1976 : Cleaning up a Rexburg street after the Teton Dam collapse in June 1976. Statesman file photo.
2008: The Oregon Trail Fire in Southeast Boise killed one person, destroyed 10 homes Ñ eight of them shown here on Sweetwater Drive Ñ and left ribbons of ash, dust and debris streaking down the hillside. The fire underscored the danger posed by wildfire that many Idaho communities face. Photo by Kerry Maloney
1995: Moonstar Shadow is released at Corn Creek into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The return of wolves into Central Idaho set off decades of debate between those who see the carnivores as an essential part of a wild, sustainable ecosystem and those who see them as a nuisance to stock animals and wild game.
1981: A self-made billionaire, J.R. Simplot started his career as a farmer. By age 32, he was IdahoÕs largest shipper of onions and potatoes, and World War II only added to the demand for his dehydrated potatoes. But the big break came in 1967 with a handshake deal for Simplot to produce McDonaldÕs frozen french fries. Statesman file photo
Frank and Bethine Church were among IdahoÕs most influential people. Church served four terms in the U.S. Senate, guiding the Wilderness Act of 1964 through Congress. IdahoÕs River of No Return Wilderness, the largest unbroken wilderness in the Lower 48, was named for him in 1984. He died in 1984; his widow died in 2013 at age 90, the grande dame of Idaho politics. Photo by Eric Bakke
1974: Evel Knievel, in his X-2 Skycycle, floats down to the bottom of the Snake River Canyon west of Shoshone Falls on Sept. 8, 1974, after his failed attempt to jump across the canyon. Photo by Stormi Greener
2000: Amid ridiculous (in hindsight) worries that internal clocks in computerized technology might not handle the transition from the 1990s to 2000, Boiseans celebrated the new millennium along with the rest of the world. The fear that civilization somehow might collapse with the onset of ÒY2KÓ had many people stocking up on food, water and other survival supplies. Photo by Chris Butler
1992: Randy Weaver, with U.S. Marshal Mike Johnson, arrives in Boise after his arrest in the Ruby Ridge standoff in North Idaho, in which WeaverÕs wife and teenage son and a deputy U.S. marshal were killed. WeaverÕs refusal to appear in court on gun charges sparked the shootout and became a flashpoint for anti-government sentiment. Weaver, who was charged with aiding and abetting murder, was found guilty only of failing to appear in court. Statesman file photo
1987: The Eastman Building burns in January at the corner of 8th and Main streets in Downtown Boise. The building would eventually be razed and become the ÒBoise Hole,Ó vexing city officials and developers alike as plans came and went for the space for decades. The hole wouldnÕt be filled until 2014, when the Gardner Co. opened Eighth & Main, the stateÕs tallest building and the Idaho headquarters of Zions Bank. Statesman file photo
1979: International jazz legend and Boise resident Gene Harris, left center, created a scene at Peter SchottÕs Lounge with Tuesday night open jams. Randy Leach is on guitar, Paul Meeres is on conga, Ernie Carr is on trumpet and Steve Clohessy is on guitar. ÒGene changed the musical landscape in Boise and my life,Ó says pianist Paul Tillotson, who sat in as a teenager. ÒIt's amazing to have a jazz master in your backyard.Ó Photo by Chuck Kneyse.
1980: ÒWhen Mount St. Helens blew (on May 18, 1980), a reporter and I headed north to see if we could intercept the ash cloud. We found about 8 inches of ash starting in Plummer and we were so buried in fine dust we could hardly move. We wrapped nylon stockings around the air filters of our car and tried to blow the dust out of our camera bodies and lens, but it was pointless. This is a shot of a woman and her child trying to make it across the street in Plummer.Ó More than 500 million tons of ash fell in Washington, Idaho and Montana, and traces were found around the world. Photo by Dave Tinney
1982: A line of caskets containing the bodies of Wai Ling Ng and her six children Ñ Kenneth, Raymond, Jim, Tamara, Diana and Rebecca Ñ before the memorial service for the family members, who died in a house fire on Dec. 13, 1982, in Boise. They are buried in Morris Hill Cemetery. Photo by Dave Tinney
1981: During the sickening Mud Lake Òbunny bashÓ in eastern Idaho, farmers, plagued by a bumper crop of jackrabbits, rounded them up to be clubbed, horrifying people across the state and nation. Statesman file photo.
1999: Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton led BoiseÕs Micron Technology through turbulent years. He died in 2012 when the experimental plane he was piloting crashed at the Boise Airport. Photo by Chris Butler