April 1, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Systemwide computer outages were reported by Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest and United airlines this morning, tangling travel plans across the U.S. CNBC reports that before the systems went down, United Airlines reported problems with its social media accounts, making it unable to create some paperwork as a result. Last week, several airlines reported problems after a software program that the airlines use for making reservations and printing tickets, Sabre, had technical issues. Sabre was quick to send out a statement this morning that it was not responsible for today's problems.

    • Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District
    Early this morning, operators started water flowing through the Treasure Valley's largest irrigation system. Officials with the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District were out before dawn today to open the headgates of the Ridenbaugh Canal near Boise's Barber Park, officially beginning 2019's irrigation season across the 500-mile system. This is the 115th consecutive year of water deliveries to thousands of acres of Treasure Valley agricultural and residential lands in Ada and Canyon counties. It will take about two weeks to fill the entire system.
  • The owners of Poland Spring bottled water have been accused of fraud. In fact, NBC reports that a class-action suit says the company's spring in Poland, Maine, ran dry nearly a half-century ago.

  • Speaking of Maine, the lobster business is facing a looming crisis. ABC News reports that, in spite of lobsters being "as plentiful, valuable and in-demand as ever," there's a significant shortage of the little fish, such as herring, that are used to bait the lobster traps.
  • Beware: It's April Fool's Day.  No worries here, all of our "What to Know" headlines are true. But the Boise Co-op is having a bit of fun with us, and the folks at Google are having a laugh as well. They've merged Google Maps with a game called "Play Snake."

  • The field of the NCAA men's basketball tournament has narrowed down to the Final Four: Auburn, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Virginia. At the NCAA women's basketball tournament, Connecticut and Oregon have advanced to the Final Four. The two other teams will be determined tonight.
  • Walt Disney's reboot of Dumbo led the box office this past weekend with $45 million in receipts, but didn't come anywhere near expectations. It's the poorest start among the studio's recent live-action remakes. Dumbo is the first of three high-profile Disney re-imaginings heading to the big screen this year. Aladdin and The Lion King arrive in theaters this summer.
  • We've heard of finicky coffee drinkers, but these price tags are a bit off the boil: The New Yorker recently visited a spot in Brooklyn called Sey Coffee where they sell a $29 cup of coffee. For the record, there's a spot in Los Angeles called La Esmeralda that sells a cup of coffee for $55.

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