Brighton Homes, Boise’s Local Home Builder, Announces New Community

As your local homebuilder, Brighton Homes is committed to enhancing the amazing qualities that make its hometown so special. For nearly 25 years, the Brighton Homes team has created timeless communities with unique characteristics, built energy-efficient homes of uncompromising quality and forged lasting relationships both professionally and personally throughout the Boise area. Brighton Homes loves its hometown and it shows in everything it does!

Brighton Homes is really excited to announce its newest community, Cadence, located at Paramount in Meridian. Cadence, an active adult community, will include a wide range of amenities including a clubhouse with pool, on-site fitness center, walking paths, open spaces and much more. Homes will be built exclusively by Brighton Homes to include maintenance-free landscaping and smart home technology. Cadence homes will be 100 percent Energy Star certified. 

Boise Legislators Named Ag All-Stars

Eighty-one legislators, including Fred Martin and Chuck Winder of Boise, were named Ag All-Stars by Food Producers of Idaho based upon their voting records on selected pieces of legislation in the 2017 Idaho legislative session. The legislators were honored at a recognition banquet at the beginning of the 2018 session.

Food Producers of Idaho, representing more than 45 different agriculture commodity and farm organizations in Idaho, annually honors legislators for their voting record on issues supported or opposed by the organization. The award has been presented for the last 16 legislative sessions. Every topic that is identified as a tracked issue by the Food Producers organization may be an issue that will be used on the organization’s scorecard at the end of the session.

Trailhead Launches New Monthly Series, Standup Startup  

Trailhead, a public/private venture between local entrepreneurs and the city of Boise, is launching a new monthly series, Standup Startup, which will feature startup company presentations, subject matter experts and keynote speakers to connect, inform and enhance the entrepreneurial connections to the Boise startup community

The Standup Startup series is one more way that Trailhead is helping grow and benefit the startup and business communities in Boise.

Humanities Council Honors Jim Jones

The Idaho Humanities Council honored former Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Jones with its Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities Award. The award, which includes a $1,000 honorarium, honors his distinguished career as a public servant and justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, his devotion to the plight of refugees in Idaho and the U.S. for many years, and the recent publication of a book he authored that explores the history of a significant southern Idaho Snake River water rights controversy of the 1980s.

Jones, 75, a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, served on the staff of Sen. Len B. Jordan in the early 1970s and was elected twice as Idaho’s attorney general. He was elected to the Idaho Supreme Court in 2004, ran unopposed in 2008 and was elected by his peers as chief justice in 2015.

Girl Scouts Receive Grant 
to Help At-Risk Youth

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council received funding from Mountain West Bank, Washington Federal Bank and the Whittenberger Foundation totaling $10,000 for the council’s in-school Visions mentoring program for low-income, at-risk girls. Visions serves 160 girls in 17 schools in Boise, Nampa, Ontario and West Ada districts. The program will reach nearly 300 girls by the end of the 2017-18 school year.

Visions is a free, in-school program that helps fourth through sixth-grade girls develop competence in a variety of life-coping skills including healthy decision-making, problem-solving, communication and conflict resolution, and personal safety. The program is led by qualified, trained volunteers and school counselors who serve as positive mentors. Since the start of Visions in 2001, more than 3,000 girls in the Treasure Valley have successfully completed the program.

Arid Club Selects New 
General Manager

The Arid Club has announced Theresa Korpi is the club’s new general manager.

Korpi, one of 120 female certified club manager in the Club Management Association of America, has 20 years of experience in the club business, most recently as the manager of the Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She has also served as controller and general manager of the Bloomington Country Club in St. George, Utah. This move brings her back to her Western roots, and the position with the Arid Club offers her exciting professional challenges. Korpi was selected for the position after an extensive national search headed up by HR Precision of Boise. The Arid Club, originally established in 1890, is an exclusive club for executives and professional peers.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance Recognizes Boise Bike-Friendly Businesses

The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance has recognized nine Idaho businesses and government agencies that have earned gold, silver and bronze level distinctions for 2017 as announced by the League of American Bicyclists. The league is a national organization that represents bicyclists to create safer roads, stronger communities and a bicycle-friendly America.

Awarded at the gold level for 2017 is Vitruvian Planning, a planning, technical assistance and health integration firm based in Boise.  

Awarded at the silver level for 2017 are Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters and Boise Co-op in the hospitality/food/retail category, both based in Boise. The Boise Police Department earned the silver level for the second year in a row in the government agency category and RedBuilt LLC earned the silver distinction in the manufacturing/research category.  

The League of American Bicyclists also recognized Boise businesses 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Joyride Cycles, Just Eat Local and the Shandro Group Inc. with the bronze level of distinction.

Boise Woman Elected to Serve on Governor’s Volunteerism Commission

Colleen Schowalter of Boise was elected to serve as the 2018 vice chairwoman of Serve Idaho, the governor’s commission on service and volunteerism. Schowalter is the volunteer services coordinator and studio manager for the Idaho Commission for Libraries. She serves as the public affairs deputy officer for the Boise Veterans Day Parade committee. She previously served for two years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America and VISTA Leader with the Idaho National Guard Family Programs and the Idaho Foodbank.

Schowalter brings an enthusiasm for service that is second to none, Program Manager Renee Bade said.

State GOP Recognizes Outstanding Idaho Republicans

Individuals were recognized for their support of the Idaho Republican Party and were inducted into its hall of fame.

“Dedicated volunteers and distinguished public servants are the backbone of the Idaho Republican Party,” Chairman Jonathan Parker said.  “Our party is forever indebted to these outstanding men and women.”

Inductees were: Outstanding Republican Administration Official: Sen. Mike Crapo; Outstanding Precinct Committeeperson: Marie Eier, Julie Lynn and Char Tovey; Outstanding Republican Worker: Rachel Hatton, Cindy Jesinger, Jennifer Locke and Pam Thier; Outstanding Regional, County or Legislative District Chair: Darrell Bolz, Lance Kolbet, Doug Ricks and Ann Rydalch; Outstanding Republican Legislator: Rep. Dorothy Moon and Rep. Dell Raybould; Most Valuable Person: Chris Harriman, Steve Yates and Rick Youngblood; Lifetime Achievement Award: Rep. Lenore Barrett, Sen. Bart Davos, Kitty Kunz, Sen. Patti Ann Lodge, Cindy Moyle, Dennis Turner and Harvey Walker.

Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village Announces New Executive Director

Kent Mulkey has been named the new executive director of Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village. He takes over the position from Matthew Hoskin, who has been promoted to vice president, regional director of operations for Touchmark. Mulkey brings nearly 20 years of experience serving as regional and executive directors for several retirement communities in Colorado and California. Most recently, he led Covenant Village of Colorado, a 239-home continuing care retirement community.

Before that, he was regional director of sales and customer experience with Keystone Senior Management Services, overseeing six communities and two in development. Mulkey is also a contributing writer for Senior Housing Forum and other publications as well as an accomplished public speaker with more than 750 presentations. Before entering the field of senior living, he spent 15 years in full-time vocational ministry.