November 2017 Around Town 2

Public Invited to Tour 
Meridian Temple

The public is invited to tour the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Meridian Temple through November 11. Schedule a tour at Visitors to the website can request tickets for specific dates and times to visit the temple. Tours will not be available November 5.

As part of the open house and dedication activities, 6,000 local youth will participate in a cultural celebration honoring Idaho and church history on November 18 at Taco Bell Arena.

The temple will be dedicated in three sessions, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. November 19. Ground was broken for the temple in 2014. This will be the church’s fifth temple in Idaho, with others located in Boise, Rexburg, Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. There are about 426,000 Latter-day Saints in Idaho.

The Meridian Idaho Temple is located at 7345 N. Linder Road.

Hot Desk HQ Now Providing Meeting Space in Boise

Hot Desk HQ now provides desk and meeting space in Boise, enabling independent workers in various stages of business workspace without long-term commitments.

“We provide a professional place to work with resources to support and aid in business growth,” Jonni Armani, CEO at Hot Desk HQ, says.

Members and nonmembers can tap into monthly events hosted by Hot Desk HQ. Hot Desk HQ is a customer service driven flexible workspace for modern workers. Hot Desk HQ’s commitment to deliver monthly networking and business development workshops to give all self-employed workers the tools to develop and build their business in a professional work environment. Hot Desk HQ is accepting new members with no long-term commitments. Sign up at or come in for a free tour.

Cornerstone Design 
Receives ASID Award

Cornerstone Design, a professional interior design firm, has received the 2017 ASID Intermountain Chapter “Best Residential Interior Design” award for its SE Boise Residence project.  ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Intermountain is a four state professional chapter serving Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  ASID is the premiere organization for professionally credentialed interior designers in North America.  Cornerstone Design is currently celebrating 25 years of design excellence in the Treasure Valley.

Ada County Welcomes Residents to New DMV Location

Ada County has hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its newest DMV location at 8655 W. Franklin Road.

The Ada County Board of County Commissioners along with the Ada County Assessor’s Office made the decision to close the DMV office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane and move to this new location to offer a better experience for residents. The assessor’s office holds itself to the highest standards and with this new location, they can continue to provide efficient and effective services.

The addition of more space and more employees will help reduce wait lines, making a trip to the DMV more convenient for Ada County residents.

Idaho National Guard 
Receives Award

Members of the 124th Fighter Wing were awarded the 2017 Carl S. Spaatz Trophy during the National Guard Association of the United States Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Spaatz Trophy is awarded to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard. The winner is selected based on overall combat readiness, an exceptional ground and flight safety record and resource execution.

The Operations and Maintenance Groups of the 124th executed more than 1,500 combat sorties and more than 9,000 hours with no air to ground mishaps.

The 124th Medical Group was the Surgeon General’s Best Clinic of the Year for all ANG units, and the Mission Support Group and Fighter Wing Staff deployed in record numbers supporting combat operations.

The Adjutant General of Idaho, Maj. Gen. Gary L. Sayler and Vice Wing Commander of the 124th Fighter Wing Col. Jeff D. Aebischer accepted this honor on behalf of the organization from Director of the Air National Guard Lt. Gen. L Scott Rice.

Boise REALTORS Donate Money for Harvey Relief

The Boise Regional Realtors Board of Directors donated $1,000 to the Realtors Relief Foundation to help cover housing-related expenses for those caught in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in southern Texas and Louisiana.

“Realtors support each other and the communities in which we live and work, here at home and across the country,” Katrina Wehr, 2017 President of Boise Regional Realtors and Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Boise, says. “We want to do our part to help those who have been uprooted and have endured the unimaginable.”

BRR is joined by the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service and Idaho Realtors, as well as individual Realtors, in donating to the Realtors Relief Foundation. The overhead costs of running the foundation are covered by the National Association of Realtors, so 100 percent of donations go directly to victims of disaster.

Boise Educator Wins Grant for 
Innovative Teaching

Voya Financial Inc. announced that Pennie Peck, a teacher at Pioneer School of the Arts in Boise, has received a $2,000 grant as part of the company’s 2017 Voya Unsung Heroes awards competition.

Through the Voya Unsung Heroes program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative teaching methods and projects.

Peck’s teaching idea, “Performing Arts Lab,” focuses on providing students with the instruments and materials for an elementary-level performing arts education. Though the lab has been primarily centered on piano instruction, Peck now hopes to use the Voya grant to purchase a set of ukuleles for students.

Selected from more than 1,200 applicants, Peck is one of 100 winners across the country who will receive this award. She will now compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes, an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from Voya Financial.

Seth Grigg Selected as IAC’s 
Executive Director

The Idaho Association of Counties announced that its board of directors has appointed Seth Grigg as the association’s next executive director. Grigg, who previously served as a policy analyst at IAC, will succeed Dan Chadwick, who is retiring from IAC after 27 years.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” Bill Thompson, IAC president and Latah County prosecuting attorney, says. “Seth will bring new leadership and ideas to carry us into IAC’s next era. He has a deep understanding of county government and will continue to carry out IAC’s mission of promoting county interests, advocating good public policy and providing education and training to our members.”

Grigg has an undergraduate degree in English from Brigham Young University and a masters in public administration from Boise State University.