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BLUE REVIEW Boise State and Boise Weekly team up


MODERATE IDAHO Exploring Idaho’s moderate District 6


PH.D. IN DEBT Carrying the heavy load of student loans


ARTISTIC BOUNDARIES City taps artists to help define Boise’s districts

“I’m fascinated when I look through the beer aisle in a town like Boise.”


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NOTE CHANGES ALL AROUND As Rachael Daigle leaves us for her new adventure, Boise Weekly is again without an editor for a short while. BW has accomplished many things under Daigle’s reign. Under her watch, BW started publishing Annual Manual, a behemoth project that we talked about for five years before proceeding. We vastly expanded our online content, and quadrupled our web traffic since she rejoined us in 2008. The last time you heard from me was prior to her taking the editorial helm more than four years ago, our last presidential election year, a time of great hope. She will be missed by all at BW. Now in my 11th year in Boise, so much has changed and so much has stayed the same. The hole is getting filled, finally, Thr!ve came and went and Radio Boise is now on the air. I had hoped for more profound changes, the kind that help our community be competitive and viable in an ever-changing world, bringing jobs and creative energy to solve problems and challenges in new ways. I am a believer that it can be done without compromising the excellent quality of life that is enjoyed in this valley. Having just returned from a meeting with publishing colleagues in Vermont, I am glad to be back in Boise. I always return with new ideas, great optimism about the possibilities before us and gratitude. My immediate task at hand is to find the next editor for BW, someone who has what it takes to continue where Daigle has left off. In the interim, BW’s editorial team will take turns filling this space. Next week, Sheree Whiteley will kick off and you will hear from the whole editorial staff in this space by the time you hear from a new editor. I still meet people who have never heard of BW. Do me a favor and pass a copy on to someone. You might make their day, or get them riled up enough to get off the couch, stop watching TV and perhaps do something to make a difference. This week, you will find The Blue Review inside BW, our first collaboration with Boise State University’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs. This Blue Review focuses on the race for the White House, examining the election from media, environmental and religious angles. And bring a friend to the cover auction. I hope to see you all at Idaho State Historical Museum Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. Auction starts at 6 p.m., and we expect it to be our best year yet. Also, congratulations to our Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader and her husband, Dave, on the arrival of their son. —Sally Freeman

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ARTIST STATEMENT: I work mostly in ink but access to my materials is drying up. My pens are designed for drafting and drafting is now done on computers. When my supply of pens is gone for good I am going back to my roots in painting and sculpture. If interested, there’s much more of my work at

Boise Weekly was founded in 1992 by Andy and Debi Hedden-Nicely. Larry Ragan had a lot to do with it too. Boise weekly is an independently owned and operated newspaper.



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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.


OHIDAHO Ohio’s secretar y of state has been working to limit early voting in his state, an action the Obama administration sued to halt. Idaho’s attorney general and AGs of 14 other states have announced suppor t for Ohio. What does that mean? Get the full stor y at Citydesk.

DEPARTMENTLESS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Idaho DEQ has retreated from the enemy stronghold of McCall, and says it will now be per forming local watermonitering duties out of its Boise office. Why? Check Citydesk for the deets.

GREENS FROM A SCENE In the latest episode of Scenes From a Scene, Boise Weekly’s continuing video series on local music, see Boiseans don puppet heads and spit Jell-O into one another’s underpants onstage at a Green Jello show. Check it out at Cobweb.

RAW DIALOG RAW, the monthly ar ts series at the Powerhouse, went down last week. Boise Weely was there to offer its take on the post-apocalyptic space-hooker chic fashion show. Commenters are offering theirs. Take par t at Cobweb.








NEWS Idaho’s District 6




FEATURE Student debt










NOISE Jake Shimabukuro and his magic ukulele 2 MUSIC GUIDE


ARTS Artists define Boise’s districts


SCREEN The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Liberal Arts 30 REC Autumn hiking guide


FOOD Idaho escargot










They were once an exclusive band of wanderers traveling the state in search of the next challenging rock face or boulder. But today’s climbing community has come of age. OUTDOOR IDAHO begins its 30th season with a close look at climbers, who remind us that there’s much in life yet to be explored and conquered.

Thursday Oct 18 at 8 pm Educate



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Repeats Sunday Oct 21 at 7 pm WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

MAIL NO CONSTITUTIONAL HUNTING Idahoans love and respect their rights: free speech, gun ownership, and private property, for example. Idahoans don’t like politicians messing with their rights. Politicians often have axes to grind, catering to special interest groups who have given them campaign money. Current politicians in Idaho have proposed a new Idaho constitutional amendment. It would take away the right that Idahoans currently have: The right to pass a citizens’ initiative, if needed, when politicians have failed to act. This proposed amendment, called HJR2, is a power grab by politicians in the Statehouse. It takes away the rights of Idahoans to initiative and referendum, with regard to hunting, fishing and trapping. Idaho has a long-standing reputation of promoting ethical hunting and fishing. Our Idaho Fish and Game biologists do a very good job protecting our rights, and our wildlife. Don’t let the politicians in Boise take away your rights. Vote “no” on HJR2 on [Tuesday,] Nov. 6. —David Richmond, Clayton

KEEP PUBLIC LAND PUBLIC All is not well with our precious public lands in north Idaho. There is an ominous mega-issue looming on the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service inexplicably proposes a horrible land trade in which 39,000 acres of cut-over and already

industrialized private checkerboard parcels in the upper Lochsa would be acquired by USFS for equal acreage privatized in scattered national forest parcels in several North Idaho counties. Your public parcels to be bartered are prime timbered lands with immense wildlife, watershed and recreation values. To liquidate them is unacceptable. Please see the excellent eye-opening articles at Thousands of angry citizens are protesting this proposed land heist, as are Friends of the Clearwater and Friends of the Palouse Ranger District. Ten or more knowledgeable retired federal foresters are gravely concerned. You can help by writing to Regional Forester Faye Krueger (fkrueger@ in Missoula, Mont., and USFS Chief Tom Tidwell (ttidwell@, saying “no way.” Stress that only the no-action alternative in the environmental impact statement is acceptable. Economist Clarence Chapman wrote a telling research piece showing that Western Pacific Timber stands to garner $150 million, gaining 126 million board feet of harvestable timber. The irreplaceable public parcels would disappear. Gone. Privatized. It gets worse. WPT has hired the notorious disgraced ex-Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and timber lobbyist Mark Rey to grease political skids. This is appalling. Looming behind WPT is the shady Tim Blixseth. Google him up for a shock. Contact your Idaho senators and insist they oppose this fatally flawed exchange.

Please speak out. Demand accountability and no exchange (giveaway) from the USFS. Yes to public lands remaining in public hands and a resounding no to WPT and Blixseth, the USFS, insidious public land privatization schemes and the subterfuge of Craig and Rey. So much is at stake. —Scott H. Phillips, Hailey

LOSE THE MANSION It’s an eyesore, it’s an embarrassing use of water, fertilizer and maintenance, it serves no purpose historically, politically or community pride wise. It sticks out like a diamond in a goat’s rear end to remind us of two things: that a wealthy man believed he could afford to make grass grow vertically on a south-facing slope in Southern Idaho if he had enough Simplot chemical fertilizer, and that his exson-in-law doesn’t want to have anything to do with it. Pretty weak soup for a community that is struggling to make ends meet and pay our taxes, which go to maintain this white elephant. Come on, retain all the property below the structure as a public park and sledding hill, LOL, and terrace most of it so it isn’t such a maintenance problem and let the public use it for whatever, and sell the tacky “mansion” at the top to some overachiever who believes in her heart that she deserves to live in such a preposterous Elvis-style edifice. We will all sleep better when that giant flag isn’t snapping in the breeze 24/7. Sad. —Jim Spicka, Boise

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HOSTILE TAKEOVER Part 2: Once gone, it’s gone for good “Education is rapidly becoming a $1 trillion industry, second in size only to the health care industry ...” —statement issued by the Education Industry Association. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sonya Rosario, an independent film maker. She gave me a copy of a documentary she produced for Idaho Public Television, Idaho’s Forgotten War. It tells the story of the struggle of Idaho’s Kootenai tribe, which by 1974 was down to a sickly 67 members, owing to a century of deprivation, poverty, neglect and the desperate malaise that comes with being an utterly defeated people. The Kootenai had come out of the Age of American Indian Screwing without so much as an acre of reservation. Their most essential birthright—their land—was gone, fallen into the hands of those who smelled a fortune to be made behind every old-growth forest and under every unmined hillside. By coincidence, for the days leading to the time I watched Rosario’s film, I had been trying to think of a fresh way to write about Propositions 1, 2 and 3—our last chance to overturn the Luna laws and defend one of our essential birthrights: the public education system. I don’t always succeed, but I always try to come up with something that hasn’t been argued. And as concerns the Luna reforms, I have already written ... what? ... maybe six columns against them. Maybe 30? I’ve lost count. But there is no issue specific to Idaho that has mattered more to me since I started writing this column. The fringy nuts that Idahoans are prone to put into office come and go, I’ve come to accept that. The Chenoweths, the Salis, the Labradors, the Otters and Kempthornes ... they are all just temporary placeholders, acting out their pious little dramas until the next goofball comes along to take over. However, there has been nothing capable of doing more lasting damage to our state than Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna’s horseshit reforms, and I am compelled to testify against them strongly and often, until time runs out. Until it has been decided once and for all whether we swallow them, or spit them out like rancid fat. Oh, I could do as Frank VanderSloot’s infantile “Community Page” ads do: spew the same feeble-minded bile over and over. (Teachers’ unions—nasty! They want your kid to FAIL! Look at what they did to Luna’s poor truck! Will they stop at NOTHING to darken our children’s future!?) But if I am right about the true motive behind this radical move—if Luna’s reforms (and the nationwide wave to turn education into a sellers’ market) are truly a ploy for very rich people to get even richer at the expense of taxpayers, of the public education system that has served our nation well

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since 1635, and of the men and women who have dedicated themselves to teaching your kids a thing or two—then there must be myriad ways to present the case. If only I can think of it. And then came Rosario’s film. You may have guessed where this is headed. It’s a simple analogy between what we are facing now and how well it turned out before, when a past society was forced to accept what was offered them by powerful special interests, believing all other choices were worse. (You might protest that it was the government, not the captains of capitalism, that stripped the tribes of virtually everything that was once theirs. But please remember your history: In the 19th century, the U.S. government served generally as the business agent for the engine of capitalism, and the U.S. military as often as not acted as security.) No, I am not suggesting students will be herded onto reservations or slow learners will be given laptops soaked in small pox so as to improve average test results. What I am suggesting is that we might infer from the Native American experience exactly how sympathetic free marketeers are to those they regard first and foremost as a commodity to be manipulated for maximum profit. And if you’re one of those who have bought into the myth that the private sector can solve all public woes, then why are monstrosities like Haliburton and Corrections Corporation of America continually under scrutiny for the fraud, cost overruns, unaccountability and substandard service we are paying for from public coffers? (Of interest, more relevant to education are the lawsuits shareholders have brought against Virginia-based K12, Inc., Idaho’s foremost provider of online education services. K12 management is accused of making “false and misleading statements” not only about its business practices but the performance of students enrolled in charter schools catered to by this company—one being Idaho’s Virtual Academy, extolled by Tom Luna and the Albertson Foundation.) But there is a larger question voters must answer: What’s the damn hurry? If Luna’s reforms are truly the right approach, why must they be pushed upon us so shrilly, so overbearingly, and with such hostility against our teaching corps? If state leaders honestly have students first in their hearts, why haven’t they examined more judiciously how those many nations ahead of us in academic achievement have gotten there with no privatization and with healthy, strong teachers’ unions? Why must we believe Idaho’s kingly rich that it’s now or never? As any member of the Kootenai (or any other) tribe could tell us, once it’s gone, there’s no getting it back. So let us be not so quick to give it away. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


BIG BIRD IS A 1 PERCENTER Romney’s silly but salient point on PBS “I like PBS. I love Big Bird. Actually, I like you, too,” Mitt Romney told Jim Lehrer in the most quoted line from the first presidential debate. “But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.” If deficit spending will be verboten under the Mittocracy, what will happen to all those out-of-work soldiers and defense contractors? Apparently I’m the only person in America who noticed that the military-industrial complex is about to go out of business. People are instead focusing on Romney’s call to cut the $445 million a year—which amounts to a paltry 1.2 percent of 1 percent of the federal budget—the federal government contributes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Candidates and parties aren’t important. Ideas are. If we want to appear credible when we criticize right-wingers, we left-ofcenter types have to hold ourselves to the same standards. This is a time when we have to give the devil his due. I was unaware of the exorbitant salaries of executives and top employees of federally subsidized broadcast networks. In a 2011 op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint pointed out that PBS President Paula Kerger earned more than $600,000 a year. “Kevin Klose, president emeritus of NPR ... received more than $1.2 million in compensation, according to the tax forms the nonprofit filed in 2009,” wrote DeMint. Actor Caroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, was paid more than


$314,000 last year. The Center for American Progress countered: “While those numbers are not exactly chump change, it’s pennies compared to the salaries of another industry the U.S. taxpayers subsidize at much higher cost—Big Oil.” Wasteful federal spending on overpaid executives is wrong, whether it’s for planetmurdering energy corporations, or on a network that airs free educational TV that helps ready kids for school with basics like counting, math and even Spanish. Kill both. Something is off-kilter when the studios of publicly funded shows are centrally located and sumptuously furnished with mahogany tables and the latest high-tech gadgetry, while those of privately owned 50,000-watt talk-radio powerhouses are situated in the slums and look like 1970s-era flophouses. PBS only receives 15 percent of its funding from the feds. For NPR, it’s 2 percent. As a former NPR exec confided, given the political heat they take over it, they might be better off cutting the strings. Why is the government giving broadcasters money they don’t need? There’s a much stronger argument for propping up newspapers, which remain the original source of 95 percent of news stories. Print media is in big trouble: The newspaper industry has shrunk 43 percent since 2000. Analysts say that even that chart-filled ubiquitous denizen of hotels USA Today may fold. If the feds want to do something good for journalism they should start by subsidizing print newspapers. But only if their editors and publishers don’t get paid ridiculous salaries.

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RACE TO THE MIDDLE Candidates for Idaho District 6 tout independence GEORGE PRENTICE Sometimes you pay tax on the Idaho Statesman, sometimes you don’t.


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“The term ‘moderate’ is a good characterization of the voters around here,” said Johnson. “They vote the person, not the party.” Meanwhile Johnson’s opponent, DemoGEOR GE PRENTICE

Want to buy a weekday Idaho Statesman at WinCo Foods? That will cost you 53 cents—50 cents for the paper, 3 cents for sales tax. Buy the same paper at Albertsons or Jacksons and the Statesman will cost you 74 cents—70 cents for the paper, 4 cents for sales tax. Fred Meyer or Boise Co-Op will charge you 75 cents—no charge for sales tax—for a daily Statesman. The daily Statesman costs 75 cents at a vending box, but it’s tax exempt. Grocers and convenience stores aren’t in a bidding war, but they’re definitely collecting varied amounts of sales tax and, in some cases, none at all. “One of our associates in accounting examined the Idaho tax code six weeks ago,” Mike Read, spokesman for WinCo Foods told Citydesk. “Rather than changing our price, we decided to simply charge the 6 percent sales tax at the register. It’s a nominal fee anyway.” But that’s not how they do business at Fred Meyer. “We do pay the sales tax, but we haven’t been charging an extra 6 percent,” said Fred Meyer spokeswoman Melinda Merrill. “But we’re not quite sure if that’s right and we need to do some more research.” The profit margins—the difference between the wholesale and retail price—remains private, not unlike any other item the store might sell. “The amount we charge an independent retailer for newspapers, like anything else, is based on quantity,” said Idaho Statesman Customer Service Manager Brenda Lee. “I can’t get into details. That’s between us and them.” But it’s also of particular interest to the Idaho State Tax Commission. “If an auditor went into the store and saw that the paper was sold for 75 cents but there was no tax separately added, that could end up with the retailer being assessed a 6 percent tax liability,” said Saul Cohen, tax policy specialist for the commission. Specifically, Cohen and his numbercrunching colleagues would examine sales receipts. “And if that receipt doesn’t have a separate statement on the tax, we would be unable to tell what the actual sales price would be,” said Cohen. Idaho Administrative Code 033.02 says that if a single copy of a newspaper or magazine is 11 cents or less, the price is not taxable. —George Prentice

Don’t even think about talking politics in Idaho’s heartland until after the harvest. With one eye on the weather and another on commodity prices, farmers along the high plains

Dan Johnson conducted his interview with BW on the tailgate of his pick-up in a Lapwai parking lot.

and rolling hills of Central Idaho don’t have much time for electioneering. With a growing season of just over 200 days, it’s all about the wheat, barley, lentils and peas and less about bipartisanship. But come October, with harvest in many of the tractors’ rearview mirrors, Idaho’s ag community is more amenable to listen to the candidates looking to represent their interests. With this year’s redistricting resulting in the expansion of Idaho Legislative District 6 to include all of Lewis and Nez Perce counties, more than 43,000 Idahoans across 1,335 square miles are more than anxious to size up the two men who want to be their state senator and represent the district that includes the Lewiston, Idaho’s ninth-largest city. Nez Perce County has seen its population grow by 45 percent in the past 50 years while Lewis County dropped by 13 percent. And perhaps more than any other region of the state, District 6 may be Idaho’s most moderate district, continually sending representatives from both sides of the aisle to the Idaho Legislature. “I’m my own man,” said Republican Sen. Dan Johnson, hand-picked by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to fill out the term of Joe Stegner—the seven-term GOP moderate—who is now the University of Idaho’s chief lobbyist at the Statehouse.

crat John Bradbury, fully expects to garner the support of a good many moderates, even though they were corralled into registering as Republicans during last May’s closed GOP primary. “I’m really surprised at how many moderate Republicans are supporting me,” said Bradbury. “Plus, I’ve received a lot of contributions from a lot of people who told me they previously supported Republicans.” Bradbury lives in Lewiston and Johnson spends his days serving as a commissioner for the Port of Lewiston, but both men said they were just as comfortable in the back roads of their district. Bradbury was born in the tiny blink-oryou’ll-miss-it Clearwater County hamlet of Headquarters, a town of about five families. After a stint in the U.S. Army and a successful law career (Bradbury told Boise Weekly that he went to law school after seeing his father treated poorly by the Potlatch logging company), Bradbury rode the range of his own cattle ranch outside of Kamiah. About the same time, Johnson was spending his formative years in Kansas, North Dakota and Minneapolis, before deciding he wanted “the cowboy way of life,” ultimately moving cattle around in Sheridan, Wyo. “I thought that was a pretty good life,” said Johnson as he sat on the tailgate of his

pickup truck in a dusty parking lot in Lapwai. “But I remember seeing a bumper sticker once that said, ‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.’” Johnson earned a degree in forestry from the University of Idaho. Bradbury is another proud Vandal, earning a degree in political science at the U of I before going to the University of Michigan to earn his law degree. After building up successful private practices in Alaska and Washington, specializing in maritime law, Bradbury decided to run for Idaho district judge in 2002. “I’m proud to say that every lawyer in the district opposed me at first,” Bradbury said with a laugh, but he served eight years on the bench, before retiring in January 2011. Bradbury said he’s particularly anxious to introduce judiciary reform if and when he is sent to the Idaho Statehouse. “Just look at the judiciary. Including the Idaho Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the magistrates, we have about 140 judges in Idaho,” said Bradbury. “We have one black, one Hispanic, fewer than 10 percent are women and no Native Americans. All five Supreme Court justices are white Protestant males. It’s a good-old-boy’s club run amok. Over 50 percent of the people in our law schools are women, yet fewer than 10 percent of Idaho’s judges are female.” When Bradbury talked about gender inequality and, in particular, a proposed legislative measure that would have required Idaho women to undergo an ultrasound measure prior to an abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest, the former judge raised his voice with increasing indignity. “And then this transvaginal ultrasound bill came along,” he said, poking the air with his finger. “Let me tell you, this is a critical issue. The fact is, this bill wouldn’t have stopped abortions. The purpose of that bill was to demean women who dared to want something that the bill’s sponsors didn’t approve of.” In his first year as an interim legislator, Johnson voted to support the ultrasound measure. “I’m pro-life, that’s why I voted yes,” said Johnson. “I’ll vote according to my conscience and I …” Johnson took a long pause and stared at the horizon while thinking about his next words. “I felt I just had to vote yes.” But Bradbury said, if elected, he would fight the measure, which is expected to return in the 2013 legislative session, with everything he has. “I was raised Catholic. I don’t like abortions,” he said. “But nobody wants to talk about this issue. It’s critical.” Another high-profile debate facing both candidates surrounds the “Luna Laws,” the Students Come First reforms that voters will have the opportunity to affirm or reject. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M



met face to face at Lewis-Clark State College “When I talk to individuals about this, Oct. 9, when a packed house heard the two I don’t think it’s a straight ‘no, no, no’ or repeat their resumes and platforms during straight ‘yes, yes, yes,’” said Johnson. a candidates forum in LewBut when BW asked iston. Perhaps the biggest Johnson how he would vote difference between the two on the referendums, he said came when Johnson turned he would vote “yes” on two to Bradbury and asked him and hadn’t yet made up his to list three things the Idaho mind on a third. However Legislature got right in 2012. he declined to identify which The question was met with referendum he had yet to an awkwardly long pause. decide on. “To be honest, I can’t “That’s bullshit,” said think of one,” said Bradbury, who opposes each Bradbury. of the measures. John Bradbury: rancher, lawyer, Bradbury and Johnson judge, candidate for Idaho Senate.

SAFE AT ANY SPEED? Speed limit debate ends in traffic jam ANDREW CRISP Finding some equity between speed limits for trucks and passenger vehicles on Idaho highways reached gridlock Oct. 11, when a panel of lawmakers and transportation industry experts stalemated on whether to allow truckers to put more pedal to the metal. Passenger vehicles are limited to traveling at 75 mph on Gem State highways, while commercial truckers are limited to 65 mph. The difference, according to some members of the panel, can make roads unsafe. “Safety only comes from the man sitting in the seat, behind the wheel,” said Bill Rode of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, representing 150,000 members. Rode insisted that the speed variance led to more lane-changing and more crashes. But Dr. Michael Dixon, University of Idaho civil engineering professor, refuted the association’s thesis, instead suggesting that the difference in speed limits, which was implemented statewide in 1998, resulted in fewer accidents. Outgoing Mountain Home Republican Sen. Tim Corder, who owns a trucking company, said better technology was also responsible for the drop in accidents. “There are a number of other factors that make it even more difficult to prove the relationship,” said Corder. Other members of the panel pointed to a 1996 drop in crashes, when speed limits were the same for all vehicles, leading more participants to suggest that the data was not conclusive enough to sway their opinion on changing speed limits. “We don’t have enough data to say this much of the crash reduction is due to a differential speed limit, this much is due to truck design, this much is due to driving habits,” said Dixon. “We don’t have the data to say this much is due to this, that and the other thing.” WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Additionally, trucking industry representatives said that increasing the speed limits for their drivers wouldn’t mean that the rate of travel would be uniform. In February the Senate Transportation Committee heard testimony from truckers on the issue. Shortly thereafter, Coeur d’Alene Republican Sen. Jim Hammond crafted a measure that would have eliminated the speed variance but criticism from truckers put the brakes on the initiative. “As we got into that issue in the Senate Transportation Committee, we seemed to have more questions than answers,” said Hammond. Some trucking industry representatives argued in February that driving an extra 10 mph would eat up too much fuel, leading many drivers to travel at the lower speed. But Rode said truckers should let speed become a part of a driver’s individual driving habits, rather than forcing trucks to a slower rate of travel. “I commend anyone who’s trying to save fuel,” said Rode. “But If the speed limit is 75 mph, it’s 75 mph. It doesn’t say you have to go that speed; it says that’s the limit.” Ultimately a motion was made to create a recommendation to be sent to the 2013 Idaho Legislature, but the effort ended in a 5-5 tie and no other motion moved the discussion forward. “It was pretty much a non-story from our perspective,” said Dave Carlson, public affairs director of AAA Idaho. Once back in North Idaho, Hammond told the Coeur d’Alene Press that speed limits would likely stay the same on Idaho’s roads, at least for the time being. “Regardless of how speed limits are set, it’s unlikely it will change the driving habits of many truckers,” he said.

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GREG KOCH Beer, rock ‘n’ roll, and being worthy DAVID KIRKPATRICK


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Your slogan on the Arrogant Bastard Ale was “You’re not worthy.” Who came up with that, and what was the thinking behind it? I’m the guilty one. I have fun doing it. Arrogant Bastard Ale gets misinterpreted as the tone of our company sometimes. It’s not. That’s the tone of that beer. At Stone, we aren’t and don’t want to be arrogant, per se. We’re confident in what we do, you know, we take pride in what we do. Sometimes people have told me that it was a brilliant use of reverse psychology. It wasn’t. I was trying


When Greg Koch, co-founder of Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif., unpacked his bag from a seven-city Total Tap Takeover Tour in 2010, he vowed never to do it again. But he hedged a bit, when he brought a mini-reprise of his brew-tastic tour to Boise Sept. 13. “They just kept asking,” said Koch. “So I decided, why not?” Stone Brewing had a meteoric rise, going from 400 barrels in 1996 to an expected 180,000 barrels in 2012. Koch credits the success to its dedication to great beer. “How many times have you heard a brewer say, ‘We only make beers that we want to drink?’ And how many times is that really true? At Stone, we really do make the beers we want to drink.” Koch likens beer’s four main ingredients– barley, hops, water and yeast–to the four main elements of a rock band: guitar, bass, drums and vocals. “Think about all the rock bands out there, and how different they can be from one another with those four ingredients.” During his recent stop in the Treasure Valley, Boise Weekly talked to Koch about what rocks his beer world.

to warn them away. Now, true, I did it with a wink and an elbow in the ribs. I really loved the beer, but I didn’t think people would gravitate toward it the way that they did.

It’s a laundry list. Oh boy, the names are a little tough to recall, especially when you’ve been drinking the beers. But I’ve enjoyed some nice local IPAs.

Stone is fairly big for a craft brewery but somehow, you still seem to enjoy what I would call a cult status. I willingly share perspectives and the love and the exuberance that I feel about this business, and enthusiasts also feel a love and exuberance toward beer. So I’m maybe a little bit of a manifestation of some of their feelings.

How about Payette Brewing? I’m always a fan of Payette’s Jolly Pumpkin. Plus, I just called Tomme Arthur to say how much I loved his 4.8 percent Blonde Saison that he did through Lost Abbey. It was an absolutely delightful beer. Really awesome. I couldn’t remember the last time I called up a fellow brewer specifically to tell him how much I enjoyed it. I enjoy beers all the time, but you just don’t often take that step. I have to mention Russian River Brewing, because they do such delightful beers.

What do you think is the most important element in a beer? Think of a craft beer style and there’s almost nothing that isn’t trending up. Sours are trending up. Imperials are trending up. Bigger and more obscure styles are being brewed more and more today than ever before. When you’re not drinking Stone, what beers are you drinking?

Anything you could recommend that we might be able to buy in Boise? I’m fascinated when I look through the beer aisle in a town like Boise, of all the stuff I can’t get [in Southern California] that I’ve heard of.



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STUDENTT LOANS SAADDDLE GRADUATES WITH DEBT DEEP INTO THEIR WORKING LIVES | BY HARRISONN BERRY “We’ve looked at prior generations like our parents. They were able to come out of college, pay off their loans and be able to do things like buy a house, buy two cars, take family vacations, save for retirement. That doesn’t seem possible for us,” said Boise resident Sunrise Ayers, 31. Ayers’ dour outlook on the future comes from her student debt, which she accrued over four years at College of Idaho (class of 2003) and three years at the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. At $89,000, it’s a personal debt load she fears may take her the rest of her working life to pay, despite earning $38,500 a year as a lawyer with Idaho Legal Aid Services Inc.—a non-profit legal and education center—where she has worked for more than five years. Guidance counselors and admissions representatives have told a generation of high school graduates that student loans are “good debt,” affording them the education they need to compete in the workplace and credit scores that will later help them finance cars and homes. For some, the formula has worked. For others, student debt is no longer a gateway to the American dream but a wall that denies them entry and raises questions about personal and collective financial responsibility. Approximately 60 million Americans hold some amount of student debt. In Idaho, graduates are learning first-hand that going to college may come at the expense of other life goals. Paying for education has become central to Ayers’ family budget. Her husband owes $47,000 after earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Boise State, and she co-signed a

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$10,000 loan for her brother to attend Apollo College. The grand total is somewhere just south of $150,000. Debt has had a marked affect on Ayers’ lifestyle and goals for the future. “We still have all the furniture I bought when I was in college. We get our kids’ clothes at secondhand stores. We live like college kids even though we both have jobs,” Ayers said. Undertaking her debt load was a Faustian pact that gave Ayers the tools to succeed but took from her the freedom to enjoy success. It’s a bargain she said she made almost without thought, feeling bolstered in her resolve by the impression that college was a prerequisite for a fulfilling career and her lifestyle expectations. “Back when I graduated, I had almost a 4.0 [grade point average]. It was assumed I would go to college, and the advice I got from every direction was to get a loan. It was ‘good’ debt. I just took out loans without a second thought to it,” she said. She’ll be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program in 2018, which means that the balance of her remaining federal student loans will be forgiven after 10 years of working for a public service institution. Ayers is afraid, however, that Congress will defund the program, leaving her with tens of thousands of dollars of debt that would otherwise be disposable income. Ayers’ story isn’t uncommon. More students are paying more for college and university educations than ever before: Between 1999 and 2009, college and university enrollment rose 38 percent, while in the last 30 years, the cost of education has risen 400 percent. But the

student loan problem––the lovechild of the ballooning cost and demand of education––didn’t make its debut in the public consciousness until total student debt in the United States topped credit card debt in 2010. This year, it topped $1 trillion. For years, high school career counselors told graduating high school seniors like Ayers that education debt is good debt. One counselor, Capital High School’s Robbie Cupps, said that widespread chatter about the rising cost of education and the perils of student debt have begun to change the dialogue between students, their parents and career counselors. “I believe there’s enough talk out there that kids are hearing it and wondering,” Cupps said. Cupps may be a counselor, but she sees herself as an educator, informing students’— and their parents—higher education choices as early as possible. “That whole conversation needs to be taking place sooner than senior year,” she said. Parents are taking a greater part in that conversation than ever. Cupps regularly fields phone calls and visits from parents concerned about how they’ll pay for their graduating senior’s college education. Many have a limited understanding about what acceptance into a college or university entails. Almost always, financial aid packages contain student and PLUS loans—loans taken out by parents—that can take families by surprise, she said. “Parents really need to become savvy about what’s included in a financial aid package,”

Cupps said. She recommends that parents talk to their children about their families’ financial situation, what the future plans are and how they want to achieve their goals. In some cases, a student’s school of choice may be taken off the table. “Parents aren’t going to be able to send their kids to the schools their kids want to go to,” she said. “Parents really have to sit down with their seniors and really discuss their budget and discuss how much it’s going to be for them to send their child to this particular school.” Over the years, the tools at Cupps’ disposal to educate students and their parents about the cost of college have become more sophisticated. Many colleges now offer tuition calculators that estimate the cost of attendance based on a variety of factors, from grade point averages to parents’ annual incomes. These e-tools, designed to lend the financialaid process greater transparency, can still be deceiving. The amount of information potential applicants feed into the estimators varies from college to college, and frequently doesn’t account for the rising cost of tuition and fees, which can be as high as 10 percent yearly. Cupps also pointed out that guessing at the cost of an education isn’t the same as an offer of financial aid. “It’s not an in-stone thing. It’s just an estimator,” she said. Politically, Idaho is a battleground in the national war over education’s place in state budgets. While the state has no constitutional mandate to fund higher education, some WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

lawmakers hold that the state has a moral obligation to do so, while others peg funding to an expected return on investment measured in jobs and revenue. That’s how Coeur d’Alene Republican Sen. John Goedde, who chairs the Senate’s Education Committee, looks at it. “As you earn more income, you pay more taxes—as long as we can keep those people with degrees working within the state,” he said. “We need to recruit businesses to Idaho so we can provide the workforce for them.” Providing employers with a pool of applicants encourages businesses to move to Idaho, initiating a snowball effect that Goedde said will improve commerce and the state’s balance sheet. Among the most important issues he sees in the coming legislative session is the issue of transparency at Idaho’s public universities. “There’s been some effort on a federal level to make for-profit institutions more transparent. I think that would also be good for our public institutions,” he said. His concerns are that not enough scrutiny is given to professors’ and administrators’ salaries—though he concedes that those salaries need to be competitive in the Northwest—and that Idaho’s universities need to publish employment and salary data by topic of study. “Some of the degrees that are conferred make it very difficult to pay off the debt service,” Goedde said. Goedde’s colleague on the Education Committee, Boise Democratic Sen. John Andreason, believes in the primacy of Idaho’s commitment to its university system. The problem WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

with Idaho’s system, he said, is simple. “We need to decrease the amount of student tuition and we need to hire more teachers—more professors—and other employees,” Andreason said. The solution: “We need to redo the tax structure to do that.” Between 2009 and 2011, Idaho’s higher education budget decreased by $75 million, or 26.4 percent, during tense legislative sessions that pitted advocates against budget hawks. And as finding new revenue streams for education has become a contentious issue, the value of a university education, as measured by the costs and benefits of receiving one, has decreased. Since 2007, the average tuition in Idaho has increased by 44.3 percent while wages increased by about 5 percent. And though state funding between fiscal years 2012 and 2013 increased by 8.7 percent, it will remain down 6.4 percent from 2007 levels. Meanwhile, Idaho’s grant and scholarship programs remain stable. Between fiscal years 2012 and 2013, funds that directly reduce the impact of tuition on students stayed put at $6,663,300. Despite stabilizing scholarship and grant funds, the portion of students graduating with debt remains high. In 2010, 66 percent of Idaho’s graduating class had debt upon graduation, and the average graduate’s debt load was $24,178. And while the rising number of charter schools for Idaho’s children has been hailed as a victory for choice in education, the financial viability of sending a student to his or her university of choice is becoming tenuous—

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44.3% 5%

WAGES INCREASED BY ABOUT ONLY Despite a series of jobs in finance, Andrew Ellestad and his family are still weighted down by more than $100,000 in student debt.

particularly if that university is out-of-state. The question of who should pay in-state and out-of-state tuition challenges everyone from legislators to universities to students as they—and their money—frequently cross state lines in the interests of academic exchange. As Goedde pointed out, University of Idaho is seven miles from his own alma mater, Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. Beyond the interests of academia, leaving one’s home state for college adds a geographical dimension to the separation between the dependency of his or her high school years and a newfound feeling of independence. Joel Wayne left his hometown of Pendleton, Ore., in 2001 for the University of Montana in Missoula to seek new frontiers. “I wanted to go somewhere else and experience a new location,” he said. “There’s an appeal about going somewhere new.” At the time, out-of-state tuition at the University of Montana was roughly $12,500 per year. Wayne offset his expenses through a Cal Murphy Gold scholarship worth $4,800 for out-of-state students, but the requirements of that scholarship, including a provision that recipients must live in the university dorms, ultimately cost Wayne more money than he saved. “It was a good scholarship, but it had a lot of stipulations on it,” he said. “In the end, it made a lot more sense for me to become a resident and get a job.” Taking that job meant Wayne could only attend school part-time. In the end, it added a year to the length of his college education. Leaving college came with hardship. When he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in media arts in 2006, Wayne held $13,500 in student loans. After moving to Portland, Ore., with his wife, he was barely able to make the $70 monthly payments on his loans while working what he described as a “non-career job.” “We were just scraping by there. I was just paying the minimum amount because I couldn’t pay more,” he said. His fortunes changed after working with

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AmeriCorps for a year, which reduced his debt load by about one-third and freed him to move to Boise, where he now works as a copywriter at CLM Marketing and Advertising. He said he makes enough there to increase his student loan payments to the point that he will have the remainder of his debt paid in the next two years. Wayne considers himself fortunate. Though student debt has marked his life, he said he made choices and took actions that minimized his financial exposure; and he began a career ahead of a recession that has

ing cost of educations is the growing volume of material students must learn. From free speech on the Internet to international trade agreements, the body of law for which law school graduates are responsible grows every day. “The whole content of the law has been increasing greatly. There’s more law to be taught and more faculty to be hired,” Burnett said. Affecting law schools in general is the growing perception that they lack transparency regarding the rate at which their graduates find law-related work. Dozens of law schools, including Albany Law School, California


$24,178 affected graduating seniors’ job prospects for the last four years. “I was lucky out of the gate,” he said. Less lucky were those who incurred education expenses after 2008, when legislatures responded to shrinking revenues by cutting budgets for colleges and universities, which passed the buck along to their students. Don Burnett, dean of the University of Idaho College of Law, has seen this process first-hand. “Fee increases and tuition partly compensate for decreases of public support of higher education institutions,” he said. “There’s a shift going on.” The other factor that contributes to the ris-

Western School of Law and Southwestern Law School have been slapped with class action lawsuits for providing misleading information about the job prospects of their graduates. Burnett said that at some embattled law schools, transparency is only part of the problem of how they present their post-graduation employment rates. Many graduates find work in traditional legal jobs at firms and prosecutors’ offices; but about 30 percent use their degrees to pursue non-traditional legal jobs in areas like the Drug Enforcement Agency, politics and human resources. “The part that I think is the fault of some law schools is that they have not broken out all the categories of employment,” he said.

Tuition at the University of Idaho College of Law is just less than $15,000 per year for Idaho residents, but has been growing between 5 and 7 percent per year. Add to that the cost of living, books and the dedicated Law School fee, and the University of Idaho estimates that the cost of attendance approaches $31,264. After three years, the average indebtedness of a U of I Law School graduate is close to the national average for law students attending state law schools, and at $81,429, it’s low compared to private law schools, where students rack up an average of $124,900 in debt before passing the bar exam. It’s a debt some don’t want to face. As Jane Gordon sat in Pengilly’s Saloon on a recent night, she came away with a Booze Clues trivia prize emblematic of the law school rat race—it was stamped with the face of a man wearing a manic expression with “Congratulations!” printed beneath. Gordon rolled into University of Idaho Law School after a brief life of politics, during which she worked at the International Republican Institute and the Leadership Institute; but law school has caused her to rethink her ambitions. After three years of wrangling with studies and planning ahead for her career, she’s now worried about the duration of her education, as though the diploma she will receive will be symbolic of the time she spent studying when she could have been doing other things. “I’m worried about the time it took,” she said. Gordon is cultivating her employment options in Boise, and rather than putting her degree to use in the political sphere, she plans to deploy her skills at a local legal practice. “I’d rather work for a smaller firm and have a life,” she said. A native of Boise, Gordon said she would like to settle back into Boise life. A graduate of Boise High School, she left for the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and briefly lived in France and Washington, D.C., but said that despite national trends of law students struggling to find work, Boise has a job market for WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


University of Idaho Law School student Jane Gordon took on student debt with the hope of a stronger future but the reality of more than $60,000 in loan debt looms heavy.

people with her skill set—if they know where to look. “There’s enough opportunity that if you reach out enough you’ll probably be OK,” she said. Gordon is optimistic about her job prospects, and said that the University of Idaho has been forthright about the likelihood of her finding work. “The U of I has been really good about that, honestly,” she said. Lurking beneath her optimism, though, is the feeling of unease about her debt load. Though a scholarship paid her full tuition during her first year and further scholarships halved her tuition during her second and third years, by the time she graduates in 2013, Gordon will have accumulated $67,000 in debt, much of which will have paid for law school fees and living expenses. She said the full realization of the cost of her education hasn’t hit her yet. “This is me right now,” she said, indicating her calm expression. Next year, she said she’ll be in tears when the loan payments start. The larger paychecks that come with professions that require a degree can lure college graduates into graduate programs that carry price tags just as hefty as their undergraduate educations. Undertaking massive debt in pursuit of a professional career can raise doubts about a chosen career path—and in some cases, double student debt load, as it did for Andrew Ellestad. Every month, Ellestad signs four checks for student loans totaling between $2,800 and $2,900—almost three-times his mortgage payment. Though he and his wife have a home and professional careers, “we know all-toowell what debt is like,” Ellestad said. “I’ve got a good job, and my wife has an excellent job as an RN. If one of us lost our jobs, we’d be toast. It’d be over pretty quick,” he said. Finance has long held a place in Ellestad’s life. He majored in business and received a master’s degree in business administration at Northwest Nazarene University. He now WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

works at as a client business development manager. Before that, he was a personal banker at Wells Fargo Bank for more than two years. Ellestad didn’t anticipate that receiving a set of degrees that would make him competitive for banking and finance jobs—and landing one right out of graduate school— would come at such a high price, even before graduation. Besides $10,000 his parents contributed, Ellestad paid for nearly his entire education through loans, maxing out the federally subsidized Stafford Loans each year he attended and paying the remainder with private loans. By the time he graduated, his loans had already accumulated $8,000 in interest. After graduation, Ellestad and his wife moved in with his parents for nearly a year. Even after they had the money to move into their own home, they struggled to pay their student loan bills. “For the first three years out of college, it was extremely tight,” Ellestad said. The years of hardship that followed his graduation came for Ellestad as a kind of betrayal. For as long as Ellestad can remember, he’d been told that education was the key to his success, and that student debt was a qualitatively better kind of debt than others. So when NNU accepted his application without offering him scholarships or grants, he wasn’t deterred. “I was groomed. I was told that if you get good grades and you graduate, you set yourself up for life,” he said. Ellestad’s personal total student debt is $100,000. His wife’s is $60,000. Reflecting on that figure now, he said he should have foreseen his present position as a working family man with a mortgage. “NNU is a great school and I’m proud to have gone there, but it’s really dependent on having a job and making payments,” he said. “If I could go back, I’d think a little harder about making the choices that I did.”

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Plants, beer, food and assorted merrymaking—what could be better?

FRIDAY Ignite Boise, the most fun you can have in five minutes.

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brainiacs IGNITE BOISE There are a lot of things you can do in less than five minutes: take a shower, go for a really short run, Google unflattering pictures of celebrities, shotgun two beers, overcook a bag of popcorn—you get the idea. But if you’re one of Boise’s 16 chosen people, five minutes is just enough time for you to present a hopefully brilliant idea to a room full of people. The ninth installment of Ignite Boise will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Egyptian Theatre. The format of Ignite Boise is both simple and genius—16 of the city’s thinkers, workers, dreamers and doers are selected and then given five minutes and 20 slides to speak about a subject of their choice. Topics include everything from the phenomenon of the human penis size to the perils of looking like Zach Galifianakis. While some speakers take a more serious tone discussing ideas such as bike safety and how the Internet influences democracy, all have been designed to entertain, and more importantly, inspire. Admission is FREE, but those with tickets get to stake their claim on primo seats before the riff-raff non-ticket-holders. Early admission tickets are sold out at, so be sure to arrive early if you’re hoping to get close enough to see the sweat drip off the brow of Boise Weekly’s own Josh Gross, as well as 15 other thinking types. 6 p.m. ticket holder admission, 6:30 general admission, 7 p.m. show, FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454,

SATURDAY OCT. 20 stylin’ SECOND ANNUAL THEATRICAL COSTUME SALE Those combatting the eternal paradox of having plenty of clothes to cover their bodies, yet nothing to wear, or searching for an

original Halloween costume needn’t fret any longer: The Boise State University Theatre Arts Department is hosting its second annual costume sale Saturday, Oct. 20. According to Carrie Applegate, administrative assistant in the department, last year’s sale raked in $2,500-$3,000. Attendees stood in line and were invited to peruse the collection of attire in groups

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of about 20. “Everybody left with something, and left really excited,” said Applegate. Funds raised from the sale are put back into the department and used to purchase supplies that both educate theater students, and provide detailed costumes for the department’s various productions. Last year’s funds were used to purchase sewing machines and costume racks.

For the past four years, the folks at the garden with the acronym that instantly makes us think of the ’80s—North End Organic Nursery—have held an event with a super-creative name: Harvest Pa-Brew-Za. Aside from the word stuff that we writerly nerds find so entertaining, NEON’s annual fall event features a bevy of family friendly fun. Boise Weekly stopped by last year’s event and took photos of the packed plant purveyor’s Hill Road location, where pumpkins and faces were painted, the wares of local artisans were perused, and live music filled the air. Children played in a bounce house and adults sipped brews from Payette Brewing Company while learning about Sustainable Futures, the nonprofit agency that received profits from beer, food truck and pumpkin sales at the event. Sustainable Futures took home approximately $4,000-$5,000 from the 2011 event. This year’s shindig will also include music, fun with pumpkins, face painting and a bounce house. Food will be available from Archie’s Place, Rice Works, St. Lawrence Gridiron, Brown Shuga Soul Food and A Cupcake Paradise trucks. Those of legal imbibing age can enjoy brews from Payette Brewing Company, The Ram and Highlands Hollow. Music will be provided by Band of Buskers and Boise Rock School. Boise Urban Garden School will receive 100 percent of the profits from all activities this time—which are done on a by-donation basis—and pumpkin sales. A portion of libation and food sales will also be contributed to the school, which teaches children about environmental issues and food choices. 4-8 p.m., FREE admission. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 W. Hill Road, 208-389-4769,

This year’s sale will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Academic Wing of the Morrison Center. The department wants all of its excess inventory out the door, and 2-3 p.m. will be bargaining hour, during which reasonable offers will be accepted. Applegate said this year’s selection includes everything from Medieval and Renaissance attire to band uniforms from the days of Boise Junior College and plenty of wares from last year’s production of Hamlet.

All the costumes are made by students and feature a variety of unique fabrics. Applegate also said that one of the only differences between last year’s event and the upcoming sale is that prices are lower, with items starting at $1 and the most expensive items going for around $50. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., FREE admission. Morrison Center, Academic Wing, 2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-3957, theatrearts.

SUNDAY OCT. 21 fun run TOUR OF BOISE ADVENTURE RACE Treasure hunts have launched thousands of daydreams, despite that the odds of discovering a chest of gold marked on a map with an “X” is as likely as picking winning lottery numbers. Scavenger hunts, on WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


All construction workers love to tap dance, duh. Who needs a boom stick when you have an axe?

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EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL Adventurous Boise theatergoers flocked to the Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall throughout October 2011, put on the trashbag-turned-poncho they were handed and braced themselves to get splattered in faux-blood, a la any Gwar concert. According to a press release, Daisy’s Madhouse sold out all seven performances of its Evil Dead The Musical production last year. The nonprofit theater company is bringing back the hilariously horrifying story of five people who journey to a remote cabin and end up turning into zombies. The return production promises not only more opportunities to see the show, but even more fake blood. In addition to songs with inventive titles, such as “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons” and “Ode to an Accidental Stabbing,” audience members can enjoy terrible jokes, ridiculously over-the-top deaths, and—for those in the front of the makeshift theater—getting covered in fake blood. The show is based on the cult classic Evil Dead movie franchise from Sam Raimi. Jennifer Dunn directs a cast that includes Chelsea Lee Bennett, Gage Egurrold, Terry Heying, Karen Holcomb, Paul Kersey, Cory Mikhals, Carly Oppie, Sean Small, Lora Volkert and Erin Westfall. With sexual innuendo, adult language and over-the-top-silly violence aplenty, this isn’t a show for the kiddies. The show will continue through Friday, Nov. 3. Tickets are available in advance at 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $10 adv., $15 door. Idaho Outdoor Association Grange Hall, 3401 Brazil St., 208-9181351, the other hand, provide an excellent opportunity to race around looking for ridiculous things. Those willing to walk or run and follow clues can discover Boise’s treasure Sunday, Oct. 20, with the Tour of Boise Adventure


Race, a fundraiser for the Bogus Basin Nordic Team. Racers can learn new things about the city while visiting cultural, historic and artistic landmarks around Boise. Participants will have to answer questions to complete their quests.

Tap Dogs is an all-male dance group hailing from Australia that puts on a performance about the hard life of the average group of workmen, all the while showcasing the precision and talent required of tap dancers. The show has been described as “sexy, fast and fabulous” by the San Francisco Chronicle, which we are pretty sure is strikingly similar to the plotline for Magic Mike. Tap Dogs will perform at The Morrison Center from Tuesday, Oct. 23-Thursday, Oct. 25, and while a new British cast will take the place of the original Australian group, there should still be some thunder from down under—meaning the thundering sounds of the dancers’ tap shoes, you pervs. Water is used extensively throughout the performance and the first two rows are likely to get splashed, which is why attendees in this section will be provided ponchos. The show is said to fuse the construction site with the theater and a rock concert and premiered at the Sydney Theatre Festival in 1995. Its near two decades in existence and sold-out shows make it clear that plenty of audiences are excited to “tap that.” 7:30 p.m., $30-$50. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609,

The 2.5-mile course starts and finishes in Julia Davis Park in the shelter near the tennis courts. All ages and abilities are welcome to participate and a raffle will follow the race. Participants will receive Tour of Boise T-shirts and must register at spondoro. com by Friday, Oct. 19. Packet pick-up will take place that day at Shu’s Idaho Running Company from 3-6 p.m. Late registration packet pick-up will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-noon.

Are you a paranoid chucklehead who sleeps with an Uzi under your pillow? What about a reasonable citizen who stockpiles weapons over legitimate concerns that the federal government will soon be coming to appropriate your dinette set? Or perhaps you are just a giant nerd unaware that some people speak face to face instead of on the computer. If you are any of these, then you’re probably concerned about the threat of a zombie apocalypse. Thanks to shark-jumping specialists Zombie Industries, you can be ready. The company sells a wide variety of models for target practice that not only look like zombies, aliens, killer clowns, undead rabbits and pigs, but those suckers bleed and disintegrate when

shot, just like human flesh. “The destruction is easy to see with every shot. ... Mutilation baby!” reads the company’s website. You can also order your zombies dressed as Nazis, North Korean soldiers or Taliban fighters. Just order up the bust of whatever foreigner you irrationally fear most, put it on a pike and pump that bitch full of lead like an ’80s movie badass. And if that’s not good enough for you, order up “The Ex,” the sportsman’s version of the Real Doll, and unload like you wanted to in real life without fear of prison. The bleeding targets cost $89.95 and can handle various numbers of rounds, depending on their size. Boise Army Navy stocks paper versions of the zombie targets for $1.97-$2.97 and currently has one bleeding target. —Josh Gross

No day-of registration will be available. The event is sponsored by the Boise City Department of Arts and History and the Bogus Basin Nordic Team. Wanna race, but don’t want to spend your cash? Boise Weekly is giving away entry to the event at our promo page. Sign up and you could scour the city for free. 11 a.m., $25 individual, $60 teams of up to four. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd.,

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Wine Sale! First Thursday, Nov. 1st, 4-9pm By the Case, Mixed Cases Free Wine Tasting with Sommeliers Plan b Lounge’s ViP Tasting

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Festivals & Events

POWERUP LIVE MOTIVATIONAL SEMINAR—Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, will share their insight and enthusiasm at this unique event for personal and organizational growth. For more info, log onto $17 and up. Idaho Center, 16200 Idaho Center Blvd., Nampa, 208-4681000,

OPERATINI: A SMOOTH FINISH—Enjoy an original martini created by a local master mixologist and arias sung by the Opera Idaho cast of Falstaff. See Arts News, Page 28. 6 p.m. $20, $35 for two. Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538,

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW— Go along with Brad and Janet on a strange adventure with this cult classic that features plenty of adult humor, props and the Time Warp. 7:30 p.m. $20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000,

On Stage TIGERS BE STILL—When Sherry’s art therapy degree doesn’t yield the job of her dreams, she moves back in with her mother, who won’t come downstairs, and her sister, who won’t move off the couch. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, THE WOMAN IN BLACK—Prepare to be scared out of your wits at this Company of Fools’ production, which is based on Susan Hill’s 1983 horror fiction novel about a menacing ghost that haunts a small English town. 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122, companyoffools. org.

Art BOISE WEEKLY COVER AUCTION—Each year, Boise Weekly auctions off all the artwork that graces our cover for an entire year. Then we take that dough and put it back into the arts community through grants. This year, Idaho Shakespeare Festival actors will provide entertainment as you engage in a bidding war for your favorite piece at our annual shindig. 5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-334-2120,

Animals & Pets EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—Canyon County Animal Shelter is full to capacity, so until Wednesday, Oct. 31, it will be holding an adoption event with all adoption fees at greatly reduced rates. All cats and kittens are priced at $5-$15, and all dogs are $19-$49. Prices exclude puppies 6 months and younger. For more info, visit or call 208-455-5920. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208455-5920, canyoncountyshelter. org.

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On Stage COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS CURTIS—Enjoy some jokes followed by dueling pianos and music from DJ Mighty Delta One. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658,

SOMETHING’S AFOOT—This musical murder mystery takes a satirical poke at Agatha Christie mysteries as 10 people in an isolated country house are picked off. 7 p.m. $15-$18. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-3850021, TIGERS BE STILL—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224,

LIQUID LAUGHS: BOB DIBUONO—Also featuring Leif Skyving. Purchase tickets at liquidlaughs. com, by calling 208-941-2459

NOISE/CD REVIEW HOTEL CHELSEA, EL PEE Pop punk’s relevance may have gone out the window more than a decade ago, but you wouldn’t think it when listening to El Pee, the debut album from Boise’s Hotel Chelsea—not because it’s an instant classic full of unforgettable songs, but because the band treats the style like it is still on the ascendency, both in execution and enthusiasm. El Pee largely ignores the progressive arrangements, poly-rhythms and recording fidelity that morphed pop punk into screamo as the ’90s faded, and that modern parishioners often get mired in. Instead, the band focuses on the simple things: four on the floor beats, snotty lyrics full of insider references, and a total disinterest in doing anything other than setting all guitars on blast and singing a chorus listeners will get stuck in their heads. El Pee takes off like a gunshot with a shouted lyric on “Sup,” and then a smoothly overdriven guitar riff. Fists will be pumped and speed limits will be ignored. Standout tracks include “Buffalo Bill Cosby,” the hate-ballad “Milo Goes to Hawaii” and the righteously self-deprecating “Sampson is a Fuck”—penned by frontman Ryan Sampson. Most albums have a few filler songs and El Pee is no different. It suffers a few moments of inconsistency, mostly when lead vocal duties switch to Red Kubena, whose tinny snarl creates a different presence than the tenor rumble on most of the album. But Hotel Chelsea’s El Pee is one of the few new records that sounds as good as its source material, instead of a parody of what the style once was. —Josh Gross WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M

8 DAYS OUT THE WOMAN IN BLACK—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Workshops & Classes CAR CONFIDENCE 101—Learn the basics of your car, taught by College of Western Idaho automotive instructors. Sign up at, or call 208-947-2107. 6-8 p.m. $15. College of Western Idaho-Micron Center for Professional Technical Education, 5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, 208-562-3000,

Odds & Ends. IGNITE BOISE NINE—Ideas are presented on 20 slides in five minutes. Visit igniteboise. com for more info. See Picks, Page 16. 6 p.m. ticket holder admission, 6:30 p.m. general admission, 7 p.m. show. FREE. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208-387-1273, LADIES’ LOUNGE—Swig some cocktails with the ladies of Boise Weekly and enjoy prize giveaways, drink specials and more. Visit BW’s promo page to get the 4-1-1. 5 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s Saloon, 12505 Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-331-5666,

Animals & Pets EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

FRIDAY OCT. 19 Festivals & Events HARVEST PA-BREWZAH—This family friendly event features food trucks, local breweries, a bounce house, pumpkin painting and live music. See Picks, Page 16. 4-8 p.m. FREE. North End Organic Nursery, 2350 Hill Road, Boise, 208-389-4769,

On Stage AMADEUS BY PETER SHAFFER—Winner of a Tony Award for Best Play, this work about composers Wolfgang Mozart and Antonio Salieri weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. 8 p.m. $9-$12. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104,



COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS CURTIS—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL—Last year’s zany musical interpretation of the Sam Raimi franchise returns with unique songs and even more fake blood. Tickets are available at See daisysmadhouse. org for more info. See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. Idaho Outdoor Association Hall, 3401 Brazil St., Boise, LIQUID LAUGHS: BOB DIBUONO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, PETER PAN—Catch the classic story about lost boys and grand adventures that has enchanted audiences for nearly a century. Visit for more info and tickets. 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208468-5555, nampaciviccenter. com. THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW— See Thursday. 8 p.m. $20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-342-2000, SOMETHING’S AFOOT—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $20 show only, $39 dinner-show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, TIGERS BE STILL—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, THE WOMAN IN BLACK—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Concerts BOISE PHILHARMONIC—Boise Philharmonic and pianist George Li will perform the music of Mozart and Schubert. Visit for more info and tickets. See Arts News, Page 28. 8 p.m. $10-$43. Brandt Center (Swayne Auditorium), 707 Fern St., Nampa, 208-467-8790,


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CORDELL EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION—Michael Cordell exhibits works on paper in ink and graphite, as well as sculpture, in Dots, Twists and Drawings of Nothing. 5-8 p.m. FREE. Enso Art Space, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-695-6864, ensoartspace. com.

Literature MFA READING SERIES: RENEE GLADMAN—Renee Gladman is the author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling, as well as several works of prose. In the Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. FREE. Boise State Hemingway Center, 1819 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-3023.

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8 DAYS OUT Animals & Pets


EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

SATURDAY OCT. 20 Festivals & Events GREENING YOUR HALLOWEEN—Prepare for a “green” Halloween and meet some creepy live critters in the theater with Zoo Boise. Appropriate for ages 7 and older; closed-toe shoes required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, WITCHES BALL—Featuring Cylab, DJ Bones, Delphi Oracles, event hostess Giovanna Hernandez and Witchy Go Gos. This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets are available at The Costume Shop, The Record Exchange and Brownpapertickets. 10 p.m. $5. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956,

On Stage AMADEUS BY PETER SHAFFER—See Friday. 8 p.m. $9-$12. Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., Boise, 208-342-5104, COMEDY AT THE VARSITY: CHRIS CURTIS—See Thursday. 7 p.m. $8. Varsity Pub, 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-9060658, EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL—See Friday. 7:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. Idaho Outdoor Association Hall, 3401 Brazil St., Boise, LIQUID LAUGHS: BOB DIBUONO—See Thursday. 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208287-5379, PETER PAN—See Friday. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $17 adv., $20 door. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208468-5555, nampaciviccenter. com. THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW— See Thursday. 8:15 p.m. $20. Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald Ave., Boise, 208-3422000, SOMETHING’S AFOOT—See Thursday. 6:30 p.m. $20 show only, $39 dinner-show. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, TIGERS BE STILL—See Wednesday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10-$15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224, THE WOMAN IN BLACK—See Wednesday. 8 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

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From Dralion to ABST-RED to RAW, Boise kept busy Oct. 11.

THURSDAY IN REVIEW The Taco Bell Arena was a circus of Cirque fans Oct. 11, as people poured into the venue for opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion, a production that debuted in Montreal in 1999. While the focus was on Chinese acrobatic arts—including red-saturated dance numbers and golden dragons lurching forth on rolling balls—the evening was also littered with a Small World’s worth of other cultural stereotypes. There was a bejeweled Indian princess, a grass skirt-encircled African hipshaker and a minx-like Arabian acrobat, suspended from the high ceiling in a swinging hoop. But some of the evening’s highlights were its more bizarre moments—a trampoline sequence in which acrobats vertically mounted the walls of a massive, steampunk-ish set piece, jumping onto ledges with Nintendo-esque ease; a juggling David Bowie look-a-like who emerged from a spider; and a creepy Victorian waltz, in which the dance partners were suspended white ghosts. And all of this was tied together expertly with one of the more hilarious (and artfully deceptive) clown acts I’ve seen in a Cirque show thus far. Moving from cirque to circuits, artist and Boise State University assistant professor Daehwan Cho’s new exhibit ABST-RED plays with the boundary between the digital and real worlds. The show debuted Oct. 11 at the Boise State Student Union Building Gallery. According to Boise Weekly’s Andrew Crisp: “The installation piece, ‘Life in Candles,’ makes that dichotomy most apparent. Four LCD screens are affixed to a wall, showing the image of a burning candle. The flames appear to flicker because of a small fan blowing air at the end of the row. The trick works. On Thursday, after watching the candles for a few minutes, a young female viewer leaned over to blow on the digital flame.” Cho’s work will remain up until Sunday, Nov. 4. And speaking of blurring lines, RAW once again took over the Powerhouse Events Center Oct. 11, to straddle the line between cocktail party and multi-disciplinary arts happening with Provocations. According to BW’s Josh Gross: “Highlights of the visual arts section included a series of recycled jewelry from Monica Macha, photography from Synchrnyze, aka Ronnie Soldano, and stark black-and-white paintings of snowy landscapes from Aaron Bell.” Gross also contemplated the overall effect of the series: “As has become par for the course at RAW events, the dressed-to-the-nines and loud-mouthed paid minimal attention to what was happening on stage and spent their energy creating a general din of chitchat that made it even more difficult for the interested few to follow the action. … If the intention of RAW is promote and celebrate art, it struggles for that reason. But if the intention is to use art as an excuse to throw a fancy shindig, it is a paragon of success, packing The Powerhouse monthly with faces new to both the production and consumption sides of Boise’s arts scene.” —Tara Morgan WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M









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Why The Blue Review? Embracing the future of public scholarship BY MELISSA LAVITT, PH.D., BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY


e are pleased to announce The Blue Review, with the realization that what’s old informs what’s new. Our goal is to broaden the audience for social science research without forsaking the scholarly methods and insights at the core of what we do. Changes in education funding and technology necessitate evolution in the way that scholars work. In this world of shrinking public support for higher education and the not unrelated growth in open source education and scholarship on the Web, we are continually searching for new models. Boise State’s College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs boldly enters the sphere of public scholarship with The Blue Review, a web-native journal that will expand the reach of our burgeoning research tradition to inform and enlighten in the public interest. This new publication disseminates relevant work of faculty at Boise State and scholars throughout the region, and helps us demonstrate the many ways that Boise State—and the public university as an institution—is a public good. In addition to being the most accessible means for Idahoans to get a diploma, Boise State is Idaho’s designated “public affairs” institution—by decree of the State Board of Education—and the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs is most closely aligned with this statewide mission. I believe it is our responsibility to embrace that mission and figure out how we can become a trusted resource for public engagement. The public certainly benefits from a more nuanced and informed understanding of current issues, as demonstrated by Seth Ashley’s article in this issue. If people in states that are bombarded with ideological campaign ads are really more informed about politics than people in non-swing states like Idaho, as Ashley argues, then we have our work cut out for us. The university is ideally situated to

lead that conversation and fill in the significant gaps left by our media. The inaugural “issue” of The Blue Review and the additional content on our new website,, explore the ways in which scholars view the pivotal presidential race before us. Their lenses—from Justin Vaughn’s skeptical look at the Electoral College, to Todd Shallat’s identification of the cultural factors that drove Idaho to become such a red state, to Jill Gill’s reflection on Idaho voters and race— are necessarily different from the voices you will hear in the mainstream media. They aim to inform and explain, reminding us of our shared history and its relevance to our future. Ultimately, government benefits when citizens are more informed; if you want to fix government, you have to fix citizenship first. For many of our students, this presidential election is their very first act of engaged citizenship— they finally get to vote. It’s been my experience that younger adults take this privilege and responsibility seriously. We hope this inaugural issue of The Blue Review will help them make more informed decisions. We are thrilled to partner with Boise Weekly to produce a print version of The Blue Review. We look forward to partnering with other media outlets across Idaho and the Mountain West in the coming year. As you read through the essays in this inaugural issue, consider our location on the Snake River Plain, our isolation as a region and growing connectedness and influence in the West. Consider the sentiments that make us unique—our independent spirit and resilience—and those that connect us to the nation at large and to the greater world. It is our hope that The Blue Review will become a connector and an accessible locus of conversation. We hope that you will join us there.

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Red Tide Rising

Fears from the 1950s haunt Obama in 2012



n Aug. 20, 1952, over the cheers of 19,000 people at the foot of the Idaho Statehouse steps, Republican presidential nominee Dwight Eisenhower tarred the party of Harry Truman with an attack that haunts Democrats to this day. “For every evil of government, they [the Truman Democrats] propose more government,â€? said Ike, launching his postconvention campaign in Boise. “To reach every social goal, they know only one means: a newer, bigger, more highly centralized bureau in Washington.â€? That “false roadâ€? would lead to a West remade as the tenant of an absentee landlord. Big government would remake the region a “federal province,â€? its states “economic dependents,â€? its citizens “governed by remote control.â€? The warning, with its Cold War language, hit cultural nerves across Idaho. Animosity toward Big Brother federalism, and with it, the fear of big city moral corruption, played well in the shadow of the Northern Rockies, where rural small-town voters considered themselves outsiders. Proudly independent, they were voters prone to support renegades with colorful nicknames: Sen. William “Lion of Idahoâ€? Borah, Sen. Glen “The Singing Cowboyâ€? Taylor, Gov. C. Ben “Cowboyâ€? Ross—all mavericks who crossed party lines. “Individualisticâ€? is how author Robert Blank described their core supporters. Add VWXEERUQ$GGGHÂżDQWDQGLFRQRFODVWLFÂł,FDPHKHUHWRVSLWLQ the wind,â€? said one Idahoan at a Clinton-era wilderness hearing covered by The New York Times. How spitting into the wind came to be an Idaho impulse is a geopolitical story larger than any one seismic event. Historians trace it back to the Civil War, when Boise was a Dixie stronghold. In 1892, the Gem State endorsed a third-party Populist LQLWVÂżUVWSUHVLGHQWLDOHOHFWLRQ7KLUGSDUWLHVFRQWLQXHGWR Ă€RXULVKZLWK%XOO0RRVH3URJUHVVLYH7KHRGRUH5RRVHYHOW (24 percent of the Idaho vote in 1912), pro-labor Progressive Robert La Follette (37 percent in 1924), American Independent George Wallace (13 percent in 1968) and Reformist Ross Perot (27 percent in 1992; 12 percent in 1996). Idaho’s socialist Nonpartisan League grew strong enough to compel the repeal, in 1919, of state law that had allowed popular voting in direct primaries. Meanwhile, in the St. Joe’s River basin and bluecollar Pocatello, Scandinavians organized railroad and timber workers into an active wing of the American Communist Party. Thundering from the opposite end of Idaho’s political spectrum were ultraconservative “Christian Constitutionalistsâ€? who clustered in Canyon County. Fellow conservatives in the



Mormon precincts sheltered the anti-communist, anti-secular John Birch Society. In 1972, when Bircher John Schmitz broke with the Republican Party to challenge Richard Nixon, he took a fourth of the vote in Jefferson County, polling better in Idaho than anyplace else. It is easy now to forget that Idaho’s rural precincts leaned blue before turning red. New Deal Democrat Franklin Roosevelt took Idaho majorities in all four presidential elections. Again in 1948, when Harry Truman veered to the right through a fog of McCarthyism, Idaho Democrats held the center as champions RIUXUDOHOHFWULÂżFDWLRQDQGIHGHUDOK\GURGDPV Democrat Gracie Pfost from the 1st Congressional District earned the nickname “Hells Belleâ€? for her defense of the federal plan to dam the Snake River in Hells Canyon. Eisenhower damned the project, calling it socialism. “Socialist wolves,â€? said Ike, had conspired with “power zealotsâ€? to trample the entrepreneurial spirit and trespass on community rights. Cold War anticommunist fear of the feds inverted the twoparty system. The Democrats—still the party of blacks, Jews, Latinos and big-city Irish Catholics, but still the party of Jim Crow in the South—lost Western electoral clout with technocratic appeals for big-dam collectivism. Eisenhower fed the angst with the rhetoric of local control. Linking Washington to tyranny and technocracy to what Republicans called “creeping socialism,â€? Eisenhower-Nixon swept every state but nine in the Jim Crow South. Republicans in Idaho took two of every three votes. The Cold War’s Republican tide was not yet a tsunami: It GLGQRWVWRSÂł+HOOV%HOOH´IURPVHUYLQJÂżYHWHUPVLQ&RQJUHVV nor did it prevent the Democrats from splitting the Senate delegation with the affable young Frank Church. Ike’s victory, nevertheless, remade the political landscape. “The question that obsessed,â€? wrote historian Robert Kelley of the 1950s, “was no longer economic; it was deeply and fundamentally cultural. Was [the nation] being destroyed from within by Communism? Had that ungodly force actually taken over the schools and the churches, the State Department and the army? When cultural fears predominate, Republicans traditionally EHQHÂżWDVWKHSDUW\RIWKHKRVW:$63FXOWXUHWKH\VHHPWREH the possessors of all that is essentially American.â€? $QGVRLWUHPDLQVLQWKHUGVWDWH7KHLPPHGLDF\RIDÂżYH VWDUÂżVFDOFULVLVFDQVRPHWLPHVGLVORGJH:$63WULEDOLVPORQJ enough to reward a moderate blue dog. A Cecil Andrus or Walter Minnick can sometimes lure voters across the divide with farm subsidies, environmental protection and the promise of

tax reform. On the national stage, however, “It wasn’t the Mormons who left the party. the centrists can seldom compete. Only once The party left them.â€? since Ike campaigned in Boise has the Gem To the west and north of the Salmon in State rebounded to the party of Truman and the 1st Congressional District, the party of FDR. The exception, in 1964, was Democrat the corporate boardroom had also been Lyndon Johnson’s landslide over Repubradicalized. Once, north Idaho was a union lican Barry Goldwater. Thereafter, in 11 stronghold. Before decline in mining and presidential elections, Idahoans have favored lumber paralyzed organized labor, Bunker Republicans, on average, by 31 percent. ReaHill Mine and Smelter in Kellogg had been gan in 1980 took 66 percent of the Idaho vote Idaho’s second largest employer. By 1986, with coattails long enough to depose Frank with the plunge in silver prices, fewer than Church from the U.S. Senate. In 2006, dur400 workers were employed in the Kellogg ing the darkest days of the George W. Bush mines. Statewide union membership tanked administration, Idaho was the reddest of below 7 percent. From 1990 to 1998, Demoreds—with higher approval ratings for Bush FUDWLF3DUW\DIÂżOLDWLRQIHOOIURPDQHYHQVSOLW than any state in the Union, redder even in 1990 to about 30 percent. than Utah. Republican Gov. Jim Meanwhile, the whitest state Risch was dubbed “the in the West lured a whiteKing of Bushlandia,â€? Ă€LJKWLQPLJUDWLRQWKDW by a British newsLQWHQVLÂżHGWKHVKDGHRI paper. In 2008, Idaho’s red. DemoRepublican John cratic challenger Dan McCain swept Williams of Boise, 41 of 44 Idaho having twice been counties. In defeated for Con2012, The New gress, conducted a York Times has post-election poll estimated Barack that showed the Obama’s chances most recent Idahoans of an Idaho upset were the least likely to are zero percent. vote Democratic. “In the Few watched the VDQGVZKLWHĂ€LJKW reddening tide more closely was from city to suburbs,â€? than the last Idaho DemoWilliams explained. “In the 1952 Republican presicrat thrice re-elected to a 1990s, it crossed state lines.â€? dential nominee Dwight (LVHQKRZHUGHOLYHUHGKLVÂżUVW QDWLRQDORIÂżFH&RQJUHVVFor Bill Hall of the major, post-convention speech man Richard Stallings— Lewiston Morning Tribune, in Boise to the largest Statepro-life and LDS, formerly the root cause of the rising house crowd in memory. a Ricks College history GOP tide was more about professor—served four terms in the U.S. &DOLIRUQLDQVLQĂ€LJKWIURPSURSHUW\WD[HV House for Idaho’s 2nd District, 1984 to “Frankly, they are too much of a good thing,â€? 6WDOOLQJVœ¿UVWHOHFWRUDOXSVHWFDQEH wrote Hall in a 1988 essay. “They bring harsh credited to the deceit of Republican George UHPHGLHVWR,GDKR>7KH\@Ă€RRGLQWR,GDKR Hansen, the House incumbent, who ran evangelically determined to cure us of the his 1984 campaign en route to 15 months California impulses we have never had.â€? in a federal penitentiary for congressional 2QWKHHYHRIWKHHOHFWLRQWKHÂżUH ÂżQDQFLDOGLVFORVXUHIUDXG(YHQWKHQWKH and brimstone of home-rule isolation stirs election was close enough for a recount. Idaho votes as viscerally as ever before. Not The most heavily Mormon counties stayed since Ike spoke at the Statehouse has the nartrue to Hansen. rative circled so neatly back to the Cold War “The feeling was you could not be a themes of morality and socialism. Whether good Mormon and a Democrat,â€? Stallings or not, bye and bye, that circle remains explained. His memory pinpoints the time unbroken is a deeply cultural question that when red-meat social issues obliterated neither brute economics nor brute electionIdaho’s bipartisan ground. “It was 1972 at eering will penetrate any time soon. the [state] Democratic Convention. In Sun Valley ‌â€? Stallings recalled. There, at the Todd Shallat directs the Center for Idaho zenith of the youth rebellion, the strident, History and Politics at Boise State Univeryoung, pro-choice George McGovern supsity. His Idaho writings include Snake: porters outraged the LDS delegation. Social The Plain and Its People, and Secrets of conservatives bolted the party en masse. the Magic Valley, which won the Idaho “The party turned left,â€? Stallings remembers. Book Award.





President Barack Obama at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Aug. 16, 2009.

Casting into the Green Hole

Environmentalists and candidates fail to speak the same language BY RICK JOHNSON


ff the grid and on the river, my life has been reZUDSSHGOLNHIUHVKKDFNOHRQDĂ€\,ÂśPIRFXVHGRQ water and wildlands, waking up far from the news Ă€RZGXULQJDUDUHVDEEDWLFDOIURPP\XVXDOFRQVHUYDWLRQ work. I love politics. But releasing another brightly speckOHG,GDKRFXWWKURDWWURXWLQWRWKHULYHUÂśVĂ€RZ,ÂśPMR\RXV to be away from the media and the 24-hour crap cycle of presidential spin. While traveling the wild waters of Idaho, the role of green issues eddied through my thoughts. Both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have very different environmental touchstones than I do. Neither speaks to America’s—or their own—connection to parks, public lands, wildlife or even a glass of clean water, as many longtime conservationists do. Yet there is a robust discussion of the environment in this presidential race. It is about energy. It is framed by big stuff like a struggling economy and national security, issues many traditional environmental groups don’t connect to their work. But as John Muir said 100 years ago, “When we try to pick RXWDQ\WKLQJE\LWVHOIZHÂżQGLWKLWFKHGWRHYHU\WKLQJHOVHLQ the universe.â€? I started talking about these connections via my iPad as I went through small towns with cell coverage, tapping these thoughts in a forest campsite in Idaho’s Clearwater country, joined virtually by a set of well-informed, connected friends. 6XFKLVWKHQDWXUHRIWKHPRGHUQFDPSÂżUH “In this election, the economy is the overwhelming issue for most voters of all political persuasions,â€? opined Rose Kapolczynski, California Sen. Barbara Boxer’s campaign


manager for all four of her winning U.S. Senate races in the nation’s most populous state. While James Carville’s 1992 quip about “the economy, stupid� still resonates today, Kapolczynski explained why it matters now for conservationists. “There are two reasons candidates don’t talk about issues like conservation,� Kapolczynski said. “First, it means you are missing the opportunity to talk about the economy. With only 10 weeks left until Election Day�—even less time as you read this—“you can’t miss a chance to connect with voters. Second, if you talk about something else, it sends a message that you don’t understand what’s going on in the country or what average folks are going through.� And we’re not really talking “average folks� here. We are talking about undecided voters in those famous battleground states. That’s all that matters. We’re watching media reports on candidates talking to undecided voters. They are not talking to me and probably not to you, either. I don’t think I know a single undecided voter myself, but this subset of America in a subset of states is the whole ball game. And the candidates are not talking about the environment. Or are they? “That’s true only if you mean talking about the issue in terms that environmental groups describe it,� said Jim Blomquist, a veteran advocate for environmental issues. Blomquist was Sierra Club staff for many years and a mentor of mine in the wily ways of Washington, D.C. (and wily trout, as well). The environmental issues that groups describe in brochures full of scenic landscapes and fuzzy critters are not being talked about, he said, but energy is in a huge way.


And energy relates to almost everything. “I have never seen clean energy, or any environmental issue, play this large a role in a presidential election,â€? said Bill $UWKXUGHSXW\ÂżHOGGLUHFWRURIWKH6LHUUD&OXEÂł(QHUJ\DGV by both presidential candidates are running in all the swing states, and Iowa, Colorado, Ohio are in particular getting a barrage,â€? Arthur said. But it’s a lot more than ads. It’s much deeper than that. Obama sees clean energy as one way to revitalize the economy. Stimulus funds in the Recovery Act were the single largest investment in clean and renewable energy in America’s history. Romney sees clean energy spending as government run amok and environmental regulations blocking energy development that would employ thousands. Obama “has clearly licensed the Environmental Protection Agency to ‘go big,’â€? Arthur said. “There is a reason the coal industry is in a panic.â€? When polluting industries get excited, they make it known. At the Republican Convention, the chief lobbyist for America’s coal industry, Mike Duncan, himself a former chairman of the Republican Party, had an insider role in charge of the ConvenWLRQ&UHGHQWLDOV&RPPLWWHH2QWKHÂżUVWGD\RIWKHFRQYHQtion alone, politicians speaking from the podium represented over $4.4 million in campaign cash from oil, gas and mining companies. Talk about a crowd hoping for change. Romney has wondered why the federal government manages so much land in the West. Romney’s plans for America’s public lands are clearer in his new energy plan: turn energy development on America’s public lands over to the states.

There are proposals right now for coal and oil and gas projects right outside of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Theodore Roosevelt and Grand Teton national parks. The American West would look different right away if states managed energy development on our public lands. The Romney energy plan is anchored to his political philosophy: Less regulation is good because it fosters private enterprise and that will grow the economy. He may be right, if you accept the environmental cost. Environmental protection depends on laws, rules and regulations that may preclude some economic activity. The Republican platform on environmental policy sets the tone: “The most powerful environmental policy is liberty, the central organizing principle of the American Republic and its people. Liberty alone fosters VFLHQWLÂżFLQTXLU\WHFKQRORJLFDOLQQRYDWLRQ entrepreneurship and information exchange. Liberty must remain the core energy behind America’s environmental improvement.â€? Romney is using energy and the environment to get elected. If anything, Romney is using these issues to look tough and not look like the Massachusetts kind of Republican he once was. The Obama administration’s record on energy and the environment is different, and not just in tone. He’s the incumbent with more to judge him on. While most environmentalists see a pretty clear choice between candidates, not many would call the president a champion for the cause. Part of that is the man himself. He is concerned with other issues. But a lot of 2EDPDÂśVODFNRIHQYLURQPHQWDOSURÂżOHVWHPV from the bureaucrats who surround him. Bill Clinton was not an environmental advocate, but he hired people who were. I worked with these folks: Bruce Babbitt, Katie McGinty and many more. The people Clinton hired had a policy agenda, understood politics and were strong advocates for how environmental policy would help their boss. Obama has few such advocates, with the possible exception of Lisa Jackson at EPA. Obama also faced a different political environment. A big part of that is the economy. We cannot afford new protections and the economy occupies all available airspace. I have another theory, too. In politics, you move issues because interest groups clear the path. But “environmentalistsâ€? are not the powerhouse they have been in other election cycles. The biggest green issue during this administration was, arguably, climate and the cap and trade bill. It lost. Winning demonstrates power. Losing, not so much. What some call a movement is not as tight as it’s been. We do defense better than offense;

ÂżJKWLQJKXJH%XVKUROOEDFNVÂżWVWKHVNLOOVHW better than working the margins with a more friendly administration. More locally, I consider conversations I’ve had with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and many members of Congress about wolves. However you may feel about wolf recovery and delisting through a congressional rider, one thing is certain to most any outside observer of environmental policy: Environmentalists botched wolf politics and that bled power and credibility. Obama, in my view, also sees the environment as embedded with other issues. Not long after Obama’s swearing in, I was invited to the White House to witness the FUHDWLRQRI,GDKRÂśVÂżUVWQHZZLOGHUQHVVLQ 29 years—the Owyhee Canyonlands. I sat in the front row and easily captured Obama’s signature on the document with my phone camera. While swept away by the moment, the rich history of the room and my inclusion in that cast of characters, I knew well that Obama didn’t make that deal possible. That, to me, is the real green hole: the failure of leaders and candidates to bring people together to create solutions in the middle for our air, water, energy future, and yes, for more cutthroat trout. That’s a lot more than an environmental problem. It’s an American problem. My greatest critique of the Obama administration is that he failed to deliver on the promise of bringing people together. Congress didn’t help, obviously, but there are real examples of the administration failing to lead. It can be done. We’ve done it here in Idaho. The Owyhee Initiative, the reason I was invited to the White House, is only one example of our remarkable success bringing people together. %DFNLQWKHGHHSJUHHQ,GDKRZDWHUVĂ€\ rod in hand, decades of environmental work swirled in my thoughts. Also swirling around me were rivers protected by the courageous work of conservationists, our “opponentsâ€? and certain political leaders who were willing to step away from the rhetoric, sit at the table and really work some things out. Something green is missing in presidential political headlines, but more talk about WKHHQYLURQPHQWZRQÂśWÂżOOWKHKROH2QO\ leadership can. And that has to come from XV6RDIWHUDIHZPRUHÂżVKLWÂśVWLPHWRJHW back to work. Rick Johnson was a lobbyist for the Sierra Club and has been executive director of the Idaho Conservation League for nearly 18 years. He is currently on sabbatical chasing trout. Views expressed here are his own.





Church of Romney

Mormons in the shadow of a candidate BY ROSS PETERSON, PH.D., UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY


n the weekend after the Republican National Convention, Mormon congregations from New Hampshire to California and )ORULGDWR$ODVNDWHVWLÂżHGWKDWWKH*23FRQYHQtion had been a great showcase for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and what it believes. The Republican Party presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is a Michigan native, former one-term governor of Massachusetts and multi-millionaire Mormon venture capitalist. As Romney seeks the presidency, he must know that every facet of his career (and his life) will be examined and analyzed—his wealth, business experience, ideology, political positions and, of course, his religion. With each new day, it is obvious that Romney and his political beliefs are on electoral trial, not his religion. For residents of the Mountain West, this SUHVLGHQWLDOUDFHKDVDQXQXVXDOVLJQLÂżFDQFH According to the 2010 Census, more than twothirds of Utah residents, one-fourth of Idaho residents and 12 percent of Wyoming residents share the LDS religion. Although all Mormons are not Republican, the perception is that these states are Republican and Mitt Romney, a Mormon, is their candidate. 5RPQH\LVWKHÂżUVWRIKLVIDLWKWRVHFXUHD presidential nomination. While fewer than 3 percent of the nation’s voters are Mormon, the religion receives considerable publicity and HQMR\VVRPHGHJUHHRIQDWLRQDOLQĂ€XHQFH:ULWers as diverse as Leo Tolstoy and Harold Bloom have branded Mormonism “the American religion.â€? Still, its U.S. adherents are found primarily in the Mountain West, with large populations in California and Arizona. Polls show that most Americans still know little about Mormonism and continue to think of it as a Utah-based cult. Romney has twice lived in Utah, Mecca of Mormonism, once as a student at church-owned Brigham Young University and again as head of the Salt Lake Olympics Organizing Committee during the 2002 Winter Games. During the lead-up to the Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., TV networks and major



magazines and newspapers inundated their listeners and readers with stories about Romney and his religion. The convention tried to answer the question, “Who is Mitt Romney?â€? Both Romney and his wife, Ann, participated in these efforts to examine their family, politics and religious beliefs. The national media came to the realization that the public cannot even pretend to “knowâ€? Romney without understanding his religion and its integral role in “who he is.â€? Although Romney sought the SUHVLGHQF\IRUPRUHWKDQÂżYH\HDUVLWZDVRQO\RQ the eve of his actual nomination that these inquiries gained national media attention. A week later, at the Democratic Convention, national news outlets repeatedly focused on the LDS Democrats to illustrate that not all Mormons accept the Republican Party as an extension of their church. The consensus is that in this presidential year, religion does, indeed, matter. In fact, reliJLRXVEHOLHIPD\EHDVVLJQLÂżFDQWLQWKLVHOHFWLRQ as in any election since John F. Kennedy’s rise in 1960. Ridiculously, critics have questioned President Barack Obama’s Christianity because of his Kenyan father, his middle name, and his former Chicago minister. Other critics, in turn, question Romney’s Christianity because of the uninformed insistence of many clergy that Mormons are not Christian. Republican descendants of the “Moral Majorityâ€? simply distrust Mormonism. Ironically, both Vice President Joseph Biden and his challenger, Paul Ryan, are Roman Catholic, with politics as diverse as those of Romney and Democratic Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Senate majority leader, also a Mormon. The authors of the Constitution felt that religion should not matter in the selection of leaders of our nation. One of the most radical concepts in the Constitution was the creation of an elected citizen as chief executive. Then, in an interesting move, the founders created a complicated Electoral College that distanced the choice from a direct popular vote. Over the course of 224 years—55 times—America has chosen its president by following that process. The 56th election, in 2012, may be one of the most intriguing

ever, in part because of religion, but also because of the vast amounts of money being spent for those electoral votes in swing (or battleground) states. Mormons have contributed VLJQLÂżFDQWO\WRWKH5RPQH\FDPSDLJQ In the 2008 GOP presidential primary race, one of the problems Romney faced was that Gov. Michael Huckabee and his followers painted Romney’s governorship as too moderate and his Mormon faith as suspicious as a branch of Christianity. The reality is that Mormonism is questionable to many religious leaders of all faiths. One of the main reasons is that Joseph Smith, founder of the religion, proclaimed a clear mandate from God to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ. According to Smith, the existing religions in 1820 did not possess the truth. From Smith’s day to the present, Mormon missionaries, including Mitt Romney and his sons, have spent at least two years of their lives telling others that the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is again upon the earth, as represented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their quest has always been to bring individuals into the faith of this Christian fold. As the Mormon religion evolved into what Bloom describes as “a religion that became a people,â€? nearly every member can share a conversion experience. For many, it is their own story; but in addition, almost everyone can tell of an ancestor who joined the church and gathered to Zion, in the mountains RIWKH*UHDW%DVLQ,Q$QQ5RPQH\ÂśVFDVHVKHLVDÂżUVW generation Mormon convert who has primarily lived outside of the West. Many ministers and believing members of other religions are unhappy with the Mormon message, especially when someone from their congregation converts to Mormonism. Consequently, a political alliance between a Mormon candidate and the Christian right cannot negate the fact that Mormons proselytize among other faiths. Why does this make a difference politically? Romney must overcome fundamental religious prejudices in much the same way that President Obama has done with race. Romney has begun to talk about how his religion shaped him and how a church with a lay ministry, dedicated to volunteerism and humanitarian service, can teach service to others. His experiences as a missionary and lay leader in his church provide examples of how small communities with shared goals work WRJHWKHUWRVROYHSUREOHPVIRUWKHFRPPRQEHQHÂżW Unfortunately, Romney recently chose to tie his religion to the volatile concern about his tax returns. By stating that donations to the church were private, he unfairly thrust the LDS Church into the tax debate. Romney’s tax returns are important because of the extent of his wealth and also where he invested his money to shelter it from American tax law, not because of the amount donated to charities, including the LDS church. Deductions are not the main point of interest, although they could be, as was the case with President Richard Nixon during Watergate. IRS tax forms do not require itemization of donations to religions or other charitable organizations. In the case of the Mormon Church, donations might be tithes, humanitarian assistance, missionary funds or educational aid to students. Romney should be proud of his contributions. They are not an embarrassment to himself or his church. As a member, he is asked to contribute beyond a 10 percent tithe, and his 2010 and 2011 tax returns indicate he did. If he wanted to argue that his religious contributions are private, Romney could have drawn that line in the sand many months ago. The

amount an individual donates is his or her decision, and what the church does with the donation is its decision. Although contributions are a private matter, the release of tax returns by presidential candidates has become a tradition with considerable merit. %HLQJ0RUPRQLVQRWHDV\,WUHTXLUHVVDFUL¿FHDQGFRPmitment beyond worship services. Not only does a person agree to tithe, but also to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, hot caffeine and other addictive substances. Members are asked to avoid pornography and pre-marital sex. Honesty and obedience are prerequisites to service. These commitments are essential for the success of the organization. An active member cannot be a spectator. From den mother to scoutmaster, from teacher to custodian, everyone is asked to participate. In order to be a member in JRRGVWDQGLQJDQGTXDOL¿HGWRDWWHQGWHPSOHVHUYLFHVHDFK member meets annually with his or her bishop, a lay leader, and declares him- or herself a full or partial tithe payer. In addition, every two years, individuals have an in-depth interview that delves into personal behavior relative to belief, conduct and obedience. Romney has served in the roles of both interviewer and interviewee. Priesthood and key leadership positions at most levels in the church are given only to men; although, women serve in a variety of essential capacities, including important leadership roles in some organizations. The reality is that a patriarchal system and the training and participation of Mormon men within that atmosphere can shape views about women. Politically, that may become a larger issue for Romney than his tax returns. Romney’s world experience, both within his church and in his professional business life, has come about in very masculine environments. If, at times, he seems out of touch with very human gender issues, it is understandable. His party has enough problems with gender without an in-depth look at how Mormonism operates, but an examination of how his church functions does contribute to an understanding of a man who spent more than a decade in church leadership, surrounded primarily by white males. Romney’s political record and religious idealism were compromised by two lengthy and very expensive primary processes. Catering to the hard-core, dedicated GOP activists in order to secure the nomination, Romney moved far beyond his previous record as a governor or as a 2008 candidate. The Mitt Romney of 2012 does not resemble the 2003 to 2007 governor of Massachusetts; much of what his opponents to the right advocated in 2008 has, in this election, become central to his campaign and to the 2012 GOP platform. Countless true believers within Romney’s party do not seem to care about the Affordable Care Act or the unemployment rates. Their lightning rods are abortion, gay marriage, school prayer, contraception, school vouchers and other social issues. Many of his fellow Mormons and national Republicans are more concerned about overturning Roe v. Wade, and believe that if they succeed, most problems would disappear. The LDS church is much more moderate and cautious, and is usually reluctant to enter these political frays. (However, in 2009, the church strongly supported California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8, though the contest left many members uncomfortable with the church’s participation more than its position.)


Neither Mormonism nor Mitt Romney should frighten voters. One of the Mormon Articles of Faith declares that members should be obedient to the laws of the nation where they reside, and since half the members live outside the United States, this has international implications. For instance, when Romney asserts that Obama is trying to “Europeanizeâ€? America, this may be offensive to European Mormons who are very comfortable with their homeland. Tolerance, understanding and empathy are qualities strongly supported by the church. However, heated partisan politics in the 21st century has many of Romney’s co-believers at the forefront of state and national efforts targeting immigrants, gays, women and minorities as enemies. The LDS church has taken moderate positions on these social issues; however, by endorsing the 2012 GOP platform, Romney has accepted a new party line. Perhaps more important, Romney’s silence on certain events is more telling than his vocal position. For example, it would seem that the son of George Romney, a passionate advocate of franchise extension, should philosophically advocate adherence to the Voting Rights Act, the 15th Amendment and the Poll Tax amendment. Republican-dominated legislatures and elected RIÂżFLDOVDUHFXUUHQWO\HQJDJHGLQDEODWDQWDWWDFNRQYRWLQJ These efforts are reminiscent of the creation in the South of poll taxes, literacy tests and white primaries in order to circumvent the 15th Amendment after the Compromise of 1877. If Romney wants to lead the nation, he should speak out for all of the people and tell his party at all levels to expand opportunities to vote. In 1890, when Idaho became a state, its Constitution included a clause that disenfranchised anyone who believed in the practice of plural marriage. That same year, Mormon Church President Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto that ended plural marriage. He realized that Utah could never become a state nor members of the religion achieve full citizenship as long as polygamy was part of the doctrine. A history of persecution and discrimination lies at the core of the Mormon experience. Members know that their progenitors were driven from New York through Ohio, Missouri and Illinois before landing in Utah. Citizenship and voting as a minority were very important to them. Most LDS consider the hard-earned right to vote a valued privilege and responsibility. 8WDKZRPHQZHUHDPRQJWKHÂżUVWLQWKHQDWLRQWRUHFHLYHWKDW right, and this is part of the political heritage. The 2012 election should not be about race or religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has worked for a century to be accepted as a mainstream Christian faith. Win or lose, Romney’s candidacy helps in that effort. Mormons must carefully weigh and objectively conclude that neither a Romney loss nor victory is the consequence of his religion. As a citizen, Romney chose to engage in a process that ultimately requires candidates to open up their lives and tell their stories in order to persuade voters that he can lead. That is Romney’s continuing challenge and it has little to do with his religion. Ross Peterson is a historian and special assistant to the president at Utah State University. Originally from Montpelier, Idaho, he authored Idaho: A Bicentennial History, wrote a biography of former Idaho Sen. Glen H. Taylor and served as editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.




The Obama/Romney Amendments

The Constitution, war making and foreign affairs BY DAVID GRAY ADLER, PH.D., BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY


ccasionally, a candidate for the White House will deliver a penetrating critique of presidential assertions of authority in the realm of foreign affairs. Ohio Sen. Robert Taft, who might have made a ÂżQHSUHVLGHQWKDGLWQRWEHHQKLVPLVIRUWXQH to run against Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 Republican primary, brought considerable constitutional knowledge to the campaign trail. He rightly criticized President Harry Truman for his usurpation of the war power in plunging the United States into the Korean War without congressional authorization, as required by the Constitution. In 2007, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama justly attacked President George W. Bush for his aggrandizement of power, including some unprecedented claims of authority in his conduct of the “War on Terrorism.â€? As president, however, Obama changed his mind about the scope of presidential power in matters of foreign affairs and national security and, in due course, embraced several of Bush’s constitutional rationales. Obama is not the only president in American history to have reversed course in his understanding of the Constitution. Readers may recall the impressive knowledge of the Constitution displayed by then-California Sen. Richard Nixon in his criticisms of President Truman’s usurpation of the war power. They may also recall his about-face in the conduct of the Vietnam War when, as president, Nixon adduced a capacious view of untrimmed, unilateral executive power. Presidents, it appears, occasionally lose their constitutional compass. It is little wonder that the mushrooming growth of presidential power in the realm of foreign affairs and national security has alarmed scholars and concerned citizens interested in maintaining constitutional limits that seek to corral the chief executive. Mindful of the impact of war on the blood and treasure of the nation, the framers of the Constitution were at pains to withhold from the president unilateral authority to plunge WKHQDWLRQLQWRZDU7KHLUFRQFHUQVUHĂ€HFWHG a historic rejection of the executive model and were manifested in a constitutional design for foreign affairs that made Congress the senior partner, and the president the jun-



ior partner, in the formulation, management and implementation of American foreign policy. Among other actions, delegates to the Constitutional Convention determined through the War Clause (Article 1, Section 8) to grant to Congress, not the president, the sole and exclusive authority to declare war. The framers’ blueprint for foreign affairs enjoyed, with few exceptions, a remarkably good run, as the executive and legislative branches exhibited respect for the framers’ wisdom and vision for many decades. But with the emergence of the acute tensions and anxieties that marked the rise of the Cold War, the constitutional design for foreign affairs has been all but buried by an avalanche of newly contrived, self-serving executive branch missives that advance an untenable theory of presidential monopoly of foreign relations powers. Over the past half-century, Democratic and Republican presidents—liberals and conservatives alike— from Truman, Lyndon Johnson and Nixon, to Ronald Reagan, Bush and Obama, have ODLGFODLPWRVZHHSLQJSRZHUVWKDWÂżQGQR support in the constitutional principles that govern American foreign policy. Presidential candidates as well portray the power of the RIÂżFHLQHTXDOO\VWULGHQWWRQHV7KHFXUUHQW FDPSDLJQIRUWKH2YDO2IÂżFHLVQRH[FHSWLRQ President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney have urged upon the citizenry a robust view of presidential power. If anything, their perceptions of executive power in the realm of national security are remarkably similar. Then, too, as we shall see, they are remarkably detached from the constitutional blueprint for foreign affairs and war making. In this regard, they mimic the claims of their predecessors who have consistently violated the Constitution. Since 1950, every president, with the exception of Eisenhower, has asserted a unilateral executive authority to initiate war and lesser military hostilities on behalf of the American people. Assertion of a presidential “war powerâ€? has led to a series of unilateral executive wars in various regions of the world, from Korea and Vietnam, to Panama and Grenada, to Iraq and Libya. In 2007, in pursuit of the Democratic nomination,



then-Sen. Obama criticized President Bush for his sweeping claims of executive authority in matters of war and foreign affairs, including the contention that the president has unfettered discretion as commander in chief to initiate war. President Bush, for example, had denied that he needed congressional authorization to invade Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the 9/11 outrage. When asked by Charlie Savage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter with the Boston Globe, if a president might bomb Iran without congressional authorization, Obama replied, “The president does not have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.â€? Sen. Obama’s denial of a presidential war power proved short-lived. President Obama has continually asserted presidential authority to authorize bombing and drone strikes, without congressional authorization. In 2011, after the United Nations approved a military air campaign in Libya to protect civilians IURPDWWDFNVE\WKH*DGKDÂżJRYHUQPHQW President Obama, without congressional authorization, dispatched American forces to join a NATO effort in an air campaign against Libyan forces. In defense of the legality of President Obama’s deployment of U.S. forces, the Justice Department issued a memorandum declaring that the president possesses an “inherentâ€? constitutional power to initiate military force since he could “reasonably determine that such use of force was in the national interest.â€? Gov. Romney’s view of presidential power to initiate force mirrors President Obama’s position. In a Dec. 29, 2011, interview with The New York Times that covered a broad range of issues involving the exercise of executive power, Romney was asked about the claim of presidential authority to deploy military force in Iran. Romney stated: “Ever since the administration of Thomas Jefferson, U.S. presidents have relied on their inherent constitutional powers to authorize the use of military force even in the absence of an imminent threat to the U.S. homeland.â€? He

added, “As president, I would do everything I can to anticipate national security threats before they emerge and use all elements of U.S. power—including diplomacy, intelligence, economic leverage, and the power of our ideas—to defend against such threats without the need for military action. I would also consult closely with Congress, the American people, and our allies to address threats that do emerge. But I would not hesitate to use force when necessary to protect the United States of America.â€? The assertions by President Obama and Gov. Romney of a unilateral presidential war SRZHUÂżQGQRVXSSRUWLQWKHDUFKLWHFWXUHRI the Constitution. Presidents have routinely Ă€DXQWHGFRQVWLWXWLRQDOSULQFLSOHVJRYHUQing matters of war and peace. This is deeply troublesome for a nation that professes to be committed to the rule of law. It is troublesome for Gov. Romney, who frequently extols the virtues of the Founding Fathers and promises to remain faithful to their principles. It is troublesome as well for President Obama, a lawyer by trade, and who, as president, has a profound duty under the Take Care Clause, to “faithfullyâ€? execute the laws of the land. Above all else, the persistent violation of the War Clause for the past half-century should be deeply worrisome for the American citizenry. As the learned historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. stated, “If citizens are unwilling to study the processes by which foreign policy is made, they have only themselves to blame when they go marching off to war.â€? In an election year in which citizens make crucial judgments that will shape the direction of our nation, those are, indeed, wise words of advice. David Adler is the director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, where he holds appointment as the Cecil Andrus Professor of Public Affairs. 7KLVDUWLFOHLVWKHÂżUVWLQDVHULHVFRPSDUing and contrasting the views of President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney on constitutional issues prominent in the race for the White House.





6JG1DCOC'ŊGEV A racial Rorschach test




ack in 2008, polls found Americans wildly optimistic that Barack Obama’s election would dramatically improve race relations. However, numerous studLHVVLQFHKDYHFRQ¿UPHGWKDWKLVSUHVLGHQF\LQVSLUHGOLWWOH advancement on that front. Why? Because it has unwittingly exposed and galvanized lingering racial biases, tensions and resentments that normally remain cloaked, often subconsciously, in our post-civil rights society. Racial tension wasn’t markedly apparent before Election Day, when in Gallup polls, an almost equal share of whites said that Obama’s race made him more appealing (6 percent) rather than less (7 percent) as a candidate. Obama received 43 percent of the overall white vote, 12 percent less than John McCain, yet still a hair better than either John Kerry (41 percent) in 2004 or Al Gore (42 percent) in 2000. Does this mean Obama’s race was no real liability? Knowing that self-disclosing polls about race tend to under-detect bias, Harvard University’s Seth StephensDavidowitz tracked racist Google searches nationwide to see if areas registering more such activity correlated with places in which Obama underperformed in white votes relative to Kerry. Indeed they did. Calculations revealed that Obama actually lost a net of between 3 and 5 percent of the popular vote nationwide due purely to his race. In other words, if the president had been white, his victory over McCain would have been far more substantial. And, given that over half of modern presidential elections since 1952 have been decided by a 4 percent or less margin, racial bias can still be a game-changer. Perhaps more shocking is Stephens-Davidowitz’s discovery that Google searches of terms like “nigger jokes” proved to be nearly as frequent nationwide as searches for “Daily Show” and more common than googling “economist,” “migraine(s),” or “Republican.” Thus, racism is not as fringe as we might wish. This helps explain why both the Romney and Obama campaigns are quietly incorporating racial voting patterns into their 2012 strategies. Race still matters. Though white Americans make up only 62 percent of the population, they comprise 75 percent of expected votes in


2012. Experts have told Romney that he’ll need about 60 percent of the white vote to win the election; Obama will require somewhere between 38 and 40 percent while having to generate considerable enthusiasm and turnout among non-whites to clinch victory. Republican efforts to pass voter ID laws, despite only 86 recorded incidents of voter fraud nationwide between 2002 and 2007, make expedient sense LQWKLVFRQWH[W7KHVHODZVZRXOGPRVWO\VWLÀHWKRVHZKR tend to vote Democratic and lack driver’s licenses, including people of color, the young, the poor and city dwellers who prefer public transit. All told, about 11 percent of American adults are without an authoritative photo ID. The same electoral math also reveals why Republicans in 2012 have quietly employed racially coded language to help move economically strained whites, partial to certain Democratic policy positions, into the GOP camp. Calling Obama the “food-stamp president” (Newt Gingrich), or framing his health care law as “reparations” (Glenn Beck), purposefully aggravates racially resentful scar tissue from the post-1960s era for political ends. Reminiscent of Ronald Reagan’s use of the term “welfare queens” in the 1980s to paint a ¿FWLWLRXVSLFWXUHRIOD]\EODFNVEOHHGLQJZKLWHWD[SD\HUV dry during tough economic times, Romney’s television ad charging Obama falsely with trying to gut the work requirements in current welfare laws attempts something similar. This effective tactic actually far precedes Reagan. Stoking racial resentments between struggling whites and people of color in order to poison potential interracial class alliances that might align against powerful entrenched interests has worked repeatedly throughout U.S. history. The fact that politicians still try to bait economically distressed whites with racial suspicions, albeit in coded and deniable “dog whistle” fashion, tells us that focus groups have signaled WKHLUFRQWLQXHGSROLWLFDOHIIHFWLYHQHVV7KLVDORQHFRQ¿UPV that racial tensions continue to boil under the not-so-colorblind surface. Meanwhile, some Republicans warn presciently that, though whites currently control three-quarters of America’s eligible votes, rising minority populations are rapidly diluting that power. Thus, alienating non-whites will prove ever more costly in future elections. Obama must court minority voters, too, while not ever


appearing to give favor, lest he trigger latent white fears that a black president will condone reverse discrimination in a plot to even history’s racial score. Indeed, Obama has learned that verbalizing only the mildest hint of empathy with victims of racial injustice, whether they be Trayvon Martin or his friend Skip Gates, sparks virulent charges of racial favoritism from conservatives. Thus, like baseball’s Jackie Robinson, he must absorb repeated vocalizations of white racial panic without reciprocating or losing his cool. (Even cursing, as Clint Eastwood’s improvised skit at the *231DWLRQDO&RQYHQWLRQPDGHD¿FWLWLRXV2EDPDDSSHDU to do, would be politically unthinkable for the real Obama.) As noted in a recent article in The Atlantic, a study by Daniel Gillion at University of Pennsylvania discovered that Obama has actually mentioned race less frequently than any Democratic president since John F. Kennedy. Yet white fears distort perceptions of this reality, providing more evidence that just beneath America’s new skin of racial progress festers unhealed racial friction. Another ongoing study called Project Implicit, spearheaded by Anthony Greenwald of the University of Washington, measures unconscious racial bias and how this affects not only presidential elections but also perceptions of candidates and issues. Results from the Project Implicit tests, which anyone may take online, show that more than half of eligible white voters exhibit automatic though unconscious “white preference.” Unwitting involuntary racial bias occurs regardless of political party or whether one claims to be racially egalitarian (though, in general, conservatives exhibit stronger pro-white racial preferences than liberals, says Greenwald). The political impact here involves unconscious increased favor among many whites toward conservative and white candidates, as well as their issues. Another scholar, Michael Tessler, even tested to see if Obama’s race affected people’s perceptions of his dog, Bo. Sure enough, respondents with implicit white preferences tended to think less of the dog when they knew it belonged to Obama than when they were led to believe it was Ted Kennedy’s. This has implications for how Obama’s race affects perceptions of all policy issues tied to him, including health care. Tessler and others have suggested that everything he touches

READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY AT THEBLUEREVIEW.ORG. Jill Gill, associate professor of history at Boise State University, is an interdisciplinary 20th Century Americanist. To help further our understanding of race in America and generate more Idaho-speFL¿FGDWDFRQVLGHUWDNLQJ3URMHFW,PSOLFLW tests yourself at And, if you have a story to tell about race in Idaho that might shed light on the state’s complex racial life from territorial GD\VWRWKHSUHVHQWSOHDVHFRQWDFWMJLOO# about contributing an interview to the Idaho in Black and White oral KLVWRU\SURMHFW




becomes racialized in a way unseen when white candidates say or do the same thing. Again, this reveals not only unconscious white preferences, but an underlying white panic about what a black person in power might do to negatively affect whites. The studies cited above work hard to separate these reactions from purely partisan rancor or economic stresses. Race alone still matters. Though America has clearly progressed, race continues to shape our motives, fears and preferences, all of which operate within a historical memory that binds us together. Obama’s mere SUHVHQFHLQWKH:KLWH+RXVHKDVÀXVKHG more of these concealed and subconscious dynamics out into the open, despite his pragmatic efforts to defuse them. And these racial dynamics involve far more than Tea Party signs portraying Obama as a witch doctor with a bone through his nose, or the Birthers who deny that America even has a legitimate black president.

Jan. 16, 1989, rally for an MLK Day holiday at the Idaho Statehouse.




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Campaign spin actually informs and engages voters, in some states Compared to the barrage of political citizens learn about the candidates. Some advertising in the 10 or so swing states that people even learn more from ads than they will decide this election, Idaho is on the do from news. This is especially true for sidelines, viewed as a guaranteed negative attack ads, which have Seth Ashley, win for one party and a lost constituted about 70 percent Ph.D., assistant cause for the other. It can of all political advertising professor of communicabe hard to tell there’s in this election. That’s tion at Boise State University, an election going on at way up from what it writes about the surprising all here, and while we used to be: less than consequences of being spared might be thankful that 10 percent in 1960 and from attack ads in non-swing we don’t have to listen around 30 percent in states. Ashley researches the to candidates endlessly the 1980s. role and impact of media in “approve this message” Why the dramatic the democratic public like folks in Ohio, Nevada rise? First of all, attack sphere. or Florida, we may be less ads work. Negative ads informed as a result. highlight the issues for which Conventional wisdom and pollcandidates want to be known and help ing data tell us that political ads, which are distinguish their policy ideas from those of mostly negative, turn people off and drive us their opponent. Secondly, the rise of interest further apart. They disillusion, they polargroups following the 2010 Citizens United ize, they depoliticize. They are what we’re GHFLVLRQKDVFRQWULEXWHGWRWKHÀRRGRIQHJDreferring to when we talk about our mean, tive ads; the candidates themselves account ugly politics. But here’s the thing: They also for less than half of the ad spending. Finally, educate us. news media attention focuses more and more Research has long supported the idea that on campaign strategy, and this coverage political advertising is one of the main ways helps drive the trend.

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Why neither Romney nor Obama care about Idaho With a system in place like the Electoral father served three terms as governor) and College, voters in small and uncompetitive Pennsylvania viewed as long shots but still states have little ability to draw the attenin the conversation. tion of presidential candidates. As a result, Obama’s electoral strategy in many for Democrats in Idaho and Republicans in ZD\VSDUDOOHOV5RPQH\ÂśVDUHĂ€HFWLRQRIKLV Hawaii, there is virtually nothing they can do need to simply keep as many of the states to make their vote matter in any substantive that went for him in 2008 on his side as way. For evidence, consider the campaign possible. He will almost certainly see some strategies of the Romney and Obama organistates defect into Romney’s camp, but which zations in the current election. ones and how many will determine the So far, in 2012, media analysis and election’s outcome. Seasoned analysts see campaign resource allocation shows that the election as one in which Obama has a once again, the Electoral College drives built-in advantage, for in the words of NPR where candidates visit, advertise and moSenior Editor Ron Elving, Obama “needs bilize. Karl Rove, credited as the engineer far less from the tossup states to get to 270, of George W. Bush’s two Electoral College which is the magic number that represents YLFWRULHV WKRXJKWKHÂżUVWRQHFDPHZLWK the majority in the Electoral College.â€? That an assist from the Supreme Court’s Bush v. KHQHHGVIDUOHVVLVDUHĂ€HFWLRQRIWKHIDFW Gore decision), made a prescient argument that the states where the president is curin the Wall Street Journal in May. rently winning or considered likely Rove argued that between the to win “have more people and, stability of conservative therefore, more votes in leads in states that went the Electoral College Justin S. Vaughn, Ph. D., assisfor Sen. John McCain than the states where tant professor of political science in 2008 and subtle Romney is currently at Boise State University, writes changes in the alwinning or likely to about the Electoral College. Vaughn location of electors win.â€? As a result, the has edited and published several studacross states followObama campaign ies of presidential politics, including ing the 2010 census, has the luxury of Gendering the Presidency: Gender, Mitt Romney’s seeing several disPresidential Politics, and Popufocus will be almost tinct paths to victory, lar Culture. HQWLUHO\RQÂżYHVWDWHV including a Western Indiana, North Carolina, sweep (with victories in Virginia, Florida and Ohio. Colorado and Nevada) or a Each of these states are mediumstrong performance in the upper sized, with the exception of Florida, which South (i.e., North Carolina and Virginia). In KDVHOHFWRUDOYRWHV0RUHRYHUWKHÂżUVW terms of key states, the Obama campaign three in this list are traditional Republicanis targeting Florida, North Carolina and friendly states that McCain lost in Barack Virginia. Florida is populated with a range of Obama’s 2008 surge. If the votes in these demographic sub-groups that are consiststates return to traditional levels, with ent components of the Democratic coalition diminished enthusiasm for Obama among (i.e., senior citizens, racial minority groups), youth and independent voters, Romney while Virginia’s demographic composiwill be quite close to victory. If he can win tion is increasingly moving away from the Florida and Ohio—both states that Bush traditional Southern heritage to that of a won in 2004 and where Obama’s numbers state populated by highly educated governare down since 2008—he will only need to ment employees with moderate to progreswin one other state in the country that Mcsive social values. North Carolina presents Cain lost and victory will be his. According a less certain target, though one the Obama to campaign aides, the states being looked campaign sees as worthy of investment, as at most closely for this last margin include evidenced by its decision to host the DemoNew Mexico, Nevada and Colorado, with cratic National Convention in Charlotte, the Michigan (where Romney was born and his state’s largest city.





We employed the distinct avor of Nelson Sauvin hops to bring American pale ale and American lager together in this crisp and congratulatory Shift. So clock out and crack open a Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you’re like us, combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddies.

8 DAYS OUT Auditions ALLEY REPERTORY THEATER AUDITIONS—Alley Repertory Theater is holding general auditions for two plays: Breadcrumbs by Jennifer Haley and Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. 2-5 p.m. FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,


VINYL PRESERVATION SOCIETY—Celebrate the Vinyl Preservation Society’s fifth anniversary with a full bar, Halloween costumes and music from Miss Kimberly, Pedro and more. 8 p.m. $5, FREE for VPS members. The Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-385-0111,

Animals & Pets

Animals & Pets


EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

BOISE PHILHARMONIC—See Friday. 8 p.m. $11.50-$76.50. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609,


Literature NORTHWORST SLAM POETRY REGIONAL DEATHMATCH— Teams from Vancouver, B.C.; Oakland, Calif.; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Salt Lake City and Boise will compete. Visit for more info. 8 p.m. $5. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,

Festivals & Events TOUR OF BOISE ADVENTURE RACE—Have a blast in this scavenger hunt discovering Boise’s history, architectural gems and public art. You will follow a clue card map over a fun route, returning to Julia Davis Park for a raffle and snacks. Register at See Picks, Page 16. 11 a.m. $25 individual, $60 fourperson team. Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise.

Odds & Ends SECOND ANNUAL THEATRICAL COSTUME SALE—The Boise State University Theatre Arts Department is selling off all its extra inventory, including Medieval and Renaissance costumes, old band uniforms, hats, capes and more. See Picks, Page 16. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-4261609,

EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

Citizen BASQUE PRESCHOOL CHARITY NIGHT—Indulge your cravings for pizza and help out the Boiseko Ikastola Basque preschool at Smoky Mountain Pizza locations in Boise and Eagle. For more info, log onto 5:30-8:30 p.m. Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta, 1805 W. State St., Boise, 208-3872727; 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-429-0011; 127 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-0212;

Animals & Pets EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

On Stage LIQUID LAUGHS: BOB DIBUONO—See Thursday. Tickets are buy one, get one free. 8 p.m. $10. Liquid, 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379, THE WOMAN IN BLACK—See Wednesday. 3 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

EYESPY Real Dialogue from the naked city

TUESDAY OCT. 23 On Stage TAP DOGS—This tap-dance show employs a construction site set and is part dance, part theater and part rock concert. See Picks, Page 17. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Morrison Center, 2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208426-1110, THE WOMAN IN BLACK—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $10-30. Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main St., Hailey, 208-578-9122,

Workshops & Classes CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP—Print your own Christmas cards this year. Shop manager Bingo Barnes will assist you in printing 50 cards of your own design using antique lead and wood letters, along with his collection of old-fashioned holiday images. This two-night class will print on the front and inside of your cards. Email Bingo@ to register. 6-9 p.m. $80. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538,

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8 DAYS OUT Animals & Pets EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-455-5920,

WEDNESDAY OCT. 24 Festivals & Events MOTORCYCLE BOOT CAMP— Learn about everything from the headlights to the tailpipes, and find the perfect bike for you. Featuring food, prizes and fun. 6-8:30 p.m. FREE. High Desert Harley-Davidson, 2310 Cinema Drive, Meridian, 208-338-5599,

HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HISTORY TROLLEY TOUR—Friday and Saturday nights through Saturday, Oct. 27, and nightly Sunday, Oct. 28-Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Oct. 27 tour will be a special two-hour tour, costing $25. The Oct. 31 tour is for ages 21 and older. Visit for tickets and reservations or call 208-433-0849. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and through Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $18, $16 students. Joe’s Crab Shack, 2288 N. Garden St., Garden City, 208-336-9370, joescrabshack. com.

HAUNTED WORLD—MondayThursday, dusk-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, dusk-midnight. Continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31. $20, FREE for children younger than 5. For location and other info, log onto SCARECROW STROLL—Daily through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649,

EAGLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. HAUNTED WOODS—Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Continues through Oct. 31. $10, $6 ages 5-12, FREE for ages 4 and younger. Merrill Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle River Development, Eagle, eaglefire. org.

On Stage TAP DOGS—See Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. $30-$50. Morrison Center, 2201 Caesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1110, TIGERS BE STILL—See Wednesday, Oct. 17. 8 p.m. $10-$15. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-3319224,

Food & Drink PAELLA CLASS—Learn the traditional techniques of preparing seafood, chorizo and chicken paella as well as olive tapenade. Price includes wine tasting, tapas and instruction. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. $35. Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-433-1208,

Workshops & Classes CHRISTMAS CARD WORKSHOP—See Tuesday. 6-9 p.m. $80. Idaho Poster and Letterpress, 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, Boise, 208-761-9538,

Animals & Pets EMPTY THE SHELTER 2 ADOPTION EVENT—See Wednesday, Oct. 17. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell, 208-4555920,

Recurring THE FARMSTEAD 2012—Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fridays, 4-11 p.m. and MondaysThursdays, 4-9 p.m. Continues through Friday, Nov. 3. The Farmstead, 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian, 208-922-5678, FREAKY FOREST—Fridays-Sundays 8-11 p.m. and Thursdays, 8-10 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 25, and Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8-10 p.m. Donations appreciated. 1800 W. Hubbard Road, near the corner of Hubbard and Linder, Kuna.

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NOISE/CD REVIEW WHY?, MUMPS, ETC. Dropping dark limericks is a staple in Why?’s music. But the Ohio band’s 2012 full-length, Mumps, Etc., trades guitar riffs for hand clapping and punchy percussion. Yet no matter how peppy the 13-track album’s instrumentation may sound, it’s not a saccharine pop record. As with most of his writing, mortality is a surety singer Jonathan “Yoni” Wolf can’t stop sweating. He vilifies a life wasted on “cash worship,” urges listeners to let “the dusty curtain” close on his final performance and during the song “Paper Hearts,” Wolf confesses: “During sex I might put us in some joke positions / but it’s scary always how we end up in missionary.” On “Waterlines,” golden harp serves as the introduction, and the most jarring sound in the rest of the track is a woodblock used as soft punctuation in the chorus. But make no mistake, the song ends with a hand-wringing refrain from Wolf in juxtaposition: “I’d prefer to be some unknown with a sports car / than pen the dumb pun poems as a poor star.” Then Wolf describes seeing a hypothetical son run to him clutching a perfect report card. Wolf told Spin magazine the song “Strawberries” was inspired by his grandmother, and includes an image of a weedsmoking senior, her hair in curlers. “That’s how I’ll live when I quit my rap career,” he sings. “Let her laughter pass the rafters and go out into the atmosphere.” Mumps, Etc. relies less on dark, abstract imagery than previous albums, and more on Wolf, the man. “It took me 30 years to learn my patterns,” he sings on “Jonathan’s Hope,” suggesting he’s aware of the transformation, as well. In all, Mumps, Etc. is an album of pensive soul-searching driven by a catchy, new sound. And though Wolf declares that the listener will never “get right close to Jonathan Avram Wolf,” his writing on this album allows just that. —Andrew Crisp WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M


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HATCHET SLINGER Jake Shimabukuro wages peace with his ukulele JOSH GROSS

Green Jello brings back its insane live show.


plied to crossover tunes and paired with new Shimabukuro says, but how he speaks about media, has helped Shimabukuro lead a wave of it. Though widely credited by critics with ukulele resurgence. Though he began playing reinventing the instrument before he was 30, the instrument at age 4, it was YouTube that Shimabukuro speaks clearly and slowly, with put him in the spotlight, first through performhumility and reverence for his station. ing songs thought impossible on the uke—like “I didn’t realize how popular ukulele was “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Boheover there,” he said of Russia. mian Rhapsody”—and later through a series “I was really nervous,” he said of meeting of TED Talks. Those videos have been viewed the Queen of England. tens of millions of times, netted Shimabukuro “He has been like a big brother to me,” he recording deals and kept him busy touring the said of Jimmy Buffet. world roughly eight months out of the year. Through that filter, it is easy to understand His new album, Grand Ukulele, was prohow Shimabukuro would see the ukulele as an duced by Alan Parsons and is the latest step in oracle of goodness. that trajectory. For a musician who was play“I convinced myself long ago that if ing exclusively on YouTube only a few years everyone played the ukulele, the world would ago, this is a huge deal. be a better place,” he said in his Peace, Love, “I could never have dreamed of even meetUkulele speech at TEDx in Honolulu. When pressed on why he thinks the ukulele ing someone like Alan Parsons, let alone having him produce my record,” he said. “He is so has that effect, he said it’s because people musical that the things he brought to the table don’t take the ukulele seriously, something were further out than I could have imagined.” that keeps egos at bay. Parsons—whose pedigree includes record“People don’t see it as a serious instruing Abbey Road and Let it Be by the Beatles, ment,” he said. “So most people don’t have and Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, in egos about it.” addition to his own band, The Alan Parsons He also calls playing the uke a rare Project—is certainly no slouch on the “far hobby that people will come to later in life out.” But those who might imagine Grand without being intimidated. Even Shimabukuro’s grandmother recently started playing. Ukulele as a collection of uke-centric prog rock space jams in the style of the Alan Parsons “I have heard countless stories from Project couldn’t be further off. people saying that they hadn’t ever played Grand Ukulele moves back and forth bean instrument, hadn’t ever thought of tween percussive instrumental tracks similar to playing an instrument, but saw my song on YouTube and were inspired to pick [a ukulele] what you might hear Rodrigo y Gabriela play while on vacation in Hawaii, to lush orchesup,” said Shimabukuro. “Most of the time, people would be intimidated by an instrument, tral tracks as soothing as a tropical sunset. There are traditional Hawaiian songs and pop especially older people that feel you have to reboots, most notably the start when you are really omnipresent “Rolling in the young. But people don’t feel Jake Shimabukuro, Sunday, Oct. 21, Deep,” by Adele. that way about ukulele.” 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $27 adv., One of the things that And though people $30 door. Shimabukuro likes most might not feel intimidated EGYPTIAN THEATRE about Grand Ukulele is that by the instrument, they 700 W. Main St., 208-387-1273, all of it, even the orchestraought to be in awe of tion by Kip Winger, was Shimabukuro’s perforrecorded live in one room mances; he may be the closest thing to a prodigy the instrument has with no overdubs, practically heresy in modern ever seen. While the ukulele is typically used recording. But for Shimabukuro, it isn’t archaic for strumming simple chords, Shimabukuro so much as classic. “When Frank Sinatra sang, he did it live in has incorporated complex rhythms and the studio with an orchestra,” he said. “There’s percussive elements, with fingering as nimble as world-class classical guitarists. these magical things that come from everyone playing off of each other instead of over one And this is no small feat on the small another.” frets. There will be no orchestra for ShimabukuAsked what he thought the instruro’s gig at the Egyptian. He tours solo. But for ment couldn’t do, he thought for a an artist who has built his career on turning while before conceding the layered limitations into strengths, that’s the only way. sound of Wagner might be a stretch. And if, after the show, you feel mysteriously “I am not saying you couldn’t do a simplified piece,” he said. “But to inspired to buy a uke of your own, know thatShimabukuro would second the motion. capture the essence of that would “It is an entire yoga session in one strum,” be quite extraordinary.” he said. Those technical abilities, apME



Those sad souls who missed Green Jello’s amazingly bizarre performance at the Evil Wine Carnival Sept. 29 are in luck. Evil Wine Presents has announced it will be bringing the band back to the Red Room to perform on New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. The price of that shitshow will be the pauper-perfect sum of $5. The band’s singer, Bill Manspeaker, is also making tentative plans to stick around Les Bois for a spell to do some recording with several musicians he met on his last visit: Dustin Jones of The Hand, Geno Lopez of The Sneezz and Cameron Andreas from CAMP. For more about the pending recording project and a preview of what Boise might be in for on NYE, hit up video.boiseweekly. com to see the Green Jello episode of Boise Weekly’s continuing video series on local music happenings, Scenes From a Scene. Another blast from the past to look forward to is a recently announced show from Blowfly, the masked alter-ego of Motown songwriter Clarence Reid. Why masked? Because when Blowfly started writing and recording dirty raps in the late ’60s and early ’70s, you could still get arrested and canned from your day job for that shiznit. Now 73 years young, Reid will be playing at Red Room Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Bring yo’ earmuffs, bitches. In local news, Americana sweethearts AKA Belle announced on its Facebook page that the band will be entering the studio in November to record the follow-up to its 2012 album, Disappearing Night. To quote a comment from Tim Johnstone at 94.9 FM The River: “Woo to the hoo.” And finally, Starfucker, aka, the band with the name that always incites commenter outrage on our website, will return to Boise to play at Reef, Tuesday, Oct. 23, which is good, because Starfucker’s electropop tunes are imminently danceable. That show is supposed to start at 10 p.m., with Onuinu opening. But anyone who has ever seen Starfucker before knows that it will actually start whenever the band finally gets around to it. Either way, it will cost $12 advance or $15 at the door.

Charlie Daniels’ Johnny faced the devil with his fiddle. Tenacious D did it with guitars. Vince Vaughn substituted a round of Guitar Hero to battle his rival in Couples Retreat. But were Jake Shimabukuro, who will play at the Egyptian Theatre Sunday, Oct. 21, faced with a musical showdown, his weapon of choice would be a hatchet, not an axe, and the goal would be reconciliation, not victory. But he also admits his views on the ukulele might be a little starry eyed. “Maybe there is something over the top about it being an instrument of peace,” Shimabukuro said. “But it makes people smile. It makes them want to play music.” He even calls the ukulele “the friendliest instrument.” But perhaps the greatest testament to the uke’s temperament is not what

—Josh Gross

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TWO MINDS After shedding a member, Menomena moves ahead with new album, Moms CHRIS PARKER Albums are like amusement park snapshots, a still stolen from life in motion. With its new release, Moms, Portland, Ore., art-pop act Menomena sports a more pleasant countenance than the tortured scowl that accompanied 2010’s Mines. Call it addition by subtraction. Co-founding multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf jumped ship in January 2011 and remaining members Danny Seim and Justin Harris discovered communication was easier with one less voice. That manifests on their new album, Though it’s been a bumpy ride, Justin Harris (left) and Danny Seim (right) have stuck it out in Menomena. which is the most focused, easily engaging and personal album to date. Past albums explored rather spastic, highThe band still had two more tours scheduled, other musically,” Seim continued. “So we contrast, sample-laden baroque pop remiincluding one of Australia. It didn’t take five had a little more of a foundation to draw niscent of The Beta Band and were prone to minutes of discussion for Harris and Seim to on. If the music fails, we’d still be friends sudden shifts of tempo, volume or tone like a decide to forge on, even if their hearts weren’t on the other side of this because we have heavily spliced video sequence. The new disc in the current tour anymore. that past.” feels more like a long tracking shot, indulging “We didn’t want to let down our agents or Menomena formed just after the millena smoother, atmospheric vibe born of Pink nium and developed a unique manner of work- the promoters,” recalled Seim. “We kind of Floyd’s Meddle and lonely highway drives. ing, which diffused responsibility for the music grudgingly went [to Australia] but the shows “We wanted to capture those feelings were amazing and we ended up really revitalamong them. Loops were created individually when we were taking a lot of these long to the click track of a digital looping program, ized. ‘Oh, we can still make this music.’ When drives,” Seim said. “Where we would put we got back to Portland, we were kind of on the record on and drive on this straight road which allowed them to collectively work the high of being out there and seeing that on the same piece separately, constructing, for 400 miles. Music that kind of fills into people still care about us.” deconstructing and rearranging its different the landscape.” Writing proceeded relatively quickly, By far the biggest difference in this album instrumental tracks in solitude. and the studio was a friendlier place minus The process required them to painstakis in the lyrics which became a focus for the one ego. The band discovered, by its very ingly learn how to play the songs after they’d first time, and sort of dictated the project. nature, different music emerges from a duo recorded the album. Such a non-linear songSeim was struggling through a divorce and than a trio. writing strategy almost necessarily produced the realization that he’d lived as long with“In a three-member group, there is always a surprising, ear-catching blend that was arty out his mother alive as with her. In fact, she but strangely infectious. But by the time Mines going to be an odd man out when it all died at his age. came around, this convoluted process—which comes down to a vote,” Seim said. “The When he showed Harris the lyrics he’d really passionate guy may not see it the same rarely had them writing in the same room— been working on—many of which concern as the other two, but may lose out in creative had devolved into bitter resentment. her—Harris was drawn to examine his decisions. Now that everything is 50/50 there “It became painfully obvious to us that own familial relations. In particular, Harris are a lot more deadlocked ties … and the something needed to change,” said Seim. focused on his single mom and his absent other guy is, ‘You know what, I trust you at “We were putting [going into the studio] off father, with whom he reconciled during the this point.’” as long as we could because we knew that, course of this project. Chalk it up to maturity, something that historically, it had been When Boise Weekly didn’t help the band survive as a trio, but such a breeding ground spoke with Seim, he was Menomena with PVT, bodes well for its future, which is very much for resentment. at the San Antonio ranch Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8 p.m., $12. on their minds. Our label was saying, of Harris’ formerly esNEUROLUX “There is this thread to a lot of these songs. you have to do this again tranged father, explaining 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886, We are starting to become hyper-aware of our or people are going to how he got to know forget about you. So like, bodies falling apart, our hair thinning. Maybe ris and his mother after ‘OK, we’ll try it,’ and we we should stop smoking, not drink as much,” his own mom passed. Seim said. “We’re both in our mid 30s now tried to make it work and, of course, it sort “[My mom] died the summer after my and I think it’s more about getting something of imploded.” junior year of high school. That’s when I got out there that we’re happy with and proud of. They say if things could end nicely, they more into music and throwing myself into this art stuff—just to forget about that whole thing wouldn’t end. Certainly Knopf’s video breakup I think we’ve succeeded more than we have in the past because I think in the past, we would qualify. The band had just finished a and move on,” Seim explained. “That’s also were maybe trying to make a grand artistic European tour supporting Mines, but Knopf when I met Justin and Diane, his mom. She’s statement. Now we’re just trying to release hung back. When Seim and Harris got off kind of been a surrogate this whole time. Just something that showcases a side of these two the plane they found a video message in their the most supportive woman on the planet. 35-year-old dudes.” email that Knopf had recorded on his laptop “That’s one good thing about Justin and I, we knew each other before we knew each wishing them well because he was out of there. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

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BOURBON DOGS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian

CONCERTS IN THE GARAGE— Featuring Thomas Paul and Boise Rock School bands. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Rock School


FELIX MARTIN TRIO—9:30 p.m. $3. Liquid

ALEXIS GIDEON—8 p.m. $3. Flying M Coffeegarage

FRIENDS—With Hey V Kay and S.L.F.M. 7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

BLAZE AND KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


BIG GIGANTIC, OCT. 20, KFCH To the outside world, dubstep and EDM in general are the purview of a proto-hipster named Skrillex—who might actually just be Corey Feldman. But the genre is booming, and one of its rising stars is Boulder, Colo.’s Big Gigantic. In addition to being the first band that dared to befoul the sacrosanct Red Rocks Amphitheatre with video projections, it has given the style a shot of old-school credibility in the form of frontman and recovering jazz saxophonist Dominic Lalli. Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken trade licks like the jazz cats of yore but with space-age tones and a little of the ol’ wub-wubwub for the kids. It’s still louder than doctors recommend and likely to be slandered as “noise” when heard through the bedroom doors of teenagers, but damn if it doesn’t have a touch of that old magic. —Josh Gross With GRiZ. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. $15-$25. Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. Ninth St., 208-367-1212,

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HAVEN SNOW—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow LARRY CONKLIN—10:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La LARRY KISER—6 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

FRIM FRAM 4—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s HUNTER VALENTINE—With Queen Caveat, Lazy Blue Hares and The Alltheways. 8 p.m. $8. Shredder MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS—8 p.m. $16-$45. Knitting Factory

PAUL DRAGONE—6 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La

MATT WOODS—With Voodoo Organist and Jimmy Sinn. 8 p.m. $5. Red Room

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s

RYAN WISSINGER—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

ROBERT JAMES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


ROCK AND RODEO SHOWCASE—Featuring Possum Livin’ with Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s

SWITCHFOOT—With Paper Route. 8 p.m. $23-$50. Knitting Factory

SHOOK TWINS—3 p.m. FREE. Boise State Centennial Amphitheater

ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid

FALL FOLK FEST—Featuring Shook Twins, Buster Blue and Grandma Kelsey. 7:30 p.m. $10 adv., $13 door. Visual Arts Collective GAYLE CHAPMAN—6:30 p.m. FREE. Woodriver Cellars JOHN CAZAN—5 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel JONATHAN WARREN AND THE BILLY GOATS—10 p.m. $5. Grainey’s JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

SALLY TIBBS—With Kevin Kirk. 5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar TERRY JONES—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid UNCLE CHRIS—8 p.m. FREE. High Note WOLFGANG GARTNER—8 p.m. $20-$40. Knitting Factory

SATURDAY OCT. 20 ANDREW CORTENS—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill ANDY BYRON—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s

KILLING DOVE—With Jar, Zen Junkies and Fort Harrison. 9 p.m. $3. Shredder

BIG GIGANTIC—With GRiZ. See Listen Here, this page. 9 p.m. $15-$25. Knitting Factory


BRANDON PRITCHETT—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown

LOST IN TREES—With Midtown Dickens. See Listen Here, Page 27. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux

FREUDIAN SLIP—5:30 p.m. FREE. Sandbar

MEGAN NELSON—8 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s


GAYLE CHAPMAN—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid



JOHNNY SHOES—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Moon’s


KEVIN KIRK—9:30 a.m. FREE. Bar 365

NED EVETT—8 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel


RADIO BOISE TUESDAYS—With PVT. 8 p.m. $12. Neurolux

PAT RICE—1:30 p.m. FREE. Solid

REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Sockeye

SUNDERGROUND—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s


TERRY JONES—10:15 a.m. FREE. Berryhill

YVE EVANS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Bar 365

LORD HURON—With Night Moves. 8 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux ROCCI JOHNSON BAND—9:30 p.m. FREE. Humpin’ Hannah’s ROSA DOS VENTOS—10 p.m. $5. Reef

PATRICIA FOLKNER AND JOEL KASERMAN—7 p.m. FREE. Lock, Stock & Barrel PAUL DRAGONE—5 p.m. FREE. Shangri-La REBECCA SCOTT—With Rob Hill and Debbie Sager. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s RYAN WISSINGER—9 p.m. FREE. Solid SHON SANDERS—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Downtown



SHON SANDERS—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub


TURNS OUT—Midnight. FREE. Liquid

SUNDAY OCT. 21 ALESANA—With In Fear and Faith, Vampires Everywhere!, Glamour of the Kill and All Human. 7 p.m. $14-$31. Knitting Factory



PUNK MONDAY—8 p.m. $3. Liquid



BEN BURDICK—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Meridian


JIM FISHWILD—6 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow

ZION I—With Minnesota. 7 p.m. $18 adv., $20 door. Neurolux


FRANKS DIGGLE PICKERS— With Travis Ward and Scott Knickerbocker. 8 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s


JAKE SHIMABUKURO—8 p.m. $27 adv., $30 door. Egyptian Theatre

BARBARA LAING—5:45 p.m. FREE. Solid


BROCK BARTEL—6:30 p.m. FREE. Gelato Cafe

SWINGIN’ WITH ELLIE SHAW— 5:30 p.m. FREE. Bar 365 TOM HOGARD—7:30 p.m. FREE. Willi B’s YVE EVANS—6 p.m. FREE. Sapphire Room

LARRY CONKLIN—11:30 a.m. FREE. Shangri-La PAMELA DEMARCHE—5:30 p.m. FREE. Flatbread-Bown


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LOST IN THE TREES, OCT. 19, NEUROLUX While busting his chops at Berklee College of Music, Ari Picker nurtured a love of composition. And since graduation, the Chapel Hill, N.C., native has turned his passion for arrangements into orchestral folk pop band Lost in the Trees. Pairing classical instruments with modern panache, LITT is fresh, clean and skirts the stuffy feel of the concert house. Yet the divide between classic and modern is made invisible by his group of fellow skilled musicians. Picker’s vocals traipse over bars of softly plucked acoustic guitar, dramatic violin, cello sections and lilting flute. Fans come for the barroom cred but stay for philharmonic drama. In the band’s 2012 release, A Church That Fits Our Needs, Picker channels that sound into his personal story of loss. Seven months after the group’s March performance with Poor Moon at Neurolux, LITT returns to the venue. —Andrew Crisp With Midtown Dickens. 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886,

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Michael Cordell debuts Dots at Enso.

OPERATINIS AND AMBASSADORS Though artist Michael Cordell has been making artwork for years, he will debut his first solo show, Dots, Twists and Drawings of Nothing, Friday, Oct. 19, at Enso Artspace. Cordell’s work includes an innovative mix of drawings and metal sculptures, which employ various mediums, including ink and graphite. The opening reception takes place from 5-8 p.m., and the show will continue through Saturday, Nov. 24. Enso will also feature an exhibit-themed Soup-Talk-Art Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6-8 p.m. For $12.50, attendees can enjoy homemade soup and bread, as well as participate in a conversation with Karen Bubb, public arts manager at the Boise City Department of Arts and History. If opera is more to your artistic liking, then make sure to check out Opera Idaho’s 20122013 season. Mainstage shows include Falstaff, Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28; Pagliacci, along with Pulcinella Suite, in collaboration with Ballet Idaho, March 1, and March 3, 2013; and Susannah, which debuts May 17 and continues May 19, 2013. For more variety, don’t miss Opera Idaho’s a la carte productions, which include Hansel and Gretel, Friday, Dec. 28-Sunday, Dec. 30; The Winterreise Project, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013; and The Sound of Music in Concert, Friday, July 19, and Sunday, July 21, 2013. Prefer your opera with a side of booze? Head to Beside Bardenay Thursday, Oct. 18, for Operatini: A Smooth Finish, which provides a chance to enjoy a martini while relishing in the sounds of Opera Idaho members performing live arias. As the saying goes, it’s ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings, or in this case, until the drunken lady tries some operatic karaoke. The cost is $20 per person, or $35 if you can score a date. Or if you want to be dazzled by instrumental talent, then mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, when 16-yearold pianist George Li will perform Mozart and Schubert with the Boise Philharmonic, alongside conductor Robert Franz. The young virtuoso has performed for President Barack Obama and has received numerous awards. And in grant news, the City of Boise announced the three winners of its 2012 Arts and History Economic Development Grants: Boise Contemporary Theater, Boise Philharmonic and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Each organization will receive $10,000. The city has also crowned two Economic Development Cultural Ambassadors for the coming year: Trey McIntyre Project and Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Both organizations will receive $15,000.

Proposed plans for the Gem Block (left) and the 30th Street Area’s forthcoming Esther Simplot Park (right), identify opportunities for public art.

CREATIVE DISTRICTS Artists and architects help define neighborhoods with public art projects ANDREW CRISP Public art can come to define a city. Chicago’s bean-shaped Cloud Gate, Los Angeles’ Urban Light, even Boise’s colorful River Sculpture. Through an artist’s lens, the city itself is a canvas. So the City of Boise has tapped creative types to help plan what that canvas will look like. “I think they’re individuals who have chosen to focus on what’s meaningful,” said Karen Bubb, public arts manager at the Boise City Department of Arts and History. “For artists, the translation of meaning into a physical form is their currency.” Public artists distill a city’s culture and past into corporeal form. For Boise’s Ward Hooper, a section of the city dubbed the Gem Block is a chance to tell its story. “When I travel, I define a city, first off, by the skyline and buildings,” he said. “But when you’re walking around, you define it by the people and the visual aesthetic of the street.” Comprised of a stretch of high-rises on Main Street between 10th and 11th streets, the Gem Block is one of the gateways into the city. The Alaska Center, the Averyl (Tiner) Building and the stately Gem Noble stand shoulder to shoulder on Main Street, a stretch historians felt needed recognition. Hooper’s concept for the area includes two installations to flank Main Street. Three metal posts with street lamps would rise from low sandstone walls. Each would feature three-sided, rotating panels, and early mock-ups include color from local history and plant life. Prior to finalizing the designs, Hooper met with the block’s residents and building owners to gather their input. According to Bubb, that process allowed citizens a hand in the project. “We represent a government agency,” said Bubb. “We have a certain amount of authority of what goes in the streets. But we can also engage citizens; it becomes a bit more of a grassroots project.” Not to mention, she said, artists helping to define the city grows a creative community. “When I was young, I felt like Boise wasn’t

a creative place,” said Bubb. “But now we are fostering a community where artists want to live, where young people feel like they can stay and contribute to the conversation.” In 2010, the city divined a similar path for the Linen District, an amorphous area in Boise’s west downtown. Architectural designer and artist Dwaine Carver was commissioned to craft a “cultural arts plan” for the area. According to Carver, the plan is a living document, a tool which allows the city to get a sense of what’s possible for public arts in that area. Potential projects—like temporary street furniture or large wall murals—were based on the Linen District’s character. “For me, the Linen District has the potential for being an organic place,” said Carver. “We don’t really know what it is yet. I think that’s the good thing about it.” Carver’s plan calls specifically for temporary installations—the Modern Hotel and Bar’s annual Modern Art event is organized in that spirit, he said. But Carver cautioned that his plan should remain purely a guide. “It could become too top-down, too deterministic,” said Carver. “We all know the double-edged sword of the patron; it’s that old saying—the death of many a painter has been the commissioned work.” Another cultural arts plan is taking shape in one of Boise’s historic neighborhoods. West of the Linen District is an area often loosely referred to as “the 30th Street area.” It is dominated by a residential neighborhood with borders that reach State Street and the Boise River, including the new Boise River Recreation Park. Planners there have taken a similar approach to the arts. “What’s different about the 30th Street project and the Gem Block project is the former is so residential,” said Bubb. Architect and artist Stephanie Inman was contracted to devise the plan for the 30th Street area, which resembled Carver’s work in the Linen District.

“She spent a year going to neighborhood meetings, meeting with individuals, walking the neighborhood,” said Bubb. As Inman flipped through the 40-plus pages of a packet she produced, she paused to tap a finger on a picture, a bright Art Deco poster from the Works Progress Administration. “It’s historically been a working-class area,” said Inman. “Perhaps the art there could reflect that and retain the area’s voice.” Strong anchors in the neighborhood include a dual-language program at Whittier Elementary School, a large refugee population and a rich food scene, including annual Russian and Greek food festivals. Inman identified a list of principles that defined the neighborhood’s character, and included glossy photos of projects in other cities that could speak to those characteristics. Aquatic life and recycled art and even architectural quirks are part of what defines the neighborhood’s eclectic image. “We want the opportunity for that neighborhood to have a voice. What is that indigenous voice? And in going through change, what would they like to see? What tone would they like it to retain?” asked Bubb. “If art happened, where would they like it to be?” Whether it’s through decorative benches, bike racks or installations, the city sees this as a chance for artists to highlight the 30th Street area’s characteristics “I see it as an opportunity to create a model we could replicate in other neighborhoods,” said Bubb. “By having artists help create these plans, it’s a method of having citizens help craft their own neighborhoods.” Big change is on the horizon for the neighborhood. Plans for a new road to carry cars from State Street to Fairview Avenue would be dubbed Whitewater Park Boulevard. “We’ve imagined that street as a porous ribbon through the community,” said Inman. And that ribbon, as the cultural plan shows, unfurls new opportunities for public art.

—Jordyn Price

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LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings CONGO: THE GRAND INGA PROJECT—Worldfamous extreme kayaker Steve Fisher will be in Boise to premiere his latest film. The Inga rapids are the largest rapids in the world and have never been safely navigated. Meet Fisher after the show. Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise, 208345-0454,



GHOSTBUSTERS—Go dressed as ghosts, goblins, ghouls, monsters, marshmallow men or your favorite Ghostbusters character. Best costume wins bar tabs and other cool prizes from Hot Dog Sandwich Headquarters. Popcorn and beer specials available. Music starts at 9 p.m., featuring Cat Massacre, Junior Rocket Scientist, Hedtriip and The Sneezz. Friday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208331-0956, POWDERWHORE’S CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—Despite the underwhelming winter of 2011-2012, the Powderwhores were able to make the most of the conditions, with trips to Cerro Castillo, Chile; La Grave, France; the Antarctic Peninsula; Svalbard, Norway; Mt. Foraker, Wyo.; British Columbia, Canada; and the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. Arrive early for good seats, beer, food and a raffle, with proceeds to benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance. P. Ditty’s Wrap Wagon will sell food. Get your presale tickets at Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. $12 adv., $15 door. Idaho Mountain Touring, 1310 Main St., Boise, 208-336-3854, STARS IN SHORTS—The Idaho Film Foundation presents this collection of new short films in a variety of genres. Sunday, Oct. 21. 2:30-5 p.m. $9. The Flicks, 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, THE WEIRD WORLD OF BLOWFLY—The return of Evil Wine’s Invasion film series, featuring The Weird World of Blowfly, about Clarence Reid, a Miami musician and the original X-rated rapper. Get beer, a shot and popcorn for $5. Monday, Oct. 22, 9 p.m. FREE. The Red Room Tavern, 1519 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-0956, redroomboise. com.

Opening ALEX CROSS—Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Edward Burns, Rachel Nichols and Jean Reno star in this action-thriller based on the novels by James Patterson. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Oct. 19. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.

Too often we shackle movies to literature, judging films on how true (or false) the cinematic treatise is to its source material. I confess to coloring my own critiques with preconceived literary notions: Hunger Games, in my estimation, failed miserably to live up to the novel while I enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (both adaptations) much more than Stieg Larsson’s fiction. But The Perks of Being a Wallflower—an Emma Watson and Logan Lerman bring to life Stephen Chbosky’s cult novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. elegant film about the inelegance of young adulthood—not only honors the bestselling cliques, misfits and screenings of Rocky Horror grow up. epistolary novel embraced by a generation, Despite some decent on-screen talent (Josh Picture Show—overly familiar backdrops, yet but is a fully realized cinematic experience. It Chbosky is able to make them all feel relevant, Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney), this exceeds expectations, and then some. tale of a 30-something guy drawn to a teenearnest and even fresh. Considering no less weighty themes than age co-ed is instantly forgettable. With plot There are many things to champion in self-harm, homophobia and depression, The devices more contrived than natural, I found The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but the Perks of Being a Wallflower is a life-affirming Liberal Arts to be embrace that never one part sweet, but becomes maudlin or THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER two parts creepy. finger-wagging preachy. LIBERAL ARTS (PG-13) (PG-13) Olsen’s character Stephen Chbosky Directed by Josh Radnor Directed by Stephen Chbosky is thinking about adapted his own 1999 Starring Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen and Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and midterms while novel for the screen Allison Janney Ezra Miller Radnor’s is thinkand then doubledOpens Friday, Oct. 19, at The Flicks Now playing at Edwards 22, Opens Friday, ing about middledown as the film’s Oct. 19, at The Flicks age. Why would director. I’m happy anyone want to see to report that in his these two hook up? soundtrack, which features a classic mix tape debut behind-the-lens effort, Chbosky is a fine I’m guessing that Radnor, who wrote and of the 1980s and ’90s—including The Smiths filmmaker. directed this mess, is hoping to attract the perand Sonic Youth—is a must-have. Starring Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and vert demographic. Suffice to say, Liberal Arts Unfortunately the soundtrack, direction, the Olympians), the wonderful Emma Watson didn’t meet expectations. script, acting and just about everything else (Harry Potter) and Ezra Miller (We Need to My advice: Go see The Perks of Being a to do with this week’s other coming-of-age Talk About Kevin), Perks revisits the unWallflower, twice. friendly confines of high school, complete with dramedy is out-of-tune. Liberal Arts just can’t

THE IMPOSTER—This documentary tells the story of con artist Frederic Bourdin, who tricked a Texas family into believing he was their long-lost son. (R) Opens Friday, Oct. 19. The Flicks. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FOUR—The freaky franchise continues with its fourth installment about odd happenings. (R) Opens Thursday, Oct. 18. Edwards 9, 12, 14, 22.


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1. THE AVENGERS Third week at No. 1.

2. PROMETHEUS First week in release.

—Source: Video Memories, 4504 Overland Road, Boise, 208-385-0113

3. DARK SHADOWS Second week at No. 3.


5. ROCK OF AGES First week in release.



AUTUMN ADVENTURES Three options to explore the shoulder season

Brundage Mountain Resort


SKI COUNTDOWN BEGINS William Cullen Bryant, the 19th century poet, could not have spoken more eloquently about the season’s glory: “Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” As many seasoned hikers know, fall is considered the best time of the year to hike. The landscape echoes transition as the days shift from summer’s heat to shorter sunlit days and cooling weather. The trails are nearly empty, the bugs are gone and wildlife is on the move as it migrates to lower elevations. Autumn also provides an exceptional opportunity for photographers as foliage transforms into vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red. Here are three excellent hikes to consider within an hour and a half of Boise.

WILSON CREEK LOOP LOCATION: South of Marsing, in the Owyhee foothills. TRAILHEAD LOCATION: From Nampa, travel south on 12th Avenue (Hwy. 45) approximately 17 miles to Hwy. 78. Turn right, and drive 3.1 miles to Wilson Creek Road. Turn left and travel on the paved road 2.4 miles. Turn right onto FR 3758 (a dirt road) and proceed 3.7 miles to a small road on the right, FR 37057. Turn right and drive 50 yards to the trailhead. THE HIKE: About 10 miles south of Marsing, hikers will find the 28,800-acre Wilson Creek Travel Management Area. Remote canyons, interesting rock formations and a chance to see wild horses are some of the appeals of the area. A great fall hike is to explore the trail along Wilson Creek, where fall foliage and blooming rabbitbrush add color to an otherwise brown landscape. The trailhead for this hike is located between two of the prominent features within the WCTMA: the 5,353-foot Wilson Peak and the 4,628-foot Wilson Bluff, both named after an early explorer of the area, Marvin Wilson. From the trailhead, hike the faint trail (W100—trails in the area are numbered) one-half mile, to an unsigned junction marked with a rock cairn. Continue straight, paralleling Wilson Creek, which is fed by a small spring. A left turn at the rock cairn fork ascends 300 feet to a saddle and drops through several dry washes. The views west to the Snake River Plain and the distant Boise Front Range are outstanding. WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Silver Creek Summit offers hikers fantastic views throughout the fall.

Although there is a footpath on both sides of the drainage, it is best to cross the creek to the south side. Over the next mile, the route parallels the creek, crossing it several times. The narrow canyon is bordered by rock outcroppings, lichen-covered boulders and dense foliage, making this segment the highlight of the hike. At 1.5 miles, the trail junctions with trail W140. Beyond this point, the landscape is more open and the scenery is not as striking. You can continue northeast and intersect with other trails or return to the trailhead.

fies, making another switchback at 2.6 miles. At 3.2 miles (about 1,300 feet of total gain), reach the scenic summit. Adventuresome hikers can explore the granite ridgeline off-trail. Beyond the summit, the dirt road turns into a single-track and descends into the Bull Creek drainage.

SILVER CREEK SUMMIT LOCATION: About 26 miles north of Garden Valley, in the Boise National Forest. TRAILHEAD LOCATION: From Boise, drive 30.8 miles on Hwy. 55 to Banks and turn right on the Banks-Lowman Road. Drive 8.2 miles and turn left onto the paved Middle Fork Road (FR 698). Pass through the small town of Crouch to a signed junction at 14.7 miles. Turn right on FR 671. Follow FR 671 for 11.7 miles to its end and the trailhead. THE HIKE: Not only does this route offer outstanding fall color, one of the best views of the area is offered at the top of Silver Creek Summit. Although the hike ends at 6,300 feet, don’t let the relatively low elevation deceive you; summit views stretch for miles in all directions. Don’t forget the camera for this one. The hike is along an old Jeep road. From the trailhead, the route heads north paralleling Silver Creek. At 1.5 miles, cross a small creek on a bridge and pass below granite ridges. At 2.2 miles, views extend up the canyon to the extensive granite rock formations that surround the summit. The route soon turns to the left and the grade intensi-

Wilson Creek trail.

CORRAL CREEK LOCATION: About 45 miles east of Boise, near the Middle Fork of the Boise River. TRAILHEAD DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of Warm Springs Avenue and Hwy. 21, drive north on Hwy. 21 for 9.3 miles and turn right after crossing the Mores Creek Bridge onto paved FR 268. Drive 22 miles (the road turns to dirt at 5.3 miles) and turn right onto Long Gulch Road (FR 113). Proceed another seven miles to the signed trailhead on the left. THE HIKE: This seldom-traveled trail east of Arrowrock Reservoir offers towering ponderosa pines, jagged 32 rock formations, a narrow canyon and excellent fall foliage. The first

Frost has hit the still-green lawns, so it’s time to talk about skiing, right? Well, if you’re in the ski industry, it’s past time. In fact, Brundage Mountain Resort has already announced the second phase of the expansion plan for its main lodge. Last season, Brundage remodeled the second floor of the lodge, which added more seating, turned Smoky’s Bar and Grill into a full-service restaurant, and added designated areas for adults-only and families. This time around, the resort is adding 1,000 square feet to the third floor, which will include a whole lot more seating and make the third-floor cafeteria more user friendly. Apparently it will also make getting to the bathrooms easier as well, so big bonus there. The resort also upgraded its webcam network and resort officials said in a press release that the system would now include 24-hour snowstake images from both the base and the summit, as well as a custom weather forecast just for Brundage. The resort has even made the jump to the smartphone with a new mobile app that will give users the most up-to-date info on mountain conditions. To help take advantage of what officials hope will be a very snowy year, the resort is offering several pre-season pass specials. You can pick up an unlimited season pass with bonus bucks for $519 for an adult or $999 for a family. The deal is good from Wednesday, Nov. 7-Wednesday, Nov. 21. During that same time period, you can also pick up a midweek club card for $249, which covers all non-holiday Mondays through Fridays (yes, Fridays are included this season). The card also allows holders to buy holiday or weekend lift tickets for $30 rather than the standard $57. From Wednesday, Nov. 21-Wednesday, Dec. 5, skiers can also get deals on the Select Card, allowing discounted lift tickets for three, four or five days of skiing. For more details on all the pass programs and any upcoming specials, visit Also in north-of-Boise ski news, Soldier Mountain Ski Area has just transformed from a celebrity-owned getaway to a nonprofit community ski area. The resort just outside of Fairfield announced Oct. 11 that former owner Bruce Willis donated the ski area to a newly created nonprofit organization, Soldier Mountain Ski Area, Inc., that will take over operations this winter. The nonprofit hasn’t announced what changes might be made at the resort, but check for details on the coming season at —Deanna Darr

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REC two miles of the hike have very little elevation gain as it meanders through open meadows and ponderosa pine forest. At two miles, the trail enters a narrow canyon and the grade is steeper. The canyon was badly burned in the early 1990s, however cottonwoods, willows and other shrubs offer impressive color in the fall. This is a long trail— nearly 10 miles—allowing you to make the hike as strenuous as you would like.


From the trailhead, travel west across several gulches as you parallel Long Gulch Road. At a half mile, ford shallow Corral Creek and arrive at an unsigned junction. Turn right, hiking through ponderosa pine forest. The trail eventually leaves the forest and crosses a large, grassy meadow. Ford Corral Creek again at 1.6 miles; nearby ponderosa pines invite an overnight stay. Ford Corral Creek one last time at 2.1 miles and enter a narrow canyon. The scenery is striking here with jagged rock formations extending up the canyon walls and plenty of creekside fall foliage. Over the next two miles, the trail continues to climb, offering outstanding over-the-shoulder vistas. At 4.3 miles, the trail weaves under a canopy of ponderosa pines. This area escaped some of the fire and is a fine location to enjoy a snack or lunch (1,800 feet of total elevation gain). If you want to continue your hike, the trail soon turns to the east and arrives at a junction. A left turn continues north on TR 129, rises 400 feet to a flat plateau with outstanding views and descends to the Sheep Creek Trail in four miles. Scott Marchant’s new 2013 Hiking Idaho Wilderness Calendar is now available at the Capital City Public Market and at select retailers and at

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Help the Boise Bicycle Project help the community during Saturday Open Shop nights.

Register PRIVATE ADULT SWIM LESSONS—Register online with the Boise State Rec Center at any time for a private swimming lesson. Single session: $17 members, $22 nonmembers; fivelesson package: $75 members, $105 nonmembers; 10-lesson package: $140 members, $200 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131, SEMI-PRIVATE ADULT SWIM LESSONS—Register any time with a friend for a semi-private swimming lesson. Single session: $12 members, $16 nonmembers; five-lesson package: $55 members, $75 nonmembers; 10-lesson package: $105 members, $145 nonmembers. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208426-5641, 208-426-1131, rec.

Recurring BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT OPEN SHOP—Donate unwanted bicycles or equipment to a good cause and receive a tax write-off. The shop is open at the same time for volunteers interested in working on bicycles for children of low-income families, refugees and Boise’s homeless. During open shop time on Saturdays, use tools and stands. No experience is necessary. Volunteer orientations are on the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. For more information, email Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. FREE. Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise, 208-4296520, SHORT SPORTS—This program introduces boys and girls to a variety of sports, including rock climbing, basketball, tag games, parachute games, floor hockey and water exploration. Ages 3-4: 9:30-10 a.m.; ages 5-6: 1010:30 a.m.; ages 7-8: 10:30-11 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 20. $14-$18. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-468-5858,

TONE-2-RHYTHM—This class uses choreography in the styles of jazz, hip-hop, modern and more to provide a cardiovascular workout and toning exercises. Wednesdays, Saturdays, 10:3011:30 a.m. $10, discount when multiple classes are purchased. Ballet Idaho, 501 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-0556,

Events & Workshops BOISE STATE FOOTBALL—vs. University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. Bronco Stadium, Boise State, Boise, 208-426-1000, CLIMBING SKILLS: ADVANCED CLIMBING TECHNIQUES— Climbers who have passed a basic belay check may participate in this class, which will help you to more effectively use your body to enhance your climbing skills. Discount offered for taking multiple classes in the series. Visit the Rec Center Website for more info and to register. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m. $10. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131, FREE CLASS WEEK—Try out the Rec Center’s six-week instructional fitness programs before you commit. Through Friday, Oct. 26. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-4261131, TOOL TIME BROWN BAG BIKE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOPS— These classes, held every Wednesday in October, will teach you everything from the basics of emergency roadside repairs to how to perform a complete overhaul. Sign up for any and all that interest you and learn how to keep your bike running smoothly. Pre-registration required. Visit the Rec Center website for a list of workshop topics and to register. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Continues through Oct. 31. Boise State Rec Center, 1515 University Drive, Boise, 208-426-5641, 208-426-1131,


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INGESTING INVADERS Idaho escargot, anyone? RANDY KING It was Father’s Day at Duff Lane Pond in Middleton where I noticed the biggest snail I had ever seen. Normally, a snail does not catch my attention, but this one was no ditch-bank jobber—it was the size of a half-dollar coin on the bottom. Not only was the snail large but he had an abundance of buddies around. The shallow water seemed to have a big snail every square foot or so, and I could see them stretching out across the bottom of the pond. I never would have thought that Idaho could produce snails that large. I thought big snails needed a tropical environment or at least one more temperate than Idaho in the winter. Last I checked, freezing is hard on snails. When I made the discovery, I immediately started having hungry thoughts. It is kind of a sad state of affairs that my initial instinct when I see something in nature is to figure out if it is food. But as a classically trained chef, escargot sounded nice; after all, snails are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. But I was a little hesitant about plucking this one out of the moss-covered water and eating it. A year or so earlier, I had stuck my foot in my mouth over wildgathered foods when I claimed to Guy Hand that you could eat clams out of the Snake River. I was later proven wrong by Steve Lysne, a biologist from the College of Western Idaho. Apparently, mercury and other toxins can build up in the longliving Asian clams that I was eating. In no hurry to repeat this self-poisoning behavior, I decided to contact Lysne again about my newly found snails. As it happens, Lysne is the author of a convenient little book called A Guide to Southern Idaho’s Freshwater Mollusks. According to the book, these types of snails, Radix auricularia, are not commonly found in the Treasure Valley. They are most often located in the Wood River Valley, near Sun Valley, and in the Bruneau River area. They are originally a type of pond snail imported from Europe to control algae blooms, and they are also called Big Ear snails because of the large aperture that makes a distinctive ear-shape on the shell. When I got the clear from the professor, I went back out to Duff Lane Pond armed with a pair of hip-waders, a small mesh bag and a leaf rake. It didn’t take long before I had about three dozen snails out of the bush and in my hand. Talking with Lysne later that day, he said, “It is kind of a win-win to eat the snails: stopping the spread of an invasive species and

because I don’t particularly like the taste of half-digested pond algae. After the snails have had time to clean themselves out, the next step is to blanch them in boiling salted water. After cooking them for about five minutes, they should be shocked in ice water. Then the tricky part comes: getting them out of the shell. The shape of the snail shell makes it difficult to remove the meat. I used a chopstick and a small skewer to gently swirl the meat out of the shell. Apparently, I must have struck at the exact wrong time of the year for harvesting the snails. Every other snail was full of tiny snails, shells and all. But as the species was introduced to the area and invasive, I didn’t feel bad about killing that many breeding adults. With the tiny little shells in half of my snail meat, I was forced to cut off the chewy suction cups for meat. That really cut my yield down. With the meat removed, I then froze them for good measure. Many methods can be used to kill stray bacteria, but the combination of boiling and freezing seemed to be fatal enough for me to eat the snails comfortably. I then chopped them into quarter-inch chunks and boiled the bejeezus out of them in sherry wine and garlic. The sweetness of the wine and the pungency of garlic is a classic escargot preparation. After that, I baked them covered in bread crumbs and parmesan, then added a little roasted red pepper for good measure. I tested my wild snail concoction out on the Boise Weekly staff. In a swanky downtown bar, I rolled in with a soup bowl full of cooked snails and passed it around with little crostini. It was well-received and most eaters had a look of shock on their face when ADAM ROSENLUND I explained what the dish was. “how anyone can feed a family while enjoying It struck me that this could be a great cause the thrill of the hunt and helping to protect for the locavore movement to get behind—we and conserve the natural environment.” Now, should all eat the invaders. that is my kind of conservation. Duff Lane Pond holds another creature I put the snails on ice and drove them that has struck my interest as a non-native back to my house. The typical method for species. While searching for snails, I watched preparing wild-caught snails, invasive or a pair of common turtles swim off a log not, is to let them “clean” themselves in a and into the murky water. These are not the wooden box while covered in cornmeal. You native painted turtle from up north—these replace the water and cornmeal every other guys are house pets that now have a breeding day for about a week. This gives the snails population. So it seems that I need to figure long enough to discharge whatever they had out how to catch a turtle. I am saving the been eating and stuff themselves to the gills environment, after all. Soup anyone? with corn meal. I love this method, mostly feeding yourself at the same time.” Eating the invaders has actually become a common trend around the country. Think carp, bullfrogs, dandelions and wild boar as examples. Websites like are hugely popular. So popular, in fact, that a book has been published about the topic, Eating Aliens: One Man’s Adventures in Hunting Invasive Animal Species by Jackson Landers. The book description on says it shows

FALL FOR PINK Roses, with their fruit-forward style that’s both supple and refreshing, have really caught on in the past few years, especially during the summer months. But when the weather turns cool, most people shy away from roses. That’s a shame, because they are some of the most versatile wines around, pairing with all kinds of cuisine and working well during all four seasons. As we transition from summer to fall, pink is the perfect pick. Here are three great choices that are priced right. 2011 Domaine des Cabotieres Rose, $12.99 From the Touraine region of France’s Loire Valley, this is a blend of grenache and pineau d’aunis, a red variety also known as chenin noir that is unique to the area. The result is a charming wine with delicate gooseberry and tart apple aromas, as well as a soft bit of cinnamon. Bright and lively on the palate, it’s a refreshing mix of ripe red fruit and crisp tangerine and lime. 2011 Domaine des Corbillieres Rose, $12.99 With its lovely, faint salmon hue, this is the lightest of the three in color. The aromas are fresh and fruity with casaba melon, clover and a touch of spice. An exceptionally well-balanced wine, it offers elegant, ripe, red berry flavors matched by snappy acidity. Also from the Touraine region, this one is made entirely from pinot noir. It’s a great choice to pair with the heartier foods of fall. 2011 Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Rose, $11.99 This blend of 50 percent grenache, 30 percent syrah and 20 percent cinsault from France’s Costieres de Nimes is the boldest of the three roses. It’s filled with rich berry and cherry aromas, backed by peach, orange and spice. Big, sweet berry flavors fill the mouth and are nicely balanced by crisp citrus that comes through on the long finish. This wine is a great choice for the cooler fall weather. —David Kirkpatrick


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SPROUT: 1-year-old male Chihuahua mix. Affectionate, loves to be held. Somewhat timid. Will need a patient owner. (Kennel 303- #17325202)

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Windy City trains Berlin article Scrape Highlanders Trim Ammo that’s still on the store shelf? 43 ___ Khan (villain in “The Jungle Book”) 45 Getting on the board 46 Root word? 47 Pitchers 48 Nuts 49 Director Jean-___ Godard 50 Orch. section 53 Some bleating? 55 Little victory celebration 57 Dying words, in Shakespeare 58 “Put ___ on it!” 59 It may be drawn at night 60 For fear that 61 Salsa ingredient 63 Excitement over some presidential selections? 67 Gumshoe 68 Gold units: Abbr. 69 Many-banded displays? 70 Have a loan from 71 “Shallow ___” (Jack Black film) 72 He-man’s nickname 73 Bind tightly 74 Avoid a scalping? 78 Sackcloth material 79 “Grease” singer 80 1998 Sarah McLachlan hit 81 Alone, as a female on stage 82 A/C meas. 85 Fort ___, Ontario 86 Feds 87 ID for a certain band member? 91 Go out for a while? 92 Show, quickly 93 Jump on the ice 94 “___ Child” (Margaret Atwood poem)

95 Earth, in “Independence Day”? 98 ___ hours 100 Kind of exercise 101 Infant’s shoe 102 One rummaging 103 Take a fresh look at 104 “… Baby One More Time” singer 105 Lock

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Lump in the throat Dancer Ginger Of ___ (somewhat) People wear masks in this: Abbr. 5 Sticking point? 6 Field 7 Kick the bucket 8 Basketball shooting game 9 Playground retort 10 Caught 11 Summer hrs. in Denver 12 Challenging 13 Sufficient 14 Runner’s unit 15 Good “Wheel” buy for WHERE’S THE BEEF 16 Refined 17 Authorize 18 Salon worker 19 Third of three choices 24 Going (for) 27 “Penny ___” 31 Last ride? 32 Actor Claude of “Lobo” 33 Alma mater of presidents #41, 42 and 43 36 Moundsman Dave 37 Deep ravine 38 Get excited 39 Shrew 40 College in New Rochelle, N.Y. 41 Barber’s job 42 Accepted as true 43 Wrap up 44 Rushed 45 1992 Liv Ullmann film

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Be constructive? Hangs out Some Millers Strainers Tellies Like wide belts, fashionwise 54 Rat 55 Brand name on a waistband 56 Took off, as a bird 59 Bathroom fixture 62 Striped safari sight 63 Brutus abettor 64 Move up, as an eyebrow 65 Christian of “The Dark Knight Rises” 66 Providing of questions for answers on “Jeopardy!,” e.g. 69 Vladimir of Russia 71 Fit 72 Comprising 73 Use a futuristic mode of transit 74 Golf round result 75 Frozen food brand 76 Illustrator’s shortcut 77 Good place to 91-Across L A S T B A C K P A Y










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___-my-thumb Lights up Some herbs Remnants Something to milk for all its worth? 86 Be admitted 87 Head-___ 88 Rodeo rope 89 Bad feeling in the pit of one’s stomach? 90 ___ latte 92 Actress Mazar 93 Sports car option 96 Eastern drama 97 Things used during crunch time? 99 Christmas purchase

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): When Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro laid waste to Peru in 1532, his soldiers found green stones on the land. Were they emeralds? A priest who was traveling with them gave them bad advice. He said that the way to determine whether they were merely colored glass or else precious gems was to test their hardness by pounding them with hammers. In this manner, many actual emeralds were shattered into fragments. Learn from this mistake, Aries. Make sure you recognize treasures for what they are. And don’t force them to submit to unwise tests that misconstrue their true nature. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Someone at posted a question to the community: Could anyone help him recreate the aroma of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland? He said he loved that smell. It was a blend of damp earth, rotting wood and gunpowder. It had musty overtones, a hint of chlorine and a tantalizing freshness. If only he could get that fragrance to permeate his house, he testified, he’d always be able to work at peak efficiency. You might want to follow his lead, Taurus. It’s a good time to identify and gather all the ingredients you would need to make sure your environment inspires you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you asked me to be your personal adviser, I would prescribe supplements and herbs to build up your immune system. I’d insist that you eat nothing but healthy food and get at least eight hours of sleep every night. I’d suggest that you meditate daily on images that symbolize your most inspiring desires. For fun, I might even advise you to do a ritual in which you create a big circle around yourself using violet yarn and then do a series of playful acts to pump up your freedom, like dancing as wildly as you know how and chanting “love is my creator.” Finally, Gemini, if you sought my counsel, I’d urge you to use your exuberant imagination in concert with your disciplined intellect as you design a long-term plan to charge up your well-being. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Dear Free Will Astrologer: I found your website by accident today and was drawn in fast and hard. No matter what I did I could not escape and get back to my work. Your messages were too interesting for my own good. You gave me too many answers to questions I’ve had for too many years. I felt like I was being cured of problems I didn’t even know I had. Many hours went by until finally I was able to pull myself out of the vortex. How did this happen?—Freaked Out.” Dear Freaked: I was born under the

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sign of Cancer the Crab, and it so happens that the people of my tribe are currently emanating an intriguing and inscrutable aura. We’re at the peak of our ability to attract and seduce. Many of us are using our power benevolently, but our mysterious mojo could still be a bit unsettling. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The past is headed your way bearing gifts, Leo. I recommend that you make yourself available for its blessings, which may be delivered to you in unexpected ways. For example: The spirit of a dead loved one could impart an enigmatic but useful tip in the middle of the night. An abandoned dream you assumed was gone forever might return from limbo to grant you a wish. A favor you did for someone long ago could finally be repaid. Are you ready to let history reward you in its own unique style? VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Just for you, it is Shark Week. During this time, you should be wary of all sharks, especially the kind that look like human beings. Don’t get in their way and don’t underestimate them. On the other hand, I’m not opposed to you getting to know some sharks better. They could teach you some valuable lessons on how to get what you want—not that you would ever be as cold-blooded and predatory as they are. But it might be energizing to your ambitions if you add just a bit of shark-like thinking to your repertoire. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Visualize yourself heading out on a high adventure with interesting people—but all the while being distracted by the memory of a trivial insult you experienced earlier that day. Picture yourself getting intimate with a lover who inspires you to lose your selfconsciousness—up until the point when you decide to interrupt your fun by answering a phone call from some random person. Finally, Libra, understand that in getting you to envision these parodies of your current inclinations, I’m hoping to shock you into making sure that nothing like them happens. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Sometime soon you may dream of being naked at a public event like a class at school or a committee meeting. I think this would be an excellent omen, so I hope it comes to pass. It would signify that you’re ready to shed the disguises that have been making it problematical for you to reinvent yourself. Who is the New You? Stripping down to the bare essentials in your dreams will help you see raw truths about your waking life.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As you cross the great water in search of the unknown treasure, navigate by the light of the clouds. That’s your dreamy oracle, Sagittarius. What does it mean? Well, the work you do to figure it out is essential to activating its potential, so I don’t want to give away too much. But here are three further hints to inspire you on your quest. 1. Be willing to go a long way to find a secret you don’t know you’re looking for. 2. Consider the possibility of cultivating faith in a goal that you don’t quite yet grasp in its entirety. 3. Rely on shadows and reflections to give you accurate information you can’t get directly from the thing that’s casting shadows and being reflected. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Everyone has some kind of power. What’s yours? In the coming days, I suspect there will be some crisis and opportunity regarding how you use it. Maybe you will be invited to assume more authority or exercise greater influence. Maybe your ability to wield your particular clout will be questioned or doubted and you will be challenged to either stand up and express it with more integrity and purpose, or else relinquish it. For best results, take a moment right now to visualize the precise power you would love to command. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Dear Rob: I really enjoy reading your horoscopes. You feel like a friend I’ve never met. When I try to picture what you’re like, I keep getting a vision of you as being fat, short and bald with a strawberry blond moustache. Am I right?—Curious Aquarius.” Dear Curious: It’s great that you’ve decided to do a reality check. This is an excellent time for all you Aquarians to see if what you imagine to be true is a match for the world as it actually is. To answer your question, I am in fact tall and thin, don’t wear a moustache and have an abundance of long silver hair. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’ve got just the right message to set the tone for you in the weeks ahead. It comes from writer H.P. Lovecraft, and captures the essence of your astrological omens. “Pleasure to me is wonder,” said Lovecraft. “It’s the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” Now get out there, Pisces, and gather up all the mysterious marvels you have coming to you—all the bracing encounters with uncanny grace.



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We employed the distinct avor of Nelson Sauvin hops to bring American pale ale and American lager together in this crisp and congratulatory Shift. So clock out and crack open a Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you’re like us, combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddies.

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