Here's a story that will hopefully keep some tummies from rumbling and is sure to make hearts go pitty-pat. Students in Courtney Craner’s fifth-grade class at NOVA (Nampa School District’s online school) are raising funds to provide snacks for kids who don’t have access to them and who then …

"Almost all the friends I have are from the (Nampa) Senior Center," said Karen Stephenson, 78. Stephenson said she'd been going regularly to the center ever since she moved to the area, about eight years ago, attending exercise classes, playing cards — "Hand and Foot, it's so much fun" — and…

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U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced Thursday the 57th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

A few years ago my friend Kristen and I created a podcast called “The Exotic Fruit Review.” In it, we sampled exotic fruits, discussed them and interviewed people who were leading extraordinary lives. While we enjoyed having a quirky podcast, Kristen and I had to do all the scheduling, produ…

I’ve always been a fan of the Hong Kong action comedies like “Drunken Master” or anything that Jackie Chan made before coming to America. These are the films where silly martial arts heroes bumble their way through an otherwise serious action movie, and while they aren’t always great art, th…

Just when you were thinking that the only things kids think about are themselves, they turn around and prove you wrong, in the greatest of ways. Case in point: Christa Brand teaches a group of fourth and fifth graders in the afternoons for Central Elementary’s WIN (What I Need) time. The stu…

"Almost all the friends I have are from the (Nampa) Senior Center," said Karen Stephenson, 78. Stephenson said she'd been going regularly to the center ever since she moved to the area, about eight years ago, attending exercise classes, playing cards — "Hand and Foot, it's so much fun" — and…

U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona announced Thursday the 57th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

A few years ago my friend Kristen and I created a podcast called “The Exotic Fruit Review.” In it, we sampled exotic fruits, discussed them and interviewed people who were leading extraordinary lives. While we enjoyed having a quirky podcast, Kristen and I had to do all the scheduling, produ…

I’ve always been a fan of the Hong Kong action comedies like “Drunken Master” or anything that Jackie Chan made before coming to America. These are the films where silly martial arts heroes bumble their way through an otherwise serious action movie, and while they aren’t always great art, th…

Just when you were thinking that the only things kids think about are themselves, they turn around and prove you wrong, in the greatest of ways. Case in point: Christa Brand teaches a group of fourth and fifth graders in the afternoons for Central Elementary’s WIN (What I Need) time. The stu…

In our home, on a shelf made from half a canoe, I have a treasured gift from our time on the island of Borneo. A friend from an interior mountain village gave us a baby carrier used by the Kenyah people group. It is elaborately decorated with beads, sequins and the teeth of some unknown animal.

With more and more people getting vaccinated and the numbers of COVID-19 cases trending downward, our worlds are getting larger than our living rooms and backyards. Events are happening!

D’ja hear the one about the New York comedian who was heckled into doing a gig — in Boise, Idaho? That’s more real than you might think, said Jen Adams, co-owner of The Lounge at the End of the Universe — and co-producer of the Idaho Comedy Festival. The three-day festival, presented in part…

GRANT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR CULTURAL PROJECTS BENEFITING BOISE RESIDENTS

I have the pleasure of attending most of the classes presented by the Idaho Botanical Garden. Those offered this year by Liz Urban, Golden Eagle Audubon Society, and Jackie Jarboe, University of Idaho Master Gardener, provided excellent information regarding the hummingbirds of Idaho and how…

April was Idaho Craft Beer Month and while we are already in May it’s still a fantastic season for enjoying new, spring-worthy beers from our local area. While a wine wizard and a beer lover, I’ve recently been learning more about craft beers in our state and have found there are many gems a…

Tim Woodward’s new columns will alternate with previously published Woodward Classics for the duration of the pandemic. This one originally was published in the Idaho Statesman following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Larry Osburn is celebrating his 90th birthday this Sunday. Several of the children and grand children will get together at a local restaurant this weekend. Then in the summer, all of the kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids will gather for a big picnic celebration at a local park.

It’s that time of year: is it spring yet? Or is it summer? Wait, is it going to get cold again? What? There’s snow in the forecast this week? Maypril in Central Indiana is like a box of chocolates, assuming that box of chocolates was insane and had a personal vendetta against you and your garden.

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday night, marking the end of one of the strangest years in cinematic history. The lockdown is making it difficult to accurately gauge what Academy voters are thinking as they turn in their ballots, still, I’ve dusted off my film critic crystal bal…

“Well, this time, I am pleading for help,” wrote Vincent Kituku in an email. “The teenage girls in our school have been hit hard by COVID 19. This menace is real.”

In 1974, when we moved to Eagle, the library was located on State Street where the Idaho History Museum now operates. Inside the library stood a small wooden carousel with painted horses on a platform about 6 to 8 feet in diameter. It did not go around, but old-timers said it did at one time…

Eighteen years ago, the Idaho potato industry was in crisis. Consumers were shunning potatoes due to the rising popularity of low-carb diets, the new consumer focus on buying local (locavore movement) was beginning to expand across the country and the Idaho potato farm gate revenue was decli…

The movie “Nomadland,” which has been nominated for six Academy Awards — see The Movie Guy’s picks for more — features 61-year-old Fern, a widow, and her abode on four wheels, a van. Specifically, it’s a 2001 Ford Econoline van she named “Vanguard,” which she customized. Some of her customiz…

BOISE — Last year during the waning months of the Trump administration and after four years of insecurity for undocumented people in the U.S., Rosseli Guerrero felt called to action. She wanted to show fellow undocumented Idahoans that they were not alone in their insecurity and self-doubt.

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A few years ago my friend Kristen and I created a podcast called “The Exotic Fruit Review.” In it, we sampled exotic fruits, discussed them and interviewed people who were leading extraordinary lives. While we enjoyed having a quirky podcast, Kristen and I had to do all the scheduling, produ…