When I was growing up in southern Idaho, I remember seeing bits of broken clamshell scattered through the sagebrush near my home. I’d run across what looked like mussels in the shallows of mountain streams. But I also seemed to have inherited a mental blind spot when it came to registering those freshwater clams and mussels as food. After all, I had never heard of anyone who actually ate them.
Now I have. In the Aug. 3 issue of BW, I went in search of an Idaho version of seafood with fellow BW writer Randy King. Along the way, I found out that there are nearly 300 species of freshwater mollusks in North America, that they were a dietary staple of Native Americans and still are for all kinds of wildlife, that bivalves start out their lives as parasites, that some species live to be 100 years old, that some adventurous Idahoans have been eating freshwater clams and mussels for generations—and finally, why eating them may no longer be be a good idea.
Your dog is sick. Your boss is mad at you. Congress seems hell-bent on picking the economy's scabs. No matter what ails you, sometimes things get rough enough that you have to pick your favorite mood-relaxer and double-fist it.
For the booze-hounds out there, it's always been easy to find some company to double-fist with. But if you prefer to get your high from adrenaline, sometimes it's a little tougher.
Bikers will meet at Ben's Crow Inn at 1:30 p.m. and then ride as a pack to the Idaho City skate park. Skateboarders need to find a ride there. Once everyone arrives, there will be live music and chance to chill with other adrenaline junkies.
The event is FREE. The hospital bills will cost you.
Tired of gas prices inching toward $4 per gallon and those financially crippling insurance payments every month? Tired of the ever-growing stack of parking tickets in your glove compartment? A beer company feels your pain and thinks their product can help.
Tour de Fat, the annual carnival of all things beer, bikes and bizarre is coming back to Boise on Saturday, Aug. 20, and the organization is looking to give a super-schmancy super-schmancy hand-built Black Sheep bicycle to an ambitious Boisean. The only catch: You have to give them your car.
From the Tour de Fat press release:
A highlight of Tour de Fat is the annual car-for-bike swap, and we’re still looking for a swapper to represent Boise in this challenge! At each Tour de Fat stop, one person hands over his or her car keys and commits to one year of living car-free. Each car-for-bike swapper will receive a hand-built Black Sheep commuter bike in return for their car.
Volunteers are chosen after submitting an application describing their desire to live sans-auto. To apply, go to New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Facebook page, click on events and your city of choice, and upload your application in one of three formats: video (two minutes or less, please), photo or the written word.
The primary requirement is that whomever hands over their keys will commit to a full year of bicycle commuting—unlike last year's honoree, whom this reporter spotted driving at The Hyde Park Street Fair a few months later. Busted.
So get in there, Boise. Quit paying through the nose just for the honor of driving a car and put the fun back between your legs where it belongs.
Boise Weekly is now hiring editorial interns for the fall semester. The world's most perfect candidate would already know exactly how to work a beat, write a lede, deliver multimedia content, be able to bake an awesome pan of mac and cheese, as well as have a filthy rich relative with a private island we could vacation on.
Less-than-perfect candidates will be considered.
slaves interns will be required to report, write, produce video reports and fetch the occasional coffee. We guarantee that you'll be published online regularly, and if we're doing our job right, you'll walk away from your internship with printed clips, as well a digital portfolio to help you land a job in the future.
Preference will be given to candidates seeking college credit and to those who can commit to working September through December.
A word of advice: If you've never read Boise Weekly, don't even bother to apply.
To apply, send a resume and a 500-word non-fiction writing sample (published or not) to email@example.com before Wednesday, Aug. 10.
In 2007, Boise resident Aaron Stanton made international news when he launched a plot to get Google's attention, called Can Google Hear Me?
Armed with a video camera and a blog way back before video was instantaneously uploaded to social networking sites—indeed long before social networking ruled the virtual world—Stanton gained worldwide media attention with his campaign to travel from Boise to Google headquarters in California to pitch the web giant a humble idea. Just what his big idea was, Stanton didn't say at the time. While the mystery certainly helped reel in the public's interest, the world watched not because they cared what Stanton's idea was but because they wanted to root for the little guy taking on the corporate world.
Everyone knows you have a plethora of options to satisfy your craving for handmade, locally crafted, one-of-a-kind items in and around the valley today. There are farmers markets all across the valley, featuring unique artisans who offer up their wares for your enjoyment and therapeutic retail exploits.
But today you’re after something a little different. Something to spruce up your home, your wrist and your spirit. Something sparkly, dreamy soft or funky. Look no further. Items matching those descriptions and more can be found in the parking lot at the Flying M Coffeegarage in Nampa.
Today is the Second Annual Super Summer Craft Market—a happenin’ collection of the area's hippest artisans who have come together to show off their stuff in one convenient locale. The fine folks behind well-known local Esty stores like Surly Mermaid, Lulu and Cha Cha, Pepperberry Knits and more will be on hand and ready for business from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. today only.
So go ahead. Take the short jaunt out to Nampa, grab an iced coffee and shop ’til you drop. After all, this sale only happens once a year.
Seattle band Hey Marseilles played Alive After Five on July 27 with local openers Junior Rocket Scientist. Read more about Hey Marseilles in this week's edition of Boise Weekly.
Though the word "kalimotxo" might still dredge up queasy gut rumbles after last year’s Jaialdi crazyfest, it’s time once again to embrace the headache-inducing magic of red wine and Coke.
First, thank you for registering your opinions—you never fail to amaze and amuse us with your observations.
Second, to those who think they can beat the system with some good, old-fashioned ballot-stuffing: Knock it the hell off! We can see you and know who you are and we have/will stop you.
Third, it appears that there are some common questions/problems that have come up among voters. As we monitor voting, we've noticed some trends, so in order to possibly head them off, here are our answers/solutions/responses to some.
• If you don't eat meat, then don't answer the question of the best place to buy meat. We understand that you are proud of your vegetarian status, and we're very happy for you but some people like bacon.
• "Get real" is not an answer. It kind of makes you look like a jerk.
• "See above" doesn't really work either since answers are separated by question, not by ballot.
• Live theater and a concert venue are not the same thing. Live theater is when actors perform on stage. Just because a place has "theater" in the name does not make it eligible in this category.
• Names commonly misspelled: Shakespeare, Trey McIntyre and Bardenay
• "That one place on the corner" may be well meaning but not entirely helpful. Yes, we know a lot about this place, but we need a little more description than that.
• Remember, only locally-owned and -operated businesses are eligible in this contest. That means no franchises and no, Macy's, Dillard's, Barnes and Noble, Toys R Us and the Olive Garden are not considered local, no matter how much we may enjoy them.
• Finally, in response to the question some voters have asked—"Is this serious?"—the answer is yes.
Thank you again to all those who have voted, and to those who haven't, you have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, to have your voice heard.
The four friends piled into a 1997 minivan in Los Angeles sometime around the middle of July to tour the country making late-night crowds bust a gut. Boise is the third stop on a tour that winds up in New York City on Labor Day weekend.