News http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Are These 10 Stereotypes About Boise Really True? You Decide http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/are-these-10-stereotypes-about-boise-really-true-you-decide <p></p><p>A blogger at the real estate site Movoto <a href="http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/boise-stereotypes/?src=fb" target="_blank">asserts there are 10 stereotypes</a> that accurately describe the people of Boise. The blogger says Boiseans secretly think they're better than other Idahoans, that Boiseans are music snobs, and Boiseans can't complain enough about the summer heat.</p><p>Is he right?</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:37:30 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49791 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Are These 10 Stereotypes About Boise Really True? You Decide Despite 'Go-On' Campaign, Fewer Idaho High School Students Head To College http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/despite-go-campaign-fewer-idaho-high-school-students-head-college <p></p><p>Idaho’s go-on rate apparently is going downward.</p><p>That’s the startling, sobering message from the latest round of numbers from the <a href="http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/about/" target="_blank">National Student Clearinghouse</a>.</p><p>Just under 52 percent of Idaho’s 2013 high school graduates have enrolled in two-or four-year college, according to the current clearinghouse numbers. This represents a drop from Idaho’s lackluster 2012 numbers, when 54 percent of graduates decided to continue their education.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:13 +0000 Kevin Richert 49802 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Despite 'Go-On' Campaign, Fewer Idaho High School Students Head To College Idaho Child Accidentally Shoots, Kills 5 Year Old Girl http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-child-accidentally-shoots-kills-5-year-old-girl <p>A 5-year-old girl is dead after police say another 5-year-old accidentally shot her at an eastern Idaho home.</p><p>Lt. Bill Guiberson of the Chubbuck Police Department says emergency workers responded to a Chubbuck home at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and took the victim to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The hospital confirmed later in the evening the girl had died.</p><p>In a statement Thursday, police said adults were in the home at the time of the shooting but were in a different room.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:34:14 +0000 Associated Press 49799 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 7 Lightning-Caused Fires Spark On The Boise National Forest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/7-lightning-caused-fires-spark-boise-national-forest <p>Seven small lightning-caused wildfires are burning on the Boise National Forest after Wednesday night's storm. Forest officials say all the fires are small, at less than 5 acres each, and no structures are threatened.</p><p>Firefighters already have lines built around most of the new starts.</p><p>The largest fire is called the Crooked Fire, burning southeast of Kirkham.</p><p>Fire officials say more lightning-caused fires could be detected over the next few days.</p><p>Copyright 2014 Boise State Public Radio</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49787 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Court Denies Survivor Benefits For Families Of Fallen Contract Wildland Firefighters http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/court-denies-survivor-benefits-families-fallen-contract-wildland-firefighters <p></p><p>Contract firefighters can often be found on the front lines. They’re usually indistinguishable from government firefighters. But a recent court ruling has re-emphasized that if they’re killed in the line of duty, there’s a big difference.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:54:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins 49785 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Court Denies Survivor Benefits For Families Of Fallen Contract Wildland Firefighters Idaho Scales Back Claim Of Problems At Prison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-scales-back-claim-problems-prison <p>Idaho Department of Correction officials have dramatically scaled back their assessment of the problems encountered when they took over the state's largest prison from Corrections Corporation of America this month.</p><p>Last week, Shane Evans with IDOC told the Board of Correction that CCA failed to leave behind a promised 8-day supply of medication, and that the new health care provider had to ship $100,000 worth of medication overnight just to reach the minimum amount needed at the facility.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:13:34 +0000 Associated Press 49750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Intermittent Distortion Issues Resolved http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/intermittent-distortion-issues-resolved <p><em>This post was updated at 4:40 p.m. July 31. </em></p><p>The intermittent distortion issues on KBSX and KBSX HD have been resolved.</p><p>If you're still hearing the distortion, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/report-technical-problem" target="_blank">please let us know</a>.</p><p><em>This post was originally created at 1:50 p.m. July 30.</em></p><p>Boise State Public Radio is experiencing intermittent distortion issues with the KBSX high definition and traditional FM signals.&nbsp;</p><p>Our engineers are aware of the issue and are working to fix it.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:50:44 +0000 BSPR 49736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Doesn't Have A Leader, Here's What Happens Next http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-doesnt-have-leader-heres-what-happens-next <p>A <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party" target="_blank">judge ruled Tuesday</a> that members of Idaho's Republican Party could go ahead with a meeting Saturday to choose a new leader. Last month’s contentious state GOP convention ended without finishing any of its business, including electing a new chairman.</p><p>Former chairman Barry Peterson maintained that meant he was still in charge. But district judge Randy Stoker ruled that Peterson is not the chairman, and the party doesn't currently have a leader.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:50:46 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49698 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Doesn't Have A Leader, Here's What Happens Next House Panel Condemns Obama For Bergdahl Prisoner Swap http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/house-panel-condemns-obama-bergdahl-prisoner-swap <p>A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.</p><p>The Armed Services Committee voted 34-25 on Tuesday for a nonbinding, bipartisan resolution that disapproves of the exchange and faults Obama for failing to notify Congress 30 days in advance, as required by law.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:10:29 +0000 Associated Press 49685 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Political Reporter Popkey To Head Idaho Congressman's Press Team http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/longtime-political-reporter-popkey-head-idaho-congressmans-press-team <p></p><p></p><p>Longtime Idaho political reporter Dan Popkey is leaving his job at the <em>Idaho Statesman</em> to be Rep. Raul Labrador's new press secretary.</p><p>A press release from the Republican Congressman's office Tuesday says Popkey will be based in Meridian, and coordinate communications for Idaho and Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:06:07 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49669 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Longtime Political Reporter Popkey To Head Idaho Congressman's Press Team Idaho Suspends Plan For Hired Wolf Hunter http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-suspends-plan-hired-wolf-hunter <p></p><p>Idaho Fish and Game officials say they're suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November of 2015.</p><p>Idaho's Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould made the declaration in a document filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week.</p><p>The Fish and Game Department and the U.S. Forest Service are being sued by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and other environmental groups over the plan to have a hired hunter kill wolves in the protected wilderness area.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:02:43 +0000 Associated Press 49660 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Suspends Plan For Hired Wolf Hunter Judge Rules Peterson Is No Longer Chairman Of Idaho's Republican Party http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-peterson-no-longer-chairman-idahos-republican-party <p></p><p>Barry Peterson is no longer the chairman of the Idaho Republican Party, that's the ruling from 5th District Judge Randy Stoker.</p><blockquote><p>“His term has expired,” Stoker told the court.</p><p></p><p>The judge’s ruling came after extensive arguments that lasted for more than two hours in court this morning in Twin Falls.</p><p>“This is not a question of this court taking any position with regard to what the Republican Party should do in this state,” Stoker said. “I have no dog in this fight, so to speak.” - Spokesman-Review</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:46:59 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49659 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Rules Peterson Is No Longer Chairman Of Idaho's Republican Party Idaho Takeover Of Private Prison Hasn't Been Problem-Free http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-takeover-private-prison-hasnt-been-problem-free <p></p><p>Idaho prison officials say they had to have thousands of dollars' worth of medications shipped overnight to the state's largest prison after the former operator, Corrections Corporation of America, left the facility without a promised 8-day supply of inmate medications.</p><p>IDOC officials also say they discovered that some chronically ill inmates went without needed medical care and that some records were missing when they assumed control of the prison last month.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:24:10 +0000 Associated Press 49623 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Takeover Of Private Prison Hasn't Been Problem-Free Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-co-op-open-second-store <p>The Boise Co-op announced Monday that it would open a second store in the Village at Meridian.</p><p>Co-op marketing director Shannon McGuire says two surveys solidified managers goals of opening a second store.</p><p>“We asked our shoppers ‘what should we do, where should we go if we considered expansion?’” McGuire says. “And out of that came ‘yes, please do expand and go West.’”</p><p>McGuire says survey respondents picked Meridian as their top choice for a second store. The second-most requested store location was Nampa, and McGuire says that could someday become a reality.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:50:11 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49618 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/some-business-owners-say-idaho-liquor-laws-hurt-economic-growth <p>Some Idaho business owners say the state's laws limiting the number of liquor licenses in each city stunt local economic growth.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1tSYxJp">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that Idaho's liquor regulation has resulted in a scarcity of liquor licenses, which in turn has caused business owners to resell licenses at exorbitant costs.</p><p>Licenses may be purchased from the state for $750 and in just two years, resold for more than $300,000.</p><p>According to Idaho law, each municipality is allotted one liquor license for every 1,500 residents.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:48 +0000 Associated Press 49617 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Some Business Owners Say Idaho Liquor Laws Hurt Economic Growth Court: St. Luke's Health System Can Keep Saltzer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/court-st-lukes-health-system-can-keep-saltzer <p>A federal appeals court says one of Idaho's largest health care providers can continue to operate Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group while it challenges a prior ruling that it broke antitrust laws in its buyout of Saltzer.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1nNRqCv" target="_blank">The Idaho Statesman reports</a> that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday the appeal is a priority and will schedule the case in January.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:37:13 +0000 Associated Press 49594 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 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 USDA Approves Emergency Grazing In Eastern Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/usda-approves-emergency-grazing-eastern-idaho <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved emergency haying and grazing on land normally used for the Conservation Reserve Program in parts of eastern Idaho.</p><p>Officials in Bingham, Bonneville, Fremont, Madison and Power counties requested the emergency access because of drought and crop damage. The USDA's Farm Service Agency in Idaho announced Monday that the requests were approved.</p><p>The emergency haying is allowed through the end of August, and participants must leave at least half of each field unhayed for wildlife. The hay can't be sold.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:44:30 +0000 Associated Press 49583 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Part 2 Of An Interview With Daniel James Brown About "The Boys In The Boat" http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/part-2-interview-daniel-james-brown-about-boys-boat <p><em>This interview was originally broadcast in December, 2013:</em></p><p></p><p>This is the second part of an interview with Daniel James Brown, Author of "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics"</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36950 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Part 2 Of An Interview With Daniel James Brown About "The Boys In The Boat" West Nile Virus Found In Ada County http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/west-nile-virus-found-ada-county <p><a href="http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/health/diseasesconditions/westnilevirus/tabid/112/default.aspx" target="_blank">West Nile virus</a> is in Ada County. A mosquito trap near Star, Idaho tested positive for West Nile this week. It the first instance of the disease in Ada County this year.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:32:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 49465 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org West Nile Virus Found In Ada County