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September 22, 2017: What to Know

More ugly tweets on a day of peace, Facebook's "Frankenstein moment," nasty charges against a former top official in the Idaho Controller's office, more snow atop Bogus and the richest woman in the world has died. Thursday was the United Nations International Day of Peace, but there was no ceasefire in the war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.…

Published on 22 September 2017 | 3:49 pm

Leaders Break Ground on Housing-First Development for Chronically Homeless in Boise

"This is the hardest thing cities work on," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter. "None of us can take this issue on alone." The mound of topsoil in the former parking lot of the former Twin Dragon Chinese restaurant slowly turned to mud and attendees squeezed under a nearby rain tent as the rain poured on a gathering of city and business leaders, and community partners. They were there Sept. 20 for a groundbreaking ceremony for a first-of-its-kind housing-first development for the chronically homeless: New Path Community Housing.…

Published on 21 September 2017 | 4:31 pm

September 21, 2017: What to Know

A race against time in Mexico City, Boise remembers Officer Mark Stall, a dangerous day at Yankee Stadium and Lara Croft and Sarah Conner return. It's a race against time for armies of volunteers digging through rubble from the earthquake that struck Mexico City Monday night.…

Published on 21 September 2017 | 2:49 pm

Failing Charter Schools Have a Reincarnation Plan

Converting into private schools — and using voucher programs to thrive on the public dime. This story was co-published with Slate. This past June, Florida’s top education agency delivered a failing grade to the Orange Park Performing Arts Academy in suburban Jacksonville for the second year in a row.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 2:40 pm

Watch the Sparkage Fly

Local developer creates affordable app to help small businesses incentivize and retain customers How many times have you gone to your favorite coffeeshop and, as you're paying the bill, realized you forgot your loyalty or punch card? If your java joint of choice is Starbucks, the answer is probably none, because Starbucks has a slick mobile app that makes it easy for customers to cash in on frequent visits.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:02 am

Cheryl Shurtleff Remembered at Boise Art Museum

A retrospective of the late local artist's work opens later this month Late artist and Boise State University professor Cheryl Shurtleff had no patience for "innocuous art." That stance, and her persuasive intelligence, challenged and endeared Shurtleff to her students and impressed her colleagues, while her relaxed demeanor underscored her independence and approachability.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Karen Havey Writes Series Score, Releases New EP

Animal Warmth will be showcased at Boise Film Festival Karen Havey has always been a bit of an autodidact. The name of her new EP, Bedroom Visionaries (self-released, 2017), came from an online poetry class she took.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Hasan Elahi

On digital privacy, hiding in plain sight and smartphones as master spies A few months after the 9/11 terror attacks, Hasan Elahi stepped off a plane in Detroit, only to be detained by the FBI. A tipster alerted the bureau Elahi had been stockpiling explosives in a Florida storage unit, agents later told him.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

The Unexpected: Premium TIFF Premieres Entice and Surprise

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins top audience prize No one fired a starter gun at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival—although there was an abundance of gunplay on the big screen—but the race to Oscar gold has begun, and more than a few competitors are already in the passing lane. Let's face it: Films this year were dismal, and with rare exceptions (Get Out, Dunkirk) 2017 has been on life support.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Boise Film Festival

Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24 The Boise art sphere has seen a groundswell of creative output in recent years. One area experiencing a surge is film, from longstanding events like i48 to newer additions like the Idaho Horror Film Festival and the annual Boise Film Festival.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Phil McGrane, Ada County Elections and Bender

When might there be online voting in Idaho? Responding to a question about when there might be online voting in Idaho, Phil McGrane, chief deputy to the Ada County clerk, didn't waste words: "Not in my lifetime." In 2010, Washington, D.C., experimented with an electronic voting system, inviting hackers to interfere with a mock school board election.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:01 am

Josh Ritter

Sunday, Sept. 24 at The Record Exchange The Record Exchange, a beloved Boise institution, is turning forty! To celebrate four decades in the City of Trees, The RX is bringing singer-songwriter Josh Ritter to town for a free, one-time-only performance following the release of his ninth studio album, Gathering (2017, Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers), on Sept. 22.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

“Ghost on a Fence”

Medium: Mixed mediaArtist Statement: Those moments of transparency. Am I a ghost of my former self?…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Boise Skateboarding Competition Goes Big to Raise Awareness for Addiction

September is National Recovery Month and the perfect time to launch a new kind of recovery-centric event The Boardroom, a go-to local skate and snowboard shop, has hosted the Fall Into Fort skateboarding competition at Fort Street Skate Park for six years running. While past gatherings were limited to die-hard fans and competitors, the 2017 event on Saturday, Sept. 23, is going bigger and bolder, supplementing the showdown with food trucks, art booths, live music, sumo wrestling, a social bike ride, monster boxing and more—all to raise awareness for addiction and local resources for recovery.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Meg Bryant is "Somebody"

Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at BCT With four children at home, a daughter she previously gave up for adoption back in her life and the end of a 16-year marriage, Idaho Laugh Fest creator Meg Bryant has enough emotional fodder to power a dozen one-woman shows—and she has decided to start with one: "Meg Bryant is Somebody." For two nights at Boise Contemporary Theater, the comedian, author and improv instructor will entertain audiences with jokes, stories, poems, musical numbers and more.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am


Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Jax Hats: The Funn Bun Beanie

For people with long hair, ball caps are great in hot weather: put your hair in a ponytail, pull it through the hole at the back of the cap and, voila, your head is covered and your hair is out of the way. Cold weather used to be a different story, but thanks to Jax Hats, a Missoula, Montana-based company specializing in warm headwear, that cap magic is now available year-round in The Funn Bun, an adorable beanie with a bun/braid/ponytail hole.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

"There's been magnets..."

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Aaron Lewis

Saturday, Sept. 23 at The Knitting Factory Over his 20-year career, Lewis has accrued multiple platinum designations and a Grammy nomination, both as a solo recording artist and frontrunner for the rock group Staind. The singer has long had one foot in country music and another in rock, but since 2011 his solo career has taken the reigns.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Latter Day Stressed

Dear Minerva, I'm a white Mormon man, and I've lived my entire life hiding the fact that I'm attracted to men.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Jinkx Monsoon Sings Everything!

Friday, Sept. 22 at The Egyptian Trained singer and actor Jerick Hoffer a.k.a. drag queen extraordinaire Jinkx Monsoon has been creating Jinkx's character since the age of 15. With influences ranging from Lucille Ball to his own grandmother, Jinkx is what Hoffer calls "a zany, off the wall, irreverent, gorgeous anachronism... a powerhouse of song and comedy" who "refuses to let her audience sit idle."…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Puzzle answers September 20, 2017

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Ready or Not

We all knew it was coming. We all knew it was coming, but the rain and dramatic drop in temperatures is always a pleasant surprise. It seems especially welcome this year as it ends a cluster of days heavy with acrid smoke and heat.…

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

"We just weren't selling..."

Published on 20 September 2017 | 10:00 am

Bogus, Brundage, Tamarack Get First Tastes of Snow

Snow fell at Bogus Basin, Brundage and Tamarack. It's a sample of depths of powder to come. The silver lining to the rain clouds that hovered over Boise for much of Tuesday was an unseasonably hefty snowfall at Bogus Basin, Tamarack and Brundage Mountain near McCall. A couple of inches accumulated briefly at Bogus, though a mix of rain and snow overnight is expected to wipe away those gains.…

Published on 19 September 2017 | 9:43 pm

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