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If you're new to Idaho, you may wonder how some Gem State places got their names.  Thankfully, historian and Idaho Statesman columnist Arthur Hart has you covered.

In a recent column, Hart went over the origins of a number of county names:

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The recent vandalism at the Idaho Anne Frank Memorial triggered a direct response in the form of a performance called Letters From Anne and Martin, which will be taking place Wednesday evening.

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Tuesday night, seniors at Capital High in Boise will graduate. Among the class of 2017 is Ivan Vazquez. He’s not only the valedictorian, but he’s one of just five students across the country this year to be accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges.

Matt Guilhem spoke with Vazquez about school, his future plans and what it was like as the acceptance letters kept pouring in.

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Memorial Day means holiday travel, and AAA Idaho says the number of trips in the state, and the country, are going up. Here's a preview of what to expect.

This Memorial Day weekend, more people will be traveling, especially driving. Some of the reasons are a lower unemployment rate, relatively low gas prices and the fact that the economic recession is in the rear-view mirror.

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At a time in our country when anti-Muslim sentiment is running high, we talk to women in Boise about what it’s like to wear a hijab, a traditional head scarf. In this episode of Some of the Parts, you'll hear stories of walking the streets (and grocery store aisles) of Boise while openly, obviously, visibly Muslim.

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed Payette County Commissioner Marc Shigeta and Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz to the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Committee.

Otter announced Thursday that he is accepting applications for three other openings on the recently restructured commission until June 1.

A newly enacted law ensured the commission included the Department of Lands director, three governor-appointed experts and a county commissioner. The commission will officially begin its work on July 1.

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Alex Jones has both a radio show and a website by the name of InfoWars. The Chobani company has a large greek yogurt processing complex in Twin Falls. The plant has more than 1,000 employees, including hundreds of refugees.

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The unofficial elections results are in for a vote that took place throughout the Treasure Valley Tuesday, determining who would fill the two available seats on the board of the Greater Boise Auditorium District, or GBAD.

There were four candidates in the race competing for the two open seats. Kristin Muchow secured a spot, receiving 40% of the votes, and incumbent Hy Kloc followed close behind, with 38% of the votes. The other two candidates, Scott Meachan and incumbent Judy Peavey-Derr did not win seats.  

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Repairs to a heavily worn section of Interstate 84 in the Treasure Valley will get underway soon.

The Idaho Transportation Department will start repairing and resurfacing the pothole-pocked pavement between Nampa and Caldwell this summer. During four weekends all I-84 traffic will be moved to one side of the interstate while crews work to rebuild the opposite side.

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The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in Boise has been the target of a series of racist and anti-Semitic vandalism.

The first slurs were found Tuesday morning. Shortly after, Boise Parks and Recreation went to work removing and covering up the language scrawled on the marble.

Wednesday morning, a swastika was discovered on a tablet listing the donors to the memorial. It was drawn in permanent marker next to the name “Wood River Jewish Community.”

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Officials in central Idaho have expanded a flood evacuation order to include about two dozen homes near the resort town of Ketchum.

Blaine County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Holly Carter said the homes are all in a narrow canyon west of town that runs along Warm Springs Creek. Cater says rapid spring runoff and the swollen creek waters have made it impossible to keep the road maintained enough for emergency vehicles to reliably reach the homes.

LGBT people experience homelessness in disproportionately high numbers and Boise is no exception. In episode six of Some of the Parts, we hear from a lesbian and a transgender woman about what it's like living on the streets of Boise, Idaho.

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A couple of truckloads of sheep were delivered by truck to 8th Street above the Foothills Learning Center Monday. They are slowly heading north.

For experienced Boise Foothills trekkers, spotting sheep wandering through the scrub and pathways in the spring is not so unusual. But not everybody is familiar with the story of Frank Shirts and his sheep.

Shirts is a real-life sheep rancher with 12 bands (groups) of sheep. That adds up to about 28,000 ewes and lambs each year.

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom, KBSX, took home 17 Idaho Press Club awards on Saturday, including eight first-place prizes.

KBSX content was entered in radio, online and print categories.

Here is a full list of winners.

General Excellence – Radio

  1. Matt Guilhem – KBSX
  2. Samantha Wright – KBSX

Spot News Report – Radio

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Organizers of Idaho Gives say the day-long event to raise money for Idaho nonprofits was a success. With donations topping $1.3 million, organizers beat their goal.

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