Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic awes Treasure Valley

The skies over Boise have been polka-dotted this week with dozens of colorful hot air balloons for the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. Local and out-of-state pilots are giving the Treasure Valley a spectacular show, sometimes causing drivers to take a moment to pull over.

Late school buses worry parents

For some families, busing woes have marred the start of the school year in the West Ada School District. At times, calls from concerned parents have jammed phone lines at the transportation office, now run by Cascade Student Transportation.

GO FIVE

If you don’t mind going out on a work/school night, Tuesdays offer an opportunity to save money at a variety of places at The Village at Meridian. Here are five options for a mid-week fun night. View more deals at thevillageatmeridian.com/play/event/48.

Road report

Third Street from Bower Street to Franklin Road, road closure through today for sewer and water work. Eighth Street from McGlinchey Avenue to Newport street, lane restrictions with flagging through Sept. 1 for utility work. Lake Hazel Road west of Eagle Road, lane restrictions with flagging through today for gas service line installation. Lanark Street from Eagle Road to west of Olson Avenue, lane restrictions with flagging through today for utility work. Locust Grove Road from Amity Road to Wrightwood Drive, lane restrictions with flagging through today for sewer and water work. McGuire Street from Bloomington Drive to Harris Street, road closure through Tuesday for water line replacement. Meridian Road south of Overland Road to Central Drive and Waltman Lane, lane restrictions and pedestrian restrictions through Oct. 31, 2015, for the rebuilding of the Interstate 84 overpass. Pine Avenue easat of Ten Mile Road, lane restrictions through today for pedestrian manhole maintenance. Strauss Drive from Locust Grove Road to Debussy Way and Mozart Street, road closure through Sunday for sewer and water work. Ustick Road west of Meridian Road, lane restrictions with flagging through Monday for concrete work. Williams Street from Main Street to Northeast Second Street, road closure through Sept. 12 for water main work.

Public hearing Tuesday over utility fee increase plan

Your water and sewer bill could see an almost $5 increase each month — part of Meridian’s plan to pay for projects at the wastewater treatment plant so it can meet stricter environmental standards. The city’s website says the fee increase will cost the average customer less than a cup of coffee a month and will help the city avoid major fines if it fails to meet federal regulations.

PET OF THE WEEK

Kona is an adult, spayed chocolate lab. Kona is house trained and loves tummy rubs. She is up to date with her shots, good with kids and plays well with other days. She knows some commands (roll-over, stay, etc.) and is a very sweet girl. She is ready and eager to go home today. Any family would love to have this gentle girl as their “furever” pet. Contact the Meridian Valley Human Society at 794-0944 for information.

GOING PLACES

Junior Achievement of Idaho announced it has been awarded the Five Star Award, which is one of Junior Achievement USA’s highest honors. Junior Achievement of Idaho serves more than 12,000 students throughout Idaho. The organization is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers who work together to help young people understand the economics of life. One of Meridian’s newest barbers, Joey Sosa, joined B & J’s Barbershop in July, located on the corner of Fairview Avenue and Meridian Road. Sosa had worked in the beverage industry for years when his interest in barbering started to grow. “The whole concept of helping one feel and look better, the conversation that’s created with people from your own community, laughing, and being real” attracted him to the job, he said. Sosa offers haircuts, face and head shaves and design work.

In Meridian this week: social media safety, school election

My stomach felt sick this week while reading the news about a 35-year-old Nampa man who allegedly tried to use Facebook to lure a 13-year-old Meridian girl to have sex with him. Thankfully, what he didn’t know is that at some point on the other side of the computer, detectives stepped in, pretending to be the girl until they could catch the suspect at his proposed meeting spot — a Meridian park, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

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