BOISE, Idaho (AP) — If Idaho spent the remaining $150 million of the estimated $240 million it's getting from the sale of residential properties and commercial real estate, state officials could buy another 130,000 acres (53,000 hectares) of timberland. Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both Republicans, and a financial expert took in that information Thursday as part of subcommittee examining options for the Idaho Land Board.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An early deep freeze has Idaho potato and onion farmers rushing to harvest crops or hoping the buried vegetables will survive the frozen nights this week. Travis Blacker with the Idaho Potato Commission says an estimated 15% to 20% of Idaho's potato crop remained in the ground Wednesday. The Idaho Department of Agriculture says onion growers are in similar straits and working overtime to finish the harvest.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A former North Idaho College head wrestling coach has filed a lawsuit against the school in federal court after he was fired. Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Pat Whitcomb sued the college, stating claims of discrimination, reputation harm, retaliation and misconduct. Whitcomb believes he was fired for speaking out over possible rights and security violations the college committed, not for academic integrity violations. A college spokeswoman says the college denies wrongdoing.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former caregiver has been arrested in southern California in connection with the death of a disabled Boise man who was left in a scalding bath. The Boise Police Department says U.S. Marshals arrested 24-year-old Omar Hamadi in San Diego, California on Tuesday. Prosecutors charged Hamadi with felony abuse of a vulnerable adult after 38-year-old Benjamin Reed was fatally burned in a scalding bath. He has not yet entered a plea.
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