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COVER: Schools feel sting of cuts to athletics In response to a shrinking budget, Joint School District No. 2 cut several sports teams and implemented participation fees in 2011. Three years later, here’s a look at the impact.

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SCHOOLS The supplemental levy election for Joint School District No. 2 is March 11. The district is asking voters to renew a $14 million, two-year levy. This revenue funds staff and nine school days.

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The Centennial High wrestling team won its second-straight state title, and Hayden Tuma became the 20th wrestler to complete an individual four-peat.

East Ustick Road, a congested eastwest route between Meridian and Boise, is undergoing construction to be widened to five lanes. This puts several homeowners along the road in a tough spot.

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Chamber highlights: Education, outreach, economics

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ne of my highlights this week was the Meridian Chamber of Commerce luncheon — great food and fascinating presentations. Joint School District No. 2 Superintendent Linda Clark spoke briefly about the district’s need for the $14 million supplemental levy. Election Day is Tuesday. Boise Rescue Mission President/CEO Rev. Bill Roscoe gave an update of the mission’s work over the past few years. And Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) Executive Director Clark Krause spoke about the successes and challenges of economic development in the Treasure Valley. (As a former business reporter, I get really nerdy and excited whenever topics like this come up.) If you missed the luncheon, here are some of the main points. I won’t go into detail about Clark’s presentation because you can find those details on page 3.

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Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 3 runaways

From Clark Krause, BVEP:

n Recent business expansions/plans to expand: — Materne, Nampa, $85 million investment, 230 jobs — Cascade Aircraft Management, Caldwell, up to 100 jobs — Involta, Boise, $10 million to $15 million investment n Last year, BVEP helped get a $3 milby Holly Beech lion deal-closing fund — called the Idaho hbeech@mymeridianpress.com Opportunity Fund — passed in Idaho. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS This gives the state a tool to offer incenFrom Rev. Bill Roscoe: tives that will attract companies to Idaho. n Clark encourages legislators to pass a tax reimbursement incenn BRM recently opened two new facilities in Nampa: new location for the men’s Lighthouse Rescue Mission and a new women’s and children’s tive that would reward businesses for creating high-wage jobs. The bill passed the House Tuesday. shelter where the Valley Crisis Center used to be. n Idaho’s employment level increased by 10,375 workers from 2010n In all, BRM has four locations in Boise and Nampa and about 540 13. The Boise area’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.6 percent to beds. n On any given night, 75 percent of those beds are full. 5.2 percent. n BRM offers meal tickets that you can print out and give to people in need. These tickets include maps and contact information to BRM facili- What needs to happen to attract new business: n Have incentive packages ready before a potential deal with a comties. Find them at bit.ly/BRMmealticket. n BRM provides in-house mental health care. Mothers and children pany emerges. n Economic development leaders should promote industrial site decan attend sessions together. “It makes a huge difference in that family’s life,” Roscoe said. velopment. Right now, there’s less than 6 percent industrial site availn Every year for the past three years, about 500 people have come to ability in the Valley.

CRIME WATCH Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 4 possession of marijuana 1 aggravated battery 1 curfew violation 1 returned runaway 10 warrants 1 possession of a controlled substance 2 driving under the influence 1 fugitive to Idaho 1 excessive driving under the influence 1 hit-and-run 1 battery 2 vandalism 2 domestic battery 2 possession of drug paraphernalia 1 petit theft 1 driving without privileges 1 driving without insurance

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The building community responded positively IMPACT FEES Tuesday when Me- Current rates ridian City Council n Residential: $1,846 per dwelling chose not to raise n Commercial: $0.31 per square foot impact fees. In fact, Revised rates, effective May 1 the fees that resi- n Residential, single-family home: dential developers $1,767.51 ($78.49 decrease) pay will actually go n Residential, multi-family home: down. Commercial ($391.69 decrease) impact fees will in- $1,454.31 n Commercial: $0.36 ($0.05 increase) crease. The city charges developers impact fees as a way to keep up with growth. Impact fees fund capital developments for parks, police and fire. With the revised rates, the amount from impact fees that goes to the parks department will decrease, but the amount that goes to police and fire will increase, because the city foresees a higher demand for funding those areas. At a Feb. 4 public hearing, an impact fee committee and hired consultant told Council it could raise residential impact fees by $171 per dwelling and commercial impact fees by $0.16 per square foot. Builders’ response was that raising rates like that in this economy could hinder development. So Council sent the proposal back to committee for revision. Council unanimously approved the revised rates Tuesday. The new rates will take effect May 1. n

This week at mymeridianpress.com: n Construction students’ achievements honored n Desert Sage Elementary part of summer reading pilot n Local students to compete in nationwide, online math contest

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Police association to give college scholarships The Meridian Police Employee Association (MPEA) will award four $500 college scholarships to Meridian students who plan to attend an accredited college or vocational school this fall and have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. To apply, print off an application at mpeaidaho.org, fill it out and mail it to ATTN: MPEA Scholarship, 1401 E. Watertower St., Meridian, ID 83642. The deadline to apply is April 15. © 2014 Vol. 1, No. 58, 14 pages

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TRENDING 4 Apparent low bidder announced for interchange project

Concrete Placing Company of Boise is the apparent low bidder for the Interstate 84, Meridian Interchange reconstruction project, according to the Idaho Transportation Department. In bids opened Tuesday, the low bid was $50.8 million. Construction will begin in mid-April and is expected to be completed by late 2015. ITD will replace the interchange with a Single-Point Urban Interchange similar to the one at Ten Mile Road. Meridian Road will be widened to three through lanes in both directions between Central Drive and Overland Road. The project also includes widening I-84 to four lanes in both directions under the interchange.

Meridian Police ask for public’s help finding runaway teen

Police say they’re concerned about the safety of 17-year-old Molly Osswald, who has been missing since Jan. 28. She’s described as 5-feet-tall, 115 pounds, sandy hair, with brown eyes, and is believed to still be in the Treasure Valley. If you have any information, contact the Meridian Police Department at 888-6678 and ask for School Resource Officer Mark Payne.

Meridian celebrates start of Relay for Life season

The start of Relay for Life season is here, and the community will celebrate at The Village at Meridian from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events are overnight team relays to raise money for cancer research, honor cancer survivors and remember those who died from cancer. Teams walk throughout the night as a reminder that cancers never sleep. Saturday’s event will kick off the beginning of relay season. For more information visit meridianrelay.com. The Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council will also be at the event to host a dance party in celebration of being nicotine free.

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ROADREPORT Eighth Street from Carlton Avenue to Pine Avenue, road closure through March 8 for water main installation. n Edmonds Court from Meridian Road to Blackspur Way, road closure through March 10 for sewer and water work. n Fourth Street at Maple Avenue, lane restrictions with flagging through March 12 for aerial utility work. n Ten Mile Road at Chinden Boulevard to McMillan Road, road closure through today for sewer, water, storm drain and irrigation work. n Ten Mile Road south of Cherry Lane to Ustick Road, lane restrictions with flagging through March 14 for utility 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 from Ten Mile Road to Linder Road, shoulder work through March 17 for utility work. n

Sheriffs’ association backs campus gun bill

The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association is throwing their support behind a bill that would allow people to carry concealed firearms on college campuses. A “vast majority” of 38 Idaho sheriffs who responded to a poll backed the legislation, according to Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman. Zollman said at a Wednesday press conference he thinks allowing guns on campus in the hands of law-abiding citizens will allow them to protect themselves. But multiple police chiefs and the heads of all eight public universities say they don’t want to see firearms being toted into classrooms and across the quad. More than 200 demonstrators rallied on the Capitol steps last week in opposition to the bill. It passed the Senate 25-10 in February, and is set for House floor debate Thursday.

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f the $14 million supplemental levy doesn’t pass Tuesday, Joint School District No. 2 will face more cuts, Superintendent Linda Clark said. “I hope that (voters) will see the need,” she said. Two years ago, voters passed a $14 million levy, which expires after this school year. That levy keeps nine school days and about 45 staff members off the chopping block. If passed, the new two-year levy would serve the same purpose. “We’re not asking … to increase anything,” Clark said. “We’re asking to maintain our status quo budget.” Other districts have also turned to voters for help. Ninetyfour of Idaho’s 115 school districts include supplemental levy revenue in their budget, Joint School District No. 2 spokesman Eric Exline said. With the exception of 2011, voters have passed every supplemental levy by Holly Beech hbeech@mymeridianpress.com request since 2005, which was the first time the district had asked for © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS a supplemental levy since the 1980s, Exline said. With increasing student enrollment and decreasing revenue, Clark said she can’t stress how important this levy is for the district. The district used almost all of its fund balance — similar to a savings account — for this year’s budget, so that pool is no longer available to draw from. But legislators this session have been understanding of school districts’ needs for more operation money, Clark said. On Monday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee apMP file photo proved a $66 million increase in public school funding, Idaho Students practice in a Lake Hazel Middle School band class in January. Education News reported. This includes a $35 million — or 12 percent — increase toward school districts’ operational funding from the current budget. While this is encouraging news, Clark said, it doesn’t elimiIn 2012, voters approved a supplemental levy rate of 0.00131. In nate the need for a supplemental levy. The district’s goal is to have HOW TO VOTE other words, voters agreed to pay $131 per every $100,000 of their taxnine percent of the budget, worth one month’s operations, saved in The supplemental levy elecable property value. reserves. That equals about $16 million, but after this year the district Now, the requested levy rate is 0.001076, or $107.60 per every tion is Tuesday, March 11, with expects to have less than $2 million in reserves. $100,000 of taxable property value. “We’re hoping that the money that comes from the Legislature will polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 Of course, if a homeowner’s property is worth more, a lower levy offset what we had to spend out of our fund balance last year, to move p.m. Find polling places online rate doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end up paying less. us forward just with the same budget we have,” Clark said. “... Hope- at mymeridianpress.com. The supplemental levy is not the only way voters help fund the By 5 p.m. today is the last fully now when the next, if the state does restore operational funding school district. The district has two other revenue sources that rechance to cast absentee ballots over three, four, five years, we’ll be able to begin to restore things like quire voter approval: bond and plant facility levies. mid-day busing (for kindergarten) and get our teachers back and get in person at Ada County ElecRight now, the three levies have a combined rate of 0.00438, equal our class sizes down.” tions, 400 N. Benjamin Lane, to $438 per every $100,000 of taxable property value. Even if the supSuite 100, Boise. plemental levy passes Tuesday, the total rate will decrease to 0.00407, RISING HOME VALUES IMPACT LEVY RATE or $407 per $100,000 of taxable property value. Because home values have improved, the requested supplemental levy rate is lower this year than it was at the last election.  Read about the community’s reaction to the levy proposal on page 6.

A look at Joint School District No. 2 General Fund budget

Student enrollment

2008-09: $199 million

Operating revenue 2008-09: 33,449

2013-14: $178.7 million

2008-09: $204.9 million

2013-14: 36,196

2008-09: $18.5 million 2014 projected: $1.7 million

*Includes state funding, supplemental levies, reserve funds, program-specific funds

Increase: 2,747 students

2014-15 projected With supplemental levy: $181 million

2013-14: $178.7 million

Fund balance (reserves):

2014-15 projected Without supplemental levy: $166 million

SOURCE: Joint School District No. 2

Levy history, Joint School District No. 2 2005-06 n Supplemental levy: $5 million n Rate for taxpayers: $51.30 per $100,000 of taxable property value n Total levy rate: $333.70 per $100,000* 2006-07 n Supplemental levy: $5 million n Rate for taxpayers: $41.20 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $325.50 per $100,000 2007-08 n Supplemental levy: $10 million n Rate for taxpayers: $65.90 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $323.00 per $100,000 2008-09 n Supplemental levy: $10 million

Rate for taxpayers: $65.40 per $100,000 Total levy rate: $322.00 per $100,000 2009-10 n Supplemental levy: $10 million n Rate for taxpayers: $75.10 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $323.00 per $100,000 2010-11 n Supplemental levy: $14 million n Rate for taxpayers: $124.60 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $325.70 per $100,000 n Note: Voters approved transferring $4 million from the plant facility levy to school district operations under emergency legislation passed to help fund school districts on a short-term basis. n n

2011-12 n Supplemental levy: $4 million n Rate for taxpayers: $38.30 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $323.10 per $100,000 n Note: Voters rejected proposed $18.5 million supplemental levy. The district had one more year of voter approval to transfer $4 million from plant facility levy to school operations. 2012-13 n Supplemental levy: $14 million n Rate for taxpayers: $131.00 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $438.2 per $100,000 n Note: Voters approved a $14 million supplemental levy for two years. Authority to transfer the $4 million expired.

2013-14 n Supplemental levy: $14 million n Rate for taxpayers: $115.60 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $438 per $100,000 2014-15, if levy passes n Supplemental levy: $14 million n Rate for taxpayers: $107.60 per $100,000 n Total levy rate: $407.6 per $100,000 *Includes supplemental, bond and plant facility levies, which all require voter approval. Source: Joint School District No. 2

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died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

of Boise, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at her home of natural causes. Services are pending with Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459-3629

died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at his home. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 8885833.

Antoinette Humphrey, 76, of Nampa, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at her home. Services are under Dorothy Louise Barnett, the direction of Accent Funeral Home, 72, of Nampa, died Sunday, March 2, Meridian. 888-5833. 2014, at her residence. Services are under the direction and care of Alsip Sandra E. Goodman King, and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 67, of Nampa, died Friday, Feb. 28, 466-3545. 2014, at a local care facility. Arrangements are pending under the direction Rachel “Rae” Cantrell, 99, of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, of Nampa, died Saturday, March 1, Nampa. (208) 466-3545 2014, at a Nampa care facility. Services are pending Nampa Funeral Home, Tito Limas, 54, of Nampa, died Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171 Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements have been enMary J. Custer, 85, of Boise, trusted to Alsip and Persons Funeral died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at a lo- Chapel, Nampa. (208) 466-3545 cal hospital. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home. 888-5833.

Mary I. Ridley, 73, of Garden City, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

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Jennie is a 1- to 2-year-old Labrador blend who is up to date on shots. Jennie is a sweet girl who has enough energy to keep an entire family busy. She would benefit from learning some more manners; however, she does well on the leash. Jennie seems to get along with other dogs, but her behavior with cats is unknown. The shelter encourages a home with older children (8+) because of her energy level and jumping up when she is excited. The Rescue is located at 191 N. Linder Road. Her adoption fee is $85, which includes her spay.

Patrick J. Dye, 45, of Nampa, Gertrude E. Obendorf, 96, James Sawyer, 66, of Nampa,

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NAMPA — “Fiddler on the Roof,” 7:30 p.m. March 7-8, NNU Swayne Auditorium, 707 Fern St. The Northwest Nazarene University’s Department of Music will present “Fiddler on the Roof.” Enjoy the classic story of a young Jewish dairyman and father as he tries to keep family traditions alive in Russia in 1905. Tickets are $12, $10/seniors, students and children, available at nampaciviccenter.com or 468-5500. BOISE — Idaho Watercolor Society’s 2014 Art Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Idaho State Capitol Rotunda 4th floor, 700 W. Jefferson St. More than 90 watercolor artists from around Idaho will be featured. The society is a nonprofit organization that’s aim is to support watercolor painting as a medium. For more information and membership applications, contact idahowatercolor@gmail.com, or visit the society’s Facebook page.

Galen Lee of New Plymouth was elected vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association for 2014 at its annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. Lee owns and operates Sunnyside Farm with his parents in New Plymouth. He also serves as president of the Nyssa-Nampa Sugarbeet Growers Association. n The Boise-based nonprofit Create Common Good has named Don Berry president and chief operating officer. Berry is a former Trus Joist and Weyerhaeuser executive who emerged from retirement to join Create Common Good. The organization uses food to change lives and build healthy communities. n U.S. Bank announced Justin Smith has Don Berry been named regional president for U.S. Bank in western Idaho and eastern Oregon. Smith, a graduate of The College of Idaho, will oversee commercial banking, private banking, the trust and investment group and 36 bank branches throughout the region.

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St. Luke’s, Saltzer file stay to maintain relationship St. Luke’s Health System and Saltzer Medical Group want to continue their relationship while they appeal the decision of a judge that ruled they violated antitrust laws. The organizations filed a motion Tuesday to stay that would allow them to pursue an appeal and explore a future relationship that is acceptable to the court, according to a news release from St. Luke’s. Attorneys for St. Luke’s and Saltzer argue there is no evidence that the organizations’ current relationship would hurt competition through the appeal process, but there is substantial evidence that their patients and employees would be harmed if the two separated.

ian, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Alba Marie White, 92, of Boia local care center. Services are under se, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at a the direction of Accent Funeral Home, local care center. Services are under Meridian. 888-5833. the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

Nathanael Vazquez Santiago, 58, of Nampa, died Friday, Bobbie L. White, 45, of MeFeb. 28, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are pending under the direction of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. (208) 466-3545

are $5, $3/seniors, free/BSU students and staff at the door. For more information on the Slovenian Music Festival, contact nicolemolumby@ boisestate.edu or 571-5782.

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CALDWELL — Lenten Fish Fry, 5-7 p.m. Our Lady of the Valley, 1122 Linden St. Every Friday during Lent, a fish fry will take place with an Alaskan Cod dinner that includes baked/fried fish, French fries and coleslaw. Admission is $10/ person and $8/children 5-12 and seniors. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Caldwell Council 3096 and proceeds go to the youth activities, Boy Scouts and charities. CALDWELL — Ballroom Dance Lessons, 7-8 p.m., 119 S. Kimball. Participants will learn ballroom dances. February’s dance category is salsa. Admission is $60/couple or $35/individual. For more information or to register, call 455-3060. BOISE — Instrumental World Premiere Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center Recital Hall, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane. The Slovenian Music Festival will kick off today with a “Trio for Flute, Oboe and Piano.”Tickets

se, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Burn Center at the Utah University Health Center. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

Sunday BOISE — Flute Concerto Performance American Premiere, 7:30 p.m. Morrison Center Main Hall, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane. The Slovenian Music Festival will continue Sunday with a performance by the Boise State University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Craig Purdy. The concert will also feature Pucihar’s “Flute Concerto.” Prior to the concert, a pre-concert talk with the composer, Pucihar, will take place from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Tickets are $5, $3/seniors, free/BSU students and staff, available at the door. For more information on the Slovenian Music Festival, contact nicolemolumby@boisestate.edu or 571-5782. HOMEDALE — 14th Annual Homedale Basque Dance, 5:30 p.m. Badiola Arena, 406 Highway 95. The 14th annual Txoko Ona Basque Dance will offer dance performances by the Herribatza Dancers and the Oinkari Dancers of Boise. The event will also feature Tug of War contests and weight carrying, with cash prizes, a silent and live auction, dancing and refreshments. Admission is $5 at the door. BOISE — The Linda Lee Michelet Jazz Quartet, 8 p.m. Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. Linda Lee Michelet will sing arrangements by Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson and Julie London. Tickets are $15, available at the door or ticketbud.com. BOISE — Marcus Eaton, 7 p.m. Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd. Marcus Eaton, an Idaho native, began singing professionally when he was a teenager. He has been featured with musicians and groups like Bob Dylan, Train, Victor Wooten, Dave Matthews Band, Tim Reynolds, Jewel, Jason Mraz and more. Tickets are $13, $18/preferred, available at ticketbud.com.

ridian, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at a local hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

Monday BOISE — Igramo se Flavto Education Presentation, 4-6 p.m. Morrison Center room B213, 2201 W. Cesar Chavez Lane. Ava Kavcic Pucihar, a Slovenian flutist and teacher, will showcase “Igramo se Flavto: Flute Friends, a Slovenian Flute Method for Young Children.” The method book aids children in learning about the flute through music literacy, rhythmic understanding, motor skills, expressive abilities, problem solving and teamwork. For more information on the Slovenian Music Festival, contact nicolemolumby@boisestate.edu or 571-5782. BOISE — Color Me Rad 5K Registration. Color Me Rad 5K covers racers in colored cornstarch. The race takes place May 3 and the 9:10 a.m. start time is still available. The race will occur at the Ada County Fairgrounds, 5610 Glenwood. March 14 is the last day for participants to sign up for late registration at $40. If there are still availabilities, participants can register May 1. To register or for more information, visit colormerad.com/race/Boise.

Tuesday CALDWELL — Mr. Lincoln Speaks, 7 p.m. Lincoln Elementary School, 1200 Grant St. Skip Critell, a local historian and teacher, will discuss President Abraham Lincoln’s life. The event is presented by the Caldwell Carrie French Chapter No. 1 Disabled American Veterans and the Caldwell Friends of the Depot. It is open to the public and is a free event. NAMPA — March Wild About Life Lecture, 7 p.m. Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, 13751 Upper Embankment Road. Beekeeper Frank Grover has been beekeeping for the past 24 years and will present how honey bees are beneficial to agriculture. Grover will also discuss how to begin your own backyard beekeeping. Supplies and tools will be on display. For more information, call 467-9278 or fws.gov/deerflat.  More at mymeridianpress.com

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hree years ago, if a middle-schooler in Joint School District No. 2 tried out for a sport, he was guaranteed a spot. That’s not the case now. Grappling with a shrinking budget in 2011, the district cut several middleschool and freshman teams and started charging students to play. Coaching staffs and salaries were also trimmed. The cuts totaled by Holly Beech $1.45 million. hbeech@mymeridianpress.com “It was very discouraging, and (we © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS knew) that it would have a large impact on students,” District Athletic/ Activities Director Scott Stuart said. The elimination of teams, such as “C” teams at the middleschool level, means fewer students can play sports. It’s also more difficult for students to afford to play more than one sport. The $110 fee for high-schoolers and $90 fee for middleschoolers can add up quickly, Meridian High School Athletic Director Luke Wolf said. “I think parents are embarrassed to ask for help, and they shouldn’t be,” he said. “Because if they have, let’s say, two kids in high school … and both are playing winter sports, that’s $220. And that’s not including the equipment they need. They shouldn’t be embarrassed, because that’s a lot of money for any family.” Booster clubs, community partners and school staff have pitched in to help, and students have opportunities to raise money and earn scholarships. “Our staff here at Meridian have been amazing,” Wolf said. “Teachers will pay for kids, and vice principals will pay for kids.” The Boise Hawks, as another example, finances a baseball team so freshmen can still play.

Participation rates Sports participation numbers at Centennial, Eagle, Meridian, Mountain View and Rocky Mountain high schools. In spring of 2011, the pay-to-play policy was implemented and freshmen track, tennis, softball and baseball teams were cut. Freshmen and sophomore basketball teams were combined.

FALL SPORTS Cross country: n 2010-11: 382 n 2011-12: 355 n 2012-13: 346 n 2013-14: 340 Difference between 2010 and present:

“There’ve been some groups that stepped up big time to help these kids out,” Wolf said.

DO OTHER DISTRICTS CHARGE ACTIVITY FEES?

END IN SIGHT? Eliminating the sports fee is not the district’s first funding priority, spokesman Eric Exline said. “We’re 120 teachers below the state funding system now, and we still don’t have midday busing for kindergarten. I would imagine that we would restore those things (first),” he said.

Boise School District: No n Nampa School District: $35 activity card (covers all sports), $50 transportation fee per activity n Joint School District No. 2: $110 per high-school sport; $90 for middle-school sport. Fee only applies to first two sports. No transportation fee. n

But Stuart looks forward to the day when the district’s former sports program can be restored. “I really felt like our program that we had before these cuts was one that provided for most of our students. I mean, it provided a great opportunity and met the needs of our student population,” he said. “So it would be my hope that at some point we would be able to add back some of these teams, so that we can increase participation as well as opportunities for students to explore a sport as well as develop, where a lot of them have not had that chance to develop.”

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42 fewer students Football: n 2010-11: 734 n 2011-12: 756 n 2012-13: 676 n 2013-14: 765 Difference: 31 more students Soccer: n 2010-11: 347 n 2011-12: 345 n 2012-13: 349 n 2013-14: 375 Difference: 28 more students Volleyball: n 2010-11: 238 n 2011-12: 226 n 2012-13: 258 n 2013-14: 244 Difference: 6 more students

Basketball: n 2010-11: 489 n 2011-12: 364 n 2012-13: 358 n 2013-14: 341 Difference: 148 fewer students Wrestling: n 2010-11: 201 n 2011-12: 218 n 2012-13: 258 n 2013-14: 213 Difference: 12 more students

SPRING SPORTS Baseball: n 2010-11: 221 n 2011-12: 157 n 2012-13: 155

Difference: 66 fewer students Golf: n 2010-11: 103 n 2011-12: 104 n 2012-13: 107 Difference: 4 more students Softball: n 2010-11: 182 n 2011-12: 134 n 2012-13: 144 Difference: 38 fewer students Tennis: n 2010-11: 342 n 2011-12: 229 n 2012-13: 201 Difference: 141 fewer students Track and Field: n 2010-11: 727 n 2011-12: 586

2012-13: 644 Difference: 83 fewer students n

OTHER Cheerleading: n 2010-11: 163 n 2011-12: 143 n 2012-13: 133 Difference: 30 fewer students Dance/drill: n 2010-11: 90 n 2011-12: 83 n 2012-13: 40 Difference: 50 fewer students SOURCE: Joint School District No. 2

What you’re saying online Here’s a look at how some of our readers feel about current issues in the school district. Join the conversation at facebook.com/MeridianPress.

SUPPLEMENTAL LEVY PROPOSAL Sharon Faltin Borton: “A levy runs for only two years. Without supporting this levy, school days will be cut, class sizes will get larger, and programs will be reduced. As a parent, I will support the levy because I want more opportunities for my children — education provides opportunity. As a citizen, I will support the levy because we can’t afford to have an uneducated citizenry. Supporting education will pay off in the future for Meridian and for all Idahoans.” Valerie James: “Allowing non-property owners to vote on whether property owners only get the privilege of paying for these school levies is wrong. Homeowners are stuck, whether they can afford the taxes or not, and don’t see any increased revenue on their (supposedly) increased property value — as it is tied up in the value of their home and not liquid. I’ll vote no. Another funding mechanism that is equitable for all residents of Meridian, not just property owners, needs to be found.” Dianne Esplin: “I’ve got 4 kids in Meridian schools. Growth in Meridian has

been fast and furious. Schools need funds to accommodate this growth. Also, this is only a renewal of an existing levy, not a new bill. I will be voting yes.” Ann Faltin: “The state seems to have money to kill wolves, fight gay marriage, put guns on campuses, do away with daylight savings time and anything but education. We need an educated society and if the state won’t pay, then it falls to the taxpayers to step forward and fund schools. I will vote for the levy.” Laura Francisco: “I’ll have to vote no, we paid for the last one after being told it was temporary but then here comes another one. … I know money is tight for the schools but it is tight for us too, we can’t afford to keep paying this every year.” Cynthia Marie Scott: “I support the levy. I support our kids getting a great education. The rising property values make this it little easier on us. Schools are still hurting from cuts that were made over the last few years. When the legislature doesn’t come up with the funding, this is what happens — more of the education funding gets shifted to local property taxes.”

PAY-TO-PLAY SPORTS POLICY Q: Has this impacted your family? What are your thoughts on this policy? Melanie Anderson Burch: “Yes! You wouldn’t believe all the different fees and fundraisers we parents pay for our kids to play sports, and then we even pay to watch them play. It’s ridiculous!!! And every year our athletic director says the school district will change it as soon as they can. Nothing is happening! With 2, 3, or 4 children in sports, and more than one sport, it’s a killer on the family budget. The district needs to change this policy!” Shawn Harper: “I understand that the school district unfortunately had to cut something and I guess sports is more logical than academics, since only 10-20% of students will go onto play sports in college on scholarship. I’m good paying to a certain point but the problem is a lot of kids whose parents can’t afford it will miss out on the joy of athletics and potentially a lot more talent.”

Matt Reimer: “Evolution Football Academy has developed a scholarship program to help make our clinics more accessible. Sports have become a very expensive commitment for families. Would some sort of scholarship program be a good solution for schools? Or does that just make the problem more convoluted? Also do parents feel like they are getting what they pay for?” Robin Dickinson Cozakos: “I understand... And yes, it’s difficult to get everything needed so my boys can play. The schools work with families too, payment plans, etc.” Patrick Moriarty: “Taxes went up and demand for more fundraising, too. Funny now they want parents to supply food for concessions, too. Always another excuse, (and) yes then you show up to support your kid (and) the school and that’s another $5 each. If you don’t have it, the A.D. (athletic director) will put you or your kid to work lol, but really that was said. When volunteering becomes a must, it takes the fun right out of it.”

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Patriots repeat, set state scoring record Hayden Tuma finished a four-peat as one of a school-record six individual champs for Centennial by Michael Lycklama

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he Centennial High wrestling team didn’t just win a team state title. It obliterated its competition. Centennial racked up 320.5 points for the 5A title March 1 at the Idaho Center, 120.5 points ahead of second-place Borah. The state title is the second in a row for the Patriots, who broke the 5A scoring record they set last year and fell 5.5 points short of the allclass record set by Challis in 2003. Centennial won a school-record six individual state titles between Jaron Chavez (126 pounds), Matthew Park (132), Dakota Wall (138), Hayden Tuma (145), Jon Jay Chavez (170) and Logan Blackwood (220). But the Patriots didn’t wrap up the scoring title until Blackwood won his match in double overtime. Centennial brought 28 of its 30 wrestlers to the state tournament. Twenty-

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Centennial senior Hayden Tuma grapples with Lewiston’s Bryce Pearson in the 5A 145-pound final at the state wrestling tournament March 1 at the Idaho Center. Tuma overcame an injured shoulder — one he’s fought all season — to score a late escape and win his fourth state championship. five scored points and 14 placed. “It was a different year than last year, and we had our own different struggles,” said Centennial coach Collin Robertson, who was named the 5A coach of the year during the tournament. “It’s a great sense of

accomplishment for it to show on the team score for the whole team.” Tuma’s 145-pound title marked the fourth in his high school career and made him the 20th in state history to complete a fourpeat. He was the third to com-

plete a four-peat March 1, following Kuna’s Michael Cook and Columbia’s Tristian Jarboe. Three wrestlers had never completed a four-peat in the same year of the 57-year history of the state wrestling tournament until March 1. Cook and Jarboe both

pinned their way to their fourth title. But Tuma scratched out his 5A 145-pound title. He held a 3-1 lead on Lewiston’s Bryce Parson entering the third period before aggravating a shoulder injury. Tuma broke the humerus in his left arm last March

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NAMPA — Centennial’s Jon Jay Chavez capped an undefeated senior season March 1 with the 170-pound 5A state high school wrestling championship. But he’s not the only state champion in his own home. Centennial freshman Jaron Chavez, Jon Jay’s younger brother, rallied for a victory in the 126-pound finals, giving the Chavez household a pair of state champs. “Going into the season, I was really looking forward to wrestling with my brother on the same team,” Jon Jay said. “I thought that’d be really cool to mentor him during the season. With a great result like that, it was definitely a good ending to the season.” Jon Jay scored his second-straight state title with

a 3-1 decision against Post Falls’ Seth McLeod. He finished his senior season 42-0 before heading off to wrestle for Cornell University. Jaron frayed his brother’s nerves with his 126-pound title. He trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but a three-point near fall earned him a 4-3 decision against top-seeded Drake Foster of Post Falls. The brothers started wrestling the same day at the same practice. Jon Jay was 8; Jaron 5. The two sparred nearly every day on a wrestling mat installed on the patio of their California home. Jon Jay always remained bigger than Jaron, but it wasn’t until Jon Jay’s freshman year that the disparity became so large they could no longer spar. That doesn’t mean the two don’t still grapple. Jon Jay said the two get into the typical brotherly fights, and he said he usually beats Jaron.

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Centennial senior Jon Jay Chavez beat Post Falls’ Seth McLeod in the 5A 170-pound final at the state wrestling tournament March 1 to cap an undefeated season. “Unless he’s really mad. Then it’s kind of scary,” Jon Jay said. Jon Jay pointed out the two have different wrestling styles, but they share

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and detached a tendon in his shoulder. He knew before the season he needed surgery. But a fourth title meant too much. No one in Centennial history had ever done it. Missing his senior year wasn’t an option. “It kind of hurt me because I got scared to wrestle too hard and hurt it again,” Tuma said. “So I kind of took it easy for most of the season. “And then, I don’t know, I just decided I wanted to end the season with a bang. I stopped really caring if my shoulder was getting hurt or not, just kept pushing through and working harder and harder. And my hard work paid off.” The championship match stopped with 1:25 left in the third period when Tuma let out a bloodcurdling scream. After the injury timeout, Parson tied the match with a reverse and nearly pinned Tuma with less than 30 seconds left. But the Nebraska signee scored a one-point escape with 13 seconds left for a 4-3 victory. After shaking hands with Parson, Tuma (45-1) collapsed a foot off the mat and remained on his back for 15 minutes. He underwent surgery March 5. “I get to have my name written down in history,” Tuma said. “Just to do something like that, it impacts you a lot. It’s a big deal.”

LOCAL PLACERS Centennial Jaron Chavez, 1st, 126 pounds Matthew Park, 1st, 132 Dakota Wall, 1st, 138 Hayden Tuma, 1st, 145 Jon Jay Chavez, 1st, 170 Logan Blackwood, 1st, 220 Trent Johnson, 2nd, 106 Jake Garrison, 2nd, 113 Anthony Perro, 4th, 98 pounds Luke Algate, 4th, 126 Kenny Raymes, 4th, 152 Ryan Despain, 4th, 182 Amrakh Aliyev, 5th, 160 James Fisher, 6th, 138 Eagle Colt Luzkow, 4th, 132 Meridian John Hensley, 1st, 182 Harley DiLulo, 1st, 195 Brandon Wells, 3rd, 170 Alihandro Hernandez, 3rd, 220 Luke Combe, 4th, 160 Tanner Wiese, 5th, 126 Colton Smillie, 5th, 285 Mountain View Riley Connolly, 2nd, 132 Demetrius Romero, 3rd, 145 Rocky Mountain Spencer Rich, 3rd, 138 Noah McCullough, 4th 220 Brady Hine, 5th, 106 Max Miller, 5th, 120


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THE SIDE Music What: Lydia with Saint Motel and Golden Sun When: 7 p.m. tonight Where: The Crux, 1022 W. Main, Boise Tickets: $12/adv., $14/ DOS, available at theduckclub.com

if you go WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Meridian Dairy Barn next to Meridian Speedway, 335 S. Main St. COST: $5 per person to try 19 different competitors’ chili

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aturday at the Meridian Dairy Barn, the Meridian Firefighters’ Pipes and Drums band will be hosting the 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off to raise money so it can perform at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tony Chance, engineer and bagpiper with the Meridian Fire Department, organized the Firefighters’ Pipes and Drums band in 2008. The band by Ginny Kier Eggleston is composed of 15 pipes and drum musicians FOR THE MERIDIAN PRESS who are all firefighters with the city of Meridian. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS Chance said the first couple of years the Pipes and Drums band focused on raising money for their uniforms. “The kilts alone cost $500 each,” Chance said, “so to support 15 band members, you are talking about thousands of dollars just for the uniforms.” This year, the band wants to raise enough money to send nine members to Colorado Springs for the Fallen Firefighter Memorial event. Any extra money they raise will go to support the band’s ongoing uniform and equipment needs, Chance said. The Fallen Firefighter

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You, your children or the family together can learn something new with classes offered by the city of Meridian. A full list, plus registration and pricing information, can be found at bit.ly/1orwCfu. Here are five of the many options available. 1. Fit Ballet for adults Fit Ballet combines elements of ballet, modern dance, Pilates, yoga and fitness training. Classes are from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday from April

Memorial is a national event to honor firefighters all over the U.S. who have lost their lives in the line of duty. “This will be our third year (at the memorial),” Chance said. “And now that we know the set list, we will go every year from here on out. “The chili cook-off originally started with the Meridian Optimist Club,” he said. “Then they gave it to the Meridian Fire Association. When the Meridian Fire Association didn’t want to do it anymore, they asked us if we wanted to do the chili cook-off. So the cook-off has been going on for 20 years.” Chance said the deadline to enter the cook-off has passed, but they still want to see as many community members as possible come out to try some chili and hear the Firefighters’ Pipes and Drums band play. “To try 19 different kinds of chili for five bucks isn’t bad,” he said. For more information or to get on the mailing list for next year’s cook-off, contact Chance at tchance@ meridiancity.org or 602-4660.

dler and Hartz is a master fiddler. Both will come together to perform championship-worthy music for the audience. Tickets are $9, $8/seniors, $7/children and are available at nampaciviccenter.com or 468-5555. Nursing home residents can gain free tickets for Saturday’s matinee if activity coordinators call 468-5555.

Create your own stamp entry for the Junior Duck Stamp art contest NAMPA — March 8 will be the last day young artists can attend the Junior Duck Stamp Art Days from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 13751 Upper Embankment Road. The Junior Duck Stamp Art Days provides

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to 8 p.m. and each Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. from April 1 through April 25.

2. Zumba for adults Learn the basics of Zumba, a popular workout class that combines dance and fitness in an upbeat atmosphere. The hour-long classes start at 5:30 p.m. each Wednesday from March 19 to April 16 at the Meridian Community Center.

4. Youth martial arts Children between the ages of 5 and 8 can learn martial arts, too. This class is designed for children who want to learn the skills but who aren’t quite ready for a traditional class. The class is held from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays from April 7 to April 28 at the Meridian Community Center.

3. Martial arts for the family Your family can learn the traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do. Classes are open to people ages 8 and up. The class is each Tuesday from 6

young artists the opportunity to learn about local waterfowl before they draw and submit their artwork for the annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest. All materials for the potential masterpieces will be provided, including field guides, art supplies and instructions on how to draw a duck. The entry deadline for the contest is BrainSnack © 2014 PeterFrank t.v. Dist. by Creators Syndicate Inc. March 15 and the winner03/08/14 in the national contest Train Your Brain will receive a $5,000 level cash award. For more information, visit fws. gov/deerflat/education/jrduck.html.

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5. Spring coed softball This year’s season runs from April 7 to July 18. Contact the parks departToday’s Tip ment at 888-3579 to register.

What: Pegboard Nerds When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Revolution Center, 4983 Glenwood, Garden City Tickets: $10-$25, available at (877) 435-9849 or ticketfly.com What: The Linda Lee Michelet Jazz Quartet When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Riverside Hotel Sapphire Room, 2900 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise Tickets: $15/at the door or ticketbud.com

Theater What: “Rent” When: 8 p.m. tonight-Saturday, March 14-15, 2122; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 Where: Stage Coach Theatre, 4802 W. Emerald, Boise Tickets: $20, available at eventbrite.com What: “Bus Stop” When: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. March 14-15 Where: Boise Little Theater, 100 Fort St., Boise Tickets: $14, $11/ students and seniors, available at 342-5104 or boiselittletheater.org

Show What: Boise Philharmonic’s “Boots and Bling” Gala When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., Boise Tickets: $150, $1,500/table of 10, $2,500/corporate sponsored tables, available at 344-7849 or boisephilharmonic.org What: Wild and Scenic Film Festival When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise Tickets: $5-$15, available at 345-1452 or lttv. org/filmfest

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What: Lord Dying When: 8 p.m. tonight Where: The Shredder, 430 S. 10th St., Boise Tickets: $6, available at brownpapertickets.com

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LOCAL NEWS Ustick Road widening needed, but tough on homeowners

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he view from the Magees’ almost 100-year-old home on East Ustick Road is mud, traffic cones and more mud. Their home sits in the middle of an eight-month-long construction project to widen Ustick Road from two to five lanes. Ustick Road, a popular commuting route between Meridian and Boise, is one of the city’s top road improvement priorities, Meridian Planning Department Manager Caleb Hood said. “It’s congested — it’s more stopping than going,” he said. “... ACHD (Ada County Highway District) has already made a lot of investments in the Ustick corridor through Boise.” Mike and Andrea Magee, who have lived on Ustick Road since 2010, can attest to this. Sometimes it takes five minutes just to pull out of their driveway. “We’re hoping it’ll be easier for us to get in and out,” Mike said. But the questions that come along with construction — such as, ‘How far back will my property line be pushed?’ or ‘Will a future traffic signal be placed right in front of my house? — are stressful, the couple said. “I don’t wish it upon anybody,” Andrea said. ACHD started communicating with homeowners about the project in 2010. About nine homes along Ustick Road are impacted, Hood said. Plus, ACHD acquired two homes for the project. So far, Andrea said, both ACHD and the contractors have been responsive and helpful with questions or concerns. But as a resident, the experience has been one of ups and downs. “It’s a roller coaster,” Andrea said. “You just get one crisis taken care of and then they do something else and you’re like, ‘What is this?’”

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Mike and Andrea Magee’s home is among several others impacted by the widening of Ustick Road between Locust Grove Road and Leslie Way. Ustick Road serves as a popular east-west route between Boise and Meridian and is one of the city’s most congested roadways. Construction is scheduled for completion in July. Even so, she said, dealing with construction is better than dealing with congested roadways. She referenced a friend’s city in Washington that didn’t keep up with growth. “It is miserable to drive there — just congested, everywhere you go, all the time,” Andrea said. “... To me, it’s better to act now and to have the delays now. I mean, look at Eagle Road — when they made those improvements, it’s much more easy to travel. When they widened the Cloverdale intersection and Ustick, it’s so much better to get through that intersection now.” Hopefully, the same will be true for the road in front of their house, the Magees said, when this project is over.

Cost: $3.5 million Length of project: 3,770 feet $80,000: City of Meridian’s contribution for detached sidewalks and utility upgrades Timeline: January – July, 2014 PURPOSE: n Widen northwest corner of Ustick Road/Locust Grove Road intersection to five lanes with curb, gutter, sidewalk and bike lanes. n Reconstruct, widen Ustick Road to include new curb, gutter, detached sidewalks and bike lanes between Locust Grove Road and Leslie Way. n Install new storm drain and irrigation facilities. n Improve water, sewer systems. More information: bit.ly/1fFSKNR SOURCE: Ada County Highway District

USTICK ROAD TRAFFIC VOLUME, BETWEEN LOCUST GROVE AND EAGLE ROADS: 2010: 16,400 vehicles 2015: 28,400 vehicles projected 2035: 49,300 vehicles projected SOURCE: ACHD

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PLUGGED IN It’s warming up, so watch out for pedestrians, cyclists It is getting to look like spring again, and people are starting to get out and about to enjoy the change in weather. While we look forward to the warm weather, let’s hope the mountains and reservoirs get more needed rain and snow so our agriculture industry doesn’t suffer a long dry summer. With the change in the weather, we are going to see more and more kids out playing in our parks and riding bicycles throughout our city. Kids will also be heading home from practices as it is getting dark, so pay close attention on your commute. As more people begin to enjoy this weather change, please be aware as you drive to and from work or shuttling your kids to extra-curricular activities. We would love to have as accident-free a spring and summer as possible. If you are one of the people riding, walking and jogging to enjoy our wonderful city, please pay extra attention when entering a roadway or crossing a street. Please remember to use our crosswalks. Even if you have the right of way, you need to be extra careful so you don’t end up injured. It doesn’t help the healing to know you had the right of way but were hit anyway. Motorcyclists are going to be out in force as the weather improves as well, so make sure to look twice. Those of you getting your motorcycle out from its winter storage, don’t forget to be careful with all the sand and debris on the roadways left over from the winter. These are often the cause of accidents, and nobody wants to get injured or dent their bike before the riding season gets under way. Also, while you are out enjoying our city and all of its wonderful activities, don’t forget to stop our officers and talk them up. It is always a great opportunity for us to get to know our citizens and your concerns.

Tracy L. Basterrechea is deputy chief of the Meridian Police Department and can be reached at tbasterrechea@ meridiancity.org. n

Support school district levy March 11

in your words On Tuesday, we will have the opportunity to go out and vote in support of our schools. A strong backbone of education is critical to our businesses, and you can support a strong economy by supporting education. The levy will generate $14 million per year of each of the next two school years (2014-2015 and 20152016). We already have this levy in place, but according to the Idaho Code it must be renewed every two years. The levy is critical to keep the school district from having to cut days in the school calendar. The previous levy in 2012 was used to restore nine school days to the 20122013 and 2013-2014 school years at $6.76 million annually. We do not want our children to risk losing those days again. This levy will also help prevent further staffing reductions. Since 2008, the enrollment for our district has increased by 2,720 students, while our general operat-

ing fund has decreased by $26.2 million. Our district continues to do extremely well on much less money than other districts, but this can’t last forever or at some point the students will suffer. Ninety-four of the 115 school districts in Idaho include supplemental levy revenue as part of their operating budget. The amount per $100,000 taxable value runs from $386.88 to $740.78 in the Treasure Valley. Passing of this levy will not increase your property taxes from the current levy; they will actually decrease the levy amount. Currently a homeowner is assessed $438 per $100,000 of taxable value. Because of increasing property values, it will decrease to $407 per $100,000 of taxable value, a reduction of $31 per year. This is not additional funding; it only keeps our schools at the current level. The election to be held Tuesday will take place at your regular polling precinct and will be open from 8 a.m. un-

to Meridian for only offering disc golf in parks in the winter. Why not offer it in spring and summer when it’s actually warm enough to enjoy playing a game outside?

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for Meridian! I love living here! to all the organizations, civic groups, churches and local businesses who make Meridian a great community to live, work and play.

til 8 p.m. If you need assistance with your location, check www.adaweb. net/elections. The Meridian Chamber encourages everyone to get out and vote in support of the levy. An educated workforce is critical to business success and a strong economy. Since we are on the subject of the children in our community, please mark your calendars for April 24. From 4 to 7 p.m., Officer Jermaine Galloway will give his full presentation on underage drinking and drug use. He focuses on what’s most current and what parents and employers should watch for. Check out our website for more information on this great event and other things happening in the Meridian Business community at www.meridianchamber.org.

to the Meridian Police Department for placing the speed monitoring device on Ashton Drive in Cedar Springs. It just needs to be placed a little further west to really indicate the speeding cars. It’s too close to the stop sign now to be meaningful. Thanks for looking at our neighborhood and keeping it safe for everyone. for silencing the book return technology at the Meridian Library known as “Thor.”What happened to

Anne Little Roberts is the executive director of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at anne@meridianchamber.org.

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the friendly voice greeting, “Thank you for returning your materials?” Thumbs down for the fact that the Meridian Police Department will not ticket vehicles parked facing the wrong way on city streets. Send submissions to news@my meridianpress.com. n

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