Scott Graf http://boisestatepublicradio.org en How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boises-1959-mudslide-led-lasting-protections-citys-foothills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxSjP-Dn2o">video</a> made several years after the event, tells the story.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Scott Graf 43660 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/41-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-challis-idaho <p></p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.1 earthquake has been recorded three miles underground near Challis, Idaho.</p><p>USGS monitors <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000pe6v#summary">recorded the quake</a> at <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_412424341" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">6:21</span></span> a.m. Thursday. It occurred nine miles north-northwest of the town.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:33:23 +0000 Scott Graf 43257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-river-flow-increases-sixfold-water-managers-maintain-current-level <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those managing water flow in the Boise River Basin say they plan to keep the river at its current level for the foreseeable future.</span></p><p>The river is been flowing at roughly 1,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Street bridge in Boise.&nbsp; The flow last week was around 300 cfs and then increased steadily over the weekend.</p><p>Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager Brian Sauer says the outflow at Lucky Peak reached 1,800 cfs for the first time this season at 8 a.m. Monday. &nbsp;Flood level is 7,000 cfs.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:05:33 +0000 Scott Graf 42727 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-seeks-preliminary-permit-ferc-part-weiser-dam-study <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho water managers this week filed an application for a preliminary permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or </span>FERC<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The state's Water Resource Board continues to study the feasibility of building a new dam on the </span>Weiser<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> River.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:07:58 +0000 Scott Graf 42552 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-sets-policy-it-prepares-guns-campus <p>Boise State University has released its preliminary plans for implementing the state’s new guns-on-campus law. It and other state colleges and universities have until July 1 before the law goes into effect.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The update from the university came in the form of an email Thursday from university president Bob </span>Kustra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says the school is in the process of revising policies and procedures and that administrators have already made several decisions.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:02:41 +0000 Scott Graf 42062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interior-secretary-jewell-congressmen-visit-boise-tout-wildfire-suppression-funding-overhaul <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of Congressional Democrats and Republicans gathered in Boise Monday to tout a proposal that would change the way the federal government pays for firefighting operations in the West and beyond. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:03:03 +0000 Scott Graf 41862 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul Latest Snowpack Map Shows Continued Improvement In Idaho's Water Supply http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/latest-snowpack-map-shows-continued-improvement-idahos-water-supply <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest map showing the water content of Idaho’s </span>snowpack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reveals the state continues to make up significant deficits seen early this winter.</span></p><p>Idaho has 21 basins where the Natural Resources Conservation Service measures snow accumulation and then assesses how the water content compares to that of a normal year. As of Thursday, all but five are at 80 percent of their average, or greater.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:22:09 +0000 Scott Graf 41254 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Latest Snowpack Map Shows Continued Improvement In Idaho's Water Supply Boise State President Says Guns On Campus Bill Solves A Problem That Doesn't Exist http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-president-says-guns-campus-bill-solves-problem-doesnt-exist <p>Boise State University President Bob Kustra says he’s against proposed legislation that would allow guns on Idaho college and university campuses, because it addresses a problem that doesn’t exist.</p><p>Kustra is one of the eight Idaho academic presidents who came out this month in opposition to a proposal that would allow guns to be legally carried on campuses. The <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-education-board-votes-fight-guns-campus-bill">State Board of Education</a> also opposes the legislation.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:22:52 +0000 Scott Graf 40737 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State President Says Guns On Campus Bill Solves A Problem That Doesn't Exist 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 McIntyre Proud To Have Built Boise Dance Company Worth Mourning http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mcintyre-proud-have-built-boise-dance-company-worth-mourning <p>Trey McIntyre says when <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/trey-mcintyre-project-plans-end-full-time-dance-company">word spread </a>last month that he was shifting focus from his Boise-based dance company to filmmaking, people generally met the news with sadness.&nbsp;</p><p>“And that’s a great thing – to actually have something to mourn in this process, that makes me feel really proud that we achieved something great,” says the internationally-known choreographer who brought his <a href="http://treymcintyre.com/">dance company </a>to Boise six years ago.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:08:19 +0000 Scott Graf 40136 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org McIntyre Proud To Have Built Boise Dance Company Worth Mourning Flooding, Mudslides Possible Across Southern Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flooding-mudslides-possible-across-southern-idaho <p>What a difference a week makes.</p><p>Last week, concern was mounting over how little precipitation had fallen in southern Idaho this winter. Now, forecasters say areas in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=IDZ011&amp;warncounty=IDC085&amp;firewxzone=IDZ401&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Hydrologic+Outlook#.UvzmhPtyW_k">could see several days</a> of flooding.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:04:04 +0000 Scott Graf 40129 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flooding, Mudslides Possible Across Southern Idaho Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-stoplights-hate-idaho-fog-and-why-you-might-hate-stoplights <p></p><p>Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights.&nbsp;</p><p>Mike Boydstun, the Ada County Highway Department’s traffic operations engineer, estimates between 30 and 60 people called the department to report problems between 7 and 9 a.m.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:31:01 +0000 Scott Graf 40022 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights) Snake River Canyon Jump Back In The Spotlight http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/snake-river-canyon-jump-back-spotlight <p>The Twin Falls City Council will meet tonight and revisit the issue of planning a jump over the Snake River Canyon. It's the first meeting for the group since <a href="http://www.tfid.org/index.aspx?nid=133">council members</a> last week <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/twin-falls-denies-texas-stuntmans-permit-snake-river-jump">voted to deny access</a> to city-owned land to a Texas stunt-man the city has been negotiating with for months. The council had concerns over <a href="http://www.bigedbeckley.net/">Ed Beckley's</a> proposed safety plan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Scott Graf 39942 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Snake River Canyon Jump Back In The Spotlight Treasure Valley Wakes Up To New Snow; Boise And Meridian Schools Closed http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/treasure-valley-wakes-new-snow-boise-and-meridian-schools-closed <p><strong>Update, 6:41 a.m</strong>.: <a href="http://www.bk.org/events/feb-7-no-school-snow-day/">Bishop Kelly High School</a> in Boise says it will close Friday.</p><p><strong>Original post</strong>: The Treasure Valley is waking up to snow Friday morning. Forecasters say most of the region received one to two inches of new snow.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:29:04 +0000 Scott Graf 39794 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Treasure Valley Wakes Up To New Snow; Boise And Meridian Schools Closed See Which Idaho Athletes Have The Best Shot At An Olympic Medal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/see-which-idaho-athletes-have-best-shot-olympic-medal <p></p><p></p><p>The Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday in Sochi, Russia. But competition for Idaho’s group of Olympians started early Thursday. <a href="http://ussnowboarding.com/athletes/jessika-jenson">Jessika Jensen</a>, a native of eastern Idaho, finished seventh in her qualifying heat in the event of slopestyle snowboarding.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:02:39 +0000 Scott Graf 39733 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org See Which Idaho Athletes Have The Best Shot At An Olympic Medal 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 Idaho Democratic Candidate For Governor Balukoff Raises $111,000 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-democratic-candidate-governor-balukoff-raises-111000 <p>New campaign <a href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/Finance/2014/2013Annual/Candidate/Gov_Balukoff.pdf">disclosure filings </a>from A.J. Balukoff, the Boise Democrat running for governor of Idaho, show he started the year at a significant fundraising disadvantage compared to his Republican opponents.</p><p>Balukoff’s campaign reports raising $110,860 in December. It was the only month the campaign raised money, after Balukoff publicly <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/democrat-aj-balukoff-announces-bid-idaho-governor">announced</a> his run December 3.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:41:34 +0000 Scott Graf 39419 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Democratic Candidate For Governor Balukoff Raises $111,000 Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/labrador-simpson-vote-farm-bill-crapo-still-unsure <p>Idaho’s Republican delegation in the U.S. House <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/29/268238623/house-passes-compromise-farm-bill">voted early Wednesday in favor</a> of the new farm bill. Rep. Raul Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson cast votes in favor of the legislation, which cuts more than $8 billion in <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mapping-food-insecurity-and-food-stamp-use-idaho">food stamp spending</a> while ending a direct subsidy to crop farmers. It also expands crop insurance programs backed by the federal government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:10:44 +0000 Scott Graf 39299 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Labrador, Simpson Vote For Farm Bill; Crapo Still Unsure Treasure Valley Wakes Up To Freezing Rain http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/treasure-valley-wakes-freezing-rain <p>Police in southwestern Idaho are asking drivers to slow down and buckle up this morning as drivers are headed to work amid freezing rain.</p><p>The precipitation began falling overnight.&nbsp; At 7:30 a.m., radar showed a line of precipitation over Interstate 84 from the Idaho-Oregon state line to an area east of Twin Falls. Slick roads are being blamed for several accidents and slide-offs in the region.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:27:50 +0000 Scott Graf 39289 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Treasure Valley Wakes Up To Freezing Rain