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In 1974 world-famous daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He ended up falling into the canyon on a parachute. To this day, that’s probably what Twin Falls is most known for outside of Idaho.

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Next week, Boise State Public Radio listeners will be starting their mornings to a new tune -- or voice. Matt Guilhem joined the station at the start of September and is ready to take over the helm as host of Morning Edition. Guilhem joins Boise State Public Radio after hosting and reporting for KVCR, the NPR affiliate in San Bernardino, California.

We sat down with Matt -- who wakes up for his new job at 4 a.m. -- and asked him a few questions about his background, himself and his hopes for his time in Idaho.

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The ACLU of Idaho filed suit against the state police on behalf of a group of artists and a venue owner, challenging a statute the organization says censors artistic expression.

Federal officials have approved the first geothermal project on Idaho's public land since the 1980s.

The Times-News reports that the Burley Bureau of Land Management has given the go-ahead for Walker Ranch Energy's geothermal project, which will include a plant about 13 miles south of Malta.

The power plant will be built on private property, but up to 22 wells will be drilled on 200 acres managed by the Burley BLM office. The operation is expected to eventually produce 25 megawatts of energy.

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A former Sun Valley treasurer has been accused of stealing almost $130,000 from the city.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Angela Marlene Orr pleaded not guilty on Monday to three counts of felony misuse of public funds by a public employee.

Orr is accused of stealing nearly $127,000 from the city through unauthorized direct deposits and by using the city's credit card to pay for dinners and hotel costs during city-sponsored trips.

Orr resigned April 7 after working for the city for nearly four years.

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Idaho Fish and Game researchers are testing a new method of fish population control. The idea is to use a female hormone that causes male-born fish to produce eggs when they mature.

By using a hormonal treatment on the fish, the biologists hope to create a monosex trout population that will eventually be unable to breed, which could keep unwanted fish populations at bay in streams around the state.

Districts across the state will collect at least $7.7 million in “emergency” property taxes — money designed to cover the costs of growth.

In school funding parlance, the additional taxes are known as emergency levies. School districts qualify for emergency levies if their preliminary fall student numbers are up from the preceding year. School boards can pass an emergency levy without voter approval.

And for districts in the state’s growth areas, the emergency levy is a perennial tax of sorts — even though trustees can only approve the tax for one year at a time.

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Republican National Committee co-chair Sharon Day spoke at the Ada County Republican Roundup at Governor Butch Otter’s ranch Tuesday. The Idaho visit was one of many she’s making to drum up support for presidential nominee Donald Trump and connect with local Republican leaders around the country.

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Last fall, more than 1,400 international students attended Idaho State University. This year, the number of international students enrolled has dropped by 36 percent. The decline comes after reports of racially charged attacks against some ISU students from the Middle East last spring.  

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New federal standards mean that children from low-income families will spend more time in Head Start preschool classes.

The Times-News reports that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new performance standards last week that are designed to improve the Head Start program. Under the new guidelines, Head Start will provide center-xollbased services four days a week instead of the two it offered before.

Two Idaho firefighters have received the state's highest honor for their exceptional bravery and courage.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of Idaho's Medal of Honor Commission, announced the award recipients Friday.

Idaho Falls firefighter Sean Allen was honored for entering a submerged vehicle in an irrigation canal, cutting a victim free and pulling him to safety last year.

Meanwhile, Kootenai County Fire and Rescue Lt. John Ward was honored for entering a burning home while off-duty in April, 2015 and rescuing a disabled woman without protective gear.

Boise Hive

A Boise nonprofit got a makeover and is ready to share its updated building with the community. The Boise Hive is celebrating its updated space with an open house Thursday from 5-9 p.m.

The Hive opened its doors on the Bench two years ago. The nonprofit serves musicians, offering rehearsal and recording space – but also mental health counseling for those struggling with issues like depression and anxiety.

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Last month we told you the story of a Twin Falls doctor, who was once paralyzed, but was able to climb Idaho's tallest mountain. Now you can watch a video of his inspiring climb.

Jonathon Myers broke his neck ten years ago in a car accident. Paralyzed from the neck down, he fought back and learned how to walk again. He went to medical school and specialized in rehabilitation.

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A vital link between Boise State University and the heart of the capital city reopens today. The Broadway Bridge, which was constructed in just 9 months at a cost of around 20 million dollars, opens to pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles at 1 p.m.

Around 200 people gathered on the span of the new bridge to mark the opening just a day before the first home game at BSU.

Idaho is working to reduce suicides in the state with a new $1 million program.

The Spokesman-Review reports that lawmakers this year allocated ongoing funding and changed the law that governs the mission of the state Department of Health and Welfare to specifically include suicide prevention.

To celebrate the ongoing efforts, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter on Thursday declared this week Suicide Prevention Week in the city.

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Barbara Perry Bauer likes to use the line from the movie The Sixth Sense, “I see dead people.” But she doesn’t mean it literally. This local historian is obsessed with the people and places that shaped Boise. Lately, she’s been seeing a lot of ghosts of groceries past in the North End neighborhood.

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A national education policy advocacy organization is holding its 3rd annual conference in Boise this week. The agenda is mostly what you’d expect, a lot of speeches, which started Wednesday night and run through Friday. But the conference also features a reality TV twist.

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Idaho Transportation Department officials will celebrate their newest infrastructure upgrade this Friday. The much-anticipated reopening of the Broadway Bridge comes right before the first Bronco home football game, when fans will get to walk, bike or drive across the structure which is next to the stadium.

Both Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise State University President Bob Kustra will attend the Friday morning ceremony.

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The woman known as Mother Teresa was recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church on Sunday. More than 100,000 people filled St. Peter's Square for the ceremony honoring a person who'd spent much of her life in India, helping the poor, the sick and the dying.

A Boise man who met Mother Teresa and spent time in her ministry says he knew this day would come. Rick Harvey is a local jeweler who also serves as an Archdeacon in the Episcopal Diocese.

Non-union workers in Idaho could be required to pay some fees to the unions that represent them if a lawsuit pending in federal court succeeds.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the Idaho Attorney General's office has filed a motion asking the federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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