August 3, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Law enforcement in the Wood River Valley knows who started the massive Sharps Fire, which has burned more than 54,000 acres in central Idaho and is only 29 percent contained. The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday that 35-year-old Ryan Jensen of Bellevue admitted that he started the fire while shooting at an exploding target. Meanwhile, mandatory evacuations are still in place for the nearby Little Wood Recreation Area and homes near Little Wood Reservoir Road and Flat Top Road.
  • The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department has reopened the No. 1 pond at Esther Simplot Park after pumping blue-green algae from the water and confirming that the algae was not toxic. Parks officials said they will continue to monitor the ponds at Esther Simplot Park as well as the nearby Quinn's Pond, a popular swimming destination.

  • Health officials in Canyon County have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Idaho this year. The Southwest District Health Department said the infected man lives in Canyon County but may have been exposed to West Nile-carrying mosquitoes in Adams County has well.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor announced this morning that 157,000 jobs were added to the nation's payrolls in July, helping to bring the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent. CNN reports that average hourly wage gains remained modest, increasing 2.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
  • Brookstone, a fixture in most American malls for the past few decades, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday and announced that it will be closing all of its mall stores and focusing instead on its online sales and its brick-and-mortar locations in 35 U.S. airports.

  • Idaho's own Jerry Kramer will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow. The football legend, now 82, played for the University of Idaho before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1958.

  • Tennis Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is pretty upset at the organizer of the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington, D.C.  He's doing fine in the tournament—in fact, he won his latest match in a thrilling three-set contest against Marius Copil—but the BBC says Murray is fuming because his match didn't finish until 3 a.m. this morning. "This isn't good for anyone involved in the event—players, TV, fans, anyone," he told the BBC. Murray is scheduled to play again later today.
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