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PAYING FOR TRACKS Downtowners pencil out their streetcar bills FEATURE 11
MISSING: THE AIDS EPIDEMIC New HIV cases increasing, attention decreasing SCREEN 33
NO MAN IS AN ISLAND The world according to Paris REC 36
SNOW PREP Squat for snow, plus where to ski/ride this weekend
“And then there is the black market for raw milk.”
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NOTE WHO’S STILL TALKING ABOUT HIV? By the time I was 17, I was too busy being an obnoxious teenager to hang out with my parents on weekend afternoons. One particularly cold Saturday afternoon in Omaha, Neb., however, my parents rounded up the whole family, packed us into the minivan and left the suburbs for downtown, where the AIDS Memorial Quilt was on display. I’d expected to see a bed-size blanket, but what I saw was an arena-size tribute. And if memory serves me, that was only a fraction of the whole thing. Looking back over the last two decades, I remember the ’90s being permeated by HIV/AIDS beneﬁts, education, research. As a teen, I was downright scared of contracting HIV. Back then, it was an epidemic. People were dying, red ribbons were everywhere, my teachers and parents hammered in the certainty of death and the absence of a cure. Almost two decades later, all that seems to have changed. Today, I stand on the sidelines watching my single friends fret more over herpes and pregnancy than HIV. Contracting HIV as a patient in a medical setting is highly unlikely. These days, people don’t die from AIDS, they live with HIV. And sometimes, they live for decades—just look at Magic Johnson. Our perceptions of the disease have changed, as have our misconceptions. Education has curbed social stigmas and discrimination. Advances in medicine make it possible for the HIV-positive to live longer with a better quality of life than ever before. But do these accomplishments come at a higher cost? HIV/AIDS education is not mandatory in schools. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will make only one stop in Idaho this year—in Idaho Falls. And in Boise, the rates of HIV have actually risen among 20- to 29-year-olds in recent years. Although I’ve only recently aged out of that demographic, my adult self never embraced the fears of my teen years as I perhaps should have. And from what I hear coming out of the straight, young and single demographic in Boise—which is to say, almost nothing—I don’t think I’m the only one who’s no longer afraid. World AIDS Day is Tuesday, Dec. 1, and in this issue of Boise Weekly, we ask: Despite our acceptance of HIV/AIDS, have we forgotten about the epidemic? —Rachael Daigle
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ROTUNDA GETS FINISHING TOUCHES We sent intern Andrew Crisp over to the Capitol to check out the moving-in process, and he snapped about a dozen pics of the new digs. Watch a slideshow of the new basement skylight, the oculus from below and the empty inner chambers at citydesk. Click on “Intern Statehouse Gander Induces Dizziness.”
WHAT WOULD JUDGE JUDY RULE? Reported on Cobweb last week: The rumored litigious Taylor Swift is suing an Idaho bar for licensing violations.
GRIP GLOBETROTTIN’ THIS WEEK It’s almost business as usual at The Grip this week: Rep. Brian Cronin is still blogging from Jordan, and FMB Fidel Nshombo is still obsessed with football (the soccer version, that is). We also throw in some coverage of Riverstone School alumna Yordanos Refu’s talk at her alma mater.
WORLDWIDE WACKY WEB It was a draw for wackiest blog post of the week at Cobweb with “Bloggregators”—highlighting such gems as Cake Wrecks, People of Walmart and Regretsy—and a Nov. 18 post with Questionland’s Burning Question of the Day: “Where do you begin washing?” One answer included the words “crack” and “butt.” At least it’s clean, right.
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Can being Right and being honest co-exist? Pretend you’re a Republican. Oh c’mon, hippie! You don’t have anything better to do at the moment, do you? If you have time to sit around reading this publication—as you obviously do—you have time to humor me for a minute or two and pretend you’re a Republican. And look, I’m not asking you to pretend you’re one of the really stupid ones. You know ... a Michele Bachmann-grade Republican. I’m not asking you to slobber and drool and join the Association of Bat-Shit Crazy Americans (ABSCA) or anything like that. No, all I’m asking is for you to pretend you’re a Republican of moderate intelligence who is nervous about the deﬁcit and jobless rate and a few other matters (mostly of a economic nature) that our nation is struggling with at the moment. You’re not one of those who see socialist plots in every closet and Nazis hiding under your bed. You are simply worried about the ﬁscal future of our country and how the president’s policies will affect that future. With me so far? And as a Republican—even though you are moderately intelligent—you have accepted the notion that the news you get from the “Main-Stream Media” (MSM) is tainted, though it has never been fully explained to your satisfaction exactly what it is that Wolf Blitzer and Katie Couric are doing to the news to taint it. But just to be on the safe side, you get most of your news from Fox because you’ve been assured that what Fox offers is fair and balanced. Which is all you want out of life, isn’t it? “Fair and balanced” stuff. Now, as a moderately intelligent and moderately honorable person, you are uncomfortably aware that Fox News isn’t quite as “fair and balanced” as they would have you believe. But what’re ya’ gonna do? You want to know what’s going on in the world, but you can’t trust Wolf or Katie. Or Charlie or Brian or anyone else, for that matter. Those MSM people don’t even bother to tell you how “fair and balanced” they are. So you continue getting a little more worried with each passing day. Alarmed, at times—because the way Fox tells it, if we don’t disarm this Obama bomb PDQ, the game’s over, man! Eek! Then you turn off the tube and go to bed, and as a moderately intelligent, moderately reasonable adult, you calm down enough to get to sleep, reminding yourself that things probably aren’t as bad as it seems when you’re watching Fox because, well, as a moderately honest individual, you can’t help but notice the people on that network do have a tendency to exaggerate a tad. Not to say you aren’t concerned. You feel like you should be doing something, but you don’t know what. And then good ol’ Glenn offers you a way. He’s got this 9/12 thing coming up in D.C. on Sept. 12, and he wants everyone who’s concerned to show up and WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
make their voices heard. So as a moderately involved citizen, you go. Pretty big crowd, wasn’t it? (Remember, we’re pretending you’re moderately intelligent, so you can count.) You went to an Ohio State game once and that’s about how many people were there, the way you calculated it. And the D.C. Fire Department pretty much conﬁrmed what you, with a moderately reasonable sense of numbers, ﬁgured out yourself. Sixty ... maybe 70,000 people. You are pleased so many showed up to protest Obama’s policies—even if about half of them apparently were charter members of ABSCA—and you went home happy just to have done something. Then you turn on Fox and there’s ol’ Glenn again, talking about how that university of such-’n’-such—(good ol’ Glenn couldn’t remember the university’s name at the time, and to this day, it hasn’t come to him)—put the 9/12 crowd at 2 million. Two million! You say to yourself, “Hey wait a minute! Can Glenn Beck be so stupid that he can’t tell the difference between 70,000 people and 2,000,000 people? Or could it be that he’s ... (gulp!) ... lying!?” U Three months later, and here you are: still a Republican and still moderately intelligent. A couple of days before Sarah Palin’s new book hit the shelves, you’re listening to good ol’ Rush and you hear him say, out of his own mouth, how Going Rogue is “truly one of the most substantive policy books I’ve read.” So you’re down at Borders when the store opens, charge card in hand, eager for some of those substantive policy statements. That’s something else you’d like out of life, isn’t it? “Substantive” stuff. And you read the book. Twice! You’re even thinking about reading it again because something’s wrong. Dreadfully wrong. After getting through all the sections about how McCain’s campaign team did Sarah dirty and how Tina Fey and Katie Couric did Sarah dirty, you somehow missed out on the “substantive” part. And then it hits you: “Hey, wait a minute! Can Rush Limbaugh be so stupid that he can’t tell the difference between real substance and the self-absorbed carping of a shallow and vindictive dunce? Or could it be that he’s ... (gulp!) ... lying!?” U OK, granola, you can relax. I could go on. Hardly a minute passes without a new doozie from the Right, but we’re done for now. Good thing you were just pretending to be a Republican, isn’t it? And wouldn’t you hate to really be one of them? Especially one of the moderately intelligent, moderately reasonable and moderately honorable ones ... where every damned day, you’d have to kiss another chunk of your integrity good-bye, just to keep up with the others.
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AMERICA ON TRIAL Right-wingers have reasons to worry
NEW YORK—One of my favorite books is Integrity, conservative Stephen L. Carter’s 1996 primer on ethics. Carter writes that integrity requires doing the right thing, “even at personal cost.” In politics, the example of Al Gore’s father comes to my mind: Sen. Al Gore Sr. openly opposed segregation and the Vietnam War even though he knew his outspokenness would cause him to lose his 1970 re-election campaign. Faced with the choice between integrity and expediency, Republicans are taking the low road. We are talking, of course, about Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court in Manhattan, within walking distance of the World Trade Center memorial. It’s interesting to watch law-and-order conservatives like Rudy Giuliani talk away basic legal rights like habeas corpus. “[Mohammad] should be tried in a military tribunal,” Giuliani says, “He is a war criminal. This is an act of war.” No, Mr. Mayor, he’s not. Sept. 11 was a criminal act, and a terrible one: mass murder, air piracy and property damage. Until Mohammed is tried and convicted in a court of law, he is innocent until proven guilty. The attorney general’s decision should be commended. He was correct to act independently, without consulting with President Barack Obama. Still, Holder’s pseudo-conservative critics have good reasons to worry about how the trial will unfold. For example, Republican Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan fears accused terrorists will exploit their trials. He worries they will
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“disrupt it and make it a circus and allow them to use it as a platform to push their ideology.” Well, yeah. In political proceedings, the defendants always try to put the state on trial. Unfortunately, the military, CIA and Bush administration made that outcome inevitable by refusing to treat 9/11 as a crime. John “Torture Memo” Yoo frets in The Wall Street Journal that “KSM and his codefendants will enjoy the beneﬁts and rights that the Constitution accords to citizens and resident aliens—including the right to demand that the government produce in open court all of the information that it has on them, and how it got it.” Though self-serving, it’s an excellent point. The whole sordid story of America’s post-9/11 torture program will be internationally televised. The government could have avoided this unpleasantness by not torturing. And, when we learned of reports that our government was torturing, we could have racked up some integrity points by taking to the streets by the million to demand that it stop. Now it’s time for America to take its lumps. Even if that means putting Mohammed on a plane to Pakistan and watching him arrive home to a hero’s welcome. Release is how a judge and jury typically treat a man who has been tortured. What does Stephen L. Carter think about this? I don’t know, but I’d like to think he would agree with me. Integrity requires one to accept responsibility for one’s actions. Ted Rall is the author of the new graphic memoir The Year of Loving Dangerously.
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NEWS/CITYDESK NEWS C APITAL C ITY DEVELOPM ENT C OR P.
AVERAGE BLOCK IN AREA C: 78,000 SQ. FT. = $42,375.76
AVERAGE BLOCK IN AREA A: 78,000 SQ. FT. = $133,140
AVERAGE BLOCK IN AREA B: 78,000 SQ. FT. = $84,764.24
$1.63/SQ. FT. + $20/FRONTAGE FOOT
$1.63/SQ. FT. X .6667
$1.63/SQ. FT. X .3333
The proposed LID extends three blocks north and south of the tracks. Estimates are based on a $10 million LID and remain preliminary.
TAKING THE LID OFF Who will pay to build the streetcar? NATHANIEL HOFFMAN At the corner of Ninth and Main, which could be a future downtown streetcar stop, Steve Rambo is not that excited. He has no idea how much his rent will increase to help pay for train tracks in front of his 25-year-old jewelry store, and he’s not sure he wants to pay up, especially since he watched as the old tracks were torn up years ago. “I feel it really has little beneﬁt to the merchants downtown,” Rambo said. And at the corner of 11th and Idaho, another future stop, and the likely site of a transit station, Michael Bunnell and Jill Sevy, owners of Record Exchange, are still debating the project in their back ofﬁce. Sevy is enthusiastic about the streetcar, imagining high school kids swarming down to the trains after the last bell and imagining herself ﬁnally getting the urge to travel all the way to Sixth Street to try the new Chronic Tacos. Bunnell worries about the impact the downtown circulator—a modern streetcar that would run 2.2 miles, from 15th Street to just past First Street and back—will have on future public transportation plans. He also worried about the cost to small business owners until he did the math. Using a formula that combines square footage and track frontage, Bunnell, an owner of the quarter block where Record Exchange and Neurolux sit, ﬁgured he’ll owe about $22,000 toward the construction of the system. “Over 20 years, that’s not the end of the world,” Bunnell said. Mayor Dave Bieter wants to build a no-fare streetcar line downtown that will roll by any stop every 10 minutes and cost an estimated $60 million to build. The public remains skeptical of the city’s plan to build a downtown streetcar line, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Idaho Statesman and a series of unscientiﬁc Boise Weekly interviews of downtown business owners along the proposed line. “I thought it crashed,” said Stan Minder, WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
sitting behind the counter at Hanniﬁn’s, a century-old cigar shop at the corner of 15th and Main streets. “This isn’t San Francisco.” Some 900 property owners will be asked to pay for about $10 million of the $60-million price tag under the city’s current ﬁnancing plan. Bieter hopes to pay for the bulk of the project with a $40-million federal stimulus grant, though the grant is very competitive with other cities vying for the same pot of money. Assuming the $40 million Tiger grant comes through, the city plans to split the remaining $20 million cost evenly between downtown property owners and public agencies, namely CCDC and the City of Boise. Kushlan said CCDC would have to incur some debt, borrowing against future development, to pony up its $5 million. The city is hoping to pay its $5 million share with onetime money, possibly reserve funds. Downtown property owners are just starting to work out their bills, assuming the $10 million number, which could go up or down. Some are surprised at the numbers, often at how small they work out to when spread among tenants. Clay Carley, an early champion of the streetcar project, member of the Streetcar Task Force and owner of Old Boise, a historic district at Sixth and Main, would contribute almost $265,000 toward the project. “I could send both boys to private colleges for that,” Carley said. But it breaks down to about $22,000 per year for 20 years. Or $2,000 a month, spread over 17 downtown parcels. Or $340 a year for small tenants. An average downtown block along the tracks would cost the property owner $133,140, which can be paid over 20 years at 5 percent interest, Kushlan said. “This is not an ROI [return on investment] exercise,” Carley said. “This is a community beneﬁt exercise.”
Carley, whose properties front the proposed streetcar line on Main Street, would be part of the local improvement district, or LID, that the city wants to form along the streetcar line. LIDs allow municipalities in Idaho to improve roads and sidewalks, put in street lighting and landscaping, sewers and parking and canals or, “to make any other improvements now or hereafter authorized by any other law, the cost of which in whole or in part can properly be determined to be of particular beneﬁt to a particular area within the municipality.” The streetcar LID would extend three blocks from the tracks, north to State Street and south to Broad Street. Properties in the ﬁrst block will pay the full assessment, including a frontage fee. Owners on the second block away from the line will pay two-thirds of the assessment and the third block will pay a third. The largest contributor to the LID would be St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, which estimates its bill at some $1.5 million. St. Luke’s recently surveyed its employees to gauge their interest in the streetcar and one of the hospital’s concerns is the impact on its parking. “We’re supportive of public transportation and anything that can be done to help that,” said hospital spokesman Ken Dey. “We just want be sure this is the right project.” CCDC is working with a parking consultant to allay the hospital’s fears that streetcar users will monopolize its free parking. About 70 percent of the trafﬁc through downtown comes from the west side, Kushlan said. Scott Schoenherr, a partner at Rafanelli and Nahas, another large property owner along the route, said he still has questions about how many people will ride the streetcar and how much development it will spur. But he shared Dey’s assessment about using the downtown circulator as a ﬁrst phase in a wider public transportation plan. “If this is the ﬁrst step in doing that then I support the streetcar,” he said. “I don’t know yet that it does.”
DO YOU FEEL THIS LAWSUIT ON YOUR NUTS? ’Tis the season for lawsuits. The City of Boise was sued again on Nov. 13, this time by Gerald Amidon, the man who was repeatedly shocked by a Boise Police ofﬁcer’s Taser, including on his genitals, on Valentine’s Day. Amidon was initially charged with three crimes, but all Gerald Amidon ﬁled suit charges were against BPD. dropped. Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson told BW in July that the ofﬁcer who deployed the Taser displayed “conduct unbecoming of an ofﬁcer.” Amidon ﬁled a brutality claim in July, and the city never responded, so he ﬁled a federal action earlier this month, claiming violation of his Fourth Amendment rights to protection from unreasonable search and seizure. A response is due from the city in the next few weeks. The City of Boise ﬁled a response last week in another federal lawsuit, this one brought by seven homeless people. They accuse the Boise Police Department of violating the cruel and unusual punishment and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution by arresting them for sleeping outside, when they have nowhere else to sleep. In Boise’s 10-page response, assistant city attorney Scott Muir denies any wrongdoing or constitutional violations by the BPD and details some of the arrests cited by the plaintiffs. Muir said the merits of the lawsuit would be argued in further motions, after discover y begins. And a lawsuit against the state is proceeding as well, but ﬁrst this news. The Idaho Transportation Board selected Brian Ness, a regional engineer in the Michigan Department of Transportation’s northern region, to head up the Idaho Transportation Department. Ness has a master’s degree in public administration and worked with MDOT—a $3-billion agency, compared to Idaho’s $500-million budget—for 30 years. “Ness possesses the professional background, leadership skills and energy to make an immediate impact on transportation in Idaho,” stated ITD Board Chairman Darrell V. Manning in the ITD press release. “We know that his degree in public administration coupled with his transportation background will ser ve him well in effectively leading the transportation department.” There is one potential problem for Ness, though: former ITD Director Pam Lowe still wants her job back. Lowe, who threatened a lawsuit in August, ﬁled suit a few weeks ago and added six more counts to her complaint last week, according to the Spokesman-Review. She alleges sex discrimination by the ITD board, for which she told the Spokesman’s Betsy Russell, she has proof that will emerge at trial. But she also alleges cronyism,
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NEWS/CITYDESK corruption and political favors all the way up to the Governor’s Ofﬁce that thwarted her efforts to do her job. As Russell reports: “Lowe contends that she Pam Lowe wants was ﬁred because her job back she insisted on cutting back a $50-million contract with a politically well-connected contractor to manage a string of bond-funded highway projects, with Otter’s then-chief of staff, Jeff Malmen, and Transportation Board Chairman Darrell Manning directly pressuring her to keep the big contract intact. Malmen hasn’t responded to requests for comment; Manning has disputed Lowe’s charges.” Some of Boise’s homeless population did get some reprieve this month as the Boise Rescue Mission dedicated a new, 58-bed women’s and children’s shelter to accommodate the overﬂow they have seen all year at the City Light Home for Women and Children across the street. The new shelter, called City Light Guest House, 1417 W. Jefferson, is in what was once a parking area for the apartments above. The Mission fully renovated the space with mostly donated labor and materials. “Women with children have been the fastest growing population of homeless people over the past decade. With the economic situation as it is, we have seen that number rise even faster. For the past several months, we have had up to 46 women and kids sleeping on the ﬂoor at City Light. In order to be sure we can meet this growing need, and to better accommodate the women and kids we’re ser ving, we are pleased to accomplish this project,” said Mission director Bill Roscoe. The Mission also installed 82 new beds at its men’s shelter on 13th Street. All the new beds are a step toward ﬁlling the shortage of beds for homeless people in Boise, but the Mission is clearly not on board with those homeless folks who sued the BPD for harassment. Roscoe effusively introduced Boise Police Chief Masterson at the ribbon cutting for the new shelter, calling BPD the “ﬁnest and most compassionate” police force. Masterson avoided the topic of the lawsuit altogether, talking about volunteering at the Mission and ofﬁcers handing out meal tickets. Speaking of meal tickets, the Idaho Statesman commissioned a Mason Dixon poll on the city’s plan to install a downtown streetcar loop and found that 63 percent of Boise residents oppose the plan, with a 4 percent margin of error. Respondents also disagreed with Mayor Dave Bieter that a streetcar line will help with trafﬁc congestion, spur development, improve the economy or catalyze further transportation options. Incidentally, it was the second poll the paper commissioned, after BW raised questions about the methodology of the ﬁrst poll, which found that 50.3 percent of Boise residents opposed the streetcar.
RAW DEAL Idaho moves to combat illegal sales of “real” milk MIKA BELLE In Idaho, there are two licensed raw-milk producers. And then there is the black market for raw milk. Although the substance is legal, costly restrictions have caused it to go underground. “We know that there’s a number of backyard sells going on throughout this state,” said Marv Patten, chief of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s dairy bureau. He offered no estimate of the number of such sales, but said there are enough for the department to take note. He hopes a new proposal under legislative review next year makes raw milk more safely available. “It’s legal in Idaho, but only under certain statutes,” said Raine Irving Saunders, a Boise food activist and publisher of the Agriculture Society blog. The feds have left such decisions up to each state. In Idaho, two speciﬁc permits are involved for farmers to sell milk: a Grade A production license, and a Grade A processing license. Small farms argue the price of the required processing equipment is cost prohibitive, leaving them out in the cold. Patten hopes the new legislation will help those farms with fewer than three milking cows sell raw milk legally if they agree to publicized inspections, which will in turn offer more people safe alternatives to traditional, processed milk. Milk is supposed to do a body good, but is all milk created equal? Proponents of raw milk (what they call “real” milk) promote its alleged health beneﬁts, stemming from the fact that it is free from pasteurization, a traditional means of processing that kills unwanted bacteria, including E. coli, that can lead to severe illnesses. However, some food activists say pasteurization kills many healthy milk ingredients that can improve human immune systems. They also say modern farm hygiene techniques can be perfectly adequate to ensure safe raw milk. “I’m always working to educate people about the beneﬁts of consuming it,” Sanders said. “We get ours from Saint John’s Organic Farm in Emmett.” Saint John’s has about 100 milking cows, steers and calves roaming 160 acres on a farm that has been in the family for about 70 years, according to owner Peter Dill. He said
his raw milk is high in vitamin E, omega 3 and other important vitamins and enzymes that are depleted when farmers feed grain and pasteurize milk. “People have drunk raw milk for centuries,” Dill said. “The consumers need to be
PEOPLE HAVE DR UNK R AW MILK FOR C ENTUR IES ,” DILL S AID. “THE C ONS UMER S NEED TO B E AB LE TO MAK E THEIR OWN DEC IS ION.”
able to make their own decision.” His farm is one of two that earned the permits to sell raw milk at the retail level in Idaho this past year. The farm is clearly providing consumers more decision-making power, but its milk is still only offered to members of its “raw milk co-op,” which requires dues to enjoy the milk mustache. Boise Weekly contacted Boise Co-op to ask the regional purveyor of organics if it was interested in providing raw milk. “We would love to be able to sell it,” said manager Ken Kavanagh. “As long as it’s inspected by the state.” Dill said that the permits Saint John’s has require the state agriculture department to perform routine, quarterly inspections of his milk for pathogens, and farm equipment for proper operation. Regardless, other hidden costs must be addressed. “I think the Boise Co-op would like to have our milk, but it is just not ﬁnancially feasible at this time—maybe in the future,” Dill said. He explained the high cost was due to a combination of things, including packaging. Dill is optimistic but realistic about the future of raw milk: “I think raw-milk consumers are intelligent and zealous, but they are probably few.”
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ROBYN LOCKETT Capitol restoration by Excel ANDREW CRISP
So how’d you get into this position? Prior to this position, I worked for a couple different non-proﬁts. I worked with Habitat for Humanity, right out of college, at their international headquarters, in a tiny, tiny town in southwest Georgia. I went as a volunteer and I loved it. I loved it so much that I stayed a second year, and they hired me on as a staff person. After those two [years] I was kind of ready to move back home. Boise’s my home, I love it here. I was born at St. Luke’s, graduated Boise High. My husband’s from here, too. We didn’t meet until later; it’s nice now that we’re married, we both have our families here. I think I got the job because I approached it as a big event. I had managed events and the planning and logistics of people, places, things, etc., for Habitat and AmeriCorps, so I just approached the moving of the Capitol as one big choreographed event. How’d you “move” an entire building? When you talk about keeping track of computers and printers and phones and little coat racks and coat hooks, it’s tens of thousands of items. So basically, we’ve built a giant matrix of furniture. I’ve kinda become an Excel nerd. Just to keep track of everything,
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which agency or group it belongs to, which staff person’s ofﬁce it’s in, whether we’re going to reuse it back in the Capitol or not, whether it’s surplus or not. When we moved out of the Capitol, I think it was something like 25 semis worth of just stuff—cartons of ﬁles, etc. There were vault rooms that, in and of itself, just had hundreds and hundreds of boxes of historical records. So we worked with the Historical Society. How’d you organize it all? There’s another gal who does a similar position; she oversees the executive branch—Kelly Berrard. She’s great. I’ve learned a lot from Kelly. She’s very, very detailed. I thought I was detailed-oriented; she makes me look like I’m crazy and ditzy and all over the place. We have a giant inventory. I have a furniture inventory, and it has thousands and thousands of items on it. Basically, over the last couple years, we’ve gone and inventoried every piece of furniture. Anything that was worth keeping we sent to the Historical Society. We made many generous donations to the Idaho Youth Ranch, and some local agencies, some school groups, Computers for Kids, with our furniture and stuff that was obsolete. But most of it we brought over here to the Annex. We moved everyone out in April of 2007, over here to the Capitol Annex, where we held two legislative sessions, and it was kinda like camping out. And the trouble was there wasn’t a lot of room for the public. And one of the main reasons we did the restoration was to provide more space for committee rooms for the public. Actually, once we got everybody in, we were working on the logistics of moving everything back.
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Robyn Lockett holds the rare and little known title of “relocation specialist.” Never heard of it? That’s because she works behind the scenes on the renovation of the Idaho State Capitol, coordinating the movement and cataloging of furniture during the now substantially complete upgrade of the original early 20th century building. She focuses on the legislative branch of government, keeping track of desks, chairs, coat racks, phones and more for Idaho’s lawmakers.
Tell me about some of the items. All of the different state agencies used to be housed in the Capitol, and when they left, they took their furniture with them. So all of the original Capitol furniture is sort of spread out across the state. The antique coat trees are my favorite. I can’t say I know why. I picture the legislators coming in since the ’20s. I picture them coming in with their big coats and taking them off and hanging them on the original coat hooks, coming in on whatever mode of transportation. One of the neat things, one that I’m most proud of, is we had a lot of the original furniture replicated. There’s the existing stuff, everything you see, and the historical furniture, and of course, the new furniture. And our goal was to replicate as much of it as we could. This is pretty close to what the new desks look like. They have these special bronze-capped feet and the original brass pulls. They’re simple and classic, and they’ve really worn well. We found a foundry here in Idaho that would cast these for us, these coat hooks. Are all of the original pieces going back? A lot of the original items have gone back to the original owner, some of them were only on loan to the Capitol, and a lot of them have been put on hold until we can ﬁnd a good place for them.
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NEWS/TRUE CRIME COLD-WEATHER RITUAL LEADS TO GRAND THEFT AUTO ARREST When the weather outside turns frightful, the morning commute can be a frigid affair. That gives rise to a couple of dangerous temptations it would do well for all of us to resist. The ﬁrst temptation—to which we admit succumbing on many occasions—is to warm up the car while we go back inside to ﬁnish getting ready for work. The second temptation—particularly potent to polar-iced pedestrians—is to jump in that unattended vehicle and drive away. A resident of North Hartman Street in Boise failed to resist the ﬁrst temptation on Friday, Nov. 20. She ﬁred up her car at about 6:30 a.m., then hightailed it inside. But when she came back out, her ride had vanished. Fast-forward to 5:30 p.m. the same day. A Boise Police Department sergeant patrolling the area of Irving and Orchard streets spotted a vehicle matching the description and license plate of the stolen car. The spotting was evidently mutual because the driver took off at high speed into rush-hour trafﬁc. For safety reasons, no pursuit was initiated. But the car was found moments later anyway. It had been abandoned on a canal access road near the intersection of Orchard and Franklin Road. A search of the immediate area came up suspectless. But witnesses gave police “valuable” information, according to a BPD press release. And at about 11 p.m., ofﬁcers nabbed their suspect—a 23-year-old Boise man—at a residence on the 100 block of West 37th Street in Garden City. For allegedly failing to resist the second cold-weather temptation, he faces a felony grand theft auto charge. As for our victim, she was lucky. Her vehicle
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was found undamaged, which is not usually the case with stolen cars. Most are stripped for parts or trashed, leaving their owners out in the cold. Makes a warm morning commute seem not quite so tempting after all.
ATTEMPTED BAMBI MURDER LANDS CANYON PAIR IN JAIL In a variation on our failure-to-resist-temptation theme, a Boise resident reported to police that shots had been ﬁred in the vicinity of Warm Springs Avenue and Eckert Road at about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. A search of the area—with the help of concerned citiEdison and Chase zens—located the suspected perps, two 28-year-old dudes, Dustin L. Edison of Nampa and Dustin H. Chase of Caldwell. Investigators allege the clueless pair sat on their asses in their vehicle and, using a ﬂashlight and what the cops called a “.410 shotgun handgun,” ﬁred repeatedly at a deer they spotted from the road. So our escapees from Canyon County now each face misdemeanor charges of hunting without a license, hunting with the aid of artiﬁcial light and shooting from a public highway. What’s more, the Nampan has a prior felony conviction on his record, so he received an additional parting gift: a felon-in-possession-ofa-ﬁrearm charge. Which is, what else? A felony. —Jay Vail
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Is anyone talking about HIV and AIDS anymore?
he student commons area at Meridian High School more closely resembled the epicenter of a 1960s anti-war demonstration. Students ditched class en masse to protest. Their numbers rivaled the turnout at school pep rallies. They chanted. They waved condoms. Some displayed an articulation beyond their years as they faced news cameras. They weren’t protesting a war overseas but another kind of battle. They were ﬁghting for information. Their war cries were calling for the education they knew young people needed if they were to emerge victorious against the rise of HIV and AIDS. The year was 1991. Just days before the student rally at Meridian High School, a school nurse presented information about HIV and AIDS to students at Lowell Scott Middle School. Word of the presentation leaked home to parents, false allegations ﬂew, and district ofﬁcials slapped teachers with a gag order, preventing them from teaching students anything related to sex education or HIV and AIDS. The censorship drove Meridian High School students from classes in protest. The biggest news story of the year at Meridian High School made it into newspapers around the country. As a high school reporter for the school’s student newspaper, I jumped on the story along with my colleagues. We planned for full, front page coverage of the event. But no one ever read the story. It never made it to print. Instead of a news story about the protest and gag order, Meridian students opened the next issue of their high school newspaper to ﬁnd a near-blank front page. A few words broke the emptiness: “This space was reserved for the story that everyone expected to see but we weren’t
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allowed to print.” Meridian students faced a media blackout of HIV and AIDS coverage through the early 90s. Nearly 30 years after the identiﬁcation of the disease, and 17 years after the censorship in the Meridian School District, HIV and AIDS activists say the issue still remains in the dark—largely dismissed and stigmatized by the mainstream media. Researchers found that the reporting of HIV has fallen out of vogue. And activists say that when the media fails to accurately portray the realities of HIV and AIDS, one of society’s most inﬂuential social institutions misses the opportunity to educate, inform and save lives. “More and more people are getting HIV, and that’s because they’re not aware they’re at risk. And the media can play an enormous role in educating people, raising awareness and making people understand that they can actually get this disease,” said Regan Hofmann, a journalist and editor-in-chief of POZ, a lifestyle magazine for those living with HIV and AIDS. Activists aim to close the information gap as part of this year’s World AIDS Day campaign. The Dec. 1 celebration of HIV and AIDS awareness not only encourages people to take a proactive approach to preventing the spread of HIV but to broaden their understanding of the realities of those living with HIV—realities often eclipsed by the mainstream media, activists say. Sensationalized news coverage often swallows accounts of the reality of living with HIV, said Idaho activist Duane Quintana. The founder of Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (ALPHA) noted that local media coverage of the epidemic remains largely absent until a dramatic story surfaces. He pointed to a dark spell in local coverage of the issue until prosecutors recently alleged that Kerry Stephen Thomas, a former Boise State
basketball player, knowingly spread the disease. Local news outlets dedicated airtime and ink to the allegations, ensuring trial and guilty plea in volumes that surpassed typical coverage of positive news stories about HIV and AIDS, Quintana noted. President Barack Obama’s recent and historic lifting of bans prohibiting HIV-positive people from entering the country received only scant coverage in the local media—just a paragraph mention in the Idaho Statesman. “It can be very frustrating when we send press releases out all the time, and we can’t get any hits,” Quintana said. “And then this Kerry case was the top story.” Punitive disclosure laws that activists say can sometimes result in “he said, she said” accusations and the sensationalized media coverage that follows cases like Thomas’, have consequences, Quintana said. They stigmatize. And that deters people from getting tested and seeking treatment. “There’s no incentive to test positive,” Quintana said. “And we can keep people alive if they know they have HIV.” AIDS-related deaths in Idaho have declined since 1995, but the number of people living with HIV in the state has steadily risen, according to the state Ofﬁce of Epidemiology and Food Protection. The ofﬁce estimates that 1,028 Idahoans are now living with HIV or AIDS. In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.1 million Americans were living with HIV and AIDS, and 20 percent of them were unaware they had been infected with the virus. In 2008, the CDC estimated that in 2006, approximately 56,300 people were newly infected with HIV. “The pandemic is so severe, and we need every arsenal to ﬁght it. And the media is such a powerful tool,” Hofmann said. Sociologists recognize the important role the
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mass media plays as an agent of socialization. It’s full of symbols that create meaning for us about the world. It shapes our ideas, beliefs and understanding about ourselves and others. “(A) good news story can really educate people about what can and cannot be done and show that people can’t only survive [HIV] but live full lives in spite of it. And at the end of the day, it makes people less afraid of the disease and more likely to get tested,” Hofmann said. A 2004 study published in the Columbia Journalism Review found that the overall media coverage of the U.S. AIDS epidemic has decreased since 1981. Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates International attributed the decline to what some have called “AIDS fatigue on the part of media organizations.” Domestic coverage of the epidemic spiked in 1987, then declined with minor peaks following Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he was HIV-positive and the introduction of highly effective anti-viral drug therapies in 1996. Those minor peaks began to paint a picture of HIV as a manageable, chronic disease. “That’s good and bad,” Quintana said of the media’s spotlight on Johnson and lifesaving therapies. Quintana and other activists worry that apathy has become a side effect of such coverage. “People just aren’t worried. And maybe that’s why it’s just not getting covered as much … fewer people are dying,” Quintana said. “We’re keeping people alive, and that needs to be celebrated to some extent. But we also need to keep other people from getting it as well. And we keep people alive if they know they have HIV.” ALPHA encourages Idahoans to KYS or “Know Your Status,” and each year more and more people line up at ALPHA testing sites for
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Dr. Clay Roscoe works daily with HIV patients at the Wellness Center, the only clinic in Idaho dedicated solely to the care of HIV patients. Despite better care options, infection rates have yet to drop.
a quick mouth swab that can reveal their status in minutes. More than 1,000 people have taken HIV tests through ALPHA this year. “Every year that goes by there is an increased awareness in the health-care provider community. Each year I see more health-care providers doing HIV screenings,” said Dr. Clay Roscoe, a physician at Boise’s Wellness Center, Idaho’s only clinic dedicated solely to the care of HIV patients. “[Yet] we really haven’t seen a drop in new infection rates, and I’d like to see that in my lifetime.” Apathy partly stands in the way of that drop, Roscoe said. “There’s more of a laissez-faire attitude because it’s known that the anti-viral treatments are well tolerated. I’m always a bit worried the guard is down, especially with the younger generation.” Generation Y never woke up to headlines reporting the death toll of a mysterious new disease called AIDS. For some, it seems Magic Johnson has lived a lifetime being HIV-positive. Idaho’s youngest generation can’t recall the time their Meridian predecessors walked out of class to protest a gag order that silenced discussion about STDs. And activists note that editors aren’t clamoring to ﬁll newspapers and newscasts with HIV stories. “It isn’t a sexy issue,” said Jose Alfredo Hernandez, a case manager at the Wellness Center. The Meridian School district eventually lifted the gag order and offered parents the option of enrolling their students in sex education classes that covered information about HIV and other STDs. And administrators scaled back their censorship of Meridian High School’s student newspaper. As the veil of silence lifted, students started reading about what it was like to live with HIV. In a 1994 Meridian Warwhoop article, Meridian students met a vibrant young man who loved photography and painting. Rick Clara was a popular Borah High School student. He liked to use the word “normal” as the adjective that best described him. He also contracted HIV at the age of 22.
Clara started his days by swallowing four pills. He took another four pills in the afternoon. He ﬁnished his day with a dose of another seven pills. Intravenous drips punctuated the 17 pill-a-day regimen. “What I dislike most about having AIDS, is people judge you before they even know you. There’s this stigmatism that comes with having AIDS—that you’re gay, a drug user, a bad person,” Clara told student reporters. Young, white men, the demographic proﬁle Rick Clara ﬁt at the time he was exposed to the virus, still test positive for HIV at a rate that surpasses any other Idaho demographic group. Idaho’s 20- to 29-year-olds are contracting the virus faster than any other age group in the state. The rate of infection for that group increased by 147 percent between 2002 and 2007, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Ofﬁce of Epidemiology and Food Protection. But the disease cuts across race, class and gender lines—a fact that not everyone gets, Hernandez said. He said that race, class and gender play roles in who gets tested and when. “We know that Latinos are not getting tested until very late into the disease,” he said. Whites accounted for 77 percent of Idaho diagnoses between 2002 and 2007. But the Ofﬁce of Epidemiology and Food Protection noted increasing numbers of diagnoses among Hispanics and blacks. “We’ve done a good job with [testing] women as it relates to pregnancy. At primary care health clinics like Terry Reilly, for example, they do a really good job of doing OB [HIV] screenings for their patients, and we’ve gotten a handful of patients through that process,” Hernandez said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that women undergo pre-natal HIV screenings. It’s just one of the many new guidelines that have changed the way HIV is now treated and diagnosed. Activists and doctors say a lot has changed, and at the same time, too little has changed since students ﬁrst meet Rick Clara.
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Duane Quintana, founder of ALPHA, is a vocal activist for HIV and AIDS education and prevention. His group has become the state’s largest HIV testing organization.
In 1994, ALPHA was nearly a decade from inception. Wellness Center funding was still down the pipeline. And many considered the disease a death sentence. “It’s night and day,” Roscoe said of the treatment he has seen evolve since his med school days in the ’90s. “I was seeing people take a cereal bowl full of pills with lots of side effects.” Now many HIV patients stave off AIDS with just one pill a day. Many can even hold off on taking medications. “You’re not going to die of AIDS in this country,” Roscoe said, noting that with monitoring and treatment, people with HIV can have a normal life expectancy and now die of the same things that kill the general non-HIV positive population. The care of HIV patients has also become less fragmented, said Wellness Center manager Jamie Perry. People who test positive for HIV can now ﬁnd a health-care home at the clinic housed under the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho program. Beginning next year, the program is slated to become just one of two residency programs in the United States that trains HIV specialists. The Wellness Center brought HIV medical care, referral services, support programs, nutrition, testing, counseling and case management under one roof in 1998. The center and its satellite clinic in Pocatello saw 511 patients last year. Between 2007 and 2008 the number of patients treated at the clinic jumped between, but for the most part, patient volumes have held steady over the years with only slight increases from one year to the next. And the center treats everyone—regardless of if they have health insurance. A joint study between Harvard and Stanford universities estimates the average cost of treating an HIV patient at $20,000 per year. Funds from the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act help the Wellness Center cover medical costs for middle- to low-income patients. And the clinic works with all patients to ensure that they get the care that they need. If a person is diagnosed as HIV-positive tomor-
row, they can be assured that they can access medical care through the clinic, regardless of their ability to pay, Perry said. But challenges still slow the ﬁght against the disease. More physicians need to make HIV tests as routine as cholesterol tests, Roscoe said. “If you’re a health-care provider in rural Idaho, it’s not going to be on your mind every day,” he said. And HIV patients still face a host of social challenges, Hernandez said. Low incomes, difﬁculty accessing housing and a shortage of rural health-care providers may hamper some patients’ ability to comply with treatment, he said. And there’s still a ﬁght to change attitudes. Nearly 30 years after researchers ﬁrst identiﬁed HIV and AIDS, people with the infection still face stigmatization. People still hold prejudices about who gets HIV, POZ’s Hofmann said. And many still face an uncompassionate community, according to Hernandez. The Wellness Center recently changed its name from the HIV Services Clinic at patients’ request. They felt stigmatized just walking into an ofﬁce displaying the letters HIV, Hernandez said. If Hofmann ﬁts a stereotype, it’s that of a successful, professional woman. She’s well educated and well published. She excelled in her journalism career, earning command posts at East Coast magazines. And the cover of Hofmann’s memoir shows a beautiful woman with a long mane of blonde hair, perched atop a horse. The book’s title also hints at the secret she kept for so long. I Have Something to Tell You reveals how Hofmann came out as HIV-positive. “I wanted people to know that HIV was alive and well. And I wanted to contribute to the de-stigmatization of the disease.” In I Have Something to Tell You, Hofmann reﬂects on coming out very publicly— on the cover of POZ—and about life as a journalist, and the power of the media in ﬁghting the disease. “One of the things that I think about as a journalist is, ‘Why do we always have to go to WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
the negative, the dark side?’” Hofmann said. “There are some remarkable stories about remarkable people doing extraordinary things in and around the world of HIV.” Quintana will tell you remarkable stories, if you ask. He’ll tell you about the scores of volunteers who have passed through the doors of ALPHA headquarters. He’ll tell you about how ALPHA grew from his single vision to become a hub for HIV education, outreach and testing. And if you prod him, he’ll humbly tell you his own remarkable story—of how he grew from a school kid in small-town Wendell, Idaho, where sex education wasn’t on the curriculum, to a ﬁlmmaker, activist and sought-after HIVAIDS educator. He’ll tell you that as a 19-yearold living in Phoenix, he didn’t think HIV could touch him. So when a friend went to get tested for HIV on a regular May day nearly a decade ago, Quintana merely went along for support. Quintana’s test came back positive. “Ever since that day in May, I have struggled with myself. I struggle with my health, my self-worth, my thrive for life, my hopes of love, and my dreams of success,” Quintana wrote during the infancy of his activism career on a Web site he launched to help others cope with an HIV diagnosis. Quintana, like Hofmann, could have kept his disease private. But like Hofmann, he saw silence as fuel for stigma. Today, Quintana thrives and survives despite struggles— struggles that activists say shouldn’t be eclipsed by media hype of the innovations in HIV treatment. “People want to see people who are well. So you may be sick, but you’re smiling about it. And when people see that,
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they don’t get the reality of what you go through,” Quintana said. It’s hard not to feel Quintana’s forceful spirit: It’s inspiring. Relentless. Real. And honest. “Even though I feel like I can live, something deep inside me tells me the worst thing I can ever do is transmit this to someone else. That it’s a horrible thing to go through, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to go through that,” Quintana said. Quintana sinks back in his chair and pauses for a moment. The homey ALPHA meeting room ﬁlled with overstuffed, slip-covered furniture grows silent as Quintana mentally rewinds the last decade of his life. “I feel like a lot of my youth, a lot of the things that you do as you grow older, were robbed from me ... not being able to be a dude. I’ve been the AIDS boy.” Quintana‘s truthfulness and openness have helped pushed HIV awareness forward in Idaho. It helped lift ALPHA from a little known nonproﬁt to becoming the state’s largest HIV testing organization. To many students, he is the gentle herald of HIV prevention. He breaks stereotypes as a vocal advocate of prevention. Once you see Quintana, once you talk to him, you realize he could be just like you—a young, affable Boise guy known to offer hugs and to frequent coffee shops. He gives HIV a face. And he shares his story again and again—in classrooms, on the Web and on ﬁlm. His ambitious ﬁlm documentary, I’m Just Me, Just Like You, presents the extraordinary journey of Quintana and his family’s experience with HIV. Through a camera lens and Quintana’s brute honesty, viewers realize that
Quintana is, in many ways, just like them. But Quintana’s education efforts haven’t always been met with open doors. He has struggled to reach students. He found some schools welcome HIV-positive women into the classroom but won’t allow HIV-infected males to speak to classes. There’s still ignorance to penetrate, he said. “A lot of people have no clue that they should be nervous about HIV.” Meridian High School students rallied on behalf of their peers and successors left without a clue. They demonstrated in 1991 because they knew that to prevent the next generation of HIV and AIDS infections, young people would have to have a clue. They would have to learn about sex and protection and STDs. They knew students had to talk about HIV and AIDS. By 1992, the Meridian School District lifted its gag order. And soon after, sex education was put on the curriculum. But not all Meridian students learned about HIV and AIDS at school. The sex education courses developed by the district offered parents and students one of three options: They could sign up for a health course that delved into all issues surrounding sex—reproduction, sexually transmitted diseases and contraception; they could take a course that just covered biological reproduction; or they could take a health course that skipped over sex ed. District spokesperson Eric Exline said most students sign up for the class that puts sex under the microscope and delves into issues surrounding the transmission and prevention of STDs, including HIV and AIDS. And be-
cause in recent years, fewer students opted for the class that didn’t cover STD education, that course is no longer offered. “The numbers were so small. You just can’t afford to offer a class for seven students,” Exline said. Parents who don’t want the Meridian district teaching their children about STDs can have their students opt out of their health classes when talk rolls around to sex education. The district offers these parents the option to homeschool their children on the issue instead. But some AIDS activists say that when sex education is left to parents, kids may not get all the facts. Information and education still isn’t reaching some of the most-at-risk groups, Quintana said. People still have unprotected sex, and many still engage in unsafe sex practices with little fear, he said. In that way, for some, little has change since the 1990s, when media coverage of the disease continued a steady nosedive. In 1994, Meridian school administrators halted student’s efforts to reverse that trend. Despite putting sex education back on the curriculum, school ofﬁcials still wouldn’t let the Meridian High newspaper staff survey students about their awareness surrounding HIV. Another hole, with a short explanation, appeared on the pages of the newspaper: “A story based upon student’s attitudes and degree of knowledge about STDs was planned for this space ... However because of the subject matter of the survey, the school board would not allow us to continue with our research. For now, just pretend that sex and STDs don’t exist.”
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Help Spay Neuter Idaho Pets ﬁght black dog discrimination at a parade on Saturday, Nov. 28. ’Tis the season.
FRIDAY NOV. 27 noise THE SWELL SEASON When scruffy, redheaded Irishman Glen Hansard ﬁrst harmonized with the frail, wispy-haired Czech pianist Marketa Irglova in 2007’s Once, it was obvious these two weren’t merely a movie band. Glancing at each other with soft, encouraging smiles, they belted out: “Take this sinking boat and point it home / We’ve still got time.” As it turns out, the two had already recorded their debut album The Swell Season in 2006, more than a year before the low-budget, ﬁlmed-in-three-weeks Once raked in $20 million at box ofﬁces worldwide. After landing best original song at the Oscars for “Falling Slowly” and subsequently falling quickly for each other, the two started touring as The Swell Season. For the pair’s second album Strict Joy, they invited producer Peter Katis (The National, Fanfarlo, Interpol) to add his layered touches. The album is at once hushed and lush, aching with an underlying sadness that most likely stems from the pair’s breakup. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Hansard describes that sadness as oddly joyful for audiences. “It’s an interesting idea, when you think of the guy with the blues guitar in the bar, who’s singing ‘I’ve got
Think you can scarf more turkey than a lion? Find out at Zoo Boise.
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anthropomorphism THANKSGIVING DAY THE ANIMAL WAY Remember the post-Thanksgiving there’s-a-monster-ofa-meal-bloating-my-stomach feeling from last year? You’re kinda sleepy, sorta happy and all-around content? This year, Zoo Boise wants to share that feeling with all of their furr y and feathered friends. For the ﬁrst time since opening, Zoo Boise is bringing Thanksgiving to the animals. Leopards and hyenas will tear into some turkey; bears and monkeys will dip their collective paws into some homemade pie; and pumpkins will be given to ever y penguin and porcupine. Sound weird? According to Liz Littman, Zoo Boise’s director of development and communication, that’s the point. By thinking outside the box, Littman said that the Black Friday Fest will offer an entertaining destination to those burned out on shopping. The idea was borrowed from a Texas zoo from which one of Zoo Boise’s new veterinarians came. Littman believes it’s only fair that the animals get to enjoy the same tasty treats we do. “We thought that since we got such a good meal, they should get one, too,” said Littman. Feeding schedules for the animals will be staggered for the event, allowing zoo-goers a chance to see all their favorites devour their treats. “There’s no guarantee what will happen, but I imagine most of the animals will tear right in,” said Littman. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $6.50 adults (12-61), $4 seniors (62+), $3.75 children (4-11), FREE children (3 and younger), Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., 208-384-4260, zooboise.org.
no girl, I don’t know where I’m going to sleep tonight, I’ve lost my job.’ … There’s something transforming in the idea that you sing about your sadness, and yet there’s actually some joy that comes out of that, you know?” Boise audiences can experience that sad joy on Fri-
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day, Nov. 27, when Hansard, Irglova and members of the Frames take over the stage at the Egyptian Theatre. With Rachael Yamagata, Friday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m., $36 adv., $39 door, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454, brownpapertickets.com.
Though President Barack Obama taking ofﬁce has made this a symbolic year, there is still one marginalized group that faces constant discrimination—black dogs. That’s right, we’re talking doggie racism. As more and more dogs and cats ﬁll the nation’s pounds and animal shelters, black animals continue to be the most consistently euthanized bunch. Often overlooked in lieu of their lighter-haired brethren, it is believed that many people view black animals as mean or dangerous. Jerks. This holiday season, Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. will host a holiday parade exclusively for black dogs as a way to raise awareness for Black Dog Syndrome. SNIP hopes to break this stereotype at the parade, as participants congregate and witness hundreds of the happiest, gooﬁest black dogs scampering around. Participants are invited to bring their friends, families and black four-legged furballs to help dispel the myth that black dogs are any different from other pups. The parade route begins at University and Capitol, heads north toward the Capitol building, west to Ninth Street and south to University Drive. Those who don’t own a dog but still want to participate, you’re in luck. Local shelters will have several shelter dogs on hand that would appreciate an early morning mosey. Camp Bow Wow, H3 Pet Foods and Bandanna Running and Walking will sponsor the event, the last of which will be providing bandannas for all participating pooches. So if you know a dark-haired doggie looking for a good holiday hike, help SNIP promote awareness by attending their holiday parade. 7:30 a.m. for walkers, 9:30 a.m. parade, FREE for viewers, $10 suggested donation for walkers, University Drive and Capitol Blvd., 208-968-1338, snipidaho.org.
FRIDAY NOV. 27 soup BOWL-ING FOR SOUP After a full morning of stampeding crowds and wallet-draining Black Friday gift-hunting, the Idaho Foodbank invites you down to the Grove for a soul-replenishing bowl of soup. The Empty Bowls fundraiser, now in its 12th year, collects handmade bowl donations from artists throughout the community then charges chowder hounds and bisque buffs $10 for a hearty ladle
of gourmet soup from a local restaurant. Last year, Empty Bowls sold out of its 2,392 bowls before the event was slated to end, raising a staggering $22,573.75 for the Idaho Foodbank. This year, bowl donations are still pouring in, with the largest numbers coming from paint-your-ownpotter y studios Ceramica and Artist for a Day. “That’s where people go and paint their own stuff, and then both of those studios are great enough to glaze and ﬁre and collect all the bowls, and then they bring them to us in big chunks of like 300,” said Idaho Foodbank
events coordinator Shauna Stonehocker. Local restaurants including Asiago’s, Emilio’s, Highlands Hollow, Leku Ona, Bar Gernika and Cafe Vicino, among others, are all donating pots of soup for the event, which runs Friday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., or however long supplies last. “Chandlers is doing Idaho corn chowder … we have ever ything from miso soup from Mai Thai to chicken tortilla from Cafe Ole,” said Stonehocker. “We have a little bit of ever ything, and it just ﬁlters through throughout the day. Once the pot’s gone, we just move onto the WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Imagine how many boxes of wine could be made from these barrels. Add one part indie rock, one part prog rock and subtract one bear.
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If you sigh with delight at the seeming endlessness of wine in a box, prepare to have your standards set unattainably high. This Thanksgiving weekend, wineries across the Treasure Valley are ﬂinging open their gates and letting in hordes of Turducken-stuffed wine lovers to slurp straight from the barrel tap. Well, not exactly. But they are twirling open some barrel spigots for a post-harvest barrel-tasting weekend. “We try and facilitate events a couple of times per year, and Thanksgiving is a great time for consumers to go out to the wineries and visit,” said Melissa Witt, marketing coordinator at Idaho Wines. “There’s lots of barrel tastings that you can do. We try and tell wineries to open their doors and offer extended hours or special discounts.” Those looking to pile grams and gramps into the minivan for a wine-drenched afternoon in Caldwell can hit up a smattering of vineyards offering case discounts—including Koenig, Williamson Orchards, Ste. Chapelle and Bitner—all within a short jaunt from one another. Those looking to remain in the Boise hood can sample Fraser Vineyard’s 2007 cabernet sauvignon along with wine and chocolate pairings at the downtown winery. And those wanting to spend the afternoon wandering amid the glorious, rolling vineyards of Garden City can hit up Cinder, Vale and Syringa at the Urban Winemakers Cooperative. “At the Urban Winemakers Cooperative, they’re doing a barrel tasting, which is kind of cool because there’s three in one spot. And it’s really close if you live in Boise,” said Witt. Friday, Nov. 27-Sunday, Nov. 29. Various times and locations. For more information on speciﬁc times, discounts and locations, visit idahowines.org/calendar.cfm.
next one.” 11 a.m.-6 p.m., or whenever supplies run out, $10, The Grove Plaza, downtown. For more information, call 208-336-9643 or visit idahofoodbank.org.
SATURDAY NOV. 28 fundraiser BURMA AND PUSSYCATS Raves and civil wars don’t often hang out in the
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same sentence. That is, unless someone happens to be throwing a pussycatthemed rave to beneﬁt war-orphaned children in Burma. Makes sense, right? On Saturday, Nov. 28, the Ilowan’s Children Temple is holding From Boise to Burma, a fundraiser with hopes to raise $5,000 to help a woman named Vasti build a new orphanage in Manipur, India. “It’s going to cost $5,000 to purchase a piece of land ... where she’s at and a building to house the 200 children,” said Tara Daniels, earth shaman at
MINUS THE BEAR Seattle’s Minus the Bear is a band that sneaks up on you. The name is a bit twee and sounds like a character in a kid’s picture primer about multiplication. But avoid the pitfalls of being the kind of person who judges bands by their names as well as being a person who misses out on the Minus. MTB’s 2007 Planet of Ice is a Mutemath-y fantasy trip into proggy indie rock Narnia. Wondrously experimental, Planet of Ice, like all of MTB’s albums, is full of surprises from song to song, chord to chord and even note to note. Songs glisten and shine as psychedelic jams are wrapped in keyboard clouds that bounce across echo-y, distorted guitar. MTB’s brand new single, “Into the Mirror,” illustrates the band’s growth musically and lyrically and exempliﬁes their willingness to wander in different sonic directions. If you’ll just take their hand, they’ll take you on a journey to interesting, beautiful, well-crafted dark pop. With As Tall As Lions and Meese. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $16, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-3671212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
Ilowan’s Children Temple in Boise. Before the rave gets going, the fundraiser kicks off Saturday morning at the Rose Room on Eighth and Idaho streets following the downtown Holiday parade. Santa will be on hand for pictures along with an assortment of food and drink vendors selling goods from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The day continues with a free live per formance from the traditional West African drum and dance ensemble Ka Sali Ka Fo from 4:30-6 p.m., and then a group of belly dancers will shake their booties for Burma from 6-7:30 p.m. Attendees can also tr y their luck at the event’s daylong rafﬂe or place bids at the silent auction. Things heat up when the Pussycat Ball starts at 8
As I stood at the register, a thought forced its way into my mind: “Is it bad etiquette to use a coupon to buy a gift?” Then, a second thought appeared, beat the ﬁrst thought into submission and victoriously cried: “What the hell are you talking about? Saving money on something you already planned to buy isn’t rude, it’s smart planning!” The internal struggle settled, and I left All About Games with $5 extra to my name. I proceeded to sit in my car reviewing Think Boise First the Think Boise First coupon coupon book book. Buy-one, get-one espresso THINKBOISEFIRST.ORG drinks at Flying M? Um, hello. Two-for-one drinks at Pengilly’s? Yes, thank you. Twenty percent off at the Record Exchange? Hell, ya. Half-price reﬁll of my growler at Bittercreek Ale House. No brainer. Finally, Think Boise First put together discounts from more than 100 local businesses that the average person would actually use. For those who have a weird aversion to using coupons: get over it. This book will help you. The coupon books are available at more than a dozen locations for $10 a pop, and the discounts are good for a year. Check thinkboiseﬁrst.org for a list of locations. Reaching the back of the book, I found my holy grail coupon: a free haircut with the purchase of a color service from my very own stylist. Here’s a warning, Jen, I’ll be calling in December, and I have a coupon. —Deanna Darr
p.m. and keeps going until the paws stop pattering. The Burning Man-afﬁliated event will feature live bands, DJs and plenty of costumed ravers. While dressing up in a glitter y cat suit may seem like the least productive way to raise moola for Burma’s orphans, all proceeds from the ball and its preceding events will go to the cause. “The daytime events are open to ever yone, and then the night-time events will have a little bit of a sexy, wild, over-21 kind of thing,” Daniels said. “There’s going to be at least 400-500 people because the burners will all come.” 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., FREE, Pussycat Ball, $8 until 9 p.m., $10 after, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-919-0807, ilowanschildren.org.
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