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The Off-Road Stampede Summer Season Finishes With A Bang!

The Off-Road Stampede Summer Season Finishes With A Bang!

If you aren’t familiar with the Off-Road Stampede Series brought to you by The Go Agency, you’re missing out! The Off-Road Stampede is a UTV, ATV, motorcycle, jeep, or whatever you have, poker run through beautiful Idaho forests. This summer the series was expanded to include Fairfield and Idaho City. The original Off-Road Stampede was held in Garden Valley 3 years ago and due to the high demand for more races, The Go Agency decided to expand to other iconic mountain town communities. Let’s take a look back at the Summer season’s events.

FAIRFIELD

 

This was the first time the Off-Road Stampede visited the small town of 408 and the ONLY city in Camas County. The event was a huge success selling out early with people coming from the Treasure Valley and Magic Valley to experience one of the longest trails of the series. The event kicked off and ended at the City Park, the perfect setting for people to enjoy the vendors and sponsors as well as live music from Darian Renee and Hollowed Collective. This trail reached a peak elevation of over 7000 feet with more than 4700 feet of elevation gain over the 55 mile course. With sweeping vistas of mountain tops still covered in snow to streams filled with beaver dams, this course had everyone oohing and ahhing.

GARDEN VALLEY

 

Garden Valley is the birthplace of the Off-Road Stampede. Three years ago Keith Hughes had the brilliant idea that people would love to GO! Out and explore new trails as part of a UTV/ATV community event. The first year was a great success and has continued to build from there. The Garden Valley trail is no less beautiful than the Fairfield trail but offered a more hometown vibe with all of the shops and restaurants in Garden Valley. This trail also offered more access to riverside pullouts where riders enjoyed the beautifully clear Middle Fork of the Payette. There were signs that let riders know where good fishing spots were, views of waterfalls could be seen, and places to stop and enjoy the view. Weilmunster Park was the starting spot for the poker run and was filled with sponsors, vendors, riders, and a UTV washing station that served as a fundraiser for the local high school basketball team. Darian Renee and Mean Mary provided the live music and had the crowd dancing and enjoying a beautiful day in Garden Valley.

IDAHO CITY

 

Idaho City, also a first timer on the Off-Road Series, seemed like the perfect place to wrap up the summer season. This small town is an old gold mining town that is full of history dating back prior to 1862, when it officially became Idaho City. You can still walk around and visit some of the original buildings of that era! With Main Street full of UTV/ATV’s and people checking out the little shops and vendors, all you had to do was picture horses hitched up instead of horsepower filling the streets to wonder how this old small town must have been. The Idaho City Trail was definitely a little more rugged and a little bit shorter than the previous 2 trails and was also a huge hit! People enjoyed the challenge and sense of adventure that Idaho City seems to still have. The whole community embraced the Stampede crowd and were involved in many of the activities and fun. The newly constructed band stage was the setting for the live music from Hollowed Collective and Rider Soran.

Even though the summer season of the Off-Road Stampede is done this year, The Go Agency is working hard to produce a Fall Season that will feature 2 more stops in Donnelly and Mackay. Final approval should happen in late July, so stay tuned for the next round of Stampedes coming to more iconic Idaho mountain towns. If you have a mountain town that would be the perfect place for another Stampede, email The Go Agency at info@thegoagency and let us know!

 

Also, be sure to check out the video recaps and galleries at https://offroadstampede.com/

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Dairy West’s New Curds & Kindness Program Feeds Hungry With Surplus Dairy Foods

Dairy West’s New Curds & Kindness Program Feeds Hungry With Surplus Dairy Foods

Idaho, Utah dairies, processors battle food insecurity amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

MERIDIAN, Idaho (May 6, 2020) — In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dairy West has launched Curds + Kindness, a program to direct surplus, nutrient-rich dairy foods to those who are hungry and unable to afford groceries throughout Idaho and Utah.

“Dairy farmers want to get dairy foods into the homes of those who need them most,” Kristi Spence, Dairy West’s senior vice president of marketing, said. “Much of our local dairy foods are used in restaurants, schools, and hotels, so current restrictions have caused a milk surplus. 

“By working with community partners, dairy companies have devised a mutually beneficial solution that directs nearly 200,000 gallons of milk per week that would have otherwise been disposed.”

Dairy processors are transforming the excess milk into cheese, butter, and other dairy foods instead of discarding it. 

“In an unprecedented collaboration with dairy farmers, milk processors, and local community partners, we have generated a solution that will get significant quantities of dairy foods to those in need,” Spence said.

Curds + Kindness will continue at least through the end of May for the nearly 5 million residents of Idaho and Utah.

“We are constantly discussing solutions to help us all, and since agriculture — including dairy farming — is at the core of our region and local economies and provides sustenance for all of us, we will continue search for ways to provide relief throughout this crisis,” she said. “Through a collaboration with Idaho and Utah food banks and some local school districts, dairy foods will be made available at existing sites across the two states we serve.”

Spence said the pandemic has revealed how unified dairy and broader agriculture communities can be.

“We have been truly humbled by the rapid support and implementation of this program and sheer amount of dairy foods that we look to move through the Curds + Kindness initiative,” Dairy West CEO Karianne Fallow said. “It is a testament to the power we have when we work together to solve problems and make a difference.”

Dairy West is a regional dairy promotion organization established in 2017 to represent dairy farmers, processors, and supply chain partners in Idaho and Utah. The organization raises awareness of the importance of dairy farming, promotes the health and nutritional benefits of dairy foods, and encourages global demand for Idaho, Utah, and Western U.S. dairy foods through coordinated marketing and communications efforts, nutrition counseling, and research programs. Visit DairyWest.com and Unbottled.com for more information

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Here Are The Bars & Restaurants We Can’t Wait To Have Back When The Full Lock-Down Finally Ends

Here Are The Bars & Restaurants We Can’t Wait To Have Back When The Full Lock-Down Finally Ends

Pick up and delivery orders are cool, but remember seeing your friends?

Very soon the phases of Gov. Little’s plan to reopen Idaho will come and go and our world will hopefully return to normal (but what is normal, really?). Restaurants are poised to open their dining rooms in the next few days, but at reduced capacity and with social distancing requirements. Bars won’t be able to open at all until mid-June.

All the following places have delivery and pick up options right now, but we just can’t wait to see them reopen completely so we can finally chill freely with our friends and family again  at all of our favorite spots. Check them out.

1. Smoky Mountain Pizza

One of the Treasure Valley’s best pizza makers is getting ready to reopen their dining rooms and bars for everyone to enjoy again. For now, you can still get their delicious pizzas, pastas, burgers, and beer delivered, or brought to your vehicle for curbside pickup, but once they reopen again, it will be nice to be able to bring the family to eat somewhere outside the house.

2. Cobby’s Sandwich Shop

Of the options around that serve sandwiches, soups, and salads, Cobby’s beats all the competition, hands down. The best lunchtime fare around, we are dreaming of the day we can dive into a sandwich without needing to have it delivered.

3. Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill

The weather for the next little while is probably going to be the best we will see all year. Not the scorching heat of July and August, and not the chilly wet of March and April. This is the perfect time of year to Go! enjoy a drink on one of Boise’s best patios. Find Sandbar Patio Bar & Grill at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. We look forward to seeing them open mid-May.

4. Chicago Connection

While all their locations serve awesome food, the Chicago Connection downtown on 4th street has one of the best patios for warm spring nights. In a couple of weeks e will be able to take the kids out or have a round of draft beer with your favorite crew at Chicago Connection.

5. Whiskey Bar

The whiskey selection of this main street hot spot is more than impressive. We can’t wait to Go! have a glass of fine whiskey! Anything under $10 is half off during Whiskey Bar’s happy hour. They will make you any whiskey drink imaginable, from an old fashioned to the West 509. This is one of our favorite spots in downtown Boise, generally, and we are looking forward to a toast when they are finally open again.

6. Payette Brewing

Breweries and beer houses at large (except for maybe one) are currently under lock-down and will not likely re-open until June 13th. Payette Brewing is one such beer house we love and want to see opened up as soon as possible. With a ton of original, tasty beers on tap, and a great outdoor patio for small groups, this is one beerhouse that we expect will see a line of people waiting outside their doors in June.

7. Guru Donuts

The mornings are always better with fresh coffee and surprisingly healthy donuts made with local ingredients. We like to get ours on the way in the office when the donuts are nice and warm right out of the oven. Our mouths are watering over our need to Go! nom on some Guru Donuts.

Are you like all of us here at Go Out Local, waiting with bated breath to see all our favorite eateries and bars reopen? Then give these iconic Boise businesses a follow and stay tuned for when their doors will finally be unlocked.

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Shop Online With These 4 Local Businesses

Shop Online With These 4 Local Businesses

Practicing social distancing, or staying at home? No problem! These places all have curbside pick-up, delivery services, or shipping options.

Like the ancient adage says, with every crisis comes an opportunity. The recent upheaval of what we all think of as normal has forced many local businesses to rethink how they can access customers. Even though merchant giants like Amazon have not been immune to the shutdown from the last two months, they pose even more of a threat to your local mom and pop shops than they did before because of Stay-At-Home orders.

Thankfully, things are slowly starting to open back up, but it is not likely that things will return to “normal” any time soon, if ever. Social distancing and masks are still encouraged, and many still choose to stay at home for their own reasons. So, instead of handing Jeff Bezos more money, why not try these local shops who also have an online presence first?

Bricks and Minifigs

Keep your brain sharp and your kids occupied with Lego projects! Just take a few minutes to watch a couple of episodes of the Lego Masters TV series on Hulu, and you will get a feel for just how much of a fun and positive family activity Lego building can be.

Bricks and Minifigs in Boise have a ton of cool packages to choose from, all of which are sure to entertain you and your kids for hours. They have brand new Lego kits, collectible Lego Minifigures, bulk parts sold by volume, even some original kits designed by the Bricks and Minifigs store. Check out their Star Wars Make & Take package to celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You)! Supplies are limited so Go! grab one while you can.

Stock up on your Lego collection at the Bricks and Minifigs Boise web store. Spend $65 or more and get an exclusive Plague Doctor Minifigure with your purchase! 

Collector’s Outpost

This is the coolest place to grab a coffee while keeping up to date with all the latest comic book releases. From their new website, you can get your coffee how you like it, put in an order for almost any current comic (with an extensive back-stock of previous issues), trading card booster packs, or any other pop-culture nerdery your day may require. If you find it easier, you can have your order brought to your vehicle through their curbside pickup option during checkout.

Their online orders have a handy timer to tell you when your order will be ready. If you snoop around their main website, you may just find some Easter eggs with coupons and discount codes, so browse around before you buy!

Quality Art, Inc.

Being locked up this past couple of months, it only makes sense to try out something you never had the chance to do before. Bob Ross landscape painting has become quite popular as of late and for good reason. It is just so relaxing and comforting to have a creative release with a mentor who gives you hope through mantras like, “there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” 

But, to get started, you’ll need some supplies. Quality Art, Inc. of Boise has an online store where you can pick up a Bob Ross painting kit for adults and/or kids. Or, you can customize your new hobby by choosing your own supplies from the vast array of materials they have on hand. The amount of supplies they offer is staggering! They have anything you could possibly need for any art project, at any skill level or age group.

The Record Exchange

At Idaho’s original independently owned record store, you can find all the latest releases from your favorite artists, no matter how underground or obscure; not to mention some rare and hard to find records, CDs, cassettes, and box sets from the Record Exchange web store.

The Record Exchange in Boise is one of the primary locations behind the creation of Record Store Day. Usually it’s in April, but with all the hullabaloo lately, Record Store Day 2020 has been pushed to June 20th. They plan on making this a weekend-long celebration. Keep up to date with the Record Exchange and their plans for Record Store Day by following them on social media.

These are not the only Boise businesses that offer online shopping and curbside pickup. Now that COVID-19 has changed the world around us, almost all businesses have been forced to make big changes and have more of an online presence. So before you hit up Amazon, take a quick look around for some local businesses that you can support through online purchases while you stay at home.

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5 Things To Do With All That Extra Toilet Paper

5 Things To Do With All That Extra Toilet Paper

The times they are a changin’.

Bob Dylan was right 50 years ago, and he is still right today. Times are changing. Things are happening so quickly, many of us are understandably stocking up on some of modern life’s more highly prioritized amenities. When all the chaos is over and everyone gets back to work, we will find themselves with a pile of things like hand sanitizer and toilet paper they hoarded. So what do we do with all of it? Here are five ideas on what to do with all that extra toilet paper we bought in a frenzy.

Be a Mummy For The Next 12 Halloweens

Boom, ready made costume, right there. You don’t have to go out to the temporary Halloween stores or anything, you can just wrap yourself or your kids up in the endless mounds of toilet paper you have sitting around, and off you go. You’ll wind up with all the candy in the friggin’ neighborhood every year till you run out of T. P.

Write Down Your Life’s Story

Well, maybe things don’t turn out so hot, in the end. Maybe it’s time to record your life’s story for future generations of archaeologists to decipher. And it’s not like you rushed out in a panic to buy a bunch of empty leather-bound journals. Use what you have. The tough part is going to be figuring out which writing implements will tear it the least.

Built A Fort

You didn’t run out and buy 300 pillows and 50 blankets, did you? No, you didn’t. That dream you had of making the ultimate pillow/blanket fort? It’s long gone. Say hello to T. P. forts! If we get enough people in on it, we can hold a social media contest from each of our little toilet paper castles. Winners could get a prize of some kind. Like food.

Open A Savings Account

The government is actually way more prepared for a crisis like this than we give them credit for. If things get really bad, there are safety mechanisms in place.


It turns out that the Federal Reserve is taking a leaf out of feudal Japan’s book, and is recognizing some of life’s essential commodities as a form of currency. Things like toilet paper will all be useable at the store like cash. Soon, the Federal Reserve will make a major announcement, enacting this new policy. Your toilet paper will then be considered absolutely legal tender anywhere in the world. I suggest you open up an account with Idaho Central Credit Union with your new fortune.

Submit It To A Museum

Ever seen that show, Mysteries at the Museum? They take some of the weirdest objects that are sitting in museums across the country and they tell the story behind the object. It used to be on Netflix, and is now only available for purchase on Amazon Prime, Hulu Live, and handful of other streaming services. I remember seeing an episode about shrunken heads, one about a street sign that was all scraped up from the collapsed bridge in Minnesota, and one about a purple cloth that belonged to William Henry Perkin, the man who accidentally discovered synthetic dye and formed a foundation for industries in chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Also, probably the fashion industry since he made all sorts of new colors of cloth available.

At least one of toilet paper mountains of the coronavirus scare of 2019-2020 needs to be saved and protected by the careful hands of the Smithsonian Institute. Your name could go down in history if you submit your extra toilet paper rolls to a museum to show future generations what happened here. 

Think of it: your T. P. collection could be held aloft in honor throughout the ages next to Abe Lincoln’s hat, and the Spirit of St. Louis.

BONUS:

Use It

I mean, if push comes to shove, you could just sit on it (no pun intended) and use it normally as time passes. You’ll not have to resupply for years. That’s pretty convenient, if you think about it.

 

When you Go! stock up on supplies, be courteous. We are all in this together, so think of your neighbors and we will all get through this and laugh about our hoarded toilet paper soon enough.

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9 Activities To Keep Your Quarantined Time Occupied

9 Activities To Keep Your Quarantined Time Occupied

Make your quarantine time productive with some of these stay-at-home activities

Supply chains are still running, civilization is still intact. So, instead of panicking, posting pictures of empty shelves at the store, maybe relax in self-quarantine with these cool activities. 

There is still time to Go! grab some of the materials mentioned that you may not have at home right now. Idaho is not on lock-down, and if we do our best to work together and do what we can to “flatten the curve,” as they say, we will not only get through all this, but we might even come out the other side feeling productive rather than imprisoned.

Embrace your introverted side with some of these stay-at-home activities to consider because Netflix or video games will get old.

Start A New Workout Routine

Many places like movie theaters and gyms are temporarily closing for safety reasons. That doesn’t mean you have an excuse to skip leg day. Or core day. Or any workout day. There are hundreds of different exercises which don’t require machines.  Even without the extra bells and whistles, they will get the blood pumping, the sweat flowing, and even build muscle.

If you are a regular exerciser, you probably know many of them already. The trick at that point is not to allow current events to disrupt your regular routine as much as possible. If you are looking to get into a workout routine for the first time, even a crisis like the current one is an opportunity to change your lifestyle and start doing something healthy for yourself.

Tinker With Legos

Lego blocks are the perfect at-home activity. They’re quiet, they stimulate the imagination, develop fine motor skills, improve spatial reasoning, and help develop kids’ brains as they grow. Because you can do pretty much anything your mind can think of with Lego parts, there’s almost no limit to the amount of fun to be had with them.

Right now, local toy store Bricks and Minifigs is holding a sale on bulk Lego parts for families to come in, grab a bag, and spend time together building while we all wait for schools and work to open up again.

Work On That Tan

OK, so technically it is still winter, but it is warming up a little out there, and the sun has been out more than usual. And, yeah, it has still been a bit chilly, but beggars can’t be choosers. Go! Get out there in your back yard at least and get some rays. We have just been through three cold months of cloudy skies, short days, and long nights. If not for an actual tan, at least fight seasonal depression with some vitamin D. When it starts getting hot, just fill up that inflatable kiddy pool with cool water, crack a cold beer, and sit back in the sun while the world is quarantined.

Tabletop and Board Games

You can break out all the board games you have at home and start a board game championship between your friends. Lots of people are live streaming their games, or they use Facetime, Skype, Zoom, and other communication platforms to play with friends or family from anywhere.

Take A Trip Down The Rabbit Hole With A New Subject

The Internet is a wondrous thing. Pretty much all human knowledge can be found there. Make use of it while you are locked up in the same room with it. 

As long as the life-force we call the Internet stays running, you can

Obviously these articles don’t even scratch the surface. There are YouTube videos and podcasts numbered in the thousands that can provide reliable and fascinating information on any topic imaginable. 

Any amount of detail on any subject can be found on this mysterious force for knowledge and communication we call the Internet. With a wise and discerning eye, you can make some real use of the world’s largest knowledgebase.

Develop A New Skill

It can really be anything you want. What is something you’ve never had the time to learn that you always wanted to try? Cultivate your photoshop skills. Rehash your budget and become a total master of every cent you earn. Learn to roll sushi. Take up a musical instrument. Figure out how to sew. Learn a new language. 

A skill I have whimsically taken up recently is knife throwing. One of my best friends recently got me into the whole thing. I’m planning a visit to Cabela’s to grab a couple packs of throwing knives, grab a stump or some other wood waste, get a few more friends involved, and try to have a live stream knife throwing competition. 

Finish All Those Chores You’ve Been Putting Off

You know, clean out the garage, or the gutters. Weed the flowerbeds. All the stuff you’ve never wanted to do and now have no excuse to avoid any longer. I know that in my house, I have several repair jobs waiting for me. A door needs adjusting so it actually closes snugly, rooms to declutter and reorganize, and enough to do in my back yard to last beyond the end of the quarantine.

Beautify Your Home

Now is your chance to make your house the home you’ve always wanted. Been dreaming of painting the interior a different color? Or build a trellis for beautiful viney plants in your back yard? Or to decorate the kids playroom to feel warmer and more fun? There was never a better time than now to do it. 

Even organizing certain things in your house differently can give your home a novel feeling that frees your mind up into believing in new beginnings and possibilities. Customizing your home, giving it life, color, and a clear touch of who you and your family are can renew that sense of being safe and comfortable in a place that really is home.

Read Something

Hopefully something you would be willing to read, maybe something you’ve always wanted to read but have never have. Comic books and online articles are fine, but maybe try a throwback and crack open a physical book. Some of the reader nerds out there like myself have a pile of unread books that, with each passing day, goes unread. Every time we look at them we wonder, “Will I have a chance to read all these before I die?” Well, this quarantine gives geeks like me a chance to get through that tottering pile of reading material.

We are all adults. Hopefully, we are smart enough to come up with things that are positive and productive for our kids and ourselves to do during this turbulent time. Just remember to stay calm, and make the best of this time. Do something that you’ve always wanted to do, and get the kids involved, too.

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Timberline And Nampa Christian Students Earn Top Honors At 4th Annual Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair

Timberline And Nampa Christian Students Earn Top Honors At 4th Annual Western Idaho Science & Engineering Fair

Student projects from Boise's Timberline High School and Nampa Christian High School earned Best in Fair at the 2020 Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair, and one from Treasure Valley Math and Science Center garnered Fair Runner Up.

BOISE, Idaho (March 18, 2020) — Student projects from Boise’s Timberline High School and Nampa Christian High School earned Best in Fair at the 2020 Western Idaho Science and Engineering Fair, and one from Treasure Valley Math and Science Center garnered Fair Runner Up. They were among 59 projects that 70 students from six Treasure Valley schools presented at the fourth annual event, which the Idaho STEM Action Center staged March 6 at Boise State University.

BEST IN FAIR WINNERS

“Constructing a Multi-rotor Compatible Water Sampling Apparatus and Associated Water Quality Analysis System” by Nicola Medapalli and Jimin Ryu, sophomores at Timberline, earned one of two Best in Fair awards. In addition, Medapalli and Ryu earned a Category Gold award and one of three Stockholm Junior Water Prizes.

Nampa Christian senior Tavian Robertson’s “Quarks” garnered the other Best in Fair award, as well as the Best in Category award in Engineering, Math, and Computer Science. Robertson also received a Category Gold award and several special awards, including the Mu Alpha Theta Award, an Office of Naval Research Award, and a U.S. Air Force Award.

On top of serious bragging rights, the Best in Fair winners will represent Idaho at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in May.

FAIR RUNNER UP

Treasure Valley Math and Science Center senior Cecelia Wheeler earned Fair Runner Up for her project “How Does Chlorine in the Pool Affect Athletes’ Sense Of Smell?” She also won Best in Category in Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiological Sciences, a Category Gold award, and an Office of Naval Research Award.

FIVE STRANDS, MANY AWARDS

Students in ninth through 12th grades throughout Western Idaho were eligible to submit entries in five categories: Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiological Sciences; Behavioral and Social Sciences; Earth, Environmental, and Plant Sciences; Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science; and Physical Sciences.

Emmett High School students captured the three remaining Best in Category awards:

* “Where’s the Eggs?” by Emmett High School junior Emily Patterson earned a Best in Category in Behavioral and Social Sciences and a Category Gold award. Patterson was also named the fair’s official observer at Regeneron ISEF in May. The STEM Action Center selects observers for the international fair so they can apply what they learn to their state fair entries the following year and share insights with fellow students.

* “Testing Natural Products” by Emmett High School senior Tenney Kunka earned a Best in Category in Earth, Environmental, and Plant Sciences and a Category Gold award.

* “Bovine Gamma Globulin Concentration in Milk Types” by Emmett High School senior Aubrie Overton earned a Best in Category in Physical Sciences and a Category Gold award.

Judges honored six more projects with Category Gold awards: “Use of DNA Barcoding Analysis to Determine Advertising Integrity of Commercially Packaged Alaskan Cod (Gadus macrocephalus),” an Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiological Sciences entry by Emmett High School junior Goldie Mumford; “Accessible Athletic Performance Enhancement,” an Animal, Biomedical, and Microbiological Sciences entry by Vision Charter School sophomores Rylee Baird and Daphne DeWitt; the Behavioral and Social Sciences entry “Does Color Affect the Perception of Flavor?” by Emmett High School junior Elisabeth Castenada; “Increased CO2 Effects on Butterflies,” an Earth, Environmental, and Plant Sciences entry by Emmett High School senior Hannah Tooley; “Utilizing Seebeck Generators to Power a Prosthetic Limb,” an Engineering, Math, and Computer Science entry by Nampa High School senior Jacob Kratz; and “Testing Honey Sugar Add Ins,” a Physical Sciences entry by Emmett High School senior Jaidin Alexander.

The STEM Action Center also presented 19 projects with Category Silver awards and an additional 22 special awards from the American Meteorological Society, American Psychological Association, ASM Materials Education Foundation, Association for Women Geoscientists, Genius Olympiad, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Office of Naval Research, Ricoh, the Society for In Vitro Biology, the Stockholm International Water Institute, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Metric Association, and the Yale Science and Engineering Association.

Emmett High School earned the Top School award for the second consecutive year. The award is calculated based on total projects and total category awards, including Silver, Gold, Best in Category, and Best in Fair. Biology teacher Robin Wilson coached Emmett High School’s participants, which earned three of the five Best in Category awards, seven of the 12 Category Golds, and 11 of the 19 Category Silvers.

Nampa Christian High School math teacher Nikki Roddenburg was named WISEF’s top-performing educator.

A group of local experts from an array of STEM-related fields served as judges.

ONE OF THREE REGIONAL FAIRS

WISEF is one of three regional science fairs the STEM Action Center stages statewide each spring. The Coeur d’Alene Resort hosted the Northern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair March 13, and Idaho State University hosted the Eastern Idaho Science and Engineering Fair in Pocatello Feb. 28. The Best of Fair winners from those events and select observers will join the top WISEF prizewinners at the international science fair courtesy of the STEM Action Center.

ENSURING ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

According to STEM Action Center executive director Dr. Angela Hemingway, competitions like the Idaho Science and Engineering Fairs are important to the state’s future, because they offer students opportunities to engage in original research projects aligned with their interests and meet and learn with other motivated students in their area.

“The quality of the research presented at Idaho STEM competitions is impressive and the work our students are doing is competitive at the international level,” Dr. Hemingway said. “The technical skills gained from participating in these events, as well as the ability to communicate results, think deeply and critically about issues, and solve real-world problems, will serve our students well as they transition into the workforce.”

In addition to facilitating critical and creative thinking, problem solving, innovation, and collaboration, she said STEM skills are needed for 17 of Idaho’s 20 fastest growing jobs and that STEM jobs pay more than twice as much as non-STEM jobs.

“The state anticipates 20 percent job growth in STEM careers — including health care, computing, engineering, and advanced manufacturing — by 2026,” Dr. Hemingway said. “Currently there are nearly 86,000 STEM workers statewide, and the Idaho Department of Labor predicts we may have 105,000 STEM jobs by 2026 — a 19,000-job increase in just six years from now. It is critical we build the STEM talent pipeline now so Idahoans have the knowledge and skills required to fill these high-demand STEM jobs now and in the future.”

She said these jobs will represent about $7 billion in personal income and about $352 million in tax revenue if Idaho’s workforce is poised to fill them.

ABOUT THE IDAHO STEM ACTION CENTER

The Idaho STEM Action Center was created in 2015 because Idaho citizens are not entering the STEM pipeline fast enough to meet current and future Idaho workforce needs. Its goals are to increase access to STEM opportunities, align education and workforce needs, and amplify awareness of STEM throughout Idaho. The organization is working with industry, government, educators, and students to develop new resources and support high-quality professional-development opportunities to foster a STEM-educated workforce that ensures Idaho’s continued economic prosperity.

Visit STEM.Idaho.gov for more information, and visit https://STEM.idaho.gov/support-us/foundation to make a tax-deductible donation to the Idaho STEM Action Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to enhance the investment the state has made in Idaho’s STEM community. Contributions provide greater access to STEM camps for children, student competitions, and many other life-shaping programs.

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Boise’s Top 5 Taco Trucks

Boise’s Top 5 Taco Trucks

Get geared up for the Jerome Taco Festival in September!

Jerome’s Taco Fest is September 18th and 19th for a weekend of delicious food from all the best taco trucks, including the ones we love here in Boise. Here are the top taco trucks in Boise we hope to see at the festival. 

But there are many, many more trucks out there. If we missed your favorite one, give us a link to them in the comments section, and we will invite them out to Jerome’s Taco Festival.

Tony’s Tamales

Originally from Nampa, Tony’s flavors will change what you think tasty means. You can book them to cater any event imaginable. Go! Give their tamales a try, and hopefully we will see their truck out at Taco Fest.

El Chavo Taco Truck

You can absolutely trust the positive Google reviews and the Facebook recommendations for this one. El Chavo’s authentic tacos are made with all the freshes ingredients. Check out how people are raving over El Chavo on social media.

One thing to know if you want to visit this truck: unless they have updated things very recently, they only take cash.

Meshico Taco Truck

This truck doesn’t have any real social media presence. You can find Meshico out on Curtis and Franklin. They have tasty food at very reasonable prices. I’ve never seen the folks inside the truck without a sincere smile on their faces. Their quesadillas are the best, so Go! give them a try.

Taco Veloz

Another local truck with overwhelmingly positive reviews from local patrons. Taco Veloz is a great place to grab lunch on the Go!

El Gallo Giro 

One of the Treasure Valley’s most beloved family restaurants specializing in Mexican food has an awesome food truck. Serving almost everything from the original menu, Taco Fest just wouldn’t be the same without El Gallo Giro.

There is nothing quite like celebrating the tastiest foods to bring a people together and provide a little bit of comfort in this crazy world. We hope to see you all at Jerome’s Taco Fest in September. Stay safe and healthy out there.

And, don’t forget, if we did not list your favorite taco truck here, be sure to tell us in the comments section.

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These 10 Idaho Laws Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

These 10 Idaho Laws Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

These statutes are perfectly reasonable . . . right?

Every state has them. We all have a good chuckle at them. But we also hope that law enforcement doesn’t take some of them too seriously. Here are Idaho’s top ten weird laws.

10. Musicians Cannot Loiter After Gigs

It may seem a little odd at first glance, but this law actually has some method to its madness. This is intended to keep musicians who are under the legal drinking age of 21 years old from kicking it at the bar for a sip of the Devil’s nectar after their set.

9. You May Not Share Your Dog’s Kennel With Them

In Wallace, Idaho, dogs have rights. One of them sounds an awful lot like the right to private property. Your dog may not be forced to share its accommodations with anyone or anything else. So, no, you can’t take a nap with your dog in their kennel, even if you wanted to.

8. Merry-Go-Round Rides Forbidden On Sundays

The Sunday Rest Law has been repealed, but when it was on the books, it killed all fun there was to be had on Sundays.

7. PDA May Only Last 18 Minutes Or Less

Another fabled law that has since been repealed stated that public decency was to be maintained by limiting the amount of kissing couples did in the open. In the modern day, there are some laws we should all be grateful for which are closely related to it. 

6. No Selling Chickens After Sundown Without Permission From the Sheriff

While information out there is sparse, it’s hard to imagine this law not coming from the days of the wild west. Too many ruffians must’ve been selling stolen chickens after nightfall in old rural Idaho, or something similar. No matter what the original story, laws surrounding the keeping and selling of livestock are taken very seriously in Idaho.

5. No Fishing From The Backs Of Moose

Actually, according to Idaho Fish & Game, a little over 100 years ago, laws were put in place to make it illegal to fish from the back of any animal.

4. No Hunting From Helicopters

While it is definitely illegal to hunt any animal by shooting it from a moving helicopter, tank, or jet pack, it’s also illegal to hunt from any motorized or airborne vehicle whatsoever. It is also illegal to use a motor vehicle to stir up animals into revealing their positions, or to use remote vehicles (i.e., drones) to locate prey.

3. Cannibalism Is Mostly Illegal

Idaho has the Donner Party of 1846 to thank for this one. This desperate group of pioneers from Illinois was stranded in the mountains during a blizzard once they got to California. The horror stories go that some members of the party were forced to take drastic measures to survive. Idaho lawmakers from way back in the day made it known to their constituents they shouldn’t eat someone unless they really needed to.

2. FACECRIME

George Orwell predicted authoritarian regimes would be watching over its citizens to control even the minutest actions of every person its grip, right down to facial expressions and inner thoughts and beliefs. What he didn’t know was that one of the first iterations of it would be codified into law in Pocatello, Idaho’s, Smile Ordinance.

1. The World’s Strictest Potato Standards

It makes perfect sense that Idado would not want to sully its reputation by selling, packaging, and shipping potatoes that are too small, too soft and moldy, or hadn’t been cleaned to look fresh and immaculate. “Idaho Deluxe” potatoes fall under very strict guidelines which have been made law by the State of Idaho. This was done to make sure Idaho maintained the highest standards for the vegetable anywhere.

The next time you Go! about your day, beware of breaking these top ten strange Idaho laws.

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Music On The Water 2020

Music On The Water 2020

A weekend of fun runs, charity walks, food trucks, live music, and more.

Join together with the Boise community June 5th and June 6th to celebrate all the good things in life with Music on the Water at Esther Simplot Park. Make-A-Wish Idaho is hosting their annual Walk For Wishes Friday, June 5th, to celebrate wishes already made reality. Go Out Local’s Boise Women’s Classic will be held the morning of Saturday, June 6th. Music on the Water is a weekend of live music, tasty food, fun vendors, and plenty for the kids to do, all free to the public.

Walk For Wishes is an event meant to honor wishes already granted, but is also aimed at making future wishes come true. When you register for the Walk, you are helping grant a wish to help a child with critical illness. Want to get involved and register early? Go! here. Otherwise, registration starts at 5:30 pm on June 5th at Esther Simplot Park. The walk itself starts at 6:00 pm.

The Boise Women’s Classic powered by Go Out Local is a fun run featuring 5k and 10k courses. To show your support of Treasure Valley women by running in the Boise Women’s Classic, Go! here. The fun begins bright and early June 6th at 8:00 am.

Alongside the Women’s Classic on Saturday morning, Yoga on the Water and a special boot camp workout class are set to go on. You just might find your new favorite routine or find connections with some of Boise’s best fitness clubs.

Vendors, food trucks and an extensive kid zone will be spread throughout Esther Simplot Park’s 55 acres. A special thanks to Idaho Central Credit Union for their sponsorship of the kid’s area of Music on the Water.

Go! be a part of your community this summer and celebrate Music on the Water at Esther Simplot Park in Boise, June 5th & 6th.

Music on the Water 2020

Walk For Wishes 2020