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Why Tibetan Monks Are In Caldwell

Eleven Tibetan Monks will be spending this week in Caldwell at the invitation of the College of Idaho and the nonprofit Caldwell Fine Arts. These monks are from a monastery in India that has a satellite campus of sorts in Georgia. The monastery’s founders fled Tibet after the Chinese government took over the area in the 1950s and its monks follow the Dalai Lama. The monks will spend much of the week creating an intricate sand picture called a mandala. Caldwell Fine Arts director Alison...
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Outdoor recreation company Vista Outdoor is planning a $70 million expansion to its ammunition plant in Lewiston.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Idaho Department of Commerce announced Monday that Lewiston beat offers from Minnesota, where the company already has a plant, and other states.

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The city of Twin Falls and Clif Bar Tuesday celebrate the opening of a new plant that will bake all flavors of the company’s signature energy bars and a line of kid’s bars. The plant is nearly 300,000 square feet and employs more than 200 people with about 60 more to be added early next year. The lowest wage is $15 an hour.

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Later today, Boise State University will host a reception to introduce one of its newest employees. Tom Michael moved to Boise in July to become the next general manager at Boise State Public Radio.

Michael’s resume includes an 11-year stint at Marfa Public Radio – an NPR affiliate he founded in remote west Texas. 

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The Cherry Road Fire burned about 55 square miles in eastern Oregon, just on the other side of the Idaho border, near Homedale. The wildfire has been contained, but did significant damage to a heavily-used wild horse pasture.

A recycling center fire that on Monday pushed air quality in Boise to unhealthy for sensitive groups is contained but will likely continue to smolder for several days.

Boise Fire Department officials say the fire that's about the size of a city block is burning wood debris in a large pit at Diamond Street Recycling.

Authorities say the fire started for unknown reasons at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the facility near the Boise Airport.

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Boise's Municipal Park has a new name as the city has dedicated the 28-acre park to three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled the park's new signage on Sunday at an event celebrating the Boise cyclist, who just returned from winning her third-consecutive Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Armstrong says she is looking forward to working with youth at the newly renamed park. At the event Sunday she presided over a foot race for kids and presented winners with their own gold medals.

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Idaho officials are devising a statewide plan to protect the health of pollinating insects.

The Capital Press reports that the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is asking agricultural organizations and other interested groups to speak up at a public meeting scheduled for September. The Idaho Potato Commission, the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Seed Association, Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club and the Idaho Honey Industry Association have already been invited.

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A school bus roaming the streets of Moscow this week has been a cover for police officers looking to catch traffic violations.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that members of the Moscow Police Department, Idaho State Police and Latah County Sheriff's Department rode in the bus that was equipped with a video camera, radio and observation form in order to flag down potential tickets for patrol cars.

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Dave Eggar is one of those rare musicians who is equally at home in a large classical concert hall, on stage accompanying top 40 pop artists, and at a jam session with tribal musicians in the Philippines. He’s played at Carnegie Hall and has made pop music with artists like Coldplay, Beyonce and the late Amy Winehouse. 

The New York City-based musician has made it to the top of his field by stretching the boundaries of what it means to be a classically-trained cellist. 

 

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Last year’s massive Soda Fire burned more than 400 square miles of rangeland in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon. That includes the food source for the area's three wild horse herds.

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