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SALT LAKE CITY — The Mormon church announced Wednesday it will maintain its longtime affiliation with the Boy Scouts despite the organization’s decision to allow gay troop leaders — preventing what would have been a thundering blow to the national association.

NAMPA — Nampa GOP activist Ronalee Linsenmann said she’ll be with her grandkids Thursday, so she won’t make it to see 2016 presidential hopeful Rand Paul speak at the Nampa Civic Center. And in the crowd of 17 Republican candidates, Linsenmann said it’s too soon to really choose a standout.

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