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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.

City of Boise

A map of the planned dog park in Ann Mor­ri­son Park.

KELSEY GREY [email protected]­hostates­man.com

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.

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