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

August 5, 2013 

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

1. Boise is no stranger to top 10 lists. This week brought a new one to brag about.

2. Boise State head football coach Chris Peterson says “there are so many unknowns” as this year’s Broncos begin fall camp today. Reporter Chadd Cripe breaks down the positions and players to watch, and the team’s biggest question marks.

Key dates for August:

Monday: First day of fall camp (split veteran/newcomer practices)

Friday: First day of full pads; first day of combined practice

Aug. 12: First scrimmage (closed to media/public)

Aug. 18: Fall scrimmage (open to public), 7 p.m., Bronco Stadium

Aug. 31: Boise State at Washington, 8 p.m. MDT, Fox Sports 1

It’s a different story in Moscow, where new coach Paul Petrino is trying to establish a culture of winning for an Idaho Vandals program that has won just five of its last 30 games. Statesman reporter Dave Southorn tackles the challenges ahead for Petrino and his team as they open their fall camp today.

The Statesman will provide full coverage of Broncos camp this week. For the latest news and updates, follow @IDS_BroncoBeat and @murphsturph on Twitter, like our Boise State Football page on Facebook, and bookmark IdahoStatesman/BSU-football in your favorite web browser. We also have a Broncos football app for Apple and Android mobile devices.

3. Nampa resident Marcos Zurita came to the U.S. illegally 18 years ago. Thanks to a relatively obscure federal visa program, the 37-year-old father no longer fears police or possible deportation. He’s one of a small number of Idahoans who have a chance at permanent residency as a result of a program embraced by some Treasure Valley law enforcement agencies and avoided by others.

4. Boise plays hosts to musical legends this weekend, and columnist Tim Woodward was all set for the interview of his lifetime. Until he botched it — again.

5. One of the Treasure Valley’s most important refuges for rape and domestic violence victims was thrown into turmoil late last week when nearly half its staff walked off the job.

6. It’s been 15 years and 23,930 handmade stuffed animals since a group of volunteers at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center first organized the Teddy Bear Toy Factory. But the impact the group of women has had on sick children can’t be quantified. Idaho Statesman journalist Katherine Jones captured the essence of these women and their work in the following photo gallery (click the photo to see the gallery).

7. Rafters and tubers floating the Boise River this weekend were joined by some special guests. Statesman Outdoors reporter Pete Zimowsky captured the moment in this great photo.

8. Boise fire and police officials called a news conference Friday afternoon to discuss how good training likely saved the lives of firefighters during a dramatic home fire on Hill Road. They also released raw video footage of the fire, including the home’s collapse:

Weeklong weather forecast

After a July for the record books, the first full week of August will feel pretty typical to Treasure Valley residents. This week’s high temperatures will hover in the mid-90s, with today’s high of 94 being par for the course. Overnight lows will stay in the upper 50s and lower 60s. There’s no precipitation in the National Weather Service’s extended forecast for Boise.

10 Things to Know for Today

A sneak peek at the top national and international stories taking place around the globe today, courtesy of the Associated Press.

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