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BACK WITH THE BLUE The Blue Review is back with its latest issue NEWS 8
COAL HARD TRUTH Idaho Power’s coal dependence ARTS 22
SHE’S BACK Lauren Weedman debuts new work at Boise Contemporary Theater REC 24
FALL ESCAPES Three hiking options to take advantage of the season
“The guy never told us that it was magical, but we always felt like it was.”
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BURNED OUT ON COAL A few years back I was sitting in a conference center listening to a bunch of energy experts talking about the future of coal. They all seemed to agree that coal was the least preferable source of power on Earth, but we’re stuck with it for some reason. “Every time a light gets switched on, it means somewhere coal is being burned,” shrugged one of the experts. That statement stuck in my mind—making me extra guilty for leaving lights on in unused rooms—but not as much for the content as the subtext. The suggestion was that coal is so engrained in our energy consumption practices (let’s go ahead and call it what it is: the energy industry) that no matter what we do, it’s still going to be a part of activities as mundane as turning on the bathroom light. At the same time as we’re inundated with “go green” initiatives and encouraged—very often by our own utilities—to save energy, we have billionaires like Warren Buffett, who should know better, pushing as hard as he can to ship the lowest grade coal not only through our communities, but to China and India, where it will be burned with absolute disregard for any after effects. And let’s not forget our own Idaho Transportation Department, which is all too eager to open Idaho’s most scenic roadways to heavy loads en route to the Alberta oil sands—even as those shipments have been shut down by a federal judge. On Page 8, freelancer Matt Furber takes a look at Idaho Power’s continued reliance on king coal—a crutch that has continued despite a national moratorium on construction of new coal-ﬁred power plants and widespread opposition to anything (be it mega-loads or rail shipments) having to do with fueling the hydrocarbon beast. Idahoans have it good, though. As Idaho Power struggled to meet record-setting power usage this summer, it went to out-of-state coal plants to make up the difference. This summer, every time you turned on a light—or cranked up the AC—somewhere coal was being burned. Lucky for us, it wasn’t in our backyard, but it was certainly in someone else’s. That’s maybe what makes it so easy to fall into shrugging acceptance. We don’t have to see coal dust stain our hillsides or cloud our skyline, and we don’t have to stare down into the yawning pits out of which the resource is pulled. We’ve heard all this before, of course, and it’s starting to sound like a lot of hand-wringing. The fact remains that while ignorance might be bliss, happiness isn’t everything. —Zach Hagadone
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WWW.BOISEWEEKLY.COM What you missed this week in the digital world.
BW just returned from the Toronto International Film Festival with all the scoops on what to watch over the next year. Get an early preview at Cobweb.
The AP got the U.S. Air Force’s report into the death of Kelsey Anderson, the Idaho woman whose parents were ﬁghting for the truth behind her death. Get the latest at Citydesk.
ON HOLD Those mega-loads that have caused so many legal questions have stopped—for now—as a federal judge told the U.S. Forest Service to take a closer look. Read it at Citydesk.
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I WO U L D N’ T A L L O W A S T R AY DOG TO SL EEP O N M Y DOOR S T E P A ND DE F E CATE IN F R O N T O F M Y P L A C E OF B U SI NE SS, LE T ALON E A ST R AY HU M A N. ” —Boisentv (BW, Note, “Politicians Do the Darndest Things,” Sept. 11, 2013)
IRRIGATION IRRITATION My husband and I own a business called Bounding Hound Farm, and we were impacted by the early irrigation shutoff. Every day, I see examples of egregious over/misuse of water: sprinklers running in the heat of the day, causing much of the water to evaporate before it provides any beneﬁt to the grass; large swaths of landscaping along busy streets, providing nothing but water-guzzling road adornment for travelers by; decorative waterfalls at countless subdivision entrances, cascading into ponds that serve no purpose. Where are our priorities? If we as an arid-climate city will allow our water to be used for purely decorative purposes but will cut usage for the farmers of our community, what does this say about our values? Boise touts itself as a progressive and small businessfriendly community, but mine is one of many feeling the impacts of the shutoff. For as many people that I know who claim to love buying local produce and supporting local business—note how large the Capital City Public Market has become, not to mention the various other markets that have popped up in the last few years—I am deeply disappointed in our city’s seeming apathy on this issue. I am asking for a call to action from Mayor Dave Bieter and the city of Boise, United Water and the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Please do your jobs
and work to appropriately address water usage in the Treasure Valley; Boise’s invaluable water is worth far more than decorative grass and pointless water features. —Anna Demetriades Boise
BEG AND FORTH Our BW Watchdogs story about the potential legal impacts—and costs—of Boise’s aggressive panhandling ordinances (BW, News, “The Hidden Costs of Civil Sidewalks,” Sept. 11, 2013) triggered a ﬂood of comments online. Here are just a few: “We still don’t understand why the city seems determined to follow a course that many devoted homeless advocates warn will be counterproductive and that will assuredly result in expensive litigation.” All rightly then... so what do these “devoted homeless advocates” say would be productive? If you’re gonna shoot down proposed solutions, you should have a counterproposal. —Andy Hill It is the wrong solution, but no one wants to confront why homelessness became a big problem in the late 1970s and early 1980s: the well-intentioned efforts to close mental hospitals and make it difﬁcult to hospitalize the seriously mentally ill that started in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, with the support of much of the psychiatric profession. Other side effects including a more than doubling of the hypothermia (freezing to death) death rate
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between 1974 and 1984; the rise of random acts of mass murder, usually by people with serious mental illness problems that were recognized well in advance by family, mental health workers and police; and the general degradation of urban life. Most homeless people in Idaho are not mentally ill, but it is certainly a large fraction of our homeless population. On the coasts, severe mental illness is usually a majority of the homeless. Banning aggressive panhandling may seem like the only solution that the city can actually take, much like when Scottsdale, Ariz., some years ago banned eating out of garbage cans. Wrong solution—but the ACLU played a major role in creating the current problem with a series of court decisions in the 1970s. My book, My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill (2012), gives a detailed history of the good intentions that turned out so wrong. —Clayton E. Cramer First Amendment trumps freedom of unobstructed travel because there is no right to unobstructed travel. There is a right to freedom of travel, but nothing about unobstructed. Otherwise I would be very wealthy considering how my being in a wheelchair means that my ‘right to unobstructed travel’ is violated pretty much any time I leave my home. A person has a right to come up to you and make a request. They do not have a right to assault you, physically block you, or anything else of the sort. That would range in offense from harassment to assault or higher crimes. So long as they just make the request and accept your answer your rights have not been violated. —Neal Feldman
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‘MPEACHY KEEN Red’s been gatherin’ up singitchers “Cope, y’r lawn’s looking a tad ratty. What’s goin’ on? You got too dumpy t’ get up off’n y’r bum an’ mow it?” “My mower broke, Red. And I haven’t gotten around to getting a new one. And who are you to talk, anyway? The only water your lawn has gotten all summer is when the neighbor’s rottweilers come over to pee on it. It looks like the kind of place mobsters go to dump dead bodies.” “You ain’t got no perhoozah to be criticalizing my yard, Cope! Jus’ acause it ain’t all hoity-toity green an’ such. I happen to like yeller, an’ if’n that’s the color I chose f’r my lan’scapin’ scheme, it ain’t none o’ your gull durn ears wax! An’ what’re you doin’ looking at my lawn for, anyhows?” “I’ve been wondering where you’ve been all summer, so I drove by.” “You mean ya’ missed me?” “Uh, don’t think I’d go that far. But I was curious why you haven’t come over to bitch about anything lately.” “Cope, I got lots t’ do what don’t involvorate around you. I been busy. I ain’t even read your smelly ol’ column since ‘bout Independence Day, I been so busy. Why, I been so gull durn busy, I ain’t hardly had time t’ tune in Rush on m’ radio. Busy, busy bizzzz-eee.” “OK, I’ll bite. What exactly is it that’s had you so busy?” “Gatherin’ up singitchers, Cope. That’s what I been doin’. I spent a week in Kuna alone, gatherin’ up singitchers. Then I went down t’ Melba, then Homedale, then Fruitsland, then Marsling, then... “ “I get it. You went all over the place, gathering signatures. And what, exactly, were people signing, Red?” “A perdition to ‘mpeach that president o’ yourn. Sometimes I had three... four folks at once waitin’ in line t’ sign up. ‘Specially out in Kuna” “I might of known. Red, tell me something. Why is it you have to dive head-ﬁrst into all the gunkiest glop that drips off the right-wing dump truck? You’re like a magnet for stupid ideas, you know that? You hear about some brain fart out of some degenerate down in Texas... or Florida... or Nampa... and you always have to join the loon line. Impeach Obama, my ass! Do you even have a grounds in mind? Let me tell you something, Red. Impeachment is the penalty for a misdeed that actually has to happen ﬁrst! It’s not some political pissy-ﬁt you throw whenever your joker can’t win an election.” “We can ﬁll in somethin’ later on the line where it says what he done. The ‘mportant thing right now is to get him ‘mpeached. An’ I guaranteeze ya’, sooner ‘r later, he’s gonna do somethin’ worth the effort. Whats ‘bout him gettin’ us into another war wit’ that there other country’s Arabs?” “Syria’s?” “Dang right, I’m serious! That oughta do
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f’r grounds. I think they call it ‘missapprobationin’ of guv’mint resources.’ Or something like that.” “Red, you dope. At this point in time, we have no idea how this Syria thing is going to play out. So what are you going to say if he doesn’t go to war?” “Then I’d say that’d be grounds f’r ‘mpeachment, too! If’n he lets that Basher Ass-Hat feller get away with gassin’ chil-runs, that’s plen’y reason t’ ‘mpeach ‘im!” “No matter what he does about that situation, then, it’s a crime?” “That’s how it is, Cope. First off, he thinks he can get away with startin’ up a war without telling Congress what he plans t’ do... which is breakin’ the rules about who gets to start a war... then he goes an’ ennuncitates what he plans t’ do... which is givin’ aids an’ comforts t’ the enemy, plain as day. I tells ya’, Cope, ever mornin’ that man gets out o’ bed, he’s committin’ an act o’ traitorness.” “OK, Red, what would you do about that Syria mess?” “It ain’t my gull durn job t’ ﬁgure out stuff like that, Cope.” “Just pretend for a second it is your job, and you have deﬁnitive evidence of a monstrous atrocity, and that it could happen again any day. And I don’t mean the kind of cooked-up crap George W. Bush used to get us into Iraq. I mean real evidence that even the Tea Party clowns can’t deny. Only, any action you take... or don’t take... is going to piss off at least half the world. What would you do? Huh, Red, come on, What would you do?” “Gull durn it, Cope! I’m tellin’ ya’ I don’ know! I gets all turmoiled up inside jus’ thinkin’ ‘bout it. How’s ‘bout you tell me what you’d do if’n you were pretendin’ t’ be president?” “I don’t know, either, Red. I truly don’t. But Obama isn’t pretending to be president. And he’s far too moral a man to do nothing, as that slippery worm Jim Risch suggested, or to ‘Let Allah sort it out,’ like Palin said. However, I’m conﬁdent whatever he decides to do, the right will swarm him like the vermin they are.” “Wull whate’er he ends up doing, I’d call that a case o’ ‘Alienatin’ Above an’ Beyond the Call of Affection,’ an’ if’n that ain’t grounds for ‘mpeachin’ him, I don’ know what is.” “Now you’re just making stuff up, Red. and it’s making you look stupid. Can’t you see that?” “Cope, you already thought I was stupid. So whats I got t’ lose?” “Mmmm... impeachment on the grounds of ‘We Got Nothing Left to Lose.’ I suspect that’s sufﬁcient grounds for a good many people.” “Dang right it is. ‘Specially out in Kuna.”
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ASKING FOR TRUTH And other hazards
The paper was in a stack of late-September English Comp essays, all of them written to fulﬁll this assignment: “Contrast your public persona with your private self. Don’t lie. Not even a little bit.” The prompt was designed to bring selfconsciousness into my students’ liberal arts experience, because a month into college, self-consciousness—and its attendant selfforgiveness—comes in handy. By then, highschool GPAs have become burdens instead of talking points. SAT scores have been compared and found wanting. Carefully murdered high-school identities have lurched up out of obscure graves. Facades have fallen apart in embarrassing ways. It’s always nice to know you’re not the only one these things happen to. So when these essays were handed in, I offered extra credit to anyone who would read their work to the class. No one raised a hand. That’s because, among other things, the words you choose to introduce yourself to your English professor are not the words you use to introduce yourself to new classmates. Still, struggling through my assignment showed my students that parts of the same person could detest each other, speak in different tongues, or have mutually exclusive needs. Such discoveries are good for people. Reconciling yourself to yourself is an exercise in depth, one that lasts a lifetime. If, at 70, you end up with a private self and a public persona peacefully coexisting in the same skull, you’ve lived a meaningful and honest life. If a longago English Comp assignment gave you a head start on that deepening path, so much the better. But this paper that I pulled from the pile— it was different from the rest. It began with a psychological insight more appropriate to a world-weary ﬁlm star than a college freshman. “Most people don’t see me,” he wrote. “They see a nice boy with a short haircut and nice clean preppy clothes who smiles at them. They supply the small details. They think I’m who they would be if they had been reincarnated in my family, in my body. Even if they don’t like themselves, they like me. I’m young. I’m handsome. I have a clear complexion. I’m not fat. My grandparents bought me a Mercedes ML320 to drive to college. My tuition is paid for. I have $200,000 in a trust fund. People can’t help liking me.” I crossed out “People can’t help liking me,” and wrote “Redundant” in the margin. I didn’t write, “Some people can help it,” but part of me wanted to. The next paragraph had a subtitle: “My Mercedes ML320.” “My Mercedes,” it read, “is how people see me when they need a ride to Fred Meyer. All I am to them is an expensive SUV with leather seats that can hold the stuff they buy for their dorm rooms. I have a full tank of gas.” “My Trust Fund,” was the heading on the WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M
next paragraph. “It’s what girls see when they need a date. I’m a bank account. I can take them out to an expensive restaurant. How could they not help liking me?” “Redundant,” I wrote, and underlined the question. “But what I see when I look at my Mercedes,” he wrote, “is air bags and seat belts and a roll cage. It has electronic stability control and weighs 4,614 pounds. I can get in a head-on collision and walk away from it, but the people in the other car would be very dead. I drive down the road and if someone crosses into my lane, even a little bit, I steer over toward the center line and hit the gas.” I stopped grading. Across the top of the front page, I wrote, “Grade Withheld. See Me.” I usually wrote that when I suspected plagiarism. But in this case, he was following the assignment and understood far too well the gulf between private self and public persona. A product of psychotherapy gone rancid, I decided. He was messing with my mind for something to do while he waited for sophomore year and a political science major. I passed the papers back and waited for him in my ofﬁce. When he walked in, smiling, with his notebook and pen in hand, I sat him down and told him, “Don’t write this stuff. Even if you’re not serious, it says more about how you look at other people than you want.” “You told us to be honest,” he said. “Let your public self be honest,” I said. “That’s who’s getting the grade from now on.” For the rest of the semester, he turned in conventional papers, well researched and factual, and if there was a private self behind them, I never saw it. For my part, I quit inventing assignments that smacked of psychotherapy. He passed the class but I never saw his name on a grade roster again. He dropped out after a couple of years. A decade later, he was my waiter at a not-so-expensive Boise restaurant. A decade hadn’t done him much good. Bad skin. Excess weight. Stress wrinkles. The Mercedes must have gotten rear-ended, his grandparents must have died and given their money to Planned Parenthood, his trust fund must have gone to drugs and low companions, and his therapist must have written him off as a disordered character. I tipped him more than I should have. “You know that ﬁrst paper I wrote for you?” he asked me when he handed me back my credit card. “I made it up. Every word was ﬁction.” By that time I had spent large portions of my life writing ﬁction and essays, developing my private self at the expense of my public persona. It had been hard work to keep it an entirely benign process. I had also been a defensive driver for years. “Good for you,” I said. “You had me fooled there for a while.”
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COAL HEARTED Idaho Power’s hot potato MATT FURBER A truck travels a muddy Deer Creek Road north of Hailey after recent wildﬁres and heavy rains caused several mudslides in the area.
POST-FIRE DAMAGE STUDY: IT’S GOING TO BE A WHOLE LOT OF WORK TO FIX Sharon LaBrecque of the Planning and Natural Resource Ofﬁce for the Sawtooth National Forest doesn’t even know how many hours she’s worked in the past few weeks. Since the Burned Area Response Team landed to assess the Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, it’s been from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. every day. “I’m very tired,” LaBrecque said. The 18-person team included hydrologists, biologists, soil scientists, geologists, engineers and archaeologists, coming from as far as Florida. One week, 18 people, 116,000 acres to study. The report will be submitted to the regional ofﬁce, then onto the Washington ofﬁce, where the U.S. Forest Service will approve funding for proposed treatments. Archaeologists focused on the heritage sites within the burned area. Between ﬁre burning away the vegetation and soil erosion, some sites became exposed. “The whole Ketchum district is ﬁlled with historic mining sites,” LaBrecque said. One exposed site is an old mining mill built in the late 1800s and used until around 1910, when it was abandoned. The team also found 64 miles of road within the burned area and 112 miles of trail. Nearly 61 miles of trail are in land that has been moderately to severely burned. LaBrecque said the damage renders the trails unsafe and unusable, requiring a number of them be closed until next season at the earliest. “Trails that go through the bottom of valleys along creeks where ﬂoods can happen really put people at risk,” LaBrecque said. Leftover debris from the ﬁre can be swept up in those ﬂoods, more likely to happen in burned areas from lack of vegetation, putting hikers in a very bad situation. “We want to get [the trails open] as fast as possible; we have a huge job,” she said. The report recommends aerial reseeding and mulching the area by mid-October. Road work has already begun, as well as unplugging culverts. LaBrecque said the most difﬁcult part of the ﬁre came after, with the heavy rains. She called the ﬂooding and mudslides a traumatic event for the whole community. She’s worked for the Sawtooth National Forest for 22 years, so she sees burned areas all the time, “but it’s always a shock when you see your own forest burned up.” She added that the rehabilitation costs will be considerably less than putting out the ﬁre, “but it won’t be inexpensive.” —Jessica Murri
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At the Boise Airport July 1, air temperature reached 110 degrees Fahrenheit, just one degree shy of Boise’s all-time, high-temperature record set in 1960. Under the sweltering conditions of the heat wave, Idaho Power, thanks in large part to its coal-ﬁred power plants in Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming, pumped out record amounts of power to run air conditioning through hundreds of thousands of its customers’ homes. A previous low snowpack season quickly diminished the Gem State’s much-heralded hydropower, said Mark Stokes, Power Supply Planning manager for Idaho Power Corp. Stokes joined company executives, shareholders and members of the public for a series of summer meetings on the—quite literally—hot topic at Idaho Power’s downtown Boise headquarters. “Public input hasn’t changed in a long time,” Stokes told BW. “ICL [Idaho Conservation League] and the Snake River Alliance would like to see us burn less coal because of the implications for the environment. If coal runs less, we rely more on other, more expensive sources. It gets more media attention, but a [recent] poll of Idaho Power customers said they were more concerned with the cost of electricity. It was the biggest issue.” Stokes and other workshop participants spoke a great deal about “demand response,” which attendees quickly began referring to as “DR.” In short, DR is a method for reducing the load on the electrical grid and offsetting the need for additional generation sources. Idaho Power ofﬁcials are quick to say that reliability is the company’s No. 1 goal. For example, linemen and women have been working around the clock this summer to restore power where wildﬁres have been crippling or, in some cases, destroying power poles. Idaho Power says it is constantly exploring numerous options for improving efﬁciency and conservation as part of its mission to deliver uninterrupted power to its customers. The company, for example, has negotiated about 330 megawatts of DR with regional irrigation users, and 35 megawatts with air-conditioned residents who have the
taneous electricity output set a new demand record: 3,402 megawatts, between 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Idaho Power said so-called “thermal fuels”—stuff you burn, like coal and natural gas—were the majority of the load source used to meet the peak demand and keep customers cool for another day. Stokes explained that with the lacking capability of hydropower plants (due to low snowpack), wind (he said sometimes it doesn’t blow when it is most needed) and solar panels (Idaho doesn’t have many in place), the company has been utilizing more out-of-state, coalgenerated power, diesel generation near Mountain Home and its new $400,000 Langley Gulch natural gas power plant in Payette County. On July 3, demand for electricity kicked things up another notch, beating the previous day’s record by 5 megawatts, scratching the ceiling, yet again, of Idaho Power’s load capacity of 3,594 megawatts. However, demand response was only minimally employed (35 megawatts that were already committed under third-party contracts). The average system load on July 3, between 3 p.m.-4 p.m., was 3,407 megawatts. Idaho Power said its power was derived from coal (947 megawatts), hydroelectric (925 megawatts), natural gas (641 ND megawatts), wind (57 megawatts) and LU N SE market purchases (about 800 megawatts RO AM AD that can include any mix of electricity sources, but includes some 200 megawatts from alternative sources like wind, solar and geothermal producers transmitted via power greatest need of power in the summer, but the lines largely from the Paciﬁc Northwest, company learned that the intermittent energy where larger percentages of green electricity savings were not fully utilized this summer. In generation is being required). fact, the company speciﬁcally cancelled DR Hydroelectricity, which is the closest thing deals last winter because they were deemed to having a huge storage battery for on-deunneeded to meet projected demand, accordmand power, helps keep Idaho in the bottom ing to company press releases and statements half of the list of polluting utilities in the at the summer DR workshops. country (Idaho Power ranks 37th out of 100 It is an area of operations that makes for U.S. carbon dioxide emissions). industry watchdogs prick up their ears. Their But Idaho still derives all of its coal-genermain question: “Why is it not being used?” ated electricity from plants out of state, which The debate was raised during DR workhelps with in-state air quality. The shops and leads to deeper discussions about out-of-state plants each have retroﬁts motive and method for producing carbon-free scheduled to bring them up to stanpower in the near and distant future. 10 dards or are planned for decommisOn July 2, Idaho Power’s average instanWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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NEWS to scientiﬁc studies that conclude that carbon sion, but coal remains an integral part emissions trigger more rapid global warming of Idaho Power’s electricity generation and growing public and corporate support for plan for at least the next 20 years. Here is the outlook for each of these fewer coal-powered generators. “We use products that are environmentally plants: sensitive, particularly in reNevada—The North gard to electricity,” said RobValmy plant has not been not ert Hart, former president of required to install controls Kennedy Wilson Multifamily for regional haze. The plant is Management Group, who scheduled for retirement. recently launched an investOregon (Boardman ment ﬁrm called TruAmerica plant)—This plant is Multifamily that focuses on scheduled to close in 2020; acquiring, managing and it is required to control A megawatt (MW) is 1,000 rehabilitating housing in the haze-forming sulfur dioxide kilowatts (KW) or 1 million watts. Powering a 100-watt Western U.S. to become more and nitrogen oxides in the light bulb for four hours conefﬁcient. interim. sumes 400 watt hours (WH) “Many municipalities Wyoming—In June, the of energy. The average home give incentives for energy U.S. Environmental Protecin the Idaho Power service area consumes 1,050 kiloconservation. It is deﬁnitely tion Agency proposed to parwatt hours (KWH) per month a driving force in residential tially approve and partially or 12,600 KWH per year. construction and the compodisapprove the state plan for nentry that goes into apartaddressing regional haze. ments. We certainly make The agency also proposed a every effort to do things federal plan to cover deﬁcienwhere we can,” he said. cies in the state plan, until Hart said as his company the state plan can be fully In 2012 Idaho Power served markets to generations X and approved. The plan would 416,020 residential customY; they seek LEED certiﬁrequire controls on the Jim ers, 66,039 commercial and cation because “that’s the Bridger plant. industrial customers, and 19,045 irrigation customers. demand.” Idaho Power does have Plans for coal-ﬁred solusome forward-looking tions to Idaho’s electricity language on its website, demand, according to planextolling some examples of ning documents published in efﬁciencies, but the company Demand Response (DR) 2009, pushed parent comalso steadfastly defends its is deﬁned by the Federal pany IDACORP shareholddependency on coal: Energy Regulatory Commisers to recommend a carbon “Coal is nature’s energy sion as “changes in electric reduction plan. The aim was storehouse. This geologic usage by end-use customers from their normal consumpto keep emissions under 2005 legacy is the foundation of tion patterns in response levels through this year. The Idaho Power’s three coalto changes in the price of company says it has achieved ﬁred plants: the Jim Bridger electricity over time, or to the goal, although emissions Power Plant in Wyoming, incentive payments designed to induce lower electricare already higher this year the Boardman Coal Plant ity use at times of high than in 2012, when hydroin Oregon, and the North wholesale market prices or electric production was more Valmy Generating Station when system reliability is robust and more DR was in Nevada. These facilities jeopardized.” employed. The company has convert one of nature’s most extended the goal of keeping bountiful energy sources into emissions below 2005 levels reliable, low-cost electricity through 2015, but coal is while adhering to some of the still central to meeting peak strictest standards for protectdemand. ing the environment.” Idaho Conservation On average, coal is the Although there are no League spokesman Ben fuel source for producing coal-burning power plants Otto, aka “Captain Kiloabout one-third of Idaho in Idaho, Idaho Power does watt,” stood before an Aug. Power’s electricity. Although own a portion of three coalburning plants in Nevada, 19 public workshop at the the company talks about Oregon and Wyoming (see headquarters of Idaho Power improving efﬁciency, greenidahopower.com/aboutus/ and asked: “Is that a smart power advocates say that energysources/coal). investment? Should we invest the company could be doing in or phase out coal? more to move forward with Otto told Boise Weekly energy production that will that it would help to envision take less of a toll on the an older model car. environment. The pressure is “It needs new brakes, a new mufﬂer,” turning the ship around, as one might gather Otto told BW. “It’s very easy to nickel and even from Idaho Power’s language about efﬁdime yourself to death. Maybe it’s time for a ciency and alternative power source planning, new approach and stop chasing good money but advocates like ICL simply want that ship after bad and start investing in wholly cleaner to turn faster. resources.” The Snake River Alliance and ICL point 8
John Elliott (right) is ﬂanked by his Boise-based attorney Andrew Chasan (left).
JOHN DOE NO MORE His name is John Elliott. No longer silent or anonymous, Elliott told Boise Weekly that soon enough, his work colleagues and even some family members would learn what happened to him 36 years ago. “I’ve only told a handful of people. It’s not something you really want to share.” Elliott is one of eight Idaho men, seven of them choosing to remain anonymous as “John Doe,” suing the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for not adequately protecting them as boys when they were, according to the suit, victims of sexual abuse. The suit, initially ﬁled in June, was amended to include more plaintiffs, including Elliott. “The basis of the lawsuit is fraud,” said Boise-based attorney Andrew Chasan. “[The Boy Scouts and LDS Church] knowingly didn’t disclose problems with pedophiles that had inﬁltrated their ranks.” Elliott said he was molested in 1977 at Camp Morrison in McCall. That’s where he said one of his scout leaders, James Schmidt, insisted that Elliott stay in Schmidt’s tent. “He said there was a wolverine outside. He was creating complete fear,” said Elliott, who added that other scouts told him that they too had been abused by Schmidt. Elliott immediately quit the scouts while his mother sent a series of letters of complaint to the BSA, but two years later, Schmidt was spotted at the Boise Zoo with more boys in his charge. “He was there with uniformed Cub Scouts, and I became very angry,” said Elliott. “I went and bought a Coke, poured it over his head and took off running.” Elliott said he spotted Schmidt later at Julia Davis Park fondling another little boy. “I kicked him in the butt as hard as I could,” he said. “Again, we reported this to the Boy Scouts, but I understand that he continued to lead scouts after that.” Schmidt was eventually convicted of sexually related crimes against children in 1983 in Idaho and in 1996 in Maryland. “In preparation for this lawsuit, we were able to document 16 different pedophiles from 1964 through 2000 here in Southern Idaho,” said Chasan. “In addition to Schmidt, there were three other pedophiles that molested plaintiffs in this lawsuit.” Chasan told BW that he expected the litigation to take at least a year. The plaintiffs are seeking damages to be determined by a jury. Chasan said that he expected the list of plaintiffs to grow, sooner than later. “We already have two more people,” he said. “There will be at least 10 plaintiffs.” —George Prentice
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RON PISANESCHI The other man in the big yellow hat GEORGE PRENTICE
What’s the biggest difference between Idaho Public Television today and the day you ﬁrst set foot here in 1985? Is was and still is an organization with incredibly creative people, but the biggest difference is the technology. Back in the day, it was a single channel. Now we have four digital channels, an additional cable channel for kids and online streaming, where people can watch anytime they want. But isn’t that generational? I think you’re right. Mid-50s and older is just about the break point to how much webstreaming we access. The real key for the general manager role is to determine how much energy and effort to put into new media. Give an example of taking a risk on that technology that resulted in some success. We were the ﬁrst station in the country to negotiate a deal with the BBC to get streaming rights to a large catalogue of their content. In a sense, we were offering full seasons of programs long before [Netﬂix’s] House of Cards ever became a hit. Take MI-5 for an example. It’s a big hit and the third season may be playing on one of our channels, but
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we have viewers watching the entire run of the series online. There’s a huge number of binders lining your walls, representing years of television ratings. Talk to me about the science and art of considering that data. Whoever comes into my old job will have to have an appreciation for the pure Nielsen rating numbers and see what worked and didn’t work but, yes, there’s an art to knowing what genre works in this market that doesn’t work somewhere else. Isn’t it true that performing arts programs don’t get the ratings in Idaho that they get in an East Coast market? Yet you still provide a home for the performing arts programs. It’s a tapestry. You can’t feed people dessert all the time. We have blockbuster shows but we also want to introduce content that may not always get a huge audience. Doesn’t Antiques Roadshow represent a good amount of your top 10 programming? It’s the most watched ongoing show on PBS. Our top shows include Antiques Roadshow, Outdoor Idaho, Downton Abbey.
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All in the Family might be a good title (if someone hadn’t already used it) for Ron Pisaneschi’s television bloodlines. He met his wife, Virginia, 27 years ago when the two were working at Idaho Public Television, and their daughter, Madeleine, is a graphic designer (where else?) for the PBS afﬁliate in Seattle. And Pisaneschi’s career at Idaho PTV (which began in 1985) has been renewed for quite a few more seasons: In August he assumed the general manager position, replacing Peter Morrill, who announced his retirement earlier this year. “Peter has very big shoes to ﬁll,” Pisaneschi told Boise Weekly. “He is well-loved.” BW sat down with Pisaneschi, 58, as he was packing up his old ofﬁce (where he served as director of content) for the move to the one next door, where he’ll oversee one of the most successful broadcast operations in the nation.
And what new program do you see on the horizon as a possible hit? We’re adding something called Last Tango in Halifax, a contemporary BBC drama. It’s great. At the heart of great television programming is a good story, well-told, rich relationships and ﬁrst-rate actors. Your radar must be fairly well tuned. I don’t have to watch six hours of a drama to know if it’s going to click. I’ve read that IdahoPTV is one of the highest-rated broadcast operations in the nation. We’re the most watched, per capita, PBS station in the country. We’ve been in the top 10 for the last 10 years. Tell me about the big yellow hat in the corner of your room. I’m guessing that has something to do with another George. I’ve been on the children’s programming advisory committee for PBS for the past 25 years. Almost every children’s show that you now see on PBS, I had a little hand in scheduling. That hat is from when we launched Curious George [in 2006]. Am I right in assuming that you have the best job in Idaho? There will always be challenges, but when you go home at the end of the day, you think you’re doing something to make society a little bit better. It’s an intrinsically rewarding job.
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THURSDAY-SUNDAY SEPT. 19-22 eat up SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL Harvest time has historically been a big deal for the entire community. In days of yore, everyone would be out working from dawn until dusk to bring in the crops that would see them through winter. After weeks of backbreaking work, tools would be put down and the party would start, with wild celebrations of feasting and bonﬁres—the country dweller’s ﬁreworks. Though few of us actively participate in the harvest anymore, we’re still down for the party, hence the plethora of harvest-oriented festivals that kick off this month. And one of the best ways to jump headﬁrst into celebrating food (and a fair amount of drink) is the annual Sun Valley Harvest Festival. The four-day festival runs Thursday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 22, and ﬁlls the Wood River Valley with a full-blown celebration of food—from meeting local food producers and joining a restaurant walk, to watching chefs’ cooking demonstrations and swilling martinis and caviar. Events kick off on Thursday, Sept. 19, with several discussions and panels, but festival favorites begin on Friday, Sept. 20, when a tasting of Idaho wines leads directly into the Restaurant Walk. Unfortunately, the popular event has already sold out, so if you don’t have tickets, you’ll have to create your own restaurant experience for the night. On Saturday, Sept. 21, guest chefs will offer demonstrations throughout the day at Dollar Lodge, while the Harvest Marketplace runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the same location. The market will feature food and produce from area producers, as well as some of the latest and greatest kitchen tools you never knew you needed. Sawtooth Brewery hosts an Oktoberfest celebration from noon-10 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square with live music, traditional German food and, of course, plenty of beer. Admission is free, but you must buy a stein for beer tasting. If you need more excuses to party, the Martini and Caviar Party runs from 5:30-8 p.m. at The Roundhouse. Participants must fork over $125 for the ticket, but that includes a gondola ride to Roundhouse, as well as sturgeon caviar hors d’oeuvres by Sun Valley Company Executive Chef John Murcko and handcrafted cocktails. More partying can be found at the new 5B Party—boots, beer, bourbon and barbecue at B—featuring barbecue from around the world, live bluegrass and bourbon tastings from 5-8 p.m. Tickets cost $50. A river guide cooking demo starts off Sunday, Sept. 22, followed by the grand ﬁnale, The Grand Tasting from noon-3 p.m. at Dollar Lodge. Ticket holders can sample food from area eateries, sample wines and attend breakout sessions on all sorts of foodie topics throughout the afternoon. Tickets cost $75 for this event. Those traveling for the festival can take advantage of lodging specials being offered throughout town, so check online for deals. Times, locations and prices vary. Ketchum and Sun Valley. Sunvalleyharvestfestival.com.
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BOISE PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT Summer’s pivot into fall mirrors an anticipated wardrobe change: shorts to pants, sandals to shoes, skirts to dresses. And it’s time to break out the formal wear for fall high-society gigs. Boise Philharmonic is getting the ball rolling for its 2013-14 classical concerts season Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, with Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, a one-movement piece for large orchestras, along with American composer Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1 and Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand” and “Piano Concerto in G.” Friday’s performance is in the Swayne Auditorium at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, and Saturday’s concert is at the Morrison Center. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20-$70. Pianist Pianist Spencer Myer will join the Philharmonic for both piano concertos—including the one for the left hand, reportedly commissioned by a pianist who lost his right hand in WWI. It’s a ﬁtting start for a new season: Ravel’s most recognizable work—most people have already heard it even if they can’t identify it by name—Bolero is the apex of the composer’s habit of tweaking dance pieces to suit new ends. Like summer’s creeping transition into fall, Bolero is a slow and winding series of subtle transitions. Bolero is also a clever choice for Boise. Ravel was born in Ciboure in the French Basque country, and his music leans toward the lively tempos and hearty beats found in that region, as well as having nods to Slavic and Arabic themes. An evening with Ravel is a great way to pack away the summer and make way for the reddening leaves and sweater weather of fall. Friday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m. $20-$70. Swayne Auditorium, Brandt Center, 623 University Blvd., Nampa; Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m., $20-$70. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise; 208-344-7849, boisephilharmonic.org.
THURSDAY SEPT. 19 grape juice for grownups DISCOVERY CENTER ADULT NIGHT Oenophiles and philomaths, rejoice. Discovery Center of Idaho has brewed up a night for members of both groups— especially those who would land in the venn diagram intersection of “People Who
Love Wine” and “People Who Love To Learn.” With exhibits and events geared toward grownups, Adult Night has become a wildly popular event, letting the 21-and-older set to feel like curious kids again. In DCI’s upcoming Adult Night: The Science of Wine, that inner child gets to learn about one of the outer adult’s favorite pastimes. They can celebrate harvest season by supping on samples from Indian Creek, Periple, Sawtooth and Split Rail wineries while watching demonstrations and learning
about the vinicultural science of creating and blending wine, as well as how to properly drink it. Folks can move their wine-loosened legs to the totally danceable sounds of Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats, and food trucks and rafﬂe prizes are also part of deal. For a mere Hamilton, you can afford to leave the wee ones home with a sitter and enjoy a night of learning that will feel like anything but. Get your tickets early, though. You don’t want what could be a revelatory “ahhah” moment of discovering WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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Spacebar celebrates with bonus points.
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forget the quarters SPACEBAR ARCADE FIRST ANNIVERSARY PARTY Every kid has a friend who, in spite of being insufferably boring and a suspected booger-eater, threw the best birthday parties. Flying in the face of ﬂoppy, lukewarm cheese pizza, dry, generic cake and lame party favors—“What’s this? A kazoo?”—his or her birthdays were awesome because he or she was stocked to the gills with the most exciting video games. Spacebar Arcade isn’t a snotty little kid, but it is throwing its ﬁrst birthday party Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 4 p.m. and running until 2 a.m. Admission is free, as are the games. DJ Cosmonaut lays down spacey beats as gamers coast through a history museum of classic arcade games, from Donkey Kong to Mortal Kombat and beyond. Pinball wizards keep their wrists supple with drink specials all night long. In a location where a succession of nightclubs have failed, Spacebar has thrived, catering to a generation nostalgic for the early, heady days of electronic entertainment—a generation that is now old enough to take advantage of Spacebar’s stock of beer. Rather than drawing the partiers who throng Eighth Street on Friday and Saturday nights, it has tapped Boise’s seemingly endless supply of 20- to 40-year-olds who expect more from their bar hangouts than beer on tap and Internet radio tunes. A full list of arcade consoles at Spacebar can be found online, but the classics are always there, making this a birthday party not to miss. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. FREE. Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-918-0597, spacebararcade.com.
something new about your favorite beverage to become an “uh-oh” moment because the evening is sold out. 6-10 p.m. $10. 21 and older. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, scidaho.org.
SATURDAY SEPT. 21 bring on the bier OLD BOISE OKTOBERFEST Strap on your lederhosen, dust off your stein and gird
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yourself for the Old Boise Oktoberfest. Old Boise is resurrecting its belief in classic German beer and food in a celebration sure to leave sauerkraut in the Sixth Street gutters and polka ringing in your ears. Dance through the autumn night with live music by Treasure Valley Music Mysters, Wolﬁe and the Bavarians and Pilot Error. Maybe dancing isn’t your thing and you need to ﬂex your Bavarian bravado in a two-man, 100-pound, kegrolling competition across the blacktop of Sixth Street. After a little competitive
SATURDAY-SUNDAY SEPT. 21-22 snake charmed REPTICON BOISE You can’t afford a plane ticket to the Amazon but desperately want to see a Bolivian bleating frog or an emerald tree boa. You have two options: either save your cash and run headlong, machete swinging, into the forest, or come to Boise’s Repticon. We’d recommend the latter, although the ﬁrst could lead to some really interesting dinner party stories. Reptiles of all shapes and sizes will be on hand throughout the two-day event and those who want to scope out the cold-blooded scene can ﬁnd helpful things like fun and creative ways to decorate your terrarium. The whole family can check out live animal presentations or learn about the importance of reptiles to our ecosystem. Even if you’ve never touched a snake and don’t know the difference between a toad and a frog, come learn about each and every reptile with a presentation on basic reptile care. Buy your tickets online and get automatically registered for the VIP treatment that not only includes a VIP rafﬂe ﬁlled with loads of reptile swag (yes, there is such a thing), but also gets you access to the Nampa Civic Center one hour before it ofﬁcially opens. This early entrance and celebrity treatment also makes you eligible for a free ZooMed tote bag. Maybe your dial-up is iffy and your computer is on the fritz—not a problem. Tickets are available at the door. But what about those sweet prizes? Rafﬂes will be held every hour for non-VIP guests. Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m..; Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. General admission $5-$10, VIP $5-$12, twoday tickets $5-$15. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5500, repticon.com.
excitement make sure you check out the beer garden while you marvel at the 21 kegs of Spaten lager. And while, yes, in true German tradition, beer is a big part of the celebration, the underage crowd is welcome at Oktoberfest—just don’t expect to drink. So while mom and dad enjoy a refreshing German beer, the
In the same way technology is everywhere, so are the accoutrements required to make it work (or make it look good). A cellphone needs a colorful case. A laptop needs a cool bag. An Internet connection needs a router. A new ﬂat-screen TV needs about a million cables. Gathering all of these accessories, however, can be frustrating as you click from site to site trying to monoprice.com ﬁnd the best deal. But no more. Monoprice.com is a one-stop, low-price technology shop for both the tech-saavy shopper and the luddite. For example, over-the-head DJ headphones can cost more than a mortgage payment. If you’re Deadmau5, you probably should have the highest quality, most expensive cans around. Or if you care about name brands, you can drop $99-$400 on Dr. Dre’s Beats headphones. However, if you’re simply a person who wants a good pair of headphones at a decent price, the Monoprice branded Premium Hi-Fi DJ Style Over-the-Ear Pro Headphones are an incredible deal at $23 and, like everything else at monoprice.com, cost even less when you buy in bulk (although we don’t know why you’d want 50-plus pairs of headphones). A local singersongwriter gave these headphones two thumbs up, screaming “THESE SOUND GREAT! I COULD TOTALLY RECORD WITH THESE! AM I YELLING?” Yeah, they’re kind of noise-canceling, too. —Amy Atkins
kids can play in a bounce castle and get glitter tattoos by Twinkle Tattoos. Whether you’re dancing ‘til your feet hurt, sucking down glass steins of German lager or waiting in Jenny’s Lunch Line, anything you do is sure to be wunderbar. 3 p.m. FREE. Sixth and Main streets, Boise, 208345-7852, oldboise.com.
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8 DAYS OUT WEDNESDAY SEPT. 18 On Stage THE FOREIGNER—Froggy convinces the locals of a rural Georgia town that his friend Charlie Baker doesn’t understand English, making Charlie privvy to some of the town’s most hilarious secrets. 7:30 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-336-9221, idahoshakespeare.org.
Literature NANCY PEARL READS—Join in a discussion of books picked by author, book reviewer and book enthusiast Nancy Pearl. Noon. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-3764229, rdbooks.org. POETRY WORKSHOP WITH DIANE RAPTOSH—Join Diane Raptosh, Boise’s poet laureate and a 2013 Idaho writer in residence, for a poetry writing workshop and a reading from her new collection, American Amnesiac. 7 p.m. FREE. Library at Collister, 4724 W. State St., Boise, 208-562-4995, boisepubliclibrary.org.
FRIDAY SEPT. 20 Food & Drink GURU DONUTS POP-UP SHOP— Check out a selection of donuts crafted with local ingredients. 7:30 a.m. $1.50-$4. Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-433-5671, gurudonuts.com.
THURSDAY SEPT. 19 Sports & Fitness FIT ONE BOISE—Join the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration with a 5k or 9k run/ walk, beneﬁting the St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital. 8:30 a.m. $12-$50. Capitol and Bannock streets, ﬁtoneboise.org..
On Stage THE FOREIGNER—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org. LES MISERABLES—The wellknown musical drama set during the French Revolution. 7 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-385-0021, kedproductions.org.
Food & Drink ADULT NIGHT AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER: SCIENCE OF WINE— Learn about the science behind wine making. Featuring a tasting, food trucks, live music and more. See Picks, Page 12. 6 p.m. $10. Discovery Center of Idaho, 131 Myrtle St., Boise, 208-343-9895, dcidaho.org. SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—Featuring guest chef demos, a restaurant walk, food trends panel and more. See Picks, Page 12. Noon. $10-$380. Sun Valley, sunvalleyharvestfestival.org.
Workshops & Classes LYNN C. MILLER: FIND YOUR STORY—Lynn C. Miller, author of Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir, will run a memoir writing workshop. 6 p.m. FREE. Rediscovered Books, 180 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-376-4229, rdbooks.org. WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE IN FICTION—Join short story writer and Boise State University creative writing professor Christian Winn for a look at writing great dialogue in ﬁction. 7 p.m. FREE. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-3844200, boisepubliclibrary.org.
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NOISE/CD REVIEW BLITZEN TRAPPER: VII (VAGRANT RECORDS) With its upcoming release, VII, Blitzen Trapper dares listeners to ask whether or not the band is ofﬁcially “back.” After taking a critical pummeling for its last effort—the deeply nostalgic and surprisingly emotional American Goldwing—it would have made sense for someone to wonder whether the Portland, Ore.based band was losing touch with the wild, uninhibited spirit that coursed through its earlier albums. But VII proves Blitzen Trapper is still a musical maverick that is going to do whatever the hell it wants. Opening tracks “Feel the Chill” and “Shine On” hint at what is to come, with hip-hop-tinged rock grooves mixing seamlessly with DJ scratches and random harmonica ﬂourishes. Singer Eric Earley weaves his way through songs like a master kayaker calmly navigating Class V rapids. When it comes to the full-on rap in “Oregon Geography,” Earley does it to the combination of a scratchy banjo recording, hypnotic beats and a background otherwise ﬁlled with white noise. When he isn’t channeling a lighter, slightly less kooky-sounding version of Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett, Earley turns in a soulful performance here and there as well, as on the bluegrass rock closer “Don’t Be a Stranger.” Despite the variety on this record, it is charmingly cohesive. It’s not surprising that the same person who waxes philosophical with lyrics like, “It’s better to love and lose than to gain a world on a string” in “Thirsty Man,” follows up by rapping about womanly wiles on the hip-hop/honky-tonk hybrid track “Neck Tatts, Cadillacs.” The beauty of VII lies in the band’s ability to effortlessly span genres, mash them together, not take itself too seriously—or too lightly—and do it all with the skill and precision expected of seasoned veterans. There is no point in trying to predict where the album is going to go as it plays; Blitzen Trapper is going to gleefully plunge down the rabbit hole of musical eccentricity. You might as well come along for the ride. If American Goldwing wasn’t exactly your cup of tea and you found yourself longing for the Blitzen Trapper of old, VII will meet your expectations. —Brian Palmer WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
8 DAYS OUT IDAHO PREFERRED: RECIPE AND COOKBOOK SHOWCASE—Enjoy samples from the Idaho Preferred 10th Anniversary cookbook. 4 p.m. FREE. Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop, 1008 Main St., Boise, 208-433-5671, boise150.org.
LES MISERABLES—See Thursday. 8 p.m. $15-$39. Knock ‘Em Dead Dinner Theatre, 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208385-0021, kedproductions.org.
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SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Noon. $10-$380. Sun Valley, sunvalleyharvestfestival.org.
Festivals & Events 20TH ANNUAL KOI AND GOLDFISH SHOW—Check out hundreds of koi and goldﬁsh, as well as art vendors and Bonsai displays. 10 a.m. FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-3438649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
On Stage BOISE PHILHARMONIC OPENING NIGHT—Ravel, Bolero. Featuring Pianist Spencer Myer. See Picks, Page 12. 7 p.m. $30-$70. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
FIT ONE BOISE—See Thursday. 8:30 a.m. $12-$50. Capitol and Bannock streets, ﬁtoneboise. org..
THE FOREIGNER—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.
HIDDEN TREASURES YARD AND BAKE SALE—A special sale organized by volunteers from US Bank to beneﬁt the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. 8 a.m. FREE. Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington St., Boise, 208-3433688, wcaboise.org.
IMAGINARIUM: SIDESHOW AND CIRCUS ODDITIES— Red Light Variety Show’s latest production. Featuring circus arts, acrobatics, burlesque and more. 8 p.m. $15 adv., $20 door. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, redlightvarietyshow.org.com.
HIGHLAND GAMES AND FESTIVAL—Check out the 16th Annual Scottish American Society of Treasure Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games. 9 a.m. $7-$12. Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208287-5650, idahoscots.org.
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On Stage BOISE PHILHARMONIC—See Friday. 7 p.m. $30-$70. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Ln., Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate.edu.
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8 DAYS OUT STELLAR MOMENTS: FLASHBACK—Mixing burlesque, dance, comedy and vocal performance with clips from some of the most memorable movies of the last 30 years, Boise legend Minerva Jane immerses you in one totally tubular stage experience. Also featuring Laydee Bravado, Iridessa Blossoms, Cyanide Cupcake, Lisa Luscious and a triumphant dude Keno Kekana. 7:30 p.m. $10. Balcony Club, 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208336-1313, thebalconyclub.com.
Food & Drink B’ARC AND BREW CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL—Dogs and people are invited to taste some delicious craft brews in the parking lot. Featuring beer from Payette, Sockeye, Highlands Hollow, Kilted Dragon, Slanted Rock, Ninkasi, and Salmon River breweries, along with doggy parade and best dressed contest and live music by Willison Roos, Terry Peoples and The Oliphants. Proceeds support employment opportunities at The Arc. 1:30 p.m. $15. Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar/Grill, 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856, no-lawyers.com. MUSE AND PERIPLE GRAND OPENING—Purchase fresh goat’s milk cheese and superpremium, Idaho-made wines in one location, courtesy of Muse Creamery and Periple Wines. Half of ticket sales beneﬁt Genesis World Mission, a nonproﬁt based out of Garden City that provides primary health care to lower-income, uninsured patients in Idaho and Kenya. Visit website for more info and to purchase tickets. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $40. Muse & Periple Marketplace, 1435 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-377-7976, idahocheeseandwine.com. SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Noon. $10-$380. Sun Valley, sunvalleyharvestfestival.org.
Kids & Teens WATERSHED WEEKENDS SCIENCE EXTRAVAGANZA—Young scientists have an opportunity to meet scientists and participate in fun, hands-on activities in the ﬁelds of hydrology, geology and biology. 10 a.m. FREE. Boise WaterShed, 11818 W. Joplin Road, Boise, 208-489-1284, cityofboise.org/bee/watershed.
SUNDAY SEPT. 22 Festivals & Events FIT ONE BOISE—See Thursday. 8:30 a.m. $12-$50. Capitol and Bannock streets, ﬁtoneboise. org.. REPTICON BOISE REPTILE SHOW—See Saturday. 10 a.m. $10 adults, $5 kids 5-12, FREE kids 4-younger. Nampa Civic Center, 311 Third St. S., Nampa, 208-468-5555, nampaciviccenter.com.
8 DAYS/REVIEW LECTURE: TWO SIDES TO HONEST ABE President Abraham Lincoln abused his power as the nation’s commander in chief. He was racist, supporting a program to deport freed African-Americans. Lincoln waged war on civilians and suspended basic rights. His actions during the Civil War were treasonous. But he was a digniﬁed man who used the power of the presidency to protect freedom and hold the country together during tenuous years. Lincoln sought to protect the rights of his fellow countrymen while trying to end slavery. The complexities of Lincoln’s legacy were laid bare by Loyola University Professor Thomas DiLorenzo and former Lt. Gov. David Leroy, who battled it out Sept. 10 at the Ann Morrison Center, hurling academic research, ﬁery accusations and impassioned entreaties in their attempt to win audience members to their view of the Great Emancipator. DiLorenzo, a heavyweight intellectual among libertarians and author of The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked, at-
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tacked the infallible legacy of the country’s 16th president, railing against what he saw as destructive policies that tore apart the United States and killed hundreds of thousands Americans. Leroy, an amateur Lincoln historian with a collection of memorabilia so vast that it will be displayed at the Idaho History Center, went toe to toe with his opponent, arguing that DiLorenzo’s revisionism was skewed. The debate, hosted by the libertarian Ralph Smeed Foundation, brought out plenty of reactions from the audience, which nearly ﬁlled the lower half of the Morrison Center. Applause, jeers and side conversations trailed the remarks of both men. “Freedom is not an abstract concept,” said Leroy—who also served as Idaho attorney general from 1979-1983—holding up ankle chains used to restrain slaves. “It can be lost. It can be chained. It can be sold. And in the right circumstances, with the right leader, it can be gained.” “We must not rewrite history,” he said. DiLorenzo painted Lincoln as the equivalent of a K Street lawyer—supporting corporate welfare, bailouts and protective tariffs for the big industries of the time. Lincoln’s was the biggest house on Old Aristocracy Road when he was a trial lawyer in Illinois, DiLorenzo said. “Deiﬁcation and worshipping of politicians is a sickness in any society,” he added. The debate, which included a question-and-answer session, drew out a wide array of opinions from audience members. Some thought DiLorenzo was too aggressive in his arguments, attacking personal aspects of Lincoln’s life while others thought Leroy’s arguments relied too heavily on rhetoric. “The [lieutenant] governor appealed to your emotions more,” Boise resident Justin Deeg said after the debate. “The professor was more factual in his argument.” The two men covered much in their discussion, tackling whether Lincoln would ﬁt with today’s Republican Party, his true role in ending slavery and even addressed comparisons between Lincoln and President Barack Obama. “These are points that aren’t argued in West Virginia,” said Jordan Crain, who’s working on a masters’ degree at Boise State University. —Kevin Huelsmann
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Three Ways to Get Cities Right ‘Flat world, tall cities’ and the urban university
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t a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Urban Partnership earlier this year, keynote speaker Edward Glaeser, author of Triumph of the City, described the connection between population density and individual income. Across the planet, the greater the number of people per block, the bigger the individual paycheck. This strong correlation makes sense because of what Glaeser saw as the perfect ﬁt between “tall cities” and our “ﬂat world.” Economic development and collective and individual prosperity are more likely to thrive in cities, regardless of national policies or boundaries. Density is associated with higher wages and higher productivity. Cities, at their best, provide easy access to lots of ideas from a variety of people with diverse skills. As Glaeser described, the “chain of genius” is more likely to occur in cities, thereby fueling human innovation. Urban centers are also the site of complex, seemingly intractable problems such as climate change, unsustainable food supplies and poverty. The Denver meeting included representatives from business, government and higher education who convened to discuss ways to create and sustain vibrant urban centers which support economic development with an abundant supply of well-educated young adults. “In the rest of this century, I suspect that getting our cities right will be one of the most pressing of the many lines of research that universities will have to engage with,” Nigel Thrift wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education. “Getting our cities right” entails, ﬁrst, that cities and universities embrace their connected future by sharing resources, agendas and sometimes addresses. Urban universities are well served by the “unpredictability of learning” that a downtown location provides. There are many creative examples of using the
city as an urban lab, from downtown Las Vegas and Phoenix to Boise State’s new location in BoDo. A city’s success, in turn, is ultimately based on the quality and sustainability of its human capital. According to Carol Coletta of ArtPlace, a national consortium of urbanfocused foundations, income levels in cities are strongly correlated with education levels. Therefore, getting cities right means that universities educate students to lead, work and contribute to a city that provides an attractive quality of life. There are educational and civic partnerships, including academic fellowships, to support education and job placement for this supply of younger talent. Second, getting cities right means we need to broaden the conversation on economic development to go beyond the usual suspects of technology, engineering and business. Our messiest problems, such as access to clean drinking water, will require both technological and social innovation and social scientists are in the best position to help translate science research into policy. Finally, getting cities right means ﬁnding ways to be organizationally nimble, to allow for experimentation with new initiatives and unconventional partnerships. Cities and universities possess formidable bureaucracies which can quickly kill innovation if not kept in check. Downtown campuses can offer a unique area for innovation and experimentation. As this issue of The Blue Review conﬁrms, cities offer a lot of grist for the scholarly mill. Our urban centers are expected to be an economic engine, business incubator and idea generator. At urban public universities, we must pay attention to fueling this engine. In fact, anyone interested in the future of the city should also be interested in sustaining a successful university. We hope you enjoy this issue.
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The Tour de Fat, 2013, raised more than $55,000 for local charitable causes. Itâ€™s a study in alternative transportation, slow cities and beer.
Keeping Boise Slow
Suburbanization creeps into the city center NATHANIEL HOFFMAN
n a recent summer weekend, 7,000 Boiseans donned tiaras, gorilla masks and other sundry disguises, hopped on their bikes and slowly toured downtown together in a corporate sponsored parade that is bigger than its corporate sponsor. Colorado beer brewer New Belgium invented this summer bike festival, but in Boise, it is one of VFRUHVRIVHOIGHÂżQLQJDQQXDOHYHQWV7KHSHRple of Boiseâ€”new, old and native bornâ€”just do stuff, in a big way. Itâ€™s a feature that is perplexing to students of cities, those who call themselves planners, because it depends upon spontaneity, individuality and rule breaking. For a generation or two, Americans moved in droves to suburbs, where life is neat and orderly and well planned, at least on the outside. And for a decade or so, city planners and RIÂżFLDOVLQ%RLVHDQGLQPDQ\ULVLQJ$PHULFDQ cities recognized that suburban sprawl was a harmful trend, destroying rich farmland, eroding ties between neighbors, leaching bodies from once-vibrant city centers and reinforcing Americaâ€™s racial and class animus. In this issue of The Blue ReviewZHÂżQG that the forces which prospered in Americaâ€™s suburban era have caught on to the countervailing trend quicker than cities can respond. On the one hand, this means new investment in downtowns. On the other hand, purveyors of suburban aesthetics and values are crafting downtown America in their own image. Using Boise as our lab, our writers see creeping suburbanization everywhere they look. Starting with a historical review of Boiseâ€™s gritty, urban neighbor, Garden City, histoULDQ-01HLOOÂżQGVWKDWWKHFLW\RI%RLVHKDV always positioned itself as a more responsible,
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sensible, bourgeois uncle. TBR graduate fellow DQGMRXUQDOLVW$QGUHZ&ULVSÂżQGVWKDWWKH popular grocer chain, Trader Joeâ€™s, slated to open a downown Boise outlet early next year, easily skirted the city of Boiseâ€™s weak urban zoning requirements to build a suburban-style strip mall at the corner of Capitol and Front. Political scientist Brian Wampler examines the role of public participation in long-term transportation planning in the Boise valley, UHĂ€HFWLQJRQWKHODFNRIYRLFHIRUXUEDQDQG disadvantaged populations. And my own essay on the future of the underdeveloped 30th 6WUHHWDUHDMXVWZHVWRIGRZQWRZQLGHQWLÂżHV one path forward for the city in terms of attracting what Boise Mayor David Bieter calls, â€œa more urban form,â€? that we donâ€™t yet have the language to describe. Finally, Jaap Vos, director of Community DQG5HJLRQDO3ODQQLQJDW%RLVH6WDWHUHĂ€HFWV on the planning conundrum that is downtown %RLVHDQGFRPHVFORVHWRGHÂżQLQJZKDWPDNHV Boise right in so many interesting waysâ€”a Mountain West conception of time that allows for spontaneous work and play and a cavalier disregard for the way things are supposed to be in favor of self-determination. One of the features of the Tour de Fat summer bike festival in Boise is a slow bike race. Participants ride the 25-foot course as slowly as possible, without ever coming to a complete stop. They ride creaky old bikesâ€”staged for a certain urban cycle chic aesthetic, to be sureâ€”but their forward momentum serves as DÂżQHPHWDSKRUIRUWKHZD\FLWLHVVKRXOGPRYH forward in the 21st century: slow and steady, suspicious of their own corporate backers and spontaneous within a deliberately creative and methodically urban framework.
Making Time in Boise Embracing the befuddling city BY JAAP VOS
hopeful that Boise would be the kind of place that could keep its millennials from going to Denver or Portland,â€? he said. â€œNow that Iâ€™ve been here, I feel entirely the opposite. Boise has what it takes.â€? So what is it that makes Boise work, despite the obviRXVDQGQRWVRREYLRXVĂ€DZV"$WDUHFHQW&RQJUHVVIRUWKH New Urbanism Conference in Salt Lake City, a panel of
opportunity. The idea that a city exists to provide us with WLPHWROLQJHUUDWKHUWKDQPD[LPL]LQJRXUHIÂżFLHQF\LVÂŤ befuddling. Yet it seems to describe life in Boise. Going to the Saturday market is part of an enjoyable routine that includes a cup of coffee at Flying M, tasting wine from local wineries and enjoying a freshly made â€œstroopwafelâ€? at the market. While, the city is not intentionally manufacturing additional time, it allows residents to easily combine chores with Detail of Boise native Robert Addisonâ€™s 1949 â€œView of Boise,â€? the befree time and enjoyment. One rarely feels fuddling city bathed in light and shadow, progress and pastoralism. as though they are wasting time in the city. There is surprisingly little written about â€œtimeâ€? in the mainstream planning literature. In the 1970s, planners were concerned about increasing leisure time. Some even started thinking that with fewer hours spent at work, cities could be redesigned, WKHRIÂżFHVRIWKHFHQWUDOEXVLQHVVGLVWULFW replaced with amusement parks. More recently, Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning at UCLA, has argued that cities should charge more for on-street parking to increase business volume downtown, an argument with which %RLVHRIÂżFLDOVKDYHĂ€LUWHGUHFHQWO\,Q transportation planning, so called â€œcongestion based pricingâ€? and high occupancy lanes provide incentives to carpools and hybrids. It appears that most of our planning considerations with regard to time are about streamlining and minimizing its waste. Planners, like most people in modern society, see time as a scarce commodity. With clever designs and schemes, they try to make our use of time in cities PRUHHIÂżFLHQW)RUPDQ\\HDUVSODQQLQJ and architecture have been preoccupied ZLWKHIÂżFLHQF\WU\LQJWRWXUQWKHFLW\ into a predictable, frictionless, scheduled environment. Different districts of the city were assigned different functions through zoning regulations. Space was homogenized and our daily activities were divided faith-based community leaders inadvertently shed some into buckets: work, live, recreate, shop, eat, etc. Each light on it. They touched on qualities of cities that are district was maximized for its designated use with ample typically not on the forefront of a plannerâ€™s mind: The parking for big retail, fast food courts in shopping malls social and spiritual aspects of the city. and cul-de-sacs for suburbs with white picket fences. All Bradford Houston, one of the panelists and the manthis produced predictable landscapes where every activity ager of architectural design in the Temple Department of has its own special, designated place. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, comOf course, creating different spaces for different mented that a good city should provide you with time. For activities during the dayâ€”â€œcities of placesâ€?â€”meant that planners, this statement is somewhat puzzling; streets are we needed one additional district, the transportation DERXWPD[LPL]LQJWUDYHOĂ€RZDQGHIÂżFLHQF\DQGHFRQRPLF corridor, to allow people in cars to move as quickly as pos-
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oise has a penchant for being listed. In 2011, CNN Money listed Boise as the third-best retirement city. Last year, Forbes ranked Boise as the secondbest city in the United States in which to raise a family. In July, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article stating that Boise was the seventh safest city in the U.S. According to the cityâ€™s economic development team, since 2008, Boise has made it onto more than 50 top-10 lists. While some of these lists are just plain silly, others are an indication of the qualities that make Boise a remarkable city. And although these lists are subjective and not the result RILQGHSHQGHQWVFLHQWLÂżFUHVHDUFKWKH VKHHUQXPEHURIOLVWV%RLVHÂżQGVLWVHOI on demonstrates the elusive intrigue of this isolated Western hamlet. Despite all this listmania, Jeff Speck, a national authority on walkable communities, told Boise Weekly in June that, â€œgiven the impediments that your downtown streets currently imposeâ€”including all the one-way streetsâ€”it is a bit befuddling to me that things are as good as they are.â€? Add that to the list of lists: top-10 befuddling cities. But disheartening as it may be, a consultant of Speckâ€™s pedigree is unlikely to tell a client that the cityâ€™s success is befuddling unless what he saw in Boise truly befuddled him. Speck does have some solid planning ground to stand on. Look at a satellite map of Boise on Google and you will notice many surface parking lots, undeveloped parcels and the emergency exits out of downtown that are Front and Myrtle streets. Walk around and you cannot help but notice a lack of connectivity between different parts of downtown, a lack of signage for outof-town visitors and opening hours at some downtown stores which are indeed befuddling. Throw in an anemic airport, suburban sprawl, troubling air quality DQGVSRWW\FHOOFRYHUDJHDQGWKHUHÂśVGHÂżQLWHO\HQRXJK fodder for befuddlement. Despite all the things that Boise could have done better, despite all these things that donâ€™t quite work rightâ€”the little inconveniences of living â€œin the middle of nowhereâ€?â€”the success of downtown Boise does not, in fact, befuddle. Speck, in his short visit to Boise, realized that there is something that makes Boise work. In the interview with Boise Weekly he stated: â€œQuite honestly, I was not that
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CITIES sible between these different spaces. Over people use the city. It does not matter that the years, our freeways became more and some things are somewhat awkward in its PRUHHIÂżFLHQWDQGVDIH8QIRUWXQDWHO\WKH design. We simply enjoy it because it is cost was that roads increasingly resembled home; it is comfortable; it is fun; it is where subway tunnels, a district as disconnected our past, present and future meet on a daily from its surroundings as possible. basis. In this context, Bradford Houstonâ€™s There is more to the success of Boise remarks that a city should provide us with as a place than a refusal of its residents to time starts making much more sense. Planwaste time. Boise has a rhythm; there is a ners, designers and architects have been so pattern to life in the city. We look forward FRQFHUQHGDERXWFUHDWLQJHIÂżFLHQWGLVWULFWV to Bogus Basin opening for skiing, or the WKDWDUHRSWLPL]HGIRURQHVSHFLÂżFDFWLYLW\ ULYHUIRUĂ€RDWLQJ:HFKDQJHRXWGRRUJHDU that they ignored the time involved in the with the change of seasons. We eat in local simple act of changing activities, which UHVWDXUDQWVZLWKPHQXVWKDWUHĂ€HFWWKH involves getting into the car, entering the seasons. We live in a city but still talk with WUDQVSRUWDWLRQGLVWULFWDQGYHU\HIÂżFLHQWO\ the local farmer, the brewer, the rancher, wasting time en route to the next activity. the winemaker. In fact, any time you enter the transportaTo understand Boise, planners must tion district you are effectively losing time. understand its people and the way they use So letâ€™s get back to Boise and Jeff and program the city. We do not necessarSpeckâ€™s befuddlement. The cityâ€™s ily look the same as other cities, we awkward mix of uses and do not need the same street abrupt changes between layouts, the same stores, blocks is disorienting the same street furniWe linger. We hang and certainly not ture, the same banks out. We extend the HIÂżFLHQW%LNHODQHV or the same restauday downtown in local that fade to nothrants. Many would restaurants, listen to local ing, the random argue that we do one-way grid, the not want to be the bands, attend shows and free lack of signage, same. concerts and festivals. These stores that open The city should numerous events are as at random hoursâ€” be a place where important to Boise as the Boise is a plannerâ€™s we are comfortworst nightmare. And able, a place we like layout of its streets. yet Boiseans are blessed to come back to after a with the gift of time. long trip. It is not a model The sheer number of cyin an architectâ€™s rendering, with clists, unhelmeted and off-lane; cafes FOHDQOLQHVDQGSHUIHFWVWLFNÂżJXUHVEXW full of laptops and meetings; noon-hour a homeâ€”functional, comfortable, with its and any-hour exercisers; and alternaquirks and all kinds of bizarre little things tive and creative career seekers may have that make it unique. In our quest to codify impressed upon Speck. Boiseâ€™s natives and places with setback requirements, road exiles from the coasts alike bask in the outwidths and color schemesâ€”often in an of-doors, out-of-the-rat-race culture that attempt to increase property valuesâ€”we is Boise. Perhaps that is part of what Speck planners think about buildings, streets and saw in his brief visit here. economic development. We ignore the fact We linger. We hang out. We extend the that the city is not just an economic engine; day downtown in local restaurants, listen to it is the place where we live, eat, drink, local bands, attend shows and free concerts walk, listen to music or just hang around. and festivals. These numerous events are Most planners and designers take owneras important to Boise as the layout of its ship of the physical manifestation of the streets. Great cities, places that we want to cityâ€”believing in the â€œif you build it they FDOOKRPHDUHQRWQHFHVVDULO\HIÂżFLHQWEXW will comeâ€? refrain. But we ignore the cityâ€™s they have some combination of place, peorhythm, its people and its notions of time at ple and programs. Downtown Boise might our own peril. KDYHYDFDQWORWVGLIÂżFXOWWRFURVVVWUHHWV and empty storefronts, but it feels like a Jaap Vos directs the Department of Complace full of people and activity. munity and Regional Planning at Boise What makes this city work is not the State University. His research interests orientation of its buildings, nor the width include environmental planning, sustainof its streets, nor the quality of the street able development, community involvement furniture. It is the people and the way the and planning education.
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A Foot-Wide Idaho Town Garden City as study in alt planning BY J.M. NEIL
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poration in 1947 but had not pursued the idea. Then, on April 28, 1949, barely three weeks after Boise voters had repudiated slot machines; the county commissioners received a petition signed by 177 people requesting incorporation of the area from 32nd to 38th Streets. The proposed village began with a population of 542, including 247 under the age of 18. The incorporators denied they had any personal connections with gambling, but they showed no reluctance to do business with casino operators. Undeterred by this transparent ploy to thwart Boiseâ€™s opposition to slots, the commissioners speedily approved Garden Cityâ€™s incorporation on May 21. For Boiseans it was GLVJXVWDWÂżUVWVLJKW7RWKHP*DUGHQ&LW\UHHNHGRILOOJRWWHQ
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RLVHÂśVEULHIĂ€LUWDWLRQZLWKVORWPDFKLQHJDPEOLQJ might seem a minor matter warranting only the briefest notice. Merle Wells, the dean of Idaho historians, devoted less than a single paragraph to the subject in his history, Boise: An Illustrated History. Following Boiseâ€™s banning of the slots, Wells noted, gambling interests created *DUGHQ&LW\RQLWVRXWVNLUWVZKLFKĂ€RXULVKHGOLNHDZHHGIRU a few years before state law prohibited all gambling. That left Garden City with little reason to exist â€œexcept as a haven from Boiseâ€™s municipal taxes and zoning laws.â€? Its continued existence, however, led to an â€œuneasy relationship of Boise and Garden Cityâ€? resulting ever since in â€œineffective and inefÂżFLHQWSXEOLFDGPLQLVWUDWLRQÂ´(QGRIVWRU\DVWROGE\:HOOV drawing a discreet curtain over what many Boiseans saw as its inexcusably sleazy suburb. That utterly misses the VLJQLÂżFDQFHRIWKHHSLVRGH
number of undesirables live in and operate out of Garden City. We do not want that area to expand.â€? The acceptance of marginal or questionable businesses emerged only after the statewide prohibition of all gambling as of January 1, 1954, but Garden Cityâ€™s social tolerance dates from its very beginning, resulting from a variety of factors. In part, it arose from the pre-existing social composition of the area. Fairview Acres had been a place where people could build inexpensive homes which might not meet city building codes or middle class expectations. In 1952, Marjorie Moon, later the publisher of the Garden City Gazette,SURÂżOHGDQDVpect of the village rarely seen or understood by most Boiseans. Behind the â€œbustling clubs and motels, interspersed with a few grocery stores and gas stationsâ€? strung along the main street lay the â€œrealâ€? Garden City: â€œa town for all the world like a frontier community of the Old West, with modest homes, oiled streets... and a two-and-a-half acre grass-covered park.â€?
Boiseâ€™s prohibition of slot ZONING FOR THE â€˜LITTLE FELLOWâ€™ PDFKLQHVDFWXDOO\PDUNHGDGHÂżQTowns in the frontier West had rarely ing moment in the cityâ€™s history. been sticklers for building codes. FollowConfronted with the moral challenge ing in that tradition, Garden City quickly of easy money at the cost of reprehenretracted its initial adoption of Boiseâ€™s buildsible side effects, Boise quickly and ing code. â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re ready for those XQĂ€LQFKLQJO\WRRNZKDWLWSHUFHLYHG restrictions yet,â€? Bud Owens told the village to be the high ground. This moral trustees in June, 1949. â€œWe have to think of steadfastness, however, has frequentthe little fellow that wants to get started.â€? A ly been accompanied by a blind poll of the trustees revealed three of those self-righteousness, unable to see, let present preferred no restrictions at all, â€œbut alone empathize with, the needs and the majority favored light restrictions.â€? interests of people who cannot or Concern for Bud Owensâ€™ â€œlittle fellowâ€? had choose not to share Boiseâ€™s values. never been a strong point in Boise. People Boiseâ€™s sense of vindicated honor who failed to meet middle class standards at banning slots in 1949 soon turned of propriety were guilty, in the eyes of many to infuriated chagrin when gambling Slot machines displayed prominently at the Ranch Club in Garden City, circa 1949. Boiseans, of slothful indolence and deserved interests persuaded residents a few neither sympathy nor tolerance. hundred yards west of Boiseâ€™s city The consequences of such an attitude limits to incorporate as Garden City. could be seen in the history of the River Street area, a neighImmediately thereafter it began to license slot machines. Outgain from the hundreds of slot machines crammed into its borhood housing not only Boiseâ€™s tiny black population but raged Boiseans took no comfort from the fact that Garden City bars and casinos. Within six months of its founding it had also a variety of other outsiders. Pam Demo has carefully was only one of 17 â€œfoot-wide townsâ€? in Idaho, as Life magabecome the â€œrichest village of its size in the state,â€? reported documented the working class tolerance for social diversity zine called them, popping up to provide gambling venues. Nor John Corlett in the Idaho Statesman, with its slot machines to be found in the River Street area, as well as the shacks in did they, either at the time or later on, have any taste for the â€œgrinding out revenue at a fantastic rate.â€? Garden City had which some its residents found themselves forced to live. The notion that Garden City simply amounted to an anachronistic already gained an â€œunsavory, â€˜sin cityâ€™ reputationâ€? that would throwback to a time when suburbs were slums for undesirable linger for decades. Over the past half-century, Garden City has UHDFWLRQRI%RLVHRIÂżFLDOV"*HWULGRILW&RQYHUWLWLQWRVRPHthing useful, such as an industrial area, according to the 1946 activities and people. epitomized the â€œdark sideâ€? to its many critics. It has shown a zoning proposal. Not until the 1970s, tantalized by the lure of Boiseans condemned Garden City as nothing more than a lamentable readiness, in the eyes of Boiseans proud of their money from the federal Model Cities program, did Boise make â€œrobbersâ€™ camp,â€? a â€œcommunity sore,â€? a place where â€œits main standards, to accept both people and businesses found objecany attempt to respond to the needs and interests of River and almost only business is liquor and gambling.â€? The original tionable by so-called â€œniceâ€? neighborhoods and conventional Street residents. Nothing equivalent to Demoâ€™s study has yet core of Garden City, known as Fairview Acres at the time and business parks. appeared for Garden City, but evidence can be readily found now referred to as Old Town, occupied a wedge-shaped area A staff report, released by then-Boise Mayor Dick Eardley that the new village had no intention of attempting to gentrify west of the junction of Highways 20/26 and 30, hemmed in in October, 1977, summed up with undiplomatic bluntness itself to meet Boiseâ€™s approval. Its founders utterly rejected by the Bench and the river. Residents had considered incorDQDWWLWXGHORQJSUHYDOHQWDW%RLVH&LW\+DOOÂł$VLJQLÂżFDQW
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the notion advanced by Reverend Hartzell Cobb, president of the Boise Ministerial Association: â€œBoise and Garden City were almost one insofar as common interests are concerned.â€? ,Q0D\DWRQHRIWKHYHU\ÂżUVWSXEOLFPHHWLQJVRIWKH new village, the question arose whether it might not be best to MRLQ%RLVHÂł:HGRQÂśWZDQWWRSD\SHULQWD[HVWRÂż[ up Warm Springs Avenue and Harrison Boulevard,â€? James Titmus jeeringly responded. The class antagonism so obvious in Titmusâ€™ statement would continue to typify Garden City attitudes toward Boise until the 1990s when a growing number of upper-end subdivisions altered the townâ€™s social mix. GarGHQ&LW\UHVLGHQWVPLJKWUHVHQWWKHDIĂ€XHQWOLYLQJRQ%RLVHÂśV ÂżQHVWVWUHHWVEXWWKH\UHDGLO\UHVSRQGHGWRWKRVHLQQHHGLQ their own community. Unlike Boiseâ€™s Council, which managed the cityâ€™s money with all of the caution typical of small-town businessmen who, in fact, made up most of its membership, Garden Cityâ€™s trustees displayed the kind of open-handed generosity one might expect from working people suddenly ÂżQGLQJWKHPVHOYHVZLWKDJUHDWGHDORI money. Sometimes, such as a case in September, 1949, that meant simply allotting $15 for groceries to an unnamed person in need. At a time when 23 cents would buy two cans of Campbellâ€™s tomato soup and a loaf of raisin bread cost 16 cents, $15 could buy a lot of groceries. On other occasions the trustees decided they needed to do more than give a handout for food or rent. On October 17, 1949, they discussed the case of Joseph Buenes, FRQFOXGLQJWKH\VKRXOGÂłWU\DQGÂżQG some work for him.â€? The trustees also stood ready to support local charities. A week after the Buenes case, they voted to supply the $1,000 which the local Christian Community Center reportedly needed to complete its building. Learning a week later that the Center needed only $800, the trustees diverted the remaining $200 to â€œthe Church of God in our own village.â€? As long as gambling remained legal, there was little danger the trusteesâ€™ generosity might overtax the villageâ€™s resources. In February, 1950 the treasurer reported a balance of $15,000 in the checking account. Six months later the villageâ€™s unappropriated surplus had jumped to $86,380. By July, 1953 the trustees could authorize the purchase of $300,000 in U.S. bonds.
ONE MANâ€™S JUNKYARD No one reading the Boise paper would have any inkling that Garden City represented a town far different from Boise. Not only did it enjoy, at least temporarily, a level of municipal wealth unlike anything Boise had ever experienced, but Garden City, from its very beginning, also chose to regulate itself in ways which Boiseans have always failed to understand. In June, 1949, the Statesman compared Garden City to a boy who had eaten too many green apples. It â€œcame into being too quicklyâ€? and â€œlacks the foundation and not even slot machines can build it.â€? As if to prove the editorialâ€™s case, the same day it appeared the trustees voted to â€œshelve all building restrictions
LQGHÂżQLWHO\Â´$ZHHNODWHUWKH\GHFLGHGWRDFWRQHDFKFDVHRQ its own merits, instructing the building inspector to submit all building proposals to the trustees for approval. Thus began a venture into city planning so alien to Boiseâ€™s way of thinking as to defy all reason as Boiseans understood it. The trustees did enact a building code in the fall of 1949, but they continued to make decisions inexplicable to many %RLVHDQV:K\OLPLWFDVLQRVWRRQHSHUEORFN":KDWNLQGRI sense was there in creating a commercial zone encompassing RYHUKDOIRIWKHYLOODJHÂśVWRWDODUHD"+RZFRXOGRQHUDWLRQDOL]H banning all junkyards from residential areas when the whole YLOODJHVHHPHGOLNHRQHKXJHMXQN\DUG"7KHZRUNLQJFODVV politics evident in the villageâ€™s turbulent, controversy-ridden trustees soon became the laughingstock of many Boiseans. Boise had only a few years to indulge in the luxury of dismissing Garden City as an inconsequential travesty. The chickens ÂżUVWFDPHKRPHWRURRVWLQDV*DUGHQ&LW\FRQIURQWHGD IXWXUHZLWKRXWJDPEOLQJ7KHÂżYH\HDUROGWRZQGLGQÂśWIDFH
open the door to any business it could possibly accommodate. In September, 1954, Guy Robinson, chairman of the Garden City Planning Commission, recommended rezoning the entire village for industrial use. â€œNo use trying to make it residential,â€? he said. Two weeks later, Gerald Sherwood, the commission secretary, removed all doubt about its intentions: â€œThe Planning Commission has been thinking mostly in terms of promoting Garden City as a well-known industrial city... We will, in fact, help any business in any way that we can, if they wish to locate in Garden City.â€? The implications of this industry-friendly policy can be seen in the handling of junkyards. The trustees had previously looked askance at them. In 1952, they banned junkyards from residential areas. Under the new policy junkyards soon cropped up all over the town. Boiseans shook their heads in disgust and paid as little attention to Garden City as they could. Boise prided itself on being a clean and attractive city. Rarely has Boise shown any awareness that a city must have a place for recycling establishments, such as wrecking yards and low-end used furniture stores, and for start-up businesses able to survive only in lowrent areas such as those provided by Garden City. Beginning in the 1990s, Garden Cityâ€™s urban renewal program aimed to upgrade areas previously allowing spurned uses such as wrecking yards. Boiseans have applauded that effort, without asking where the displaced businesses might go. â€œRegional planningâ€? continues to be as myopic, in that regard, as in 1964, when the city plan prepared for Boise by Atkinson & Associates never mentioned Garden City. Boise has never suffered gladly any opposition to what it sees as the wise and moral thing to do. Regardless of whether it is facing the small and sullied Garden City or the Ada County Historic image of â€œChina Gardens,â€? now Garden City %RDUGRI&RPPLVVLRQHUV%RLVHÂżQGV it very hard to accept the legitimacy of any opponents, preferring to question an immediate crisisâ€”it had saved enough during the salad their rationality or morality rather than accept the existence days of gambling to be able to coast a bit before it even needed of well-founded policies and values markedly differing from to assess any property taxes on its residents. Nevertheless, WKRVHIDYRUHGE\%RLVHDQV&RQÂżGHQWWKH\GLGWKHZLVHDQG *DUGHQ&LW\ÂśVOHDGHUVIDFHGWKHFKDOOHQJHRIUHGHÂżQLQJWKHLU moral thing by banning gambling, Boiseans looked at Garden town. â€œThe principal problem,â€? as Henry Reed, the village atCity and found nothing worthy of acceptance. As we have WRUQH\SXWLWÂłLVJRLQJWREHDEOHWRREWDLQVXIÂżFLHQWUHYHQXH seen, a similar blend of integrity and blind self-righteousness to provide the essentials of municipal government.â€? has frequently characterized Boiseâ€™s relations with its neighThe leaders quickly decided on two major departures from bors in the second half of the 20th century. previous patterns. The results of those departures not only determined the character of Garden City for many years to J.M. Neil is a retired historian with a Ph.D. in American come; they would also bedevil Boiseâ€™s conception of itself and studies from Washington State University. He is the VLJQLÂżFDQWO\FRPSOLFDWHWKHGLUHFWLRQRIWKHFLW\ÂśVJURZWK7KH author of several books, including a recent history of a ÂżUVWGHSDUWXUHLQHIIHFWFRQWLQXHGWKHZLGHRSHQDSSURDFK century of orchestra life called Boise Pops. This essay is begun with gambling. State law might prohibit gambling, but excerpted from his manuscript, City Limits, about the Garden City would continue accepting businesses rejected development of Boise. A longer version of this story is by Boise. Prior to 1954 Garden City used its zoning powers available at thebluereview.org. to minimize the intrusion of marginal businesses and those offending middle-class householders. Thereafter, it threw
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The Rise and Fall of Capitol Boulevard A Long and Treacherous Route to Trader Joeâ€™s BY ANDREW CRISP
ODUJHSDUFHOVQHFHVVDU\WREXLOGSDUNLQJÂżHOGVQRUZRXOGD VXUIDFHSDUNLQJORWEHDVSURÂżWDEOHDVVD\PLOOLRQVTXDUH IHHWRIRIÂżFHVSDFH0RVWJURFHU\VKRSSLQJLQWKH%LJ$SSOH takes place on foot, in corner bodegas, making car-focused development far from the norm for grocery stores. <HWQDWLRQDOFRPSDQLHVIURP6WDUEXFNVWR2IÂżFH'HSRW prefer the perceived convenience offered by a large footprint with ample parking. In some city centers, market forces, zoning ordinances or governmentsponsored incentives exist to make those designs less desirable, factors which may convince retailers to become tenants in larger developments. In Boise, Trader Joeâ€™s will stand in harsh contrast to the stated desire for people-focused places, building a center that would feel more at home in suburban Los Angeles. Surprisingly, the lot at 300 S. Capitol Boulevard wasnâ€™t the companyâ€™s ÂżUVWFKRLFH'HYHORSHU&OD\ Carley told Boise Weekly News Editor George Prentice he proposed installing Trader Joeâ€™s on a different downtown parcel, with a plan to build an attached parking garage andâ€”in a later phaseâ€”a hotel. â€œTrader Joeâ€™s said, â€˜Nope. We donâ€™t want any construction going on around us after weâ€™re open. We need to move in a year and you would have to build it all now,â€™â€? Carley told Prentice. â€œI was crushed. What a great View of the Boise Depot from downtown, year unknown. anchor that would have been for that property. And Trader Joeâ€™s has a lot of other urban projects which are vertical, so I couldnâ€™t understand that.â€? are proposed for two of those locations, while Starbucks may The Trader Joeâ€™s design is disappointing for city of Boise occupy a small structure with a drive-through window. planners as well. They envision downtown as an accessible Itâ€™s a design that shirks city plans stretching back four place for bike riders, pedestrians and families with strollers, GHFDGHV&LW\RIÂżFLDOVVD\WKH\KDGOLWWOHUHJXODWRU\DXWKRULW\ not just vehicles. In a Jan. 7, 2013 report to the Planning and to force the company, intent on setting up shop in Boise, to Zoning Commission, city planners cited concern with the build better. â€œsuburban styleâ€? of the project, which â€œmight be an underuA SUBURBAN DESIGN tilization of the site.â€? Then-chair of the commission Jennifer In Berkeley, Calif., New York City and San Francisco, Stevens agreed, and told architect Andrew Erstad as much at 7UDGHU-RHÂśVGHVLJQHGQHZVWRUHVWRÂżWLQWRH[LVWLQJGRZQa hearing that same evening. P&Z commissioners ultimately townsâ€”in New York, the company tucked a store into an East moved the project forward. Village skyscraper. Developers in New York canâ€™t afford the Bryan Vaughn, project manager for Hawkins Companies, ÂżQGZDONLQJWRWKHQHZVWRUHIURQWDQH[KDXVWLQJH[HUFLVH Unlike popular shops nearby, Trader Joeâ€™s front door wonâ€™t face the sidewalk, but an asphalt parking lot, sure to be jampacked with cars. Occupying a single-story structure, with a design not much different than a Rite Aid, Trader Joeâ€™s downtown storefront will be offset by an 80-stall parking lot and three small, singlestory buildings. Chain eateries Chipotle and Panda Express
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oiseâ€™s Capitol Boulevard was designed to emulate grand, Old World streets, but since the day city fathers cut it from sagebrush frontier, the street has shared little with the Champs-Ă‰lysĂŠes. Built during an era promoting urban revitalization by way of pageantry, known as the â€œCity Beautifulâ€? movement, engineers aligned Capitol along an axis to provide stunning views of two Idaho architectural jewelsâ€” the Boise Depot and Idaho State Capitol. Today, views of the growing city skyline, with Boiseâ€™s foothills as backdrop, are still quite majestic. But years of hohum development have wrought havoc on the cityâ€™s premier entranceway, creating a perplexing relationship between Boiseans and their once grand vision. Wide travel lanes, the incessant din of WUDIÂżFDKRGJHSRGJH of poorly coordinated architectural styles and a scarcity of cafe patios or bike lanes are inconsistent with its â€œboulevardâ€? moniker. Itâ€™s a problem that plagues city centers across America. Massive roads and thousands of cars eviscerate original street grid systems in major urban centers, funneling impatient motorists through thin strips of right-of-way. Urban residents are left with a constant struggle to attract potential consumers whizzing by their windows. $FDUÂżOOHGURDGZD\LVDGHVLUDEOHSODFHIRUDQDWLRQDO retailer like Trader Joeâ€™s, the trendy grocery chain slated to open in Boise by 2014. The Monrovia, Calif., grocer will be primary tenant of a multi-million dollar development on the site of a former parking lot, where Capitol Boulevard meets Front Street, a short walk from bustling shops on Eighth Street, stores in BODO and from the Eighth and Main tower, the cityâ€™s newest skyscraper. But downtown workers, weekenders and lunch-goers may
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CITIES the developer contracted by Trader Joeâ€™s, told The Blue Review he had signed a nondisclosure agreement and couldnâ€™t comment on this story. In an email, Alison Mochizuki, director of public relations for Trader Joeâ€™s, also declined to comment. â€œThank you for the opportunity but unfortunately we do have to pass as we donâ€™t talk about our business or real estate practices,â€? she wrote.
JHQHUDWHOLWWOHVWUHHWOLIH:KROH)RRGVDQRWKHUKLJKSURÂżOH project installed in what should be Boiseâ€™s most walkable part of town, shirked street-facing storefronts in favor of a wide parking lot. â€œLike Whole Foods, it could have been done better. Iâ€™m not picking on Trader Joeâ€™s. Whole Foods has all of the same problems, even more so because the building isnâ€™t at the street,â€? said Clegg. On the Whole Foods site, an adjacent dirt lot, slated for a mixed-use tower that never materialized, was converted into more parking. City of Boise planners have few tools to require more from developers. As written, the city of Boiseâ€™s zoning code doesnâ€™t mandate dense projects, lacking a â€œminimum development standardâ€? requiring even a two-story structure. But the city does provide some incentives, often for more density, incentives that are attractive only when the market is good. â€œThe option was there. They could have gone higher,â€? said Sarah Schafer, city design review and historic preservation manager. â€œIf it was their desire, they could have been part of an overall mixed-use project, vertically, if they had wanted. A lot of times theyâ€™ll say itâ€™s driven by [the] market, and that
street life. Itâ€™s why P&Z strives to push buildings to the sidewalk, rather than in a sea of parking. â€œThe closer you get front doors to the sidewalk, the closer those destinations are in fact, and not just in theory,â€? said Clegg.
WALKING IN BOISEâ€™S FUTURE
Numerous factors beyond mere zoning explain why downtown Boise looks different than Manhattan. Cheap land WHATâ€™S A TOWN TO DO? and an abundance of cars leads to single story development, Planning and zoning departments strive to incentivize tall siphoning off demand for diverse services in city centers. If buildings in downtown cores. Modern urban planning sugIdahoans want to see a future with better land use, better gests dense buildings, constructed on a predictable street grid, air quality, better public health, adequate city services and FUHDWHDQHIÂżFLHQWXUEDQHQYLURQPHQWÂ˛DQGWKDWSODQQLQJIRU farmland preservation, investing in walkable cities provides people is a more sustainable growth pattern than planning an answer. around the personal automobile. Planners and policymakers in Portland, Ore., are better For numerous reasons, Boise does not require density. But equipped to deal with urban issues than their Boise counter3 =FDQUHTXLUHVSHFLÂżFGHVLJQFRQVLGHUDWLRQVLQFOXGLQJLPparts. The two metropolitan areas have undergone extensive provements to sidewalks along Capitol Boulevard. City plans growth, but where Boise has doubled down on cars in the past codify a vision for the boulevard as â€œa ceremonial visual cor30 years, in the same time period, downtown Portland has ridor to the State Capitol,â€? with â€œtrees and other landscaping been reborn as a thriving market, and a place where residents added to make the street stand out as an entrance to and tourists can travel on foot and by alternative Boise.â€? In code, standards call for red brick pavers, transportation. Part of the cityâ€™s smart growth stems ORQJURZVRIĂ€RZHUVWUHZQSODQWHUVEHQFKHVWUHHV IURPDQLQĂ€XHQWLDO5HSXEOLFDQJRYHUQRU7RP0Ffor shade and other requirements. Hawkins is reCall, and the creation of urban growth boundaries quired to add those elements along the new Trader around Oregonâ€™s citiesâ€”a mechanism that controls Joeâ€™s development to help beautify the street and urban expansion at the fringes, frequently contested make Capitol Boulevard more â€œwalkable.â€? However in the stateâ€™s courts. P&Z canâ€™t, per current city code, force Hawkins to If Boiseâ€™s city leaders want to see better developgive visitors walking to Trader Joeâ€™s a convenient, PHQWGRZQWRZQÂ˛LQFOXGLQJWKHYLWDOLQĂ€X[RIQHZ pedestrian-friendly entrance on Capitol Boulevard. UHVLGHQWVÂ˛WKH\PD\ÂżQGWKDW]RQLQJWRROVDORQH Despite red brick pavers, despite a wide setback ZRQÂśWVXIÂżFH%HWWHUÂżQDQFLDOPHFKDQLVPVFLW\OHDGand rows of planters, despite street trees, expensive ers have asked the Idaho Legislature for local option landscaping and decorative steel panels, the small taxation for years) and better zoning toolsâ€”like active doorway located on the corner of Capitol Boulevard use requirements, which stipulate that developments and Front Street isnâ€™t an entrance. In the buildingâ€™s incorporate features like sidewalk cafes and vendorsâ€™ architectural drawings, the doorway is designated stands to encourage street lifeâ€”may help make as â€œEXIT ONLY.â€? Trader Joeâ€™s sole entrance faces WKRVHGHYHORSPHQWVSURÂżWDEOH3HUKDSVWKHELJJHVW an 80-stall parking lot. factor in building a better Trader Joeâ€™s would have That detail was news to Elaine Clegg, a member been nearby residents to walk to the storeâ€”Boise is of the Boise City Council and Idaho Smart Growth remarkably empty of any downtown housing other project coordinator. She regularly champions dense, than luxury condos. mixed-use projects and better urban form. By Yet, recent studies show that even in the American Plans for the new Trader Joeâ€™s in Boise show the door at the corner of Front and Myrtle as an exit only, meaning pedestrians will have to take the long way in. West, with its well-documented addiction to urban procedure, city leaders see applications only after approval, or to consider a variance. Clegg is disapsprawl, people are starting to come around to the idea pointed with the project, particularly the lack of a of living in a place that provides walking as an option. pedestrian-friendly entrance. One study from the Sonoran Institute found that in Boise, Boiseâ€™s market just isnâ€™t there yet. You wonder what it is that â€œYeah, thatâ€™s not good. Thatâ€™s a mistake. I think thatâ€™s a over 10 years and more than 40,000 home sales, homes sold would get them to that point.â€? terrible mistake, and if our staff approved that, frankly, they in neighborhoods considered walkable fetched prices 45 perClegg would have preferred a Trader Joeâ€™s that takes better know that we wouldnâ€™t support it as a city council,â€? she said. cent higher, on average, than their less walkable counterparts. advantage of prime downtown real estate. The result is a street that zoning code dictates should Survey respondents in six cities, including Boise, indicated â€œIâ€™m not afraid to be on the record saying I think thatâ€™s a be walkable, but in practice will be anything but. City code they would pay 12.5 percent more to live in a neighborhood real underutilization of a very prime site,â€? said Clegg. â€œAnd requires well-designed sidewalks, but does not currently adwhere they could walk to schools, parks, restaurants and yeah, itâ€™s a great use; I love that Trader Joeâ€™s is coming here, dress building ingress and egress. shops. but I think that site could have been much better utilized, and â€œIt might be that they had no tools not to approve it, â€œI think people everywhere are beginning to intuitively frankly, much better designed. Iâ€™m not convinced you have to because we havenâ€™t gotten our code changed yet,â€? Clegg understand that spending 10 or 15 or 20 minutes in a car to have the suburban design to make it successful.â€? explained. â€œWeâ€™ve got standards that arenâ€™t up to date. If get to everything they want to go to is not a really desirable Density is important to downtown, Clegg explains. In adtheyâ€™re meeting the minimum standard, itâ€™s hard to require lifestyle,â€? said Clegg. dition to promoting walking, which is better for human and something else.â€? HQYLURQPHQWDOKHDOWKGHQVHEXLOGLQJVPDNHPRUHHIÂżFLHQW 2QDSDUFHOZHGJHGÂżUPO\LQ%RLVHÂśV&]RQLQJDUHDD Andrew Crisp is a graduate fellow at The Blue Review use of city services than endless miles of single story developzone designated for dense development, Hawkins and Trader and student at Boise Stateâ€™s community and regional ments. A city grid system peppered with buildings of varying Joeâ€™s is instead building a low-intensity project destined to planning program. size, and featuring a dense network of places to go, promotes
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COMPASS regularly hosts planning workshops like this 2012 session on Communities in Motion 2040, the regional long-range transportation plan.
Power to the People
Engaging citizens in urban planning BY BRIAN WAMPLER
itizen involvement in public life is vital to the vibrancy of any metropolitan region. It expands the breadth and range of ideas, preferences and interests included in public debate, which, in turn, improves democratic governance and accountability. But all public participation is not created equalâ€”most local governments in the United States accept testimony from citizens and may occasionally seek broad citizen input, but it is UDUHIRUHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVWRGHOHJDWHPXFKUHDO decision-making authority to citizens. For the past 20 years, there has been a growing international trend that seeks to increase citizen participation in government policy-making by giving citizens direct control over budgets SDUWLFLSDWRU\EXGJHWLQJ UDQGRPO\VHOHFWing citizens to help governments decide how WRPDNHWRXJKGHFLVLRQVFLWL]HQMXULHV DQG involving citizens in monitoring government H[SHQGLWXUHVSDUWLFLSDWRU\DXGLWV The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, or COMPASS, is an example of a local government agency that seeks to incorporate citizen input into public decision-making as a means to improve the scope and quality of its projects. COMPASS is a metropolitan planning organization that prioritizes major transportation projects that
will cost in the hundreds of millions dollars in coming years. The agency is responsible for a wide range of planning activities in Southwest Idaho, including infrastructure improvePHQWVORQJWHUPSODQQLQJHJ&RPPXQLties in Motion 2040) and encouraging air TXDOLW\DQGWUDIÂżFFRQJHVWLRQLPSURYHPHQWV In order to receive federal funding, COMPASS is obligated to involve citizens in regional transportation planning. Over the past decade, the agency has done an admirable job of it. COMPASS won a series of national, regional and local awards as it creatively incorporated citizens into its incremental planning processes. COMPASS planners used innovative programs including a Community CafĂŠ, a Meeting in a Bag and Communities in Motion workshops. A common feature of these programs is that COMPASS provides information to the public, which is followed by an effort to help clarify citizensâ€™ understandLQJRIWKHLVVXH7KHÂżQDOVWHSLVWKDW&20PASS receives input from citizens regarding what should be done. Despite the efforts of COMPASS staff to encourage participation, there are several factors that dramatically limit citizen participation. Although there are hundreds of millions of dollars at stake during the next 30 years,
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CITIES public participation is better described as anemic. My research over the past decade on participation demonstrates that there are four crucial components which encourage participation in public life: voice, vet, vote and veto. Citizens have voice and they can vet COMPASS plans, but there is no real vote or veto. Voice consists of the ability of citizens to express their ideas and policy preferences in public forums. Vet allows citizens to use information to assess the governmentâ€™s activities. Vote LVWKHSURFHVVRIH[HUFLVLQJDELQGLQJYRWHRQVSHFLÂżFSROLF\ issues. Veto allows citizens to formally block government initiatives.
ings. We found that their principal criticism of COMPASS was administered a survey to a random sample of COMPASS para lack of feedback; citizens who made the effort to participate ticipants. In comparison to the general population, COMPASS didnâ€™t know if their efforts had any impact on the decisions participants are much more highly educated and with higher PDGHE\SXEOLFRIÂżFLDOV$OWKRXJKRXUUHVHDUFKSURMHFW levels of income. Political scientists have demonstrated that focused on COMPASS, we should note that this criticism political organizing to protect oneâ€™s interest is more easily could be made of most public agencies which seek to done by middle and upper middle classes because incorporate citizens. The federal, state and local they have the necessary skills to overcome the governments often use consultative formats â€œcollective action problem.â€? Basically, people that allow citizens to express voice as well donâ€™t participate because they donâ€™t want to as to vet government programs, but they be the â€œsuckerâ€?â€”giving their time or money For some of Wamplerâ€™s donâ€™t allow citizens to exercise a vote or solutions to the problems when everyone else â€œfree rides.â€? Better-off veto. individuals tend to be better connected of public participation, see and are more likely to have their voices Although COMPASS has made considWE THE PEOPLE thebluereview.org. erable effort to incorporate citizens, most heard, which reduces the likelihood that Direct citizen involvement in local politics predates the of the citizen participation involves citizens they will be a â€œsucker.â€? COMPASS apU.S. Constitution, as states and cities across New England OLVWHQLQJWR&203$66RIÂżFLDOVRUFLWL]HQV pears to be falling into a trap known as â€œelite experimented with new forms of incorporating citizens diproviding feedback. Citizens are not empowered captureâ€? whereby it is the best organized and rectly into public institutions. The famed New England â€œTown to directly decide what COMPASS should do, and well-situated members of a community who have the Hallsâ€? brought citizens together to publicly make decisions reCOMPASS hasnâ€™t been able to systematically provide citizens PRVWLQĂ€XHQFHRYHUFLWL]HQSDUWLFLSDWLRQSURFHVVHV garding how limited public authority and resources should be with any real responsibilities. $ÂżQDOUHDVRQZK\FLWL]HQSDUWLFLSDWLRQLVDQHPLFLV used. These small town meetings were developed in the 17th ,WLVXQVXUSULVLQJWKDWHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVLQPRGHUQUHSbecause long-range planning is slow and painful, often taking and 18th centuries and continue to be used today. Currently, resentative democracies are not interested in supporting decades to accomplish. Participants need to be committed to a citizens in the U.S. and across the world are being incorporatpolicies that would increase the decision-making power of process that wonâ€™t bear fruit for 20 to 30 more years. ed into formal policymaking venues in order to design cities, FLWL]HQV$IWHUDOOHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVFDPHWRSRZHUWKURXJK Participatory democracy complements representative plan long-term transportation, monitor government spendthe rules and principles of representative democracy, which democracy as it expands the breadth of ideas in the public ing, oversee police activities and help allocate public resourcis a political system designed to limit citizen participation debate and increases the authority given to citizens. But es. There is a growing recognition that improving democratic WRDFOHDUO\PDUNHGFDOHQGDUDQGWRJUDQWHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOV citizensâ€™ authority remains within parameters established governance involves promoting transparency, accountability considerable leeway to make decisions on behalf of their conby representative democracy. These involved citizens are and citizen participation. stituents. One of the most important policy innovations of the DFFRXQWDEOHWRHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVZKRDUHVWLOODFFRXQWDEOHWR +RZHYHULWLVYHU\GLIÂżFXOWWRPRWLYDWHFLWL]HQVWRSDUWLFLpast 15 years is the creation of new participatory institutions voters. Participatory democracy broadens the surface area pate in public life for a few basic reasons. People have busy WKDWFRPSOHPHQWUHSUHVHQWDWLYHGHPRFUDFLHV3XEOLFRIÂżFLDOV of representative democracy, allowing citizens to have a lives, they donâ€™t see how their participation would have any delegate certain parts of policy and budgetary processes. The more meaningful engagement in public life. PHDQLQJIXOLPSDFWWKH\KDWHFRQĂ€LFWWKH\GRQÂśWKDYHDQHDV\ parameters of the authority exercised by citizens is thus set DIÂżQLW\ZLWKHLWKHURIWKHWZRPDMRUSROLWLFDOSDUWLHVDQGWKH\ E\JRYHUQPHQWRIÂżFLDOV:KHQSROLWLFLDQVZDQWWRPRELOL]H Brian Wampler is an associate professor and chair of pofeel that they lack the knowledge to contribute. Ongoing parcitizens, it is often because they are political outsiders who are litical science at Boise State. He focuses on participatory trying to build a new poinstitutions at the subnational level in Brazil and Latin litical coalition or they are America and wrote Participatory Budgeting in Brazil. ideologically committed to empowering citizens. A very real problem faced by COMPASS is that WKHHOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVZRUNExcerpt from a response posted at thebluereview.org The Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho is the federing in a regional planning by Matt Stoll, executive director of COMPASS context have few incentives ally mandated metropolitan transportation organization for the Treasto promote new policies COMPASS is a representative democracy. As Dr. that might empower citiVSF 7BMMFZ B DPVODJM PG FMFDUFE PGĂ?DJBMT GSPN "EB BOE $BOZPO DPVOWampler points out, â€œ[c]itizens are not empowered to zens. In addition, political directly decide what COMPASS should do.â€? This is true. competition between the UJFT UIBU WPUFT PO USBOTQPSUBUJPO QSJPSJUJFT " Ă?WFZFBS USBOTQPSUBUJPO Decision-making authority is delegated to the elected HOHFWHGRIÂżFLDOVIURPGLIRIÂżFLDOVFLWL]HQVYRWHGIRUMXVWDVLVWKHFDVHIRUHYHU\ferent jurisdictions also budget and long-term transportation plans are essential steps for securthing from a school board to the state legislature to the discourages public participresident of the United States. pation. For example, the ing federal funding for state, county and local transportation agencies. Dr. Wampler offers suggestions to provide citizens mayors of Boise, Meridian with a more direct say in COMPASS decisionsâ€”a parand Nampa, who all sit ticipatory democracy. on the COMPASS board, COMPASS always strives to engage as many citizens have different interests and as possible, from all walks of life, in COMPASS plans ticipation is easier to sustain when individuals are intensely EDVHVRIVXSSRUWZKLFKPDNHVLWPRUHGLIÂżFXOWIRUWKHPWR and programs, so the idea of citizens becoming more passionate about issues, especially social issues like abortion, cooperate. When there is limited cooperation among partners, directly involved in how their tax dollars are spent on gun rights, marriage and privacy. LWEHFRPHVYHU\GLIÂżFXOWIRUWKHPWRGHYHORSWKHQHFHVVDU\ their transportation infrastructure is appealing, but is a In order to better understand the nature of public participolicies that would increase citizen participation. participatory democracy realistic, and equally compelpation in Southwest Idaho, a research team at Boise State A classic problem related to citizen participation is that OLQJLVLWEHWWHU" University held a series of focus group meetings in 2010 and a small number of socially and politically powerful citizens 2011, with citizens who had participated in COMPASS meetcapture the participatory venues. In 2011, our research team
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Beautiful blight: Boiseâ€™s West End, next in line for redevelopment, is home to massive vacant lots and a mess of old underground storage tanks.
Building Boise West
The promise of environmental cleanup for near-downtown BY NATHANIEL HOFFMAN
n an obtuse triangle at the far western corner of downtown Boise, hemmed in by freeway and river and surrounded by cyclone fencing, sits a former petroleum storage yard. From the 1920s through about 2009, it was the Northwest base of operations for Goodman Oil Company, which owned gas stations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found 35 chronic underground storage tank violations on Goodmanâ€™s properWLHVDQGLVVXHGPRUHWKDQLQÂżQHV DJDLQVWWKHFRPSDQ\Â˛WKHODUJHVWWDQNÂżQH ever issued in the region. Until this summer, the Goodman Oil property along West Fairview in Boise was rundown and abandoned, thought to be highly polluted and a general thorn in the side of city RIÂżFLDOVLQWHQWRQFUDIWLQJDUHFUHDWLRQDQG technology corridor just west of downtown. Today, the Goodman property is scraped clean, under new, local ownership and deeded ZLWKDFHUWLÂżFDWHIURPWKH,GDKR'HSDUWPHQW of Environmental Quality promising not to sue and providing protection to any lenders who may acquire the property in the future. So far, the reclamation of the Goodman Oil VLWHLQ%RLVHLVDWH[WERRNFDVHRIEURZQÂżHOG
redevelopment: a property troubled with both real and perceived pollution has been cleaned to an agreed upon standardâ€”future owners will not be able to use groundwater at the siteâ€”and cleared for prime development at the vertex of a new, proposed western gateway to downtown Boise. Goodman sits at the southwest corner of the newly created 30th Street Urban Renewal District, just west of downtown Boise. The district starts at State Street and the newly aligned Whitewater Park Boulevard at 30th Street, a wide thoroughfare that diverts GRZQWRZQERXQGWUDIÂżFRIIRI6WDWH6WUHHW past what will soon become Esther Simplot Park and a roiling whitewater park. City plans call for an ambitious mix of housing and technology jobs and creative/ VSRUW\SHRSOHĂ€RRGLQJWKHZHVWVLGHRYHUWKH QH[WÂżYHDQG\HDUV0D\RU'DYH%LHWHU calls it â€œa new urban formâ€? that we donâ€™t even have the language to describe yet, though a 200-plus page master plan for the area describes it in great detail. But the master plan and years of studies of the 30th Street area have paid almost no attention to one potential roadblock to development: the existence of dozens and maybe more than 100 brown-
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ÂżHOGVLWHVZLWKLQWKHUHGHYHORSPHQWDUHD including properties that at one time stored petroleum, manufacturing sites, former dry cleaners and other such uses. The most recent master plan for 30th Street mentions Goodman, though itâ€™s mistakenly called â€œGoodwin,â€? and dedicates only one paragraph to the possibility that â€œother EURZQÂżHOGVVLWHVPD\H[LVWÂ´
DEVELOPMENT FOR RECLAMATION %URZQÂżHOGVDUHDSRVWLQGXVWULDO mostly urban problem, often contrasted with JUHHQÂżHOGGHYHORSPHQWZKLFKRFFXUVRQ agricultural land or open space. The concept came into vogue in England in the 1960s as a strategy for reusing former mining lands. According to a 2010 study by U.K. planners David Adams, Christopher De Sousa and Wisconsin urbanist Steven Tiesdell in Urban Affairs, British planners remain more concerned about ways to reclaim abandoned or derelict land than with the conditions that caused it to be abandoned or the type of contamination. The United States, on the other hand, has long focused on the contamination itself. In 1980, the U.S. Congress passed the Superfund Act, which put developers on the hook for toxic cleanup and actually hampered the reuse of former industrial sites for many years. In 1995, the EPA, recognizing that developers had been discouraged from WDFNOLQJGLIÂżFXOWUHGHYHORSPHQWSURMHFWV because of the environmental liability that the Superfund Act had created, launched a %URZQÂżHOG$FWLRQ$JHQGD7KHEURZQÂżHOG program sought to relieve some liability concerns on contaminated land and provide
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IHGHUDOIXQGLQJIRUEURZQÂżHOGDVVHVVPHQW and cleanup. It also provided a less harsh way of describing contamination, a key factor for image-conscious developers. The 30th Street area in Boise is not home to any Superfund sitesâ€”the contamination or potential contamination is at a much more manageable level. At the Goodman site, the Idaho Department of Environmental QualLW\ZKLFKGLVWULEXWHVVRPH(3$EURZQÂżHOG funds, found that the most problematic FRQWDPLQDQWSUHVHQWZDVOHDGSDLQWDQG bullet casings) from an old homestead on the property. The petroleum contamination was not as severe as imagined. Eric Traynor, EURZQÂżHOGVSURJUDPPDQDJHUDW'(4VSRNH to many investors about the property, but all RIWKHGHDOVKLQJHGRQRXWRIVWDWHÂżQDQFing. Since Goodman still owed EPA from the ÂżQHV'(4FRPSOHWHGWKHLQLWLDODVVHVVPHQW and environmental studies and a local investor emerged, comfortable with the guarantees and incentives, including a temporary tax exemption, that the stateâ€™s voluntary cleanup program offered. The Yanke family WKHODWH5RQ<DQNHZDVRQHRIWKHRULJLQDO three investors in Micron) bought the property from Goodman and agreed to clean it up EDVHGRQ'(4VSHFLÂżFDWLRQV A representative of the Yanke family declined to discuss plans for the property, but the fact that a local investor with an existing relationship with the city of Boise and an HPRWLRQDODQGÂżQDQFLDOVWDNHLQWKHIXWXUH of the city picked it up may be more than FRLQFLGHQFH%URZQÂżHOGUHGHYHORSPHQWLV not for everyoneâ€”even though DEQ and the feds make certain guarantees about liability,
the certainty may not be enough for some national banks or large investors not used to the intricacies of environmental cleanup.
BROWNFIELD AS MARKETING PLAN Just east of the 30th Street area, on the way in to the downtown core, is another emerging neighborhood dubbed The Linen District. The areaâ€™s anchor tenant, The Linen %XLOGLQJZDV%RLVHÂśVÂżUVWEURZQÂżHOGUHKDE and also the pet project of another local developer with a stake in downtown. Google â€œDavid Haleâ€? and dozens of results pop up lauding his work cleaning up an old laundry, restoring the building and creating a vibrant neighborhood that has become a destination and primary venue for the Treefort Music Festival. â€œThere was a market that was not being served in this town before 2000,â€? said Hale. â€œLocally owned businesses were important.â€? '(4EURZQÂżHOGVIXQGVPDGHWKHSURMHFW possible in many ways and helped foster the mix of funky, local businesses that has given the area its character, including a boutique hotel, bustling coffee shop and used building materials store that doubles as a training program for people in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The area has also resisted JHQWULÂżFDWLRQVRIDUDFRQFHUQWKDWFDQEH KHLJKWHQHGLQEURZQÂżHOGVEHFDXVHRIWKH inherently depressed nature of the areas, but the promise of increased affordable housing has not materialized either. )LUVWWKHEURZQÂżHOGVSURJUDPJDYH+DOH a level of comfort with the liability and cleanup costs heâ€™d be taking on, but it was slowâ€”it took three years for him to close on the building, more time than large, out-of-state interests may be willing to invest. Making WKHSURMHFWDEURZQÂżHOGHQFRXUDJHGDFHUWDLQ type of developmentâ€”Hale thinks national retailers stayed away both because of the lack RIH[LVWLQJIRRWWUDIÂżFEXWDOVREHFDXVHRIWKH EURZQÂżHOGSURFHVVDQGSRWHQWLDOOLDELOLW\ Âł1REDQNLVJRLQJWRÂżQDQFHDFRQWDPLnated project,â€? he said. Perhaps the biggest boon of going brownÂżHOGZDVDOOWKHSRVLWLYHSUHVV+DOHUHFHLYHG Several smart growth and green building groups wrote up the Linen District, the Boise WeeklyUDQDIDZQLQJSURÂżOHRI+DOHÂ˛ÂłWKH trendy clothes, the oversized shades, the meticulously messy hairâ€?â€” and Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo continues to cite the project in KLVVXSSRUWRIWKH(3$ÂśVEURZQÂżHOGVSURgram, including at a Senate hearing earlier this year.
A STRATEGY FOR RENEWAL Though the city has many key elements in place including a new urban renewal district, new leadership at the redevelopment agency
and most recently, a point person assigned WKHWK6WUHHWSURMHFWFLW\RIÂżFLDOVKDYHQRW articulated a complete vision for the large number of vacant lotsâ€”including two large city owned lotsâ€”in the area. In a state loathe to interfere with private sector investments, city boosters from the mayor down are cautious not to â€œget out ahead of the market.â€? Âł,ÂśPDÂżUPEHOLHYHUWKDW\RXGRQRWWU\WR pick the catalyst,â€? said Boise City Councilman David Eberle, a Ph.D. economist and director of the Environmental Finance Center at Boise State. â€œYou do not try to pick who you want; that is truly a market decision. It is rare that a government gets that right.â€? (EHUOHIHHOVWKDWIXUWKHUEURZQÂżHOG designations could be seen as a stigma to developers. Fellow city council member Lauren McLean, who also worked at the EFC a decade ago and in the conservation movement IRUPDQ\\HDUVVDLGWKDWLIWKHDUHDTXDOLÂżHV IRUEURZQÂżHOGIXQGVWKHFLW\VKRXOGSXUVXH them and consider an area-wide approach if eligible. The EPA and state environmental regulatorsâ€”not to mention Sen. Crapo, a conservative Republican and former state OHJLVODWRUÂ˛FRQVLGHUEURZQÂżHOGVIXQGVWREH primarily economic development funds. 7KHDUHDZLGHDSSURDFKIRUEURZQÂżHOG redevelopment referenced in the latest bill EHIRUH&RQJUHVVPD\ÂżWWKHQHHGVRIWKHWK Street area well. A 2004 discussion paper published by Resources for the Future, a D.C.-based environmental policy think tank, UHFRPPHQGHGORRNLQJDWEURZQÂżHOGVDWD community level, rather than parcel level. Âł,QSDUWLFXODUWROLQNEURZQÂżHOGVDQGVXVtainable practice, practitioners need to move beyond a property-by-property approach and SODFHEURZQÂżHOGVLQDODUJHUVFDOHHQGHDYRU that seeks to revitalize a wider area of the community,â€? argued the paper. As Crapo put it in an op-ed earlier this \HDUÂł(YHQZKHQ%URZQÂżHOGVGRQRWSRVHD threat to human health, the mere perception of contamination can discourage redevelRSPHQWÂŤ7KHEHVWZD\WRJURZMREVRQ these properties is by working together in a timely manner to clean up and redevelop the properties.â€? 7KRXJKDIXOOEURZQÂżHOGDVVHVVPHQWKDV not been completed on the 30th Street area DEQ and historical data indicate that many of the properties slated for new development are potentially contaminated in some way. If the Linen District is any indication, that may be a condition the city and potential west side developers would do well to embrace.
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THE CITY AND â€œCREEPING SUBURBANIZATIONâ€? This issue of The Blue Review asks critical questions about what makes urban development in the West urban? From street grids to building height to the very fonts used on shop signs, what does urban mean to you and what does it mean for Boise. Join our writers, experts and Boise State planning students for a lively discussion and check out our new downtown digs!
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8 DAYS OUT SCANDINAVIAN SOCIETY 90TH ANNIVERSARY FALL PICNIC— All Scandinavians, Germans and other interested people are invited. Featuring smorgasbord/ potluck with music and dancing and annual quoit/rope toss tournament and other activities. 12:30 p.m. FREE. Municipal Park, 500 S. Walnut St., Boise. SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL—See Thursday. Noon. $10-$380. Sun Valley, sunvalleyharvestfestival.org. VELMA V. MORRISON: A CELEBRATION OF HER LIFE—A celebration of Velma V. Morrison’s life and her contributions to the community and the arts. Featuring music from the Boise Philharmonic, directed by Robert Franz. 3 p.m. FREE. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, Boise, 208-426-1609, mc.boisestate. edu.
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Festivals & Events
THE FOREIGNER—See Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.
FIRE PREVENTION DAY—Enjoy a ﬁre prevention skit for younger children, featuring a puppet show, clowns, the ﬁreﬁghters and their engine, plus appearances by Sparky and Smokey Bear. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. FREE. Meridian Speedway, 335 E. Main St., Meridian, 208-8882813, meridianspeedway.com.
Food & Drink TOMATO BEER GARDEN— Something magical happens when locally brewed beer (courtesy of Payette Brewing Co.) is combined with the fresh juice of locally grown heirloom tomatoes. 3 p.m. FREE. Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise, 208-4724500, boise.coop.
TREASURE WELLNESS OPEN HOUSE—Tour the new Treasure Wellness location and meet the staff, who offer family and group professional counseling services. In the 1655 Main Building at the corner of 16th Street. 5 p.m. FREE. Treasure Wellness, 1655 Fairview, Ste. 115, Boise, 208-515-7661, treasurewellness.net.
Talks & Lectures
THE FOREIGNER—See Wednesday. 7 p.m. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.
BECOMING WATER WISE WITH WENDY PABICH—Come hear Pabich tell the captivating story of her personal quest to extract and implement day-to-day solutions to reduce water use in her life. 6 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org.
MONDAY SEPT. 23
On Stage THE FOREIGNER—See Wednesday, Sept. 18. $12-$41. Idaho Shakespeare Festival, 5657 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208336-9221, idahoshakespeare. org.
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DIVORCE CARE FOR KIDS— This 13-week divorce support group is for children ages 5-12. DC4K is a nondenominational program featuring biblical teaching to help children recover from the hurt of parental separation and divorce. Call for dates and registration information. 6 p.m. $25. ParkCenter Church, 270 E. Pennsylvania St., Boise, 208336-1925, parkcenterchurch. com.
STARRY STORY NIGHT—Featuring true stories from Alan Heathcock, Nicole LeFavour, Matthew Cameron Clark and more. 7 p.m. $20 adv., $25 door. Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise, 208-331-9224, storystorynight.org.
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CINDERELLA’S CLOSET—A philanthropy of the Assistance League of Boise, provides dresses to rent to Ada County high-school students during homecoming. A large selection in all sizes is available. Just take your current Ada County student ID. 3:30 p.m. $15. Assistance League of Boise Philanthropic Center, 5831 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-377-4327, boise. assistanceleague.org. KIDS EXPERIENCE—A science and art program for children ages 6 and older held in The Secret Garden. 3 p.m. FREE. Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-472-2941, notaquietlibrary.org. MR. PATRICK’S WORKSHOP— Young designers, inventors and engineers can bring their creations to life with Legos. Bring a shoebox full of your own if you’ve got them. Some will be provided for you if you don’t. 6:30 p.m. FREE. Ada Community Library, 10664 W. Victory Road, Boise, 208-362-0181, adalib.org. BUSINESS BENEFITS OF ERP SOFTWARE—Learn about the added value an ERP software suite can provide for your business. 10 a.m. FREE. Boise State Micron Business and Economics Building, 2360 University Drive, Boise, boisestate.edu. TEA MEDITATION—Relax with tea, Qigong breathing exercise, and guided meditation. Routine practice will expand your awareness, improve you sense of well being and reduce stress. Held weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. 7 p.m. $5. Pudge’s Place, 2726 W. Smith Ave., Boise, 208550-8327.
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MAGIC AND GOODNESS Sing happy birthday to Liquid with Idyltime.
LOOK WHO’S TURNING FIVE It’s time to wish Liquid Lounge a haha-happy birthday. Five years ago, owners Jeremy Aevermann and Elizabeth Oldenkamp opened Liquid—which is attached to Solid, their other establishment. It started out as a working-class bar but the ghosts of the space’s former tenant (The Funny Bone), Boise’s clubless comedians and the owners had other ideas. Before long, the club was the go-to place for comedy, as well as music. Liquid is celebrating its ﬁfth birthday Tuesday, Sept. 24, by throwing a party—this one is not for other 5-year-olds. From 6-8 p.m., the appetizers and the cover charge are free. At 8 p.m., cover is $5 but well worth it. Live music by Idyltime, Fiddle Junkies and Alturas will be interspersed with comedy, magic and bad dancing. Door prizes, giveaways and drink specials happen all night. There might even be cake. liquidboise.com Local band Uintahs (you-IN-tuss) also turns ﬁve this year, and while it wasn’t planned this way, the band celebrates by releasing its debut album Parts. Vocalist Marcus Youngberg is the brainchild behind Uintahs—something all of the members agree on—and Parts is an amalgam of his inﬂuences (the likes of Kings of Leon, Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes) run through the Rube Goldberg machine of his mind. Brother and drummer Malcolm describes Uintahs’ music as “cinematic reverb rock,” an appropriate description since the album feels like an emotional soundtrack to a movie not yet made. Look for more on Uintahs and the breathtaking Parts in an upcoming issue. You can hear the entire album at uintahs.bandcamp.com. We recommend listening to “Virgins of the Sun.” uintahs.com Speaking of releases, local band New Transit dropped its sophomore effort Country Music Dead on Sept. 17. To support their rockin’ new release, New Transit will be joined by friends Hillfolk Noir and AKA Belle on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Sapphire Room. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Record Exchange and at the door. reverbnation.com/newtransit —Amy Atkins
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Shook Twins do some growing up, celebrate good fortune BEN SCHULTZ The story goes that Katelyn and Laurie Shook were in Seattle watching a friend’s band when they saw a man holding a big golden egg. When they asked him about it, he said someone else told him to sign the egg and pass it on. “The guy never told us that it was magical, but we always felt like it was,” said Katelyn. As it turns out, they might have been right. The 29-year-old twins discovered that the The Shook Twins, from Sandpoint by way of Portland, Ore., bring their brand of quirky folk to the Egyptian. egg—which shows up in quite a few of their promotional photos, takes center stage at their Shooks is Ryan Hadlock, who produced tually became my boyfriend,” she explained. concerts and serves as a percussion instru“He started teaching us guitar, and I wanted to What We Do at his family’s Bear Creek ment—was one of 40 created by Seattle perStudio in Woodinville, Wash. James Brown, get better so I could be his girlfriend.” formance artist Lucia Neare for an event held Eric Clapton and Soundgarden have all reThat relationship led to the Shooks’ ﬁrst on May 1, 2008 (you can see pictures of the corded there. Hadlock himself has produced gig. Taking a year off from their studies at the eggs on lucianeare.org). Neare and her fellow albums by The Moondoggies, The Lumineers University of Idaho, the sisters followed their performers gave the eggs away to children in (whom the Shooks hosted at a house show then-boyfriends out to Virginia. A restaurant the audience, telling them that the eggs could in their Portland basement in 2010) and gig earned them $300, which encouraged the grant wishes. Stephen Malkmus. twins to focus more on music. “Since we know it has magic in it, we tell Although the Shooks enjoyed recording “After we graduated in 2006, we started people to make a wish on it,” Katelyn said. “People have written us, saying, ‘I made a wish doing a weekly gig at this winery in Sandpoint their ﬁrst two albums with producer Brody Bergholz in Santa Cruz, Calif., they felt that a and started realizing, ‘Oh man, we could toon the egg and it came true!’” change was in order. tally make a living at this. Let’s just do this for A certain magic seems to have graced the “We deﬁnitely needed to go somewhere a little while,’” Katelyn said. Shook twins’ career so far. Since emerging closer to get [the full band] on the record, Even before they had made that decision, from Sandpoint, this self-proclaimed “quirky they had scored a career highlight. In 2005, the too,” Katelyn said, “and we just wanted to folk band”—which blends folk melodies, ancheck out a new producer and see what they Shook Twins opened for Ryan Adams at the gelic harmonies and literate lyrics with subtle Festival at Sandpoint. The set didn’t go entirely could bring to the team.” looping and beat-boxing—has earned rave reShe and Laurie are bringing something views and played with esteemed acts like Ryan well, Katelyn remembered—their equipment new to this record. “There’s some dark, eerie broke down midway through—but “it just Adams, Michelle Shocked and The Head and songs. There’s songs about death. … We’ve just really worked out great because Ryan Adams the Heart. The Shooks’ third studio album, really sucked that night and made us look a lot grown up and realized, ‘Oh, the world’s not tentatively titled What We Do, was recently recorded and mastered, and they’ll headline the better. … The next day, his band quit and then totally [light and ﬂuffy],” she said. “Some buddies and family members [died] he went to rehab.” (Katelyn added that she Egyptian Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20. that weren’t supposed to at that time in their Although they sang in choir and their father and Laurie are still huge Ryan Adams fans.) lives,” Katelyn explained, “and that’s really Other well-respected acts drifted into sings and plays guitar, music didn’t play an changed my whole perspective on things.” the Shook Twins’ orbit over the next few especially large role in the sisters’ early years. Still, she recognizes that she and her sister’s “I remember just riding my bike when I was years. After moving to Portland in 2009, the lives are “pretty damn blessed.” group—whose lineup now includes bassist 7 or 8 or so all day long, down to the beach “We have a really good attitude and a really Kyle Volkman, guitarist Niko Daoussis, ﬁddle and everything. … We just rallied around all good energy around us, and we attract good player Anna Tivel and drumthe time,” Katelyn said. energy toward us. So it’s kind of easy to keep mer Russ Kleiner—built up a As the Shooks got older, track of that good stuff because we’re just large following within about their musical talent became SHOOK TWINS always in it,” she said. a year. The Shooks have perapparent. In high school, Laurie Friday, Sept. 20; doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $15 The Shook Twins hope to release What formed with respected Portland learned beat-boxing from a advance, $18 day of show. writer-musician Nick Jaina and, We Do this winter. Hadlock and the Shooks’ member of a visiting a capella Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. manager, Phil Einsohn, will work together to more recently, sang harmonies group called The Standards. Main St., Boise. 208-387determine the best method for distributing the for Minneapolis, Minn.-based “There was a big perfor1273, egyptiantheatre.net. album. In the meantime, the Shooks are looksongwriter Mason Jennings. mance ... in the gym that night, ing forward to playing the Egyptian. “We’ve met a lot of really and they called her up and she “I’m so pumped,” Katelyn said. “I love that cool people [in Portland],” Katelyn said. “The beat-boxed in front of the whole school,” venue.” whole music scene there is just so supportive Katelyn said. “And she was just exhilarated And when the Shook Twins take the stage, and so wonderful. There’s so much room for and [has been] hooked ever since.” the golden egg should be front and center. In growth. It’s surprising because it’s kind of a Meanwhile, young love prompted Katelyn Katelyn’s words, “It’s kind of like our physical smaller city and there’s a lot of bands.” to take up the guitar. manifestation of magic and goodness.” The latest big name to connect with the “It was a boy I had a crush on [who] evenWWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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WRINGER—With Sandusky Furs, Upinatem and Position High. 8 p.m. $5. Shredder
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THURSDAY SEPT. 19
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STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES, SEPT. 25, EGYPTIAN THEATRE Texan-born Steve Earle is one of those rare crossover artists. Unlike today, when Earle’s debut album hit shelves in the late ’80s, country artists were known by country fans. Rock and pop fans might only know a country music star from their parents’ or grandparents’ record collections. But long before music genre lines expanded and blurred, Earle was a trailblazer, his music running the gamut of country, folk, roots, indie and rock. In his website bio, Earle is described as a “protege of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark,” artists who also deﬁed a cut-and-dry classiﬁcation. Earle is also an accomplished author and actor, crossing over to a whole new fanbase with his role as musican Harley Watt in the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme (and as himself, singing “The Ballad of Kenneth Parcell” on an episode of 30 Rock). If you don’t know Earle’s music, see him live. You’ll crossover—as a fan—too. —Amy Atkins With The Mastersons, 8 p.m., $45. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 387-1273, egyptiantheatre.net
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KEN HARRIS—With Rico Weisman and Lawson Hill. 6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill KIRTAN—With Gina Sala and Daniel Paul. 7:30 p.m. $12. Muse Yoga Studio
DALE CAVANAUGH, SCOTT MCCORMICK AND MICHAEL HUNTER—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue DIZZY WRIGHT—With Emilio Rojas. 8 p.m. $20-$35. Revolution
DEISTO—With System and Station and Revolt Revolt. 8 p.m. $6. Shredder FREUDIAN SLIP—7 p.m. FREE. Lock Stock & Barrel FRIM FRAM FOUR—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s GAYLE CHAPMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s WILD BELLE—With Hey V Kay and Saint Rich. 7:30 p.m. $12. Neurolux
THE FEATURES—With The Rich Hands. 8 p.m. $10 adv., $12 door. The Crux GALAPAGOS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s JERRY JOSEPH AND THE JACKMORMONS—8 p.m. $10. Neurolux JUKE DADDY’S—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar MOTTO KITTY—9 a.m. $3. 127 Club OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s REBECCA SCOTT—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye RIFF RAFF—9 p.m. FREE. Shorty’s RIO GRANDS—With James Orr. 10 p.m. $5. Reef
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BLAZE & KELLY—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub
OPHELIA—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
COOLZEY—With Muscle, Mad Dukes and Fresh Kils. 8 p.m. $5. Shredder
SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
SATURDAY SEPT. 21 BRANDON PRITCHETT—8:30 p.m. FREE. Piper Pub CARMEL AND THE CLOSERS—6 p.m. FREE. Land Trust of the Treasure Valley CALABRESE—With Trinomikon, Demoni and old One Two. 8 p.m. $8. Shredder CYMRY—9:45 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. FREE. Expo Idaho GALAPAGOS—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s IDAHO SONGWRITERS HEADLINER CONCERT—Featuring John Hansen and Corri Conners. 8 p.m. $7-$13. Sapphire Room JOSHUA TREE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s Lake
SHOOK TWINS— See Noise, Page 18. 8 p.m. $15 adv., $18 door. Egyptian TERRY JONES AND BILL LILES—6 p.m. FREE. Berryhill WEEK OF WONDERS—With Merkin and Teton Avenue. 8 p.m. FREE. Flying M Coffeegarage LAKE—With With Child. 9 p.m. $7. The Crux
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MOTTO KITTY—9 a.m. $3. 127 Club PIGS ON THE WING: A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD—7:45 p.m. $12-$30. Knitting Factory
SONS OF THUNDER MOUNTAIN—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar A TASTY JAMM AND BRANDON YOUNG—6 p.m. FREE. Artistblue
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EMMA HEARTBEAT—With Sword of a Bad Speller and Big O. 8 p.m. $5. Shredder LIKE A ROCKET—7 p.m. FREE. Sockeye
BLAZE & KELLY—2 p.m. FREE. Sandbar GUTTERMOUTH—With Agent Orange and Pinata Protest. 7:30 p.m. $15. Neurolux HIP HATCHET—With Heart Hunter, Jenna Ellefson and Scott Gallegos. 8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
LEARNING TEAM—With A Sea of Glass. 7 p.m. $5. The Crux
GARTH OLSON—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
OPHELIA—With Emily Tipton Band. 9:30 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s
MATT NATHANSON—With Joshua Radin. 7:30 p.m. $25$50. Knitting Factory
Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang
PHOSPHORESCENT—7:30 p.m. $15. Neurolux
POKE—8:45 p.m. FREE. Pengilly’s
REBECCA SCOTT—8 p.m. FREE. Ice Bouquet
RAHASYA—7:30 p.m. $12. Muse Yoga SPEEDY GRAY—With Johnny Shoes. 6 p.m. FREE. Salt Tears
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JANKA NABAY & THE BUBU GANG—7 p.m. $8 adv., $10 door. Neurolux THE QUEERS—With Business Venture, The Copyrights and Teenage Bottlerocket. 9 p.m. $13 adv., $15 door. Shredder
JIM LEWIS—6 p.m. FREE. Lulu’s
TUESDAY SEPT. 24
RIVERSIDE JAZZ JAM—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
BOURBON DOGS—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar
COUNTRY CLUB 2—6:30 p.m. FREE. Highlands Hollow
STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES—With The Mastersons. See Listen Here, Page 20. 8 p.m. $45. Egyptian Theatre You, Me and Apollo
DJ MAXIM KLYMENKO—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s Basement EMILY TIPTON BAND—10 p.m. FREE. Grainey’s ESOTERIC—With Velnias, Saturnalia Temple and Uzala. 8 p.m. $8. Shredder GAYLE CHAPMAN—6 p.m. FREE. Sandbar GORDON LIGHTFOOT—See Listen Here, this page. 8 p.m. $35-$65. Morrison Center
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GORDON LIGHTFOOT, SEPT. 25, MORRISON CENTER If Gordon Lightfoot really could put time in a bottle, chances are he wouldn’t change a thing. The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter helped deﬁne the folk sound of the ’70s and his career spans ﬁve decades, throughout which he recorded more than 20 albums and saw hundreds of his songs recorded by other legendary artists. Now in his 70s, Lightfoot is still performing—often at soldout shows. Moreover, his songs still have legs: thousands of hopefuls have uploaded covers of Lightfoot’s songs to YouTube—most notably “Sundown”—giving the classic tune a country, reggae, rock, orchestral, indie, pop or rap makeover. And isn’t imitation the sincerest form of ﬂattery? —Amy Atkins Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., $35-$65. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1110, mc.boisestate.edu.
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FAMOUS SOMEWHERE Public art projects progressing all over Boise.
PUBLIC ART ROUND ABOUTS The 30th Street Roundabout Art Project has rounded a corner. In June, Boise Weekly reported that an art installation was set to accompany the construction of a roundabout at Whitewater Park Boulevard. Now, the city of Boise is accepting public input on the proposals for the art that will adorn the structure. The three pieces being considered went on display at Jerry’s Market, located at 819 N. 27th St., Monday, Sept. 16-Wednesday, Sept. 18, and are also set to go on display at Bee Wise Goods (3019 W. State St.) Thursday, Sept.19-Saturday, Sept. 21, and at Idaho River Sports (3100 W. Pleasanton Ave.) Sunday, Sept. 22-Tuesday, Sept. 24. The public is invited to view the proposals and ﬁll out comment forms to help the city determine which it will install. Pieces being considered were created by Dirk Anderson, Ben McCall and Reham Aarti, and Blackrock Forge. Funded by the Mayor’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant program, the roundabout project is intended as an entrance to the still-in-development Esther Simplot Park. “[The artwork] will be designed for people, not cars,” Veteran’s Park Neighborhood Association Chair Erin Sorenson told BW in June. In other public art news, a mosaic wall by artist and journalist Anna Webb is set to be dedicated at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, in front of the refurbished Biomark warehouse at the corner of Ninth and River streets. Titled “Botanica,” the installation is described as “a contemporary interpretation inspired by the palette and motifs of classical Roman mosaics.” Featuring twisting vines set against a backdrop of multi-colored tiles, Webb’s work “is a nod to the industrial nature” of the Biomark site and paired with a nearby trafﬁc box, also designed by Webb in mosaic style. The project was paid for with $18,000 from Capital City Development Corporation. Webb is also working with fellow artist Reham Aarti on another public art installation in the roundabout by the Boise Depot. That project, also being paid for with $30,500 Mayor’s Neighborhood Reinvestment grant and championed by the Depot Bench Neighborhood Association and the city’s Visual Arts Advisory Committee, will be an art deco-inspired mosaic compass featuring trees representing the four seasons. According to a project description from the Boise Department of Arts and History, the Depot roundabout installation will help “slow trafﬁc and provide a beautiful neighborhood amenity.”
Lauren Weedman brings new play about Boise to Boise AMY ATKINS After taking Lauren Weedman’s order, a barista at the BoDo Caffe D’Arte calls her co-workers into a corner and whispers something to them. Weedman doesn’t notice and as she steps away from the counter to wait for her drink, she spots someone she hasn’t seen for a while and goes over to say hello. When she returns to the counter for her espresso-heavy beverage, the smiling young woman hands it to her and excitedly says, You probably recognize Lauren Weedman from somewhere. Think hard... or read the story below. “You were on Reno 911 and Arrested Development, right? I loved you in those shows.” That Los Angeles-based Weedman is recognized in Boise isn’t totally surprising. The Boise Weekly, her husband had been working debuting Boise, You Don’t Look… during her August visit, she hadn’t yet pinpointed out of town all summer, so it had been left performances of her 2007 solo play, Bust, much about her newest creation, other than at Boise Contemporary Theater were hugely to her to care for their 4-year-old son, Leo, its name. a tall, bright, inquisitive towhead with the successful, as were those of her follow-up But the same day the barista recognized solo play No… You Shut Up, commissioned energy of a thousand suns. In shows like her, she had plans to start doing research by BCT. She was at the coffee shop in BoDo No… You Shut Up and the award-winning on Boise for Boise. She had plans to visit Bust, Weedman made audiences privy to her during a several-day visit to the Treasure a lesbian couple and meet their new baby, frenetic, conﬂicted feelings about marriage Valley to gather material for Boise: You have dinner with a friend and take her son and children. Her gut-wrenching revelations Don’t Look a Day Over 149, her newto the Western Idaho Fair. The 100-degreeest—and most Boise-centric—work for BCT, of fear and feelings of inadequacy allowed which runs Saturday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, for a connection between actor and audience, plus temps and smoky skies prompted a few people to urge Weedman to forgo the Fair, blurring the boundaries of the fourth wall Sept. 28. even though it would be a rare opportunity and making her plays feel more like authenBut the brilliant comedic actor lives to see such a diverse range of the area’s cititic—albeit uncomfortable—conversations. somewhere in the in-between. She is both But once Weedman was a wife and a mother, zenry, all in one place. That was certainly an unknown and known; and, although she hasn’t had a career-launching role (compared experiencing the magic and the mundanity of impetus for going, but Weedman had a more important reason. both, she seemed to begin turning the microto Melissa McCarthy’s turn as Megan in “I promised Leo I’d take him,” she said. scope outward. Bridesmaids), in the past decade, she has Although at one point, after meeting a The idea for Boise, You Don’t Look a Day regularly appeared in a handful of ﬁlms and particularly engaging ride operator, Weedman Over 149 came on the heels of a 10-week a number of high-proﬁle TV shows like The muttered, “I wish I’d brought my notebook,” run (with eight shows per week) of People’s Daily Show, Reno 911, New Girl, Arrested the afternoon’s outing—complete with a Republic of Portland, commissioned by Development, the VH1 I Love The… franPortland Center Stage. It wasn’t a Portlandia visit to the petting zoo, and standing in the chise, and HBO shows Curb Your Enthusiasm, Hung and True Blood. She’s been doing remix but it was a look at the peccadilloes hot sun as she watched Leo ride a (shaded) particular to Portland. And it was quite diftheater even longer. merry-go-round for what seemed like an ferent from Weedman’s previYet she was visibly hour—was mostly about spending time with ous works. That shift wasn’t surprised at being recogher son. universally adored. Portland nized—and, in a rare moment, Motherhood is no longer the big, bad BOISE, YOU DON’T LOOK Monthly Mag wrote that it almost speechless. Outside on unknown for Weedman. It’s now a big part A DAY OVER 149 lacked “stakes and a narrative of who she is. And, in some way, it’s how the patio, however, the loquaSept. 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sept. 28. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. arc,” as well as the “vulnercious Weedman recovered, People’s Republic and Boise came to be: $25. Boise Contemporary ability, personal exploration, speaking in staccato as the Weedman has been looking for a new home. Theater, 854 Fulton St., transformation, and recurring ideas came faster than she “I can’t raise a kid in L.A.,” she said, 208-331-9224, cast” of No… You Shut Up. could express them. bctheater.org. matter-of-factly. But by all accounts, Peo“I never get that. No one But Weedman won’t make a decision on ple’s Republic was a success has ever, ever asked me for that right away. She can’t—a project she was and a learning experience. an autograph except for after working on may have been greenlit and it “It did ferociously [well],” Weedman said. may be the thing that propels her into starshows sometimes,” Weedman said. “I don’t “It was like Bust was here.” think I’m famous enough. I’m surprised she dom. Not that she’s too worried about that. It was also exhausting. Weedman said she recognized me from Arrested Development. “People say it to me all the time: ‘I’ve seen doesn’t want to do long runs anymore; what Every time I see myself in anything, I’m like, you, I just don’t know where. But I know I’ve she does want is to repeat the fun, comedic, ‘That was short.’” seen you in something.’ That’s cool,” Weedimprovisational nature of People’s Republic. At 44, Weedman’s personal life is in a man said. “I’ll take that on my tombstone: And although she was only weeks away from Famous Somewhere.” kind of limbo as well. When she spoke with
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TIFF: THAT’S A WRAP The best of the fest GEORGE PRENTICE For the record, watching 40-plus movies in 10 days is… well, it’s a bit insane. Having said that, over the years I’ve also endured more than my share of legislative ﬁlibustering (either is capable of inspiring the better part of ourselves or a giant timesuck). I’m very happy to report that, having survived the marathon that was the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that this year’s showcase was neatly packed with smart, engaging, challenging, tearful and cheerful enterprises. TIFF organizers told me that approximately 432,000 people watched hundreds of ﬁlms this year. Simply put, TIFF was not, by any means, an exclusive experience. Considering that audiences pleasantly cued for 90 minutes to watch a ﬁlm that was almost as long, TIFF really is a bit of a love affair between movies and the masses. And that’s my chief reason why, in addition to attending press screenings, I chose to watch at least a third of the ﬁlms with the general public. It’s a bit humbling when a paying audience conﬁrms or rejects your own critical assessment. Here are some of this year’s headlines: YES, THE BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR PREMIERED AT TIFF THIS YEAR: 12 Years a Slave is, far and away, the ﬁnest ﬁlm I’ve seen in years, and TIFF audiences, quite appropriately, honored the movie with its People’s Choice award (previous year’s audiences singled out The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, American Beauty and Chariots of Fire). BIG IS BETTER: Big movies made a comeback, and by big I mean ﬁlms with massive budgets. I’m usually skeptical of bloated productions, but a steady string of blockbust-
12 Years a Slave, far and away the best movie of the year, is worthy of ﬁve maple leaves.
ers were pretty great, led by Gravity, Rush and Prisoners. ACTING UP: TIFF included a galaxy of Oscar-caliber performances, including Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Matthew McConaughey (The Dallas Buyers Club) and two shoo-ins for Oscar gold: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave).
Prisoners, The Railway Man, Rush, Sunshine on Leith, The Wind Rises
August: Osage County, The Dallas Buyers Club, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Enough Said, Gloria, Night Moves, Parkland
And here’s my scrapbook of pressed leaves from my Toronto visit: Bad Words, Belle, Devil’s Knot, The Invisible Woman, Fading Gigolo, The Grand Seduction, Labor Day, The Love Punch, Right Kind of Wrong, Therese, Words and Pictures 12 Years a Slave
Blue is the Warmest Color, Can a Song Save Your Life?, The Fifth Estate, Gravity, The Lunchbox, One Chance, Philomena,
Blood Ties, Don Jon, The Last of Robin Hood, Life of Crime, Third Person, Under the Skin, You Are Here
LISTINGS/SCREEN Special Screenings THE PRINCESS BRIDE—When a boy falls ill, his grandfather tells him a story about a peasant-turned-Dread Pirate Roberts who will do anything—including recovering from being “mostly dead”—for the love of Princess Buttercup. Friday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m. FREE-$5. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. SALINGER: A FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION—Join Professor Ralph Clare for a look into the life of J.D. Salinger. Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. $7-
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her marriage and marry her brotherin-law when her older sister dies. (PG) Opens Friday, Sept. 20. The Flicks.
PRISONERS—When Keller Dover’s young daughter and her friend go missing, the line between seeking justice
BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3-D—The American dance team, who hasn’t won an international championship for 15 years, goes to Battle of the Year to reclaim glory for the country that started the sport. Starring Josh Holloway and Chris Brown. (PG-13) Opens Friday, Sept. 20. Edwards 9, 22. FILL THE VOID—Shira, an Orthodox Israeli woman, is expected to call off
and vigilance is blurred as he looks for answers. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. (R) Opens Friday, Sept. 20. Edwards 9, 22.
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RACING TO FALL If you wake up early enough, you can actually start to feel a little chill in the air— and that means it’s OK to start thinking about fall sports. Sure, when most people think of outdoor activities in the fall in Idaho, thoughts turn toward hunting season. But fall is also the perfect time to hit the trails—be it of the dirt track or paved variety. The Idaho Wafﬂe Cross series is gearing up for its ﬁrst race Saturday, Oct .19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Eagle Bike Park. The four-race series is when local cyclocross riders can show off their skills. For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a cross between mountain bike and BMX racing and obstacle course running. Riders tackle courses that include challenging obstacles—some of which require getting off and carrying bikes—vying for the best time. The sport is also spectator friendly, since most of the course is visible and fans are encouraged to boisterously support their favorites. The series continues with races on Saturday, Nov. 9-Sunday, Nov. 10, with the Turkey Cross, followed by the Idaho State Cyclocross Championship on Saturday, Dec. 14, and the Kringle Kross Sunday, Dec. 15. Racing begins at 11 a.m. each day, and pre-registration costs $20 in advance or $30 day-of. For those who want to take on the series, an $80 season pass is available through Saturday, Oct. 19. All races also require riders have a $10 USA Cycling license. For more information, check out idahowafﬂecross.com. Those who prefer to do their racing on two feet can run/walk to their heart’s content while racing for a good cause. The SueB Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Oct. 6, honors the memory of Susan Elaine Brubaker Bredeson Newby, who died in a mysterious horseback riding accident in 2008. After her death, her family and friends realized she was in an abusive relationship, and during the investigation of her death, her husband committed suicide. The race coincides with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and proceeds from the event will go to support the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The route follows a loop course along the Greenbelt beginning at the Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park, and the day includes music and family friendly activities starting at 1:30 p.m. The race itself gets going at 2 p.m., and music, a bungee trampoline, rock wall climbing and food vendors will be in the park until 5 p.m. Individual registration costs $25 or teams of 10 or more can register for $20 per person. For more info, visit wcaboise.org. —Deanna Darr
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Escape is easy at Taylor Canyon Loop (top left), the West Mountain Trail (lower left) and Fish Hook Creek (above).
HIKING INTO FALL Three hikes to ﬁnd autumn colors SCOTT MARCHANT No bugs. Impressive color. Mild temperatures. Falling leaves. Empty trails. How can you not love the serenity of fall hiking? Most people associate Labor Day with the end of mountain play, but veteran hikers know this is the most spectacular time of the year to enjoy the woods. Depending on where your fall itinerary takes you, here are three excellent hikes in our local mountain havens. Your best bet for peak fall foliage is the third week of September through the ﬁrst two weeks of October.
TAYLOR CANYON LOOP LOCATION: Near Ketchum TRAILHEAD: From downtown Ketchum, drive north on Highway 75 for 3.2 miles and turn right onto Lake Creek Road. Follow the road 1.4 miles and turn left onto FR 249 (Taylor Canyon Road). Follow the road 0.5 mile to its end and the trailhead.
Not only does this loop offer outstanding fall color, you will also ﬁnd superlative views of Bald Mountain, the Big Wood River Valley and the Pioneer, Bounder and Smoky mountains. Total distance for the loop is 4.1 miles with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. From the trailhead, hike north through Taylor Canyon. At 0.7 mile, bypass a large aspen grove and at 1.2 miles turns left (west) gaining over 300 feet through Douglas ﬁr forest to a saddle. The trail contours around a knoll with outstanding views of the Boulder Mountains and turns south at 2.2 miles. Follow the route along the open ridge, enjoying the outstanding vistas down into the Big Wood River Valley and west to the Smoky Mountains, to a series of ﬁve switchbacks at 3.2 miles. At the bottom of the switchbacks, arrive at a four-way unsigned junction. Turn left, and descend 400 feet to the trailhead.
WEST MOUNTAIN TRAIL
FISHHOOK CREEK TRAIL
LOCATION: Near Smith’s Ferry
LOCATION: Near Stanley
TRAILHEAD: From Smith’s Ferry, turn left onto the well-graveled Forest Road 644 and proceed 1.9 miles to a signed junction. Turn right on Forest Road 626 following the sign to Sagehen Reservoir. Follow Forest Road 626 4.1 miles to an unmarked dirt road on the right. Turn right and follow the road 0.1 mile to the unmarked trailhead.
TRAILHEAD: From Stanley, travel south on Highway 75 for four miles and turn right onto Redﬁsh Lake Road. Follow the road 1.7 miles to a large parking area on the right. The Redﬁsh Lake Trailhead is located on the north side of the paved road that leads to Redﬁsh Lake Lodge.
In addition to fall foliage, observant hikers are apt to see deer, elk and other wildlife. This long trail meanders through meadows, over forested hillsides and eventually climbs to Tripod Peak. You can hike a few miles or all the way to Tripod Peak (6.3 miles one-way with 3,200 feet of gain) for some of the most spectacular views of the Salmon River and West mountains, Long and Round valleys, and on clear days, distant views to the Sawtooth, Seven Devils and Wallowa mountains. From the trailhead, hike along the dirt road for about 100 feet and turn right onto a singletrack trail. Descend into dense forest and eventually trek past rock outcroppings and aspen. At 1.5 miles, enter dense forest and pass through several small meadows. At 2.2 miles, enter a large meadow that offers the ﬁrst views of the 8,082-foot Tripod Peak. This is an excellent destination for a short hike. To continue to Tripod Peak, continue along the undulating trail to another meadow at 4.4 miles. Veer left (west) and ascend to the signed junction with Joe’s Trail at 5.5 miles. Turn right, and follow the signs to Tripod Peak.
This easy hike parallels Fishhook Creek and terminates in the beautiful Fishhook Creek Meadow. Although a popular hike in the summer months, the fall sees a fraction of the visitors, and hikers will likely have the trail to themselves. What makes this an exceptional fall hike are the numerous gold and yellow aspen on the neighboring hillsides. In addition to the aspens, Fishhook Creek Meadow is a sensational destination that offers dazzling vistas to the more notable peaks in the Sawtooths, including Mt. Ebert, Mt. Heyburn and Horstmann Peak. Out-and-back distance is 4.2 miles with 200 feet of elevation gain. If you are looking for a longer trek, turn right 0.7 mile into the hike at a signed junction. The trail ascends 500 feet to another signed junction (Alpine Way Trail) at 1.3 miles from the Redﬁsh Lake Trailhead. For some of the best views near Stanley, turn left (west) at the junction and hike the Alpine Way Trail along an exposed ridge. Views down to Fishhook Creek Meadow and beyond to the jagged peaks in the Sawtooths are spectacular. The trail eventually leads to Marshall Lake in another 3.5 miles from the Alpine Way junction. Scott Marchant is the author of four Idaho hiking guides, including Hikers Guide Greater Boise. Visit hikingidaho.com for more information. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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AERIAL YOGA—Stretch out in wraps of silk suspended from the ceiling for a fun, de-stressing workout. Mondays 8 p.m., Thursdays 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. $15. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com. CURVESQUE—Curvesque is designed to whittle your middle and accentuate your curves. You can expect to break a sweat with easy-to-learn dance-inspired moves and reconnect with your feminine side through lots of ﬂuid movements. For women only. Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. $9. Ophidia Studio, 4464 Chinden Blvd., Ste. A, Garden City, 208-409-2403, ophidiastudio.com. The Lolo Motorway provides the adventurous with access to countless mountain lakes and viewpoints.
TACKLING THE LOLO MOTORWAY Peering over the endless expanse of the Clearwater National Forest from my 7,000-foot perch above the Lochsa River, the realization that I had waited all these years to explore one of the coolest places in Idaho settled in. I have reported on dozens of epic stretches across the Gem State, but the Lolo Motorway might take the cake for scenery, solitude and sheer enjoyment. It may have been the perfect weather that made the trip especially good, but most folks would feel a similar appreciation on their ﬁrst trip out. Its rugged ascent from Highway 12 to countless mountain lakes and overlooks which provide a peace hard to ﬁnd elsewhere. This is the backcountry, so staying LOLO MOTORWAY aware amid the temptation From Boise, head north on to let your head ﬂoat off your Highway 55 through McCall. shoulders is paramount. Continue on Highway 95 to My early September run on Grangeville. Turn right toward the Harpster Grade and the Lolo Motorway was with take Highway 13 to Kooskia the folks from Happy Trails to the Middle Fork of the Products in Boise, a dual sport Clearwater River and Highmotorcycle gear company. The way 12. You can head left to second installment of their Kamiah or right toward Lolo, Mont. The Lolo Motorway annual Lolo Motorway Rally (ofﬁcially dubbed Road 500) utilized the town of Kamiah as runs parallel to the north home base, which proved the of Highway 12, with a handperfect location for each eveful of steep, often rough, ning’s meeting of the minds. perpendicular access roads Each morning, dozens of along the way. hardcore dual-sport and enduro enthusiasts convened in small groups to decide which way to go. Some chose remote singletrack routes. Others (like myself, coming off a recent knee surgery) chose one of myriad Forest Service roads to explore. While I only completed a roughly 50-mile segment of the Lolo Motorway, there are hundreds of miles of rides/drives in the area that are sure to adequately whet your adventure whistle. DETAILS: A good orientation point is the Lochsa Lodge on Highway 12, just a stone’s throw from the route’s eastern origin. We accessed our route from Road 107, between Lowell and Lochsa Lodge, and came out at the Powell Junction. Side routes include scenic Horseshoe Lake and the overlook at Indian Post Ofﬁce. The more adventurous can get off the Motorway and head toward Superior, Mont., from routes adjacent to the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A long weekend is best to cover a respectable amount of ground, but you could spend a week in this region and not scratch the surface. Bring ﬁshing gear. Lastly, be prepared for anything and make sure you have a back-up map in the event that your GPS leaves you hanging. I have no clue why Lewis and Clark ever ventured any further west after stumbling across this pristine gem.
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Events & Workshops BOISE CYCLOCROSS CLINICS—Those new to cyclocross can learn the basics, and those needing to reﬁne techniques can enjoy a refresher course during these weekly clinics. Open practice begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by a speciﬁc skill session which will explore a different concept each week. Multi-lap training will begin at 6:45 p.m., in an attempt to integrate new knowledge in a race-like setting. Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. FREE. Quarry View Park, 2150 E. Old Penitentiary Road, Boise. SUNSET AND MOONRISE MONTHLY HIKE—Watch the sun set and the moon rise with Martha McClay during a strenuous 90-minute hike. Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:15-8:45 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. FREE. Military Reserve, Mountain Cove Road and Reserve Street, Boise, parks/cityofboise.org. ZIP LINE TOUR—Travel to Zip The Snake, located in the scenic Snake River canyon in Twin Falls. Certiﬁed guides will lead you on a minimum of ﬁve zip lines through the canyon. Detailed trip info on the website. Thursday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m. $65. Nampa Recreation Center, 131 Constitution Way, Nampa, 208-4685858, namparecreation.org.
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DRINK/BEERGUZZLER FALL SEASONALS Fall seasonals are starting to arrive, and the trend seems to be toward Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews. I’ll be weighing in this week on a few of the former, but will take a pass on the latter. I prefer my pumpkin baked in a pie with whipped cream on top. In the meantime, there are some breweries bucking that two-fold trend. Here are three worthy of your attention, all in 12-ounce bottles. KONA BREWING PIPELINE PORTER, $1.39-$1.69 Blended with freshbrewed Kona coffee, this is the fall release in Kona Brewing’s Aloha series. As you’d expect, it’s a dark coffee color with aromas of toasted grain and an intriguing hit of sauteed mushroom. Fairly light bodied for a porter, this beer tastes of roasted barley and caramel malt with just a soft hint of hops, backed by light coffee and a crushed coffee bean bitterness on the ﬁnish.
Kick off Boise Beer Week with a celebration of Idaho’s hop harvest TARA MORGAN
part of why fresh-hop season is to brew two beers: Bonnie On sprawling farms clustered around Wilder so cool, have been processed in Heather, an amber with and Greenleaf, thousands of green Humulus a plant where they’re ground heather tips, and the sealupulus vines snake vigorously skyward. A up and then packed togethsonal Kilted Pale Ale. relative of marijuana, these hop plants proer,” said Roberts. “A result duce resiny, cone-shaped ﬂowers prized for of all that friction is heat. their use as a bittering agent in beer. And at a certain temperaIdaho is the nation’s third largest hop ture, the active ingredient in producer behind Washington and Oregon, hops—the lupulin, the polrepresenting about 15 percent of the national len ... that gives the ﬂavor market, according to the Idaho Hop Comand bitterness to beer—will mission. The majority of the state’s apbegin to degrade.” proximately 3,000 hop acres—which include Due to these provarieties like Cascade, Chinook and Centencessing factors, nial—are in Southern Idaho, while the rest dry-hopped beers hover up north near Bonners Ferry. have a different On a recent Saturday, a bus packed with taste than wetBoise brewers and hop heads motored out hopped brews. to Wilder to two large hop farms: Gooding “A dried hop is Farms and Jackson Hop Farm. more concentrated “There’s a huge disconnect between the in ﬂavor whereas people who are producing hops—which is a fresh hop to me what craft beer is currently crazy about— is more ﬂoral,” said and the craft beer lovers. The hops that they Oates. “It depends want so much are just 45 minutes away,” on the hop that you’re said David Roberts, CU using, but with the fresh beverage direcNN ING HAM hop, green pastures is what tor at Bittercreek always comes to me.” Ale House. “Just BOISE BEER WEEK In addition to those aromas, seeing the reactions runs Saturday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept 28, at Roberts said fresh hop beers, because of people on the venues across Boise. For a full schedule, visit of essential oils, have a unique mouth-feel. “Those two beers bus as they for the boisebeerweek.com. Here are some highlights: “[I]f you use them fresh, you have that were ones that we were ﬁrst time saw these HOP MOON producing anyways, so maximum amount of organic oils ... and I big, beautiful hop Saturday, Sept. 21, all day, various locations. it was a good opportu- think they translate in the ﬁnished product farms. … There are More than a dozen fresh-hop beers will be into this really resinous, oily, coating mouthnity for us to not only mountains of these released simultaneously at Bittercreek Ale feel,” said Roberts. experiment but also hops and the aroma House, Bar Gernika, Whole Foods River Room Because wet-hopped beers can only be add that local ﬂair of is overpowering.” and Bier:Thirty. brewed and consumed during a short winthe hops themselves,” That afternoon, DAGGER FALLS FIVE WAYS dow in early fall, their release has become said Kilted Dragon Bier:Thirty owner Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-until gone. cause for celebration across the Northwest. co-owner Jeremy CanChris Oates used Bier:Thirty, 3073 S. Bown Way, 208-342-1916, In late September and early October, towns ning. “Up until now, hops plucked fresh bierthirty.com. Bier:Thirty will pour ﬁve different like Yakima, Wash., Portland, Ore., and we don’t usually get from the vine to ﬂaversions of Sockeye Grill and Brewery’s Dagger Falls IPA: Regular, Double Dagger, Fresh Hop Hood River, Ore., all host fresh-hop festivals. hops locally because vor a keg of Payette Dagger, Belgian Dagger and Bourbon Dagger. In that spirit, Oates and Roberts have they’re just not as Brewing Co.’s North plentiful or available to organized Hop Moon, an inaugural Idaho Fork Lager, which COLORADO VS. CALIFORNIA fresh-hop celebration Saturday, Sept. 21, dursmall guys like us.” tour-goers tipped IPA COMPETITION ing which more than a dozen fresh-hop beers Most of Idaho’s 4 back while listenThursday, Sept. 26, 6-10 p.m. Whole Foods River Room, 401 S. Broadway Ave., 208-287will be released simultaneously at Bittercreek million-pound, $11.3 ing to live music by 4600, wholefoodsmarket.com. Odell and New Ale House, Bar Gernika, Whole Foods River million hop crop is Hillfolk Noir. Belgium will face off against Firestone Walker Room and Bier:Thirty. The event, which dried and shipped “They literally and Sierra Nevada at this blind tasting of eight organizers plan to repeat yearly, will also act to large commercial just went and picked IPA ﬂights, two from each brewery. Drinkers will as a kickoff for Boise Beer Week, which runs breweries that have the hops off the vine judge the IPAs in three categories: Best Single long-standing contracts Saturday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept 28. and we ﬁlled them IPA, Best Double IPA and Best Overall IPA. “We see the hop harvest, and the embracwith local farmers. But up inside of this Brewery reps will be on hand. during the fall harvest, ing of it in craft beer culture, as kind of a ﬁlter and we ran ODELLEOKE local craft brewers can counterpoint to Oktoberfest,” said Roberts. a keg through it,” Friday, Sept. 27, 10 p.m.-midnight. Terry’s State “In the recent past, there’s been giant atget their hands on a explained Oates. Street Saloon, 3301 N. Collister Drive, 208tempts at Oktoberfest celebrations … and limited amount of fresh Brewers from 331-8225, statestreetsaloon.com. This karaoke hops, which need to be while I don’t think there’s anything wrong Kilted Dragon also competition at Terry’s State Street Saloon will with that, and I do like light German lagers, used within a day to gathered about 10 feature Odell draft beer specials, as well as Odell beer and gear as prizes for the winning I think that a more appropriate celebration preserve their ﬂavors. pounds of fresh contestants. “Most hops that are of beer at this time of year where we live is hops and carted used in beer, and this is fresh-hopped beers.” them back to Boise IN
SIERRA NEVADA FLIPSIDE RED IPA, $1.39-$1.69 This beer is on the dark side for an India pale ale, with a ruby tinge and a thick tan head that persists. Hop-driven aromas dominate, which are reminiscent of Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale (a good thing). This is a beautifully balanced ale in which toasted malt and lightly bitter hops meld perfectly with notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest.
LAGUNITAS LITTLE SUMPIN’ WILD LIMITED ALE, $1.69-$1.99 This brew has a bit of a split personality. It’s big on hops (pushing 80 IBUs) like an IPA, but made with Westmalle Trappist yeast, adding a bit of Belgian funk. It’s a hazy golden pour with a thin but persistent head and a ton of resiny hops on the nose. This beer leads off with more bright hops on the palate, segueing to creamy malt in the middle, before the bitter hops amp things up again on the ﬁnish. It’s decidedly different, in a good way.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (March 21-April 19): “If Taylor Swift is going to have six breakups a year, she needs to write a new song entitled ‘Maybe It’s Me,’” observed comedian Bill Maher. He was referring to Swift’s habit of using her romantic misadventures to stimulate her lyricwriting creativity. With that as your prompt, Aries, I’ll ask you to do some soul-searching about your own intimacy issues. How have you contributed to the problems you’ve had in getting the love and care you want? What unconscious behavior or conditioned responses have undermined your romantic satisfaction, and what could you do to transform them? The next eight weeks will be prime time to revolutionize your approach to relationships. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Philosopher Alan Watts used to talk about how the whole world is wiggling all the time. Clouds, trees, sky, water, human beings: Everything’s constantly shimmying and jiggling and waggling. One of our problems, Watts said, is that we’re “always trying to straighten things out.” We feel nagging urges to deny or cover up or eliminate the wiggling. “Be orderly,” we command reality. “Be neat and composed and predictable.” But reality never obeys. It’s forever doing what it does best: flickering and fluctuating and flowing. In accordance with astrological omens, Taurus, I encourage you to rebel against any natural tendencies you might have to fight the eternal wiggle. Instead, celebrate it. Rejoice in it. Align yourself with it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Author Elaine Scarry defines “the basic impulse underlying education” as follows: the “willingness to continually revise one’s own location in order to place oneself in the path of beauty.” Consider making this your modus operandi in the coming weeks, Gemini. Always be on the lookout for signs that beauty is near. Do research to find out where beauty might be hiding and where beauty is ripening. Learn all you can about what kinds of conditions attract beauty, and then create those conditions. Finally, hang around people who are often surrounded by beauty. This approach will be an excellent way to further your education. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Life is either always a tight-rope or a feather bed. Give me the tight-rope.” So declared writer Edith Wharton. But she was an Aquarius, and more temperamentally suited to the tight-rope. Many of you Cancerians, on the other hand, prefer to emphasize the feather-bed mode. I suspect that in the next nine months, however, you will be willing and even eager to spend more time on the tightrope than is customary for you. To get primed for the excitement, I
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suggest you revel in some intense feather-bed action in the coming weeks. Charge up your internal batteries with an extra-special deluxe regimen of sweet self-care. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Half of a truth is better than no truth at all, right? Wrong! If you latch on to the partially accurate story, you may stop looking for the rest of the story. And then you’re liable to make a premature decision based on insufficient data. The better alternative is to reject the partially accurate story and be willing to wait around in the dark until the complete revelation comes. That may be uncomfortable for a while. But when the full truth finally straggles in, you will be very glad you didn’t jump to unripe conclusions. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A Chinese entrepreneur named Nin Nan dreamed up a unique way to generate capital: He sold dead mosquitoes online for $1 apiece, advertising them as useful for scientific research and decoration. Within two days, he received 10,000 orders. Let’s make him your patron saint and role model for the next few weeks, Virgo. May he inspire you to come up with novel ways to stimulate your cash flow. The planetary omens suggest that your originality is more likely than usual to generate concrete rewards. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The most important thing is to find out what the most important thing is,” wrote Shunryu Suzuki in his book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. That’s your assignment for the next three weeks. Do whatever it takes to find out beyond any doubt what the most important thing is. Meditate naked an hour a day. Go on long walks in the wildest places you know. Convene intense conversations about yourself with the people who know you best. Create and sign a contract with yourself in which you vow to identify the experience you want more than any other experience on Earth. No waffling allowed, Libra. What is the single most important thing? SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Sometime in the next nine months you may feel moved to embark on an adventure that will transform the way you understand reality. Maybe you will choose to make a pilgrimage to a sacred sanctuary or wander further away from your familiar comforts than you ever have before. Right now is an excellent time to brainstorm about the possibilities. If you don’t feel ready to actually begin your quest, at least formulate a master plan for the magic moment when you will be ripe. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the indigenous culture of Hawaii, “mana” refers to a
spiritual power that may abide in people, objects and natural locations. You can acquire more of it by acting with integrity and excellence, but you might lose some of it if your actions are careless or unfocused. For instance, a healer who does a mediocre job of curing her patients could lose the mana that made her a healer in the first place. I believe that similar principles hold true for non-Hawaiians. All of us have an ever-shifting relationship with the primal life force. What’s the current state of your own personal supply, Sagittarius? It’s time to make sure you’re taking full advantage of the mana you have been blessed with. Your motto: “Use it or lose it.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Have you been getting enough? I doubt it. I think you should sneak a peek into the hiding place where your insatiable cravings are stored. If you’re brave enough, also take a look at your impossible demands and your unruly obsessions and your suppressed miracles. Please note: I’m not suggesting that you immediately unleash them all; I don’t mean you should impulsively instigate an adventure that could possibly quench your ravenous yearnings. But I do believe you will benefit from becoming better acquainted with them. You could develop a more honest relationship, which would ultimately make them more trustworthy. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t tape your thumbs to your hands and stalk around pretending to be a dinosaur. Don’t poke three holes in a large plastic garbage bag and wear it as a tunic while imagining that you are a feudal serf in a post-apocalyptic, sci-fi dystopia. Don’t use a felt-tip marker to draw corporate logos on your face to show everyone what brands of consumer goods you love. To be clear: I would love you to be extravagantly creative. I hope you will use your imagination in novel ways as you have fun playing with experimental scenarios. But please exercise a modicum of discernment as you wander way outside the box. Be at least 20 percent practical. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic,” says the poet Marty McConnell. That’s good advice, Pisces—not just in regards to your intimate relationships, but about all your other alliances, too. If you’re seeking a friend or consultant or business partner or jogging companion or new pet, show a preference for those creatures who look at you like maybe you are magic. You always need to be appreciated for the sweet mystery and catalytic mojo you bring to your partnerships, but you especially need that acknowledgment now.
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