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No vehicle licence plates prior to 1991?[edit]

I find that hard to believe.

Semi-protected edit request on 24 January 2017[edit]

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state symbols[edit]

Italic textOkay, what I think needs to be mentioned is the symbols of ID. This article completely skipped this part. That's all I have to say!Tara bast sadie kane (talk) 18:00, 12 October 2018 (UTC)Tara bast sadie kane

Semi-protected edit request on 14 January 2019[edit]

Please add to section: In popular culture

Pale Rider was primarily filmed in the Boulder Mountains and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho, just north of Sun Valley in late 1984. The opening credits scene featured the jagged Sawtooth Mountains south of Stanley. soslee_com (talk) 21:16, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

 DoneJonesey95 (talk) 07:29, 15 January 2019 (UTC)

Include K-12 in education section[edit]

Information to be added or removed: I propose adding the below text in quotes to the education section of the page:

"Idaho ranked 45th in the nation for educational performance, according to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2018 report. It earned an overall score of 68.8 out of 100 points and a grade of D-plus. By comparison, the nation received a score of 75.2 or a C.

Idaho posted a C in the Chance-for-Success category, ranking 36th on factors that contribute to a person’s success both within and outside the K-12 education system. Idaho received a mark of D-minus and finished 49th for School Finance. It ranked 24th with a grade of C-minus on the K-12 Achievement Index. "

Explanation of issue: I believe this text would enhance the page, adding information on the quality of the state's K-12 education which is not currently available on the page. I'm asking your consideration because I work for Education Week. I apologize if I've misformatted this or left out information you need to make a decision - I'm rather new at this.

References supporting change: this is the source I'd cite: [1] Csmithepe (talk) 17:26, 11 February 2019 (UTC)Csmithepe


  1. ^ "Idaho Earns a D-Plus on State Report Card, Ranks 45th in Nation - Quality Counts". Education Week. Editorial Projects in Education. 37 (17). 17 January 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
Seems overly detailed for this article ...would have no problem with it at the main Edu article. That said the same data for University level might be worthy of merit....but grade school stuff is not a point that needs to be covered here.l--Moxy (talk) 17:38, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
    • Not done Just as with Indiana and Kentucky, this is simply not the appropriate article. Csmithepe, if you've posted this request on any other top level state articles, please remove it to the appropriate "Education in ..." article. Thanks. John from Idegon (talk) 20:21, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Etymology section[edit]

Does the etymology section of the article reflect consensus about the name, Idaho? I hope not. The section begins with a reference to the Rees essay of September, 1917, that first appeared in the Oregon Historical Quarterly (vol xviii no 2), pp 83-92. The essay does not argue that the "name's origin remains a mystery," but it provides information about the Shoshone derivation of the name and could be a source for the 1956 Martin Barber history text quoted a bit later in the section. And no mention is included in the section of Joaquin Miller's discussion with William Craig about the name in 1861. Rees suggests one translation of "Idaho" as the common phrase, "It's sun up." Rees' research could be an improvement to the section, not just a source for mystery. Or The Oregonian article at Oregonlive could be a reference. It quotes Miller's poetic expression, "the light or diadem on the line of the mountains," which means, "It's sun up."

Another way to improve the section might be a reference to the Shoshoni Language Project and its dictionary at the University of Utah. The online dictionary returned the word "tavaidoine" for the English word "sunrise," based on Malinda Tizdump's Shoshone Thesaurus (1970) of an Eastern Shoshone dialect.

But the claim by George M. Willing that he invented the name also is interesting. Why not include the claim offered by the wife of William H. Wallace? Wallace was a congressional delegate from Washington Territory, and his wife took credit for naming the state after her beautiful niece, herself named for an "Indian chief's daughter" by the name of Idaho, meaning "the gem of the mountains," according to Rees. Tamanoeconomico (talk) 06:28, 12 February 2019 (UTC)