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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Hubble Homes worked with Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless to help Idaho’s homeless families through the sale of Hubble’s Hope, a home designed by and built by Hubble Homes. The team spent 30,000 hours on the project and worked with vendors and partners, who also contributed time and resources.
The Boise Police Department recognized its promoted officers and celebrated outstanding award recipients. Capt. Brian Lee, Lt. Charlie LeBar, Lt. Steve Butler, Sgt. Matt Miller and Sgt. Sean Stace were promoted. Others awarded include Detective Shelli Sonnenberg and officers Carly Bock, Annie Matheus, Dave Frederick and Jessica Fowler.
Molina Medicaid Solutions organized a special day for more than 150 local children as part of its fourth annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County to teach kids about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness.
The Idaho Foodbank teamed up with the Boise Police Department as well as athletes from the Boise State football team. The Foodbank distributed free lunches through its Picnic in the Park program in Boise and Garden City to children who are in need. Photos by Mike Sharp.
The 10th-anniversary celebration event for Chandlers Steakhouse, which included a ribbon-cutting and grand reopening, was held at the restaurant at Ninth and Grove streets. More than 200 people attended the event, and a $15,000 donation was made to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance, a Boise-based nonprofit.
Twelve dogs arrived safely in the Treasure Valley after they were rescued by Humane Society International from dismal conditions at a backyard breeding operation for the dog meat trade in South Korea. The Idaho Humane Society, based in Boise, took over care of the dogs and handled adoptions.
Boise Mayor David Bieter was joined by the city council, participating artists and community partners in celebrating the grand opening of the newly completed Boise WaterShed River Campus. The 2-acre complex is being recognized as the largest concentration of public art in Idaho. Photos courtesy of the city of Boise.
After 10 weeks of fundraising, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Idaho and Montana Branch commemorated the Man and Woman of the Year campaign with a grand finale celebration. This year’s winners were Shaun Buck and Heather Harrington.
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance honored 51 women at its 24th Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon at the Boise Centre. Along with honoring the nominees, Luci McDonald received the 2017 Joyce Stein Award for her efforts in the advancement of women in the Treasure Valley.
A group of about 70 students from Sage Valley Middle School attended STEM Day at the University of Idaho Boise. The students belong to the school's AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students prepare for and succeed at colleges and universities.
With the theme "Idaho the Beautiful," residents, legislators and schoolchildren celebrated Idaho Day with special programs and music March 3 at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise. Idaho Day commemorates the day in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln made Idaho a territory.
Hundreds of toys made by members of the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association were donated to the El Korah Shrine in Boise for distribution to hospitalized children in the intermountain region. The presentation took place at the Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel.
Junior Achievement's Inspire to Hire is a day that introduces ninth through twelfth grade students to career opportunities. Students interact with business representatives and see displays from hundreds of Idaho companies. The event was held at Boise State University, as well as Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho.
Junior Achievement of Idaho honored community members at its annual Spirit of Achievement Awards. The Silver Awards were presented to AT&T, US Bank and Washington Federal. Bronze Awards were presented to Intermountain Gas, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, Idaho Power, Icon Credit Union, St. Luke's, Todd Christensen and DeanCristomo.
FarWest's Harvest Festival in October featured hayrides, a scavenger hunt, games, pumpkin painting, craft booths and a guess-the-weight-of-the-great-pumpkin contest. This year's festival entry fee served as a donation to the Ada County Boys & Girls Club that serves kids around the Treasure Valley.
One of the most anticipated Treasure Valley events of the year, the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, draws hundreds of people each day to Ann Morrison Park. With 25-30 hot air balloons each day, the Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016.
On August 20, the Idaho Botanical Garden hosted a fun Bug Day for celebrating and teaching kids about bugs. The garden offered ladybug releases, bug races, Insect Olympics, edible insects, and a bug safari. At the end of the day, participants earned a Certificate in Bugology as new bug experts.
WineFest is the primary fundraiser for the Basque Museum's exhibits, educational programs, Ikastola (preschool), and other efforts. The 19th annual celebration gathered 800 people, with 15 wine distributors, 121 wines, auctions, pintxos (Basque tapas), and dancing. The celebration is usually the third Friday of August on the Basque Block. Photography Larry Ridenhour, Eneko Tuduri and Basque Museum & Cultural Center
Foothills Med Spa just celebrated their one year anniversary with an open house! Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres by Three Girls Catering, Cinder Wines and sweets from Nothing Bundt Cakes. They are looking forward to another great year helping Boise look beautiful!
Indepth Solutions, Inc. presented their annual Betting on a Cure gala featuring A Night in Monte Carlo. All proceeds after event were donated to research to cure cancer through the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS).