Hello Monday. Gretchen Parsons here to start off the workweek.
A Forest Service employee has been missing for two weeks after last being seen in Boise County, details below. Plus, Irrigation season in Meridian and Nampa is beginning soon.
Coming April 1! We’ve had many of you ask about this: Idaho First is expanding to Saturday! Starting this April Fool’s Day (no joke), we’ll be in your inbox on Saturday, with a newsletter tailored to your weekend.
A Forest Service employee has been missing for two weeks after setting out on his snowmobile in Boise County.
According to the Boise County Sheriff’s Office, Tyler Beyer, 30, left his Lowman home on Sunday, March 12, by snowmobile, alone, in the Lickcreek area. On Monday, the Lowman Ranger District reported to deputies that Beyer didn’t show up for work. Law enforcement, Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue, the Forest Service, and local snowmobilers began to search the area.
BCSO says extreme avalanche conditions and weather made the search difficult. Throughout the week, more people joined the effort to look for Beyer, including the National Guard and volunteers with a private helicopter.
Avalanche forecasters determined that there were 300 avalanches in the area. Beyer didn’t have avalanche equipment with him, such as a beacon or pack. A hunter was able to confirm that Beyer was in the Lickcreek area around 4 p.m. on Sunday.
By Saturday, March 18, organized search efforts were paused. Searchers still remain in the area to continue recovery efforts as conditions change.
BCSO says the area remains dangerous and unstable and people should check conditions before going into the mountains. Anyone with any information on Beyer’s whereabouts should contact BCSO at 208-392-4411.
Meridian and Nampa canals to fill next week
Nampa and Meridian Water managers are optimistic about this year’s irrigation season.
The past two seasons were shortened because of drought conditions but the wet spring and still-growing snowpack will provide ample water supplies for 2023, according to the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District. The district announced that its canals will begin filling on next Wednesday, April 5.
Water will begin to flow from the head of the Ridenbaugh Canal from the Boise River near Barber Park at 3:00 a.m. on April 5th. It will take several days to fill the entire system and check for leaks. The district will also begin charging up pressurized irrigation systems on April 5. Water deliveries will begin no earlier than April 17.
People, especially children, should be very cautious near canals. Swimming or playing in them is never allowed and is considered trespassing. The water is very cold, fast, and the canal walls are very slick, making it difficult to climb out of.
NMID supplies pressurized irrigation water to more than 17,000 individual parcels of land, including 479 subdivisions in Ada and Canyon counties. 2023 marks the 119th consecutive year of water deliveries to the Treasure Valley by the irrigation district.
Two new Sephoras coming to Treasure Valley
For fans of the makeup store Sephora, two new locations are coming to the Treasure Valley — replacing two others that closed.
Kohl’s announced that 250 of its stores will be adding full-sized, 2,500-square-foot Sephora stores inside in 2023. This includes the Meridian Kohl’s on Eagle Road and the Nampa Kohl’s on N Marketplace Boulevard.
According to a news release, the Sephora stores inside Kohl’s will mimic the look and feel of a freestanding Sephora. They will carry an assortment of makeup, skincare, hair, and fragrance brands. There will also be Sephora-trained Beauty Advisors offering personalized beauty consultations and assistance with finding products.
“We are making great strides in building a formidable beauty business with the addition of Sephora at Kohl’s,” said Karen Daoust, Kohl’s senior vice president, general manager, Sephora at Kohl’s. “The completion of our 850 stores in 2023 is just the beginning as we look to expand Sephora at Kohl’s to all stores, enhance the customer experience and deliver prestige beauty to our customers across the country.”
Kohl’s added full-sized Sephora stores to 200 stores in 2021, then 400 in 2022. This year there will be 250 additions, including the Meridian and Nampa stores.
JCPenney stores used to host similar Sephora shops – but those recently closed.
(Photo: Kelsey K/ Unsplash)
- Unemployment: Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in February, edging down from January’s revised rate of 2.7%.
- McLean Meetup: Join Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and Boise Police Chief Ron Winegar at the Dick Eardley Senior Center at 11 a.m. today for coffee and conversation.
- Water Rate Increase: The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is holding a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. (11331 W. Chinden Boulevard, Building 8, Suite 201-A, Boise, ID, 83714) regarding potential rate increases for Treasure Valley water service. Veolia, formerly known as Suez, is proposing a 24.1% rate increase.
- Canyon County P&Z: Canyon County is currently accepting applications to fill two seats on the Planning & Zoning Commission. You can download the application by clicking here.
‘Seriously difficult issue’: Both chambers pass liquor license overhaul bill on split vote
The Idaho House passed a bill that would end the sale of new liquor licenses on the private market and limit current liquor license holders to one sale. Read why legislators are divided on this and how it would change current law if passed by Margaret Carmel.
Meridian denies one housing project but approves two others
Meridian’s city council moved forward on two housing developments but denied a conditional use permit for a multifamily development during its meeting Tuesday. Read this story from the Idaho Press via BoiseDev.
Our most-read story last week was regarding the hundreds of residents that showed up to either listen or testify regarding a petition to dissolve the Meridian Library District. In case you missed it, here it is.
- Firing Squad: According to the AP, Gov. Brad Little signed a bill allowing execution by firing squad, making Idaho the latest state to turn to older methods of capital punishment amid a nationwide shortage of lethal-injection drugs.
- Aaron Paul: CBS2 has a photo gallery of actors Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston at the Treefort Bus Stop venue.
- Cannabis Bill: A new bill designed to provide for a “tightly regulated system” of medical cannabis was introduced Friday morning in the Idaho House of Representatives. Read more from the Idaho Capital Sun.
- More Library Bills: The Senate State Affairs Committee sent bills aimed at restricting access to materials deemed harful to minors in schools and libraries, while adding criminal penalties and expanding judicial jurisdiction in the matter, to the Senate floor. Read the story from the Idaho Press.🔒
Things To Do
- Soccer: Cheer on USA Men’s National Soccer Team as they return to Concacaf Nation’s League. Liga Boise is having a watch party from 2-5 p.m. today.
- Story Story Night: Story Story Night is back at JUMP on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. The theme this time is “Smell” with the description, “Ever wanted something so bad you could taste it? Maybe briefly lost touch with reality? Or smelled like teen spirit?” Tickets start at $12.
- Book Club: Want to join a book club but cannot find the time? Alia’s Coffee House is hosting Lunchtime Shorts Book Club which focuses on short stories for busy people and meets for a short time over lunch. The next meeting is Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. It’s open to the public, details here.
- Paint & Pinot: Zoo Boise is hosting a painting class on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. while painters are surrounded by baboons, vervet monkeys, and the Nile crocodile. It’s $50 per person.
Pet of the Day
Awww meet the adorable Herbie! Owners Amy & Eddie Stark say Herbie is a nine-week-old Australian Labradoodle. He’s full of never-ending puppy energy and always keeps mom and dad on their toes!
Submit your pet’s photo here, and we may feature it Monday-Thursday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send along a prize to the winning pet (owners)!
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