News http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Event With "Smartest Kids" Author, Amanda Ripley Is Wed. April 30th http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/event-smartest-kids-author-amanda-ripley-wed-april-30th <p>We recently broadcast on KBSX 91.5, an episode of Reader's Corner, with Author Amanda Ripley.&nbsp; The program mentioned her upcoming presentation at Boise State University.&nbsp; The event will in fact take place on Wednesday, the 30th of April, 2014 at 7pm at the Student Union Building at Boise State University.&nbsp; For more information, please visit the link below.</p><p><a href="http://events.boisestate.edu/event/april-30-investigative-journalist-amanda-ripley/">http://events.boisestate.edu/event/april-30-investigative-journalist-amanda-ripley/</a></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:09:08 +0000 Bob Kustra 43750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org History And Relavence Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/history-and-relavence-earth-day-author-adam-rome <p>Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, and celebrations are planned across our nation and around the world<strong>,</strong> including here at Boise State. Forty-four years after it was first launched, this annual event continues to evolve, attract new participants and raise awareness about environmental issues. What many may not realize is that Earth Day also played a major role in the birth of the modern environmental movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 43654 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org History And Relavence Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-officials-eye-improving-fall-chinook-runs <p></p><p>Officials at the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a long-range plan that could lead to delisting fall chinook in the Snake River.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1mkgTQz" target="_blank">Lewiston Tribune</a> reports that officials for the first time are setting down precise standards that must be met for the fish to be taken off the endangered species list.</p><p>But officials say it's a long process with many hurdles.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:08:36 +0000 Associated Press 43736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs Idaho Jobless Rate Lowest In Five And A Half Years http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-jobless-rate-lowest-five-and-half-years <p>Idaho's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point since August 2008.&nbsp; It dropped a tenth of a percent in March to 5.2 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Bob Fick is with the Idaho Department of Labor.&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the March data continues a trend that started a year and a half ago.</p><p><span data-term="goog_379914678" tabindex="0">“We’ve seen job creation at two percent to three percent over the last 18 months, while the national rate has been about 1.5, 1.6 every month, year over year," Fick says. "So we’re creating jobs at a significant pace."</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:46:20 +0000 Samantha Wright 43720 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Poachers Taking Heavy Toll On Game http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-poachers-taking-heavy-toll-game <p></p><p>State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.</p><p>Officials tell the <a href="http://bit.ly/1jdj31p" target="_blank">Lewiston Tribune</a> that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.</p><p>Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:16:48 +0000 Associated Press 43713 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Poachers Taking Heavy Toll On Game Boise Veteran Not Caught In Everest Avalanche http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-veteran-not-caught-everest-avalanche <p></p><p>A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.</p><p>The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains at basecamp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.</p><p>Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:58:18 +0000 Associated Press 43712 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Veteran Not Caught In Everest Avalanche How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boises-1959-mudslide-led-lasting-protections-citys-foothills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UxSjP-Dn2o">video</a> made several years after the event, tells the story.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Scott Graf 43660 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills Idaho Film Pioneer Returns To The Screen In Documentary About Her Life http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-film-pioneer-returns-screen-documentary-about-her-life <p></p><p><a href="http://gcgproductions.com/" target="_blank">Nell Shipman</a> was already a star of silent films when she abandoned Hollywood in 1922.&nbsp; She packed up her own zoo of 70 animal actors, including bobcats, bears, elk, eagles, and sled dogs, and moved to Idaho's Priest Lake to write, direct and star in her own movies.&nbsp; Idaho filmmaker Karen Day is telling her story.</p><p>“Nell Shipman was the very first animal activist in Hollywood and the first action/adventure heroine in silent film," says Day.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 43653 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Film Pioneer Returns To The Screen In Documentary About Her Life Boise State Public Radio Listeners Contribute $180,000 In 6 Days http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-public-radio-listeners-contribute-180000-6-days <p></p><p>More than half of Boise State Public Radio’s annual revenue comes from listener donations. That’s why periodic pledge drives are so critical to maintaining, and strengthening, Boise State Public Radio throughout southern and central Idaho.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:55:12 +0000 BSPR 43661 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Public Radio Listeners Contribute $180,000 In 6 Days North Idaho Tribe: State Poker Ban Doesn't Apply http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/north-idaho-tribe-state-poker-ban-doesnt-apply <p></p><p>The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in northern Idaho plans to offer poker after deciding Idaho's constitutional ban on the game doesn't apply to the tribal-owned casino.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1ithcYG">The Spokesman-Review reports</a> the tribe has announced plans to open a poker room on May 2.</p><p>The tribe says it will offer Texas Hold' Em and Omaha.</p><p>Tribe spokesman Helo Hancock says several legal opinions have led the tribe to conclude that poker is exempted from state regulation under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:24:23 +0000 Associated Press 43641 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org North Idaho Tribe: State Poker Ban Doesn't Apply College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/college-tuition-hikes-approved-idaho-schools <p></p><p>The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.</p><p>The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.</p><p>Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.</p><p>The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.</p><p>Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:09:04 +0000 Associated Press 43635 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools 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 Idaho Reporter Wins National Award For Prison Coverage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-reporter-wins-national-award-prison-coverage <p>Associated Press reporter Rebecca Boone has won a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in public service journalism for a series of stories covering understaffing at Idaho's largest prison.</p><p>Boone's investigation revealed that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America falsified staffing records in violation of the company's $29-million-a-year state contract. She also examined how the state missed warning signs of problems at the prison despite increased oversight of CCA's operations.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:55:38 +0000 Associated Press 43612 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Sues Timber Company Over Wildfire That Killed A Firefighter http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-sues-timber-company-over-wildfire-killed-firefighter <p></p><p>Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1gGpWtJ">The Lewiston Tribune reports</a> the state filed the lawsuit Monday in 2nd District Court seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages for costs in fighting the fire.</p><p>Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12, 2012, after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:18:34 +0000 Associated Press 43576 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Sues Timber Company Over Wildfire That Killed A Firefighter Lack Of Scientific Equipment In Idaho Makes Understanding Challis Earthquakes More Difficult http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lack-scientific-equipment-idaho-makes-understanding-challis-earthquakes-more-difficult <p>Geologists plan to install three portable devices known as seismometers or seismographs in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/earthquake-swarm-continues-shake-central-idaho">recent flurry of earthquakes</a>.</p><p>The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a sequence of quakes rumbling the area, the largest of which was a 4.9-magnitude quake on Saturday which shook pictures off walls. Challis residents also felt earthquakes above 4.0-magnitude on Monday and April 10.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:17:24 +0000 Associated Press & Adam Cotterell 43555 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lack Of Scientific Equipment In Idaho Makes Understanding Challis Earthquakes More Difficult ACLU-Idaho Executive Director Leaving For Washington D.C. http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/aclu-idaho-executive-director-leaving-washington-dc <p>The executive director of the ACLU of Idaho has been hired for the same post at the ACLU in Washington, D.C.</p><p>Monica Hopkins has led the Idaho ACLU affiliate since 2008. During her tenure the organization has pushed for improved safety and health conditions for Idaho inmates, lobbied for ordinances in seven Idaho cities to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender residents, and pushed for free speech protections for protesters on state property.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:31:12 +0000 Associated Press 43533 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 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 4.9-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Central Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/49-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-central-idaho <p>A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.</p><p>USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was "kind of an unusual occurrence" being the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. But he said even minor damage is unlikely because of the remote location. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:12 +0000 Associated Press 43462 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Candidate Spurns NRA Questionnaire http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-governor-candidate-spurns-nra-questionnaire <p></p><p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses.</p><p>Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA.</p><p>Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:13:30 +0000 Associated Press 43461 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Governor Candidate Spurns NRA Questionnaire