After the Smoke Cleared

After the Smoke Cleared

A Boise fireman pokes his head out of a roof which was destroyed by a fire Friday morning in East Boise. The 6,000-square-foot home at 2166 E. Bluestem Lane was seen with the roof on fire at 7:45 a.m. Friday. Everyone inside was able to get out safely, according to initial fire reports. The fire was contained and out by 8:30 a.m..

Air America

Air America

Bob Charters flew missions for Air America and the C.I.A. from 1966 to 1970 in Vietnam and Laos. Charters, now 68, flew helicopter missions with troops and supplies for the government organization. Today his lives in Nampa. You can read his amazing story soon in the Idaho Statesman.

Otter, alone

Otter, alone

Gov. Butch Otter walks into the courtroom in the Borah Building on Thursday morning to sign the comprehensive aquifer management plan, a compromise on water-rights issues in eastern Idaho.

Light Test

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Angela Napier and Steven Bain, left, wait patiently for a certain photographer (me) to set up and test the lights at a Ballet Idaho photo shoot today. This test shot—to gauge the output of one of the strobes I set up—turned out very dramatic, but I assure you the dancers were just waiting for the shoot to begin. The final photo is planned for Scene this Friday highlighting Ballet Idaho's latest production.

Empty Stables

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Les Bois Park will not open this season and the future looks bleak for horse racing in Boise. I was at the park today and talked with a couple of former employees that said they tried to keep the park in a ready-to-rebound state, but the Ada County Commission rejected their latest lease proposal.

Free Scoop, Grand Opening

Free Scoop, Grand Opening

Isaiah Brown (center), 2, enjoys his scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough in front of Ben & Jerry's in downtown Boise on Tuesday afternon.

The line at Ben & Jerry's at lunchtime today in downtown Boise snaked around the corner with people looking to get their free scoop on this unusually warm April day. It was also the grand opening for the store at 103 N. 10th St.

Midfield Paparazzi

Midfield Paparazzi
Before the coin toss of the BSU Blue-Orange Spring Scrimmage last Friday night a young man ran onto the field to take a few pictures with his point-and-shoot camera. Since is was a scrimmage the atmosphere on the field was very relaxed before the game. I lost track of where the young man went after the kickoff to get his story.

Otter's Veto

Otter's Veto

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter settles into his chair on Monday morning to veto two bills, and threaten to veto more if the Senate and House have not agreed to increased funding for road and bridge maintenance by Wednesday night.

Life Is A Beach

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Alek Greenleaf, Lynwood, Wash., finished his second Race to Robie Creek Saturday and said he needed to find somewhere to lay down. "The beach is soft," he said.

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