Petersen: "We'll get back on track"

By Chadd Cripe

The Boise State football team’s offensive struggles in the second half of Saturday’s win against Bowling Green can’t be blamed on any one thing, coach Chris Petersen said — and that makes the problem even harder to fix.

The Broncos were shut out in the second half at home for the first time in 19 years in the 20-7 victory. The problems varied from missed assignments to penalties to a fumble.

Acrey questionable, Young expected back for Oregon

Middle linebacker Derrell Acrey (left ankle) is "50-50" for Saturday's game against No. 12 Oregon, Boise State coach Chris Petersen said Monday afternoon.

Acrey was injured early in the Broncos' victory against Bowling Green. He returned for one series, but did not play after that. Acrey was on crutches on the sideline at the end of the game.

Petersen said the Broncos should know more Tuesday about Acrey's status.

Senior Dallas Dobbs is listed as the starter at middle linebacker on the team's depth chart.

The U of I enrollment increase: one parent's perspective

After five years of bad news, this was a long time coming.

Fall enrollment at the University of Idaho is up by 155 students, the first such increase since 2003. Click here for the Associated Press story.

The U of I's enrollment is 11,791, up 1.3 percent from 11,636.

Drilling and innovating

Steve Allred, the assistant Interior secretary for Land and Minerals Management is one smart cookie. He started as Cecil Andrus' Water Resources director in the 1970s, had a successful career for Morrison Knutson and Washington Group before helping to form and fix the Department of Environmental Quality under Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.

You can still float the Boise River

Barber Park was pretty empty for a Sunday when we launched on the Boise River.

Since the tubing concession was closed, most people forget about the river. Actually, it's a pleasant, uncrowded float, even on weekends.

The water is lower, running about 750 cfs, which means you can scrape your canoe over the diversions, if you don't hit the right spot. There are some low riffles.

Other than that, the river is still runnable in a small raft or canoe. The river is also at a great flow for fishing. In fact, we saw more anglers than floaters.

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The loss of the lamprey • Boise's bit part in the fake jeans explosion • Sign ordinance clears up rules in Twin Falls • Majestic horses gather in Sandpoint • Criminal prosecution funding on the agenda at meeting of counties • Tiiiiimmber! The tale of a suffering Idaho industry

Knitting Factory puts six concerts on sale for 10 bucks

Recessions rock.

OK, maybe not. (Besides, America’s not in a recession, remember?) Whatever the case, in an attempt to make having a good time easier on the wallet, the Knitting Factory Concert House, 416 S. 9th St., in Boise, has put half a dozen upcoming concerts on sale for $10.

Yes, 10 bucks.

“The economy is really tough on people,” talent buyer Mark Dinerstein says, “and we are trying to ease the burden by offering some great music at cut-rate prices. We want everyone to enjoy what we offer.”

The shows:

-Less Than Jake, Wednesday (regular price $15.)

Boise State 20, Bowling Green 7 (final)

• Boise State held off Bowling Green with a stout defensive effort, but there are some question marks entering next week.

Linebacker Derrell Acrey was on crutches on the sideline with his left ankle/foot in a boot.

Right tackle Kevin Sapien did not dress out for the game.

Fourth quarter

Boise State 20, Bowling Green 7

BGSU: Jimmy Scheidler 4 pass from Freddie Barnes (Sinisa Vrvilo kick), 11:18.

Titus Young suspended; Ryan Winterswyk to start

By Chadd Cripe

Boise State sophomore wide receiver Titus Young is suspended and will not play Saturday night against Bowling Green, the team announced Saturday.

Boise State does not give details on why players are suspended. The length of the suspension also was not provided. Coach Chris Petersen won’t be available for comment until after the game.

Young led the team with seven receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. He also rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown and was the primary punt returner.

A manufacturing marvel in Grangeville offers hope for Idaho's wood-products industry

Idaho’s wood-products industry employs about 15,000 people, down from nearly 23,000 in 1979. But anyone who thinks the industry is yesterday’s news should see what’s happening in Grangeville.

More than 20 legislators, legislative candidates, state employees and others did that Friday as part of a two-day tour to learn about Idaho’s forests and forestry businesses. The tour was led by the Idaho Forest Products Commission, a state agency funded by taxes on the industry.

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