Don’t Miss the Barber Junction at Harris Ranch 2018 Spring Parade Home

Visit the 2018 Parade Home located in Barber Junction at Harris Ranch, East Boise’s premier community. The Viceroy encompasses sleek detailing, creating an inviting, modern home. The expansive windows in the stunning great room bring in an abundance of natural light. Looking for an amazing kitchen with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry? Look no further! Unwind in your master suite on the balcony which provides serenity and incredible Foothill views or kick your feet up with a good book in the master sitting room. There isn’t much not to love. Barber Junction is nestled between the Foothills and the Boise River, the best of the great outdoors is right out your front door.


The 2018 Parade of Homes begins April 28 and runs through May 13. For more details, visit or call/text Kami Brant, 208.713.1933.

Ada County Paramedics Appoint New Deputy Chief

Ada County Paramedics Chief Darby Weston promoted longtime Ada County Paramedics Battalion Chief Peder Humlen-Ahearn to deputy chief. Humlen-Ahearn, who has worked for Ada County Paramedics since 2001, and who most recently served as a battalion chief, said he applied for the leadership position because he felt his experience, paired with his education, made it the right fit.

“After many years with Ada County Paramedics, I received my master’s degree in public safety leadership and Administration through ASU,” Humlen-Ahearn said. “This gave me the tools necessary to feel confident applying for this role in our agency.”

Humlen-Ahearn assumed his new role after his predecessor, Harry Eccard, retired after 38 years with Ada County Paramedics. Humlen-Ahearn will oversee EMS field hiring, education and training, emergency preparedness, business development, training support, special event contracting, grant funding, and a reserve paramedic program.

Boise Philharmonic Association Appoints New Director

Hollis Welsh has been appointed executive director of the Boise Philharmonic Association. Welsh has been serving as interim executive director of Boise Contemporary Theater. She previously was the theater’s patron communications director.

Welsh is a native of Boise and holds a bachelor’s in theater and creative writing from the University of Washington. She also pursued master’s level studies at Boise State University in technical communications.

With an operating budget nearing $2 million, the Boise Philharmonic is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Idaho. With 76 professional musicians under contract, its season of concerts, recitals and education programs reach an annual audience exceeding 50,000 people of all ages.

Boise Business Leaders to Participate in Presidential Leadership Scholars Program

The Presidential Leadership Scholars program announced that Emily Baker, founder of Portman Square Group, and Joseph Forney, CEO of Cold Chain LLC, have been selected as two of the 59 scholars chosen for the program’s fourth annual class. PLS serves as a catalyst for a diverse network of leaders brought together to collaborate and make a difference in the world.

Baker, a fifth-generation Idahoan, began her career in public service with Gov. Phil Batt and served as a senior official in the Bush administration. Previously managing partner of Gallatin Public Affairs, Baker now leads Portman Square Group, a Boise-based strategic communications firm and serves as an adjunct political science professor at Boise State University.

Forney, also a legacy Idahoan, (third generation) began a life of service after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Over the course of military service, he deployed multiples times in support of the global war of terror. He now leads Cold Chain LLC based in Boise and focuses on providing innovative solutions and technologies for the cold storage, food processing and transportation industries.

Boise Metro Chamber CEO Appointed to U.S. Travel Board

The Boise Metro Chamber has announced the appointment of Chamber President and CEO Bill Connors to the U.S. Travel Association’s Board of Directors. The association is a leading national nonprofit focused on promoting positive growth throughout the diverse sectors of the travel industry. It works to identify the industry’s opportunities and challenges, advocate for industry policies on a national level, and provide support for their members to influence change at state and local levels.

In 2013 the Boise Metro Chamber established a Travel Industry Advisory Board to help the chamber be more vigilant and aware of the needs and views of travel industry businesses in the Treasure Valley. The purpose of this board is to convene a broad spectrum of interests such as hotels, airlines, the airport, car rental companies, attractions, meeting planners, venues, transportation, etc. Through Connors’ efforts, Boise will continue to be elevated in the national spotlight.

Idaho Students Honored with Community Awards

Anne Nygard, Boise, and Ivy Harness, Nampa, have been awarded the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The award program, in its 23rd year, honors young people in each state for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Anne and Ivy will each be awarded $1,000, an engraved medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for four days of national recognition events. The events recognize the top two honorees from every state.

Anne, 17, has collected more than 300 pairs of gently used running shoes for refugee students in Boise. Ivy, 12, has been an active volunteer in her community over the past four years and has engaged in a wide variety of service activities with her 4-H group.

Two other Idaho youths were recognized as distinguished finalists. Randy-B Funk, 15, Meridian, has been holding community supply drives for people in need since he was 12.

Kayla Watson, 16, Boise, started a club pairing young refugees from a local elementary school with high school tutors, providing the kids with role models and academic support during the stressful transition to an American school. 

Street Law Clinic Celebrates Five Years in Boise

The Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Street Law Clinic is celebrating its fifth year of service. The association’s Street Law Clinic provides free on-the-spot legal advice to walk-in clients and operates on the second and fourth Monday of every month. The clinic is held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the downtown Boise Public Library.

The Street Law Clinic is modeled after a clinic created more than 13 years ago by the University of Utah School of Law Pro Bono Initiative. The association works in partnership with volunteer attorneys, Idaho Volunteer Lawyer Program, Concordia University School of Law, University of Idaho College of Law and the Boise Public Library to help people navigate the sometimes daunting legal process. The clinics are staffed by law student volunteers from Concordia University School of Law and University of Idaho College of Law, as well as volunteer supervising attorneys.

Since opening its doors in 2013, the ITLA Street Law clinic has held 83 clinics, had 210 student volunteers and 88 supervising attorneys; and donated 1,300 hours of time by supervising attorneys

Local Caring Transitions Affiliates Win National Award

When Jill and Albert Dickson launched Caring Transitions of Treasure Valley, they were looking for a new way to serve the community before thinking about retirement. Now, in less than two years since they opened, the Dicksons have grown their business to the sixth-largest franchise in the Caring Transitions system.

In recognition of their efforts, the Dicksons were presented with the Caring Transitions Shining Star Award as well as a Top 10 Award at the Caring Transitions national conference.

Caring Transitions is a national franchise in more than 200 markets. Its specially trained team can handle organizing, packing, decluttering, moving, resettling, in-person and online estate sales, liquidations, and preparing homes for market.

DaVita Teammates Give Back to Youth Ranch

The DaVita Syringa Home Training Program of Boise has presented Idaho Youth Ranch with a $650 check as part of the DaVita Way of Giving, the kidney care company’s locally focused charitable giving initiative that helps nonprofit organizations throughout the United States grow and thrive.

The Idaho Youth Ranch is a nonprofit agency that offers emergency shelter, residential care, job-readiness training, alternative education, adoption services, family counseling and more for at-risk kids and their families. They also operate a network of 29–and counting—thrift stores to help fund youth programs and services.

DaVita teammates from DaVita Syringa Home Training Program chose to donate to Idaho Youth Ranch because of the vast array of resources they offer to so many communities in Idaho.


BSU Grads Complete Basic Training in San Antonio

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Taylor K. Walker, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Russell E. Hipple and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew A. Connelly graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Walker earned distinction as an honor graduate. Walker graduated in 2005 from Capital High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Boise State University.

Hipple graduated in 2013 from Borah High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 from BSU.

Connelly, who graduated from a high school in Massachusetts, earned a bachelor’s degree in 2016 from BSU.

Come Visit The Twisted Ewe

The Twisted Ewe is the place anyone may come and find the creative fibers within themselves, that when woven together create something warm and beautiful. It’s somewhere to sit around a table and talk, exchange ideas (whether they are related to fiber or not) and foster a thriving, creative community.

Its selection of yarns is very diverse—from fiber to weight to color, in the hopes of filling voids in the fiber community.

Come explore your creative fibers within and let The Twisted Ewe help you feed those flames of passion!