Adam Cotterell http://boisestatepublicradio.org en At Least One Idaho Wind Farm Has Been Scrapped Because Of Sage Grouse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/least-one-idaho-wind-farm-has-been-scrapped-because-sage-grouse <p><em>The New York Times</em> reports more than two dozen energy projects in the West have been scuttled because of sage grouse, at least one of those projects was supposed to be built in Idaho.</p><p>The sage grouse represents a much bigger challenge for states like Idaho than its <a href="http://www.fws.gov/greaterSageGrouse/" target="_blank">turkey-like stature</a> might suggest. The bird is considered an important part of the high desert ecosystem, but it's sensitive to man-made development and its numbers are declining.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49357 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At Least One Idaho Wind Farm Has Been Scrapped Because Of Sage Grouse Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-more-idaho-children-live-poverty-education-outcomes-slide <p></p><p>The number of Idaho kids living in poverty has risen to 21 percent,<strong> </strong>that's a 3 percent increase since 2005. That means at least 87,000 Idaho children were living in poverty in 2012. The poverty statistic is just one of the findings in the annual <a href="http://www.aecf.org/inner-circle/embargoed-2014-kids-count-data-book/" target="_blank">Kids Count report</a> from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:31 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49229 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-cast-disney-s-planes-fire-rescue-and-their-real-life-idaho-counterparts <p>As firefighters work to contain wildfires burning in Idaho and the West, an animated Disney movie opens this weekend portraying what those wildland firefighters do in real life. Disney’s "Planes: Fire &amp; Rescue" isn’t exactly an action movie,&nbsp; it’s a cartoon about anthropomorphic talking airplanes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:22:50 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49073 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-upward-bound-college-program-helped-one-idahoan-change-his-life <p>Boise State University this week is joining hundreds of colleges and universities around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a program that helps kids go on to college. Upward Bound recruits low-income kids who would be the first in their families to go to college. <a href="http://www.coenet.us/COE_Prod_Imis/COE/NAV_Events/Upward_Bound_50th_Anniversary.aspx?WebsiteKey=b12f8263-178f-40a8-8d8c-6c9b4e9bdf71&amp;hkey=dea985d9-3485-4f67-b4bd-47a3004b6622&amp;Tabs=4" target="_blank">More than 2 million people have participated</a> in the last half-century.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:56:32 +0000 Adam Cotterell 48996 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life Assaults On Idaho Police Officers Go Up While Crime Rate Goes Down http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/assaults-idaho-police-officers-go-while-crime-rate-goes-down <p>More Idaho police officers are being assaulted on the job at the same time the state's overall crime rate ticked down. That's according to the <a href="http://www.isp.idaho.gov/BCI/CrimeInIdaho/CrimeInIdaho2013/Complete%202013%20Crime%20in%20Idaho%20Publication.pdf" target="_blank">latest crime report</a> compiled by the Idaho State police.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:13:25 +0000 Adam Cotterell 48120 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Assaults On Idaho Police Officers Go Up While Crime Rate Goes Down Census: Idaho’s Poverty Concentration Has Tripled Since 2000 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/census-idaho-s-poverty-concentration-has-tripled-2000 <p>More than <a href="http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/16000.html" target="_blank">15 percent of Idahoans live in poverty</a> according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a little higher than the nation as a whole. Now, a <a href="http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-27.pdf?eml=gd&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank">new census report shows that Idaho’s poor are becoming increasingly concentrated</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:52:09 +0000 Adam Cotterell 48011 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Census: Idaho’s Poverty Concentration Has Tripled Since 2000 Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/updated-shade-rule-aims-protect-idaho-fish-habitat <p>Idaho has long restricted cutting down trees along stream banks as a way to keep water cool for trout and a salmon. On July 1, an updated version of the <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1111108630404-108/2014_fpa-shade-rule-fact-sheet-rev062014.pdf" target="_blank">so-called shade rule</a> goes into effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47978 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/6-unique-things-youll-find-boise-international-market <p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/boiseinternationalmarket" target="_blank">Boise International Market</a> is set to open its doors sometime in August. It will start out with 17 micro-businesses selling products from around the world. Developers hope to add more vendors soon after it opens.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:25:01 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47865 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-entrepreneurs-hope-their-diverse-market-brings-idahoans-closer-global-cultures <p>A construction crew is busy renovating a dilapidated strip mall on the Boise bench. It’s just a big empty space with torn up floors, but by August this will be the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/boiseinternationalmarket" target="_blank">Boise International Market</a>. Lori Porreca is building the market along with her partner Miguel Gaddi.</p><p>The market will be home to many small businesses, each in stalls. There will be 17 when it opens and more added later. As Gaddi stands in the main entrance of his construction project, he describes what it will be like.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:06:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47742 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-saving-one-small-town-idaho-bookstore-might-hurt-another <p>A Ketchum bookstore will stay in business thanks to donations from its community. Last month, we <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ketchum-bookstore-asks-community-save-it-bankruptcy" target="_blank">told you ago about Iconoclast Books</a> owner Sarah Hedrick and her Indiegogo campaign to save her store.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:28:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47581 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-largest-school-district-change-its-name <p>Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, <a href="http://www.mymeridianpress.com/news/western-ada-school-district-to-be-new-name-for-meridian/article_758e9dc2-fc0f-11e3-a829-001a4bcf887a.html" target="_blank">according to the Meridian Press</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:26:21 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47680 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho May Have Trouble Defending Its 'Ag-Gag' Law http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-idaho-may-have-trouble-defending-its-ag-gag-law <p>On Wednesday a federal judge hears arguments on <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-idahos-ag-gag-bill" target="_blank">Idaho’s new “ag gag” law</a>, which creates stiff punishments for people who surreptitiously video or photograph agricultural operations.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:04:33 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47569 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho May Have Trouble Defending Its 'Ag-Gag' Law Idaho Democratic Leader Says Republican Fighting Is Helping His Party http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democratic-leader-says-republican-fighting-helping-his-party <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho Democrats meet this weekend in Moscow for their state party convention. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:18:43 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47335 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democratic Leader Says Republican Fighting Is Helping His Party How Republican Infighting Could Help Idaho Democrats...A Little http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-republican-infighting-could-help-idaho-democratsa-little <p>It’s political convention season in Idaho. <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-stakes-idahos-republican-convention-factions-fight-control" target="_blank">Republicans held theirs last weekend</a> and Democrats will meet this weekend. Randy Stapilus admits what happens at party conventions doesn’t typically reach<strong> </strong>directly into people’s lives. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:07:43 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47294 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-one-young-girl-could-change-idahos-strict-marijuana-laws <p>Nine-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare form of epilepsy called <a href="http://www.dravetfoundation.org/dravet-syndrome/what-is-dravet-syndrome" target="_blank">Dravet Syndrome</a>. She started having seizures when she was a couple months old. Her mom Clare says Alexis is a happy kid, but she can't speak or potty train.</p><p>“You have seizures that go on for over an hour and nothing stops them,” Clare says.</p><p>“It’s so hard to helplessly watch your kid seizing for an hour,” Alexis’ dad Michael Carey says. “You can’t describe how painful it is.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47175 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws Documentary Gives Voices To Idaho’s Often Silent ‘Add The Words' Protestors http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/documentary-gives-voices-idaho-s-often-silent-add-words-protestors <p>Members of Idaho's “add the words” movement have spent the last eight years asking state lawmakers to make it illegal to fire or deny housing to people because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Now a new documentary called "Add The Words" explores the events of <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/protests-and-arrests-idaho-any-closer-gay-rights-law" target="_blank">the 2014 legislative session when that protest movement turned into large-scale civil disobedience.</a></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:20:55 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46995 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Documentary Gives Voices To Idaho’s Often Silent ‘Add The Words' Protestors 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 Why Boise Is A Livable City For Moose http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-boise-livable-city-moose <p>The city of Boise <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/things-draw-people-boise-and-what-pushes-them-away" target="_blank">likes to tout its livability</a> to people looking to move in. It turns out, some of the same amenities that attract humans, might also make Boise look pretty attractive to a moose. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:51:25 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46922 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Boise Is A Livable City For Moose Use This Calculator To Figure Out Your Idaho Property Taxes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/use-calculator-figure-out-your-idaho-property-taxes <p>Property values in Ada and Canyon Counties went <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ada-county-home-values-go-assessor-doesn-t-see-bubble-loomingyet" target="_blank">up substantially this year</a>. Chances are, if you own a house here you’ve received a letter from the county assessor saying your home is worth more. In Ada County the <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/data-see-change-ada-county-property-values" target="_blank">average increase was 18 percent</a>.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:17:09 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Use This Calculator To Figure Out Your Idaho Property Taxes Boise Is Getting Hotter Thanks To Urbanization, Climate Change http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-getting-hotter-thanks-urbanization-climate-change <p>Boise is getting hotter faster than almost any other city in the nation <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-hottest-spots-warming-northeast-southwest" target="_blank">according to an <em>Associated Press </em>report</a>,<strong> </strong>but the Northwest as a region isn't warming as quickly as other parts of the country.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:11:20 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46588 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Is Getting Hotter Thanks To Urbanization, Climate Change