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Boise Hawks and Concordia University School of Law to honor military at home games

BOISE — The Boise Hawks minor league baseball team and Concordia University School of Law announce the return of their “Salute to Soldier” program, honoring retired and active military, at all Thursday, Friday and Saturday Hawks’ home games.

In its fifth year, the program will honor one retired or active military personnel family at each home game. In addition to complimentary tickets, the family will receive free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn.

“Concordia Law is thrilled to partner again with the Boise Hawks to recognize our veterans, active military members, and their families for their selfless service to our community and the nation.” said Elena Langan, Dean and Professor of Law for the Concordia University School of Law in Boise.

To nominate a retired or active military family for the Salute to Soldier Program, visit, contact Kylie Greenwell at, call 208-322-5000 or visit the Hawks Front Office at 5600 N. Glenwood Street in Boise.

Local schools receive peer-based suicide prevention program grants

BOISE — Nine Treasure Valley middle and high schools received Sources of Strength grants to allow students to team with adult advisers to fight against teen suicide by decreasing risk factors and building positive influences.

Schools selected for grants include South Junior High School in Boise, Heritage Middle School in Meridian, Sage Valley Middle School in the Vallivue School District, McCain Middle School in Payette, Middleton Middle School and Middleton High School. In the Kuna School District, grants were awarded to Fremont Middle School, Kuna Middle School and Kuna High School.

“Sources of Strength is a proven program that cultivates supportive relationships between students and trusted adults, and builds protective factors in youth such as hope, persistence and willingness to seek help,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said. “I’m thrilled that these schools across Idaho are embracing this resource to support their students and prevent future loss of life.”

Each school gets $2,400 to support adult advisers in the schools and to help fund peer leader activities for students to imbed the ideas and messaging of Sources of Strength throughout the student body in the coming school year, Ybarra said.

Last remaining Salvation Army thrift store in Boise to close June 14

BOISE — The Salvation Army will close its last remaining thrift store at 4308 West State Street on Friday, June 14 as part of an ongoing effort to bring much needed support to the underserved community surrounding Horizon Elementary School in Boise’s Central West Side. The Salvation Army social services, adjacent to the thrift store, will continue serving those in need after the closure of the thrift store.

In the fall of 2019, The Salvation Army’s new Boise Corps Community Center located at 9492 West Emerald Street will provide clothing, food, education and counseling for those in need. The Salvation Army hopes the center will become a safe and stable hub for the community with the addition of a full-sized gymnasium, game room, soccer fields and education center.

The Boise School District-Booth Marian Pritchett School will continue to offer high school education at The Salvation Army Boise Corps Community Center. The Salvation Army also provides life skill, prenatal and parenting classes. Starting this year, students will have access to a brand-new day care, health clinic, gymnasium and STEM lab. Booth Marian Pritchett School offers continuous year-round enrollment. Young parents seeking to complete their high school education can call 208-383-4271 to enroll.

Local students win in Ninth Circuit Civics contest

SAN FRANCISCO — Several local high school students have been named finalists in the 2019 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest. “The 4th Amendment in the 21st Century—What is an ‘Unreasonable Search and Seizure’ in the Digital Age?” was the theme of the contest. Students in grades 9-12 were challenged to write an essay or produce a short video on the topic.

First place essay winner is Maxwell Jewell, a freshman at East Junior High in Boise. Second place essay winner is James Giffen, a freshman at East Junior High. The winner of the video competition is Liam Neupert, a sophomore at One Stone in Boise. These finalists are the winners of a local contest sponsored by the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, which offered prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 to top finishers in the competition.

Treasure Valley Wine Society awards scholarship to Washington college student

BOISE — The Treasure Valley Wine Society, a group of wine enthusiasts in the greater Boise area, awarded a $1,500 scholarship award to Chris Jackson of Dayton, Washington.

Society president Garry Scholz said the award is specified for a student beginning his or her second year enrolled in the enology and viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College. Jackson, a U.S. Army veteran, is not only studying enology and viticulture, but plant and soil science as well.

The award is the first of its kind for the Society and represents a desire to contribute to the development of the Northwest wine industry. “Many of our members travel periodically to Walla Walla to tour wineries.” Scholz said. “In addition, several winery owners and winemakers in Idaho have studied in Walla Walla, so it was a natural fit for the Society’s mission of wine education.”

The Treasure Valley Wine Society, which meets monthly for a wine themed dinner, raised funds for the scholarship at a silent auction last December at the Society’s year-end gala.

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