Other News http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Yellowstone Looks To Local, Organic Food For Park Vendors http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/yellowstone-looks-local-organic-food-park-vendors <p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park is looking local and organic for its food service menus.</p><p>The park's striving to make 50 percent of its food purchases from within 500 miles of the park or from a certified organic provider by 2016.</p><p>Today, about 34 percent of the park's food is local or organic.</p><p>But park concessionaire Xanterra finds that supporting local growers while keeping prices low in the nation's first national park can be a challenge.</p><p>Dylan Hoffman is director of sustainability for Xanterra.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:21:46 +0000 Associated Press 47972 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Yellowstone Looks To Local, Organic Food For Park Vendors Nearly 5 Years Captive, Idaho Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Freed http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/nearly-5-years-captive-idaho-soldier-bowe-bergdahl-freed <div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:66.498316% 0 49px 0;width:100%;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="444" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/494920689?et=lswAbK7NQvJten29I-eMKA&amp;sig=AAOEMGeM_ONk2YAY7iqT0pqMSuD2BeqShGcb7dZZV_A=" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;" width="594"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 16:38:33 +0000 Associated Press 46298 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Nearly 5 Years Captive, Idaho Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Freed Chipotle: Don't Bring Guns In Our Stores http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/chipotle-dont-bring-guns-our-stores <p></p><p>Chipotle is asking customers not to bring guns into its stores after it says gun rights advocates recently brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants.</p><p>The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms. According to its website, Chipotle has three restaurants in Idaho.</p><p>But in a statement Monday, the company said that "the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers."</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:24:47 +0000 Associated Press 45576 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Chipotle: Don't Bring Guns In Our Stores Taliban Suspends Prisoner Swap Talks On Idaho Solider http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/taliban-suspends-prisoner-swap-talks-idaho-solider <p></p><p>The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.</p><p>In a terse emailed statement Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the "current complex political situation in the country" for the suspension of what was considered the best chance of securing Bergdahl's freedom since his capture in 2009. It is the first official acknowledgement of indirect talks with the U.S. to free Bergdahl.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:42:43 +0000 Associated Press 40665 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Taliban Suspends Prisoner Swap Talks On Idaho Solider As Sales For Next Ski Season Start, Bogus Doing OK Financially http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/sales-next-ski-season-start-bogus-doing-ok-financially <p>Next year’s <a href="http://www.bogusbasin.org/" target="_blank">Bogus Basin</a> season passes went on sale this week. For skiers who buy before Monday, $229 will get them unlimited access to the ski mountain next season.&nbsp;Alan Moore, executive director of the&nbsp;non-profit attraction north of Boise, says prices are staying at the same level as this year.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 40463 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Sales For Next Ski Season Start, Bogus Doing OK Financially With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:55:42 +0000 Ted Robbins 39991 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away 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) Russia Blocks Delivery Of Chobani Yogurt To U.S. Olympic Athletes In Sochi http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/russia-blocks-delivery-chobani-yogurt-us-olympic-athletes-sochi <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.</p><p>Schumer said Tuesday that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of "unattainable" Russian Customs certifications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested that Russia approve a USDA safety certificate for the yogurt, but Schumer said Russia still won't allow the shipment.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:51:36 +0000 Associated Press 39679 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Russia Blocks Delivery Of Chobani Yogurt To U.S. Olympic Athletes In Sochi Catholic Diocese Files For Bankruptcy Protection http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/catholic-diocese-files-bankruptcy-protection <p></p><p>The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by clergy.</p><p>Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson says the diocese does not expect to have to liquidate any of its assets or close any programs because of the filing.</p><p>The settlement details are being worked out, but the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana would be responsible for approving and supervising the disbursement of $15 million to compensate the 362 victims identified in two lawsuits.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:13:33 +0000 Associated Press 39430 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Catholic Diocese Files For Bankruptcy Protection NASA Image Of Saturn Shows An Idaho Professor's Work http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/nasa-image-saturn-shows-idaho-professors-work <p>The picture below is the planet Saturn and its rings back-lit by the sun. It’s essentially a planetary eclipse. Earth appears as a blue pinprick in the background. The picture is a mosaic of 141 different images. It comes from the <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/#.UomoWuIueI3" target="_blank">Cassini space craft</a> and it’s getting a lot of attention online.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:05:06 +0000 Adam Cotterell 35584 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org NASA Image Of Saturn Shows An Idaho Professor's Work Boise Lawyer Defends His Work On Behalf Of Accused 9/11 Mastermind http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-lawyer-defends-his-work-behalf-accused-911-mastermind <p></p><p>Five years ago, Boise defense lawyer David Nevin announced he would defend accused terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed is considered the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Mohammed along with other accused 9/11 terrorists are being held in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/21/172639164/sept-11-trial-judge-gives-defense-attorneys-access-to-camp-7" target="_blank">Camp 7 </a>at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:36:09 +0000 Sadie Babits 34947 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Lawyer Defends His Work On Behalf Of Accused 9/11 Mastermind Baby Snow Leopards Born At Zoo Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/baby-snow-leopards-born-zoo-boise <p></p><p>You can now catch glimpses of two baby snow leopards born at <a href="http://www.zooboise.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">Zoo Boise.</a>&nbsp; The cubs, one male and one female, were born May 23 to parents Kabita and Tashi.&nbsp; These are the first snow leopards to be born at the zoo.</p><p>Kabita and Tashi were paired as part of the <a href="http://www.aza.org/species-survival-plan-program/" target="_blank">Species Survival Plan</a> (SSP). The conservation program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps breed endangered or threatened species.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:55:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 27967 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Baby Snow Leopards Born At Zoo Boise Four Idaho Men File Sexual Abuse Charges Against Boy Scouts, Mormon Church http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/four-idaho-men-file-sexual-abuse-charges-against-boy-scouts-mormon-church <p>Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court because they say they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.<br><br>Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the four men, who are named only as John Does I (one) through IV (four) in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.</p><p>Chasan says what the church and the Boy Scouts did amounted to a cover-up.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:16:34 +0000 Associated Press & Frankie Barnhill 27860 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Baby Monkey Born At Zoo Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/baby-monkey-born-zoo-boise <p><a href="http://www.zooboise.org/" target="_blank">Zoo Boise</a> has a new addition, a baby black-crested mangabey monkey.&nbsp; The male monkey was born earlier this month to his parents Murphy and Betty.&nbsp; This is the first mangabey monkey to be born at Zoo Boise.</p><p>Mom Betty carries the baby upside down, which is normal for mangabey mothers.&nbsp; She turns the baby right side up when he nurses.&nbsp; The baby clings to mom’s belly until he gets older, then he’ll ride on mom’s back.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:51:25 +0000 Samantha Wright 27561 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Baby Monkey Born At Zoo Boise Your Next Idaho Phone Number Might Not Start With 208 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/your-next-idaho-phone-number-might-not-start-208 <p></p><p>In less than a decade, Idaho will likely join the ranks of states with more than one area code. That’s right, Idaho’s 208 area code is quickly becoming an endangered species.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:12:29 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 27574 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Your Next Idaho Phone Number Might Not Start With 208 NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on the Skagit River Bridge Collapse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ntsb-releases-preliminary-report-skagit-river-bridge-collapse <p>Federal investigators have released a preliminary report about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River in Washington state.</p><p>What’s new in the report is a piece of information about the driver of the truck that struck the bridge.</p><p>The bridge collapsed on May 23 after a truck carrying an oversized load hit supports along the top.</p><p>According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the truck driver told investigators that he felt "crowded" by another semitruck that was trying to pass him on the left, so he moved to the right.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:13:00 +0000 Derek Wang 27208 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawyers Want Off Terrorism Case In Idaho Due To Budget Cuts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lawyers-want-terrorism-case-idaho-due-budget-cuts <p></p><p>Lawyers for an Uzbek national facing federal terrorism-related charges in Idaho and Utah want a judge to let them withdraw from the case, saying federal budget cuts have left their office with too few resources. &nbsp;</p><p>Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, of Boise, has pleaded not guilty to charges involving teaching people to build bombs.</p><p>Court-appointed attorneys Richard Rubin and Thomas Monaghan, of Federal Defenders Services of Idaho, are seeking appointment of new counsel.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:02:16 +0000 Associated Press 27171 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lawyers Want Off Terrorism Case In Idaho Due To Budget Cuts CIA-Bound Ricin Letter Found in Spokane http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/cia-bound-ricin-letter-found-spokane <div id="lead"><p>The fifth letter in a ricin-poisoning investigation, addressed to the Central Intelligence Agency, has been retrieved in Spokane.</p></div><div id="full_story"><p>The FBI says postal workers in Spokane discovered the letter Saturday when it was returned as undeliverable.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Paige Browning 27142 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Audio: Idaho Attorney Allen Derr Was Proud Of Historic U.S. Supreme Court Case http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/audio-idaho-attorney-allen-derr-was-proud-historic-us-supreme-court-case <p>Longtime Idaho attorney Allen Derr passed away in Boise Monday. He was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club and a champion of equal rights. He may be best remembered for a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case involving Sally Reed of Boise.&nbsp; Her son had committed suicide a few years earlier.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Sadie Babits 27115 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Audio: Idaho Attorney Allen Derr Was Proud Of Historic U.S. Supreme Court Case Idaho Lawyer Allen Derr, Who Won Landmark Anti-Discrimination Case, Dies http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-lawyer-allen-derr-who-won-landmark-anti-discrimination-case-dies <p>Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died <span data-term="goog_795350771" tabindex="0">Monday</span> in Boise. He was 85.</p><p></p><p>On Nov. 22, 1971, the Supreme Court justices issued their Reed vs. Reed decision, holding states cannot discriminate against people because of their gender. It marked a departure from the era when courts often excluded women from full participation in important civil affairs.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:41:28 +0000 Associated Press 27106 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Lawyer Allen Derr, Who Won Landmark Anti-Discrimination Case, Dies