Monday morning catch-up: The weekend highlights and the week ahead

July 29, 2013 

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Kevin Tway poses with the tournament trophy after winning the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club on Sunday July 28, 2013 with a score of 23-under and a birdie on the playoff hole.

JOE JASZEWSKI — jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The most important and interesting Treasure Valley news you may have missed this weekend, and a look ahead at the week to come.

1. The chief executive officers of Idaho’s publicly traded companies made 50 times more than the average Idaho worker in 2012, but those CEOs still made significantly less than their peers across the nation. Click here to see who makes what.

2. Chicago Cubs No. 1 draft pick — and MLB’s No. 2 overall pick — Kris Bryant made his home debut for the Boise Hawks over the weekend, and it went well. On Friday, Bryant hit his first professional home run. He was even better Sunday.

Video of Bryant’s first pro home run:

3. The Albertsons Boise Open was a rousing success, ending in a playoff Sunday afternoon with Kevin Tway winning his first Web.com Tour event in record-setting fashion. But the highlight of the four-day tournament may have been Russell Knox’s course- and tournament-record 59 on Friday. Or maybe it was this: the tournament raised $1.3 million for Boise-area charities.

Sunday's Boise Open photo gallery

Closing-round video highlights:

4. After a seemingly endless barrage of above-normal temperatures in the Treasure Valley, including 13 days of triple-digit highs in Boise in the past month, the forecast is looking brighter — er, cooler — this week.

5. From Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) to Steely Dan to New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, August is loaded with events for Boiseans. Here’s our list featuring many of the highlights.

6. Speaking of music, Vanilla Ice and Carly Rae Jepsen were among the acts who entertained thousands of concertgoers at the Boise Music Fest. This image of Vanilla Ice that appeared on the front page of Saturday’s newspaper was a favorite among the Statesman’s Facebook fans.

7. It was a tragic week on Idaho waterways. A total of seven people drowned in separate incidents across the state. The spate of deaths has officials reminding swimmers and boaters to wear life jackets and to practice extreme caution when in and around water.

8. Just how dry it is out there? Officials think a truck dragging a chain link fence was responsible for starting 19 small wildfires over the weekend.

9. What better way to start your week than with photos of a baby red panda, whose birth was announced late last week by Zoo Boise.

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