The economy is (so far) a good issue for Minnick

A politician is fortunate when his or her deep-seated philosophy mirrors the mood of the moment.

Using that yardstick, Walt Minnick may be the luckiest guy in Idaho politics these days. To the extent, of course, that economic crisis is the source of good luck.

I can top that, Zimo

It's cool to see elk calling on TV in Texas, but I've got one better - carp fishing with a fly rod in the Wall Street Journal.

Here's the LINK

Yep, all you Latin-speakin', dry-fly-lovin', uptown snobby fly anglers ain't got yer pitcher and video in WSJ. Chalk one up for the trash chasers.

Former Burn coach to lead BK football

Lee Leslie was named Bishop Kelly High's 11th football coach, the school announced Wednesday.

Leslie, who local fans know as the former Boise Burn (arenafootball2) coach, also coached at the University of Utah and has 15 years of high school head coaching experience in the Salt Lake City area. He has coached 77 NCAA Division I or Division II college scholarship players and six NFL players, school officials said.

Change a life: Volunteer for at-risk youth in Canyon County

The Canyon County Juvenile Probation Department is in search of volunteers for the Canyon County Accountability Board.

The board works with first-time juvenile offenders, and addresses their "at-risk" behaviors individually, keeping them out of the court system.

The board takes a two-faceted approach, making young people be accountable for their actions, while helping them learn skills to become an active, healthy member of the community.  

Will smart grid makes hydro dams obsolete?

The need to reduce greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050, as proposed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change seems so daunting in a world still dominated by fossil fuels and based on cheap power.

How can we can get from here to there without having major economic impacts, you know, like the ones we are suffering through now?

Boise State to play Tulsa on a Wednesday, ESPN

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football team will play at Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The date was on the Tulsa football schedule released this week.

The game will begin at 6 p.m. MDT and air on ESPN.

Because that game will eat up the Broncos' only available bye week, they will have to play a game the week of Dec. 5.

The WAC and Boise State still have not released their schedules. The Broncos' other non-conference games are vs. Oregon, vs. Miami (Ohio), vs. UC Davis and likely at Bowling Green.

Some good open government news

Not all is cloudy on the Sunshine Week front.

Earlier this week, I wrote about Idaho's lackluster efforts in making public records available online. I researched the issue on behalf of Sunshine Week, a national organization that spotlights the value of public access to government records. Idaho wound up tied for No. 40 in a national ranking of online records access.

Elk calling on TV

If you're not out skiing, snowshoeing, biking or fishing, Bull elkCBS News magazine “Sunday Morning” will feature competitors from the 2009 Leupold/Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation World Elk Calling Championships on March 22.

CBS correspondent Bill Geist covered the event held as part of the Elk Foundation’s recent Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo in Fort Worth, Tex.

Minnick: Let AIG go bankrupt

I was glancing at CNN's coverage this morning of the House subcommittee hearing on AIG and its bonuses, and caught a glimpse of Rep. Walt Minnick, D-Idaho.

Here's his opening comment from the hearing:

Jane Goodall visits Boise April 9, tickets available now

Dr. Jane Goodall, who will celebrate her 75th birthday in April, is one of the world's great authorities on chimpanzees.

She's remarkable for that, and for the way her career began -- as a young woman who ventured to Africa to study the wild world in the 1960s.

This was a thing that was "so not done" at the time, that officials required Goodall's mother to travel with her as chaperone.

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