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Boise Airport opens a Global Entry enrollment center

The Boise Airport opened its Global Entry enrollment center March 16. The Global Entry program provides a faster entry through customs for foreign travelers who have been pre-approved. Boise does not have any commercial international flights, but it does have international arrivals through corporate and private jets, said spokesman Sean Briggs.

Briggs said people who travel a lot and wanted to enroll in Global Entry used to have to travel to San Francisco, Salt Lake City or Portland to enroll.

“It’s great for the business community and anybody who travels abroad a lot,” he said of the program.

FUNDSY celebrates 50 years

FUNDSY, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1967 for the purpose of raising funds for charitable and community capital improvement projects. It began with a group of community leaders hoping to raise money for capital improvements for the downtown Boise YMCA and has since evolved into a wonderful philanthropic group, helping more than 40 nonprofits in the Boise area and donating more than $7.2 million in capital funds over the years.

Every other year, the organization chooses a new beneficiary and this year’s recipient is Camp Rainbow Gold (, which is a camp for kids with cancer.

This year marks FUNDSY’s 50th anniversary, and the celebration Gala is to be held on May 7 at the Riverside Hotel. Learn more at

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Idaho Firm

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Group One in Boise and Eagle, Idaho, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Group One Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Brad Barker and KaLinn Dishion, will serve the markets of Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa and Star.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has three independently owned and operated affiliates in the state of Idaho.

“We are proud to grow our presence in Idaho with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The Boise market offers residents a beautiful landscape between desert and the mountains with a mild climate that caters to an active lifestyle all year round.”

“The elegance of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is undeniably attractive,” said Barker. “Our affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty network complements our ongoing commitment to excellence and we are excited to take this important step to better meet the needs of our clients.”

Dave Jedry joins Franz Witte as McCall partner

The  Boise-based Franz Witte Landscape Contracting, Inc. has had a McCall store and operation for eight years. Dave Jedry moved to McCall in 2014 to work for Franz Witte as a branch manager, and this year bought into the company as a partner, said Franz Witte President Seneca Hull.

“This is our succession plan,” said Hull, who is the daughter of the company founder, Franz Witte. “As Franz gets older, we’ve brought on partners so the business continues,” Hull said. There are five partners.

“The partners are essentially helping to run the company,” she said.

Jedry graduated from the University of Idaho and previously ran his own landscaping company in the resort town of Bend, Ore. The McCall operation, which includes a store, nursery, and landscaping equipment, has 15 to 20 employees during the high season. Overall summer employment at Franz Witte is about 100, Hull said.

Call for Submissions – 39 Rooms Film Festival

The 39 Rooms Film Festival is a year-around, revolving showcase of films presented in a unique venue: a hotel room. Each of the 39 Rooms at the Modern Hotel will feature a select group of films for an entire year. The 39 Rooms Festival will also venture into the wilds outside of our hotel rooms to reach a Boise audience, bringing both local and international films to Idaho. These films contain landscape, craft and authentic Idaho soul. Visit for more information or submit your film at