Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Drought In Idaho's Elmore County Means It's Now A Disaster Area http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/drought-idahos-elmore-county-means-its-now-disaster-area <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 12px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:55:29 +0000 Associated Press 42647 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Drought In Idaho's Elmore County Means It's Now A Disaster Area The Number Of Idaho Fur Trappers Doubles As Pelt Prices Soar http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/number-idaho-fur-trappers-doubles-pelt-prices-soar <p></p><p>Just four years ago, bobcat fur sold for about $200. Now, that same bobcat pelt can be sold for almost $2,000. Higher prices come from a rise in demand for fur in Asia, and it has led to more trappers in the field here in Idaho.</p><p>Patrick Carney, president of the Idaho Trappers Association, gets calls almost daily from folks who want advice on how to get into commercial trapping.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Jessica Murri 42146 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Number Of Idaho Fur Trappers Doubles As Pelt Prices Soar Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho A Big Supplier http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-cigarette-tax-evasion-sky-high-washington-idaho-big-supplier <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/032114TB_IllegalCigs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state according to an estimate from a new study by two think tanks.<p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:25:00 +0000 Tom Banse 42159 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho A Big Supplier 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 FBI Takes Over Idaho Criminal Investigation Of Prison Company CCA http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fbi-takes-over-idaho-criminal-investigation-prison-company-cca <p>The FBI has taken over the Idaho criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.</p><p>The Nashville, Tenn.,-based CCA has operated Idaho's largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the prison by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:36:08 +0000 Associated Press 41318 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Man Convicted Of Shooting At Crop Dusting Plane http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-man-convicted-shooting-crop-dusting-plane <p>A south-central Idaho man has been convicted of shooting at a crop duster.</p><p>The Twin Falls Times-News reports that a jury on Thursday found 42-year-old Christopher V. Lewis of Filer guilty of felony discharging a firearm at an aircraft.</p><p>Prosecutors say the pilot told police he saw someone holding a shotgun below him at about 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 24.</p><p>Authorities say that at about the same time, someone called the spraying company saying the pilot was flying too low over home and threatened to "dust the pilot with his 10-gauge shotgun."</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:49:11 +0000 Associated Press 41302 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Man Convicted Of Shooting At Crop Dusting Plane Driver Dies Near Eagle After Striking Horse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/driver-dies-near-eagle-after-striking-horse <p>A woman died and three other people were injured in two crashes involving a horse on the highway northwest of Boise.</p><p>Ada County officials say the woman's car hit a horse on State Highway 16 just after 5 a.m. Monday. Deputies say the car then went off the highway, traveled about 300 yards through fields and fences before hitting a rock wall.</p><p>The victim's name hasn't been released. Both of her passengers were injured.</p><p>A short time later, another car hit the horse that was lying in the road and flipped onto its top. One person was injured.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:59:49 +0000 Associated Press 41068 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/high-enrollment-state-no-love-obamacare <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022114JR_IdahoObamacare_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.<p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 02:09:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 40605 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare Idaho Farm Profits Up, Number Of Farms Continues To Fall http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-farm-profits-number-farms-continues-fall <p>The value of Idaho’s agriculture products grew from $5.7 billion to $7.8 billion between 2007 and 2012. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA.) It released <a href="http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Preliminary_Report/Full_Report.pdf" target="_blank">preliminary results from its Census of Agriculture </a>Thursday. &nbsp;The USDA provides the update every five years and the latest covers 2012. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:25:34 +0000 Adam Cotterell 40511 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Farm Profits Up, Number Of Farms Continues To Fall 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 Idaho Truckers Want To Increase Gas Tax To Improve Roads http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-truckers-want-increase-gas-tax-improve-roads <div><p>A trucking group says Idaho's 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax should be hiked 6 cents a gallon.</p><p>That's according to the <a href="http://www.idtrucking.org/">Idaho Trucking Association</a>'s measure introduced Thursday in the House Transportation Committee, to do it over the next three years. It's considered a longshot to pass.</p><p>Truckers pitched the bill on grounds Idaho should get started on tackling an estimated annual $262 million backlog of road and bridge projects.</p><p>Still, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has already said highway funding probably won't be an issue in 2014.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:02:54 +0000 Associated Press 39809 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Truckers Want To Increase Gas Tax To Improve Roads 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 Autopsy Finds Heart Defect Killed Young Idaho Skier http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/autopsy-finds-heart-defect-killed-young-idaho-skier <p>An autopsy has determined that a rare heart defect killed a 20-year-old Dartmouth College cross country skier last weekend.</p><p>Torin Tucker, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho, died while competing at a cross country skiing marathon in Craftsbury, Vt., on Saturday.</p><p>His death certificate says he suffered sudden cardiac arrest as a result of a problem in the left coronary artery. Medical research says the condition is rare and is frequently associated with sudden death during intense physical activity.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:53:25 +0000 Associated Press 39662 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Autopsy Finds Heart Defect Killed Young Idaho Skier Why Idaho Homeless Shelters Are Full When There Are Fewer Homeless People http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-idaho-homeless-shelters-are-full-when-there-are-fewer-homeless-people <p>Luanne Jensen sits in an alley behind Boise’s Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter. She recently had knee surgery, so she's sitting on a bench built into her walker. The surgery, she says, is why she’s staying at Interfaith Sanctuary -- again. Jensen says she stayed here three years ago before landing a job. Now, she can’t work.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 39266 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why Idaho Homeless Shelters Are Full When There Are Fewer Homeless People Idaho 'Bucket List' Readers Add 35 More Must-Dos To The List http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-bucket-list-readers-add-35-more-must-dos-list <p>Of the hundreds of comments we've received on the <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-bucket-list-75-things-all-idahoans-should-try-least-once">Idaho Bucket List we published last week</a>, two things are abundantly clear: Idahoans are passionate about their state, and 75 simply isn't enough to create a complete bucket list.</p><p>In all honesty, we knew both of those things going into the project.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 38711 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho 'Bucket List' Readers Add 35 More Must-Dos To The List Sen. Crapo Says Changing Wildfire Fighting Budget Formula Is ‘Critical’ Issue http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sen-crapo-says-changing-wildfire-fighting-budget-formula-critical-issue <p>Republican Sen. Mike Crapo says he expects wildfire funding legislation he introduced just before Christmas to get bipartisan support in Washington.</p><p>Crapo and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, introduced the legislation on December 19. If approved, it would bolster funding for the U.S. Forest Service.</p><p>At issue is the agency’s firefighting budget, which is regularly exhausted before a wildfire season ends. Funds from other parts of the agency’s budget are then used to cover additional costs. That money often comes from fire prevention budgets, which can make future fires worse.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:44:41 +0000 Scott Graf 38578 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Sen. Crapo Says Changing Wildfire Fighting Budget Formula Is ‘Critical’ Issue Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once) http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-bucket-list-75-things-all-idahoans-should-try-least-once <p>Idaho's nearly 84,000 square miles of breathtaking views, rugged terrain, and unique landmarks mean the Gem State is rife with recreation and site-seeing options. It could take a lifetime to see it all. In the spirit of the new year, we've compiled a list of the 75 things you must experience<strong> </strong>in Idaho<strong> </strong>-- at least once.</p><p>Consider this list a starting place for your own Idaho bucket list. By no means is this a definitive list. Send us more Idaho must-dos using the hashtag #IDbucketlist.</p><p>75. Bike the Hiawatha Trail.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 38333 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once) Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/watch-downtown-boises-big-hole-become-18-story-tower-idaho-statesmans-time-lapse <div>When a developer <a href="http://www.8thandmain.com/">decided</a> to build a new tower in downtown Boise, it was big news. It was especially newsworthy because of its location: the corner of 8<sup>th</sup> and Main streets. That spot had been empty for more than 20 years, earning it the nickname 'The Hole.'</div><p>So when word broke that Zions Bank would build its new Idaho headquarters there, Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald decided to set out on an ambitious project. He wanted to document the building’s construction through time-lapse photography.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:27:53 +0000 Scott Graf 38302 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse Conservationist Groups Sue To Stop Controversial Wolf Hunting Contest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/conservationist-groups-sue-stop-controversial-wolf-hunting-contest <p><strong>Update, 11:26 a.m.: </strong>The groups finished filing their suit Monday morning. You can read it <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/201312/Guardians_v_USFS_FILED_Complaint.pdf?__utma=51996986.475823504.1386617224.1387818280.1387818280.14&amp;__utmb=51996986.27.7.1387823630581&amp;__utmc=51996986&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=51996986.1387823071.14.4.utmcsr=google|utmccn=%28organic%29|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=http%3A%2F%2Fboisestatepublicradio.org%2Fpost%2F6-man-football-struggles-gain-footing-rural-idaho-high-schools&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=193271529">here</a>.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:26:24 +0000 Scott Graf 37450 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Conservationist Groups Sue To Stop Controversial Wolf Hunting Contest Idaho Gov. Otter Among State Leaders At Western Governors' Meeting http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-gov-otter-among-state-leaders-western-governors-meeting <div><p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">Leaders from around the West are meeting in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">The Western Governors' Association is holding its winter meeting on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday and Thursday.</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:35:10 +0000 Associated Press 36812 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Gov. Otter Among State Leaders At Western Governors' Meeting