Accident

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Officials say a large fire on Main Street in a small southwest Idaho city has destroyed at least five businesses.

Officials say the fire started in the early morning hours on Friday in Idaho City and was mostly extinguished by 6:30 a.m.

There have been no reports of injuries.

Idaho City is about 35 miles northeast of Boise and is popular among summer tourists.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined and no damage estimates have been made.

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A California man who went missing while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash northeast of Boise.

Custer County Coroner Vicki Armbruster says 21-year-old Lucius Robbi of Orleans, California, died on Aug. 19 of blunt force trauma that happened when his car went off Highway 21 and down a 60-foot embankment.

A private helicopter hired to join the widespread search for Robbi spotted the tip of a kayak in the trees near the Stanley Lake turnoff on Thursday.

Landmark Airstrip, McCall
Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

This story was updated July 8 at 12 p.m.

The surviving pilot of a deadly midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho is an aviation professor at Central Washington University.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the Monday morning collision about 30 miles east of Cascade. The other plane crashed and caused a small fire.

Federal officials say a miner has died at the Sunshine Mine near Kellogg in northern Idaho.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the miner died about 2 p.m. Monday after becoming caught between a mine shaft and a device called a skip transporting miners.

Agency spokeswoman Amy Louviere says two miners were on top of the skip when it moved before one was clear.

She says the second miner avoided injury.

The agency has dispatched investigators to the mine.

Mount Rainier is one of the most popular climbing destinations in the nation, but this weekend, it became the scene of a terrible tragedy -- the second worst climbing tragedy in the mountain's history. Six climbers apparently fell to their deaths.

Darin Oswald / The Idaho Statesman

Update 11:35 a.m.: Officials have identified the child who died in an Idaho school bus crash as 11-year-old Daniel Robert Cook.

Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris confirmed the child's identity. She says the boy died of blunt force trauma sustained in Thursday morning's collision, which also injured four children.

The bus was carrying 12 kids to a Kuna elementary school when it collided with a dump truck at a rural intersection. Four children were taken to the hospital with injuries, and the bus driver was taken to a hospital for emotional distress.

Investigation Continues Into Deadly I-84 Bus Crash

Dec 31, 2012

Investigators in Eastern Oregon say snowy conditions likely played a role in yesterday's crash of a tour bus that left nine  people dead east of Pendleton. According to Oregon State Police the bus crashed through a guardrail before plummeting at least 200 feet down a steep highway embankment along I-84. At least 26 people were transported to hospitals with a range of injuries.  Oregon State Police Spokesman Gregg Hastings says investigators are still trying to piece together the events that lead to the crash.