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TUESDAY, AUG. 22, 2017


Idaho protesters gather to speak out against House Speaker Paul Ryan hosting a fundraiser in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Idaho's top Republicans were expected to attend the event.  (AP / Kimberlee Kruesi)

Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 1:18 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan visits Idaho to fundraise for GOP

House Speaker Paul Ryan has made his first official visit to Idaho as sitting speaker to host a GOP joint fundraiser. Ryan's brief appearance in downtown Boise on Tuesday included a $10,000-per-person VIP roundtable discussion, a $5,000-per-person photo opportunity and a $2,500-per-person or $1,000-per-person luncheon...

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Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

E. Idaho lawmaker boasts of donations after conspiracy post

An Idaho lawmaker says his political supporters have found a way to take advantage of the wide-ranging criticism he's received for sharing a conspiracy theory suggesting the recent tragedy in Charlottesville might have been organized to undermine President Donald Trump. Rep. Bryan Zollinger, R-Idaho Falls, said Monday at least five donors...

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MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2017

This bottle of Total Eclipse Oregon Pinot Noir awaited us after a long trek up post-eclipse gridlocked roads in eastern Idaho back to our campsite on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 7:28 p.m.

Wrapping up quite a day...

Wow – four hours and 45 minutes. That’s how long it took us to drive the 60 miles back north from St. Anthony to Henry’s Lake State Park this afternoon and evening after the eclipse, all stop-and-go, with plenty of stop. That part was pretty...

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Traffic at a standstill on Highway 20 north of Ashton, Idaho, just after 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 (Betsy Z. Russell)

Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 5:09 p.m.

And now, the down side...

The eclipse viewing experience was so cool! And afterward, we visited with folks, hung around, jumped off the diving board and swam in the cool waters of the Henry's Fork, then had a great picnic lunch. Around 3:30, we left for the 60-mile jaunt back...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017


These made-in-China eclipse viewing glasses, purchased on Amazon, look real, but Amazon concluded it couldn’t vouch for them; counterfeits abound.  (Betsy Z. Russell)

Sun., Aug. 20, 2017, 7:49 a.m.

Total eclipse of the plans...

Here's my full column from Sunday's Spokesman-Review: By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Everyone I know has plans for the eclipse. In Boise, the sun will be 99.555 percent obscured – a very dramatic partial eclipse. But many of us want the whole deal: Totality,...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 18, 2017



THURSDAY, AUG. 17, 2017

Charles Murray, a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, is the keynote speaker for the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s annual “Faces of Freedom” banquet in Boise on Aug. 26. (AEI)

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

Speaker with controversial race theories leads to cancellation, move of IFF annual banquet 21 

A major Boise convention center and hotel canceled the Idaho Freedom Foundation’s upcoming banquet, forcing a change of venue just 11 days before the event, because it learned the group’s keynote speaker was a scholar whose controversial theories on race and intelligence have drawn disruptive protests around the nation for the past six months.

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Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 3:26 p.m.

Deal reached on Yellowstone wildlife protections

A Canadian mining company and a pair of conservation groups have finalized agreements they say will protect two tributaries of the Yellowstone River and part of a crucial migration corridor for thousands of elk from Yellowstone National Park. Kinross Gold President J. Paul Rollinson signed the agreements on Thursday...

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Ponds at Esther Simplot Park, which include a kids' wading beach, reopened for recreation on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, after a long closure due to high E. coli levels. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

Park ponds reopen after lengthy E. coli closure

The city of Boise is reopening the popular ponds at Esther Simplot Park today for recreational use, including fishing, swimming and wading, after E. coli levels finally dropped and remained consistently low. The ponds, along with nearby Quinn’s Pond, were closed June 21 after unsafe...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16, 2017


Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 2:14 p.m.

Comments sought on Idaho plan to regulate water pollution

Federal authorities are taking comments and have set public meeting dates on Idaho's plan to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state's lakes and rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it's accepting the comments as Idaho officials seek to shift control of permitting and enforcement...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017


Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

After prodding from Otter and reminder of Idaho's experience, Labrador breaks silence, condemns racist violence

Gov. Butch Otter recalled Idaho’s experience with neo-Nazi white supremacists, when the Aryan Nations was headquartered in North Idaho–and called on Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who had remained mum for 3 days, to join the other three members of Idaho’s congressional delegation in denouncing white supremacist violence. Tuesday evening, Labrador did...

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Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

Idaho officials eye selling 10 commercial properties

State officials on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy timberland and agricultural land that the state uses to generate revenue to fund schools. The Idaho Land Board voted 4-0 to advance a possible auction of 10 properties in December as it seeks to generate money

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