 8-9, was especially poignant. "Someone just told me this is the best work I've ever done," said the company's artistic director, Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill. She was wilting after introducing and performing the piece, responding to a barrage of congratulations and chugging a cocktail of emotions. Every other week since August 2017, Sakolsky-Basquill made the drive to the Idaho State Correctional Center near Kuna to attend a creative nonfiction writing class for inmates. Their work, hauled out of the prison and milled through her creative process, became the six-part performance series, Sentences. In the program, Sakolsky-Basquill wrote that Sentences was meant to give "a voice to a population so often unheard" through a process that "has proven to be a rewarding, inspiring and challenging experience." Prisoners learned to write themselves out of their mental cages, and helped a Boise dance company find new heights for its artistry and authenticity. "This is the first time I've been translating someone else's voice for an extended period of time," Sakolsky-Basquill told Boise Weekly before the performance. "It's like a game of telephone I really don't want to mess up." Project Flux's standby themes of strained relationships, time and uncertainty are front and center in Sentences, but if there's something that sets it apart in the company's canon, it's focus. Sakolsky-Basquill and her corps of dancers played up the voices and travails of the inmates, setting several sections to recordings and recitations of their essays and poems. In one instance, dancers with partners clinging to their backs trudged across the stage as fellow performer Evan Stevens recited "Dearest R.J. Reynolds," a heartfelt breakup letter to a tobacco company by Byron Sanchez, who is serving time for injury to a child and threatening a judicial officer. In another, the audience heard the recorded voice of John Warner, serving for a DUI, read "I Wanted My Life." As if in acknowledgement of Project Flux's role as a translator for the prisoners' written work, originals of their writings were collected and bound, and along with a few loose copies of their poems and prose hanging from the ceiling by string, put on display around the walls at Ming. Sakolsky-Basquill urged attendees to read them after…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:03 am

Nora Harren

"I'm always asking myself, 'What solutions can you talk about?' And I know this sounds a bit corny, but it's very useful for me to continue to practice gratitude." It was December 2016 when we first met Nora Harren who, along with fellow high school student Colette Raptosh, was in the early stages of sending what would be a resounding message. In the wake of President Trump's election, Harren and Raptosh were the driving force behind the January 21, 2017, Women's March on Idaho rally. The massive protest attracted global attention, and the young women were instantly recognized as examples of the next generation of human rights leaders. Raptosh graduated from Capital High School this spring and is preparing to head off to the University of Utah. Harren, meanwhile, has just finished her first year at Western Washington University, where she's holding down a double major in energy policy and management. Back in Boise for the summer, Harren, now 19, sat down with BW to talk about her uphill endeavors, both figurative and literal. How has your life changed since January 2017? I feel like the biggest change since then, in a very broad sense, is that I'm a lot more willing to take big leaps, even if they don't necessarily succeed. I've seen what hard work can do, and I know that it's always worth it to go for the big leap. I've seen myself being a bit bolder since the march. The thing that impressed me, right from the start, was your resilience in the face of a good deal of criticism from strangers. What advice might you give your younger self in weathering that storm? Now, I ask myself, "Is this going to matter in five years? Two years? One year?" And my answer is almost always, "No." So I wish, back then, [that] I would have asked those same questions. Whatever I was doing back then, or anything I'm doing now, is going to have a much bigger impact and a much more positive impact than the impact that that criticism ever would have had. So, let's talk about your big climb earlier this year. Mount Shasta. Well, I always wanted to do something big and bold. [At more than 14,000 feet, Shasta is the second-highest peak of the Cascade Mountain Range.] How did that happen? Was it on your wishlist? I was backpacking with friends in Utah during spring break, and my friend said she and a friend were going to climb Mount Shasta this summer. So I had to do it.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:02 am

The Brothers Garcia, Together as One

"The Boise film community is great. There's talent here, there's passion here, and there's enthusiasm here." Andrew Garcia was 8 years old when he directed his first film. Using his bedroom as a set and a 1990's-era boombox to provide the score, it was a war film, starring his 4-year-old brother, Nate. Their mother's house plants created the perfect jungle ambiance to set the tone. When Boise Weekly indicated that we'd really like to see it, Andrew was quick with his response: "No, you really wouldn't." The brothers are a lot more experienced in the art of filmmaking now and are, in fact, fresh off winning a number of prizes at this year's i48 short film competition. It was their third time competing and their third time taking home the first-place trophy (this year, they also scored a special Boise Weekly trophy for best in show, presented by BW film critic George Prentice). The brothers said they viewed the i48 competition, where amateur filmmakers have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a film, as a "return home" to their Treasure Valley roots. "We always think 'Why do we love this? Why film?' And then i48 answers that," said Nate. "It strips everything away and leaves pure instinct. You're making a movie, you're flying by the seat of your pants, and you hone in on your voice. There's no going back." Their i48 film, 300, stars Nate as a bowler intent on achieving the perfect score of 300. There's only one line of dialogue in the three-minute movie, and the brothers said it took 15 minutes to write, but five hours to film, something they said is normal for their unorthodox process. "We aren't actually huge into writing. We get bored," said Andrew. "We approach cinema visually." Nate quickly added, "A lot of filmmakers get caught up in the script and the story. And they need to focus on just straight cinema. It's a different type of language, one beyond the written word." In fact, that best describes a conversation with the two brothers: one starts a thought and the other finishes it, not awkwardly but seamlessly transitioning to the next question. They described it as a sort of "mind meld," in that more often than not, they don't even need to verbalize an idea to share an understanding. In fact, the only bad part of working together, they said, is that their shorthand and synchronicity can make it hard for coworkers to keep up. Often,…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:01 am

Snake River Tea Debuts Idaho's First Nitro Matcha

"Sometimes green teas can be a little bitter, have a bit of those tannins in them, but doing it with nitro takes all that away." When Snake River Tea's nitro matcha bubbles out of the keg, it's as green as fresh-mown grass. The brew eddies and swirls in the glass under foamy crema, looking just a little bit alive. "In doing it nitro, those fine little bubbles—just like in Guinness beer—they give it a nice creamy body, and they make it a little bit sweet," said Snake River Tea owner Sue Neal. "Sometimes green teas can be a little bitter, have a bit of those tannins in them, but doing it with nitro takes all that away." Neal came up with the idea of serving the nitro-infused tea after passing a Starbucks and seeing advertisements for nitro coffee; when she got home and googled "nitro matcha," the closest shop she came up with was B Sweet, a dessert bar in Los Angeles. Although Whole Foods stocks a canned version of B Sweet's nitro matcha, the Boise location doesn't offer it. "I couldn't get samples of it or anything, so we were toying with [the idea] and we decided, 'Let's just go for it. It's got to be good,'" Neal said. She bought a kegerator, a few kegs and a handful of large containers to mix the matcha in, and started to experiment, getting advice from the staff at Woodland Empire Ale Craft. After a series of taste tests, nitro matcha made its way onto Snake River Tea's menu, selling at $4.75 for a 12-ounce glass. Neal said that as far as she knows, her shop is the first in Idaho to offer a house-made version of the brew, and she hopes the popularity of nitro will introduce matcha to a new crowd. Her shop has long pushed the intense, hand-ground, whole-leaf version of green tea for its health benefits, including its high antioxidant and amino acid levels. Even with the novelty of nitro, the tea is still clearly a health drink, with strong herb notes that are mellowed by the nitrogen but come through on the finish. What really takes it up a notch from traditional matcha is the mouthfeel: It's thicker and creamier without the benefit of milk, and the thick foam recalls the satisfaction of a latte.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:01 am

Idaho Shakespeare Festival's Mamma Mia! Is Sold Out, With Good Reason

If ever a performance could be described as a romp, this would be it. At Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s July 3 performance of Mamma Mia!, the fourth out of a 28-show run, Managing Director Mark Hofflund kicked off the musical by announcing that the remaining performances were already sold out. After seeing the production ourselves, we can tell you unequivocally that it’s well worth the hype. Thanks to a 2008 film adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried, the sequel of which comes out this month—not to mention a 14-year run on Broadway that wrapped in 2015—Mamma Mia!’s upbeat tale of paternal drama set on an idyllic Greek island has already reached a good number of U.S. households. And even if it hadn't, the ABBA songs that inspired it and fill its soundtrack have been stuck in the nation’s collective heads since the ‘70s. As for ISF’s July 3 interpretation, if ever a performance could be described as a romp, this would be it. From the sparkling throwback costumes leading ladies Jillian Kates, Laura Welsh Berg and Jodi Dominick occasionally donned to the powerhouse vocals and full-cast dances, everything was exuberant and overblown, pulling the audience immediately into the fun and prompting a few to sing along. Yet even the more rom-com-esque aspects of the show had serious undertones: Donna Sheridan (Kates) regularly questioned her daughter Sophie (Kailey Boyle) about her need to get married so young, bolstering already-present female empowerment themes. Despite the emphasis on romance and fatherhood, it was the mother-daughter relationship—and the tearful dedication with which it was portrayed in the heartstrings-tugging ballad “Slipping Through My Fingers”—that stole the show.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:01 am

Joe Jackson's End of the Road for No Opening Act

His songwriting has aged as well as his performance: He's more sagely than you might remember him, no longer just the witty misanthrope or bruised lover of his early albums. By now, British singer-songwriter Joe Jackson has seen more American towns than most U.S. presidential candidates. Since 2015, he and his band have played across the U.S., Canada and Europe in support of his latest album, Fast Forward (Work Song, 2015). Come Sunday, July 29, he'll hit The Egyptian Theatre--his first concert in Boise, but the final show of a tour that was never supposed to last this long. Jackson extended his run five times, and each time, all of the shows were sellouts. It's not hard to spot the irony--a Fast Forward tour that was continuously on repeat. No doubt, Jackson found a recipe that works—a mix of new and old songs that captures the best of his long, eclectic oeuvre. In fact, some new songs during this latest extension of the tour even postdate Fast Forward, and Jackson is performing them live for the first time this summer. An online bootleg video from this year's Ottawa Bluesfest gives upcoming concert attendees a taste of what to expect: Jackson, wearing the same style of blue suit he's worn since the early '80s, plays a short solo set on the piano (the tour is even dubbed No Opening Act). It may be considered a risk for an aging musician to open solo—with, it's understood, no one to hide behind—but the risk pays off. Jackson's hair may have faded, but his voice has not; and his arrangements, stripped down for the piano, showcase his decades of strong songwriting. "It's Different For Girls," a chart-topping hit nearly 40 years ago, sounds as good today on the piano as it did on guitar, bass and drums in 1979. One by one, the rest of the band joins Jackson on stage in the video: Graham Maby, a bassist who's played with Jackson from the beginning, appears to play "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" Teddy Kumpel (guitar) and Doug Yowell (drums) complete the quartet, playing with an ease acquired over years of touring. The energy is maintained throughout, even when, in the middle of a raucous rendition of "One More Time," an insect flies up Jackson's nose. Jackson's professional life is a roadmap filled with swerves. It's a bit of a surprise that he's a musician at all. By his own account in the 1999 memoir A Cure For Gravity, his hometown of Portsmouth, England, was a musical desert. Neither of his parents…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:01 am

Pineapple Express Brings a Taste of Hawaii to the Gem State

That first instinct to load up on entrees like Kalua pig, Korean braised brisket and teriyaki chicken isn't to be ignored Yes, the name of the restaurant is Pineapple Express—but it's the sweet Hawaiian fruit, not Seth Rogan and James Franco's 2008 pothead comedy, that takes the stage there. Located at 499 S. Main Street in Meridian, Pineapple Express is the latest venture into sit-down dining from Hawaiian chef Michael Mohica, who owns the food truck/catering business Kanak Attack and ran Ono Hawaiian Cafe, an upscale eatery on Broadway Avenue, until it closed in 2012. This latest storefront feels more like a riff on Kanak Attack's fast-service style and laid-back vibe than a return to the Ono heyday. The blue and white decor scheme, not to mention the full-sized pineapple sitting jauntily on every table, trumpets life on the beach almost as loudly as the piped-in island tunes. Guests order at the counter and can build their own plate lunches (a combination of one to three meats, rice and salad, and the best bang for your buck at $10-$15 for heaping portions) or choose from an assortment of poke bowls, tacos and acai bowls. A warming station near the register holds paper boats of dessert egg rolls and heavily sugared Filipino-style malasada donuts, in case the sweet punches of pineapple, coconut and cane sugar in the entrees aren't enough to satisfy. Before the plates are even served up, the smells of caramelized sugar and roasted meat that fill the air are mouthwatering. And that first instinct to load up on entrees like Kalua pig, Korean braised brisket and teriyaki chicken isn't to be ignored: The juicy, flavorful meats are clearly Pineapple Express' specialty, and outshine the spam-and-pineapple fried rice (a true Hawaiian classic, if bland and served a bit cool) and spicy, kimchi-style side salads by a mile. If you haven't made it to the Pacific Islands in person yet, this is your best bet to try some authentic eats—but Boise vegetarians may not want to bother with the cross-town trek. Pineapple Express will host its official grand opening Friday, July 20, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., complete with a pig roast, Hula show and free appetizers, despite having welcomed the public since June. …

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:01 am

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Arts and Crafts Fair

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, FREE. Junction of Hwy. 75 and Hwy. 21, Stanley, sawtoothmountainmamas.com As if this small-town craft fair's host of more than 100 artisan and crafter booths set against Stanley's jaw-dropping mountainscape wasn't exciting enough, for its 42nd anniversary the event has gone one bigger, adding an amateur cookie bake-off that's sure to be one for the books. The two-day event is both an opportunity to meet local artists and the year's biggest fundraiser for the Sawtooth Mountain Mamas, a Stanley-based nonprofit that funnels all of its proceeds back into community services like the local fire department, library and emergency facilities. There's no better way to escape Boise's heat than by pitching a tent outside Stanley's city limits, then making your way into town to wander the booths.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:00 am

Boise Public Library Open House Series

5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE. Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road; Collister, 4724 W. State St.; Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; 208-972-8200, boisepubliclibrary.org The recently revealed plans for Boise Public Library's new downtown main branch are stunning, including proposed high-tech changes like a book-retrieving robot and aesthetic bonuses like landscaped rooftops. But there's still plenty of work to be done to make the concept a reality, and the BPL is looking to Boiseans for help. A series of workshops to get the public involved kicked off July 16, and there are three more evening sessions planned for this week at various library branches, including Hillcrest (July 18), Collister (July 19) and the current Main Library (July 20). If you're not already booked for the day of the workshop near you, be sure to snag a seat, and if you are, share your ideas online at cityofboise.org/imagine. 5:30-7:30 p.m., FREE. Hillcrest, 5246 W. Overland Road; Collister, 4724 W. State St.; Main Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.; 208-972-8200, boisepubliclibrary.org.…

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:00 am

Basque Block Party, Thursday, July 19

Each $40 ticket includes pintxos and paella from The Basque Market, performances from the Oinkari Basque Dancers and the Goizaldi Basque Dancers, and after-dinner dancing in the street. Basque culture has deep roots in Boise, and Boise loves Basque culture right back. Thursday, July 19, will be a good example. With San Inazio still a week away (and Jaialdi not rolling back into town until 2020), the businesses on the Basque Block have decided to turn up the live music for a night of cultural pregaming. Each $40 ticket includes pintxos and paella from The Basque Market, performances from the Oinkari Basque Dancers and the Goizaldi Basque Dancers, and after-dinner dancing in the street. Head over to the Basque Block in downtown Boise to stuff your face and shimmy the night away.

Published on 18 July 2018 | 10:00 am

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