About 300 firefighters have been working to put out Idaho’s largest wildfire burning in the state’s south central desert lands. Twelve aircraft and more than 30 pieces of ground equipment have been used on this blaze. All of these efforts to stop a fire cost millions of dollars.
At the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, big monitors in command central show… cable news, and phones ring sporadically. But a few weeks ago when destructive fires burned in Colorado and around the west, this room was controlled pandemonium as people marshaled firefighting efforts.
As more people use Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch, more disaster response agencies are signing up for their own accounts. The Bureau of Land Management, for instance, has been tweeting updates about the massive Kinyon Road fire burning this week in Southern Idaho. Social media is playing a growing role in natural disasters.
If you thought it was warmer than usual Monday, you were right. Valerie Mills with the National Weather Service says Boise was nearly 20 degrees above average.
“The high temperature at the Boise airport today hit 108 degrees, and that was at 3:05 PM. That’s a new record for today but," she adds, "not quite as hot as we were July the 19th of 1960 when we hit 111 degrees. That’s our all-time record high for Boise.”
Pocatello’s Charlotte Fire destroyed nearly 70 homes last weekend. Some Boise fire fighters went to help battle that blaze,and they brought some lessons back with them.
J.D. Ellis relaxes on his back porch. The Boise Battalion Chief is taking a much needed day-off after spending last weekend fighting the Charlotte fire near Pocatello. Ellis says when it was contained he saw a neighborhood of nothing but blackened foundations, except one patch of green.
Idaho solider Pfc. Cody Moosman died Tuesday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said the 24-year-old soldier from Preston, Idaho had died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.
Moosman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He joined the military two years ago.
Earlier today, Pfc. Moosman's family issued this statement:
The 4th of July week is a busy time for fireworks retailers and firefighters. But the day after the holiday is the busiest day of the year for the Idaho Humane Society, when it comes to stray animals. Loud noises, smoke, and confusion can send pets running far from home.
In two years, the college football postseason will be getting an overhaul. The Bowl Championship Series will disappear in favor of a small playoff. The change is expected to benefit Boise State, and could also affect the school's planned moved to the Big East Conference.
On Tuesday, college presidents approved a set of rules that will mean four teams - instead of two - will get a chance to compete for the national championship, starting with the 2014 season.
South Korean diplomats from their Embassy in Washington, D.C. visited the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise Wednesday. They honored Korean War veterans while in the Northwest to promote a free trade agreement between the U.S and Korea.
Sixty years ago, U.S. servicemen and women battled communist Chinese and North Koreans in what’s been called the Forgotten War. The war is not officially over, but a somewhat stable peace has existed in the Korean peninsula since the nation was divided in the 1950s.
Several hundred people turned out at the Linen Building in downtown Boise Thursday night for a memorial to honor firefighters Ron Chambless and Todd Tompkins. They were killed June 3 when their Lockheed P2V air tanker crashed as they helped fight a wildfire near the Utah-Nevada border. Just before the memorial, the men were honored with a procession of cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles. Family members held a service for Chambless on June 10 in his native Texas. A service for Tompkins will be held Saturday in Washington.
Starting July 2nd, Boise State Public Radio makes improvements to its broadcast schedule. KBSX 91.5 is adding The Diane Rehm Show to its weekday schedule and moving several other programs into new times. We are also looking to improve the weekend service by adding some brand new offerings from NPR.
KBSW in Twin Falls will also make improvements to its weekday schedule.
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.
An Idaho judge has ruled that would-be Tamarack Resort buyer Matthew Hutcheson can no longer oversee retirement funds. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge Wednesday issued an injunction against the Eagle businessman who bid $40 million for the bankrupt ski resort in 2010.
Hutcheson is accused of wire fraud and theft for allegedly taking more than $ 2 million from pension funds he oversaw. In the order, Lodge writes that Hutcheson could cause further injury to the pensions if he is allowed to manage them while his case plays out.
Death row inmate Richard Leavitt became the second prisoner in seven months to be executed. He died Tuesday morning at 10:25 by lethal injection. He received sedatives throughout the night and at one point said he was "resolved" as to what was happening. Fellow inmates did not give him a card as they did before Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed in November.
Leavitt was convicted in 1985 for the brutal murder of Blackfoot resident Danette Elg. Her mutilated body was found a year earlier with multiple stab wounds.
James Carkulis didn’t miss a single stage of this year’s inaugural Exergy Tour. But the CEO of Exergy Development Group did keep a low profile.
He never once talked publicly about his support for the race. “You know this wasn’t called the Women’s Challenge,” he explains. “And it wasn’t called the Tour of Boise or of the Treasure Valley. It was called the Exergy Tour.”