Boise State Public Radio’s Correction Policy: http://boisestatepublicradio.org en High Stakes At Idaho's Republican Convention As Factions Fight For Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-stakes-idahos-republican-convention-factions-fight-control <p>In her 28 years covering Idaho politics, Betsy Russell has never gotten a press release from someone running for a political party chairmanship, until this year.</p><p>Normally only the party faithful would even notice the state Republican Party convention, which starts today in Moscow, and lasts all weekend. But this year, the convention and the chairman's race are getting a lot of attention.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:05:07 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High Stakes At Idaho's Republican Convention As Factions Fight For Control Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/incredible-post-avalanche-photo-shows-what-it-will-take-clear-idahos-highway-21 <p></p><p>Underneath all that snow, ice, and tree debris is Idaho's Highway 21. Somewhere. This dramatic image from the Idaho Department of Transportation shows just how much work is ahead for road crews in clearing off a 12-mile section of the scenic road south of Stanley. That orange dot near the middle of the image is an ITD crew member.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:15:11 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41591 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Incredible Post-Avalanche Photo Shows What It Will Take To Clear Idaho's Highway 21 Idaho State Senator Pushing For Guns On University Campuses Says It's A Basic Right http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-state-senator-pushing-guns-university-campuses-says-its-basic-right <p>On one corner of Curt McKenzie’s desk at the Idaho Capitol sit three candy jars. On the opposite corner - an Army green ammunition box.</p><p><a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membershipSingle.cfm?ID=98">McKenzie</a> is the Republican state senator from Nampa who introduced a <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.pdf">controversial bill </a>that would allow some people to carry guns on Idaho’s college campuses. The bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:05:00 +0000 Scott Graf 40663 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho State Senator Pushing For Guns On University Campuses Says It's A Basic Right Boise State: Allowing Guns On Campus Will Cost University About $2 Million Each Year http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-allowing-guns-campus-will-cost-university-about-2-million-each-year <p>Boise State University says <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.pdf">proposed legislation</a> that would allow guns to be legally carried on its campus would cost the school about $2 million each year.</p><p>BSU’s head of security and police services, Jon Uda, <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/201402/SB_1254_Needs_Assessment_Memo_021914.CR_Edits.pdf">detailed the costs in a university memo</a>. In it, he says having guns on campus would present “myriad” of new threats for campus security.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 05:28:58 +0000 Scott Graf 40607 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State: Allowing Guns On Campus Will Cost University About $2 Million Each Year Young Sun Valley Native Dies During Ski Race In Vermont http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/young-sun-valley-native-dies-during-ski-race-vermont <p>A college student from Sun Valley<a href="http://now.dartmouth.edu/2014/02/dartmouth-mourns-death-of-torin-tucker-15/"> died over the weekend</a> while competing in a skiing event in Vermont.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:11:18 +0000 Scott Graf 39536 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Young Sun Valley Native Dies During Ski Race In Vermont Albertsons To Close 7 Northwestern Grocery Stores http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/albertsons-close-7-northwestern-grocery-stores <p>The grocery chain Albertsons plans to close several stores in the Northwest.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1m5rn6V">The Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon reports</a> that seven of 111 shops will be shuttered. The affected stores are in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Albertsons spokesman Dennis McCoy says the Boise-based company is continuously evaluating its stores, pulling the plug on locations that are less profitable.</p><p>McCoy says some of the employees who worked at the affected stores may be able to transfer to a different location.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:56:42 +0000 Associated Press 38574 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Albertsons To Close 7 Northwestern Grocery Stores Sun Valley Skier Gunning For Olympic Gold...For The Virgin Islands http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sun-valley-skier-gunning-olympic-goldfor-virgin-islands <p></p><p>Next month, Sochi, Russia will host athletes from more than 85 nations at the Winter Olympics. Some of those countries might surprise you. They get no snow or have no mountains.</p><p>Remember the Disney movie "Cool Runnings?" It immortalized the Jamaican bobsled squad. Team Jamaica is coming back for more this year.</p><p>And so is the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. territory will likely be represented by a Whitman College student who calls Sun Valley, Idaho home.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:50:25 +0000 Tom Banse 38452 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sun Valley Skier Gunning For Olympic Gold...For The Virgin Islands Read: Idaho Gov. Otter Delivers His 2014 State Of The State Address http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/read-idaho-gov-otter-delivers-his-2014-state-state-address <p>Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter kicks off the 2014 legislative session with his annual State of the State speech at this hour.</p><p>Otter's speech is heavy on education, and increasing education funding. He's also using the speech to coin a new idea, instead of K-12 education, Otter says the state needs to think of public education as K-Career. "It is a formula that emphasizes local autonomy and accountability as the keys to success not only for our schools but also for our communities, our economy, and most importantly for our students," Otter says.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:01:27 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 38085 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Read: Idaho Gov. Otter Delivers His 2014 State Of The State Address Idaho's Democratic Candidate For Governor Listed As A Republican in 2008 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-democratic-candidate-governor-listed-republican-2008 <p></p><p>The Idaho Democrats' choice to run for governor was listed as a Republican five years ago.</p><p>In 2008, Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff was named as a Republican backer of then-U.S. House candidate Walt Minnick.</p><p>Balukoff was among 60 "Republicans for Minnick" during the Democrat's successful run against Bill Sali.</p><p>In an August 2008 e-mail from Minnick's campaign, Balukoff topped a group that had "supported the Republican Party with time, with money and with votes. And we will continue to do so in this election and in elections to come," according to the message.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:37:34 +0000 Associated Press 36552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Democratic Candidate For Governor Listed As A Republican in 2008 Report: Idaho Regulators Found Yeast In Chobani Yogurt Months Before Recall http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-idaho-regulators-found-yeast-chobani-yogurt-months-recall <p>A U.S. Food and Drug Administration report says the Idaho State Department of Agriculture detected abnormalities in yogurt at a Chobani facility two months before the company issued a recall, but state officials say that's not true.<br /><br />Chobani told grocery stores in late August to destroy 35 varieties of yogurt reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy products. More than 300 people reported getting sick after eating Greek yogurt produced in Twin Falls.<br /> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:11:58 +0000 Associated Press 36471 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Idaho Regulators Found Yeast In Chobani Yogurt Months Before Recall Update: 11-Year-Old Boy Killed In Idaho School Bus Crash http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-11-year-old-boy-killed-idaho-school-bus-crash <p><strong>Update 11:35 a.m.</strong>: Officials have identified the child who died in an Idaho school bus crash as 11-year-old Daniel Robert Cook.</p><p>Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris confirmed the child's identity. She says the boy died of blunt force trauma sustained in Thursday morning's collision, which also injured four children.</p><p>The bus was carrying 12 kids to a Kuna elementary school when it collided with a dump truck at a rural intersection. Four children were taken to the hospital with injuries, and the bus driver was taken to a hospital for emotional distress.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:32:21 +0000 Scott Graf & Associated Press 36470 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Update: 11-Year-Old Boy Killed In Idaho School Bus Crash Map: Proposed Megaload Route Will Wind Across Southern Idaho's Backroads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/map-proposed-megaload-route-will-wind-across-southern-idahos-backroads <p>Giant pieces of equipment headed for Canada's oil sands are expected to travel through southern Idaho once the oversized gear makes its way across Oregon.</p><p>Omega Morgan, a trucking company hired, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-denies-bid-re-open-idaho-highway-oil-field-megaloads">was forced to choose a new route</a> for moving its so-called 'megaloads' through Idaho after a judge blocked plans to ship the loads over U.S. Highway 12.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:10:48 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 36002 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Map: Proposed Megaload Route Will Wind Across Southern Idaho's Backroads 6-Man Football Struggles To Gain Footing In Rural Idaho High Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/6-man-football-struggles-gain-footing-rural-idaho-high-schools <p>It’s easy to hear the pride in Randy Jewett’s voice when he talks about his school’s football heritage. He stands in <a href="http://www.camascountyschools.org/Index.html">Camas County High School </a>in Fairfield, and points to class pictures that line the main hallway. He says in the 1970s, the Mushers were regulars in the state championship.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:01:30 +0000 Scott Graf 35495 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 6-Man Football Struggles To Gain Footing In Rural Idaho High Schools Report: Most Idaho Kids Don’t Get Screened For Developmental Problems http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-most-idaho-kids-don-t-get-screened-developmental-problems <p>Less than 30 percent of Idaho kids get developmental screenings recommended by doctors. That’s according to a report out this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get screened for developmental problems at nine-months-old, 18-to-24 months and at 30 months.</p><p>Perry Brown, pediatric education director at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho says those screenings are questionnaires doctors give to parents. Brown leafs through a file and pulls one out for parents of a 24-month-old.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:28:04 +0000 Adam Cotterell 35167 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Most Idaho Kids Don’t Get Screened For Developmental Problems Olympic Runner And Boise Native Nick Symmonds Advocates For Handgun, Assault Rifle Ban http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/olympic-runner-and-boise-native-nick-symmonds-advocates-handgun-assault-rifle-ban <p>Boise native Nick Symmonds took fifth place in the men's 800 meter run at the London Olympics last year. Now, he's advocating for strict rules on who can own handguns and assault-style rifles in the U.S.</p><p>This isn't the first time Symmonds has gotten political. In August, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/14/nick-symmonds-gays-russia_n_3755462.html">Symmonds criticized Russia's anti-gay legislation</a> by dedicating a medal he'd won in that country to his gay friends back home.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:14:57 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 35031 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Olympic Runner And Boise Native Nick Symmonds Advocates For Handgun, Assault Rifle Ban Actor Aaron Paul Rents Boise's Egyptian Theatre For Public 'Breaking Bad' Screening http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/actor-aaron-paul-rents-boises-egyptian-theatre-public-breaking-bad-screening <p>Actor Aaron Paul gave his fans plenty to tweet about Monday. The Idaho native says he’s rented out Boise’s Egyptian Theatre and wants everyone who can to come watch the next episode of <em><a href="http://www.amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad">Breaking Bad</a></em> with him on Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p>While the event is free, you'll need to get a ticket to get through the door.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:35:23 +0000 Sadie Babits 32088 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Actor Aaron Paul Rents Boise's Egyptian Theatre For Public 'Breaking Bad' Screening Beef Mixed With Plastic Sold To 78 Idaho Public School Districts And Charter Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/beef-mixed-plastic-sold-78-idaho-public-school-districts-and-charter-schools <p><strong>Update 11:00 a.m:</strong> Idaho’s Department of Education has issued a correction saying the removal of the ground beef from schools is technically not a “recall” but a “product retrieval.” According to a USDA spokesman the difference is who bought it. Legally speaking, a recall is issued by a company on retail products. Because the beef was not sold to the public it can’t be recalled.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:20:03 +0000 Adam Cotterell 32079 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Beef Mixed With Plastic Sold To 78 Idaho Public School Districts And Charter Schools Photos From Idaho's Beaver Creek Fire http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/photos-idahos-beaver-creek-fire <p>The Beaver Creek Fire burning near the Idaho resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley has <a href="http://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/beaver-creek-update-nearly-10000-homes-evacuation-alert">forced the evacuation</a> of at least 2,250 area homes and an additional 7,500 are prepared to evacuate if necessary.</p><p>The lightning-caused fire started Aug. 7 and has rapidly grown to 92,700 acres, or 145-square miles.</p><p>Here are some photos and video captured by reporters and people who live in the Wood River Valley from Aug. 16-17.</p> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:46:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 30863 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Photos From Idaho's Beaver Creek Fire Seven Idaho Schools Make Newsweek’s List Of 2013’s Best High Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/seven-idaho-schools-make-newsweek-s-list-2013-s-best-high-schools <p>The media team of Newsweek and the Daily Beast has released its annual <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/06/america-s-best-high-schools.html" target="_blank">list</a> of the nation’s best high schools. <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/06/america-s-best-high-schools.html" target="_blank">Seven Idaho schools</a> made this year’s top 2,000 list. Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy is ranked 89, the only Idaho school to crack the top 100.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 14:43:14 +0000 Adam Cotterell 25225 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Adopts New State Water Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-adopts-new-state-water-plan <p>Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday.&nbsp; But not everyone is happy about it.</p><p>The Idaho Water Plan doesn’t have the force of law, but it does offer some guidance over state policy when it comes to water.</p><p>Under state law, the proposed plan automatically took effect because it’s been 60 days since it was first introduced to the Legislature and no changes were made.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:04:34 +0000 Aaron Kunz 22138 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Adopts New State Water Plan