Fat bikes for rent in the Treasure Valley

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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.

NewsRadio 99.1 FM eliminates local news

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NewsRadio 99.1 FM KINF laid off two full-time employees Thursday as part of a restructuring that includes eliminating local news programming.

Obama's got incentives to keep the West happy

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.

Chipotle prices to rise?

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:

Caldwell High names new girls soccer coach

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.

Mustard's Last Stand

ImageMustard's Last Stand
Kathy McIntosh

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell, 2012
ISBN-10: 1603184708
ISBN-13: 978-1603184700
Price: $15.95 / Paperback
$4.99 / eBooks

Otter's press secretary back at work, credits emergency crews, colleagues and former Speaker Newcomb after Thursday scare

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:

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JFAC cancels Idaho's 'listening hearings' on the budget after two-year experiment

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.

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Idaho's Labrador: 'I get calls almost every day asking me to run for governor'

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.

Cold and Dirty

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.

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