Businesses embrace LGBTQ festival, rights even in conservative Idaho

BOISE — At the first Boise Pride Festival in 1989, 20 years after the infamous Stonewall riots in New York City, participants wore masks or paper bags over their heads to shield their identities. They were afraid of being identified by co-workers, bosses, friends and acquaintances.

Water customers should irrigate on scheduled days

TWIN FALLS — Homeowners in Twin Falls are reminded that the community has a Water Conservation Ordinance that requires residents to follow the city irrigation schedule. The ordinance, which was adopted in 2004, encourages conservation of southern Idaho’s limited groundwater resources.

Enjoy Granger Smith and McKenna Faith in concert Saturday

SUN VALLEY — The Sun Valley Resort will present Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr. with special guest McKenna Faith on Saturday at the Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Faith will perform at 6:30 p.m. and Smith with Dibbles Jr. will headline at 8:15 p.m.

Nevada Researchers Trying to Turn Roadside Weed into Biofuel

RENO, Nev. | Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.