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Tens of thousands of people will watch the total solar eclipse in Idaho on August 21, and some of them will be taking part in a citizen science experiment.

The Citizen Continental-America Telescope Eclipse Experiment, or CATE for short, is a project by the National Solar Observatory. Using special telescopes, the plan is to record the eclipse at more than 68 different sites, including three in Idaho.

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Public libraries are providing more than books these days. The modern-day library is a gathering place featuring technology and innovation. The new library at Bown Crossing in southeast Boise is an example.

 

 

Branch supervisor, Sarah Kelley-Chase, wants it to be a community hub for exploration.

 

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The Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on a case that could decide the future of a 6 percent sales tax on groceries.

The Idaho Legislature passed a bill this year removing the tax. They adjourned and went home. Governor Butch Otter vetoed the bill, 11 days after adjournment. And that’s where the controversy started.

Some GOP lawmakers filed suit, arguing the Idaho Constitution says a governor has ten days to veto a bill after adjournment. But in 1978, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled the governor has ten days, starting when he gets the bill.

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Former state senator Russ Fulcher of Meridian is bowing out of the race for governor and pursuing a run for Congress.

After spending the last nine months running to replace Governor Butch Otter, Fulcher now has his sights set on filling Raul Labrador’s shoes in Washington D.C. The five-term Republican lawmaker released a video online making the announcement.

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An Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of fatally shooting his cousin.

The Post Register reports Demetrius Gomez was sentenced Tuesday.

A Chief U.S. District judge also ordered Gomez to serve five years of supervised release after completing his prison term.

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Musicians from across the country are now making their way to Washington County in western Idaho in what has become an annual summer tradition.

There’s one thing every fiddler has on their calendar, according to musician Ken Worthington: "The nationals up at Weiser, the third full week in June."

Festivities have already begun in advance of the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest. The city has been home to an annual contest since 1953. And it became a national event 10 years later.

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The Idaho Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday over a controversial veto by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.

The Idaho Legislature passed a repeal of the grocery tax earlier this year, a 6 percent tax that most states do not impose. The measure gained bipartisan support and passed the Senate and House in March.

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The Boise River, which has been over flood stage for months, will drop below that level Thursday. The river has dropped dramatically this week.

The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been dropping the amount of water released into the river all week. The river started dropping over the weekend, then fell 500 cubic feet per second on Tuesday and 1,000 cfs on Wednesday.

It will drop another 500 cfs Thursday morning. That will drop the river level at the Glenwood Bridge to 6,750 cfs, that brings it below flood stage which is 7,000 cfs.

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Idaho college tuition and fees have increased more than fivefold since 1980, when cost figures are adjusted for inflation.

That’s the conclusion from a new report issued by the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, a nonpartisan budget think tank.

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An Idaho man was sentenced to one year in jail after he was found guilty of causing a crash that killed a 64-year-old driver.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports 22-year-old Tyler Callahan of Weiser received his sentence Tuesday for one count of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. A judge says Callahan's jail sentence could be modified during a review hearing in September.

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Idaho Senator Jim Risch was among the Intelligence Committee members who questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday. Risch seemed to suggest the committee is wasting its time looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia.

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The U.S. and China signed a trade deal Monday to open the Asian market to American beef. The Chinese market has been off-limits to American ranchers since 2003 after a mad cow disease scare.

Cameron Mulrony is with the Idaho Cattle Association, and says having exports to China is a big deal.  

“The Chinese is a growing market, it’s a large market," says Mulrony. "And those people are traveling and have the taste for U.S. beef so we’re hopefully optimistic that that in turn will give us a boost in our market.”

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Boise is taking the next step in preserving the house where Idaho artist James Castle lived and worked. The city broke ground Tuesday on the next phase of construction on the site.

Castle lived in Boise’s Pierce Park neighborhood for decades, starting in the 1930s. He was born deaf and found that his art was a tool for expression and communication.

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At 5:00 a.m., thick morning haze slowly gives way to daylight. In an area of the Pioneer burn designated for commercial morel picking, charred trees dot the forest. The ground is a mix of black ash and new plant life. 

Siong Lee of central California walks through the forest, eyes downcast. He is looking for something very specific: morel mushrooms. 

 

Lee and his picking partner spread out from each other, but stay in touch over walkie talkies, speaking their native language of Hmong.

Minutes go by without a single mushroom. Then . . .

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Hiking the Sawtooths. Camping near Stanley. Rafting the Salmon. With summer just around the corner, these are hot topics for Idahoans planning their next seasonal adventure.

 

We've opened the next question round of our "news experiment" and we want to know what you want to know about summer in the Gem State.

 

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