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Nicknamed the Gem State. The bluebird is the official state bird. Area is 83,888 sq. mls.
 (SFC, 6/28/97, p.E3)
Idaho is about 1/2 times the size of Iraq.
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)

55-38 Million BP    Daniel Axelrod (d.1998), paleobotonist, in 1998 published “Eocene of Thunder Mountain Flora of Central Idaho."
    (SFC, 8/7/98, p.D3)

640000BC    Volcanic eruptions in northwest Wyoming, extending to Idaho and Montana, created a caldera some 40 miles long and 30 miles wide. The surface collapsed thousands of feet into a magma pool and marked the area later known as Yellowstone. Continuing eruptions caused climactic changes around the world.
    (SFEC, 10/18/98, p.T5)(HC, 10/10/06)

1805        Aug 17, Sacagawea, while traveling with the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, reunited with her brother Cameahwait, a Shoshoni Indian chief on the Lemhi River (Idaho).
    (ON, 4/12, p.12)(http://sacajaweahome.com/august.htm)

1805        Aug 30, The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery resumed their westward journey with 29 horses and 6 guides provided by Shoshoni Chief Cameahwait. They spent the next 4 weeks crossing the Bitterroot Mountains (Idaho).
    (ON, 4/12, p.12)

1852        Jul 12, Dr. John Hudson Wayman camped at the City of Rocks in Idaho and called it “one of the finest places of its kind in the world." US Congress named the area a national reserve in 1988.
    (SFC, 7/6/06, p.E2)

1855        Nez Perce elders agreed to sell most of their land to the US government. They retained some 10 thousand square miles as a reservation in the area where Washington, Oregon and Idaho meet. Gold was soon discovered in the area and in 1863 the US government called for a new deal.
    (ON, 3/04, p.1)

1863        Mar 3, Idaho Territory formed.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1863        Jul 4, Boise, Idaho, was founded.
    (Maggio, 98)

1864        The US Congress pushed Idaho’s northeastern border back to the Bitterroot Mountains after Sidney Edgerton of the Idaho Territory went to Washington with $2,000 in gold. Edgerton wound up as the territorial governor of newly created Montana.
    (WSJ, 5/31/08, p.W9)

1865        Jun 29, William E. Borah, Republican senator from Idaho, proponent of the League of Nations, was born.
    (HN, 6/29/98)

1871        Luther Burbank developed the Russet Burbank potato, later identified with Idaho.
    (SFC, 7/14/99, p.4)

1872        Mar 1, President Ulysses S. Grant signed a measure creating Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming). The act of Congress creating Yellowstone National Park was based on a report from an expedition led by Ferdinand Hayden. The 2.2 million-acre preserve was the first step in a national park system. Nathaniel Pitt Langford (39) was appointed the 1st Superintendent.
    (SFC, 5/19/96, Z1, p.2)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R34)(ON, 11/02, p.4)(PCh, 1992, p.526)(AP, 3/1/08)

1885        Oct 30, Ezra Pound (d.1972), poet and critic, was born in Hailey, Idaho. He wrote “The Cantos." Pound met William Carlos Williams at the Univ. of Pennsylvania in 1907 and they remained friends and wrote many letters. “Pound-Williams: Selected Correspondence" was ed. by Hugh Witemeyer in 1996. Ezra Pound spent 3 winters with W.B. Yeats (1913-1916) as the poet’s artistic prod and secretary. During World War II, Pound was arrested for broadcasting fascist propaganda to the United States from Rome. He stood trial for this crime and was judged to be insane. He was incarcerated at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington from 1946 until his release in 1958. “Literature is news that stays news."
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound)(SFC, 6/3/96, BR p.6)(AP, 8/25/98)(HN, 10/30/98)(SFEC, 6/18/00, BR p.10)

1890        July 3,     Idaho became the 43rd state of the US.
    (HFA, '96, p.32)(AP, 7/3/97)

1899        The Western Federation of mine workers demanded that only union workers be hired, but mine owners refused. In Wardner, Idaho, the Bunker Hill Co. mine was dynamited. Pres. McKinley sent in troops who gathered up thousands of miners and confined them in “bullpens."
    (SFC, 10/4/02, p.A17)

1905        Dec 30, Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho was killed by an assassin's bomb. The former gov. of Idaho, was blown up by a booby-trapped gate in front of his home in Caldwell, Idaho. Three Western Federation of Miners leaders in Colorado, Charles Moyer, George Pettibone and William Haywood, were “legally kidnapped" to Idaho and put on trial for the murder. The event and surrounding circumstances were described by J. Anthony Lukas in his 1997 book: “Big Trouble."
    (SFEC, 10/5/97, BR p.1,6)(HN, 12/30/98)

1906        Dec 3, The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
    (HN, 12/3/98)

1907        Jul 24, In Boise, Id., the last day of the Bill Haywood trial over the 1905 murder of former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg. Haywood, president of the Western Federation of Miners, was defended by Clarence Darrow.
    (SFEC, 10/5/97, BR p.1,6)

1910        Aug 20-1910 Aug 21, The Great Idaho Fire killed 86 people and destroyed some 3 million acres of timber in Idaho, Montana and Washington. In 2009 Timothy Egan authored “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Save America."
    (http://www.idahoforests.org/fires.htm)(SFC, 12/1/09, p.E8)

1924        Jul 25, Frank Church, Sen-D-Id, was born.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

1926        The last grey wolf disappeared from the Yellowstone region. By 1973 only a few wolves remained in northern Michigan and Minnesota. In 1995 the federal government reintroduced wolves to the greater Yellowstone region (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming) and by 2008 their population reached 1,500.
    (Econ, 3/29/08, p.44)

1928        J.R. Simplot bought his 1st electric potato sorter. By the start of WW II he ran the biggest potato sorting operation in Idaho.
    (WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A12)

1929        The William Edgar Borah Outlawry of War Foundation was founded at the Univ. of Idaho.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

1933        Nov 6, Polly Bemis (b.1853), Chinese American pioneer woman born as Lalu Nathoy, died in Grangeville, Idaho. As a child a group of bandits raided her village and she was forcefully sold by her father for two much needed bags of seed. Lalu was later smuggled into the US and sold as a slave in San Francisco for $2,500 in 1872. Her buyer, Hong King, ran a saloon in a mining camp in Warrens (now Warren, Idaho), Idaho. In 1894 she married Charlie Bemis, whom she had befriended when she first arrived in Warrens. Together, they were among the first pioneers to help settle the Idaho Territory, especially along the Salmon River. Her life was fictionalized in the 1991 film “A Thousand Pieces of Gold," starring Rosalind Chao (as Polly) and Chris Cooper (as Charlie).

1934        Jul 28, 118° F (48° C) at Orofino, Idaho was a state record.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1937        Sun Valley, Idaho, became the first ski resort in the US to provide lift-served skiing.
    (Hem, Dec. 94, p.78)

1939        Sep 1, US Sen. William Borah of Idaho said 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history." In 2008 Pres. Bush quoted these words in a speech to the Israeli Knesset.
    (AP, 5/17/08)

1940        Jul 12, Rufus Robinson and Earl Cooley (1911-2009) jumped out of a Travelair plane to fight a forest fire in Idaho’s Nez Perce National Forest. They were the first smoke-jumpers.
    (SFC, 9/14/96, p.B5)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.102)

1940        The population was 524,873.

1943        Jan 16, A state record of -60F (-51C) was recorded in Island Park Dam, Idaho.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1943        The US Kooskia Internment Camp for people of Japanese ancestry opened in northern Idaho. It operated until the end of WWII and held more than 250 detainees. Similar camps included Manzanar in California, Heart Mountain in Wyoming and Minidoka in Idaho.
    (SFC, 7/27/13, p.A7)

1946        Ray Dunlap, a chemist for Idaho’s J.R. Simplot, invented a way to make frozen french fries that wouldn’t turn soggy.
    (WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A12)

1948        May 1, Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, was arrested in Birmingham Alabama for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes."
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1948        Idaho put “World Famous Potatoes" on its car license plates. Its potato business was mostly due to the efforts of J.R. Simplot (1909-2008), later known as the spud king of America.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Simplot)(Econ, 6/14/08, p.105)

1950        Robert Smylie was elected attorney general of Idaho.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)

1951        Dec 20, Bechtel scientists at a military facility in Idaho powered up a small nuclear reactor and lit 4 light bulbs. It was the 1st fission reactor to generate a usable amount of electricity.
    (SFC, 5/12/05, p.C1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Experimental_Breeder_Reactor_I)

1953        A chemist working for J.R. Simplot, Idaho potato mogul, perfected a technique of freezing chipped potatoes. By the late 1960s Jack Simplot was the largest supplier of French fries to McDonald’s.
    (Econ, 6/14/08, p.105)

1954        Robert Smylie (d.2004) was elected governor of Idaho and served 3 consecutive terms.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)

1954        Robbers in Boise, Idaho, escaped with $46,000. 4 suspects, including Boise bartender John Eubanks (40), were later arrested in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 2/20/04, p.E4)

1961        Jul 2, Novelist E. Hemingway shot himself in the head at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. Boozing and physical trauma led to depression, electroshock therapy and suicide. In 1976 his son Gregory (d.2001) authored “Papa: A Personal Memoir."
    (SFC, 7/2/96, p.A11)(TMC, 1994, p.1961)(AP, 7/2/97)(SFC, 8/5/98, p.E3)(SFC, 8/25/98, p.A2)(SFC, 12/21/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 6/18/99, p.W13)(SFC, 10/6/01, p.A18)

1964        Feb 11, Sarah Palin, later governor of Alaska, was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. After 3 months her family moved to Alaska. In 2008 Sen. John McCain named her as his vice-presidential running mate.
    (SFC, 8/30/08, p.A6)

1971        Nov 22, The US Supreme Court struck down dozens of state laws that discriminated against women when it ruled that an Idaho law violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection in the case of Mary Maxine Reed.
    (SFC, 10/12/02, p.A21)

1972        May 2, In Idaho a fire at the Sunshine Mine precipitated the death of 91 underground employees by smoke inhalation and/or carbon monoxide poisoning.

1972        Aug 22, US Congress created the Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
    (www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/1995/July/Day-28/pr-1138.html)(SFC, 12/11/99, p.A18)

1974        Sep 8, Evel Knievel (b.1938) attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in Idaho on his rocket-powered motorcycle. He failed and parachuted down.
    (WSJ, 8/22/01, p.A1)(www.evelknievel.com/bio.html)

1975        May 6, Bundy victim Lynette Culver disappeared from Pocatello, Idaho.

1975        Jul 28, The US Dept of Interior designated the grizzly bear a threatened species in the lower 48 states under the US Endangered Species Act. Most of the bears in the lower US lived in and around Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
    (http://fieldguide.mt.gov/detail_AMAJB01020.aspx)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.88)

1975        Oct 5, Democratic Senator Frank Church of Idaho charged that the CIA tried to kill Cuban President Fidel Castro during the administrations of three US presidents.
    (MC, 10/5/01)

1976        Jun 5, The Teton Dam in Idaho burst catastrophically and water blasted through a narrow canyon and onto Sugar City. It released nearly 300,000 acre feet of water, then flooded farmland and towns downstream with the eventual loss of 14 lives, directly or indirectly, and with a cost estimated to be nearly $1 billion.
    (AP, 6/5/00)(www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/sylvester/Teton%20Dam/welcome_dam.html)

1977        Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus resigned to become the Pres. Carter’s secretary of the Interior Department.
    (SSFC, 3/27/17, p.C3)

1978        Micron Technology was founded in Boise, Idaho, by 4 engineers: Ward Parkinson, Joe Parkinson, Dennis Wilson and Doug Pitman. Startup funding to produce memory chips was provided by Idaho billionaire J.R. Simplot.

1979        Aug 26, In Idaho a family hunting for arrowheads in Buffalo Cave near Dubois found headless human remains wrapped in burlap and buried in a shallow grave. In 2019 the remains were identified as belonging to Joseph Henry Loveless (b.1870), a bootlegger, counterfeiter and general outlaw in the state. Investigators believe he died shortly after he escaped from the St. Anthony jail on May 18, 1916, where he was being held for the murder of his 2nd wife Agnes Octavia Caldwell Loveless on May 5, 1916.
    (AP, 1/1/20)

1980        J.R. Simplot, Idaho potato tycoon, began serving on the board of startup Micron Technology. He invested several million dollars into the company, which made memory chips.
    (WSJ, 10/7/04, p.A12)(www.micron.com)

1981        Claude Dallas (30) killed Conley Elms and Bill Pogue, officers for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, who were investigating reports of bobcat poaching in remote southeast Idaho. Dallas served 22 years for the execution-style slayings and was released in 2005.
    (AP, 2/6/05)

1982        Daralyn Johnson (9) was abducted and murdered in Nampa. Charles I. Fain was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder. In 2001 Fain was released after DNA evidence demonstrated that he was not linked to the murder.
    (SFC, 8/24/01, p.A6)

1983        Oct 28, In Idaho a magnitude 6.9 earthquake near Borah Peak killed two children in Challis and caused an estimated $12.5 million in property damage.

1986        Cecil Andrus was again elected as governor of Idaho by 3,600 votes more than Rep. Lt. Gov. David Leroy.
    (SSFC, 3/27/17, p.C3)

1988        May 24, Vice President George Bush and Michael Dukakis won the Idaho presidential primaries.
    (AP, 5/24/98)

1988        Gov. Cecil Andrus closed Idaho's borders to new nuclear waste shipments in frustration with federal policies. The borders were re-opened after a few months and then closed again.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A6)

1988        Jun 23, The Yellowstone Fire began and by Sep 11 burned some 1.6 million acres in Idaho and Montana.
    (SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)

1990        Mar 30, Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus vetoed a highly restrictive state abortion measure, saying the bill gave a woman and her family no flexibility in cases of rape and incest.
    (AP, 3/30/00)

1990        Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus was elected to a 4th term with 68% of the vote.
    (SSFC, 3/27/17, p.C3)

1992        Aug 21, US marshals moved onto the property of Randy Weaver in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and began a shoot out where Mr. Weaver’s 14-year old son, Sammy, was killed as well as Marshall Bill Degan. Federal agents were than held at bay for 11 days and before it ended Weaver’s wife was shot dead. The FBI, in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Randy Weaver on weapons charges, killed Weaver's wife and son at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Kevin Harris was acquitted of federal charges in 1993. In 1995 the government awarded Weaver family $3.1 mil for wrongful-death claims. In 1996 criminal charges were filed against Michael Kahoe, chief of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section of the FBI, for destroying a report critical of the FBI. He was sentenced and fined in 1997. In 1997 Kevin Harris was charged with the murder of Bill Degan and FBI agent Lon Horiuchi was charged with the murder of Vicki Weaver. State murder charges against Kevin Harris were dropped in 1997. State manslaughter charges were filed against sharpshooter Horiuchi in 1998.
    (WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A19)(WSJ, 8/16/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A19)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 10/11/97, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/8/98, p.1)

1993        Jul 8, A jury in Boise, Idaho, acquitted white separatist Randy Weaver and a co-defendant of slaying a federal marshal in a shootout at a remote mountain cabin.
    (AP, 7/8/03)

1993        Kevin Harris was acquitted of federal charges in 1993. In 1995 the government awarded Weaver family $3.1 mil for wrongful-death claims. In 1996 criminal charges were filed against Michael Kahoe, chief of the Violent Crimes and Major Offenders Section of the FBI. In 1997 Kevin Harris was charged with the murder of Bill Degan and FBI agent Lon Horiuchi was charged with the murder of Vicki Weaver. State murder charges against Kevin Harris were dropped in 1997. In 2000 Kevin Harris was awarded $380,000 by the federal government in exchange for dropping a $10 million civil damage suit.   
    (WSJ,3/13/95, p.A-14)(SFC, 6/14/96, p.A19)(WSJ, 8/16/95, p. A-1)(SFC, 8/22/97, p.A19)(WSJ, 10/3/97, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/00, p.A5)

1995        Gov. Phil Batt negotiated a deal that gave the state a court-enforced schedule for nuclear waste cleanup and removal from the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL).
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A6)

1996        Jun 13, In Idaho Angie Dodge (19) was found stabbed and cut 14 times and left half naked in her Idaho Falls apartment. In 2019 DNA evidence led to the arrest of Brian Dripps.

1997        Oct 3, The US Forest Service arranged a land swap with the Riley Creek Lumber Co. to preserve an ancient cedar grove at Upper Priest Lake. Riley Creek paid less than $2 million in 1992 for the grove and obtained $8.7 million worth of federal land in exchange.
    (SFC, 10/6/97, p.A3)

1998        Jan 20, The Idaho Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe planned to begin a national online lottery called US Lottery. US residents will be restricted by their local state laws.
    (SFC, 1/16/98, p.A1)

1998        Jun, Mike Ferguson opened his Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg.
    (WSJ, 10/5/98, p.A1)

1998        Jul 1, Guards of the Aryan Nations headquarters assaulted Victoria and Jason Keenan. In 2000 a jury awarded the Keenans $6.3 million for the attack and held Richard Butler and his Sapphire Inc. negligent.
    (SFC, 9/8/00, p.A3)

1999        Apr 27, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne announced the movement of plutonium-contaminated waste out of Idaho to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Some 4,900 more shipments over the next 19 years were scheduled.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A6)

2000        Jun, Plans moved forward to develop a $563 million WestRock ski resort at West Mountain with backing by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.
    (WSJ, 6/28/00, p.B1)

2000        Sep 22, Richard Butler agreed to give up his 20-acre Idaho Aryan Nations compound to settle a $6.3 million verdict. Butler will deed the property near Hayden Lake to Victoria and Jason Keenan by Oct 25th to settle a suit following a 1998 attack.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A3)

2000        Nov 9, Pres. Clinton ordered 661,000 acres of federal land added to the 54,400-acre craters of the Moon National Monument in central Idaho.
    (SFC, 11/10/00, p.A6)

2001        May 29, JoAnn McGuckin (46) was lured from her home in Sandpoint and charged with felony injury to a child. Her 6 children (8-16) later held off police with the help of dogs. The father had recently died. The standoff ended peacefully Jun 2.
    (SFC, 5/31/01, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/3/01, p.A9)

2002        Feb 1, The Idaho Legislature voted 50-20 to override Gov. Dirk Kempthorne’s veto and repeal term limits, becoming the first state to do so.
    (SFC, 2/2/02, p.A5)(Econ, 4/23/11, SR p.11)

2002        cMar 15, Idaho lawmakers approved a non-binding measure urging peaceful self-determination for Spain’s Basque minority. They added a condemnation of the ETA following reactions from Spain and the US State Dept. The Basque community in Idaho numbered some 15,000.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A2)

2002        Jul 13, US governors opened their summer meeting in Boise, Idaho, with high health care costs the main topic.
    (AP, 7/13/07)

2002        Aug, In Idaho fishermen found the abandoned, burned-out shell of a car that Lopez Orozco had been driving near the Snake River in a remote area of Elmore County. The charred remains of his girlfriend Rebecca Ramirez and her two boys, Ricardo and Miguel, were inside. Investigators later determined they had been shot. In 2009 Mexican police captured Orozco.
    (AP, 10/8/09)

2003        May 4, Idaho Gem, the 1st cloned mule, was born at the Univ. of Idaho.
    (SFC, 5/30/03, p.A2)

2003        In Idaho a development plan for Tamarack Resort, a ski village in Donelly, was approved with support from the governor. Lifts opened in 2004, but in 2007 construction stopped as investor’s pulled back under a credit crunch.
    (WSJ, 7/7/08, p.A3)

2004        Feb 4, Idaho state police said they support a bill that would require DNA samples to be taken from convicted burglars. The Legislature and Gov. Kempthorne would have to approve the proposed law.
    (USAT, 2/5/04, p.6A)

2004        Jun 10, Sami Omar Al-Bussayen (34), a Saudi graduate student, was acquitted of charges that he used his computer expertise to foster terrorism.
    (USAT, 6/11/04, p.4A)

2004        Jul 17, Robert Smylie (89), former governor of Idaho (1954-1966), died.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)

2004        Sep 8, Richard G. Butler (86), founder of the Aryan Nations, was found dead in his bed in Hayden, Idaho.
    (AP, 9/8/05)

2005        May 16, In Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, police found Mark McKenzie (37), Brenda (40) and Slade Groene (13) bound and slain.  Shasta Groene (8) and Dylan Groene (9) were missing. Shasta was found alive July 2.
    (AP, 5/18/05)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A18)

2005        Jul 2, Shasta Groene, an 8-year-old girl kidnapped six weeks earlier, was rescued at a Denny’s restaurant in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Joseph Edward Duncan III, a registered sex offender, was arrested and accused of kidnapping Shasta as well as killing members of Shasta's family. [see May 16, July 4] The remains of Shasta’s brother, Dylan Groene (9), were found 2 days later in western Montana.
    (AP, 7/2/06)(SSFC, 7/3/05, p.A18)(AP, 8/28/08)

2005        Jul 4, Idaho authorities said they found the remains of Dylan Groene (9) in western Montana. [see July 2] In 2008 a jury recommended the death sentence for Joseph Edward Duncan III in the 2005 kidnapping, torture and murder of the 9-year-old boy.
    (SFC, 7/5/05, p.A3)(AP, 8/28/08)

2005        Oct 17, Idaho state and federal health officials are trying to get to the bottom of nine reported cases of suspected sporadic CJD in Idaho this year.
    (AP, 10/17/05)

2005        J.R. Simplot, Idaho billionaire, donated his 7,370 square-foot house and 37 acres in Boise to the state of Idaho. It was meant to house the state governor.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.34)

2006        Jan 24, Officials said 4 people were killed in Carlsbad, Ca., when a twin-engine plane from Idaho skidded off an airport runway and burst into flames.
    (AP, 1/24/06)

2006        Jun 15, In Idaho Alofa Time (50) drove into an oncoming car in downtown Boise and killed Samantha Nina Murphy (36) and daughter Jae Lynne Grimes (4). The severed head of Time’s wife's was tossed from his pickup truck in the suicide attempt.
    (AP, 6/17/06)

2006        Dec 13, Idaho officials tested tissue samples to find out why more than 1,000 mallard ducks have died along Land Springs Creek near Oakley, about 180 miles southeast of Boise.
    (AP, 12/13/06)

2007        Jan 26, The Maine Legislature overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. Idaho approved a similar bill on March 8.
    (AP, 2/4/07)(Econ, 3/24/07, p.36)

2007        May 20, In Idaho law enforcement officers stormed a church in Moscow where Jason Hamilton (36) went after wounding three in a courthouse ambush where he faced mental evaluation. Hamilton killed his wife at home and sexton Paul Bauer at the church before taking his own life. An officer who was shot responding to a gunman spraying bullets at a courthouse died of his injuries.
    (AP, 5/20/07)(SFC, 5/21/07, p.A5)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.A3)

2007        Jun 11, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig (62) was arrested by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in a men's restroom at the Minneapolis airport. The conservative three-term senator pleaded guilty on Aug 8, paid $575 in fines and fees and was put on unsupervised probation for a year.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2007        Jul 23, A wildfire in southern Idaho had covered more than 880 square miles, growing by about 200 square miles in just 24 hours during the weekend. Fire officials said it threatened tracking and radar facilities at Mountain Home Air Force bombing and firing range, which is used by pilots training for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Firefighters in central Utah faced a threat of strong wind gusts as they battled a huge wildfire, where several small communities were evacuated.
    (AP, 7/23/07)(SFC, 7/23/07, p.A5)

2007        Aug 27, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, said in a statement he was not involved in any inappropriate conduct when he was arrested at the Minneapolis airport and should have not pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reported that Craig was arrested June 11 by a plainclothes officer investigating complaints of lewd conduct in an airport restroom.
    (AP, 8/27/08)

2007        Aug 28, A day after reports surfaced of his June arrest at the Minneapolis airport, Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, told a news conference the only thing he had done wrong was to plead guilty after a police complaint of lewd conduct in a men's room; Craig also declared, "I am not gay. I never have been gay."
    (AP, 8/28/08)

2007        Sep 1, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig announced his resignation, saying he would leave office on Sept. 30, 2007, in the wake of fallout over his arrest and guilty plea in a Minnesota airport gay sex sting. However, Craig later reversed his decision, saying he would serve out the rest of his term.
    (AP, 9/1/08)

2007        Oct 4, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig defiantly vowed to serve out his term in office despite losing a court attempt to rescind his guilty plea in a men's room sex sting.
    (AP, 10/4/08)

2008        Jan 5, In Hayden, Idaho, a man who believed he bore the "mark of the beast" used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911.
    (AP, 1/9/08)

2008        Mar 28, The grey wolf of the northern Rocky Mountains was taken off the federal protection list after reaching a population of some 1,500 in the greater Yellowstone region. Wolves were reintroduced in 1995 after disappearing from the area in 1926. On July 18 a judge restored protection for the wolves in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, derailing plans for public wolf hunts this fall. On Sep 29 a federal court overturned the Bush administration’s decision to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in the Great lakes region.
    (Econ, 3/29/08, p.44)(SFC, 7/19/08, p.A4)(WSJ, 9/30/08, p.A1)

2008        May 25, J.R. Simplot (b.1909) died in Boise, Idaho. He had left home in 1923 at age 14 with four gold coins given to him by his mother. He ended his life as the spud king of America and one of the nation's richest men. In 2007 Forbes magazine listed him as the 89th richest American with $3.6 billion.
    (AP, 5/26/08)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._R._Simplot)(SFC, 5/29/08, p.B5)

2008        Oct 14, Gray wolves in the northern US Rocky Mountains returned to the endangered species list, thanks to a court victory by environmental groups over the US government [see Mar 28, 2008].
    (AFP, 10/14/08)

2008        Dec 25, In Idaho Robert Aragon let his son Bear (12) and daughter Sage (11) attempt to walk some 10 miles home in freezing conditions, after their car broke down along an isolated rural highway. Bear survived but Sage died of hypothermia. In Oct 2009 a jury acquitted Aragon of involuntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 10/10/09, p.A4)(www.mahalo.com/robert-aragon)

2009        Jan 2, Idaho investors met with Daren Palmer of Idaho Falls and were informed that as much as $100 million in their investments was gone. State security regulators soon launched an investigation into Palmer (40) and his Trigon Group Inc. under allegations that he had operated a long running Ponzi scheme.
    (WSJ, 1/17/09, p.B4)

2009        May 4, Wolves in parts of the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the endangered species list, opening them to public hunts in some states for the first time in decades. States such as Idaho and Montana planned to resume hunting the animals this fall, but no hunting has been proposed in the Great Lakes region. About 300 wolves in Wyoming will remain on the list because the US Fish and Wildlife Service rejected the state's plan for a "predator zone" where wolves could be shot on sight. An estimated 4,000 wolves lived in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
    (AP, 5/4/09)

2009        Sep 1, Idaho hunters began stalking gray wolves, following their removal from the federal endangered species a few months earlier. The quota for this season was 220. The quota in Montana was set at 75.
    (SFC, 9/2/09, p.A8)

2009        Oct 10, In Idaho a bus carrying a high school marching band went off of I-15 killing one adult and injuring several students.
    (SSFC, 10/11/09, p.A9)

2010        Jan 27, Claude Irwin Jr. (62) of Spokane, a fugitive lawyer accused of stealing millions of dollars in an Idaho real estate development, was been captured in Los Angeles after living for years in Mexico. In 1998 he vanished and left his Powderhorn Ridge Ranch development near Harrison, Idaho, owing at least $3 million.
    (AP, 1/28/10)

2010        Mar 10, Virginia’s general assembly became the first state legislature to ban mandatory health insurance. Idaho followed suit a week later. Some 35 other states planned similar measures.
    (Econ, 3/20/10, p.34)

2010        Aug 5, A federal judge in Montana reinstated protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho.
    (SFC, 8/6/10, p.A5)

2011        Jan 12, Idaho lottery officials said Holly Lahti (29) was the co-winner of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, the 2nd largest lottery jackpot in history. She will share the prize with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wa.
    (SFC, 1/13/11, p.A6)

2011        Feb 9, Enrico Ponzo, aka Jay Shaw, appeared in a Boise courtroom to face charges from a 1997 indictment for racketeering and attempted murder. The New England mobster vanished in 1994 after trying to kill his boss, Frank Salemme, former head of the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)

2011        Feb 28, Leaders of Boise County, Idaho, decided to file for bankruptcy.
    (Econ, 12/3/11, p.89)(http://tinyurl.com/47wjr9z)

2011        Mar 18, US wildlife advocates and the Dept. of Interior reached an agreement to lift gray wolf protections in Montana and Idaho and allow hunting of the predators to resume.
    (SFC, 3/19/11, p.A5)

2011        May 13, In Idaho Gaylin Leirmoe (26) shot his ex-girlfriend and sister-in-law and his 2 young children before setting fire to a home in Ammon. Leirmoe shot a bullet to his own head.
    (SFC, 5/14/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/3hytd43)

2011        Jun 13, The US Dept. of Justice said Hecla Mining Co. will pay $263 million to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits for releasing mining waste into the environment in Idaho.
    (SFC, 6/14/11, p.A4)

2011        Nov 8, An accident at the Idaho National Laboratory caused at least two workers to suffer internal exposure to plutonium.
    (SFC, 11/10/11, p.A10)

2012        Feb 3, In Idaho Micron CEO Steve Appleton (51 died after his small experimental plane crashed following takeoff at the Boise airport.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, p.D2)

2012        Mar 6, Ten US states voted in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his home state of Georgia.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)

2012        Jul 16, Stephen R. Covey (79), Utah-based motivational speaker and author of the best-selling "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" (1989), died in Idaho Falls.
    (AP, 7/16/12)(Econ, 7/21/12, p.58)

2012        Nov 17, In Idaho a break-in at Zoo Boise left a Patas monkey dead from blunt force trauma to the head and neck and police were analyzing blood found at the scene to determine if it came from the monkey or one of two human intruders. Michael J. Watkins (22) was soon arrested.
    (AP, 11/17/12)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A6)

2013        Mar 7, A US federal judge ruled unconstitutional a 2011 Idaho law that prohibited abortions after 20 weeks.
    (SFC, 3/8/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 10, US FBI agents killed James Lee DiMaggio (40) in the Idaho wilderness. He was suspected of killing a California woman Christina Anderson (44) and her young son a week earlier before fleeing with her daughter, Hannah Anderson (16).
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A10)

2013        Aug 17, In Idaho the Beaver Creek wildfire, ignited by lightning on Aug 7, forced the evacuation to over 2,300 residences. The fire covered over 140 square miles and was just 6% contained.
    (SSFC, 8/18/13, p.A10)

2013        Dec 1, A single engine plane carrying 5 people disappeared in Idaho on its way from Oregon to Montana. It was piloted by Dale Smith, co-founder of Serialtek, a San Jose, Ca., hardware and software company.
    (SFC, 12/4/13, p.A14)

2014        Feb 3, Idaho police arrested dozens of gay rights activists as they pressed for antidiscrimination protections and blocked entrances to the state Senate chambers in Boise.
    (SFC, 2/4/14, p.A4)

2014        May 13, A US federal judge ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 5/14/14, p.A6)

2014        Oct 7, A US federal appeals court in San Francisco struck down Nevada and Idaho’s bans on same-sex marriage. The ruling also applies to all nine states in the court’s territory and will overturn marriage bans in Montana, Alaska and Arizona.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A6)

2014        Oct 10, The US Supreme Court said same sex marriages can go ahead in Idaho.
    (SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)

2014        Nov 6, In Idaho 2 chief warrant officers were killed whenn their helicopter crashed during a training mission near the Boise airport.
    (SFC, 11/8/14, p.A5)

2014        Dec 30, In Idaho Veronica Rutledge (29) was killed while shopping at a Walmart in Hayden when her two-year-old son pulled a gun from her purse and shot her in the head.
    (SFC, 1/1/15, p.A7)

2015        Jan 10, In Idaho a gunman killed 3 people and wounded another during a shooting spree at three locations in Moscow. Suspect  John Lee (29), was captured in the afternoon following a high-speed chase in nearby Washington state.
    (AP, 1/11/15)

2015        Aug 15, Idaho fire managers said the north central Clearwater Complex fires have destroyed 50 homes and 75 outbuildings. Authorities have urged residents of the small mountain town of Kamiah to be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice.
    (Reuters, 8/16/15)

2015        Oct 24, Maureen O’Hara (b.1920), Irish-born film star, died at her home in Boise, Idaho. Her many films included “How Green Was My Valley" (1941), “Miracle on 34th Street “ (1947), “The Quiet Man" (1952) and “The Parent Trap" (1961).
    (SSFC, 10/25/15, p.D13)

2016        Mar 6, In Idaho Pastor Tim Remington was shot and wounded in the parking lot of his church in Coeur d'Alene a day after he led prayers at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Suspect Kyle Odom (30), a former marine, was arrested outside the White House on March 8.
    (AFP, 3/9/16)

2016        Sep 7, A US federal judge ordered wildlife managers to enlarge habitat protections in Idaho, Montana and Colorado for the Canada lynx, a rare wild cat that roams the Rockies and mountain forests of several other states.
    (Reuters, 9/8/16)

2016        A report by the Wilderness Society revealed that Idaho has sold 41% of its land since statehood.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mnlad5y)(Econ, 1/14/17, p.27)

2017        Jun 30, In Idaho a cabin fire near Donnelly left four people dead.
    (SSFC, 7/2/17, p.A8)

2017        Aug 24, Cecil Andrews (b.1931), four-time governor of Idaho and secretary of the interior under Pres. Jimmy Carter, died.
    (SSFC, 3/27/17, p.C3)

2017        The US Fish and Wildlife Service lifted protections for 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, located in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
    (SFC, 8/31/18, p.A9)

2018        May 24, In Idaho former municipal worker Tom Young (62) was found dead at his home. Eight people including emergency responders became ill after entering his home in Dietrich. Mayor Don Heiken warned residents not to drink local water over concenrs that Young may have contaminated the community water well.
    (SFC, 5/26/18, p.A6)

2018        Oct 15, It was reported that Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fisher and his wife were being criticized after having shot at least 14 animals while hunting in Namibia. One photo showed showed him smiling with four dead baboons propped in front of him.
    (SFC, 10/15/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 17, In Idaho an explosion at a hazardous waste site 50 miles south of Boise killed one worker.
    (SFC, 11/19/18, p.A4)

2019        Nov 7, Idaho granted a conditional waiver to the US Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The waiver requires the Energy Department to first prove it can process 900,000 gallons (3.5 million liters) of high-level radioactive liquid waste that sits above a giant Idaho aquifer that supplies water to farms and cities.
    (AP, 11/7/19)

2020        Feb 15, It was reported that the Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 km) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires.
    (AP, 2/15/20)

2020        Feb 20, Lori Vallow (46), a woman wanted by authorities in Idaho in connection to the disappearance of her two children, was arrested in Hawaii. Her children, Tylee Ryan (17) and her adopted son Joshua "JJ" Vallow (7), have been missing since September.
    (ABC News, 2/21/20)
2020        Feb 20, In Idaho one person was killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Boise. The suspect also died.
    (SFC, 2/22/20, p.A6)

2020        Mar 10, Five US states (Michigan, Washington, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho) held Democratic primaries, while North Dakota held a caucus. 352 delegates were up for grabs.
    (AP, 3/10/20)

2020        Mar 28, Idaho's Blaine County has reported more than 80 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The county includes Sun Valley Resort whioch draws skiers from around the world.
    (SSFC, 3/29/20, p.A6)

2020        Mar 30, Idaho's Gov. Brad Little signed two bill making Idaho the first US state to ban transgender girls and women from competing in female sports leagues, enacting new laws that also prevent trans people from changing their birth certificates.
    (Reuters, 3/31/20)

2020        Mar 31, In Idaho a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck north of Boise this evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.
    (AP, 3/31/20)

2020        Apr 6, Idaho has reported 1,170 cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.
    (SFC, 4/8/20, p.A5)

2020        May 15, In Idaho two people and more than a doen dogs were killed when a box truck transporting animals for a rescue group crashed near Shelley.
    (SSFC, 5/17/19, p.A4)

2020        Jun 9, In Idaho investigators announced that they had found human remains while searching the rural home of Chad Daybell. Joshua “JJ" Vallow (7) and his sister Tylee Ryan (17) were last seen in September, 2019. Their mother Lori Daybell had married Chad Daybell two weeks following the death of Chad's wife Tammy Daybell died in October. Police soon confirmed the identification of the remains as those of the missing children.
    (AP, 6/9/20)(SFC, 6/15/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 5, In Idaho two planes collided in the air and crashed into the Coeur d'Alene Lake late today. There were a total of eight passengers and crew on the two planes.
    (Reuters, 7/6/20)

2020        Aug 14, US authorities gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout.
    (AP, 8/14/20)

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