State media football poll No. 2 and standings

The first in-season Idaho high school football media poll was released earlier today, and 2A Nampa Christian, which crushed Glenns Ferry 27-0 last Friday, is the lone District Three team ranked No. 1.

Capital, which opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday against Boise at Bronco Stadium picked up one first-place vote and is ranked second in the 5A poll. Reigning state champion Meridian is fourth — also with a first-place vote.

McCain's voice mail to Palin leaked

Warning: This audio link includes profanity, so do not click on it if you find that offensive!

I'm sorry, but this is funny as hell.

Vision for the Valley: Your say

On Aug. 24, we launched Vision for the Valley, an editorial project designed to focus our sights on our future.

Our goal is to encourage the Valley's leaders to make the kind of decisions that position us for growth when the national economy rebounds. Just as importantly, we're encouraging us all to think about what makes the Valley special — and the unique attributes our Valley should build on.

So what do you have to say? A few interesting remarks:

• One online commenter makes an eloquent case for open space.

Endorsement process: a few notes

Our editorial board begins interviewing candidates today for our fall election endorsements.

A few quick notes:

• Since most candidates have already filled out their Statesman online candidate surveys, we're tailoring our interviews to cover new ground, rather than overlap with topics already covered in the questionnaire. If you'd like to see exactly what the editorial board is reading, you can click here to see responses to our online voter guide.

Secessionist leanings won't necessarily hurt Palin

The revelation that Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband Todd was a member of the Alaska Independence Party has raised eyebrows and given critics a way to challenge her patriotism.

Get free Spey casting instruction this month

Like the late, great TV salesman Tom Peterson used to say "Free is a very hard price to beat."

Idaho Angler's staff, including certified Spey casting instructor Rick Williams, will host free casting instruction on the Boise River from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday evening in September.

Meet at Ann Morrison Park near the kids’ playground and learn casts such as single Spey, snap T, double Spey, and how to effectively cast a Skagit system.

Does anyone remember?

The recent cool snap got me wondering about how the weather has changed over the years in southwest Idaho.

I remember the late summer and fall weather pattern being a lot different 30 or so years ago. Maybe my memory has gone sour but here's what I remember, gauging it from outdoor experiences.

You could bank on a cool snap hitting the second or third week in August. I remember one Main Salmon float trip where instead of buying more beer at Mackay Bar, we were buying hot chocolate. Rain hit on that river trip and it was wetsuit city.

Idaho Newsreader - 09.03.08

Seattle Times spotlights Idaho's roadless rule • Saving the sturgeon • Lawn mower racing gaining traction • Scott back on track with a new cycling team • R.I.P. mighty liger • Float plane angst on Lake Pend Oreille

You'll be missed, Jerry Reed

It bummed me out intensely when I discovered that Jerry Reed had died today.

Reed is easily among the most-played artists on my iPod. "East Bound and Down"? "When You're Hot, You're Hot"? Terrific songs.

Centennial girls win soccer showdown; Huerta sublime

In a battle of 5A Southern Idaho Conference unbeaten girls soccer teams, Centennial topped Boise 2-1 on Tuesday behind two goals from sophomore dynamo Sofia Huerta at Boise's Willow Lane Sports Complex.

"I'm stoked," said Centennial coach Tara Sprengel, whose team improved to 4-0-0. "This has been our biggest challenge and our most intense game. Today, these guys showed up and played together. We still have steps to take, but this is a good start."

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