STEM Day Offers Science-Themed Fun at Western Idaho Fair

The Western Idaho Fair opened with free admission from CBS2 and plenty of STEM activities from the Idaho STEM Action Center. Kids got the chance to operate robots, check out virtual reality, run experiments, try coding and more. The center aims to help implement STEM programs, align education and workforce needs and increase Idaho's STEM … Continued

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Brightens Boise Skyline

Boise’s skies were filled with Darth Vader, Elvis and more colorful balloons floating along as part of the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. The annual event attracted spectators out in the pre-dawn hours (and in the evening for the Nite Glo), along with balloonists from across the world. The 2020 schedule will be on SpiritOfBoise.com. Photography … Continued

Pet Extravaganza 2019

Pets got a day out at Ann Morrison Park for August's Pet Extravaganza. The event, a benefit for Green Heart Senior Pet Rescue, featured pets for adoption along with crafts, food (human and pet-friendly) and vendor booths. PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY JORDAN GRAY

Flapjack Fanatics Show Up with Forks Up

Lots of flapjacks were flipped at the 12th annual United Way of Treasure Valley Flapjack Feed. The annual event serves as a kickoff for the organization's fundraising season. Missed out on this year's event? Plans are already being made for next year's, which is tentatively set for Aug. 6, 2020.  Photography by Idaho Power

Actors Forum

Local thespians tried out monologues, scenes and songs at July’s Actors Forum. Held 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Boise Elks Lodge, the forum is open to anyone interested in acting. To learn more about the free event or volunteer to do a scene, visit IdahoAct.org/Actors-Forum. Photography by Patti O'Hara

TIP Fire Truck Pull

The Boise Fire Department took top honors at July’s Second Annual TIP Fire Truck Pull. First responder teams competed to haul a fire engine 100 feet. Probation and Parole grabbed Second, with the Meridian Police Department netting Third. The event benefitted Trauma Intervention Program of Treasure Valley, Idaho, a nonprofit supporting tragedy survivors. TipTreasureValley.org Photography by … Continued

A Village of Playhouses

The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity got a boost from A Village of Playhouses in May. The raffle event featured playhouse kits put together and decorated by local businesses. Styles ranged from whimsical to traditional—and who can resist a castle drawbridge?

Idaho Gives

The Idaho Gives event raised nearly $2 million in its 24-hour span May 2. More than 12,000 donors chipped in small and large amounts to benefit 589 different nonprofits throughout Idaho. Many nonprofits celebrated at events around the state by showing their missions and skills.

Alive After Five Gets Boise Crowds Moving

Boise's Alive After Five kicked off with crowds taking advantage of the sunshine, fountain and live music. The event, which started up its yearly season in June, continues through each Wednesday in August.

Cosplayers and Fans Converge on Anime Oasis

Anime Oasis marked its 18th year with four days of panels, contests, costumes, hologram concerts, merchandise and more. The annual convention gives fans the chance to show their appreciation for Japanese animation and other fandoms.

Women’s Day at The NEST

The NEST hosted an afternoon of celebration May 9. The event leaders served lunch with an iced tea and champagne bar and presented classes on flower arranging. They donated proceeds to the BCRF for breast cancer research.

Treefort Music Fest Rocks Boise

Forts of every kind sprung up for the five-day Treefort Music Fest in March. Attendees could take their pick of forts, with options including Treefort, Storyfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Filmfort, Foodfort and Yogafort. Photography by Matthew Wordell

Boise Flower & Garden Show Blooms at Boise Centre

The Boise Flower & Garden Show played host to a wide variety of flowers, trees and garden implements. The event also featured a flower show presented by the Southwest District Garden Clubs of Idaho, Inc. and the Treasure Valley Flower Show Judges' Council and a bonsai display from the Boise Bonsai Society. Photography by Jordan Gray

Wicked Comes to Boise

The Broadway blockbuster Wicked returned to the Morrison Center in March.

Boise Spring Home Show Brings New Ideas

March's Boise Spring Home Show at Expo Idaho featured a wide variety of gadgets, innovations and ideas.

The Sweet Sounds of St. Patrick’s Day

Across the Treasure Valley, those enjoying St. Patrick's Day were treated to drums, bagpipes and dancing by four squads of Boise Highlanders. This group performed at The Hideaway Bar & Grill in Meridian.

St. Luke’s Provides More than $650,000 in Community Grants

More than 90 local nonprofit organizations across the Treasure Valley and McCall received in February Community Health Improvement Fund grants from St. Luke’s Health System totaling more than $650,000. The grants will support health-related programs and events, including healthy activities for youth, suicide prevention services and transportation to medical care.  

Students Cheer on Idaho Sled Dog Challenge Participants

Sixteen teams from the United States and Canada took part in the 300-mile sled dog race in Adams and Valley counties in Idaho in late January. Students from local high schools attended the race to cheer on mushers and dogs alike. Photography provided by Jeff Riechmann

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Queens in the Castle

Author Elaine Ambrose was joined by 35 attendees for Entrepreneurs' Organization Idaho's Queens in the Castle December event. EO is a global network of 13,000-plus leading entrepreneurs. EO Idaho is looking to add members, especially women, who are ready to take their business to the next level and help make the local chapter even stronger. … Continued

Current Servicemen Deliver Christmas Gifts to Boise’s Veterans Home

Operation “Camouflage Christmas” brings revelry and merrymaking to the Idaho State Veterans Home each and every year. Members of the Idaho Air Guard, Idaho Army Guard, plus Navy and Marine Reserve units from Gowen Field delivered "wish list" gifts to residents at the home. Nearly 500 gifts were placed around the Christmas tree in the home's … Continued

Andrus Center for Public Policy’s Women and Leadership Conference

The Andrus Center for Public Policy welcomed a sold-out crowd of 920 women and men to its sixth annual Women and Leadership Conference. The conference highlights women leaders across a variety of backgrounds to emphasize the importance of gender balance within America's leadership ranks and encourages both women and men to foster growth in themselves and … Continued

BSU Broncos Skate with Special Needs Children

The Boise State Broncos hockey club took 15 people with special needs ice skating at the Manchester Ice and Events Centre in McCall. For some, it was their first time on the ice. Special equipment provided by Courageous Kids Climbing was available for those who faced physical challenges.

Gov. Butch Otter Auditorium Dedication

Gov. Butch Otter cuts the ribbon on his namesake auditorium at Idaho's new College of Osteopathic Medicine. ICOM President Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, Dean Dr. Robert Hasty, Student Doctor Jacob Boyd, Professor Dr. Dennis Rau and Professor Dr. Rodney Bates joined the governor and first lady Lori Otter for the ceremony.

Robert Comstock Store Raises Money for Birds of Prey Fund

Boise's Robert Comstock Store hosted the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey on Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from those events was donated to fight conservation problems faced by birds of prey around the world. Visitors fell in love with Oliver, a milky eagle owl; and Bob, a kestrel.  

Sparkling Wine Spectacular Gala Benefiting Life’s Kitchen

The annual gala was held on Oct. 12 at the JUMP Center. A delicious tapas buffet was prepared and served by staff and students from Life's Kitchen. Aurora Fisher was selected as the Davis Butler Student of the Year. The award was created in 2011 in memory of Davis, a former program graduate who was loved by … Continued

STEM Day Delights Kids at the Western Idaho Fair

KBOI and the Idaho STEM Action Center hosted the third annual STEM Day the opening day of the Western Idaho Fair. The event featured a STEM scavenger hunt for prizes and the technology-packed STEMBusUSA was on site. Kids could build BristleBots, operate robots, construct LEGO creations, explore the world of virtual reality and more. Photos by Otto Kitsinger 

ICOM Welcomes Students, Opens for First Semester

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho's first medical school, welcomed visitors and students alike as it readied for its first semester. The college aims to educate osteopathic medical students using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences and recruit those who are committed to serving in areas throughout Idaho, the region and … Continued

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Teachers Come Together for i-STEM Training

STEM educators from throughout the state convened at the College of Western Idaho for four days to study and network at a workshop staged by the Idaho STEM Action Center. The i-STEM professional development program offers educators high-quality, relevant, hands-on opportunities at six flagship locations throughout the state. Photos by Otto Kitsinger

Red Cross Honors Residents with Hometown Heroes Awards

The Red Cross of Greater Idaho celebrates humanitarianism with its annual Hometown Heroes Awards by bringing together community leaders, first-responders, emergency and safety personnel, businesses and others to acknowledge those who have saved the lives of others. Winners were honored in categories including water safety, fire safety, military, law enforcement, animal rescue and youth.

Realtor Golf Tournament Raises Money for Nonprofits

Local real estate professionals raised more than $29,000 at the 2018 Give-Back Golf Tournament benefiting the Realtors Community Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life through housing-related projects and grants. Held at Shadow Valley Golf Course, 151 golfers and 47 sponsors participated. This year’s event raised more than $9,000 more than in 2017.

Mountain West Bank Reopens Downtown Boise Branch

Mountain West Bank celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly remodeled branch at 16th and State streets in Boise at an open house May 18. Boise Chamber of Commerce executives and volunteers were on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon.

Treasure Valley Middle School Students Introduced to STEM Fields

Vallivue and Sage Valley Middle School students visited the University of Idaho-Boise for a STEM Day full of activities and hands-on experiments to encourage kids to pursue careers related to science, technology, engineering and math. About 140 students participated this year — double the amount from last year's event.

Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee Visits MHAFB

Members of the Seymour Johnson Military Affairs Committee visited Mountain Home Air Force Base to give both Mountain Home AFB personnel and Seymour Johnson MAC members the chance to discuss similar issues that both base communities encounter. The members learned better ways of working together to handle these situations.

Maverik Grand Opening at Victory and Cole

The grand opening of the new Maverik on the corner of Victory Road and Cole Road was held on March 22.

Zoo Boise Gorongosa Exhibit Groundbreaking

The city of Boise and Friends of Zoo Boise leaders broke ground on the new Gorongosa National Park Exhibit, which will expand the zoo’s footprint by 1.5 acres. The exhibit will generate $2 million toward efforts in Mozambique to protect wild elephants, lions, zebras and more.

C of I Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner

The College of Idaho’s longtime faculty and staff members were recognized at its annual Faculty and Staff Years of Service Appreciation Dinner. Those who have served 15 years or more include Kerry Hunter, Jasper LiCalzi, Bev Robinson, James Dull, Allan Laird, Ignacio Martinez, Amy Truksa and Deb Yates. Photography by Adam Eschbach. ​

2018 Women of the Year Gala

The Idaho Business Review’s Women of the Year awards program recognizes women shaping Idaho’s economic and community well-being through leadership, mentoring and community involvement. The Women of the Year program, which featured keynote speaker Kristin Armstrong, supports workplace diversity and celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional female business leaders.

2018 Western Idaho FabSlam Showcase

The Western Idaho FabSlam Showcase in downtown Boise began when the Digital Harbor Foundation trained, and the STEM Action Center equipped teachers from 19 organizations to assemble and coach teams for a 3-D printing competition. Each team identified a transportation-related problem in their community that can be addressed using 3-D printing, and then developed a … Continued

STEM Matters Day at the Legislature

Hundreds of Idahoans converged on the state Capitol for STEM Matters Day to explore and celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. The third annual event, organized by the Idaho STEM Action Center, attracted students, educators, elected officials, businesses and STEM advocates from across the state. 

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ Idaho Visit

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered airmen's questions. Photography by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier. 

Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit

The 11th Annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit was held in 2017 in Boise and featured 871 high school students. It focused on leadership building, civic engagement, college prep and STEM. More than $400,000 in scholarships was handed out. Organizers will have two summits, one in Twin Falls, and one in Boise, this year.

Parkcenter Montessori Food Drive

Students at Parkcenter Montessori hosted a food drive, donating 250 pounds of food to The Idaho Foodbank to demonstrate kindness throughout the community. They also partnered with the “I Believe” campaign, a local giving tree effort that provides gift boxes to local children in need during the holiday season.

7Cares Idaho Shares

For more than 30 years, the Idaho Foodbank has helped feed families in need across the Treasure Valley. The 7Cares Idaho Shares campaign helps the food bank to raise food and money during a time that can be tough for some families. 
Photography courtesy of Mike Sharp.

Shop with a Sheriff

For the third consecutive year, Cascade Student Transportation team, which provides school transportation to the West Ada School District, took part in the Ada County Sheriff’s Employee Association’s annual Shop with a Sheriff event. The team of volunteers cooked for more than 200 people and transported the children to the event.

Boise Lifestyle Networking Mix & Mingle

Business owners, executives and community leaders met November 9 at The Penthouse at the C. W. Moore building for a night of music and food from Zee’s Rooftop. All proceeds benefited Camp Hodia, supporting Idaho children living with Type 1 diabetes. Thanks to the many local businesses who donated door prizes worth more than $1,700. 

Idaho Technology Council & Idaho Innovations Awards

The Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame and Idaho Innovation Awards highlight the work that has been part of Idaho’s past and the great innovations that are defining its future. Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut and educator, and Burt Rutan, aerospace designer and engineer, were the 2017 inductees.

Camp Hodia’s Fourth Annual Dinner & Auction

The Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs hosted A Night Under the Stars gala in September. The generous patrons of this cause enabled the organization to exceed its goal and raise more than $95,000 to send children with diabetes to camp.

The Junior Achievement’s Spirit of Achievement Awards


The Junior Achievement's Spirit of Achievement Awards honor the educators, volunteers and business partners that contribute to the empowerment of Idaho students. Hundreds of distinguished guests attend to celebrate the many individuals who change the lives of students, inspire them to visualize their success and propel them to think big.

Ronald McDonald – Happy Wheels Cart Program

Ronald McDonald House is about keeping families close to their sick child and bringing comfort and care. That care will spread to the halls of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Saint Alphonsus Pediatrics with the new Happy Wheels cart program, providing a moment of refreshment, support and comfort for families.