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Just three months after closing in March 2020, the Kuna Senior Center became the first in the valley to safely reopen due to the dedication of volunteers, staff, and the center’s board president Guy DiTorrice.

For 43 years, Lester and Mary Peck have been holding “A Patriotic Barbecue,” sometimes on the Fourth of July, but always in the vicinity thereof. The Pecks are self-described “staunch democrats” and their barbecues with 100+ people in attendance are fundraisers for the Canyon County Democrat…

Carrington College nursing instructor Dr. Betzi Quiroz has been working with Peruvian sheepherders in Idaho for 28 years. Today, there are more than 200 in charge of a couple thousand sheep throughout Idaho. On June 16 Quiroz took some of her students on a field trip — to visit a sheepherdin…

This soldier is trying to win her best friend’s freedom. Her furry best friend, that is. Stationed in the Middle East, Army Specialist Taylor Cheshire from Boise bonded with a dog she found near death, and is now on a mission to beat the clock to bring him back to safety in her home country.

Ray Johnson, a retired REI jack-of-all-trades employee, grew up “out near Marsing” in the Deer Flat area. “My grandfather came into the valley in 1914,” Johnson said. “It was a great way to grow up.”

On May 8, at the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa, Robert Beaman received a prestigious award: the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot award. Beaman’s achievement is based on a 50-year accident free flight roster as a pilot, including six years of U.S. Navy aviation, 27…

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By JEANNE HUFF Leilia Inlow, an active 87 year old, lives with her husband, Jim, in an apartment at Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village, a residential care facility. “I’ve established for myself an exercise program; I do something every day, five days a week,” Inlow said. On Mondays and Fridays…

When the pandemic shut down the Nampa Senior Center on March 13, 2020, Coordinator Sam Atchley went into crisis mode. How could the center get meals to the seniors who depended on it? “We’d been averaging about 150 a day for inside dining. We had an emergency meeting the next day to figure o…

BOISE — Free2Succeed, the Idaho Department of Correction’s mentorship program created in 2016 to address rising recidivism rates across the state, has been moving full speed ahead since its inception, allowing former inmates the opportunity to restart with community support they may not have…

A lot was happening in 1972: the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal. In Northern Idaho, the Sunshine Mine disaster killed 91 men. “The French Connection” won the Oscar for best picture. Closer to home, Mamie Oliver began her 16-year career at Boise State.

Mike Cooley and Tom Platt, who built George’s Cycles into a Boise dynasty over the last 40 years, fell in love with riding 10-speeds when they were 15. Once they learned how to race bikes, and then bought George’s in 1981, they put the hammer down, as they say in cycling lingo.

HOMEDALE — Residents throughout the Treasure Valley and the world are anxiously awaiting their COVID-19 vaccinations. For some who are eligible, they have no idea where to go or who to turn to in order to schedule their vaccinations.

During President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Wednesday, one of the moments that stood out was Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s searing and soaring delivery of her poem “The Hill We Climb.” According to the New York Times, which blazed the headline “Amanda Gorman Captures the Moment,…

What makes someone decide to donate to a charity? Sometimes all it takes is a good song. That’s what 19-year-old Cameron Jace Barth was banking on when, through an employment agency, he landed a job as a Salvation Army bell-ringer this Christmas season.

BOISE — The City Club of Boise has honored Elinor Chehey with the Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement, recognizing her for five decades of work as an avid community volunteer, church leader, and longtime force in the League of Women Voters of Idaho.

Mike Dittenber, head of the Caldwell Housing Authority, believes access to a roof over one’s head is a human right.

NAMPA — Meridian-based Hubble Homes and its trade partners are donating the proceeds of a specially built home’s sale to seven Treasure Valley charities.

The multi-use art space, Visual Arts Collective, has been shuttered from presenting live events since March. With its future looking bleak, a group of ardent fans, headed up by Chelsea Harada, banded together and came up with what they hope is a three-pronged “save” for the much-beloved inst…

NAMPA — Many restaurants across the Treasure Valley have been hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with some being forced to close permanently as a result.

Kaitlyn McLeod, 21, is set to graduate with a degree in health studies after the fall semester at Boise State University. Since September, McLeod has been working as an intern at the St. Vincent de Paul Mobile Food Pantry, a service that brings boxes of food as well as cooking instructions a…

Devan Hromcik didn’t begin on a path to nursing. “I started college as a biology student and ended up switching to the nursing program,” she said. She was drawn to the connection between “people and science … and helping people to be better at protecting their bodies. Also, I’ve always been …

“I will grow strong again.” The Latin word for this phrase is: “Reviresco.” It is also the motto of the Maxwell family, said Hallie Maxwell, an artist who is working on an installation of the same name. It is a project of which she is enlisting the help of people in the community to fulfill:…

Sierra McIver is an American Sign Language translator and outreach coordinator for the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Although being an interpreter wasn’t her first career choice, it was always her fallback go to.

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As if it’s not already hot enough here in the Treasure Valley, now we have Olympic fever.

Tim Woodward’s new columns will alternate with previously published “Woodward Classics” during the pandemic. This one originally ran in The Idaho Statesman in 1995.

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