Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's take on elk hunting

Hunters are getting anxious for the upcoming hunting season.

Here are some predictions from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation that might be of interest. It also includes surrounding states.

A comprehensive hunt forecast from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is now available for free at www.rmef.org.

Iranian rug store moves in with a Downtown art gallery

Downtown Boise’s Persian carpet store has a new location, but the same “half-Iranian, half-American” owner. Roddy Yazdanpour, 42 and a proud father of two, has moved Yazdanpour Persian Carpets to 1110 W. Jefferson St. in the same building as the Stewart Gallery and Randy Van Dyck's frame shop.

“All three businesses emphasize quality and value and have the same clientele,” he says.

'Other Studio' playlist - Aug. 10

—Garaj Mahal, "Semos"
—David Byrne and Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones"

—Gretchen Wilson, "Work Hard, Play Harder"/Black Crowes, "Jealous Again"/Rolling Stones, "Jiving Sister Fanny"
—George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord"/The Chiffons, "He's So Fine"
—ZZ Top, "La Grange"/John Lee Hooker, "Boogie Chillen"
—Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"/Queen, "Under Pressure"
—2 Live Crew, "Pretty Woman"/Roy Orbison, "Pretty Woman"
—Eddie Cochrane, "Summertime Blues"/Kiss, "I Just Wanna"
—AC/DC, "It's a Long Way to the Top"/The Cult, "Wild Flower"

Idaho GOP rushes to play the scandal card — and Democrats rush to react

State Democratic Party chairman Keith Roark pulled a dubious twofer over the weekend.

In calling out his GOP counterpart, Roark actually managed to tick off his own Senate candidate, Larry LaRocco.

I don't know if this indicates a larger communications problem for the Democrats. But after Republicans managed to clumsily play the sexual indiscretion card, Democrats managed to respond awkwardly. Advantage to neither party; advantage only to political bloggers looking for some easy material in the dog days of August.

Here's the chronology:

Sockeye versus kokanee: Are they real?

Here’s a couple of things I couldn’t fit into my Sunday article on sockeye.

There has always been an interesting question about the relationship between the ocean-going sockeye, the residual sockeye and the kokanee in the Sawtooth Valley lakes.

The kokanee spawn right about now in the Redfish Lake inlet creek, not on the gravel bars in the lake. Sockeye won’t spawn for another month and a half.

Main Payette is excellent flow for rafting

Splish, splash, the flow of the Main Payette River, north of Horseshoe Bend, is excellent for rafting and kayaking right now. All you have to do is look at all the people up on the river over the weekend.

The river is running 3,650 cfs, which provides splashy rapids and great opportunities for getting wet in hot weather.

The river is at its best for intermediate whitewater boaters and newcomers to the sport. It's also an excellent time for those who want to give whitewater rafting a try with an outfitter.

You can expect great flows on the Main Payette through September.

Idaho Newsreader - 08.11.08

Whoa mule. Animal dies at Three Island Crossing re-enactment • Micron hits jackpot under obscure law • Pedaling across Idaho • Wolverine Canyon burns quickly • The call for a gold- and silver-backed dollar • Huckleberry picker finds bodies

Broncos go live during Sunday practice

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Broncos went live during practice Sunday for the first time during fall camp, except the quarterbacks were still off-limits.

Bush Hamdan ran a series with the first-team offense, Kellen Moore ran one with the second team and Drew Hawkins ran one with the third team.

Hamdan’s series ended when senior defensive end Mike T. Williams stripped him from behind and a teammate recovered the fumble.

Moore’s series went a little better, with a big throw down the middle to tight end Tommy Gallarda.

Nate Potter doubtful for opener

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

Freshman left tackle Nate Potter, the projected starter, will miss “a few weeks” of practice after having arthroscopic knee surgery Friday, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Saturday.

Potter is doubtful for the Aug. 30 season opener against Idaho State, Petersen said. He should be ready for the second game, Sept. 13 against Bowling Green.

Sophomore Matt Slater has replaced Potter with the first team. Slater also is competing with sophomore Kevin Sapien at right tackle. Redshirt freshman Garrett Pendergast also is a tackle candidate.

More tough times ahead for Micron?

New analyses show Micron Technology remains No. 4 among the world’s top producers of dynamic random-access memory. DRAM makers recently have stepped up production up at what iSuppli Corp. calls a “stunning” rate, and an oversupply is likely to drag prices down through September. Micron has lost money for six straight quarters.

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