“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.

The Nampa School District has the highest homeless student population in Idaho, at about 10% of the district’s 14,000 students. Natalie Sandoval’s job is to protect these students’ educational rights.

Idaho Press usually celebrates our community’s heroes — our Treasure Valley Spotlight Award winners — with fanfare, including a banquet, keynote speaker, flowers, banners and a center stage moment or two.

In the midst of a pandemic, social uprising, economic whiplash, and an upcoming presidential election the likes of no other — every day can bring a sense of disconnection and despair. But children give us hope. They epitomize a resolute belief in life, love and humanity.

June Pack, 91, volunteered as a poll worker in Ada County for 55 years. This year, she finally retired her post as chief judge at a Meridian precinct, passing the duties on to her daughter.

After being a staple on Idaho’s Spanish airwaves for almost 40 years, Ricardo “RQ” Quilantán kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

One year after a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision that means police officers can’t make warrantless arrests for domestic violence, Lisa Growette Bostaph and her team at Boise State University got to work on a study about its effects.

FRANK CHURCH-RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS — Discovering the whats and whys of scientific mysteries is a powerful magnet for many scientists. And in Claudio Berti’s case, it brought him all the way from Italy to Idaho.

Vanessa Crossgrove Fry now lives in Boise, but she was raised in Sun Valley and during the ski season especially, you can find her going back and forth. In March, after one such ski trip, Crossgrove Fry returned to Boise with more than she’d bargained for.

MERIDIAN — The novel coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first time Salwan Swidan and Dhuha Ali, a husband and wife duo from Iraq, have dealt with a dangerous environment. They lived through the Iraq War from 2003 until they were able to flee to Jordan in 2006, and three years later they settled …

When Linda Peterson and her husband moved to the area nine years ago, she was a bit restless. Retired, she wanted to do something, and thought she might be able to help out in hospice work as a volunteer. As she finished up and handed in her paperwork at a local hospice, the woman at the des…

Erin Stewart and her group at Make-A-Mask idaho have been making masks to fill orders as they come in for them through spreadsheets she set up on Google. She was first approached by Rob Vande Merwe, executive director of Idaho Health Care Association. Vande Merwe oversees assisted living and…

Dennis Combs, founder and owner of local Combs Car Corral dealerships, usually uses another form of transportation when he takes off to help others. Combs is also a pilot and, like the fictional do-gooder Superman, he takes to the skies to make a difference.

It had been two years since Stephanie Hammock worked face to face with patients as a nurse, but in April she decided to change that. She took advantage of measures the state of Idaho put in place to help put temporary nursing licenses in the hands of people to help fight the spread of the ne…

When Rich Hall was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — on April 30, 2018 — musician Kevin Kirk, who has been friends with, and has performed alongside of him over the past 25 years, made The Drip Lounge act a twosome. Kirk had been performing for patients at the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute.

Amber Craig, with a blessing from her employers at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, signed up for a six-week stint as an emergency room nurse in a Bronx hospital in New York. Her plans are to return to her job as manager in the ER at West Valley when her time in New York is over.

Mason Bennett is a seventh-grader at Compass Charter School in Meridian. In a recent email to Idaho Press, he wrote: ”With so much negative, I wanted to tell you about some positive in the community. Waffle Love has been delivering free waffles to the elderly and immune compromised every Sun…

In March, with new cases of COVID-19 pouring onto the state’s coronavirus website and into state hospitals, J. Brian Scott and his team at Caldwell’s Reyco Systems decided to use their technology to help healthcare workers. Normally, the company supports the food industry exclusively — it sp…

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Southwest Idaho has been providing an invaluable service to many families and individuals who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing economic destruction.

Karissa Patterson and Amanda Dillon joined forces to lead a Facebook group in sewing vital medical masks for health care professionals even before it was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that everyone should wear them to contain the coronavirus.

Josh Harrison, Jennifer Walz and Stacey Leavitt-Wilson are three local community administrators for Ada and Canyon County COVID-19 Mutual Aid subgroups. The original group, which was set up on Facebook, exploded with members and necessarily split into subgroups so that those of need could be…

Columbia High School senior Evelynn Eslick has four years of acting and production experience behind her now as she auditions for college drama departments, and she’s worked to make theater education more accessible. She’s helped drama teacher Glynis Calhoun and special education teacher Mel…

At this year’s “Serve with Compassion Day,” all of the students at The Ambrose School in Meridian, grades K through 12, participated in writing a card and packing a box with a variety of items to send to a serviceman or woman serving abroad, thanks to Michele Vernon and Amy Yenor for coming …

John Reusser, director of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, is stepping down from his post after helping launch the call center and providing leadership for the past seven years.

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I won’t pretend that the bloody Santa Claus action film “Fatman” is a great movie. I’m not sure that I even think it’s a good movie. That being said, it is my favorite movie out this week. Call it a guilty pleasure/Christmas miracle.