Free tree-care classes

You can learn about planting, pruning and caring for trees through two free fall classes taught by the experts in Boise’s Community Forestry program.
Both classes begin at 6 p.m. in the Main Library, Hayes Auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. Days and topics are:
  • Sept. 29: How to Prune Trees
  • Oct. 6: How to Select & Plant Trees
Preregistration is not required. For more information, contact Boise Community Forestry via email or by phone at (208) 384-4083.
Instructors are certified arborists with Boise Parks & Recreation’s Community Forestry division, which manages the health of 41,000 trees in public parks and rights of way throughout the city. The division has established management policies to provide a healthy, sustainable, safe urban forest for the long term.
Pruning is the most important and often most overlooked part of tree maintenance. The Boise Tree Ordinance requires a free permit be procured from Community Forestry before any person or business may prune or remove any tree on public right-of-way.
Not all tree services in the Treasure Valley are allowed to do work on public right-of-way trees within Boise’s city limits. Only a Licensed Tree Service provider authorized by Boise Community Forestry is allowed to work on the public property trees.
Topping trees is not an acceptable form of tree pruning under any circumstance; it dramatically shortens the lifespan of trees. Therefore, topping of trees by any Boise Forestry Licensed Tree Service provider is not allowed on public or private trees.
The City of Boise has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation every year since 1976. The Community Forestry division encourage Boise residents to help keep Boise’s trees healthy and green.

Public Safety Alert

FROM BOISE CITY – Public Safety Alert: Stranger entering homes through Unlocked Doors!

Three women on Boise’s north side have made similar reports of a stranger entering their home. Officers believe sexual assault is the motive in all 3 cases.

Boise, Sept. 16, 2010 – Boise Police are alerting citizens to lock their doors and windows and double check the doors are locked before going to sleep at night. The caution comes after three separate but possibly connected reports of a stranger entering homes in Boise’s north side. Boise Police believe sexual assault is the suspect’s motivation for entering the homes.

“This has been very frightening for the victims. Finding out if these reports are connected and who’s responsible is definitely a priority. So is trying to prevent this from happening again.” said Sgt. Kip Higby of the Boise Police Special Victims Unit.  “With the third similar incident reported last night, while we investigate, we felt the community needs to know about these reports and what steps they should take to protect themselves. We consider the person or persons behind these crimes to be very dangerous.”

What’s Happened: Since mid-June, and most recently this week, Boise Police have received three separate reports from women of a strange man entering their home in the dark, early morning hours between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Patrol officers and detectives with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit have responded and are investigating. In each case, it appears the man entered the homes through an unlocked door.

These crimes are still under investigation, but officers say in each case the stranger has entered women’s bedrooms while they slept. Victims report they woke up to find the man touching them. In at least one case, the victim did seek medical attention. All three victims are cooperating fully with investigating officers. In none of the cases was the suspect known to be carrying a weapon. Further details of the crimes remain under investigation, including whether the reports are connected. Officers are also looking into whether other reported crimes in the area may be related.

Suspect description:  At this time, the suspect description in each case has been a light-skinned male who is last seen leaving the residence on foot. When a more detailed description is available it will be released.

Location: All three reports have occurred in the north Boise area between Reserve Street and N.36th Street, north of Main Street and south of W.Hill Rd.

Entry: In all three reports it appears the stranger entered the women’s homes during the dark, early morning hours through unlocked doors.

Officers asking residents to be alert: Investigators are asking residents or those who frequent north side neighborhoods to watch for anyone or anything suspicious during the dark, early morning hours. If residents see something suspicious that is in progress they’re urged to call 911 immediately.

Crime Stoppers: Anyone who may have information on the above crimes is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.