With NFL eyes on him at Boise State’s pro day, Vander Esch confident he’s a first-rounder | Idaho Statesman

It was only five years ago that Leighton Vander Esch had a heck of a time trying to get anyone to notice him. He was a small-school standout with big dreams. On Tuesday, he was the star of the show at Boise State’s pro day, with representatives from 25 NFL teams on hand to see the former walk-on from Riggins. Linebacker coaches from the Eagles and Steelers ran drills for…

Not a fan of surprises? You’ll love this new Outlaw Field summer concert in Boise | Idaho Statesman

If you’ve got a strange feeling of deja vu about the coming outdoor concert season in Boise, you’re not alone. Several acts performing this summer have been to the Treasure Valley in recent years — or, in the case of Michael Franti & Spearhead, recent months. The barefoot rocker and his positive-vibes band will return to the Idaho Botanical Garden’s Outlaw Field for a 7 p.m. show on Tuesday, June…

Idaho joins other red states with ‘abortion reversal’ law

FILE – This Jan. 5, 2018 file photo shows Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaking to reporters at the state Capitol building in Boise, Idaho. Otter on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 quietly signed into law a bill that will require women seeking medical abortions to be informed that the drug-induced procedures may be halted halfway. (Otto Kitsinger, File/Associated Press) BOISE, Idaho — Idaho will become the latest conservative state to…

Boise’s old MK campus is now in St. Luke’s hands. How that happened, and what it means | Idaho Statesman

For most of the 20th century, Boise was home to the mighty Morrison Knudsen Co., builder of the Hoover Dam and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. In the 1970s, MK built a giant headquarters complex on Downtown Boise’s eastern edge to house its corporate workers. MK is gone now, and the last few, surviving descendants of its construction-headquarters staff left the old headquarters in 2015 for the Silverstone Corporate Center in Meridian….

Boise State star snubbed in Mountain West Player of the Year voting; two Broncos honored | Idaho Statesman

If the Boise State men’s basketball team needed any further motivation going into the Mountain West Tournament, the Broncos got it Tuesday morning. Nevada junior forward Caleb Martin was named Mountain West Player of the Year by the league’s coaches over Boise State senior guard Chandler Hutchison, who was the media’s choice for the award. Martin led the conference in scoring by two points across the entire season, but Hutchison…

New ‘Naked’ seafood restaurant to open in Boise | Idaho Statesman

Fins Concepts co-owner Derek Hood isn’t ready to bare his soul about Naked Fins, a new restaurant he’s planning to unveil in Boise on Broadway Avenue. But he does share a hint. About the naked part. “It’s not Twin Peaks — don’t worry,” Hood says with a laugh, referring to the “breastaurant” sports-bar chain with a location near the Boise Spectrum. Slated to debut this summer, Naked Fins, 1120 S….

Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control More BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker’s directed students to discuss “killing babies” with a Democratic colleague. State Sen. Maryanne Jordan filed the complaint against…

From ‘soft, immature, entitled’ to the ‘best player in Boise State history’

Two years before he would become his coach, Phil Beckner met with Chandler Hutchison as a favor to a friend. Hutchison was a 6-foot-7, 170-pound freshman guard for the Boise State men’s basketball team, and coach Leon Rice and assistant coach Jeff Linder thought Beckner could provide Hutchison with some pointers. “I could tell he was really, really talented, but just kind of questioned what most people questioned about him….

Sprawl threatens this piece of Boise’s fringe. Could it bring the next Bown Crossing?

Mark Hoffman bought a four-wheel-drive Toyota Highlander so he can go off-road and escape a wildfire should the one road in and out of his neighborhood be blocked. He keeps a pair of wire cutters under the driver’s seat so he can cut through metal fences. A retired school teacher and administrator, Hoffman lived through a 1996 fire in Alaska that burned almost 40,000 acres north of Anchorage. He lived…

Idaho lawmakers introduce $200M tax cut plan

MGN Online BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho lawmakers have ushered in a $200 million tax cut plan as the first tax relief proposal of the 2018 legislative session. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle said Tuesday the proposal is one of the largest tax reduction bills ever proposed in Idaho’s history. The legislation is designed to offset the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. If…