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COVER: Illegal parking at park worries residents Settlers Park is a regional attraction and — from baseball diamonds to unique playgrounds to fishing ponds — has something for everyone. But residents say parking and traffic around Settlers is “an accident waiting to happen.”

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LOCAL Penny Banner is a top 10 finalist in the “Make Your Idea Happen” contest. Her idea is an organization that would use technology to bring the classroom to kids with illnesses who have to miss school.

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Centennial senior Tanner Johnson set the state’s top mark in the long jump at the Boise Relays at Dona Larsen Park.

Joint School District No. 2 is in desperate need of another middle school, according to its superintendent. The district plans to ask voters to OK a bond issue with hopes of building a school by the fall of 2016.

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s you know, most newspapers have a “Letters to the Editor” section on their opinion page. This gives the readers a place to voice their views. The letters include the author’s name, and there are guidelines to make sure things don’t get nasty. Up until now, Meridian Press hasn’t really sought out letters to the editor. We ask for readers to post their “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” comments on Facebook to publish in our opinion section, called the “Plugged In” page. But these short comments are printed anonymously. Beyond that, there hasn’t been much room in our print edition for readers to really speak their minds and have their name printed next to their comments. Well, thanks to a recent reader suggestion, the team here at Meridian Press would like that to change. We’d like to encourage you to send us a letter to the editor. Share your views on current events. Tell us which candidates you’re supporting in government races and why. What do you think about the latest City Council or school board decisions? Tell us!

pa, ID 83651. (Meridian Press is part of the Idaho Press-Tribune and operates out of the same building.) n Include your name, address and phone number. We will only publish your name, but require the other information by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com for our records. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS n Word limit: 200 words n Any factual claims made in letters must be verifiable. n We reserve the right to edit the letter for clarity, grammar, etc. But we’ll notify you first if we change the substance of the letter. Additionally, I encourage you to “like” the Meridian Press Facebook page if you don’t already. I update the page with stories throughout the week, and I love it when these posts spur dialogue. Plus, readers have given me several story ideas by commenting on a story or asking questions. We still value your “Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down” submissions when Here’s how it works: you have a quick praise to give or a short rant. But we want to give you n Send your letter to news@mymeridianpress.com. If you’d a bigger platform to speak your mind, especially when it comes to more like to mail a hard copy, send it to 1618 N. Midland Blvd., Nam- controversial, serious or political topics.

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CRIME WATCH Meridian Police Department Log April 3-8 Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 3 batteries 1 aggravated battery 1 injury to child 1 disturbing the peace 1 theft of services 2 petit thefts 13 warrants 3 driving under the influence 4 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 failure to purchase driver’s license 2 vandalism 2 driving without privileges 1 driving without insurance 1 reckless driving 1 criminal conspiracy 1 no-contact order violation 1 resisting or obstructing 1 unlawful entry 2 possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver 1 stalking 1 fugitive to Idaho

Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 8 vehicle burglaries 5 batteries 1 runaway 3 residential burglaries 1 reckless driving 1 failure to provide insurance 2 commercial burglaries 1 petit theft 1 missing person 3 medical assists 1 soliciting without a license 4 disturbances 1 vehicle accident 1 grand theft 2 frauds 2 identity thefts 1 possession of marijuana 1 possession of a schedule IV drug 2 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 domestic battery

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ut of 16,000 contest entries, a Meridian woman is a top 10 finalist in Staples’ “Make Your Idea Happen” contest. Penny Banner, a mother of four who has lived in Meridian most her life, dreams of creating My Travel Tutor, a service that would help chronically ill students digitally attend class when they’re too sick to go to school. She’s passionate about the project to the point of tears, but she said she can’t afford the necessary equipment. Prize money from the competition would fund laptops, Submitted photo tablets, webcams and Meridian resident Penny Banner is a top 10 finalist in Staples “Make Your Idea Happen” contest. Her idea is My other school supplies. “It’s something I want Travel Tutor, an organization that would use technology to digitally bring the classroom to children with longso badly for those kids,” term illnesses who have to miss school. Banner said. “I’m trying to bridge that gap so “The need is great, and the service is small right now,” that the kids that are physically bound to their beds or by other means would be able to link back to the class- she said. “That’s why I’m so excited about (Banner’s) program ... there are limitations in all programs. Our room.” It’s up to voters to pick their favorite of the 10 final- limitation is there’s just two of us, and there’s thousands ists’ projects and help decide who wins the grand prize of kids.” Banner’s idea for My Travel Tutor took root when her of $25,000 toward Staples by Holly Beech supplies. All other final- friend’s son had to miss months of school because of an hbeech@mymeridianpress.com ists will receive awards illness and was almost held back a grade. “Once a child is sick or injured, it takes away from ev© 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for supplies. Vot- erything that was normal in their lives,” she said. “Going beyond education, I think it hits home for me as a mom ing ends April 16. Banner has been in talks with St. Luke’s Children’s that those kids can still lead a normal life and be part of Hospital about how My Travel Tutor could help young (their classmates’) lives as well, so they’re not isolated.” Banner said her family is ready to help apply for grants patients. The hospital has a school staffed with two to sustain the program. She hopes the idea spreads to teachers that educates roughly 1,000 students throughout the year, helping them stay on track with their class- other children’s hospitals across the country. mates and make a smooth transition back to school. While at the hospital, students can attend their usual VOTE classes via video stream. But if they have to miss school  Go to mymeridianpress.com to see Penny Banner’s contest video and from home, they don’t have that option. That’s where My Travel Tutor could step in, said Carla find links to where you can vote. Voters are eligible for a $100 Staples gift Hart, the hospital school supervisor. card. Voting ends April 16.

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Front page: Khadija Mnongerwa, 8, of Meridian, plays on the swings Monday afternoon at the Adventure Island Playground at Meridian’s Settlers Park.

about Settlers Park At almost 60 acres, Settlers is a regional park and the second-largest park in Meridian. It offers eight softball/baseball fields, eight flag football fields, tennis courts, a fishing pond, all-inclusive playgrounds and water features. Location: 3245 N. Meridian Road, just west of Ustick Road Park type: regional

PARKING Total parking: 715 590 parking spaces in Settlers Park; 315 of those are in the east parking lot, closest to fields used for flag football n 125 parking spaces were added to an overflow parking lot in 2012 near the baseball complex n 36 new parking spaces will be added with the completion of the new tennis courts n n

POLICE ENFORCEMENT March 2013 – March 2014: n Three parking tickets issued on Meridian Road n Four parking tickets issued on Ustick Road n Bicycle officers issued several warnings and requests that drivers move vehicles

ACCIDENTS March 2013 – March 2014: n Police say accidents near Settlers Park in the past year were not necessarily related to parking or pedestrians n Two crashes at the Meridian/ Ustick intersection n One crash at Meridian Road and Ashby Drive n One crash at Ustick Road and Venable Lane n One crash at Ustick Road and Blairmore Way SOURCE: Meridian Police

SPORTS LEAGUES Main youth leagues that use Settlers: Meridian Police Activities League Flag Football and Meridian Youth Baseball/Softball n About 700 Meridian PAL flag football players use the park on a given Saturday n About 385 to 575 MYBS players use the park on a typical spring Saturday n MYBS hosts three tournaments at Settlers during the summer that attract between 35 and 85 teams n

Settlers Park illegal roadside parking worries residents Parks and Rec officials: Challenge is getting people to park where they should

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ettlers Park is one of Meridian’s most popular attractions — and an area that some residents say is an accident waiting to happen. “There has to be a solution for the parking at the park instead of clogging the streets surrounding the park, making it unsafe for residents,” Sandra Laney posted on the Meridian Press Facebook page. With a park as popular as Settlers, managing parking is a “constant challenge,” Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway said. The city, in conjunction with Meridian Youth Baseball/Softball, added 125 overflow parking spots in the spring of 2013, bringing the total to 715. A few months before that, Ada County Highway District installed no-parking signs near park entrances in response to traffic concerns. The number of parking spots available isn’t the main issue, Siddoway said. “The challenge is getting people to park where they should,” he said. Within the past 12 months, the Meridian Police Department has issued seven parking tickets and several warnings on Meridian and Ustick roads surrounding Settlers, Meridian Police Traffic Sgt. John Gonzales said. He said the department is looking at tightening enforcement. “We are looking at addressing it in a stronger way ... We’re probably going to end up writing more parking tickets,” Gonzales said, noting that he had sent an email to his officers encouraging them to monitor the area. “This is a good time for us to remind our officers of the spring sports and the summer sports that are coming along,” he said. “It’s going to be reconditioning people to remember to adhere to those no-parking signs.” Another concern for residents is by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com vehicles parking in neighborhoods by Settlers. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS “The parking issue remains a big one for the visitors to the Settlers Park venue, but (it) is a real large nightmare to the residents of Cedar Springs,” Laney said on Facebook. “Too many U-turns being done and yards being torn up because the park visitors aren’t thinking and/or don’t care. Let’s not have a tragedy happen before something is done.” Parks and Rec said it will continue to do what it can to help. Upon the department’s request, two of the major sports leagues that use Settlers send regular messages to patrons, asking them not to park along the road or in adjacent neighborhoods and to consider carpooling. The city is also asking the highway district to adjust the timing of the Ustick/Meridian traffic light. “One of the issues we currently see is that traffic will often back

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Directly above: Jonathan Russell (16) participates in an under 11 Eagle-Emmett Mustangs lacrosse game Monday afternoon at Meridian’s Settlers Park. Top: Parents gather to watch their children play on one the many sports fields. Some residents say that parking has been a problem at the popular venue. According to Parks and Recreation Director Steve Siddoway, the number of parking spots available isn’t the main issue but rather “getting people to park where they should.” up on Meridian Road, making it difficult to exit the parking lot,” Siddoway said. “Better signal timing could help alleviate this.” Another effort, he said, has been asking the Meridian Police Activities League to more carefully manage the number of participants per season and add extra time between games to minimize parking lot congestion. Future road work might also help alleviate traffic concerns by the park, Meridian Planning Manager Caleb Hood said. The highway district’s five-year plan calls for the widening of Ustick Road between Meridian and Linder roads in the next four years. When curbing and sidewalks are added to Ustick Road, eliminating shoulder room for parking, it could help reduce parking violations, Hood said.

Timeline May 2010 Parking concerns at Settlers Park surfaced and were discussed by the Meridian Traffic Safety Commission, Meridian Police and Ada County Highway District. The commission and police asked the highway district not to install no parking signs yet for fear it would push traffic into surrounding neighborhoods, especially Cedar Springs.

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May 2012 Meridian Police Activities League voiced concerns about Settlers Parking.

The highway district installed six no parking signs on the west side of Meridian Road by the park entrance and 18 signs on the north and south sides of Ustick Road near the park entrance.

Projected for 2018 Widening planned for the Ustick/Meridian roads intersection.

SOURCES: Ada County Highway District, Meridian Police, Meridian Parks and Recreation, Meridian Youth Baseball/Softball

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LOCAL NEWS TRENDING 3 Corkscrew Cavern installed at Roaring Springs

The new Corkscrew Cavern, the Northwest’s first 360-degree looping waterslide, was flown to the top of a six-story tower Tuesday at Roaring Springs Waterpark. On the slide, the rider is propelled into a 32-inch enclosed translucent blue tunnel reaches speeds of 38 feet per second. Powerful G-forces glue the rider to the slide the entire way around the 360-degree loop.

Meridian prepares for stricter wastewater

The cost over the next 10 years of upgrading Meridian’s wastewater treatment plant, adding staff and conducing studies to meet stricter environmental regulations could be $125 million to $190 million, according to a presentation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Upcoming regulations will, among other things, be more strict about how much phosphorus and ammonia nitrogen can be in treated wastewater that’s dumped into Five Mile Creek and the Boise River.

Woman in crashed car had recently survived fire

A 32-year-old Meridian woman who had survived a house fire earlier this year was trapped in her car for hours on March 26 after getting in an accident. Tarah Colwell’s car was spotted in a ravine off Highway 95 in western Oregon by transportation officials, according to Oregon State Police. She was taken to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, treated and released. In January, Colwell and her mother, Judy Colwell, were rescued by two men when their house in Meridian caught on fire. They’ve had to temporarily move because of the damage.

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Helen Mary Mertens, 93, of Guy Pound, 87, of Nampa, died,

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92, of Boise, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at a Boise care facility. Services are pending, Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

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ridian, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at his home. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833. died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at a local care center. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833 died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at her home of natural causes. Services are pending with Dakan Funeral Chapel. 459-3629

THINGS TO DO Today MERIDIAN — Teen Movie Friday, 3 p.m. Cherry Lane branch of Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to the library to watch a movie. For upcoming movie titles, visit the teen bulletin board located in the Cherry Lane lobby. This is a drop-in program.

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Meridian-based web design and marketing agency Tribute Media has hired Lindsey Bowshier as project manager. She will communicate with clients and make sure Tribute Media is as efficient as possible for each project. She will also continue to write for the marketing department. Greg Mapes n Valley Wide Cooperative announced Greg Mapes has been hired as propane division manager. Mapes will oversee all activity in that department. Mapes has 20 years of experience in the business. n Boise-based real estate company Magellan Companies announced it will affiliate with Century 21 Real Estate and will operate as Century 21 Magellan. The company will specialize in residential and commercial real estate. Century 21 Magellan is independently owned and operated, but will now share the market power and affiliation with the world’s largest residential real estate franchise sales organization, the company said. n

MERIDIAN — Stand Up Idaho 5K Non-competitive fun run/walk, 9 a.m. Kleiner Memorial Park, 1900 N. Records Ave. Stand Up Idaho is hosting a non-competitive 5k fun run and walk to help move the country forward. For information, go to standupamerica.us. Registration is $10, $5/children 10-17 and $20/speed and agility camp. EAGLE — IngerStrong Golf Tournament, 9 a.m., Eagle Hills Golf Course, 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle. Energy Enterprise Group is putting on a golf tournament to raise funds for local Rocky Mountain High School coach and Eagle High School teacher Zach Ingersoll, who is fighting cancer. The tournament is open to all skill levels. Lunch catered by Mickey Ray's at 1:30 p.m. Like the “Coach Ingersoll Golf Tournament” Facebook page for more information. NAMPA — Egg Drop Contest, 1

Meridian, died April 7, 2014,at a local Thursday, April 3, 2014, at a local care home. Arrangements by Boise hospital. The family has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Funeral Home, Aclesa Chapel. Nampa for their final arrangements. Kenneth Morrow, 74, of (208) 466-3545 Nampa, died Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his home. The family has placed Jean Shelton, 94, of Nampa, trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Cha- died Monday, April 7, 2014, at a local pel, Nampa for their final arrange- care center. The family has placed ments. (208) 466-3545 trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangeLowanda Munster, 79, of ments. (208) 466-3545 Nampa, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at a local hospital. The fam- Virginia Woodruff, 90, of ily has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Nampa, died Monday, April 7, 2014, Funeral Chapel, Nampa, for their final at a local care center. The family has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral arrangements. (208)466-3545 Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangeRay O. Pack, 88, of Meridian, ments. (208) 466-3545 died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at a local hospital. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833

p.m. Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd. Children 16 and under are invited to partake an egg drop contest. Parents are welcome to help their children design a device that will protect a raw egg from breaking when it falls. If the egg doesn’t break, they will be entered to win an iPad mini and a $50 iTunes gift card. Prizes will be awarded for lightest device, most creative design and the egg with the biggest splash. Go to shopkarchermall.com for information.

Sunday CALDWELL — Caldwell Fine Arts Festival Accomplished Students honor recital, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Langroise Recital Hall at The College of Idaho, 2112 Cleveland Blvd. The two concerts will recognize seniors who earned their fourth or higher superior rating at a festival held April 5. The recitals will recognize seniors who have participated in four or more years and award pins to those who have earned their third superior rating this year.

Monday MERIDIAN — Fit and Fall Proof Class, 11 a.m. Cherry Lane branch of Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Seniors are invited to learn how to prevent injuries that can cause loss of independence. The class will go over simple exercises that help increase strength, balance and endurance. MERIDIAN — Silly Song and Dance, 10:30 a.m. Silverstone branch of

Meridian Library, 3531 E. Overland Road. Toddlers and preschoolers along with their guardians are invited to stretch, dance and sing to help increase the children's coordination, rhythm and selfregulation. This is a drop-in program.

Tuesday BOISE — Idaho Job and Career Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Boise Hotel, 3300 Vista Ave. Attend the free Idaho Job and Career Fair to help local businesses and local organizations find interested candidates who are in between jobs or looking for a new career. The fair will also feature free workshops on resume and interviews. MERIDIAN — LEGO Club, 4:30 p.m. Silverstone branch of Meridian Library, 3531 E. Overland Road. Children of all ages are invited to play with LEGO's. Children under five must have a guardian present at all times. This is a drop-in program.

Wednesday NAMPA — “No Greater Love,” 7 p.m. Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. S. Each Easter week, the Nampa First Church presents a play called “No Greater Love.” This year will mark the 35th year the play has been performed. The production, written and directed by Bette Dale Moore, involves hundreds of actors, choir members, and extras in portraying the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Admission is $5, available at nampaciviccenter.com.

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SCHOOLS

Meridian school district plans to absorb private arts academy

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ustin Nielsen co-founded a private arts academy in Eagle seven years ago when his after-school music program ballooned to 350 students. Now, that school — Fresco Arts Academy, which serves 118 students in grades 6-12 — will likely join the ranks of Joint School District No. 2. The plan is moving forward, but district trustees still need to officially vote on it, district spokesman Eric Exline said. Transitioning to a public school brings up a lot of questions for Fresco’s students and 20 teachers, many of whom aren’t certified to work in the district. by Holly Beech Though the district hopes hbeech@mymeridianpress.com to maintain the school’s vi© 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS sion and is interested in retaining certified teachers, Exline said, no one knows yet what exactly Fresco will look like next year. Even so, Nielsen said this opportunity is a “miracle” — one that will save the school from closing because of financial struggles. “I absolutely feel like this is a good step, and even making it seven years was a dream come true to me,” Nielsen said. His dream, and the teachers’ vision, is to instill passion for the arts in students. Just walk down the school’s hallway, and you’ll hear piano solos or groups playing songs together. You’ll see drawings and paintings on the walls. Students are singing, laughing, drawing and collaborating in small groups. But that vision was threatened by financial losses. In 2010-2011, Fresco spent $602,658 more than it brought in, according to nonprofit tax forms found at propublica. org. The following year, expenses were again higher than revenue, but this time by about $40,500. The school’s Board of Directors — including Tommy Ahlquist and Christian Gardner with Gardner Co. and Orville and Heidi Thompson of Scentsy, Inc. — said in a newsletter April 4 they’ve been wrestling to find a way to ensure Fresco’s long-term success. These board members joined Fresco two years ago, when the school changed its name from Arts West. Becoming part of the district, they said, provides the solution they’ve been seeking. Under the district’s leadership, some things will have to change. Such small class sizes are financially unsustainable, Exline said. “We’re going to have to operate it differently but also try to maintain the heart of what they’ve done,” he said. Several students told Meridian Press they’re not as concerned about class sizes as they are about their teachers. While some of Fresco’s teachers have master’s degrees, others, like Nielsen, don’t have a bachelor’s degree and aren’t certified to teach in the district. “My one comment would be, keep the teachers, because they’re the reason I’m here,” senior Mike Sanderson said. “I love them … They’re fantastic.” Though all current students will be given the option to stay at the school, all the teachers will not, district

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From left: Students Brayden Riley, Alex Kent and J.P. Burke jam together during a music class at Fresco Arts Academy in Eagle. Next year, the school plans to become a public school under Joint School District No. 2. superintendent Linda Clark said. “We certainly would like to retain some of them, but the rule … is that they are certified and highly qualified,” she said. Obtaining that certification ��� especially for teachers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree — would be a hard task to complete by fall, Clark said.

more money from the state and will be able to use onetime emergency monies to cover increased enrollment. The state currently provides $4,100 per pupil each year, and that amount will increase next year thanks to the state’s increased schools budget.

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Becoming a public school is a win-win-win, for the school, for the district and for the students, said Fresco Arts Academy Executive Director Kendell Nielsen, Justin Nielsen’s dad. “We’ve never wanted to be an elitist school, and now, we have an opportunity to provide this wonderful magic to anybody,” he said. Fresco’s tuition is $8,400 each year, but the school has an annual $250,000 scholarship fund that helps 80 percent of students. It draws students from a 30-mile radius. “My parents are excited because they won’t have to pay for it anymore,” freshman Emmelyn Redd said. With this financial hurdle out of the way, more families are showing interest in the school, Exline said. But how many students the facility can hold, along with how many teachers it will need, is yet to be determined. Students who aren’t grandfathered in will have to audition to attend Fresco, Clark said. If there are more qualified students than space, the district will hold a lottery, as it does with other schools of choice.

Fresco’s music, art, dance and theater programs for grades 6-12 will fill a void that’s been on the district’s radar for some time — the need for advanced performing arts programs beyond the elementary level. “We didn’t have a really good continuum for the highest achieving kids who might really be pursuing the arts as a career,” said Exline, whose son attended Fresco. But some taxpayers may be wondering how the district can take on another school when it just asked voters to renew a $14 million supplemental levy. Fresco is donating the equipment, such as instruments, recording equipment and desks, and will lease the facility at a modest rate, Clark said. “The reason that this makes sense is because we have more space that’s not going to cost us anything this year. We have equipment that we don’t have to buy, and it (the equipment) is a considerable investment,” Exline said. “It’s really a gift,” Clark said. With the addition of new students — the goal is a future enrollment of 210, Clark said — the district will get

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THE SIDE Music What: Hell’s Belles When: 8:30 p.m. tonight Where: Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise Tickets: $13-$30, available at (866) 468-7624, ticketweb.com, knittingfactory.com or The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise

if you go WHAT: Jaker’s Bar and Grill Restaurant WHERE: 3268 E. Pine St. HOURS: Lunch: Mon-Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner: Mon-Thurs 3 to 10 p.m. Fri-Sat 3 to 11 p.m. Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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hil “Jake” Jones didn’t plan a career in cooking when graduated from Borah High School and started college at the University of Idaho on a full football scholarship. Jones said he didn’t transition well from high school ball to college ball. “I lost (my scholarship) my first year because by Ginny Kier Eggleston I wasn’t a very good college football player,” news@mymeridianpress.com Jones said, “so I had to get a job.” © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS Jones got a job cooking at UI’s Gamma Phi Beta sorority house under a head chef who was one of the best cooks in the area. That’s where Jones said he learned how to cook. Cooking supported Jones financially through college, where he earned a degree in business. “I went to the University of Idaho on a full scholarship and failed,” he said. “What came out of it was cooking.” Jones went on to manage several college food services before opening his first restaurant, aptly named Jake’s, in Pocatello in 1975. “Because I knew the food part, I knew I could make it,” Jones said. Jones took a break from the business, selling the properties and name Jake’s. But Jones found he missed

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2. Play in the park Meridian has numerous neighborhood and city parks with a range of amenities. Head to meridiancity.org for a complete list of parks and features. 3. Shop downtown Have you been to downtown Meridian

lately? Grab a bite to eat see what downtown merchants have to offer. 4. Go fishing Settlers Park pond is stocked with fish and is perfect for a family fishing trip.

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What: Joe Nichols When: 8 p.m. tonight Where: Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood, Garden City Tickets: $29.50-$59.50, available at ticketfly.com or (877) 435-9849 What: Typhoon with Wild Ones and Hollow Wood When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise Tickets: $15-$35, available at (866) 468-7624, ticketweb.com, knittingfactory.com or The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise

Theater What: Boise Contemporary Theater presents “The Uncanny Valley” When: 8 p.m. tonight-Saturday, April 16-19, 23-26; 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 26 Where: Boise Contemporary Theater, 854 Fulton St., Boise Tickets: $15, available at 331-9224 or bctheater.org What: Boise Little Theater presents “Harvey” When: 8 p.m. tonightSaturday, April 18-19, 25-26; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and April 24 and 2 p.m. April 20, 26 Where: Boise Little Theater, 100 Fort St., Boise Tickets: $14, $11/students and seniors, available at boiselittletheater.org

Show What: Ballet Idaho presents “Alice in Wonderland” When: 8 p.m. tonight-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday Where: Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez lane, Boise Tickets: $38-$58, available at 426-1110 or boisestatetickets.com What: “SPANK! HARDER: The Sequel (SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody)” When: 5:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday Where: Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise Tickets: $30, available at 387-1273, egyptiantheatre.net, The Record Exchange at BLA or the Boise Co-op, 888 W. Fort St., Boise

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the Greenbelt. There is ample parking at the Garden City access point located at Glenwood and Marigold streets.

BOISE — The story about a young boy and his imaginary friend, Harvey, will be performed by Boise Little Theater at 8 p.m. Friday at 100 E. Fort St. The play will follow a young boy, Elwood, who attempts to introduce his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party. However, his sister quickly attempts to intervene and sends Elwood off to a sanitarium. While there, staff and doctors believe it’s his sister who must be quarantined. Elwood shows up at the hospital looking for Harvey and makes the staff believe he is completely sane. Tickets are $11-$14 and available at boiselittletheater. org.

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BOISE — Ballet Idaho will have its premiere of “Alice in Wonderland” at 8 p.m. tonight. The ballet will continue its performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Morrison Center, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane. Choreographer Alex Ossadnik said there is no true traditional story to “Alice in Wonderland.” It took Ossadnik several years to complete the ballet that will feature the full company along with 40 children from Ballet Idaho Academy. While he created his own version of “Alice in Wonderland,” it will still have some of the landmarks like the rabbit, the Queen and the cards. Tickets are $38-$58 and available at 426-1110 or boisestatetickets.com.

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the business and that’s when he launched Jakers Bar and Grill Restaurants. Jones’ business has now expanded to Montana where his partner, Justin Philbrick, manages Jakers in Missoula, as well as two Red Robin restaurants — one in Billings and one in Missoula. Philbrick also started as a full-time college student cooking for Jakers in Missoula while he worked toward a degree in business at the University of Montana. In 2009, after Philbrick graduated college, Jones took Philbrick on as a partner. With the help of Philbrick, Jones has plans to expand into both Washington and Nevada where they have property to build on. Even as Jakers expands, Jones continues to focus on food quality and good service. “(Philbrick) and I grew up in the business; we cooked before and even during when we were managers,” he said. “All our managers know how to cook.” Jones said lasting success is built on the people you hire. “We just seem to have a lot of people working for us that enjoy working for us,” he said. “We have friendly and intelligent people which makes it a lot easier to please the guests.”

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entennial High senior Tanner Johnson unfurled a long jump of 23 feet, 2 inches April 5 at the Boise Relays, further solidifying his reputation as the state’s top long jumper. The defending 5A state champion set a personal best at Dona Larsen Park and put some distance between himself and his competitors. His jump is 1 foot, 0.25 inches better than the next best jump, across all classifications, in the state this spring — a 22-1.25 jump

from Boise’s Peyton Harris, also at the Boise Relays. Meanwhile, Mountain View senior Cambree Harbaugh set three statebest marks in the girls meet and is making plenty of noise on her own. She holds the state’s best marks in the 100-meter dash (12.67 seconds), the long jump (18-1.75) and the triple jump (38-7). She is Idaho’s defending long jump champion. Eagle junior Kolbi Sims also owns the state’s best high jump (5-2) among girls after the Boise Relays.

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Centennial’s Tanner Johnson splashes into the long jump pit April 4 at the Boise Relays at Dona Larsen Park. Johnson jumped 23 feet, 2 inches, the best distance in the state this year, according to results posted on athletic.net.

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SCHOOLS Joint School District No. 2 is in desperate need of another middle school, according to Superintendent Linda Clark. The district plans to ask voters to approve a bond issue this summer, with hopes of building Victory Middle School by the fall of 2016 to relieve overcrowding at Lake Hazel Middle in south Meridian. Holly Beech/MP

Victory Middle School could open in 2016 if bond passes

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ictory Middle School will likely be the next school to be built in Joint School District No. 2. At Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, officials saw renderings and floor plans of the school. The school would be located on Stoddard Road near the Overland Road intersection. There’s a “drastic” need for another middle school to relieve crowding at Lake Hazel Middle, district Deputy Superintendent Bruce Gestrin said. But, he said, building Victory is “totally contingent on the bond.” Voters, who last month renewed a twoyear, $14 million supplemental levy for the school district, will be asked Aug. 26 to approve a bond issue that the district would use, in part, to build the new middle school. The exact dollar amount of the bond issue is still being worked out by a committee, but it’s expected to be around $80 million, Gestrin said. Palm Sunday, March 28 10:00 am The typical cost of building a middle Procession of Palms & The Passion of school, he said, is $28Christ million. The bond Chancel Choir, Koinonia Bells, soloists committee still must determine what it wants to do with the rest of the money. Victory would sit on 27 acres, have the same design and 1,000-student capacity as Maundy Thursday, April 1 7:00schools pm in the district. many other middle Seder Service with Communion The district plans to sell 13 extra acres next to the site, which Gestrin estimates will 1076167 bring in $600,000 to $700,000. Easter Celebration, April 4 10:00 am Chancel Choir, Koinonia Bells, soloists

In the next year or hbeech@mymeridianpress.com two, Gestrin © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS said, the district will probably look at building an elementary school in that same area in the Southridge Subdivision. Since fall 2008, total enrollment in the district has increased by 2,720 students.

by Holly Beech

BACKGROUND ON BONDS Bonds require a two-thirds majority vote to pass and are primarily used to construct, improve or demolish buildings, acquire land and buy buses. The district last issued a bond in 2005 worth $139.8 million, which it used to build eight schools, including Rocky Mountain High School, buy land and improve facilities. The district has $19.6 million left in bond payments dating back to 1998, which funded the construction of 18 schools. For taxpayers in the district, the bond levy rate this school year amounts to $162.81 per $100,000 of taxable property value.

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Come to our April 23 town hall meeting, help shape Meridian’s future Spring is in the air, and with it, we are seeing a great amount of activity in all corners of our community. South Meridian is seeing its fair share! New neighborhood developments are sprouting up, businesses are opening their doors and the planned Meridian Road Interchange Rebuild project will soon be getting under way. These changes are bringing new housing choices, retail options and improved infrastructure and services. Amidst the excitement and energy, I have no doubt that this pace of improvement activity brings with it questions and concerns. Last year, we held a very successful town hall meeting where we talked about many of these same issues occurring in north Meridian. As part of our discussion, we included a tutorial on the project planning process. Those who attended said they appreciated the opportunity to learn more about what the city is doing to prepare for new residents and businesses. They also expressed a greater feeling of inclusion in the challenging processes of planning for our everchanging city landscape. We want to bring this same type of information-sharing to the community once again — this time, specifically focusing on the projects being planned or already under way in south Meridian. You’re invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Broadview University, 2750 E. Gala St. (off Overland, between Locust Grove and Eagle).

Come learn more about how the city is preparing for the future and how you can be involved in the planning and development process. From the time a project is filed with the city to the time a business holds its grand opening or a new residential area welcomes its first family, a lot goes on behind the scenes. By attending the upcoming town hall meeting, you can learn more about the process of what occurs both before and after you see a “public hearing notice.” You’ll gain information on how to find out about any new developments in your area and how and when you can ask your questions and register your concerns. Meridian is now (one of Idaho’s largest cities) in population, as more families and businesses discover our unmatched amenities and quality of life. Only through careful, open and inclusive planning can we ensure this development will be orderly and in the best interests of everyone involved. So please accept my personal invitation to join us at the upcoming town hall meeting for an opportunity to learn more about how you and your city can work together to plan for what’s ahead. It’s inevitable, change is coming; this is your chance to learn how you can have a voice and help paint the picture of what our city will look like in the months and years to come.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — a common phrase that rolls off the tongue. For a school breakfast program operating under the United States Department of Agriculture, it is a nutrition prescription. Participating schools must follow specific federal nutrition standards. In order for these schools to receive funds for their meals, they must assure these nutrition standards are in place and practiced. The USDA school breakfast menus contain all the keys to a healthy breakfast. Their breakfasts provide 25 percent of the recommended dietary allowances of calories, protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C for the day and less than 30 percent of calories from fat. Not only is each breakfast healthy, it is affordable at $1.40. It has been proven that getting a balanced breakfast each day will help children focus and perform better in school. The Food Research and Action Center School Breakfast Scorecard reported that school breakfast participation continues to rise, but did not grow fast enough to meet the urgent need of children to receive a healthy breakfast every day.

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Advertising Sales Representative Idaho Press-Tribune, Nampa Idaho

Do you have a solid understanding of Advertising Sales and Digital Marketing? Do you understand the needs of local business owners? Do you enjoy working in a fast paced, deadline driven environment? Can you spend the majority of your day in front of customers building relationships? If you answered YES to all these questions we would like to meet you. We are a local privately owned company that has been doing business in the Treasure Valley for 130 years. We are well respected and well known. We are a leader in providing local information and advertising solutions to local business. In this role you will work closely with local businesses to develop marketing plans and prospect new advertisers. This is a wonderful opportunity to sell a host of robust proven advertising solutions in both print, digital and social media. We need a professional sales executive who is motived to achieve success everyday. We provide an outstanding work environment, training, support, resources, a competitive base salary and a monthly bonus program with uncapped earning potential. We provide a computer, a tablet and expense reimbursement for mileage and cell phone. We also offer a full suite of benefits including health, dental, life, 401k, paid vacation and sick time. You must have a valid Idaho driver's license along with a good driving record. Please email a cover letter explaining why you are the perfect fit for this opportunity with specific directly related examples of past success in a similar role. Email a cover letter and resume to jobs@idahopress.com Desired Skills and Experience Strong selling skills. Creative thinker & problem solver. Strong digital understanding. Excellent customer service and follow through. Good sense of humor. About this company Idaho Press-Tribune The roots of the Idaho Press-Tribune go back to December 1883 in Caldwell - with the first paper coming off the press just months after Caldwell was established as a city. Nampa city was established in 1885. The Idaho Press-Tribune is the second largest daily newspaper in the State of Idaho with a weekly audience reach of over 90,000 people. The Idaho Press-Tribune is owned by Pioneer News Group, a privately held, independent family owned company. The Idaho Press-Tribune also publishes the Emmett Messenger-Index and the Meridian Press.

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