May 23, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Results of the world's biggest democratic election indicate that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on track for another term. CNN reports that over 39 days, hundreds of millions of voters cast ballots. Turnout reached a record high, with more than 66 percent of eligible voters participating. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to expand its majority, a far more dominating performance than many analysts had predicted.
  • The Treasure Valley will get a very brief respite from the rain today. The National Weather Service says Boise should see partly sunny skies during the day, but thunderstorms will return this evening and showers will dominate the forecast throughout the entire Memorial Day weekend.
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  • NWS
  • click to enlarge ZACH HAGADONE
    • Zach Hagadone
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue to reduce river flows through the City of Boise today. River managers say additional adjustments in water releases from Lucky Peak Dam may occur during the next few days, depending on weather conditions and resulting inflows. Currently, the Boise River reservoirs are at about 86 percent of capacity. A full supply of irrigation water is anticipated for the summer. As of this morning, river flows at Boise's Glenwood Bridge were running about 4,140 cubic feet per second. The water is deep, cold and very fast.
  • The Treasure Valley high school graduation season will continue this evening when graduating seniors from Capital High School pick up their diplomas at Taco Bell Arena. This Saturday will be a busy day for Meridian graduates: Mountain View, Meridian and Rocky Mountain high schools will all hold their commencements at Taco Bell Arena in ceremonies that run from morning 'til night.
  • Speaking of Taco Bell Arena, Boise State announced Wednesday that it has reached a new naming-rights deal for the facility. An $8.4 million agreement will see the building renamed ExtraMile Arena. What is ExtraMile, you ask? Later this summer, Jacksons will be converting its Chevron-branded gas stations in the Treasure Valley to ExtraMile stores. The arena naming agreement still needs final approval from the State Board of Education, which meets in mid-June.
  • There were dozens of ballot initiatives in communities across Idaho this week, but one of the more intriguing elections was in the small Latah County town of Bovill. That's where residents voted to recall their mayor, Samuel Walker. The Moscow Daily News reports that a petitioners' statement said the recall was "based on a pattern of unprofessional behavior unbefitting his office." Walker served as mayor for about a year.
  • Director Quentin Tarantino's much-anticipated film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving a 7-minute standing ovation. That may sound like a very impressive reception, but says it didn't even come close to the more than a dozen other films that have received rapturous applause at Cannes over the years. For example, Pan's Labyrinth received a 22-minute standing ovation in 2006.
  • Speaking of classic films, director Richard Curtis will unveil a 12-minute "sequel" to 1994's Four Weddings and a Funeral this evening. The original cast, including Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, reunited for the mini-sequel, which will air tonight on Red Nose Day on NBC, a telethon to combat child poverty.
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