Hello Thursday. Gretchen Parsons here to fill you in.
We have the latest on a news conference about the homicides in Moscow, with frustratingly little new information. Plus, travel info ahead of the holiday – and a new Bogus-themed beer.
- Today: 36° 🌫🌤 Patchy fog then partly sunny.
First Up Today
Moscow Police hold news conference, provide few updates
Moscow Police held a news conference yesterday evening regarding the University of Idaho killings. It provided little new information.
Police now say that there is a potential threat to the community as no suspect is in custody. It’s a different stance from earlier this week when police said that there was no “imminent threat to the community.”
“That individual is still out there, we cannot say that there is no threat to the community,” Moscow Police Chief James Fry said Thursday. “And as we’ve stated, please stay vigilant reporting suspicious activity and be aware of your surroundings at all times.”
On Saturday night, police said that two of the victims were at a house party, and the other two were at a bar. They all arrived home after 1:45 a.m. and were killed with a sharp-edged object, such as a knife, sometime early Sunday morning. Police also said two other roommates were home during the attack but weren’t harmed. Someone called 911 at noon Sunday to report an unconscious person on King Road. The “unconscious” person was actually deceased and one of the four victims. Police will not say who called 911 or what the surviving roommates know about the attack, if anything.
Fry acknowledged that police should have addressed the community and press sooner.
“We have tried to push out some information from press releases,” Fry said. “I should have been standing here a day or so ago.”
That’s all police have released about the crimes.
Boise State University is holding a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims tonight in Boise at B Plaza, near Joyce St. and University Dr.
Planning your Thanksgiving travel
If you’re headed out of town this Thanksgiving, we have some tips to make your travels smoother.
Between the Friday before Thanksgiving and the Monday afterward, the Boise Airport is expecting 150,000 travelers. Peak travel days at BOI are predicted to be Sunday (11/20) and Wednesday (11/23) prior to the holiday, and Sunday (11/27) and Monday (11/28) following the holiday.
Taking a rideshare like Uber or Lyft to the airport is probably the quickest option. Travelers can also use the airport’s curbside valet service, located at the east end of the upper-level departure curb, for $21 per day. An online reservation is encouraged. The Chevron near the airport also offers a valet service for a similar price (that’s what I typically use if not rideshare).
If you plan on parking, space is limited. Passengers can check the airport parking page prior to leaving to see how many spots are available. BOI says people will most likely have to utilize the newly expanded Economy Parking Lot, which is located at Victory and Orchard (5600 W. Victory Rd.) and is serviced by a shuttle that runs every 15 minutes.
Bogus Basin beer and soft opening
Bogus basin announced it will have a soft opening this weekend.
The mountain will be open from 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to eligible season pass holders (no midweek or night season passes, Twilight passes from 3 p.m. to close). Bogus will also sell a restricted quantity of 100 reduced price lift tickets online.
The soft opening includes seven trails, Alpine, Showcase, Bogus Creek, Upper & Lower Ridge, Sourdough, Stewart’s Bowl and Coach.
In other mountain news- Bogus Basin and Western Collective are teaming up to make a ski-themed brew!
Above the Clouds is an IPA with a 4.9% ABV. It’s described as a “perfect balance of full, crisp flavor and drinkable lightness.” The can features Bogus Basin’s picturesque skyline and for every pint sold, a portion of the proceeds go back to Bogus Basin.
So when and where can you get your hands on this beer? A launch party is being thrown at Western Proper in downtown Boise this Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. It’s free to attend and there will be raffles to win a Cordova cooler and several different tiered Bogus Basin season passes.
Above the clouds will also be sold on the mountain at Bogus, Western Collective, Western Proper, Albertsons, Whole Foods, and other local stores that carry Western Collective brew.
(Picture courtesy Bogus Basin)
- Off-Leash Dog Program: Boise’s off-leash dog program is expanding to include Simplot Sports Complex beginning Monday, November 21. Dogs can already roam free at Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex.
- Chick-fil-A: For the fans of Chick-fil-A, the Village location in Meridian reopens at 10:30 a.m. today.
- Neighborhood Improvements: Do you have a sidewalk gap in your neighborhood, know the perfect route for a bikeway, want a new street crossing in your community, or have a recommendation for a road you use? If so, ACHD wants to hear from you. Submit your responses here.
- Air Stagnation: An Air Stagnation Advisory is in effect in the Treasure Valley until 11 a.m. Yep… an inversion.
- Nampa Open House: Nampa is seeking feedback on the Midland Boulevard Corridor from Caldwell Boulevard to Greenhurst Road. There is an open house tonight at Trinity Lutheran Church (8 S. Midland Boulevard, Nampa, ID 83651) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Albertsons’ big dividend payment sees new delay
A temporary restraining order is blocking Albertsons from doling out a dividend payment worth $4-billion. The payment was supposed to go out this month. Don Day has the latest in the Albertsons Kroger merger.
JR Simplot Company is expanding into Canada, picking up 15 additional locations focused on providing services and products to farmers. The deal will grow the company to more than 245 locations across the US and now Canada. Details of the acquisition on BoiseDev.
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donates $6M to Blue Cross foundation
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health just picked up a $6 million donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Scott’s ex-husband is Jeff Bezos. As Anna Daly reports, the foundation will work with its board of directors to determine how the $6 million will be allocated across the state.
Boise City Council votes to approve industrial park next to Blue Valley mobile home park after hours of testimony
A campus of warehouse building has been approved between the Winco Foods warehouse and Blue Valley Mobile Home Park. Before Boise City Council approved the project, there were hours of back and forth testimony. Margaret Carmel was there and has more on the opposition to the project.
“Record demand”: The need for multifamily housing and Nampa’s economy discussed during forum
At the Nampa Chamber of Commerce economic forum, speakers said there’s a high demand for more multi-family housing in Nampa. Autum Robertson was in attendance and has the highlights from the discussion.
- DIY Painting: Edge Brewing in downtown Boise is hosting a DIY painting class tonight at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 and does not include beer.
- Poetry Slam: Guru Donuts is hosting a November Poetry Slam tonight at 5 p.m. and signups are open to the public. Each poet will be given 3 minutes to read their original work while the audience members score their performances to help determine the winner.
- Wintry Market: The Wintry Market is happening Friday from 3-8 p.m. and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Boise Convention Centre. Wintry Market consists of innovative and original items produced using traditional art/craft methods by 135 regional artists & crafters. Admission is $10 on Friday and $5 on Saturday.
- High Tea: Capitol Cellars is hosting a Thanksgiving High Tea from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Call for reservations.
Pet of the Day
Meet Archie! Owner Glenn Anders says Archie likes to chase his laser pointer and is a huge tuna fan!
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)!