Michael Vaughan Update + Flags half staff + Egyptian Theater History



Hello Monday. Gretchen Parsons here to start the work week.

Hello. After two pilots are killed fighting the Moose Fire, the flags are half-staff. Plus, an update on Michael Vaughan’s research.

  • Today: 98° ☀️🌫 Sunny with patchy smoke.

First place today

Update: Almost a year since the disappearance of Micael Vaughan

This Wednesday will mark one year since Michael Vaughan, who was five at the time, disappeared from his Fruitland home.

On Friday, Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff updated the public on their search efforts. Huff was accompanied by agents from the FBI, other Idaho police departments and Michael’s family.

Michael was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on July 27 at his home. Investigators now believe Michael disappeared between 6:40 and 7 p.m.

Earlier in the investigation, police were trying to identify a blue Dodge Avenger, a white Honda Pilot, a man jogging in the area and a man walking in the area. The Dodge Avenger and jogging man have been identified and investigated. Police believe the Honda Pilot belongs to a local resident, but this has not been verified. The man who was seen walking through the area is the man pictured above. Police say the man is not a suspect but has not come forward and they need to speak to him.

Huff pointed out that authorities are playing their cards close to the vest, as it is a criminal investigation.

“The majority of our investigative efforts simply cannot be made public at this time,” Huff said.

The police chief said there were several people of interest but did not give details.

Since Michael’s disappearance, authorities have searched more than 200 homes and properties, more than 3,000 acres of farmland and used special equipment to search the Snake River. Twenty-seven search warrants have been executed and search warrants are still being drafted.

“We haven’t quit, every day we have unfinished business,” Huff said. “Our investigation remains intense and robust.”

The reward for information leading to Michael’s return is $52,000. Anyone with information is asked to call the police or Crimestoppers on 343 Cops.

Flags at half mast for pilots killed in Moose Fire

Gov. Brad Little ordered the flags flown at half-staff after two pilots were killed battling the Moose Fire near Salmon in Lemhi County.

Thomas “Tommy” Hayes of Post Falls and Jared Bird of Anchorage, Alaska were killed when their helicopter crashed last Thursday while battling the blaze.

“The men were experienced pilots and both served our country in the armed forces,” Little said. “Our brave firefighters face extremely difficult conditions to protect lives, property and the earth. The people of Idaho pray for the loved ones and colleagues of these firefighters as we mourn this tremendous loss.

The Moose Fire is burning on both sides of the Salmon River near the Idaho-Montana border. The last InciWeb data mapped the fire on nearly 29,000 acres. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

History of the Egyptian Theater in Boise

This story is an excerpt from forthcoming book Boise: City of Trees, slated for release this fall from David R. Day and the team at BoiseDev. You can pre-order now.

Anna Daly writes: Located around the corner from busy Capitol Blvd. and Main Street in downtown Boise, the Egyptian Theater is one of Boise’s oldest performing arts and film venues and is the last to have a single screen.

In 1927 the first tickets were sold and the red curtains drawn for the theatre’s first film screening – Don Juan Tenorio. Since then, hundreds of concerts, speakers, film festivals and film premieres, including premieres of The Bourne films, have been held there.

Designed by Frederick C. Hummel of the architectural firm Tourtellotte & Hummethe theater’s Egyptian Revival style was inspired by the tomb of King Tut.

“The proscenium, with heavily gilded details, is the main feature of the Auditorium,” the theater’s website notes of its design. “A large winged scarab, detailed in the drawings, holds a sun disk with ureaus and sits above the torus of the cornice in a painted panel with a geometric star pattern.”

Although the design style is Egyptian-inspired, the theater has had several names over the years, including the Fox in the 1930s, the ADA in the 1940s, and in the late 1970s the theater was reverted to its original name. In 1974 the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1999 the theater underwent a major renovation. Today, the theater retains its original charm and welcoming atmosphere.

It’s happening today

  • Library session: The Boise Public Library is hosting a virtual listening session at 6 p.m. tonight. This is an opportunity for residents to share their vision of what the library should be. Register here.
  • IYR Fire Fundraiser: The Idaho Youth Ranch is ask for help after Monday’s fire destroyed its warehouse and a ton of goods.
  • Jackpot: The Mega Millions jackpot is nearly $800 million! The next draw is Tuesday.
  • CDHA Art: Check new design featured on ACHD sweeper trucks. It was created by a 10th grader.

BoiseDev Reports

Karen Street? 6th street and 6th street? Idaho street name issues plague Google Maps

Karen St. McCall

You might have noticed something weird on Google Maps lately. There are a large number of incorrect and inaccurate street labels in Ada County. Also, as Don Day reports, a street in McCall was suspiciously renamed Karen St.

Idaho Reptile Zoo continues to expand Boise location

The Idaho Reptile Zoo continues to expand to make room for more exhibits and guest interaction. BoiseDev intern Morgan McDonohough takes us inside the 10,000 square foot facility.

  • house fire: A two-story house fire caused by hot ashes in a trash can destroyed a home in Boise early Saturday morning. Read the full article from KTVB.
  • Vault fees: The City of Meridian has approved an increase in the cap on how much companies can charge an individual to remove a trunk from their car. Details from the Idaho Press.🔒
  • Mark Nye: The AP reports that longtime Idaho lawmaker, Sen. Mark Nye, has passed away. He was 76 years old.
  • Daddy’s beard: Idaho News 6 introduces us to a local gourmet cotton candy shop at Caldwell’s Indian Creek Plaza.

Things to do

  • No VIN: Relax and have a glass of wine at Bodo Vino in Meridian on Tuesday. There will be live music from 6 p.m.
  • Cribbage: Calling all Cribbage players! Matlacks in downtown Boise is hosting a tournament Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. All skill levels are welcome.
  • Alive after 5: Alive After 5, the free summer concert series at Grove Plaza, takes place on Wednesday. The Wavves headline the show.
  • District concert: The Neighborhood Concert Series arrives at Gairview Park from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

animal of the day

Look at this happy guy! Meet Falcon. Owner Nick Saras says Falcon enjoys swimming, catching insects and scratching its belly. He also likes to protect the yard, and a great job he does I’m sure.

Submit your pet’s photo here, and we can present it from Monday to Thursday! Additionally, our friends in Zamzows will send a prize to the winning animal (owners)!

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