April 12, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • The ride-sharing service Uber has filed papers with the New York Stock Exchange for an initial public offering, expected to occur in May. But on Thursday, Uber officials announced that the company had lost $1.87 billion last year. The company's prospectus also showed a slowdown in overall revenue growth. The New York Times reports that next month's I.P.O. could value Uber at about $100 billion. Meanwhile, Uber's main rival in North America, Lyft, went public last month and the Times says it's growing much faster than Uber.
  • The same politicians who spent last year promising voters to do their absolute best in representing the Gem State during this year's session of the Idaho Legislature are racing for the exits this morning, as both the Idaho House and Senate adjourned "Sine Die" Thursday. They'd worked a back-breaking 14 weeks.

  • ACHD crews are working feverishly to repair flood-damaged Shaw Mountain Road in time for the Saturday, April 20, Race to Robie Creek. Organizers say they're confident that the road will be in good enough shape to accommodate what is dubbed the "toughest race in the Northwest."
  • click to enlarge ZACH HAGADONE
    • Zach Hagadone
    Barring an unexpected meltdown of Idaho's robust snowpack, river watchers say they're positive that the Treasure Valley shouldn't see too much flooding this spring. The Idaho Press' Xavier Ward reports officials at the Idaho Water Supply Committee said Thursday that while some flooding has hit the Weiser and Payette areas, they're a bit more optimistic about the Boise area.  "What we've learned in the past is that spring precipitation can make or break your streamflow forecast," said water supply specialist Ron Abramovich. As of this morning, the Boise River near Boise's Glenwood Bridge was running about 2,700 cubic feet per second, but flows are suppose to increase in the coming weeks in order to mitigate flood risk across the entire river system.

  • click to enlarge BOISE WEEKLY
    • Boise Weekly
    Here's another sure sign of spring: The Capital City Public Market will open for the season tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m., once again filling Eighth Street. The Boise Farmers Market opened for the season at its new location on Shoreline Drive last Saturday. Meridian's Main Street Market will also reopen for the season tomorrow morning on East Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian.
  • It's a shuddering thought, but the Swiss government doesn't think coffee is essential. The BBC reports that Switzerland will stop storing emergency reserves of coffee in preparation for potential shortages. While Switzerland continues to store many other "essential" items, the Swiss government says, "Coffee contains almost no calories and therefore does not contribute, from the physiological perspective, to safeguarding nutrition."
  • Today will see the second round of The Masters, golf's most prestigious tournament. The leaders in the clubhouse this morning are Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka, but three-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson is one stroke off the lead.
  • The Walt Disney company has unveiled the long-awaited plans for its online streaming network, Disney+.The new rival to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu will arrive on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and cost $7 per month. Disney+ will include films and original programming from the Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel vaults.
  • A California homeowner is in a legal tussle with town officials in her posh San Francisco suburb over her elaborate homage to The Flintsones. NBC News reports that officials say that the woman's home, which includes a giant "Yabba Dabba Do" sign on the driveway, is a public nuisance.
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