Idaho Sports Talk with Bob Behler


SCOTT SLANT: Beware those feisty Falcons

Thursday, July 2, 2020.

At, you’ll find “Most important 2020 game for each Top 25 college football team.” For No. 21 Boise State, it’s not the predictable one. “BSU plays host to Florida State in Week 3, which is always going to be a huge game (and a massive statement about what Boise State has become),” writes Bill Connelly. “But we’re going to go with the game before it. On Sept. 12, the Broncos travel to Colorado Springs to take on an Air Force team that finished last season playing maybe the best ball in the conference. BSU can lose to Florida State and still be well positioned to reach a New Year’s Six bowl. If Boise State can’t beat Air Force, however, the team might not even control its destiny in the Mountain West.” True. You can’t represent the Group of 5 in a New Year’s Six game if you’re not a conference champion.


Over at Sporting News, they’re “Ranking college football’s top 25 programs of the past 10 years.” Bill Bender has Boise State at No. 15. “The Broncos are the highest-ranked Group of 5 program;a reputation that extends back to the Chris Petersen era has continued with Bryan Harsin,” writes Bender. “Boise State has won at least 10 games in eight of the past 10 seasons, and they have never won fewer than eight games. It is hard to argue with that track record when it comes to New Year’s Day Six busters.” And there at No. 6 is Florida State. From Bender: “The Seminoles are rebuilding with Mike Norvell now, but it’s easy to forget the early-decade dominance under Jimbo Fisher. FSU won the last Bowl Championship Series national title under Fisher, and the Seminoles had a 29-game win streak during that stretch.”


Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Diego State’s final hurdle has been cleared—and construction can begin on the new $310 million, 35,000-seat stadium in Mission Valley, maybe as early as next month. The sale of the 135-acre property passed a final San Diego City Council vote Tuesday night. The target date for completion, according to Kenney, is September 3, 2022, the date of the Aztecs’ season opener versus Arizona. The new facility will be built northwest of the current SDCCU (formerly Qualcomm) Stadium, which will remain open for the next two football seasons. Boise State is slated to visit in 2021.


The Green Bay Packers sure look to be locked in on Jordan Love as Aaron Rodgers successor at quarterback. The former Utah State star has received a fully-guaranteed four-year contract worth $12,383,470. Oh, and there’s a signing bonus of $6,566,160. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that “it’s the first time the No. 26 (overall) pick has received a fully guaranteed deal under the current rookie contract system.” The Packers, of course, are counting on Love’s 2018 season at USU as their blueprint—not 2019.


Now, we can only hope this game is played, fans or no fans. Boise State has announced a neutral-site matchup with Texas A&M on December 18 at the Toyota Center in Houston. It’s part of “The Battleground 2k20,” a doubleheader that features Texas and Louisiana Tech in the other game. This would be the first meeting between the Broncos and Aggies—if the college hoops season doesn’t implode. Maybe this helps Derrick Alston stick around at Boise State, as this event will be played in his hometown. Coaching trivia: Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams has coached in what is now ExtraMile Arena—he brought Marquette in for the NCAA Tournament in 2009. And former Idaho coach Kermit Davis led the Aggies program in 1990-91. That lasted only one season due to rules violations.


Former Boise State star Graham DeLaet told KTVB’s Mark Johnson in mid-May he planned to return to the PGA Tour in June at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. That, of course, didn’t happen. But DeLaet does have a new timeline, telling Caves & Prater Wednesday on Idaho SportsTalk that he’s targeting the 3M Open outside of Minneapolis three weeks from now, plus the Barracuda Championship outside Reno the following week. DeLaet, who’s home in Eagle, said he’s been playing 3-4 times per week without pain from his troublesome back. Meanwhile, Troy Merritt tees off today at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. Merritt shot his best round of the season last Friday, a six-under 64 that launched him into what could have been a lucrative weekend at the Travelers Championship. But a pair of 72s left him tied for 60th.


The COVID-19 pandemic has been bad timing for most of the world, but there’s been a silver lining for former Boise State distance-running superstar Allie Ostrander. The three-time national steeplechase champion has taken care of a nagging Achilles injury and should be stronger than ever when the delayed U.S. Olympic Trials arrive a year from now. Even with the injury, Ostrander won the Millrose Games in New York City in February. According to Rich Sands of Track & Field News, Ostrander received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy in early April to help accelerate the healing. “The PRP procedure involves injections of one’s own platelets, which can help mend muscles, tendons and ligaments, among other things,” writes Sands.

Ostrander was cleared to begin running again in mid-May and hopes to have some competitive opportunities before the end of the year. She also told Sands that she’s still pursuing the 5,000 and 10,000-meters in addition to the 3,000-meter steeplechase. “It’s pretty advantageous for me to have another year leading into the Olympic Trials since this was my first year as a pro, and that’s a big adjustment period,” Ostrander said. “That will help me build strength and speed and give myself the best chance to make the team.”

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Thursday 7/2/20: 253 new cases reported

Thursday 7/2/20


Once again, Idaho posted another day of 200 plus new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The final tally was 253 new cases, but no new deaths occurred leaving that number at 92.

The state has reported over 200 cases every day for over a week.

Ada County continues to lead the way in the number of new cases – with 327 new cases so far this week. Canyon County follows just behind that with 195 new cases this week.

The largest number of cases are among people ages 18-29, which is 34% of the state’s cases.


Wednesday 7/1/20


According to the state’s COVID-19 website, there were 365 new cases on Tuesday; 341 new cases were confirmed and 24 were probable. That blew the previous record out of the water by over 100 new cases, set last week.

The state has reported over 200 cases every day for the last several days.

The total number of cases in Idaho has blown up to 6,117 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases.

Ada County holds the most number of cases with a total of 2,169, which is 35% of the state’s cases.

Idaho has reported 92 virus-related deaths.


Tuesday 6/30/20

The state of Idaho added 209 new cases of COVID-19 between Sunday and Monday. The total now is 5,752.

It’s a number that is also based on both probable and confirmed cases.

Of the new 209 cases reported, Ada County is responsible for 83 of them.

Canyon County also added 57 to that count.


Monday 6/29/20

Idaho reported 171 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, which is 112 less than Friday’s single day high of 283.

The Gem State also reports one new death, in Jerome County for a total of 91 deaths now.

Half of the new cases reported Saturday were in the 18-29 age group category.

Ada County was Idaho’s hot spot, reporting 650 new cases for the week ending Saturday.


Friday 6/26/20

Idaho reported 220 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, that’s 23 less than Wednesday’s single day high of 243.

The new Gem State totals are 4,865 cases and 90 deaths.

The 18-29 age group category has the highest number of cases. Almost half of the new cases reported Thursday were in this age group, which now has 1,520 total cases.

This week Ada County is Idaho’s hot spot, reporting 394 new cases, so far.

Ada County has now reported 1,585 cases, which is almost a third of Idaho’s total COVID-19 cases.

Go to CoronaVirus.Idaho.Gov for more information.


Thursday 6/25/20

Idaho reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (6/24), for a total of 4,645 cases.

In Ada County a person over 70 died due to the virus for a told of 90 deaths in Idaho.

Ada County has the highest number of new cases, gaining 293 so far this week for a total of 1,484 cases, the most in Idaho.

Canyon County has 108 new cases so far this week.

For more information go to


Wednesday 6/24/20

Idaho reported 148 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (6/23), for a total of 4,402 cases and 89 deaths.

The 18-29 age group category has the most cases of any age group and since Monday added 85 new cases for a total of 1,306.

Ada County has the highest number of new cases, gaining 192 so far this week for a total of 1,383 cases, the most in Idaho.

Canyon County has 53 new cases so far this week.


Tuesday 6/23/20

Idaho reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 Monday (6/22) for a total of 4,254 cases and 89 deaths.

Ada County is reporting the highest number of new cases gaining 116, for a total of 1,307 total cases, which is by far the most in Idaho.

Healthcare workers account for 416 of the total cases.

For more information go to



MONDAY 6/22/20

The numbers of COVID-19 cases are surging in Idaho.

Idaho reported 135 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, for a total of 4,006 cases in Idaho. Of course, there was no report on Sunday, so we will most likely see inflated numbers when the new cases are posted today at 5pm.

Ada County reported the highest number of new cases last week (ending 6/20) gaining 275, for a total of 1,166 cases, which is by far the most in Idaho.

There have been 89 deaths in Idaho (59 of those deaths have been people over 80).

For more information go to


Friday 6/19/2020

Idaho reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, 6/18/2020, for a total of 3,743 cases.

There have been 89 deaths in Idaho.

Thursday 6/18/20

Idaho reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, 6/17/2020, for a total of 3,632 cases.

There have been 88 deaths in Idaho, 67% of those were over 80.

Wednesday 6/17/20

Idaho reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, 6/16/2020, for a total of 3,540 cases.

There have been 88 deaths in Idaho and 59 of those people were over 80 years old, according to

Tuesday 6/16/20

Idaho reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, 6/15/2020, for a total of 3,462 cases.

The Idaho Statesman reports Idaho’s death toll also grew by one to 89 on Monday as the Panhandle Health District reported the first coronavirus-related death in its region. The deceased was a man in his 70s from Kootenai County.

On Saturday, 6/13/2020, Eastern Idaho Public Health announced the first death in its district — a woman in her 80s from Bonneville County who had underlying health conditions.

Monday 6/15/20

Idaho reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, 6/13/2020, for a total of 3,399 cases and 87 deaths.

Friday 6/12/20

Thursday 6/11/20


Wednesday  6/10/20


Tuesday 6/9/20


MONDAY 6/8/20


Friday 6/5/20

Idaho is starting to see a spike in the number of new Covid-19 cases.

The Idaho Department Health & Welfare reported 57 new coronavirus cases each on Wednesday and Thursday, and unlike other recent days with spikes, the cases weren’t concentrated in any particular county or area.

The Idaho Press reports, instead, every region of the state appears to be showing new cases.

Nearly half of Idaho’s counties — 23 of the 44 — are reporting community spread.

The Idaho Department Health & Welfare says this is a good time to remember that people really need to be taking these recommended precautions seriously.



Thursday 6/4/20


Wednesday 6/3/20

Tuesday 6/2/20


MONDAY 6/1/20

Idaho began stage 3 of the governors plan to re-open Idaho. Bars were allowed to open on Saturday – and yes, many were full of people who were happy to finally be able to go out and enjoy themselves.

Some social distancing was part of the deal, and many people did exactly that, while others were not quite as worries as others.

The question is: will numbers of COVID-19 begin to spike?

The number of new coronavirus cases is now 2,839. That number, released on Saturday is 36 higher than on Friday.

There have also been 82 Deaths reported in Idaho.




FRIDAY 5/29/20

Idaho is reporting 38 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 2,769 cases.

We’ve had 82 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.

Out of the 2,769 cases 2,195 have recovered.



Thursday 5/28/20

Idaho is reporting 32 new cases of COVID-19 today for a total of 2,731 cases.

One person died today. There have been 82 fatalities in Idaho due to the virus.

Out of the 2,731 cases 2,185 have recovered.





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 is 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 is 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.

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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.

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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: Second commit finally materializes

Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

It took until mid-June last year for Boise State to secure more than one commit for its 2020 recruiting class, but it was a strong No. 1 in the Mountain West when it was all said and done. The Broncos hope the 2021 class follows suit, because it took even longer to get a second verbal this year. But wide receiver Jalen Richmond of Chandler, AZ, is aboard after committing without ever having physically visited the Boise State campus. Richmond took a virtual tour over the weekend, according to 247 Sports. “I had been in contact with them for months and I really connected with the receivers coach, Matt Miller,” Richmond told 247. Bingo—there’s Miller’s value to the Broncos staff. Richmond, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, had 41 catches for 725 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior last season.


On Fridays I celebrate a great moment in Albertsons Stadium history to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the facility. We’re off this Friday, so today I take the 50th anniversary angle another direction. It was 50 years ago today that Boise State joined the Big Sky. At that time, it was a big deal. Real NCAA validation, just two years after becoming a four-year program. Highlights of the Broncos’ 26 football seasons in the Big Sky include the 42-14 win in the first game against Idaho in 1971, the 1971 Camellia Bowl victory over Chico State, three straight conference championships from 1973-75, the 28-7 road rout of Utah in 1980, the1980 Division I-AA national championship, and Pokey Allen’s unforgettable 13-2 season in 1994.


You’ve got to be careful on the worldwide web—and Twitter. This one almost got me. There was a tweet Tuesday night from the “Perth Bandits”: “It’s not the start of free agency yet but who cares. The NBL can’t tell us what to do! We are excited to announce that Anthony Drmic will be joining the Bandits for the next 6 years!” Drmic, the former Boise State star, is indeed a free agent in Australia’s National Basketball League. But the “Perth Bandits” are a parody with a website and Facebook page—but no team. Drmic played along. He’s still a hot commodity, though. This was a real tweet from the NBL on Monday: “When free agency begins on July 15, there will be plenty of teams looking to secure the signature of sharpshooting swingman Anthony Drmic.” He’s spent the past four seasons with the Adelaide 36ers.


Centennial High grad Sofia Huerta was set to make her debut with the OL Reign Tuesday night at the NWSL Challenge Cup in Herriman, UT, but she didn’t play in the 0-0 draw against Sky Blue FC. Huerta has no qualms about competing, though. The NWSL is the first professional team sports league in America to play since the COVID-19 shutdown began. “I do think it can be seen as risky to outsiders, but I really trust NWSL,” Huerta told KTVB’s Jay Tust. “They’ve put protocols in place to ensure our safety, and we all had the decision to decide if we wanted to play in the tournament or not. I obviously decided that I wanted to partake and I’m really excited to get going.”

This is the veteran midfielder’s first season with the Reign after four years with the Chicago Red Stars and one with the Houston Dash. Houston traded her to the Tacoma-based Reign in February. Huerta, a two-time Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year for the Patriots, has scored 28 career goals in the NWSL. Her overriding goal remains get back on the U.S. Women’s National Team and play in the World Cup and/or Olympics.


Less than two weeks ago, Boise Hawks general manager and eternal optimist Mike Van Hise was on KTIK expressing hope that there would be a 2020 season, even if it had to start in early August and extend into October. But alas, Major League Baseball has informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its affiliated teams with players this year. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020. Van Hise points out that this will be the first summer without pro baseball in the Treasure Valley since 1986. The Hawks’ 34th season will have to wait until 2021.

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July 1, 1970, 50 years ago today: Boise State officially becomes a member of the Big Sky. Yes, this is the day when new conference affiliations traditionally take effect. In 1996, Boise State and Idaho joined the Big West on July 1st. In 2001 on this day, Boise State and Idaho went their separate ways—the Broncos off to the WAC while the Vandals began to split time with the Sun Belt (for football) and the Big West (for all other sports). Idaho joined Boise State in the WAC on July 1, 2005. The Broncos went to the Mountain West on this day in 2011. And in 2014, the Vandals became members of the Sun Belt again in football and rejoined the Big Sky in all other sports. Then in 2018, Idaho program returned to the Big Sky as well.

(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: Watching No. 19

Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press finished his countdown of the Top 25 Boise State players to watch in 2020 on Sunday. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier was No. 1—but, of course. Bachmeier’s list of things to improve on is well-chronicled after an injury-interrupted true freshman year that saw him hold onto the ball too long and get hit and sacked like there’s no tomorrow (not all his fault). Bachmeier said during his first media session last fall that one of his favorite college football players growing up was former Bronco Jared Zabransky. It kind of shows in his style. But can Bachmeier be as durable as Z? He hasn’t been yet. On the other hand, Zabransky wasn’t thrown into the fire like Bachmeier was last year. Zabransky redshirted in 2002 and had a year of seasoning behind Ryan Dinwiddie after that.

Zabransky played behind some stellar offensive lines, including the one in 2006 that is considered the best in Boise State history. Bachmeier is faced this season with figuring things out behind a rebuilt Broncos front, with only tackle John Ojukwu returning as a starter. But coach Bryan Harsin felt that Bachmeier was checking all the boxes in March before spring football was scrapped. “In the three practices, with Hank, you could just see it in his mechanics, you could just see it with his demeanor and command that he’s more comfortable,” Harsin told Bob Behler after the shutdown.


There’s a reason that plans for college football are not etched in stone. They’re etched in mud right now after the gut-punch news Boise State delivered on Friday: the campus closure is extended through this Sunday after the university revealed those additional 20 positive COVID cases throughout campus (not just athletics). So you look at the Boise State football schedule. You see dates, but you see no kickoff times or TV information. There is no sense in announcing those details until, like, 10 days before each game. That’s how precarious this season is right now—especially the September portion. With that said, there are no indications yet that Georgia Southern or Florida State intend to back out of their games on the blue turf, nor is there any hint that the Broncos are looking to reneg on their trip to Marshall.

The three California schools in the Mountain West, San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State, were expecting to get an update from the California State University system on the status of their football seasons at the end of last week. Nothing yet. According to the Fresno Bee, Fresno State president Dr. Joseph Castro says a decision on football and fall sports is pending further guidance from the Governor’s Office, California Department of Public Health, the Mountain West and the California State University Chancellor’s Office. Now, says Castro, a decision on practices and competitions is expected “later this summer.” But there is no timetable on that call. The only California team Boise State plays this year is San Jose State, but the fate of all three programs will affect what the Mountain West decides to do.


While Boise State waits for the coast to clear on a possible campus reopening this Sunday, the University of Idaho has announced that its student-athletes are returning to campus. All who wish to enter the Kibbie Dome will get a temperature check and disclose any possible COVID-19 symptoms to the athletic training staff. KTIK’s John Patrick reports that a coronavirus test will also be required, and that the school is not announcing if anyone tests positive. A small group of football players had already returned, primarily to work with trainers and the strength and conditioning staff. Activities in and around the Dome will center around smaller groups or with individuals.


With the “Civil War” moniker for the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry put to rest Friday, longtime Oregonian columnist John Canzano has come up with a new name: “The Platypus Bowl. Or Platypus Battle. For the annual football game, of course. Maybe the Platypus Series or Platypus Cup for the entire sports rivalry. Work out the details. Millennials might call it ‘The Platty.’ But that’s the framework for the next 100 or so years of this rivalry.” Canzano points out that the platypus is half-duck, half-beaver. “We need some unity right now,” writes Canzano. “The platypus gives us that.”


The Idaho Steelheads are surely reviewing every scenario for the upcoming season, and it appears there is hope it will happen. Michael Franke, president of the Fort Wayne Komets, penned a letter to his team’s fans Monday on the Komets’ website. “First and foremost, the ECHL and its member teams are confident that there will be a 2020-21 season,” writes Franke. “A start date to the season is the biggest question mark. We of course are hoping for October 16th. Time will tell on whether that can happen or not. The ECHL has a game plan if the start of the season would have to be delayed. The goal will be to play a full 72 game schedule. All ECHL teams have been asked to submit playing dates for the remaining days in April, all of May and the month of June 2021 to complete the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs.”

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June 30, 1995, 25 years ago today: Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians becomes only the second switch-hitter in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singles in the sixth inning of a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, who to this day is the career hits leader with 4,256. Murray, who spent most of his career as a Baltimore Oriole, was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, an honor that will forever elude Rose.

(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 XIV

Friday, June 26, 2020.

Friday means another early-bird celebration of Albertsons Stadium’s 50th anniversary, and we go to the heart of the Kellen Moore era—in September of 2010. In terms of before sunrise to after sunset, you could call it the biggest day in Boise State football history. ESPN College GameDay originated from the blue turf for the first time, drawing 13,250 fans at dawn. Then a record crowd of 34,137 turned out for the main event, a clash between the third-ranked Broncos and 24th-ranked Oregon State. It was Boise State’s first regular season game ever broadcast on over-the-air network television, and the Broncos gave the ABC audience a 37-24 win over the Beavers. Only special teams gaffes and penalties kept the margin of victory from being larger—Boise State outgained OSU 469 yards to 237.

It was hard to imagine the ESPN College GameDay extravaganza going any better. It was amazing to see the line to enter Bronco Stadium snake down Broadway, onto University Drive and all the way down to the Student Union Building before 6 a.m. The placement of the set on the blue turf worked out great (I’d never seen the sun rise in the stadium before). The fans played their part perfectly for Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Lee Corso and Erin Andrews. Picabo Street’s selection as celebrity picker was surprising, but she came prepared and did a fine job.


Consider this when you recall Jake Constantine, who was a backup quarterback at Boise State as a redshirt freshman in 2017. Constantine transferred to Weber State after spring football that year. Let’s say he had stayed. Constantine would have been a junior last fall. Even if he had been No. 3 on the depth chart, opportunity could have knocked for him. The door that opened for Jaylon Henderson could have just as easily opened for Constantine. He ended up starting at Weber most of the last two seasons, throwing for 4,428 yards, 33 touchdowns and 22 interceptions as the Wildcats advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in 2018 and the semifinals last year. Constantine entered the NCAA transfer portal in January, though, and he announced on Twitter Wednesday that he’ll play his senior season at Towson in Maryland.


Boise State’s season opener against Georgia Southern may go on, but a big event the night before will not. The university has postponed the Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony to the fall of 2021 (tentatively) due to coronavirus concerns. “We have six inductees that deserve to be celebrated and honored,” athletic director Curt Apsey said. “Not knowing what social distancing measures will be in place this fall has made planning for this event difficult, and we also don’t feel like we could hold the type of ceremony our inductees deserve at this time.” The 2020 class includes former NCAA 10,000-meters champion Emma Bates, former athletic director Gene Bleymaier, former NCAA wresting champion Ben Cherrington, former NCAA decathlon champion Kurt Felix, football great Korey Hall and tennis great Luke Shields.


Former Oregon star Nia Jackson, a 2010-11 All-Pac 12 pick, has been hired as an assistant coach in the Boise State women’s basketball program. Jackson spent the past two seasons on the Ducks staff as the director of creativity, a role which included video coordinator duties, camp staging, and promotion. Now it’s full-fledged hoops again. In Jackson’s two years on Oregon’s staff, the Ducks went a combined 64-7 overall and reached the 2019 Final Four. Prior to returning to Eugene, Jackson spent four seasons at Loyola-Marymount. She replaces Cody Butler, who had been placed on leave in January after a sexual abuse lawsuit related to a previous job surfaced. Butler ultimately was not retained by coach Gordy Presnell.


Troy Merritt teed off on the very quiet No. 1 fairway at the Travelers Championship yesterday and promptly took a bogey. Things improved from there, and the former Boise State standout birdied four of nine holes in the middle of the round. A double-bogey on No. 15 brought Merritt back down to earth, and he finished with a two-under 68. He’s tied for 56th—so just like last week, if Merritt plays well today he’ll make the cut, and if he doesn’t, he won’t.

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June 26, 1990, 30 years ago today: Jennifer Capriati beats Helen Kelesi 6-3, 6-1 in the first round to become the youngest winner of a match in Wimbledon history. The 14-year-old Capriati would make it to the fourth round before falling to Steffi Graf. Capriati had reached the semifinals of the French Open earlier that month, losing to eventual champion Monica Seles. Injuries and off-court problems would essentially end Capriati’s pro career at the age of 28.

(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: Cautious optimism amidst the mysteries

Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Marc Paul, Boise State’s associate athletic director for sports performance, health and wellness (head trainer), was the lucky one chosen to go before the media yesterday and talk about the Broncos’ coronavirus situation. Paul disclosed quite a bit more on COVID testing among returning athletes coaches and staff members, saying that 230-250 tests have been administered so far, with four positives. Paul and his colleagues are shifting on the fly as they deal with unprecedented challenges, like “building the airplane while I fly it,” he said. They’re developing protocols for mouth guards, which players obviously touch a lot. And as athletes work out, Boise State is trying to group them according to those who have already been in contact with each other, such as roommates.

Paul said the plan remains to reopen the Boise State campus on Monday, with all student-athletes, coaches and staff members to be re-tested for COVID-19. If that’s the case, the Broncos should stay on track to officially begin drills for the 2020 season beginning on Monday, July 13 (some call it “Spring Football 2.1”). Formal fall camp is scheduled to start August 7. But the season is still in pencil.


I wear a mask when I’m out and about. I know many people don’t. I do it for the sake of others and for our state. Why some don’t understand the science—that’s it a critical tool in curbing the spread of the coronavirus—is beyond me. (Do you want a Boise State football season or don’t you?) Along those lines, maybe the unveiling of Broncos-branded masks will encourage folks to wear them. Travis Hawkes at the Blue & Orange store is waiting for his first shipment. He talked about it on Twitter: “At first the University would not approve them, because they didn’t want to appear to be profiting from a pandemic. But then all the pro leagues and other colleges began offering and it can encourage mask use. So then they approved, will be in stock within the next few days.” I mean, why not?


CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein had this tidbit on Twitter yesterday: “Several coaches in the Mountain West privately believe that Boise State owns the league’s most talented roster. Leon Rice adds three key transfers: Marcus Shaver (Portland), Emmanuel Akot (Arizona), Devonaire Doutrive (Arizona). If Derrick Alston returns, look out.” And Rothstein didn’t mention Mladen Armus from East Tennessee State. Rice must be feeling lucky these days—he nailed the first hole-in-one of his life Tuesday evening at Hillcrest Country Club.


Troy Merritt’s packed schedule continues today as he’s on the course at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, CT. A good start last week got Merritt into the money, but a weekend fade kept him from making that much (by PGA Tour standards). The former Boise State star shot a one-over 72 last Saturday and finished with a 71 Sunday at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. Merritt tied for 70th, but at least he came away with $14,342, his first earnings since the Arnold Palmer Invitational 3½ months ago (pre-COVID). The good news this week: he tied for 8th at the Travelers in 2017, so he’s not without confidence.


A name out of Albertsons Boise Open lore is celebrating a life event. Michelle Wie West delivered a baby girl last Friday, kind of an early Father’s Day present for her husband, Jonnie West. The child, the couple’s first, is named Makenna. When she was Michelle Wie, she became the first female amateur to tee off in a PGA-sanctioned tournament at the 2003 Boise Open. She was a 13-year-old ninth-grader, and she drew huge galleries at Hillcrest Country Club. Wie didn’t make it the cut, though, doomed by a first-round 78. Now 30, she married West, the son of basketball legend Jerry West and an executive with the Golden State Warriors, last August.

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June 25, 2014: San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum becomes only the second pitcher in major league history to collect two no-hitters, two Cy Young Awards, and two World Series rings when he no-hits the San Diego Padres, 4-0. The only other player to achieve that trifecta was Dodgers Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax. Lincecum had lost some luster since his peak years, but it marked the second straight season he tossed a no-no at the Padres.

(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: Another story almost sidelined

Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

The special “drive-in” showing of “Out Of The Blue” tonight outside ExtraMile Arena has been cancelled (or maybe just postponed?) due to Boise State’s temporary campus shutdown. I had been hoping to talk about this in relation to the Michael Hoffman documentary, so I’m going to do it anyway. One of my favorite segments of the film was the interview with Jovan Hutchinson, a member of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl championship team who was a fish-out-of-water when he first arrived in Boise from Los Angeles in 2002. Hutchinson was a journeyman wide receiver over his four years, but he was a favorite of his teammates.

The culmination of that was Senior Day in 2006, when coach Chris Petersen called a play for Hutchinson and backup quarterback Taylor Tharp toward the end of a 49-10 win over Utah State. The fade route resulted in one of only four career catches for Hutchinson—and his only touchdown. It was followed by virtually the entire Boise State sideline mobbing Hutchinson in the end zone and lifting him on their shoulders. Petersen had happily warned the officials before the play to be prepared to throw a flag for a celebration penalty. They did.

Hutchinson’s postscript is good, too. You know there’s this perception about how Idaho’s racial makeup affects people of color. Well, like many other out-of-state black athletes who came to Boise State from elsewhere to play sports, Hutchinson stayed after his playing days were over and has been working for the Eagle Fire Department for more than 12 years. And you may remember the story a year ago about Hutchinson going back to school and earning his degree. Graduation came on Mother’s Day weekend—and you can guess who was in attendance to applaud her son. An all-timer of a Bronco story.


Boise State athletic director Curt Apsey announced Wednesday that the university “will restart its phased approach to bringing Broncos student-athletes back to campus when given approval to do so.” Boise State released a 37-page guide outlining policies and procedures involving student-athletes, coaches and staff returning to campus. The school acknowledges that “knowledge of this pandemic is evolving daily and suggestions made today may not be appropriate two weeks from now.” All athletes are required to sign a COVID-19 release form. Meanwhile, the California State University system’s three FBS schools, San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State, are waiting to hear confirmation of a “sports repopulation” plan that could get student-athletes back on campus on Tuesday, July 7.


With quarterback Dak Prescott having signed the franchise tag for Dallas Monday (to the tune of $31.4 million for 2020), he and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore are squarely in the spotlight. “Blogging The Boys,” a Cowboys fan site, calls Moore the “key to success this year.” With the possibility of a shortened season, writer Tom Ryle notes that Dallas needs a fast start offensively. The Cowboys were 8-0 when they scored 24 or more points last year—and 0-8 when they didn’t. But Ryle likes the chances of the former Boise State great getting to shine. “One of the things that is expected this year is that (new coach Mike) McCarthy will remove what certainly appeared to be some restrictions on Moore’s play-calling under (Jason) Garrett,” writes Ryle. Kellen might be able to dip into his treasure chest.


It’s nice to have a nugget or two that don’t involve COVID-19 issues. Boise State women’s basketball coach Gordy Presnell has gone international again with another addition to his 2020 recruiting class. The Broncos have signed Martina Machalova of Slovakia, a 5-8 guard who most recently played for a club team called Young Angels Košice in the European Women’s Basketball League and the ExtraLiga, Slovakia’s domestic league. Machalova is Boise State’s eighth new signee for the 2020-21 season. She was also part of the Slovakian U18 National Team which finished 12th at the 2017 FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship Division B.

Boise State baseball pitching coach Brock Huntzinger is from Pendleton, IN, not Pendleton, OR. So he’s a long, long way from home. B.J. Rains of the Idaho Press reports that, “per source,” Huntzinger won’t return to the Broncos next season. “The decision was his,” tweeted Rains. “He’s getting out of coaching and moving back to Indiana to start a new career path.” Huntzinger has been around baseball for a while. He was drafted out of high school by Boston and spent seven of his 10 seasons in pro baseball in the Red Sox organization, advancing as high as Triple-A Pawtucket.

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June 24, 2010, 10 years ago today: The longest professional tennis match in history concludes at Wimbledon after 11 hours and five minutes, spanning three days. American John Isner and French qualifier Nicolas Mahut had already battled almost three hours when they went to the fifth set. Then the deciding set went eight hours and 11 minutes, with Isner finally winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. Yes, it was 70-68. The next day, Isner would be eliminated in the second round in 74 minutes.

(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: It’s 72 days away, we hope

Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

The near-certainty of reduced capacity at Albertsons Stadium this season became nearer to certainty when Ada County announced Monday it was having to revert to Stage 3 of coronavirus recovery. At the same time, Iowa put a pause on season ticket sales effective a week from today with the expectation that Kinnick Stadium will only allow a limited number of fans inside, if the Hawkeyes play at all. Only fans who have renewed their season ticket orders and paid per-seat contributions by June 30 will be included in any potential stadium seating plans, the university announced. With so many Idahoans not following COVID-19 guidelines—and positive tests ever on the rise—I think we can see where this is going in terms of fans in the stands at Boise State games.

I’m thinking, if we’re lucky, 25 percent of capacity will be allowed in Albertsons Stadium. If that means less than 9,000 fans, not even all season ticket holders will be admitted. The Broncos have to plan for everything right now—I wonder how this will be decided. As for logistics, it’s interesting to look at what the Miami Dolphins proposed at Hard Rock Stadium back in early May. Among the social-distancing plans: spreading fans the requisite six feet apart at stadium entrances, assigned times to enter to avoid security logjams, exiting the seats much like the end of a church service (row-by-row) “so people aren’t filing out all at the same time in a herd,” and giving fans the ability to order food and drinks from their seats. Oh, and masks required. All doable in blue turf land.


Boise State yesterday became the third athletic program nationally to nix voluntary workouts due to coronavirus concerns. The university is shutting down all campus-owned facilities today through Sunday after eight positive/presumed positive COVID-19 tests in 48 hours from individuals who have been on campus during the last week. That doesn’t mean they’re student-athletes, but there aren’t many others on campus right now. The university wouldn’t specify whether athletes were among the eight. Consequently, though, the Broncos’ player-run practices have been halted temporarily. The school and/or Central District Health are notifying anyone who came in close contact with those who tested positive and instructing them to self-quarantine for 14 days. Did I mention there are 72 days left to figure this out?


Nothing new on the UNLV Rebels mascot controversy front outside of a statement from the family of the late Jerry Tarkanian, the UNLV men’s basketball coach who led the Rebels to the 1990 national championship and was known as the “Shark.” If UNLV does change its nickname, the Tarkanians endorse the shark mascot. Few people see a current tie between the Rebels mascot and the Confedracy, but the Las Vegas Sun notes that UNLV did sport Confererate flags on its helmets during its first season of intercollegiate football in 1968. The school ditched the Confederate logos in 1976 but retained the Rebels nickname. It was in 1983 that UNLV introduced the Hey Reb! Mascot, intended to be a “mountain man” with a rebellious spirit. The Hey Reb! Statue was removed from campus last week.


Idaho’s two-year NCAA probation for men’s basketball rules violations sure doesn’t help the Vandals’ recruiting, especially after an 8-24 season. The transgressions primarily revolved around “impermissible coaching activities,” from non-coach support staff running practice drills and signaling plays during games to allowing a recruit to participate in a scrimmage (all under former coach Don Verlin). The bigger cloud hanging over recruiting, however—for all three of the state’s Division I universities—is probably the push for the NCAA to move championship events out of Idaho due to the new law banning transgender women from playing women’s sports. California announced a ban Monday on state-funded travel to Idaho over the law.


When I moved to Idaho, Kuna was a little agricultural outpost on the edge of Ada County. Decades of growth have made it a force, especially in sports. Kuna High is coming off its first undefeated season and 4A state championship. And the Kavemen’s quarterback, Sean Austin, will be playing college football at Montana State, having committed to the Bobcats Monday. Austin, a 6-2, 175-pounder, finished his prep career last November by going 21-for-31 for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a 56-27 title game rout of Pocatello.


It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, as he’s still a fixture at College of Idaho sporting events. But it was 20 years ago today that, after 19 seasons, 424 victories, and an NAIA Division II national championship, Marty Holly announced his retirement as men’s basketball coach at what was then Albertson College. Holly would remain as athletic director at the Caldwell school through 2016, with his most satisfying accomplishment the revival of the Coyotes football program, which had been dormant for 37 years before its 2014 return.

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June 23, 2010, 10 years ago today: The biggest goal in the history of United States soccer launches the Americans into the knockout round of the World Cup. Facing elimination, the U.S. game against Algeria went an excruciatingly long time as a scoreless tie. And a draw would have sent the Americans packing. But finally, in the 91st minute, Landon Donovan slammed a rebound into the net for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 victory. For many in the United States, it was the first time they had ever celebrated a soccer victory. The euphoria would be short-lived, however, as the U.S. was ushered out in the Round of 16 three days later in a 2-1 loss to Ghana.

(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 XIII

Friday, June 19, 2020.

Another Friday, another early-bird celebration of Albertsons Stadium’s 50th anniversary. We’ve arrived at 2009, and there’s only one way to go here. In what was rightfully billed at the time as the biggest home game in Boise State history, the 14th-ranked Broncos smothered 16th-ranked Oregon, 19-8, before a raucous then-record crowd of 34,127 and a national audience on ESPN. The night belonged to the Boise State defense, as the Ducks didn’t register a first down until midway through the third quarter and had only 152 yards for the game in the debut of new head coach Chip Kelly. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the single loudest moment in stadium history came when the Broncos’ Billy Winn dragged down Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount in the end zone for a safety.

But it was the aftermath of the game that is still remembered—marred when Blount sucker-punched the Broncos’ Byron Hout after Hout trash-talked him. The incident was shown over and over all night long (and the next day) on ESPN, and many were clamoring for Kelly to boot Blount off the team. The incident also became an instant YouTube sensation. It finally resulted in a season-long suspension for Blount (though he was reinstated by Kelly that November).


You’ll see Mark Coyle’s name in today’s “This Day In Sports” item below. One piece of news we saw this week was a reminder of how effective Coyle was while he was athletic director at Boise State. He was pretty good at football scheduling. When Washington State’s home-and-home series with Mississippi State was announced, it was pointed out that WSU hasn’t hosted a home non-conference game against a Power 5 school since 1998. But with the Bulldogs aboard, the Cougars have four P5’s coming to Pullman over the next 11 years: Wisconsin, Kansas State, Kansas and MSU.

The Broncos have hosted nine Power 5 programs since 1998 (not counting a Humanitarian Bowl and an MPC Computers Bowl). Of course, eight of them were Pac-12 schools—and six of those were Washington State and Oregon State. But Coyle was responsible for Boise State’s 2017 home game versus Virginia, as well as this year’s matchup with Florida State and upcoming dates with Oklahoma State and Michigan State. By the way, former WSU coach Mike Leach, now at Mississippi State, would be 69 when the Bulldogs are slated to visit Martin Stadium in 2031. Methinks he won’t still be there.


I noticed that Sunday will mark the 20-year anniversary since the LDS Church announced it would change the name of Ricks College in Rexburg to BYU-Idaho, converting it to a four-year school and phasing out its athletics program. Certainly fans in Eastern Idaho miss the Ricks College Vikings. They had a solid football program and were a major feeder source for BYU. In fact, Ricks posted a 10-1 record in its final season in 2001. Alums include 1986 Outland Trophy winner Jason Buck of BYU, current Utah State coach Gary Andersen and current BYU quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick. BYU-Idaho said out of the gate that it wouldn’t play intercollegiate sports. Twenty years later, that has not changed.


While Major League Baseball players wait for the “when and where” from owners, Boise Hawks general manager Mike Van Hise remains hopeful that his team will have a 2020 season. Van Hise stresses that this is “just me talkin’”, but he could envision a full 76-game campaign that would begin in late July or early August. A 76-game slate that begins on August 1—without a day off—would last until October 15 (earlier if a bunch of doubleheaders are part of the equation). Weather-wise, that works in Boise. Van Hise and the Hawks would have to have an answer soon, though. The minor leagues would need to get players assigned and trained well beforehand. Fingers crossed, y’all.


Troy Merritt’s first round this week was better than last week. At the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC, the former Boise State star started on No. 10 and logged two bogeys before the turn. But he rallied with an Eagle on No. 2, and he finished with a one-under 70. Merritt is in the middle of the pack, tied for 66th. If he plays well today, he’ll make the cut. If he doesn’t he won’t.


There has been no hint of any sports being cut at Boise State in the wake of the coronavirus budget crisis, women’s gymnastics included. But this has to be sad news for the Broncos gymnasts: Seattle Pacific dropped its women’s gymnastics effective immediately Monday without even discussing it with coach Sarah Jean Marshall. She said she was “shocked and devastated.” Marshall competed against Boise State during her student-athlete days and was Division II Gymnast of the Year in 2007. The Falcons had been regular opponents of Boise State for three decades.

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June 19, 2015, five years ago today: After 3½ years at the helm at Boise State, athletic director Mark Coyle is announced as the new AD at Syracuse. Coyle had replaced the man who had been in the chair for 29 years, Gene Bleymaier, and was credited for keeping the Bronco ship on track. Coyle’s one major hire was football coach Bryan Harsin, the Boise native who would go on to lead the Broncos to a Fiesta Bowl championship in his first season. Just four days later, Curt Apsey, Boise State’s senior associate athletic director from 1998-2014, returned after an 8½-month stint as AD at Carroll College in Montana to replace Coyle. Apsey, a renowned fundraiser, was key to a number of BSU facilities upgrades, including the Steuckle Sky Center.

(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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Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Tonight’s Bronco Throwback Classic on the Boise State Football Facebook page is pretty darn recent—like, the last home game, the Mountain West championship game last December. So it was appropriate that the MVP of the title tilt, Broncos quarterback Jaylon Henderson, was a guest yesterday on Idaho SportsTalk. If you didn’t hear it, go to, especially to hear him talk about racism in Boise—or the lack thereof. Now we wait to see what happens on the field. Henderson was training in California until the COVID shutdown hit—he’s been working out in Boise since. His game would seem well-suited for the CFL, but he’s still hoping to get a call from an NFL team. All he needs is one.


Henderson’s run over the last three games of the regular season and the conference championship game last year was pure joy for him. “Those four games were probably the most fun time I’ve ever had in my life,” said Henderson, a third-string quarterback who was 4-0 in those four starts and ended up on the podium after the 31-10 win over Hawaii for the Mountain West trophy. “Playing on the Blue, there’s nothing else like it,” said Henderson. “The fan base was absolutely fantastic.” He took the high road when talking about the Las Vegas Bowl. “It was a situation where I was told that both me and Hank (Bachmeier) deserved to play, and that was fine with me,” Henderson said. “I just want to win the game.” And he said it was “upsetting” that the Broncos didn’t, getting rolled 38-7 by Washington.


The “Black Lives Matter” movement was a natural subject in the conversation with Caves & Prater. “BLM for me is all about all of us coming together and all of us being treated equally,” said Henderson. “It’s not one race over another. We’re all in this together.” Henderson wants everybody to “have the difficult conversation” for the sake of education—“what it’s like to wake up every day as a black man.” But overall, he appreciates Boise. “As a kid growing up in Texas, there are some areas of Texas that are predominantly white, and some don’t like you because of the color of your skin,” Henderson said. “I got here, and the people were the friendliest I have ever seen,” he said. Henderson is somethin’.


I don’t know if we’re going to call it “the unofficial beginning of fall camp,” but Boise State will be able to officially begin drills for the 2020 season beginning on Monday, July 13 (formal fall camp will start August 7). The NCAA approved a severely-modified plan for the preseason on Wednesday, giving programs about three additional weeks to prepare for the season due to the coronavirus crisis. It helps make up for the loss of most of spring football—the Broncos got only three of their 15 practices in March before the sports shutdown. The new plan will cut this summer’s player-run practices short. PRPs are important, but this year they’re expendable.


ESPN has come up with All-Decade teams for the 2010s in every NFL division, and former Boise State standout DeMarcus Lawrence gets one of the defensive end spots in the NFC East. Lawrence, a second-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2014, played in six of the decade’s 10 years and logged 39 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. His best season came in 2017, when he recorded 14.5 sacks and made his first Pro Bowl. Lawrence had only five sacks last season but insists that was an aberration. “You don’t have to worry about nothing,” Lawrence said on FS1. “Trust me, the sack numbers will be back up.”


The UNLV “whomevers” are scheduled to visit the blue turf on Halloween. How appropriate. Because UNLV’s mascot may need a new costume. University officials had the “Hey Reb” statue on campus taken down Tuesday night, as the “Rebels” nickname may soon follow. UNLV president Marta Meana is considering a change as social justice protests continue in Las Vegas and around the country. While the origin of the mascot in the mid-1950s tied in with the school “rebelling” against Nevada-Reno, students at the time created Beauregard, a cartoon wolf with a Confederate uniform. Beauregard was banished in 1976, but the Rebels name is still too close to the Confederacy for comfort. A petition had already topped 4,000 signatures as of Wednesday morning.


Graham DeLaet, he of the healing back, is not in the field today at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC. But he did tweet a photo last weekend featuring his face photoshopped onto a bodybuilder with the caption, “Working on my return to the Tour.” Fellow former Boise State star Troy Merritt will be on the course today, hoping to be better out of the gate than he was a week ago. In the PGA Tour’s return last week, Merritt missed the cut at the Charles Schwab Challenge, shooting 73-71 over the first two rounds at Colonial.

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June 18, 2010, 10 years ago today: After five seasons, 217 wins, two Kelly Cup Finals appearances and one ECHL championship, Derek Laxdal resigns as head coach of the Idaho Steelheads to take the reins of the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings. Laxdal notched 40-win seasons in each of his five years in Boise. Laxdal’s team had a league-best record of 48-17-7 during his final campaign, earning him ECHL Coach of the Year honors.

This Day In Life: Paul McCartney is 78 years old today.

(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: College Football Hall of Fame nuggets

Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

A total of 217 players and coaches were on the ballot Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction class. If it’s that big two years from now, one Kellen Moore will have plenty of competition. That’s assuming Moore will be on the ballot, but why wouldn’t he be? A player becomes eligible 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football. Moore’s senior year was 2011, so “10 full seasons” would make him eligible after next year’s ballot. First and foremost beyond that, a player must have received first-team All-America “by a selector that is utilized to comprise the NCAA’s consensus All-America teams.” Check, as Moore was named first-team by the Football Writers Association of America in 2010. And, of course, he’s the winningest quarterback in college football history.


A former Boise State assistant coach is on this year’s ballot again. Ashley Ambrose, who spent the last two seasons as cornerbacks coach at Colorado, was a Division I-AA All-American at Mississippi Valley State in 1991. He led the nation in punt returns as a senior. Ambrose was on the Broncos staff in 2016-17. The only Boise State alumnus in the College Hall is the late Randy Trautman, the Caldwell High grad who was a dominating defensive tackle for the Broncos from 1978-81. Trautman was the defensive centerpiece of the 1980 Division I-AA national championship team.


There are several candidates out of Boise State lore who were on the other side of the field. Among the coaches is Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, who was on the losing end of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Nevertheless, Stoops is the only coach in the BCS era to win a national championship and every BCS bowl game. There are also two coaches the Broncos faced in the playoffs in their Division II infancy. Maxie Lambright and Louisiana Tech defeated Boise State in the semifinals in 1973, and Roy Kramer and Central Michigan won in the first round in 1974. Both the Bulldogs and Chippewas went on to win Division II national titles.


Among the players on the ballot, former Oregon State star Mike Hass appears again. When Boise State beat the Beavers for the first time in 2004, Hass made 12 catches for a staggering 293 yards and three touchdowns. In three games against the Broncos, he had 24 grabs for 512 yards. Hass won the 2005 Biletnikoff Award. Former Idaho State punter and kicker Case deBruijn is up again. deBruijn led Division I-AA in punting in 1980 and 1981 and was runnerup in 1978 and 1979. And we’ll give a nod to former Montana State defensive end Bill Kollar, who was 1972 Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. In 1974, Kollar became the first defensive player ever to be named MVP of the Senior Bowl.


KTIK’s John Patrick mentioned this, so I checked it out. The Minnesota Vikings website has posted a cool interview with former Boise State teammates Alexander Mattison and Ezra Cleveland. The two are close. “When we drafted him, I’m pretty sure the neighbors heard me,” said Mattison. “That’s how crazy it was.” Said Cleveland: “I wanted to do the same thing, but I was over in Horseshoe Bend. There are no houses around, so nobody could hear me scream or anything.” During the coronavirus shutdown, Mattison has been playing saxophone and working on a studio for music engineering, and Cleveland has been into ultimate frisbee and legos. Mattison was impressed. “He Snapchats me, like, a whole LEGO Star Wars (model),” said Mattison. You can see the interview at

Mattison had fun bantering with Cleveland, but there’s a lot weighing on him right now. The two-time Academic All-Mountain West and Mountain West Scholar Athlete is as good an ambassador for Boise State football as you’ll find, but he’s part of the Minneapolis community now, and these past three weeks have been tough. Consider two tweets he posted Wednesday. “Being black should never be this hard,” said Mattison. And, “Sad to think how many times I’ve envisioned how I’m going to have the ‘what to do if you ever get stopped by a police officer’ conversation with my future kids.”


Boise State’s revived baseball program saw its season end very suddenly on March 11. Now, 26 of the Broncos’ 32 roster players are finally in uniform again in summer collegate leagues across seven states. That has to feel good. Boise State’s top pitcher, Wesley Harper, is one of four Broncos playing for the Bismarck Larks of the Northwoods League. Torin Montgomery, Boise State’s second-leading hitter among regulars, is suiting up for the Bismarck Bull Moose I the same circuit. Top hitter Michael Hicks is not in one of the summer leagues.

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Reckless Fall Predictions From BSU’s Spring Game

By Chris Lewis

Now that the spring game is done, we’re without Boise State football until fall camp begins. With this season’s depth chart as mysterious as ever, here are my reckless predictions on how it’ll shake out on offense.


On Saturday, August 31, when Boise State takes its first offense snap in Jacksonville against Florida State, Hank Bachmeier will be the starting quarterback. That goes against what I saw in the spring game, where he was third on the list on who stood out to me. However, the more I envision the season, the more I realize that this is the most realistic and logical outcome.

First of all, I can’t count on Chase Cord being healthy. It’s the second time tearing his ACL, which is concerning for a QB that relies on mobility and usually means a more careful rehab. It happened in early October, which would mean week 1 is less than 11 months since the injury. Plus, even at the NFL level, quarterbacks who rush back from injury usually struggle early in their return.

That leaves Jaylon Henderson, Kaiden Bennett and Bachmeier as the main contenders. Henderson is the only one of that group with college experience, but nothing about his profile says bonafide starting QB. Boise State is his third collegiate stop, and his numbers weren’t impressive at his previous two stops. Also, he wasn’t a high-pedigree HS QB entering college. Henderson playing mop-up duty last year in a few games didn’t showcase much either. While he has the experience edge (which showed in the spring game), he doesn’t seem like the highly-talented QB that Boise State would ideally like to trot out there.

Bachmeier does meet the high-pedigree and talent criteria. He’s a four-star recruit that had offers to big programs. Plus, his game is more “pro-style” than the other true freshman option Bennett, who is also significantly smaller. Boise State has shown that they aren’t afraid to start a true freshman QB if that quarterback is mature enough to handle it. If the coaches determine that Bachmeier won’t be scarred by the situation in Jacksonville, he’ll be the guy.


This group is harder to project than the quarterbacks. Coach Bryan Harsin’s history as a head coach tells us that he likes to ride one running back. The way he’s used Ajayi, McNichols, and Mattison makes it clear he loves a workhorse. The part I’m most confident in predicting is that Robert Mahone will be the No. 2 back. It’s a role he’s had before, and it’s a role he’s handled well. However, the fact that he never really had the opportunity to be a lead back, even when Mattison was banged up last season, tells me that the coaches don’t see him as a No. 1.

The question is, who will be the No. 1 if it isn’t Mahone? Andrew Van Buren is my pick to be the lead guy over true freshmen George Holani and Keegan Duncan. Holani and Duncan not being with the team in the spring is a slight disadvantage. Boise State RBs need to be able to pass protect, and those guys missed out on reps doing that in the spring. Plus, it’s hard for me to imagine that someone a few months removed from high school can physically handle the workload that Harsin wants to give his main back.

The previous Boise State workhorses all had at least a season on-campus to build their body up before they became a feature back. Van Buren has had that luxury. One of either Holani or Duncan will get reps as a No. 3 back, and my reckless guess would be Holani. That means, I think Duncan redshirts.


The wide receivers were the standouts of the spring game. Even though AJ Richardson and Sean Modster are gone, no one seems to think this group will miss a beat. Khalil Shakir was the standout of the spring game. He found ways to get open, and make people miss once he caught the ball. It got me to rethinking where he’ll be in the receiver rotation. Before the game, I thought John Hightower and CT Thomas were poised to be the top two options. I’ve put Shakir in that tier moving forward. He’ll finish second on the team in catches and yards. Thomas will be the dependable third down option and team catch leader. Hightower will be the big play threat, and yardage leader. Shakir seems to give a little of both, with also the ability to run. The wildcard of the position didn’t play in the spring game. Octavious Evans had a season ruined by injury last year. At this point a year ago, he seemed to be a threat to be the top WR. At this point, I’ll put him fourth on the list of impactful 2019 receivers. It’s a strong group, and may have to carry the offense early.

Chris Lewis, the play-by-play voice of Boise State women’s basketball and Olympic Sports, co-hosts Idaho Sports Talk with Bob & Chris weekdays from 1-3 p.m. on KTIK 93.1 FM The Ticket. He can be found @ChrisLewisTweet (Twitter).