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NOTE OH, HOW BORING IT WOULD BE IF WE ALL JUST GOT ALONG It’s been a rough week in the comments sections at boiseweekly.com. As expected, readers have something to say about Bill Cope’s column on right-wing violence and Rep. Raul Labrador’s comments on Meet the Press in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings. And those extremes are—as Labrador pointed out—on both sides: “Bill Cope at his unhinged worst,” and, “The right wingnuts and their NRA bosses are leading us toward a country that will look a lot like Somalia.” In News, the big discussion of the week happened at Citydesk on several posts about the ﬁring of longtime Boise Co-op manager Ken Kavanaugh. You’ll ﬁnd more of that story in News on Page 9, but some of the most interesting discussion—thanks to the guise of anonymity—is happening in the comments section of the online stories. Also popular online last week was a story about a Walgreens pharmacy worker in Nampa who refused to ﬁll a prescription for a drug that stops uterine bleeding, then hung up on the Planned Parenthood worker who was requesting to ﬁll it. (That last one comes courtesy of your lawmakers who not only passed the Freedom of Conscience Act, which favors workers’ values over those of patients, but who apparently wrote it so badly that even those who the law favors don’t understand where their new rights begin and end.) More on that story on Page 8 this week. The award for the most civil interaction goes to commenters Jean Calomeni and karcreat2 for their discussion about multiple full-page ads for Camel Snus in recent editions of Boise Weekly. In Mail last week, Calomeni wrote that she was “shocked and surprised” that an alternative paper claiming to promote the well being of the community would accept money from big tobacco. Regular commenter karcreat2 ﬁred back by pointing out that ads don’t force readers to buy anything. I’m oversimplifying the interaction here, but long story short: what started as a potentially ugly interaction (karcreat2 recommended that Calomeni stick with ad-less coloring books in the future) ended quite civilly in compliments. At least as of press time. Finally, congrats to Corey Barbour, who won the On Point Bend Winterfest prize package trip to Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore., with his Frosty Goes to Hollywood submission “Happy Timez.” Read more about it on Page 25. —Rachael Daigle
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WE HAVE A WINNER Congratulations to Corey Barbour, who won our ﬁrstever Frosty Goes to Hollywood video contest with his Happy Timez entry. Barbour has won a trip for two to Winterfest and Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Ore. See Screen on Page 25 for more on Barbour and his winning entry.
WOOD ON LUNA’S BAG OF TRICKS Gimmickry was the word of the day when Idaho Education Association president Sherri Wood talked about Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s proposed classroom changes. Read about Luna’s plan and Wood’s comments at Citydesk.
A TALE OF TWO COMMISSIONERS Recently sworn-in Ada County Commissioner Vern Bisterfeldt launched an investigation into the doings of his fellow commissioner Sharon Ullman. Talk about awkward. In a video interview with Citydesk, the two tell BW that it’s all sorted out and they plan to play nice.
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One of the most-read blog posts of the week was about a Walgreens pharmacist who not only refused to ﬁll a prescription but also hung up on the health-care provider making the request. The pharmacist’s beef? Abortion. The problem? The drug wasn’t an abortifacient. Get the whole hornet’s nest at Citydesk.
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Possibly the most encouraging news to emerge in the ﬁnal days of 2010 came out of Michigan’s Lake Superior State University. Every year, that worthy institution issues a formal “List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” When I ﬁrst heard of this, I wept. Thankfully, no one was around to see because I went totally John Boehner, all squirrely-chinned and boobery. I couldn’t help myself, I was so overwhelmed with a reawakened admiration for what human beings can accomplish when they get sick enough of something. Seriously, I’d always thought that once our popular culture had allowed another scrap of vocabular junk into the trendyosphere, we were stuck with it forever. And then I ﬁnd out it’s not just me who gets so irritated upon hearing the same noxious verbal ﬂop over and over and over that sometimes I’m not sure I can resist the urge to rip my computer from its moorings and heave it through my television screen and then cram a year’s worth of People magazines into the ragged hole and then dowse the whole rotten, trite, unimaginative mess with gasoline and then ... er … uh, well, I’ll bet you’ve felt that urge, yourself, huh? Right? Anyway, I cannot let the occasion pass without expressing my gratitude to the Lake Superior people for what they have done for us. Among the words and expressions we will never hear again, thanks to them, are “live life to the fullest” (as though people need to be reminded not to live life to the emptiest), “mamma grizzlies” and “refudiate,” (both thrust upon us by an individual who has yet to demonstrate she can even read the words she makes up), and “man up,” a phrase that has became a derisive, emasculating sneer among certain female politicians who, even in non-campaign mode, would make discerning men question why they ever thought heterosexuality was so great in the ﬁrst place. Also banished from all future usage are “BFF,” (a short-handed way of saying “best friend forever” by youngsters who I suspect have already forgotten what the abbreviation stands for), and “wow factor,” a turn of speech so dumb that upon hearing it for the ﬁrst time, all I could think was “wow.” And should you ever again be tempted to utter the phrase “going viral,” you’d better be damn sure there is a real virus involved. However, now that I have learned such a noble mission as banning dopey mouth droppings from our dear language is doable, I wish to spend the rest of this page encouraging the LSSU language crew to broaden its scope. They have almost a full year before another banishment list is due, so I reckon they have time to compile a catalog of dialogue that should never again be allowed to show up in either ﬁlm or television. I’m talking about utterances so drained of any humor, original-
ity or signiﬁcance that simple banishment is too good for them. They should be throttled beyond resuscitation and buried in the desert. I’d like to suggest the team starts this project with “I’m too old for this shit.” Have we not heard that line enough? Should any writer ever use this lazy excuse for dialogue again, he should be ﬁned substantially and sentenced to community service—preferably, at some task he is indeed too old for. (Fairly or unfairly, I associate that all-too-familiar plaint with Bruce Willis. I can’t swear he actually said it in any movie, but were you to close your eyes and imagine a blank face delivering the line, your subconscious would naturally ﬁll in a picture of Bruce, all sweaty and banged-up and beleaguered. Try it and you’ll see what I mean.) “Let’s do this thing” must also be sent to the cliche boneyard. It no longer matters what “this thing” is that the characters might be assigned to “do,” not as long as the doing is preceded by such an overly used and pompously macho pronouncement. (I can’t help but feel pity for anyone who would still say “Let’s do this thing.” All the hip, with-it people know that anymore, whenever you must begin a difﬁcult or dangerous task by uttering something pompously macho, you would say “Let’s git ’er done”—which is itself nearing the end of its life span.) “Is that all you got?” is another case. That line should have been put out to stud when Chris Farley died. “That’s gotta hurt,” “That’ll leave a mark,” and “He’ll feel that in the morning” are all variations on a mighty tired theme. Whoever is still scripting this raggedy gag has at some point switched over to auto-writing and vacated the creativity cockpit. If that is all they got, I advise they take up a new line of work. Perhaps writing press releases for municipal agencies, a job that requires no imagination whatsoever. “Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about” is precisely the sort of hackneyed hokum I’m talking about: “What we have is a perfect storm of ________(ﬁll in blank)” has become a perfect storm of banality. And ﬁnally, “That’s just wrong” is long past its expiration date. To ever use it again would be … well … just wrong. Maybe at a later date, I can explain to newscasters and sports announcers how a “roller coaster ride” of this or that has become a merry-go-round ride of stale tedium, or why to continually say “thinking outside the box” is the exact opposite of thinking outside the box. But for now, I must close, content to have given the LSSU team something more to sink their teeth int … I mean, to roll up their sleeves and get to wor … I mean, to tackle head o … Dammit! My fresh expressions tank just ran dry. I knew I was low, but I thought I could get to the end of this column. Oh, well. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
STOP VIOLENT POLITICS Media spokesmen move to stiﬂe violent speech NEW YORK—The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 11 other people is tragic. But it isn’t surprising. What is surprising is the response of the corporate-owned political and media establishment coming out against violent rhetoric. Liberals accuse right wingers of creating an atmosphere of hatred that fuels incidents like the Arizona shootings. Violent rhetoric causes actual violence is a liberal meme. “Mission accomplished, Sarah Palin,” tweeted Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos after the Tucson, Ariz., shootings. Moulitsas noted that the website for Palin’s PAC featured an image of Giffords’ district with crosshairs over it. There is, however, no evidence that the accused gunman ever saw Palin’s website. Righties counter that the really inﬂammatory rhetoric comes from the left. The cognitive disconnect between reality and self-perception in American society and politics is bizarre and frightening. Whenever there’s a school or workplace shooting, Americans act shocked. To hear commentators, you’d think this was a peace-loving nation of Dalai Lamas rather than a bunch of brawlin’, trash-talkin’, gun-totin’, foreigner-bombin’ yahoos who drive around Iraq shooting people while listening to death metal. “Violence, or the threat of violence, has no place in our democracy,” said Keith Olbermann. Does he live in America? “Violence and threats of violence” are part of our daily lives. As a kid, I got beaten up by bullies. As an adult, I collect death threats in response to my cartoons. When I ride my bike, motorists try to run me off the road. Most of my female friends have been raped.
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The man accused of shooting Giffords is portrayed as sick, deranged and fond of oddball conspiracy theories. In these things, he is a typical American. “Typical” Americans believe in angels and creationism, that George W. Bush found the WMDs in Iraq and trickledown economics. Typical liberal Americans think it’s ﬁne to give trillions to bankers while millions lose their jobs and get no help. The gunman is accused of an act of “senseless violence.” But there is the covert violence all around: tens of thousands of Americans die annually because they can’t afford a doctor, millions of children go to bed hungry, millions are evicted from foreclosed homes, millions couchsurf because housing is expensive. Like terrorism, political violence is a relatively minor issue. And as guys named Lincoln and Garﬁeld and Charles Sumner—who was nearly beaten to death by a fellow member on the ﬂoor of the U.S. Senate in 1856—could attest, it is not a new one. The brutality being carried out by the political system and its corporate sponsors is responsible for the equivalent of tens of thousands of Tucson-level shootings each year. For example, a peer-reviewed scientiﬁc study published in 2005 found the death toll directly attributable to income inequality is “comparable to the combined loss of life from lung cancer, diabetes, motor vehicle crashes, HIV infections, suicides and homicides.” But the ruling classes doesn’t want us to think about reality. They want to make us shut up. Thus their calls to ramp down high-octane political speech. Political violence? We should be much more worried about violent politics.
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MEDICALLY CHALLENGED A new model to bring health care to rural Idaho GEORGE PRENTICE Idaho’s budget writers apparently don’t want to make a house call. Instead, they’re asking citizens to make their way to Boise if they want to have any say in the Health and Welfare budget. In fact, the process on Friday, Jan. 28, won’t be terribly unlike a doctor’s visit—take time off from work or school, negotiate a parking spot near the Capitol, take a number and wait your turn. When and if you get the opportunity to speak, you get no more than three minutes. That’s it. There will be no onthe-record dialogue with lawmakers, and in a surreal beat-the-clock parade of speakers, no more than three hours will be allowed for public input into a Health and Human Services budget that could approach $500 million. Staff from the Adams County Health Center won’t be there. They’re too busy providing care in what could be ground zero of Idaho’s anemic economy. Once upon a time (only three years ago), Adams County unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Since then, things have pretty much collapsed. For the better part of two years, Adams has been saddled with the burden of the highest jobless rate in the state, at or near the 20-percent mark (more than twice the Idaho average). Equally painful is Adams’ uninsured rate of 50 percent (compared to a statewide average of 15 percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation). Yet against those odds, the Adams County Health Center in Council has grown as a beacon of medical hope and, ironically, as one of the region’s largest employers. “Doctors, nurses, technicians, dentists, hygienists, counselors,” listed Denise LangstonGroves, executive director/CFO of the center. “We’re signiﬁcantly larger than we were just a decade ago.” In 2000, the center, formally named the Council Community Hospital, was hemorrhaging money. It closed in 2002, leaving a bare-bones rural health clinic. “The clinic had little to no future,” said
Langston-Groves. “There were ﬁve of us.” All that changed in 2004, when LangstonGroves played “midwife,” securing funds through something called a Section 330 operating grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. “We don’t get any money from Adams County,” said Langston-Groves. “And we get no money from the state of Idaho.” That’s not to say that state funds don’t have a direct impact at the center. Medicaid represents about 19 percent of billable revenue. Even more (23 percent) comes from Medicare, more still (32 percent) from private insurance. A full 26 percent is paid by clients on a sliding scale. Patients represent a cross-section of the region, with needs from pre-natal care to neardeath emergencies. “There was a terrible accident up in the mountains,” said Langston-Groves. “A chainsaw hit a snag, ﬂipped backwards through the air, and landed down on a man’s leg. Blood everywhere. It went right to the bone. But we stabilized him. He’s doing ﬁne now.” The center offers a menu of services: checkups, lab work, radiology, dental care, physical and occupational therapy, mental-health counseling and psychosocial rehabilitation. But when you visit the center, tucked on a side street in the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it town, the most impressive elements are Beatrice and Norman. They aren’t staff members. Those are the nicknames for two cabinet-sized devices that are Idaho’s ﬁrst and only rural tele-pharmacy units. Imagine a vending machine that dispenses your meds (even though the operators hate it when you call them
vending machines). Simply put, a patient can bring a prescription into the tele-pharmacy ofﬁce at the Adams County Health Center and get their meds in a day, two days at the latest. Here’s how it works: a pharmacist from Ontario, Ore., conﬁrms the prescription, via Skype, and then Beatrice or Norman drop a bottle, print a label and dispense the meds. If a client wants a consultation, they step into a side room where they can have a private Skype conversation with the pharmacist. “You can’t believe how thrilled our providers are,” said Langston-Groves. “We had this installed here after obtaining a special order from Gov. Otter.” The success in Council has led LangstonGroves to consider duplicating their effort to nearby Valley County where, by all accounts, the need is as great. Last month, Valley’s jobless rate hit 18.5 percent, and much like their Adams neighbors, half of the residents are uninsured. “When I started doing data analysis of Valley County, I was shocked. It was a mirror of Adams County. And the concentration of need seems to be focused in Donnelly,”said Langston-Groves. Brad Backus agrees and he ought to know. He’s the mayor of Donnelly and was one of the scores of residents laid off when the Tamarack Resort landed in a ﬁnancial snowdrift. “As far as Donnelly goes, we’re in desperate need,” he said. “There’s a free clinic over in McCall, but it’s only open one night a week, and I understand that there’s usually a 15 to 20 person waiting list. That’s pretty tough.”
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Politics and reality sometimes coexist in alternate universes. Occasionally, they are runaway trains, destined for collision. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest had long ago-planned for what it called its Citizen Lobby Day on January 17. Each year, the group enlists dozens of staff and volunteers to populate the statehouse in an effort to lobby legislators. Little did they know that an incident involving a nurse practitioner and a Canyon County pharmacist would propel their efforts to front pages, the 10 p.m. news and the always-fun world of talk radio. The incident began when a Planned Parenthood clinician phoned a Nampa Walgreens to ﬁll a prescription for Methergine, commonly used to prevent or control bleeding of the uterus following childbirth or an abortion. According to Planned Parenthood, the pharmacist asked if the drug was needed because of an abortion. The nurse practitioner said federal law kept her from answering. According to an ofﬁcial complaint the pharmacist refused to ﬁll the prescription and hung up the phone. “This could have ended in a very serious life-threatening event,” said Rebecca Poedy, vice president of external affairs of PPGNW. At the epicenter of the controversy is Idaho’s Freedom of Conscience for Health Care Professionals law. The law, which went into effect July 1, allows health-care professionals to deny health-care services that violate his or her religious, moral or ethical principles. Speciﬁcally, that includes abortifacients. The law deﬁnes abortifacients as “any drug that causes an abortion, emergency contraception or any drug the primary purpose of which is to cause the destruction of an embryo or fetus.” Poedy has a problem with the law, beginning with how it’s written. “It insinuates that emergency contraception is an abortifacient,” said Poedy. “It simply is not. We have a huge problem with that.” Casting a long shadow over their effort to amend or repeal the law is the Walgreens incident. Idaho’s Board of Pharmacy launched a full investigation into the complaint, and as BW was going to press, the probe was wrapping up. “Our chief investigator is still working on the case,” said Mark Johnston, executive director of the pharmacy board. “Any possible discipline would ultimately be decided in an administrative hearing by our board of pharmacy.” A spokesman for Walgreens was tightlipped on the incident. “I can neither conﬁrm nor deny any corporate action,” said Tiffani Washington, a spokesperson at Walgreens headquarters in Illinois. “It’s our company policy not to comment.” Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has conducted a statewide poll on the Freedom of Conscience law. “We know that the majority of Idahoans are outraged over this law,” said Poedy. “A lot of folks think this law has no place on the books. We have a huge groundswell of support to repeal it, particularly in the wake of what happened with the Nampa Walgreens. We’re going to ﬁght this one really hard.” —George Prentice
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NEWS But administration at McCall Memorial, which just three months ago joined the St. Luke’s network of hospitals, isn’t so sure they want to see a low-cost clinic near their turf. Two weeks ago, hospital administrators told the McCall Star News that “adding more medical providers could damage our long-term ﬁnancial viability.” But ofﬁcials back-pedaled a bit when BW asked about the proposal. “We’re going to do a formal assessment to determine the need,” said Lee Rhodes, CEO of St. Luke’s McCall. “I really hope the hospital doesn’t try to shut this effort down,” said Backus. “With
these hard times and people struggling as much as they are, I don’t know why folks aren’t jumping at this. There’s no way that a low-cost clinic in Donnelly is going to be, in any way, competition toward a large medical facility in McCall.” Langston-Groves just wants to provide service. “Large hospitals and health-care centers have similar missions to provide different levels of care,” she said. “So, the best scenario would be to develop partnerships for continuity of care in a community. It’s all about collaboration.”
MEMBERS ONLY? Co-op meeting set for Jan. 24 GEORGE PRENTICE The basement meeting room in Boise’s St. John’s Cathedral has a maximum capacity of about 100 people. That’s the location for the Monday, Jan. 24, meeting of Boise Co-op members who total more than 40,000. No one is expecting all of the members to attend, but if even a fraction show up, it will be a logistical challenge. “They’ll probably need to usher in 100 people, tell them what’s going on and then circulate in another 100,” said a co-op employee who asked to remain anonymous. The reason for anonymity is that the co-op veteran is concerned about repercussions. Workers have been asked by acting co-op manager Gary Lyons not to speak to the media. “They’ve asked us not to spread any rumors and no one seems to know all the facts,” said the employee. “But the board hasn’t said anything publicly either. They’re trying pretty hard to respect Ken and honor his legacy.” Ken Kavanaugh, one of the founders of Boise Co-op, was approached on Jan. 13 by Lyons (who was chairman of the co-op board) and Pat Haas (another board member who has since taken over chairmanship). “They said, ‘We’re going to escort you off the premises,’” Kavanaugh told BW in an exclusive interview. “I said no you’re not. This is not how you treat people.” Since the interview, an outpouring of support and condemnation has stacked up at BW’s online news blog Citydesk: “The way an organization separates with folks usually says more about its culture than anything else.” “This move should have happened a long time ago.” “Ken has been almost synonymous with
the co-op.” “Ken ﬁred thousands of people over the years without giving them the time of day.” “I would be upset, too, if I found out half the employees I managed were high-ﬁving after my bosses ﬁred me.” Ander Sundell, a former employee, said he quit a year ago because of Kavanaugh. “It was a climate of fear,” said Sundell. “You never crossed Ken. He ran the co-op as if it was a monarchy.” “I’m not the most perfect person in the world,” Kavanaugh told BW. “I’ve made some mistakes. But I wouldn’t treat a dog the way I was treated.” But the anonymous worker, who asked to be anonymous, said the majority of employees are happy to see Kavanaugh leave. “About 85 percent of the staff is below the management level, and I’m pretty conﬁdent to say that almost all of them are happy to see Ken go,” he said. The employee said Lyons has been spending most of his time meeting with store employees. “He’s been talking to us, 10 at a time. The meetings have been going non-stop since Friday,” said the employee. “But they won’t directly answer why Ken was ﬁred. I really don’t think they want to bad-mouth him.” As for the meeting on Monday, Jan. 24, the employee expects ﬁreworks. “It will probably be a shit storm,” he said. “Ken is going to ask for reinstatement and to dismiss certain board members. But I’m guessing that the board will tell him to sit down. He’s no longer an employee nor a board member.” As for customers, the employee said, “I would ask yourself: Do you support the institution or do you support the man?”
I WOULD ASK YOURSELF: DO YOU SUPPORT THE I NS T I T U T I ON O R DO YOU SUPPORT T HE M A N ? ”
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MICHELLE STENNETT Football, rollerblading and politics GEORGE PRENTICE
We understand that you spent your middle school and high school years in Wisconsin. Are you a Packers fan? Absolutely. But it’s amazing how many Packers fans are everywhere, even here in Idaho. But you’re also a Duck, because you graduated from the University of Oregon. It was a very easy transition. You see the Packers and the Ducks have the same team colors. Actually the real reason was because at the time the U of O had one of the few schools with international studies. I was only the sixth student to graduate from the U of O’s School of International Relations. Does that mean you had a passion to see the world? I had already traveled to Peru when I was
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a junior in high school. I spent my junior year of college in France. I also worked in Ethiopia and Bangladesh. How did that inform you as an American? It really tests what your Western ideals are. You really have to understand and respect the culture you’re with and put your ideologies aside. If there was one thing I wish, and I know this is a little controversial, it would be to require every student to dedicate some time studying abroad, or even somewhere else in the U.S., to understand that the perspective that you’ve been raised with is only one microcosm of what’s out there. You’ll be a much better citizen. Why do you think that’s controversial? Some people are very protective about what they want their children exposed to. They want them to embrace only their ideals. And I get that, but I think it only does them a disservice. At any stage in your young life, did you consider yourself political? No. Never. In fact, I was a registered Republican in Wisconsin. I still get all the GOP literature in the mail. I don’t ever vote a straight party line. I vote the person. I always have.
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Michelle Stennett is a Green Bay Packers fan, having spent formative years growing up in Wisconsin. She’s having a grand time watching the Pack tackle its way through the NFL playoffs. But before you consider her a cheesehead, you should also know that she has lived in Peru and France, worked on famine relief in Ethiopia, built cycle shelters in Bangladesh, worked at a hunting/ﬁshing lodge in Alaska and guided air trafﬁc in the Wood River Valley. Many Idahoans ﬁrst got to know her as the wife of Sen. Clint Stennett, one of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Michelle Stennett served in her husband’s place as state senator for Idaho’s District 25 while he battled brain cancer. Clint passed away on Oct. 14, 2010. Michelle has since run for, and was elected to, the same seat. BW sat down with Michelle to talk about her late husband, a passion for social justice and a little football.
So what did that tell you about him? Well, he always enjoyed a challenge. He usually burned the candle from both ends for as long as I knew him. I think he couldn’t have lived any differently than he did. When did you ﬁrst have a sense that he had a health problem? It was January of 2008 and the legislature had just started. He left on a Monday and came back on a Friday. He was a different person. His eye-hand coordination wasn’t right. His handwriting wasn’t normal. We had to convince his physicians that this wasn’t agerelated. It was so fast. A few days later, he had an MRI. They found three tumors. The one they had removed was plum-sized.
How did you meet Clint Stennett? He didn’t remember this, but I do. I was standing in line for a Basque dinner in Hailey in 1990. Clint was running for the House and introducing himself. I remember he was handsome and charismatic.
In the midst of that medical crisis, what was it that convinced you to sit in for your husband and ultimately run for ofﬁce? [long pause] I felt like there was unﬁnished business. My main concern was that I was Clint’s primary caregiver. I told my supporters that I couldn’t put my heart and soul into a campaign because I had to split my time. I had real difﬁculty being away from him, and I knew he wasn’t going to be around much longer.
So when did you ﬁrst date? It was 1994. On our second date, we went rollerblading and he blew his knee out. He had to undergo a six-hour surgery.
Have you grown to love being a legislator? I want to do a good job, and I’m excited. I’m honored that people want me to be here to do this.
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nside the 1313 Club in Wallace hangs one of those novelty signs: “On this site in 1897 nothing happened.” Above the sign is the mounted head of a buffalo, and next to it, on one snowy afternoon in January, two guys in plaid are drinking a couple of Bud Lights. The menus tell that the 1313 got its name because there were already 12 saloons and 12 brothels operating in Wallace when it opened. Apocryphal, maybe, but given Wallace’s rowdy history of boozing and whoring—fueled by fortunes mined from the surrounding mountains—it might as well be true. And despite how things might look on a lazy Saturday in the dead of winter, it’s deﬁnitely not true that nothing happened in Wallace in 1897. Between 1884 and 2009, more than 1.2 billion troy ounces of silver, 8 million tons of lead and 3.2 million tons worth as much as $6.5 billion were dug from the aptly named Silver Valley. Heralded as the “Silver Capital of the World,” the valley—which is part of what is also known as the Coeur d’Alene Mining District—remains one of the richest mining areas in the world. But, while mining companies still operate throughout the area, much of the wealth has dried up. Who’s to blame is a tricky question. Heedless of the long-term effects, mine corporations dumped an estimated 62 million tons of waste into the valley’s creeks between 1884 and 1968, including as many as 880,000 tons of lead and 720,000 tons of zinc. The resulting impact was one of the largest environmental disasters in United States history. At least 21 square miles of land around the smelting complexes in Kellogg and Smelterville were heavily contaminated,
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and by the mid- to late-1970s it was becoming clear to federal ofﬁcials that something needed to be done about it. While the tip-off might have been the vast swaths of vegetation killed off by mine slag and smelter emissions, the proof was in blood-lead level tests of children living within a mile of major smelting activity in Kellogg: a full 98 percent of them were found to have dangerous amounts of the heavy metals in their system—namely, lead. A neurotoxin, lead is an especially insidious contaminant. The results of high exposure to lead include learning disabilities, decreased IQ and other ailments. Because it is deposited into the bones, the effects can last a lifetime. Those afﬂicted with lead-related illnesses in the valley are reluctant to talk about it. But, as recounted in reports and studies of the area, one of the most extreme cases of lead exposure was found in August 1974 in two of Marlene Yoss’ three children. The children were found to have lead levels of 122 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dl) and 111 ug/dl, and while there is no such thing as safe level of lead exposure, doctors generally consider a reading of 10 ug/dl to be the acceptable upper limit. According to accounts, Yoss was told by doctors that she had “walking dead babies.” In the 1980s, the Environmental Protection Agency swooped into the valley and investigated. When it was found that some mine owners had been skirting regulations while knowingly poisoning surrounding residents, many of the major operations were shut down, including Kellogg’s Bunker Hill Mining Company, which employed thousands of workers. By 1983 the ﬁrst superfund site in the region was established—the Bunker Hill Superfund Site—and work began on
the 21-square-mile “box” around the former smelter in Kellogg. In the ensuing decades, the once-fabulously rich Silver Valley has become better known as the second largest superfund cleanup site in the United States and home to a long-standing EPA presence as the agency continues a sweeping remediation effort that includes everything from water treatment and blood-lead level testing, to home inspections and ripping up and replacing residents’ lawns. Efforts to clean residential and commercial property—the most visible method being the replacement of yards—were declared complete in 2008, and blood-lead levels have fallen to within the acceptable range. Still the reputation, along with continued EPA scrutiny, still lingers. Understandably, “nation’s biggest toxic waste dump” isn’t a title that the seven communities in the Silver Valley relish, and they’re fed up with it—especially now that the EPA is fronting a new $1.34 billion plan that would expand cleanup efforts to the Upper Basin of the Coeur d’Alene River and keep remediation work in the area going for another 50 to 90 years. “The vast majority of the people up here have a reasonable outlook and appreciate that some of the cleanup may have been needed that was done before,” said Wallace Mayor Dick Vester, who also works as the town’s optometrist. “But we don’t want the stigma of a superfund site for another 50 to 90 years.”
The Center of the Universe Wallace, population 880, is the seat of Shoshone County and also happens to be the Center of the Universe. At least that’s what it says on a pair of signs posted at the intersection of Bank and Sixth streets.
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Silver Mountain in Kellogg is aiming at tourism with family friendly offerings like the world’s longest single-cabin gondola and a 40,000-square-foot water park.
According to Wallace Inn manager Rick Shaffer—whose title as Idaho Recreation and Park Association tourism representative is shortened locally to “Prime Minister of Wallace”—the signs originated back in 2002 when “the EPA was here beating us up” and a couple of guys were sitting in a neighborhood bar hashing out their opinions of the agency. “Supposedly the EPA has a theory of probability that says if something cannot not be proved to exist, it could just as well exist. So they decided that the manhole cover at the corner of Sixth and Bank is the Center of Universe,” Shaffer said. “You can’t prove it’s not, so it might as well be.” The town has really played up the joke, complete with banners proclaiming its universal centrality and hosting regular celebrations at the site. Tourists can be seen posing next to the signs, people are married there and a “Miss Center of the Universe” was proclaimed in 2007. Kellogg, by far Shoshone County’s largest city with about 2,400 residents, has displayed a similarly wry sense of humor, proclaiming that the donkey of town founder Noah Kellogg was responsible for discovering the area’s mineral wealth, and thus, “This is the town founded by a jackass and inhabited by his descendants.” But beneath the Silver Valley’s self-deprecating humor and sly references to bordellos and wild saloons is a seething frustration with the hand that the region has been dealt. Anti-EPA sentiment is rife, and in the past has grown heated enough to prompt police protection for some agency employees at public meetings. “The EPA’s been loose for 20 or 30 years, and we’ve been hyper-sensitive of the stigma,” Shaffer explained. “Who’s going to book a trip, spend their money, take a week, two weeks from their job to go see a superfund site? It’s just not realistic.” According to many, it’s also unrealistic to expect the remaining mining companies to operate with the EPA breathing down their necks, and the belief is widespread that the Silver Valley can’t thrive without a return to robust mining activity. “With silver at $30 an ounce, there should be investment people ﬁlling up the Silver Valley, but they’re going to Chile, Bolivia and South Africa because they can deal with Third World countries easier than they can the EPA,” Vester said. “And that’s a shame.” But mining isn’t dead in the valley. Hecla
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Mining Company—one of the key ﬁrms in the area—is working on a major shaft expansion and looking to plunk down millions in research and development. Meanwhile, as announced on Jan. 12, Kellogg-based United Mining Group signed a milling contract with New Jersey Mining Company that will result in $2.3 million in expansion. The vision of the area as a toxic dump also isn’t realistic, Shaffer maintains. He points to growing tourism draws like the Kellogg’s Silver Mountain Resort, which boasts the longest single-cabin gondola in the world; a 40,000-square-foot water park; the new Galena Ridge nine-hole golf course; Old Mission State Park, which features Idaho’s oldest standing building; and the dozens of local festivals, celebrations, historic tours, museums and attractions that dot the valley. That’s not to mention the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, which connects 72 miles of paved bike routes with hundreds of miles of trail systems in both Montana and Washington. For the Silver Valley to survive, Shaffer explained, it’s going to take a little bit of effort from every industry. “We have to honor our history and mining is deﬁnitely a big part of the area, but it’s not enough,” he said. “It’s a total misnomer that we’re some devastated former mining area. There’s lots of energy.”
Enemy Mine While Shaffer is concerned with the tourism impact of the environmental cleanup, he recognizes that there have been some beneﬁts to the EPA’s presence, and some think the agency’s continued work in the area would be a good thing. “You’ve got respected people who say we need the jobs, keep the EPA here,” he said. “Others say, that’s enough, get them out of here. I’m a fence sitter.” According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, which partners with the EPA on the project, cleanup efforts have consistently employed about 200 workers from May to October on yard remediation work, and in 2009 the project injected about $30 million of stimulus money into the local economy. “A general theme of the cleanup, from the state’s perspective from the beginning, is that the cleanup will not be successful unless the communities are also economically successful,” DEQ Program Manager Rob Hanson WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
Residents of Wallace, upset at the bureaucracy of the Environmental Protection Agency, dubbed the town the Center of the Universe—a joke the town has fully embraced.
wrote in an e-mail. “DEQ has worked to ensure the cleanup hires local workers and has in the past provided health and safety training so workers are eligible to work on the Superfund Site.” “I do think we have a proven track record with working with businesses in the community,” said Angela Chung, who as the EPA’s Bunker Hill Team Leader oversees the ﬁve superfund project managers who are implementing the cleanup. “We have shown our ability to work with businesses to basically try as best we can to accommodate their needs to continue their operations,” she added. “Clearly [in the case of currently operating mining companies] we want them to do so in a responsible manner.” Former lawmaker Mary Lou Shepherd, however, has a hard time pointing to anything positive that has come out of the EPA’s presence in the valley. She served District 2A as a Democrat in the Idaho House for six terms, until her 2010 defeat by Republican opponent Shannon McMillan and was frustrated with what she saw as hundreds of millions of dollars in bureaucratic waste. “So many years, so much money, and it still hasn’t gotten very far,” she said. “I’m afraid it’s just going to go on and on like that.” Shepherd thinks cleanup should have stopped back in the 2000s, when blood-lead level tests showed a return to “safe” amounts of exposure. “It was overstated, and we don’t have mining left now for our own people to be employed,” she said. “It’s ruined our mining activity.”
Hi, Ho Silver When Katherine Aiken began her study of the Silver Valley, around the time it was clear that area residents—especially the children— were suffering grave consequences from mine-related pollution, it was very much a rough-and-tumble, love-it-or-leave, blue-collar type of place. Aiken, a University of Idaho History professor and Dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, even authored a work on the subject in 1994: “Not Long Ago a Smoking Chimney was a Sign of Prosperity”: Corporate and Community Response to Pollution at the Bunker Hill Smelter in Kellogg, Idaho. “Even when I was working in the Silver Valley in the ’90s, I didn’t ever interview someone who wouldn’t take all the mines WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
back, even if they knew what it would mean environmentally,” she said. While current mining practices and regulations are geared toward avoiding the disastrous pollution of the 19th and 20th centuries, it might still seem counterintuitive for an area that has suffered so much from trying to make a living underground to welcome—even lobby for—a mining renaissance. But the memories of what mining did for the valley run deep—as do the effects of the closures. According to ﬁgures from the Idaho Department of Labor, in the early 1980s Shoshone County was one of the three most prosperous counties in the state. By 2003 it was the poorest. Almost 30 percent of the population ﬂed after the superfund was established and a further 8 percent left between 1999 and 2009. In 1999 per capita income was pegged at $19,218—more than $4,000 less than the state average—though that gap has improved in recent years. However, preliminary unemployment numbers from November 2010 peg joblessness in the county at 14.9 percent— among the highest in the state. Looking at that those statistics it would be easy to understand why some might feel that the coming of the EPA was the downfall of the county. But blaming regulators for the failure of mining in the Silver Valley is a mistake, Aiken said. “Like a lot of American industry, especially the Bunker Hill smelter and ore plant, they were built in 1917 and 1926, so they were outdated plants,” she said. “Part of what the problem is, is that there was a coincidence of the plants getting older, the environmental regulations getting stricter—then there were metals prices falling. That was kind of the straw that broke the camel’s back. The smelter, zinc plant, just couldn’t meet the EPA requirements.” Besides that, mining boosters in the valley can be heartened by some of the new life stirring in the old companies. Directly across the street from the 1313 Club is a modest, stucco-looking storefront with a green awning. On one of its windows facing Bank Street, in blue letters, reads “Hecla Mining Company, since 1891.” Long a major player in the region’s mining industry, the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Hecla Limited, was deemed a “potentially responsible party” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and
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d’Alene-based Kootenai Environmental AlliLiability Act of 1980, which was enacted ance. “They spent a great deal of money on to hold environmental offenders ﬁnancially PR and opposing this cleanup, and they’re in responsible for cleaning up their pollution. the middle of a huge expansion. I’m not all Other companies that were also named that sympathetic.” “potentially responsible” for the mess included Sunshine Mining and Reﬁning Company and ASARCO Incorporated. The three A [Dirty] River Runs Through It companies signed a cost-sharing agreement in Traveling east on Interstate 90, past Coeur 1994, but in the interim, both Sunshine and d’Alene, billboards advertising things like ASARCO ﬁled for bankruptcy and eventually Montana’s largest gift shop alternate with settled their obligations under the 1994 Conhistorical markers. The four-lane highway, sent Decree with the EPA and state of Idaho. which traverses the Panhandle between The 2009 ASARCO settlement, which is Washington and Montana, winds along the the largest in superfund history, amounted to South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, which $1.79 billion—almost $480 million of which has cut a narrow, twisting valley on its way was allocated to clean up in the Silver Valley, to Wolf Lodge Bay on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s but only outside the Box. far northeastern shore. Of the three “potentially responsible parThe South Fork’s tributaries—creeks with ties” that banded together in 1994, Hecla renames like Canyon, Ninemile, Big, Moon and mains the only ﬁrm that is still in business and Pine—have scoured out smaller, more severe which hasn’t settled with the feds. That means valleys in the mountains that crowd in the Hecla, whose representatives did not respond road. Slipping through driving January snow, to questions from Boise Weekly, is still on the the valley seems to be the center of a labyrinth hook for a portion of the cost to stretching off in all directions. cover remediation efforts in While the entire area is v ny Sil er Valley resi o f ma the valley, and continues known by the EPA as the den d’s n i ts. m e to make payments Bunker Hill Mining h t in in the millions of and Metallurgist dollars to the cal Complex EPA for work Superfund Site, conducted in it is broken the Box. up into three Noneoperational theless, units—or according OUs. to the The ﬁrst company’s and second third quarOUs are ter 2010 desigﬁnancial nated as the results, Hecla “populated enjoyed an areas” and adjusted net “non-populated income of $29.6 areas,” respecmillion, up 31 tively, and are percent over the same both located within period in 2009; record the 21-square-mile Box revenues of $115.8 million, around Pinehurst, Smelterup 21 percent from the year-ago ville and Kellogg. The third OU is period; record gross proﬁt of $54 million, a everything in the Coeur d’Alene Basin not full 40 percent higher than the previous recovered by the Box. cord; and cash and cash equivalents of $217 In other words, hundreds of square miles million, as of Sept. 30, 2010. of rugged land that stretches from Montana Hecla continued to operate its Greens to Washington. Creek mine in Alaska, which produced 1.9 Records of decision—known as RODs— million ounces of silver, and Lucky Friday have been issued for various sections of all mine in the Silver Valley, where it produced three OUs, but so far work on the Upper .8 million ounces and marked progress Basin, which is deﬁned as a swath of land toward launching its No. 4 Shaft Project, east of Wallace to the Montana border, hasn’t which would construct an internal shaft at been focused on. the mine descending from the 4,900-foot That area is the subject of the most recent level to 7,800 feet. ROD amendment, on which the EPA closed The project, which could ultimately its public comment period in November 2010. extend the mine’s depth to 8,800 feet, is According to EPA’s project description, expected to cost between $150 million and “A greater understanding of the Upper $200 million. Company ofﬁcials stated in the Basin has been gained over the last eight earnings report that completion of the project years.” The agency plans to use a “holistic” could “increase the mine’s annual silver proapproach to target mine tailings, waste rock duction by approximately 50 percent from and contaminated ﬂoodplain sediments; current levels and could extend the mine life improve surface water quality in the South beyond 2030.” Fork and its tributaries; and protect previWork on the No. 4 Shaft Project is ously cleaned areas that could be vulnerable expected to be complete by the end of 2014— to erosion and recontamination. The agency assuming ﬁnal technical and commercial feasi- also wants to expand and improve wastewability studies are favorable and the company’s ter treatment in Kellogg. board of directors signs off on the project. “A lot of it is remedy protection work— “For Hecla Mining the economy has focused on protecting the clean barriers that been great,” said Terry Harris, of the Coeur we’ve put out there in the past,” said Chung.
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“Another important component, and what represents the most signiﬁcant portion of the cleanup plan, is to address a number of source areas like former mine and mill locations.” Less than half of the proposal’s $1.3 billion price tag would be covered by the ASARCO settlement while the rest would come from a combination of private sources and superfund monies. If superfund dollars are used, the state will be required to come up with a 10 percent match. “I don’t think that there’s a wide acceptance for what we’re doing, necessarily,” Chung admitted. “We’ve heard clearly some opposition to what we’re doing out there ... but from a human health perspective, there are still concerns—particularly in the Lower Basin area where recreational beaches and trails are still far above action levels for the site. We still have documented die-off of waterfowl that come through the basin area.” The ill effects of Silver Valley mining on downstream areas—including Lake Coeur d’Alene—are indeed well documented. According to data cited by the Sierra Club in a 2002 report on the region, Lake Coeur d’Alene has 70 million tons of accumulated toxic sediments resting uncomfortably at its bottom, with another 100 million tons upstream of the lake. According to the report, a 1996 ﬂood sent more than 1 million pounds of lead contamination into the lake in a single day. Cleaning the Upper Basin, and therefore cutting off source pollution into the regional water system, is what really got Coeur d’Alene-based Kootenai Environmental Alliance involved in the issue. “Every time it rains or ﬂoods we get mine waste coming down the river and into the lake. The sooner the upper reaches get cleaned the sooner we can start cleaning the lower areas,” said KEA’s Terry Harris. “You can’t ignore that, and I think that’s the position that the EPA’s in: under the law, and according to the science, they’re required to come up with a cleanup plan and implement a cleanup plan.”
the EPA has a chunk of change from the ASARCO settlement that’s just burning a hole in their pocket. “It’s like giving a hungry dog a bunch of meat,” Shaffer said. But Shepherd, looking back on 14 years in the statehouse, just sees bureaucracy run wild. “A lot of it’s just big government. They can do exactly what they want,” she said. She’s not alone. No less than Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter took the opportunity in his Jan. 10 State of the State Address to use the “unreasonable restrictions” placed on Silver Valley residents by the EPA as an example of federal over-reach, Idaho’s Congressional Delegation has also overwhelmingly come down in opposition to expanded remediation efforts. While it is tempting to characterize Silver Valley’s opposition to continued cleanup
efforts as part and parcel with the region’s notorious libertarian streak, Vester doesn’t think that’s fair. “I think sometimes people tend to think of these rural areas as more of an anti-government thing. Well, I grew up as an old labor Democrat, and I can tell you on this issue, it’s not a Republican/Democrat issue. It’s a whole community opposing what an agency wants to do,” he said. Aiken, while believing that more work needs to be done to clean the Silver Valley, agreed that communication between the federal government and area residents has been an ongoing problem. “The EPA tends to see itself as the white knight out to save us poor people out in Idaho from this environmental disaster,” she said. “The cleanup affects their property values
and their tourism opportunities, and they think it’s a lot of hullabaloo for no reason. “I think the two sides are just so far apart that it would be very difﬁcult to ﬁnd a solution. But I think a little diplomacy might let both sides go forward,” she added. Harris at the Kootenai Environmental Alliance isn’t optimistic that diplomacy will be a concern for either party when the EPA releases its ﬁnal decision on the proposal in mid-2011. “It’s just been going on a long time and a lot of the relationships have soured and there are a lot of misperceptions,” he said. “I’m not sure that mere public relations are going to ﬁx any of this, and it’s not helpful for people like Butch Otter to demagogue about the federal government. It’s just not helpful. It doesn’t make the EPA’s statutory responsibility any easier. It’s unfortunate.”
Thinking Inside the Box Wallace Mayor Dick Vester prefaces himself by saying it’s obvious that a lot of what the EPA has done has been good, but he and his fellow Silver Valley ofﬁcials—including all seven area mayors and the county commissioners—just can’t get on board with the idea that an expansion of remediation work into the Upper Basin, with its up-to-90-year commitment and $1 billion cost, is necessary. “None of this involves human health issues. That’s done,” he said. “They talk about how this could ‘potentially’ impact human health— you could say that ‘potentially’ about pretty much anything in the middle of Boise. “Our area’s not going to support this unless you can show us if there’s some human health issues,” he added. “This has to do with ﬁsh and things like that.” Vester takes issue with the plan’s long time frame—a sentiment shared by Shaffer. “A ﬁve-year plan, you bet. A 15-year plan, you bet,” Shaffer said. “But our economy is still in the dumper. We still have too many homes that are for sale, too many businesses that are vacant. Then when you come in and ask the biggest wage paying companies to carry the weight, it’s going to break their back.” For Vester and Shaffer, it looks a lot like WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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FRIDAY JAN. 21 cult ﬁlm THE ROOM Though it doesn’t offer a source, the ﬁlm trailer for The Room boldly proclaims itself, “the best movie of the year (2003).” On the other hand, it sits just below Troll 2 and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians on Wikipedia’s list of worst ﬁlms ever made. But The Room is more than just bad, it’s perfectly bad. Ross Morin, assistant professor of ﬁlm studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, told Entertainment Weekly it’s the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Plot threads about cancer, drugs and pregnancy are introduced and dropped. Characters disappear without a trace mid-ﬁlm because the actors quit and their lines were reassigned to others. Painfully awkward sex scenes are frequent. The set design is rife with bizarre imagery of spoons. And the acting is so atrocious it consistently deﬁes all attempts at description. Yet The Room is a hit. Heir to the midnight throne and audience participation of Rocky Horror, the independently shot and mysteriously ﬁnanced ﬁlm has consistently played to sold out theaters across the nation and even gained a high-proﬁle celebrity following. Actors David Wain and Kristen Bell both claim to hold regular private screenings. Comedian David Cross hails its genius at every available opportunity. What plot The Room maintains throughout the ﬁlm is a melodramatic love triangle that writer, director and actor Tommy Wiseau calls “a black comedy about love in the age of terror.” Other actors from the ﬁlm say that was unintentional, but Wiseau doesn’t seem to care. He plays up the bizarreness in interviews, insisting the plot inconsistencies are deliberate and that the spoons have meaning and that said meaning may require multiple theatrical viewings to fully comprehend. Kelly Broich, organizer of last year’s Absurdist Film Festival, hosts a screening of The Room at Visual Arts Collective, Saturday, Jan. 21. Broich is also working to make this screening the ﬁrst in a monthly series of ﬁlm and stage oddities he will present at VAC under the heading of Collapse Theater. 9 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
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Even without Boise’s pronunciation puritans—Boy-see not Boy-zee—getting on its case, the letter Z has it pretty rough. Last in the alphabet, the majority of Z’s utility has been stolen by that phonetic usurper, S. Its section in the dictionary is anemic, giving the impression that it’s a weak letter. What words it starts—zany, zealotry—speak to the letter’s instability. Dailywritingtips.com even ran an April Fool’s joke claiming Z had been removed from the alphabet and would be replaced by X. Sure, Z is worth 10 points in Scrabble, but for how often it gets to play, Z might as well be the kid with a broken leg at a public pool. Even ZZ Top had to add the “top” to make the band name work. The XX got by with just the letters. But then along came Snoop Dogg to reclaim the letter Z with lyrics and banter like “fo’ schizzle my nizzle” that put it directly in the limelight. What does it mean? Who knows or cares, honestly. If you need a primer, the Internet is full of Snoop Dogg translators that will Z-eify whatever you want to say. Translated, the previous sentence reads: “Thizzle intizzle is evizzle full of Snoop Dogg Trizzle thizzle wizzle zizzle whizzle you wizzle to sizzle.” Though that makes less sense than Sarah Palin at a linguistics conference, Snoop Dogg is giving the honorable Z its fair due and that’s what really matters. Not to mention, maybe you’ve heard, he also drops some awesome rhymes. He’ll be in Boisizzle, to blow the rizzoof off the Knizzle Factorizzle on Saturday, Jan. 21. 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., $30-$70. KFCH, 208-367-1212, bo.knittingfactory.com.
THURSDAYSATURDAY JAN. 20-22 armadillo cake STEEL MAGNOLIAS If you’ve ever spent the day sitting under a hair dryer, waiting for the color to take, you know beauty parlors can be a hotbed of gossip. Enter the dainty, tough-as-nails ladies of Chinquapin Parish, La., in Robert Harling’s play Steel Magnolias. The characters are few but feisty. There’s the
salon owner and neglected wife, a god fanatic, a wealthy smart ass, a socialite, and a middle-aged mom and her soon-to-be-married daughter. The tragedy is brought about by the daughter Shelby’s desire to have a baby— something her doctors have advised her against due to complications from diabetes. The six women laugh, cry and let it be known that they can handle just about anything life throws at them with grace and humor. As Truvy says in the movie version, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” Harling originally wrote the play to deal with his
sister’s death due to diabetes and has mastered the laughter-through-tears thing. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theater presents its own version of the tearjerker. Ouiser Boudreaux (the smartass) claims that she does “not see plays, because I can nap at home for free.” Don’t let that stop you. Maybe she was having a bad hair day. Through Saturday, Feb. 19. Thursdays, 7 p.m. no dinner, $15-$18; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, $20-$39. Knock ’Em Dead Dinner Theater, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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THE MAGIC OF MOZART
TENOR MADNESS: CELEBRATING SONNY ROLLINS AT 80
In 1782, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was busy preparing for his wedding, setting up house and making wind-band arrangements of “Abduction” from Il Seraglio—no small feat—when his dad requested that he compose a piece for a family friend who had been elevated to the nobility in Salzburg, Austria. Feeling slightly imposed upon, Mozart busted out a symphony that was to become the famous Symphony No. 35, “Haffner.” That’s how he rolled. Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the life of the boy genius knows that this method of composing wasn’t entirely unusual for him. And even if you’re not familiar with his story, you most certainly are familiar with his music. Boise Philharmonic is serving up an opportunity to get in the know with its upcoming Magic of Mozart concert. The aforementioned “Haffner” is one of the works that the woodwind quintet will be performing, along with “Sinfonia Concertante for Winds” and “Rondo for Flute.” The performance will feature Jeffrey Barker on ﬂute, Erin Voellinger on clarinet, Peter Stempe on oboe, Patty Katucki on bassoon and Philip Kassel on the horn. Friday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m., $23-$43. Swayne Auditorium at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa. Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., $24-$75. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane. For more information, call 208-344-7849 or visit boisephilharmonic.org.
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It’s easy to write off Nampa’s Old Towne Mall and Coffee House as a quaint antique store. And the assortment of lollipops, doilies and blue-hairs visible through the window doesn’t help dispel that assumption. OLD TOWNE MALL But once you’ve wound your way AND COFFEEHOUSE 1212 First St. S., Nampa around the coffee counter, an 208-463-4555 impressive—and haphazard— email@example.com vintage store awaits. Racks of high-quality vintage dresses—everything from ﬂowery numbers to elegant evening gowns—brush against fur coats, children’s pearl-snaps and ’70s puffy vests. On the back wall, wicker owl wall-hangings share shelf space with perched owl ﬁgurines. You can also score some sweet kitchen ﬁnds, including an antique mustard-yellow recipe card box with the original lined cards and an array of neato vintage aprons. If you’re willing to throw down some serious coin, there’s a super rad 1930s spice rack with milky glass jars that runs $74.95. Though the Old Towne Mall doesn’t top the list of hip Nampa hotspots—White Pine, Flying M, Brass Razoo—it’s worth a gander after you grab a slice from Nampa’s new pizza joint, Messenger Pizza. For more on Messenger Pizza, read our review on Page 32. —Tara Morgan
The Austrian Cross of Honor is like Austria’s version of the Nobel Prize. It’s given to distinguished people in the arts and sciences to celebrate their achievements, and the number of awards is limited so only 72 living persons may possess one. Only three Americans have ever received one: Frank Sinatra, opera singer Jessye Norman and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Rollins is widely seen as one of the masters of the instrument and performed with jazz greats like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Rollins has been recognized for his genius domestically as well. He was recently elected to the 229-member board of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Heck, Rollins apparently can’t stop getting recognized for his talents— it’s even happening locally. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, local jazz players like Phil Garonzik, Brent Jensen and Marcus Wolfe will tribute the sax master with Tenor Madness, a performance of some of Rollins’ best cuts. The show will conclude with a tenor sax battle. 7 p.m., $25. Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, 516 S. Ninth St., 208-426-3498, espaa.org.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY JAN. 19 Art MATTER MATTERS OPENING— Boise State professor Amy Moll and the Discovery Center of Idaho have partnered to present Matter Matters, which explores the world of materials science. 10 a.m. $4-$6.50, FREE for kids younger than 2. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
Talks & Lectures JAMES L. HALEY TALK—Biographer James L. Haley will speak about Jack London at this kick-off event for Boise’s Big Read project. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-384-4200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
Kids & Teens DIDGERIDOOS AND STORYTELLING CLASS—Children in fourth through eighth grades will explore the ancient Australian Aboriginal culture and create their own Didgeridoos. E-mail email@example.com to register. 4:15-5:15 p.m. $15 plus registration fee. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243, sageinternationalschool.org. MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
POETRY SLAM DELUX—Featuring Seth Walker. Enter for your chance to win $100 cold hard cash. 7:30 p.m. $5. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th, Boise, 208-3430886, neurolux.com.
Concerts HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR—One of the country’s premier gospel choirs and ambassadors of African culture visits Boise as part of the Boise State’s Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration. 7 p.m. FREE for students with ID, $5 general. Student Union Jordan Ballroom, Boise State, Boise, 208-4261000, boisestate.edu.
LAST CALL TRIVIA—Compete with others who might just know as much random stuff as you think you do. 8 p.m. FREE. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379, liquidboise.com. LEGO COMPETITION—Bring your best Lego creation to the library to be judged against others. No kits or Bionicles permitted. All creations must have at least 75 pieces. 5:30-7 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208472-2940, gardencity.lili.org.
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Sports & Fitness
Festivals & Events
TRICYCLE RACES—The disclaimer at the beginning of Jackass was about this sort of thing, which is why it’s awesome. 10 p.m. FREE. The Lobby, 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183, thelobbyboise.com.
MUSE EXTRAVAGANZA—Join the Muse Project for an evening of entertainment including music by James Orr, The Red Light Variety Show, a Twister competition and more. 7 p.m. $5-$100 suggested donation. Muse Building, 1317 W. Jefferson, Boise, 208342-3316, musebuilding.com.
Odds & Ends GOLDFISH RACING— Goldﬁsh are placed in a raingutter, and it’s your job to urge them on toward the other end by blowing through a straw. Winner gets a big efﬁn’ bar tab and their ﬁsh. 10 p.m. FREE. Mack and Charlie’s, 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-8309977, mackandcharlies.com.
On Stage CASH ON DELIVERY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS—Final performance of the Starlight Mountain staple, at least for a few years. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Kuna High School, 637 E Deer Flat Road, Kuna, 208-955-0231.
VIDEO GAME CHALLENGE— Play video games such as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart, Lego Rock Band and more on with other gamers. 4:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org.
Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA—If you know random info you just might win a bar tab. 8 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Wild Wings, 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian, 208-288-5485, buffalowildwings.com.
THURSDAY JAN. 20 On Stage CASH ON DELIVERY—Fastpaced farce about a con artist who plays the welfare system and makes a small fortune doing so. 7:30 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. DESTINATION IMAGINATION— Borah High and the Los Angeles Harbor College Theater Department present this play. 7 p.m. $2-$3. Borah High School, 6001 Cassia, Boise, 208-322-3855, sd01.k12.id.us/schools/borah.
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8 DAYS OUT STEEL MAGNOLIAS— Friends share their lives, loves and pain in the setting of a beauty parlor. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Calls to Artists AUDITIONS—See Friday. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-854-6230.
Kids & Teens
Concerts MAGIC OF MOZART— Celebrate Mozart with Boise Philharmonic, featuring the Woodwind Quintet. 8 p.m. $23-$43. Brandt Center at Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790, nnu.edu/brandt.
AMAZING ICE LAB—Do experiments to explore how ice transforms during the water cycle, why salt melts it, why it ﬂoats and more. Paint pictures using ice and go on an icy treasure hunt too. 10 a.m.-noon. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/Bee/WaterShed.
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$20. Kuna High School, 637 E. Deer Flat Road, Kuna, 208-955-0231. STEEL MAGNOLIAS— See Friday. 6:15 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Concerts MAGIC OF MOZART— See Friday. 8 p.m. $24-$75. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
Food & Drink FOUR VINES WINE TASTING— Former Sex Pistols punk rocker Christian Tietje now makes wine. This is your chance to taste it. 6-10 p.m. $10. Helina Marie’s Wine and Gift Shop, 11053 Highway 44, Star, 208-286-7960, helinamaries.com.
Workshops & Classes LEATHER WORKING: MAKE YOUR OWN SHOES—Create your own custom shoes. There is an additional leather fee of $15$25. 6-10 p.m. $58 for two-class session. Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Avenue S., Nampa, 208407-3359, puffymondaes.com.
SATURDAY JAN. 22 On Stage CASH ON DELIVERY—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org. DESTINATION IMAGINATION— See Thursday. 1 p.m. $2-$3. Borah High School, 6001 Cassia, Boise, 208-322-3855, sd01. k12.id.us/schools/borah.
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Art WOMEN’S CREATIVE FLOW CLASS—Learn how to create glass mosaic atrwork in the company of other women. E-mail ﬁtsofcreativity@yahoo.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Noon-2 p.m. $12-$20 donation. Sage International School, 457 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-343-7243, sageinternationalschool.org.
Kids & Teens THE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER—The Capital City Youth Ballet will bring Peter Rabbit and other favorite characters to life in this 45-minute program. 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, boisepubliclibrary.org.
SUNDAY JAN. 23 Festivals & Events CHURCH OF CRAFT— COC aims to bring out the creativeness in collected beings. Bring any project you’ve been working on, from guitar pedals to video editing to sewing. VAC is a 21-and-older space. Expect good things. 5-9 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com.
On Stage CASH ON DELIVERY—See Thursday. 2 p.m. $9-$12.50. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, boiselittletheater.org.
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Concerts TENOR MADNESS: CELEBRATING SONNY ROLLINS—Local jazz artists perform in an effort to raise funds for the Boise Jazz Society’s student education mission. Adult beverages and snacks will be available. 7 p.m. $25, $12.50 students. Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts, 516 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-345-9116.
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8 DAYS OUT Food & Drink
Odds & Ends
BOISE BREWER’S BASH NO. 4—Support your local breweries and get in on some specialty brews. Sockeye, Tablerock, Highlands Hollow and The Ram will bring some of their ﬁnest cask-conditioned ales aged in ﬁrkins to share for $3 per pint. A special menu will be featured, the AFC championship game will be shown. 5-8 p.m. FREE. The Stonehouse, 665 Park Blvd., 208-345-6790, stonehouseidaho.com.
PIONEER TOASTMASTERS—Participants are invited to work on their public speaking with the Pioneer Toastmasters speaking club. Guests and new members are always welcome. Not so sure you want to speak? No problem, show up and sit in. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. 6-7:30 p.m. FREE, 208-559-4434. Perkins Family Restaurant, 300 Broadway Ave., Boise.
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Workshops & Classes
GOCLEANSE WELLNESS WORKSHOP—Are you “toxic?” Do you have trouble sleeping, crave sweets, in a fog? Learn how to remove impurities from the environment you live in during this workshop. 7 p.m. FREE. DoubleTree Hotel Boise-Riverside, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, doubletree1.hilton.com.
COMEDY NIGHT—Open mic for anyone brave enough to give it a go followed by headliner Jen Adams. Hosted by Danny Amspacher. 8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye Grill and Brewery, 3019 Cole Road, Boise, 208-658-1533, sockeyebrew.com.
JULIE DOXSEE—The poet will read from her works as part of the MFA Reading Series. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s, 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344.
MONDAY JAN. 24 Workshops & Classes EXPLORING GODDESS—For women who are interested in exploring themselves as the energies of the Goddess. RSVP is required. 6:30 p.m. $25. Facets of Healing Wellness Emporium, 717 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-4299999, facetsofhealing.com.
Kids & Teens MARVELOUS MASK-MAKING CLASS—Children in Kindergarten through third grade will create multi-medium artwork, with a focus on masks from various cultures. E-mail will.bogdanoff@ ymcatvidaho.org to register. 4:15-5:15 p.m. $15 plus registration fee. Sage International School, 457 E Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-343-7243, sageinternationalschool.org.
EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city
Talks & Lectures BALD EAGLES OF THE BOISE RIVER—Idaho Rivers United kicks off its series of community programs with this talk on how bald eagles are impacted by development along the Boise River. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2940, gardencity. lili.org.
Odds & Ends BEER PONG TOURNEY—Eight tables set up for play, $4 pitchers and a $300 cash prize. What more could you ask for? 10 p.m. FREE. Fatty’s, 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531, drinkfattys.com.
COMEDY NIGHT—Test out your routine on patrons during open mic night. 8:30 p.m. FREE. Quarter Barrel, 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-3223430. PABST BINGO NIGHT—Play bingo for PBR, swag and other random stuff found at second hand stores. $1 PBR, Oly, or Rainier cans, or get a “ghetto bucket” (two of each) for $4. 7 p.m. FREE. Donnie Mac’s Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008, donniemacgrub.com.
NORWAY—Idaho native Samuel D. Hunter wrote this play about two college friends, their ultimate relationship and how it affected those around them. This is the ﬁrst of Hunter’s plays to be produced in his home state. Visit boiseweekly.com and click on Promo to learn how you can win tickets. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, bctheater.org.
Odds & Ends LAST CALL TRIVIA—Prove that you know lots of random info and win stuff. 8 p.m. FREE. Hyde Park Pub, 1501 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-9260. VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF IDAHO— Buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl records with other analog musical enthusiasts. Guest speakers and DJs. 7-10 p.m. FREE, vpsidaho.org. Modern Hotel and Bar, 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244.
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PATH TO GREATER DIGNITY Grace Potter climbs a high hill on her way to a new album STEPHEN FOSTER Grace Potter has been turning out seductive classic rock tunes for the past seven years, evolving from a modest hippie songstress into a sultry, Flying-V electric guitar-wielding rock goddess along the way. Her latest triumph, carried out last month with the aid of her immensely talented band, The Nocturnals, was conquering prime time television on VH1’s Divas Salute the Troops special. While top-billed acts and traded in their looser jam band leanings such as Katy Perry relied on spectacle and for sleek production and tightly packaged, auto-tune to impress the throngs of soldiers efﬁcient rock songs. in the audience, Potter and band downright “The big change on [Grace Potter and lit up the stage the old-fashioned way: pure, the Nocturnals] was the band lineup. Havunadulterated rock ’n’ roll. ing an extra member helps to create a new “There’s something about rock ’n’ roll dynamic, not just personally but musically,” that deserves to be front and center in the said Potter, referring to the addition of world of soldiers,” said Potter. “I’d like to rhythm guitarist Benny Yurco in 2009. think that they love rock. I doubt they’re “We tracked this record with greater ease. going to listen to candy-coated pop before We didn’t think so hard about it, and we going into combat. I can only assume that didn’t worry ourselves with over-manipulatit’s Led Zeppelin, The Who, that type of ing every single tiny tone. We just sort of went music that takes them into battle.” Potter’s statement is indicative of her belief for it. Otherwise, at times, the studio can feel a little bit like brain surgery,” she added. that rock music can function as a powerful Another difference on that album is force. And nowhere is this belief more apparthat Potter co-wrote six of the songs with ent then when she’s on stage with her band, renowned producer Mark Batson (Eminem, which Boise audiences will get to see when Jay-Z, Dave Matthew’s Band). Grace Potter and The Nocturnals perform “The co-writing process deﬁnitely made in town on Saturday, Jan. 22, at both the a big presence on this record. I think those Record Exchange and the Knitting Factory. “It’s all about the live show,” said Potter. [songs] mostly help to kick things up a notch. With this particular record we were going “You can listen to the record, but it’s not with a more up-tempo, sexually charged until you’ve seen our show that you know what this band is all about. Being out on the sound. I already had the foundation with ‘Paris,’ ‘Goodbye Kiss,’ road has taught us to ‘One Short Night’ and be seasoned veterans, a few others. So I kind how to play in difof knew what vibe I ferent venues, put on Grace Potter and The Nocturnals with Chamberlin. Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., wanted. Working with a quality production $16.50-$35. Mark, he knows how and how to one up KNITTING FACTORY CONCERT HOUSE to ﬂesh things out in a each show. We’re re416 S. Ninth St. style that I’m not used ally excited about this bo.knittingfactory.com to. It really stretched next tour.” my capabilities and The building how I approach a blocks for Potter’s song,” said Potter. songs have always The big name producer and swanky been the same. Thick guitar riffs, savvy B3 recording studio came courtesy of Disneyorgan lines, a steady rhythm section and sassy, light-hearted lyrics smoothly combine owned Hollywood Records, which the band signed with in late 2005. Potter said that blues, country and gospel. The centerpiece working with the big guys isn’t bad at all. of it all is Potter’s huge, impenetrable voice. “I know it’s not cool to say cool things On their last album, Grace Potter and the about your record company, but it’s really Nocturnals, the band cranked up the sex WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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been such an incredible collaboration. Growing up, I was a Disney child. I grew up with the Little Mermaid and Cinderella, and those kinds of characters and movies played a part in making me want to be a singer,” said Potter. “Our management totally understands that we’re a real rock ’n’ roll band. It’s not a formula. We’re not drawn from some casting agency. We come from the mountains in Vermont.” Since Potter’s days as a startup musician living in Vermont, she’s undergone quite the image renovation, transforming from a T-shirt and jeans type of gal into a scantily clad—but nonetheless appealing—rock ’n’ roll sex symbol. It seems that with each new album, Potter’s legs get a little longer. “Contrary to popular belief, that is all me,” said Potter, referencing rumors that her increased sexiness is some sort of marketing gimmick. “I’ve always wanted to be the girl that ﬂipped my hair around and wore cute dresses on the center stage, but it took me a long time to get their musically. Once my conﬁdence grew and I was able to conquer my musical fears, it was time to hike up the skirt. “When I go home some my friends expect this Hollywood monster. They see the long hair and the makeup and the short skirt. But if you spend two minutes with me you ﬁgure out nothing has changed whatsoever,”she said. Backtracking, Potter noted a recent New Year’s revelation. “I was at the New Year’s party my family has every year, and my friend I haven’t seen since seventh grade told me that I haven’t changed one bit, except for one thing: I have dignity now. I thought that was really poignant and mostly true. I have a greater level of dignity now. I don’t tell as many poop jokes anymore.”
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JAMES ORR, JAN. 22, EMPIRE BUILDING Local musician James Orr is planning something he has never seen: looping incandescent and LED lights that will pulse, brighten, dim and change color—synchronized with his looped music. While wrapping up a photo shoot for a new cardboard cut-out of himself, Orr explained his vision. “It’s looped visuals, which I think is a very novel concept. I’ve pulled out my low, mid and high frequencies ... it triggers lights based on the amplitude of the frequencies,” Orr said. Orr, who will be joined by Low vs. Diamond’s Lucas Field, will perform in the spot formerly occupied by Sleep With Grace but said he doesn’t mind the ﬁshbowl (remember, he is having a second cardboard cut-out made). Orr intends for this semi-formal dress event to be a party. He hopes to put lights triggered by ambient sounds (clapping, cheering) into balloons. If this show is anything like the one he did in 2009 at the Linen Building, his very vocal fans are going to have that place looking like a bright, blinking Studio 54. —Amy Atkins 7 p.m., $10 adv., $12 door. Empire Building, 205 N. 10th St. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
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INVISIBLE SWORDSMEN—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel NEW TRANSIT—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
DARWIN DEEZ—With Fol Chen and Friends. See Listen Here, Page 23. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 at the door. Neurolux
FRANK MARRA—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
PETE PETERSON TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
FIVE ALARM FUNK—9 p.m. $5. Reef
BRIANNE GRAY—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown
FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
HIGH DESERT BAND—6:30 p.m. FREE. Whitewater Pizza
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club
GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS— See Noise, Page 21. 8 p.m. $16.50 adv., $18 day of show. Knitting Factory
GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
SNDTRKR—With Yards. 8 p.m. $3. Neurolux
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. FREE. Buffalo Club
ERIC JOHN KAISER— With Jonathan Warren and the BillyGoats. See story at boiseweekly.com. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
SHON SANDERS AND AMY WEBER—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
SNOOP DOGG— See Picks, Page 16. 8:30 p.m. (all ages) and 11:30 p.m. (over 18) $30-$70. Knitting Factory
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THURSDAY JAN. 20
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire
DEL PARKINSON PERFORMS CHOPIN—8 p.m. $18 adults, $9 students. Blue Door
THE BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
TRIBAL SEEDS—8 p.m. $5. Reef
PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid THE VANPAEPAEGHEMS—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
SNOOP DOGG BEFORE AND AFTER PARTY—Featuring a Rap Battle contest, Eleven and DJ dance music. 7 p.m. FREE. Liquid
FRIDAY JAN. 21
SOUL SERENE—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
ARTS WEST JAZZ INSTITUTE QUARTET—With Blue Door Four. 6 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
SATURDAY JAN. 22
CRAVING DAWN—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye FIRE IN THE SKIES—With Parley, Kryterium, A Constant North and Hamartia. 6:30 p.m. $5. Mardi Gras
GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS IN-STORE CONCERT AND SIGNING— See Noise, Page 21. 1 p.m. FREE. Record Exchange HOT LOCAL KNIGHTS: METAL NIGHT—Kryterium, Mortal Ashes, The Forgotten, Resisting Fate, Ascend, The Summit, Threshold, Silence the Reign, The Dutchmans Treasure, Medula, Nine Dead, Hamartia and Artiﬁcer. 5 p.m. $8. The Venue JAMES ORR—With Lucas Field. See Listen Here, this page. 7 p.m. $10 adv., $12 at the door. Empire Building JIMMY BIVENS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
THE BARBARA LAING BAND— 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Rose Room
JOHNNY DOWNING—6:30 p.m. FREE. Twig’s
BOGUS BASEMENT BAND— 8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’ Penny
PETE PETERSON TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Gamekeeper
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RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
BEN BURDICK AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Willowcreek-Vista
THE SALOONATICS—9 p.m. $5. Buffalo Club WAKE UP FEST—Featuring Ukillit and Retrobates and Tommy Dirtweed. 8 p.m. $8. VAC WEST OF USTICK—7 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars WILSON ROBERTS—8 p.m. FREE. Corkscrews
SUNDAY JAN. 23
BILL MCKEETH AND FRIENDS—6 p.m. FREE. Cobby’s-Overland BOISE BLUES SOCIETY JAM SESSION—8 p.m. FREE. Jo’s CATALEPSY—With Destruction of a Rose and Suspect Terror. 7 p.m. $8. Brawl OPEN MIC WITH REBECCA SCOTT AND ROB HILL—8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PUNK MONDAY—9 p.m. $2. Liquid STEVEN TONEY—6 p.m. FREE. Solid
AN EVENING WITH MOE—8 p.m. $20-$60. Knitting Factory THE PRAIRIE SKY PILOTS—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid WOLF CITY—With xCode Redx, Plague Years, Let’s Burn It Down and more. 6:30 p.m. $5. Mardi Gras
TUESDAY JAN. 25 ARTS WEST CLASSICAL NIGHT AND CHESS—Featuring Dr. Svetlana Maddox. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
THE JACKS—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
DAN COSTELLO—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid
JEFF MOLL AND GUESTS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Ha’Penny
GIZZARD STONE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
NAYSAYER—With Take Offense, Brawl, The Dude Abides and Dynasty. 7 p.m. $8. Mardi Gras OLD TIME JAM SESSION— With the Hokum Flyers. 6 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLYGOATS—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
WINTER GREENS TOUR—Featuring Rebelution, Iration, Fat Lip and Yeti Beats. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Knitting Factory
ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Hannah’s
WEDNESDAY JAN. 26
SOUL SERENE—9 p.m. FREE. Liquid
AMY WEBER AND BEN BURDICK TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Sapphire BILLY ZERA—7 p.m. FREE. Sully’s THE BLUE DOOR FOUR—With ArtsWest Live. 7 p.m. FREE. Blue Door
SLEEPY SEEDS—With Mosshead, Street Pyramids, No Comprendo and With Child. 8 p.m. $5. VAC
THREE INCHES OF BLOOD— With Holy Grail. 8 p.m. $12 adv., $14 day of show. Neurolux TRAVIS MCDANIEL—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s VANPAEPAEGHEMS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown WILSON ROBERTS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian
BRIANNE GRAY—6 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown
CARTER FREEMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Solid DAN COSTELLO AND THE TRUCK STOP TRIO—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel
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DARWIN DEEZ, JAN. 22, NEUROLUX In the video for “Constellations,” looking like a 1970s highschool science teacher—rust-colored turtleneck, washed-outbeige suit jacket, square glasses—Darwin Deez (aka Darwin Smith) sings “Twinkle twinkle little star / how I wonder what you are” to the accompaniment of syncopated guitar and handclaps. It all sounds like the formula for a kids’ show. But Darwin Deez is for cool grown ups. Other members of the New York-based indie folk band named after its lanky curly haired frontman also take on the last name Deez, and that marriage helps the band bridge the gap between classic ’70s pop-rock and 21st century electronica. The Phoenixesque, Strokes-strummed sound is colors-of-the-rainbow happy but sometimes carries gray undertones. In “Radar Detector,” Deez sings “you are a radar detector” no less than 17 obsessive times but then goes right back to happy with, “I drive a thousand miles an hour / ... you are always looking out for me.” —Amy Atkins
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LOST AND FOUND Falling down the Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman NO STRINGS ATTACHED—Platonic friends Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) make a conscious decision to take their friendship to the next level of intimacy, asking themselves if they can remove their emotions and keep it purely physical. (R) Edwards 9, Edwards 22
RABBIT HOLE—Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart star as a happily married couple who lose their son in a tragic accident. Rather than focusing on the accident itself, the movie depicts the reality of dealing with the loss of a child. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. See review, this page. (PG-13) Flicks
GANTZ—Based on the Japanese anime genre, this one-night event will showcase the live-action, ultimate survival game, with English subtitles. An exclusive interview with the ﬁlm’s stars (Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken’ichi Matsuyama) will follow the movie. (R) Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m., $12.50. Edwards 22, 7709 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208377-9603, regmovies.com.
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I’m not entirely certain that I should recommend Rabbit Hole. It depends how unnerved you were by the murder of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Greene during the recent shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. It depends how you reacted to the sight of her tiny wooden cofﬁn. It depends if you’ve experienced the loss of a child. It may simply depend if you’re a parent, although there is nothing simple about that. Nicole Kidman plays Becca, a woman faced with the worst thing a parent could endure: the loss of a child. When I ﬁrst saw Rabbit Hole in 2007 on Broadway (the Pulitzer Prize winner While Becca and Howie sleepwalk through Kidman has a lot to do with the ﬁlm’s critical starred Cynthia Nixon and John Slattery), their grief, the world keeps spinning: Babies success. She’s also the star. While in Toronto, it left me unnerved and out of sorts. When I are born, children play in the park, and kids I asked Kidman if she heard the audience sobattended the world premiere last September become young adults. When Becca and Howie bing during the screening. She did. at the Toronto International Film Festival, I are alone, their once-vibrant Victorian home “I’m feeling very exposed and very nerwas sadder still, which caught me off-guard vous,” the Oscar winner half-whispered. “Life becomes a museum of sorrow. given the fact that I knew exactly what was Sandra Oh, Dianne Wiest and Miles Teller can be beautiful, but in store. Audience co-star. Teller, in a breakthrough performance, at the other end of members were openly portrays a quiet teen forging a complicated and the spectrum it can be weeping. RABBIT HOLE (PG-13) sorrowful link to the couple’s loss. painful. This was a So how can I recomDirected by John Cameron Mitchell Rabbit Hole is nothing like previous ﬁlms hard ﬁlm for me, parmend this to everyone? Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, with similar themes—everything from Orditicularly as a mother.” I can’t. But if your Dianne Wiest Kidman plays Becca nary People down to the Lifetime Channel emotional armor alOpens Friday at The Flicks have drilled in this mine before. Here instead and Aaron Eckhart lows you to approach a is empathy and emotional intellect without plays her husband very adult drama about laying blame. But I still don’t know if I should Howie. Their 4-yearthe loss of a child, recommend it. If you’re just not ready yet to old son is killed in a trafﬁc accident, but the Rabbit Hole is not to be missed. It never lacks watch, please don’t. When you are ready, Rabmovie is not about how he died, but rather grace or feels exploitative. bit Hole will be waiting for you. how they go on living. As the producer of Rabbit Hole, Nicole
SCREEN/THE TUBE AMERICAN I DON’T: STEVEN TYLER BETRAYS ROCK ’N’ ROLL, SELF, EVERYTHING SACRED
American Idol also compromises the lore of rock. Listen to the raw thunder of Aerosmith’s “Mama Kin” or their version of “Train Kept ARollin.’” You hear that guttural growl, that cathartic crunch coming from decades of struggle, failure, success, more failure and more success. But Tyler has displayed a predilection for transgressions against rock ’n’ roll purity throughout his career. Like Mick Jagger, he’s a pain in the ass for his guitarist/collaborator/songwriter/friend. Keith Richards couldn’t keep Jagger from “acting” with Emilio Estevez in Freejack, and Joe Perry can’t keep Tyler from hanging out with Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. All of them have navigated welldocumented drug problems, but nothing Richards, Jagger or Perry ever did in the depths of craven addiction approaches the horror Tyler, who will join season No. 10 of American Idol when it premieres Wednesday, Jan. 19, will unleash while purportedly sober. Well, except maybe “Love in an Elevator.”
Imagine Muddy Waters suspending his allegiance to deep Delta blues and becoming a judge on The Gong Show. Something similar has actually happened. American Idol’s decade-long display of meaningless karaoke has already beaten the soul out of rock ’n’ roll and has now claimed one of the rock’s most iconic and enduring ﬁgures: Aerosmith’s legendary frontman, Steven Tyler, now assigns frowns and crowns to the irritating aspirants on American Idol. It would be ﬁne if American Idol simply provided a forum of pestilent populism for bubblegum teen dancers and new-country disasters, but it pretends—particularly with the addition of Tyler as a judge—to offer a credible set of up-and-coming musicians. It’s a succubus providing no distinction between the likes of Justin Bieber and Tom Waits. Plus, it panders to kids. And kids, while sometimes tolerable American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays and admittedly important to humanity’s at 8 p.m. on Fox. perpetuation, do not rock.
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THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST ENCORE—Puccini’s wild west opera ﬁrst premiered at the Met in 1910 and comes back for its centennial anniversary, starring Deborah Voigt as the “girl of the golden West” opposite Marcello Giordani. With English subtitles. (NR) Wednesday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., $18. Edwards 22, 7709 W. Overland 25 Road, Boise, 208-377-9603, regmovies. com.
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One of 2010’s guilty pleasures hits DVD queues Tuesday, Jan. 25. Expect it to rocket to No. 1 on Netﬂix, Redbox and Blockbuster. Red refers to “retired and extremely dangerous,” a new code for being 50-something, armed and pissed. When Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich showed up to tease Red at, of all places, Comic-Con last summer, the buzz trumped a lot of other standard superhero fare. The plot is way too layered to explain fully. Just know that it includes black-ops, Cold-War lust and a huge body count. Malkovich steals every scene with his paranoid conspiracy theories and wild costume changes. Director Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife) does a crackerjack job with this fast-paced action comedy.
Nowhere Boy was a critical and box-ofﬁce hit in England but limped through a North American release. The Weinstein Company did an abysmal job promoting this biopic of a young lad named John Lennon in Liverpool. Nowhere Boy is about the teenage Lennon (played wonderfully by Aaron Johnson) who is adrift, ﬂoating between his birth mother (Anne-Marie Duff) and his aunt (Kristin Scott Thomas). Hearts skip a beat as a young Lennon ﬁrst meets Paul McCartney and George Harrison. And the soundtrack is a Whitman Sampler of rock and roll: Elvis Presley, Big Mama Thornton, Chuck Berry, Little Richard. Nowhere Boy is a beautiful melody of how two women raised the man who redeﬁned rock ’n’ roll. —George Prentice
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WEB/SCREEN FROSTY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD CONTEST WINNER Here at BW, we love videos. When we rolled out our new video platform last year, we discovered our readers love video, too. A few times a year we take it a step further by holding a video contest, the most recent of which was Frosty Goes To Hollywood. We offered huge prizes to the winner, who would be chosen by our fellow video-loving readers. The only requirements were that the video be rated PG, dinners for two, two passes to the On Point be ﬁlmed entirely in Idaho and feature snow. A Bend Winterfest in Bend, Ore., a Deschutes handful of auteurs stepped up to the challenge Brewery tour and tasting for two, a Deschutes and at midnight on Jan. 16, Corey Barbour Brewery gift pack and a Rock Star emerged the clear winner. energy drink gift pack. His video, Happy Timez, For more on Bend Thanks to everyone who entered captures some of the wildlife and Winterfest, visit and to everyone who voted. And if wild life of Idaho’s wintertime bendwinterfest.com. you didn’t win, maybe start thinking recreation. For his efforts, Barbour about what a video of Idaho in the walks away with a busload of sweet summertime looks like ... prizes: two nights lodging at The Riverhouse —Amy Atkins Hotel, two free lift tickets to Mt. Bachelor, two WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
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SURVEY SAYS 2011 survey will gauge economic impact of the arts AMY ATKINS
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typically costs a city $7,500 dollars to participate, although Boise received a discount this time for participating previously. The $6,100 fee, which the city plans to spread over three ﬁscal years, will be worth it, Schorzman said. “It’s great to get that base data and get information that serves everybody … We learned a lot in 2000 and 2005,” she added. Idaho Commission on the Arts Executive Director Michael Faison would agree that getting this kind of data is especially important now. “The last survey was pre-economic crisis,” Faison said. “It will be very important to get a new take on the arts and the economy in the local marketplace now … consumers are still worried and are not spending as much, and if they’re not spending as much, local compa-
nies don’t feel conﬁdent hiring new hires. What it comes down to is it’s a circle where everyone is looking at each other, and they’re waiting for the other one to ﬂinch.” Or to make the ﬁrst move. While the department will focus on “endusers”—asking questions like, “Why are you here? How much did you pay for your ticket? How much did you pay for parking?”—the Americans for the Arts will contact local nonproﬁt arts organizations with a more in-depth survey asking questions about donations, employees, costs and more. To that end, the Department of Arts and History put together a database that includes 66 organizations including everyone from Alley Repertory Theater, Art Faire, Balance Dance Company, Ballet Idaho, Big Tree Arts, Boise Art Museum, Boise Baroque Orchestra and Boise Rock School to Idaho Dance Theatre, Trey McIntyre Project, TRICA and the Treasure Valley Concert Band. If those groups come back with information that attendance has been up and individual donations have been up, those numbers can be used to court new businesses to the area. Schorzman said that when a Eugene, Ore.-based company that was considering moving asked its employees what they looked for in a new city, a vibrant arts scene was at the top of the list. Showing that a community spends millions of dollars in the arts is a sure sign that it’s vibrant. But it’s not just about the money. “We will be participating in another study [by] Americans for the Arts. It’s called the Local Arts Index,” Schorzman said. “They did one nationally a year ago, but are now going to come to the local level. It will be really interesting to see how this may shake out.” This survey evaluates a community’s vitality and unlike the Economic Prosperity survey, Boise was one of only 100 communities invited to participate. Schorzman pointed out that arts and culture organizations here weathered a stormy economy, showing that vitality is one thing Boise deﬁnitely does have. “We haven’t lost anybody,” Schorzman said succinctly. “We still have theater being produced and dances being done. Things are still happening ... things just keep popping.” And the reason things keep popping is because people keep attending. So the next time you go to a play, a dance, a poetry reading, a concert or an exhibit and you see a survey on your chair or a representative from the Department of Arts and History approaches you with one, take two minutes and put your two cents in. It may add up to millions. JULIA GREEN
In the coming year, patrons attending arts events may ﬁnd a questionnaire sitting on their assigned seats. Or, as they are standing in the lobby during intermission, a representative of Boise City’s Department of Arts and History might approach them, paper in hand. These questionnaires will ask how, what, why and where people who patronize the arts do so and will take about two minutes to complete. The surveys are part of Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, a project by Americans for the Arts, a 50-year-old, Washington, D.C.-based organization that works to “advance the arts in America” and is “dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.” Those two minutes and those answers will play a role in how Boise is able to portray itself as a vital, growing community where new businesses and creative communities can thrive. In 2000, Boise participated in Arts and Economic Prosperity II, which looked at the contributions non-proﬁt arts and culture organizations—and their audiences make—on a local level. It was the ﬁrst time the city had participated in the survey, which queries both audiences and the organizations they patronize. The survey found that organizations and patrons in Boise had an $18-million impact on the local economy. When Boise participated in Arts and Economic Prosperity III in 2005, the number jumped to $38 million. Nationally, the impact from arts was more than $166 billion. The $38-million number from 2005 may be tough to beat or even meet this time around, thanks to the economic recession. Since then, Americans have tightened their belts and city, state and federal agencies tightened theirs. Budgets have been slashed across the board, and arts programs were some of the ﬁrst to have their funding cut. Arts and History Director Terri Schorzman said that’s why it’s especially important to participate in the current study: She wants to see what things look like now. The department will gather a minimum of 200 surveys each quarter during this calendar year and will do so at a diverse number of events. “We will be at everything from Idaho Shakespeare Festival to the symphony to emerging groups to community events,” Schorzman said. “We’ll be at Alley Rep, when the Idaho History Museum does History Comes Alive, we’ll be at free events. We want to get this whole mix of the way people are participating.” The survey itself isn’t free, however. It
In 2000, the arts in Boise had an economic impact of $18 million. By 2005, that number jumped to $38 million.
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THE BIRDS AND BUNNIES Make the most of winter and get some sun ANDREW MENTZER In the chill of winter, two types of Idahoans begin to appear: The snow bunnies who thrive during the year’s coldest months and the snowbirds who get far, far away until the ice and snow thaw. Longtime Boise resident Laura Colson falls into the latter category. She ﬂew to Hawaii in December because, as she put it, “I love Boise, but it gets so gray … I just had to escape the gray.” Balihoo graphic designer Nicolet Laursen is headed to Costa Rica in February to volunteer with a group focused on women’s empowerment and work with children and the elderly. Laursen contemplated the seasons heavily when planning the timing of her trip. “I actually get a serious case of the winter blues every year when the inversion sets in, and I can’t go for my usual runs through the Foothills … I was also checking out the seasons in Costa Rica and decided that February was really the perfect time, right before the rainy season hits.” The reason that many people may leave during the gray that Colson referred to is because they suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD. According to the Mayo Clinic: “If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” So that down-in-the-dumps feeling that comes over you when the sky is overcast may be the sign of something. If you suffer from the following symptoms, you may be dealing with SAD: depression, hopelessness, anxiety, loss of energy, social withdrawal, oversleeping, loss of interest in activities,
appetite changes (especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates), weight gain and difﬁculty concentrating and processing information. Boise psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Bushi sees a number of patients looking for help with symptoms of SAD each winter. “Cases are generally much more common in areas where days are shorter” said Bushi. While symptoms can be severe enough to require medication or therapy, Bushi generally prescribes “light therapy for 15 to 30 minutes per day” for patients, whether it’s cold or not, simply going outside on a sunny day can make the difference for a person with SAD. For some, it may not be a matter of SAD, but just a need to get away. For those who live for warm weather mountain biking, hiking and soaking up Idaho’s hot summer sun, traveling in the winter makes sense. Or for people like commercial real estate broker Ben Zamzow, traveling to some exotic place every December isn’t so much about hiding from the cold as it is about switching things up, no matter what the climate. Last year Zamzow, an MBA student at Boise State, spent time in India researching global emerging markets. He is currently in China exploring everything from immense urban cityscapes to rice ﬂats to the frigid Nepalese Himalayas surrounding Lhasa. “Traveling at the end of the year gives you something to
look forward to,” Zamzow said. “[It’s] a good time of year to reﬂect on the past year, and set goals for the next, particularly in the context of traveling in an area where most are less fortunate than us ... puts things in perspective. I want to see it for myself: high mountain villages, cheap, good food, different cultures.” But many can’t afford to travel to tropical or exotic places—or maybe they don’t want to. These people are generally considered snow bunnies, and many of them moved to Idaho because of this kind of weather. They are the kind of people who can’t wait for that ﬁrst snowﬂake. That ﬁrst ﬂake sends them driving past the sagebrush east of town en route to Donnelly, McCall, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, Wyo., or Park City, Utah, or staying closer to home with regular trips to Bogus Basin. If it’s not dumping snow, they aren’t content. They’re always looking for the best backcountry skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, mountaineering and cross-country skiing. They, too, may suffer the ill effects of a gray valley winter but take advantage of getting up in the high country to get a little closer to the sun. Former McU Sports ski tech, Rustin Hood is more prone to be a snowbird, hitting the road for Utah or Colorado in the winter. But he also likes what Boise has to offer. “Bogus, just 40 minutes up the hill, is so convenient. There are also some excellent backcountry options not far from town if you like to hike,” said Hood. Whatever you decide, winter is a great time to get out and explore and still get some sun—even if you’re more of a bird than a bunny.
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CLOVERLEAF CREAMERY COMMODITY Little dairy in Buhl keeps it small and sweet GUY HAND “This was formerly the Smith’s Dairy,” says Bill Stoltzfus of the building he bought in 2007, just a block south of Buhl’s town square. “The place had been in the Smith family for 70-some years.” This modest cream-colored bottling plant and the soft-spoken man who now runs it hardly look like players in a new, national agricultural movement. But they are. Stoltzfus, a lifelong dairyman, moved to Idaho in 1992 from Pennsylvania’s once pasto- is “careening down ever more extreme paths with less and less connection to anything ral dairy country. He still carries a hint of the recognizable as real milk.” rural East in his voice and a lasting love of the As we walk from his quaint storefront into small dairy farms that dot his home state. a small, spotless bottling plant where glass “We do a non-homogenized whole milk, milk containers rattle along a conveyer belt, a 2 percent and a low-fat milk,” Stoltzfus Stoltzfus says he believes in real milk. says as he shows me around the pleasantly “Our raw milk comes into the big tank old-fashioned retail space that fronts his bottling plant. Behind the counter are 24 ﬂa- there,” he says, pointing to a stainless steel vat. “And we do not separate our whole milk.” vors of homemade ice cream. “We also are That’s signiﬁcant. planning on trying to get into some cottage Modern milk is a study in deconstructioncheese and possibly some yogurt and do our ism. Even whole milk is usually separated into own artisan cheese.” its component parts then reassembled as any of Most modern dairymen have gone a very the countless variations of milk-like substances different route than Stoltzfus. The Idaho dairy that customers now demand: skimmed, nonindustry has grown explosively in the last fat, low fat, 1 percent, 2 percent and what decade. Fed in part by factory dairies ﬂeeing could be, after that industrial disassembly more tightly regulated places like Califorprocess, only euphemistically described as nia, dairy is now Idaho’s No. 1 agricultural industry. But rather than managing small herds whole milk. Along the way it’s also pasteurized, homogenized, spiked with vitamins and and bottling the milk for regional distribuoften other additives like thickeners, emulsition, as Stoltzfus does, the typical Southern Idaho dairyman has turned to the concentrated ﬁers, stabilizers and ﬂavor enhancers. “So by doing the whole milk, just whole animal feeding operation, or CAFO, focusing on volume, assembling herds as large as regula- milk, we don’t have to do any of that,” says Stoltzfus. Although he pasteurizes all of his tions allow (sometimes larger), then selling milk—and federal regulations require that his milk on the notoriously volatile commodity separated milk, like 2 percent, are fortiﬁed market where it’s largely churned into lowwith vitamins—he doesn’t homogenize or othquality, processed cheese destined to anonyerwise ﬁddle with his whole milk. The cream mously top distant chain store pizzas. Artisan even ﬂoats to the top. Stoltzfus tries to keep it cheese it ain’t. Although Stoltzfus is quick to point out that as simple as the law allows. He even uses those old-fashioned, returnable glass bottles because he’s not against the choices other dairymen he believes they make the milk taste better. But make, his Cloverleaf Creamery is nonetheless it’s not simply a lightly processed product that part of a small but signiﬁcant national trend attracted him to the bottling leading away from that highly business. industrialized dairy model. “Well this is Ashley and Anne Mendelson, author CLOVERLEAF CREAMERY Bobby Sue and Dinah,” of Milk: The Surprising Story 205 Broadway Ave. South, Stoltzfus says, introducing me of Milk Through the Ages, is Buhl 208-543-4272 to his herd. encouraged by this countercloverleafcreamery.com Dinah is 13 years old. Lite, trend toward small, locally the grand elder of the clan, focused milk production. She is 14. writes that “milk in many ways “I think the average dairy cow in the counexempliﬁes an American love-hate relationship try is around 4 years old,” Stoltzfus says. with food” and that modern milk production
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A growing number of dairy industry critics say factory farms, which frequently manage thousands of animals at a time, often abuse them. A few years ago, one Magic Valley dairy was accused of burying cattle alive. Without question, crowded, manure-slicked factory farms shorten animals’ lives. Stoltzfus says he understands the economic factors that compel fellow dairymen to ever-larger operations, but just hesitates to join them, believing he can better care for his own animals by keeping the herd small. The advanced age of many of his 81 milking cows, unheard of in industrial dairies, is testament to that belief. “To me, I like the hands-on of the cattle and working with them and all that,” he says as he gives Bobby Sue a pat. “And I never had a desire to manage a lot of employees and large number of cows.” In contrast, the owner of one of Southern Idaho’s mega-dairies told me he prefers an airconditioned ofﬁce to a milking barn, and the division of labor that a large-scale operation demands—the separation of menial work from management—suits him just ﬁne. Stoltzfus, on the other hand, likes the milking barn. Rather than selling high volumes of raw milk at low prices as an air-conditioned stairway to management, bottling his own milk allows Stoltzfus to charge a stable price that makes sticking close to his cattle possible. “One of my frustrations with just supplying for the commodity market was the answer to high milk prices was produce more because we’re making money, and the answer to low milk prices was produce more until it gets better. And it’s a continuous, self-defeating deal, and that’s what agriculture has come to,” he says. Feeling like a slave to the commodity market is hardly an ailment unique to dairymen. It’s the reason cattle ranchers, chicken growers and vegetable farmers have turned toward the local-food movement, farmers markets and direct marketing as a way 32 to capture a fair price for producing a WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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higher quality product than the commodity market can. Stoltzfus says he’s able to step off the often ﬁnancially disastrous commodity roller coaster— with its violent ups and downs that have rattled the wallets of Idaho dairymen in recent years—by selling his milk to places like Boise Coop and M&W Market in Boise, and to small stores in the Magic Valley, Ketchum, Twin Falls and Pocatello. He has even started growing his own hay to avoid the feed sector’s economic peaks and valleys. This kind of vertically integrated dairy farming— farming from feed to ﬁnal customer—is both cutting edge and entirely old-fashioned. It also requires expertise much broader than the twice daily milking of cows. It does, however, allow the multifaceted farmer to cut or at least loosen—mixing agricultural metaphors here—that noose-like, commodity-tethered chord. “You know you kind of isolate yourself from that commodity market controlling what you get and what you do,” Stoltzfus says. “And you develop a relationship right with the consumer instead of anonymous food that shows up on the grocery store shelf.” To help erase the last speck of lingering mystery, Stoltzfus invites customers out to the farm, something industrial dairies are not as eager to do. “We have it right on our bottles that our customers are welcome to come see where their milk comes from, and we get quite a few that come here to the plant and out to the dairy.” Customers get a chance to see the farm, the bottling plant and meet Stoltzfus face to face—and perhaps most importantly, the company’s real milk producers: Ashley, Bobby Sue and Dinah. 30
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): The age-old question comes up for review once again: Which should predominate, independence or interdependence? The answer is always different, of course, depending on the tenor of the time and the phase of your evolution. But in the coming weeks, at least, my view is that you should put more emphasis on interdependence. I think you’ll reap huge benefits from blending your energies with allies whose power and intelligence match yours. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I find many of you Tauruses to be excessively self-effacing. It’s a trait that can be both endearing and maddening. Even as my heart melts in the presence of Bulls who are underestimating their own beauty, I may also feel like grabbing them by the shoulders and shaking some confidence into them, barraging them with frustrated exhortations like, “Believe in yourself as much as I believe in you, for God’s sake!” But I’m guessing I won’t be tempted to do that anytime soon. You appear to be due for a big influx of self-esteem. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It will be good week to let your mind go utterly blank while slouching in front of a TV and sipping warm milk, or to spend hours curled up under the covers as you berate yourself with insults for the mistakes you’ve made. Not! Please don’t you dare do anything like that. It would be a terrible waste of the rowdy astrological omens that are coming to bear on you. Here are some better ideas: Go seek the fire on the mountain! Learn a trick in the dark! Find a new emotion! Study the wisest, wildest people you know so you, too, can be wildly wise! CANCER (June 21-July 22): This would be an excellent week to grieve madly and deeply about the old love affairs that shattered your heart. I’ve rarely seen a better astrological configuration than there is now for purging the residual anguish from those old romantic collapses. So I suggest you conduct a formal ritual that will provide total exorcism and bring you maximum catharsis. Maybe you could build a shrine containing the photos and objects that keep a part of you stuck in the past, and maybe you could find the bold words and innovative gestures that will bid goodbye to them forever. Do you have any intuitions about how to create a rousing healing ceremony? LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The History channel has a reality TV show called Ice Road Truckers. It documents the exploits of drivers who haul heavy loads in their 18-wheelers for long distances across frozen rivers and lakes and swamps in Alaska and
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northwest Canada. They bring supplies to remote outposts where humans work exotic jobs like mining diamonds and drilling for natural gas. If you have any truck-driving skills, Leo, you’d be a good candidate to apply for a gig on the show. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, your levels of courage and adventurousness will be at an all-time high in 2011. May I suggest, though, that you try to make your romps in the frontier more purely pleasurable than what the ice road truckers have to endure? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pop chanteuse Katy Perry is renowned not only for her singing ability, but also for her physical appearance. Her preternatural ability to sell her musical products can be attributed in part to her sparkling good looks and charisma. That’s why it was amusing when her husband, the trickster Russell Brand, Twittered a raw photo of her that he took as she lifted her head off the pillow, awakening from a night of sleep. (See it at tinyurl.com/realkaty.) Without her make-up, Katy’s visage was spectacularly ordinary. Not ugly, just plain. In accordance with the astrological omens, Virgo, I urge you to do what Russell Brand did: expose the reality that lies beneath and behind the glamorous illusion, either in yourself or anywhere else you find a need. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): While I was growing up, I was taught to regard my analytical mind as a supreme tool for understanding reality. I’ve never stopped believing that. However, I eventually realized I had to add the following corollaries if I wanted to thrive: 1. My imagination and intuition are as essential to my success as my analytical mind; 2. I need to regularly express my playful, creative urges, and that requires me to sometimes transcend my analytical mind; 3. To maintain my emotional well-being, I have to work with my dreams, which occur in a realm where the analytical mind is not lord and king. Does any of this ring true for you, Libra? Now is an excellent time to cultivate other modes of intelligence besides your analytical mind. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If you’re planning on spending any time hibernating during the next few months, this would be an excellent time to do it. Your reaction time is slowing down, which is a very healthy thing. Meanwhile, your allergy to civilization is acting up, your head is too full of thoughts you don’t need and your heart craves a break from the subtle sorrows and trivial tussles of daily life. So go find some sweet silence to hide inside, Scorpio. Treat yourself to a slow-motion glide through the eternal point of view.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Dear Rob: All my life I’ve been passionate about the big picture—learning how the universe works, meditating on why things are the way they are and probing the invisible forces working behind the scenes. Too often, though, I’m so enamored of these expansive concepts that I neglect to pay enough humble attention to myself. It’s embarrassing. Loving the infinite, I scrimp on taking care of the finite. Any advice? —Larger Than Life Sagittarian.” Dear Larger: You’re in luck! Members of the Sagittarian tribe have entered a phase when they can make up for their previous neglect of lifenourishing details. In the coming weeks, I bet you’ll find it as fun and interesting to attend to your own needs as you do to understanding the cosmos. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): All the most credible studies say that the crime rate is steadily decreasing, and yet three out of every four people believe it’s rising. What conclusions can we draw from this curious discrepancy? Here’s one: The majority of the population is predisposed toward pessimism. In my opinion, you can’t afford to be victimized by this mass psychosis. If you are, it will interfere with, and even stunt, the good fortune headed your way. I’m not asking you to be absurdly optimistic. Just try to root out any tendencies you might have to be absurdly gloomy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In the early 20th century, women at the beach covered their bodies with swimsuits made of wool. If they went in the water, they’d emerge about 20 pounds heavier. Swimming was a challenge. Your current psychic state has resemblances to what you’d feel like if you were wearing drenched woolen underwear and a drenched woolen clown suit and a drenched woolen robe. My advice? Take it off; take it all off. The omens are clear: Whatever your reasons were for being in this get-up in the first place are no longer valid. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In comedian Sarah Silverman’s memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee, she confesses that she was still wetting her bed at age 19. Depression was a constant companion throughout adolescence and she took a lot of Xanax. Yet somehow she grew into such a formidable adult that she was able to corral God himself to write the afterword for her book. How did she manage that? “This is so trite,” she told Publishers Weekly, “but ... sex.” I predict that a comparable reversal of fortune is ahead for you, Pisces. Some part of your past will be redeemed, quite possibly with the sexy help of a divine ally.
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