Idaho Lottery earns record $53.5M for state

This commemorate mock-up of an Idaho Lottery scratch ticket was presented by the lottery to outgoing third-term Gov. Butch Otter on Tuesday, as Otter accepted his final annual dividend from the state lottery – a record $53.5 million for state schools and buildings. Betsy Z. Russell / Idaho Press

Butch Otter remembers being one of just two statewide candidates elected after endorsing a controversial state lottery initiative in Idaho in 1986, the first year he ran for lieutenant governor. Otter, now the state’s third-term governor, said, “There was a lot of resistance.”

American Solar Challenge comes to eastern Idaho

The University of Michigan solar car team made an unannounced stop at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve last month. “We received a surprise visit from the University of Michigan solar car team today,” according to a June 21 post on the Monument’s Facebook page. Facebook / Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Solar-powered vehicle teams from across the U.S. and around the world will stop in Arco on Thursday as part of the American Solar Challenge.

I.F. resident follows half-century passion for vintage cars

Rick Eagle poses for a photo while sitting in his White Motor Company bus on July 12. The yellow car at left is a 1920 Model T Speedster. “I can’t stop. It’s one of things like hunting or golfing,” Eagle said. “It’s a good way to spend time and wake up and go do.” Eagle bought and refurbished his first car, a 1930 Model A, at 14 years old. John Roark /

From the outside, Richard Eagle’s Idaho Falls home looks like a typical residence. Just a small, red brick house that wouldn’t draw the attention of passers-by. 

Lawmakers work on campaign finance reform proposals

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, right, addresses the Legislature’s interim committee on campaign finance reform on Tuesday at the Idaho Capitol. Betsy Z. Russell / Idaho Press

A panel of state lawmakers working on campaign finance reform indicated Tuesday it’ll likely push in the upcoming legislative session to extend campaign finance reporting requirements to local elections and require more frequent and more detailed reports.

Be bear aware this huckleberry season

A grizzly bear walks through a huckleberry patch. Courtesy Idaho Fish and Game

It’s that time of year again — the huckleberries are arriving. If you’re anything like me you can’t wait to get outdoors in search of those delicious berries. But before you head out the door, here are a few reminders to make your berry picking experience a little safer.


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