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COVER: Idaho academy gives drop-outs a second chance Idaho Youth Challenge Academy, a school to propel at-risk students toward graduating high school, opens in northcentral Idaho in January. The Meridian community can learn more about this academy at a forum next week.


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SPORTS NEWS Centennial High boys and girls soccer teams finish second at the 5A state soccer tournaments

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This week’s question: North Meridian has seen new roads, business developments and parks recently. How would candidates ensure that the needs of South Meridian residents are also being addressed?

Meridian set aside $60,000 this budget year for an extended ValleyRide bus route in Meridian. Officials are collaborating to work out details of the route, and hope to offer the new service by June.

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f your mom has ever tried to sneak spinach into your brownies, I empathize with you. If she ever replaced vegetable oil with prune puree or applesauce in her chocolate-chip cookies, or opted for mashed-up white beans instead of Crisco, let me just say, I feel your pain. If she ever perked your interest with her cupcakes that have “onetenth the calories” and then brought over a tray of miniature cupcakes, I can totally understand your disappointment. My mom, bless her heart, is just trying to make healthier snacks. And looking back, I can’t thank her enough. Thanks to my health-conscious mom, I now enjoy wheat bread and multigrain pancakes way more than white bread and buttermilk pancakes. (Although there are some days when nothing beats a fluffy buttermilk pancake.) As a kid, snacking straight out of my mom’s vegetable garden — rather than a cupboard full of processed foods — developed my love for fresh veggies. The downside is my co-workers have to put up with the loud crunch of my daily “carrot time” as I munch at my desk. But hey, it’s good for me, so they can’t complain too much. And really, as much as I give my mom a hard time about her tricky

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CRIME WATCH Oct. 23-29 Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 8 driving under the influence 1 possession of prescription drugs without a prescription 3 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 under the influence of a controlled substance in public 6 warrants 1 careless driving 1 juvenile possession of cigarettes 1 resisting or obstructing law enforcement 4 concealed weapons violations 1 juvenile school harassment 1 juvenile intimidation/bullying 1 contempt of court 4 batteries 1 eluding law enforcement personnel 1 petit theft 6 possession of marijuana 2 possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver 1 parole violation 1 juvenile possession of alcohol 1 juvenile battery 1 domestic battery

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ROADREPORT Ustick Road west of Meridian Road, intermittent lane restriction with flagging through Dec. 4 for concrete work. n Ten Mile Road and Victory Road at and in all directions from the intersection, lane restrictions through Nov. 15 for signal installation or repair.

BOISE (AP) — Gov. Butch Otter wants the requirement for everybody to have insurance by 2014 delayed 12 months amid glitches in Internet health care exchanges across the nation, including Idaho. Idaho is currently relying on federal software to enroll people in coverage via its Your Health Idaho insurance exchange. In a letter Wednesday, Otter told U.S. Health and

BOISE — In the first year named as the event’s title beneficiary, St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital received $70,000 from the FitOne 5K and 9K. The money will assist with programs that work to improve physical activity, nutrition and education to promote lifelong healthy habits for local children. Allocation of funds to specific programs will be managed through the Childhood Obesity Initiative Council for Excellence.

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ADA COUNTY — More than $100,000 in railroad equipment was stolen from railway cars parked southeast of Boise, Ada County Sheriff’s Office Community Information Officer Patrick Orr said. Detectives from the sheriff’s office and Union Pacific Police say the 140 vehicle batteries, 112 condenser refrigeration units and large amounts of copper piping disappeared between the beginning of September and Oct. 5.

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The Transportation Commission is looking for a Meridian resident willing to serve on the commission through May 2016. Members of the commission advise the mayor and City Council on traffic safety and transportation issues within Meridian. They also review and recommend priority road and intersection projects, including those in the Ada County Highway District’s Five Year Work Plan, evaluate speed limits, identify ways to improve pedestrian safety and work to improve the overall safety on Meridian roadways. The commission meets the first Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Meridian City Hall. If you would like to be considered for appointment to the commission, please send a letter of interest and resume to Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd by Nov. 8, addressed to Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, ID 83642. Members are appointed to the commission by the mayor and confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council.

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tactics when it comes to baking desserts, I can’t complain either. I’m fortunate she was looking out for me. In Idaho, 81.5 percent of youth don’t eat the recommended servings by Holly Beech of fruits and vegetables, according to the United Way of Treasure Val- © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS ley’s 2011 Community Assessment. But there are efforts to reverse this trend, like United Way’s After School Snack Program. Albertsons recently committed to fund 54,000 healthy snacks for the program. That’s awesome! Plus, the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County’s nutrition director said it’s pretty cute to see how excited the students get about healthy snacks like fresh fruit and yogurt. That’s all for now, my carrots are calling my name.

BOISE — A memorial service is scheduled for two women who died at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, according to a Facebook page run by family and friends of the women. The service for Amelia “Amy” Linkert and Dr. Jodean “Jo” Elliott-Blakeslee is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 N.

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About 8,000 people participated in the two-day FitOne event in late September through the Boise Centre, which included free health screenings, a 5K run/walk and a women’s only 9K. Thieves also siphoned away hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel. Whoever took the equipment likely used a large truck and made multiple trips to the site. The condensers look like car radiators and weigh about 90 pounds each, Orr said in a prepared statement. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the Ada County Sheriff’s Office at 377-6790 and ask to speak to a property crimes detective. Investigators say the boy was a passenger in a car when he pointed the firearm at the bus driver. A short time later the teen allegedly pointed the gun at the girl as the car was driving by. Later at school, the girl called her mother, who then called police. The girl provided police with a description and officers ultimately found the car with the suspect and a black handgun — which turned out to be a BB gun. 11th St. in Boise. The two women were last seen alive on Sept. 19. It is believed the two headed out from the Tree Molds trailhead for a short hike without food, water or protective clothing. They were reported missing Sept. 24, and the search began that day. Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, worked as a physician in the Boise area. Linkert, 69, was retired from the Meridian School District. Subscription rates

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Front page: Dionicio Vega is an admissions counselor for the Idaho Youth Challenge Academy.

about the academy IDAHO YOUTH CHALLENGE ACADEMY 110-115: size of first class, starting in January in Pierce, Idaho. 16-18: age of students — called cadets — who have dropped out of high school or are at-risk. $0: cost to cadets. $14,800: average cost of program per cadet. $2.6 million: estimated annual cost of the academy. Approximate funding: n 75 percent federally, through the National Guard Bureau n 25 percent state, through the Idaho Department of Education, based on attendance 14: number of high school credits offered — about one year’s worth — that can be applied at any Idaho high school. 40-45: staff size, including former military members, educators, counselors and a former New Plymouth principal. 22: number of weeks students will live at the academy. 12: number of months a mentor will keep in touch with students after they leave the academy. More at Source: Idaho Youth Challenge Academy staff

about the nationwide program NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE 1993: founding year 100,000 cadets have graduated 50,000 academic credits have been issued Of the Challenge program’s 2011 graduates: n 54 percent received their high school diploma or GED n 47 percent joined the work force n 9 percent joined the military n 44 percent continued their education  Read a 2011 independent report tracking the success of National Youth Challenge Program graduates:


ext week in Meridian, Idaho Youth Challenge Academy staff will hold a community forum to explain what this new school is all about. The academy, located in the small north-central Idaho town of Pierce, is the 35th National Guard Youth Challenge Program to open nationwide. It will accept more than 100 at-risk teens for the first 22week residential program, which starts in January. “The biggest thing for us is, it’s not a mandated program — and I think that’s a misconception out there,” Idaho Youth Challenge Academy Director Derek Newland said. “We’re not a military boot camp, we’re not a military recruiting tool. We’re an academic intervention to help kids who have made bad decisions get back on track. … Our main focus is credit recovery.” Those who join must be 16 DROP-OUT RATES to 18 years old and have either dropped out of high school Idaho rates 1.4 percent: drop-out rate in 2010, down from 6.2 or be at risk of dropping out. During their residency at the percent in 1997 academy — which is free — 2,109 Idaho high school students dropped out in they’ll have the chance to 2006-07 earn a year’s worth of high school credits and gain ca- National rates reer, leadership and life skills 3.4 percent: drop-out rate (2010) in a highly-structured envi7 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds nationwide were ronment. The academy’s southwest not enrolled in school and had not earned a high school Idaho admissions counselor, credential in 2011. 23-year-old Dionicio Vega of Nampa, knows well what In Joint School District No. 2 these students are going 171 high school students dropped out in 2006-07. through. After brushing off 89 high school students dropped out in 2010-11. class and letting his grades slip — basically just showing SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics; Idaho up to school to see friends, State Department of Education; Joint School District No. 2 he said — Vega was told his senior year he didn’t have enough credits to graduate. MEET THE STAFF It also cost him two full-ride college scholarship offers to WHAT: Idaho Youth Challenge Academy community forum play soccer. “You truly realize that WHEN: 7 p.m., Nov. 7 there’s that point and time in WHERE: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2610 E. Freeway life that you can’t keep mess- Drive, Meridian ing around,” he said. “So I de- CONTACT: Dionicio Vega, Southwest Idaho admissions cided to go to this program.” counselor — At the time he was living in Oregon, which has a National Youth Challenge Program. When he saw how many other teens were struggling — and realized he could be a leader in his class and help others — Vega pushed full steam ahead. “Throughout the program I really did excel in everything I did. Anything that they gave me I just, I wanted to complete it at 110 percent,” he said. He held leadership roles, such as student body president, and brought his grades back up to a 3.25 by Holly Beech GPA before graduating. He formed close ships with his team leaders, who even shed tears © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS when the students graduated, he said. Now, years later, Vega serves in the Army National Guard and is preparing for his second tour to the Middle East. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in February. And Vega is excited to be pointing students toward an academy that took him — a student without goals or belief in himself — and put his feet back on a good path. “People label these kids right away, that you’re a ‘troubled’ kid. … And I can’t stand that, because they’re not troubled, they just haven’t found their way to success yet,” he said. “ … We just want to show them that they do have greatness within themselves.”

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Top: A team of cadets enjoy the great outdoors at Camp Hahobas Scout Reservation in Washington in June 2010. Idaho’s new academy is the 35th National Guard Youth Challenge Program in the country. Directly above: Brigadier Gen. Gordon Toney hands out awards to Washington Youth Academy cadets in September 2010 in Bremerton, Wash. Below: Cadets enjoying a team building activity at the Washington Youth Academy in June 2010.

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Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd waits to ring up several carts full of items at the Grocery Grab on Tuesday morning at Albertsons’ Cherry Lane location.

Albertsons grant will provide healthy snacks for schools To help fund the After School Snack Program for local students, United Way of Treasure Valley hosted a “Grocery Grab” Tuesday at the Cherry Lane Albertsons. Mayor Tammy de Weerd had two minutes to collect as many groceries as possible — which came to a value of $3,183. In turn, Albertsons donated $3,500 to the United Way After School Snack Program, which is providing 54,000 healthy snacks this school year at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County and Nampa and the Caldwell Family YMCA. United Way of Treasure Valley helps connect the After School Snack Program with funding from companies including Albertsons and Bank of America. To foster additional support for the program, Albertsons in February will run a campaign allowing local shoppers to donate directly to the program at any Treasure Valley Albertsons cash register. n

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Valkyrie Loman has joined DataTel as the network sales manager. She will lead a team of network professionals who provide free consultation and representation for local business to providers of dial-tone and Valkyrie Loman Susan Tavernier Internet services. n Idaho State University has hired Susan Tavernier, Ph.D. as an assistant nursing professor and head of the Accelerated Nursing Program at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Cristy Bledsoe Marshall Jewell Center. ISU-Meridian also welcomed clinical assistant professor Cristy Bledsoe, Ph.D., and clinical instructor Marshall Jewell, M.S.N. n

n recognition of the company’s years of success, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch has named Micro 100 Tool Corporation as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for October. The Meridian company will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the United States Senate. Jim Risch “This small business exempliU.S. senator fies the perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit of Idaho,” Risch said in a prepared statement. “An indispensable member of the Meridian community, Micro 100 has been a leading manufacturer in the region and is now a $15 million dollar a year company. I congratulate everyone at Micro 100 on their success and wish them the very best in the future.” Founded in 1969, Micro 100 has grown from a Holly Beech/MP father-and-son team in a home carport to a multiScott Drake, a process specialist operator who has been with Micro 100 Tool Corporation million dollar carbide tool manufacturer employfor 30 years, works on a tool grinding machine. Micro 100 is Meridian’s largest manuing more than 100 Idahoans. “Our whole business has been built on custom- facturer and is one of the companies that brought new jobs to the city in the past year. er relations and employee relations,” said Micro 100 President Dale Newberry, son of founder Jack the company for more than 10 years, he said. Newberry. Micro 100 is also a 2013 recipient of the Meridian The company has built a reputation for quality prod- Chamber of Commerce Business of Year award. ucts throughout the region, he said. Sen. Risch is the highest ranking Republican on the “Whenever we go to trade shows we just receive acco- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurlades continually from our customers,” Newberry said. ship, which, among other tasks, oversees the Small Busi“But just as important is our relationship with our em- ness Administration. ployees.” Almost half of Micro 100’s employees have been with n Reporter Holly Beech contributed to this report.

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Eighth St. The 11th Annual Meridian Middle School Holiday Bazaar will be held in the main school building and cafeteria. More than 100 crafters and vendors with handcrafted items will be in attendance.



BOISE — Fettucine Forum: David Adler, 5:30 p.m., 718 W. Idaho St., Rose Room. Director of the Boise State University Andrus Center for Public Policy David Adler will address Japanese-Americans internment camps and the forgotten Bill of Rights. Free. Call 433-5670 for more information.

MERIDIAN — Transportation Commission meeting, 3:30-5:30 p.m., 33 E. Broadway, City Council Chambers. MERIDIAN — Baby Bugs, 11:30 a.m., Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Designed for our youngest library users, between 6 and 18 months old. Sing, clap, bounce, enjoy stories and participate in playful activities. MERIDIAN — Children’s Theatre Workshop, 4:30 p.m., Silverstone branch of the Meridian Library, 3531 E. Overland Road. Beth Bertulis from Ace Leadership will be the guest presenter for this special class. She will teach the fundamentals of children’s theatre. Class size is limited to 15 participants, please sign up to attend. For ages 8-12.

Saturday MERIDIAN — Meridian Middle School Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1507 W. Eighth St. The 11th Annual Meridian Middle School Holiday Bazaar will be held in the main school building and cafeteria. More than 100 crafters and vendors with handcrafted items will be in attendance.


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4:30-7:30 p.m., 33 E. Broadway, Meridian City Hall. Come view the latest art on display at Initial Point Gallery, located on the third floor. The featured artists will be on hand to welcome you. Light refreshments will also be served. MERIDIAN — Preteen Crafts, 4:30 p.m., Cherry Lane branch of the Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. This month we’re making button bracelets. Make one to keep or give as a gift. As always there will be yummy treats to share. For ages 10-12.

Wednesday MERIDIAN — City Council meeting, 6-10 p.m., 33 E. Broadway, City Council Chambers.

Thursday MERIDIAN — Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, 6-10 p.m., 33 E. Broadway, City Council Chambers. MERIDIAN — Preschool Storytime and Craft, 11 a.m., Silverstone branch of the Meridian Library, 3531 W. Overland Road. Stories and craft activities on a weekly theme geared toward early literacy skills for children ages 3-6.

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rom toddlers to high school seniors, the Treasure Valley Education Partnership strives to prepare southwest Idaho students for post-secondary education. The collaboration is supported by nine school districts in the Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) and several businesses, universities, nonprofits and foundations. United Way of Treasure Valley provides operational support. “For the first time — and this is my 43rd year in education — for the first time we have all the segments focused on the same goal,” Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Linda Clark said. That goal? That by 2016, at least 80 percent of graduates will go on to postsecondary education. That average is currently at 64 percent. TVEP was formed about two years ago, and Clark said she’s already seeing a positive impact. The most important thing TVEP does, she said, is bring all the stakeholders together with a clear focus on preparing students for college and careers. Courtesy United Way For example, four high schools, in- Treasure Valley Education Partnership is a collaboration of educators, business professionals and others who work toward cluding Meridian High School, are part increasing the number of students who go on to post-secondary education. At a recent meeting, Idaho Children’s Trust of a competition to encourage students Fund Executive Director Roger Sherman collaborates with Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children Executive to apply for federal aid for college. These schools were chosen because only about Director Beth Oppenheimer (left) and others. half of the seniors completed a FAFSA — Free Application for Federal Student Aid Year two — in 2011-2012. Another effort is expanding schools’ concurrent credit programs, A 2013 TVEP report notes that 22 percent of Southern Idaho particularly in the software industry, Clark said. Conference graduates drop out of college after their freshman “I believe firmly that every credit that a student puts in their pock- year. et increases their chance of going on and “For a lot of kids, their money goes away, because a lot of scholtheir chance of finishing. It’s really im- arships are for the first year,” Clark said. “And I do believe that in by Holly Beech portant, it let’s them know they can do this state, the cost of higher ed is a major factor for kids not college work,” she said. ing or taking a really long time to finish.” © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS But the focus on preparing students School districts can’t control what students do after high school for college starts early on — as early as graduation, Clark said, but educators and partners can make sure pre-kindergarten. Boys and Girls clubs, the YMCA and early-child- students are ready for college. hood organizations in TVEP help with this part. “We can as a community control that they’re supported in their “I love (TVEP’s) motto,” Clark said. “I think that ‘Every child, every efforts to get there,” she said. And it’s very heartening, she added, day, from cradle to career’ is a powerful vision of what we see that’s to see educators, businesses and philanthropists all working toward that goal together. possible for the state.”


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MERIDIAN — Centennial High looked to make history Oct. 26 with both its boys and girls soccer programs competing in the state championship at Rocky Mountain High. Instead, Boise made history, defeating Centennial in both the boys and girls state soccer finals to become the first school at the 5A level to sweep the state championships since the Idaho High School Activities Association sanctioned the tournament in 2000. The Centennial girls fell to Boise 1-0 while the boys lost 4-0. While both programs would rather own a blue, first-place trophy, the finishes marked a banner year at Centennial. The Patriots’ girls program reached the state finals for the first time since back-to-back trips in 1994 and ’95. And the boys program made its third appearance in the title game in the past five years. The Boise girls earned the only goal they needed in the 66th minute on a Grace Hancock free kick. Hancock and Maddy Watts both lined up to take a 23yard free kick just outside the Centennial box. With Watts’ deke over the ball and Centennial goalkeeper Fernanda Rogel’s fighting a setting sun, Hancock curled a free kick around the Patriots’ wall. Rogel never found a clean look at

the ball and it curled into the left side of the net for the game-winning goal. Centennial (9-7-3) nearly scored with 30 seconds left in the game when Erika Thompson corralled a loose ball with Boise goalkeeper Katelyn Dayhoff off her line. But Dayhoff cut down the angle and stopped the last-second shot, securing the Braves (18-2-1) their 11th girls soccer title in school history. “I’m proud we’ve come this far and done what we’ve done,” Centennial girls coach Scott Reynolds said. “It’s a start. It’s a start for the future and what we’re building.” The Boise boys completed the sweep later that night, opening a 2-0 halftime lead thanks to a goal from Ben Loveless and Carter Perry’s penalty-kick goal, his sixth goal of the state tournament. Garrett Hardesty added a pair of goals in the second half to earn the Braves (18-1-2) their third win against the Patriots (17-3-0), including one in the district title game. No other team beat Centennial all year long. “I don’t know what it is,” Centennial boys coach Brian Gillenwater said. “Every time we play them, the ball seems to bounce in the back of our net. Sometimes, that’s just the way it is.” The loss sent Centennial home with the red, secondplace trophy. But the same finish befell Boise in 2012, and a young Braves squad used it as motivation to re-

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Centennial’s Emily Madril (20) fights for possession with Boise’s Issi Tang during the 5A girls state championship game Oct. 26 at Rocky Mountain High. bound and win the state title in 2013. Centennial returns an experience-heavy lineup next year, and Gillenwater said the Patriots will be back. “There were at least eight boys that are out here that will be here next year,” he said. “I think they’ll remember this feeling. Coming so close and coming up so short, I don’t think they’ll ever want to feel that again. “We’re not going to let Adam Eschbach/MP this define us as a program. We’re second best today. Centennial forward Bekir Cinac traps and controls the ball during the 5A Tomorrow, we’ll go right boys state championship against Boise on Oct. 26 at Rocky Mountain back.” High. Boise defeated Centennial 4-0. © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS

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Mountain View’s Sam McKinnon won the 5A District III girls meet with a time of 17:55.07. at 15:34.84, beating out Meridian’s Dwain Stucker (15:46.55). The Mavericks qualified for state as a team along with Capital, Rocky Mountain, Vallivue and Boise. Rafla, Stucker and Centennial’s Scott Sullivan qualified as individuals. The state meet is Nov. 2 in Idaho Falls.

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tie Weedn. Mountain View won the boys team title led by Jared Capell’s third-place finish at 16:01.38. Colton Ray took eighth at 16:16.03, Noah Horsburgh 11th at 16:25.33, Ryan McKinnon 13th at 16:29.22 and Conner Oswald 16th at 16:34.98. Timberline’s Andrew Rafla won the boys race


Bailey Watson scored a pair of goals against Rocky Mountain in the girls soccer state semifinals, lifting Centennial to the state finals for the first time since 1995 and 1994 when Bailey’s mother, Sarah Watson, played for the Patriots. Watson also scored on Day 1 of the tournament.

Mavericks’ McKinnon breaks 18 minutes The Mountain View boys cross country team and girls competitor Sam McKinnon cruised to 5A District III titles Oct. 25 at Eagle Island State Park. McKinnon, an Oregon State commit, became the first Idaho female this year to break the 18-minute mark on her way to winning the girls race in 17 minutes, 55.07 seconds. She edged out Vallivue’s Makayla Malaspina (18:30.78) and Boise’s Emily Hamlin (18:46.83), the two-time defending state champ. Boise took the girls team title with Mountain View finishing in second. Rocky Mountain, Vallivue and Eagle also qualified for the state meet. Borah runners Sara Christianson and Emmalee Thomas and Capital runners Kari Taylor and Olivia Konecni all qualified for state, as did Timberline’s Hannah Putnam and Centennial’s Ka-


CALDWELL — After winning one conference game last season, the Cole Valley Christian High football team completed an 8-0 undefeated regular season with a 29-7 win over New Plymouth on Oct. 25 at Vallivue High. Cole Valley is the champion of the 2A Western Idaho Conference regular season title after finishing last in the 2A WIC last year. Sophomore defensive back James Lamb had three interceptions on the night — and 12 on the season — and senior quarterback Mason Vanderhoff threw three touchdowns. “We’ve been focusing on

defense all along,” Lamb said. “Our defense is our rock. We try to score points on defense. ” Vanderhoff found Tallen Eveland for a 39-yard touchdown pass on Cole Valley’s first drive of the game as the Chargers covered 67 yards in four plays. Eveland kicked a 22yard field goal in the second quarter. Vanderhoff added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Booker in the third quarter and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Chase Renfrow in the fourth. And Booker closed the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Cole Valley starts the 2A state playoffs against St. Maries (2-6) at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Meridian High.

Quarterback J.T. Williams returned from a concussion as the Mustangs defeated Timberline 41-13 on Oct. 25. Eagle racked up 453 yards of offense, led by Williams 115 yards and two TDs on the ground. Nick Wheeler ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 52 yards.

The Warriors’ football team kept their postseason hopes alive Oct. 25 with a 49-39 road victory against Boise. To make the playoffs for the second time in the past six years, Meridian (3-5) must win at Mountain View (6-2) on Friday while Timberline (4-4) loses at home to Rocky Mountain (8-1, 7-1 5A SIC).

Josh Buss ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the Mavericks topped Vallivue 45-12 on Oct. 25. Vallivue led 6-3 at the end of the first quarter, but the Mavericks scored the next 35 points. Quarterback Kai Turner threw for 125 yards and two TDs and ran for 74 yards and another TD.

Raimee Sherle scored four goals as the Grizzlies’ girls soccer team opened the state tournament with a 7-2 win vs. Post Falls. Sherle, Brecken Johanson and Regan Widner scored in the semis, but Rocky fell to Centennial in penalty kicks and then lost 2-0 to Timberline for third place.




PLUGGED IN UP & DOWN to the Meridian Chamber of Commerce for all they do for not only Meridian business owners but for the entire Treasure Valley. This is one active chamber. Very impressed! for the construction crew for putting up the green barrier around the mess you are making in Settler’s Park. It’s no secret what you are doing over there. Building a complex none of us need, only adds more congestion to Meridian Road that is already a nightmare. But thanks for hiding it so we can act like its not there. to Big Al’s in Meridian — great place to watch a football game! for Trunks or Treats sponsored by MYAC, for providing a safe place for Meridian’s little ones to enjoy Halloween. to The Village at Meridian for making such a family friendly place!!!! to the markers being installed on the ridiculous islands throughout Meridian. Send your Thumbs Up and Down submissions to n

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November shaping up to be big month for city November is a month with a lot of great things to do; starting with Nov. 5, an extremely important day for the residents of Meridian. On this day you will have the opportunity to select four of the six individuals that will serve on our newly expanded City Council. Although many of you may feel like you don’t have time to vote or your vote doesn’t count, your vote does count and you should make the time to vote. I’ve heard stories around Meridian that elections have been won or lost by fewer than 35 votes. That means you may be the vote that decides the election. Most of us have grown up with the right to vote and can take it for granted. I wish that everyone could have an opportunity to talk with someone from a country where voting is not a right. Maybe then you’d make sure that you get your absentee ballot or vote on Nov. 5! You can find information on the candidates at mymeridianpress. com/elections/. There is still a lot of confusion regarding the health care exchange. Tim Callender from Ameriben/IEC will be giving us an update and how it impacts business on Nov. 5 at the Meridian Chamber lunch. More information and reservations are available at Nov. 14 is a special day for the Meridian Chamber. This is the official first day of our new 2013-14 Board. Kelly Ryan of Clear Voice Telecom will be the new chairman of the Board. A huge thank you to Calvin Barrett of Edward Jones, chairman for 201314, for all the time and effort he has put in through this incredible year of growth and expansion for the Meridian Chamber. His hard work and dedication will be evident for many years to come. Nov. 19 will bring an interesting and informative program by the Meridian Public Library. With all the information available through search engines on the Internet, we forget what a key role the library plays in our community — both physically and over the Internet. Check out MLD stands for Meridian Library District. This is a great resource for local, state and national information. They have a wide selection of ebooks, calendars for both the Library and the community, and learning opportunities including topics like cyber bullying and a great Digital Literacy Guide. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at the Meridian Chamber.

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Tips for staying safe this holiday shopping season It has already started. The Christmas ads are in full force on the TV, Christmas music can be caught on the radio and people are at the stores tackling their holiday shopping lists. So, now seems like the perfect time to offer up some friendly shopping tips, especially with all the great new stores we have in Meridian. These tips will help you make sure you enjoy the holidays, instead of criminals enjoying the holidays at your expense. While shoppers are looking for a good deal, scrooges are looking for a good steal. Don’t be victimized. The first trick of successful Christmas shopping is protecting your credit cards and cash. If you carry a purse, please carry one you can and will keep close to your body. Don’t leave your purse in your shopping cart when you’re digging through the sale section and don’t leave it in your shopping cart while loading your car. In fact, just don’t put it in your shopping cart. Setting your purse or wallet down makes it easy for someone else to quickly pick up. Once you’ve purchased all your gifts, take the extra time to make sure you are ready to leave the store. Did you get your card back? Do you have your hands free in case you need them when you leave the store? Do you have your keys in your hand, so you can open your vehicle without being distracted? When you’re prepared it makes it that much harder for someone to try and take you by surprise. If you are out shopping keep your purchases out of sight and in the trunk if you can. Most crooks are just looking for the easy target; otherwise they would have jobs like you. Don’t make Santa’s naughty list this year. Let’s not get in a brawl over the last super hero action figure, pretty sure Iron Man wouldn’t want your kids to see mom or dad on the evening news after a brawl over the last My Little Pony. Trust me; they will have more in stock next week. When driving through the parking lot don’t forget it’s “love thy neighbor,” not “honk and ram into your neighbor for taking the parking spot two spaces closer to the store.” Remember, we should use this time of year to be thankful for what we have in our lives and at times for what we don’t. So, follow these tips, enjoy your shopping and have a great holiday season.

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ON THE TOWN 16th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser WHAT: Come enjoy a hot bowl of soup out of a hand-painted bowl sold during this Idaho Foodbank holiday tradition. Submitted photos

Piggy Pigs Pottery, a Meridian ceramics studio that opened in July, is joining the effort by collecting customers’ painted bowls for The Idaho Foodbank’s Empty Bowls fundraiser and waiving studio fees in exchange for canned goods. WHEN: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 29 (the Friday after Thanksgiving) WHERE: Downtown Boise Grove Plaza, near the corner of West Front Street and South 9th Street

Hunger in Idaho 221,717 Idahoans used food stamps in September, including 45,988 people in Ada County 127,691 Idaho children participated in the free and reducedprice school lunch program in 2012-13. 23,008: number of Idaho’s foodinsecure children under age 5. That rate is 20.2 percent, the 10th highest rate in the country. Source: Idaho Foodbank

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ou can creatively support the by Holly Beech to see how many people are helping.” fight against hunger this fall by The goal of the event is to sell 2,000 painting a bowl for The Idaho © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS bowls. Bowls and platters range in Foodbank’s Empty Bowls funprice, starting at $10. draiser. Last year, Empty Bowls raised This is the fundraiser’s 16th year. Piggy Pigs Pottery, about $30,000, Wright said. The money is used to supa Meridian ceramics studio that opened in July, is join- port Idaho Foodbank and its roughly 220 partners in ing the effort by collecting customers’ painted bowls their efforts to wipe out hunger in Idaho. for the event and waiving studio fees in exchange for How you can help canned goods. You can donate a hand-painted bowl for the Empty How it works Bowls fundraiser. One easy way to do that is to visit Throughout the year, The Idaho Foodbank collects Piggy Pigs Pottery in Meridian or Ceramica in Boise, handcrafted and hand-painted bowls from experi- which offer precast bowls for you to paint. Plus, if you enced and novice artists. bring in a non-perishable food item, you won’t have to On the day of the Empty Bowls event — which is pay a studio fee. Nov. 29 this year — community members can pur“We just thought this would give the Meridian resichase their favorite bowl, which is then filled with a dents more of the opportunity to come in and paint helping of hot soup donated by local restaurants. some bowls without having to drive to Boise,” Piggy “I like the event because it does help bring the com- Pigs Pottery co-owner Becky Leatherbury said. munity together,” Idaho Foodbank development manBowls at Piggy Pigs cost between $6 and $12, she ager Teena Wright said. “… It’s just a real visual way said. Find the studio at 46 E. Fairview Ave. in Meridian.


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BOISE — A grand Dia de los Muertos celebration will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive. The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration will feature altars throughout the museum as well as at the City of Boise’s Sesqui-shop, 1008 Main St. There will be a procession from the Sesqui-Shop to the museum at 6 p.m. The altars, created by local artists and schoolchildren, will be on display for two weeks.

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MERIDIAN — Volunteers of all shapes and sizes are needed on Nov. 16 for Rake Up Meridian. The volunteers will be deployed throughout the city in teams to help rake the yards of senior and disabled Meridian residents who need the extra assistance with their fall clean-up. This community service project is suitable for volunteers of any age. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact Konrad McDannel at or 685-7748.

Music Theatre of Idaho holding auditions NAMPA — Music Theatre of Idaho has announced its 2014 season and auditions for actors interested in performing with the Nampa-based musical theater troupe. Auditions are today through Sunday, by appointment only. MTI will audition actors ages 5 and older for hundreds of available roles. You can find more information at or call 468-2385 to register for an appointment. Auditions will be held at the MTI rehearsal facility, 203 9th Ave. S., Nampa.


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Music What: The Rolling Stones Project featuring Stones members Tim Ries and Bernard Fowler When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise Website: Tickets: $25 and $30

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Meridian accepts applications for new winter parade Meridian is about to start a new holiday tradition and will launch the first annual Winter Lights Parade Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., in downtown Meridian. Also that weekend are the Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Children’s Winterland Festival. The theme for the light-up parade will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Groups or individuals who wish to participate in the parade should submit a completed application form and entry fee to the Meridian & Recreation BrainSnack Parks © 2013 PeterFrank t.v. Dist. by CreatorsDeSyndicate Inc. partment as soon as possible. The city requests that applicants carefully review the parade rules before applying, found at level For additional details, contact Colin Moss at 888-3579 or

What: Casey Donahew Band When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise Website: Tickets: $15 and $35 What: Gaelic Storm When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise Website: Tickets: $20 and $35

Theater What: Boise Little 11/02/13 Theater’s “Getting Away With Murder” When: 8 p.m. tonight; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Where: 100 E. Fort St., Boise Website: Tickets: $14/advance, $11/seniors and students

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Idaho Foodbank seeks turkeys for holidays BOISE — The Idaho Foodbank’s “Hope for the Holidays” campaign is underway, with a goal of 3.3 million pounds of food gathered, including at least 15,000 turkeys. Frozen turkeys can be donated in November and December directly to The Idaho Foodbank or any of the local food pantries, shelters, senior centers and community kitchens across the state. Turkeys can also be given to Les Schwab stores at one of the 30 participating locations across Idaho. The stores are also accepting other nonperishable food donations through Dec. 20. A list of participants and addresses can be found at Turkeys donated by Nov. 18 have the best chance of being distributed by Thanksgiving. Individuals can also donate cash at The Idaho Foodbank website,, or by sending a check to the Boise branch.



The two groups of ice cubes form a cube of 3 by 3 blocks. Which ice cube (1-9) should be removed? BrainSnack: Solution 11/01/13 On 2. Every number that has a 2 in it is covered with a token.

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Election issue: South Meridian representation


orth Meridian has gained a lot of attention in recent years with major new developments. North Meridian is home to the city’s two regional parks, a bustling healthindustry cluster on Eagle Road and a budding public safety sector cluster near the Police Station. The 11-month-long Split Corridor road project revamped traffic patterns downtown. And the grand opening of The Village at Meridian lifestyle center — a $300-million development — garnered statewide attention. In the midst of all this growth and development, here’s a look at how City Council candidates would also represent the interests of South Meridian residents.


to chili cook offs, Salmon BBQs to Christmas parades, our community is a family in Meridian, and if elected I will work to make sure that city-wide focus improves for years to come.

Joe Borton

Patrick Malloy

Keith Bird

Russ Joki

Matthew Townsend

Jeff Hoseley

Michael Long

Genesis Milam

Ty Palmer

Drew Wahlin

Luke Cavener

David Moberly

Curtis Munson

Shaun Wardle

Stephen Warren

Steven Yearsley

Patrick Malloy Working with ACHD to update the Meridian Road overpass to include walking/biking lanes would allow pedestrians safe access to the amenities in Meridian that are both north and south of the freeway. As the population density in the south side of the city increases, there will be a need to expand and update the road infrastructure in those areas. There are areas in south Meridian that would be ideal locations for some larger shopping and entertainment centers much like the new Village at Meridian at Eagle and Fairview Ave.


Q: North Meridian has seen new roads, business developments and parks in recent years. Keith Bird, incumbent How would you ensure I don’t consider Meridthat the needs of South ian as a sectioned comMeridian residents are munity but I think you also being addressed? have seen a lot of growth going on south of the n Editor’s Note: Candidate freeway and a lot more responses were edited for length, is planned. We have the but were not edited for spelling, sewer and water infragrammar, etc. All words are the structure in the south candidates own. capable of handling the growth plus more. We have developed 2 city parks south of the freeway and have purchased Joe Borton 77 acres for a future park We are ONE city, and on Lake Hazel road. Our equal emphasis must be water and sewer infrapaid to south Meridian’s structure is built for more needs. From Dairy Days growth in the south.


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ian. They’ve done an exceptional job over the past 10 years, but the Council needs representation in a part of town that does not have a resident Council member, Meridian south of I84. I am fine with electing Council members at large, but there still needs to be a balance, that’s why I’m running as a candidate who lives in South Meridian and has something at risk.

There are plans in the works for new parks, including a park similar in size to Kleiner Park, for South Meridian. The YMCA is also looking at partnering with Meridian to build a full service facility south of the freeway. Cities grow in different cycles and the south’s is coming. Let’s not forget, south Meridian is all ready home to a movie theatre, miniature golf, bowling, and a water park. They have opportunities closer to them than Luke Cavener other parts of town. There South Meridian needs are soccer fields (some lighted) as well in South more focus than it has received in recent years. As Meridian. city councilman, I’ll work to bring needed commuMichael Long nity amenities to the resiThe City should not dents of South Meridian. outgrow its ability to pro- While ACHD has authorMatthew Townsend vide excellent service to ity over our roadways, I don’t feel that this is its neighbors. The temp- I will be an advocate of tation to grow and grow municipal improvements currently an issue. should be tempered by for our citizens as the the potential negative community expands. You impacts of such sprawl. can elaborate on transI don’t think Meridian portation, business and should expand any fur- park development for Terry Benson ther until it has developed Benson did not re- all of its available spaces South Meridian residents here. Many in our comspond to the survey. within the City limits. munity believe that South We will not be losing any- Meridian is the next rething by not annexing ev- gion destined for residenerything. tial growth. The key is revising Meridian’s Comprehensive Plan. In the meantime, the needs of south Meridian must be developed through citizen input. The mayor, council, and staff should be regularly meeting with south Meridian residents to learn about their interests and needs. The growing success of “Destination Downtown”, created by the city’s Revitalization Plan and the work of the Meridian Development Corporation (MDC), is a model for “south side” residents. The MDC project included using planning experts as part of an urban study, identification of key projects, and oversight by the MDC board.



Genesis Milam We need to proactively seek out opportunities to meet with and listen to South Meridian residents, and then ensure their concerns are heard by city elected officials. We should also be developing the city fairly We are one city, and no resident should feel that another sector of the city.

Ty Palmer As needs arise, I would consider them individually. I’m not going to simply say we need to spend more money south of the freeway so as to persuade them to vote for me. I grew up south of the freeway and look forward to an eventual opportunity to move back.

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Because I live in South Meridian I have more interest in our needs being addressed then most of the other candidates. I am sure some of our roads will need to be widened; with continued development probably quicker then even I can guess. The size of my office complex has tripled just during the summer from 2 building to 6. I see it and feel development here in South Meridian and will act as an ambassador to the city David Moberly council to insure it has I would advocate for our upmost attention. parks and recreation in south Meridian at a meaSteven Yearsley sure comparable to what is available in North MeI live in south Meridridian. One large issue I ian and I do not feel that see is the need to bring the City is favoring north parks and recreation to Meridian over south Mesouth Meridian at a mea- ridian. South Meridian sure comparable to what has seen substantial inis available in North Me- frastructure growth, such ridian. I would like to see as the widening of Eagle the portion of land owned Road, the Meridian interby the City on Lake Ha- change replacement, and zel be developed into a the Amity/Eagle Road park similar to Settlers or round-a-bout. I know that Kleiner Parks to accom- the City owns 77 acres in modate the current and south Meridian for a fufuture residents of South ture city park and that the Meridian. YMCA is looking to build a full size facility in south Curtis Munson Meridian. If elected, I Hold a public meeting will work hard to see that and address their con- these family-oriented cerns before moving for- amenities are realized. ward.

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economically. It is also an area where Meridian must expand services to existing citizens. Improvements to keep the region safe and traffic moving are needed. Improvements at the Meridian interchange will benefit the citizens of South Meridian, but will also cause some short term challenges. We must be prepared to meet those with our strategic partners and find solutions. Sites for Public Safety and Parks should continue to be secured and funding planned for. Transportation improvements are critical to move traffic in a timely manner.

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LOCAL NEWS Meridian bus service

MERIDIAN BUS SERVICE 2 intercounty Valleyride routes — routes 40 and 42 90,632 rides on Meridian routes in fiscal year 2012  Visit

public transit in Idaho

Idaho is one of two states nationwide that does not receive state funding for public transportation and does not have the ability to bring a referendum to voters to ask for more funding. Valley Regional Transit, which funds the local public bus system called ValleyRide, is funded by: n Local contributions — 55 percent n Federal grants — 34 percent n Fares, advertising, etc. — 11 percent Contributions by city: n Meridian: $167,426 n Boise: $5.6 million n Nampa: $325,730 n Caldwell: $127,900 n Meridian Development Corp.: $3,152

City plans for extended bus route L

ocal transportation officials are working to extend ValleyRide’s bus service in Meridian, potentially on Ustick Road. At this summer’s budget hearing, Meridian City Council agreed to set aside $60,000 this fiscal year to help fund the route. But beyond that, the details of the project are still being finalized. The new service will by Holly Beech likely be ready by June. © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS The exact route hasn’t been outlined yet, and it’s unclear if Boise will help fund the extension. “There are still a lot of ideas and possibilities being tossed around,” said spokesman Mark Carnopis with Valley Regional Transit, which operates ValleyRide. “That’s why there has been no discussion about a contribution from Boise — we do not know the path of the proposed route, in-

cluding whether it will run all the way from Meridian to Boise.” A project team made up of Meridian, VRT, ValleyRide and COMPASS officials will continue to meet several times in coming months, as well as reach out to the public for feedback. Meridian City Councilman David Zaremba, who is also the chair-elect of the VRT Executive Board, is the one spearheading the extended bus service. He requested the $60,000 for the new route at this summer’s City Council budget hearing. “As many people have heard me say before, Meridian is the largest city in Idaho without a public transportation system within our city,” Zaremba said. Meridian does have two ValleyRide routes, but they are intercounty routes that extend into Boise or Canyon County. An extended route from Boise to Meridian, Zaremba said, would give Meridian customers and employees more access to Boise businesses, and vice versa.

As many people have heard me say before, Meridian is the largest city in Idaho without a public transportation system within our city.”

NOTE: Numbers are based on fiscal year 2014. Other agencies, including Ada and Canyon counties, also contribute.

DAVID ZAREMBA Meridian city councilman


Q: DO YOU USE THE VALLEYRIDE BUS SERVICES IN THE TREASURE VALLEY? WHY OR WHY NOT? Cheri Machado Tarlini: “I would LOVE to ride the bus but it’s extremely inconvenient in Meridian. If it came within a mile of my home I would use it for sure!” Sean Morris: “I work crazy shifts and don’t have the time to set aside before and after at the stops. But great program. I guess if i worked near the mall. Would nice not to have to deal with the many selfish/ aggressive drivers out there.” Laura Ramirez: “Not accessible at all, not enough promotion, don’t know where the stops are. I would ride if it was accessible.” Shawna Schneiderman: “My daughter uses it when she wants to go to Boise. She doesn’t own a car. I wish there were more stops within Meridian, though. I used to ride the Boise bus when I was a kid--my parents never had to drive me places--but my own kids don’t have that option.” Judy Riley: “Yes I ride it & live in Meridian. Love it. Saves a ton on gas.” Tina Brayton: “I have used it, however it is not always accessible especially in Meridian and parts of Boise.”

Source: Valley Regional Transit



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