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A former Sun Valley treasurer has been accused of stealing almost $130,000 from the city.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Angela Marlene Orr pleaded not guilty on Monday to three counts of felony misuse of public funds by a public employee.

Orr is accused of stealing nearly $127,000 from the city through unauthorized direct deposits and by using the city's credit card to pay for dinners and hotel costs during city-sponsored trips.

Orr resigned April 7 after working for the city for nearly four years.

Two Idaho firefighters have received the state's highest honor for their exceptional bravery and courage.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of Idaho's Medal of Honor Commission, announced the award recipients Friday.

Idaho Falls firefighter Sean Allen was honored for entering a submerged vehicle in an irrigation canal, cutting a victim free and pulling him to safety last year.

Meanwhile, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Lt. John Ward was honored for entering a burning home while off-duty in April, 2015 and rescuing a disabled woman without protective gear.

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A vital link between Boise State University and the heart of the capital city reopens today. The Broadway Bridge, which was constructed in just 9 months at a cost of around 20 million dollars, opens to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at 1 p.m.

Around 200 people gathered on the span of the new bridge to mark the opening just a day before the first home game at BSU.

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Idaho Transportation Department officials will celebrate their newest infrastructure upgrade this Friday. The much-anticipated reopening of the Broadway Bridge comes right before the first Bronco home football game, when fans will get to walk, bike or drive across the structure which is next to the stadium.

Both Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise State University President Bob Kustra will attend the Friday morning ceremony.

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The woman known as Mother Teresa was recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church on Sunday. More than 100,000 people filled St. Peter's Square for the ceremony honoring a person who'd spent much of her life in India, helping the poor, the sick and the dying.

A Boise man who met Mother Teresa and spent time in her ministry says he knew this day would come. Rick Harvey is a local jeweler who also serves as an Archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese.

Residents of a small central Idaho town say they don't want a camp for kids with cancer in their neighborhood.

Camp Rainbow Gold holds summer camps for children and families dealing with cancer at a private campsite in the Sawtooth Mountains. Organizers announced last month they were in the process of buying a larger property in the unincorporated neighborhood of Triumph near the resort town of Ketchum. Camp Rainbow Gold leaders say the move would allow more kids to attend camp.

A recycling center fire that on Monday pushed air quality in Boise to unhealthy for sensitive groups is contained but will likely continue to smolder for several days.

Boise Fire Department officials say the fire that's about the size of a city block is burning wood debris in a large pit at Diamond Street Recycling.

Authorities say the fire started for unknown reasons at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the facility near the Boise Airport.

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It’s Navy Week in Boise, an event designed to bring the Navy to places that don’t have a port and don’t get a lot of contact with this segment of the Armed Forces.

Every year since 2005, the Navy has picked a small number of cities for Navy Week. This year, fifteen cities have the honor, including Dayton, Des Moines and Boise.

Sailors are in town to show off their skills. That includes sailors from the city’s namesake, the USS Boise.

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A new, bright yellow marketing campaign is taking place on the Boise Greenbelt. Chalk stenciling with the phrase “Buck the Quo” is written on the path in places like Ann Morrison Park.  City officials say it's one of a limited number of nonprofit marketing campaigns approved by the city. 

Any Greenbelt advertising without the City of Boise's permission is illegal. Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway says it’s not often that he says yes to a marketing request.

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License plates honoring the 150th anniversary of the Idaho Territory are at risk of disappearing unless more history buffs step up to the plate.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that only about 220 of the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial plates have been sold each year during the initial three-year grace period, but now that the grace period is over state law requires at least 1,000 plates be sold or renewed each year to keep the design in use.

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The two deputies involved in a fatal shooting of a rancher say they are weighing their options on moving forward after prosecutors concluded the two men would not face criminal charges.

Adams County sheriff's Deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood defended their actions in shooting 62-year-old Jack Yantis in an interview with KIVI-TV on Monday. The two are currently on administrative leave, and they have been named in a wrongful death tort claim filed by Yantis' family.

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The drive-through window behind the Moxie Java on Boise’s Vista Avenue is for cars, not trains. That’s not a point one usually has to make but in this case, a set of train tracks terminates just a few feet away from that window and the back wall of that coffee shop and its neighbors, Blimpie and the UPS Shop.

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Ada County commissioners have dashed one man's hopes of having his own airstrip in the city's foothills.

The Idaho Statesman reports the commissioners voted 2-1 on Wednesday to overturn a Planning and Zoning decision that would have allowed Dean Hilde to build the 1,200-foot landing strip on about 150 acres as well as a 3,600-square-foot hangar and shop.

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For the second time in two weeks a climber has been rescued from Idaho's highest peak.

The Custer County Sheriff's Office says retired Marine Col. Kenneth Lissner of Tampa, Florida, used an emergency satellite communications device to call for help at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The 56-year-old combat veteran reported being halfway down the south side of 12,667-foot Borah Peak and hypothermic.

A helicopter from Kalispell, Montana, operated by Two Bear Air Rescue located Lissner at about 6:15 a.m. and plucked him from the mountain.

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Northern Idaho authorities say a 600-square-foot treehouse featured on a cable program about treehouses lacks a building permit.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports in a story on Tuesday that treehouse owner Paul Buttars failed to respond within 45 days to a violation notice sent by Kootenai County officials.

The DIY Network's "The Treehouse Guys" in June featured the treehouse that's 30 feet off the ground and supported by three Douglas firs. County officials sent the violation notice the day after the program ran.

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The attorney general declined to prosecute 2 deputies for shooting and killing a rancher last fall. The case is a rallying point for those who say excessive police force is a problem outside cities.

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Officials with a central Idaho airport have approved a noise study seeking ways to reduce aircraft noise for nearby residents.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority approved the $22,000 study last week for the airport in Hailey.

Officials say the noise modeling study will be used to determine if changing flight paths could reduce noise in Hailey and Bellevue a few miles to the south.

Update, Tuesday at 8:04 a.m.: 

A south-central Idaho man shot and killed by law enforcement officers on Interstate 84 has been identified.

Idaho State Police say 34-year-old Matthew David Conrad of nearby Hammett died at the scene Tuesday morning after he pointed a gun at two Elmore County sheriff's deputies who opened fire.

Police say that Conrad stole a pickup and tried to elude police but officers used a maneuver to force him off a rural road and into a field near the north side of the interstate.

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Speed limits have increased by 20 mph on three state highways in Idaho.

KIDK-TV reports that 50 mph signs are being replaced with 70 mph signs on U.S. 20, Idaho 22 and Idaho 28 after the Idaho Transportation Department determined that most drivers go between 70 and 80 mph on those roads.

The IDT says increasing speed limits can result in fewer crashes.

Part of Idaho 28 south of Leadore will be also be increased from 45 to 55 mph.

Current speed limits remain in effect until the new signs are installed.

An Idaho man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for attempting to kidnap and assault a fellow Coeur d'Alene Press employee last fall.

Former contractor with the newspaper Jason Edwards was sentenced on Tuesday to 55 years for attempted kidnapping, battery with the intent to rape, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He pleaded guilty in April.

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