Adam Cotterell http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Listen: ACLU Idaho Leader Talks About Triumphs, Failures And Moving On http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/listen-aclu-idaho-leader-talks-about-triumphs-failures-and-moving <p>For six years Monica Hopkins has been one of Idaho’s top civil rights campaigners as head of the ACLU of Idaho. Now Hopkins is leaving the state to take charge of the American Civil Liberties Union branch in Washington D.C. &nbsp;</p><p>Hopkins says the ACLU of Idaho has accomplished a lot in these last six years. Among those successes, she lists lawsuits seeking better conditions for inmates in Canyon County as well as lawsuits against prison operator Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:12:36 +0000 Adam Cotterell 44033 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Listen: ACLU Idaho Leader Talks About Triumphs, Failures And Moving On Software Company Declara To Expand Its Boise Office http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/software-company-declara-expand-its-boise-office <p>A software company with an Idaho presence is expanding its operations thanks to an influx of cash. Palo Alto-based <a href="https://www.declara.com/" target="_blank">Declara</a> announced a new $16 million investment Wednesday.</p><p>The company’s Boise office of 10 developers will double because of that, a spokesman says. It also plans to expand its offices in California and Mexico.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:40 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43986 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Software Company Declara To Expand Its Boise Office A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/landslide-buried-boise-mud-55-years-ago-scientists-say-it-could-happen-again <p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:27:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43866 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Landslide Buried Boise In Mud 55 Years Ago, Scientists Say It Could Happen Again Lack Of Scientific Equipment In Idaho Makes Understanding Challis Earthquakes More Difficult http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lack-scientific-equipment-idaho-makes-understanding-challis-earthquakes-more-difficult <p>Geologists plan to install three portable devices known as seismometers or seismographs in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/earthquake-swarm-continues-shake-central-idaho">recent flurry of earthquakes</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a sequence of quakes rumbling the area, the largest of which was a 4.9-magnitude quake on Saturday which shook pictures off walls. Challis residents also felt earthquakes above 4.0-magnitude on Monday and April 10.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:17:24 +0000 Associated Press & Adam Cotterell 43555 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lack Of Scientific Equipment In Idaho Makes Understanding Challis Earthquakes More Difficult BYU-Idaho Makes List Of Most Underrated Colleges http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/byu-idaho-makes-list-most-underrated-colleges <p>Leaders at many of Idaho’s colleges and universities would argue their schools don’t get the credit they deserve. But the most underrated is Mormon Church-owned Brigham Young University-Idaho, at least according to the news website <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/underrated-college-in-every-state-2014-4?utm_source=slate&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_term=partner" target="_blank">Business Insider</a>.</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:44:08 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43369 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org BYU-Idaho Makes List Of Most Underrated Colleges Meet Two Couples Suing To Make Same-Sex Marriage Legal In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-two-couples-suing-make-same-sex-marriage-legal-idaho <p></p><p>Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson have been together for three years. Within the last six months they've become the public face of an effort to strike down Idaho's constitutional ban on gay marriage. At home, they're like many other couples playing with their dogs on the back patio.</p><p>“Charlie's the corgi,” Amber says. “Then we’ve got the Labradoodle Boozer. And Georgia is the basset hound.” Add in Herman, the big orange cat, and that’s their family -- so far. The two have planned on having kids ever since they got together more than three years ago.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 43160 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet Two Couples Suing To Make Same-Sex Marriage Legal In Idaho From Idea To Opening Night, Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play Has Arrived http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idea-opening-night-boise-contemporary-theaters-new-play-has-arrived <p>A new original play opens Saturday at Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT), and there’s a chance the actors might be handed new lines between now and then. I’ve been <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/topic/uncanny-valley-writing-play-digital-age" target="_blank">following the creation of <em>The Uncanny Valley</em></a> for nearly a year, ever since I had a chance run in with BCT’s Dwayne Blackaller last April. He told me about the new play he was writing with BCT artistic director Matthew Cameron Clark.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:51:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42910 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org From Idea To Opening Night, Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play Has Arrived Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/removed-idaho-education-task-force-one-member-cries-foul <p>A member of Idaho’s '<a href="http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/board_initiatives/education_improvement_taskforce/taskforce_jump.asp" target="_blank">Task Force for Improving Education</a>' has been kicked out of the group. Mike Lanza says he was told it was because he went to work for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s Democratic challenger.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:38:10 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42831 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Removed From Idaho Education Task Force, One Member Cries Foul Josh Ritter, Michael Franti, Portland Cello Project Included In Sun Valley Concert Lineup http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/josh-ritter-michael-franti-portland-cello-project-included-sun-valley-concert-lineup <p></p><p>Idaho’s largest arts organization Tuesday announced its performance schedule for the upcoming season. The<a href="http://sunvalleycenter.org/" target="_blank"> Sun Valley Center for the Arts</a> kicks off its annual summer concert series in July and its winter concerts in October. Its lecture series also begins in October and features a noted historian, a rock n roll photographer, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/137765146/shankar-vedantam" target="_blank">NPR’s social science correspondent Shankar Vedantum</a> will talk about how our brains shape our lives.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:47:24 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42771 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Josh Ritter, Michael Franti, Portland Cello Project Included In Sun Valley Concert Lineup Idaho Kids Take New High-Tech Test This Week http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-kids-take-new-high-tech-test-week <p>Idaho school kids in 3rd through 8th, and 11th<sup> </sup>grades will be taking a new test starting Monday. The Smarter Balanced Assessment replaces the I-SAT which Idaho had been using to measure student achievement for years. Smarter Balanced is based on <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/topic/your-ultimate-guide-common-core-idaho">the Common Core standards</a> Idaho and most other states have adopted. Students in more than 20 states are taking it this week.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:21:40 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42555 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Kids Take New High-Tech Test This Week Idaho Gets A C+ On Election Gender Equality By Sending One Woman To Congress http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gets-c-election-gender-equality-sending-one-woman-congress <p>Idaho gets a C+ for the percentage of women it elects to Congress in a new <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2014/03/gender_equality_in_the_us_hous.php" target="_blank">election gender equality report card</a> from the University of Minnesota’s <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/" target="_blank">Smart Politics</a> blog. The site, dedicated to data-driven political reporting, looked at all the U.S. House races for the past 25 years.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:47:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42455 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gets A C+ On Election Gender Equality By Sending One Woman To Congress Judge Halts Idaho Medicaid Cuts After ACLU Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-halts-idaho-medicaid-cuts-after-aclu-lawsuit <p></p><p>A U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction Tuesday to halt deep cuts to Medicaid and restore about $16 million in assistance to Idaho's developmentally delayed adults.</p><p>The decision lets an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho lawsuit on behalf of disabled Idahoans proceed as a class-action case.</p><p>That opens it up to more people who lost some their Medicaid dollars when the program was slashed in 2011.</p><p>Judge B. Lynn Winmill cited cases of severely mentally disabled Idahoans that can no longer afford necessary therapy and other care in his decision.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:25:55 +0000 Associated Press & Adam Cotterell 42409 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Halts Idaho Medicaid Cuts After ACLU Lawsuit Gay Rights Protesters Take Their Message On The Road, Begin Training Idahoans Outside Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-rights-protesters-take-their-message-road-begin-training-idahoans-outside-boise <p>Idaho’s 2014 legislative session may well be defined by protests. Gay rights advocates <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/session-civil-disobedience-idaho-any-closer-gay-rights-law">stepped up pressure on lawmakers</a> to extend discrimination protections to gays, lesbians and transgender people. More than 100 people were arrested in numerous protests. Those were well choreographed and featured people standing silently, each with a hand over his or her mouth. Now, organizers are bringing this distinctive strategy to other parts of the state.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:01:56 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42361 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Rights Protesters Take Their Message On The Road, Begin Training Idahoans Outside Boise Actor Says It's A Thrill To Work On Boise Contemporary Theater’s Evolving New Play http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/actor-says-its-thrill-work-boise-contemporary-theater-s-evolving-new-play <p>Carie Kawa awkwardly holds a beat-up, framed poster showing earth-seen-from-space to face the mostly empty seats at <a href="http://bctheater.org/" target="_blank">Boise Contemporary Theater</a> (BCT.) The first week of rehearsal is ending for the original play <em>The Uncanny Valley</em>. The poster is a stand-in for a painting which is an important linchpin in the plot. The story turns on this prop, but the prop itself is too big for Kawa to turn around to show another actor as she’s supposed to.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:30:13 +0000 Adam Cotterell 42276 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Actor Says It's A Thrill To Work On Boise Contemporary Theater’s Evolving New Play Why Medical Marijuana Legalization Has No Traction In Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-medical-marijuana-legalization-has-no-traction-idaho <p>Four of Idaho's six neighboring states allow some form of legal marijuana use. Oregon, Nevada and Montana allow medical marijuana while Washington recently legalized pot for most residents. In each of those states, <a href="http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000881" target="_blank">voters approved legalizing marijuana</a>, but in Idaho, the issue has gotten nowhere.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:57:42 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41941 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Medical Marijuana Legalization Has No Traction In Idaho Idaho Should Have 'Normal' Wildfire Season Thanks To Recent Storms http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-should-have-normal-wildfire-season-thanks-recent-storms <p>It's still at least three months away, but it looks as though Idaho’s wildfire season should be fairly normal in 2014. Ed Delgado manages predictive services at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.</p><p>“We’ve <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/latest-snowpack-map-shows-continued-improvement-idahos-water-supply">got good snowpack right now</a> and assuming it melts off fairly regularly over the next couple of months, that’s going to be good for the soils especially in the mountain areas,” Delgado says. “So that’s going to kind of prolong the wet period.”</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:56:14 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41875 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Should Have 'Normal' Wildfire Season Thanks To Recent Storms Listen: Get A Sneak Peek Of Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/listen-get-sneak-peek-boise-contemporary-theaters-new-play <p>Boise Contemporary Theater's new original play, <em>The Uncanny Valley</em> opens in less than three weeks and the script isn't yet finished. The new original play is a work in progress <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/topic/uncanny-valley-writing-play-digital-age" target="_blank">we’ve been following </a>for a few months.</p><p>Just last month actors gathered for their first table read.&nbsp; This was the first time writers and co-directors Dwayne Blackaller and Matthew Cameron Clark showed all the actors the play. Clark is also acting in this show.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:07:52 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41615 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Listen: Get A Sneak Peek Of Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play ACLU, PETA Sue Idaho Over New Law To Punish Animal Rights Activists http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/aclu-peta-sue-idaho-over-new-law-punish-animal-rights-activists <p>The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, PETA and other groups are suing the state over a new measure that would prosecute people who secretly film agricultural operations. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/governor-otter-signs-idahos-ag-gag-bill">signed the so-called 'ag-gag' bill into law</a> at the end of February.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:12:29 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41844 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org ACLU, PETA Sue Idaho Over New Law To Punish Animal Rights Activists Boise Writers Have 3 Weeks To Finish An Original Play Before Opening Night http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-writers-have-3-weeks-finish-original-play-opening-night <p></p><p>Rehearsals start this week at Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) for a play that opens in three weeks. For a professional company like BCT, three weeks is a slightly tight, though fairly normal rehearsal schedule.</p><p>Three weeks is usually plenty of time for experienced actors to memorize lines, work on their characters, and learn what they’ll be doing on stage. But for the play, <em>The Uncanny Valley</em> memorizing lines and actions has an added challenge. They're still being written.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:29:10 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41607 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Writers Have 3 Weeks To Finish An Original Play Before Opening Night Recent Rain Turns Concern To Optimism For Idaho Rafting Companies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/recent-rain-turns-concern-optimism-idaho-rafting-companies <p>The stretch of rain and snow across much of Idaho in the last few weeks has transformed what looked to be a <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/latest-snowpack-map-shows-continued-improvement-idahos-water-supply">terrible water year into a pretty good one</a>. It’s not just farmers who are breathing easier now. Many in Idaho’s tourism industry, like whitewater rafting companies, rely on snowpack and stream flows as well.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 41461 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Recent Rain Turns Concern To Optimism For Idaho Rafting Companies