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Fresca Mexican Foods opens new Caldwell facility | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
CALDWELL — Fresca Mexican Foods, which produces about 3 million tortillas a day, is moving this month from Boise to a new Caldwell facility.
Former Agriplex property sells for $1.6M at public auction | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
CALDWELL — An 80-acre property previously envisioned as the future home of the Canyon County Fair sold for $1,635,000 during a public auction Tuesday afternoon.
Caldwell P&Z narrowly approves jail trailers for county jail | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
CALDWELL — In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, the Caldwell Planning and Zoning commission approved Canyon County’s special use permit to build temporary housing for female inmates in the county jail parking lot.
Price Pump to begin construction of 46,000-square-foot facility at Sky Ranch | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
CALDWELL — Price Pump Manufacturing Co. plans to break ground next week on a nearly 46,000-square-foot facility in Caldwell, according to Robert Piazza, Price Pump president and CEO.
Valley Regional Transit considers cutting bus routes in Nampa | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
NAMPA — Valley Regional Transit is planning to make cuts in its Nampa fixed‐route bus service and is seeking public input at an open house at the end of the month.
Coroner rules Ford Idaho Center death a homicide | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
NAMPA — The Ada County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 24-year-old Pedro Fernandez-Ramirez a homicide.
Federal judge sides with Fruitland residents in drilling fight | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
A federal judge has sided with Fruitland residents who objected to being forced into leasing oil and gas rights below their homes to a Texas company.
Man who drove to Eagle fire station with woman's body in pickup Saturday faces felony | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
An Eagle man has a court date scheduled after police say he failed to immediately notify authorities of a woman’s death after she apparently overdosed on heroin this weekend at his home.
Canyon County approves tax break for Owyhee Produce Parma expansion | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
CALDWELL — Canyon County commissioners Tom Dale and Pam White approved a five-year, 75 percent property tax exemption Tuesday for Owyhee Produce’s proposed expansion in Parma.
Ada treasurer makes brief court appearance in criminal case | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 15, 2018
Weeks after prosecutors filed seven felony charges against Ada County’s treasurer in connection with personal purchases they say she made with a county credit card, she appeared in court Tuesday morning.
Boise Officials: $350,000 Already Set Aside to 'Accommodate' The Cabin in Library Expansion | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
City officials told Boise Weekly that $350,000 was added to the recently passed city budget to cover expenses associated with The Cabin, as part of the overall library construction spending plan. City of Boise officials have added another chapter to the ever-evol...
Rebecca Severson and Dr. Gale Zickefoose | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
"As soon as I heard about this assignment, my husband and I rode our bikes over to the neighborhood. I got chills." Their career paths are quite different, but as one begins his 20th year as a principal in the Boise Independent School District and the other embar...
Mosquitoes in Boise, Garden City Test Positive for West Nile | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
Two mosquito populations included the presence of West Nile: one near the cross streets of Bown Crossing and Parkcenter Way in east Boise, another and near the cross streets of Riverside Drive and Lakemont Lane in Garden City. The first positive detection of West...
No More Free School Breakfasts…Except for Needy Students | KBOI
KBOI | August 15, 2018
Burley (670 KBOI News) – The Magic Valley has the lowest unemployment rate in Idaho, and thanks to their booming economy, some students will have to start paying for their school breakfasts. Cassia County Communications Director Debbie Critchfield says their food services director got word fr...
Eagle Man Charged After Bringing Dead Woman to Fire Station In Pickup | KBOI
KBOI | August 15, 2018
Eagle (670 KBOI News) – An Eagle man is charged with failure to report a death, after he showed up at an Eagle fire station with a dead woman in his pickup. According to CBS-2 TV, Zachary Pennisi drove to the fire station on Floating Feather Road Saturday morning. He told Ada County deputies ...
Making the Grade: Revised K-6 Science Standards Are the New Normal in Idaho Schools | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
Plus, advocates say professional development and training is a must for educators in rural Idaho. This past February, teachers, students and parents across Idaho took note of a contentious two-day public hearing at the Idaho Statehouse surrounding newly proposed K...
Hundreds of Calls to Intermountain Gas, City of Kuna, Report Suspicious Gas Odor | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
Intermountain Gas, the Ada County Sheriff's Office, and the Kuna police and fire departments are all investigating. What started as occasional phone calls complaining about a "gas odor" in and around the City of Kuna earlier this week has escalated into a full in...
August 7, 2018: What to Know | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 15, 2018
The West Hollywood City Council wants Donald Trump's star removed from the Walk of Fame, the Idaho Humane Society is hit with an influx of rescued cats, another warning about how much time children spend sitting in front of a screen and Robert Redford says its time to retire from acting. ...
Star residents fight proposed cell tower | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
STAR — A group of Star residents is fighting a proposed 110-foot cellphone tower, highlighting a fear of the loss of rural community to urbanization.
Canyon County housing costs hit new high, Ada continues upward growth | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
New and existing house prices in Canyon County hit record highs in July, according to a local real estate report.
Boise's urban renewal agency proposing $15 million for main library | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
Funding for Boise’s new library is on the table as part of the city’s urban renewal agency’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
Lawmakers wrestle with prison increases, question policies | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
Idaho is one of just three states that provides its prison inmates virtually no way to earn time off for good behavior behind bars, and its “compassionate release” program for terminally ill inmates is among the nation’s most restrictive.
$1M bail set for man accused of stabbing in Boise Friday | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
The man police say stabbed another man in the chest and abdomen Friday night in Boise now has bail set at $1 million and a court date scheduled for later this month.
Caldwell Night Rodeo, named one of best in the U.S., gears up for 84th year | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
CALDWELL — A lot has changed for the Caldwell Night Rodeo since its early days in the 1930s.
County prepares 4th bond attempt for new jail | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 14, 2018
CALDWELL — Canyon County officials are pushing for a fourth bond attempt on the November ballot to pay for a new jail.
Boise Officials Announce Second Round of Community Conversations on Growth | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
Mayor Dave Bieter said the initial conversations revealed "a deep love for out city's quality of living," but added that attendees also expressed concerns about housing affordability, transportation, cultural and environmental preservation, and governance. Follow...
Idaho Nonprofit Launches Fundraising Effort for Restoration of Bridge Over Boise River Near Plantation Island | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
"It's a major arterial. It crosses East to South, and it's been down for over a year." A major Boise River crossing damaged by flooding could be replaced in the near future, but the Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands, which owns the bridge and is spearheading the ...
August 14, 2018: What to Know | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
A tragic bridge collapse in Genoa, a terrorist attack in London, a Treasure Valley cyclist is killed, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and hundreds of stolen Netflix, HBO and Hulu passwords are being sold on the "dark web." On the bright side, Disney has released a first glimpse of its live-act...
Boise Neighborhoods Will Host Dozens of BBQs, Ice Cream Socials, Block Parties for Tuesday's National Night Out | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
An effort to send a bigger message to criminals, letting them know that more neighborhoods are "organized and fighting back." What started in the 1980's as a national effort to push back against urban crime, National Night Out has grown into block parties, festiv...
Idaho Activists Cheer Court Ruling Blocking Forced Oil and Gas Leases Against Homeowners' Wishes | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
"Every Idaho landowner should be worried that an outside oil company can come here, drill your land, take your oil or gas while exposing your family and greatest lifetime investment to tremendous risk and pay you a pittance for doing so." A grassroots group of Id...
August 6, 2018: What to Know | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 14, 2018
President Trump reverses course on that Trump Tower meeting, Boise returns to the sauna, a major water main break at Boise State closes streets in the middle of campus, Guinness opens its first U.S. brewery in 60 years and Patrick Stewart will "make it so" again as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. ...
Jordan edges closer to Little, poll shows | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 13, 2018
A survey released recently shows that Medicaid expansion is likely blazing a trail for gubernatorial hopeful Paulette Jordan.
Labyrinth Escape Games hosts ribbon cutting Aug. 15 | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 13, 2018
NAMPA — After holding its soft opening several weeks ago, Labyrinth Escape Games will host a grand opening event at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at 1213 1/2 First St. S. in downtown Nampa.
Caldwell's downtown plaza brings growth, new business interest | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 13, 2018
CALDWELL — It’s been a month since the Indian Creek Plaza’s grand opening, and downtown Caldwell is seeing a boost in foot traffic, customers and new business interest.
Indian Creek Summer Concert Series brings blues-rock artists to Caldwell | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 13, 2018
CALDWELL — Summer at the Indian Creek Plaza continues with a free performance from blues-rock artists Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. The siblings from upstate New York will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Creek Plaza, 120…
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Needs Volunteers | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
  The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is in need for more volunteers. There’s been a 41 percent increase in call volumes, according to a Facebook post by the organization. The ISPH states the increase is “dramatic” and is asking for volunteers working as Crisis Phone Responde...
Boise State President’s State of the University address | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
  Boise State University’s fall semester is about to begin. Activities kick off this week with Interim President Martin Schimpf’s State of the University address at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, on the main stage of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. Media are invited to attend. Thous...
Another Fatality in Idaho's 'Deadliest Days' | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 13, 2018
Shortly after the wreck, one of the driver's was cited for failing to yield on a left turn; but after police were notified that one of the drivers had died, BPD detectives took over the case as a death investigation. Idaho's "deadliest days" are only getting more...
Weekend Stabbing Suspect Arrested | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
    Friday night Boise Police responded to a report of a stabbing on the 500 block of S. Americana Blvd. Officers arrived and found an adult male victim with multiple stab wounds. Ada County Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital. After further investigation officers learned the ...
From Sandpoint to Canton: Idaho's Jerry Kramer Inducted Into Football Hall of Fame | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 13, 2018
"The only thing left at this time is to lead a life of quality and excellence, and to make this old world a little bit better place because you were in it.” It was six decades ago that Idahoan Jerry Kramer was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. His unlikely jour...
August 13, 2018: What to Know | Boise Weekly
Boise Weekly | August 13, 2018
A national coalition of newspapers will push back against Trump's attacks on the media, two Idaho little league teams are heading to national championship tournaments, two 11-year-olds hack into a replica of the Florida election system and a rooftop bathtub cinema will be appear in Tokyo next...
Committee Forms to Convince Voters to Pass ACHD Fee Increase | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
Boise (670 KBOI) – When you go to the polls in November in Ada County, you’ll be asked to raise vehicle registration fees on yourself and your neighbors, to raise money for road and other transportation projects. Ada County Highway District spokesman Craig Quintana says the group Citize...
New Software Roll Out Causes Slowdowns at DMV Offices | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
Boise (670 KBOI) – The Idaho Transportation Department says they appreciate your patience while they get used to the new software they rolled out at DMV offices across the state last Thursday and Friday. The new software led to slowdowns today, especially in the more populated counties like A...
Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement…Or Are They? | KBOI
KBOI | August 13, 2018
Boise (670 KBOI News) – Millennials take a lot of guff from the older generations, who say they’re lazy, they have it too easy, and according to an article in the Washington Examiner, they don’t save for retirement. The article notes 37% of Millennials aren’t saving a penny ...
Idaho Press | August 13, 2018
CALDWELL — The community is invited to join Canyon County Juvenile Probation and community partners for a free kicking off the school year kickball tournament.
Drug courts and other special courts steer Idahoans away from prison | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 12, 2018
Six or seven months into her time in Ada County’s drug court program, Hillary Clark relapsed.
Boise motorcyclist dies in Oregon crash | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 12, 2018
A Boise motorcyclist died Saturday in Oregon after crashing head on into an SUV, according to Oregon State Police.
Nampa woman dies in 2-vehicle crash | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 12, 2018
NAMPA — A Nampa woman died Saturday morning after she was involved in two-vehicle crash Friday night at the intersection of North Middleton Road and West Karcher Road in Nampa, according to Nampa Police.
Researchers fly into wildfire smoke | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 12, 2018
BOISE — This summer, firefighters won’t be the only ones flying into the smoke rising from Western wildfires.
Idaho courts identify an outdated sentencing law that could be helping spur prison growth | Idaho Press
Idaho Press | August 12, 2018
Editor’s Note: This is the first of two stories focusing on sentencing reform in Idaho. Sunday’s story will explore the use of problem-solving courts.