News http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gov-otter-tells-federal-officials-not-send-migrant-kids-idaho <p></p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent a letter to federal officials telling them not to send any of the unaccompanied young migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border to Idaho.</p><p>Otter on Wednesday sent the letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez.</p><p>Idaho has not been contacted by federal officials about bringing any of the children to Idaho.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:20:47 +0000 Associated Press 49406 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gov. Otter Tells Federal Officials Not To Send Migrant Kids To Idaho 27 Small Fires Ignite North Of Boise, The Mack Fire Grows To 300 Acres http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/27-small-fires-ignite-north-boise-mack-fire-grows-300-acres <p><em>This post was updated at 10:25 a.m. July 24, 2014.</em></p><p>A Boise National Forest spokesman says 14 of 27 lightning-caused fires burning on federal and state lands north of Boise are now contained.</p><p>Most of the fires were small, at less than an acre. The largest is the Mack Fire, which has grown to 300 acres and is burning 14 miles northeast of Boise.</p><p>Spokesman David Olson says 15 homes are within half a mile from that fire. No evacuation orders have been issued.</p><p><em>This story was updated at 3:00 p.m. on July 23.</em></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:57 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49329 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 27 Small Fires Ignite North Of Boise, The Mack Fire Grows To 300 Acres At More Than 9,000 Acres, The Whiskey Complex Fire Is 75 Percent Contained http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/more-9000-acres-whiskey-complex-fire-75-percent-contained <p><em>This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 24, 2014.&nbsp; </em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex Fire burning in the Boise National Forest is now 75 percent contained.</p><p>The fire is estimated at 9,446 acres. The Forest Service says 851 people are staffing the fire, which is expected to be fully contained by July 28.</p><p>The voluntary evacuation order for 60 homes along the South Fork Road has been lifted, while the closure of the South Fork Payette River Road is still in effect. Access to that road is only available to fire crews and residents.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49205 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At More Than 9,000 Acres, The Whiskey Complex Fire Is 75 Percent Contained At Least One Idaho Wind Farm Has Been Scrapped Because Of Sage Grouse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/least-one-idaho-wind-farm-has-been-scrapped-because-sage-grouse <p><em>The New York Times</em> reports more than two dozen energy projects in the West have been scuttled because of sage grouse, at least one of those projects was supposed to be built in Idaho.</p><p>The sage grouse represents a much bigger challenge for states like Idaho than its <a href="http://www.fws.gov/greaterSageGrouse/" target="_blank">turkey-like stature</a> might suggest. The bird is considered an important part of the high desert ecosystem, but it's sensitive to man-made development and its numbers are declining.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49357 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org At Least One Idaho Wind Farm Has Been Scrapped Because Of Sage Grouse Forest Service Expands Ban Of Exploding Targets http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/forest-service-expands-ban-exploding-targets <p>The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and a small portion of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.</p><p>Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban that started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015, on national forest lands.</p><p>Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:59:42 +0000 Associated Press 49340 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fox-wont-broadcast-stuntmans-snake-river-canyon-jump <p></p><p>The Times-News reports that the Fox television network won't broadcast Texas stuntman "Big" Ed Beckley's planned Snake River Canyon motorcycle jump.</p><p>On his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/biged.beckley.9?fref=ts" target="_blank">Facebook page, Beckley writes</a> the network didn't have the money to broadcast the event.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:48 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49335 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump Firebreak Along I-84 To Reduce Risk Of Roadside Wildfires http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/firebreak-along-i-84-reduce-risk-roadside-wildfires <p>On average, nine fires spark each year along Interstate 84, burning more than 1,000 acres. Now, the Bureau of Land Management is partnering with various agencies to cut down on the risk of roadside wildfires.</p><p>Fire officials are building a firebreak along a 10-mile stretch of the highway to keep fire starts from trailer chains or hot mufflers to a minimum.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Samantha Wright 49265 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Firebreak Along I-84 To Reduce Risk Of Roadside Wildfires Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-more-idaho-children-live-poverty-education-outcomes-slide <p></p><p>The number of Idaho kids living in poverty has risen to 21 percent,<strong> </strong>that's a 3 percent increase since 2005. That means at least 87,000 Idaho children were living in poverty in 2012. The poverty statistic is just one of the findings in the annual <a href="http://www.aecf.org/inner-circle/embargoed-2014-kids-count-data-book/" target="_blank">Kids Count report</a> from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:31 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49229 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide Boise Catholic Bishop To Offer Resignation http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-catholic-bishop-offer-resignation <p></p><p>The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise will offer his resignation to Pope Francis early next month in keeping with church policy.</p><p>Michael P. Driscoll has been bishop in Boise 15 years.</p><p>All bishops are asked to submit a resignation on their 75th birthday. Driscoll, who is Idaho's oldest presiding bishop, will turn 75 on Aug. 8.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1np8crr" target="_blank">Idaho Statesman reports</a> that it's possible his resignation could be denied, in which case he would remain bishop.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:49 +0000 Associated Press 49206 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Catholic Bishop To Offer Resignation Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-woman-appeals-nsa-surveillance-lawsuit <p></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cell phone information.</p><p>Anna Smith of Coeur d'Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency's collection of the data amounts to an illegal search and seizure. In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill dismissed her lawsuit, and now Smith is appealing the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:02:47 +0000 Associated Press 49204 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit KBSS, KBSW Return To Air http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/kbss-kbsw-return-air <p><em>This post was updated at 9:00 p.m. July 20.</em></p><p>KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls have returned to air.</p><p>Thank you for your patience.</p><p><em>This post was first created at 2:45 p.m. July 20.</em></p><p>Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of the intermittent outages on KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls and are working with network providers to resolve the issue.</p><p>Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the problem.</p><p>You can still <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/player#stream/news91">listen online here</a>.</p><p></p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:58:52 +0000 BSPR 49161 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org KBSS, KBSW Return To Air Gay Rights Protesters Arrested At Idaho's Capitol To Be Sentenced http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gay-rights-protesters-arrested-idahos-capitol-be-sentenced <p></p><p></p><p>During the legislative session, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/44-gay-rights-activists-arrested-idaho-capitol" target="_blank">dozens of people protested</a> inside and outside the Idaho Capitol against discrimination. Monday is their chance to stand up in court and say why they did it.</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 49072 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gay Rights Protesters Arrested At Idaho's Capitol To Be Sentenced An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/epic-quest-rowing-gold-1936-berlin-olympics <p><em>This interview for Reader's Corner was originally broadcast in December of 2013:</em></p><p>In the summer of 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, the world was transfixed by the grandeur of the Olympic Games in Berlin, and by a determined group of young Americans who were giving their all to bring home the gold.</p><p>In front of high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler, they overcame impossible odds to snatch victory from both the German and Italian crews in the Games’ signature rowing event.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36543 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-cast-disney-s-planes-fire-rescue-and-their-real-life-idaho-counterparts <p>As firefighters work to contain wildfires burning in Idaho and the West, an animated Disney movie opens this weekend portraying what those wildland firefighters do in real life. Disney’s "Planes: Fire &amp; Rescue" isn’t exactly an action movie,&nbsp; it’s a cartoon about anthropomorphic talking airplanes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:22:50 +0000 Adam Cotterell 49073 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/look-where-gay-marriage-laws-stand-across-us-idaho <p></p><p>State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:52:02 +0000 Associated Press 49078 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Look At Where Gay Marriage Laws Stand Across The U.S., Idaho Boise State Rescinds Fines For Gun Rights Events http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-state-rescinds-fines-gun-rights-events <p></p><p>Boise State University officials say they will rescind the security fines they placed on a student group for bringing a guns right advocate earlier this year to speak at the campus.</p><p>However, university attorney Kevin Satterlee says BSU will not change its event policies as requested by the Idaho Freedom Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:05:56 +0000 Associated Press 49077 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise State Rescinds Fines For Gun Rights Events Idaho Defends Fetal Pain Abortion Law In Court http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-defends-fetal-pain-abortion-law-court <p>Idaho attorneys say a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy should be reversed because criminal charges against the eastern Idaho woman who filed the initial lawsuit had been dismissed.</p><p>The Idaho attorney general's office also told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California, on Friday that the attorney who intervened on her behalf didn't have legal standing.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:03:03 +0000 Associated Press 49076 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blaine-countys-preacher-fire-nears-containment <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 10:00 a.m. July 18, 2014</em></p><p>The Preacher Fire, burning in Blaine County, is now 60 percent contained and fire managers expect full containment Friday night.&nbsp;</p><p>The lightning-caused fire sparked July 14 and has since grown to nearly 34,000 acres.</p><p>The fire is burning in grass and brush. A red flag warning expected Friday means winds could pick up and humidity can drop, making a fire more likely to flare up.</p><p><em>This story was updated at 6:10 p.m. July 16, 2014</em></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:20:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48827 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Blaine County's Preacher Fire Nears Containment Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dry-conditions-hot-weather-make-fighting-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-challenge <p>Fire officials working to contain and control the <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3955/" target="_blank">Whiskey Complex wildfires</a> burning near Garden Valley, Idaho say conditions on the ground are more like late August, not mid July. "This demonstrates how the very dry vegetation challenges the suppression efforts," spokesperson Dave Olson writes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-gop-leader-sues-party-control <p></p><p>Idaho's Republican Party infighting may be solved in court.</p><p>The leader of Idaho's Republican Party has filed a lawsuit against two members of his own party who called an Aug. 2 meeting of the GOP Central Committee after the group left its state convention without voting on a platform or new leaders.</p><p>Chairman Barry Peterson has called for an Aug. 9 meeting.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:27:34 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49029 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's GOP Leader Sues For Party Control