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COVER: Local baseball, softball teams head to state The Eagle, Rocky Mountain and Mountain View High School baseball and softball teams are contenders in this week’s state tournaments.

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ELECTIONS The primary election is Tuesday. One decision voters will make is whether or not to approve a levy for the Meridian Cemetery Maintenance District, which hopes to buy four acres for future burial sites.

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The Ada County assessor gave “excellent news” recently to the city of Meridian and Joint School District No. 2 about the rise in property values. Local real estate experts discuss how the market is stabilizing.

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Students’ ideas light up at Ignite Youth connect Work: 208-465-8193 Mobile: 208-899-6432 Twitter: @HollyBeechMP Facebook: Holly Beech MP

about IgniteYouth Ignite Youth, founded in Seattle, is a worldwide movement to spread ideas through fiveminute presentations. Meridian started its own Ignite Youth four years ago through the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.


fter Monday night, I know more about cannibalism than I ever thought I would. My hunch that aliens exist is even stronger. And I have a new-found respect for professional wrestlers. The horizons of my mind have been expanded, my friends, thanks to some quirky, hilarious, thought-provoking and insightful presentations at Ignite Youth, hosted by the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and Mayor’s Anti-Drug Coalition at the Idaho Party Barn. Eleven brave teens gave five-minute presentations on topics of their choice. The presenters were picked out of 33 students who applied for Ignite Youth, which is in its fourth year. I had the honor, along with local Dutch Bros. Coffee owner Jeff Yarnall and Meridian City Councilman Luke Cavener, of judging the presentations and picking a winner, who received a $100 Dutch Bros. gift card. It was a tough choice. Each presentation had its own stand-out quality, whether that be depth of research, call to action, creativity or satire. We went with Jesse Smith, who gave a sidesplitting and unpredictable presentation about professional wrestling. I don’t think I stopped laughing the whole second half of his presentation. I’m really impressed with these students. They are thinking about issues like alcoholism, stray animals, hypocrisy in politics — and they’re calling their peers to action. One presentation that really touched me was given by Cady Snell, a member of the council. She clearly did her research about the effects and dangers of alcohol use among teens. But what really stuck with me was when she became vulnerable enough to share her own story about

how she lost her dad to alcoholism. That kind of openness is brave and powerful — the kind that can make a difference in the lives of those who hear her story. Another student, Baylee Malm, spoke to her peers candidly about the struggle teens face of feeling like they don’t be- by Holly Beech long. “You’re not alone,” she told the crowd. © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS “There’s no such thing as normal. Society came up with that.” She squared with them about choosing good friends and making wise choices. “I know you’re only young once, but that doesn’t mean you have to be young and stupid,” Malm said. I left Ignite Youth feeling so proud of these students for exploring ideas and being vulnerable enough to share them in front of their peers. That’s not easy to do! Ignite Youth seems like a great tool to help students build confidence and speaking skills. Meridian High School communications teacher Staci Hoseley used it as an assignment for her students to give them experience with public speaking and following a timed presentation. “It’s good to get them past the brick and mortar and show them how it applies in the real world,” she said. I’m excited to see what innovations high school students create as they continue to grow and make their mark.




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Linder Road from Ustick Road to 1,250 feet north of Cayuse Creek Drive, lane restrictions with flagging and shoulder work through today for utility work. n Locust Grove Road from Lanark Street to Watertower Street, shoulder work through Monday for utility work. n Locust Grove Road at Summerheights Drive to Ustick Road, lane restrictions with flagging through July 30 for road widening and water and sewer work. n Locust Grove Road from Victory Road to Peacock Street, lane restrictions with flagging through June 27 for concrete work. n Meridian Road south of Overland Road to Central Drive and Waltman Lane, lane restrictions and pedestrian restrictions through Oct. 31 for the rebuilding of the Interstate 84 overpass. n Pine Avenue from NW 11th Street to Tall Pine Place, mobile lane restrictions with flagging and shoulder work through Monday for utility work. n Ten Mile Road from Chinden Boulevard to McMillan Road, road closure through July 10 for asphalt, concrete and storm drain work. n Ustick Road west of Meridian Road, intermittent lane restrictions with flagging through May 26 for concrete work. n Ustick Road from Leslie Way to Yellow Peak Way, lane restrictions with flagging through July 30 for road widening and water and sewer work. n

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May 8-13 Police made the following arrests or issued charges: 2 possessions of marijuana 4 possessions of drug paraphernalia 3 petit theft 2 driving under the influence 1 driving without privileges 5 warrants 1 juvenile battery 1 juvenile vandalism 2 burglaries 1 battery 1 arson 1 domestic battery 1 possession of cocaine

A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state’s governor. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. Butch Otter’s appeal isn’t likely to succeed, and so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying today. On Tuesday, Dale struck down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban in response to a lawsuit from four Idaho couples. Dale said Idaho’s law unconstitutionally denies gay and lesbian couples their fundamental right to marry and wrongly stigmatizes their families. She said the state must start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday morning. Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

Police also took calls, investigated or assisted: 2 runaways 22 vehicle burglaries 2 grand thefts 4 medical assists 1 battery 3 disturbances 1 petit theft 1 injury traffic accident 1 runaway 3 burglaries 1 domestic verbal 1 vandalism

ISU-Meridian graduates largest class ever

Number of vehicle burglaries trend up in Meridian, police say The number of vehicle burglaries in Meridian is almost double what it was last year at this time, according to Meridian Police logs. Police reported 45 vehicle burglaries last year between the start of February to mid-May, compared to 82 vehicle burglaries this year during that time frame, according to weekly police logs published in Meridian Press. Within the last week alone, police responded to 22 reports of thieves breaking into cars — mostly throughout neighborhoods, Meridian Police Department Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. “Over 90 percent are unlocked vehicles,” Basterrechea said. “If people would lock their cars, it would make a huge difference.” During a report on crime in March of 2013, Meridian Press learned that property crime was the No. 1 offense in Meridian. Thieves comb through neighborhoods, searching for unlocked cars to swipe goods from, police said. “We’re such a safe community that people forget that they can become victims, so they don’t lock things up,” Basterrechea said.









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Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center graduated its largest class ever Monday, conferring 235 degrees and naming audiology graduate Sarah Weber, a Coeur d’Alene native, the top Student Excellence honoree. ISU-Meridian assistant clinical nursing professor Kelly Fanning Pesnell was named the university’s Distinguished Teacher. A family nurse practitioner for 12 years, Pesnell joined ISU in 2007. She was instrumental in developing Idaho’s only Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, which began at ISU last fall. Pesnell was also named the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2014 Nurse Practitioner of the Year in Idaho.

Roaring Springs opens Saturday with new Corkscrew Cavern

Roaring Springs will kick off its 16th summer season Saturday. The waterpark will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting). The waterpark opens seven days a week starting May 24. Thrill-seekers will be lined up to ride the new Corkscrew Cavern, the first 360-degree looping waterslide in the Northwest. Riders will step into a launching capsule then wait for the “trap door” to open. After a free fall they’ll go for a spin with G-forces gluing them to the slide all the way around the loop. Sheila Iverson of Nampa was the first guest to try out the new ride Thursday. Her entry “Corkscrew Cavern” was chosen as the winning name for the slide last fall.

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LOCAL NEWS by the numbers Recovering housing market brings good news to homeowners, taxing districts New subdivision lots in Ada County 2002: 4,296 2003: 5,405 2004: 7,181 2005: 8,236 2006: 7,894 2007: 5,182 2008: 4,097 2009: 886 2010: 1,000 2011: 804 2012: 1,084 2013: 2,487

SOURCE: Ada County Assessor’s Office

Distressed properties in Ada County / percent of Ada County housing market 2009, quarter 4: 595 distressed properties, 36 percent of market 2010, quarter 2: 1,247 distressed properties, 58 percent of market 2010, quarter 4: 799 distressed properties, 47 percent of market 2011, quarter 2: 1,026 distressed properties, 50 percent of market 2011, quarter 4: 800 distressed properties, 45 percent of market 2012, quarter 2: 669 distressed properties, 29 percent of market 2012, quarter 4: 472 distressed properties, 23 percent of market 2013, quarter 2: 394 distressed properties, 14 percent of market 2013, quarter 4: 203 distressed properties, 9.9 percent of market SOURCE: Ada County Assessor’s Office

Average single-family home prices, new and existing, Ada County 2006: $262,778, up 18 percent 2007: $268,569, up 2.2 percent 2008: $234,904, down 10.6 percent 2009: $194,110, down 17 percent 2010: $189,435, down 6.6 percent 2011: $177,772, down 5.8 percent 2012: $201,717, up 13.45 percent 2013: $233,538, up 15.8 percent SOURCE: Intermountain Multiple Listing Service


he market value of Joint School District No. 2 rose 18 percent in 2013 and now sits at $18 billion, according to Ada County Assessor Bob McQuade. After exemptions are taken out, the district will have a potential taxable value of about $14.2 billion — a 21 percent increase over last year’s $11.7 billion, McQuade said. “That’s fabulous news for our taxpayers because it means when we have to go out with a bond, we can do so with a reduction to the levy rate,” Superintendent Linda Clark said at a recent meeting. The district is planning to bring a bond to vote this summer in order to build a new middle school. The value of new subdivisions and rezoned land in the district shot up by 452 percent in 2013 — rising from $26 million to $143 million. Rezoned land makes a difference because commercial property, for example, is worth more than residential property, McQuade Holly Beech/MP said. A rise in new residential and commercial construction over the past year has boosted the taxable market McQuade gave a market value update to Mevalues that fund Joint School District No. 2 levies. Pictured here, new homes are under construction in ridian City Council Tuesday. The city’s taxable Coleman Homes’ Bellano Creek neighborhood, which is east of North Ten Mile Road between Ustick and property value is $6.2 billion, a 22 percent inMcMillan roads. crease. “These numbers are really robust over here in Meridian,” he said. from $321 million to $594 million. The number of new housing The taxable values will be finalized later this month after units was up 24 percent, and the number of new commercial units was up almost 50 percent. homeowners exemptions are all taken out.



According to Intermountain Multiple Listing Service, average home prices in Ada County were $17,000 higher in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of last year — a jump from by Holly Beech $216,000 to $233,000. This brings home values to about 89 percent of © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS what they were in 2006. The rise in home values and demand sent builders scrambling to find lots to build on, according to Thornton Oliver Keller’s year-end report, pushing land values up. This demand peaked last summer and has since slowed, TOK land specialist Lenny Nelson said. “Builders pulled back a little bit, reduced their expectations a little … not assuming they’re going to sell quite as many homes as they thought,” he said. The number of new Ada County subdivision lots tripled from 2011 to 2013 — rising from 800 lots to 2,500 lots. But that’s still nowhere near 2006, when 7,900 new lots came online. The taxable value of new residential and commercial construction within the school district rose 85 percent in 2013, up

Three years ago, more than half of Ada County’s housing market was made up of distressed properties. Distressed properties have been steadily flushed out of the market since then, reaching a four-year low of 10 percent during the last quarter of 2013, according to Ada County appraisal analyst Alan Smith said. Most distressed homes are selling for $150,000 or less. “It’s dramatic how much the distressed rate has dropped. … I don’t think there’s a whole lot of shadow inventory,” Smith said, referring to distressed properties that banks would choose to hold rather than place on the market right away. With distressed properties back down to normal rates, the market has stabilized and development has picked up, Ada County Appraisal Division supervisor Brad Smith said. “When you have foreclosures and short sales and a weak economy, developers aren’t that excited about developments,” he said. The stable market has been good for buyers and sellers, Silvercreek Realty Group agent Sean Taylor said. Buyers still have low interest rates, and sellers have recovered much of their homes’ values. “It’s really nice to be back to a better market, a possibly more normal market,” Taylor said.

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Robert D. Ballard, 79, of Boise, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

Donald Higel, 91, of Nampa, William “Bill” Linzbach, Juanita Souders, 88, of Gardied Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at his home. Services pending, Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 4428171

73, of Boise, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at a local care center. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833

David L. Daniel, 61, of Mars- Diane L. Hinton, 68, of Nam- Frank Manzanares,

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Denzel is a special needs pet, already neutered, up to date with shots and not good with cats. He has been at the rescue far too long and has to find a forever home very, very soon. He is very much loved at the rescue by all the volunteers and spend a lot of time in the office making them smile. Denzel is a 2-year-old neutered male Akita blend looking for his “special person” who will be able to spend almost 99 percent of their time with Denzel. He suffers from a case of severe separation anxiety and is unpredictable when left alone. He would be the perfect companion for that person who spends most of his or her time at home or has the ability to take Denzel with them. If he had to be left alone for short periods of time, an in-ground kennel would be necessary. If his people are around, he is content with other animals and everything going on around him. Denzel absolutely loves people, and all he wants to do is be with and love his forever companion. If you think you could give Denzel that special home he requires, please come in and meet him. Applications are now being accepted and a visitation with Denzel is required. 

Family-fun event Saturday benefits girl fighting cancer There will be an event called “Help Hannah” in Meridian Saturday to raise money for Hannah McDade, a local girl who is undergoing treatment for medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Rudy’s Pub & Grill, 2310 E. Overland Road. There will be a bounce house all day, a pony at 2 p.m., face painting and balloon animals from 5-7 p.m. and a raffle for prizes. McDade was first diagnosed in 2010, at age 6. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, which removed the cancer. But earlier this year, the family learned that the cancer had returned. McDade will again start chemo later this month. All the proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit her family, as well as a percentage of Rudy’s sales. n

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ing, died Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home. The family has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa, for their final arrangements. (208) 466-3545

pa, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her home. Services pending, Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 4428171

Dorothy Dirickson,

ian, died Friday, May 9, 2014, at a local care center. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

86, of Nampa, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at a local care center. The family has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangements. (208) 466-3545

48, of Caldwell, died May 8, 2014, at a Boise hospital of natural causes. Services are pending with Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459-3629

den City, died May 10, 2014, at a local hospital. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian. 888-5833.

Pauline G. Tackett,

86, of Nampa, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at her home. Services are pending, Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

Myra C. Januik, 88, of Merid- Sarah Jo Ormesher, 69, of Richard John White, 61, of Nampa, died Friday, May 9, 2014 at a local hospital. The family has placed trust in Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa for their final arrangements. (208) 466-3545

Cline R. Keister,

101, of Caldwell, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, Walter Schmidt, 83, of B. Ruth Grooters, 94, of Nam- at his home of natural causes. Services Caldwell, died Sunday, May 11, 2014, pa, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at are pending with Dakan Funeral Cha- at a Boise care center of natural a local care center. Services are under pel, Caldwell. 459-3629 causes. Services are pending with the direction and care of Alsip and Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. 459Persons Funeral Chapel, Nampa. 4663629 3545.

THINGS TO DO Today MERIDIAN — “La Bella Corda” concert by StringSongs, 6:45 p.m. Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village, 4037 E. Clocktower Lane. StringSongs, a classical guitar instruction program for kids, will present a program of classical, jazz, contemporary and flamenco music. No charge, but space is limited. To RSVP, call 888-2277. BOISE — Recognition Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans, 11 a.m., Jefferson Street steps of the Idaho Capitol Building, 700 W. Jefferson St. Veterans will be recognized as part of a national program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The program will include Presentation of the Colors, a rifle salute and a performance by a member of the Boise Highlanders. The public is encouraged to attend. For information, call 780-1306.

Saturday MERIDIAN — Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Spurwing Country Club. Contact the Meridian Chamber of

Commerce at 888-2817 for registration. MERIDIAN — The Ball at the Hall, 7-10 p.m., Meridian City Hall. Come dance the night away and enjoy silent auctions, a photo booth and treats from a chocolate fountain at the second annual Ball at the Hall presented by the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. For information, go to

Sunday CALDWELL — Fiesta De Mayo, noon-7 p.m., Memorial Park, 618 Irving St. There will be live bands, food vendors, merchandise, arts and crafts vendors, musicians, a car show and activities for the kids. Free. BOISE — International Museum Day, noon to 4 p.m. MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St. Celebrate International Museum Day as eight museums come together in one location for hands-on exhibits, projects and more. The Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise Art Museum, Discovery Center of Idaho, Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Museum of Mining and Geology, Boise Watershed Education Center, the Old Idaho Penitentiary and the MK Nature Center will all have free exhibits on display. For information,

Nampa, died Friday, May 9, 2014, at his home. Services are pending Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. 442-8171

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Tuesday MERIDIAN — Danish and Dialogue, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village, 4037 E. Clocktower Lane. Enjoy coffee, tea and fresh Danish as local author Diana James leads a discussion on the process of writing and capturing one’s life story. No charge, but space is limited. To RSVP, call 888-2277.

Wednesday NAMPA — Disabled American Veterans Nampa Chapter 13, 7 p.m. Shilo Inn Restaurant, 1401 Shilo Drive. The Disabled Veterans Nampa Chapter 13 meets every third Wednesday of the month. For questions, call 590-1710. CALDWELL — Caldwell Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m. Indian Creek, Seventh and Blaine. Every Wednesday afternoon until Sept. 10, Caldwell will host its farmers market. The market will feature fresh and local produce, specialty foods, baked goods and local crafts. Each week, there will be hot food and live entertainment available. For information, go to



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uring his time as a U.S. Air Force squadron commander, Bob Rosedale of Eagle transformed young lieutenants into pilots who were ready for worldwide

The program was recently rolled out to hundreds of Tutor Doctor franchises worldwide CONNECT and is being translated into Spanish. Tutor Doctor In military terms, X-Skills is about teaching n 908-7071 students to think more three-dimensionally n missions. and strategically, he said, and then providing the structure to hold them accountable. This was the highlight of his 26-year military career, he said. The biggest need Tutor Doctor sees is among Now Rosedale is using some of those same training middle school students struggling in math, followed by concepts to help build confidence and self-discipline elementary school students behind in reading. Rosedale said he sees several middle-school stuamong local students, thanks to Tutor Doctor. After leaving the military three years ago, Rosedale dents who are having a hard time adjusting to the new opened Idaho’s first Tutor Doctor franchise. He con- Common Core math lessons. But it’s a problem that tracts with tutors of many might fade as students are introduced to Common different backgrounds and Core at an earlier age, he said. by Holly Beech Tutor Doctor offers help in any subject to students of specialties who are then thoughtfully matched with all ages, even adults going back to school. Rosedale has © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS a roster of more than 100 tutors, including active and a student. “We really want them retired school principals, teachers, engineers, business to look at that tutor as an academic coach, not just a professionals, veterans and professionals with experihomework helper,” Rosedale said. “If we get the right ence working with special-needs students. Holly Beech/MP “We need to have a deep bench because we do that tutor in there to work with (students) … their confiBob Rosedale of Eagle started Idaho’s first Tutor Doctor franchise dence recovers. As their confidence recovers, their personalized match,” Rosedale said. after retiring from a 26-year military career in 2011. Had he not Tutor Doctor also works with Veterans Affairs to learning accelerates.” gone into the military, Rosedale said he probably would have been Rosedale’s business has provided about 10,000 tu- match up newly returned combat veterans with tutors an English teacher. He’s drawn to education — the highlight of his toring sessions to 500 families since opening in 2011. who can understand what they’re going through. military career was training Air Force pilots. There are three major requirements for tutors: they He recognized early on that a big reason why students struggle in school is because they don’t have the aca- must have mastered the subject matter (but don’t need “If you get those three things right, then a lot of magdemic discipline to organize projects, plan ahead or a college degree); they must be able to communicate think long-term. He designed new program called “X- with the students in a way that builds confidence and ic can happen when it comes to tutoring,” Rosedale Skills” to help students build these organizational and self-esteem; and they must be passionate about the said. “Around here, there’s lots and lots of talented folks who want to do that.” “executive” skills to help them in school and beyond. students’ success. The cost per session depends on how many sessions the family requests. But a typical student, Rosedale said, might enroll for six months of tutoring, a couple sessions a week, for about $50 an hour. Rosedale doesn’t have a database of students’ grades or test scores to track progress, but the growth in enrollment — along with renewed enrollments — seems to suggest families are happy with the results, Residency-Trained at the he said. About 100 new families have signed up this year, University of California, Berkeley giving Rosedale’s Tutor Doctor the greatest year-overyear first quarter growth rate among Tutor Doctor - Binocular Vision franchises in the western U.S.

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oint School District No. 2’s culinary arts program, which began in 2008, recently achieved accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. After an on-site visit to check for compliance, the federation awarded Meridian’s culinary program with a five-year grant of accreditation, the highest available. “We do not have an exemplary status for secondary programs, but if we did, your program would be listed,” American Cuby Holly Beech linary Federation rector of Accreditation Candice Childers told © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS the district. The accreditation, which followed a rigourous application process, applies to the ADA ProfessionalTechnical Center/Meridian School District’s Culinary Arts Program and is valid through December of 2018. The culinary arts program’s mission is to prepare students to be college and career ready by supporting and engaging them in hands-on curriculum aligned to industry standards. The program consists of three years of elective culinary classes. In the third year, students from across the district attend an advanced culinary arts class at the ADA Professional-Technical Center, where they learn culinary, pastry and frontof-house skills in a state-of-art facility. Learn more about the district’s professional technical programs at

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f you want a fried egg over a bison by Holly Beech er, Hess said. burger, drizzled with chipotle aioli “You’ll see all different kinds of comon a Hawaiian bun, you got it. binations,” he said. “We’re often amazed © 2014 MERIDIAN PRESS Craving a chocolate cherry Piat the kinds of things people come up not Noir shake? No problem. with.” John Hess, local owner of The Counter in Meridian, Hess, who graduated from Meridian High School in says the newly opened restaurant literally has a million the 1980s, said he’s been looking for the perfect place in different build-your-own burger options, along with the valley to open The Counter for years. Around 2008, shakes, sides and snazzy adult drinks. CenterCal Properties reached out to him about being a “People see the menu and they’re just astounded part of The Village at Meridian — which Hess saw as a that we have all these different choices and sauces that great opportunity. they can choose,” Hess said. “Because we’re new to the valley, we wanted to be a This is Idaho’s first taste of The Counter, which part of something new. And it was the right (fit), kind of opened at The Village at Meridian on Sunday. The res- higher end,” he said. “We’re kind of like an affordable taurant franchise was founded in 2003 in California luxury … We’re not just a burger place. It’s more of a full-service, sit-down experience.” and has expanded to 45 U.S. locations and overseas. The Counter brought about 50 new jobs to the area In all locations, The Counter’s “claim to fame” is the build-your-own-burger concept, Hess said. Upon ar- and recruited locally. The general manager is from rival, customers are handed a clipboard with a list of Kuna, the assistant manager is from Mountain Home, choices — including 28 housemade sauces, meats like and the executive chef is relocated to Boise years ago, beef, turkey, chicken, bison and ahi tuna, and vegetar- Hess said. ian and gluten-free items, including a bunless “Burger Hess eventually hopes to open another Treasure in a Bowl.” Valley location, but for now he’s excited to finally be Some of the sauces are so hot that customers are open in Meridian. given a pipette to distribute tiny drops onto their burg“It’s been a labor of love,” he said.



BOISE — Boise’s MK Nature Center will host seven other area museums to celebrate International Museum Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 600 S. Walnut St. The MK Nature Center, the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Boise Art Museum, the Discovery Center of Idaho, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, the Boise Watershed Education Center and the Old Idaho Penitentiary will all have free, hands-on exhibits on display, as well as projects, crafts and games for all attendees. No tickets are required and admission is free. For information, call 334-2225.

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PLUGGED IN Meridian Parks and Rec offers great chance for kids to learn and have fun at summer camps Would it surprise you to know that more than 10 million American children attend some type of summer camp each year? Summer camp has been a U.S. tradition for more than 150 years. Back in the days before air conditioning was invented, hot city summers were miserable and even considered unhealthy for children, so escaping to the country for a day, a week or even longer became a popular trend. Fortunately, today’s families have different reasons for making summer camp a part of their children’s lives, and these opportunities are built in to our wonderful Meridian community. Summer camps offer a way for kids to grow more independent, learn valuable social skills, reconnect with nature, explore new activities, spend time being more physically active, unplug from technology and make new friends. When I was young, my parents encouraged me and my siblings to try nearly anything

and everything that sparked our interests — sports camp, art camp, adventure camp. If there was a camp for it, we were there! Even as a young adult and college student, I worked as a camp counselor because I craved that freeing fun that youth camps foster. Youth development through recreation continues to be my passion and my profession, as it allows for children to learn new skills and further social development based in an environment built on play, laughter and fun, where everyone is welcome and personalities are encouraged to take center stage. If this sounds like a positive summer experience for your children ages 6 through 14, consider enrolling them in one or more of our Meridian Parks & Recreation summer day camps. Under the watchful eyes of our experienced and caring counselors and instructors, young campers can experience

Library reading program will help fend off summer learning loss Summertime means a lot of things in our community: Dairy Days Parade, CableOne Movie Nights and concerts in the park. For children especially, there is a ton to see and do in the summer. We at the Meridian Library District are working hard to guarantee that summertime doesn’t include summer learning loss. Summer learning loss refers to academic progress that some students lose during the summer months. Over 30 years of research has taught us that students who don’t read during summer break will lose between three and four months of progress by the time they start school again in August. Some studies estimate that by the end of sixth grade there can be a learning gap of three years between those students who read during the summer and those who do not. As a library we provide opportunities for all children to enjoy reading during the summer months to prevent this type of setback. In 2013

whitewater rafting adventures, park visits, field trips to local recreational and educational destinations, participate in the Meridian Library District’s summer reading program, make works of art, and try out as many different sports as they like. We also incorporate service learning opportunities such as writing letters to deployed military service men and women. You can find all the details about the Meridian Parks and Recreation summer camp offerings in our Summer 2014 Activity Guide. You can access it online at www.meridiancity. org/activityguide or pick up a copy of the Meridian Parks and Recreation office located on the 2nd floor of Meridian City Hall. Enrollment will be an important investment in your children’s social, physical and mental development that you won’t regret! n


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State baseball, softball tourneys heat up Mountain View’s Shayla Allen, throwing, and the Mavericks’ softball team return to the 5A state softball tournament for the fourth time in five years. Mountain View is joined by Eagle and Rocky Mountain in sending both of its baseball and softball teams to state. The 5A state softball tournament starts May 16 at Skyview High in Nampa. The 5A state baseball tournament kicked off May 15 at Memorial Stadium in Boise. Front page: A Mountain View High player tries to beat Caldwell High’s catcher to home plate during a game in March at Meridian High.

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Centennial High reached into Lee Neumann’s extensive coaching tree to find his replacement, announcing former offensive coordinator Dave Koch as its next head football coach May 12. Koch served as Centennial’s offensive line coach for 10 years and its offensive coordinator for seven years before coaching at Rocky Mountain the past two seasons. During Koch’s previous tenure at Cen-

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he Eagle High boys golf team maintained its stra nglehold on Idaho high school golf, clinching its fifth straight 5A state tournament title May 13 at Highland Golf Course in Pocatello. Eagle rolled to a 15-shot victory over second-place Boise, finishing the twoday tournament with a 36hole score of 595. Four Mustangs finished inside the top 10. Senior Chris Carew, the 2012 individual state champ, finished second at 147, three

strokes behind Vallivue medalist Connor Johnstone. Junior Grayson Huff, the 2013 individual state champ, finished sixth at 149. Senior Phillip Kennedy came in seventh at 150, and sophomore Josh Gliege took ninth at 151. “When we started the run, it was a totally different group of kids,” Eagle boys golf coach Jeff Dunn said. “This group has definitely set the bar high. You can’t beat four in a row when you’re a freshmen winning all the way to a senior.” Rocky Mountain finished fifth as a team, 44 strokes behind Eagle at 639 and led by Henry Bernard’s eighth-place score of 150.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REPEATS: The Rocky Mountain High girls golf team defended its state title May 13 at Highland Golf Course in Pocatello. The Grizzlies cruised to their second straight team title, shooting a twoday, 36-hole score of 689, 24 shots ahead of secondplace Vallivue. Three Grizzlies finished inside the Top 15. Hannah Giesbrech fired a 165, 27 strokes behind the individual champ, Vallivue’s Gabby Barker. Ryleigh Moore trailed her teammate by one stroke in fifth. And senior Carson Pickett, who has signed with Utah Valley, finished 11th at 171.

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he Meridian Cemetery Maintenance District is asking the public to approve a $70,000 per year, 10-year levy so it can purchase land for more burial sites. Voters will decided at the polls Tuesday. A twothirds majority is required. A yes vote would cost homeowners an estimated $1.21 per year for every $100,000 of taxable property value. “It’s basically a cup of coffee, by today’s standards, each year, … so I think it’s a reasonable offer,” Meridian Cemetery


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Maintenance District Chairman Bob Hays said. The district’s current levy rate is $4.14 per $100,000. Idaho code allows for the creation of taxing districts, overseen by elected commissioners, to maintain and operate cemeteries. The Meridian Cemetery Maintenance District was

founded in 1934 and manages the Meridian Cemetery on a budget of about $225,000, as of 2013. The requested levy would be used to purchase four acres to the east of the cemetery, allowing for 2,500 more burial sites. The cemetery has about 6,000 traditional burial sites still available, enough for the next 30 to 40 years based on current trends. But land is a hot commodity, and if the cemetery

district doesn’t act now, it could lose its chance to buy a sizable piece of property before they’re all scooped up, Hays said. “The last piece of property that the cemetery bought was probably 45 years ago,” Hays said. “The only reason that we’re running after this is because we’re running out of opportunities.” Find budget details and a map of the district at

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Meridian Press 2014-05-16  

Meridian Press 2014-05-16

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