Boise State President Bob Kustra announces he’s retiring

BOISE – After 15 years at the helm of Idaho’s largest public university, Boise State University President Dr. Robert Kustra announced today that he is retiring on June 30. “Serving as president of Boise State University has been the privilege of a lifetime," Kustra wrote in a letter addressed to Boise State faculty and staff. "I will be forever grateful for being able to serve during this period of incredible…

Bowl projections for Boise State, Mountain West: Nov. 9, 2017 | Idaho Statesman

It is a new week, but not a ton has changed in the Mountain West bowl picture. Still, only two teams are out of contention, and only Hawaii and New Mexico are at risk of losing their seventh games this weekend. Boise State continues to roll, having notched a fifth straight win, Fresno State escaped BYU and San Diego State absolutely dominated San Jose State. Wyoming’s win over Colorado State…

Boise duo green-lighted for new HGTV series ‘Restoring Idaho’

BOISE – They’ve been known as the "Boise Boys," but as these locals step into the national spotlight they are also stepping into a new name. In May Boise’s Timber and Love businessmen Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell called their style "Idaho-Mod" – Idaho warmth mixed with modern touches – in a pilot episode on HGTV featuring their unique styles in restoring homes. Turns out that pilot episode was just…

Slideshow: Hawthorne Elementary Opens Native Plants Garden in Boise

School Garden Coordinator Amy Pence-Brown (left) and Principal James Bright (right) of Hawthorne Elementary School celebrate the opening of the new learning garden. In a lot of elementary schools, the closest kids come to nature on campus is running across clipped green soccer fields or playing hide-and-seek behind the occasional tree. The exception is Hawthorne Elementary School on the Boise Bench, where students have been breaking the mold—and breaking new…

Red Lion in downtown Boise is for sale

The Red Lion in downtown is for sale, as are 10 other Red Lions across the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Teya Vitu. The 182-room Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner is for sale, as is the 163-room Red Lion Templin’s Hotel in Post Falls. The two are among the last 18 hotels that Red Lion Hotels Corp. still owns. More than a 1,000 Red Lion hotels have been franchised off in…

Why Your Next Trip To Boise ID Will Be Memorable

The capital city of the state of Idaho is called Boise. It is a city with 1/4 million people. There are beautiful locations that you can visit such as the Boise Art Museum, a place that has outdoor sculptures and contemporary works of art. Boise is located very close to a couple different national forests, and also Snake River. It is located right off of Interstate 84, and if you…

Eye on Boise: Silak, Trout and Brody talk women on Idaho’s highest court

From left, Cathy Silak, Linda Copple Trout and Robyn Brody – the only three women ever to serve as justices of the Idaho Supreme Court – speak on a panel in Boise sponsored by the Idaho Legal History Society on Sept. 14, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell / SR) In more than 150 years, just three women have served on the Idaho Supreme Court, and the three have some interesting insights…

Guess which band had the biggest crowd at the Western Idaho Fair in 2017?

Does Boise love rock ‘n’ roll? Or around these parts, do ladies love country boys? The Western Idaho Fair ended Sunday, which means it’s time for our annual breakdown of the free grandstand concerts. Organizers usually split the shows between rock and country. (They’ve got us figured out, Idaho.) More often than not — at least in recent years — a country act is the biggest draw. To estimate attendance,…

Murals are dedicated at Boise Library

Main Library Comic Con Mural (2017) by artist Adam Rosenlund. Photo courtesy of Boise Arts & History The Boise City Department of Arts & History, in partnership with the Boise Public Library, unveiled and dedicated the Main Library Comic Con Mural public artwork designed by comic artist Adam Rosenlund on August 17. In collaboration with Trademark Signs, the two framed vinyl banners, titled “Imaginauts,” were fastened to the Main Library…

Boise State’s McNichols, moonwalking Doug Martin highlight ‘Hard Knocks’ premiere

The season debut of the HBO series “Hard Knocks” debuted Tuesday night, and the team in focus this year is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Dirk Koetter has joked that “we got a little Boise State ‘Deep South’ working here.” Boise State’s numerous ties in the premiere were on display. Naturally, Koetter was seen plenty, and while talking to quarterback Jameis Winston in his office, a Boise State helmet the…