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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Boise Prepares for 2015 New Year's Eve Idaho Potato Drop

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 11:25 AM

What's big, brown and will fall from the sky this evening?

Downtown Boise is upended over the midnight descent of a Subaru-sized potato in the Grove: Barricades and stages are being installed, cranes are in place, and traffic is being blocked off in the downtown core. It's all in preparation for a massive New Year's Eve festival that begins at 8 p.m. and runs through, well, the wee hours of 2015, with music on three stages, throngs of people and, of course, the dropping of a massive tuber for which Idaho is rightly famous.

For a complete list of events, check this week's edition of Boise Weekly, on stands now.

Here are a few images of work crews setting up downtown for the festivities:

The VIP tent located in the Grove - HARRISON BERRY
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  • The VIP tent located in the Grove
The Family Stage, located at 10th and Main streets - HARRISON BERRY
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  • The Family Stage, located at 10th and Main streets
Crews setting up the Maverik Main Stage at Eighth and Bannock streets - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Crews setting up the Maverik Main Stage at Eighth and Bannock streets
The Adult Stage, located at Fifth and Main streets - HARRISON BERRY
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  • The Adult Stage, located at Fifth and Main streets

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Hospital Says Gorge Concertgoers Left With $500,000 Unpaid Bills

Posted By on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

More than 120 attendees of the 2013 Paradiso Festival landed in the Quincy Valley Medical Center, many suffering symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. - LAUREN BERGESON
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  • More than 120 attendees of the 2013 Paradiso Festival landed in the Quincy Valley Medical Center, many suffering symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse.



A Washington hospital says it needs financial help to continue caring for the more than 100 concertgoers who injure themselves or overdose while attending events at the Gorge.


Officials with the Quincy Valley Medical Center said more than 120 people came into their emergency room during the Paradiso Festival in June 2013, many suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and one person died from a methamphetamine overdose. The hospital usually treats about nine to 10 people during a typical weekend.


The Associated Press reports that the hospital is seeking more than $500,000 in financial aid from Gorge operator Live Nation, but the company has not been responsive.


Hospital officials say many of the concertgoers come into the emergency room with false identification, no driver's licenses and no credit cards, resulting in the hospital absorbing up to $500,000 in unpaid bills.


Quincy Valley Medical Center officials said that they are worried the situation will get worse in 2014 when Live Nation increases its season to include two Sasquatch Festivals, in addition to the Paradiso Festival.


Meanwhile, Grant County, Washington officials said there was no legal way for the hospital or county to force Live Nation to contribute to the hospital district.



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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sour Notes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

A Midwestern mother of four has been slapped with a $1.5 million fine. Her crime? Downloading and sharing music. It's the latest in a series of judgments totaling more than $3 million.

Jamie Thomas-Rasset of Minnesota has spent the past three years fighting charges, stemming from downloading songs from Kazaa, the peer-to-peer sharing network. Thomas-Rasset was accused of violating copyright laws when accessing songs by Green Day, Aerosmith and Richard Marx. In a previous trial, Marx said he was "ashamed to be associated with the farcical prosecution."

This is the third time jurors have issued penalties against the Minnesota woman. The first judgement was for $22,000, the second for $1.92 million, and now $1.5 million dollars. Lawyers representing the Recording Industry Association of America said they're willing to settle for pennies on the dollar and an admission of guilt. To date, Thomas-Rasset has refused.

The latest fine breaks down to $62,500 a song.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Possible live Gourds radio event

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 11:17 AM

citydesk pal Chris Hess, who puts on Boise Community Radio's live Range Life music show each week, says he may have scored a live, in-studio performance with some members of the Gourds, an Austin-based band in town this week.


Gourd's lyricist Kevin Russell told Hess he'd try to round up some members of band and swing by BCR's studio for a "stripped-down acoustic performance," prior to a live in-store show at the Record Exchange.

Range Life airs live, 5 to 7 p.m., this evening at radioboise.org. (click on the Listen Here link or on the radioboise kid). Free show at the Record Exchange starts at 7 p.m. and the band is playing the Egyptian tomorrow night.

Range Life re-airs on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. Same place on your... uh... internets...

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