United Health care Donates Free Bike Helmets for Boys & Girls Club
Kids at the Boys & Girls Club at Hawthorne Elementary each received their own professional bike helmet donated by UnitedHealthcare to help encourage kids and families to participate in the Twilight Criterium Kids’ Ride. The children received the free helmets and a special helmet fitting from UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team members, as well as a lesson in helmet and bike safety and tips for the best stretches and exercises to do before an event. They decorated their helmets with stickers and decals, with UnitedHealthcare’s mascot Dr. Health E. Hound on-hand to help with the activities. UnitedHealthcare pro cyclists handed out posters and signed autographs for the kids in attendance.
Boise Resident Honored with Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship
Boise resident Anika Smulovitz was awarded a fellowship in craft, design and visual arts from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Fellowship winners received $5,000. The award, given every three years, recognizes outstanding artists, honoring work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit during peer review. Applicants were reviewed anonymously by panelists from out of state and were judged solely on the basis of existing work and professional history. The panel also awarded honorable mentions in the amount of $1,000 to silver engraver Brian Hochstrat, conceptual artist Lianne Wappett and mosaic artist Anna Webb.
Boise Lawyers Honored with Idaho State Bar Awards
Several members of Boise’s law community were honored with awards from the Idaho State Bar at its annual meeting in July. Jack Gjording and Karen Gowland, both of Boise, received the bar’s highest honor, the Distinguished Lawyer Award. Boise native Texie Montoya was selected for the state bar’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, while T. Hethe Clark, Nicole Derden, Mary O’Leary, Jennifer Schindele and Matthew Wilde were all selected to receive the Idaho State Bar’s Service Award.
Boise Students Receive Funding from Annual Scholarship Program
Alex Blackmer and Katrina Westfall, both from Boise, were awarded $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, from Sallie Mae’s annual Utah scholarship program aimed at aspiring engineers, nurses, teachers and health professionals. Blackmer attends the University of Utah and received this scholarship based on his dedication to pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. Westfall attends Brigham Young University and received this scholarship based on her dedication to pursuing a degree in nursing. Since its inception in 2007, the program has awarded nearly $931,000 to more than 230 students.
Steve Bagdan Opens New Farmers Insurance Office
Farmers Insurance agent Steven Bagdan has opened his new office in Boise at 1175 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Suite 103.
“I love being a part of this community, and I’m excited to be able to offer local residents first-rate customer service, industry-leading insurance products and competitive rates,” he says.
Bagdan combines his insurance understanding and know-how with a personalized and straightforward approach to help make consumers more knowledgeable about their insurance coverage needs and options. A key component of his years of training and experience is the commitment he feels for the communities of Boise and Ada County, which he serves on a daily basis.
Jennifer Stevens Joins BSU as Professor of the Practice
Jennifer Stevens has joined Boise State University as a professor of the practice. Stevens is a historian and the principal and president of Stevens Historical Research Associates in Boise. She will partner with the College of Arts and Science’s Department of History and the new Urban Studies and Community Development Program in the School of Public Service.
History Department Chair Nick Miller said Stevens models the spirit of entrepreneurship and the relevance of bringing historical expertise to public and policy matters. Stevens has worked as a professional historian for nearly 25 years. She specializes in environmental history, land, water and transportation history, urban planning, U.S. business history, and commemorative events. She serves on Boise’s Planning and Zoning Commission and has served on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Boise Chamber Leads Business Mission to Basque Country
The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce led a delegation of Idaho businesses on a successful mission to the Basque Country to visit with Basque businesses and Bizkaia government officials. The mission was the next step in implementing the partnership established in 2015 when the Boise Metro Chamber and the Greater Bilbao Chamber signed an agreement making the two sister chambers. The trip followed a visit from 15 Basque businesses to Boise last summer.
Chamber-member companies participating in the meetings included MWI Animal Health, MotivePower Inc., KPMG LLP, Fahlgren Mortine, Plexus Corp., and the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, among others. During the trip, members of the Idaho Aerospace Alliance and the Basque Aerospace Cluster signed an agreement to share best practices regarding workforce, intellectual property, machining and tooling, and material sciences.
Developer Completes Phase One of the Afton Condos in Boise
Stoel Rives congratulates its client, 620 S. 9th Street LLC, on the completion of the first of two phases of development of The Afton, a pair of condominium buildings being built in downtown Boise. 620 S. 9th Street LLC, is the developer entity, which is managed by Hormaechea Development LLC, which is managed by Mike Hormaechea.
The Afton is located to take advantage of the growth in downtown Boise in the areas of employment, arts, entertainment and recreational opportunities. Phase one includes 25 one, two and three bedroom homes, all of which include a private patio with views of Boise’s downtown, and three dual-purpose live/work units that have retail/office space on the first level with a one bedroom home above on level two.
Governor Appoints Boise Resident to Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Gov. Butch Otter has announced the appointment of Boise resident James Classen to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The commission regulates the exploration, drilling and production of oil and gas resources on private, state and federal land in Idaho. Classen is a petroleum exploration geologist and geological engineer with more than 50 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He holds an engineer of geology degree from the Colorado School of Mines and a master’s degree in geology from Stanford University. Classen will serve a four-year term.
D.L. Evans Bank Appoints Jennifer DeJean to New Position
John V. Evans Jr., president and CEO of D. L. Evans Bank, announced the appointment of Jennifer DeJean to vice president SBA department manager. DeJean comes to D. L. Evans Bank with more than 15 years of banking and finance experience. Her banking experience includes SBA and commercial lending, operations and management. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University and she is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. DeJean dedicates her time to various community events and organizations, including serving as a member of the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. Visit her at the Fairview branch in Boise located at 6010 Fairview Ave.
Boise Teacher Kari Overall Elected President of IEA
Following statewide voting from association members, Boise teacher Kari Overall has been elected president of the Idaho Education Association. Her three-year term began in August. Overall teaches United States history at South Junior High School in Boise and has a substantial track record of leadership in the IEA. She succeeds Penni Cyr, who is retiring following six years as IEA president.
“I look forward to working with our amazing members and education professionals across the state to advocate for students, teachers and public education,” Overall says.
Overall has served on the IEA Board of Directors for the last 11 years, including the first seven years as a regional representative. For the last five years, she has served as the elected NEA director for IEA, serving as a board member on the National Education Association’s board of directors. She has also been an active member of the Boise Education Association, serving as a building representative for 12 years and as a member of the executive board for eight years.