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UPDATE: Meridian police apprehend student allegedly responsible for Heritage threat Meridian Police have apprehended a student allegedly responsible for making a threat involving Heritage Middle School, according to school officials. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Housing construction has 'gone crazy' in West Ada, boosting total market value Bob McQuade Roughly 2,400 new housing units were built in the West Ada School District from 2016 to 2017. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Treasure Valley Kite Festival returns to Meridian Saturday Locals came out to Kleiner Park in Meridian April 30 to enjoy the third annual Treasure Valley Kite Festival. The fourth annual Treasure Valley Kite Festival is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kleiner Park, 1900 N. Records Ave. in Meridian. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Meridian leaders talk Costco, mental health and transportation Town Hall Costco is showing an interest in building in Meridian, but the company hasn't yet turned in an application outlining its plans to the city, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd announced Wednesday during a city town hall at Cole Valley Christian High School. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: 2.5 minutes
Scentsy employees to get $10 each to spread cheer on International Pay It Forward Day Scentsy Scentsy Inc.'s owners are giving the company's 1,058 employees $10 each so they can spread some kindness Friday, International Pay It Forward Day, according to a press release. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
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This weeks top sports

Football academy to host seminar, skills camp Football academy Idaho Elite Football Academy is hosting a youth workshop and football camp on April 14-15. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Former BSU running back Jay Ajayi to host youth football day camp in Boise Jay Ajayi Former Boise State All-American running back Jay Ajayi will host a youth football camp in Boise in June, according to a press release. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Rocky Mountain’s Kolby Lee follows in mother’s footsteps with Gatorade Player of the Year Rocky Mountain vs Centennial Basketball MERIDIAN — Rocky Mountain senior basketball player Kolby Lee always wanted to be just like his mother, Jill, on the court. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: 3.3 minutes
Ex-Mountain View star Slocum looks to continue historic season at NCAA Tournament Maryland Ohio St Basketball Even with two 6-foot senior All-Americans Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, 5-foot-7 Maryland freshman guard and former Mountain View High School basketball star Destiny Slocum is arguably the biggest standout for one of the nation’s best women’s college basketball teams. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: 5.0 minutes
Ex-Mountain View star Slocum looks to continue historic season at NCAA Tournament Maryland Ohio St Basketball Even with two 6-foot senior All-Americans Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, 5-foot, 7-inch Maryland freshman guard and former Mountain View girls basketball star Destiny Slocum is arguably the biggest standout for one of the nation’s best women’s college basketball teams. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: 5.0 minutes

This weeks top education news

Housing construction has 'gone crazy' in West Ada, boosting total market value Bob McQuade Roughly 2,400 new housing units were built in the West Ada School District from 2016 to 2017. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Local students named Presidential Scholars semifinalists Six Idaho students have been selected as semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, including a student from the West Ada School District and two brothers from Boise. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
West Ada alerts parents after bus aide charged with sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult School bus The West Ada School District notified parents of children riding on a school district bus after learning of a Meridian man’s arrest last week. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
Rocky Mountain freshman to pitch medical towel design on national stage Danica Burback Seeing her great-aunt struggle to grasp objects because of Parkinson’s disease sparked an idea in 14-year-old Danica Burback. It’s a simple idea, but one that earned Burback $2,800 from local investors and a trip to New York to pitch her business model at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy semi-finals. Burback’s design is a bath towel with straps on it. People who can’t easily hold a towel can slide their wrists into the straps and still be able dry themselves off. “People don’t really like help bathing, because it’s ... a personal thing,” Burback said. “The straps, they’re there to help people with limited mobility and tremors operate the towel without the use of gripping muscles, because it’s hard for them to do that.” Burback, a freshman at Rocky Mountain High School, developed a plan for her business, Burback Medical, through the Meridian Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, run by the Meridian Chamber of Commerce. The students in the program, all in grades six through 12, work with mentors, learn to write business plans, and are given the opportunity to register their business with the state. Some of the program’s graduates are still operating their businesses years later. “Even if you don’t end up with a business, it’s a really great experience, just to like learn the process of how it’s done,” Burback said. At the program’s investor panel on April 6, Burback asked for $810. But investors decided to give her $2,800 — the highest award — so she could afford to work with a patenting attorney. “I was just kind of like, ‘Is this real?’” Burback said. “It was so weird, because I was not expecting to win.” On May 5, Burback will compete at the national semi-finals, presenting a three-minute pitch about her business. The Saunders Scholars National Conference and Competition is hosted at the Rochester Technology Institute in New York. The winners will advance to the America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., to compete for college scholarships and business start-up prize packages. Burback still has a few years to decide, but she said she wants to be a paramedic someday. “I just think that’s so cool — having to, like, analyze the situation and then reacting fast,” she said. Many of her family members are in the medical industry. THE BURBACK MEDICAL TOWEL Burback’s idea for a medical towel was inspired by her great aunt, who has Parkinson’s disease, and her grandmother, Jackie English, who has arthritis and lives with Burback’s family in Meridian. “I’m very proud of her,” English said. “She’s very determined, and she has put a lot of thought into this.” The cost estimate to make each towel is just over $10, Burback said. She plans to sell them for $22 each. “I’ve had a lot of people tell me, ‘You can sell it for a lot more and make a lot more money on it,’” she said. But that would defeat part of her mission. “Part of my whole plan was that it would be affordable to people who need it,” she said. Burback plans to first market the towel to assisted living and rehab facilities, then to individuals, she said. At the investor panel, Burback’s idea piqued the interest of one of the fathers in the audience, Bryan Connington. Connington owns Safety for Seniors, which provides safety equipment such as shower bars. He saw the towel as something that could meet another need when it comes to bathing. “Bathing ... can be tricky to do if you have reduced capabilities,” he said. “I think what she was trying to do is allow people to still have that type of independence and dignity.” Connington has connected Burback with some of his contacts in the industry. “He’s helping me get some warm welcomes into the medical world,” Burback said. Burback is talking with Boise organizations that will potentially produce the towels, including Transformation Sewing Shops and Artisans for Hope, a nonprofit that helps refugees resettle and build skills. Burback said she likes the idea of supporting the refugee program. “They’ve had such a hard time in life ... and it’s a new culture that they’re getting put into, probably a new language,” she said. “And I feel like any help that they can get is a good step forward.” Burback said she has other ideas for helpful medical-related devices that she hopes to pursue when her business is more established. “The whole family and I are backing her 100 percent,” English said. “We’re very, very excited for her adventure.” Read more · Estimated Reading Time: 5.9 minutes
More Idaho school districts launch college-readiness program West Ada logo Idaho's largest school district is the latest of six districts across the state to launch a program designed to help at-risk kids get ready for college. Read more · Estimated Reading Time: less than a minute
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