August 1, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes

  • click to enlarge BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
    • Bureau of Land Management
    The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality reports that smoke has had a significant impact on the air quality in the Treasure Valley. Today's air quality is yellow, or "moderate," but DEQ says more smoke will continue to drain into the Valley over night from wildfires burning in Oregon and California.

  • Speaking of wildfires, the Bureau of Land Management has issued Stage 1 fire restrictions for South-Central Idaho, asking recreators in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Custer, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee and Twin Falls counties to refrain from smoking outdoors, making campfires or using fire stoves on public lands unless they're contained in metal or concrete rings.

  • Meanwhile, California's Carr Fire has consumed over 113,000 acres and was only 30 percent contained as of this morning, according to a report from NPR. It's one of more than 17 fires that have scorched California this summer, and now ranks among the most destructive wildfires that state has ever seen.

  • click to enlarge Rodney Reider has left his position as president and CEO of Saint Al's. - ST.. ALPHONSUS HEALTH SYSTEM
    • St.. Alphonsus Health System
    • Rodney Reider has left his position as president and CEO of Saint Al's.
  • CBS News reports that more than 2,500 people downloaded publicly available online blueprints for how to use a 3D printer to make firearms before a federal judge called for the plans to be blocked on July 31. Cody Wilson, who created the blueprints and founded Defense Distributed, had previously received the go-ahead from the federal government for his company to publish the plans. However, some states see the untraceable firearms as dangerous to the public. Wilson told CBS he feels he's unquestionably in the right, and believes access to firearms is "a fundamental human dignity." A multi-state lawsuit is currently pending.

  • In local news, Saint Alphonsus Health System officials announced late July 30 that company President and CEO Rodney Reider was leaving his post, effective immediately. No explanations were given for the move, but St. Al's did add that past CEO Sally Jeffcoat will retake the post until a replacement is found. Reider had served as president since 2000, and CEO since 2015.
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