Tuesday, 13 February 2018

From ‘soft, immature, entitled’ to the ‘best player in Boise State history’

Two years before he would become his coach, Phil Beckner met with Chandler Hutchison as a favor to a friend.

Hutchison was a 6-foot-7, 170-pound freshman guard for the Boise State men’s basketball team, and coach Leon Rice and assistant coach Jeff Linder thought Beckner could provide Hutchison with some pointers.

“I could tell he was really, really talented, but just kind of questioned what most people questioned about him. How serious is this kid about basketball? How serious is he about being a real player some day?” said Beckner, who was then an assistant coach in the NBA Development League.

“After I’d met him and talked to him, I knew he was really, really smart. He was a great kid who had a whole lot of talent, but at the end of the day I was like: ‘I don’t know if he wants to be really good or not. I don’t know how serious he is about basketball and his future.’ ”

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When Linder and another assistant left Boise State after the 2015-16 season, Rice added Beckner to the Broncos’ coaching staff — and he went to work on Hutchison.

“I don’t think that I’d be where I am right now if (Beckner) doesn’t wind up coming here two years ago,” said Hutchison, who now weighs about 200 pounds. “It’s really a crazy story.”

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Hutchison is now five Mountain West Conference regular-season games — and, potentially, a historic postseason — away from finishing his Boise State career. He leads the Broncos in points (20.3), rebounds (7.6), assists (3.4) and steals (1.3) and set a single-game, school record with 44 points against San Diego State on Jan. 13.

Many experts believe Hutchison has the potential to be a first-round pick in this June’s NBA Draft, and the first Boise State player selected since Roberto Bergersen in 1999.

But it took Beckner’s belief and a trusting leap from Hutchison to get him there.

“I think he and I would both agree that I did want it more for him at times … but that’s also been a weakness of mine as a coach,” Beckner said. “… The reason why, truly, whether it’s deeply emotional, whatever, is I knew he had it in him. I knew he could be really, really special, and I didn’t want him to waste that opportunity and live a life of regret.”


Beckner began having one-on-one meetings with his new players in the spring before the start of the 2016-17 season — Hutchison’s junior year.

Hutchison averaged 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds with seven starts as a sophomore. Rice said Hutchison showed flashes of the talent he possessed, but never on a consistent basis.

“I really think he was living with a false sense of reality,” Beckner said of his first conversations with Hutchison. “I asked him, ‘Do you think you can make the NBA?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ ‘Do you think you’re going to be a really good player here?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be really good.’ ‘Do you think you’re going to start next year?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m going to start.’ But he wasn’t working.”

Internally, Hutchison says he knew he hadn’t committed fully to being his best. He often would back down from challenges when they seemed too intimidating. He wanted more, but he didn’t know how to get there.

“That was probably the hardest thing, was making him understand that you can’t get there if it’s a part-time job,” Rice said. “You can’t get there if you’re 85 percent in and you want to go float the river and do 50 other things. You’ve got to make a choice, and his choices were going to dictate how good a player he became, and that’s where it started and that’s where Phil was willing to fight on a daily basis for that for him.”

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Beckner and Hutchison viewed each other with skepticism the first few months.

They didn’t really know each other yet, and that made things uncomfortable, especially for Hutchison.

“When I met him, it was almost kind of intimidating at first because he’s a no-BS guy,” Hutchison said. “He’s straightforward. He’ll tell you the truth whether you like it or not.”

The truth might have been too much for Hutchison at times, so Beckner had to learn to bite his tongue.

Beckner recalls one day in particular when the two were working on a drill that required Hutchison to shoot from awkward positions.

“He would miss shots and he would giggle afterwards,” Beckner said. “I had to get past that. If I’m going to reach this kid or help him, I can’t just kill him for giggling right now. I can’t walk off the court and be like: ‘You’re too soft. Soft guys giggle.’ He and I both had to get past a lot of that stuff.”


Rice recruited Hutchison from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High.

Players from that area are sometimes called “Orange County soft,” and Hutchison might have been.

Hutchison hasn’t always been the go-to guy in the closing minutes of a tight game like he is now. He wasn’t always the player bringing teammates together in the huddle. He didn’t always lead by example.

As a freshman and sophomore, Hutchison deferred to the older, more developed players on the team.

“I always kind of felt sorry for him having to deal with (former star Anthony) Drmic every day,” Rice said. “Drmic didn’t play basketball to see who was better at basketball, he played to see who was tougher. So every day at practice was a toughness test for Chandler, and I don’t think he was quite ready for the Drmic treatment right away.”

If Hutchison was going to become an NBA-caliber player, being soft wouldn’t cut it, and Beckner wasn’t going to tiptoe around the issue.

“When I got here, he had a lot of those labels — soft, immature, entitled, those type of things. We would spend time talking about those labels and how to dispel them. We would spend time talking about: ‘You know what? You are a little soft. You are a lot soft,’ ” Beckner said. “We were able to develop that relationship and that trust, and I think what I was willing to do vs. some other people in his life or other critics or whatever was I was willing to accept those labels with him, but then try to fight them for him.”


Hutchison began to buy into Beckner’s development plan his junior year. He started all 32 games, led the Broncos with 17.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and was named to the All-Mountain West first team.

Then he declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and worked out for several NBA teams before deciding to return to Boise State for his senior season.

There was still more work to be done.

“I realized nothing’s going to be given to me,” Hutchison said.

That’s when Beckner knew his pupil understood.

“This is what truly makes him special. How many 20-, 21-year-olds are willing to look at their deficiencies and say: ‘I am not going to lose self-esteem. I am not going to lose confidence. I am going to fight these and break these and in turn it’s going to make me an NBA player someday,’ ” Beckner said. “ ‘In turn it’s going to make me the best player in the history of Boise State basketball.’ ”

Boise State senior Chandler Hutchison says he doesn’t know what he’d do without basketball. “It’s something that’s made me the happiest I’ve ever been but also made me completely broken,” he said.

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The 2018 NBA Draft isn’t until June 21.

That’s more than four months away, and Hutchison has a more immediate goal. At his heart, he has always been a team player.

That’s why Hutchison can score 44 points in one game and lead the Broncos in assists the next.

“Chandler, he can get 30 (points) any time he wants,” Boise State sophomore Marcus Dickinson said. “But he’s probably the most unselfish person I’ve ever played with.”

Leading the league in scoring or being named the Mountain West Player of the Year isn’t what matters to Hutchison.

Boise State never has reached the final of the Mountain West men’s basketball tournament or won a game in the NCAA Tournament. Hutchison has made both realistic goals this year.

“For me, the goal that’s right in front of me is just finishing the season with a Mountain West championship. That’s honestly the biggest thing,” Hutchison said. “It’s tough for me sometimes to talk about the next level with the whole NBA talk and things like that because for me, I see that as so far down the road. It’s something that’s going to come eventually, and I just want to take it for where I am right now, which is an opportunity to win the league.”

While Hutchison may not be ready to talk about the NBA, his coaches and teammates know this “special” 2017-18 season is disappearing faster than they would like.

The Broncos only have three more home games — Nevada (Wednesday), Air Force (Saturday) and Wyoming (March 3).

Sooner or later, Hutchison will have to hand in his No. 15 jersey.

“I’ve always had that same support circle. People praying for me, family always on my side that always saw the bigger vision for me and always saw it even when I didn’t, believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself,” Hutchison said. “It makes it a lot easier to see this as just a plan bigger than myself that has always kind of been there, but also at the same time I want to see it and be like, ‘If I didn’t make these decisions, no matter who was in my corner, it might not have happened.’ ”

That’s why Beckner believed and Hutchison took that leap.

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What others are saying

The praise for Chandler Hutchison isn’t limited to the Boise State locker room. Hutchison also has caught the attention of draft experts and Mountain West opponents:

Jeremy Woo, si.com: Projects Hutchison at No. 16 in this year’s NBA Draft. “He’s a strong passer, continues to improve working off the dribble and puts his athleticism to use, drawing fouls at a high clip.”Jonathan Givony, espn.com: Moved Hutchison from 40th to 16th. “He has outstanding physical tools and is a much improved ball-handler and perimeter shooter.”Jonathan Wasserman, bleacherreport.com: In his latest projections, Wasserman puts Hutchison at No. 12. “Turning heads with his mix of athleticism, ball-handling and attacking.”Marvin Menzies, UNLV coach: “He has a lot of positive attributes. He plays with a lot of passion. He plays with a lot of energy, and not just on the offensive end. He’s a talented scorer at different levels, and he’s a tough guard. He’s a tough out. He’s the kind of kid that you want to recruit. Guys like that that just seem to be solid all the way around.”Ryan Blake, NBA scouting consultant for Marty Blake & Associates: “The evaluation that we see now is very intriguing. We want to see him in another environment to prove that he’s worth that chance.”Abe Jackson, Bronco Radio Network analyst: “What you’re watching now could be the greatest single season in Boise State history.”

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sprawl threatens this piece of Boise’s fringe. Could it bring the next Bown Crossing?

Mark Hoffman bought a four-wheel-drive Toyota Highlander so he can go off-road and escape a wildfire should the one road in and out of his neighborhood be blocked. He keeps a pair of wire cutters under the driver’s seat so he can cut through metal fences.

A retired school teacher and administrator, Hoffman lived through a 1996 fire in Alaska that burned almost 40,000 acres north of Anchorage. He lived in Prescott, Arizona, in 2013 when the nearby Yarnell Hill wildfire killed 19 firefighters.

“I’m pretty sensitive to the fire danger,” Hoffman said.

He’s not the only one. Wildfire also worries Hoffman’s neighbors off Columbia Road east of the Micron Technology headquarters in Boise’s southeast corner — an area dominated by desert brush. Those worries contributed to the city’s decision to halt, at least temporarily, developer Jim Conger’s plan to have the city annex 110 acres in the area so he can build 430 houses there. Fire experts said relying on Columbia Road as the only way in and out of Conger’s subdivision would be too risky.

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Conger’s project put a spotlight on development challenges on the Columbia Bench, the area roughly bordered by Interstate 84 on the west, Gowen Road on the north, the cliffs above the Boise River on the east, and a straight line stretching east from I-84’s Eisenman Road-Memory Road interchange on the south. Most of the land is outside city limits but inside Boise’s area of impact, meaning its annexation is expected.

For years, the city has looked to Columbia Bench as one of its next major swaths of land for development. Built to the density of Boise’s Central Bench, the area could someday be home to more than 30,000 people, City Councilwoman Elaine Clegg said. She and other city leaders want to move past the piecemeal annexation and planning that has occurred there so far and develop a long-term, detailed plan for roads, housing, commercial space, parks, schools and pathways.

“One would hope, over time, that it would develop not homogeneously but really heterogeneously, with all kinds of income levels and types of housing, types of retail,” Clegg said. “I would foresee at least one … relatively large, community-serving retail-commercial center and a number of smaller ones.”

The Columbia Bench area, in red, is more than 6 square miles of mostly county land that would be annexed by Boise.


The beginnings of a plan are in place already. Over the past couple of years, Boise has worked to create a rough outline for developing Columbia Bench.

Last March, the city published “East Columbia Interim Development Guidelines,” which list goals like “environmental stewardship,” “orderly development” and “efficient and connected multimodal roadway system” — concepts City Hall tries to apply everywhere. It lists few objectives specific to Columbia Bench’s future. Boise Planning Director Hal Simmons said the city needs to fill in details.

“What we don’t have is total agreement as to the distribution of uses, where commercial and activity centers ought to be,” Simmons said.

Three subdivisions are being completed along Columbia Road. They include Painted Ridge, about 2 miles east of I-84 on the south side of Columbia, where Hoffman lives; Sunny Ridge, a few hundred feet east of Painted Ridge; and Bonneville Pointe, north of Columbia and just east of Sunny Ridge.

They make up a tiny percentage of Columbia Bench, yet residents already complain about traffic and safety.

One key will be to get agreement from Micron, Simplot and members of the Simplot family, which together own about 6 square miles in the area; the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, which wants to protect wildlife; Idaho Power, which owns a major transmission corridor through the area; and Ada County, which still governs most of the land because it is outside city limits.

“The City Council has been increasingly concerned that we’ve sort of been nickel-and-diming the area with these little subdivisions without getting a plan for the whole area adopted,” Simmons said. “We do believe that, at some point, it will become a priority to both Micron or the Simplots to work with the city on that.”

Clegg said it might make sense for Boise to write a master plan to establish general expectations, such as the number of homes in Columbia Bench and how much commercial, open and recreational space will be there. More specific plans for portions of the area could map future locations of those amenities, anticipate zoning classifications and predict when the amenities will be built. Today, most of the land is zoned for low-density development.


Hoffman welcomes the idea of long-term planning. So do his Painted Ridge neighbors Deedra Pearson and Margaret Bushee.

Pearson said new roads are her top priority as new homes go up. Columbia Road, a two-lane country road, is a popular jogging and bicycling route for Micron employees, and people who drive it worry about hitting the employees with their cars.

Pearson also would like an escape route or two in a wildfire. Her worst-case scenario is that “we have 800 houses out here and it’s one road in and out.”

Bushee said Boise could learn from Austin, Texas, where she grew up “when it looked a lot like Boise.”

“It’s a university town, river going through it,” she said. “Nobody really knew much about it. It’s the state capital. Same kind of vibe. … It had tremendous growth. They didn’t plan for it well. The traffic is crazy now.”

Everyone agrees Columbia Bench needs more roads before much more development occurs — at least along Columbia Road. But roads are expensive.

Typically, developers pay to build the ones that circulate traffic inside their subdivisions and connect to the larger transportation network. They then give the roads to the Ada County Highway District, which controls and maintains them. That cost can put the original developer at a disadvantage, because competitors might save money by using some of the same roads to access later projects.

Clegg said it might be possible for the highway district to build a skeleton transportation network on its own dime and recover its costs through impact fees that developers pay. That could expedite the construction of roads and spread their cost more fairly. For example, the district used impact fees to recover some of its cost for the East ParkCenter Bridge, which connects Harris Ranch to the rest of Boise.

“As a planner, I can’t see my way clear to approve really any further development unless we figure out something along those lines,” Clegg said.

Highway district commissioner Paul Woods said the same end might be achieved through other means, such as additional property taxes or voter-approved debt.

“How do we advance the improvement of the infrastructure and not have it lag by 20 years?” Woods said. “We’re definitely open to having that conversation.”


In separate interviews, Hoffman and Bushee brought up Bown Crossing, a multi-use development in Southeast Boise that includes multifamily housing, office space, restaurants and a branch library, as the kind of activity center that Columbia Bench deserves. Bushee said she’d like to have something like that within walking distance of her home.

“That’s a good example of well-done commercial [development],” she said. “It looks really attractive. It looks like a little village. And it adds to the feeling of the neighborhood.”

Hoffman worries Columbia Bench will become more like neighborhoods in West Boise or southwest of the city that have broad, unbroken tracts of housing and few homes within walking distance of a park or commercial services.

“Now where would you rather live?” he said. “Would you rather live in Hyde Park? Would you rather live in Harris Ranch? Would you rather live in Bown Crossing? Or would you rather live in West Boise off Maple Grove? Simple question for me.”


Projects like Painted Ridge, Sunny Ridge, Bonneville Pointe and Conger’s 430-home Rush Valley might stress out neighbors right now, but they could pressure Micron and Simplot to get involved with a plan for Columbia Bench, Clegg said. The two companies say they’re willing to talk.

Neither the J.R. Simplot Co. nor the Simplot family has plans to develop their roughly 2,000 acres in Columbia Bench, spokesman Ken Dey said.

“We’re not going to commit to anything, but we’re happy to have a conversation with the city,” Dey said.

A Micron spokesman said the chipmaker hasn’t “made any announcements on plans for further development of the campus at this point.”

“Micron is committed to working with the city of Boise on development planning that addresses infrastructure, transportation and other needs to ensure that Boise continues to be a great place to live and work for Micron team members,” spokesman Marc Musgrove said in an email.

Clegg said she hopes to work toward an agreement between the city, Micron, Simplot and other stakeholders over the next year. In 2019, she said, she’d like to see at least part of a new plan committed to paper.

“I don’t have any illusions that you’re going to walk in and say, ‘OK, we all agree that this is the direction we should go or not go,’ ” Clegg said. “I think it’ll take some time to make sure all the players can agree on a direction first.”

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Idaho lawmakers introduce $200M tax cut plan

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho lawmakers have ushered in a $200 million tax cut plan as the first tax relief proposal of the 2018 legislative session.

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle said Tuesday the proposal is one of the largest tax reduction bills ever proposed in Idaho’s history.

The legislation is designed to offset the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last month.

If approved, the plan would reduce personal income and corporate tax rates and create a $130 Idaho child tax credit.

Idaho lawmakers are feeling pressure to pass some sort of sweeping tax relief plan this year because currently taxpayers are estimated to pay roughly $100 million more in taxes due to the federal tax plan’s changes.

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee introduced the bill Tuesday. It must now pass a full hearing.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Boise restaurant to close after 36 years, meaning a California chain is leaving Idaho

Tons of restaurant chains expand into Boise to get their piece of the pie.

But the pie will all be gone soon — at least on Fairview Avenue.

Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery, 8574 W. Fairview, will close this Friday, Jan. 26.

There are no plans to relocate the restaurant, according to Katie Chalmers, account executive at Murphy O’Brien Public Relations, which represents the Orange County-based restaurant chain.

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That means Marie Callender’s hasn’t just left the building — it’s left the Gem State. Boise had the only Marie Callender’s location in Idaho.

While the exit might trigger applause among locavores and California-loathing Idahoans, it’s hard not to ponder ol’ Marie Callender’s with nostalgia.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Karen Downey, a shift manager, who has worked at the restaurant for 28 years. “I’m going to miss my customers. I’ve got people I waited on when they were kids, and now they’re adults and they bring their kids in. I’ve been through people getting married and divorced, the husband dying and the wife dying, graduation parties and holidays with these people.”

Marie Callender began selling her pies in Orange County in the 1940s and opened her first pie shop in the city of Orange in 1964. Five years later, the shops began offering a full restaurant menu. The chain had 156 restaurants in 1998, the Orange County Register reported. Today, 50 are left, most in California, with a handful in Nevada and Utah.

The Boise restaurant opened in 1982. A Marie Callender Ala Carte restaurant at the Boise Towne Square mall closed in 1998. In 2007, voters in the Idaho Statesman’s annual Best of Treasure Valley competition gave Marie Callender’s the award for best brunch.

Marie Callender’s merged with Perkins Family Restaurants, another bakery-cafe chain that formerly operated in Boise, in 2006. But it struggled to compete with fast-casual restaurants, which make meals to order without table service. In 2011, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A restructuring led to the closure of 31 Marie Callender’s restaurants in eight states, the Register reported.

In 2017, sales dropped 5.7 percent to $139.8 million, according to Technomic, a market research firm in Chicago.

Downey blamed rising rent for the closure. The property is owned by Bews Apple Pie, operated by a trust set up for the survivors of Edward L. Bews, who died in 2016. The Statesman was unable to reach a representative for the trust.

A 30-day suspension of the restaurant’s liquor license played no role in the closure, Downey said. The license was suspended after Boise police found that the restaurant sold alcohol to an underage buyer. It was the second time the restaurant had been cited in the past three years, said Capt. Brad Doty of the Idaho State Police’s Alcohol Beverage Control division.

The license was reinstated Sunday. Marie Callender’s will have 90 days after closing to lease or sell the license to another establishment, Doty said. The going rate in Boise, where there are 144 licenses, is $175,000, Doty said.

The Boise restaurant has 26 employees. Other restaurants have reached out to notify workers of openings. Downey said she’s not sure what she’ll do.

“I’m on for bigger and better things,” Downey said. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for a long time, and it’s time for me to step back and just get something a little bit easier on my body.”

If you’re one of those meanies celebrating the closing, have some pie. You’ve got until Friday.

“I’m not sure of the exact time,” Downey said. “They said maybe 4 o’clock — before the dinner rush and after the lunch rush.”

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Thursday, 4 January 2018

One of Boise’s best-known breweries just got sold. Garden City will get a new taproom

Crooked Fence Brewing Co. is going straight — straight back to its roots.

The brewery, which opened in Garden City in 2012 before relocating to Eagle in 2014, has been sold. The new owners plan to bring Crooked Fence back to Garden City and open a taproom there by spring.

Known for eye-catching artwork on its beer cans and bottles, Crooked Fence helped jumpstart the wave of local breweries that flooded the Treasure Valley over the past several years. In 2017, Crooked Fence owners Kris Price and Travis Krawl sold their Eagle property and brewpub at 3705 Idaho 16 in Eagle but continued to brew on site. Last week, they sold the Crooked Fence business and its equipment, Price says.

New owners Jeff and Maerene Cutler plan to relocate Crooked Fence’s 15-barrel brewhouse to a 4,000-square-foot space at 5220 N. Sawyer Ave. — about a block away from Crooked Fence’s original Garden City location.

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Head brewer Jeff Winn will make the transition to the new spot, Jeff Cutler says. Fans of Crooked Fence shouldn’t notice any changes to the beers, he adds.

“We’re going to continue the Crooked Fence Brewing name,” Cutler says.

The new Crooked Fence taproom, which will be about 1,500 square feet, should open around April 1, Cutler says.

In 2016, Crooked Fence Brewing’s production ranked fourth in the Treasure Valley behind Payette, Sockeye and Mother Earth Brew Co. Crooked Fence brewed about 3,200 barrels in 2017, Price says.

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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Court: Simplot Foundation must pay taxes on Boise facility

BOISE – The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that the J.R. Simplot Foundation was not eligible for a tax exemption while constructing its "urban meeting place" in downtown Boise in the 2015 tax year.

In its Thursday decision, the state’s highest court decided the structure did not qualify for a charitable tax exemption because it was under construction and not being used exclusively for charitable purposes.

"Here, the plain language of the statute unambiguously indicates that to receive the charitable tax exemption the property must be used exclusively for the charitable purposes for which the charitable company is organized," Chief Justice Roger Burdick wrote in the nine-page decision. "The foundation argues that construction of a charitable building falls within this language. We disagree."

The five-story complex called JUMP – or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – is a community gathering place and creative center funded by the family of the Idaho business icon J.R. Simplot.

The facility was roughly 70 percent complete in early 2015 and held its grand opening by the end of that year. According to court documents, the foundation argued the facility conducted charitable work during construction because approximately 500 people, including prominent community member, either toured or listened to presentations at JUMP in 2014.

Thursday’s decision affirms a prior district court ruling, which agreed with Ada County that the foundation did not qualify for a tax exemption in 2015. Ada County originally billed the foundation $675,000 in property taxes for the 2015 tax year, but it’s still unclear how much the foundation will have to pay because it is currently challenging the county’s assessment.

A spokeswoman for the foundation did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday; neither did a spokeswoman for Ada County.

In Idaho, nonprofits are generally exempt from paying property taxes, as well as federal and state income taxes, because they relieve the government’s burden of providing those services. In 1999, Idaho lawmakers carved out a special exemption for hospitals that allowed them to receive a property tax exemption during construction.

The foundation’s attorneys argued the law should also apply to other nonprofits, but the court disagreed.

"The fact that the Legislature amended the exemption statute as it applies to hospitals demonstrates the Legislature was aware of the problem facing charitable entities during construction, and yet chose to amend the statute only as to hospitals, and not extend the exemption to other charitable entities," Burdick wrote.

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Exciting Things You Can Do In Boise ID

Will you be taking a quick trip through Boise and Idaho? If you will me, you will want to find some things to do. It’s one of those locations that many people may not think about visiting until they actually spend a few days in this capital city of Idaho. There are many locations such as the Boise national force that many people visit from all over the country. There are also fun things that you can do. Here are a few of the best experiences that you can have while you are in Boise ID.

Julia Davis Park

If you are going to be in Julia Davis Park for just a few hours, you will see why this municipal park is so popular. If you happen to have a hotel in downtown Boise, it’s probably just a quick walk from your location. It was donated years ago, and has many beautiful things that you can see. Once you are done there, you should take a drive down what is called the Boise Greenville.

Boise Greenville Drive

If you have the time, take your rental car and go through this recreational area. It will take you right along the Boise River. It is called a Greenway, not so much a Greenbelt, and you will get to see many beautiful sites. It’s designed for people that just want to go on a relaxing drive.

There are other places that you can go when you visit. You might want to take a tour of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. It’s a landmark in the area, and many people visit to and take pictures of the 30 historic buildings. Regardless of where you go in Boise ID, you will have a good time. It is recommended that you travel during the warmer months as it can be very cold. Plan your trip accordingly and it might be one of the best vacations that you have taken in a long time.

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