Tonight marks the longest night of the year. Advocates chose this night to remember the homeless who have died in 2012. The National Homeless Person’s Memorial happens in more than 150 cities, including Boise.
Jayne Sorrels is the Executive Director of Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services. “We gather together as a community and recognize and honor, remember those who have died in the last year who were homeless, formerly homeless and those who were homeless advocates.”
Earlier this month, we were reporting a story about increased gun sales in Idaho following President Obama’s re-election. That took us to a gun store in Mountain Home, where we met 65-year-old Peter Humm.
Students and adults at schools across Idaho have been on edge this week in the wake of Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary. Rumors are keeping law enforcement busy in several parts of Idaho.
In Meridian two high schools have canceled or postponed annual assemblies scheduled for Friday. A district spokesman says administrators at Centennial and Mountain View high schools became aware early this week that students were afraid.
Two female patas monkeys are resting at Zoo Boise after arriving on a late-night Delta flight from the east coast.
The females are meant as companions for the male patas monkey who saw his cage mate bludgeoned to death last month during a break in at the zoo.
A Boise spokesperson says the zoo received an outpouring of community support. The volunteer organization known as The Friends of Zoo Boise have pledged to help raise $209,000 for a new habitat for the monkeys. So far, $75,000 has been raised.
Nampa’s school board met in a special session Wednesday night to continue work on fixing the district’s $4.5 million budget shortfall. The board decided to continue efforts to borrow money. It also agreed to move toward a spring levy but stopped short of committing to the idea.
That’s in part because they want to see how successful the loan effort is. The district has a month to meet the deadline to put a levy on the March ballot.
The U.S. Army will seek the death penalty against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. The Army announced Wednesday the Washington-based soldier will face a general court-martial for allegedly killing 16 Afghan civilians – mostly women and children – earlier this year.
The Army’s decision to put Bales before a court-martial that has the authority to impose capital punishment follows the recommendation of a pre-trial hearing officer. Bales is charged with 16 counts of premeditated murder as well as other crimes.
This week school districts across Idaho have reached out to parents to reassure them their children are safe at school under the shadow of the mass shooting Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Democrats in Washington, D.C. have said they plan to introduce new gun control legislation in Congress, following last Friday’s shootings in Connecticut. Bans on so-called assault-weapons and on high capacity magazines have been discussed.
Last week the Nampa School District mandated four furlough days for all classified staff. That’s part of the district's plan to overcome a budget deficit of about $4.5 million. The district says teachers don’t have to take furloughs but, some say that’s not what they’re hearing.
Idaho’s Department of Education will reconvene a group that made safety recommendations for Idaho schools four years ago. That’s from a memo that schools’ superintendent Tom Luna sent Monday to district leaders, charter school administrators and school principals. The memo comes in response to Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut.