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University of Rochester’s 2021 iGEM team, composed of 12 undergraduate students, developed a prototype for a device that diagnoses sepsis using biomarkers found in sweat. Part of the team was Boise-born Blaine Dillingham.

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The New Year’s Day Rose Parade featured a float that was designed in part by a Nampa woman who’s been helping with the Lutheran Hour Ministries float for 38 years.

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KUNA—When Nicole Honey, a senior with Inspire Connections Academy, began collecting books for a senior project, she wasn’t sure how many she would get, but hoped to get at least 100 to donate to a local shelter.

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Robert “Big Bob” Solberg served three tours in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War performing search and rescue operations. On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, he woke up to see a sign his 26-year-old daughter, Deja Drew Kinman, placed in his honor for his service.

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MIDDLETON—A group of Middleton Middle School teachers organized a benefit dinner and auction for their colleague, math teacher Jodi Meine, who is currently fighting a very difficult battle with breast cancer. The event was held Saturday, Nov. 6 and included a live and silent auction.

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Lisa Cheney has been with Boise Open Studios, or BOSCO, for 12 years and has been its president for the past two years. This year she helped coordinate the annual Artists’ Open Studio Tour that was held over two weekends in October: Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10.

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When the pandemic began, restaurant owners Remi McManus and Kris Komori sprang into action, partnering with other local businesses to start the nonprofit City of Good to help feed vulnerable populations in the Boise community. First established to feed restaurant workers and help local farms…

After 50 years of entertaining in bars and at proms, galas and parties — and everywhere in-between — Sally Tibbs and Kevin Kirk will present their final public bow at a performance on Sunday at Touchmark at Meadow Lake Village Retirement Community.

Boise resident Gage Tappe was at a low point in his life, suffering from the depression and anxiety that has plagued him for years. He was up late one night, scrolling the internet, “as any good Millennial does,” he said, and saw a Facebook video about Be The Match, a nonprofit that matches …

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On Saturday, Sept. 25, Boise resident Debbie Herndon joined patients, families and friends across the country for the virtual National Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Walk Day, taking one step closer to a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, a debilitating, incurable lung disease that causes sca…

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By IDAHO PRESS STAFF On Sept. 7, the Canyon County Republican Women’s Club announced in a press release that members gathered to put together a 9/11 service project, orchestrated by the club’s Vice President Sara Adams of Middleton. The idea came when the club discussed how to commemorate th…

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During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, local photographer Michelle Bliss began photographing Treasure Valley residents, capturing their lives and experiences. What started as an offering of love and a way to break up the monotony of the onset of the pandemic quickly morphed into a…

Two seniors from Revel Eagle recently had the unique opportunity to ride aboard a visiting B-17 at Nampa Airport. Silk Higer, executive director at Revel Eagle, helped coordinate this special experience for them.

After undergoing a series of intensive surgeries to strengthen her abdominal wall that had been compromised during childbirth, Cecilia Rinn began belly dancing. “I was hoping it would help me heal,” she said.

With officials warning of the potential for the worst fire season in years, a local family is preparing “go bags” and urging others to do the same. The bags include items that are useful in case an emergency necessitates a quick evacuation.

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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…

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 …

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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.

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…

Declan Dunn, 12, recently got his red belt in taekwondo at Champions Martial Arts in Nampa — that’s the one just below a black belt. He’s been studying martial arts for several years, said his mother, Desiree Dunn.

“I am a long-time musician,” said Ken Harris. “I got started in Boise’s rock-n-roll scene back in ‘64, ‘65.” Harris said when his parents moved to Boise in 1960, “I told my mother I wanted to play the drums. My mom said, ‘why not play the accordion?’ It was popular in Boise because of the Ba…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

After undergoing a series of intensive surgeries to strengthen her abdominal wall that had been compromised during childbirth, Cecilia Rinn began belly dancing. “I was hoping it would help me heal,” she said.

With officials warning of the potential for the worst fire season in years, a local family is preparing “go bags” and urging others to do the same. The bags include items that are useful in case an emergency necessitates a quick evacuation.

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.”

Allison Christy, who owns a spynx cat named Barnabas, began sewing clothing for the hairless feline last summer during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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…

“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.”

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Tim Woodward’s new columns have been alternating with Woodward Classics during the pandemic. This one, slightly modified here, originally was published in The Idaho Statesman after the Mt. St. Helens volcanic eruption in 1980.