Thursday, January 29, 2015

Musings from the development doldrums

My decades in conventional journalism make it impossible for me to post rumors, scuttlebutt and assumptions under the guise of news.

Talk among yourselves as you might -- and I know some of you do -- I cannot tell you why the west side Walgreen’s, at Broadway and Skyline, has taken so long to finish. Considering how the project got started in early summer 2014, one might have reasonably assumed the store would have been open by Christmas. It didn’t happen. I have been told why by a credible source, but it was unofficial talk and I could not possibly print it (not that it's anything shocking or out of the ordinary). I suppose that for the sake of protecting my flank I could call the company and the contractor and ask, but at my age I have experienced enough futility in my life.

Here’s some things I do know, which can be documented. At the Sandcreek Commons shopping center, Cabela’s is hiring and Hobby Lobby is looking at opening this summer.

My regular visits to the Idaho Falls Building Department show a site plan has been filed for the railroad crossing on Utah Avenue, near Carl’s Jr. That would indicate to me that something could be happening with the big piece of ground to the east, which was cleaned up the summer before last.

That’s about it for now. Considering that spring is little more than six weeks away, we could be seeing a lot more happening before long.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

INL building hailed as Best Green Project

The Energy Innovation Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory’s newest research facility was selected as the Best Green Project in the nation for 2014 by the construction magazine Engineering News-Record.

The Energy Innovation Laboratory was chosen as the winner for exceptional sustainable design and construction from nearly 700 projects designed and built in the United States. The gateway to INL's Research and Education Campus in Idaho Falls, EIL has now received regional, national and international acclaim for sustainable design and construction.

As a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum facility, the EIL consolidates research and development to enable innovative solutions for national energy challenges, advanced clean energy and related environmental projects.

“The outstanding success of this project is due to the expertise of the project team led by Reed Miller of Ormond Builders and Kath Williams, the LEED coordinator,” said Todd Allen, INL Science and Technology deputy lab director. “The team’s collaboration with INL’s Project Management Office, Supply Chain Management and Campus Development Office produced a nationally recognized facility.”

Completed in late 2013, the 148,000-square-foot EIL has earned the U.S.
Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification. Worldwide, fewer than 5 percent of research labs in the LEED registry are Platinum-certified.

The ENR Best Green Project national award honors the efforts of many individuals and organizations – including Ormond Builders, Inc., Plan One/Architects, Engineering System Solutions, INL as the tenant plus other firms – over the course of several years.

The entire project team – from architects to project managers to hundreds of workers who built the EIL – overcame challenges and difficulties to construct the research facility to the highest international green standards, said John Baker, INL Project Management Office director of planning, estimating and scheduling. “In the design and construction arena, this is a huge honor,” Baker said, “and we are humbled to be chosen from among outstanding projects throughout America.”

Business Review seeks Money Makers nominees

The Idaho Business Review is taking nominations through Feb. 3 for its annual Money Makers awards.

The program celebrates financial professionals whose accomplishments set a high bar for their company and Idaho's business economy. Honorees will be recognized at a banquet in Boise April 16 for their industry and community involvement and innovation in the following areas:

  • Banking - Honors individuals such as mortgage lenders, bank executives, credit and loan officers
  • Corporate - Honors company-associated individuals such as chief financial officers and comptrollers
  • Investment - Honors individuals such as stockbrokers, financial advisors, financial planners and investment executives
  • Professional - Honors individuals such as public accountants, auditors, financial educators and financial analysts

Nominations are open to individuals from public, private and charitable businesses in Idaho. To make a nomination, follow this link: http://idahobusinessreview.com/events/money-makers/nominate/

Monday, January 26, 2015

EITC open house set for Thursday

Eastern Idaho Technical College is holding a “New Year New Career” open house on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. This is an event for the community to explore EITC programs, talk with financial aid officers, meet instructors and students and obtain admissions information in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere.

The public is invited for free food, interactive demonstrations and tours. Those who attend may enter a drawing to win EITC scholarships and other prizes.

One of the highlights will be live demonstrations of a small unmanned aerial vehicle, more commonly known as a drone, by Mark Richardson, who will be teaching an introductory drone flight class beginning Feb. 17. Richardson, an expert UAV pilot/videographer/photographer, will teach UAV flight safety, FAA regulations, flight training and more. Students will learn how to put together a preflight checklist, take off and land. Basic controls, how to maintain and regain orientation, and perform practice maneuvers will also be taught. Inexpensive training quadcopters will be provided or students may bring their own multi-rotor aircraft to class. Call 535-5345 to learn more.

Friday, January 23, 2015

North Korean defector to speak at TEDxIdaho Falls Feb. 20

Organizers of TEDxIdaho Falls announced today that Joo Yang, a North Korean defector, will be one of eight presenters at the event scheduled Feb. 20 at the MC Theater in the ARTitorium on Broadway.

Yang escaped from North Korea across its northern border in 2010. With aid from service organizations, she traveled through a “modern-day underground railroad” before finally arriving in South Korea. Since her escape, she has been studying in South Korea and the United States and speaking out on the plight of North Koreans.

“She is precisely the kind of engaging and mind-opening presenter the TEDxIdahoFalls event was organized for,” said Sean J. Coletti, who coordinated Yang’s participation and is one of the organizers of the TEDxIdahoFalls event. “Yang has some very important life experience that is extremely relevant to some of the current events we are seeing in the news. The ideas she will share, I am sure, will be inspirational and thought-provoking for those in attendance.”

The remaining speakers are still being selected and will be announced over the next two weeks. All interested in attending must apply at TEDxIdahoFalls.com. Seating is limited to 100 people. Those who are unable to attend in person will be able to watch the event live on the Web site or afterward on the Web site, YouTube or the TEDx database.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

D.L. Evans names Ammon operations manager

Raegan Moser
Raegan Moser has been promoted to operations supervisor at the newly completed Ammon branch of D.L. Evans Bank, 2634 E. Sunnyside Rd., part of the new Sandcreek Commons shopping center.

John V. Evans Jr., the bank's president and chief executive officer, announced the promotion in a news release. Moser holds a bachelor of business management degree from Idaho State University and comes to the job with 11 years of banking experience.

For more information, call (208) 522-0593.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Opening the Pandora's Box of unemployment insurance

I am not one to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations,  but during the hustle and bustle of my last-minute holiday shopping I have to admit I did. I was roaming the toy aisles at Target, seeking out Santa’s best find, when I overhead two sales associates stocking shelves and sharing their lives. It seemed mundane until one of them loudly said, “Yeah, well my last day is tomorrow. I already had my waiting week, so my benefits start next week.”

As a human resources/benefits professional my interest was piqued and I was eager to hear more. What benefits had she applied for? Short term disability, possibly?

The answer came soon enough, as she exclaimed, “I can’t believe it though! They are only giving me two months of unemployment! Isn’t that RIDICULOUS?”

I was ready to insert myself into the conversation and share all of my business management and HR wisdom with this poor sales associate, who clearly needed some guidance. This was more than likely a person who had been hired for the holiday season, with a temporary position due to end soon. I am sure the layoff was no surprise to her. What was surprising to me was her shock and disgust at only two whole months of unemployment benefits.

My experience in unemployment has come from years of managing and responding to claims from the employer side. As a business owner and former employee I appreciate what unemployment insurance offers to employees who have been laid off or terminated through no fault of their own.

Unemployment was designed to help keep our nation and its communities economically healthy when things go wrong in the workplace, also when businesses are forced to make tough decisions. By law, employers pay to provide this potentially small cushion of financial stability for each and every employee.

It’s safe to say, however, that in a strong economic recovery unemployment isn’t nor should it be the only option for individuals. CNN Money recently reported 2014 was the best year of job growth since 1999 in the United States, with 200,000 jobs being added in all but two months. “American businesses are on a hiring binge,” said Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. “It clearly suggests the economy is on a much stronger growth track than the first four years of recovery.”

More and more jobs will continue to sprout up nationally as businesses expand and Baby Boomers exit the job market. In turn,  unemployment levels continue drop year by year. The Idaho Department of Labor recently reported Idaho’s unemployment rate at 3.9 percent, the lowest it has been in seven years.

There are still individuals collecting unemployment, but it doesn’t seem logical in a time of job growth and low unemployment. To be fair, even though the job market is growing wage increases have been slow to follow. While jobs are available, it may not mean that an individual’s skill set, experience and wage preference are a match for those jobs.

I have heard from more than a few people over the years that their unemployment benefits pay them more than jobs they could get hired for – so there is no incentive to get an actual job. Keep in mind that people on unemployment are required to seek and apply for jobs in their local labor market. The Idaho Department of Labor has beefed up its efforts making sure those collecting benefits are fulfilling these requirements. It is garnishing wages and criminally prosecuting those who do not adhere to state unemployment regulations.

As the department continues to streamline operations and efficiencies, I would anticipate a rise in these cases over time.  In turn, this should reassure businesses that seasonal sales associates will collect only what they should and encourage individuals to apply for the thousands of jobs available on the market today.

Monica Bitrick is CEO of Bitrick Consulting Group and a member of the Square One business development network.

Friday, January 16, 2015

TEDxIdaho Falls seeking presenters for Feb. 20 program

Anyone wishing to be a speaker at TEDxIdaho Falls, scheduled for Feb. 20 at the ARTitorium on Broadway, has until Tuesday to apply.

This is the second year for a TED event in the greater Idaho Falls area (last year’s was in Ammon). Organizer Brad Christensen said they hope to build on the success they had last year and offer a program full of new ideas worth sharing.

TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design" and is a non-profit organization that started out with a conference in 1984. Since then its scope has become worldwide. TEDx is about local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Like last year’s event, TEDxIdaho Falls will combine eight live speakers, video and discussion in small groups. Presentations will be given from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the event will include a light dinner at 7 p.m. Seating is limited to 100 people, who will be selected through an application process.
The application form, to be a speaker or to attend, can be found through this link. The Web site also features video from last year’s speakers.

“We are selecting speakers and topics that will expose listeners to the wealth of experience and philosophical insight that exists quietly in our relatively small community,” Christensen told the Idaho State Journal earlier this month.  “The topics are generally apolitical and focus purely on ideas — exciting ones that inspire people to action."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Web site names Ammon 'Most boring city in Idaho'

The photo representing Ammon on Wikipedia, which ought to give you an idea of how the community views itself.
Put on your flak jackets because there’s going to be stuff flying over a story that broke today. Ammon has been named the most boring city in Idaho.

This piece of news comes from the Movato Real Estate blog, a Web site based in California aimed at creating “unique, and most importantly, fun real estate related stories.” Yeah, right.

One feature of the site is what they call “Big Deal Lists.” Here’s how they describe what they did with this particular story:

“We started out at one of the least exciting places on the Internet, the U.S. Census. There, we used the 2010 U.S. Census to gather up all of the places in Idaho with populations of 10,000 people or more. Then, we used the Census and various business listings to research each of these 22 places in each of the following categories:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the more the more boring)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the lower the more boring)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the lower the more boring)
  • Population density (the lower the better)

We then gave each a score from 1 to 22 in each of the above categories, where the lower scores were the more boring places.

Next, we averaged these rankings into one overall Big Deal Score, where the lowest score went to our winner and most boring place. Yay Ammon!”

For the sake of perspective, Idaho Falls ranked as the third least boring city in the state, which came as kind of a surprise to me. I remember all those Post Register Readers Choice polls in the early '90s, in which respondents listed “Home” as the hottest nightspot.

But a lot has changed since the early ’90s, especially in Ammon. Take a look at the population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Idaho Falls
1990 44,477
1995 48,651
2000 51,110
2005 51,787
2010 57,054
2013 58,292
Growth: 31 percent

Bonneville County
1990 72,608
1995 79,527
2000 82,867
2005 90,666
2010 104,675
2013 107,517
Growth: 48 percent

1990 5,000
1995 5,558
2000 6,529
2005 10,798
2010 13,887
2013 14,460
Growth: 189 percent

With the population almost tripling in 13 years, it’s no wonder Ammon has an identity crisis. Moreover, if you go back to 1980, before the Grand Teton Mall and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center were built on the southeast side of Idaho Falls, Ammon was basically one of two things: a rural community where life revolved around the schools and the LDS Church and a bedroom community for Idaho Falls.

So let’s take it easy on Ammon. We could say what Gertrude Stein said about Oakland -- "There is no there there" -- but I don't think they've ever had aspirations to be anything other that what they are. Plus, they have Chick-fil-A and Jamba Juice, and are going to be the eastern Idaho home of Hobby Lobby, so there!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The ABCs of Workers Compensation

This may seem esoteric and dry to a lot of readers, but if you are an employer you are well aware the Idaho Workers Compensation system can have a big effect on your bottom line.

Ben Page
I'll put it to you straight. For an employer, workers comp is always going to be better than the alternative — ending up in court battling it out every time an employee is hurt.

Let’s dive into a few things you should know:

1. The Idaho State Insurance Fund is not your only option.
While we’ve placed many of our clients with the Idaho State Insurance Fund because it makes sense for them, more often than not one of the other leading workers comp providers can offer a better deal. Each company has its pros and cons, and none of them are the best for everyone and every type of business. You might be surprised to know that in 2010, of the $345,569,621 dollars spent on workers comp, only about 44.5 percent of that went to the Idaho State Insurance Fund.

2. The state does not control pricing.  
Each company can offer different bottom line rates. Terms like experience mod, standard deviation, premium credits and dividends can make it hard to see what you’re really paying. A qualified agent can simplify all of this and tell what your bottom line cost is so you can accurately compare proposals from different companies.

3. Chances are you unknowingly have paid what they call a deposit.
The Idaho State Fund requires a 25 to 50 percent deposit. If you are insured with the Idaho State Fund you’ve paid a deposit on top of the premiums, even if you’re unaware of this.

4. Not all companies require a deposit.
In weighing the pros and cons of each company, make sure to factor in how big a deal it is to you to have additional money tied up in a deposit.

5. You can get cash back.  
When you switch from a company that required a deposit to one that doesn’t, you free up your deposit. Timing of the switch is important so it isn’t eaten up in early termination fees. I’ve never had anyone complain about getting a check for a few thousand dollars after switching.

6. Easier installment plans.
There are lots of different options provided by different companies. Some of the most popular include those that just bill on your actual payroll and not on estimated payroll. This helps your cash flow and eliminates a lot of the hassle.  Also, you might be able to package this with your other policies to simplify everything, including the billing.

7. Automated payroll reporting saves you time and money.
This has become very popular. It is a system where a program like QuickBooks can essentially automatically report the payroll and eliminate all the hassle. Couple this with EFT payments and you’ve just saved up to eight hours a year in time and eliminated a lot of the costly errors that can come from manually filling out these reports.

8. Online Payroll Reporting.  
Even if you don’t want to automate everything completely, maybe you’d like to get rid of old school papers and fax hassles that can suck up time. How about just reporting your payroll with an easy and quick online system?

9. Loss Prevention Resources.
Your losses can affect your rates. Some companies have incredible loss prevention resources you can use for free. This can include do-it-yourself resources or having professionals help you for free. Still, not all companies provide the same services in this area.  This is definitely something any business looking to reduce claims might want to investigate. Depending on a number of factors, a few insurance carriers offer dividend programs to certain clients that can result in a big check at the end of the year if all goes right for you and the company.

10.  Extras With Some Companies.  
Some companies offer special benefits for targeted industries. This can be something as simple as lower rates, or it can be something outside of rates. For example, there is a very competitive program for medical offices that will pay for the testing of patients in the event of a sharps incident.

Every insurance company has an “appetite” for certain types of businesses in certain types of industries. No one company is the best for everyone.  There are dozens of competitive companies in Idaho, all with their own pros and cons.

Ben Page is a commercial insurance agent with Page Insurance in Idaho Falls and a member of the Square One business development network.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Idaho Falls building permit numbers show decline in 2014

Construction last year at Broadway Ford in Idaho Falls.
With 2014 in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look at the numbers from the city of Idaho Falls Building Department.

Year-end totals show a second year of decline. Overall, the valuation in the city’s building permits dropped from $83.5 million in 2012 to $70.7 million in 2013 to $62.4 million in 2014.
Before anyone starts hanging black crepe, here are a few things to consider:

  • Total valuation in the past three years was roughly $216 million. The three years before that — the recession years of 2009-2011 — Idaho Falls building permits totaled roughly $95 million. That’s an increase of more than 127 percent.
  • There were 31 permits issued for commercial buildings in 2014, compared to 25 in 2013 and 11 in 2012.
  • Permits for single family dwellings were down, but three-year totals tell a much more positive story. For 2012-2014, permits totaled 395. In 2009-2011, that number was 205. Overall, permits for single family dwellings in the past three years are up 92 percent.

One thing worth bearing in mind while looking at building permits is that one big project can have a huge effect on the numbers in a single year. Three years ago in Idaho Falls, it was the four schools and the Department of Energy’s campus on University Boulevard that skewed things so high. In 2013, the Scientech project at Snake River Landing. Last year, Broadway Ford and Home2 Suites, both due to open this year.

Likewise, when we look at the 2014 numbers from Ammon (as we will sometime this week), Cabela’s and the new D.L. Evans Bank are likely to make things look really robust there.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Togo's plans to open Idaho Falls location Jan. 16

Togo’s “West Coast Original” Sandwiches is planning to open its first location in Idaho Falls, at 2994 South 25th East (Hitt Road), with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Jan. 16.

To mark the occasion, it will be giving away 1,000 free hot pastrami and turkey avocado sandwiches. Patrons can reserve their free sandwich by simply registering online at www.togosidahofallsgiveaway.com.

Togo’s Idaho Falls will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Janis Joplin book author John Byrne Cooke to speak Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Grand Teton Mall

Author John Byrne Cooke will be at the Idaho Falls Barnes & Noble store Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. to talk about and sign copies of his book “On the Road With Janis Joplin.”

John Byrne Cooke
Cooke, who lives in Jackson, Wyo., was the rock legend’s road manager from 1967 to 1970. His picture of Joplin is of a hugely talented singer who was much more than the onstage dynamo and hard-drinking woman of public perception. As Cooke reveals, she was also funny and highly intelligent, a fully-rounded, three-dimensional person who was very much on a personal and professional upswing when an accidental overdose of heroin caused her premature death in October 1970.

A graduate of Harvard and a musician himself, Cooke’s first encounter with Joplin came in 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival, where he was on the crew of documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker. Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Co., were not widely known outside of San Francisco, but her performance electrified the audience and, once the film was released, the rest of the world.

Cooke became Joplin’s road manager after Big Brother signed with Albert Grossman, also manager of Bob Dylan, The Band and Peter, Paul and Mary. Cooke continued with Joplin after she left Big Brother and was with her for her only European tour, her 1969 performance at Woodstock, with the Kozmic Blues Band, and the famed Festival Express train tour across Canada in the summer of 1970 with her last band, Full Tilt Boogie.

During his Barnes & Noble visit, Cooke will talk about Joplin, read from his book, and show a film that he shot on the road while touring with Janis and Big Brother. Copies of Cooke's book will be available and Cooke will sign them after his talk.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Some basic math on the Affordable Care Act

How were you at math word problems in school? This one ought to be easy enough.

A school district has 1,000 full-time employees and spends $4,800 a year on each of them for group health insurance. If the school district doesn’t pay for this insurance, it faces an annual fine of $3,000 per employee. How much can the school district save each year by dropping its group health insurance?
Brian McKellar
The answer is $1,800 per employee. Multiply that by 1,000 and you have $1.8 million in savings.

Idaho School districts are some of the largest employers in the state, yet Idaho pays schoolteachers some of the lowest salaries in the nation, starting at $31,248.00 and capping at $57,782 after 25 years of service. Although it’s exciting that there is a plan to raise teachers’ base salary to $40,000 over the next five years, according to a study done in 2013 a family of four in Bonneville Country requires $54,939 to “get by.”

Unless both parents work, Idaho teachers still have to struggle to make ends meet. In fact, I personally don’t know any teacher whose spouse also doesn’t work.

Wouldn’t it be great if somehow we could put some extra cash in their wallets?

The Affordable Care Act stipulates that any company with more than 100 employees is required to offer health insurance. If it doesn’t, it faces a maximum penalty of $3,000 per employee. But based on the clients who have approached us, school districts are paying much more than that simply to cover their employees. Incredible as it sounds, by dropping group health coverage, even with the $3,000 maximum penalty figured in, some school districts could easily save more than a million dollars and give every teacher a raise.

This doesn’t even address coverage for families. Many school districts contribute $0 towards family health insurance, and some teachers are paying more than $600 a month on their school group plans.

The ACA has made it easier than ever for people to qualify for inexpensive health coverage. A family of four in Bonneville County earning $54,939 (the “get by” number from above) would qualify for a $380 monthly tax credit, making the price of the second lowest silver-level exchange plan $336.82 a month.

Do the math. Show your work. Class dismissed.

Brian McKellar is an independent agent with McKellar Insurance and a member of the Square One business development group.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Freddy's Frozen Custard plans to open Wednesday

The scene Monday morning at Freddy's, as training enters the home stretch.
The Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburger at 355 North Woodruff Avenue in Idaho Falls is looking at opening Wednesday morning at 10:30. Training has been taking place this past week in preparation, and anyone interested in going to work there can apply online at www.freddysusa.com.

Juicy burgers and fries!
The store’s hours will be 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Founded in Wichita, Kan., in 2002, Freddy’s began franchising two years later and has since been recognized by Technomic — an online food industry research and consulting firm — as the seventh fastest growing burger chain in the U.S. with sales of less than $200 million. Between 2012 and 2013, the company saw a $42.7 million jump in sales, an increase of 41.8 percent.

While frozen custard is featured in the restaurant’s name, at the heart of the operation is its 1950s-style burgers. Last year, the company's burgers ranked ninth in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports of the Best and Worst Fast-Food Restaurants in America.

“The savory steakburger is inspired by the ’50s style staple and reminiscent of an era focused on quality, cooked-to-order meals that bring families and loved ones together,” the company's Web site says.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Dunkin' Donuts in 2015? Chain plans major expansion

Screenshot from the Dunkin' Donuts Web site
I've been told by a source I trust that it's only a matter of time before Dunkin' Donuts comes to the Idaho Falls area, but it's been a waiting game.

The Quincy, Mass.-based chain has 10 stores open in the Salt Lake City-Ogden area, but none in Idaho so far. Conventional wisdom would lead one to think that Boise is where the first one will go, but who knows?

The reason I am writing about this is this article that ran Tuesday in Business Insider: Dunkin' Donuts is Expanding Like Crazy. Rest assured that I have my sources and will be keeping on top of this one.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Day 1965: '12 hours of color' on KIFI

NBC Sportscaster Jim Simpson
Some of you are probably aware that I write the Looking Back column that runs every Thursday in the Post Register. Examining the papers from late 1964, I was intrigued by an ad posted by KIFI. What different times we lived in! All the bowl games were played on the same day, and none of them had corporate sponsorships. Color TV was still a novelty. In fact, I'd be curious to know if there's any way of finding out how many homes in Idaho Falls actually had color TVs.

Anyway, here is what ran in today's column:

50 years ago
KIFI Channel 8 was advertising "12 Hours of Color" on New Year's Day 1965. The fun on the NBC affiliate was to start at 9 a.m. in Miami with the Orange Bowl parade, hosted by Dennis Weaver. At 9:30 a.m. came the 76th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade, hosted by Lorne Greene and Betty White. At 11:45 a.m. came the conclusion of the Sugar Bowl (Syracuse vs. Louisiana State), followed at 2:45 p.m by the conclusion of the Rose Bowl (Michigan vs. Oregon State), then at 5:45 p.m. the conclusion of the Orange Bowl (Alabama vs. Texas), then a sports roundup at 8:30 p.m. featuring host Jim Simpson.