PHOTO BLOG: Back to the future baseball

During a baseball game last week I made a photo that was eerily familiar. I remember one of my earliest assignments with the Times-News was covering a baseball game where the batter was hit by a pitch. I dug through my archive from 2009 and sure enough, there it was. As I compared the two images several things stuck out: It was the same team and the same jersey number. The ballpark was also the same, as was the lens I used to get the shot. I guess if you do this job long enough at one paper things, like this are bound to happen.

Bid to vote on betting machines at tracks sparks dispute

BOISE — Backers of a ballot initiative seeking to legalize lucrative betting machines in Idaho said Wednesday that the Coeur d'Alene Tribe has hired operatives to deter and intimidate voters from signing the petition, a claim the tribe denies.

Olympic women monument could head to Sun Valley City

KETCHUM (AP) — An Idaho man is looking for a permanent home for a monument honoring south-central Idaho’s six female Olympians.

Idaho’s Armstrong wins third straight Olympic women’s time trial

RIO DE JANEIRO — Kristin Armstrong had just put together another golden effort in an Olympic time trial, this time slicing through driving wind and rain, when her 5-year-old son approached her at the finish.

Nampa Man Spends Night in Snow Cave after Becoming Lost

TAMARACK, Idaho (AP) | A Nampa man spent the night inside a snow cave after he skied out of bounds of Tamarack Resort and became lost.

KIVI-TV reports that the Valley County Sheriff's Office received a call about an overdue skier on Sunday. Search and rescue officials found t32-year-old Sean Stevenson Monday.

Stevenson told officials he became disoriented and went out of bonds of the resort. Once he realized he was lost, he dug a snow cave for shelter.

Stevenson was treated for dehydration and minor exposure related issues.

College of Idaho Celebrates 125th Anniversary

CALDWELL (AP)• They came by the hundreds.

When College of Idaho founding president William Judson Boone said, “Let them come, let them all come, and we will see what they can do,” he could only hope hundreds of students would attend his institution for higher education for 125 years.

And since 1891, when the institution was founded, they have.

Nick Kytle is a junior at College of Idaho studying engineering. Kytle initially was attracted to C of I for the football program, in its second year of being reinstated, but soon found he was attracted more to academics.

“The institution itself, with the PEAK program, evolves the mind of the student athlete,” Kytle said. “It keeps the mind running.”

In its 125 years, according to officials, one of the College of Idaho’s proudest achievements is launching the PEAK curriculum, which stands for a Professional, Ethical, Articulate and Knowledgeable education. Students major in at least one while minoring in three of the following areas: humanities and fine arts, social science and history, natural science and mathematics and professional studies and enhancements.

Also in that time frame of 125 years, the college has weathered world wars, economic crises and decreased demand for a liberal arts education.

When asked why the College of Idaho has survived, former president Marvin Henberg, who was president from 2009 to 2015, emphasized the quality of a liberal arts education and the generosity of donors, particularly the Albertsons family.

“There is a special feeling in the state as a whole ... I certainly felt that when I was president,” Henberg said. “I could go to northern Idaho, I could go to eastern Idaho, and I’d run into people who were proud of the College of Idaho and were proud of it because it is singular and unique. I think if there had been two or three liberal arts colleges in the state and the pride was diffused a bit, I think the college might not have survived.”


Lillian Potter and Minnie Reed arrived for their first day of classes Oct. 7, 1891, which would become the College of Idaho’s founding date. As described on the college’s 125th anniversary website, these two students timidly sat across from an array of instructors and at 2 p.m. began their studies with a reading from the fourth chapter of Proverbs. Later that year, 17 more students would attend the college, bringing the student body to 19. Now, more than 1,100 attend.

The College of Idaho is the oldest institution in Idaho, and is currently the only liberal arts college. Today, in an environment where demand for a liberal arts education has decreased while demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates has increased, Henberg believes the struggle for a liberal arts education to remain relevant is not over.

Henberg said there is a great misunderstanding that a liberal arts education is not practical and therefore has limited place in today’s workforce. Henberg argues that it is actually the most practical education. Current C of I president Charlotte Borst stands behind this ideology and the college’s mission to continue providing a liberal arts education.

Borst said she gets a bit upset when some “in the political world” argue “it’s all about job preparation.” Borst said her husband, an IT guy, validates that a technical education (for example, skills learned through STEM) prepares students for about three or four years of relevancy in the workforce. For Borst, the importance and relevancy of a liberal arts education lies in preparing students to be citizens who can think critically and actively seek truth in society.

“From our founding mothers and fathers, there was insistence that the liberal arts were a way to freedom,” Borst said. “If we think about what it means to be an American citizen, a lot of our choices, regardless of the political climate, and a lot of our beliefs, are based on the fact that we want an educated citizenry. We have to be able to read.

“We have to be able to write well. We have to be able to understand numeracy of some kind. (A liberal arts education is) also based on being a whole person ... that you can understand if you are outdoors what you are looking at; if you are in an art gallery you can begin to appreciate art.”