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In Idaho, wildfire season is approaching as hotter temperatures dry out what-is-now green undergrowth. At the same time, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is trying to get his Washington D.C. colleagues on board with a new way to pay for fighting those fires.

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An Idaho teen was placed on probation after a Facebook altercation ended in gunshots fired and an aggravated assault conviction.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 18-year-old Colton M. Mayberry, who was convicted of aggravated assault, was placed on supervised probation Monday for two years.

Judge Lansing L. Haynes withheld judgment, allowing Mayberry to successfully complete probation before deciding if the conviction will appear on his criminal record.

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Although neighboring states like Oregon and Washington may be better known for their craft beers, the Idaho beer industry is budding. One important ingredient is grown in the Gem State: hops.

The bitter ingredient is loved among craft-beer enthusiasts, and many popular hoppy beers are made possible by harvests from the Yakima, Washington area.

But DJ Tolmie -- who has been in the Idaho hop business for a while -- says the state has a lot of potential.

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This week in Boston, the National Education Association is holding its annual meeting to debate new school policies. A group from Idaho is among the 8,000 educators there. 

The Idaho legislature has been looking at changing the public school funding formula. Part of the challenge is balancing the redistribution of dollars between urban schools and the rural schools that make up the majority of the state.

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It’s been a year since last June’s Table Rock Fire in the Boise Foothills destroyed 2,500 acres of wildlife habitat. Sparked by illegal fireworks, the blaze burned and blackened the sagebrush-covered landscape. Over the last 12 months, a group of people and agencies have worked to restore the area.

Martha Brabec says she’s seeing progress when she travels through the burn area. As Boise Parks and Recreation’s Foothills Restoration Specialist, she’s on the front lines of the fire recovery effort.

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Tuesday is Independence Day and people across the nation are on the move for the holiday. Whether by air or by car, travelers should budget in some extra time to reach their 4th of July destinations.

Independence Day means fireworks, Uncle Sam, barbeques and a 24-hour loop of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Increasingly, the holiday is becoming synonymous with getaways.

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The tradition of shooting off fireworks on the 4th of July is as old as our nation's independence. And the business of fireworks is also a family tradition for the folks who own Western Display Fireworks, one of the largest producers of professional fireworks in the the Northwest.

Western Display will be responsible for putting on the City of Boise's big fireworks show on July 4th, which this year has been moved to Expo Idaho.

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Idaho Statesman

Governor Butch Otter and state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are threatening to sue the Trump Administration if it doesn’t abolish a holdover policy from former President Obama.

This week, the Idaho leaders joined nine other attorneys general from Republican-led states who want to curtail the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The program protects some undocumented people from deportation who were brought to the country when they were small children.

For over two decades, the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference has distinguished itself from other writing conferences by its focus on ideas rather than the “business” of writing and publishing. And this year, its 23rd, the idea in focus is character.

The annual literary festival this year is guided by the theme: A Question of Character. The audience of around 1,000 will hear and learn from renowned writers exploring the ideas and limitations of character.

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State Rep. Melissa Wintrow, D-Boise, sponsored successful legislation the last two years to change how police in Idaho handle, process and store what are known as "rape kits." The kits are used by investigators to preserve evidence of a sexual assault.

courtesy of the artist and Dolby Chadwick Gallery, S.F.

Idaho cities in the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21 are preparing to host hundreds of viewing parties. Some cities are more accustomed to welcoming tourists, like Sun Valley. 

Courtney Gilbert, from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, explained, "Hotels started selling out about two years ago. The city of Ketchum is partnering with the city of Sun Valley to organize a day of activities that will take place in Festival Meadows."

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Two big wildfires likely sparked by Monday’s thunderstorms continue to burn an hour east of Boise.

The smaller of the two fires is the Sand Point Fire. Firefighters have successfully held containment lines of the roughly 7,800 acre blaze and kept it from threatening structures. It’s burning about three miles south of Hammett. Emergency responders expect to have the Sand Point Fire contained by this evening.

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Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Test Reactor, or ATR, is celebrating 50 years of being a source of nuclear research used globally. This $40 million construction project began operation on July 2, 1967. The reactor is used to study the effects of radiation on reactor materials and fuels.

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Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were just a couple of the many government websites hacked Sunday by a message containing the phrase “I love the Islamic State.” These hackings are being called defacements, or “internet graffiti," and no data was compromised.

 

 

A spokesperson for Crane says a permanent solution to the hacking is being pursued and should be in place by the end of the week.

 

 

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The gymnasium at Park School in Weiser is full of third, fourth and fifth-grade students. Standing next to the stage, Principal Angela Halvorson introduces Assistant Professor Brian Jackson from Boise State University.

“And he is going to talk to us all about this cool thing that’s coming, the total solar eclipse. Can you please give him a round of applause . . . "

Jackson is traveling around Idaho this summer to talk to kids and adults about the eclipse.

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