Monday, February 4, 2013

Albertson Foundation Issues $5 Million RFP for New, 'Innovative' School

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM


Calling for an "innovative new form of school," the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation announced plans to spend $5 million to fund the launch of a new Idaho facility to serve as an early college high school.

The foundation wants plans for a "new form of school somewhere in Idaho," according to a release from the organization sent out this afternoon, accepting bids from both school districts and charter operators. The foundation's Pathways to College and Careers Charter School Plan asks applicants for plans to "design and launch a new school in collaboration with a higher-education institution and strong industry partner."

"Students of this school will be in a position to make informed choices about their college and career paths and graduate ready to excel in college or in a job in one of Idaho's major industries," according to the release.

Money allotted by the foundation will help pay for start-up costs for the school's establishment, and ensure that students can attend without having to pay tuition, as part of a goal to get 60 percent of Idaho students to complete some form of secondary education by 2020.

The foundation's RFP envisions a school similar to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, model, like one piloted in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The foundation previously launched the "Go On" campaign, a drive for Idaho teens to make a commitment to attaining higher education, and has "invested more than $500 million to improve education in Idaho."

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Police Blotter: Arrests for Strangulation, Lewd Conduct, Drug Possession

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Bradley Franklin, 24, is charged with attempted strangulation, malicious injury to property and interrupting a 911 call.

A Boise man is behind bars, charged with the assault of his female roommate.

Boise Police responded to a report of a fight in progress early Feb.3 at a residence near 27th and State streets. The victim told police that her roommate was chocking her, and when she tried to call police, he took her cellphone and then fled on foot.

Bradley Franklin, 24, is charged with attempted strangulation, interrupting a 911 call, and malicious injury to property.

Zackkary Wilcox, 19, is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Police also report that they arrested a Boise man and charged him with inappropriate sexual contact with a minor at numerous residences over the last month. Police said the suspect was well known to the victim.

Zackkary Wilcox, 19, is charged with a felony count of lewd conduct with a minor under 16.

Dimas Narvaiz, 26, is charged with aggravated assault.

Tierney Gaona, 21, is charged with meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Boise Police also responded to a report of an assault at a home on the 1500 block of W. Alexandra Lane, where a victim said the a man had threatened his life with a handgun.

When police stopped the suspect's vehicle the morning of Feb. 2, they recovered a handgun, meth and a hypodermic needle allegedly belonging to a passenger in the vehicle.

Dimas Narvaiz, 26, of Boise is charged with aggravated assault and 21-year-old Tierney Gaona of Boise is charged with meth possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Patton: Davis Cup in Boise Will Be Like 'Woodstock'

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Novak Djokovic will be playing for Serbia when the Davis Cup quarterfinals are played in Boise April 5-7
  • Novak Djokovic will be playing for Serbia when the Davis Cup quarterfinals are played in Boise April 5-7.

When Boise Weekly sat down to talk with Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton, we had to ask him about the real possibility of the Davis Cup coming to Idaho.

"It would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing," said Patton, who couldn't sit still just thinking about what he called "a dream."

And indeed, Patton's dream will come true in early April, when the No. 1 professional men's tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, comes to Boise to play for Serbia against the U.S. team.

"I know that the players really want to come here," Patton told BW. "And Djokovic is unbelievable, the most charismatic tennis player in world."

Patton described the tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7, as "Woodstock."

"Amazing," he said. "It's like the Rolling Stones playing on one day, then Led Zeppelin on the second day and then on the third day, it would be the Beach Boys and the Beatles playing together."

The matches will be held at Taco Bell Arena, and Boise State's Boa Tennis Center is expected to be the centerpiece of practices and warm-ups, which will take place for five days leading up to the competition.

"I'm on pins and needles," said Patton.

You can read our full conversation with Patton coming up in this week's BW.

Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton: I know the players really want to come here.
  • Boise State Tennis Coach Greg Patton: "I know the players really want to come here."

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Ada Sheriff's Deputies Raid 'Sophisticated' Pot Operation

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Tyler Knarr, 24, is charged with drug manufacturing/trafficking, providing false information and an outstanding warrant from Oregon.

An Eagle man is behind bars and more than 70 marijuana plants were seized following a raid on what law enforcement called a "sophisticated" pot growing operation.

On Feb. 1, Ada County Sheriff's deputies stopped a speeding vehicle in front of a trailer on South Parkinson Drive in Eagle. Police said the driver ran inside the trailer, where law enforcement found the suspect—24-year-old Tyler Knarr—a woman and a small child. Police said as they were trying to make their way into the trailer, they believe that evidence was being destroyed.

"They had an entire operation, from young starter plants to mature plants about 3 feet tall. There were marijuana plants growing in every room," said Eagle Police Chief Dana Borgquist.

Knarr is charged with providing false information to police, manufacturing/trafficking of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant from Oregon.

The woman and the child were allowed to leave the scene but police said their investigation is continuing.

"We have lots of children living in this area. They play outside and walk to and from school, and this is not what we want them exposed to. I am proud of the tenacity shown by our deputies to take this grow down and make this a safer community," added Chief Borgquist.

70 marijuana plants were seized from a trailer on South Parkinson Drive in Eagle.

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Idaho Man Arrested for SpongeBob Caper

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Tell people in Coeur d'Alene that 24-year-old Kyle Campbell is locked up in the Kootenai County Jail on robbery charges, and you might get a blank stare. Tell them that he's the accused SpongeBob bandit and they'll know what you're talking about.

Coeur d'Alene Police sent out a bizarre bulletin Jan. 31, when they said they needed help finding an armed suspect who held up a drive-up coffee booth. The bandit was wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants mask.

Acting on a tip, law enforcement searched the Worley home of Campbell and found a key piece of evidence: a SpongeBob mask. Coeur d'Alene Police were assisted in the investigation by Kootenai County deputies and Coeur d'Alene Tribal Police.

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AP: Accused Would-Be Tamarack Buyer Wants To Be His Own Lawyer

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Michael Hutcheson addresses media in November 2010 regarding his plan to purchase Tamarack.
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  • Michael Hutcheson addresses media in November 2010 regarding his plan to purchase Tamarack.

An Eagle businessman, accused of raiding retirement funds for personal gain and to execute a deal to purchase Tamarack Resort, now wants to be his own lawyer.

In October 2012, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale allowed attorney Dennis Charney to step away from his former client, Matthew Hutcheson. A federal prosecutor has claimed that Charney was a possible investor in Hutcheson's scheme to buy Tamarack, but Charney said that wasn't true, leaving the door open to the possibility of Charney being called as a witness in Hutcheson's trial.

In a bizarre November 2010 press conference, where he took no questions, Hutcheson stood before the media and said he had a $40 million plan to purchase the troubled Tamarack Resort.

"Does Green Valley have any experience running a resort of this sophistication?" Hutcheson asked of himself. "No. We've assembled an initial team of experts and we're prepared to bring in others to make Tamarack a successful and viable concern."

"What are the terms?" Hutecheson answered himself again, "We're offering $40 million dollars cash. The offer doesn't contain any financing condition."

Since being slapped with fraud charges and seeing his attorney dismissed from his case, a new judge has taken over the case: Senior U.S. District Judge William Fremming.

A hearing date is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Associated Press' John Miller reports that yet another attorney, Samuel Rubin of Boise, who had once sought permission to act as Hutcheson's standby counsel, now says there is a "serious breach of trust" between him and his client.

"There appears to be an irreconcilable breakdown in communication at least as far as representation is concerned," wrote Rubin in a six-page court document, according to the AP.

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Report: Crapo Leads Opposition Against Consumer Bureau Nominee

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Idaho's senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is leading the charge against President Barack Obama's choice to lead the new consumer finance watchdog agency.

This morning's Insurance Journal reports that a group of 43 Republicans, led by Crapo and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are pledging to block Richard Cordray's nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Crapo is the top GOP member of the Senate Banking Committee.

“As presently organized, the CFPB is insulated from congressional oversight of its actions and its budget,” the Republicans wrote. “Far too much power is vested in the sole CFPB director without any meaningful checks and balances.”

Obama tried to install Cordray at the helm of the bureau through a maneuver known as a "recess appointment" in January 2012, but a federal appellate court ruled that Obama's appointment was constitutionally invalid, meaning Obama still has to turn to Congress for Cordray's approval.

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