August 10, 2017: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The New York Times reports that senior White House officials are sending "mixed signals" in the wake of President Donald Trump's threats of "fire and fury" to North Korea over the escalating threat of a nuclear standoff. The Times also reports that North Korea is drawing up plans to launch four missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.
  • Meanwhile, a 30-foot tall inflatable chicken with a golden coiffure has appeared across the street from the White House. The chicken is the work of artist/activist Taran Singh Brar, who said on Twitter his so-called "Chicken Don" is meant to criticize Trump for being weak, ineffective and afraid to release his tax returns. Brar added in a video post that Trump continued to "play a game of chicken with North Korea."

  • Two passengers were killed overnight in a bad car crash outside of the Valley County community of Donnelly. Idaho State Police say a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Devin Hawkins of McCall veered off of West Mountain Road, struck a culvert, went airborne and smashed into a tree. Hawkins was rushed to St. Luke's McCall Medical Center and two passengers, 37-year-old Kerri Hawkins and an unidentified juvenile were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation by ISP.

  • KTVB reports that Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City councilwomen Elaine Clegg and Lauren McClean recently visited a U.S. Air Force base in Ogden, Utah, to talk to officials about the F-35 jet fighters currently stationed at the Utah base. City officials say the tour of Hill Air Force Base centered around Boise's current competition with three other U.S. cities to permanently house a new F-35 mission. "The City of Boise has said already, 'Yes, we support the idea of a continuing mission at Gowen Field,'" city spokesman Mike Journee told KTVB. "The mission before us right now being considered is the F-35s." Journee said the main purpose of the city delegation's trip to Ogden did not concern the F-35s; however, a trip to the base was just too convenient to pass up once they were in town. Bieter, Clegg and McClean, along with other city staff, were in Utah to discuss economic development and to talk to parties concerning an undisclosed potential project that could land in Boise. "Since were were going to be in town, it was just a short drive over to Hill Air Force Base," Journee told KTVB. "Because it's something that could happen here, they wanted to talk with them about the community and how the community has accepted things there.  They wanted to hear about ancillary benefits of a mission that could come [to Boise] as well."
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  • Ryan Johnson
  • Officials with Aribnb reported this morning that more than 8,300 Airbnb guest arrivals have been booked in Idaho for the Monday, Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, including 4,650 in the so-called eclipse zone. Yes, that's an Airbnb record for Idaho, officials said. Idaho is the fourth state from the top in Airbnb guest arrivals for Sunday, Aug. 20, the night before the eclipse, behind Tennessee, South Carolina and Oregon. In Idaho, the most popular Airbnb destination for the eclipse will be Rexburg, followed by Idaho Falls, Victory and Rigby.

  • Bill Murray was a surprise audience member at Tuesday evening's performance of the Broadway hit Groundhog Day, a musical stage adaptation of Murray's 1993 comedy classic. But wait. The New York Times says, in keeping with the tradition of the film, Murray came back for last night's performance of the show. The Times says Murray became visibly emotional during his first viewing of the show and vowed to come see it again; he just reappeared sooner than expected.

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