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12:06 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Idaho's Legacy Comes To Life In 20th Century Photos

William Allen Stonebraker had a homestead of 409 acres in the Payette National Forest and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. His home in Stites, south of Kooskia, was featured in many photos. Here his brother Sumner fools around on the porch.
Credit University of Idaho Library

William Allen Stonebraker worked and played in the rugged central Idaho wilderness at the turn of the 20th century and he's left behind a unique legacy of photographs to tell his story. That photo collection has just been released by the University of Idaho Library.

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Arts + Culture
10:42 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Boise’s Harrison Boulevard Goes All Out For Halloween

Scott Petersen takes a break to talk to people who have come to look at his house. He says leading up to Halloween half a dozen people a day get out of their cars to look at his house.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Some neighborhoods see a lot more trick-or-treaters than others Halloween night. One of the busiest Halloween hotspots is Boise’s Harrison Boulevard.

We caught up with Harrison homeowner Scott Petersen as he was painting the walkway to his front door with a rectangular sponge attached to a handle.

“At the moment we’re actually creating our yellow brick road," Petersen says. "I found this little tool at Home Depot and my girlfriend found the paint, which is washable, which is critical.”

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Election 2014
10:15 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Idaho Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off One Final Time Before Election Day

A.J. Balukoff, John Bujak and Butch Otter during Thursday night's Idaho Public Television debate. It was the candidates' final debate of the race.
Credit Idaho Public Television

In their last meeting before Tuesday's election, three men running to be Idaho's governor wasted no time in taking shots at each other's policies and ideas. The debate, hosted by Idaho Public Television, featured incumbent Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Democrat A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian John Bujak.

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Series
5:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

In Crisis: Idaho Medicaid In Flux Causes A Big Shift In Care

Kendra sits with her community based rehabilitation worker Jennifer Beason working on her feelings journal during her last CBRS appointment.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Nine-year-old Kendra sits in one of the private rooms on the second floor of Boise’s Downtown public library with her community-based rehabilitation services worker, Jennifer Beason.

Beason slides a workbook to Kendra. It is what she calls her feelings journal. “Do you know what relieved is?” she asked.

Without missing a beat, Kendra rattles off examples of feeling relieved.

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Station News & Notes
10:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Get Your Ticket To See NPR's Wade Goodwyn Speak In Boise

Credit NPR

With his unmistakable Texas-twang, one of NPR's most recognizable voices will be speaking at a special Boise State Public Radio event on Nov. 13.

National correspondent Wade Goodwyn has been reporting for NPR since 1991. He's covered a wide range of issues, from crime and punishment to politics and music.

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Series
6:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

In Crisis: Idaho Judge And Sheriff Explain Link Between Crime, Mental Illness

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney being sworn in at a public reception Jan. 14, 2013. Many Idahoans held at the county jail have mental illnesses, Raney says. "We need to return Allumbaugh House to its original vision, or find another facility that helps the mentally ill before the crisis happens and someone becomes a victim," he says.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Idaho prisons, jails and courtrooms aren’t just parts of the criminal justice system. They also have been tasked with providing treatment to Idahoans with mental illness.

'WOW, THAT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY'

Judge Michael Reardon started working at Ada County Mental Health Court seven years ago, in addition to his work as a family-law magistrate judge.

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5:02 am
Thu October 30, 2014

In Crisis: Why Idaho Courts, Jails Double As Mental Health Providers

Shannon Guevara of Nampa is a recovering meth addict who is trying to repair family relationships and kick her addiction for good. Guevara is in a psychiatric treatment program recommended by mental health court.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

It’s a sunny September afternoon, and the room is packed. It’s like a movie theater before the lights go down — the buzz of nervous energy, nattering about plans for the weekend, someone lingering in the aisle until the very last minute.

But this isn’t the movies. It’s a courtroom — one where the stakes aren’t just “jail” or “no jail” but are, for many of the people in the room, much deeper.

Idaho has 10 special mental-health courts, where adult felons diagnosed with one of four mental illnesses show up each week to talk to a judge.

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2014 Election
4:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Many Young People Don't Vote, We Explain Why This Young Idahoan Does

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

It’s no secret that young voters are less likely to vote than older voters. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in every presidential election since 1964, 18-to 24-year-olds voted at lower rates than all other age groups. In the last mid-term election, 21.3 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds voted. The number was almost three times higher for those 65 and over.

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Idaho News
1:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

7 More Claim Sex Abuse At Idaho Juvenile Detention Center

Seven more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused by staffers at a state-run detention center in southwestern Idaho.

The new allegations were detailed in a tort claim filed with the state late Tuesday afternoon. So far at least 10 former detainees at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction detention center in Nampa have brought sex abuse allegations against the state, identifying at least half a dozen suspected abusers.

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Business
11:35 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Natural Food Producer Amy’s Kitchen To Open Idaho Facility

Credit Janelle / Flickr Creative Commons

One of the nation’s biggest producers of natural, organic and vegetarian food is opening a facility in Idaho. California-based Amy’s Kitchen has bought a 500,000-square-foot plant in Pocatello, formerly owned by Heinz.

The announcement came from Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s office Wednesday.

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Series
7:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

In Crisis: 3 Ways To Reduce Mental Illness Stigma

Mobile Crisis Unit Clincian Beth Rumpel does a mental health evaluation with a woman in crisis to get her into a treatment program for a few days.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Several people interviewed by the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio did not want to be named or quoted because of stigma surrounding mental illness. Shawna Ervin of Nampa believed the issue of mental illness in Idaho is important enough to share her story, despite concerns from a family member that doing so could hinder her job search. Shannon Guevara of Nampa did not seek treatment for decades for her bipolar disorder because of stigma around psychiatric disorders.

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5:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

In Crisis: Lack Of Options Shifts Mental Health Care To Idaho Hospitals

Shawna Ervin cuddles up with cats Matthew and Ashley and dog Max. Ervin said the family "fur babies" help her unwind at her Nampa home and offer companionship during the day while her children are away at school. Ervin has battled feelings of isolation as an Idahoan with a mental illness. But in the past few months, she started socializing with neighbors and making new friends, as well as venturing out into the job market.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The voice started when Shawna Ervin was 16 years old, and it hounded her for two years.

It told her to hurt herself.

“It was relentless and wouldn’t stop laughing at me until I burned myself on my face,” she said.

When she finally did burn her face, the laughter turned maniacal. Then it stopped.

Ervin’s mental illness is not rare. She is one of thousands of Idahoans whose disorders can be severe enough to warrant hospitalization.

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Election 2014
7:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Idaho's GOP Governor Faces Two Hurdles: A Wealthy Democrat And Fed-Up Republicans

Gov. Butch Otter, with First Lady Lori Otter, spoke at the Republican Party's "unity rally" in May.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A favorite joke in Idaho -- at least among Republicans -- is that Idaho's Democrats could hold their convention in a phone booth.

Republicans have held the Idaho governor's office for 20 years and are easily the state’s ruling party. But this year, Republican governor Butch Otter doesn't face the easy ride back to office you might expect.

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Election 2014
5:51 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Balukoff Puts Up $3.2 Million Into His Campaign For Idaho Governor

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A.J. Balukoff has said he’s committed to doing whatever it takes to unseat incumbent Gov. Butch Otter.

And we now know that includes putting more than $3.2 million into the race.

The latest round of campaign finance reports came in Tuesday — a snapshot covering the period from Oct. 1 to Oct. 19. In that time, the businessman, accountant and Boise School Board trustee contributed $995,000 to his campaign, bringing his total contributions for the year past the $2.7 million mark. Since Oct. 19, Balukoff has put an additional $545,000 into the race.

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Election 2014
4:59 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

In This Republican Stronghold, Why One Idaho Man Still Votes Democrat

Jerry Panko working in his north Boise front yard.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Jerry Panko vacuums up leaves around the candidate signs in his north Boise front yard. Panko is a retired teacher, he refers to himself a liberal, he’s a big fan of unions and he’s a long-time Democrat.

With Election Day a week away we’re profiling some Idaho voters. We talked with Panko about the experience of being a hardcore Democrat in Idaho.

Panko says the affiliation came in handy nearly three decades ago when he first asked out the woman who would become his wife. She had some requirements for him.

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Transmitter Status
4:10 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Meadows, Lake Fork Listeners Tune In To 90.7 FM

Boise State Public Radio's New Meadows news station at 93.5 FM is currently off the air, but most listeners will be able to receive the station at 90.7 FM.

Engineers are aware of the outage and are working to repair the New Meadows station.

In the meantime, please listen at 90.7 FM or listen online.

Idaho News
11:22 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Idaho Newspaper's Front Window Shot

South-central Idaho police officers say they are investigating after someone shot at the front entrance of a newspaper building.

The Times-News reports that someone shot the front window at their Twin Falls building on Oct. 25.

Police stopped by two days later to take pictures of the damage and interview reporters who were in the building over the weekend.

Reporter Mychel Mathews says she was working at the time the bullet fired into the building but thought the sound was a rock hitting the window.

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Wildlife
10:49 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Federal Wildlife Officials Analyzing 38,000 Comments On Idaho Wolf Derby

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Federal officials are going through some 38,000 comments concerning a proposed wolf- and coyote-hunting derby on public land in the east-central part of the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's extended comment period ended last Thursday concerning Idaho for Wildlife's request for a Jan. 2-4 competitive event near Salmon.

If the agency grants the permit it will be good for additional derbies for five years.

BLM officials are analyzing the impacts of an estimated 500 hunters on about 3 million acres of BLM land over a three-day period.

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Gay Rights
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Lewiston Becomes 9th Idaho City To Approve Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Officials in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston have passed an ordinance banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Lewiston City Council passed the ordinance Monday on a 5-2 vote.

Lewiston is the ninth city in Idaho to pass an ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

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