A collection of the most important and most interesting stories from the Treasure Valley weekend that was:
1. Gov. Butch Otters Task Force to Improve Education may have finished its list of recommendations for improving public schooling in Idaho, but the work is far from done. Up next: selling legislators, businesses and others on proposals that could well top $300 million.
And with school starting this week for Boise and Meridian students, our Bill Roberts breaks down how the states new Common Core standards promise to make homework a new experience for everyone involved (hint: parents, dont be surprised if you dont recognize the assignments).
2. Unless you live under a rock, you know this week culminates with Boise States season opener at Washington. Our annual college football preview covers every angle of the upcoming season for the Broncos, with a special emphasis on how speed has changed the game. Vandals fans won't be disappointed, either. Click the link below to flip through an e-edition of the 32-page football extravaganza
Bookmark our Boise State football homepage for all the latest news, analysis, photos and videos. You can also get all the special section stories there. Follow Broncos beat reporter Chadd Cripe @IDS_BroncoBeat and columnist Brian Murphy @MurphsTurph on Twitter for breaking Broncos news as it happens.
3. The rush on ammunition and gun purchases that began in the wake of President Obamas first election to the Oval Office has finally begun to ease. Idaho ammo manufacturers are among the winners of the panic buying of the past five years.
4. Its too soon to say its sweeping the Valley, but cricket is definitely growing in popularity here. For the third straight year, a cricket championship was held at Ann Morrison Park. Click the image below to see the photo gallery from the championship
5. Boises only hostel will be no more. The Idahostel at Eighth and Bannock streets is set to close at the end of the month. While theres a chance a new hostel could open elsewhere in the city, the pending closure means no more $19-a-night beds for travelers passing through the City of Trees.
6. With another summer of devastating Idaho wildfires in full swing, attention is again turning to legislative efforts, or the lack thereof, that could help prevent future large-scale burns. The Statesmans Editorial Board writes that its time for some bipartisan efforts to address the issue.
7. Idaho Citys Allen Frentress (below, with his dog, Zoe) has little patience for those who presume to know what life was like back then. Truth is, there are few who know more than he does about what was once Idahos biggest city.
September means fall, and fall brings the return of some of the Treasure Valleys favorite festivals and events (like the one above). Our exhaustive calendar will make sure you dont miss a beat.
9. A Meridian-based coalition of agribusinesses, agriculture associations and others is suing Canyon County for what it says is the countys failure to follow state law when updating its comprehensive land-use plan. At the heart of the issue is whether the county is doing enough to protect traditional ag land from being rezoned for development.
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