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Want to live here? Apartments go up by Connector near Rhodes Skate Park 1:48

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'Payback' from athletics has lifted Boise State as a whole, Kustra says 1:58

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'Whatever it is, it's a record fish': Boise man hauls in massive rainbow trout 0:31

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."