Emilie Ritter Saunders http://boisestatepublicradio.org en What Do Idaho Voters Want? Without Recent Public Opinion Polls, It's Hard To Tell http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-do-idaho-voters-want-without-recent-public-opinion-polls-its-hard-tell <p></p><p>Idaho voters will soon be inundated with campaign ads and sound bites from political candidates who proclaim to know exactly what Idahoans want. But it's unclear how voters are feeling heading into the May 20 primary election, thanks to a lack of public opinion polling. Without such polling, it's tough to tell if politicians' rhetoric matches the electorate's viewpoint.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53:09 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43607 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org What Do Idaho Voters Want? Without Recent Public Opinion Polls, It's Hard To Tell Earthquake Swarm Continues To Shake Central Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/earthquake-swarm-continues-shake-central-idaho <p>The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.6-magnitude earthquake occurred Monday afternoon 14.2 miles north of Challis. Early Monday morning, a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was measured 11 miles north northwest of the town.</p><p>Mike Stickney is the director of the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. He says this swarm of earthquakes in central Idaho started on March 24. He says at least 12 have been greater than magnitude 3, and many smaller tremors have also been measured.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:09:44 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43494 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Earthquake Swarm Continues To Shake Central Idaho 2 Women Sue Boise State University Over Sex Assault Response http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/2-women-sue-boise-state-university-over-sex-assault-response <p></p><p>Two former Boise State University students are suing the school because they say athletic officials ignored their reports of sexual assault and harassment by a star athlete.</p><p>The women are represented by nationally known attorney Gloria Allred, who has handled similar lawsuits in several other states. They contend Boise State University athletic officials knew the athlete who abused them had a record of serially harassing and assaulting fellow students, and that the school's failure to take action spurred the athlete to continue the behavior.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:33:54 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 43480 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 2 Women Sue Boise State University Over Sex Assault Response Idaho Fish And Game Celebrates 75 Years Of Modern Management http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-fish-and-game-celebrates-75-years-modern-management <p>If you've watched much cable TV recently, you may have seen this spot promoting Idaho Fish and Game's 75th anniversary.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SGCsKHBsDAM" width="595"></iframe></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:00:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43299 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Fish And Game Celebrates 75 Years Of Modern Management Idaho Gets A Failing Grade For Government Transparency http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gets-failing-grade-government-transparency <p></p><p>Idaho is one of three states with a failing grade when it comes to government transparency, <a href="http://www.uspirgedfund.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Following%20the%20Money%20vUS%20v2_0.pdf" target="_blank">as ranked by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a>, a consumer interest group.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:01:29 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 43125 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gets A Failing Grade For Government Transparency Report: It Takes A 73 Hour Work Week To Pay Rent On Idaho's Minimum Wage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-it-takes-73-hour-work-week-pay-rent-idahos-minimum-wage <p></p><p>An Idaho worker earning the minimum wage would need to work 73 hours per week in order to afford a modest two-bedroom rental <a href="http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/oor/OOR2014.pdf" target="_blank">according to a report</a> from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 19:11:08 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42398 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: It Takes A 73 Hour Work Week To Pay Rent On Idaho's Minimum Wage Idaho's Share Of Minimum Wage Workers Declines, Now 2nd Highest In U.S. http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-share-minimum-wage-workers-declines-now-2nd-highest-us <p>Idaho’s share of minimum wage workers declined 0.6 percent from 2012 to 2013 according to <a href="http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2013.pdf" target="_blank">data released</a> by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop means Idaho no longer <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/idaho/tag/bottom-rung/">has the largest share of minimum wage</a> workers in the country; Tennessee has taken Idaho’s spot.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:43:31 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Share Of Minimum Wage Workers Declines, Now 2nd Highest In U.S. Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/romneys-job-idaho-prevent-gop-voters-veering-wild-right Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer. We've talked on this program about something resembling a civil war in the Republican Party this year. More establishment Republicans are in primary battles against Tea Party candidates, and money is pouring in on both sides.<p>GREENE: We saw that happening when we visited Idaho some weeks ago. That's where a Tea Party backed political newcomer named Bryan Smith is trying to push out long-time Republican Congressman Mike Simpson. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:09:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42100 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-says-idaho-leading-example-conservative-governing-works <p></p><p>Former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts Governor <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson">Mitt Romney is in Idaho this week</a> campaigning on behalf of three longtime politicians.</p><p></p><p>On Thursday, Romney hosted a $250-per-plate luncheon for two-time Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. The event was also to benefit eight-time Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, who is campaigning for his first re-election bid.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:52:13 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Says Idaho Is A Leading Example Of Conservative Governing That Works Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mitt-romney-hosts-campaign-events-otter-simpson <p>If there’s one place failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney can still be effective, it’s in Idaho. The former Massachusetts governor<a href="http://www.sos.idaho.gov/elect/RESULTS/2012/General/tot_stwd.htm" target="_blank"> won nearly 65 percent of Idaho votes</a> in the 2012 presidential race.</p><p>Thursday, he’ll ask Idahoans to re-elect two-time Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter. Romney hosted a high-end fundraiser for Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls Wednesday.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:17:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42001 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mitt Romney Hosts Campaign Events For Otter, Simpson Hunters Kill Nearly 500 Wolves In Idaho, Montana http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hunters-kill-nearly-500-wolves-idaho-montana <p></p><p>Hunters and trappers in Montana killed 230 wolves during the recently concluded wolf season.</p><p>That's only five more wolves than the prior year's wolf harvest despite the lifting of quotas on the animals across most of the state and a higher bag limit for individual hunters.</p><p>Hunters took 144 wolves during a season that started in September and ended Saturday. Trappers took 86 wolves.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:38:28 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 41859 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hunters Kill Nearly 500 Wolves In Idaho, Montana Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Signs Guns On Campus Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gov-butch-otter-signs-guns-campus-bill <p>Starting July 1, students, staff and visitors to Idaho's college and university campuses will be legally allowed to carry concealed guns with a permit. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed <a href="http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.htm">Senate Bill 1254</a> into law Wednesday, making Idaho the <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/guns-on-campus-overview.aspx">seventh state to allow guns on campuses</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:36:46 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41611 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Signs Guns On Campus Bill 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 Legislators Will Retain Special Gun Privileges http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-legislators-will-retain-special-gun-privileges <p></p><p>An Idaho Senate panel has killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials to carry concealed weapons without a permit.</p><p>Among the leading advocates of killing the House-passed bill was Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is running for governor.</p><p>“My vote will not be to willingly give up the privilege that our predecessors granted,” said Fulcher. “We do not need to relinquish our&nbsp;privileges.”</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:00:42 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 41516 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Legislators Will Retain Special Gun Privileges Boise-Based Albertsons To Merge With Safeway Stores http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-based-albertsons-merge-safeway-stores <p></p><p>Safeway says <a href="http://www.albertsons.com/2014/03/safeway-and-albertsons-announce-definitive-merger-agreement/">it has agreed</a> to be acquired by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and several other supermarket chains.</p><p>The acquisition is worth about $7.64 billion in cash, and pending other transactions could top more than $9 billion.</p><p>It comes amid ongoing consolidation in the supermarket industry, which is facing growing competition from big-box retailers, specialty chains, drug stores and even dollar stores.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:48:06 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 41277 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise-Based Albertsons To Merge With Safeway Stores North Idaho Landowner Selling Waterfront Property For Bitcoin http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-landowner-selling-waterfront-property-bitcoin <p>A North Idaho man is selling lake-front property for <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/171188426/bitcoin">bitcoin, a digital currency</a> that isn't regulated like the U.S. dollar.</p><p>The <em>Coeur d'Alene Press</em> <a href="http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_4fd39318-1f57-5e35-a736-9640a1df7d55.html?state=taberU">reports</a> Hayden resident Alen Golub has joined with neighbors to sell 660 waterfront acres. Golub tells the paper he's selling his 50 acres in exchange for bitcoin.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:41:44 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 41187 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Landowner Selling Waterfront Property For Bitcoin Chobani CEO Urges Gov. Otter To Veto Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/chobani-ceo-urges-gov-otter-veto-idahos-ag-gag-bill <p>Food processing heavyweight Chobani is urging Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to veto a bill that would make penalties stricter for animal rights activists caught secretly filming Idaho agriculture facilities.</p><p>Chobani, which operates a huge Greek yogurt facility in Twin Falls, buys its milk from Idaho dairymen. <a href="http://www.sys-con.com/node/2991958">In a press release</a>, Chobani CEO Hamdi <span class="xn-person">Ulukaya</span> says if passed, the measure would limit transparency.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:58:05 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 40950 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Chobani CEO Urges Gov. Otter To Veto Idaho's 'Ag-Gag' Bill Gay Rights Protesters At Idaho Capitol Broadcast Latest Demonstration Live On YouTube http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-rights-protesters-idaho-capitol-broadcast-latest-demonstration-live-youtube <p>Gay rights activists are again risking arrest at the Idaho Statehouse.</p><p>This time, the protesters are blocking lawmakers and the public from reaching Senate committee rooms on the west side of the Capitol. They're broadcasting their civil disobedience <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvEyq9kG_bY">live on YouTube</a>.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="415" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MvEyq9kG_bY" width="595"></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:36:32 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 40918 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Rights Protesters At Idaho Capitol Broadcast Latest Demonstration Live On YouTube Headed To The Backcountry? First Check This Interactive Avalanche Map http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/headed-backcountry-first-check-interactive-avalanche-map <p>Winter and early spring in the West means it's avalanche season. Several avalanche warnings have recently been in effect for parts of south central Idaho. And <a href="http://avalanche.state.co.us/accidents/us/">at least 17 people</a> have died this season, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blaine-county-identifies-snowmobiler-killed-idaho-avalanche">including a Bellevue, Idaho man</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:17:12 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 40572 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Headed To The Backcountry? First Check This Interactive Avalanche Map U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/us-sweetens-prisoner-swap-deal-free-idaho-pow-bowe-bergdahl <p><em>The Washington Post </em>reports the Obama administration is working on a possible prisoner swap with the Taliban in order to free Idaho prisoner of war Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seeks-prisoner-swap-with-taliban-to-free-army-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/2014/02/17/f142ed50-9590-11e3-afce-3e7c922ef31e_story.html">According to</a> the Post, U.S. officials are prepared to release five members of the Afghan Taliban imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:55:53 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 40368 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org U.S. Sweetens Prisoner Swap Deal To Free Idaho POW Bowe Bergdahl