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Sept. 15-21 2004


To celebrate the opening of Phase II of the Terminal Expansion Program at the Boise Airport, the community is invited to a public open house Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. During the celebration visitors can view the new areas of the terminal building (areas that will be limited to ticketed passengers only when it is officially open on Wednesday, September 22). These newly remodeled areas include the security checkpoint, food court and Concourse C. Adding to the beauty of these open areas are a couple of public artworks commissioned by the Boise City Arts Commission including works by Portland artists Lawrence Ko and Ray Ahlgren. The first is Aggregate, an art glass "chandelier" hung above a water feature/fireplace (see photo) located below a skylight in the new food court area. This glass fireplace will soon be completed (November 15). Also recently completed is Ko and Ahlgren's art glass wall, Reticulated Horizon, dividing the security entrance and exit with geologic glass formations cascading down the wall in a color palette of clear, blue, green, amber, brown and iridescent glass. On the horizon is Louise Kodis' fabric mural to be installed in the ticketing area on September 25. Those interested in attending the open house may park in the the terminal building--validation will provided for up to four hours.

Troy Passey's Portland Show

Boise artist, Troy Passey has a one-person exhibition in Portland through October 2 at the Ogle Gallery. The show of new works entitled Beautawful is Passey's second show at Ogle Gallery. Previously, Passey has shown locally at J. Crist Gallery, Boise Art Museum and Boise State University in the Voices and Visions Exhibition. Travelers to Portland can catch Passey's show at Ogle Gallery, 310 NW Broadway, (503) 227-4333.


Ahsahta Press at Boise State University has released a newly designed and formatted edition of the groundbreaking anthology Women Poets of the West, by Tom Trusky. Trusky is director of the Idaho Center for the Book and a Boise State English professor. Emphasizing the work of poets writing between 1850 and 1950, the collection highlights the work of 14 women, from the Mormon writer Eliza Snow (many of whose poems are still sung as hymns) to Janet Lewis, who died in 1998.

The new format places biographical information about each poet alongside a selection of that writer's work. An appendix includes bibliographies for each of the poets. "We tried to design a book that is comfortable for the reader as well as practical for classroom use," said Janet Holmes, Ahsahta Press director.

Women Poets of the West is available for $16.95 from the Boise State Bookstore, 1910 University Drive; from Small Press Distribution at; and from Ahsahta Press at


Boise State University's Center for Idaho History and Politics has resurrected Fettucine Forum (originally hosted by Noodles Restaurant--get it?), a free lecture series on Boise's past and future. The Fettuccine Forum will be held the first Thursday of each month and will focus on the history and cultural life of Boise and the Treasure Valley. Lively and informal, the monthly event invites the public to interact with politicians, artists, historians, activists, advocates and professionals who treasure life in our booming valley and strive to make it a better place. The revived forum is sponsored by the Center for Idaho History and Politics at Boise State University; Office of the Mayor, City of Boise; Boise State Radio; Villano's Specialty Market & Deli and Grape Escape. The event kicks off on October 7 with reflections on growing up in Boise by Mayor Dave Bieter. Subsequent forums listed below consider election politics, creative growth strategies for the Treasure Valley, solutions to Boise's inversion, public art and historic preservation.

• October 7--"Growing Up Boise: Reflections of a Hometown Mayor" presented by Mayor Dave Bieter

• November 4--"How We Voted and Why: Election 2004" presented by Jim Weatherby, Boise State University

• February 3--"Creative Paths to Municipal Growth" presented by Nancy Napier, Boise State University

• March 3--"A Fog Over Boise: The Hidden Cost of Dirty Air" presented by Rob Sterling, Micron Technology

• April 7--"The Arts and Economic Prosperity" presented by Julie Numbers Smith, Boise Arts Commission

• May 5--"Boise and a Sense of Place" presented by Robert Sims, Boise State University

Forums held in Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho Street. Doors at 5 p.m., presentations at 5:30 p.m. :