Pet Ordinance Update + Off-Leash Program + NUTmobile
Hello Friday. Gretchen Parsons here with your news of the day.
Hello. Two Boise parks will allow dogs to walk off-leash starting next week, we have the details. Plus, an update on the Ada County Animal Control Ordinance.
- Today: 57° 🌤 Partly sunny.
- Weekend: This weekend promises to be partly sunny with highs of 57° on Saturday and 58° on Sunday.
First place today
Update: Changes to the Ada County Animal Control Ordinance
Earlier this week we informed readers that Ada County was reworking its animal control ordinance and this morning we have an update.
Margaret Carmel attended a meeting with county commissioners and the Idaho Humane Society and got the details of the updated version.
One of the key elements is defining what constitutes a dangerous dog. Current law states that any dog that approaches someone with “an apparent attacking attitude” may be classified by the Idaho Humane Society as dangerous, which then leads to the dog’s euthanasia. The proposed new rules define dangerous dogs as an animal that has bitten another dog or a person. If a bite does occur and is reported, the owner can either go through state court proceedings or an administrative hearing through the Idaho Humane Society, depending on the nature of the injury.
At the hearing, the circumstances of the attack, the nature of the dog, past incidents and whether the bite was provoked will be discussed before a decision is made. The new ordinance proposes to allow dangerous dogs to be kept in Ada County, provided they follow certain regulations and are subject to regular inspections. This could include posting danger signs for dogs, muzzling on walks, locked doors, and other requirements to prevent the dog from harming others. If a homeowner doesn’t like the ruling, they can appeal to Ada County through the court system for a second opinion under the new ordinance.
Ada County plans to continue public education about the ordinance before making a final decision Nov. 29.
You can read a more in-depth version of this story, including other changes to the ordinance, on BoiseDev.
Boise off-leash dog program begins
Speaking of dogs, next week furry friends will once again be welcomed into select Boise parks.
Boise Parks and Rec’s off-leash dog program begins Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex. Dogs are free to roam off-leash from sunrise to sunset in both parks, except on the Boise River Greenbelt trails, parking lots, roads, and playgrounds.
The program begins each year when the fall sports leagues end and will run until February 28, 2023.
Together Treasure Valley Dog Island at Ann Morrison Park will remain open all winter, but seasonal pond drawdown has begun. Also, as temperatures drop, the pond can become icy and create dangerous conditions. People are urged to be mindful of their pets around the banks.
The NUTmobile is coming to town
Keep your eyes peeled this weekend for a giant peanut on wheels!
Planter brand NUTmobile, pictured above, is touring the country and making stops in Treasure Valley.
The crazy ride is piloted by a team of three Peanutters – Shell-exa, CrunchTime Kev and Groundnut Grace. During their stops this weekend, the team will be giving tours of their unique vehicle and handing out samples.
“Their main goal is to bring joy to communities during their East to West Nutcracker Festival,” a press release said.
Here are their scheduled stops:
- Saturday, October 29: Trunk or treat River Valley Church 1115 N Garden St, Boise, ID, 6-8 p.m.
- Sunday October 30: Wahooz Family Entertainment Zone 1385 S Blue Marlin Ln, Meridian, ID, 2-4 p.m.
- Sunday October 30: Halloween Sunday Mother Earth Tap House – Boise, 406 S 3rd St., Boise, ID, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Monday, October 31: The haunted world 20031 Northside Blvd, Caldwell, ID, 8:30 p.m.
It’s happening today
- Friday full of fuel: The average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in Ada County is $4.33, two cents less than last week. The national average is $3.76 a gallon, eight cents lower than last week.
- ⛷Valley of the Sun: Sun Valley Resort has announced that it will open for the season on Thanksgiving Day.
- Mobile voting: The Ada County Mobile Voting Center will be at the Star Library on State Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
- BSU game: The Boise State Broncos will face the Colorado State Rams on Saturday at Albertsons Stadium. Kick-off is at 5 p.m. You can watch the game on Fox Sports 1.
Mobile gaming app wins first place in cybersecurity pitch competition
A team of students from the University of Idaho won the cybersecurity pitch contest during Boise Entrepreneur Week and took home $12,000. Check out their business idea on BoiseDev.
Boise Entrepreneur Week discussion focuses on urban agriculture and sustainability
Agriculture was one of the panel discussions at Boise Entrepreneur Week. Local farmer Nick Crabbs led a discussion on how he generates money from his farm. Autum Robertson was there and has more on the different ways Crabbs makes money.
Boise counts the bicycle parking space in the apartments toward the 60 bicycle parking requirement in the downtown building
A resident of Thomas Logan Apartments has filed a complaint with the city regarding the number of bicycle parking spaces available at the complex. Find out why Boise dismissed his complaint from Margaret Carmel.
Governor Little leads panel on higher education at Boise Entrepreneur Week
Governor Little was joined by presidents of Idaho colleges and universities to discuss the state of education in Idaho. Scholarships and affordability are some of the topics that were discussed. Read highlights from the discussion on BoiseDev.
It’s Boise Entrepreneur Week! Here are some highlights for today. Get details and more in our event guide.
- Meta and Kuna: How We’re Building the Metaverse in Idaho
- 10:15-11:15 a.m., JUMP – Inspire room (4th floor)
- The pitch: Meta’s community manager for the western United States will explain the anticipated economic impact of Kuna’s data center on the region, the company’s sustainability and water management goals , and will give you a glimpse into the future of social connection: virtual reality, augmented reality, and the artificial intelligence that powers the metaverse.
- With: William Marks
- Looking into the crystal ball – What does Boise’s sustainable future look like?
- 12:45-1:30 p.m., JUMP – The Loft
- Boise is fertile ground for entrepreneurs interested in developing green services and technologies. While Boise’s quality of life and environmental and social amenities are the primary attraction for these “ecopreneurs,” supporting institutions and organizations are key to facilitating green business opportunities.
- Starring: Steve Bergos
- Case closed: Daralyn Johnson was found dead in 1982. David Darlymple was charged, nearly 40 years later, with her rape and murder. KTVB has more.
- Governors Race: Republican Idaho Governor Brad Little faces a handful of unconventional challengers in his low-key bid to win a second term as Idaho governor. The Idaho Capital Sun breaks down the race.
- Mental Health: As the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened a mental health crisis among young Americans, a small group of states have quietly pulled back from the nation’s largest public effort to track concerning behaviors among high school students. Learn more about the Idaho Capital Sun.
- Haunted: Paranormal investigators conducted investigations at the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Idaho News 6 has its findings.
Things to do
- Sleepy Hollow: BSU’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is at the Morrison Center tonight through Sunday. Get tickets here.
- Boo at the zoo: This Saturday and Sunday, Zoo Boise will have trick-or-treat candy stations, costume contests for all ages, vendors, photo ops, face painting and special Halloween-themed treats for zoo animals.
- horror movie: The Downtown Boise Egyptian presents Stephen King’s Classic Pet Graveyard, the 1989 and 1992 versions, on Sunday. Get tickets here.
- Yoga & Cider: Meriwether Cider in Boise hosts a one-hour yoga class on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $18.
(Adoptable) Animal of the day
Someone adopt this senior named Max! This is a 12 year old lab mix. Here is what his biography from the Idaho Humane Society says:
“Frosty face silver fox Max is here to say hello! He would love a new family to welcome him into his golden years. Max is literally good with everything from kids to dogs to cats to rabbits and even the hens! Max is also house trained and also knows all his basic commands, what a catch!
Learn more about Max here.
Submit your pet’s photo here, and we might feature it Monday through Thursday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send a prize to the winning animal (owners)!