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2008-08-05 12:00:00

By Joe Estrella, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Aug. 5--Hewlett-Packard dodged a question about layoffs at its Imaging and Printing Group in Boise again Monday after a published report said 300 furloughs are planned at plants in Oregon and Washington state. A former HP employee said the buzz at the Boise plant is that the company plans to limit its local jobs cuts to middle managers. "What people there are being told is that it won't be the peons that are affected," said Billy Knorpp, who...

2008-08-05 09:00:46

By Anna Webb, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Aug. 5--Zoo Boise soon will welcome 36 animals of 17 different species to live in the Mr. and Mrs. Clarence B. Wilmot African Plains Exhibit -- now a construction site of bare stucco walls and roofs waiting to be thatched. When the exhibit opens this fall, the animals -- including lions, giraffes and others brand new to Boise -- will live around a life-sized model of an East African village, the largest public art piece in town. Here's a quick...

2008-08-05 09:00:00

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Aug. 5--STANLEY -- For the first time in years, Idahoans have a good opportunity to see the state's most endangered fish alive. So far, 63 sockeye salmon have made the nearly 900-mile trip from the Pacific Ocean, through eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers and finally to the Sawtooth Valley. Every morning at 9 a.m., the Idaho Department of Fish and Game empties its trap at the Sawtooth Hatchery, less than 6 miles south of Stanley,...

2008-08-01 12:01:02

By The Idaho Statesman, Boise Aug. 1--The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has set an Aug. 8 deadline for anyone wanting to file as "intervenors" in the latest Idaho Power Co. rate increase case. Idaho Power seeks an average 9.9 percent overall rate increase. The proposed increases are 6.3 percent for residential customers, 10.6 percent for small-commercial customers and 15 percent for large-commercial, industrial and irrigation customers. The commission suspended the effective date...

2008-08-01 12:00:00

By Kristine Rodine, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Aug. 1--Most internships last for a summer. But at Hewlett-Packard in Boise, interns tend to come back year after year, often settling in as full-time employees. Canyon County native Dan Puga signed on in 1989 when he was a senior at Vallivue High School. Now a research and development director in HP's Laser Jet business, Puga says the learning opportunities never ended. He came back for three summer internships while studying computer...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

By The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 31--Blowouts create new Middle Fork Rapids Heavy thunderstorms earlier this week along the Middle Fork of the Salmon River sent a bunch of debris crashing down several tributary streams, creating three new rapids on the wilderness river. The U.S. Forest Service says the river is still open, but floaters should scout the new rapids. --At mile 13.1, just downriver from Sheepeater Camp, an unnamed creek on river right flooded and the river is backed...

2008-07-30 12:00:00

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 30--The day of reckoning has come for air pollution in the Treasure Valley. Levels of ozone, the colorless gas that causes lung and heart damage and is the main ingredient of smog, crossed a key threshold Friday -- all but guaranteeing the state will have to take painful new actions to reduce air pollution in the coming years. State officials have used voluntary measures to encourage less driving, lawn mowing and other activities that...

2008-07-29 12:00:00

By Joe Estrella, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 29--Idaho gasoline costs have failed to keep pace with falling pump prices nationwide in the last month, leaving Treasure Valley industry experts wondering why the state is lagging so far behind the U.S. average pump price. According to AAA Idaho, the cost of self-service regular gasoline averaged $4.15 a gallon statewide Monday, an increase of six cents in the last month. The U.S. average, meanwhile, was $3.96, down 11 cents from $4.07 a...

2008-07-29 12:00:00

By Erika Bolstad, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 29--WASHINGTON -- Cami Hurst and her husband's extended family had grand plans for their annual family reunion, and had even found a beach house they could all squeeze into on the Oregon Coast. Then they started adding up how much it would cost for five young families to drive from Idaho. They soon realized that their modest family gathering had become unaffordable, and instead of a beach getaway this summer, they would have to plan a...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 26--The first sockeye salmon of the year returned to the Sawtooth Valley on Friday, and fisheries biologists are hoping hundreds more will follow. So far, 814 sockeye have been counted at Lower Granite Dam near Lewiston and are heading for Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Hatchery near Stanley. Last year at this time, only 52 sockeye had crossed Lower Granite, and four eventually returned to the Sawtooth Valley. The run of sockeye...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'