Hurricane Irma plowed through the State of Florida, making landfall Sunday. Though the storm had been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane—it was Category 5 during its deadly trek through the Caribbean—it still precipitated one of the largest evacuations in the history of the United States. According to National Public Radio, one-third of Floridians had been told to leave their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma.
A scene from the Sept. 9 DACA rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol.
Approximately 1,000 people attended a Saturday morning rally in Boise in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, also known as "Dreamers." President Donald Trump announced Sept. 5 he would discontinue the Obama-era executive order to Congress, prompting nationwide demonstrations. As part of that announcement, the program will accept no new enrollees, and DACA renewal requests will be accepted until Thursday, Oct. 5. The program defers deportation of some who immigrated to the United States as children, allowing them to work and attend school in the United States. Though Dreamers pay taxes, they are ineligible for many programs available to American citizens, like Social Security and federal scholarship aid. There are approximately 3,100 Dreamers living in Idaho.
Two fellows with the Idaho Commission on the Arts will read from their new and upcoming works this evening at the September Campfire Stories: Bethany Schultz and J. Reuben Appelman. Schultz is a poet and assistant professor of English at Idaho State University, author of Miss Lost Nation, which won the Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award in 2016. Appelman is a
"special lecturer on the issue of Human Trafficking for the Honor’s College at Boise State University," a screenwriter and the author of The Kill Jar. The readings begin at the Modern Hotel and Bar at 8 p.m.