Reader's Corner
8:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

'Blackett's War' And Operational Research In WWII With Stephen Budiansky

During World War II, a small group of British and American scientists worked tirelessly to defeat the German U-boats that were wreaking havoc on allied commerce. Armed with a dogged determination and a fair amount of mathematics, physics and probability theory, they forged the new field of operational research and forever changed how wars were fought and won.

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8:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse

The new Zions Bank building in downtown Boise took 14 months to build. Photographer Darin Oswald documented its construction in a project that will be unveiled this weekend.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Satesman

When a developer decided to build a new tower in downtown Boise, it was big news. It was especially newsworthy because of its location: the corner of 8th and Main streets. That spot had been empty for more than 20 years, earning it the nickname 'The Hole.'

So when word broke that Zions Bank would build its new Idaho headquarters there, Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald decided to set out on an ambitious project. He wanted to document the building’s construction through time-lapse photography. 

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Public Rally
4:02 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Rally For LGBT Rights In Boise

(L to R) Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, organizer Mistie Tolman, Rep. Grant Burgoyne at an Add the Words press conference last legislative session. Buckner-Webb and Burgoyne will speak at Saturday's rally in support of a bill that would seek to protect LGBT Idahoans from discrimination.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

For the eighth year in a row, Idaho gay rights advocates will attempt to get the attention of the Legislature with a rally at the Capitol this Saturday.

"Add the Words Idaho" organizer Mistie Tolman says more than 600 people have said on Facebook that they’ll attend. She says people from all across the state will ask lawmakers to add the phrase “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the state’s human rights amendment.

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2:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Idaho Farmers Receive Less In Government Subsidies

Credit JayneAndd / Flickr Creative Commons

Direct payments from the government to Idaho farmers and ranchers dropped 17 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.

University of Idaho agricultural economists tell The Capital Press that the projections are based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

John Foltz, dean of University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, says government payments to Idaho farmers will likely continue to decline in future years.

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Campaign Finance
1:14 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Simpson Outraises Smith 4-to-1 In Idaho's GOP House Race

In the congressional fundraising horse race, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson says he outraised challenger Bryan Smith nearly four-to-one in 2013's final quarter.

Smith announced Thursday that he raised $111,066 in the fourth quarter. The money will go to his GOP primary election bid against Simpson, with the vote on May 20.

Meanwhile, Simpson says he brought in $430,000.

In total, Simpson says he raised more than $1.25 million in 2013, with Smith raking in $525,000, including his own money, since joining the race in June.

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11:23 am
Thu January 9, 2014

46 Vehicle Crash Shuts Down I-84 Near Meridian

A look at one of the cars hit by the logging truck. This driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Credit Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Update 3:15 p.m.: The Idaho State Police (ISP) report the westbound lanes of I-84 reopened at about 2:00 p.m. That’s after a 46-car-accident caused a five-hour delay.

An ISP spokesperson says a swerving logging truck caused a chain reaction of accidents. Tow trucks, another logging truck, and a boom had to be brought in to clear vehicles and logs from the road.

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9:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Oil Equipment 'Megaloads' Headed For Canada Stalled In Idaho

This is the 'megaload' sitting at the Idaho/Montana border.
Credit Rick Strack / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho State Police say two gigantic loads of oil production equipment headed for Montana didn't move Thursday morning.

One of the shipments is parked on U.S. Highway 20 east of Arco.

The other is parked on State Highway 93 at Lost Trail Pass about 10 miles from the Montana border.

The shipments being moved by Omega Morgan are bound for the Kearl oil sands of Alberta in Canada.

Weather has been a problem for moving the loads, and Montana officials have yet to issue a permit for the load 10 miles from the border.

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Idaho Legislature
4:09 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

State Workers Urge Idaho Legislature To Consider Pay Increases

State workers lamented wages falling further behind their private sector peers and urged a legislative panel to bring their salaries up — or risk losing employees to better-paying endeavors outside Idaho government.

Donna Yule, Idaho Public Employee Association dirctor, urged the Change in Employee Compensation Committee Wednesday to begin a three-year program of raising worker salaries.

Excluding benefits, Yule said, it would cost just over $16 million annually — but the expenditure would buttress morale that's taken a hit since the recession began in 2008.

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10:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Bogus Basin Gets Much Needed Snow, All Runs Now Open

A web cam at Bogus Basin showing new snow Wednesday morning.
Credit Bogus Basin

Wednesday morning’s snow caused a lot of problems for Treasure Valley drivers, but area skiers now have a reason to celebrate.

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4:29 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. Otter Asks Idaho Lawmakers For $15 Million Down Payment On Dams, Water Study

This is an historic image of the Arrowrock Dam on the Boise River. It was constructed between 1911-1915.
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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter aims to build billions of dollars in new or expanded Idaho dams, to capture more water in his state's drought-stricken southern desert for crops, cities and flushing endangered salmon to the sea.

He's asking lawmakers to give him $15 million down payment for, among other things, studying whether a new era of dam building make sense, given somebody will have to pay for it.

One project he's pushing, a new Weiser River dam, could be used for everything from flood control to electricity.

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3:52 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Conservation Groups Sue Over Idaho Wolf Kill Plan

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Some conservation groups are suing federal and state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in central Idaho.

The lawsuit, filed by Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project and Wilderness Watch on Monday, asks the judge to stop the extermination immediately to give the case time to work through the courts.

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1:40 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Idaho Falls Teacher, Democrat Announces Her Second Bid For Superintendent Of Schools

Jana Jones ran for the office in 2006.
Credit Courtesy Jana Jones

Longtime educator, consultant and Democrat Jana Jones is the first candidate to announce a run for Idaho's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Jones ran for the office in 2006 and narrowly lost to current Superintendent Tom Luna by just 2.5 percent.

Jones says the public has lost trust in Luna after his battles with teachers groups and others over his Students Come First laws. Voters repealed those laws in 2012.

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Idaho Legislature
12:09 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Idaho Democrats Say GOP Majority Is 'Starving Schools'

Democrats blasted Republicans during their annual response to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's State of the State speech, charging the majority party with "starving schools."

At a press conference Tuesday, House Minority Leader John Rusche, from Lewiston, and Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, criticized Republican claims that education funding cuts over the last five years resulted from the "Great Recession."

Rusche and Stennett countered these cuts were "choice, intentional and deliberate."

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Idaho Budget
9:46 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Gov. Otter Aims To Boost Idaho Spending By 3.7 Percent In 2015

Gov. Otter (center) delivered his 2014 State of the State speech in Boise Jan. 6.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Under Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's fiscal year 2015 budget, state spending will grow 3.7 percent to $2.9 billion as Idaho's economy recovers.

Otter told lawmakers Monday he's sticking to a fundamental principle: Keeping the growth of government below the pace of the economy.

In the year starting next July, Otter's financial aides predict Idaho's general fund revenue will rise by 6.4 percent to $3 billion.

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6:45 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Trey McIntyre Project Plans To End Full-Time Dance Company

Credit Trey McIntyre Project

Boise's dance world was rocked Monday.

After six years in Boise, the nationally-acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will disband it's full-time dance troupe in July.

Choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre will remain in Boise but his focus will shift to include other creative pursuits, like film and photography. Here's more from Monday's press release:

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Transmitter Status
2:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Jazz Web-Stream Gets An Upgrade

This post was updated Jan. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio's online jazz stream has been upgraded and is fully functional.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio engineers are upgrading the jazz web-stream, which means you can expect intermittent outages.

Work to upgrade the jazz web-stream will begin  Monday and should be finished within a couple of days.

Thank you for your patience as we work to make the jazz web-stream even better!

2014 Legislature
2:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Idaho Governor's Budget Targets Wolves, Water And Wi-Fi

Rep. Mike Moyle, R-Star, (left) and Sen. Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, (right) escort Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter into the House chambers.
Credit Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

For those seeking a catchy slogan for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's 2015 budget, they could do worse than "wolves, water and Wi-Fi."

The Republican governor Monday told legislators that those three things will be among his priorities for the coming fiscal year, starting in July.

Otter called for $2 million for a new Wolf Control Fund, something he sees necessary to keep the number of predators in check.

Idaho now has 680 wolves.

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2014 Legislature
1:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Read: Idaho Gov. Otter Delivers His 2014 State Of The State Address

Idaho lawmakers listen to Gov. Otter's State of the State speech.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter kicks off the 2014 legislative session with his annual State of the State speech at this hour.

Otter's speech is heavy on education, and increasing education funding. He's also using the speech to coin a new idea, instead of K-12 education, Otter says the state needs to think of public education as K-Career. "It is a formula that emphasizes local autonomy and accountability as the keys to success not only for our schools but also for our communities, our economy, and most importantly for our students," Otter says.

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6:45 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Go Behind-The-Scenes At Boise's 'Antiques Roadshow' Taping

David Rago says he's been in pottery and porcelain for more than four decades and with Antiques Roadshow from the beginning.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

April and Andy Davis don’t have many antiques. The couple doesn’t have much money to spend on collecting and they do have a 2-year-old, Hudson, who will pull down anything not nailed to the wall. But April Davis has been watching PBS' 'Antiques Roadshow' since she was a kid.

The popular public television show travels the country to appraise antiques people bring to the event. Some of the antiques, and their owners, end up on the program talking about their treasures and the stories behind them.

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Idaho Legislature
9:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Education, Healthcare Likely Hot Topics During 2014 Idaho Legislature

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The 2014 Idaho Legislature kicks off Monday with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter’s annual State of the State speech. 

Lawmakers will look at a variety of issues this year, from the budget to education, all through the lens of primary elections, which come up in May.

Boise State University Political Science professor Gary Moncrief says lawmakers will look closely at a couple of issues: healthcare and education.

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