Fatal avalanche + Food truck rally + Spring Break trip

Hello Tuesday. Gretchen Parsons is here with your local events.

Unfortunately, a snowmobile caught in an avalanche in the Sawtooth Mountains and died. We have the details.

  • Today: 53° 🌧🌫 Rain and occasional fog.

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Snowmobiler dies in avalanche in Sawtooth Mountains


One person died after being caught in an avalanche near Stanley over the weekend.

According to the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, the person was caught and taken away on Sunday while riding a snowmobile in the Stanley Lake Creek drainage area while climbing a slope. The victim was buried in more than a meter of snow. A group of three nearby riders were able to locate the person with a transceiver and attempted to rescue them. They removed the person and performed CPR, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

The avalanche danger at that time was “significant”.

Today, high risk is significant in the Sawtooth Mountains at low altitudes and at mid to upper altitudes. People living back in the mountainous region should be very careful.

Saturday food truck rally to support Nampa dog parks

If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday, there’s a food truck rally in Nampa that benefits local dog parks.

Admission to the food truck festival is free, and people are encouraged to bring their dogs. It takes place from 2pm to 6pm at Lloyd Square Park. There will be live music and green beer for St. Patrick’s Day alongside numerous food trucks.

Proceeds support the continued development of Nampa’s Amity Dog Park and a second dog park being built on Smith Ave. The second dog park will span 9.5 acres and will include paved walking trails, a separate small dog area, misting water stations, a parking lot and lots of green open spaces. It is scheduled to open in the spring or summer of this year.

Amity Dog Park spans six acres and opened in 2009. Hundreds of people use this park every day, according to Nampa Municipality, and with Nampa’s growing population, it has been decided to build a second park.

So, enjoy the good food on Saturday and support this community effort!

(Photo courtesy of Nampa Parks and Recreation)

Intensive Spring Break travel

Boise Airport

If you have a vacation planned for the end of this month and you’re traveling through Boise Airport, expect it to be crowded.

According to a press release, more than 200,000 passengers are expected at Boise Airport in the last two weeks of March. This coincides with Spring Break and the closing of district schools.

Parking at the airport is still limited, as there are ongoing construction projects, including a new public parking lot expected to open this summer. Passengers can check the live stream of available parking spaces before heading to the airport. Those driving their own cars will likely have to park in the newly expanded Economy Car Park, which is served by a shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes.

Travelers can also take advantage of curbside valet parking at the east end of the upper curb for $21 per day. Online reservations are encouraged. Chevron near the airport offers a similar service and requires no reservations.

it’s happening today

  • Idaho Unemployment: Idaho’s unemployment rate fell from 2.8% in December to 2.7% in January.
  • City council: Today, the Boise City Council will approve some additional funding for the city’s Tree Captain volunteer program. This is part of the city’s initiative to plant trees across the city. It’s also Elaine Clegg’s last regular meeting. She first joined the council in 2004 and is now the CEO of Valley Regional Transit.
  • Election day: Today is March 14 Consolidated Election. Only those living in the Kuna School District can vote in Ada County.
  • Electric Zamboni: A new electric Zamboni prepares the ice at Idaho Ice World. According to a report from Mayor Lauren McLean’s Office, this is the first of its kind in Idaho.

BoiseDev Reports

Governor Small Interview: On Housing and Property Tax Idaho ‘literally victims of our own success’

Don Day met with Governor Brad Little to talk about housing, rising property taxes and more for a new BoiseDev podcast. You can listen to the entire podcast here (or search BoiseDev in your favorite app).

Photo: Lev Radin/Shutterstock

Public records detail ex-Boise City Councilman’s campaign funding

Former alderman Lisa Sanchez, after spending more than $14,000 in campaign funds in a non-election year, has decided that Ada County is not breaking any laws. Idaho Press has accessed public records detailing Sanchez’s disclosures about the spending. Read this story via BoiseDev.

The FTC is asking its competitors about the Albertsons/Kroger deal as part of the investigation, the WSJ reports.

The Federal Trade Commission is asking grocery retailers and wholesalers about the proposed Albertsons-Kroger deal. Questions include product sourcing and pricing, details of online transactions, and more. Read the report on BoiseDev.

Added federal funds to large-scale project to replace and relocate the Boise YMCA and redevelop the surrounding area

Representative Mike Simpson announced that federal funding will go towards a $4 million project to redevelop the YMCA downtown and surrounding blocks. However, as Autum Robertson reports, the total cost of the project is about $320 million.

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  • Dick Fosbury: Blaine County Commissioner and Olympic high jump pioneer Dick Fosbury died early Sunday morning after a relapse of lymphoma. He was 76 years old. Read more from Idaho Mountain Express.
  • “Dangerous Mental Ill”: The Idaho Capitol Sun highlights the story of Ben – a man held in an Idaho maximum security prison who went unpunished or filed a criminal complaint.
  • Continuing Voting: The House of Representatives has repealed a bill that would ban unexcused ballot requests in Idaho. More on that from Idaho Reports.
  • Bar Rescue: According to Lite Online, an episode of Bar Rescue featured a Meridian bar.

things to do

  • Terror Tuesday: Voodoo Cellar Boise now hosts Terror Tuesdays, where they show a horror movie at 7pm on their 85″ 8K TV with Dolby surround sound. There’s also free popcorn.
  • 🍀St. Patrick’s Day Meal: There are still tickets available for the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at Bishop’s House on Thursday. Browse the menu and buy tickets here.
  • Boise Home Show: The Boise Spring Home Show takes place Thursday through Sunday at Expo Idaho. Times vary by day.
  • Paw patrol: Paw Patrol Live is coming to Extra Mile Arena this Saturday and Sunday. There are four different shows. Buy tickets here.

Pet of the Day

Meet Goldendoodle Bailey! Owner Rhonda Duppman says Bailey loves her toys, walks and playtime.

Submit your pet’s photo here and we’ll post it Monday-Thursday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send a prize to the winning pet(s)!