Boise playwrights Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller have a little more than three months to curtain on their latest work-in-progress. The Uncanny Valley, mixes science fiction with Idaho's landscape.
Co-writer Blackaller says most people will likely think the title refers to where it takes place, a valley in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. But it’s actually a reference to the themes in the play, not the setting.
You can listen to Blackaller explain what the title means by clicking on the audio player.
Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is selling tickets for a play that opens in April, but that play hasn’t yet been written. For the next few months, I’ll be following its progress as it goes from idea to rehearsal to an audience.
Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.
Utah became the 18th state in the country Friday to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge ruled the state's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. This is the first federal case of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year.
Bethine Church, the widow of Idaho Sen. Frank Church, has died at the age of 90. Her son, Chase Church, posted Saturday on his Facebook page that she had passed listening to Christmas music. “She wasn’t in any pain and she always wanted to pass at home,” the post noted.
Earlier this month, her son posted on his Facebook page that his mother had been “suffering from old age” and poor health. She’d been on hospice care for the past two weeks and would have turned 91 in February.
Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has selected Boise Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, a Democrat, to fill the Idaho Senate seat vacated by Sen. Branden Durst.
Ward-Engelking is a freshman lawmaker who was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012.
Here's the press release issued by Gov. Otter's office.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of freshman Representative Janie Ward-Engelking to the Idaho Senate vacancy left by last month’s resignation of first-term Senator Branden Durst of Boise.
A federal judge has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby issued a 53-page ruling Friday saying Utah's law passed by voters in 2004 violates gay and lesbian couples' rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
Shelby says the state failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way, and the state's unsupported fears and speculations are insufficient to justify deny allowing same-sex marriages.
Republican Rep. Mark Patterson says he'll resign from the Idaho Legislature, a day after party colleagues from his district in Boise urged him to quit.
Patterson said Wednesday he'll hand in his resignation to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter this week.
On Tuesday, members of the GOP District 15 precinct committee voted unanimously to ask Patterson to quit. That's after revelations in early November that he pleaded guilty in a 1974 rape case in Florida.