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Megaloads
4:11 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Megaload Shipment On The Move Again In Idaho

Omega Morgan's megaload parked near Marsing earlier this month.
Credit Rick Strack / Boise State Public Radio

A 450-ton shipment of oil production equipment bound for Alberta, Canada, has covered 40 more miles to Cat Creek Summit on U.S. Highway 20.  

The megaload made the trek from Hammett to Cat Creek Summit early Monday, arriving after 3 a.m.  It is expected to resume travel after 10 p.m. Monday, weather permitting.

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Wolves
12:28 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

No Wolves Killed During Controversial Idaho Hunt

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Organizers of a coyote and wolf hunting contest held over the weekend in Salmon, Idaho say hunters did not kill any wolves as part of the ‘derby.’ Hunters shot 21 coyotes.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Idaho State University Sues Former Professor

Idaho State University has filed a motion in federal court seeking sanctions and $75,000 in legal fees from a former professor who has been embroiled in legal disputes with the school for several years.

The Idaho State Journal reports that attorneys for the school filed the motion against Habib Sadid last week.

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Wolves
7:04 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

No Wolves Shot At Start Of Idaho Hunting Derby

Organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in central Idaho say about 200 people signed up but only about 50 or 60 are hunters and the rest are just offering support for the event.  

Steve Alder says no wolves had been reported shot late Saturday, the first day of the event that ended Sunday afternoon.

He says one hunter's vehicle was vandalized with paint and scraping, and that authorities are investigating.

Military
6:50 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Airman From Idaho Killed In Afghanistan

The Defense Department says an Air Force captain assigned to Peterson Air Force Base has died from an explosion in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says 28-year-old David I. Lyon of Sandpoint, Idaho died Thursday.

His vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Kabul.

Lyon was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson. He was serving a yearlong deployment and was an advisor to Afghan National Army commandos.

Megaloads
3:46 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Fog Halts Megaload In Idaho

his is a similar over-sized shipment that traveled through Idaho earlier in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

After a week parked in a southwestern Idaho highway pullout, a 380-foot, 450-ton load bound for Canada's disputed tar sands energy development will stay put at least another night.

Transport company Omega Morgan told the Idaho Transportation Department on Friday expected fog will prevent the megaload — a large heat exchanger for water purification equipment manufactured in Portland — from resuming its winding journey.

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Idaho News
8:21 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Update: Boise Man Dies In Fall At Washington Dam

Pinto Dam in Grant County, Wash.
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Update 5:41 p.m.:

In a story Dec. 26 about the death of an Idaho man at a dam in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously the agency that will investigate the death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate, not the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The error was caused by incorrect information supplied to the AP.

A corrected version of the story is below:

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Jobs
8:14 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Jobless Benefits Wind Down For 2,500 Idahoans

Idaho's share of the now-expiring extended federal unemployment benefit program is ending at $800 million in payments, with the last 2,500 long-term unemployed workers in the state getting their final cut this week.

Congress didn't renew the extended benefit program that began in 2008, just after the recession began, to ease pain of escalating unemployment amid the housing bubble's burst and deep dip of the stock market.

But the extended program is just a share of money paid out to jobless people since 2008.

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Theater
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

How Boise Contemporary Theater Writes A Play In The Digital Age

Dwayne Blackaller (left) and Matthew Cameron Clark work on The Uncanny Valley in their shared office at BCT.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater’s Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller sit at separate computer screens in a basement office. A passing eavesdropper would find their conversation impossible to follow because it’s part spoken, part typed and all about a fictional world evolving somewhere between their two brains and two keyboards.

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Gay Marriage
12:54 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Gay Couples Want To Keep Idaho Out Of Marriage Lawsuit

Amber Beierle is a historian who works for the state of Idaho. She says her lawsuit won't have any impact on her work.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Four couples challenging Idaho's gay marriage ban this week asked a federal judge to block the state from intervening in their lawsuit, arguing such a move would unnecessarily add to their workload and complicate the case.

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Theater
6:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Listen: Geek-Speak And Metaphysics Meet In Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play

Boise actor Stitch Marker will play an automaton in The Uncanny Valley. He's seen here in BCT's 2011 production of Shipwrecked! in which he played several characters including a dog.
Credit Andy Lawless / Boise Contemporary Theater

Boise playwrights Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller have a little more than three months to curtain on their latest work-in-progress.  The Uncanny Valley, mixes science fiction with Idaho's landscape.

Co-writer Blackaller says most people will likely think the title refers to where it takes place, a valley in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. But it’s actually a reference to the themes in the play, not the setting.

You can listen to Blackaller explain what the title means by clicking on the audio player.

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Idaho Music
6:30 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Idaho Musicians Release 4th Holiday Album As A Foodbank Fundraiser

For the fourth-straight year Idaho musicians and local coffee chain Moxie Java have teamed up to release a holiday album to raise cash for The Idaho Foodbank.

The aptly-named IdaHo Ho Ho CD features local artists including Curtis Stigers, Ned Evett, and Belinda Bowler.

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Theater
6:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

What Boise Contemporary Theater’s New Original Play Is About, So Far

Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller work on The Uncanny Valley in their basement office at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) has earned respect producing works by nationally-known playwrights. The company is also demonstrating it can create strong original work in-house.

Early in 2013, BCT debuted A Nighttime Survival Guide. It was written by Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller, and it was a hit for the theater.

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Theater
11:27 am
Mon December 23, 2013

2 Boise Playwrights Feel "Right Amount Of Panic" As They Work Toward April Opening

Dwayne Blackaller on stage in A Nighttime Survival Guide. He co-starred in and co-wrote this play that drew the largest audience in BCT's history.

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is selling tickets for a play that opens in April, but that play hasn’t yet been written. For the next few months, I’ll be following its progress as it goes from idea to rehearsal to an audience.

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Transportation
11:21 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Oil Equipment Megaload Crosses Into Southern Idaho

A megaload of oil refinery equipment headed to Canada has arrived in Idaho.

The 380-foot, 450-ton load left Vale, Ore., Sunday night, traveled across the border and was parked Monday at the junction of U.S. Highway 95 and Idaho Highway 55.

It took three weeks for the load to travel 315 miles through Oregon.

The Idaho Department of Transportation issued a permit Friday to Omega Morgan.

It will be allowed to travel in Idaho only between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and it will not be allowed to travel at all from Monday evening until Wednesday night.

Wildlife
10:26 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Conservationist Groups Sue To Stop Controversial Wolf Hunting Contest

This photo was taken in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley.
Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Update, 11:26 a.m.: The groups finished filing their suit Monday morning. You can read it here.

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Food
9:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Boise's Mormon Cannery Serves Beyond Its Church Walls

On this day in Garden City’s LDS cannery John Viehweg (left) is first to get his hands on the pears that have been peeled, cored and halved by a machine. Viehweg turns them right side up. The volunteers further down the conveyor belt cut the bad spots off
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

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Gay Marriage
6:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

How Utah’s Ruling In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage Could Impact Idaho

Credit MyTudut / Flickr Creative Commons

Utah became the 18th state in the country Friday to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge ruled the state's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. This is the first federal case of its kind since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year.

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Bethine Church
11:48 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Bethine Church, Sen. Frank Church's Widow, Political Partner, Dies At 90

Bethine Church accepted the Lillick Award on behalf of her husband in 1978.
Credit Special Collections and Archives, Albertsons Library / Boise State University

Bethine Church, the widow of Idaho Sen. Frank Church, has died at the age of 90. Her son, Chase Church, posted Saturday on his Facebook page that she had passed listening to Christmas music. “She wasn’t in any pain and she always wanted to pass at home,” the post noted. 

Earlier this month, her son posted on his Facebook page that his mother had been “suffering from old age” and poor health.  She’d been on hospice care for the past two weeks and would have turned 91 in February.

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Idaho Legislature
5:31 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Idaho Rep. Patterson Formally Resigns, Effective January

Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson said he'd resign by the end of this week in the wake of revelations that he'd pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in 1974.

But when Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter got the resignation letter Friday evening, it was clear that wasn't quite the case — Patterson made his resignation effective at midnight, Jan. 5.

Now Otter's office is trying to figure out if that leaves enough time to seat a replacement before the legislative session with Otter's State of the State address on Jan. 6.

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