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DISTRICT 14: Sen. Marv Hagedorn • Rep. Mike Moyle • Rep. Reed DeMordaunt DISTRICT 20: Sen. Chuck Winder • Rep. Joe Palmer • Rep. James Holtzclaw

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Concept in place for bigger, better dog park for Meridian

DISTRICT 21: Sen. Clifford R. Bayer • Rep. Steven Harris • Rep. Thomas Dayley • DISTRICT 22: Sen. Russell M. Fulcher • Rep. John Vander Woude • Rep. Jason A. Monks

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Come this fall, Linder Elementary will get a new focus and a new name: Barbara Morgan STEM Academy. District officials hope the switch will help the school reach capacity.

The competition between Mountain View High basketball players Tanner Percifield and Branson Trube has been beneficial for both in the Mavericks’ backcourt and the team overall.

Rick’s Press Room’s appearance on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” made the local chef’s recipes famous from coast to coast.

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Ever tried to get a table at Epi’s Basque Restaurant without a reservation? Chances are you weren’t successful. That’s because Epi’s — a Meridian mainstay since 1999 — is internationally recognized for its homey feel, generous hospitality and authentic Basque cuisine. Get to know owner Chris Ansotegui.

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Rocky Mountain and Meridian High will have new football coaches next fall. Former Timberline head coach and Eagle High offensive coordinator Scott Criner is Rocky Mountain’s new coach. Porter Lacey is Meridian’s new coach. Lacey led New Plymouth to five straight state playoff berths and three semifinal appearances.

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New lifestyle center attracts companies to Meridian Right now it’s mostly retail and restaurants, but by October, The Village at Meridian will be home to fountains, a seasonal ice-skating rink, theater, gym and outdoor dining pavilions.

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SCHOOLS Meridian High needs classroom portables refurbished. Who better for the job than the district’s high school building and construction students?

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LOCAL NEWS Weigh in at City Hall Tuesday: Should Meridian have six City Council seats instead of four? Mayor Tammy said the addition would spread out the workload.

SPORTS Wrestling has helped Meridian High senior Chris Carp deal with autism. His enthusiasm brings life to the team and comfort to his father.

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In her State of the City address, Mayor Tammy de Weerd praised Meridian’s progress, revealed this year’s vision and awarded two community members.

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Other counties look to ISU-Meridian as an example of students getting a hands-on education while improving the health of their community.

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Rocky Mountain’s Eli McCullough signed with Boise State, while Eagle’s Marcus Lenhardt was the first player to sign with College of Idaho football.

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Mayor Tammy de Weerd’s youth advisory council of 58 teens are moving and shaking in Meridian, hosting events and promoting a healthy community.

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Graduates of Meridian High School know that the aging campus — a 38-yearold building on Linder Road and Pine with a mostly brick facade — doesn’t quite match their Warrior pride. That’s why the district embarked on $27 million, sixyear remodel of MHS. Read more about the project.

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Meridian is giving its canine companions something to bark about. More than 50 percent of Meridian residents have at least one dog, and those 10,000 furry residents need somewhere to go. Their owners say the Bark Park — Meridian’s only off-leash dog park — is barely adequate with its limited acreage and lack of dog-friendly amenities. Luckily, town planners say they’re aware of the problem. Read what the city has in the works for local dogs and their humans.

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SCHOOLS Eagle High lost a beloved student to a car accident in December. Now the family, students and community are working to promote a safer Highway 16.

COVER STORY: Lawmakers address key issues Idaho lawmakers in the 2013 session face major decisions on the health insurance exchange and personal property tax. Learn more about who speaks for Meridian.

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The quest for a good Dairy Days Parade route continues. The Dairy Board hopes to keep it on Main Street even though Meridian Road is closed for construction, which raises traffic concerns.

Mountain View High graduate Hillary Holt wins three more national titles, making her the most decorated women’s student-athlete in College of Idaho history.

Yotes runner Holt set a goal after Mountain View High to make a name for herself, and has done so, winning two national championships — and counting.

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LOCAL NEWS Slanted Rock Brewing Co. is the result of one woman’s need to change directions in life. Lonseth now blends her tech background with the beer industry.

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Sen. Marv Hagedorn, pictured here at the Capitol building in Boise March 4, is one of 12 legislators serving the Meridian area.

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Since it opened in 2004, Meridian’s Sa-Wad-Dee Thai has become a haven for local residents with memories of Thailand. It’s a fitting role for the restaurant; in Thai, sawaddee means “hello.”

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Meridian junior tennis player Hannah Uhlenkott won’t be watching from the stands at the Davis Cup — she’ll be on the court.

Kahootz Steak & Ale House may have the most beers on tap in Meridian, but the owners’ No. 1 focus is cooking up “stellar” food.

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SPORTS Former NFL quarterback Cody Pickett takes over as Eagle High girls basketball coach after guiding the North Star boys basketball team to back-to-back 2A state tournaments.

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Did you know the that 24 percent of households bring in $100,000 or more each year, and about 40 percent of residents age 25 and up have an associates degree or higher? These and other stats are used to attract new business to the area and can help you better understand your community.

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The founders of Meridian’s Unity Health Center saw a need several years ago for a clinic that catered to working families — their schedules, their budgets and their needs.

Roaring Springs, one of Idaho’s only waterparks, is open for the 2013 season. New this year is the Cliffhanger, a single-rider slide that features a harrowing six-story plummet.

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Former Rocky Mountain High outfielder Mason Smith was drafted in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and signed to start his professional baseball career with the San Diego Padres.

After failing to earn a city permit to be held in Kleiner Park, Northwest RibFest — a barbecue and music event expected to attract 100,000 people — has moved to the Idaho Center in Nampa, June 27-30.

Dairy Days may not have a parade this year, but other events will be in full swing June 18-22. Come check out the carnival, cattle and goat showings, Dairy Princess pageants and more.

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Meridian resident Graham DeLaet, a former Boise State golfer, received an invitation to compete in the British Open, which starts Thursday in Scotland.

During the Meridian budget workshops for fiscal year 2014, City Council agreed to contract with the Idaho Humane Society for animal control and sheltering services, starting Oct. 1.

Treasure Valley Children’s Theater founder and director Autumn Kersey reflects on the company’s first year. “We’re hoping we can be the gateway to introducing kids to theater.”

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SPORTS Meridian High graduate Joe Panzeri, Eagle’s Ty Travis to play in Boise Open next week.

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Meridian is considering merging its animal shelter with the Idaho Humane Society due to lack of space and a desire to streamline operations. Some shelter volunteers worry about the plan’s impact on the community.

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LOCAL NEWS Better Business Bureau investigates Northwest RibFest after receiving a flood of complaints. Promoters defend themselves against BBB’s claims that they gave unsubstantiated information leading up to the event.

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COVER STORY: Racetrack maintains loyal following Meridian Speedway has been around for more than 60 years and, unlike less fortunate short tracks around the country, it still has a strong base of fans and competitors. Management has invested in several facility improvements in recent years to send the message: The Speedway is here to stay.

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SPORTS 10U Cal Ripken team aims to raise $50,000 prior to Aug. 10 World Series in Ocala, Fla.

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The crowd at the Meridian Speedway watches a Rocky Mountain Challenge Series Race Friday, July 26.

Meridian has received national recognition in recent years as being a great place to live, notably for families and young people. “This is definitely where we want to raise our kids,” Meridian mother of seven Kodi Sivey said. She explains why in this week’s cover story.

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SPORTS NEWS Meridian 10U, 12U baseball teams are ready to play in the Cal Ripken World Series.

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Walk into a grocery store and you’re likely to find several craft beer options. That wasn’t the case four years ago when Brewforia was founded. How has the growing craft beer trend impacted Brewforia?

Meridian’s Angelyn Wade, 9, is serious about helping others. She has donated birthday money and cut her hair for a fundraiser. Her most recent project is an Aug. 17 carnival to raise money for a boy with cancer.

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Don’t miss out on the Meridian Firefighters Association’s 34th annual Salmon BBQ tonight. Proceeds will boost the burnout fund, which gives victims of house fires and other disasters some “light at the end of the tunnel.”

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Construction crews are staying busy at The Village at Meridian, working to complete several buildings before the center’s fall grand opening. Many of the retailers moving in are new to Idaho.

So maybe paintballing is too painful for you, but did you know you can battle it out with Nerf guns in Meridian? Dart Zone Meridian has events for players young and old.

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Meridian- and Boise-based bands say their local fans are loyal and extremely supportive. “We love the people here, and we love the fact that we started here,” Waking Jordan lead singer Kelly Potter said. But being a smaller area, the Valley can be tough place to build a following, musicians say, especially with the shortage of all-ages venues.

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COVER STORY: Musicians find success, challenges

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SPORTS Looking back at baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track and field state tournaments.

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The Rock of Honor Memorial in Kleiner Park remembers fallen soldiers with ties to Meridian, but the project would not have been possible without a local veteran-boy scout team.

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Should City Council expand from four to six members? Who should be on the school board? Cast your vote May 21.

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About 30 families tend to the Meridian Co-Op Garden at Kleiner Park. They share planting, weeding and watering duties and reap a big harvest by summer’s end. One volunteer donates all her produce to the Meridian Food Bank.

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Nine Renaissance High School seniors are the first to graduate in Meridian with an associate degree. “I think that these young people have done an incredible job,” Superintendent Linda Clark said.

Gymnast, shooters from Meridian stand out at recent Junior Olympics events

After three years on Main Street, Schooners in Meridian is closing due to increased rent. But you can still visit Schooners staff in Garden City when Crooked Fence Barrelhouse opens this summer.

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COVER STORY: Renaissance seniors graduate with AA degrees

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Rocky Mountain High golfer Ryleigh Moore eyes strong 5A District III tournament at The Club at SpurWing next week.

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LOCAL NEWS The water in your sprinklers and at the car wash might be among the millions of gallons of treated water in the Meridian system. To keep up with population growth, the treatment facility will has expansions planned for the next 18 months.

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ON THE TOWN Ball at the Hall — a fun and elegant prom for grown-ups — is next week at City Hall. Proceeds benefit the kindness movement known as Ben’s Bells.

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The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is bringing back a winter parade in December. It will be a night light parade, held before the annual Christmas tree lighting event.

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The demand for new homes in Meridian is on the rise, and more developers are back in business. Home prices are spiking, too.

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More than 7,000 athletes and volunteers are involved with Meridian PAL sports every year. In 17 years, Meridian PAL has expanded to six programs and recently helped build Heroes Park.

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Scentsy’s multimillion-dollar success has led to the need for more space. Its seventh building on the new campus will be complete at the end of this year.

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Rocky Mountain’s Mason Smith could have tough decision, choosing between professional baseball or fulfilling his commitment to the University of Utah

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In a recent Joint School District No. 2 survey, parents say long lunch lines, insufficient portions and unhealthy food leave students hungry. See how the district responded to concerns.

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Meridian PAL football is back with nearly twice as many players for its second season.

Lucky Fins, after building up a loyal following in Meridian, will expand to Brick Oven Beanery’s old Boise location this summer.

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SCHOOLS Joint School District No. 2 receives the lowest state funding per pupil of any district its size in the country. Yet test scores and graduation rates are still at the top.

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COVER STORY: Fight against DUIs Natalie Marti, a Meridian resident who lost her family in a drunk-driving accident 10 years ago, strives to eliminate and outlaw impaired driving.

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COVER STORY: Meridian restaurant industry sees revival, especially along Eagle Road

Saturday’s Community Block Party in Settlers Park is expected to draw 4,000 to 5,000 people. The free family event includes a barbecue and food vendors, obstacle courses, prize giveaways and a new mascot dance-off.

During the recession, Meridian lost some prominent restaurants, and the city’s secondary liquor license market was sluggish. But this year, new restaurants are coming to town, the food service industry is one of Meridian’s top five job creators, and vacant restaurant space is much harder to find.

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Lindsay Johnson, of Boise, left, and Erin Ruiz, of Meridian, right, enjoy happy hour at the new Café Olé on Eagle Road in Meridian.

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COVER STORY: Grounds repaired in time for event

Mountain View High boys basketball team to play Bishop Kelly before the Lakers-Jazz game Dec. 27 in Salt Lake City.

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More than 2,000 jobs were created in Meridian in 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, including a comeback of tech and manufacturing jobs — so much so that Valley businesses can’t find all the skilled workers they need.

The Rocky Mountain High football team is speeding up the pace and scoring plenty of points.

Owners of V3 Hair Studio plan to open a beauty school on the corner of Cherry Lane and Linder Road. The salon was recognized as a Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and has gained national attention.

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‘Joey Special’ touching for both Rocky Mountain High football team and opponents.

The City Council election is less than two weeks away, and 17 candidates are running for four different seats. In today’s issue, candidates discuss what their role in growing the economy would be.

The Village at Meridian has been buzzing with activity ever since its grand opening last week. The cycling community is praising CenterCal for lending an ear to their needs.

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Mountain View High School running back Josh Buss has rushed for 595 yards and scored nine touchdowns in the past two games.

A new storage facility will open this month on Chinden in Meridian. The fluctuations of storage demand reflect economic trends, according to managers of Meridian storage companies.

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Cyber bulling and sexting are big problems in local schools, Meridian Police Officer Dave Gomez says. The former Micron engineer strives to help students be safe online and to make good decisions.

This summer, Idaho Mountain Touring expanded from Boise to Meridian. Much of the company’s staff and customer base lives in Meridian, so it seemed like a good fit, owner Chris Haunold said.

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COVER STORY: Mammogram leads to successful cancer treatment Every October, we see pink wristbands and shirts and bandanas to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Back in 2009, this hype is what helped motivate Meridian resident Cheryl Mulvihill to get a mammogram — which led to the early detection and treatment of her breast cancer.

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COVER STORY: The Village brings lifestyle boost Today through Sunday, grand opening ceremonies and deals are going on at The Village at Meridian to celebrate the opening of the new lifestyle center.

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Rocky Mountain girls soccer team tops Timberline for first 5A District III championship

Meridian City Council candidates share their views on the city’s proposed $4.5-million public safety training center. The center is still in the early planning stages, but the city hopes to build it next to the existing police station.

In response to the rising trend of e-cigarettes, several new “vaping” stores have opened in Meridian. These stores sell batteryoperated devices that allow the user to inhale nicotine in vapor form. The public’s response to vaping is mixed.

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Tonight’s Eagle at Rocky Mountain High football game will be a reunion for coaches as the teams battle for playoff positioning.

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COVER STORY: Local Army veteran journeys from infantry to computer science With Veterans Day around the corner, former soldier Aaron Woods from Meridian talks about his experience leaving the military and transitioning back into civilian life. He found support through the local Wyakin Warriors Foundation that aids wounded veterans with college and career development.

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Meridian voters kept City Council candidates guessing Tuesday night with tight election races. Four candidates pulled ahead of the rest — in one race by only 35 votes. What’s next for the new, larger Meridian City Council?

Sam McKinnon claims the first 5A state cross country championship for a Mountain View High runner.

When the Meridian animal shelter closed, volunteers committed to find another way to help the city’s dogs. This week, they opened the new Meridian Valley Humane Society Canine Rescue, where volunteers help dogs find new homes.

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You may have had the chance to interact with Meridian firefighters during events in October — Public Safety Awareness month. Although their job title is “firefighter,” the responsibilities of crews stretch from cleaning up hazardous materials to rescuing distraught ducklings.

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Scentsy owners Orville and Heidi Thompson say they’re excited to bring their Scentsy Idaho “family” — consisting of about 740 employees — all together again on one campus with the opening of the new Scentsy Commons Office Tower later this year.

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The 5th annual Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show this weekend, put on by Brewforia owner Rick Boyd, will feature almost 30 craft breweries, including about a dozen from Idaho.

Kory Puderbaugh was born with underdeveloped limbs, but that doesn’t stop the Meridian Technical Charter junior from excelling in sports. He recently discovered wheelchair rugby and now has hopes of joining the USA wheelchair rugby national team.

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SCHOOL NEWS The results are in — parents have given Joint School District No. 2 overall positive ratings in this year’s survey. But they aren’t shy about suggesting improvements.

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Rocky Mountain High School meets perennial power Highland for first time in 5A state football semifinals Friday

The time for holiday bazaars and Christmas shopping is upon us. We’ve got the scoop about upcoming events and about how you can support local artisans.

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Paula Miller, the Meridian Chamber of Commerce 2013 Woman of the Year, uses her struggles as a launchpad to help others. She’s involved in organizations to support small business owners and donate to hats and wigs.

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SPORTS NEWS The Mountain View High girls basketball team is off to a 3-0 start this season, including a 2-0 record in 5A Southern Idaho Conference play.

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Andy Propst talks about how being kidnapped and beaten during his LDS mission to Russia 15 years ago changed his life. The suspenseful story is being told through a new film, “The Saratov Approach.”

City Council approved six new positions in the Public Works Department this week. The department’s director said staffing levels have suffered in recent years because of a push for efficiency.

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Meridian companies have found their niche in the recreation technology industry — an industry that fits the Gem State well, local economic developmental officials say, pointing to Idaho’s mountains, rivers, wildlife and friendly gun culture. The rec tech sector employs about 37,000 Idahoans, and officials hope to see that number continue to grow.

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SCHOOL NEWS Curious about how many teachers, students, buses, buildings and employees belong to Joint School District No. 2? Find the answers and more in our graphic about the district.

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The health care industry supports thousands of jobs in Meridian, and it is in the running to be the fastest growing industry in the region between 2010 and 2020. We’ve featured local health care workers in this week’s cover story and a Meridian-based coalition that’s building Idaho’s medtech economy.

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After losing their teenage son in a car accident, Duke and Sheri Rogers of Meridian launched Buckle Up for Bobby, a nonprofit that promotes safe driving and awards scholarships to youth.

SCHOOL NEWS Tech companies are clamoring to hire talented computer science graduates. Boise State plans to double its computer science department and help relieve the short supply of graduates.

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Forward Movement Training, a new safety training center in Meridian, is gearing up to start offering courses in February to both civilians and law enforcement officials in realistic training environments.

Ready to start the New Year off with some laughs? Check on the first-ever Idaho Laugh Festival next weekend, which will bring more than 70 comics to Boise for a side-splitting two-day event for all ages.

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SPORTS The Rocky Mountain High girls basketball team hasn’t found a challenge yet and they enter the weekend 15-0 with only two victories by fewer than 10 points.

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Last month, The Village at Meridian welcomed new restaurant, Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar. Based out of Spokane, Twigs offers 36 signature martinis and a broad gluten-free menu.

Local health insurance companies talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their operations and staff levels.

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Cupid comes a-calling Meridian businessman Matt Valentine, his father and grandfather all share a wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day. Time will tell if Matt’s young son carries on the tradition. “What better way to become a Valentine than ... on Valentine’s Day?” Matt said. Another perk, he added: “I’ll never ever forget my anniversary.” n

allowed him to spend time in India, Poland, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Paraguay over the course of six years. What an amazing experi- by Holly Beech ence that would hbeech@mymeridianpress.com be, to spend © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS time getting to know the people and cultures of different countries. But that kind of lifestyle can be tough on kids, which is why Webb, a father of two young boys, left the profession and opened Which Wich in Meridian. “It was a tough decision. I had just gotten tenured and promoted,” Webb said. “ … But at the end of the day, my family is more important than my career.” n

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CRIME WATCH Meridian Police Department Log Jan. 15-21 1 trafficking Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 1 residential burglary 1 medical assist 1 petit theft 1 domestic verbal 1 possession of fictitious bills 4 batteries 2 disturbances 3 vehicle burglaries 1 commercial burglary 1 harassment 1 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 alcohol violation 1 fraud

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Here’s to another year of Meridian Press! I’m proud of our team for making this possible and Will Webb’s former job as a foreign diplomat thankful for the community’s support.

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Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 11 warrants 1 Internet enticement 4 possession of drug paraphernalia 2 resisting and obstructing law enforcement 1 leaving the scene of an accident 6 driving under the influence 1 battery 2 driving without privileges 1 domestic battery 3 possession of marijuana 3 petit thefts 1 driving without insurance 1 injury vehicle accident 1 possession of a controlled substance

Farmstead corn maze in September was my favorite Meridian Press assignment of the year. So fun (and a tad scary)! While writing that article, it was fascinating to learn about the process of making a maze. “It’s a never-ending cycle,” The Farmstead owner and maze designer Jim Lowe said. As soon as the cornfield is harvested in November, work for the next year’s maze begins. In the spring, the cornfield is planted, then in the summer/early fall, Lowe cuts out trails to bring his design to life. I can’t imagine trying to map out an intricate design in a cornfield that doubles as a life-size puzzle. “It is kind of a balancing act,” Lowe said. “… One thing that I do is I will design a concept and give it a break for a couple of days, and add some details and take a break, and come back. That way, I can get a fresh look at it every time.”

New teenager safety coalition forms in Meridian Would you like to join the efforts to make Meridian a safer place for teens? Check out a new coalition called Meridian Advocates for Youth Safety, or “MAYS.” The city is spearheading this initiative to bring together resources and people who are involved with youth and who want to address problems teens face. The group will meet the second Thursday of every month, starting Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Meridian Police Department, 2483 E. Fairview Ave. n

City Hall earns Energy Star Award

The city of Meridian has successfully implemented several measures to reduce costs and lower energy usage, resulting in the Energy Star Award being issued for Meridian City Hall. Compared to other buildings across the country, Meridian City Hall was in the 88th percentile for energy efficiency and has sustained this level of performance for over a year. This photo shows (from left) Darwin Roy, president of Clima-Tech Corporation; John McCormick, Meridian’s deputy director of public works; and Meridian City Hall Maintenance staff member John Sweeney.

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ROAD REPORT 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 Ustick Road at Tupiza Way to Yellow Peak Way, lane restrictions with flagging through today for utility locates. n Ustick Road west of Meridian Road, intermittent lane restricn

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Tennis association boosts opportunities for kids

To encourage more children to play tennis, the Idaho Tennis Association presented a $1,000 to both the city of Meridian and the Meridian Tennis Association. The money will be used to purchase nets and build an equipment locker at the Settlers Village Square in Settlers Park. “The Idaho Tennis Association is excited to partner with these two organizations to offer 10-and-under children the opportunity to learn how to play tennis,” Idaho Tennis Association Executive Director Mike Harvey said. Settlers Village Square will include six 78-foot courts, one championship court and three courts for 10-and-under players that can double as pickleball courts. It is scheduled to open this summer.

Men honored for efforts in fire rescue

Tarah Colwell teared up at Tuesday’s Meridian City Council meeting, hugging the man who helped rescue her from a house fire Jan. 8. Rick Mills said he did what anyone would have done — he saw the smoke, he heard a woman’s voice inside calling for help and he rushed inside. Mills and Colwell family friend Dan Land helped bring Tarah and her mother, Judy Colwell, to safety. Both men received a Hometown Hero Award Tuesday for their courage and quick thinking.

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Mayor Tammy de Weerd will deliver the State of the City address Wednesday, Feb. 5, followed by a Taste of Meridian Reception featuring 10 Meridian restaurants. WHEN: 3:59 p.m., Feb. 5 WHERE: Meridian Middle School, 1507 W. 8th St. TICKETS: $10. Get your ticket online at meridiancityorg, in person at Meridian City Hall or send a check payable to “City of Meridian” to the Mayor’s Office, Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave., Suite #300, Meridian, ID 83642.

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oday, Meridian Press celebrates its first birthday. “Surviving your first year is a big deal, and we have created a successful community newspaper serving Meridian,” Idaho Press-Tribune and Meridian Press Publisher Matt Davison said. The Press-Tribune created Meridian Press to serve a community that often got overlooked by major news outlets. “Kids in high school didn’t get their name in the paper, there wasn’t a go-to resource for local government, and nobody was paying much attention to city politics,” Davison said. Building a newspaper from scratch was a thrilling experience, he said — there were no templates or traditions to hamper the by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com design process. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS “We said, ‘OK, if we could build the ideal newspaper today, … what would it look like?’ So we tried to reverse the model a little bit,” Davison said. The team chose a model with big photos, colorful graphics and hyper-local news content. Davison said the look and feel of Meridian Press — designed by IPT Creative Services Manager Tony Chappell — was a home run. “The print edition is truly that kind of laid-back, relaxed, ‘catch up on your local community’ type of read, and that’s what we want it to be,” Davison said. “... (People) want to see who’s on the cover. They want to see what’s happening in their local city government. They want to see what’s happening in their schools. … That’s the niche that we’ll continue to serve.”

BUMPS IN THE ROAD As with most new ventures during year one, Meridian Press had to overcome obstacles. One hurdle was skepticism. “People think you’re nuts — why would you start a newspaper at a time when newspapers are closing?” Davison said. “I think what they’re missing is people want the content.” Advertisers — the sole revenue engine for Meridian Press — wanted to see proof of the publication’s potential before investing. “We spent the first year building our brand, and I’m sure there were some businesses, advertisers, in the community that didn’t think we were going to be a viable player,” Davison said. Now that a year has passed, Meridian Press has gained big-name advertisers and hopes for more to jump on board in the future.

MODEL FOR SUCCESS Meridian Press’ distribution continues to grow, now reaching an estimated 26,000 people each week. Readers’ acceptance of Meridian Press is even better than Davison had hoped, he said. “Everywhere I go, somebody is complimenting me on how much they love the Meridian Press,” he said. “... We’ll evolve as the industry evolves, but I think we’ve got a model for success.”

GOALS FOR MERIDIAN PRESS Publisher Matt Davison outlines the blueprint for Meridian Press: n 100 percent local “This was not going to be a competitive newspaper for national news, even state news for that matter. This is a community newspaper designed to reach people who live right in Meridian — go to school there, go to work there, have grown up there or moved to the area.” n Tell the story visually, including a full front-page photo. “We wanted to show local people, local faces, local events, local pets, local kids playing soccer. All of those things I think provide information that communities really seek out.”

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Above: Meridian Press reporter Holly Beech and circulation/ production director Roger Stowell take a look at first copies of Meridian Press, printed in the Idaho Press-Tribune press room on Jan. 24, 2013. Below: Beech reads questions to Meridian City Council candidates during a Meridian Press forum Oct. 7 at City Hall.

Community leaders weigh in Meridian Press asked city and community leaders: 1) Do you believe Meridian Press has made a difference in the community? How so? 2) What would you like to see from Meridian Press in the future?

Responses: Tammy de Weerd, Meridian mayor 1) The Meridian Press has been a tremendous addition to the Meridian community. It has helped foster something important that the Internet, smartphones and all our other high-tech gadgets cannot provide — a feeling of community. The Meridian Press is a great way to engage and connect Meridian citizens with events, local businesses owners, city government, high school athletics and more, and helps us reaffirm our community values and reminds us of our “connectedness.” It has helped show our community members that they, as individuals, matter. It helps neighbors get to know each other a little better. And it shares much of the “good news” that larger media outlets often overlook. I have heard nothing but positive comments! It has also helped boost our local economy, both through advertising and by showcasing community businesses at a time when we all need to be shopping locally, investing in the community, and protecting local jobs. 2) n Profiles of local businesses and business owners n Stories about neighborhood successes and innovations n Features that familiarize residents with local government n Community event information n Local volunteer opportunities/ways for residents to engage n News of local arts and culture efforts n Coverage of youth sports via its own section n Senior issues and activities

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Richard L. Crisp, 87, of Merid- Tada “Tod” Matsumoto, Lucille Shirley Sam, 75, of ian, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at home. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. S., Nampa, ID 83651. 208-466-3545

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Today MERIDIAN — 3-D Printing Demo, 4:30 p.m. Silverstone Branch Meridian Library, 3531 E. Overland Road. Attend the Silverstone Branch library demo on the 3-D printer. Learn about design and how the printing process is done. More information on the 3-D Design and Print Contest will also be available. The contest is open to ages 5 and over, and will have three different age groups. For an entry form, visit mld.org and for any questions, email Nick at nick@mld.org. MCCALL — McCall Winter Carnival, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. The 49th annual McCall Winter Carnival will commence today. Events for the day include snow sculpture viewing, snow tubing, music, Children’s Torchlight Parade and fireworks. For a full listing of events, times and locations, visit mccallchamber.org/carnival_events.html.

Bank of the Cascades announced it has hired four mortgage loan officers. Glen Musser has joined the bank as a mortgage loan officer at the Nampa branch; Kristine Hines was hired at its Garden City branch; Victoria Ramirez joined its Fruitland branch and Britney Spiker was hired at the Eagle branch. James Bird n Colliers International announced James Bird has joined its Office Services team. Bird previously worked as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte & Touche LLP. n

ridian, died Wed., Jan. 22, 2014, at a local care center. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833

ridian, formerly of Pocatello, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

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84, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at a Darlene R. Spencer, 87, of home. Arrangements are under the local care center. Services are under Nampa, died, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, direction of Accent Funeral Home, Me- the direction of Accent Funeral Home, at a local care center. Services are pending with Nampa Funeral Home, ridian. 888-5833 Meridian. 888-5833. Yraguen Chapel. 208-442-8171 Rose Martell Lockridge, Burl Pipkin, 89, of Meridian, 93, of Ontario, Ore., died Thursday, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at a lo- Lois Williams, 78, of Boise, died Jan. 16, 2014, at an assisted living cal care center. Services are under Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at her home. facility of natural causes. Services are the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888pending at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Meridian. 888-5833. Caldwell. 459-3629 5833

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Saturday NAMPA — Junior Duck Stamp Art Days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road. The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge

Center will be hosting young artists and wildlife enthusiasts to create and submit their artwork to the Idaho Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. All materials, such as art supplies, as well as “how to draw a duck” instructions, are included. The participants will be taught about Idaho waterfowl. This event is open to kids in kindergarten through high school and is free.

Sunday MCCALL — McCall Winter Carnival, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. The McCall Winter Carnival events include snow sculpture viewing, panning for gold and snowshoe golf. For a full listing of events, times and locations, visit mccallchamber.org/carnival_events.html.

9 a.m.-6 p.m., Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St. Visit the Caldwell Events Center to view demonstrations, exhibits and agricultural technologies. For more information, go to idahoagshows.com. MCCALL — McCall Winter Carnival, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Events for the Winter Carnival include snow tubing and Party Bingo for those who are 21 and over. For a full listing of events, times and locations, visit mccallchamber.org/ carnival_events.html.

Wednesday CALDWELL — Western Idaho Ag Expo, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St. See demonstrations, exhibits and agricultural technologies. For more information, go to idahoagshows.com. MCCALL — McCall Winter Carnival, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Events for today include snow sculpture viewing, grand bingo and music. For a full listing of events, times and locations, visit mccallchamber.org/carnival_events.html.

Monday MERIDIAN — Baby Bugs (6-18 months), 11:30 a.m. Cherry Lane Meridian Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Enjoy singing, clapping and bouncing while listening to stories with your young ones. This is a drop-in program. MCCALL — McCall Winter Carnival, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Events for today include snow sculpture viewing, an art show and an 8-Ball Tournament. For a full listing of events, times and locations, visit mccallchamber.org/carnival_events.html.

Thursday NAMPA — Lap-sit Storytime, 10:15 a.m. Nampa Public Library, 101 11th Ave S. Newborn babies to 2-year-olds are welcome to engage in short stories, interactive playing, music and games with their caregiver. There is no sign-up required. For more information or questions, contact Amanda Bizeau at 468-5887 or bizeau@nampalibrary.org.

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ather than just reading about economics and finance in a textbook, Meridian High School senior Robbie Sosin spent several weeks last semester tracking the ups and downs of the stock market. If he and his team invested their hypothetical $100,000 wisely, they had a shot at winning The Stock Market Game in Idaho. “It was fun, but at times it got kind of stressful because you want to win,” Sosin said. “... You check your stocks every day and see how they’re doing, and it’s really just a matter of picking the right stock at the right time.” He teamed up with Domenique Banta and Morgan Haas, classmates in his Advanced Placement microeconomics class. Their investments and collaboration paid off — they watched their money pool grow to more than $130,000, enough to take first place over 400 teams. “You can use real-world examples with economics,” Sosin said about the by Holly Beech competition. “I think that’s a hbeech@mymeridianpress.com good way to make it relatable © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS to how your life works and how business works.” This semester, Sosin’s team will compete in The Stock Market Game against U.S. representatives. The top teams receive a trip to Washington, D.C.

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Meridian High School’s team of (from left) Morgan Haas, Robbie Sosin and Domenique Banta were winners of the 2013 Idaho Stock Market Game. The team will now compete nationally.

Trying to fit economic and finance education into one semester can be a challenge, Meridian High School economics teacher Jeff Hoseley said. He’s squeezing personal finance, consumer finance, microeconomics, macroeconomics and global economics into about 40 days of instruction per class, he said. “You can’t do that, there’s just not enough CONNECT time to do it,” Hoseley said. “It’s watered n Learn more about how the Idaho down. And from that standpoint, to me, it’s LEON MAYNARD, Idaho Council on Economic Education president Council on Economic Education can sad that we only have a semester for it.” help Idaho teachers and students at Sosin, a senior in Hoseley’s class, said he ‘Fun’ approach to economics cobe.boisestate.edu/icee. wishes economics classes would have been The requirement that Idaho seniors take a semester of economic and finance n Contact President Leon Maynard available to him before his senior year. credits to graduate was a big milestone for the state, but there’s still work to do, at leonmaynard@boisestate.edu. Idaho Council on Economic Education President Leon Maynard said. “There’s so much emphasis on math, science and the basics — reading, writing and arithmetic — that when you get to economics and finance … there’s just nobody trained to teach it,” he said. That’s were the Council steps in — training teachers and creating competitions to make economics fun for students. The Council hosts 12 International Economic Summits in Idaho each year, teaching thousands of students about the global economy, Maynard said. “The big challenge ... is to make it fun and to make it relevant,” he said. “And the big problem is that everybody, when you say ‘economics,’ they think, ‘Oh PPGNW_Meridian Press_4.8542"x10" 4C.pdf 1 1/17/14 10:47 AM wow, that’s boring, let me avoid that.’ But we make it fun.”

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GIRLS BASKETBALL STANDINGS 5A Southern Idaho Conference (4 teams to state) Conf Overall W L W L Rocky Mountain 15 0 17 0 Centennial 13 2 15 2 Boise 10 5 12 5 Mountain View 10 5 11 5 Capital 8 7 10 7 Borah 6 9 7 10 Eagle 4 11 6 11 Timberline 3 12 4 13 Vallivue 3 12 3 14 Meridian 3 12 3 14 2A Western Idaho Conference (2.5 teams to state) Conf Overall W L W L New Plymouth 7 1 13 3 Marsing 6 3 9 8 Cole Valley Christian 6 3 9 8 Melba 5 3 9 7 McCall-Donnelly 3 5 7 7 Nampa Christian 3 7 6 12 North Star Charter 0 8 1 14 STATE MEDIA POLL Records through Tuesday, Jan. 21 Class 5A Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs 1. Lewiston (5) 16-1 41 1 2. Rocky Mountain (4) 17-0 39 2 3. Coeur d’Alene 14-2 28 3 4. Centennial 15-2 15 t-4 5. Hillcrest 15-2 8 -Others receiving votes: Highland 3, Boise 1. Class 2A Team (1st-place votes) W-L Pts Pvs 1. Ririe (9) 15-2 43 1 2. Grangeville 12-3 27 3 3. Firth 11-5 25 2 4. New Plymouth 13-3 15 5 5. North Fremont 11-5 12 -Others receiving votes: Valley 5, Soda Springs 3, West Jefferson 3.

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Rocky Mountain quarterback Riley Bradshaw looks for room to throw in a 5A state football playoff game against Eagle on Nov. 8 at Rocky Mountain High. Bradshaw was one of two Rocky Mountain seniors to verbally commit to Weber State last week.

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he lure of Ogden, Utah, proved too much for a pair of Rocky Mountain High football players to resist last weekend. Grizzlies quarterback Riley Bradshaw and defensive lineman Garry Callis both traveled to Weber State on Jan. 17 and 18 on official visits and roomed together. And both verbally committed to full-ride offers from the Big Sky program. Callis committed while still in Ogden on Jan. 17. Bradshaw returned home and called Weber State coach Jay Hill on Jan. 18 with his verbal commitment. Bradshaw picked Weber State over an offer from Big Sky rival

GRIZZLIES’ FOOTBALL COMMITS Riley Bradshaw, QB, Weber State Garry Callis, DL, Weber State Jake Knight, TE, Oregon State Kekoa Nawahine, ATH, Boise State Northern Colorado and a preferred walk-on spot at Boise State. He planned to visit Northern Colorado on Jan. 22, but after Hill told him he could compete for the Wildcats’ starting quarterback job, he said he didn’t need to take any more visits. “After going to Weber State and seeing everything they had to offer, I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bradshaw. Weber State’s roster includes five returning quarterbacks, including a true freshman that started last season. But Hill, a former Utah assistant, took over the program in December and Bradshaw said Hill told him he won’t redshirt and will compete for the starting job. “He said he could picture me having a really good career and I have an (opportunity) to start from Day 1,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw directed a potent Rocky Mountain offense that averaged 45.6 points game this fall and shared the 5A Southern Idaho Conference’s offensive player of the year honor. He completed 176 of 285 passes (61.8 percent) for 2,683 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 768 yards and five touchdowns. Callis, a 6-foot-2.5, 235-pound defensive lineman, played football for the first time this fall and parlayed five games into a Division-I scholarship, a feat he said wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Rocky Mountain coaches Scott and Herb Criner. He tore a labrum in his shoulder against Capital and had to sit out the rest of the year. Callis chose Weber State over offers from fellow Division I FCS schools James Madison and Rhode Island. He said Montana State also planned to offer him, but dropped out of the running after his shoulder injury. He said Weber State never wavered in its interest after his injury though, a fact that allowed him to commit and cancel a planned trip to James Madison on Jan. 31.

“They have new dorms, their facilities are really nice and they have great coaches,” Callis said. “But a lot of it was they stuck with me after my injury. That was big deal for me. A lot of schools dropped off.” Callis is still rehabbing his shoulder and said Weber State has left it up to him whether he wants to redshirt his freshman season. He averaged 4.2 tackles per game and totaled four tackles for a loss in five games, and he impressed enough coaches to earn second-team AllIdaho honors despite missing half the season. “I like Weber’s facility,” Callis said. “It’s closer to home. And I’ll have the family support I need, and that’s a big benefit.” Bradshaw’s and Callis’ commitment brings Rocky Mountain’s total of Division I football commits to four. Tight end Jake Knight has committed to Oregon State, and Kekoa Nawahine committed to Boise State as an athlete. Safety Khalil Oliver committed to Boise State last spring, but decommitted after Boise State coach Chris Petersen left for Washington. He is deciding between Boise State, Washington and Oregon.

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Comparing Meridian mayor, council wages to nearby cities

Idaho veterinarian to work the Iditarod A local veterinarian has been selected for the second year in a row to volunteer at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska in March. Jennifer Pearson of WestVet in Garden City will serve with dozens of other volunteer veterinarians along the 1,000-mile trail of the race. To be selected, veterinarians must have at least five years of clinical experience and be prepared to work long hours in arctic conditions. Since there is no road access, volunteers travel by small airplane to the checkpoints. Accommodations vary from wilderness wall tents to small community buildings in native villages. Pearson, an Oregon native, earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and joined WestVet in 2007 as an emergency and critical care vet.

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Mayor 2011-13: $75,000 2014: $80,000 2015: $82,500 City councilors 2007-2013: $9,000 2014: $9,500 2015: $10,000 Council meets four times a month. Mayor 2004-2013: $91,229 2014: $109,766

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HOW ARE SALARIES ESTABLISHED? Compensation for the mayor and city council is set by ordinance. Changes to the compensation ordinance must be enacted (passed by the council and published) at least 75 days before the general city election in November of odd-numbered years. The change takes effect Jan. 1 following the general city election (Idaho Code 50-203). SOURCE: idahocities.org

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art of the inspiration behind Boise Rock School sounds like the beginning of a Hollywood movie. Ryan Peck, the rock school’s managing director, was teachBy Kelcie Moseley ing grade school kmoseley@idahopress.com some years ago in © 2014 IDAHO PRESS-TRIBUNE Oakland, Calif., to students who had “rough” experiences. To help engage with them, he went out and bought a turntable and a drum set and started after-school workshops with his students, and the results sparked something in him. “For some of these kids, to be with their peers and discover these things together, that’s valuable,” Peck said. In 2008, Peck and his friend Jared Goodpaster founded Boise Rock School simply because they wanted to teach children how to play music. The two met when they were river guides in Stanley, and CONNECT started playing n 1404 West Idaho, music together as a duo. Both downtown Boise are interested in n 559-0065 a wide range of n boiserockschool.com music — violin, guitar, piano and vocals, to name just a few. Peck also teaches anatomy and physiology at Boise State University, and Goodpaster has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. Peck said he started out young in priAdam Eschbach/IPT vate lessons, but his perspective of muAbove: The band Against Gravity with Drew Myers, 15, lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Ian Meyer, 15, on bass guitar, and John Duffy, 13, on the electronic sic changed over time. “When I was a kid, I thought a lot drums at the Boise Rock School Jan. 14 in Boise. Below: Anthony Rossman, 16, of Boise, plays the electronic drums during a class. about how music was taught,” Peck said. “I learned these songs that I really had no connection to, and then I had a re- … why is music this experience we’re in Boise, which is part of why Peck said school programs like the Rock School. they are hoping to find a shared space cital, which was great. But looking back having on our own?” Though there are costs outlined, The school, located in downtown in Nampa where they can hold classes Peck said they don’t turn anyone on it, it was like Boise, is a bustling place after 3 p.m. once a week without having to sign on away. Many students are on scholarmost days, between lessons, class- to a long-term contract. He’s hoping ships, or paying what they can afes and the band groups. More that will come together within the next ford each month. The school has a than 200 students, ages 3 and year, along with a space in Meridian, nonprofit component to support that up, are at the school on any but it all depends on who’s willing to effort, which he said it the “crux” of given day to practice. The what they do. bands, usually made up of help them out. He said it’s important “Even more so than teaching music, three to five students ages to reach communities like Nampa in 8 and older, play at venues an accessible way because of the need we are a creativity, social experience across the Valley wherever in low-income communities for after- school,” Peck said. and whenever they can, Peck said. The school was recently recognized by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter with the 2013 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and History, and has experienced massive growth since it started. Several Expect MORE from medicine students and at least We want to be your first choice for health one teacher travel care in the community by: from Canyon County to • Being dedicated to life long patient care attend the • Building a healthy community classes

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THE SIDE check it out Three new restaurants run by local food truck companies are coming to The Village at Meridian, 3600 E. Fairview Ave. The small counter-top service food pavilions have glass retractable walls and overlook Fountain Square.

Music What: The Devil Makes Three When: 8:30 p.m. tonight Where: Knitting Factory, 416 S. 9th St., Boise Tickets: $12.50-$30, available at (866) 468-7624; ticketweb.com, knittingfactory.com and The Record Exchange at 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise

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Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian Foods sous chef Shawn Taggart, right, grills a basil bruschetta burger. Cacicia’s is of one of three food truck companies that are opening stationary locations in the central pavilion at The Village at Meridian.

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hree food truck companies are opening “brick-and-mortar” locations at The Village at Meridian. Though not on wheels, The Village’s food pavilions do provide a food-truck-like environment — small kitchen spaces, lots of interaction between chefs and customers and exposure to the outby Holly Beech doors, thanks to retractable hbeech@mymeridianpress.com glass walls. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS “It’s much like a farmers market environment, so it really felt like a good fit for us,” said Calle 75 Street Tacos co-owner Mike Weems. “... We didn’t want a fullblown restaurant, but we were very interested in a smaller, quick service environment.” Cacicia’s Old World Sicilian and RiceWorks Asian Food are also moving in. “(The Village) wanted street food, and they had to find a pro who knew how to do something with that small space,” Cacicia’s co-owner Shane Anderson said. At Cacicia’s, Italian food is a family legacy. The recipes have been passed down since 1896, Anderson said. RiceWorks has operated a food truck in

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Boise since 2001 and is a pioneer in the local industry, owner Phu Tran said. Both RiceWorks and Calle 75 were neighboring vendors at Boise’s first food truck rally a few years ago. Now they’re neighbors again, just in a more permanent setting. “We’ve been friends with them for several years,” Weems said. “(The new location) will be a cool environment, lots of energy.” All three companies have said they’ll continue to operate their food trucks, whether that be at catered events, community festivals or farmers markets. In coming months, a couple more vendors — such as a coffee shop, potentially — will move into The Village’s food pavilions.

FOOD TRUCKS: A GROWING INDUSTRY When Payette Brewing Company organized Boise’s first food truck rally in 2011, about six trucks showed up. “Now I regularly work with about 20 trucks,” said Sheila Francis, Payette’s director of marketing and events. Boise’s monthly food truck rallies typically attract 400 to 500 people, she said. The rallies have expanded into Nampa, and Meridian’s first one is set for April 19. “I’m really optimistic that this one will go well and we’ll be able to be out in Meridian more often,” Francis said. Along with the growing number of trucks, the type of food offered is also shifting, Anderson with Cacicia’s said. “Before it was more of a hobby. Now it’s people who have culinary backgrounds that are creating, in some cases, better gourmet flair than sometimes full restaurants,” he said. The local food-truck market’s growth mirrors the rest of the country. There’s about 4,300 food trucks in North America, compared to roughly 200 in 2010, said Greg Gless with Roaming Hunger. Roaming Hunger tracks food trucks in several countries, connecting them with catering requests. “It’s much more appealing because it’s very unique cuisine — it’s not your standard hot dog and nacho station,” he said. “It’s local, so people like helping the local economy, small business owners, so it’s really a win-win.”

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to see people be responsible and kind about placing an animal in the back of a vehicle like that.

to dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets, especially on school fields. It’s just unneighborly and irresponsible. We live in a nicer place than that. to the man driving a big white truck in Boise with two dogs in the back that were securely placed in strapped-down crates with wind covers on top. It is nice

Whatever happened to a “thank-you” wave for letting people in? I really dislike having to drive around any of our high schools as the young adults come and go. They are totally oblivious to other drivers and rarely will any of them yield or practice good merging technique. Needs more focus during driver’s training. n

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Do you believe Meridian Press has made a difference in the community? How so? — Your paper has impacted us in a very positive way. … You guys were very willing to let the public know about when the city was closing the old animal shelter and about our desire to continue as a rescue group. And when we opened our new facility, you also did an item then to let people know where we were and what we were doing, and that’s when we really started to see the impact. … It really was very, very noticeable because immediately after that appeared in the paper, we would start seeing more traffic, we would start seeing more donations, we would start seeing more volunteer applications. So we thank you so very much for doing that. I’m not sure we would have been able to do what we have managed to do in such short of time without you getting the word for us, so we are very, very appreciative. What would you like to see from Meridian Press in the future? I think you guys are doing a very good job of getting local news out so that the people know what’s going on, whether it’s positive or negative. And a lot of times they’re not hearing that, they’re not aware of what’s happening at City Hall, they’re not aware of small businesses opening or closing. So I think what you’re doing, you’re doing very well.

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Do you believe Meridian Press has made a difference in the community? How so? Meridian Press has made a difference by gathering and disseminating community news and events as well as profiling the people that make Meridian a unique community and a great place to live and work. What would you like to see from Meridian Press in the future? More of the same proactive and positive news and information! Great stories about Meridian people and trending topics, including what the city government is doing to improve quality of life and attract employers. Do you believe Meridian Press has made a difference in the community? How so? Congrats on the one year — that is a great accomplishment! There are dozens of resources for state and national news and events, but no one can duplicate what a dedicated local newspaper can do for a small community. Your work makes a community feel like family. What would you like to see from Meridian Press in the future? So long as MP keeps focused on providing local content (and lots of it) in a consistent, fair and thorough manner, you will have many more anniversaries to celebrate.

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