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Wednesday Update: Just 15 new cases reported

Wednesday 5/27/20

There were 15 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

Idaho is now reporting 2,699 cases.

There have been 81 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.

1,609 tests were completed today.

In total, 42,776 tests have been administered.

Out of the 2,699 cases 2,100 have recovered.




There were 61 new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

Idaho is now reporting 2,595 cases.

Two people died today, both in Twin Falls County.

There have been 79 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.



Friday 5/22/20

There were 28 new cases of COVID-19 on THURSDAY.

Idaho is now reporting 2,534 cases.

There have been 77 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.

702 tests were completed today.

In total, 39,362 tests have been administered.

Out of the 2,534 cases 1,720 have recovered.




Thursday 5/21/20

There were 30 new cases of COVID on WEDNESDAY.

Idaho is now reporting 2,506 cases.

There have been 77 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.





Wednesday 5/20/20

There were 21 new cases of COVID on TUESDAY.

Idaho is now reporting 2,476 cases.

There were 3 fatalities, one in Ada county, and 2 in Twin Falls county.

There have been 77 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.

38,344 tests have been administered.

1,668 have recovered.




Monday 5/18/20

On Friday evening, Idaho recorded some 34 new cases of COVID-19. That number on Saturday was just 17 new cases.

Idaho does not put out new numbers on Sunday, so the state is reporting 2,419 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 73 deaths, thru the weekend – with new numbers set to be released today at 5pm.






Friday 5/15/20

The numbers of coronavirus cases did not go up again on Thursday – with a slight tick down in the statewide tracking numbers.

There were 27 new cases that were confirmed and probable on Thursday and a couple of new deaths reported.

Idaho is reporting 2,351 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 72 deaths.





Thursday Update:

There were 31 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed and probable on Tuesday. Thats just a few less cases than was reported the day before.

Idaho is now reporting 2,324 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. The death count did not rise on Wednesday, as Idaho continues to have 69 deaths reported due to the virus.

The state had reported 70 deaths on Monday, but reduced it by one after one of the victims was from another country.

Governor Brad Little is set to hold a presser today at 1pm. It’s expected he will push Idaho into Stage 2 of his plan to re-open Idaho’s economy. You can hear the presser LIVE at 1pm today on 670 KBOI.





Wednesday Update:

The curve has been flattening in Idaho, but a little bit on a bump is being reported with 33 new cases confirmed and probable on Tuesday.

Idaho is reporting 2,293 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 70 deaths.

Through May 12, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports 214 hospitalizations, 88 admissions to the ICU and 278 health care workers who have been infected.

The hospital and health care numbers are based on cases with completed investigations into contacts, not the full number of positives. About 6.4% of Idaho’s tests have been positive.




Tuesday Update:

The latest numbers from the state of Idaho indicates the Gem State continues to flatten the curve.

Idaho is reporting 2,260 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 70 deaths.

There were 14 new cases that were confirmed and probable on Monday. Healthcare workers account for 275 of those cases, which is about 12% of all cases.

According to the Idaho government’s official coronavirus website, 1,508 cases have recovered (which is counted as people who have not died 30 days after onset symptoms).

Cases of hospitalization are at 210, with 87 of those cases being admitted to ICU.





Monday Update:

Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely. Idaho is currently reporting 2,230 confirmed and probable cases. That’s an increase of 25 cases.

There have now been 67 deaths to date recorded in Idaho due to the virus.

Next update will be at 5 p.m. today.



Thursday 5/7/20

Idaho added 31 new COVID cases Wednesday for a total of 2,158.

One person died in Payette County for a total of 66 fatalities in Idaho.






Wednesday 5/6/20

Idaho is reporting 2,127 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 65 deaths.

There were 21 new cases that were confirmed and probable on Tuesday.

Healthcare workers account for 267 of those cases, which is about 12% of all cases.

According to the Idaho government’s official coronavirus website, 1,379 cases have recovered (which is counted as people who have not died 30 days after onset symptoms).




TUESDAY 5/5/20

Idaho added 27 new COVID cases Monday for a total of 2,106 cases.  The number of fatalities in Idaho remains at 64.





Monday 5/4/20

Idaho health officials are reporting 2,061 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus along with 64 deaths.

The state released its latest numbers on Sunday — an increase of 26 cases from the previous day.

The latest numbers come days after Idaho entered into its Stage 1 plan for re-opening businesses and the Idaho economy, which allows some businesses to re-open as long as several rules and guidelines are met, including social distancing.

Restaurants are still only allowed to offer take-out and delivery options and bars are supposed to remain closed.





FRIDAY 5/1/20

Idaho is reporting 2,015 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 63 deaths.

There were 31 new cases that were confirmed and probable on Thursday.

Healthcare workers account for 254 of those cases, which is about 12% of all cases.

According to the Idaho government’s official coronavirus website, 1,175 cases have recovered (which is counted as people who have not died 30 days after onset symptoms).




Thursday 4/30/20

The were no new deaths due to COVID-19 on Wednesday – but once again – there were 32 new and probable cases of coronavirus confirmed.

That brings Idaho’s total number of cases to 1,984 since were started keeping track of those numbers in March.


Idaho governor Brad Little will tell us today at 11am if Idaho has met his criteria to move to stage one of his plan to reopen Idaho.

We will have that presser for you LIVE on 670 KBOI at 11am.

If the governor gives the go ahead today – Stage 1 Protocols for opening call for daycares, places of worship and some youth activities to begin again.

However, some churches say they will not re-open immediately, even if the governor says it’s allowed. Many youth organizations have also already canceled activities for the season.




Wednesday 4/29/20

On Tuesday, Idaho recorded 35 New Cases. That puts Idaho now with 1,952 Cases – including both confirmed and probable cases.

  • The number of deaths also continues to climb with 2 new deaths due to the virus. But again – the numbers may not be huge, but they do continue.
  • If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, you are still advised to call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.
  • Saint Alphonsus became the first hospital Tuesday in Idaho to attempt a new COVID-19 therapy.  Doctors attempted a convalescent plasma therapy on a patient infected by COVID-19. The treatment involves transfusion of plasma donated by a person who has recovered from the virus into a critically-ill patient.The donated plasma holds neutralizing antibodies to fight the virus and could potentially increase the chance of recovery and survival.  Doctors hope the treatment will be effective, instead of waiting months for a vaccine.  Similar plasma antibody therapies were used to treat other viruses, including SARS in 2003, H1N1 in 2009, and MERS in 2012.
  • With the state beginning Phase 1 of reopening on May 1, the city of Boise’s plan to reopen is similar.  In Tuesday night’s virtual city council meeting, officials discussed the Governor’s reopening plan for the state, as well as its tentative plans for the reopening of the city itself.
  • Idaho Power Friday will start opening more than a dozen popular boat launches and day-use areas for recreation.  The full list is at


Tuesday 4/28/20

Monday – Idaho recorded 20 new cases of coronavirus – as well as 2 new deaths.

  • Governor Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding the coronavirus in Idaho.  The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. Mountain Time.  Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting
  • Governor Little will host a press conference regarding Idaho Rebounds: Stage 1 at 11a.m. this Thursday morning.  670 KBOI will air the governor’s speech live.
  • The total number of cases in Idaho is now 1,917 Cases (Total includes confirmed and probable cases)
  • The total number of deaths has risen to 58 with the 2 additional Deaths recorded today.
  • Also today = Southwest District Health (SWDH) has confirmed detection of community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 in Owyhee County.
  • West Valley Medical Center is participating in a national study to help with possible treatment for those hospitalized COVID-19. The hospital says the study is trying to determine whether plasma from recovered patients could help with those who are currently hospitalized with the virus.
  • AAA Idaho tells us, if current trends continue, we could see Idaho pump prices dip as low as $1.75 per gallon before it’s all said and done.  Idahoans are paying an average price of $1.84 per gallon.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor reported the number of Idaho workers who have lost their jobs to coronavirus surged to nearly 110,000.



Monday 4/27/20

  • 10 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Sunday in Idaho, bringing our total of confirmed and probable cases to 1,897 cases.
  • There have also been 56 Deaths now.
  • The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also tells us 938 people have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 234 health care workers are among the people in Idaho who contracted the virus.
  • More Information is available at



FRIDAY 4/24/20

  • Idaho now has 1,836 of lab confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 with the addition of 34 new cases.
  • Idaho’s fatalities remain the same with 54.
  • The 18-29 years of age category has 364 cases, the most in any age category.
  • 4 more health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 226.
  • 19,091 people have now been tested.




Thursday 4/23/20

  • The Gem State passed the 1,800 mark today with the addition of 36 new cases of COVID-19.
  • Idaho now has 1,802 of lab confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.
  • Three more people died today for a total of 54 fatalities.
  • Ada Co has the most with 14
    then Nez Perce Co with 13
    and Twin Falls Co has 11
  • So far, 162 people have been hospitalized and 60 have been admitted to ICU.
  • 18,092 people have now been tested
  • A collaborative effort on the part Idaho businesses to promote testing for antibodies in response to the presence of COVID-19 in the body has resulted in almost 2,000 Treasure Valley residents taking the test. Crush the Curve Idaho, a mass-testing project has tested 1,946 over the past two days at its testing site in Meridian.
  • A new federal program will buy $3 billion in food this year from American farmers who lost their markets to coronavirus-driven restrictions and distribute it to people who, for the same reason, are struggling financially.
  • Idahoans dealing with stress and anxiety because of the coronavirus crisis can turn to a growing number of free mental-health services.   The Emotional Health Relief Hotline is 833-442-2211, or get more information is online at


Wednesday 4/22/20

The Gem State added 30 new cases of COVID-19.

Idaho now has 1,766 of lab confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19.

Three more people died for a total of 51 fatalities.

So far, 158 people have been hospitalized and 58 have been admitted to ICU.

937 cases are female and 824 cases are male.

The 18-29 years of age category has 350 cases, the most in any age category.

8 more health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 218.

17,730 people have now been tested.

50 more people have recovered for a total of 710.



TUESDAY 4/21/20

The Gem State passed the 1,700 mark – with the addition of 64 new cases .

Idaho now has 1,736 reported cases of COVID-19.

  • There were also two additional fatalities reported Monday related to COVID-19. That marks 48 in Idaho – and 12 fatalities in Ada County.
  • 209 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive
  • and 17,562 people have now been tested.
  • 660 people have recovered.
  • Due to the COVID-19 situation and its uncertainty, Boise School District will not be holding any Summer Driver Education classes.
  • Due to COVID-19, Boise State University has lost out on tens of millions of dollars. It now plans to address those issues through mandatory faculty furlough days, among other tactics.
  • St. Luke’s announced Monday they are now conducting all COVID-19 lab tests in-house.  This will mean faster test result turnaround times.
  • Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is donating one million FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 Procedure Face Masks to healthcare workers and first responders working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Village at Meridian will be hosting a food drive for the Meridian Food Bank on Wednesday.  The no contact, drop and go food drive will be held in the parking lot along Eagle Road from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • The Idaho High School Activities Association has canceled all spring sports and state tournaments.  The decision comes as Idaho schools remain off-limits to students, as part of a statewide “soft closure” designed to curb the spread of coronavirus.


MONDAY 4/20/20

  • Idaho recorded 1 additional coronavirus-related death on Sunday, but it was the smallest single-day increase in cases in more than a month.
  • The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare had just four new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday for 1,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since we started recording the numbers on March 13.
  • The Sunday cases came from Blaine, Kootenai and Twin Falls Counties.  In all, 17,445 people have been tested for the disease in Idaho, and about 9% of tests have been positive.
  • Beginning Monday, April 20, the drive-up tent screening and specimen collecting for testing at St. Luke’s in Boise, Meridian and Twin Falls will adjust its operating hours to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.  The tent in Wood River is already operating with these adjusted hours and will continue to do so.
  • Canyon County announced that the spring cleanup day scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been canceled.
  • Idaho Business for Education has announced a statewide initiative called the Community Activation Project to help students continue their learning while the school buildings across Idaho are closed.



SUNDAY 4/19/20

The state of Idaho is now reporting 1,668 cases of coronavirus, including 13 new cases on Saturday. The numbers include both confirmed and probable cases.

44 people in Idaho have died of the virus. 520 cases are presumed recovered.

As of Saturday, Ada County continues to lead the state with 598 cases and 10 deaths. Blaine County, another hotspot, is reporting 475 cases and 5 deaths.



SATURDAY 4/18/20

Idaho added 46 new COVID-19 cases Friday for a total of 1,655 reported cases.

There were 2 more fatalities for a total of 43 dead from COVID-19.



FRIDAY 4/17/20

Idaho added 22 new COVID-19 cases Thursday for a total of 1,609 reported cases.

If there is a silver lining – it’s that the total of fatalities remains the same as the day before — with 41 dead from COVID-19.

And there is also some other numbers to share today — 390 people have recovered in Idaho, a number now shared on the Division of Public Health graph at

  • The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday approved minimum criteria for public school districts and charter schools to use in deciding whether to resume normal operations prior to the end of the current school year.
  • Thursday, President Donald J. Trump announced that Idaho’s U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, will serve with a bipartisan group of congressional colleagues on the White House’s Opening Up America Again Congressional Group.
  • Idaho Department of Insurance announced short-term health insurance plans have joined ACA plans in waiving co-sharing for COVID-19 testing and, in some cases, treatment.
  • The Canyon County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to extend the local COVID-19 emergency declaration for 30 days.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor reported Thursday 95,961 Idahoans have filed for unemployment since a state of emergency was declared due to the coronavirus pandemic.



Thursday 4/16/20

The Coronavirus continues to sicken people across the state.  Idaho added 49 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday for a total of 1,587 reported cases.

  • Tragically, 2 more Idahoans died for a total of 41 fatalities from COVID-19.
  • Another 6 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 172.
  • A Transportation Security Agency officer working at Boise Airport tested positive for coronavirus in late March.  Four TSA agents were reported as testing positive for COVID-19. All cases were found in screening agents. None have been found in non-screening agents.
  • Boise State University announced Wednesday it will suspend “most” campus events through July 5.
  • Boise’s Mayor and Idaho health officials cautioned the community in a statement Wednesday urging people to follow the extended order.  Mayor Lauren McLean said the last thing Boise wants is to have all of our latest sacrifices and struggles to have been for nothing.
  • The City of Caldwell announced the opening of Purple Sage and Fairview golf courses with social distancing modifications.
  • Food trucks will be allowed to sell and serve hot meals to truckers at Idaho rest areas.  An emergency exemption by the Idaho Transportation Department will allow permitted food trucks to set up at rest areas and offer hot meals to truck drivers and other travelers.





Wednesday 4/15/20

Today marks the end of the initial 21 days stay-home order issued by Governor Brad Little.  The Governor announced the Stay Home Order will remain in effect until at least April 30th, and could last longer.  The order will be re-evaluated at that time.

Idaho added nearly as many fatalities on Tuesday as it did new cases of the virus. 11 new COVID-19 cases were discovered for a total of 1,464 reported cases. Tragically, 6 more Idahoans died for a total of 39 fatalities from COVID-19.



Tuesday 4/14/20  6am

Idaho added 27 new COVID-19 cases Monday which brings us to 1,453 reported cases.  Tragically, 6 more Idahoans died for a total of 33 fatalities.

  • Idaho’s public higher education institutions are expected to receive more than $36 million in federal relief funding as a result of the CARES Act approved by Congress and the President.  Half of that money – $18 million must be used as direct emergency financial aid grants to students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption and financial hardship it has created for students across Idaho.
  • West Ada launched the teacher-led portion of remote learning Monday after the Idaho Board of Education voted to continue online learning for the rest of the school year.  Resources are available on each school’s website and paper packets are available to pick up from schools. New materials will be posted each week.
  • Idaho health and government officials are enacting a voluntary burn ban during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The respiratory concerns associated with coronavirus have caused officials to put a voluntary ban on burning to reduce smoke impacts in the community.
  • It’s the continuation of a now-familiar pattern with the number of people working from home or just not currently employed, the decrease in demand for gas over the past week, has dropped prices by another 17 cents in Idaho.  That’s the largest dip in the Rockies region and the second-largest in the entire country.
  • The IRS sent out the first wave of stimulus checks to Americans over the weekend.  The IRS says, they deposited the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts.  When can you expect your payment? Deposits will continue in the days ahead, starting with people who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and authorized direct deposit.





Monday 4/13/20 8am




Saturday the Gem State passed the 1,400 mark with the addition of 11 new cases of COVID-19. Idaho now has 1,407 reported cases of COVID-19 and 27 fatalities in 32 of 44 Idaho Counties.

  • Ada County has 517 cases and 6 fatalities.
  • Blaine County has 454 cases and 5 fatalities.
  • Canyon County has 146 cases and 5 fatalities.
  • Seven Idaho Public Health Districts:
  • South Central Public Health has 589 cases and 10 fatalities, more than any other.
  • Panhandle Health District 48 Cases.
  • North Central Health District has 25 cases and 5 fatalities.
  • Southwest District Health has 169 cases and 6 fatalities.
  • Central District Health has 535 cases and 6 fatalities.
  • Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 10 cases.
  • East Idaho Public Health has 31 cases.
  • Out of the 1,407 cases, 131 people have been hospitalized, 38 have been admitted to ICU, and 27 have died.
  • 51.9% of the total cases are women. The average age of Idahoans with COVID-19 is 46.6 years of age.
  • 153 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • and 14,308 people have been tested.
  • As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, so does what people are purchasing. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was asked what items customers are purchasing that surprise him. The answer? Hair dye. McMillon said lately they have seen more grooming products, because people are starting to need a haircut, so there are more sales of beard trimmers, hair color, and related items.
  • The Canyon County Jail has had overcrowding issues in the past, but as of Friday, it’s only around 63% of capacity, but that doesn’t diminish coronavirus concerns. Officials with the jail say that they are making changes to policing efforts, inmate intake and daily operations to ensure they keep the community safe.
  • All Ada County household hazardous waste mobile collection sites are suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. CBS2 reports the permanent site at the landfill located on Seamans Gulch Road is still open to residents on Fridays and Saturdays for essential drop offs only.

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COVID-19 in Idaho

*Data updated at 5:00 p.m. MT, 4/11/2020. State-level data will be updated at 5 p.m. MT daily, based on surveillance system records provided by the health districts. Public health district data will be updated on their agency website at their discretion and might differ from data presented here. Data are preliminary and subject to change.

1,407 Lab Confirmed Cases

11 New Lab Confirmed Cases Today (4/11)

27 Deaths

Everyone should take precautions to avoid all respiratory diseases, including staying home if you’re sick, avoiding sick people, and covering your coughs and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue.





SATURDAY 4/11/20 10am

Friday the Gem State added 43 new cases of COVID-19. Idaho now has 1,396 reported cases of COVID-19 in 32 of 44 Idaho Counties. Out of the 1,396 cases, 128 people have been hospitalized, 35 have been admitted to ICU, and 25 have died.

  • Ada County has 513 cases and 6 fatalities.
  • Blaine County has 452 cases and 5 fatalities.
  • Canyon County has 145 cases and 5 fatalities.
  • Out of the 1,396 cases, 128 people have been hospitalized, 35 have been admitted to ICU, and 25 have died.
  • 51.8% of the total cases are women.
  • The average age of Idahoans with COVID-19 is 46.6 years of age.
  • 150 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 13,764 people have been tested.
  • Treasure Valley health care workers afraid of spreading possible contamination of the coronavirus to their family members when they return home have a new housing option. On Friday, Boise State University said it will be temporarily opening up its student housing to the local health care community.
  • COVID-19 is now the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. It is now killing more people per day than cancer or heart disease, according to research published in Newsweek that looks at the daily average death rate. WZTV reports the virus is now killing more than 1,900 people per day. Heart disease kills more than 1,700 people a day and cancer kills more than 1,600, according to the data.
  • Apple and Google will work on a platform to enable contact tracing, a measure that identifies people who have been exposed to the virus and who they have been in contact with.
  • The Hailey City Council voted Friday to extend its Isolation Order for one week in a special City Council meeting. Blaine County’s current order was set to expire on Easter Sunday. All the terms of Hailey’s Order were extended in a three to one motion of the City council until Sunday, April 19. With only three or four days of improved health case statistics coming from Blaine County, they felt it important to allow more time to insure that good results continue. CBS2 reports the order continues restrictions that are more strict than those within the Idaho State Isolation Order currently in effect.
  • Students in the West Ada School District will continue distance and online learning. West Ada School District’s mission is to make sure all students are ready for school next fall. Students will move on to their next grade in the fall. Seniors who are on track to graduate will graduate.






FRIDAY 4/10/20 5am

So much for flattening the curve… The number of new coronavirus cases jumped up to 134 on Thursday – to push the Gem State passed the 1,300 mark.  Idaho now has 1,353 reported cases of COVID-19 in 32 of 44 Idaho Counties.

  • Since we started tracking the numbers, 127 people have been hospitalized, 33 have been admitted to ICU. Idaho added 5 more deaths on Thursday as well, with 24 people in all having succumbed to the virus.
  • 143 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 13,094 people have now been tested.
  • Idaho workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic filed nearly 31,000 new claims for unemployment insurance in the past week.  The Idaho Department of Labor says between March 29 and April 4, 30,904 filed for unemployment, that was a decrease of 6.2 percent from the previous week.
  • The Boise School District has called it. All of its schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.  The district’s school board unanimously approved the decision Thursday during a virtual board meeting. The district will continue online education and to distribute meals during the coronavirus pandemic, but all school buildings will remain closed.
  • St Lukes Health System has now implemented a new universal masking policy at all of its hospital and clinics.  St Lukes says in the effort to best protect healthcare workers, patients and the community from COVID-19, wearing a protective mask is now mandatory.
  • The Idaho Transportation Department has ramped up cleaning of major rest areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the trucking community.  Rest areas are staying open to support the delivery of goods and services through Idaho and the nation. ITD says key rest areas will be cleaned more frequently to minimize the spread of coronavirus.
  • The Ada County Clerk’s Office is offering marriage licenses by appointment only for people who will be tying the knot before May 31.  After the county shut down most courthouse functions due to COVID-19, the clerk’s office has been looking for ways to provide marriage licenses to people who had their weddings planned for this uncertain time.



Thursday 4/9/20 5am

The Gem State added 22 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – for a total of 1,232 reported cases since the pandemic began in March.

Governor Little will answer questions about COVID-19 in Idaho LIVE on Idaho Public Television   April 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • The number of deaths did go up yesterday from 15 to 18 – even with less cases reported.
  • Looking at counties that have been hit the hardest – Ada County has 447 cases and 5 fatalities, Blaine County has 428 cases and 5 fatalities and Canyon County has 121 cases and 3 fatalities.
  • 113 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The city of Ketchum announced Wednesday Blaine County residents will take part in the study and testing of COVID-19 antibodies.  The study will start with a random sample of 400 Blaine County residents to determine the prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in symptomatic and asymptomatic people determine the rate of cases within the community.
  • If you’re among those on the front lines battling the coronavirus outbreak, you can now skip to the head of the line when heading inside Costco.  Police officers, medics, and firefighters as well as healthcare workers who can present an official ID of their role will get the priority access.
  • The Boise Farmers Market announced it will open as a drive-thru farmers market this Saturday at its regular location on 1500 Shoreline Drive.  The drive-thru will allow customers to reserve a pickup window, shop on-line, then pick up the order on Saturday during the chosen pickup window.







The Gem State passed the 1,200 mark on Tuesday with the addition of 40 new cases of COVID-19.  Idaho now has 1,210 reported cases in 32 of 44 Idaho Counties.

  • Out of the 1,210 cases, 93 people have been hospitalized, 24 have been admitted to ICU, and 15 have died.
  • 96 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • and 11,898 people have now been tested.
  • All of the basketball, tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts in Boise’s parks were closed by order of Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway.
  • Governor Brad Little signed an executive order Tuesday, forming his new Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee to oversee the approximately $1.25 billion in federal funds that Idaho will receive to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The United States Postal Service is looking for Idaho workers to fill various positions during a “package boom.”  The Postal Service has experienced an enormous surge in parcel volume in recent weeks.
  • Valley County, home to McCall, Cascade and many popular lakes and hot springs, announced Tuesday that it will extend its order closing all short-term rentals, hotels and motels, and RV parks, except for rentals to people providing essential services or for quarantine purposes.
  • The Boise Airport has seen a reduction in commercial flights by over 50% since early March.  Although BOI’s March passenger statistics will not be available until later this month, the airport predicts passenger traffic will be down significantly.
  • The Ada County Highway District has adjusted signal timing at several intersections to improve traffic flow.  Many cycle lengths were too long after the 40% drop in traffic, engineers found.




Latest Update:  4/7/20  5am

Idaho added 69 new cases on Monday and now has 1,170 reported cases of COVID-19 in 31 of 44 Idaho Counties.

Governor Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding COVID-19 in Idaho. The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting


  • Out of the 1,170 cases, 83 people have been hospitalized, 21 have been admitted to ICU, and 13 have died.
  • 87 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19
  • and 11,246 people have now been tested.


The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.34 million people and killed over 74,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 10,000 have died in the US, and officials warn this will be the toughest week yet.





Idaho is currently reporting 1,101 cases of coronavirus. That’s an increase of just 24 cases on Sunday.

There were also only 64 new cases reported on Saturday – making for a very mild weekend of new coronavirus cases..

Officials are hoping that’s a good omen, after peaking on Thursday with 222 new cases, and then dropping down to 122 on Friday.

The state is also reporting 10 deaths to date, however 77 people are still hospitalized with COVID-19, and 16 others are in the ICU.

Nealy 11,000 people in the Gem State have been tested in Idaho for the virus.


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Saturday 4/4/20  5:38pm

In what was a fairly mild day for new coronavirus cases, Idaho is currently reporting 1,077 cases.  That’s up from 1013 for just 64 new cases on Saturday.
Officials are hoping that’s a good omen, after peaking on Thursday with 222 new cases, and 122 on Friday.


Courtesy State of Idaho:




Idaho has over 1,000 positive cases of COVID-19

The Gem State passed the 1,000 mark today with the addition of 122 new cases of COVID-19.

Idaho now has 1,013 reported cases of COVID-19 in 31 of 44 Idaho Counties.

Out of the 1,013 cases, 62 people have been hospitalized, 8 have been admitted to ICU, and 10 have died.

More women than men have tested positive.

The 18-49 years of age category has the most cases.

47 of Idaho’s health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19

and 8,870 people have now been tested. has answers, information, and resources.

Plus, there’s an Idaho COVID-19 hotline that’s available Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm

1-888-330 3010



UPDATED Friday 4/3/20 5:30am

222 new cases of the coronavirus were discovered in the last 24 hours for a total of 891 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

  • The rising number of cases is due to more people feeling sick, but it also has to do with more people being tested. Over 6000 people in Idaho have been tested now, with 56 people currently hospitalized.
  • 9 people have also died in Idaho due to the virus, with 7 others currently in the ICU.
  • The Idaho Statesman reports Idaho now has confirmed community spread in 11 counties.
  • Health experts say, with community transmission now identified in Ada and Canyon counties, which see frequent cross-county travel, it is more important than ever that people follow public health recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County, in collaboration with the Boise School District, are opening up two additional “pop up” Club sites to provide additional emergency child care relief amid the COVID-19 crisis.  Beginning Monday, April 6, in addition to the Club’s five current sites, children of healthcare workers, first responders, and essential personnel will have two additional Boise sites made available to them.
  • The passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has enabled banks to start approving loans for small businesses affected by COVID-19.  Nearly 33,000 new Idaho unemployment claims were filed in the fourth week of March alone, as businesses are struggling to stay afloat.  Starting Friday, Zions Bank and others will start accepting applications for the SBA’s new Paycheck Protection Program.
  • As the number of corona virus cases continue to increase, claims for unemployment insurance are skyrocketing in Idaho.  During the week of March 22-28, the Idaho Department of Labor says 32,941 workers filed claims, that’s more than double the number from the previous week.
  • St. Luke’s Health System is giving people the opportunity to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  St Lukes says they’ve had many offers of support from the community, and they have created a new donation marketplace to help connect community and business donors, for equipment and supplies, financial donations and volunteering.  Different links are available by going to “” and clicking on the “GO” button under the “Covid-19 How you can help our community” section.
  • The Idaho DEQ along with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Idaho Department of Lands, are asking Idahoans to postpone open burning due to COVID-19.  Even though the air quality is good in Idaho, the departments say smoke from outdoor burning can cause unnecessary public health concerns.



Thursday 4/2/20

  • Idaho is reporting 673 cases of COVID-19 on this Thursday morning – with 9 deaths recorded.

  • Blaine County still has the most cases in the state with 256 cases, but Ada County is getting closer, and is now reporting 226 cases.

  • Idaho has now tested a total of 7,282 people.
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System has told its workforce some employees will face temporary furloughs due to the financial concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.  An email from the company’s CEO and president Odette Bolano says, “these are not ‘normal times’ and the sustained loss of volume and increased costs is outpacing our revenue.” Senior leaders will take pay cuts effective next week.
  • Meridian city meetings have gone virtual amid the spread of the coronavirus.  Residents can watch meetings without interacting via video streaming on the city’s website ( and YouTube (
  • The Postal Service is reminding stay at home customers that they have more choices than ever before regarding where and when to conduct their postal business — and most of the options do not involve a physical Post Office.  Some of the most popular services available on are Informed Delivery, USPS Tracking, Post Office Locator, ZIP Code Lookup, calculating postage, holding mail, requesting Package Pickup and ordering shipping supplies.
  • Home Depot is putting new policies in effect to promote social distancing. The company cut store hours so the warehouse will close at 6 p.m., and it is also limiting the number of customers allowed in stores at a time, although they did not specify the number of people.
  • A new policy at Costco limits the number of people per membership allowed in a store, according to Costco’s website.  The change allows only two people per membership to be inside the store at a time and is scheduled to take effect Friday.
  • St. Luke’s Health System has made online screening for coronavirus available without leaving your home to drive to a hospital.  To access the online screening tool, go to

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.

Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely.



Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 31 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Latah 1 0
Idaho 2 0
Nez Perce 10 2
Southwest District Health Adams 1 0
Canyon 68 1
Gem 4 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 3 0
Central District Health Ada 226 3
Elmore 3 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 265 2
Camas 1 0
Cassia 1 1
Gooding 1 0
Jerome 4 0
Lincoln 5 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 17 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 4 0
Bingham 2 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 2 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 3 0
Madison 4 0
Teton 3 0
TOTAL 669 9

COVID-19 Testing in Idaho

Number of People Tested Total
Through the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories* 1,745
Through commercial laboratories** 5,537

*Includes 4 Oregon residents and 1 Montana resident tested in Idaho.
**Some people may receive multiple tests.

Characteristics* of Idahoans with COVID-19

Total Cases 673
<18 years 7
18-49 326
50+ 339
Unknown 1
Female 347
Male 324
Unknown 2
Total Hospitalizations 49
Total ICU Admissions 7
Total Healthcare Workers with COVID-19 41





Updated Wednesday 5am

  • Idaho’s coronavirus numbers have now surpassed 500 cases.  As of Tuesday afternoon, Idaho’s official government website for coronavirus statistics is reporting 525 cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths.
  • The most recent death came from a Cassia County woman over the age of 70. Health officials there say she had health issues and contracted the virus after she had visitors to her home that recently came from areas with community spread and transmission.
  • Also on Tuesday, Southwest District Health officials say Adams County received its first confirmed case. In this instance, it was a man over the age of 60, who is recovering well at home.
  • Idaho’s surge of newly laid-off workers is overwhelming state unemployment phone systems.  During the AARP teleconference Tuesday, Department of Labor Director Revier reported that Governor Little’s executive order made some changes to the unemployment system including the required waiting week.
  • The waiting week is the first week of unemployment where you are required to successfully file your weekly report and meet all the eligibility requirements for receiving unemployment insurance, but there is no compensation.  The Director said the waiting week has been waived by the Governor.
  • St. Luke’s Wood River in Blaine County is not prepared for a large amount of patients, so St. Luke’s Magic Valley and St. Luke’s Boise are jumping in to help.  Officials with St. Luke’s say the hospitals are working as a team, transferring some patients to the two bigger hospitals for treatment.
  •  Governor Little will answer questions about COVID-19 in Idaho LIVE on Idaho Public Television Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 8 p.m., airing on Idaho Public Television and online.**


See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, please call the Idaho COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-330-3010.


Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 30 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 9 2
Southwest District Health Adam 1 0
Canyon 53 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 195 3
Elmore 3 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 192 2
Camas 1 0
Cassia 1 1
Jerome 2 0
Lincoln 2 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 6 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 4 0
Bingham 2 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 2 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 3 0
Madison 4 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 525 9

UPDATED TUESDAY 3/31/20  5:00 am

  • Idaho’s statewide total saw its largest COVID-19 single-day jump, with 109 new confirmed cases for a total of 430.

  • Health officials also reported the seventh and eighth fatal COVID-19 cases, with deaths occurring in Cassia and Ada counties.
  • Kootenai County reported its 29th case of coronavirus Monday afternoon, and the county now has community transmission, or community spread.   Kootenai is the fourth county to report community spread in Idaho. The others are Blaine, Canyon and Ada.
  • The Idaho Department of Labor’s phone lines have been flooded with calls.  The Dept of Labor is asking people to visit the labor website for answers and file for benefits.  Answers to questions about unemployment insurance and COVID-19 are in the FAQ section of the labor website at
  • Governor Brad Little and the Secretary of State announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.  The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  Idahoans can request an absentee ballot at
  • Canyon County is asking residents to limit their landfill trips for the time being while the stay at home order is in effect. Pickles Butte Sanitary Landfill is currently open regular business hours, Monday – Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and are only accepting debit or credit card payments until further notice.


Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Bonner 1 0
Kootenai 28 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 7 1
Southwest District Health Canyon 48 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 151 3
Elmore 1 0
Valley 2 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 148 2
Cassia 1 0
Jerome 1 0
Lincoln 1 0
Minidoka 1 0
Twin Falls 5 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 3 0
Bingham 1 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 2 0
Custer 1 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 2 0
Madison 2 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 415 7




Monday –  3/30/20


Officials have reported 320 total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

According to state numbers updated Sunday at 5 p.m., Ada County added 21 cases in 24 hours, bringing the county total to 113. That’s the second-highest number of cases in a single county.  Blaine County still has the most diagnoses at 115, after adding only a single case on Sunday.  Southwest District Health said 15 new cases were reported on Sunday alone in Canyon County, for a total of 37.

  • Saint Alphonsus has opened a second COVID-19 assessment site at its Garrity Campus Clinic at 1150 N. Sister Catherine Way in Nampa.  The site is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order.  The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Idaho State Tax Commission has closed its customer service counters to the public in all its offices throughout the state due to Governor Little’s statewide stay home order.
  • The Boise School District has announced, the first phase of online learning and support for essential services begins today (Monday.) Parents will receive information on how to access the new website around noon on Monday, March 30th.
  • The West Ada School District sent an email to parents on Saturday announcing the start date for remote learning.  West Ada plans to begin remote learning for all students on Monday, April 13th.
  • West Ada’s school lunch program will continue. Meals are available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13 schools.
  • The Nampa School District will start online instruction Tuesday. Nampa’s lunch program runs Monday through Friday for children ages 1 to 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at seven schools.


COVID-19 in Idaho — Sunday 3/29/20

Public Health District County Cases Deaths
Panhandle Health District Kootenai 13 0
Public Health – Idaho North Central District Idaho 1 0
Nez Perce 4 1
Southwest District Health Canyon 40 1
Gem 3 0
Owyhee 1 0
Payette 1 0
Central District Health Ada 113 2
Valley 1 0
South Central Public Health District Blaine 115 2
Cassia 1 0
Lincoln 1 0
Twin Falls 3 0
Southeastern Idaho Public Health Bannock 3 0
Bingham 1 0
Eastern Idaho Public Health Bonneville 1 0
Custer 1 0
Fremont 1 0
Jefferson 2 0
Madison 2 0
Teton 2 0
TOTAL 310 6


  • The Southwest District Health has confirmed detection of community spread in Canyon County.
  • Community transmission (or community spread) is when health officials can’t find a specific origin for an infection, for an example: traveling from a known area to have the virus.
  • The SWDH asks people to follow these guidelines:
  • Keep six feet between yourself and everyone else at all times.
  • Engage in work, schooling, and social interaction from home via technology.
  • Avoid interacting with anyone outside your household unless you can keep at least six feet of space between you.
  • Use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options as much as possible when getting food.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel.
  • Reschedule all social activities to take place via phone, video chats, or social media.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order

  • Among the services deemed essential are grocery stores, health care facilities, gas stations, pharmacies, essential state and local government functions, laundromats/laundry services, financial institutions, residential and home-based care, veterinary services, hardware stores, limited child care for essential workers, infrastructure, and other businesses essential to the safety and well-being of residents. Restaurants are only open for drive-thru, carry-out or delivery.
  • The services that are deemed non-essential are indoor gyms, recreational facilities, nightclubs, bars, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons, public events/gatherings and dine-in restaurants.
  • Idaho’s seven health districts across the Gem State are reporting 131 cases of confirmed coronavirus.  39 cases are in Ada County — five in Canyon County and one in Payette County. There are total 63 confirmed cases in Blaine County.  There have been no deaths reported in the Gem State due to coronavirus – so far.
  • Idaho state liquor stores will remain open despite Gov. Little’s state-wide Stay at Home Order.  The Idaho State Liquor Division liquor stores will stay open throughout Idaho with normal hours of operation.
  • Idaho state park campgrounds are set to close starting Friday and will be closed until May 15.  The Idaho State Parks will remain open for day-use but camping will close in keeping with Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s Stay at Home Order.
  • The Idaho Secretary of State’s office is making it easier to vote early.  Idahoans can now request an absentee ballot for the May 19th primary election online.
  • Boise State University announced it will be postponing its traditional spring graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • St. Luke’s is beginning temporary drop-off and pickup service for pharmacy prescriptions due to coronvirus concerns.  The hospital system says it has begun creating these parking-lot stops at its hospitals in Boise, Meridian and Nampa.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a statewide 21-day stay at home order.  He made the announcement Wednesday at the Idaho National Guard while the state’s seven health districts are currently reporting 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

All Idahoans (regardless if you’re ill) will need to self-isolate inside their homes, but can leave for essential services such as food, prescription medications and fuel. Going for walks and exercise will be permitted as long as social distancing is practiced with people that don’t live with you.  In addition to the order, all restaurants must immediately cease dinning in for customers and can only have drive through, curbside, delivery and to-go orders.

Non essential businesses, such as bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons will need to close.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

The statewide stay-home order is being finalized with public health, local officials, and business today and will be available later today at

View Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration here.



  • Late Tuesday evening, the Central District Health Department reported that it has one confirmed case of COVID-19 that it can’t trace to another known victim. This means that the agency now believes that “community spread” is now present in Ada County. There are now 25 total cases in Ada Co.
  • Boise Mayor Lauren McLean issued a social distancing order for the City of Boise. Late Tuesday, the city issued an updated version of the order that gives more clarity on what is and is not exempt. It’s the latest effort by McLean to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the city. The order is now in effect. It requires any business that’s open to the public to make sure folks are kept six feet apart. Family members who live in the same household are exempt.
  • The City of Eagle has now issued a social distancing order. It closes dine-in at restaurants, fitness facilities and more.
  • The Corpus Christi Day Shelter will close Wednesday due to COVID-19 concerns. A coalition of agencies and the City of Boise are working on solutions.
  • The City of Boise will ease off monitoring parking meters in Downtown Boise.
  • The Boise Towne Square closed the shopping center Tuesday. The mall drastically cut hours last week, but will remain ‘temporarily closed’ until further notice. The Cheesecake Factory remains open for takeout and delivery orders.
If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district with questions.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday 3/24/20

Governor Little will also be hosting a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho.  The hour-long conversation begins today at 12 p.m.  Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting The conversation will also be streaming at

The City of Meridian is now also closing City playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment — effective immediately. Other areas of parks and pathways will remain open.  Parks and Recreation Staff will work in coming days to post signage around those areas.

Mayor Lauren McLean ordered residents of Boise to take part in social distancing, effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, for 30 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Groups of 10 or more people will no longer be allowed at businesses or events, and groups must be at least 6 feet away from each other.   Grocery stores, day care operations, medical facilities and government agencies are exempt from the order.

The Idaho State Board of Education ordered all public schools in the state closed until at least April 20 amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The order applies to classes on school campuses. It does not apply to any district’s plans for online education.  The board’s order emphasized it is directing a soft closure, allowing schools to still provide food services and childcare.

The Payette County Board of County Commissioners have passed a resolution to close the Payette County Courthouse to the public until April 3.

Central District Health officials are asking people who spent time in Blaine County between March 8 and March 22 to self-isolate for two weeks. Blaine County has had the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to Idaho small businesses suffering as a result of the Coronavirus.  Applicants may apply online at and the deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21.



  • Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has closed all park playgrounds to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please stay off swings, slides and avoid using or touching any other park equipment until further notice.  Parks and Recreation maintenance team members will be taping off all playgrounds over the weekend, starting with our most popular parks, and posting signage at each site alerting residents to these closures.
  • Idaho public health officials are monitoring the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation very closely. Idaho is currently reporting 31 cases.  Officials are working with CDC and other states and are also in regular communication with Idaho public health districts and healthcare providers around the state.
  • St. Luke’s Announces Changes to Elective Surgeries, Clinic Visits, and Visitor Policy St. Luke’s Health System is suspending all non-urgent/non-emergent operative and invasive procedures effective Monday, March 23.
  • For those who meet screening criteria as established by the @CDCgov, visit our Respiratory Assessment Site at @SaintAlsHealth Meridian Health Plaza, 3025 W. Cherry Lane. Our nurses and doctors are on duty daily from 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. 
  • Governor Brad Little announced Wednesday that the state is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been hurt by COVID-19.  Businesses that have been impacted are now eligible for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan Assistance, following the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the president.
  • Several Treasure Valley gyms are set to temporarily close locations.
  • A Mandatory shelter-in-place was issued for Blaine County Thursday night after officials said 16 coronavirus cases were found in the area.  Shelter-in-place means all people must stay at home unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.
  • The governor has recommended Idahoans avoid social gatherings of 10 or more, avoid discretionary travel and work from home whenever possible.



The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health have confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a male over 60 in Kootenai County. The individual has been contacted and advised to self-isolate. He is experiencing only mild symptoms. This is the first case in the Panhandle and the twelfth in the state.  This is the first confirmed case in the five northern counties of the Panhandle.

There have been reports of long lines of people waiting to be tested, and officials say they are monitoring the situation and moving as quickly as possible to get as many people tested each day as possible… some delays are to be expected.

  • Mayor Lauren McLean is banning all Boise restaurants from allowing dinning in services due to the coronavirus.  The 30-day order goes into effect at midnight and includes all restaurants and bars within city limits.  McLean says this doesn’t affect restaurants that have delivery, drive-through options or that can do carry out orders. The mayor says parking meters in front of downtown Boise restaurants will be closed to general parking and will now be used as temporary to-go options for carry out or hand-delivered orders.
  • COVID-19 screening at the St. Luke’s Meridian tent location has been experiencing high volume and long wait times.  Traffic control is in effect, and visitors are asked to exercise caution and to avoid the area if there is not the clear and present need to be screened.  St. Luke’s opened a new tent location in Boise today for more testing. If you have symptoms of respiratory illness and are concerned you may have COVID-19, you can call the triage hotline at 208-381-9500.  They will be able to complete a risk assessment over the phone and arranging testing if necessary.  If you need to visit the emergency room to treat symptoms, St Luke’s ask you to call ahead and ask for a protective facemask when you arrive.
  • Owners and managers of more than 50 restaurants and bars have asked Gov. Little to shut down their industry immediately and grant restaurant workers emergency unemployment compensation.  Gov. Little said he had no plans to close restaurants. He was concerned about making “arbitrary decisions” about which businesses to close and when to reopen them.  Many bar and restaurant owners are against closing – saying they will remain open – for dine in or take out and delivery as long as they are allowed to.
  • Boise’s dog off-leash season was extended until the end of April at two city park Wednesday.  Boise Parks and Recreation said that because spring leagues have been postponed or canceled due to coronavirus concerns, it is reinstating its popular seasonal dog off-leash program, effective immediately, at Ann Morrison Park and Optimist Youth Sports Complex.  The program will run until April 30
  • The Idaho Democratic Party sent Governor Little and Secretary of State Denney a letter urging the May 19 primary election be held entirely by absentee mail to avoid the spread of COVID-19.  The party urges that all of Idaho’s counties send ballot request forms to all registered voters, and that the Secretary of State implement an accessible online absentee ballot request function.
  • Governor Brad Little announced the State of Idaho is seeking responses from small, non-farm businesses across Idaho whose operations and ability to conduct business have been disrupted by COVID-19.  The information received will determine whether impacted businesses will be eligible for disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration through Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Reclaim Idaho, the organization responsible for getting Medicaid Expansion on the 2018 ballot, announced today it would suspend signature gathering operations for its new Invest in Idaho initiative given the concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus and Covid-19.
  • The concern over coronavirus is impacting services to Idaho Veterans.  The Central Support office, located on Collins Road in Boise, is closed to walk-in service. Veterans in need of emergency help can call 208-780-1300.



Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has been granted emergency powers by city council during a public health emergency.  The ordinance gives McLean the authority to order “social distancing” to prevent community members from gathering in groups, restrict events and postpone or cancel public hearings within city limits and five miles outside the city.

St. Luke’s is putting together drive-thru COVID-19 testing and screening stations throughout Idaho.  St. Luke’s says, in an effort to decrease patient flow they will be standing up COVID-19 screening and testing tents. The tents will hold supplies, and patients will stay in their cars for screening, registration and testing.  Screening sites were opened on Tuesday in Ketchum and Meridian.  One will be opened today in Boise.

Albertsons announces they will hold at-risk shopping hours for members of the community who are most at-risk of becoming infected by the coronavirus.  Stores are asking its customers to stay away from locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m. to help ensure that the most at-risk members of our community, who must leave home to get groceries, are taken care of.

Catholics are being excused from Church for the time being…All public Masses in the Diocese of Boise are suspended through Palm Sunday, April 5.  The Bishop of Boise is extending a dispensation to all the faithful of the diocese from the Sunday obligation to participate in the Mass.  Catholics are encouraged to follow along with a Sunday Mass live-streamed from a location that will be linked to the website at

Beginning at 6:00 am Wednesday, March 17, in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Saint Alphonsus will implement changes to entrances at all Saint Alphonsus hospitals in order to institute a brief screening protocol for patients and visitors prior to entering the facility.  These changes will be effective at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, and Saint Alphonsus Medical Centers in Nampa, Ontario and Baker City.

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean declared a state of emergency over fears of the novel coronavirus Monday.  Public access to city buildings is closed with the exception of the Boise Airport.  McLean said that basic public services, including fire and police services, will continue as normal.

Meridian has also issued a state of emergency declaration along with Ada and Canyon counties, and all of the cities located in the Treasure Valley.
The City of Meridian says all city-sponsored events scheduled to occur through April 15, 2020 are hereby postponed or cancelled. This includes All Meridian recreation programs.

Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling joined cities and counties across the Treasure Valley today in declaring a state of emergency.  
Nampa City Hall will be closed to the public.
Clerk’s Office / Passports: Will be closed to the public and suspend passport service, but continue to process online permits and licenses (

The Idaho Transportation Department announced a 90-day extension on some expiring credentials.  The 90-day extension applies to driver’s licenses and non-commercial registration.

If you have symptoms of a fever or cough, call your medical provider to find out if you should be tested for coronavirus.

See if our FAQ answers your questions. If not, call 2-1-1 or your local public health district with questions.


Following the governors conference call with education leaders, the West Ada School District sent out a message to parents from the Superintendent of West Ada School District, Dr. Mary Ann Ranells.

Ranells says: Based on parental and staff concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the decision to keep schools open has been revised.  We are canceling school from now until the end of spring break.  The West Ada COVID-19 task force will meet to determine if schools will remain closed beyond spring break.

The Boise School District will be closed for two weeks due to the coronavirus.

As of now, the plan is for the district to remain closed through spring break (Friday, March 27), which is the last day of spring break.

On Saturday, the Blaine County and Coeur d’Alene school districts decided to close until the first week of April.

Governor Brad Little issued a state of emergency declaration Friday due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. Shortly after Idaho’s AG reminded businesses that the state’s price gouging law came into effect due to the emergency declaration.

The city of Caldwell is canceling until further notice:

* Mayor’s State of the City

* Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Annual Fundraising Dinner

* All city recreation events, including youth basketball and volleyball, and the Caldwell Recreation Annual Easter Egg Scramble at Memorial Park

* All Caldwell Event Center scheduled events

* Swing into Spring at the Library’ Gala (postponed)

* Family Fun Day at Whittenberger Park/Rotary Pond scheduled for June 13, 2020

The Caldwell City Clerk’s office will cancel the issuance of any special event permits for gatherings of 250 people or more on City property including for Indian Creek Plaza (Caldwell Train Depot events for less than 250 people will NOT be affected)

In-state and out-of-state travel for all Caldwell City employees and elected officials for 90 days (subject to change).

All Caldwell City employees are encouraged to use teleconference where possible.

  • Boise, Nampa, Caldwell and Kuna schools are suspending out-of-state travel for staff and students amid coronavirus fears.
  • Saint Alphonsus is putting certain restrictions on visitors.  Only visits from immediate family members, and clergy who are healthy will be permitted to visit with patients.
  • The Big Sky Conference basketball tournament, which started its second year in Boise’s CenturyLink Arena yesterday, has been canceled. Fans will get refunds for tickets.
  • Boise State University announced it will suspend all athletic events “until further notice.” The school said many events already saw cancellations due to decisions from the Mountain West Conference and other schools. Folks looking for refunds on tickets are encouraged to contact the school’s athletic ticket office at (208)426-4737.
  • All meetings and activities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are temporarily canceled, effective immediately.  LDS schools won’t hold live graduations because of coronavirus concerns. This includes BYU and BYU-Idaho.
  • Classes as Boise State will be held entirely online Friday in what is being described as a test.
  • The Sun Valley Film Festival announced it canceled its 9th-annual event. The annual celebration of film would have started next week.
  • Idaho Steelheads and the ECHL have “suspended” its season. No word on if it will resume.
  • Christian music festival Roadshow Tour 2020 canceled its event set for the Idaho Center this Friday.
  • City of Boise officials continue to meet and assess the situation. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says cleaning efforts at the airport, senior centers, parks and rec facilities and libraries are being stepped up. The city is also looking at how to adjust the services it offers citizens and which are essential if staff needs to be sent home.
  • City Club of Boise has canceled all events for the rest of March and April, including forums planned for March 17 and April 1, as well as the Marilyn Shuler Forum on Human Rights on April 2. Anyone registered for an event can contact City Club for refunds.
  • The City of Eagle is emphasizing that many city services are available online.
  • Winco Foods is limiting the number of certain items customers may purchase according to signage in the stores. The products include disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, and soap, latex gloves, face basks, isopropyl alcohol, water, and propane. Customers are limited to four of each.
  • Treefort Music Festival announced it would delay until September.
  • The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts currently says it will “stay the course” with scheduled events. It says it stepping up cleaning efforts.
  • The Northwest Nazarene University announced (Thursday) it will be holding “Pilot Wednesday” March 18 in which all classes will be held remotely.
  • The big Idaho potato truck is suspending its travel and events.
  • The performances of Ballet Idaho’s Light/Dark scheduled for March 13 and 14 is cancelled.
  • Concordia University School of Law holding classes online March 16 to April 9. All meetings, events, and gatherings scheduled at the law school will be postponed, canceled, or moved online.
  • The Morrison Center is postponing Ronnie Milsap and Jason Bishop scheduled to perform March 18 and 19. No new date set for a new show.Dancing with the Stars Live! has canceled its March 20 show. The Meridian Library District is suspending all programs indefinitely. They are not accepting donated library materials. They have suspended reservations for meeting rooms at the Cherry Lane location. All events at Ford Idaho Center and Nampa Civic Center canceled through March 31st (gatherings of 250 or more) Race to Robie Creek (was scheduled for April 18), postponed. Ice Dance International is canceling its western tour to Boise. Ticket holders will be refunded through CenturyLink Arena.
  • The Ford Idaho Center and Nampa Civic Center will be canceling or postponing all gatherings of 250 people or more. Both venues are currently working to reschedule all performances from March 13 to March 31 and will provide updates as quickly as possible. Please note fans are encouraged to retain their tickets for a canceled or postponed event.
  • The Tool concert, set to be held in Nampa on Saturday, will be postponed.
  • Jojo Siwa’s D.R.E.A.M. Tour will be postponed until June 17. Tickets will be honored at the new date.
  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger’s Sunday shows at the Morrison Center have been postponed. Tickets will be honored once a new date is set.
  • The Roadshow Tour 2020, a Christian music concert, has been canceled at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
  • All events at the Canyon County Fair Building have been postponed until further notice.
  • The Cabin will be postponing or canceling most upcoming events, starting March 16 through at least May 15. Free Drop-In Writing Workshops and the CAMBIA Celebration of Youth Writing, the literary center said in a release; a reading with author Madeline Miller has been postponed but no date has yet been set. Those enrolled in adult writing workshops will be updated on the status of their workshop. Summer writing camps, which are scheduled to start in June, are planned to continue as normal.
  • Nampa Parks and Recreation has postponed the Food Truck Rally Goes to the Dogs event scheduled for March 14. A new date was not listed.
  • The Boise Farmers Market announced it would postpone the opening of the market at the request of the city of Boise’s COVID-19 task force. A new date has not been announced.
  • The Boise Metro Chambered announced it would postpone its CEO speaker series feature Charlene Maher. A new date has not been set.
  • The Boise Flower & Garden Show, originally scheduled for March 27-29, will be postponed until March 19-21, 2021. Organizers said the event, which historically brought in 10,000 people, is doing its part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • All events at Expo Idaho are canceled through April 30, including the 48th Annual Roadster Show scheduled for March 13-15. Commissioner Kendra Kenyon said deposits will be returned to vendors for those events.
  • City Club of Boise has canceled all events planned for the rest of March and the first part of April, it announced in an email to members. That includes forums scheduled on March 17, April 1 and April 2. Organizers are working to issue refunds.
  • All March events scheduled to be held at the Canyon County Fair Building have been postponed until further notice.
  • Starbucks will temporarily stop filling reusable cups.
  • Bogus Basin’s general manager said upcoming mountain events will be canceled. Bogus will remain open but will be discontinuing public bus services and allowing guests to ride alone or with fewer people on the chairlifts.
  • Brundage Mountain’s general manager said he planned to keep the lifts operating through April 12. Guests will be allowed to ride alone or only with members of their own group, and full refunds will be provided to anyone who cancels lessons, tours, dinners or snowmobile adventures. The Hidden Valley Hoedown and the Brewlympic Games have both been canceled.
  • Mountain Home School District – Classes at all schools are canceled on Monday, March 16, so officials can train and plan for online learning in the event of a longer coronavirus-related school closure.
  • Both the Kimberly School District and the Buhl School District will close on Monday, March 16 in order to give staff and teachers time to plan for any extended closures that may happen due to coronavirus. Both school districts will have class on Tuesday, March 17.
  • Idaho Youth Soccer – All of IYSA’A league games are suspended through March 30. Team practices will be up to each individual club.
  •  Ada County Parks & Waterways will no longer take new bookings for the Barber Park Education and Event Center through May 31.
  • The City of Caldwell canceled the Mayor’s State of the City, all city recreation events, all events at the Caldwell Event Center, and will revoke permits for gatherings of 250 people or more. The city also announced that they are also suspending travel for all city employees for 90 days.
  • Eagle Public Library and Parks and Recreation classes, events and programs as of Saturday, March 14 are canceled until further notice.  Eagle City Hall and the Eagle Public Library will be open during regular business hours.
  • WinCo Foods announced it will be temporarily closing various stores from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. over the next week so they can clean and restock.

SCOTT SLANT: Doing some stadium math

Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has a model for socially-distanced stands at the Horseshoe this fall. Ohio Stadium’s capacity is 102,780. One scenario would allow crowds of 20,000-22,000, and another one goes from 40,000-50,000 “if guidelines are relaxed.” Apply that to Boise State. If estimates say social distancing would reduce capacity by about 80 percent, that means you’d only be able to get about 7,000 fans into Albertsons Stadium. At 40-50 percent, you’re looking at a crowd of between 14,000 and 18,000. That first number would really neutralize the Broncos’ massive homefield advantage.

But some of Boise State’s smaller crowds over the past 10 years have been uncommonly loud, because the hardcores are there, and—consciously or not—they try to make up for those who aren’t there. Examples: the three Mountain West championship games and the 9-degree night against San Diego State in 2014. And any socially-distanced throngs we see this fall would surely consist of hardcores. The next math we might have to do is how much of the crowd noise would be muffled by masks.


KTVB’s Will Hall conducted an exit interview of sorts with former Boise State safety DeAndre Pierce over the weekend. Pierce, of course, is headed to Arizona State to finish his college career with his father, ASU defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce. It wasn’t just his Dad, Pierce said, but “to give myself the best shot at the next level, I felt like I need to challenge myself. Better competition—top schools like Oregon Washington, USC.” It’s hard for a lot of people to hear, but the level of competition is attractive in the Pac-12. Here’s hoping Pierce gets enough playing time with the Sun Devils to stand out. Nevertheless, it wasn’t easy leaving Boise State. “It was hard, the hardest part was leaving my teammates,” Pierce told Hall. “Those are my brothers…I want nothing but the best for them.”


As Leon Rice waxed eloquent with the media Friday about the possibilities for his Boise State men’s basketball roster, I couldn’t help but think that one of the most, shall I say, under-mentioned of the Broncos’ many transfers is Marcus Shaver, Jr. The former Portland Pilot guard has now had a year in Rice’s program and could be ticketed for a starting spot with guards Justinian Jessup, Alex Hobbs and Marcus Dickinson now gone. Shaver was solid at Portland, earning honorable mention All-West Coast Conference honors each year. He led the Pilots in 2018-19 with 14.3 points per game and 52 three-pointers and averaged 12.3 points as a freshman.


Less than two months after being told he had made the 2020 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, legendary coach Eddie Sutton passed away Saturday of natural causes at the age of 84. Sutton’s first head coaching job beyond high school hoops came in Twin Falls, where he founded the College of Southern Idaho program in 1966 and went 83-14 in three seasons. He recorded more than 800 wins as a Division I coach and was the first to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament: Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State. Sutton finished his career as interim coach at San Francisco in 2007-08.


Memorial Day weekend started with a solid commitment for the Boise State baseball program. Coach Gary Van Tol announced the signing of John Boushelle, a graduate transfer from McNeese State. Van Tol brought in the former McNeese State pitcher to round out his 2021 pitching staff. Nice to have that squared away now. Boushelle, who was picked by the L.A. Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, gave up one hit with six strikeouts in three innings pitched for McNeese before COVID-19 shut down the season in March. He played his freshman year at Kansas State.

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May 26, 1998: Two seasons of a bloated, unmanageable 16-team WAC is more than enough for administrators at BYU, Utah, Colorado State, Wyoming, Air Force, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV. Citing financial concerns and the erosion of rivalries, the schools announced they were breaking away to form a new league in 1999. It would be called the Mountain West Conference. Trying to schedule in the WAC’s four quadrants within two divisions that seemed to be in a state of flux frustrated the mutineers.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Albertsons Stadium 50th anniversary, Part IX

Friday, May 22, 2020.

It’s Friday, and my weekly early-bird celebration of Albertsons Stadium’s 50th anniversary takes us to a landmark game in September, 2004. Boise State took another major step with its first victory over a Pac-12 (then Pac-10) school as it drilled Oregon State 53-34 on the blue turf. By consensus, it was the biggest win to that point in school history, although there were so many milestones still to come. Before a national audience on ESPN, the Broncos recovered from a 14-0 first quarter deficit and did not look back. Korey Hall had three interceptions, one of them returned for a game-turning touchdown before a raucous sellout crowd. The victory propelled Boise State into both polls at No. 23, and at the end of the regular season, the Broncos would be undefeated and on their way to the Liberty Bowl.


There wasn’t a lot of news from Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, but at least he did hold a Zoom meeting on Thursday. What we do know is that the NCAA’s moratorium on player workouts ends June 1. “It’s been 78 days since we’ve practiced, and it’s 107 days until we play,” said Harsin. Coaches have planned and re-planned, and now they’re close to one to implement when players reconvene. “I’m glad we got the date,” Harsin added. But it’s not like 100 guys are going to show up at the Bleymaier Football Complex a week from Monday. It’s going to be gradual.

On Jack Sears, the grad transfer quarterback from USC who joined the program this week, Harsin said, “We’re always recruiting. We’re always going to bring guys in. We’re always going to have numbers at positions.” Quarterback is one position that needed it. “Kaiden Bennett is no longer with us. Riley Smith moves to right end. Jaylon Henderson graduates. So we knew we had to go get some depth.”


Kellen Moore may be trying to run his Dallas offense virtually right now, but that hasn’t slowed the ink it receives (or whatever you call it in the online world). Jori Epstein of USA Today has “Five looming questions for Mike McCarthy in Year 1 with Cowboys.” One of them: “Can Dallas step up in big games?” That’s probably Moore’s biggest task. Writes Epstein, “The team flopped at New Orleans, New England and Philadelphia in 2019, unable to score more than 10 points despite averaging 27.1 through the season. Eight times they trailed at halftime—and all eight times they lost.”

Another question addresses the impact of first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb. “The Cowboys added Lamb to a receiver room that already featured a pair of 1,000-yard pass-catchers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup,” notes Epstein. “McCarthy said his staff is thrilled at the surplus of playmakers. ‘Kellen Moore has had a lot of fun…on a few new wrinkles we’re looking to work,’ McCarthy said.” Kellen loves wrinkles.

And, of course, “Will Dak Prescott take the next step in 2020?” The job Moore did with him as a first-year offensive coordinator last year was impressive. “In 2019, Prescott delivered his best statistical season yet: 65.1 percent completion rate, 4,902 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions,” Epstein writes. “The numbers reflect a Cowboys offense favoring the passing game more than it had in Prescott’s first three years, in part because Dallas trailed often. Even so, the throws and chemistry Prescott showcased should give Moore and McCarthy confidence to use him creatively in the passing game.” Kellen loves chemistry, too.


Jalen Harris has made his decision, and it doesn’t favor Nevada. The Wolf Pack will lose its best men’s basketballplayer going into the 2020-21 season, as Harris is going to remain in the NBA Draft and forego his senior season in Reno. He’s on the draft bubble, according to experts. The 6-5 guard averaged 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season and was every bit as dominant in Mountain West play as conference Player of the Year Malachi Flynn of San Diego State. Harris played his first two seasons at Louisiana Tech before transferring to Nevada. Boise State’s Derrick Alston, who also declared early for the draft, hasn’t made his decision yet.

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May 22, 2017: The Golden State Warriors become the first team in NBA history to begin the playoffs with 12 straight wins as they sweep away the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals with a 129-115 victory. The stars came out for the Warriors, as Stephen Curry poured in 26 points and Kevin Durant put up 29. It was the final game in the career of Spurs star Manu Ginobili, who scored 15 points in 32 minutes. Golden State was on a collision course with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Spanning the sportswriting globe

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Thursday, May 21, 2020.

The pandemic lockdown has allowed national sportswriters to get pretty creative, and you have to like this from Chris Vannini of The Athletic. Vannini, with the help of, simulated games between the eight undefeated non-BCS and Group of 5 teams since 1998 to see which one was the best. Boise State has two of the qualifiers, of course, the 2006 and 2009 teams. In Vannini’s quarterfinals, the 2006 Broncos were pitted against the 2008 Utah squad that beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes won 37-27. The 2009 Boise State group played those 2017 “national champions” from UCF, and the Broncos were victorious 40-38. The simulation had Kellen Moore out-throwing the Knights’ McKenzie Milton 394 yards to 383. And Kyle Brotzman kicked the game-winning field goal after missing an extra point.

Boise State’s 2009 squad advanced to the semifinals against the 1998 Tulane team. Boise State routed the Green Wave 49-7. And in the title game, the 2009 Broncos got redemption for the 2006 team by beating the 2008 Utes 32-20. The MVP of Vannini’s tournament was that guy named Moore. “Congratulations to the 2009 Boise State Broncos, the best Group of 5/non-BCS conference team since the start of the BCS era, according to this computer simulation,” writes Vannini. The irony is that the 12-1 Broncos of 2010 were even better.


More traditional sportwriting now—the preseason magazine parade is starting to take shape. One publication that always gets buzz is Athlon Sports, and it tabs Boise State as No. 23 in its Top 25 for 2020. The main takeaways from writer Steven Lassan: “The Broncos have won two out of the last three Mountain West titles, and coach Bryan Harsin’s squad is well-positioned to do it again in 2020. However, a glaring concern remains up front. Boise State returns just one starter along the offensive line—tackle John Ojukwu—from a group that allowed 27 sacks last fall. The question marks in the trenches continue on defense. The linebacker and secondary units figure to be a strength. The Nov. 21 date at Wyoming looms large for the Mountain West title picture.” What else does Athlon have? UCF is No. 22, and Cincinnati is No. 21.


Well, Wednesday was just another day in the world of sports, 2020 style. The NCAA lifted its moratorium on voluntary campus activities for football and men’s and women’s basketball players. They can return a week from Monday. And Gov. Brad Little was on KBOI and said Boise State should be able to play football this fall. “The question, is how big of a crowd can we have?” Little said. Along those lines in Texas, Austin health officials said they can’t envision large-scale events with crowds of 2,500 or more through the end of year. Arrrrrgh. They do say that could change with the availability of good treatments or tests at venues when crowds enter. The one thing we know is that we don’t know.


The Bronco Throwback Classicthis week, to be shown tonight on the Boise State Football Facebook page, drums up the first-ever win over Washington State in 2016. It was a warm and lively night in Albertsons Stadium, and it ended with a 31-28 Broncos victory. Boise State burst out to a 14-0 lead, with the first touchdown coming on an electrifying 85-yard pick-six by Tyler Horton. From there, the Broncos bent but didn’t break under the pressure of Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense, with Luke Falk at the controls. Brett Rypien, playing against the team he grew up rooting for (and his uncle Mark’s alma mater) for the first time, was intercepted three times but threw for 299 yards in the victory.


The PGA Tour, without galleries, returns June 11 with the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth. Former Boise State star Graham DeLaet told KTVB’s Mark Johnson this week he plans to return to the tour the following week at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. DeLaet is playing this season on a major medical exemption stemming from the ongoing back problems that kept him out of action for two years. He last played at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January (he had to withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open two weeks later). DeLaet has a chance to become a PGA Tour mainstay again, but it won’t be easy. He’s 38 years old now, and his body has not been kind.

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May 21, 1930, 90 years ago today: After hitting three home runs in a game against the Philadelphia A’s, the Yankees’ Babe Ruth decides to bat right-handed in his final trip to the plate. The one-time-only experiment in switch-hitting failed, as the Babe was struck out by Jack Quinn. It was a missed opportunity—only 14 players have hit four homers in a game in modern major league baseball, and Babe Ruth is not one of them.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Any kind of dance would do for Hutchison

Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

ESPN’s epic docu-series “The Last Dance” is over. The Chicago Bulls of today would be happy to get injury-plagued Chandler Hutchison on the dance floor. Hutchison was a revered individual as a Boise State Bronco.But major market media don’t pull any punches when discussing local sports figures. Such is the case with Joe Cowley in a recent Chicago Sun-Times analysis. “Was Hutchison overvalued by the old regime coming out of Boise State?” writes Cowley. “Maybe. None of that matters, however, if the forward can’t stay healthy and on the court. The ability that matters most in the NBA is availability, and that’s where Hutchison falls short. That’s not to say Hutchison is a bust as the No. 22 overall pick from the 2018 draft. The jury is still out on that. Bold prediction: Hutchison will no longer be a Bull by the 2021-22 season.”


Boise State men’s hoops coach Leon Rice’s head is sure to spin during the first few practices of the 2020-21 season. Rice has to figure out how myriad talented new pieces fit in his program. There is yet another one, as Pavle Kuzmanovic has signed a National Letter of Intent. Kuzmanovic is a 6-5 guard from Loznica, Serbia, and will enroll at Boise State this summer as a true freshman. He helped Serbia to the gold medal at the 2018 FIBA U18 European Championship and was part of the U19 team that made the quarterfinals last year. He played in the top professional division in Montenegro this past season (we trust everything’s okay with the NCAA, of course).


Jack Sears has some stature as he enters the Boise State football program, at least on paper. At 6-3, Sears is the tallest quarterback on the Broncos roster. He’s not very thick, weighing in at 205 pounds. Hank Bachmeier is listed at 6-1, 200, and Chase Cord is 6-2, 205. The playing field is rather level for Sears as he comes in to compete. Bachmeier would have had spring football to himself to grow and prosper, but the Broncos got in only three practices before sports shut down. Cord wasn’t going to participate in spring drills to begin with. The addition of Sears likely cements the status of incoming freshman Cade Fennegan as a redshirt this fall.


San Diego State’s nervousness over the status of its new stadium is symptomatic of college athletics in the coronavirus world. A City Council agenda item to approve the purchase agreement was scrapped Tuesday night, and SDSU worries the project could collapse. Boise State is certainly not immune. There’s a reason we haven’t heard anything about the January plan to remodel the east side of Albertsons Stadium. It’s a $20 million project that’s long overdue, but in the athletics department right now, its first things first. As in, pay the bills at hand. The long-awaited on-campus baseball stadium for the Broncos is also not-so-curiously silent. Money, money, money. Boise State baseball is destined to be back at Memorial Stadium for at least the 2021 season. Things were fine there this season—until March 12.


It’s all in the family at Nevada. This family, at least. Former coach Chris Ault’s grandson, quarterback Drew Scolari of Bishop Manogue High in Reno, has committed to the Wolf Pack as part of the 2021 recruiting class. If Scolari is successful at Nevada, it’ll make Grandpa proud for multiple reasons. Ault himself was a Pack quarterback from 1965-68 before embarking on a College Football Hall of Fame coaching career that saw three different stints at Nevada covering 28 seasons. Boise State fans have mostly hated Ault over the years, but he always had a lot of respect for the Broncos.


Ignoring NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores would frankly be a bit hypocritical considering some of the other stuff we all talk about. Especially since there’s plenty of room for sports news this spring. Boise State Athletics set department records for single-year and multi-year all-department APR numbers, with a 992 single-year score and a 990 multi-year score, each improving by one point over the previous year. The most recent scores, which include data through the 2018-19 academic year, saw 10 Bronco programs post perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000, while football’s 997 single-year score was the team’s best mark in 10 years and the highest in the Mountain West for 2018-19.


If character counts, the Boise State men’s and women’s tennis programs are up there right now. Broncos senior Ryland McDermott has been named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Mountain Region. And the Boise State women’s program has been named the 2020 ITA Community Service Award winner for the Mountain Region.The Broncos were tops in a pool of 23 programs from the Mountain West, Pac-12, Big Sky, Summit League, WAC and Conference USA.

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May 20, 1984: Boston’s Roger Clemens records the first of his 354 career victories as the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 5-4. Clemens would spend the first half of his 24-year big league career with the Red Sox and would finish in 2007 with the New York Yankees, under a cloud of suspicion regarding alleged steroid use. Despite seven Cy Young Awards, Clemens may never make the Baseball Hall of Fame.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: I’ve heard of this guy

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Had you heard of Montell Cozart before he transferred to Boise State in 2017? How about Jaylon Henderson in 2018? But Jack Sears—that’s a name many fans are familiar with. Sears left USC’s football team late last August and entered the transfer portal while working on his degree. He committed in mid-December to San Diego State, where he had an excellent shot at becoming the Aztecs’ new starting quarterback. But after Rocky Long left as coach and Brady Hoke replaced him, Sears backed off SDSU. Monday night he landed at Boise State. There were few expectations for Cozart and virtually none for Henderson when they arrived, but both shined. Expectations will be higher for Sears.

Sears should be inspired. He comes to a quarterback-strong program after finding himself fourth on the Trojans’ depth chart after fall camp last summer. Sears played in exactly one game in his time at USC, going 20-of-28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-35 loss to Arizona State in 2018 when JT Daniels was injured. He was a four-star recruit in 2017 coming out of high school in San Clemente, CA, and was rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country. But he never gained traction as a Trojan. Nevertheless, Sears’ signing is a coup for Boise State. He was the eighth-ranked transfer quarterback available this year, according to 247 Sports.


Boise State was set to go into the 2020 season with Hank Bachmeier and Chase Cord competing for the starting job at quarterback. But there was an odds-on favorite in the race, as Bachmeier is the incumbent. Now with Sears transferring in, there’s going to be a real-for-real competition, as he has two years of eligibility left. Bachmeier’s quest to make better—and quicker—decisions takes on added urgency now. What does this mean for Cord? He’s going into his junior year and has faced plenty of adversity, from the torn ACL in 2018 to the ups and downs as Bachmeier’s backup last year. Cord is a high-character individual and is mentally tough. Here comes another test.


While other teams are loading up on their 2021 recruiting classes, Boise State obviously isn’t done with 2020 yet. In addition to Sears, the Broncos added running back Taequan Tyler from Tyler Junior College in Texas over the weekend. Tyler, a 5-11, 200-pounder, rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman last season—he’ll have three years of eligibility left at Boise State. The Broncos still have only one 2021 commitment, linebacker Jai Jones from Dallas. It’s not that Boise State is pacing behind (by its standards), but from the “what the heck is going on at Colorado State” department, the Rams now have 13 commits. And New Mexico has 12. Are these good players? We’ll see in a couple years what it all means. he Broncos have a lot of offers out there. Sooner or later, some have to come aboard.


We knew that when George Holani snuck over the threshold at the Las Vegas Bowl in December and finished with 1,014 rushing yards that Boise State became the national leader with a 1,000-yard rusher in 11 consecutive seasons. But Brett Ciancia of Pick Six Previews added over the weekend that the Broncos now have a three-season lead in that category over Ohio State and Appalachian State, who have streaks of eight years apiece. And Boise State is one 1,000-yard rusher away from the FBS record of 12. With Holani likely being the Broncos’ feature back off the top this year, you have to like their chances. If they play enough games. If the season is shortened, 2020 probably (hopefully) will have an asterisk next to it, and the streak can be extended.


Nothing is set in stone. That much we know about the 2020 college football season. Don Day of reports that during a news conference Monday on a new task force on economic recovery, “Boise’s mayor and Boise State’s president said the fate of Boise State football this fall isn’t yet known.” Dr. Marlene Tromp also said she thinks the NCAA “will tell schools to follow each state’s guidance.” If it sounds to you like it could be all over the board, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson agrees with you. “If states and universities are open and ready to play, we’ll play with whoever is available,” Thompson told Sports Illustrated. The “students must be on campus” argument appears to be fading. The conference’s three California schools say they’re going to try to start the season on time.


Boise State has had five athletic directors in 52 years. UNLV has had that many in the past 17 years, and the Rebels are thankful they don’t need a sixth. Desiree Reed-Francois was a leading candidate as the new AD at UCLA, but the Bruins have hired Martin Jarmond of Boston College. Stability is important, And UNLV will be able to hang onto it for now. Reed-Francois appears to have made a couple solid hires in just over a year, with T.J. Otzelberger starting to right the ship in men’s hoops and Marcus Arroyo looking to do the same in football.

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May 19, 1984: Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky cements his status as a superstar with two first-period goals, keying a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders that gave the Oilers their first Stanley Cup, four games-to-one. The Islanders had won the previous three NHL championships. Gretzky had not scored a goal until Game 4—then he tallied four times over the final two games. However, the MVP of the Stanley Cup Finals was not Gretzky, but his Edmonton teammate, Mark Messier.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Albertsons Stadium 50th anniversary, Part VIII

Friday, May 15, 2020.

It’s Friday—time for another great moment in my early-bird celebration of Albertsons Stadium’s 50th anniversary. When you scan the stands at the stadium today, you see mostly blue and orange, whether there’s a color scheme or not. Before 2002, it was a potpourri of colors, as wearing Boise State gear wasn’t a thing. That changed in October of 2002, when the Broncos staged their first Orange-Out in then-Bronco Stadium. They chose the Fresno State game, almost one year to the day after Boise State had shocked the eighth-ranked Bulldogs in Fresno. On this night, the stars aligned. B.J. Rhode started the game at quarterback, then in the second quarter Ryan Dinwiddie returned from a six-week layoff due to a broken ankle. Dinwiddie threw for 405 yards and five touchdowns as the Broncos romped 67-21.

A then-record 30,924 dressed up the stadium for the Broncos’ first-ever Friday night game on ESPN, and it couldn’t have been scripted any better. I mean, Fresno State was good, having won three games in a row and bringing in the biggest offensive line in the country. But the Boise State offense was lights-out, rolling up 688 yards, at the time the most in school history. After this game, the Broncos started seriously knocking on the door of their first Top 25 ranking. They’d get it three weeks later.


“Voice of the Broncos” Bob Behler has been spending time thinking about—what else?—Boise State football. There’s been a hypothetical conference-only schedule going around for the Pac-12. There isn’t one for the Mountain West, so Bob came up with it. He understands that the inability of some teams to play, like the California schools and Hawaii, could blow it up. But if all 12 programs can play, there would obviously be a round-robin 11-game MW schedule. At this point, anybody would take that. Bob was able to take the existing conference slate and leave all 96 games in place except one. He then plugged in the cross-division matchups that are idle this year (for Boise State: Nevada, Fresno State and San Diego State).

The Broncos would open the season against the Aztecs on Labor Day weekend. Other feature games to kick things off would include Fresno State at Wyoming and Hawaii at Utah State. Teams would have no more than two back-to-back road games, and each would have two byes during the season (none back-to-back). Behler and I talked Thursday about another far-flung possibility: that only six Mountain West schools and four Pac-12 schools are left with football this fall—and that they just have to play each other.


San Diego State is trying to fast-track its new 35,000-seat stadium in Mission Valley through the San Diego City Council. And why not? California faces massive budget cuts in the face of the pandemic. SDSU had hoped the council would approve the deal, which includes more than $660 million in funds previously allocated by the California State University Board of Trustees to cover the land, stadium construction and site infrastructure, at its meeting next Tuesday. But it’s not on the agenda. And the university fears that if it isn’t approved quickly, financing could all fall apart.


Here’s hoping the Mountain West doesn’t have to do what the MAC did this week. The Mid-American Conference is changing its postseason layout for 17 sports, including eliminating eight conference tournaments. Beginning with the upcoming academic year (immediately, in other words), MAC champions in eight sports, including softball and baseball, will be based on regular-season league records rather than postseason tournaments. Football is unaffected. On second thought, if that’s the worst thing that happens in the MW, we’d all survive.

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May 15, 2007: The Idaho Steelheads complete a dominating dismissal of the regular season’s two best teams in the ECHL by beating the Alaska Aces, 3-2, to win the National Conference Finals on the way to the Kelly Cup championship. The game-winner came on a shorthanded goal by the guy who had played more games than any other player in Steelheads history, current Idaho assistant coach Scott Burt. The Aces had the second-best record in the ECHL that season—the Steelies had already polished off the league leaders, the Las Vegas Wranglers, in the second round of the playoffs.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: The blue turf’s loudest night

Thursday, May 14, 2020.

The audio person in the ESPN truck had to watch the levels on this night. This week’s “Bronco Throwback” telecast tonight on the Boise State Football Facebook page is the 2012 game against BYU in what was then Bronco Stadium, a 7-6 Boise State win. Until the Hawaii game last October, this one held the Boise State home attendance record at 36,864. And anyone who was there will tell you it was the loudest crowd in stadium history. The game was a little painful, with the Broncos and Cougars combining for just 461 yards of offense. On the other hand, it was great, as this time everyone embraced defense. And fittingly, the game was won on Boise State’s most famous “fat guy touchdown” of all time, a 36-yard pick-six by defensive tackle Mike “Canadian Bacon” Atkinson.

While we’re on the subject, let’s round out what I consider to be the top 5 most vociferous games in Albertsons Stadium history. No. 2 would be the Oregon game in 2009, when the Broncos smothered the Ducks 19-8. With that said, I still think the single loudest moment in the stadium happened when Billy Winn tackled LeGarrette Blount in the end zone for a safety that night. No. 3 on the list is the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl, which I talked about last Friday. I have No. 4 as the Fresno State game in 2002, Boise State’s first Orange-Out, accompanied by a 67-21 demolition of the Bulldogs. And No. 5 is the victory over Grambling in the 1980 Division I-AA playoffs. I’m partial to that one.


We need a social media quiz to get us through the day. I saw this one Wednesday: “Who is the most random ex-college football player that pops into your head?” I played along, and (I swear) the first player that popped into my head was former Boise State linebacker Greg Sasser. He played during some amazingly transformative years for the Broncos, from 1998-2001. A play during his sophomore year in 1999 has always stuck with me. It keyed a 20-9 win on the blue over New Mexico (and, ahem, coach Rocky Long). Boise State faced a fourth down in Lobos territory and was in punt formation. Sasser was the up-man. He took the snap, faked a handoff between his legs, and lurched up to run 39 yards for a touchdown. Coach Dirk Koetter called it the “Fidler Fake” in honor of special teams coach Dan Fidler. There you go.


More time for Derrick Alston to decide—and more time for coach Leon Rice to wonder. The NCAA has indefinitely pushed back its deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the NBA Draft. The date had been June 3. Alston, of course, declared for the draft with the option of returning to Boise State. He’s not currently projected to be picked in the draft’s two rounds. Rice says Alston has been participating in team Zoom meeting and home workout programs. No new withdrawal deadline will be set by the NCAA until the NBA reveals its updated draft timeline.


Rumors that Major League Baseball would slash the number of rounds in its draft this year made Michael Hicks’ decision easy. Hicks elected to return to Boise State to take advantage of a second-chance senior year—and sure enough, the draft was reduced from 40 rounds to five. “(The draft) was definitely my focus at the end of the year,” Hicks told KTVB’s Jay Tust. “Now I’m looking forward to next year here.” Hicks led the Broncos with a .386 batting average in the abbreviated season, which resulted in a surprising 9-5 record. For Hicks, it sure was fun while it lasted. “Winning games at home in front of the great city of Boise,” he said. “I feel we could have definitely ended up in that Mountain West tournament.”


Boise State leads the Mountain West in NCAA Public Recognition Awards for the third straight year. Five Broncos programs earned the honor from the NCAA Tuesday for having multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports nationally. The honored teams include women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf and gymnastics. This is the first time the women’s hoops program has won a PRA (the other four sports have multiple awards). The full APR report, which will include 2018-19 scores for all teams, will be released by the NCAA next Tuesday

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May 14, 2017: The New York Yankees retire the franchise’s final single-digit jersey, as Derek Jeter’s No. 2 joins the legends in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. Jeter, the team’s longest-tenured captain and one of the most popular Yanks of all time, won five World Series rings during his 20 years in pinstripes. He is the Yankees’ career leader in hits with 3,465, games played with 2,747, and stolen bases with 358. Rounding out the single-digits list in the Bronx are Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Joe Torre (6), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8) and Roger Maris (9).

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: 2020 season is clear as mud

Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Define “students on campus.” That’s supposedly the benchmark for college football teams taking the field this season. Tim White, the former University of Idaho president, is now the chancellor of the California State University system. And that includes Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State. White announced Tuesday that classes at the state campuses will be held “primarily” online this fall. That’s not “students on campus.” So what does that mean for the Bulldogs, Aztecs and Spartans? And the Mountain West? Just one more sack of mud in the water. The California schools and the conference released a joint statement later in the day, saying that “more determinations are necessary. All three institutions will work closely with the Mountain West. No decisions on athletics have been made.”

Will the University of California system, which includes Cal and UCLA, follow suit? Sure would seem likely. Right now the Pac-12 is considering a conference-only schedule. Then we hear that Los Angeles County is likely to extend its stay-at-home order three more months. I guess they could start the season in November. But there are other Pac-12 schools that will be ready to play earlier. If it gets any weirder, maybe the teams still standing in the Mountain West and Pac-12 should just play each other. Like that would happen.


I’m surprised there weren’t more surprises in Dave Southorn’s Boise State fan survey in The Athletic. The numbers favoring a move to the American Athletic Conference were higher than I thought, though. There were 70 percent wanting the Broncos to stay in the Mountain West (most of them stipulating “if a Power 5 conference doesn’t come calling”). And 28 percent like “exhaust all options to switch conferences, starting with the AAC.” When the AAC was the Big East, I just didn’t find that appetizing. The travel would be killer, and there would be no rivalries, despite everyone’s willingness to create one with UCF. Keeping travel costs down will be priority No. 1 in the new sports world we’re going to live in anyway. The Mountain West is the best choice. Unless a Power 5 conference comes calling.

Here’s a lightning rod from Southorn. “Would you accept a change to a green field if it meant Boise State would receive a Power 5 conference invite?” It was just 51 to 49 percent in favor of keeping the Blue (and forgoing a Power 5 invite?). That’s a tough one. Boise State is a national brand for two primary reasons: its blue turf, and the exciting brand of football that has had the Broncos at or near the top of the list of winningest programs of the 21st century. Ditching the Blue for a Power 5 invite would just make them another good team with a green field. Albeit a rich one.


Did this one slip us by? I know it did me. Former Boise State defensive line coach Steve Caldwell has returned to Tennessee as Assistant Director of Life Skills and Character Development. Some time ago. Caldwell spent 14 years on Phillip Fulmer’s Volunteers staff in the late 90’s and 2000’s. Fulmer is now the Vols’ athletic director. Caldwell was part of two Mountain West championships and a Fiesta Bowl trophy with the Broncos, and the defensive line was a huge piece of those. Caldwell left Boise State for a second stint at Arkansas, where he was D-line coach the past two seasons. But the staff was fired in December after going 4-20 over those two years.


The MLB Draft next month is going from 40 rounds to just five. So a lot of good players are going to fall through the cracks, and they’ll be free agents now. Rustin Dodd and Andy McCullough of The Athletic decided to chart the most valuable players chosen in each of the 35 rounds that majors will go without this time around. One of them is a former Boise Hawk. We’re talking the 38th round. That’s when pitcher Scott Shields was chosen by the Anaheim Angels in 1997. Shields made his pro debut with the Hawks that summer and later put together a 10-year big league career. As a middle reliever, Shields compiled a solid 3.18 ERA. He was one of eight Hawks alums who were part of the Angels’ 2002 World Series championship team.

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May 13, 1952: “Rocket” Ron Necciai of Bristol in the Class D Appalachian League sets an unmatched pro baseball record by striking out 27 Welch batters in a nine-inning no hitter. Necciai would be called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates later in the season but would play only that year in the majors, going 1-6 with a 7.08 ERA.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Broncos and Pack back a year early?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

We are still almost four months away from the scheduled start of the college football season. So anything can still happen. It’s too soon to figure out. But since everything’s on the table, let’s look at one possible Mountain West scenario. If Hawaii and the three California schools aren’t able to play when everybody else is ready, the idea of a pod system for the other eight programs has been floated. One suggestion divides the Mountain West into two eight-team pods to take advantage of existing rivalries. You’d have Boise State, Nevada, UNLV and Utah State in one and Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico and Wyoming in the other. he Broncos and Wolf Pack aren’t scheduled to play again until next year, so that would be a bonus in this arrangement. Sounds good, but it’s all so premature.


USA Today’s Dan Wolken takes the temperature on the college football bowl system. “In an April 27 letter to NCAA president Mark Emmert, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics recommended ‘more fiscally responsible bowl-game certification criteria,’ citing the financial issues schools are facing during the pandemic,” writes Wolken. “Among those recommendations were eliminating team ticket purchase requirements and the bowl game paying for team travel, food, lodging, entertainment and awards.” That could be a tough nut for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. But Nick Carparelli, the executive director of the Football Bowl Association, said there’s been “unanimous support” in his conversations with conference officials to have a full slate of bowls this season. Will there be enough teams to fill them, though?


It’s a very strange college football recruiting season we’re in. Everyone’s trying to recruit from afar. Boise State has only one commitment for the 2021 class so far. He’s a good one, linebacker Jai Jones from Dallas. There shouldn’t be concern—the Broncos are always strong in the fall and typically end up with one of the Group of 5’s top lists by the time early signing day arrives in December. Twitter was abuzz with up to 10 offers announced by prospects over the weekend. But it’s interesting to see new Colorado State coach Steve Addazio mining recruits the way he is right now. CSU has eight commitments already according to 247 Sports, including two from Texas. Understandably, the Rams 2021 class is currently ranked No.1 in the Mountain West.


Catching up on this one: KTVB’s Jay Tust shed some serious light on former Boise State defensive tackle Sonatane Lui last Thursday. Why did Lui sit out the Las Vegas Bowl? It was due to spinal stenonis, a “playable but extremely painful” condition, according to Lui. He said it developed after he fractured his spine in fall camp, and he hardly practiced during the 2019 season. Recovering from games every week was brutal, he said. Then, during practice for the Hula Bowl at Aloha Stadium in January, Lui felt a pop in his back. He couldn’t feel his feet and was rushed to the hospital, where doctors recommended he retire from football. And so he did. Next step: applying for law school. But that doesn’t mean Lui doesn’t have his eye on coaching high school football. Could even be in Boise. he guy would be an asset to any program.


As DeAndre Pierce prepared to graduate from Boise State on Friday, he announced on the Broncos’ Facebook salute that he’s going to complete his college career at Arizona State. The Sun Devils have yet to confirm that Pierce is joining the program, but it’s a natural. His father, former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce, was promoted to co-defensive coordinator at ASU earlier this year (along with former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis). DeAndre was a passionate playmaker for parts of four seasons as a Boise State safety, making 144 career tackles with an interception. No telling what might have been had not injuries derailed him so many times.


Among the 51 current and former athletes who virtually graduated from Boise State on Saturday was Derrick Marks, and he was a guest yesterday on Idaho SportsTalk. Marks, whose hoops season was stopped cold by the coronavirus crisis in Italy, had advocates as he sought his degree. “Coach (Leon) Rice was constantly reaching out and reminding me I was so close to finishing,” said Marks. He had 21 credits to go when he left Boise State after his Mountain West Player of the Year season in 2015. Now Marks awaits the fate of his Italian pro league next season. He did play one game with no fans before it was shut down for good in early March. It didn’t make that big a difference to him. “For me, I’m internally motivated,” Marks said. “I’m a guy who comes to practice and plays like it’s a game.”


Transfers are the norm now in college sports, and New Mexico men’s basketball appears to have landed a good one (but hey, we’ve said that before). Point guard Jeremiah Francis, a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Ohio, is going to be a Lobo after transferring from North Carolina. After missing UNC’s first nine games, Francis played 16 games for the Tar Heels this past season, averaging 3.3 points. In December, he posted consecutive double-digit scoring games against Gonzaga, UCLA and Yale. Francis is seeking a waiver for immediate eligibility, but that’s a long shot.

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May 12, 1970, 50 years ago today: Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub”, hits his 500th career home run in a game against the Atlanta Braves. Banks slugged 512 homers all told—he led the National League in dingers twice, in 1958 and 1960. He was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999 and was the first Cub ever to have his number retired (his iconic No. 14). Banks loved the game; you can still hear him saying, “Let’s play two!” Banks died in January of 2015 and didn’t get to see the Cubbies win the World Series.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: Albertsons Stadium 50th anniversary, Part VII

Friday, May 8, 2020.

Another Friday, and another item in my earlybird celebration of Albertson Stadium’s 50th anniversary. Today we go to Boise State’s first bowl game, the 1999 Humanitarian Bowl, emotional on many levels, as the Broncos won a see-saw game against Louisville 34-31. It was less than 36 hours before Y2K and, well, Broncos fans partied like it was 1999. John L. Smith came in as coach of the Cardinals a year after leaving Idaho and tried to organize some “Vandals for the ‘Ville.” Didn’t work very well. An 80-yard pick-six by Shaunard Harts helped turn the game, and (as I mentioned the other day), Brock Forsey dominated the day on offense. It was an amazing day for Boise State’s seniors, including current coach Bryan Harsin, who had been freshmen during the 2-10 season in 1996 while coach Pokey Allen was fighting cancer.


The Mountain West championship games were nice, but Saturday’s Bronco Football Classics broadcast will be hard to beat. It’s the made-for-ESPN 2010 season opener between No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech at FedEx Field outside Washington, D.C. There were 86,587 fans, and about 60,000 of them were Hokies faithful. The noise when Tech entered the field to the strains of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” was deafening. Then, the Broncos burst out to a 17-0 lead behind Kellen Moore. Virginia Tech clawed its way back and led at the end of the third quarter. But Moore hit Austin Pettis with on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left to give Boise State a signature 33-30 win.


The recruitment of quarterback Cade Fennegan turned out to be very good practice for the Boise State staff. Dave Southorn of snagged the first interview with Fennegan following his LDS mission, which ended prematurely on March 29 due to coronavirus concerns. Boise State had to court him through cyberspace, but Eric Kiesau and Kent Riddle were able to visit Fennegan’s family in Dallas in January even though Cade was in Argentina on his mission. You can’t do that right now, but all of the direct contact with Fennegan came via email, unwittingly preparing Broncos coaches for the creative communicating they’ve had to do since the onset of the pandemic.

Fennegan gave his verbal to Boise State on January 13 and signed in February. He originally committed to North Texas before his mission after being recruited by Graham Harrell. In the time since, Harrell has landed at USC. And wouldn’t you know it, the Trojans floated him an offer just before National Letter of Intent Day. “Some of my buddies were like, ‘Man, it’s USC, Reggie Bush, USC!’” Fennegan told Southorn. “I had to sit back and take a minute, like, ‘I’ve got to think about this.’ I have a great relationship with coach Harrell. I prayed on it, I thought a lot about it, but I never changed my mind.”


A big potential domino Thursday from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. She declared that there will be no live sporting events with large crowds in the state through the end of September. What’s that mean over there? Oh, just that there’ll be no Ohio State-Oregon game in Autzen Stadium on September 12, unless they want to play it before no fans. Closer to home, not only is Boise State watching this closely, what are the Boise Hawks to do? All three of their Southern Division opponents in the Northwest League are in Oregon (Eugene, Salem-Keizer and Hillsboro).


If the season starts on time, Boise State’s three new draft picks know their first official NFL opponents. The schedule was released Thursday night with fingers seriously crossed. Ezra Cleveland and Curtis Weaver could hardly hope for more. Cleveland and the Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, while Weaver and the Miami Dolphins visit the New England Patriots. John Hightower, who looks like he’ll be wearing No. 82 for Philadelphia, is jazzed for another reason. The Eagles open against Washington in Hightower’s hometown of Landover, MD.


Due to the shortened 2020 season, the All-Mountain West baseball squad consists of three players from each conference team. After 40 years of dormancy, Boise State is happy to be included. The Broncos’ honorees were redshirt freshman pitcher Wesley Harper, redshirt senior outfielder Michael Hicks and true freshman infielder Torin Montgomery. Hicks, who batted .386 as Boise State compiled an unexpectedly good 9-5 record in late February and early March, has elected to return to the Broncos in 2021 to use the “makegood” senior season granted by the NCAA.

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May 8, 1968: One month after the A’s debut in the Oakland Coliseum following their move from Kansas City, they give their new fans an historic thrill. Jim “Catfish” Hunter threw a perfect game—the first in the American League in 46 years—as the A’s beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-0. Hunter would remain the heart of the Oakland pitching staff as the A’s would win three straight world championships in the early 70’s. He’d become baseball’s first big-money free agent when he signed with the Yankees in 1975.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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SCOTT SLANT: I remember my extremities in 2014

Thursday, May 7, 2020.

The “Croix de Candlestick” was an award pin that was given out to San Francisco Giants fans in the 1980’s. To get one, you had to stay until the conclusion of a night game that went extra innings. It was a badge of honor for those who survived the infamously chilly late-night winds of Candlestick. After the Boise State-San Diego State game in 2014, I honestly wished there was something like the Croix for those of us who stayed until the end of the Broncos’ 38-29 win. That game will be shown as tonight’s Bronco Throwback Classic on the Boise State Football Facebook page. I don’t have to tell you how amazing it was—by far the coldest game in the history of Albertsons Stadium, with a kickoff temperature of 9 degrees. The warm-weather Aztecs were unfazed, busting out to a 20-0 lead before the roof caved in.

Nine days earlier, the high was 69 degrees. But a freak November storm came in two days before the game and deposited seven inches of snow. It was followed by an Arctic blast. A game that would have normally drawn 35,000 was limited to 27,478 by the frigid conditions. It was an interesting dynamic. The temperature dropped a couple degrees by halftime, but more than half of the fans were back in their seats for the third quarter, and most of those stayed until the bitterly-cold end. The thing about a crowd like that in conditions like that: they were the hard-cores, and they brought as much energy to the blue turf (frosted in this case) as any other game. It was like they were all in it together, and they wanted to make up for those who weren’t there.


Chris Carr is a two-pronged Boise State success story. Carr was on Idaho SportsTalk Wednesday in a “Bronco Flashback” segment, and he was great. Carr is currently an immigration law attorney in Washington, D.C., where he’s been since his NFL career ended in 2013. He said he knew that would be his end-game after taking a constitutional law class at Boise State his junior year. On the field, I talked last week about his resolve as an undrafted free agent and parlaying that into a nine-year run in the NFL. And Carr wasn’t just a utility man returning kicks. “It was my defensive skills that got me into the league,” he told Caves & Prater. And they were on full display with the Raiders during a 2006 game against the Steelers, when he returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception 100 yards for a touchdown.


The Blue & Orange Store is one of the few shops open right now at Boise Towne Square. I suppose you could order your new Curtis Weaver and Ezra Cleveland jerseys there (in person or online) now that they’ve been assigned uniform numbers. We learned Wednesday that Weaver is going to wear No. 96 for Miami, and last week we found out that Cleveland will don No. 72 for Minnesota (they wore Nos. 99 and 76, respectively, at Boise State). We’ve seen a No. 16 Philadelphia jersey photoshopped onto John Hightower, but he’s not listed on the Eagles roster yet.


Penn State coach James Franklin created a lot of water cooler buzz Wednesday when he said, “I don’t see a conference—any conference—penalizing 80% or 75% of the schools because 25% of them can’t open.” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has been wrestling with this. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see Boise State, for example, green-lighted for football well before the California schools in the conference. There are 12 football schools in the Mountain West. Do they stagger the start of the season if only eight of them are cleared to play? Different dates for different schools? Do they just go with eight?

Tommy Ahlquist, whose leadership during the pandemic has been phenomenal, wants a football season as much as anyone. But he’s skeptical it will start on time, if at all. “We can’t figure out testing in the USA, let alone allowing crowds like this again before a vaccine,” Ahlquist tweeted Wednesday. It was accompanied by photos of packed stands during football and basketball games at his alma mater, Utah.


Thompson and other Group of 5 commissioners asked last month for relief from some NCAA requirements, including the minimum number of sports required to compete in Division I. That idea was nixed, but the NCAA did approve a waiver that will allow schools to spend below the minimum level on athletic scholarships required to compete in Division I. Theoretically that will help decrease the need to cut sports.

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May 7, 1988: Caldwell native Gary Stevens, who got his horse racing start at Les Bois Park while a student at Capital High in the late 70’s, rides Winning Colors to victory in the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby. It was the first of three victories for Stevens in the Run For The Roses, as Winning Colors became only the third filly ever to win the Derby. Stevens gave a shout-out to Boise on ABC cameras immediately following the race.

(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment during the football season on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 FM KTIK. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)

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