Submitted by Roger Phillips on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 4:19pm, updated on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:48am
I mentioned fat bikes in my Jan. 17 column, and then found out that Meridian Cycles at 830 North Main Street in Meridian rents them for $50 per day. They have a 15-inch and 19-inch frames, which sounds like his and hers rigs. The photo above isn't necessarily one of their bikes, but it gives you an idea of what they look like. The oversized balloon tires float on packed snow. From what I've heard and read, they roll well on groomed trails such as snowmobile or cross country ski trails, or just packed snow on roads. But hold that thought. According to Jennifer Okerland at Idaho Parks and Recreation, "they are probably not allowed (on groomed Nordic trails) because they would tear up the ski tracks," she said. But she added that there's no specific rule against them and "there hasn't been any demand yet." Groomed snowmobile trails typically fall under the jurisdiction of county or Forest Service, depending on which agency manages them. I will try to get more information soon.
Submitted by Michael Deeds on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 3:12pm, updated on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 3:17pm
NewsRadio 99.1 FM KINF laid off two full-time employees Thursday as part of a restructuring that includes eliminating local news programming.
Submitted by Rocky Barker on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:26pm, updated on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:29pm
Forget the parlor game about who President Barack Obama will pick as his Interior Secretary or other posts that have dramatic impacts on Idaho, like the Department of Energy.
Who he picks, while important, is not as critical as his agenda for the region beyond the 100th Meridian. During his first term Obama was largely conciliatory with western leaders.
Submitted by Audrey Dutton on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:00pm, updated on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 2:00pm
Reuters had a story yesterday about Chipotle executives mulling a price increase for the popular burrito chain's food. Why? The ripple effect of rising food prices. This news comes as Boise has recently gotten its first Chipotle and Meridian is about to get its own.
What's behind the rising prices? We dug into it last summer and fall, as drought conditions hit local ag producers:
Submitted by Rachel Roberts on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 1:38pm, updated on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 1:47pm
Craig Naylor was selected as the next head coach of the Caldwell High girls soccer team.
Naylor takes over a varsity program that finished one win short of qualifying for the state tournament this past season.
Naylor, who holds a USSF National B license and a NSCAA State Level Goalkeeper Diploma, has more than 20 years of coaching experience, and arrives at Caldwell from Anchorage, Alaska.
Caldwell High will formally introduce Naylor at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library. All interested players and parents are encouraged to attend.
Submitted by Janice Hildreth on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:28am
Mustard's Last Stand
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell, 2012
Price: $15.95 / Paperback
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Submitted by Dan Popkey on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 10:57am
Jon Hanian says he suffered from an allergic reaction, anaphylaxic shock, when he began to pass out at the Capitol on Thursday morning.
Hanian said he was on the phone with former House Speaker Bruce Newcomb, now a top aide to BSU President Bob Kustra. Newcomb called the governor's office to be sure his colleagues knew what was up.
Here's an email I received an email from Hanian this morning:
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 10:41am, updated on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:46am
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron announced this morning that hearings that more than 1,700 citizens to the Capitol in the past two years have been cancelled because leadership asked the joint budget committee end the practice.
The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee was to have held two hearings this year: Feb. 1 on education, natural resources and general government agencies, and Feb. 8 on health and human services, public safety and economic development agencies.
Submitted by Dan Popkey on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 10:12am, updated on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 11:43am
Republican Rep. Raul Labrador is profiled in Spokane's alternative weekly, the Pacific Northwest Inlander, which includes several juicy tidbits for Labrador watchers.
Labrador told me last week that he hadn't made up his mind about a bid for governor in 2014, a statement he repeated to reporter Daniel Walters Monday. But the “I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor,” line may be a signal that Labrador is preparing the ground for a run.
Submitted by What We See on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 9:14am
The sun rises through a layer of inversion over downtown Boise Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Not only is it cold but now we have an inversion as a yellow air quality alert has been issued.