Broncos receivers sharing the ball, too

By Chadd Cripe

The Boise State running backs aren’t the only players who are having to share the football more than they might prefer.

The wide receivers also are adjusting to lower numbers.

Jeremy Childs (14 catches in three games) and Titus Young (10 catches in three games) are the top receivers. Childs’ average is down two catches per game and Young’s is about even with last year.

Running game issues, passing game kudos

Boise State isn't used to being ranked 73rd in the nation in rushing offense. The Broncos are averaging 140.0 yards per game, but a mere 3.8 yards per carry on the ground.

The reasons are plentiful — young offensive line, emphasis on the passing game, constant shuffling of running backs. I will tackle the final of those points in my column tomorrow.

Ian Johnson, who will celebrate a birthday Friday, has yet to rush for 100 yards in a single game this season.

"One of my personal goals is to still get that 100-yard rushing game," he said.

Should Iraq start paying its way? Sali, Minnick disagree

Singling out differences between U.S. Rep. Bill Sali and Walt Minnick is easy political pickings, so let me make my job a little harder by writing about one difference that isn't getting much attention.

Our editorial board asked both candidates whether Iraq — now sitting on a budget surplus — should start to repay the U.S. treasury or begin paying for its own rebuilding efforts.

Yes, says the Republican Sali, but just not now.

Minnick, Sali's Democratic opponent, doesn't hedge. The Iraqis should start paying up "yesterday."

Where McCain gained some ground Tuesday, and where he might have lost some

Thanks to everyone who checked in and spoke up at my presidential debate live blog (the discussion seems to be percolating along, so take a look).

And we'll be back to do it again for next week's final McCain-Obama debate.

New energy economy may help INL and Idaho

The financial rescue plan, the economy’s dramatic drop and the need to scale back federal spending to reduce the deficit may mean hard times for segments of Idaho’s economy.

For every dollar Idahoans paid in federal taxes in 2005 we got approximately $1.21 back from the federal government. That percentage also could go down. I predict some of that cutback is going to come in farm programs and highway funds.

Weekend outdoors pick - Check out the falcons and hawks

The Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey will celebrate its annual open house Oct. 12 with reduced admission prices, special activities for kids and outdoor flight demonstrations by falcons and hawks.

I went to this last year and it was pretty cool, especially seeing the birds up close. Makes for great photos.

I know, Friday is the opening of deer season and Saturday is the opening of duck season, and it's going to be a busy weekend. If you're going to out of town, this might be something for other members of your family who will stay home.

Idaho Newsreader - 10.08.08

Young Boise cyclists setting distance records • Twin Falls ticks one off the most wanted list • Flying into Hailey to Ski Sun Valley? Better have a fat wallet • STDs up in eastern Idaho • Idaho native, ski creator and friend to the environment • Painting the hydrants in Sandpoint

Mountain View, BK girls soccer lock up top seeds

Mountain View girls soccer capped the regular season with a 6-1 victory against Rocky Mountain on Tuesday and locked up the No. 1 seed in the 5A District Three tournament, which begins Saturday at Centennial and Mountain View.

Shalese Miller led the way for the Mavericks (11-1-3, 8-1-1 5A SIC) with four goals in the victory.

Bishop Kelly's girls, meanwhile, beat Mountain Home 3-2 to seal the No. 1 seed in the 4A District Three tournament, which begins Saturday at Bishop Kelly.

Welcome to the presidential debate live blog

My instant analysis: I thought McCain scored some points shooting for independents -- in the live audience and across the country -- by touting his record of bipartisanship. His mortgage plan is a jaw-dropper, though.

8:34 p.m. Last question: What don't you know and how will you learn it? Kind of a "huh?" question.

Fresh hop ales are here! Get them while you can

Hey hopheads — I’ve got some good news.

Two unique “wet hopped” harvest ales from Sierra Nevada just showed up at the Boise Co-Op today, joining the two other excellent examples of fresh hop beers — the Hop Trip from Deschutes Brewery and the O’Brien’s Harvest Ale from Hale’s Ales.

All four of these beers are delicious — featuring an infusion of freshly picked hop flowers from this year’s harvest which impart fresh organic and grassy hop flavors and aroma to the brew — and are only available for a limited time.

What is really neat is getting our hands on two of Sierra Nevada’s wet hop styles, especially the Chico Estate Harvest Wet Hop Ale, available for the first time ever in bottles.

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