done enough to battle homelessness and the opioid crisis.
Treefort brings bands: Treefort Music Fest returns March 20-24 with hundreds of bands scheduled to perform on the main stage and at several smaller Downtown venues. In its eighth year, Treefort plans to feature more than 400 acts, including Vince Staples, Liz Phair, Built to Spill and Toro Y Moi. Passes for all five days are $200 for adults and $125 for those under 21. Treefort also includes other entertainment, including Alefort, Filmfort, Foodfort, Hackfort, Kidfort, Storyfort, Comedyfort and Yogafort.
Mass-stabbing trial starts: An Ada County judge is expected to rule early in 2019 on whether Timmy Earl Kinner Jr., accused in the June 30, 2018, stabbing death of 3-year-old Ruya Kadir at a birthday party in Boise where eight other children and adults were injured, is competent to stand trial. A defense psychiatrist found that Kinner, 30, is unfit. He was scheduled to go to trial in January, but the trial was pushed back to Jan. 13, 2020, after defense lawyers said they needed more time to prepare for the deathpenalty case.
Treasurer faces trial: Ada County Treasurer Vicky Mcintyre is scheduled to go to trial March 27 after being accused of misusing public funds. Prosecutors say Mcintyre, who was elected in 2010, improperly used a county credit card to pay for tickets for a hockey game and to ride a Ferris Wheel while she attended a work-related conference in Las Vegas last March. Mcintyre, who did not run for re-election this year and who was suspended after charges were filed, argued that the expenses were legitimate for networking and team-building.
Morrison Center seeks leader: Boise State University’s performing arts venue is seeking a new executive director, after James Patrick announced his retirement in December, after seven years. He will stay on during a national search for his successor.
Kount moves in: The Boise tech company that helps businesses fight e-commerce fraud plans to move into the four-story John Alden Building at 10th and Main streets in the first quarter. It will relocate its 175 employees from its current headquarters on Lusk Street. Sawtooth Development Group of Ketchum, which bought the building in 2013, is spending $3.8 million to renovate it. The building will be renamed the Kount Building
Albertsons store opens: The Boise grocer plans to open its new Albertsons Market Street store at the corner of Fairview and Eagle roads in Meridian on the last weekend of February or the first weekend in March. The store will be similar to the Broadway Avenue store that opened last July and caters to foodies. However, the Meridian store, where Shopko formerly operated, will have 45 percent more space: 100,000 square feet compared with 63,000 square feet on Broadway. Want a job? Albertsons is hiring at both stores, with applications accepted online. The company will hold job fairs from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, , and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at 3677 Fairview Ave., in the same shopping center as the new store.
China Blue reopens: A collapsing roof forced two bars at 100 S. 6th St., China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy’s, to close earlier this year. China Blue, a dance club that operated on two levels, and Roddy’s, a countrythemed nightclub that operated below street level, are expected to re-open in March or April, owner Ted Challenger said.
Meridian builds downtown: Meridian developer Josh Evarts and financial backer Caleb Roope of The Pacific Cos. aim to reinvigorate downtown Meridian with a four-story mixed-use complex. The project would include 103 apartment units and retail on the first floor, with the goal of making downtown Meridian more walkable. Evarts said he hopes to break ground in March.
A map of the planned dog park in Ann Morrison Park.
The John Alden Building at 10th and Main streets will become the Kount Building when the tech company moves from its current headquarters on Lusk Street.