Whether out of the mouth of an elected official, a student activist or a person moving out of homelessness, quotes can encapsulate the most prominent issues of our time.

The year 2018 was no different. With Boise hiring a world-famous architect to build its new Main Library, the Middleton School District facing a viral controversy over staff’s Halloween costumes, and prisons and jails trying to solve overcrowding issues, the year had no shortage of meaningful and memorable quotes from people in charge and everyday people on the streets.

In looking back at our stories over the year, we’ve compiled a list of the quotes that most stand out to us. Some may inspire you, others may infuriate you, but together they serve as a time capsule of sorts, bringing into focus the picture of 2018 as we step into a new year.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Lisa Sanchez

Boise City Councilwoman Lisa Sanchez speaks at the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s event in Boise on March 1, 2018.

“One of the decisions I made when I was younger was to not have children because of the way I saw our people treated in this country at times. I thought, why would I bring a child into this world when they would not be embraced by their own country?”

—Lisa Sanchez, Boise City Councilwoman, following the city’s resolution condemning the Trump administration’s policy to separate undocumented children from their parents.

“The human connection is what people need to keep focused on. We’re all the same in things that really matter. That connection is missing sometimes when you start labeling people.”

—Moses Mukengezi, Boise resident and refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo.

Blake Fischer

Former Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer poses with “a whole family of baboons” he says he killed on a recent hunting trip in Africa. Fischer resigned from his governor-appointed position on Monday.

“Anyways, my wife and I went to Namibia for a week. ... First she wanted to watch me and ‘get a feel’ of Africa ... so I shot a whole family of baboons. I think she got the idea quick.”

—Then-Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer in an email to over 100 people about his hunting trip, which went viral and led to his resignation.

“Two ladies have come forward describing how Kavanaugh actually intentionally flashed them with his genitalia uncovered while trying to urinate on them! Regardless that he was a newborn, these 2 Nurses have been scared & need an FBI investigation! #InvestigateKavanaugh.”

-Marv Hagedorn, chief administrator for the Idaho Division of Veteran Services, tweeted a joke during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“We spend a great deal of money to fix that problem after it’s already so hard to fix. And we don’t put as much effort into helping families at the front end.”

-Roger Sherman, executive director of the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund said about dealing with childhood trauma.

“It’s never been about the drugs and getting high. It’s always been about numbing the pain that I feel.”

-Marsha Fairbanks, former inmate of the East Boise Community Reentry Center. She is one of many women in Idaho and the country of the growing demographic of women behind bars.

“How soon do we forget about the people who make us great around here?”

-Mike Dittenber on southern Idaho’s migrant and Hispanic heritage.

Pedro Fernandez Ramirez Family

In this undated photo, Pedro Fernandez-Ramirez and his wife Liliana pose with their daughter Sofía after her baptism in Romita, Mexico. Fernandez-Ramirez died after a fight outside the Ford Idaho Center on June 11, but his family is still waiting for answers.

“Because he’s Mexican, you see the difference. There’s less of a spotlight.”

-Nicolas Zaragoza, whose nephew Pedro Ramirez-Fernandez died in a fight outside the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.

“People place kind of a value on us sometimes based on work and what we’re doing — it’s no different for people with disabilities.”

-Western Idaho Training Company, or Witco, CEO Maureen Stokes. Witco is a nonprofit that advocates and provides services for people with disabilities in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon, helping to integrate them into the community and promote self-advocacy.

“You can’t smoke hemp. The best you’re going to get out of that is a horrible headache. It’s not worth anything on the street, but it has many, many industrial uses.”

-George Patterson, defense attorney, after two truckers hauling what they said were immature hemp plans from a legal hemp farm in Colorado to one in Oregon were arrested in Idaho and charged with marijuana trafficking; Idaho law makes no distinction between hemp and marijuana.

March to Protect Idaho Kids

Willie Hughes, a former member of a Followers of Christ Church in Meridian, told the crowd how he and his siblings were denied medical care because of his parents’ religious beliefs.

“This is how I will always remember the people of this cult. Both my parents received the medical care they denied their children.”

-Willie Hughes, a former Followers of Christ member who spoke at the February rally to repeal the religious exemption.

“You can pretend people are black and white. But in between the pages are color, and you can’t ignore it.”

-Èva Lopez, a Nampa minister and transgender woman said regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ push to narrow gender definitions.

“I didn’t come here to speak. I came here to listen.”

-Kamil Khan, a Boise resident, said while joining a protest against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“A human tragedy should be remembered. For the simple reason that it should not happen again.”

-Mark Abajian, leader in the Idaho Armenian community, said during a speech at the blessing of the new Armenian Genocide Memorial in Boise.

Boise Pride Fest

People with pride flags wave them in the air during the Boise Pride Festival at the Capitol in Boise on June 16, 2018.

“Through a lot of prayer I have come to a place where I know that God is comfortable with me and my marriage. It doesn’t matter to me so much what members of the church might think or anybody else.”

-Laura Root leading up to Boise Pridefest in June. Root is a Mormon who was excommunicated from the church, she said, because of her sexual orientation and same-sex marriage.

HOUSING

“Sometimes you just get that warmth in your heart and in your soul and you know somewhere is the right place to be. It’s just meant to be.”

-Joanna Sherman, talking about moving into a new home on the Boise Bench through the Our Path Home program, after being homeless for a year.

“You hear about kids moving in with their parents because they can’t afford to be on their own, but parents moving back in with the kids because they can’t afford rent? It’s ridiculous.”

-Tammy Johnson, who was evicted with her husband after they fell behind on rent in June, talking about it is becoming increasingly difficult to make ends meet in Boise due to rising rents.

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Main Library model

A 3D model shows the proposed Main Library design in Boise.

“I don’t think there’s anything like this in Idaho. Between Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City there really is an architectural wasteland, so this is really going to up the game for Boise, but also for Idaho.”

-Kevin Booe, Boise library director, on the proposal for the new Main Library designed by architect Moshe Safdie.

“We’re in this for the long haul. We hope the community really loves this organization and they rally around us, because no matter what happens we’re going to need the support to keep whole.”

-Kurt Zwolfer, after announcing literary nonprofit The Cabin supports its historic building being relocated to Julia Davis Park to make way for the new Boise Main Library.

“We weren’t organized. We were just in knee-jerk, defend-your-home, go-in-there mode.”

-Bonnie Hardey, president of the South Eisenman Road Neighborhood Association, about the fight to prevent a 100-bay trucking terminal from being built next to the Blue Valley Mobile Home Park in Boise.

“It’s like deciding you’re going on a trip, buying a ticket and then asking your family what they think about you going on a trip.”

-Bruce Bistline, attorney for groups who tried to stop the city of Boise from accepting a donation to build a bike skills park in Military Reserve. The project was kept secret from the public until the donation was accepted.

“(BSU is) getting ready to find out how expensive a new stadium will be.”

-Chris Schoen, proposed Boise sports park developer, in an email to city officials about the university choosing to build its own baseball stadium.

“You don’t have the stop, walk and read museum of the past, because that’s not what visitors want. They want a really immersive experience.”

-Janet Gallimore, head of the Idaho State Historical Society, in October as the state museum reopened after a $17 million renovation and “reimagining” that included a four-year closure.

“This community had to completely transform itself. We put together a 15-year plan that took us 20 years to do.”

-Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas addressing the city’s growth. {/span}(tncms-asset)cfbca2c8-983a-11e8-a231-00163ec2aa77[6](/tncms-asset)

“Looking around the plaza and you see all of these people — this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

-John McGee, a former state senator from Caldwell, said at the plaza’s ribbon cutting. McGee is the vice president of the board of directors for Destination Caldwell, the organization that manages the plaza for the city.

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“Being sad is a waste of time. You just have to live as normal as you can the best you can.”

-Ethan Nichols, a Boise teenager who is slowly losing his eyesight to a rare genetic disease, that will eventually cause him to lose his eyesight entirely.

“I’ve seen it really change people’s lives, in terms of how they view winter.”

-Bob Sorvaag, Bogus Basin ski instructor, on the nonprofit resort’s “Passport” program, which offers adult beginning skiers and snowboarders four lessons, all equipment plus a season pass for the same price as the pass alone. Nearly 10,000 people have learned to ski or snowboard through the program since it started 18 years ago.{/span}(tncms-asset)97edf5c8-aca2-11e8-9f9b-00163ec2aa77[8](/tncms-asset)

“Balloonists see wind like a river in the sky.”

-Hot-air balloonist Scott Spencer, at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic in August.

“It’s hard to decide if it was the right choice. I was a 14-year-old trying to solve a situation bigger than myself.”

-Zachary Neagle, on making the decision to shoot and kill his father when he was 14 years old to protect his younger siblings from abuse.(tncms-asset)f1267dbc-def3-11e8-b20d-00163ec2aa77[9](/tncms-asset)

“IN THE EARLY DAYS, I DON’T THINK PEOPLE FULLY UNDERSTOOD THAT YOU CAN YELL AT REPORTERS AND POLITICIANS ON TWITTER. NOW EVERYONE DOES IT. I LIKE TO THINK I HELPED THAT PROCESS ALONG.”

-The anonymous person behind the @AngryNIdaho Twitter account on the parody account’s impact on local politics and journalism.

“You hear a lot of the time today, ‘Are libraries relevant in today’s society?’ and my argument is absolutely we are — probably more relevant than ever.”

-Larry Blackburn after being named 2018 Trustee of the Year by the Idaho Library Association.

“It gets in your blood, and you can’t get rid of it.”

-Gene Betts, director of operations for the Caldwell Night Rodeo said as staff geared up for the rodeo’s 84th year.

“I just wanted to come home. One last time.”

-George “Sunny” Emerson, 93, of Boise, a WWII veteran said on meeting with his other veteran friends in Nampa for lunch.

Nikeela Abrams

Nikeela Black, among the best female jockeys in Idaho, was paralyzed from the ribs down in a racing accident Sept. 2 in Blackfoot, Idaho. Following spinal surgery she has spent several weeks recovering and adjusting to life in a wheelchair at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, seen here Oct. 17.

“I’ve had several good friends who have been paralyzed from horse racing within the last five years. I knew the risks.”

-Nikeela Black, arguably Idaho’s most famous female horse jockey, said on the racing accident that left her paralyzed.

POLITICS AND ELECTIONS

“Jim Risch, Jim, thank you, what a great lawyer. I learned all about you, one of the great lawyers — think I have to use you.”

-President Donald Trump at a bill-signing ceremony in May, joking that he should add U.S. Sen. Risch, a Republican from Idaho, to his legal team.

“What Medicaid expansion does is it tells an able-bodied young adult, ‘You don’t need to work that much because the government will provide, and if you work and earn above a certain amount the government won’t,’ so it’s not a good incentive.”

-Fred Birnbaum, vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, speaking against Medicaid expansion. The ballot measure passed with more than 60 percent of the vote on Nov. 6.

“It affects so many different projects. Little things like neighborhood parks all the way up to the Grand Canyon.”

-Hollie Conde, development and communications manager for the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, said on the expiration of the Land and Water Conservation federal funding program for public spaces.

“Our dairymen have sustained tremendous losses already. We were starting to see a resurgence — but then the trade war started.”

-Bob Naerebout, chief executive officer of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association on tariffs hitting Idaho agriculture.

“I’m no pushover.”

-Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston, as the 10th-term state senator was named chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, which handles some of the touchiest legislation, from guns to abortion to elections. The move makes Lodge one of the few state lawmakers to chair three major Senate committees.

“I’m good with it because that’s the system. You know that going into it, you know? Because you know that going in there’s no surprise.”

-Idaho House Rep. Patrick McDonald, R-Boise, after losing his seat to second time Democratic challenger Jim Ellis in District 15. The district had Democrats elected for the first time in over two decades.

“You’re probably going to have to pay.”

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-Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, a retired CPA, on the surprise many Idaho income taxpayers will face in April, after many didn’t change their withholding after federal tax law changes.

Brad Little

Idaho Gov.-elect Brad Little gives his victory speech Nov. 6 in Boise. Voters selected a new governor for the first time since 2006, electing Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter. Little won with nearly 60 percent of the vote, a huge but not uncommon margin in the deeply red state of Idaho.

“Today, I am governor-elect of all of Idaho, not just my supporters and not just Republicans, but of all of Idaho. And that’s the way I intend to govern.”

-Brad Little on Nov. 7, the day after he was elected to be Idaho’s next governor.

Election 2018

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan delivers a speech as results continue to roll in Tuesday night at the Grove Hotel in Boise.

“We won in so many ways, Idaho.”

-Paulette Jordan, Democratic candidate for governor, to her supporters on election night; she lost to Little, the Republican candidate and current lieutenant governor.

“It’s important that we work together — we only have two bullets in the congressional gun.”

-Russ Fulcher, in September, saying he’d work with fellow Republican Mike Simpson if elected; current Rep. Raul Labrador has famously clashed with Simpson, and the two didn’t speak for six months. Fulcher went on to win Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat in November.

“I thought it was the funniest.”

-Ada County Republican Chairman Ryan Davidson, on why he ordered a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump holding a startled Hillary Clinton in a headlock and appearing to choke her, for display at the GOP booth at the Western Idaho Fair. The cutout was removed after complaints.

“Like many people, I’m sick and tired of the vitriol being hurled out there. ... And yes — I would also call out the Democratic Party if I saw something of this nature at the Dem booth.”

-Ada County Commissioner-elect Diana Lachiondo wrote on Facebook about the cardboard cutout mentioned above. Then-Ada County Commission candidate Sharon Ullman, a Republican, also decried the display, saying it promoted violence against women.

“That’s exactly what transparency is about. We want to know where the money is from.”

-Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s interim committee on campaign finance reform, after an Idaho Freedom Foundation plea to protect “donor privacy” drew little sympathy from the lawmakers on the committee.{/span}(tncms-asset)fc2d9448-d232-11e8-88d3-00163ec2aa77[13](/tncms-asset)

“It’s probably the purest form of volunteer taxation that I can think of.”

-Gov. Butch Otter on the Idaho Lottery, after the state lottery turned over a record $53.5 million dividend to the state, to be split between schools and state building maintenance.

“We know that polling has showed that the majority of Republicans as well as Democrats and independents support this measure — regardless of what the Legislature has done or what politics have been played.”

-Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, as she announced in July that she’d co-chair the campaign in favor of Proposition 2, the successful Medicaid expansion initiative.

“I am thankful for the Lord’s hand of protection this weekend. … Remember, ALWAYS wear a helmet!”

-Russ Fulcher, Idaho’s 1st District congressman-elect, after he was injured in a serious motorcycle accident just days after winning the May GOP primary.

“What the Democrats want here is catch-and-release. They don’t really care about the families. They want to have no enforcement of immigration law.”

-Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador, lashing out at his political opponents on immigration in June.

Tracy Andrus

Tracy Andrus, left, speaks at a “Don’t Waste Idaho” news conference opposing nuclear waste shipments, standing next to a bust of her father at Cecil D. Andrus Park, across from Idaho’s state Capitol, on Thursday.

“To the people of Idaho: Dad truly loved you and you loved him back. Being a part of the citizenry of Idaho was what made him happiest.”

-Tracy Andrus, daughter of the late longtime Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus, as Capitol Park was rededicated as Cecil D. Andrus Park in his honor in May.

COURTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Fiery Crash Scene

Small flags wave from a charred guard rail on the Cloverdale overpass over I-84 in Boise, Friday,June 22, 2018. The flags are in honor of three airmen, from Mountain Home Air Force base, killed in a fiery crash on June 16.

“It was a free-for-all on that stretch. It just happened so fast.”

-Treasure Valley resident Kevin Berringer on traffic conditions through an Interstate 84 construction zone where four people, including three U.S. airmen, died in a seven-vehicle crash June 16.

“Come on in. Just bring your wallet.”

-Vendor in Canyon County selling fireworks that are illegal to ignite in Idaho.

“This was an isolated event that happened because somebody did something horrendous and crazy, but I still think Boise is a great place to live. I do not believe the attack was racially or religiously motivated.”

-Muntaga Bah, a refugee from Gambia and president of the Islamic Center of Boise said at a vigil in July for nine stabbing victims, all refugees, who were celebrating a birthday party June 30 at an apartment complex when attacked. A 3-year-old victim, Ruya Kadir, died of her injuries.

“The crime scene, the faces of the parents with tears streaming down their faces, and the faces of children in the hospital, is something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.”

-Boise Police Chief Bill Bones on the mass stabbing.

“I can’t imagine seeing one of my children swallowed by a minivan in front of me. It bridged that gap between work and home life. That happens a lot.”

-Boise firefighter Tim Wonacott on the stressful situations first responders face which may contribute to their risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I just spent 700 days crying for my child, 700 days without hearing his voice. I’ve had an empty seat at my table for two Thanksgivings.”

-Allison Chambers speaking at the sentencing of Tommy Basco, who pleaded guilty to injecting her son with the dose of methamphetamine, which may have killed him.

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Idaho currently houses nearly 550 inmates at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility near Eagle Pass, Texas.

“I was helping to harvest orchards in Nampa when they came and told me I was being shipped to Texas. It was a bit of a slap in the face to go from doing something meaningful to this nonsense.”

-Idaho Department of Correction inmate Jared Deveraux on conditions at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, which is housing hundreds of Idaho prisoners.

“Well, it’s another day in paradise here in Eagle Pass.”

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“To me, judge, the most difficult question to answer in this case is, How did this happen? What caused Father Faucher to get involved in this world of satanism and child pornography?”

-Mark Manweiler, attorney for former Boise priest Thomas Faucher, at Faucher’s sentencing hearing for possessing child pornography and drugs.

“I don’t know how I would’ve made it through without Tom Faucher.”

-Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in a letter of support for retired Boise priest Thomas Faucher, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison on child porn and drug charges.

“I’m not at home and it’s not something I’ve done before. ... I don’t believe I should have to sit in a hotel room.”

-Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre as quoted in an affidavit of probable cause submitted by investigators from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, on why she spent county funds on a Ferris wheel ride and hockey game at a conference in Las Vegas.

“If you’re going to hold someone responsible for something they didn’t say, you’re going to have to meet a hard burden. That’s what free speech is all about.”

-Deb Kristensen in arguments before the Idaho Supreme Court in the case of Verity v. USA Today, a defamation lawsuit centered on the supposed implications of one of the newspaper’s stories.

“We’re the only place that can’t hold up a ‘no vacancy’ sign. We have to take them.”

-Debbie Field, chair of the state Board of Correction, on Idaho’s soaring prison population, as the board voted in July to back a $500 million prison expansion, including a big new state prison.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

“Can we call it an Amazon yet?”

-Nampa Councilman Randy Haverfield on Project Bronco, a major project slated for Nampa that is presumed to be an Amazon distribution center, but has not yet been officially identified.(tncms-asset)3c49e8d4-04a5-11e9-ab8a-00163ec2aa77[18](/tncms-asset)

“To be honest with you, I don’t know how that all went down. I wasn’t involved, but I believe we were asked to shoot some crows to place the dead carcasses on top of the building to keep the crows away.”

-Nampa Police Sgt. Tim Riha about why city police shot pellet guns at crows downtown.

“Who determines the flood plain? FEMA. Who sells you the insurance? ... Do you think that’s a bit of a conflict?”

-Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto about local flood plain maps.

“If there was a cheaper option, we would be presenting a cheaper option.”

-Then-Nampa Public Works Director Michael Fuss on the costs of federally mandated wastewater upgrades.

“We are deeply disappointed that the city of Boise has made the decision to file a petition in lieu of renewing its agreement with Ada County to pay for providing magistrate court services.”

-The Ada County Board of Commissioners in a news release after the city of Boise said it was ending the agreement to provide funding for magistrate court services. Boise later responded saying it was simply ending the 1980 agreement and would continue to pay 20 percent less per year until the courts are entirely funded by the liquor tax.

“I can’t support this activity. I feel like this is a bad path for the county to be going down.”

-Canyon County Commissioner Steve Rule on the jail trailers, which will house female inmates in the courthouse parking lot in Caldwell.

“It is not a fix-all by any stretch of the imagination. It is a Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging artery.”

-Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue on the jail trailers.

“We’ve always had to make do with less than others.”

-Chris Allgood, former Caldwell police chief said, addressing the police staffing shortage.

“How far behind do you get in public service before ... it’s going to be a catastrophe? Either a citizen dies because lack of service or a firefighter dies because lack of manpower there — it’s a scary thought.

-Local fire union President Will Gigray with the Caldwell Fire Department.

EDUCATION

“Education is the most important thing to me. It was my parents’ dream and it’s my dream. I would definitely say this is my American dream: I want to succeed in life and make my parents proud, to thank them for thinking of me when they migrated to U.S.”

-Nalelly Gonzalez of Homedale High School

Middleton School protest

Supporters of Middleton school teachers protest in front of the Middleton School District offices, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

“I’m called a liberal snowflake, I’m called a racist jerk. Yet the context of Middleton School District is we have excellent educators. We want those teachers working with our kids and just moving on from this event — but obviously learning from it, as well.”

-Middleton School District Superintendent Josh Middleton amid the controversy over staff costumes worn on Halloween depicting ethnic stereotypes.

“I feel like everyone just needs to get over themselves, grow up and not be so sensitive. I don’t think it was wise in today’s climate to do that, because everyone is so sensitive. But the ‘PC,’ crybaby stuff is just embarrassing. I support (the teachers) but would say next time — don’t take pictures! And probably don’t do it, it’s insensitive.”

-Roberta Stewart of Middleton regarding the costume controversy.

Ivanka Trump, Tim Cook met with cheers, protests at Wilder school

Flanked by security, Ivanka Trump, senior White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump, waves to supporters as she walks out of Wilder Elementary School on Tuesday. Trump was visiting the school with Apple CEO Tim Cook so they could see how technology is enhancing student learning.

“We got messages from parents here in Wilder who said they wanted to show the discontent they have with someone like Ivanka Trump coming here and pretty much using children as photo ops. Especially in an age where her father is throwing gas at young people — people in elementary school — at the border and then coming here and acting like it’s not happening is not OK.”

-Estefania Mondragon, a Nampa resident with PODER (Protecting Our Dreams and Empowering Resilience) of Idaho, which organized a protest on the day the first daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook visited Wilder Elementary.

“In just a 40-minute presentation I feel as if the ship of state has been put on course. I feel enormous relief.”

-Jim DiSanza, an Idaho State University department chairman, after new ISU President Kevin Satterlee apologized to ISU’s faculty and staff in August for 12 years of upheaval under Satterlee’s predecessor, Arthur Vailas.{/span}

“It’s an attempt to manage an activity that probably was going on anyway.”

-Idaho state Board of Education spokesman Mike Keckler, after the board voted 3-2 in June to authorize, for the first time ever, tailgating with alcohol before University of Idaho football games.

“Do not self-deploy to assist us.”

-Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen, telling parents not to bring guns to school lockdowns, after several parents responded to a Marsh Valley High School lockdown armed with AR-15 rifles and a pistol.

“We hear about another school shooting and we’re the ones that have to go sit in that same spot the next day. We’re scared.”

-Searra Ade, a 16-year-old junior at Boise High School, said while counter-protesting the 2018 Idaho Rally for the Second Amendment.

“We love Boise State. But we think it can be a safer place.”

-Brooke Frye, a Boise State University senior said while calling on the school to address sexual assault on campus.{/span}