Travis Olson

Fortcraft: Building Worlds With Cardboard At Treefort

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest is well underway and events like Hackfort, Storyfort and Filmfort are just part of the fun. This year, Kidfort will once again bring concerts, crafts and interactive events to a younger audience. New this year is an idea dreamed up by one Boise man who wants kids to put down their electronics and start building things out of cardboard. Travis Olson’s tiny backyard is full of cardboard. There are cut up boxes piled on the lawn and tape everywhere. And volunteers are...

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The 2017 Legislative Session is in the closing weeks at the Idaho Capitol. Soon, elected officials will leave Boise for their home districts. Another group will also be wrapping up. These are pages: high school students who work alongside the senators and representatives.

Shanyce Barber, a high school senior from Payette, is a page for the 2017 legislative session.

"When I told people I was becoming a page, they were like, 'Why?' They were just kind of shocked," Barber says. "They thought it would be a boring experience, but they couldn't be more wrong."

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Idaho House lawmakers used Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's budget plan for fiscal year 2018 to highlight their displeasure with the chief legal officer's recent agreement to repeal two anti-abortion laws.

House members voted 40-30 on the attorney general's budget Monday, a narrow vote in a Legislature that typically displays overwhelming support for funding proposals once they are set by budget writers.

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Despite having a record season, Boise State's women's basketball team lost in their first round match of the NCAA tournament. After a winning streak of ten victories in a row to clinch the Mountain West Championship, the Lady Broncos seemed like a bracket no brainer.

The team’s magic ran out in Southern California over the weekend when the Broncos lost to UCLA; the final score was 83 to 56.

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A plan from Congressional Republicans to replace Obamacare could result in a mass exodus from Idaho’s online health insurance exchange.

State officials say almost 60,000 people could leave the exchange under the new proposal. Your Health Idaho director Pat Kelly said Friday that’s because it removes tax credit subsidies and the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

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Podcasts are taking over Treefort Music Fest this year. The annual festival – which will host 420 bands – is giving podcast lovers some immersive opportunities during the March 22-26 event.

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As the Little Ski Hill closes in on its 80th season, it’s easy to wonder why the tiny mountain has persisted for so long. It’s sandwiched between two destination resorts: Brundage and Tamarack. But therein lies one of the marvels of the tiny mountain -- people love it because it's not like any other resort.

 

 

There is no chairlift here. At the bottom of the mountain, skiers and snowboarders shuffle into the path of an aging t-bar.

 

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What began as a tax cut bill in the Idaho House morphed into a repeal of the state's 6 percent grocery tax when the legislation was presented in the Senate Thursday.

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Right now, state boards and commissions created by executive order are not subject to Idaho Open Meeting law. That means they can hold meetings without letting the public know, and without letting the public sit in on the discussions.

If a new bill passes muster at the statehouse, that could change. Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, proposed the change yesterday, fittingly during Sunshine Week – a week meant to expose transparency issues in government. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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Bills were flying fast and furious in and out of the Idaho House and Senate this week, as lawmakers try to meet next Friday’s deadline to wrap up the session and go home.

As week ten of the legislature comes to a close, lawmakers still haven’t solved the Medicaid Gap in Idaho. Those are the people who can’t afford health care but make too much to qualify for Medicaid. Transportation funding and a tax cut are also still in the mix.

Boise State University political science professor Gary Moncrief says there are still around 100 bills to be considered in the House and Senate.

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Two bills related to faith healing were introduced at the Statehouse Wednesday. The Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, Jeff Siddoway, said he’ll probably schedule a full public hearing for one or both of the competing measures.

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