Boiseans were treated to a dramatic double rainbow Thursday morning. The temperature is expected to reach 61 degrees today and soar to 70 degrees Friday, but forecasters are warning rain may return to the Treasure Valley Saturday with clouds and precipitation lasting through Tuesday, March 21.
President Donald Trump is sending a budget to Congress today and, in line with his campaign promises, it's a hack-and-slash document that cuts funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (31 percent), the State Department (29 percent), the Department of Agriculture (21 percent), the Department of Labor (21 percent) and the Department of Justice (20 percent). The budget also calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which in turn funds National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting Service, and affiliated stations and channels like Idaho Public Television and Boise State Public Radio. Representatives of numerous Idaho public broadcasting and arts organizations responded to the prospect of such drastic cuts in January. Budget increases include the Department of Veterans Affairs (6 percent), the Department of Homeland Security (7 percent) and the Department of Defense (10 percent). For a breakdown of Trump's budget proposal, which must clear Congress to go into effect—an event many see as unlikely—check out The New York Times' graphic.