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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Coffee With A Lot of Boise Police Dept. Cops

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM

(L-R) Lt. Andy Johnson, Madison Summers and Sgt. Danielle Young at BPD's inaugural Coffee with a Cop, March 17 at Caffe Capri on Vista Avenue.
  • (L-R) Lt. Andy Johnson, Madison Summers and Sgt. Danielle Young at BPD's inaugural Coffee with a Cop, March 17 at Caffe Capri on Vista Avenue.

It looked like a raid: The parking lot outside of the Caffe Capri on Vista Avenue was filled with cop cars early Tuesday morning. Inside the coffee shop, however, about a dozen plainclothes detectives, uniformed officers, sergeants and lieutenants, and even new Boise Police Chief William “Bill” Bones weren’t making arrests. From 7-8:30 a.m., they were there to meet Vista neighborhood residents as part of Boise Police Department’s inaugural Coffee with a Cop.

“I had been thinking about doing Coffee with a Cop for about eight or nine months,” said Bones, who was sworn in as chief in February. His plan is for BPD to host coffee meetings every month in a new neighborhood.

Vista was chosen for the first Coffee with a Cop not only because it’s a good representative of Boise’s demographics, but also because it is the prototype for the city’s Energize Our Neighborhoods program. Strengthening relationships between citizens and police is part of that revitalization.

“We want to drive that interaction, but you know what? I want to know what the citizens want in their neighborhoods,” Bones said. “I want them to know the officers that work their area and have a personal relationship. Sometimes people say, ‘I didn’t call you because I didn’t want to bother you.’ We hear that all the time, but that’s our job. That’s what we’re here for. You know, sometimes people are going to come [to a Coffee with a Cop] because they want to complain about something we’re not doing. We want to hear that, too. … I really do believe sharing of information contributes to the safety of neighborhoods.”

Several area residents must feel the same way because the cozy coffeeshop was filled with people from a young father and his 4-year-old son, to Miss Idaho International 2015 Madison Summers, to a 93-year-old resident who has lived in his Bench-area home since 1923. Shannon McGuire, who works with the city on the Energize Our Neighborhoods program and Barbara English, a youth recreation specialist who oversees the Whitney Community Center were also there as community members with a vested interest in Vista Neighborhood’s health.

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Along with Chief Bones, BPD was represented at Coffee with a Cop by officers like Sgt. Danielle Young (BPD’s first female sergeant) who manages the Bench SRO program; Officer Sam Nesbitt, who works at the Boise Airport and handed out trading cards of his dog Appie, an explosive-detection K9; and Officer Mike Nance, the Vista area Neighborhood Contact Officer.

Scanning the room, Bones pointed to a table full of smiling officers and residents.

“It’s a recharge for the officers, too,” he said. “I think it’s a win for the community and a win for the police department.”

Visit police.cityofboise.org for updates on the Coffee with a Cop program.



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Video: Idaho's Esthetic Evolution Releases Mini-Doc Trailer

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 11:32 AM

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For a decade, Esthetic Evolution was one of the Mountain West's biggest electronic dance music parties—a long weekend of music, dancing, costumes, performances and art in the Idaho mountains at Twin Springs Resort. June 2014 marked the "final evolution" Esthetic as an EDM festival after its organizers went on to do other things, but fans of the annual retreat will soon be able to relive the glory days through a mini-documentary made by EE attendee Cameron Jessup from extensive footage he shot during the festival's final two years. 

A trailer for the documentary is now available and according to an EE newsletter, the full version should be online in the next few months, with viewing parties expected to take place in Boise and possibly in Seattle and Portland, Ore., as well. 

The release of the film coincides with a revamp of the Esthetic website, featuring fan videos, slideshows and additional content contributed by organizers and attendees (submissions welcome via EE's Facebook page), though there's no indication Esthetic will return as a festival. 




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Friday, December 12, 2014

Get Formal with the Wyakin Warrior Guardian Ball

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

It's time to dig your Sunday best out of the closet—it's time for the third annual Wyakin Warrior Guardian Ball.

Wyakin Warrior is a nonprofit organization that provides "full-spectrum education and professional development for severely wounded, injured or ill post-9/11 veterans" through mentoring programs, professional development and networking, financial support and community service.

The program relies on fundraising throughout the year, but one of WW's biggest events is the Guardian Ball Saturday, Dec. 13, from 6-10 p.m. at the Boise Centre. That's where, for $75 per person (or $1,000 per table), you can dance the night away, participate in an auction, listen to big band music and sit in on the New Warrior Induction Ceremony.

This year's dinner menu includes petite beef medallions in a port wine reduction. For vegetarians, there's butternut squash ravioli with crimini mushrooms in an apple and brown butter sage sauce.

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Wyakin Warrior website.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM


How many of you ladies out there have rugby dreams? If you're wondering, they're similar to hoop dreams, or any other dream, but they involve playing rugby. 

Those dreams can come true at Boise Nemesis women's rugby. New to the sport? No problem. All levels of athlete and all body types are welcome. Head over to Winstead Park this evening and learn the ins and outs of the game amongst friends. If intimidation is your thing, try introducing yourself as "Bonecrusher."

6:30 p.m. FREE. Winstead Park, 6150 W. Northview St., Boise, 208-608-7600, parks.cityofboise.org.


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM


Sometimes, when your dog ends up in the pool, it's an accident. Not this time. 

Reward your canine companion with a walk followed by a wet and wild good time at the 7th Annual Pooch Party Stroll and Splash. After walking a mile, dogs can cool off in the Lakeview park pool and make friends. You can also participate in contests and raffles and check out various items from pet friendly vendors; proceeds benefit the development of the Nampa Dog Park. For more details and registration, visit the Nampa Parks and Recreation website

9 a.m. $25 per dog. Lakeview Park, Garrity Boulevard at 16th Avenue North, Nampa, 208-468-5858, nampaparksandrecreation.org.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 6:30 PM


When is the last time you went on a vegetable garden tour? Exactly. 

The Idaho Botanical Garden can make that happen for you. Just hand over a few bucks when you get there and prepare for a journey of vegetable discovery. As you tour the gardens you'll learn how to grow your own produce, and it would be shocking if you didn't make a new friend. 

10 a.m. $10-$15. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise, 208-343-8649, register online at idahobotanicalgarden.org.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Need Something To Do Sunday?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM


Only you... can wish Smokey a happy birthday. 

That's right, the burly fellow is turning 70 and you're invited to celebrate the occasion. Smokey knows how to party, and this time he's doing it at Idaho Botanical Garden with fun activities for kids, birthday cake, and yes, dispersion of fire safety knowledge. Maybe leave the fireworks at home for this one. 

11 a.m. FREE. Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org. 
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Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM


"I'm tired," you say to yourself. "Tired of pickles not having their own festival." I've got some good news for you, friend. 

It just so happens that the Corn and Pickle Festival is going down at Vogel Farms Country Market and you're invited. You can get your fill of pony rides, egg washing demos, hay rides and barbecue, among other things. No word on whether there will be a Corn vs. Pickle showdown, but if there is, brace yourself. 

10 a.m. FREE. Vogel Farms Country Market, 9501 Robinson Road, Kuna, 208-466-6928, vogelfarmscountrymarket.com.
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM



Are you a singer? Do you love to perform? Lots of people post videos of themselves performing on Youtube, but you can make sure you have a purpose when you do so. 

Baldapalooza needs your help. They're looking for another performer to join the likes of Beyond 5, Fictionist, Waking Jordan and more for the September 5 event, which benefits children with cancer and their families. So what does that mean to you, the potential artist? Send your finest singing video (Youtube format preferred) to singoff@baldapalooza.org and you'll be notified if you're one of the top ten contestants. Entries will be received until August 14. Who knows, this could be the start of an illustrious career in music. As the Great One once said, "you miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Do what you love and help children in need - everybody wins. 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Need Something To Do Monday?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM


You live on the Bench. You love your neighborhood, and you want to make a difference. But how? 

The Central Bench Neighborhood Association wants your input on what to do for the August National Night out event coming up next month. Bench-dwellers can show up with their bright ideas and contribute to the conversation, or just sit in the back and make peanut-gallery style comments. Either way, you can say you were there when the great social event of 2014 was planned. 

7 p.m. FREE. Wright Congregational Church, 4821 W. Franklin Rd., Boise, 208-343-0292.
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