Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sit on Walt's Couch

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Skedaddle on over to Meridian to check out Rep. Walt Minnick's office and shake his hand tomorrow from 1:30-4 p.m. Idaho's First District representative will allow constituents to bend his ear about whatever happens to be on their minds.

While you're there, take a self-guided tour around Meridian's brand-spanking new City Hall. It's the giant building at 33 Broadway Ave. You'll find Minnick on the second floor and Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd on the third.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

You Deserve a Raise

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Hey, ladies. Stop and take a minute to think of all the work you've done since Jan. 1, 2009. Now ask yourself if you would have done all that work without being paid for it.

Today is Equal Pay Day for women and the date wasn't chosen arbitrarily; it represents just how far into the new year a woman would have to work to catch up to what her male counterparts made the year before.

Earlier this month, Idaho's Legislature passed HCR 23 recognizing April 28 as Equal Pay Day in conjunction with a nationwide movement. In fact, the resolution is the only piece of legislation Rep. Anne Pasley-Stuart mentioned this week when Unda the Rotunda asked legislators what they considered to be the best work done this legislative session.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 prohibited employers from discriminating against women when it comes to paychecks, however, current statistics estimate that women still only make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Gender discrimination on the accounting books made headlines earlier this year when President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Ledbetter sued her longtime employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., after discovering that for decades she'd been paid a fraction of what her male counterparts were compensated.

The Idaho Women's Network, in conjunction with the Organization for Gender Equality and Education, as well as the American Association of University Women, will host several events today in celebration of Equal Pay Day. Along with a seminar at Boise State teaching women how to better negotiate a salary and benefits, IWN hosts an Unhappy Hour at Tablerock Brewpub followed by a screening of Yes, Madam, Sir at Flicks.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

citydesk: Otter reproached on out-of-state coffee

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

A local coffee purveyor confronted Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter last week on his choice of Spokane-based Thomas Hammer over Boise-based Dawson Taylor. The full story is at cityesk.
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Vinyl Buys

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Local record collector John Summerton, who has been collecting vinyl since 1965, used to sell records at the Expo Idaho flea market on a regular basis (I finished up my own Martin Denny collection with Summerton's help). But when the Boise flea market changed its schedule to Friday and Saturday, he could no longer take his crates of vinyl out there. He still had to work for a living.

So, he's decided to have a flea market at his house (while his wife is having a yard sale). On Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, Summerton will have 4,000-5,000 albums for sale including 45s and 78s and promises prices that are more than fair, ranging from $1 to $15 for pre-sorted vinyl "without any crap to sort through."

If he has time and space, he may also have turntables, amplifiers and speakers.

The flea market starts a 1 p.m. on Friday, runs all day Saturday and he may stay open on Sunday as well but call on Sunday first to be sure.

Vinyl Preservation Society members will be allowed early admission on Friday starting at about 9 a.m. Questions? E-mail Summerton at name.tunetoo@yahoo.com or call 208-870-0434.

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May the DragonForce be with you

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Click here to read what Mathias Morache took away from the DragonForce show at Knitting Factory on April 17 (besides tinnitus).
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Logic at 2am? Yep.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Idaho Falls rockers 2am Logic celebrate release of new full-length CD, Shattered, at Humpin' Hannah's tonight. Read more about it in Music News here.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009

What was yesterday's Boise Tea Party all about?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Boise was host to a large anti-tax protest yesterday, joining National Tea Party and New American Tea Party groups across the nation. Citydesk has a slideshow and the scoop on what the protests were all about.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Laugh It Up, Fuzzball

Posted on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The long-awaited comedy club going in at the corner of Eighth and Idaho streets not only has a name but has finally announced an opening date.

Hijinx Comedy Club officially opens its doors Wednesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. Show seating opens at 7 p.m. and the show takes the stage at 8 p.m., but you don't need a ticket to pull up a stool in the bar and enjoy a drink.

The club will provide live comedy five nights a week, Wednesday through Sunday, with two show times slated every Friday and Saturday night.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Owyhee Supporters Celebrate

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 4:00 AM

After eight years of fighting, compromise, setback and small victories, the members of the Owyhee working group were ready to celebrate. Check out who turned out for a post-bill-passage party.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bach to Basics

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Made up of musicians from the Boise Philharmonic, Boise State University, and outside community, the Boise Baroque is the valley's only chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque music. The ensemble is now well into its sixth season, and its fourth year working under the baton of Daniel Stern. Read more about Boise Baroque here.
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