The case is closed, I guess, on a couple nagging Idaho issues. The first is that mysterious stabbing on the side of I-15 yesterday. Police have now talked to the witness and suspect and it looks like it’s maybe not a very big deal after all. The second is the very non-mysterious case of two top Republican lawmakers who were trying to fire two of their own from Idaho’s redistricting commission. The Idaho Supreme Court told nipped that case in the bud. Well I guess we can always go back to our general gloom and doom, right? Right.
- Officers finally contacted the woman who was allegedly stabbed on the side of I-15 near Fort Hall yesterday, and she’s not even looking to press charges! The whole situation started when a driver saw the woman and a man chasing a second man down the highway with a baseball bat. She told the driver that the man being chased stabbed her before he ran away. Police found a man walking down the highway soon after, and picked him up after he was being uncooperative, despite his claims to not be involved in the alleged stabbing. Police later contacted the woman who said she is unhurt and does not want to file a complaint. Well, case closed I guess. [LN8]
- The Idaho Supreme Court dismissed a bid by top Republican lawmakers to fire two people from the state’s redistricting commission Wednesday. Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney and Idaho GOP Chairman Norm Semanko were looking to fire two of their own after the Supreme Court determined the commission’s redistricting map to be unconstitutional earlier this month. The two released a joint statement that sounded, well, kind of delusional: “Unfortunately, the Idaho Supreme Court was unable to reach the merits of the case yesterday, opting instead to dismiss it on procedural grounds. As a result, the Court did not decide whether the Redistricting Commissioners can, in fact, be replaced.” Guys, shhhh, it’s over, ok?
- The Department of Labor released new data yesterday that suggests Madison County has an incredibly high unemployment rate. While it officially has one of the state’s lowest unemployment rates of 6.1 percent, that number jumps to an astonishing 23.6 percent when you include the full-time students looking for work. It’s not an insignificant part of the population—Rexburg is home to BYU-Idaho, which is home to about 14,000 students. From 2000 to 2010, the county’s population grew by 37 percent, while employment only grew by about 24 percent. And after all, Burger King only has so many openings. [LN8]
- Seal Team Six is back! The elite squad, made famous for killing Osama bin Laden last year, completed another stunning mission three months ago to save a 32-year-old former American teacher and a 60-year-old man from Denmark, who had been captured by Somalian pirates in October. Details are finally coming out about the raid in which the team captured six pirates and killed nine more. The former hostages were taken to a base camp in Djibouti and are safe and sound. So coolest squad ever or coolest squad ever? [TDB]