Idaho News

Monica Gokey / Boise State Public Radio

At 5:00 a.m., thick morning haze slowly gives way to daylight. In an area of the Pioneer burn designated for commercial morel picking, charred trees dot the forest. The ground is a mix of black ash and new plant life. 

Siong Lee of central California walks through the forest, eyes downcast. He is looking for something very specific: morel mushrooms. 

 

Lee and his picking partner spread out from each other, but stay in touch over walkie talkies, speaking their native language of Hmong.

Minutes go by without a single mushroom. Then . . .

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Hiking the Sawtooths. Camping near Stanley. Rafting the Salmon. With summer just around the corner, these are hot topics for Idahoans planning their next seasonal adventure.

 

We've opened the next question round of our "news experiment" and we want to know what you want to know about summer in the Gem State.

 

Mark Elias / AP Photo

"Batman" only aired for three seasons in the 1960s, but Adam West would remain associated with the role forever.

"You get terrible typecast playing a character like that," West told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview. "But in the overall, I'm delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too."

J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

Forbes Magazine is offering a mea culpa for a list they posted last month ranking Boise the second-best place in the nation for young professionals.

Turns out, Forbes meant to put a zero behind that two. Now, according to the magazine, Boise is the 20th best city for young professionals.

Adam Reeder / Flickr

A plan is in the works for a new Mini-Cassia Airport. The current airport in Burley will be shut down because it doesn't meet safety standards.

Studies find the Burley airport to be one of the most dangerous in the state because of its location; it's surrounded by hazards and obstacles like the Snake River, a highway, grain elevators and trees just to name a few. In addition to that, the runways are too short for the planes that use the airport.

Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Lots of winter snow followed by abnormally wet spring weather delayed spring field work in the Treasure and Magic Valleys. But the Capital Press reports farm work is back on schedule now that weather has returned to normal and temperatures are on the rise.

Paul Skeen of the Malhuer County Onion Growers says he planted most of his crop two to three weeks later than usual. 

But recent warm days are causing crops like sugar beets and corn to come on strong. And farmers are counting on continued warm weather to bring crops back to normal.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

As long as significant rain doesn’t fall this weekend, the amount of water flowing into the Boise River could begin going down next week. But before that happens, officials are asking people to closely monitor things in case flooding gets worse.

Warmer weather this week has pushed Lucky Peak Dam to 88 percent capacity, while the upstream Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs are 98 and 99 percent full.

AP photo/Wilfredo Lee

The number of firearms discovered in carry-on luggage at the Boise airport has continued to rise in recent years. This increase aligns with a national trend.

 

 

In 2016, a record number of 18 firearms were found in carry-on luggage at the Boise airport. Nationally, a record number of almost 3,400 were discovered in 2016. Regional TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers anticipates this number continuing to grow for 2017.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise Depot is one of those places Boiseans take visitors to show off their town. The early 20th Century Spanish architecture stands out and is a great backdrop for weddings and parties.

But the one thing you haven’t found at the depot for 20 years? Passenger trains.

Colin Falconer has long wondered why that is. Falconer is originally from Seattle and used to take the Amtrak to northern Idaho to swim in lakes with friends when he was a kid. He loved being able to watch the scenery go by, and goof around in the aisles with his buddies.

Diana Landa

An Idaho woman said she discovered a Nazi explosive as she was helping her parents clean out their shed.

Diana Landa identified the artifact by a Nazi insignia and the year 1938 etched on the bottom of it. It still had a propellant on it, she said.

Landa's parents have lived in their Meridian home for 25 years. They said they hardly used the old shed they cleaned out last week. They have no idea where the explosive came from and how it got there.

Idaho Transportation Department / via Twitter

High and fast water has caused a section of Idaho Highway 21 to close. The Idaho Transportation Department closed more than 10 miles of the well-used road after part of the highway crumbled into a creek, creating "extremely hazardous" driving conditions.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The Grove Plaza in downtown Boise has been undergoing renovations for many months and is finally set to re-open. On Wednesday, the plaza opens with its first session of Alive After Five, the city’s summer concert series.

 

 

Marcel Molina Jr. / Flickr Creative Commons

An excavator that slid into a nuclear waste pit in Idaho has been retrieved.

The excavator slid into the pit May 11 after a partial collapse of the dig area at the U.S. Department of Energy's desert site, The Post Register reported.

Crews dug a ramp for the excavator and drove it from the pit area into a nearby service bay, where it was inspected, Fluor Idaho spokesman Erik Simpson said. It will be repaired soon.

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This weekend, repaving work stemming from the beating the I-84 took over the winter will shut down big sections of the interstate between Nampa and Caldwell.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and lasting through 5 a.m. Monday, the I-84 will be down to a single lane in each direction. It’s the Treasure Valley’s own version of Carmageddon.

Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

The Idaho Department of Labor says between 2015 and 2025, the state is expected to grow by 15 percent.

Using a new model to project these changes, the agency says the state’s pace is about three times higher than the nation’s when it comes to population.

So where is this boost coming from? The trend of older people moving to the state for retirement continues to lead the way. The department predicts the 65 and older crowd will grow by about 36 percent.

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