Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman

Nicole Blanchard

Idaho Statesman

Boise, ID, United States

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Past articles by Nicole:

Zoo Boise is set to open its first exhibit in more than a decade. Here’s what you’ll see.

Zoo Boise will open its Gorongosa National Park exhibit July 17, introducing African wild dogs, a Nile crocodile, African otters, baboons and more species seen in the Mozambique safari park. → Read More

Nampa man killed after his pickup truck crashed into a tree near Donnelly

A 28-year-old Nampa man died in a single-vehicle crash west of Donnelly after his truck left the road and crashed into a tree on West Mountain Road, police said. → Read More

Mountain wildflowers are blooming, and you can find them on these Boise-area hikes

Wildflowers are blooming along Boise-area trails in the mountains, Idaho botany experts say. Head to the Bogus Basin and Mores Mountain areas for trails that feature the best plants. → Read More

Bicyclist in serious condition after being hit by car in Downtown Boise

A bicyclist is in serious condition after being hit by a car at Front and 8th streets in Downtown Boise on the Fourth of July. → Read More

One woman dead, four others injured after accident on the Payette River Thursday

Four women were injured and another died after an incident on the Payette River north of Emmett, Idaho on the Fourth of July, according to Gem County Sheriff’s Office dispatch. → Read More

Boise used to top this list of best cities for recreation, but this year it plummeted

Boise dropped ten spots in Wallethub’s ‘Best and Worst Cities for Recreation’ findings for 2019, a list it once topped. Poor showings in quality of parks and entertainment facilities dragged Boise down. → Read More

Forget going around this Bogus-area mountain. These trails take you straight to the top.

Hike or bike to the top of Shafer Butte at Bogus Basin recreation area by connecting Deer Point, Elk Meadows and Pack trails. Views rival popular mountain biking loop Around the Mountain with less traffic. → Read More

Grab your tubes! Float season on the Boise River starts this week

The Boise River float season starts July 2, according to Ada County Parks & Waterways. Raft and tube rentals will be available at Barber Park starting Tuesday. → Read More

Update: Mountain Home teen found safe after police issue Amber alert

Idaho police issued an Amber alert for Bertonia McFadden, a 16-year-old developmentally delayed girl from Mountain Home. She’s believed to be with Erick Javier Miramontes Anaya. → Read More

‘PTSD does not count as a disability’: Idaho veteran says hotel ousted him over service dog

An Idaho veteran says the Hampton Inn in Medford, Oregon, locked him out after seeing his post-traumatic stress disorder service dog, assuming the akita was an emotional support animal instead. → Read More

Lucky Peak duck with dart through its neck ‘will likely suffer a slow death,’ officials say

A duck found at Lucky Peak with a blow dart through its neck has eluded capture, leading officials to believe it will die of the injury according to a Facebook post. → Read More

Idaho women are starting groups to hike, hunt and more — no guys allowed. Here’s why.

The number of women’s groups for outdoor activities is on the rise in Idaho for activities like hiking, hunting, whitewater rafting and more. Women say they’re more comfortable in the female-focused groups. → Read More

Boise River flow is nearing the magic number for the start of float season

The flow in the Boise River is decreasing to about 1,550 cubic feet per second by the weekend, the level considered safe for floating the river by Ada County officials. A start date for float season is TBA. → Read More

He ‘changed the course of conservation in Idaho.’ Now this outdoorsman is retiring

Rick Johnson, executive director of the Idaho Conservation League, is retiring after 40 years as an environmental advocate. His legacy includes collaboration that created the Boulder-White Clouds wilderness. → Read More

The X Games are in Boise this weekend, which means these Downtown roads will be closed

The Boise X Games qualifier takes place at Rhodes Skate Park downtown, closing multiple roads from Tuesday, June 25, until Sunday, June 30. Closures will also affect lanes on the I-184 connector. → Read More

Idaho trio arrested after allegedly ‘pistol whipping’ a man who sold them fake heroin

Meridian police arrested three people on battery and drug charges after they reportedly pistol whipped a man who sold them fake heroin in Boise. The man was treated at a local hospital and released. → Read More

A popular hunting personality just bought one of Idaho’s top outdoors gear brands

Popular outdoors brand MeatEater, founded by sportsman Steve Rinella, bought First Lite, an Idaho-based outdoors gear company that makes hunting apparel. → Read More

Idaho is home to plenty of ticks but no Lyme disease, experts say — at least for now

The type of ticks that carry Lyme disease don’t exist in Idaho, but research on the bugs is lacking due to lack of resources, a University of Idaho entomologist said. Could black-legged deer ticks move here? → Read More

Boise woman killed in head-on collision early Sunday morning

A Boise woman died of injuries sustained in a crash Sunday morning on U.S. 20 near Parma. A Caldwell man was also injured in the head-on collision. → Read More

This Boise man just climbed Everest for the 20th time. He’s never seen it so busy.

Ang Dorjee Sherpa climbed Mount Everest for the 20th time in May while working as a mountain guide. He was on the peak when several people died in crowded traffic jams. He said Everest is busier than ever. → Read More