Micron CEO and chairman Steve Appleton died Friday morning in a small-plane crash in Boise.
Residents of smaller towns get into auto wrecks less often than their counterparts in bigger cities, according to Allstate's seventh annual "America's Best Drivers Report."
The Great Recession hasn't stopped Americans from swiping their credit cards and racking up debt.
A 68-year-old Idaho man has been charged with misdemeanor battery after police say he struck a teen who would not turn off his iPhone while the plane they were in was taxiing for takeoff.
It's no secret that the unnatural break between a team's regular-season finale and its bowl game can affect its performance -- and it's not just the ones playing Jan. 10. Due to finals, Boise State squeezed in just six full practices between its Dec. 4 game against Utah State and Wednesday night's Maaco Bowl against Utah. Coach Chris Petersen and quarterback Kellen Moore missed two of them while attending Heisman festivities in New York.
So where does Boise State land now that it's not going to the BCS? Most likely the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, which has first pick of WAC teams and will likely choose between 12-1 Nevada and 11-1 Boise State.
RENO, Nev. -- At one point Friday afternoon, when Alabama jumped to a 21-0 lead on No. 2 Auburn, it looked like Boise State might be playing for a spot in the BCS Championship Game. The Tigers rallied and won. Later Friday, No. 1 Oregon trailed 19-14 at halftime to Arizona. Again, a glimmer of hope opened up for the Broncos. The Ducks wound up winning 48-29.
This week I'm projecting Boise State to finish ahead of TCU in the BCS standings and earn an automatic invite to the Rose Bowl. The Broncos will need it, because I'm told there's almost no chance the Sugar Bowl, with the first at-large choice, would select Boise over a highly ranked Big Ten team, and the Orange Bowl, with second pick, won't want to stage a Boise-Virginia Tech rematch. It can, however, take TCU.
Following this week's TCU-Utah game, there will likely be four undefeated teams in college football. Only two can go to Glendale, yet all of them -- Oregon, Auburn, Boise State and TCU/Utah -- deserve that opportunity. If only there were a way for all four to play each other.
Two semi-recent BCS champions, LSU and Texas, have seen their offenses go belly-up. For Longhorns fans, this is a new and quite perplexing development. Tigers fans, on the other hand, have been watching the same film for three years. I can't solve their problems for them, but hopefully I can shed some light on how they got here.
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BOISE, Idaho -- This was a great trip. Boise was beautiful. I saw an entertaining -- albeit slightly sloppy -- football game. But I'll leave here sad.
LANDOVER, Md. -- One by one, a stream of giddy Boise State players trotted down a narrow hallway to their FedEx Field locker room, some high-fiving a waiting staff member at the entrance. By no means was theirs a "we just won the national championship" vibe, but neither was this a standard season-opener postscript.
BOISE, Idaho -- The father of Boise State football is leaning unsteadily on an overturned rubber trash barrel. Already this sunny morning, the temperature has climbed into the low 80s, heading toward hot. Lyle Smith is 94, and he tightly clutches a cane in his right hand to maintain his balance, but he's content, enjoying every moment of his regular visit to the Broncos' practice -- and marveling at the opportunity available to his boys.
As you may have guessed, the Mailbag's moratorium on expansion-related questions has come to a screeching halt after just two weeks. I pledged I wouldn't discuss the subject until we had some actual, legit news, and while we still don't know of any concrete invitations -- and while 95 percent of what you're reading about expansion these days (including from me) remains largely speculative -- I'd say a commissioner given free reign to start poaching teams, a major conference handing out ultimatums and presidents of universities openly lobbying their counterparts constitutes news.
It's the script of nearly every romantic comedy: Guy pursues girl. Girl resists because he's a bad boy/player/comes from the wrong side of the tracks. Guy eventually makes a romantic gesture so grand that the girl can't help but see that love's been sitting under her nose the whole time.
Alaska Airlines pays Ashley Cates $239 when she's bumped from her flight. Then it stops payment on the check. Why? And is there anything she can do to get the money back?
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here's the thing I don't understand: Why can't Boise State be national champion? No, I'm not talking about writing another BCS rip job. I don't blame the BCS. I actually think the system worked pretty well this year. The BCS is supposed to give the nation a viable and compelling national championship game, and I think it did that. I suspect most people will believe in Alabama vs. Texas and will accept the winner as national champ.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With all due respect, Kyle Wilson thinks we're all just a little nuts.
Breaking down Boise State vs. TCU, Glendale, Ariz., Monday, Jan. 4, 8 p.m., Fox
After poring through 1,087 unread e-mails, I now know I'm not a very popular man in Austin, Texas. And apparently I'm not among the 99 percent of the population that seems to feel the TCU-Boise State Fiesta Bowl is nothing short of a crime against humanity.
Football Insiders: Check out Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.
Football Insiders: Check out Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.
Most football fans want the so-called Bowl Championship Series detonated because, by employing only polls and computers to determine its title game opponents, an awful lot of fun is denied us. Hey, we want something like March Madness to determine a genuine national football champion.
Loyal Mailbag readers know well I'm not one for speculating about end-of-season BCS scenarios until late October. This season, however, there's one particular possibility that's simply too fascinating to ignore. It practically jumps off the page when looking at the current polls.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Chip Kelly had no other option. When he finally saw the video evidence everyone has been watching -- LeGarrette Blount's sucker-punching meltdown, an ugly, scary sequence that became an instant YouTube classic -- there was no question.
BOISE, Idaho -- It was supposed to be an exciting prime-time shootout that would get college football fans' blood pumping for the start of the season. It devolved into an ugly slopfest with an even uglier aftermath.
Prices at the pump held steady over the past two weeks, leaving the nationwide average at $2.64 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, according to a survey published Sunday.
Despite travelers taking to the road for vacations and the Independence Day weekend coming up, gasoline prices in the United States are unchanged from two weeks ago, according to a survey published Sunday.
Prices at the pump are up nearly 10 cents from three weeks ago, according to a survey published Sunday.
BOISE, Idaho -- Following the defensive battle between Xavier-Wisconsin earlier in the day, watching Missouri and Marquette was a refreshing jolt of speed and scoring, capped by a stirring and slightly controversial finish.
BOISE, Idaho -- Marquette was a popular pick as one of the high seeds that could fall in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and the Golden Eagles almost did on Friday. Utah State, a No. 11 seed, held a six-point lead with under five minutes remaining after trailing most of the game, but fifth-seeded Marquette survived 58-57 as their superior athleticism carried them in a tight finish.
There were fewer mass layoffs in January, with the brunt of the job casualties occurring in the South and in temporary-help services, according to the U.S. government.
I was among the lucky members of the media who participated in the mock selection exercise at the NCAA's Indianapolis headquarters last week. (You can view the bracket we put together here.) The session was instructive, informative, and just plain fun, but while I took a lot away from the experience there is one important, overriding point I would like to make specifically to the NCAA's men's basketball committee.
Federal officials have a solution that could make comparing graduation rates from state to state, or even school to school, easier and more accurate within the next five years
Kevin Benedict worked for years at a Seattle software company, but burned out from the grueling hours, heavy traffic, and high cost of living.
When Peter Gompert, 36, tired of life in sprawling Phoenix, he simply packed up and headed for Boise, which turned out to be the perfect place to launch his software service company. When Nelson Komaiko, 59, could no longer take the Chicago winters, he crafted a list of priorities, such as a warm climate and no state income tax. Komaiko wound up in the Dallas area, where he now owns a tax consulting firm.
Family members of the skydivers who were killed in a plane crash say their loved ones died doing what they loved.
Searchers found the remains of the last three of 10 people killed in a plane crash in Washington state, officials said Tuesday.
Searchers in Washington state have found the wreckage of an airplane that went missing with 10 people on board, a Yakima County Sheriff's representative said.
Waterless urinals! Plants on the roof! Recycled carpets! Since the first U.S. building was formally certified as good for the planet in 2000, "green" building has gone mainstream. So far about 900 projects have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C., trade association; another 13,000 are in the pipeline.
Gas prices rose 6.5 cents over the past two weeks to $2.81 per gallon of self-serve regular, the first increase at the pump since early July, a national survey said Sunday.
Gas prices fell 10.72 cents over the past two weeks, to $2.78 per gallon of self-serve regular, according to a national survey.
The Rise of the Silver Swimmer. -- Brian, Milwaukee, Wi.
Homosexuality is seemingly more accepted and tolerated in the United States today than decades ago. There are laws in many states that make it a crime to discriminate based on sexual orientation and many communities across the country have gays and lesbians openly serving in important roles. Yet there are many who still oppose homosexuality and many object to it on religious grounds.
Just because they're partial to blue turf and trick plays doesn't mean the Boise State Broncos always fly in the face of convention. Two weeks and a day after accepting a very public marriage proposal from the team's star running back, Ian Johnson, the head cheerleader was asked if she intended to take his name.
Gas prices plunged nearly 14 cents over the past two weeks to a national average of $2.18 a gallon of self-serve regular, a survey said Sunday.
Gas prices fell nearly 14 cents over the last two weeks to a national average of $2.18 per gallon of self-serve regular, a survey said Sunday.
It's been 72 hours since I stood on the Boise State sideline and witnessed "The Greatest Football Game Ever Played" (I think that's a suitable nickname) and I still can't believe it really happened. Of course I know it did. All I have to do is type "Boise State" on YouTube to see how it happened more than 100 different ways or type "Fiesta Bowl" into Google News to read more than 6,000 different accounts of how it all went down. But it still seems surreal. Not just the game, the whole week.
When it was over, even Hollywood couldn't have scripted a more dramatic ending. This was the ultimate underdog story of a team that believed from the start, refused to give up even when it looked bleak and pulled off the improbable. It's one thing for a Cinderella team to upset a heavily favored opponent, but c'mon, this was ridiculous.
Marci Miller's funky, just-renovated Boise bungalow (circa 1905) had personality to spare. But the 1,200-square-foot house lacked the elbow room she and fiancé Dave Roth, 43, needed.
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Gas prices tumbled more than 15 cents during the past two weeks, to $2.87 per gallon of self-serve regular, a national survey said Sunday.
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Q The latest batch of convertibles have retractable steel roofs instead of cloth tops. Seems like you get the best of both worlds--do you?--Bryan Mealer, New York City
In Idaho's largest city, people prefer to ride their bikes to work. If commuters have to drive, the trip often takes less than 20 minutes. "There is a low hassle factor here," says Tom Hadzor, 42, owner of a local video production company. "You have more time to enjoy life." Boiseans have a lot to enjoy besides biking (and good potatoes): The city boasts 2,700 acres of green space and trails, with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains serving as a backdrop. The downtown is stocked with boutiques and restaurants, and a three-block-long farmers' market comes to town every Saturday in the summer.
Gas prices decreased from their all-time high by about half a penny over the past two weeks, to $2.30 per gallon of self-serve regular, a national survey said Sunday.
Gas prices declined an average of 3.5 cents in the last three weeks, following a typical January trend fueled by decreased demand, the publisher of a national survey said Sunday.
After years of missing the forest for the trees, timber giant Boise Cascade has put down its saws. In November the company sold off its paper manufacturing and lumber businesses for $3.7 billion to...
The Transportation Security Administration announced late Wednesday that it is modifying pat-down procedures at airports -- a decision that comes after hundreds of complaints, most of them from women, that the procedure is too intrusive.
One way to gauge the impact of a pressure group is by the quality of the vitriol it provokes. By that measure, the Rainforest Action Network stands out. When RAN, as it is known, launched a campaig...
In a growing number of states, you can prevent phone solicitations by putting your name on a government registry. Telemarketers must buy the list to do business in the state and are subject to fine...
Just before New Year's, someone at Boise's West One Bank, Idaho, the state's biggest, inadvertently tossed out important documents. After scouring the bank's dumpsters, some staffers and contractor...
ONE OF the worst things about the national media is that we are so concentrated in Manhattan--a fascinating place filled with powerful people and institutions that, unfortunately, warp everyone's p...
To the many people who hate them, it was simple greed that propelled Bill Agee and his wife, Mary Cunningham, to Boise six years ago. They arrived eyeing the venerable Morrison Knudsen Corp. the wa...
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IN THAT BATTLE-SCARRED landscape where suppliers and their corporate customers meet and deal, lions are lying down with lambs, and swords are being beaten into plowshares. Hard-nosed businessmen us...
When a huge science project collides with a mass of Congressmen suddenly enamored of fiscal responsibility, what emerges from the sparks is a lot of unhappy companies. The House last month voted to...
Ah, spring, when youngish men's and women's fancies turn to . . . real estate, of course. Happily, the blizzards and floods that depressed home sales and new construction in recent months disguised...
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