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COVER: Idaho’s first school-based clinic opens The Meridian Schools Clinic is now open and ready to serve students in the Meridian Elementary area who don’t have a primary source of health care. See how the community came together to make the clinic a reality.

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SCHOOLS More than 10,000 people have downloaded the school district’s mobile app. The app wasn’t feasible for the district until one woman decided to build it for free and use sponsorships to support students in need.

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The Rocky Mountain and Mountain View girls basketball teams are chasing their first state tournament title. Check out the bracket and a breakdown of the competition.

Would you use a Meridian Saturday bus service to visit local parks and shopping areas? The city is looking at new route possibilities.

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Screen time can’t replace face time I connect hbeech@mymeridianpress.com

recently visited a fourth-grade class at Eagle Hills Elementary to do an article about technology in the classroom, which ran last week. Over the past couple years, the picture that comes to my mind when I think of technology in schools has changed. I used to think of students sitting quietly in front of desktops in a computer lab. Now, I think of kids grouped together, collaborating for a project using a tablet or laptop with movie-making software. I think of the student who asked, “Why are the Olympics called the Olympics?” and then had a chance to instantly find the answer online. It was fun to see these fourth-graders explore their new ideas using interactive devices. That same week, I interviewed Joe Watson, who was a teacher in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. He fondly remembers all the conversations he had with his students and the life lessons he taught them. A computer can’t replace the human interaction that a teacher can provide, he said. By saying that, I’m not implying the Eagle Hills teacher doesn’t interact with his students. Students spend an hour or two each day with the devices, and even then he’s interacting with them and helping them solve problems.

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‘Bowling for Sight & Hunger’ benefits Lions Club charities

Meridian Police Department Log Feb. 5-11

Meridian Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 1 domestic battery 1 reckless driving 5 warrants 3 petit thefts 1 vehicle accident 3 driving under the influence 1 resisting and obstructing police officers 2 batteries 1 possession of drugs with intent to deliver 2 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 driving without privileges 1 eluding 1 possession of methamphetamine 1 possession of marijuana 1 disturbing the peace

But I do think Watson has a good point — not just for classrooms, but for our lives. Technology can connect us to people and information in a way that’s never before been possible, but it can’t replace human interaction. by Holly Beech If we’re not careful, the quality of our relationships won’t keep pace with the hbeech@mymeridianpress.com quantity of our relationships. It’s easy to © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS have hundreds of Facebook friends. We get to see pictures of their kids, find out what they’ve been up to since college, maybe get jealous over a cool trip they took. It’s much easier to scroll through a Facebook news feed than to connect with a handful of those people on a personal level. Writing my stories last week reminded me to take extra time to make sure I’m not letting technology replace more meaningful connections in my life. That being said, check out the sidebar to the left to see how you can connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.

Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 6 vehicle burglaries 3 domestic verbal 2 petit thefts 3 trespassing 3 vandalism 1 attempted unlawful entry 2 grand thefts 3 residential burglaries 1 possession of marijuana 5 commercial burglaries 3 medical assists 1 imminent danger 3 trespass of privacy 2 domestic batteries 1 telephone harassment 1 unlawful entry 1 returned runaway 2 disturbances 1 property check 1 protection order violation

Building Safety warns against non-approved solar generators If you’re looking to install a small-scale solar power generator at your home, the Idaho Division of Building Safety urges you to be careful about which system you install. The Division said an increasing number of unlisted, non-approved systems are on the market that seek to use excess electricity that would normally benefit the homeowner. These certain devices, which are typically marketed as “Plug and Play Grid Tie Inverters,” aren’t approved for use in any state. If you have questions, called the Division at 1-800-955-3044 or visit dbs.idaho.gov.

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The Meridian Lions Club is sponsoring Bowling For Sight & Hunger at the Meridian Lanes to raise money for the Meridian Food Bank and other Lions charities. Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1. All ages are welcome. Each team will consist of four bowlers. The $25 participation cost includes three games, shoes and a pitcher of soda per team. There will also be a large amount of raffle prizes. Reservations and donations are now being taken.

TRENDING 4 Idaho spends millions on attorneys out of state

BOISE (AP) — Idaho taxpayers have paid private attorneys more than $30 million in the past three years to do the state’s legal work, in large part because the Idaho Attorney General’s office doesn’t have the staff to handle the caseload. The Associated Press obtained the payment information through a public-records request to the Idaho State Controller’s office. It shows that Idaho government agencies have paid private law firms more than $30.56 million since fiscal year 2011, plus another $6 million for attorneys who serve as administrative hearing officers. The private law firms charge the state anywhere from $125 to more than $400 an hour, compared to the $54 per hour it costs to have one of the state’s staff attorneys do the job.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Bowling for Sight & Hunger WHO: Sponsored by the Meridian Lions Club to benefit the Meridian Food Bank and other Lions charities WHEN: 2 p.m. March 1 WHERE: Meridian Lanes, 324 S. Meridian Road, phone 888-2048 COST: $25 per bowler for three games, shoes and a pitcher of soda to share. No refunds. All ages welcome. CONTACT: To participate or donate, contact Del Oswald at 453-2134 or oswald2134@cableone.net. Forms can also be found at Meridian Lanes. Make checks payable to Meridian Noon Lions Club and mail to 20306 Colebrook Ave., Caldwell, ID 83605.

House panel backs $2M wolf-killing plan

BOISE (AP) — Idaho’s House will get to consider a measure seeking to shift $2 million in taxpayer money toward a panel that will oversee the killing of wolves that prey on livestock and elk herds. Republicans on the House Resources Committee voted Monday 14-4 for the disputed bill. It’s being pushed by Gov. Butch Otter, over objections labeling this a “funding mechanism for a war on wolves.” With this cash infusion, Otter wants to target wolf packs blamed for killing too many cattle, sheep and elk.

Firefighter Chili Cook Off, a favorite local event, is March 8 Enjoy a good bowl of chili? Don’t miss the Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums sixth annual Chili Cook Off on March 8. For $5, you can be the judge of which competing team cooks up your favorite chili. Revenue from the event will help send the Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums to Colorado Springs for the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Taliban say they discussed prisoner swap with U.S.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Washington has held indirect talks with the Taliban over the possible transfer of five senior Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for a U.S. soldier captured nearly five years ago, a senior Taliban official told The Associated Press. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, 27, of Hailey, was last seen in a video released in December, footage seen as “proof of life” demanded by the United States. Bergdahl is believed to be held in the border regions between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is the only U.S. soldier to be captured in America’s longest war, which began with the U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for sheltering al-Qaida in 2001 in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

IF YOU GO WHAT: Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums Chili Cook Off WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 8 WHERE: Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St.

ROADREPORT Black Cat Road at Chinden Boulevard to McMillan Road, road closure today for sewer, water and storm drain work. n North side of the intersection of Linder Road and Divide Creek Street, lane restrictions through March 6 for the installation of a pedestrian signal. n Locust Grove Road at Summerheights Drive to Ustick Road, lane restrictions with flagging through July 20 for road widening and water and sewer work. n 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 west of Meridian Road, intermittent lane restrictions with flagging through Feb. 28 for concrete work. n Fifth Street from Carlton Avenue to State Avenue, road closure through March 7 for water main installation. n Eighth Street from Carlton Avenue to State Avenue, road closure through March 3 for water main installation. n

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BOISE (AP) — A House panel effectively ended the state’s appeal of a federal judge’s decision that Idaho’s rules governing Capitol protests are unconstitutional. The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted to reject rules that, among other things, had sought to limit protest duration and give special treatment to state events. These rules were crafted in the wake of the “Occupy Boise” protests of 2011 and 2012. But U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill decided they violated constitutional free speech protections last year. Following Tuesday’s unanimous committee vote, Idaho Department of Administration Director Teresa Luna told The Associated Press her agency no longer plans to appeal Winmill’s decision. She says Winmill’s ruling provided guidance on crafting rules governing Capitol gatherings in a way that doesn’t run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

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Front page: Nurse practitioner Phoeby Gray, the director of the new Meridian Schools Clinic, models a checkup during the clinic’s soft opening Monday with fifth-grader Leah Wright.

Meridian Schools Clinic Service area: n Meridian Elementary n Chief Joseph School of the Arts n Barbara Morgan STEM Academy n Peregrine Elementary Middle schools (possibly by fall): n Crossroads Middle School n Meridian Middle School The clinic will also serve the district’s homeless student population, estimated to be between 350 and 400 students. The clinic’s goal is to serve 2,000 students per year and become self-sufficient on patient fees by the second year of operation.

connect 925 NW 1st St., Meridian 514-2527 n After hours: 514-2500 n fmridaho.org/patients/meridianschools-clinic/ n n

schoolbased clinics, nationwide

48 states use the school-based health center (SBHC) model 2,000: approximate number of SBHCs in the country 1987: year first SBHC was established 71 percent of students reported having access to health care when a SBHC was present, versus 59 percent when no SBHC was present. SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics. See more at bit.ly/SBHCs.

Idaho’s first school-based clinic opens to students T

he portable outside BEFORE Meridian Elementary has been transformed into the state’s first school-based health center, which opened this week. The purpose of the Meridian Schools Clinic is to offer affordable and accessible health care to students who don’t have a medical provider. “We are hoping that, by being here, children will miss less time from school and they’ll get help more readily than they would if they had to wait for their parents to get home from work,” Meridian Schools Clinic director and nurse practitioner Phoeby Gray said. The clinic is a collaborative effort between Joint School District No. 2 and Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), the state’s largest Medicaid provider. FMRI will operate the clinic at no cost to the district, other than using the district’s porAFTER table. In its first couple weeks, the clinic will only serve Meridian Elementary students. Services will eventually expand to nearby elementary and middle schools, which have a high rate of low-income families, and to homeless students. The Boys and Girls Club will provide busing. “This is a wonderful community collaboration,” FMRI Community Affairs Director Julie Robinson said. The community donated $193,000 to get the clinic off the ground. Others donated their time and skills. High school students in the Ada ProfessionalTechnical Center construction class, for example, put about $10,000 worth of work into renovating the portable, Robinson said. Photos by Holly Beech/MP “Everything about this clinic Before: Students in the Ada Professional Technical Center construction class worked to renovate the portable used for the is donated,” FMRI board member new Meridian Schools Clinic throughout last semester. This photo was taken in September. After: Meridian Schools Clinic Kathy Holley said. “We got sup- director Phoeby Gray (right) speaks with Family Medicine Residency of Idaho board member Kathy Holley during a soft open port from both hospitals, we got house Monday for the new school-based clinic. support from a number of foundations to help us do the renovacation — all services that will be provided at the Meridian Schools tion. So we’re hoping the clinic will be self-sufficient fairly quickly and people will be able to use Clinic. The clinic will be accessible and affordable for the “working this clinic and kids will be healthier. It’s really a great plan.” It’s a plan that Holley, the former Central District Health direc- poor,” Holley said — parents who might not be able to leave their jobs in the middle of the day to take their child to the doctor, or tor, has stood behind for years. “There’s tons of research that shows that kids that have a good parents who might have to choose between buying an antibiotic source of primary care and have good for their child or buying food. “Folks that, they’re trying as hard as they can, and we’re just health care do better in school,” she by Holly Beech giving them a little bit of a step up,” she said. “... Whenever you can said. hbeech@mymeridianpress.com According to studies cited by the get prevention or primary care versus all of these extended treat© 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS American Academy of Pediatrics, stu- ments, you’re way better.” dents who use school-based health centers (SBHCs) have more primary care visits and fewer emer- HOW IT’S FUNDED gency department visits than those who don’t. Studies have also The goal is for the Meridian Schools Clinic to be self-sufficient shown that students who use SBHCs also have healthier behaviors through patient fees by year two. It accepts Medicaid and private and fewer school absences. insurance and has a sliding fee when necessary. Because the clinic has been named a federally qualified health MEETING A NEED center, it will also receive federal dollars. In general, doctor visits for low-income students drop sharply For the first year, the Idaho Department of Education will proafter they turn 1, Gray said. Some of the greatest health care needs vide a $15,000 grant to pay the Meridian Elementary nurse for for these students are dental care, counseling and nutrition edu- working extra hours. FMRI will cover the cost after that.

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DEATHS All obituaries for Meridian Press must be placed by your mortuary or at selfserve.idahopress.com. Deadline is 3 p.m. Wednesdays for Friday publication. If you have questions call 465-8128.

Warren A. Casady, Sr., 65, of Meridian, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at a local hospital. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833

Gage Thomas Driskell, 11, of Parma, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at a Boise hospital of natural causes. Service are pending with Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 4593629

James William “Bill” Charleton, 97, of Melba, died David Eller, 57, of Boise, died Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, at a Nampa hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

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Howard Nevill, 88, of Nampa, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at a 63, of Nampa, died Friday, Feb. 14, local hospital. The family has chosen 2014, at a Boise hospital. Services Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel to hanare pending Nampa Funeral Home, dle the final arrangements. 466-3545 Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171 Caryl Jean Robbins, 78, of Sherra D. McNutt, 62, of Boise, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, Boise, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at local care center. Services are under at her home. Services are under the the direction and care of Alsip and direction of Accent Funeral Home, Me- Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 466ridian. 888-5833 3545 Jose Enrique Menchaca,

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Submitted by Meridian Humane Society

Teddy is a 4-year-old long-haired male Chihuahua mix. He’s a beautiful boy who would love to go home to be part of a family. When a potential adopter walks by his kennel, he seems to be saying, “Pick me, pick me!”He enjoys getting out of the kennel for exercise. Teddy will need to go to a home where he gets lots of time, attention and love. With the right care, this cute fellow will become a loving, loyal, long-term buddy. Teddy is currently in a foster home. To meet him, call the Meridian Valley Humane Society Dog Rescue at 794-0944.

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Audra Green has joined the Meridian Library as its new outreach coordinator. She will work to seek new partnerships with communities and organizations in the Meridian area Audra Green Keri Kuklenski and supervise the library’s bookmobile. n Keri Kuklenski has joined Happy Dog Realty. Kuklenski specializes in residential homes in Ada and Canyon counties. n Charlotte Wiemerslage has been named the regional communications director of the Greater Idaho Chapter of the American Red Cross. Wiemerslage previously served as local Charlotte Wiemerslage editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. n

Buckle Up for Bobby opens scholarship application window Now through April 15, college scholarship applications are being accepted through the Buckle Up for Bobby nonprofit for the Bobby Rogers & Tiffany Walters Memorial Scholarships. Applications are online at buckleupforbobby. com/scholarships. A total of eight $500 scholarships will be awarded. One of the requirements for eligibility is that applicants complete the Alive at 25 safe driving class offered by law enforcement. The scholarships are in memory of two Mountain View High School students who were killed in a car accident in 2012.

17, 2014, at a local hospital. Ar- at his home. Arrangements are under rangements are under the direction the direction of the Nampa Funeral of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171 888-5833.

THINGS TO DO TODAY NAMPA — Mc4, 6 p.m. Artistblue Gallery in Karcher Mall, 1509 Caldwell Blvd. Mc4 will perform at the gallery with its unique sound. CALDWELL — Caldwell Senior Center Dance, 6-9 p.m. Caldwell Senior Center, 1009 Everett St. Join the residents of the Caldwell Senior Center for their weekly dances. The dance is open to all members of the community. Admission is $5 and it is asked that you bring a finger food to share. Call 459-0132 for more information. MERIDIAN — Meridian FFA hosts Appreciation Breakfast, 6-8 a.m. Meridian High School, 1900 W. Pine Ave. In celebration of National FFA week, the Meridian FFA Chapter and Meridian FFA Alumni will host an appreciation breakfast. The breakfast is free for all visitors.

SATURDAY NAMPA — Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge’s 105th Anniversary, 1-4:30 p.m. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road. The Deer Flat National Refuge turns 105 and the public is invited for celebrations. There will be bird/wildlife watching, crafts/ face paint for children, speakers, a photo walk and coffee and pastries from Nampa’s Flying M Coffeegarage. For more information, call Noreen Tripp at 249-8162. BOISE — 2014 Idaho Artistry in Wood Show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Boise Hotel and Conference

Center, 3300 Vista Ave. The 2014 Idaho Artistry in Wood Show will showcase artists that work in wood and gourds to demonstrate their skills. The works will be judged in competition. Part of the event includes demonstrations, sale of wood/gourd art and is part of an exhibition that includes wood carving, woodturning, wood burning, scrolling, fine woodwork and more. Admission is $4, free for children 12 and under. If you would like to submit a piece of work, it is $3 per piece in advance or $5 at registration which is Feb. 21 from 1-6 p.m. at the conference center. For more information, visit idahoartistryinwood.org and for specific questions, contact Douglas Rose at 387-0492 or roseboise@yahoo.com BOISE — Fuel & Fire: 25 Years of Idaho Dance Theatre, 6 p.m.-midnight, Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd. Idaho Dance Theatre will celebrate 25 years of dance theatre with its annual fundraising gala. The event is sponsored by “Story Story Night’s” Jessica Holmes and will feature performances, raffles, a live auction, and stories from the past 25 years. There will be refreshments as well as dancing. Tickets are $75/ind., $125/per couple and are available at idahodancetheatre.org/gala2014. For more information on the gala, call 331-9592 or gala@ idahodancetheatre.org. MERIDIAN — Visit with Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, 10-11 a.m. Lucky Perk Coffeehouse, 1551 W. Cherry

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take approximately three to four hours on a moderately steep terrain. All levels are welcome. Pre-register prior to noon on Feb. 21 by contacting the Mountain Home Ranger District at 5877961. The walk is free but there is a $7 snowshoe trail fee for walkers who do not have a Bogus Basin season pass. Snowshoes are available at the Nordic Center, sporting goods stores in Boise or bring your own equipment. For more information on rental equipment, call 332-5390.

MONDAY MERIDIAN — Baby Bugs (6-18 mon.), 11:30 a.m. Meridian Library Cherry Lane, 1326 W. Cherry Lane. Children six to 18 months and parents are invited to sing, clap, dance and listen to stories. This is a drop in program. MERIDIAN — Coder Dojo, 4 p.m. Meridian Silverstone Library, 3531 E. Overland Road. Teens and children are welcome to learn or teach about code. Those who wish to participate must bring their own devices. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

TUESDAY BOISE — Songwriters Forum, 6 p.m., Boise  Riverside Hotel, Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. Listeners and musicians are welcome to perform. Admission is free. NAMPA — Discussion about “The Orchid Thief”, 5:30 p.m. Nampa Public Library, 101 11th Ave. S. Discussion about what black market the Orchid is. Guest speakers from the Treasure Valley Orchid Society will join and show examples of orchids and how you can raise them. Contact Jeanne Ketterling at ketterlingr@ cityofnampa.us if you have any questions. CALDWELL — Youth Beginner Archery, 5:30-7 p.m. Archery Central, 6611 Cleveland Blvd. Students between six and 14 can learn the basics of archery with a compound bow. Instruction includes hands-on shooting and covers equipment, care and proper handling. All equipment is provided. Fee is $25. For more information or to register, call 455-3060.

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City, VRT outline new bus route options Proposed routes V Distance Outbound = 10.3 mi Distance Inbound = 9.2 mi Total Route Distance = 19.5 mi

Stop Frequency = 2 stops / 1 mi Round Trip Time = 78 min Route Frequency = 30 min

alley Regional Transit (VRT) and the city of Meridian are planning for a new Saturday bus route centered around parks and shopping centers. VRT, which operates public transit in the Treasure Valley, was part of a planning team that’s proposing four possibilities. The public will be able to weigh in on these options sometime next month. When City Council created this year’s budget, it set aside $60,000 for a new route. Federal funds will also be available. by Holly Beech “We see a strong hbeech@mymeridianpress.com demand for transit all over Meridian,” VRT © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS Executive Director Kelli Fairless said. Fairless said the new Meridian route could be up and running by August. The original idea, voiced by Councilman David Zaremba at this summer’s Distance city budget hearing, Outbound = 7.8 mi Distance 3.1 mi was to extended a Boise route downInbound Ustick=Road. Route Distance 10.9 mi Two routes are now beingTotal proposed, each =with two different variations. They are all slated to run Saturdays, with major stops including Settlers Park, Tulley Park, downtown Meridian, The Village at Meridian and Boise Towne Square. “With the amount of money that’s available, we determined that kind of a weekend, retail-oriented, shopper shuttle — and we’re also incorporating the parks — will be a great pilot to try because it will open up a new opportunity for transit,” Fairless said. Right now, the only VRT fixed bus routes in Meridian are two inter-county routes that run weekdays. VRT also supports a flexible, Community Link route for older adults and persons with disabilities, which launched Nov. 1.

Distance Outbound = 9.8 mi Total Cost = $85,234.00 Distance Inbound = 8.3 mi Local Portion = $68,187.00 Total Route Distance = 18.1 mi

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Stop Frequency = 2 stops / 1 mi Round Trip Time = 72 min Route Frequency = 30 min

Total Cost = $78,746.30 Local Portion = $62,997.04

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Settlers Park - The Village - Towne Square Mall Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

From North Linder Road to Boise From North Linder Road to Boise Stop Frequency = 2 stops / 1 Village mi Distance = 9.4 mi Notable Stop Frequency 2 stops 1 mi Notable stops: Settlers Park, The at Meridian, Boise Towne stops: Settlers= Park, The/ Village, Boise Towne Square TotalOutbound Cost =Square $47,032.00 Total Cost = $54,684.93 Round Trip Time = 43 min Distance Inbound mi Round Trip Time = 50 min Local Portion==3.3 $37,625.00 Local Portion = $43,747.95 10Route a.m. -Frequency 4 p.m. Saturdays: 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Saturdays: run time = 30 min run time Total Route Distance = 12.7 mi Route Frequency = 30 min 19.5 miles: total distance 18.1 miles: total distance 2 stops every mile 2 stops per mile 78 minutes: round trip duration 72 minutes: round trip duration 30 minutes: route frequency 30 minutes: route frequency $85,234: total cost $78,746: total cost $68,187: cost to Meridian $62,997: cost to Meridian Settlers Park

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FUNDING THE NEW ROUTE Meridian has set aside $60,000 of this year’s budget to fund a new bus route. Because Meridian is considered a “large urban area,” federal funds will match its contributions toward public transit at a rate of: n 80 percent local/20 percent federal for capital, planning and preventative maintenance n 50 percent local/50 percent federal for operations. Meridian contributions to Valley Regional Transit: FY2014: $107,426, plus proposed $60,000 FY2013: $104,806 FY2012: $100,541

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- The Village A loop from North Linder Road to North Eagle RoadSettlers Park - Downtown Meridian A loop from South Ten Mile Road to North Eagle Road Settlers Park - Downtown Meridian 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Notable stops: Settlers Park, Tulley Park, downtown Meridian, The SaturdayNotable stops: Fuller Park, Settlers Park, downtown Meridian, The Village Saturday 10:00 Village 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays: run time 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturdays: run time 12.7 miles: total distance 10.9 miles: total distance 2 stops every mile 2 stops every mile 50 minutes: round trip duration 43 minutes: round trip duration 30 minutes: route frequency 30 minutes: route frequency $54,685: total cost $47,032: total cost $43,748: cost to Meridian $37,625: cost to Meridian

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School district: Mobile app a big hit

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oint School District No. 2 students and parents can now check grades, assignments, bus schedules, lunch menus, events calendars and school notifications right from their phones on the district’s new mobile app. The district’s community relations director, Eric Exline, has wanted to offer a district mobile app for some time. There was one tiny problem — all the options he found cost between $15,000 and $58,000, on top of an annual fee of about $50,000. “Had I rolled a mobile app that was $50,000, I think I would have needed to resign the next day,” he said with a laugh. Exline even tried to build an app during his free time, but found it to be too demanding. But then Rita Delaney entered the picture. Delaney is an administrator with the app-creating service Mobile4Schools.com. Rita Delaney After seeing her grandsons’ family struggle to pay the fee to play sports, Delaney wanted to use her skills to raise money for students in need across the district. She approached Exline about a year ago, offering to build Idaho’s first school district mobile app. “I told him I would donate the by Holly Beech mobile app to the school, and we hbeech@mymeridianpress.com could set up a program where, after the app was created, we could find © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS sponsors,” she said. Sponsors — local businesses and organizations — can make a tax-deductible donation to the district to have an ad or coupon on the app. About 20 to 30 percent of this revenue will go toward students in need, and the rest will cover Delaney’s hosting fee, she said. One of the beneficiaries from the app’s revenue will be Operation School Bell, which provides winter clothes for low-income students. It will also help school transportation costs for homeless students. “The main thing was for the homeless kids — there’s approximately 400 homeless students in the Meridian School District,” Delaney said. More than 10,000 people have downloaded the app since it came online in December, Exline said. “It’s been really good,” he said. “I’ve gotten really positive feedback from people ... that they just find it easy and convenient to use.” The set-up is a win-win for everyone, Delaney said. Parents and students have access to information and alerts, the district doesn’t have to dish out any money, and local businesses can connect with customers. “I hope that people download it and find it useful,” she said. “And I hope that sponsors understand that when they’re making a contribution to the school district, they are helping kids that are in need of warm clothing and a way to get back to school.”

GET THE APP To download the app for free, search for Meridian Joint School District in your phone’s app store. Business owners who are interested in learning more about being a sponsor can contact Mobile4Schools at (888) 389-8111.

Election for $14 million school levy is March 11 Joint School District No. 2 is asking voters to renew a two-year, $14 million supplemental levy that expires this year. The levy election is March 11. If passed, the levy would generate $14 million per year for school years 2015-16 and 2016-17. The revenue would fund the same things that the current supplemental levy is funding — it would prevent the district from cutting nine schools or reducing staff. Currently, residents in the district pay $438 per $100,000 of taxable value to the district’s supplemental, bond and plant facilities levies. Because property values have increased, even if the supplemental levy is passed in March, residents will pay $407 per $100,000 of taxable value.

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Mavericks, Grizzlies chasing first state titles 5A GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT BRACKET The Mountain View and Rocky Mountain girls basketball teams both compete for their first state titles Feb. 20 at the Idaho Center. Below is a team-by-team guide to the tournament.

COEUR D’ALENE (20-2) 1:15 p.m. Feb. 20 At Idaho Center

1:15 p.m. Feb. 21 At Idaho Center

HILLCREST (20-4) MOUNTAIN VIEW (17-5)

6:15 p.m. Feb. 21 At Idaho Center 8 p.m. Feb. 22 At Idaho Center

3 p.m. Feb. 20 At Idaho Center

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1 p.m. Feb. 22 At Skyview High

HIGHLAND (18-3)

1 p.m. Feb. 22 At Columbia High

State champion

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6:15 p.m. Feb. 20 At Idaho Center

3 p.m. Feb. 21 At Idaho Center

ROCKY MOUNTAIN (22-1) BOISE (16-7)

8 p.m. Feb. 21 At Idaho Center

8 p.m. Feb. 20 At Idaho Center

LEWISTON (20-3)

CAPITAL EAGLES

COEUR D’ALENE VIKINGS

HIGHLAND RAMS

RECORD: 16-7 STATE SEED: District III runner-up COACH: Kim Brydges, ninth season PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Megan Lee, jr.; F Issy Hadden, so.; G Hanna Orton, so.; F Natasha Dacic, sr. NOTES: The Braves had arguably the biggest win of the district tournament when they upended previously unbeaten Rocky Mountain in the semifinals. ... Boise starts two sophomores, two juniors and a senior, and its chemistry has steadily improved throughout the season. ... 6-0 freshman Mandy Simpson provides an energetic spark off the bench. ... Won three state titles, the last in 2005.

RECORD: 14-9 STATE SEED: District III fourth place COACH: Blas Telleria Jr., eighth season PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Khadija Neumeyer, sr.; F Delaney Sauer, sr. NOTES: Fifth-seeded Capital lost by two points to Boise in the 5A District III tournament opener, and then fought its way into the state tournament by knocking off second-seeded Centennial in a winner-to-state, loser-out game. ... Four starters and eight lettermen overall are back from last year’s team, which advanced to the state semifinals. ... Won its only state title in girls basketball in 1977. ... Qualified for its second straight state tournament.

RECORD: 20-2 STATE SEED: District I-II champion COACH: Dale Poffenroth, 10th season PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Sydney Williams, sr.; F Brittany Tackett, sr.; G Madison Sumner, sr. NOTES: Only losses this season have come to Lewiston (49-46 in overtime) and to Hoover of North Canton, Ohio, in the Diamond State Classic on Dec. 27 in Wilmington, Del. ... Coeur d’Alene has played in the state title game in seven of the past eight years, winning in 2008, ’09 and ’10 and has brought home a trophy from state in all nine appearances under Poffenroth. ... Tied with Grangeville and Prairie for most titles at eight.

RECORD: 18-3 STATE SEED: District V-VI champion COACH: Tony Green, fourth season PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Makenzie Van Sickle, sr.; G/F Maren Herrud, jr. NOTES: After taking the third-place trophy a year ago, Highland returns to the state tournament for the seventh straight season. ... In Green’s tenure at Highland, the Rams have won the last four District V-VI titles. ... Won three state titles in school history, all during a three-peat from 1985-87. ... Three losses this season came to 5A state qualifier Hillcrest, 4A state qualifier Twin Falls and to Bonneville in the season opener.

HILLCREST KNIGHTS

LEWISTON BENGALS

MOUNTAIN VIEW MAVERICKS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRIZZLIES

RECORD: 20-3 STATE SEED: District I-II runner-up COACH: Pat Teichmer, 10th season PLAYERS TO WATCH: F Emilee Schlader, jr.; F Brett Hastings, jr.; F Halle White, jr.; G Lynzee Wilson, jr. NOTES: The Bengals are looking to win their third state title in the past four years. They missed state last year, but return with a squad capable of making another run at the title. … There’s a chance they could face league rival Coeur d’Alene in the title game. … Last year’s final came down to a pair of 5A Inland Empire League teams, with the Vikings losing to Post Falls. . ... Won three state titles in school history.

RECORD: 17-5 STATE SEED: District III champion COACH: Connie Skogrand, 11th season PLAYERS TO WATCH: PG Destiny Slocum, so.; F Renee Routhier, jr. NOTES: The Mavericks can put up points in a hurry with sharp outside shooting. ... Sophomore point guard Destiny Slocum (22.4 ppg, 3.7 assists) is drawing interest from Pac-12 and ACC schools. ... Junior guard Alyssa Case (10.7 ppg, 6.2 rebounds) played for Filer last season, helping the Wildcats finish second in the 3A state tournament. ... Mountain View starts just one senior (forward Josie Hardy), and gets strong minutes from freshman guard Abby Kreiser (5.6 ppg) off the bench.

RECORD: 22-1 STATE SEED: District III third place COACH: Emery Roy, second season PLAYERS TO WATCH: PG Madi Kelly, sr.; G Noelle Aragon, sr.; G Carson Pickett, sr.; F Megan Hochstein, sr. NOTES: The Grizzlies dominated 5A SIC opponents during the regular season, winning by an average of 28 points per game. ... A loss to Boise in the district semifinals cost Rocky a shot at a perfect season. ... The Grizzlies have scored 60 or more points 16 times this season, including a high of 77 points. … Senior forward Megan Hochstein has signed with Idaho State, and senior point guard Madi Kelly has signed with Utah Valley. ... Searching for its first state title in school history.

BOISE BRAVES

RECORD: 20-4 STATE SEED: District V-VI runner-up COACH: Cody Jackson, second season PLAYERS TO WATCH: G Jasmine Jones, sr.; F Lindsay Cook, so.; G Makell Skidmore, jr. NOTES: The Knights make their first state tournament appearance since 2008, when they were in the 4A classification. … Hillcrest has not won a state trophy since taking second in 4A in 2007. … Hillcrest has won 13 of its last 15 games and was the only eastern Idaho 5A school to defeat Highland this year. … Three of the Knights’ four losses came to district champion Highland and the other to Pocatello. ... Searching for its first state title in school history.

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n 1965, Louie Mallane by Ginny Kier Eggleston done your whole life.” opened Ketchum’s first news@mymeridianpress.com Mallane said customers largely Italian restaurant: Louie’s. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS come for the pizza and family-style In the beginning, Mallane pizza-and-pasta combos. made Italian-style pizza “Pizza is how we built the business,” Mallane in a rented kitchen inside a local bar. Six months said. The family-style eating is also how Louie’s later, Mallane moved to a larger bar and expanded serves banquet customers. In addition to the reguhis business. Mallane continued to do the cooking lar business, the Meridian Kiwanis Club has been himself and hired a wait staff to serve the dining using Louie’s as a weekly meeting place since the area. After 35 years of business, he and his wife, location opened in 2001. Margaret, moved to Boise to be closer to their chilAlthough Louie’s has been a stable and reliable dren and grandchildren. In 2001, Louie’s Pizza & fixture of Idaho for many years, Mallane has made Italian Restaurant in Meridian was born. changes to the menu to better suit the needs of Mallane’s youngest son, Lou, currently oper- diners. ates the family business. “We’ve been doing gluten-free pizza and pastas “We’ve been very lucky out here,” Lou Mallane since 2005,” he said. Louie’s makes their glutensaid. Although he runs the daily business, Mal- free dough fresh in-house, along with the rest of lane’s father still comes out on an almost daily their sauces and pizza dough. Louie’s also makes basis to offer insights based on his years of expe- most of their own pastas, save for a few imports. rience. “It’s tough to retire from something you’ve “There are just a few cuts of pasta, like the rigatoni,

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‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ BOISE — Students from three Meridian School District high schools will come together to perform “Mary Poppins” tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Performing Arts Center, 12400 W. McMillan Road. Centennial High School was one of four schools in the country chosen to premiere the musical “Mary Poppins.”The show is based off Disney’s Broadway production by Disney. Four of the cast members were taught how to fly by the Flying by Foy company and will soar above the audience for the performances. Sterling Blackwell, the show’s director, said the show “is a lot of fun and I hope (audiences) walk away with their toes tappin’ and a smile on their face.” Tickets are $10, $7/students and seniors, available at seatyourself.biz.

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After days of wet, dreary weather, those rare sunny days feel extra nice this time of year. When the clouds finally part and the sun makes an appearance, it’s the perfect time to enjoy it at one of these five Meridian parks. 1. Meridian Settlers Park 3245 N. Meridian Road Adventure Island Playground area, baseball/softball fields, winter disc golf course

the Italians just do better.” Mallane said he enjoyed growing up in the restaurant business, but it hasn’t always been easy. “I was pretty lucky because (my dad) could be home times when other parents couldn’t, but there were also a lot of nights when he wasn’t home.” To run a successful business in a resort town, Mallane said his father had to work hard during the busy tourist season. “It’s a double-edged sword. I loved it and I grew up with it. It’s in my blood, but at times it probably would have been easier to have a lawyer for a dad instead.” Mallane is a family man himself and enjoys sharing his business with his wife and four children. Mallane’s oldest son, who is 15, is currently earning paychecks working at the restaurant. For the future, Louie’s will continue to be a staple of the Meridian community. “We have no plans to do anything but grow.”

KUNA — Kuna High School students will perform “Pirates of Penzance” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1, and 2 p.m. March 1 at the Kuna High School Performing Arts Center, 637 E. Deer Flat Road. The musical, written by Gilbert and Sullivan, follows a young man who just celebrated his 21st birthday and is released from his apprenticeship to a group of pirates. However, as he falls in love, he finds out that his birthday is on a leap year, meaning he has not officially turned 21. The pirates decide BrainSnack 2014 happens, PeterFrank t.v. Dist. by Creators Syndicate Inc. 02/22/14 to maintain his apprenticeship until ©that which means another 63 years of service. Train The musical features songs like “I Am Your Brain level the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,”“Poor Wandering One” and “With Cat-like Tread.” Tickets are $8, $6/students, children and seniors for evening performances and $7, $5/students, children and seniors for the Saturday matinee. Tickets are available at kunaperformingartscenter.org or at the box office, open until 4 p.m. weekdays, at 637 E. Deer Flat Road.

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What: Comedian Jeff Richards When: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1-2, and 10:15 p.m. Thursday, March 1 Where: Liquid Laughs, 405 S. 8th St., Boise Tickets: $10, available at liquidboise.com

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Love seeing the community support for our local sick kids like Brylee Gabby, Savannah J. and Gage Driskell. Glad to see the community wrapping their arms around the families while the kids go through treatment and around the Driskell family while they grieve. for the fact we are on track to exceed our annual rainfall. And for the current sunshine. Also thumbs up for the amazing sunset we had Sunday. to pet owners who do not confine the animals either inside the home or inside their yards and allow them to roam at will. One was hit last week on Meridian Road and injured. How awful. Pets don’t deserve that fate. Care for you pets. They can’t take care of themselves. to all of the carriers who deliver the Meridian Press every Friday. You do an amazing job; whether it be sunshine, snow, rain or cold. to the construction on Ustick. It was heartbreaking to see the home on the corner of Locust Grove and Ustick be destroyed. I have watched that man farm his land all the years I have lived here. I heard his parents farmed it before him. Sad day for progress. on Meridian insisting on making every road “Eagle Road,” especially with the medians. Thumbs up on the bicycle lanes. Those green signs that tell you which direction you need to turn at the intersection to find things are so very helpful. However, the printing is so small you can’t read them as you drive by. Send submissions to news@my meridianpress.com. n

The many ways parks and rec enhances our lives It has often been said regarding a community’s parks and recreation services that “the benefits are endless.” The longer I am involved in providing parks and recreation services, the more I find this to be true. Parks and recreation services provide economic benefits to the community such as attracting business relocation. Quality-of-life factors, such as availability of parks and recreation facilities, are important to corporations deciding where to locate facilities. A National Association of Home Builders study found that home buyers felt that availability of parks and open space would influence them to move to a community and select one neighborhood over another. Private property values have been shown to increase if they are in proximity to parks and open space. Parks and recreation can provide personal health benefits. Availability of places for physical activity, such as parks, correlates to an increase in the frequency of physical activity. Strong evidence shows that when people have access to parks, they exercise more. Additional examples of personal benefits that have been found to be correlated with parks and recreation include: n Leisure opportunities for youth pro-

vide positive lifestyle choices and alternatives to self-destructive behavior. n Relaxation, rest and revitalization through leisure are essential to stress management in today’s busy and demanding world. n Parks and open spaces bring beauty to an area while giving people satisfaction and improving their quality of life. n Social benefits can also be realized from parks and recreation activities. Community events, such as the Independence Day Celebration in Storey Park,

CableOne Movie Night in Settlers Park or the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting — are all examples of special events that bring the community together and provide families opportunities to spend time together. According to an REI national survey of parents with children ages four to 14, 88 percent of parents believe that participating in outdoor activities strengthens family relationships. Other studies have shown that juvenile crime decreases when they have meaningful recreation opportunities. Finally, parks and open spaces also provide environmental benefits to the community. Parks and pathways play a key role in preserving water and air quality, reducing congestion and conserving wildlife habitat. People can learn about the environment firsthand in parks and take those lessons home with them. These are just some of the benefits provided by parks and recreation opportunities in Meridian. I hope that you enjoy some of these benefits as much as we enjoy providing them!

Steve Siddoway is Meridian Parks and Recreation Director n

Have fun, help injured football player at ‘Luck O’ the Irish’ Casino Night The 6th Annual “Luck O’ the Irish” Casino Night is approaching and will be here before we know it. Casino Night is co-sponsored by the Meridian Optimist Club and the Meridian Firefighters Association. Casino Night is a fundraising event that has, in the past, benefited the Meridian Fire Fighters Association, the Meridian Optimist Club’s youth programs, as well as the Meridian Food Bank. This year’s fundraising efforts will be a little different, however. A portion of the funds raised will still benefit those organizations, but the majority of the funds raised will be donated to the Colin Steppe family.

This past fall, the Steppe family encountered some devastating news regarding their 14-year-old son, Colin Steppe, a Meridian High School Freshman football player. He had brain surgery to remove a tumor after a football injury and has since developed Posterior Fossa Syndrome, which initially had left Colin with the inability to move, talk or swallow. Fortunately he has made some progress, but he has a very, very long road ahead of him, and the final prognosis of the level of recovery and recovery time frame is not determined, as it varies for every child.

This has obviously had a huge impact on the Steppe family, both emotionally and financially. We are hoping that by fundraising to help alleviate a part of the financial aspect of the situation, the family will be able to focus more on the emotional aspects of healing and dealing with what has been brought before them. Casino Night takes place from 5:30-11 p.m., March 29 at the Church of Holy Nativity, located at 8258 W. Cherry Lane, which is directly across the street from Meridian Middle School,

and is always a fun event that benefits great causes! Community events such as these are always successful because of the magnitude and solidarity of our citizens. Please help us show support to the Steppe family during their time of need and plan to attend the “Luck O’ the Irish” Casino night. If you cannot attend and would like to make a donation, or for more information about the event, you can contact the Meridian Fire Department at 888-1234.

Mark Niemeyer is Meridian Fire Chief.

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judge will revisit a 3-year-old lawsuit by Holly Beech ies’ responsibility to cover these costs, citing a Wednesday over whether or not Me- hbeech@mymeridianpress.com 1994 Fourth District Court order that they do ridian and Garden City are required © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS so. The county filed the lawsuit Dec. 21, 2010. to pay for their own magistrate court The cities contend that the 1994 court order division. is invalid and that to charge their residents for Magistrate court cases, which involve things like infractions, magistrate court services would be double taxation. divorces, guardianship and small civil disputes, are currently During Wednesday’s status hearing before Fourth District processed at the Ada County Courthouse. Judge Richard Greenwood, the parties will discuss the next step Ada County and the Board of Commissioners say it’s the cit- in this dispute.

ABOUT THE STATUS HEARING Set for 3 p.m., Feb. 26 Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St., Boise n Held before Fourth District Judge Richard Greenwood n A daily court calendar with room locations can be found at bit.ly/courtcalendar. n n

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