Eagle

Michael Lycklama / Idaho Statesman

Officials in southwestern Idaho say a high school football field that had construction delays will be ready for Friday's home opener.

The West Ada School District tells the Idaho Statesman that the $600,000 field at Eagle High School will be ready for the team's game against defending state champion Mountain View.

A company called Sprinturf delayed installing artificial turf amid concerns the gravel base supporting the field was too soft.

Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Races for Boise mayor, city council and a conservation initiative headline Tuesday’s ballot in Idaho’s largest city.

Polls across Idaho open at 8 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

weather, roads, snow, ice
Jodie Martinson / Boise State Public Radio

The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) is defending itself from criticisms over how it cleared -- or didn't clear -- the roads after last week's snow dump. A record-setting 7.6 inches of snow fell at the Boise Airport on Thursday and Friday.

Police departments tweeted warnings to drivers to mind the conditions after helping hundreds of vehicles involved in fender-benders and spins off the road.

Now, almost a week later, many major roads in Boise, Eagle, and Meridian still have snow and ice in patches and many drivers are complaining about why it's taken so long to clear.

A woman died and three other people were injured in two crashes involving a horse on the highway northwest of Boise.

Ada County officials say the woman's car hit a horse on State Highway 16 just after 5 a.m. Monday. Deputies say the car then went off the highway, traveled about 300 yards through fields and fences before hitting a rock wall.

The victim's name hasn't been released. Both of her passengers were injured.

A short time later, another car hit the horse that was lying in the road and flipped onto its top. One person was injured.

Highway 16 fire, wildfire
Sheila Hudson

The Ada County Sheriff's Department credits the swift response of multiple fire agencies for saving about 30 homes along Highway 16 north of Eagle Tuesday night.  The fire started around 8 o'clock when lightning from passing storms struck.  Within minutes, families in the area near Firebird Raceway started to evacuate.

Ava Linhart lives in the area.  She says she and her daughter were home watching the storm when the lightning hit. 

Anna King / Northwest News Network

In Italy, bocce ball is known as a pastime for elderly men. You know the image: Men in starched shirts and creased pants playing serious games near the piazzas. Now, bocce is rapidly gaining popularity in Northwest cities and wine country.

One reason bocce is popular at wineries: You can play while never putting down your adult beverage. It’s also a game that can draw out your competitive side.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Two weeks ago, we told you that 50 kids jumped into a pool in Eagle to take part in what organizers hoped would be the world’s largest swim lesson.  They joined thousands of others around the world, to try and beat the old Guinness Book record of 19,322, set last year. 

Before the event, the Idaho swimmers were confident they would succeed.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

About fifty kids check in at a pool in Eagle Thursday to be a part of the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.

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Thursday morning, 72 children and adults will jump in a pool in Eagle to try and help break the Guinness record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.  The old record, set last year, was 20-thousand swimmers.