Idaho Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off in Idaho this morning inside of the Idaho State Capitol Building. Latinos make up approximately 12 percent of the population in Idaho and are the states largest ethnic group.  The festivities this morning were festive, welcoming, and exciting. In fact, a close friend of 103.5 KISSFM, Morgan Boydston of KTVB Idaho's News Channel 7 was an award recipient, being recognized for her willingness to be active and assist as a voice in the media to the Treasure Valley's Latinos.

Being Hispanic myself, the event this morning held a special meaning. The culture has always been a huge part of my upbringing. My mom and both of her parents are 100% Mexican and unlike me, fluent in Spanish. Little family quirks like never NOT having tortillas in the house and fearing "the chancla" remain with me as an adult. In my schooling, specifically at St. Paul's Catholic School in Nampa, I was around, a part of, and constantly blown away by the Hispanic community that was so selfless in assisting with time and money towards our community and parish.

Between now and October 15th, you're invited to celebrate, appreciate, learn, and immerse yourself in and about the Hispanic Culture!  I'll be keeping you up to date with various events happening all over town over the coming weeks and I hope you'll join me at some!