Each month in BI, and each week in the Statesman, we provide calendars of upcoming Treasure Valley business events. They are the work of Michelle Jenkins, our calendar editor.
Jenkins is careful with facts. In 10 years of editing her business calendars, I cannot remember a mistake. I rarely touch more than a word or two.
She joined the Statesman 18 years ago, at age 20. Born in Ontario, Jenkins spent most of her childhood in Payette County. She told me she was a straight-A student and valedictorian of the New Plymouth High School Class of 1995.
After two years at Boise State, she decided to join the workforce. She signed up with a temp-job agency and landed a Statesman gig handling letters to the editor. Within weeks, she was hired permanently.
We encourage people to post events on our website. Jenkins uses those posts and emailed announcements to compile business, sports, outdoors, faith, family, Scene and daily calendars, plus one big entertainment calendar each month.
“I’m good at multitasking,” she says. “Organization is key, and I’m good at that. And it’s fun to know what’s going on in your city.”
Jenkins and “the love of my life,” her husband, Joshua, raise cattle between Kuna and Nampa on a ranch they share with two dogs, two rabbits and five cats. She likes true-crime stories and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
She also likes the independence of her job and the trust people place in her.
“I think I have a pretty good thing going,” Jenkins says. “But if I ever win the lottery ...”
In the meantime, I’m grateful for her work.