Boise Stands Alone

(AKA “Keep Boise Weird”) As a tireless and active member of the Boise community I am often amazed and amused by the many comparisons some like to make between Boise and other cities. Statements like “Boise is the next Portland” or “Boise is becoming a smaller Denver” are made with little regard to our very…

Boise’s Housing Imperative

In his March, 2018 article “How Boise could keep at least keep some Downtown housing affordable,” Idaho Statesman journalist Sven Berg led off with the following statement: “As Downtown booms, housing is more expensive than ever. Rents for newly built one-bedroom apartments are as high as $1,700. Old housing is getting more expensive, too. If…

North End Wild Turkeys

The ongoing travels of Hazel and Bella, the North End wild turkeys! Cover photo by Mark Goforth. Update! Check out the great article by Anna Webb in the Idaho Statesman – click here. Beginning with a reported sighting in March of 2016, two female wild turkeys have taken up residence in Boise’s North End. The…

Sanctuary Boise

Our Refugee Roots UPDATE 02/01/2017: The Boise City Council passed a resolution on January31, 2017 reaffirming Boise as a ‘Welcoming Community’ on a unanimous vote. The North End Neighborhood also passed a resolution naming the North End a “Welcoming Neighborhood” at their regular monthly meeting. “Inspired by our city leaders, the North End Neighborhood Association…

Community Gardens

The following is a list of Community Gardens in and near the North End. Because the information is subject to change, please let us know if there are corrections needed. Sunset Community Garden 2332 N. 36th Street, Boise, Idaho 83703 Jennifer Harrington & Sherilyn Orr www.sunsetgarden.org | 208-484-3676 & 208-871-0112 3030 W. Bellamy, Boise, Idaho…

Bicycle Safety

About New Bike Laws Boise High School class of 2012’s Kyle Swanstrom’s Boise Bicycle Pamphlet is available by clicking here. From Mayor Dave Bieter prior to the passing of the new bike safety laws…. The City Council last week approved a set of new and revised ordinances designed to improve safety for bicycle riders on…

The Big Surgery

My crew loaded me up and, after a quick stop to coffee up with our friends and supporters at Hyde Perk in Hyde Park, we headed to Utah Sunday morning for my early, early Monday, October 14, 2019 appointment with my amazing surgical oncology team. Jo drove as Kelsey, Ben and I rode along. Ben…

Boise Elections 2019

Our mantra for Boise is Boise 2nd Best Never. Say no to the “shamers and blamers” and help Boise keep moving forward with pragmatic, progressive leaders who are seeking real solutions to our growth, transportation, housing and development issues. Personally speaking, I oppose groups like Boise Working Together and their support network of pseudo progressives…

A Cancer Journey IV

Salt Lake City Calling When Jo and I met with Dr. Huntington in July and got the news that my cancer would require a different surgery, we were stunned. Chemo was progressing and nothing had been said that indicated an increased risk. Nonetheless, there we were. So, as my eight rounds of chemo were starting…

A Cancer Journey III

Chemotherapy: The First Course Everyone knows what chemo is. Chemo is probably the most common. shared experience for people who have suffered through cancer. Cancer is prevalent among older folks like me (more stats here) and many of us have other conditions that make treatment challenging. The optimism and positivity of my initial appointments with…