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STAR Welcomes New Operations Manager, Andrew Mentzer


Boise - Andrew Mentzer is STAR's new Operations Manager. Andrew is an Idaho native with a diverse personal and professional background. His mother, Valerie, is a Jamaican immigrant who attended nursing school in London. His father, Terry--an Oregon transplant--rode a Honda XR250L around the world in 1977-78. Cultural perspective was part and parcel of Andrew's upbringing.

Andrew's competencies run across many professional realms, including strategic planning, facility management, journalism and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Masters Certification in Community & Regional Planning, and a Master of Public Administration Degree—all from Boise State University.
In a prior life, Andrew founded and ran Idahostel—Boise’s first international traveler’s hostel—and managed the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) for the Idaho Department of Commerce. He also has considerable experience with side-of-the-road motorcycle maintenance/repair and worked as a small engine tech for A to Z Rental from 1998-2000. In his most recent role, he was an account manager for Stoltz Marketing Group.

Outside the office, Andrew enjoys volunteer-teaching travel classes for Boise Community Education, mentors 6th graders at Roosevelt Elementary through Junior Achievement, moonlights for the Boise Weekly as a recreation and travel journalist, and, in his father's footsteps, has ridden his KLR650 most of the way around the world. He also enjoys fishing, backpacking and mountain biking, and spends 1 week per summer on either the Middle Fork or Main Salmon River. Andrew and his longtime girlfriend, Genny, live in Boise's North End.




Heat-Related Emergencies

by Shawn Purl

With summer upon us, it is important to remember the dangers that come with extreme heat. As always, protect yourself from sunburn with a good sunscreen--and consider re-applying throughout the day. Here are a few tips for more serious issues that will help you take care of yourself and your fellow motorcyclists during summer rides. 


Heat Cramps - painful muscle spasms that usually occur in the legs and abdomen. Heat cramps are the least severe of the heat-related emergencies.

Heat exhaustion (early stage) - an early indicator that the body's cooling system is becoming overwhelmed. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

• Cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin.

• Headache, nausea, dizziness.

• Weakness, exhaustion.

• Heavy sweating.

Heat Stroke (late stage) - when the body's systems are overwhelmed by heat and stop functioning. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

• Red, hot, dry skin.

• Changes in level of consciousness.

• Vomiting.


Take the following steps to care for someone suffering from a heat related emergency:

• Move the person to a cool place.

• Loosen any tight clothing.

• Remove perspiration-soaked clothing.

• Apply cool, wet towels to the skin.

• Fan the person.

• If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. If the person refuses water, vomits or starts to lose consciousness:

o Call 911.

o Place the person on their side.

o Continue to cool the person by using water, ice, or cold packs on their wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.

o Continue to check breathing and signs of life (coughing or movement in response to rescue breaths or a pulse).

Heat-related emergencies can be very serious. Be safe out there and stay cool. 




Use Your Adventure Bike to Avoid Traffic This Summer

by Andrew Mentzer

Traffic can be a major deterrent for motorcyclists during the busy summer months, especially over a holiday like the 4th of July. It seems every Friday-through-Sunday there is a relentless onslaught of weekend warriors vying for their piece of the recreational pie at Idaho’s fun places. How you get there can be every bit as important as where you go when considering the logistics of securing a prime camping spot, fishing hole or quiet place. 

Below are a few of my favorite off-the-beaten-path alternate routes that will get you where you need to go without bottle-necking you in a sea of cars, RV’s and semis.


Most folks take Highway 55/95 to get between the Canadian border and Boise. If your bike is capable of off-pavement travel, consider taking the Sweet-Ola Highway off of Highway 52 from Horseshoe Bend north to Indian Valley or over to Smiths Ferry via High Valley. Another nice alternative from Boise is Rocky Canyon Road over to Grimes Creek and Placerville. From there, you’re just a stone’s throw from Garden Valley where you can head up to Middle Fork of the Payette River to hot springs country. Take road 670 up over to Round Valley and Landmark, and you could find yourself on a nice little multi-day adventure that takes you all the way through Yellowpine to Burgdorf, and down Vinegar Creek to Riggins. You aren’t likely to come across anything that resembles traffic on this route. From the Stanley neck of the woods, the Custer Motorway offers an excellent alternate road less traveled as well.


You can’t beat the Lolo Motorway and Magruder Corridor Road for getting east to west without too much traffic. These scenic dirt stretches are wonderful alternatives to Highway 12 if you need to get over to Montana. If traversing the southern part of the state, consider taking Pleasant Valley Road from Jordan Valley, Ore. to Mud Flat Road near Grandview. From there, the Shoefly Cutoff takes you out to Highway 51 and some seldom-traveled highways and country roads that parallel I-84 all the way to the Utah line. 

Whatever your mode of travel, be safe out there and be sure to pack for all scenarios. 








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