Believe it or not, it's time to think summer camps

If your organization is planning a summer camp, send us your information to
be included in our online list. We'll post the initial list on March 1 and
add to it as we receive more information.

As a parent, I find the information really helpful. It's one-stop shopping for me, and I don't have to spend time searching several Web sites. And I know other busy parents feel the same way. So I encourage you to take advantage of this free service.

Here's what we need from you:

• Name of camp:

• Brief description of camp’s activities (50 words or less):

• Dates of camp (Range of dates, please, campers can call for more specific

Have you signed up for one of our newsletters?

We know you don’t have time to check all day long to get the news, so we want to bring the news to you.

Sign up for one of our newsletters and you can get news delivered straight to your e-mail inbox.

At 6 a.m. daily, we send out the Morning Report which includes the top headlines in local news, sports, business and opinion sections.

At 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can receive our Afternoon Update newsletter with the latest headlines in local news, sports and business, as well as top national and international headlines. We also include links to the local traffic cameras so you can plan your commute before heading home. And you’ll find links to stuff to do to help you plan your evening whether you are going out or staying in.

Our ski map can give you lots of info

Are you a skier or snowboarder? Need to know how much snow Tamarack or Bogus or other ski areas have gotten with these latest storms?

We've got a great tool for you.

Our ski map provides links to several ski areas in Idaho, Washington and Montana.

Click on the map and you'll see the name of the ski area and what time the info was last updated.

Click on the individual ski resorts below the map and you'll get even more information, including hours of operation, total snowfall and temperature.

One caveat: this information is provided by each resort and is updated automatically -- which means Statesman staff don't update numbers. If something seems out of date, let me know and we can try to contact the resort.

Covering the Legislature

Things can move quickly at the Idaho Legislature, and we want to make sure you are informed about the decisions that might affect you.

We've got a great team of reporters covering the session. You can see the list here.

We publish stories online frequently throughout the day. You can find them on our homepage and at

We've also just started a newsletter for Legislative content, including headlines and links to stories, Kevin Richert's blog and Dan Popkey's columns, among others. Sign up at, and it'll land in your inbox around 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during the session.

We've got video and more

Right below the events calendar at (and right above the latest blog posts), you'll see our area for Multimedia. I fear that we haven't made it as easy as we'd hoped for you to find options other than photo galleries.

Right next to the icon for the camera are other icons. Click on the camera and you see our 3 most recent staff videos. Click on "all videos" and you go to our video page ( You'll see all of our videos for the past year. We've put them in categories such as outdoors, sports, entertainment and news.

Not only that, but we welcome your videos. There is a link on the bottom of the video page where you can submit your own video. There are plenty of options - from sports to pets to entertainment. Your video doesn't fit one of our categories? Send me an email and we might be able to add a new category.

Have you seen our new events calendar?

We've improved our things to do calendar. You can see the icon in the same place as before - next to local news on the homepage (and a similar location on the other pages).

It's easy to use. Click on a day, and you'll see the list of events. Or you can search categories like Music or Sports. Or type in a keyword like basketball and click the search button.

One cool feature is you can submit your organization’s event yourself. You do need to be registered at (the registration link is on top of the homepage), but after that, follow the link on the left on the main calendar page. The link will guide you through all the steps (including time, date, cost and other event details).

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