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COVER: Meridian 2013: A year of growth Join us for a look back at 10 of the most influential and notable Meridian stories of the year, including The Village at Meridian grand opening, the debate about the LDS temple construction and the bizarre, violent rampage that left several people injured.


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LOCAL NEWS Create Common Good provides food preparation and language training to refugees, some of whom now work in Meridian restaurants like Kona Grill and The Curb.

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Will Webb brought the first Which Wich, a sandwich franchise, to Idaho. Webb, a former attorney and diplomat, has been all over the globe. But he and his wife saw Idaho as a great place to raise his family.

Companies have had to overcome challenges this year, like the recession and Split Corridor Project road construction. But challenges lead to creative solutions. We’ve highlighted some of their success stories.

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eridian Press has opened the door for me to meet some amazing people in this community over the past year. Some of their stories have made an impression on me that I’ll likely carry with me for the rest of my life. Here’s a look at two of them: ‘Murderball’ brings renewed life, energy Spencer Larimore was an active 26-year-old when he broke his neck in a mountain biking accident, leaving his legs and much of his body paralyzed. “I was really active, I was into a lot of sports — mountain biking, snowboarding, played ultimate Frisbee,” he said. After the accident, he spent almost 10 weeks in the hospital and lost 50 pounds in muscle mass. I tried to picture what I would do in his situation, or what my family would do if my brother — who is 26 and loves to mountain bike — was in a similar accident. How would we pick up the pieces? Larimore is an example of how to pick up the pieces and live a full life. Not only did he start the Boise Bombers Wheelchair Rugby team, which provides a community and a healthy outlet for other quadriplegics, but he visits accident victims in the hospital to tell them it’s not the end. You will have to relearn how to do almost everything, he said, but it’s not the end. “There’s more to look forward to,” he tells them. “… You’re still alive, you still have friends, you still have family, and there’s still a purpose for you.”

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SOME FAVORITE JOB EXPERIENCES FROM 2013 Riding in a helicopter to take photos of The Farmstead corn maze. n Riding in a firetruck and ladder bucket with Meridian firefighters for a story about the bond firefighters share. This story meant even more to me after attending the funeral service for Eagle Fire Capt. Brandon Erickson last month. n

Meridian Food Bank fills growing need

A couple weeks ago, I walked up the Meridian Food Bank for a story I was working on. The wind was biting cold and laced with snow. A long line of people curved around the building. One man said he had been waiting for an hour. “I could be the one standing in this line,” I thought to myself. If the recession would have eliminated my job, if my roommate moved out, if my family wasn’t my safety net, I could be standing in the cold waiting for food to help get me through the month. Last year, the Meridian Food Bank by Holly Beech provided food and essential supplies to almost 64,000. I spoke to one of those in- © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS dividuals this summer, a woman who was experiencing homelessness. Unless you’ve been there, homelessness is something you can’t understand, the woman, Amanda Whitley, said. “You get a lot of judgment when you’re around in town,” she said. “… I just try to think, well, when I had lots of money and I was living very well, I didn’t really respect people who were homeless, and you just think they’re just bums and they’re not trying and stuff like that.” Thankfully, the Meridian Food Bank volunteers don’t speculate — they just help. Meridian is lucky to have them.

Meridian first-grader signs published work Willow Creek Elementary first-grader Shaelyn Simis has published a book called “Friend Ships in a Storm” with the help of the Red Fred Project. Utah author and photographer Dallas Graham (wearing red) founded the Red Fred Project to give one critically-ill child in each state the chance to help write and publish a book. Shae, who is battling stage III melanoma, was the second child to work with the project. The Simis family, including Shae’s dad, Michael, mom, Holly, and sister, Preslie, hosted a release party Monday at the Scentsy Family Office Tower. Money from book sales will support the family.  To buy a copy for $25, visit

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Park developer Ryan Neptune’s plan to build a terrain park at the AdaEagle Sports Complex has been stalled by disagreements between Eagle and Ada County. But that won’t stop him from making snow this season. He’s taking the snow machines that were supposed to be used at the proposed terrain park over to Eagle Island State Park to create a snow hill, set to open this week. Snow enthusiasts will be able to rent equipment for tubing, snowboarding and skiing, Neptune said. Learn about snow hill fees and hours at Visit facebook. com/GatewayParks for updates.

State of the City Address set for Feb. 5

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd will present her annual State of the City Address at 3:59 p.m. Feb. 5 at Meridian Middle School. During her address she will highlight the community’s recent accomplishments and showcase upcoming projects. The address will by followed by the Taste of Meridian Reception, a buffetstyle meal featuring foods from 10 of Meridian’s most popular dining spots. Tickets to the address and reception were not available as of Tuesday, but will be priced at $10. They will be available through the Meridian Mayor’s Office or online.

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CRIME WATCH Meridian Police Department Log Dec. 18-23 Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 3 petit thefts 2 warrants 2 accessory to petit theft 1 driving under the influence 1 aggravated assault 2 grand thefts 4 possession of marijuana 1 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 probation violation 1 driving without privileges 1 burglary 3 juveniles in possession of marijuana 3 juveniles in possession of drug paraphernalia 3 juveniles frequenting a place where drugs are used

3 juvenile tobacco violations 1 false imprisonment 1 domestic battery Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 2 vehicle burglaries 1 possession of fraudulent identification 1 non-injury hit-and-run 1 leaving the scene of an accident 6 medical assists 1 disturbance 2 vehicle accidents 4 battery 2 residential burglaries 1 vandalism 1 911 interference 1 runaway 1 domestic verbal © 2013 Vol. 1, No. 48, 20 pages

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Burglar suspect found hiding in a barn

Ada County Sheriff’s deputies charged Michael A. Kinser with felony burglary after finding him hiding in a West Meridian-area barn Saturday morning. The 28-year-old Kinser later admitted to breaking into the barn, near the Ustick/Linder roads intersection, with the intent to steal scrap metal. Now deputies are investigating if Kinser is involved in other break-ins — including the same property on Ustick Road the week before, and a burglary in Star earlier this month where more than $2,000 worth of motorcycle parts were stolen from inside a detached garage in the 8800 block of West State Street.

This week at n Idaho Humane Society offers reward in animal cruelty cases n Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking appointed to fill Idaho Senate vacancy n Neptune: Eagle snow park roadblocks are disappointing

ROADREPORT Ustick Road at Leslie Way to Yellow Peak Way, lane restrictions with flagging through July 30 for road widening and water and sewer work. n Fifth Avenue Southwest at Franklin Road to Pennwood Street, lane restrictions with flagging through Monday for utility, concrete and asphalt work. n Central Drive from Corporate Drive crossing Stratford Drive, lane restrictions with flagging through Jan. 6 for utility work. n Meridian Road south of Overland Road to I-84, lane restrictions at night only through Jan. 6 for utility work. n Overland Road just east and west of Meridian Road, lane restrictions at night only through Jan. 6 for utility work. n

Deputies: Man arrested after ramming truck into house

Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lawrence Demarse of Middleton after they say he rammed his Ford Ranger pickup truck Monday into a garage door, then led authorities on a wild chase over icy roads. He faces several charges including felony stalking, malicious injury to property, resisting arrest and violation of a no-contact order. Before Monday’s incident, Demarse was awaiting trial on charges linked to a domestic dispute. Deputies said they used a police dog because Demarse was uncooperative during Monday’s arrest. They say he struck the dog, but was eventually detained before being transported briefly to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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Meridian 2013: A year of growth


n the past 12 months, the Meridian community has seen exciting new developments, passionate debates and some bizarre, frightening crimes. Here are of some of the most memorable and influential Meridian stories from the past 12 months.

City Council elections Seventeen people ran for Meridian City Council seats this year, thanks in part to voters expanding City Council from four to six seats. The new seats posed tight races, with victors Genesis Milam and Luke Cavener only winning by 35 and 45 votes, respectively. City Council President Brad Hoaglun withdrew his candidacy on the last day possible to take a communications job with Saint Alphonsus. Joe Borton, who ran against Patrick Malby Holly Beech loy, will fill his seat. © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS Incumbent Keith Bird, who has served on Council for 17 years, beat out two other contenders for his seat with a comfortable lead.

The Village at Meridian The second phase of Meridian’s new shopping center, The Village at Meridian, opened this fall and took the Valley by storm with its grand architecture, upscale dining, theater and shopping options, outdoor plaza, fountains, fire pits and ice rink. When complete, the $300 million center at the corner of Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue will have room for about 100 tenants. So far about 20 have moved in, bringing roughly 2,000 new jobs to Meridian. “That lifestyle center will shift a lot of things all over the Valley as far as what’s available to you and how you spend your Saturday, or Wednesday at the movies,” Boise Valley Economic Partnership Executive Director Clark Krause said. “It’s a huge, huge addition to what I think all our communities have to offer around the Valley.”

leading to the closure of the city’s largely volunteer-run animal shelter. But volunteers, saddened by the closure, found another way to continue helping Meridian’s dogs. In November, 75 volunteers opened a new dog rescue at 191 N. Linder Road. Here, they will help find new homes for dogs relinquished by their owners. “It is truly amazing to see the love and dedication provided by (volunteers), even though many don’t even own a dog,” the Meridian Valley Humane Society board wrote in an Aug. 30 column for Meridian Press. “... We look forward to continuing to provide care for your dogs. Please continue to partner with us to do that.”

False bomb threats A 16-year-old Meridian boy was arrested in April in connection with about 20 bomb and shooting threats to schools and businesses in Ada, Canyon and Twin Falls counties. He allegedly worked with a teenage male in Australia via online chats to make the threats. “These went well beyond a hoax or prank to what I would call domestic terrorist threats,” Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey said. “From the emotional strain on teachers, students and parents to the time and money expended by our officers and sales lost by businesses forced to evacuate, these threats take an incredible toll on our communities.”

City Hall lawsuit

After an almost four-year legal dispute, the city of Meridian lost the battle against City Hall’s construction manager Petra, Inc. In April, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld a district court’s findings in Petra’s favor, requiring the city to pay Petra $2 million in construction and legal fees. The city filed a lawsuit against Petra in 2009 when the two parties could not agree on reimbursement fees. Petra requested additional construction fees, but the city said the company breached contract by handing over a building fraught with problems. Justices said Petra fulfilled its part of the contract by observing subcontracMeridian Valley Humane Society tors’ work, and now repair issues are beThe city of Meridian entered a part- tween the subcontractors and the city. nership this year with the Idaho HuLDS temple debate mane Society for animal conThe Church trol and shelof Jesus Christ tering services, of Latter-day

Mayor Tammy de Weerd said when the road reopened Sept. 19 — 33 days early. “... Thank you for your patience.” Want to learn more about these stories or The $8.5 million Split Corridor Phase other notable Meridian stories from 2013? II project created a crossover road beVisit, where you’ll find a tween Meridian Road and Main Street search bar in the bottom right-hand corner. to improve traffic flow. It also added lanes, sidewalks and lighting to MeridSaints’ proposed temple on Linder ian Road and upgraded thousands of Road roused mixed responses from feet of sewer and water main. the community. A resident near the proposed site appealed the approval of School district’s “fiscal cliff” the temple application, saying it would This summer, Joint School District ruin the rural nature of the area. “This project will most definitely No. 2 finance director Alex Simpson create an undue adverse impact on my gave trustees a somber warning: if continued enjoyment of my property,” spending continues to outpace revenue, the district will run out of fund appellant Merrilee Morton said. Because the temple will be taller balance dollars by 2015, sending it over than what’s normally allowed in a a “fiscal cliff,” he said. Between 2009 and 2013, the disRural-Urban Transition district, the project applicants had to obtain a con- trict’s state funding decreased by alditional use permit. After a four-hour most $6,000 per classroom — an anpublic hearing in October, Ada County nual total of almost $10 million. Plus, Commissioners upheld the permit, al- the recession put a dent in property tax revenues. lowing the project to move forward. In 2014, the district will ask voters for Drug-fueled rampage a levy — to replace the $14 million levy Police suspect 23-year-old Sean that expires — and will seek a building Carnell of Meridian was on drugs bond issue for another middle school, when he allegedly attacked several Idaho Education News reports. people during a bizarre rampage in Eagle Terrain Park obstacles Meridian Aug. 21. Investigators say Carnell beat a When Boise native and renowned construction worker and Nampa fire- park developer Ryan Neptune profighter, broke into a woman’s home posed to develop a terrain park near his and assaulted her, tipped over a man hometown, he had no idea the kind of in a wheelchair, attacked a 15-year-old resistance he would encounter. boy and stole his skateboard, kicked a After the city of Eagle gave his projdog and broke windows out of a house. ect at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex the In November, Carnell pleaded not green light, Ada County, which owns guilty to multiple felony and misde- the land, objected. Commissioners said meanor charges related to the attacks. the lease agreement with Eagle doesn’t Jury trial is scheduled to begin April allow for private profit at the complex, 21 before Fourth District Judge Rich- so Eagle either needs to buy part of the ard Greenwood and is expected to last land or renegotiate the lease. two weeks. Also, residents near the complex have spoken out against a terrain park, Split Corridor Project saying it would increase traffic and For 11 months, Meridian Road, a noise levels and dangerously impact major Meridian north-south corridor their water supply. through downtown, was closed for But Neptune said resistance goes widening and infrastructure improve- beyond that, claiming he received disments. turbing and creepy threats. The fact that the improvements “I can’t say much were overdue didn’t make the waitabout it because my ing any easier, especially for downlawyers are just gotown businesses and residents. ing to start handling “We know (the project) upit, but it’s just terset your lives tremendously,” rible,” he said.


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Today BOISE — Essential Idaho Exhibit, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Come and see a special exhibit “Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique” that will showcase rare and unique artifacts, learning stations and stories. It is $3-$5 and free for members. MERIDIAN — Fridays By the Fire, 6-8 p.m., The Village at Meridian, 2483 E Fairview Ave. Come enjoy local musicians, sit by a fire and enjoy s’more like treats, coffee and hot chocolate. Each is $1.

Saturday BOISE — Essential Idaho Exhibit, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Come and see a special exhibit “Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique” that will showcase rare and unique artifacts, learning stations and stories. It is $3-$5 and free for members. EAGLE — The Hot Chocolate Run, 9:30 a.m., 637 E. Shore Drive. All participants will receive a T-shirt and mug.

Monday BOISE — Essential Idaho Exhibit, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Come and see a special exhibit “Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique” that will showcase rare and unique artifacts, learning stations and stories. It is $3-$5 and free for members.

Tuesday BOISE — Essential Idaho Exhibit, 9 a.m-5 p.m., Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Come and see a special exhibit “Essential Idaho: 150 Things that Make the Gem State Unique” that will showcase rare and unique artifacts, learning stations and stories. It is $3-$5 and free for members.

Jan. 7 MERIDIAN — PJ Storytime, 7 p.m., Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Ln. Come listen to stories while wearing your pajamas and slippers. Welcome for all ages.

Jan. 18 BOISE — Idaho Remodeling and Design Show, 10 a.m-5 p.m. at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. Come explore what the newest things for decorating, renovations and landscaping. It is $3.


The Idaho Mediation Association announced its new officers for 2014. Teri Crowther of Salmon is president, Anthony Martinez of Nampa is vice president and Sherri Bithell of Boise is a board member. n John Knipe, president of Knipe Land Company, announced he was awarded America’s Board Certified Land Broker of the Year by the World Organization Land Foundation. Knipe was also awarded Board Certified Land Broker of the Year for both Idaho and Washington. Tami McHugh n Meridian Realtor Tami McHugh has completed a Master of Realtor degree from Realtor University. McHugh is one of five graduates in the program’s first class and the only Realtor from Idaho to complete the program. McHugh is the broker and owner of Heritage Real Estate in Meridian. n

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July 1, 1946 – December 3, 203 Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at her home. The family has placed their trust Ann Houston, 67, of rural in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, passed away from Nampa for their final arrangements. natural causes on Dec 3, 466-3545 2013 at home. She was born July 1, Clifford O. Carter, 77, of 1946 in Merced, Calif., the Nampa, died Thursday December 19, daughter of Neil & Johanna 2013, at his home. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip & Carpenter. Ann lived in Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 466- Colorado, Missouri, and Texas before moving to 3545 Caldwell in 2004. She loved to draw, to Marjorie Mae Harris, 82, of travel, and to serve the Hana, and both of her Caldwell, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, Lord. parents. 2013, at home of natural causes. At She was married to A memorial service will her request, no services are planned. Edward Houston in January be held on Dec 28, 2013 Cremation is in the care of Dakan Fu11, 1980 while in Houston, at Holy Trinity Charismatic neral Chapel, Caldwell. 459-3629 Texas. Episcopal Church, 237 E. She is survived by her Ave. in Meridian, Nancy L. Hess, 70, of Meridian, husband and brothers, Neil State Idaho beginning at 2 pm. died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at her (Ann) Carpenter of Caldwell An inurnment will be at a home. Services are under the direc- and Rolland “Mike”(Mary) later date in Houston, Texas tion of Accent Funeral Home, Merid- Carpenter of Overton Texas, In lieu of flowers, donaian. 888-5833. and stepson Kevin and tions can be made to Lifedaughter-in-law Genny of Pregnancy Care Center, George Doorr Keen, 93, of Bridgewater, South Dakota. line 1323 12th Ave South in Corning, Calif., formerly of Boise, died She was preceded in Nampa, Idaho, 83651. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at a Chico, Ca- death by her daughter lif., hospital. Services are pending at Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 208Ronald Murphy, 79, of Boise, Michael E. Sterkenburg, 459-0833 died Sunday, December 22, 2013 at a 15, of Marsing, died Wednesday, Dec. Marjorie Louise Michael- local care center. Arrangements are 18, 2013, do to injuries received in son, 91, of Nampa, died Thursday, under the direction of Accent Funeral an automobile accident. Services are pending at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Dec. 19, 2013, at a Meridian Care Home, Meridian. 888-5833 Caldwell. 459-3629 Facility. Services are pending Nampa William Nunes , 70, of MeridFuneral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442ian, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 Barbara Tyler, 69, of Nampa, 8171 at a local hospital. Arrangements are died Saturday December 21, 2013, under the direction of Accent Funeral at her home. Services are under the Home, Meridian. 888-5833 direction and care of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 466-3545

that drew immediate consternation from the mail industry. “This is a counterproductive decision,” said Mary G. Berner, president of the Association of Magazine Media. “It will drive more customers away from using the Postal Service and will have ripple effects through our economy.”

The Postal Service is an independent agency that does not depend on tax money for its operations but is subject to congressional control. The service says it lost $5 billion in the last fiscal year and has been trying to get Congress to pass legislation to help with its financial woes.

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LOCAL NEWS Refugees find career path at Create Common Good about Create Common Good 95 percent of CCG graduates are placed in jobs with viable career paths. 350 adults have been trained at CCG since it was founded in 2008. 1/3 of Idaho refugees, approximately, are trained through a CCG program. 1,000 volunteers are involved in CCG each year. 50-plus: number of jobs CCG has provided over the past 4 years. Tens of thousands of people have been fed through CCG’s farms, food products and catering. CCG provides fresh foods through daily school lunch programs. SOURCE:

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Idaho’s refugee population From 2001 to 2011, more than 5,000 refugees found a new life in Idaho, where Boise and Twin Falls serve as resettlement sites. After an often dangerous, emotional and lengthy process, about one-third of Idaho refugees find support and job training at Create Common Good each year. According to its website, CCG’s job-training efforts have impacted the lives of 1,500 refugee family members since 2009.


ood — it will never go out of style. That’s one reason why Tara Russell based her nonprofit, Create Common Good, around food. CCG provides rigorous, food-related language and job training to refugees, which often leads to employment at local grocery stores, corporate kitchens and restaurants — including Meridian companies like Kona Grill, The Curb and Scentsy’s Guckenheimer cafeteria. “I think what’s important in the world of social impact is really not only finding and meeting a need in the community, but also meeting a real market demand,” Russell by Holly Beech said. “I think the good thing about © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS the food industry is people aren’t going Submitted by Tony Harrison to stop eating anytime soon.” Burmese refugee Saw Tru (center), a recent Create Common Good graduate and sushi chef at Whole CCG meets people at a time of hardship and uncertainty, preparing not only refugees for a Foods Market, teaches two other Burmese refugees, Dim San Kim to his left and Nan Khin AyeWin to his new career, but also people recovering from right, to make sushi for their jobs at Kona Grill. substance abuse, facing homelessness or rebuilding their life after a jail sentence or abusive Experience quality food and warm hospitality at Steve’s Cafe! relationship. “We’re working to place those individuals in jobs that are food-related,” Russell said. ict Irish Bened Take Saw Tru, for instance, a refugee from Myanmar, formerly Burma. After graduating from Creating Common Good’s culinary training program, Saw Tru found a full-time job as a sushi chef at Whole Foods Market in Boise, according to CCG media representative Tony Harrison. Irish Benedict Saw Tru then returned to CCG in SeptemBreakfast ber, Harrison said, to teach two fellow Burmese refugees, Dim San Kim and Nan Khin AyeWin, Huckleberry Pancakes, Homemade how to prepare sushi for their new jobs at Kona Sausages, Gluten Free Menu, Corned Beef Grill, which opened at The Village at Meridian Hash, Halibut and Chips and more. this fall.

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Seeking sustainability CCG largely relies on grants and donations. But just as Russell hopes to help individuals become self-sustaining, she wants CCG’s farming, food production and catering services to eventually sustain the organization. Historically, CCG’s income has been 80 percent donations and 20 percent revenue, she said. In the next three to five years, Russell hopes to flip that ratio. “There’s a real genuine market in this community,” she said. “... Right now, ‘health, antiobesity, local, quality, healthy food’ are buzzwords. We are in all of those worlds.” CCG’s new, larger facility downtown Boise is allowing the organization to expand its food production and bring in more trainers.

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Meridian faces 2 big elections in 2014


daho’s largest school district faces a busy election year in 2014. And an important one as well. The Meridian School District will seek another supplemental levy, most likely in March, and a building bond issue, probably in August. The dates aren’t official — and no dollar figures are set either. But Meridian school officials are hoping to cash in on an economic rebound and use some financial restructuring to lessen the impact on taxpayers. Here’s a closer early look at both proposals:

SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY Meridian’s two-year, $28 million levy — passed in March 2012 — expires this year. The district won’t necessarily look for more money in 2014, spokesman Eric Exline said Wednesday, but probably won’t ask for anything less than $14 million a year. The stakes are straightforward — a “laser message,” as assistant superintendent Bruce Gestrin describes it. Without a new $14 million levy, the district would have to cut 18 days from the school calendar. (And this is in a district that has restored only seven of the 14 days cut during the depths of the Great Recession.) Another key part of Meridian’s message: The district believes it can propose a levy and still reduce its overall tax rate. That’s because the district’s property by Kevin Richert value is finally rebounding. Idaho Ed News The overall property value, which peaked at $15 billion, tumbled to $10 billion in 2011-12. Since then, values have increased by $1.2 billion, Exline said, and this broadens the tax base. The earliest Meridian — or any district — can schedule a levy election is March 11, one of four school election dates allowed under state law. That means the clock is ticking. School districts must submit ballot language by Jan. 17. The tight timetable also means districts are operating in a vacuum. The Legislature will be only two weeks into its 2014 session, so the 2014-15 K-12 budget won’t be set. Districts won’t know how much — or how little — the state will provide to replace $82.5 million in “operational funding” that was slashed during the Recession. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has recommended restoring $16.5 million in operational funds, and Meridian would stand to receive about $2 million of this money, Exline said. Still, there are advantages to running a levy in March. If a March levy passes, a district can easily factor the money into a new budget year, which begins July 1. If a March levy fails to receive the simple majority needed to pass, a district can come back with a new proposal in May.

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Students arrive for the first day of classes in Meridian Middle School in August. The district’s middle schools are exceeding building capacity by 932 students, prompting talk of a bond issue election in 2014. But Meridian would like to avoid a May election — and avoid having to vie for attention in the midst of a primary. “We’ll be an afterthought compared to the primary in the governor’s race,” Exline said.

SCHOOL BOND The last time Meridian ran a bond issue, voters said yes to $139 million in building projects. That was 2005 — the tail end of Meridian’s long real estate boom, which saw enrollment zoom to the 30,000 mark. Enrollment growth slowed during the recession, but it never stopped. And in September, enrollment reached 36,269. At the top of the district’s wish list is middle school space: Middle school enrollment is 8,482, and current building capacity is 7,550. In essence, this means the district is short an entire middle school, Exline said. Meridian hopes to use a bit of refinancing to again lower the overall property tax rate. The district is working on a $32 million remodeling project at Meridian High School, a project that will

probably take another five years to finish, Gestrin said. Currently, Meridian is using a $20 million-a-year plant facilities levy to cover this remodeling job. But if the district uses bonds for long-term financing of the remodel, it could also be able to reduce its plant facilities levy by $5 million a year. This fall, Meridian polled nearly 2,800 residents about a possible bond issue. When residents were told about the district’s enrollment numbers, and the space shortage at the middle school level, 76 percent of respondents supported a middle school project. This would be well above the two-thirds majority needed to pass a bond issue. Not surprisingly, respondents were also more likely to support a bond issue if their overall property tax rates dropped or remained static. The survey also yielded one other interesting finding — one that shows the kind of voter education effort that awaits Meridian school leaders. More than half of the respondents have never voted in a Meridian school bond election; they are newcomers who weren’t in the district during the real estate boom, when Meridian ran a building bond every two years.

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Centennial’s Hayden Tuma rises off the mat after winning his third straight state title in February at Holt Arena. Tuma pinned Lewiston’s John Kenyon in 1 minute, 35 seconds to win the 138-pound title.

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Three individual champions, 18 placers and a 5A record of 318.5 points led Centennial’s dominating run as state wrestling champions last February at Holt Arena. The Patriots return seniors Hayden Tuma (145 pounds) and Jon-Jay Chavez (160), both defending champions who earned all-American accolades this past summer and are ranked fifth among the country’s best wrestlers in their respective weight classes by InterMat. Last year they helped Centennial win its first state title since 2007, the second under the tenure of coach Collin Robertson, a former Boise State wrestler. “I don’t know if I expected that record-setting number of points” Robertson said to the Press-Tribune in February after his team finished 86.5 points ahead of second-place Post Falls. “It’s exciting.” It’s a rarity for a roster to obtain the talent of Chavez and Tuma. Here’s a brief look at each grappler.

Impressive summer Chavez’s 145-pound 5A state title in February was a springboard to an impressive summer. In May, he won two titles at the FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron, Ohio. He won the 152-pound Greco Roman title over Brooks Robinson (Utah) by a 7-0 result. That earned him the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Greco-Roman category. In that same tournament, he won the 152-pound freestyle title against Nick Reenan (Texas) by a 7-4 decision. Two months later, he won the Junior Nationals

championship in Greco-Roman at 152 pounds in Fargo, N.D. His success didn’t stop there, either. In August, he finished third at 152 pounds (69 kg) in Greco-Roman at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Zrenjanin, Serbia. Last month, Chavez verbally committed to wrestle at Cornell University. He won the Reno Tournament of Champions 160-pound title last weekend.

Budding resume In February, Tuma became the first Centennial High wrestler to win three straight 5A state title in school history. He produced four straight pins and his longest match was 1 minute, 54 seconds. In July, he won his eighth national title when he beat Rodney Clevenger (Missouri) by an 8-0 result in the 132-pound Greco Roman Junior championship in Fargo, N.D. He earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler award. The following month, Tuma took eighth place in the 132-pound weight class of the FILA Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was his third straight appearance on the U.S. roster at the World Championships, and it showcases why USA Wrestling has labeled Tuma as the No. 1 U.S. Future Olympian four straight years in his weight class. In October, Tuma gave a verbal commitment to wrestle at Nebraska. Now his focus is to become the sixth wrestler in 5A history to achieve four straight state titles, and the first to accomplish the rare feat since 2005 (Vance Beeson, Eagle).

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ttorney to U.S. foreign diplomat to restaurant franchisee. Not your typical career path, right? But for Garden City’s Will Webb, it works. Webb is the managing partner of the new Which Wich sandwich shop at The Village at Meridian. As a U.S. diplomat for more than six years, Webb spent time in India, Poland, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and, most recently, Paraguay. But last summer, he knew his family needed a change of pace. “I have two little boys (ages 7 and 10), and moving every two to three years was just getting to be difficult for them because they’re school age,” Webb said. “... It was a tough decision. I had just gotten tenured and promoted. … But at the end of the day, my family is more important than my career.” Though not originally from the Treasure Valley, Webb and his wife, Lee, knew this is where they wanted to end up. They were sold after visiting friends here in 1999. They fell in love with Idaho’s rivers, camping sites and ski resorts. A few years later, the couple bought land outside New Meadows for a retirement cabin someday. But retirement isn’t on the horizon just yet. In July, Webb and two longtime friends opened Wich Which, a national franchise that was founded in 2003.

How it works Which Wich has more than 50 different sandwich options with 60 toppings to mix and match. Grab a sandwich bag and red marker and let the decisionmaking begin. “Every sandwich is basically 100 percent customizable, whatever you want on it,” Webb said. “... If you want banana peppers and Craisins and spicy mayo, then that’s what we’re going to make for you.”

Why Meridian? The Meridian Which Wich is Idaho’s first. But Webb wasn’t expecting to choose Meridian as the location. “Interestingly enough, my first thought was downtown Boise — by Holly Beech you know, sandwiches, lunch time,” Webb said. “But then my wife was driving down Eagle Road and said, ‘You need to look at The Village, it © 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS looks like they’re really doing something special and different there.’” Turns out she was right, Webb said. “The more people I met there, the more I realized they are doing something different,” he said. “And they’re not just building a place to put a bunch of businesses there. They’re putting a place where people from the Treasure Valley and even beyond can come and spend time.”

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Which Wich co-owner Will Webb opened the sandwich shop at The Village at Meridian in July. He left his job as a foreign U.S. diplomat last year to provide his family with more stability. He’s seen here with his sons Jackson, 10, (center) and Vincent, 7.


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The new year brings a fresh start and with it the opportunity to make positive changes in your life. Here are five ways to get started on your 2014 new year’s resolutions. 1. Get fit Meridian has a variety of gyms to choose from including Idaho Athletic Club, Anytime Fitness, Body Renew and Axiom. Axiom will soon open a new location at The Village and Gold’s Gym opened a new Meridian location in 2013. 2. Quit smoking If your goal for 2014 is to break the habit of smoking, you are not alone. Central District Health offers free resources including smoking cessation classes. For more information call the Idaho QuitLine at 1-800-QUITNOW or call 375-5211 to find a class near you. 3. Spend more time with family Gather up the family and head to Wahooz Family Fun Zone, Big Al’s or Meridian Lanes for a night of fun. Or head to one of Meridian’s city parks on a sunny day for free family fun. 4. Learn something new The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department offers classes to learn dance, art, martial arts and yoga for all age groups. Pick up a copy of the 2014 Winter Activity Guide or view it online at 5. Read more Sign up for your Meridian Library card to check out books for free. If you need some help finding a good book or want to talk books with other people, check out the library’s book clubs. There’s a Mystery Book Club, Morning Book Club and Coffee and a Classic Book Club.

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PLUGGED IN Possible future solutions to dilemma Bethine Church will always be Idaho’s First Lady of megaloads on Idaho highways Now that Idaho’s Highway 12 seems to have been closed off to megaload traffic, shipments have begun moving in other directions. And that changes the nature of the megaload debate. Highway 12 was an unusual case. For a U.S. highway, that mountainous riverside stretch is challenging for even drivers of standard passenger cars, and highly challenging for drivers of semis and the like. The idea of an enormous 900,000-pound megaload carrying huge pieces of equipment shipped from Asia and destined for the tar fields of Alberta traveling that road seemed, simply, like madness. As the joke would have it: What could go wrong? Well, plenty. But now we have new routes for the megaloads, and they bring different kinds of questions. Permits under review at the Idaho Transportation Department would allow for megaloads to run from Lewiston up Highway 95 to its intersection with I-90, on which it would run deep into Montana. Assuming the bridge issue can be finessed (the loads are so large they cannot fit underneath bridges), that might be a better alternative, since that stretch of U.S. 95 is now a better road than it once was for larger vehicles, and interstates are built with the idea of handling large loads. Somewhere in between that and U.S. 12 is the peculiar shipment now underway, slowly, slowly, from the Port of Umatilla in eastern Oregon to the Idaho border near Homedale, around Mountain Home, over to Arco, north to Salmon, and over the Lost Trail Pass on U.S. 93 into Montana. Those of us who have driven these roads know them mostly as long, flat and straight. The desert countryside along much of the way can be spectacular, but most of the route is easy driving and relatively low risk. In most places

Bethine Church, the First Lady of Idaho. That’s how I always referred to her over the years, whenever she was in the audience where I was speaking, including those occasions when it was my high privilege to deliver lectures or moderate panels at the annual Frank Church Symposium. That characterization, which brought a luminous, full smile to her radiant face, was never a slight toward those living in the governor’s mansion. Rather, it represented a heartfelt tribute to a woman whom Gov. Cecil D. Andrus rightly described as a “force of nature.” You don’t need many heroes if you choose carefully. Bethine, like her iconic husband, Sen. Frank Church, was one of mine. She was a fierce defender of Democratic values, which she believed would improve the quality of life of Idahoans and Americans everywhere. Her strong, forthright beliefs, presented with charm, ease and grace, were reflective of the savvy political skills of a person born to politics. Politics, it may be said, was in her DNA. Born into a political dynasty, her “career” on the campaign trail, first for her father, a governor of Idaho, through the political pursuits of candidates from FDR to Obama, and manifested most brilliantly in her partnership with Frank, gave voice to her concerns and aspirations. If Bethine had been born a generation or two later, when women began to assume prominence in the electoral life the nation, she would have been a powerhouse as a candidate, even though she modestly suggested that she was a “better back-up person.” Bethine was a wonderful hostess and a natural facilitator of absorbing political discussions. Those of us fortunate to have attended dinners and receptions in her home will never forget the historical figures and outsized personalities who held forth on the great issues confronting America. One evening I sat next to Ted Sorenson, the literary magician who brought immortality to the words and speeches of John F. Kennedy. In a fascinating tutorial, Sorenson shared a lifetime of experience and advice on the art of speech-writing and speechmaking. Sorenson has few peers in the fraternity of speech writers. Another occasion at Bethine’s home provided an intimate dinner conversation with the inestimable Sen. George McGovern. With plates of food on our laps, late

drivers may be able to make their way around the megaload, something impractical almost anywhere along Highway 12. There are some exceptions, such as the road leading up to Lost Trail Pass and the stretch north of Mountain Home leading up into the Camas Prairie. These still are easier drives than Highway 12. Other questions still remain, though, aside from the safety factor. One is the wear on the road. Megaloads do come with special fees and conditions reflecting their unusual size, but how much do we really know about their wear on the road? How well have emergency and safety considerations really been thought through? There’s one other consideration people in the region ought to consider. One of the key principles about international trade long has been the idea that you should always try to export finished products rather than raw goods so you can employ your own people locally in the manufacture, rather than shipping those jobs overseas. Here the immense pieces of equipment being sent to the oil fields are being fully manufactured on the other side of the Pacific. Might we not want to set tax and regulatory incentives to encourage their manufacture on this continent? The whole shipment issue would be moot if the production of the equipment was located closer to the oil fields, and it might mean more goodpaying jobs, as well. That idea hasn’t come up for consideration much. But when legislatures and Congress resume their work in January, it ought to be something to think about.

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into the evening, with Bethine ever solicitous of the senator’s comfort, we reviewed the strategy behind his presidential race against Richard Nixon. Sen. McGovern lamented his reluctance to brandish in the 1972 campaign his World War II medals, a strategy that would have served him well against Nixon, a non-veteran, and might have afforded political protection from attacks for his “dovish” stance on the Vietnam War. When I arrived home that night, I discovered that I had failed to leave behind a red linen napkin that I had stuffed in my suit pocket. I meant to tell Bethine that I had, quite accidentally, liberated the napkin, but never got around to it. It’s now a treasured memento. The last time I saw Bethine was on Dec. 10 at the Frank Church Symposium luncheon. We shared a table of eight that included, among others, her devoted son, Chase, and the remarkable former Idaho Attorney General Tony Park. Bethine was frail but had made a gallant effort to attend the luncheon. The discussion centered around — what else — politics. Bethine’s voice was reduced to a whisper, but she offered to an attentive ear, a few choice remarks about the problem of government secrecy. She pointed out that “Frank” had tried to fix that. She laughed, weakly, but smiled freely. Occasionally, she frowned. The First Lady of Idaho was in her element. n David Adler is the director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, where he holds appointment as the Cecil D. Andrus Professor of Public Affairs.

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rive around Meridian, and you’ll see new office buildings, expanding neighborhoods and new places to dine and shop. But the success didn’t come with out its challenges. Take NAPA Auto Parts, for example. Owner Mike Moir estimates that the 11-month closure of Meridian Road for the Split Corridor Project slashed the store’s profits by $100,000. In response, NAPA created a new tool:, where customers can shop online and have products delivered to their homes. Neighboring business Bruneel by Holly Beech Tire Factory also had to get cre© 2013 MERIDIAN PRESS ative to make up for lost revenues. “If the customers were having a hard time getting their vehicle to our store, then we would go pick up their vehicle for them and deliver it when we were done (free of charge),” manager Shane Crane said. Even though it was a tough year, Crane said he wants to thank the Split Corridor project managers with Central Paving and Ada County Highway District. “They knew that there was a period that it was almost impossible to get cars in and out of our parking lot, and they were very accommodating to make that process as smooth … as they could,” Crane said.

Scentsy opens Meridian’s tallest building Along Eagle Road, Scentsy’s new six-story office, which opened this fall, stands taller than any other Meridian building. The tower is one of seven buildings on Scentsy’s elaborate campus — a far cry from

MERIDIAN HONORS BUSINESS LEADERS Meridian’s business community honored Paula Miller and Dale Newberry as the 2013 Woman and Man of the Year. Read their stories at the Meridian farm where Scentsy operated out of a shipping container almost 10 years ago. The campus allows the company’s 741 Idaho employees to all work in the same area. “Heidi and I still have to pinch ourselves every time we realize Scentsy’s dream is coming true and we finally have a home,” said Scentsy CEO Orville Thompson of Meridian, referring to his wife and Scentsy President Heidi Thompson. Building permits for the tower were valued at $28.5 million.

Construction industry improves Scentsy hired a Meridian construction company, Engineered Structures, Inc., to build the new office tower. That project, along with the Eighth and Main Tower (Zions Bank building) downtown Boise, were two of ESI’s most notable local projects in recent years, ESI President Neil Nelson said. ESI’s revenue and employment levels were higher this year than usual, he said, and the improved construction industry has helped take strain off businesses in the industry. The most rewarding part of his job, Nelson said, isn’t seeing the finished product but rather working with great people. “We have phenomenally good people on MP file photo our staff, it’s in the top of the industry,” Nel- Scentsy’s 73-acre business campus has seven buildings, including a six-story office tower. son said. “For an Idaho company to have the The company united 741 employees in its 603,256 square feet of office space on the corner kind of people that we have is amazing.” of Eagle Road and Pine Avenue in Meridian.



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Greg Granden Custom Haystacking & Retrieving 20+ Years Experience Hay, Grass & Straw For sale 4 Ton Minimum Call 250-1965 Thank You!

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2004 BUICK CENTURY V6, auto, air, cruise/tilt. Power windows/locks, velour interior. New Michellin radial. 30mpg. 42K miles. $6150. 409-3702

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Meridian Press 2013-12-27  
Meridian Press 2013-12-27  

Meridian Press 2013-12-27