It's a BIG day for Idaho!
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to The Special Olympics World Winter Games!
He'll be arriving in Boise today on Air Force TWO. We've just learned his plane could be up to three hours late due to weather conditions! But, he'll be here! We'll have full coverage at noon, 5pm and 6pm. Reporter Ysabel Bilbao is the pool reporter - she'll be with the VP all day. Pretty neat assignment, huh?
Also today, don't forget to say Happy Birthday to "Old Abe". Abraham Lincoln that is... I wonder if he enjoyed being called OLD ABE? I would think not. He's such a serious fella:
It's his 200th birthday. My co-anchor Doug Petcash did a special feature on our Idaho statue. It was covered in bird droppings (that's a pleasant word for bird p**p) and vandalized. So, our Idaho Abe went to rehab, and now he's good as new!
Well, as good as 200 years old can look! The rennovated statue will be unveiled in front of the Capital today at noon. You can go! Here he is, all covered up and ready for the big moment...
This is a neat part of the story - elementary school children statewide collected about 300,000 pennies to help rehab ABE. Good job kids!
Abe Lincoln is close to our hearts as Idahoans, because he created the Idaho territory in 1863. Many people don't know that... One more fun fact: the statue was created in 1915 and is the oldest public monument to Lincoln in the west. (I'm geeky and I enjoy little bits of information like that.)
P.S. Today and tomorrow are the last days of The Special Olympics World Winter Games! You still have time to be a fan. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. Yesterday I went to Speed Skating at Idaho Ice World... it was incredible!
One more thing, tomorrow night, plan on a front row seat to the Closing Ceremony! That front row seat is on your couch! We'll be broadcasting the event from 7pm-9pm right here on KTVB.