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Hello Thursday. Gretchen Parsons here with your morning reading.

The public is advised to stay away from the Boise, Payette and Snake rivers this weekend, see details below.

First today

Dangerous conditions on the rivers in southern Idaho

Boise Water

Although temperatures around 35 degrees are expected this weekend, authorities are warning of a cooling down of the rivers in southern Idaho.

Boise River water managers have increased the flow rate to over 1,900 cubic feet per second following recent heavy rains. For reference, seasonal flow rates range from 500 to 1,500 cubic feet per second. The river is carrying high and swift currents and people should be cautious near the banks.

The Payette River and Snake River are also currently experiencing dangerous conditions, even for experienced boaters. The Payette County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning for the community, saying the Payette River level rose to 10,000 cubic feet per second earlier this week.

PCSO Sheriff Andy Creech is urging everyone to “exercise extreme caution and avoid any activity on the river until river levels have receded.”

As KTVB reported, a 24-year-old man from Eagle has still not been found after he jumped into the Payette River at Horseshoe Bend about two weeks ago.

(The Boise River. Photo courtesy of Jeff Heath/Langdon Heath Photography)

Free fishing day

Anglers, grab your fishing rods, this Saturday is free fishing day.

Idaho Fish & Game offers rental rods, reels and free bait from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kleiner Park Pond in Meridian. Saturday is also Gene Kleiner Day and the park is a hive of activity. There is a fair and car show starting at 10 a.m. and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert in the bandshell at 4 p.m.

Additional free fishing days include rental equipment, prizes and food at Legacy Park Pond in Mountain Home from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a barbecue at Fischer Pond in Cascade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

(Photo: Courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game)

Independence Day celebration in Boise

Boise’s Independence Day celebrations will again take place this year at Ann Morrison Park.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Independence Day with food trucks and beer and wine for adults. The fountain at Ann Morrison will be turned on with a red, white and blue light display.

The fireworks display will begin at dusk around 10:15 p.m. The show will be synchronized to music from 107.1 K-HITS.

As always, Ann Morrison will be closed to all cars on the 4th. You can find more parking options here. Alternatively, you can also take a ride share or cycle.

(Photo: Jingda Chen/ Unsplash)


  • Lottery winners: Winners of the 2023 Idaho Lottery have just two weeks left to claim their prizes, including a $10,000 ticket purchased in Canyon County under number 079535.
  • World Refugee Day: The City of Boise is celebrating World Refugee Day tonight from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.
  • Eagle Reading Challenge: There is an Ultimate Bookworm and an Ultimate Bookworm Junior challenge in the City of Eagle. Find the rules here.
  • FitOne Registration: Registration for FitOne began yesterday for all races – Fun Run, 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. The race is scheduled for Saturday, September 21st.

BoiseDev Original Reporting

Don Day investigates why ACHD paid an out-of-state company more than $70,000 to rebrand.

Not ‘far enough’: ITD proposes changing the speed limit on Eagle Road sometimes

Unfortunately our link to this story by Sydney Kidd about a possible speed limit change on Eagle Road didn’t work yesterday. Sorry, here it is.

19 wines by the glass: New underground lounge opens in downtown Boise

The 8 Horses Lounge under Fork in downtown Boise is now open. Read more about it on BoiseDev.

Boise revises contract with Lime after increase in ridership. Fare increase and other changes planned

The city of Boise will renew its contract with e-scooter company Lime, but with some changes. Margaret Carmel has that story.

  • Murder in Mountain Home: A three-year-old Mountain Home murder case is one step closer to being solved after police identified three suspects. Read this story from CBS2.
  • Daybell Appeal: According to East Idaho News, Chad Daybell’s attorney has filed an appeal and is asking the Idaho Supreme Court to review his case, the verdict and the death sentence.
  • Skills for the homeless: KTVB reports that the College of Western Idaho, in partnership with Interfaith Sanctuary, is offering construction classes for the homeless to help them learn skills that will help them get back on their feet.
  • Destruction of energy facilities: Randy Scott Vail, 59, of Meridian, was sentenced to five years probation for destroying a power facility. Read more.

Things to do

  • Fashion Week: Boise Fashion Week starts today and runs through Saturday. Get tickets to the show and after-parties.
  • Boise Zoo: “Zoo’s Line is it Anyway” takes place on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets.
  • AleFest: On Saturday, there will be a beer festival at the Green Acres Food Truck Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. A $35 ticket gets you samples from 15 different breweries. Admission to Green Aces is still free.
  • Cheese & Cider: Meriwether in downtown Boise is hosting a cheese and cider pairing event Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include five tastings.

Zamzow’s Pet of the Day

Oh, that’s Neil!

Anna Rostock says Neil needs to be exactly where he is, whatever he’s doing.

Submit your pet’s photo here and we can feature it every weekday! Plus, our friends at Zamzows will send the winning pet (owner) a prize!

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