July 5, 2018: What to Know 

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  • click to enlarge NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
    • National Weather Service
    Hot, dry weather has taken a chokehold on the region with Boise temperatures expected to climb into the triple digits today. The National Weather Service office in Boise says the Treasure Valley could see the highest temperature readings this afternoon.

  • Fire crews with the Bureau of Land Management spent some of their Fourth of July holiday battling a wildfire near Lucky Peak Wednesday night. The Charcoal Fire scorched nearly 80 acres near Barclay Bay. The BLM used air resources while the Ada County Sheriff's office assisted from fireboats. BLM crews also battled the Five Cent Fire, which burned 2,500 acres southwest of Mountain HOme, the Pump Fire which burned 52 acres south of Mountain HOme, the Dewy Fire which burned ten miles west of Emmett and the Nicolsen Fire which burned one acre ten miles southwest of Boise.

  • Independence Day celebrations at the Statue of Liberty came to an abrupt halt Wednesday, when a female protester scaled the iconic landmark. ABC News reports that the incident occurred after seven other protesters were arrested at the base of the statue. The picketers were holding a banner that read "ABOLISH ICE," calling for the dissolution of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Zoo Boise visitors will get their first look today at Revan, a four-year-old African lion. Revan, a male, will be on exhibit on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The zoo's two female lions will be on exhibit Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Zookeepers say it will be a few months before the three lions will be on exhibit together.
  • The Boise Hawks returned to Memorial Stadium Wednesday night, beating the Eugene Emeralds 11-2. The same two teams are back on the field tonight. Game time is 7:15 p.m. Tonight, the Hawks hosts a "Friends and Family Night" promotion, where $48 can buy four tickets, four hot dogs, four Pepsi products and $10 in merchandise credit.

  • The two-week long Wimbledon tennis tournament has only been underway for three days, and five of the top ten women's players have already been ousted. The latest surprise came Wednesday when No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki lost to No. 35 seed Ekaterina Makarova.

  • Netflix is reportedly testing out a much pricier monthly subscription, something it calls the "Ultra" plan. Variety reports that the $16.99-per-month pricetag would offer customers four ultra-high definition streams.

  • The President tweeted out a special Fourth of July message yesterday.  No, not Donald Trump. It was actress Robin Wright, who portrays President Claire Underwood in House of Cards, which returns to Netflix later this year (no word yet on the exact date). Wright will take over as the lead character in the upcoming sixth, and final, season of House of Cards, after Kevin Spacey was shown the door late last year following accusations of sexual assault.
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