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Tue., June 20, 2006, 4:12 p.m.

That’s one big set of stars and stripes

Hard as it may be to imagine a bigger American flag than the one that flies over the Idaho House – formerly the Simplot home, which sits on a high-profile Boise hilltop and now is the official state governor’s residence, though it’s awaiting remodeling – the flag hanging in the rotunda of the state Capitol may be even larger.

The huge stars and stripes, posted in honor of Flag Day, appear to stretch more than three stories high, and the shimmering red, white and blue has attracted lots of admiring glances from Statehouse visitors.

Asked if it’s the same gigantic flag that decorated the front of the Statehouse for his inaugural, Gov. Jim Risch said he suspected it was – just because the state doesn’t likely have too many huge flags sitting around.

Incidentally, the Idaho House flag is 30 by 50 feet – and can be easily spotted not only from the air, but even on satellite photos. The landmark flag is to keep flying always, as a condition of the gift from J.R. Simplot to the state of his landmark home.

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