Idaho's presidential money race, an update

We'll have to wait at least a month or so to see what effect Sarah Palin has on Idaho's presidential money race.

For now, the current reports show that Democratic nominee Barack Obama maintains his surprising fund-raising edge over Republican nominee John McCain.

Obama has raised $422,165 in Idaho through July 31, compared to $270,772 for McCain. Of course, that July 31 date is an Alaska-sized disclaimer. It means we have no idea how McCain's selection of Palin — the Alaska governor, Sandpoint native and University of Idaho graduate — will affect fund-raising in Idaho.

Help the Idaho Wildlife Federation in conservation efforts during sale Saturday

The place to be Saturday will be at the Idaho Wildlife Federation outdoor-equipment yard sale and barbecue at the Idaho Fish and Game headquarters, 600 S. Walnut St. in Boise.

The federation is an important conservation organization for Idaho and well worth supporting. The organization is currently supporting a program to teach school kids about litter and its effects on wildlife.

Minor named CNN hero

Vicki Minor, the executive director of the Wildland Firefighters Foundation is honored tonight on Larry King Live at 7 p.m. MDT. She has been named a CNN Hero.

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assists injured firefighters and their families. It's headquartered in Boise Learn more or help at

Here's a video about Minor:

How a Boise real estate agent got three homes and families on a cable TV show

Marta Paulson was on a ski lift in Sun Valley last winter when the call came from Home and Garden Television: We loved your application. Would you send us a demonstration tape?

So when she returned home to Boise, Paulson invited a few of her neighbors over and pretended she was their real estate agent.

Idaho Newsreader - 09.11.08

Idahoans bring up the rear on personality map • President defends University of Idaho • Riding the Route of the Hiawatha • Enrollment at U of I and CSI is up • Gem State native will bring home gold • Wyo, she's a-purty windy

Idaho media high school football poll, standings and observations

Game of the Week: Before you continue reading this entry, be sure to vote for the Statesman's high school football Game of the Week by clicking here and navigating down the Varsity Extra home page to the online poll in the right column. Voting closes each Thursday at noon.

Coaches weigh Tevis' productivity against fundamental mistakes

By Chadd Cripe

Boise State freshman linebacker Aaron Tevis’ terrific college debut masked a challenge he must confront.

The same athleticism that allowed him to make a sack, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery in a span of six plays in the first quarter against Idaho State also gives him a false sense of security.

That’s why Tevis isn’t listed as a starter for Saturday’s home game against Bowling Green (6:07 p.m., KTVB) and will be eased into the lineup this season.

Vobora — "Mr. Irrelevant" — placed on practice squad

Former Idaho linebacker David Vobora, the last pick in April's seven-round NFL Draft, was placed on the St. Louis Rams' practice squad this week. Vobora was on the active roster heading into last week's game, but was among the inactives for the Rams' game against Philadelphia.

Wide receiver Drew Bennett was injured in the game, so the Rams picked up Eddie Kennison and moved Vobora to make room for him.

Here's the story.

The Murphy Complex fire: What Crapo said

In this morning's editorial, we took Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo and Gov. Butch Otter to task for jumping to conclusions about the cause of the 650,000-acre Murphy Complex wildfire in July 2007.

A new report says grazing policies had little to do with the spread of this devastating range fire.

What presidential candidate, or former president, would you want to drink a beer with?

That is the question Washington Post columnist Greg Kitsock asks readers in this entertaining column published today.

The question “Who would you rather have a beer with” has been used by many in determining who they are going to vote for years. Who among us hadn’t used that as a personal litmus test at one time or another? Even in these partisan times, the question still has some merit.

Kitsock says a 2004 poll showed more Americans wanted to drink a beer with George W. than John Kerry, which I get, kind of. I guess. Maybe this isn’t the best way to determine who to vote for. Anyway, it’s an interesting exercise.

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