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As BW hit stands on July 7, four teams of representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were headed to Idaho to coordinate damage assessments in the counties affected by June's wicked weather. Federal, state and local representatives will spread out to conduct four concurrent investigations later this week.

You may remember in early June when high winds, heavy rains and floods swept through central and western Idaho. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter requested that FEMA conduct preliminary damage assessments to trigger a possible presidential disaster declaration. That, in turn, could generate up to $2 million in federal disaster assistance.

Team No. 1 will cover Lewis and Idaho counties; Team No. 2 will cover Valley County; Team No. 3 will cover Adams County; Team No. 4 will cover Gem, Payette and Washington counties.

As far as VIPs go, however, FEMA's reps are hardly the most high-profile crowd in Idaho this week. Every July, some of the globe's biggest media tycoons descend on the Wood River Valley for the annual Allen & Co. media conference getting underway this week. Call it summer camp for billionaires. The attendees are supposed to remain hush-hush, but the armada of private jets at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey makes it rather obvious.

Bloomberg Business is reporting Apple CEO Steve Jobs is in Sun Valley, as is News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Ironically, the event is officially closed to the press, but past events have included off-the-record business presentations, along with yoga, golf, trap and skeet tournaments, tennis, barbecues and cocktails at the Sun Valley Resort. It's the 28th annual event.

On June 24, Boise Weekly reported that Idaho's Public Charter School Commission pulled Nampa Classical Academy's charter. On July 2, Citydesk followed up that report with news the administration was begging forgiveness from their own educators. Many of the teachers were paid four days late last week, and the school's treasurer, Matt Schneiderman, apologized in an e-mail, saying he was surprised by the development.

Some Nampa Classical teachers receive their salaries over the course of 12 months, which means they expect to be paid through the summer. But the recent revocation of the charter also means revocation of any state funding beyond June 30.

In another piece of bad news for NCA: A potential $150,000 loan to the school has fallen apart.

Schneiderman says investors balked when the school's charter was revoked.

In what may be the final chapter, NCA has appealed to the State Board of Education, which is expected to rule on the fate of the school at its August meeting.

When Nampa Classical Academy opened its doors last fall, it quickly became the second largest public charter school in Idaho with more than 500 students.