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CECIL D. ANDRUS PAPERS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Remembrances of Idaho political icon Cecil Andrus are pouring in from leaders across the state and the nation. The former governor founded a public policy center at Boise State University after retiring from politics. The center’s director, John Freemuth, was a longtime associate of the late Andrus.

He says knowing his boss and friend was an ongoing education.


Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Cecil Andrus, the longest-serving governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior has died. A lion of Idaho Democratic politics, Andrus had long led the state's charge to balance environmental preservation with economic growth, which sometimes led to allies on either side side dismissing him. 

Cecil D. Andrus Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University.

Idahoans are in mourning after the death of four-term governor Cecil Andrus – known to many as just “Cece." He was 85 years old, just one day shy of his 86th birthday. The Democrat died late Thursday due to complications from lung cancer.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

A second former employee of Chobani has accused the yogurt company of age discrimination.

The Times-News reports Virginia Tucker, who worked as a maintenance technician at the Twin Falls yogurt plant from January 2013 until she was fired in June 2015, filed a suit Monday in federal court.

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.

Larry Goto

A Nampa man is out more than $20,000 after he set up an epic solar eclipse festival that an underwhelming amount of people showed up to.

KIVI-TV reported Tuesday that Jeff Webb's eclipse festival in Cascade was complete with campsites, shuttles for parking, eight live bands, portable toilets and food for thousands of people. Webb spent nearly $7,000 on portable toilets alone.

But to his surprise, only a few dozen eclipse enthusiasts showed up.

Maddie Mathes

After 14 hours in a car, and a long weekend camping in the Idaho wilderness, author and former wildland firefighter Jerry Mathes says it was all worth it.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve seen in nature, really,” Mathes said.


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Monday's solar eclipse was at about 99 percent of totality in Boise. About 250 people in the Capital City took in the unique experience at the top of Table Rock. Some set up their chairs and blankets on the east side of the hilltop, facing the Boise River Wildlife Management Area as the moon slowly moved across the sun.

Roadsidepictures / Flickr

As luck would have it, many of the small towns scattered across Idaho in the path of totality for this Monday’s solar eclipse are only accessible by small, two-lane roads. We’ve got some tips for those driving to watch day turn to night.


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Thirty-seven-year-old Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera drowned in a manure pond in February 2016. The horrific death at Sunrise Organic Dairy in Jerome – followed by another seven months later near Idaho Falls – prompted federal investigations.


Kevin Morris / Flickr Creative Commons

Canyon County saw a record number of involuntary mental hold cases in July.

There were 123 such cases, a monthly record, according to the county's director of indigent services, Yvonne Baker, the Idaho Press Tribune reported.

The county also set a record for payments related to those mental holds in the past few weeks, sending out checks totaling $153,000, Controller Zach Wagoner said.

AP

Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler will retire from his post as commanding officer of the Idaho National Guard at the end of October after a 45-year career in the military.

AP Images

As the solar eclipse is now just days away, many people have already planned where they’ll watch it in Idaho. But what’s your plan for photographing the phenomenon?


Lynn Friedman / Flickr Creative Commons

If you have a tree overflowing with fruit or a garden that needs some culling, a new website in the Treasure Valley could help you out.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

Starting Saturday, people across Idaho will have to adjust to a new normal: dialing 10-digits when they place a call – even local ones. The shift comes as the Gem State prepares to adopt a second area code: 986.

2-0-8, those numbers have been synonymous with Idaho since 1947 when area codes were introduced. But, 70 years later, phone numbers prefaced by those three digits are in short supply.

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