Emilie Ritter Saunders http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Idaho's Whiskey, Mack Fires Fully Contained http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-whiskey-mack-fires-fully-contained <p></p><p>Idaho's Whiskey Complex and Mack fires burning north of Boise are now fully contained. A Boise National Forest spokesman says mop up and monitoring of the fires will continue Monday.</p><p>The Whiskey Complex was a series of fires sparked by lightning on July 13. It has burned 9,446 acres south of Garden Valley on the Boise National Forest. Spokesman David Olson says isolated areas of smoke will still be visible this week as the fire smolders within its containment lines.</p><p>The Mack fire was one of 27 fires started by lightning last week. It burned 229 acres.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:50:15 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49588 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Whiskey, Mack Fires Fully Contained Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-didnt-know-8-immigrant-children-have-been-sent-idaho-border-surge <p></p><p><em>This post was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 25, 2014.</em></p><p>This week, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho" target="_blank">sent a letter to federal officials</a> telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>However, federal officials say they've already sent children from the border to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:16:25 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 49430 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Didn't Know 8 Immigrant Children Have Been Sent To Idaho In Border Surge What Are The Sounds That Make Your Idaho City Home? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/what-are-sounds-make-your-idaho-city-home <p>On a hot summer day, the sounds that echo through Boise State Public Radio's windows along the Boise River are the shrieks and squeals of floaters drifting downstream.</p><p>A mini-rapid is right in front of the newsroom, and it's at that spot where floaters tend to get a healthy dose of cold river water. Their giggles, shock-induced screams, and mild expletives mixed with the constant churn of fast-moving water, are a lovely reminder of summer in Boise. It's a sound that likely defines Boise.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:30 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49341 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org What Are The Sounds That Make Your Idaho City Home? Fire Managers Nearing Containment On Most Lightning-Caused Wildfires North Of Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fire-managers-nearing-containment-most-lightning-caused-wildfires-north-boise <p></p><p></p><p><em>This post was updated at 11:15 a.m. July 25, 2014.</em></p><p>Fire officials say they've nearly contained all 27 of Wednesday's lightning-caused wildfires on the Boise National Forest and state lands north of Boise.</p><p>The Mack Fire is still the largest, now estimated at 270 acres. It's now 10 percent contained.</p><p><em>This post was updated at 10:25 a.m. July 24, 2014.</em></p><p>A Boise National Forest spokesman says 14 of 27 lightning-caused fires burning on federal and state lands north of Boise are now contained.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:20:57 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49329 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fire Managers Nearing Containment On Most Lightning-Caused Wildfires North Of Boise At More Than 9,000 Acres, The Whiskey Complex Fire Is 75 Percent Contained http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/more-9000-acres-whiskey-complex-fire-75-percent-contained <p><em>This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 24, 2014.&nbsp; </em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex Fire burning in the Boise National Forest is now 75 percent contained.</p><p>The fire is estimated at 9,446 acres. The Forest Service says 851 people are staffing the fire, which is expected to be fully contained by July 28.</p><p>The voluntary evacuation order for 60 homes along the South Fork Road has been lifted, while the closure of the South Fork Payette River Road is still in effect. Access to that road is only available to fire crews and residents.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49205 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At More Than 9,000 Acres, The Whiskey Complex Fire Is 75 Percent Contained Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fox-wont-broadcast-stuntmans-snake-river-canyon-jump <p></p><p>The Times-News reports that the Fox television network won't broadcast Texas stuntman "Big" Ed Beckley's planned Snake River Canyon motorcycle jump.</p><p>On his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/biged.beckley.9?fref=ts" target="_blank">Facebook page, Beckley writes</a> the network didn't have the money to broadcast the event.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:48 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49335 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blaine-countys-preacher-fire-nears-containment <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 18, 2014</em></p><p>The Preacher Fire, burning in Blaine County, is now 60 percent contained and fire managers expect full containment Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The lightning-caused fire sparked July 14 and has since grown to nearly 34,000 acres.</p><p>The fire is burning in grass and brush. A red flag warning expected Friday means winds could pick up and humidity can drop, making a fire more likely to flare up.</p><p><em>This story was updated at 6:10 p.m. July 16, 2014</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48827 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dry-conditions-hot-weather-make-fighting-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-challenge <p>Fire officials working to contain and control the <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3955/" target="_blank">Whiskey Complex wildfires</a> burning near Garden Valley, Idaho say conditions on the ground are more like late August, not mid July. "This demonstrates how the very dry vegetation challenges the suppression efforts," spokesperson Dave Olson writes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-leader-sues-party-control <p></p><p>Idaho's Republican Party infighting may be solved in court.</p><p>The leader of Idaho's Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against two members of his own party who called an Aug. 2 meeting of the GOP Central Committee after the group left its state convention without voting on a platform or new leaders.</p><p>Chairman Barry Peterson has called for an Aug. 9 meeting.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control As Boise Is Surrounded By Wildfires, Smoke Could Be Here For Weeks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-surrounded-wildfires-smoke-could-be-here-weeks <p></p><p>Smoke is settling in the Treasure Valley from wildfires burning in <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-closes-sections-boise-county" target="_blank">Idaho</a>, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is forecasting moderate to unhealthy air conditions for the next couple of days.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:36:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48997 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Boise Is Surrounded By Wildfires, Smoke Could Be Here For Weeks Update: Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire Closes Sections Of Boise County http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-closes-sections-boise-county <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 9:41 a.m. July 17, 2014</em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex wildfire burning in Boise County has grown to 4,500 acres and could expand today because of forecast westerly winds.</p><p>The Boise National Forest reports hot temperatures and dry fuels have been a challenge for firefighters working to contain the Complex. It's estimated at 3 percent contained.</p><p>Voluntary evacuations are still in place for residents in Pioneerville and those along the South Fork Payette River road.</p><p>Here's an update from the Boise National Forest:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48792 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Update: Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire Closes Sections Of Boise County Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-eccentric-political-candidate-harley-brown-gets-reality-tv-deal <p></p><p></p><p>Well, it happened. Idaho's very own gubernatorial debate superstar Harley Brown has inked a TV deal, <a href="http://www.boiseweekly.com/boise/coming-soon-to-a-reality-tv-show-near-you-harley-brown/Content?oid=3151708" target="_blank">according to the Boise Weekly</a>.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:18:28 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48946 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Eccentric Political Candidate Harley Brown Gets Reality TV Deal Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-fungus-found-chobani-yogurt-more-dangerous-first-reported <p></p><p>A fungus found in Chobani yogurt produced at its Twin Falls facility last year that led to a voluntary recall was more virulent than first thought.</p><p>In August and September 2013 more than 200 people were made sick by the Greek yogurt after a strain of fungus called Mucor circinelloides was detected in the product.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:52:59 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48933 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported Quiz: Do You Know The Difference Between Idaho And Iowa? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/quiz-do-you-know-difference-between-idaho-and-iowa <p>Yes, Idaho and Iowa are two very different states.</p><p>It seems the great state mix-up has made it <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahoans-and-iowans-join-forces-end-state-mix" target="_blank">back into the spotlight</a>, so we made this quiz to test your knowledge of the Gem State and the Hawkeye State.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48624 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Quiz: Do You Know The Difference Between Idaho And Iowa? Idahoans And Iowans Join Forces To End State Mix-Up http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahoans-and-iowans-join-forces-end-state-mix <p></p><p>Idaho and Iowa are, in fact, two different states, and entrepreneurs, writers and creative-types want the world to learn the difference. (<a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/quiz-do-you-know-difference-between-idaho-and-iowa" target="_blank">Take our quiz</a> to see how well you know Idaho and Iowa.)</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:40:26 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48785 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idahoans And Iowans Join Forces To End State Mix-Up Former Idaho Gov. John Evans Has Died At Age 89 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/former-idaho-gov-john-evans-has-died-age-89 <p>Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr., one of Idaho's last Mormon Democrats to achieve statewide political success, has died. He was 89.</p><p>Summers Funeral Home confirmed he died Tuesday morning at his home in Boise.</p><p>Evans was born Jan. 18, 1925, in Malad City. He is the grandson of the founder of the Idaho-based D.L. Evans Bank.</p><p>Evans was elected Idaho lieutenant governor in 1974, a position he held for the next three years. In 1977, he was elevated to the chief executive job when then-Gov. Cecil D. Andrus was named U.S. Interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:58:57 +0000 Associated Press & Emilie Ritter Saunders 48441 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Logs 45 Triple-Digit Days In 5 Years, More Heat Is On The Way http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-logs-45-triple-digit-days-5-years-more-heat-way <p>The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting a week of triple-digit, or near-triple-digit temperatures for the Treasure Valley.</p><p>Over the last 30 years, Boise has logged, on average, nine days of 100 degrees or warmer each year. The last two years have exceeded the average with 14 days at or above 100 in 2013, and 12 days in 2012. Data from the National Climate Data Center show Boise has had 45 days of temperatures at or above 100 degrees from 2009-2013.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:23:54 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48380 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Logs 45 Triple-Digit Days In 5 Years, More Heat Is On The Way Boise State Ends Lawsuit With The American Athletic Conference For $2.3 M http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-ends-lawsuit-american-athletic-conference-23-m <div><p>Boise State University says it has agreed to pay $2.3 million to the American Athletic Conference as a negotiated exit fee, ending long-running litigation.</p><p></p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2011, Boise State had planned to become a football-only member of the Big East conference, as it was called then. But after the conference broke apart Boise State chose to keep most of its sports teams in the Mountain West Conference.</span></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:01:26 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48223 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Ends Lawsuit With The American Athletic Conference For $2.3 M Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-interstate-speed-limits-wont-increase-july-1 <p></p><p>The Idaho Department of Transportation is delaying increased interstate speed limits that were originally scheduled to take effect July 1 as it looks over public comments.</p><p>Sections of I-84, I-86 and I-15 were supposed to see speed limits increased to 80 miles per hour.</p><p>The department has finished a review of increasing speed limits and will present its findings in mid-July.</p><p>ITD Chief Operations Officer Jim Carpenter says holding off on the increases will "allow a thoughtful and inclusive review, ensuring safety.”</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:06:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47858 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Interstate Speed Limits Won't Increase July 1 Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-revamps-often-criticized-worker-training-program <p></p><p>Acknowledging Idaho's economic development "sins of the past" Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter unveiled a revamped business incentive program that was once touted as a job creator, but Otter now wants it viewed as a way to train workers for high-skill jobs.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:09:39 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 47673 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program