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Knock, Knock! Who's there?

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on April 6, 2009 at 6:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Census 2010


Time to be counted!

Starting today, you may just get a knock on your door from the Census Bureau. Over 1300 census workers will be out and about verifying and updating addresses in the Boise area. This starts today and will end in late June. Nationwide, more than 140,000 workers will participate in this effort! This is an important step in making sure every home gets a census questionnaire for 2010. The U.S. Consititution requires that everyone living in the United States be counted every ten years.

It's a bird, it's a plane...

It's Air Force One?????

No, it's not... but it sure looked like it!

Did you see it?

E4B Aircraft - United States of America
(Picture Courtesy of Doug Shaver,


This First Person photo shows a large 747 jet in the air over Boise Saturday. The jet touched down at BOI as part of a training exercise. It had United States of America printed across the side, and resembled Air Force One.

But it wasn't!

We did some checking, and found out it's an "E4B" aircraft - and is often used as an airborne operations center for the President, Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff in a large-scale emergency. The flight - and touchdown in Boise - was part of a training exercise for the pilot. The plane touched down at the airport - and BOI officials were only given about two minutes warning of the incoming flight!

The Kentucky Derby in BOISE?

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being one of the emcees of The Junior League Fashion Show at the annual fundraiser. The theme? "A Night at the Derby"... (The Kentucky Derby!) Ysabel Bilbao and I did the event together as a team, we both grabbed hats out of our closets - and I think we pulled it off, kind of:

Kentucky Derby in Boise!.jpg
Ysabel and Maggie

You should have seen all the gorgeous hats! There was even a hat parade for all the ladies... there was horse racing (televised) - a style show and a even a live auction to raise money. The Junior League of Boise does amazing things in this community. This night benefits the Especially Me Program - a self esteem course for young girls, Impact Boise - which supports foster families, and "Kids in the Kitchen" - a program aimed at curbing obesity. It was a fun night for all, and what a great cause!

Enjoy the SUN today!