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Nampa wasn’t always called Nampa. How it got its name
Anna Daly writes: Nampa is the third largest town in Idaho – but it used to be called something else.
In 1883, the Union Pacific built the Oregon Short Line Railway from Granger, Wyoming to Huntington, Oregon. Towns popped up every 10 to 15 miles along the tracks – one of those was Nampa.
But it wasn’t called Nampa at that time. In 1885, according to the City of Nampa website, Alexander and Hannah Duffes, decided to buy 160 acres and make the sagebrush-filled land their home – with the intent of building a town. The Duffes were very religious – refusing to sell land to anyone who wanted to build a saloon. This led to people calling the town the “New Jerusalem”. Ironically though in 1888 – The Nampa Progress – which was the town’s first newspaper – listed 28 businesses – 3 of which were saloons.
Eventually, the name Nampa was adopted for the town and according to Nampa historian, Annie Laurie Bird, the name comes from the Shoshone word, Namb – which means moccasin or footprint.
“I learned that the Indians (Native Americans) of the region were wont to stuff their moccasins, during cold weather, with sagebrush leaves,” Bird wrote. “This would enlarge to unusual size, the tracks of Indians wearing such stuffed moccasins”
Idaho gets $119 million in opioid settlement
After three years of negotiations, the state of Idaho was awarded $119 million as part of a $26 billion opioid agreement with major pharmaceutical distributors.
Along with Idaho, 48 other states were a part of the settlement with Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Johnson & Johnson. It’s the second largest consumer settlement in state history, behind the 1998 national tobacco settlement, according to Governor Brad Little’s Office.
Under the agreement, all funds must be spent on opioid remediation programs. Forty percent of the money will be divided up between Idaho’s 44 counties and 24 different cities. Another 20% will go to the state’s regional public health districts. The remaining 40% will go to the State-Directed Opioid Settlement Fund, which will be appropriated by Idaho lawmakers based on recommendations from the Idaho Behavioral Health Council.
Idaho could receive its first settlement payment in the next several weeks.