Newhouse Selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Combine

By: Sherry Squires

D_1409_050_0084x6Boise State freshman Hannah Newhouse has been selected as one of 20 drivers for the 11th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) Combine, NASCAR announced Sept. 30.

The 2014 combine will be a three-day evaluation resulting in the selection of approximately six drivers who will be named to the 2015 NASCAR D4D Class in partnership with Rev Racing.

The D4D includes multicultural and female race car drivers from the United States, Canada and Latin America, each aiming to land a spot on the 2015 D4D team. The Twin Falls, Idaho, native will be one of 11 females in the program, as well as one of eight participants ages 17 and under.

This will be the third-consecutive year Newhouse has participated in the combine.

The 2014 D4D Combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Oct. 13-15.

Mayor Bieter calls for student applications to serve on city boards and commissions

ImageGenMayor Bieter today opened the application period for the annual Students on Boards and Commissions program. Boise teens interested in serving on city boards and commissions during the 2014-15 school year must submit their applications by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 9th.

The Students on Boards and Commissions program gives high-school students the opportunity to help make important decisions for the community by serving on one of the city’s many boards and commissions. Student board appointments will run from September 2014 through May 2015. All positions are voluntary and unpaid, and are open to any high-school applicants residing within Boise city limits.

“It is rare for students to have the opportunity to engage directly in the management of our government,” Mayor Bieter said. “Real world experience like this is enriching both for the students, who get to learn about the many different aspects of local government, and for the boards and committee that benefit from hearing the student’s perspective.”

Boards and commissions with student placement opportunities are Airport, Arts & History, Design Review, Development Impact Fee Advisory, Historic Preservation, Housing Authority, Library, Mayor’s Council on Children and Youth, Parks & Recreation, and Planning and Zoning.

Position descriptions and an application form are available for download from the City of Boise web site at Please submit applications to Sandy Musser at; via fax: 384-4420; or mail: Office of the Mayor, P.O Box 500, Boise, ID 83701-500. For more information, please contact Sandy at the above email or at 384-4422.

The application form and a description of each board and commission are linked below.

@LivingSocial @HappyWife_Life #Deals: 50% Savings On Three Hours of House Cleaning from Happy Wife Happy Life!


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@BalletIdaho Presents Alice in Wonderland at @morrisoncenter #Boise #Idaho

wonderland1-1-281x159We  have always loved Alice in Wonderland.

That’s why we were so delighted when I found out that my family could come see Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s classic presented by  Ballet Idaho!

On the occasion of Alice Kingsley’s 15th birthday, the Hadmatter family, friends of the Kingsleys, are hosting a ball in Alice’s honor. Already uneasy with social occasions, things become worse when her older bossy sister, Quendleheart, forces herself on Hatwin Hadmatter, the older of the two Hadmatter sons and secret sweetheart of Alice, leaving her to his obnoxious younger brother, Redford.

Things go downhill from there, quite literally, for Alice: A top hat appears out of nowhere, containing an invitation to a tea party; a white rabbit follows; a wild tumble down the rabbit hold ends in a hall of doors; a magic garden; twins, a caterpillar and an illusive Cheshire cat; a white king and queen with chess pieces as their court; a duchess baking tarts; a mad hatter with strange company; a conspiracy to overthrow the red queen and king; an army of marching playing cards’ a rigged croquet game; theft, betrayal, war and fearsome dragon of the Jabberwocky kind.

It is hard to ask for better entertainment for the whole family. The Morrison Center and Ballet Idaho are a true gem!

Alice finds herself in the midst of this wild, strange and adventurous journey, ultimately taming the Jabberwocky with a stolen tart and becoming the queen of wonderland. When she returns to the ball, things have changed in her favor: she is dancing with her secret sweetheart Hatwin, who confesses his love for her. The ball goes on and Alice is happy indeed to be there!

Friday, April 11, 2014 8:00pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Music by Herbert Baumann

Choreography by Alex Ossadnik

Scenic Designed by Valeria Rios

Scenic Construction by Richard Hess & the NMU Scene shop

Costumes by Megan Ann Richardson

Ticket prices (ticketing fees not included):

P1/Section A $58.00 Floor Rows AA – M; Mezzanine Rows A – D

P2/Section B $43.00 Floor Rows N – V; Mezzanine Rows E – G

P3/Section C $38.00 Floor Rows W – Z; Mezzanine Rows H – N

All seats are reserved. Everyone through the door, regardless of age, requires a ticket. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of Management.


Parking is included for Morrison Center events. For Morrison Center for the Performing Arts information, including parking and upcoming event details, click here


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Boise Police: Human trafficking ‘much worse’ than people realize


BOISE — Police are trying to spread the word about a problem in the City of Trees that they say is much worse than people realize.

“Every hotel in this city has it happening, whether they realize it or not,” said BPD Detective Tim Brady. “It happens in hotels. It happens in private homes. It happens in strip clubs. Human trafficking is really everywhere.”

Human trafficking is a form of slavery, one of the largest criminal industries in the world, and the fastest growing. Victims are made to engage in prostitution, pornography, or forms of labor exploitation, like domestic servitude or migrant agricultural work.

Read the full story.

Report: Martin Mayhew Not Confident With Kellen Moore As Back-Up

726px-Lions_backup_quarterback_Kellen_Moore_hands_the_ball_offAs the Detroit Lions approach the 2014 season they have some serious personnel decisions to make, according to

With a Ndamukong Suh contract extension looming and veteran players like Nate Burleson getting cut, one might figure that the Lions would try to save even more money by moving QB Kellen Moore up on the depth chart.

Considering current #2 Shaun Hill figures to be in demand on the free agent market this offseason. such a minor move would be a no-brainer right?

However, according to a tweet, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew who made this comment to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News:

But Moore ended his college career “with an amazing 50-3 record as a starting quarterback, shattering the NCAA all-time wins record for a quarterback, previously held by Colt McCoy of Texas with 45 wins,” according to the Boise State website.  “Moore exited Boise State with nearly every single season or career passing record, including total offense, yards, completions, completion percentage, touchdowns, pass efficiency and lowest interception ratio.”

Thus, the rookie quarterback still has a lot of upside and can easily be traded and do well at another franchise.

Volunteers contribute 68,086 hours to Boise Parks & Recreation in 2013

ImageGenHundreds of volunteers of all ages and abilities contributed 68,068 hours of service to Boise Parks & Recreation — the equivalent of 33 full-time employees  or $1.05 million in labor costs.

Boise Parks & Recreation volunteers help with general park maintenance, including painting, tree wrapping, planting, and mulching, site amenity construction, and trash pick-up. They also pitch in for special events like Boo at the Zoo, support environmental education at the Foothills Learning Center, cheer on participants at the Idaho Youth Wheelchair Sports Camp, serve on boards and commissions, patrol trails in the Foothills, and perform many other tasks.

“Volunteers bring a much greater value to the department beyond their ability to get work done,” said Jerry Pugh, Community Programs Coordinator. “We enjoy working alongside our volunteers and learning from them.”

New volunteer programs this year include:

  • Adopt-A-Park. Ten groups signed up to help maintain parks on an on-going basis. Churches, civic organizations, local businesses and other community groups signed up for one-year commitments to help eradicate graffiti, pick up litter, fill mutt-mitt dispensers, paint site amenities, rake leaves, and mulch trees. Groups include Kiwanis clubs, a Girl Scout troop, three schools, Ada County Juvenile Court Services and TJ Maxx.
  • Park Ambassador Program. Volunteers serve as liaisons between the public and Boise Parks & Recreation. They also report maintenance needs, promote proper use of parks, and share information with park users in Boise’s most popular parks.
  • Boise in Bloom. Seven flower beds were adopted this year in Ann Morrison Park. Volunteers helped plant and maintain the beds throughout the summer months.

For more information about the accomplishments of Boise Parks & Recreation volunteers, please see:

Boise Firefighter entry exam to be held March 29

firetrainingjpegInterested in becoming a firefighter? The entry-level written exam will be held in late March.

Joint Municipal Fire, which recruits firefighters for the Boise, Eagle and Meridian fire departments, will hold the 2014 entry-level written exam on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

To sign up for the exam and learn more about the hiring process, visit

Exam registration deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. MST.

Be Safe and Prepared for Winter Driving! Here’s some good advice from the experts.

In Ada County this morning, emergency responders were called to 38 non-injury crashes, 17 slide-offs and 7 injury crashes. Winter driving calls for special skills. On slippery roads, the keys to safety are slower speeds, gentler stops and turns, and longer following distances.

achdsnowplowThese tips on Winter Driving Safety are courtesy of the Idaho Transportation Department:

  • Keep your vehicle in the best possible driving condition. The lights, tires, brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, and radiator are especially important for winter driving.
  • Keep your windows clear. Don’t start driving until the windows are defrosted and clean-even if you’re going only a short distance. Keep your windshield washer reservoir filled with a non-freezing solution all winter.
  • For safety reasons, you should not use cruise control if the road is wet and/or icy.
  • Buckle up. All occupants are required to wear safety belts and/or shoulder straps when riding in a vehicle equipped with them. Buckling up is your best defense against injuries in a crash.
  • Get the feel of the road by starting out slowly and testing your steering control and braking ability. Avoid spinning your tires when you start by gently pressing your gas pedal until the car starts to roll. Start slowing your car down at least three times sooner than you normally do when turning or stopping.
  • When stopping, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel and pump the brake gently. (Check your vehicle owner’s manual; if the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, you may apply steady pressure to the brake pedal.)
  • Use tire chains on very slippery roads. (Some states require chains to be carried during winter months; check for specific information before driving in other states.)
  • Be aware of potential icy areas such as shady spots, bridges, and overpasses. Ice may form sooner or remain on bridges and overpasses longer, since they are exposed on their undersides and are deprived of ground warmth. Snow and ice also stay longer in shaded areas.
  • In Idaho, studded snow tires may be used only from October 1 to April 30. Some years, the Idaho Transportation Department adjusts the dates due to weather conditions.

Snow Removal Equipment

  • Use extra caution when encountering snow removal equipment; snowplow blades force snow up and off the road, potentially causing blizzard-like conditions and reduced visibility for drivers following too closely.
  • Use caution when driving in winter conditions, and cooperate with highway workers clearing the roads.
  • Remain two car lengths behind snowplow trucks for every 10 mph you drive. Sand being spread by trucks can damage your vehicle.
  • Do not pass a snowplow unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • If you must pass, do so only when you can clearly see the road ahead. Do not pass on the side where the plow is spraying snow. If you do, the snow’s force can knock your car out of control. Do not cut back immediately in front of a snowplow truck. The plow blades are often covered with snow and can be difficult to see.
  • Do not brake suddenly if you are traveling in front of a snowplow. The heavy vehicle cannot stop as quickly as your automobile.
  • Do not abandon your car unless it is absolutely necessary. If you must, leave it as far off the road as possible. Abandoned cars can interfere with the road clearing process and can be extremely hazardous to snow removal equipment and the operators if they are hidden or buried by snow.

Getting Stranded During Winter Weather

Idaho winters can be severe, particularly in the mountains. When traveling in winter months, be prepared in case your vehicle breaks down or you get into an accident. You should keep an emergency winter driving kit in your car.

The kit should include:

  • flashlights with extra batteries
  • a first aid kit
  • a pocket knife
  • at least one blanket or sleeping bag
  • an extra set of gloves, socks and a wool cap
  • a small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under the wheels
  • a small shovel
  • bottled water, energy bars or other non-perishable food items
  • booster cables and emergency flares
  • a brightly-colored scarf to attract attention in case of an emergency
  • waterproof matches or cigarette lighter
  • a map of the area where you plan to travel.

windshiled-wipersIf you run your car for heat, make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow. If available, tie a scarf or bright cloth on the car antennae for snow crews to see.

Let someone know your travel plans, including estimated departure and arrival times, route, and where you will stay when you reach your destination.

Be courteous and call those who may be worried when you arrive at your destination. Keep in contact. If you have a cell phone, make sure it is charged, and carry a list of emergency phone numbers.

If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle if heavy snow is falling. Most deaths occur when people leave their car, get lost, and freeze.

In case of medical emergencies in areas where roads have not been plowed, call the local or state police. These agencies will work with search and rescue personnel and the Idaho Transportation Department to respond to emergencies.

Idaho’s 511 Traveler Services

For travel information, dial “511” or go to for up-to-date information on:

  • weather-related road conditions
  • traffic incidents and delays
  • emergency road closures

Keep it safe out there!

IDP: U.S Sen. Jim Risch Loves Perks of Dysfunctional Congress

U.S Sen. Jim Risch Loves Perks of Dysfunctional Congress

Risch is just kicking back in D.C., content to frequent the Ford Theater, take exotic trips on the taxpayer dime, and be part of the “dsysfunction.” He tells Statesman reporter Dan Popkey the job is so easy, “This you could do ad infinitum.” 

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Minimum Wage For All: Your Idaho GOP Economy

Idaho has the largest percentage of minimum wage earners in the country. That’s a full-time job earning $15,000 a year. Decades of GOP control created Idaho’s economy. It will take Idaho Democrats and some reasonable decision-makers to fix this.

Read StateImpact Idaho’s report.

School Board Elections May 21

Plenty of examples out there of why these elections matter. A good starter would be to ask them how they voted on the Luna Laws last November.

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Save Idaho. Here’s How.

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Idaho Latino Population Growing Fast

Idaho’s Latino population is poised to become an important force in Idaho politics.

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