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When wildfire hits the Foothills of the Treasure Valley, everyone who lives there goes on alert.  Three years ago, Nancy Suiter felt that fear when lightning struck the ground near Highway 16. 

A wildfire started in the Eagle foothills and the home Suiter and her husband had built 32 years before was in the path of the flames.  Her daughter Josie Newton took her mother to the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about that day.

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Bronwyn Leslie is a busy woman. The Boise actor and musician was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Idaho Film Office to produce a documentary about Lyda Southard, the famous Idaho serial killer.

Southard lived in Twin Falls around the turn of the 20th century. She is thought to have poisoned five men -- including four of her husbands -- for the insurance money.

Charmagne Westcott

Each year, thousands of children are adopted into new families.  When those children grow up, some seek out their biological parents.  That’s what Charmagne Westcott did when she hired a private detective to try and find her birth mother. She sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to remember how she found her biological mother, Sherry Jurd.

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Boise has made a lot of national top 10 lists lately, but one the city is conspicuously absent from is a list of best urban bike paths. The well-known Boise River Greenbelt does not appear on a list from TheActiveTimes.com, despite stretching from east Boise west toward Nampa.

Boise 150, Community Conversation
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This year, Boise turns 150-years-old. When it comes to national top 10 lists, the town has been competitive with much bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and even New York City. But what exactly is it about Idaho’s capital city that makes it a place people love to call “home”?

During a community conversation hosted by the KBSX newsroom, Boiseans dug in to what makes the city tick.

Karen Bubb

Boise artist Karen Bubb took more than 1,000 photographs while she was in Cuba last December. She returned to create more than 100 paintings inspired by those photos.

Brian Thom and Ardele Hanson

Four years ago, Brian Thom, the Episcopal Bishop of Idaho, came up with a plan to ask Ardele Hanson to marry him.  He wanted to recreate a special moment by kayaking up the Snake River to a lush, green island they had visited that summer. 

In his pocket was an engagement gift, a heart-shaped necklace.  The couple sat down in the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about that day.

Dave Crawforth

Boise is 150-years-old this year. The same year that Idaho became a territory, 1863, Boise became a town.

Terri Schorzman knows the city well. She was born here and didn’t leave until she was in high school when her father took a job in Colorado. Schorzman says she had a circuitous route back to Boise, including 13 years in Washington D.C.

“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” she says. “I just wanted to raise my kids here.”  Schorzman and her family left Washington D.C. on a whim. She and her husband didn’t have any jobs lined up in Boise.  

Larry McCauley, StoryCorps
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It was just over 45 years ago when the first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa. Now, about 2,000 transplant surgeries happen every year in the United States.

Larry McCauley of Idaho is part of that statistic.  He's now 67, but on October 8, 1986, he had a heart transplant. Since then, McCauley has led a full life and works part time.

His friend Elise Daniel recently brought him to the StoryCorps booth in Boise to talk about his surgery and how it affected him.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

As Boise celebrates its 150th birthday this month, the city and its residents are also thinking about the next 150 years. Boise is looking toward community planning to meet its goal of becoming “the most livable city in the country.”  

And when it comes to planning a city’s future, Boise is looking to Jaap Vos. He is the director of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Boise State University. Vos moved to town a year ago, and is building the academic program that will produce a new group of city planners.

The Things That Draw People To Boise (And What Pushes Them Away)

Jul 9, 2013
Boise, Foothills, City, Landscape
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Every year Boise ranks on a slew of top 10 lists. The city has been placed among the best U.S.

Garrison Keillor
Erik Hageness

In the world of radio, few voices are as distinct as Garrison Keillor’s. 

The Minnesota native created the live weekend variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” nearly four decades ago.  The program has taken Keillor and his crew all over the U.S., and soon, perhaps, even overseas. 

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise celebrated its 150 birthday Sunday with a massive party at Julia Davis Park. The City of Trees was officially platted July 7, 1863.

Mayor Dave Bieter led the birthday song for the crowd.  Crowds flocked to the shade, escaping the heat under food and beer tents.  The festivities included music from local indie rock group Finn Riggins, as well as more traditional music from Boise's past.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

This summer, more than 60,000 people are expected to see a play at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Of the five plays this season, perhaps the most anticipated is "Sweeney Todd".

This blood-drenched murder musical by Stephen Sondheim shocked audiences when it debuted more than 30 years ago. It’s had a large and loyal audience ever since, and in 2007 director Tim Burton made a movie version starring Johnny Depp.

This is not the Shakespeare Festival’s first dance with Sondheim but it is its first time with "Sweeney Todd". 

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