June 2018 Around Town 1

Soda Stop Celebrates Grand Opening, Ribbon-Cutting

Soda Stop, 6026 Birch Lane in Nampa, has celebrated its formal ribbon-cutting and grand opening event. Soda Stop is a member of the chambers of commerce in Nampa, Boise and Meridian, as well as the Idaho Hispanic Chamber.

Soda Stop has operated in soft open mode since February 14. In early March, the shop was issued a beer and wine permit and has partnered with local Nampa brewers Mother Earth to choose a selection of their beers.

Additionally, a breakfast menu has been rolled out, available 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., along with bagel sandwiches and yogurt parfaits available all day. More menu additions include featured half and whole sandwich combos. With the launch of grand opening comes extended morning and evening hours, as well as being open on Sundays.


Boise Manager Named Finalist for Partner of the Year Award

Dale Wilcox, of Boise, was named a finalist for Texas Roadhouse Managing Partner of the Year award, which is the company’s highest honor. He and 24 other outstanding managing partners were chosen from a pool of nearly 500.

The award recognizes the managing partner who best displays characteristics of an operational leader. Dale and the other 24 finalists will be judged on seven criteria. The Managing Partner of the Year award will be announced at the company’s annual conference in San Diego. The winner will receive a two-year lease on a new car of their choice, a check for $25,000, a lead crystal replica of a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, a Managing Partner of the Year ring and a gold belt buckle.

Dale has been the managing partner of the Boise location at 3801 E. Fairview Ave. for eight years. This is his second year as a finalist for the award.


Women’s and Children’s Alliance Awarded Grant

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance was awarded a grant of $5,339 from the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The funds will be used to provide counseling services to children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

“Exposure to—and abuse itself—can have lasting physical, emotional and developmental impacts on a child— even into adulthood,” Bev La Chance, WCA deputy director, says. “The WCA strives to provide tools for those impacted by the trauma of abuse so they may find freedom and break the cycle of generational violence.”

In addition to counseling services for children, the WCA offers safe shelter, case management, court advocacy, life skills classes, financial education and a variety of other integrated services and programs to women, men and children victimized by abuse.


Local Airmen Graduate from Basic Training

U.S. Air Force Airman Parker T. Critz and U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Aden J. Marin have 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 degree in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Critz is the son of William M. Critz, of Eagle, and Crystal L. Stanton, of Nampa. He is a 2018 graduate of Capital High School.

Marin is the son of Marie H. and David J. Marin, of Eagle, grandson of Tom J. and Roseanne Egger, of Boise, and nephew of Angela and Blake Frasure, of Pocatello. He is a 2017 graduate of Eagle High School.


Boise Graduate Tanner Johnson Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Former Centennial High School student Tanner Johnson has received the J. William Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Spain. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Tanner will join the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, alongside many distinguished figures around the world.

Fulbright alumni include 59 Nobel laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 71 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 380,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program.


Augusto Fine Rugs Honored with National Small Business Award

Boise business Augusto Fine Rugs LLC, owned by Anna Augusto, has been named a winner of the 2018 American Small Business Championship by Score, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. The championship awarded this title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses, awarding them an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, Score mentoring and publicity throughout the year, and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes, made possible with the support of Sam’s Club.


CEO of J.R. Simplot Company to Retire

Bill Whitacre, CEO of the J.R. Simplot Company, has announced his retirement. He retires after an 18-year career with the J. R. Simplot Company, the past nine as CEO.

He joined the company in March 2000 as president of Simplot’s turf and horticulture business. In 2002, he was appointed president of the Simplot AgriBusiness Group and was named CEO in 2009. He has more than 40 years of experience in the agriculture industry.


Toal, Colgrove Added to United Way Board

United Way of Treasure Valley recently welcomed Beth Toal and John Colgrove to its board of directors. Beth is the vice president, communications and marketing for Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System. John is the president of the Albertsons Intermountain Division.

Beth serves the organization’s nine hospitals, including the state’s only children’s hospital, multiple regional cancer centers and outpatient clinics. She joined St. Luke’s in 1999 and has held progressive positions during her time with the organization.

As president of the Albertsons Intermountain Division, John is responsible for 83 stores covering a span of seven states. He assumed this role with 38 years of experience in the grocery business.


BSU Begins Construction on $50M Micron Center for Materials Research

Boise State University has begun construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research. Located at 1435 University Drive, the four-story, 85,000-square-foot world-class materials science research facility will provide more than 40 research laboratories and spaces, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms, and offices and workspaces for faculty members, staff and graduate students advancing materials research at Boise State, as well as other research faculty. Two classrooms and a lecture hall will be available for universitywide classes. The new building will elevate the work of Boise State research faculty who already are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in the areas of novel materials, biological sciences and nanotechnology.

The Micron Technology Foundation Inc. pledged $25 million—the largest single gift to Boise State thus far—for the Micron Center for Materials Research. The building will provide the space needed to continue building expertise in the manufacture of technologies using nanomaterials on an industrial scale.


Sara Davis Welcomed to Eagle Branch of D. L. Evans Bank

John V. Evans Jr., CEO of D. L. Evans Bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Davis to the position of personal banker at the Eagle branch.

Sara has 19 years of personal banking experience and has been actively involved in continuing her education. She also holds her Series 6 and 63 investment licenses and her state life and disability insurance license.

She is excited to join the D. L. Evans Bank team and looks forward to serving her community. She invites her customers, friends and family to visit her at the Eagle branch located at 402 S. Eagle Road. She can be reached by phone at 208.939.7040.


Boise State Recognizes its Top Ten Scholars

Ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception in the Stueckle Sky Center. The scholars, joined by their families and professors, were recognized for their academic excellence and the influence specific faculty members have had on their success. It is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and teachers.

Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify, a student must have a 3.8 or higher GPA. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service. The 2018 Top Ten Scholar Award Recipients are Micah Buckmiller, Andres Correa Hernandez, Sienna George, Anna Holdiman McDonald, Karyn Levin, Mackenzie Moss, Makenzie Peake, Timothy Le Phero, Jake Robertson and Jessica Rohm.