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Poaching
10:07 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Idaho Wildlife Advocate Pleads Guilty To Poaching

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The Idaho director for the wildlife advocacy group Greater Yellowstone Coalition has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk.

The Idaho State Journal reports Marv Hoyt is currently on vacation and will retire from his post at the end of the year. Hoyt pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife. Prosecutors said Hoyt only had one elk tag but that he killed three cow elk during a November hunting trip in Caribou County.

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Federal Budget
9:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Idaho Senators Reject Federal Budget Deal

United States Capitol.
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Idaho's Republican U.S. senators both voted against a bipartisan budget deal that now goes to President Obama for his signature.

Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch on Tuesday opposed the plan that passed 67-33.

Like Crapo and Risch, all those against the measure were from the Senate's minority GOP side.

The deal marked a modest congressional accomplishment at the end of a year punctuated by a partial government shutdown, a near-default by the U.S. Treasury and congressional gridlock on issues ranging from immigration to gun control.

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Wildlife
4:15 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Decision On Wolverine Protections Delayed

Federal wildlife officials have delayed until next summer a decision on whether wolverines should receive more federal protections.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the delay will be used to address questions about the impacts of climate change on wolverine habitat. Spokesman Steve Segin says the agency will decide by Aug. 4 if wolverines should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Government scientists say the carnivorous weasels face an uncertain future as their high mountain snow field habitat dwindles because of warming temperature.

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Payday Loans
12:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Caldwell, Idaho Limits Payday Loan Shops

Officials in a southwestern Idaho city have passed new rules limiting where payday loan businesses can open shop.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the Caldwell City Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week limiting new payday loan businesses to manufacturing and light industrial zones. The rules mean that if a payday loan company wants to open a storefront in a populated area, it will have to get a special use permit first.

Wildlife
10:11 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Wildlife Managers Hire Hunter To Kill Two Central Idaho Wolf Packs

State wildlife officials have hired a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs in a federal wilderness area in central Idaho because officials say they are eating too many elk calves.

Fish and Game Bureau Chief Jeff Gould tells the Idaho Statesman that hunters are having a difficult time getting into the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness, so the agency hired hunter-trapper Gus Thoreson of Salmon to kill the wolves in the Golden and Monumental packs.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Study: Yellowstone 'Supervolcano' Much Bigger Than Thought

Mammoth Hot Springs is a key tourist attraction in the park.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A new study shows the chamber of hot molten rock below Yellowstone National Park is more than 2 and a-half times larger than previously estimated.

Lead author Jamie Farrell of the University of Utah said Monday the magma chamber is about 55 miles long, 18 miles wide and runs at depths from 3 to 9 miles below the earth.

That means the supervolcano below Yellowstone has the potential to erupt with the force of its largest-ever eruption 2.1 million years ago.

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Mental Health
9:33 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Idaho Courts See 82 Percent Increase In Mental Commitment Cases

An annual report from the Idaho Supreme Court shows that the state has seen a dramatic increase in the number of involuntary commitment cases filed for people with mental illness.

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Sports
6:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boise State's New Head Football Coach Says "It's Great To Be Home"

Bryan Harsin was officially introduced as Boise State's new head football coach Friday.
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Bryan Harsin was formally introduced as the new head football coach of Boise State’s Broncos Friday. The 37-year-old has a long history with the Broncos. He was a quarterback for the team in the late 1990s and was then an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010. Harsin was also an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Peterson from 2006 to 2010.

“It feels great to be home,” Harsin told the crowd at a press conference Friday. “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to stand here before you today as the next head coach of Boise State.”

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Part 2: An Interview About "The Boys In The Boat"

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"

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Idaho Legislature
3:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boise Democrats Choose 3 Names To Replace State Sen. Durst

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Democrats from a Boise legislative district that's among Idaho's most-competitive has selected its three top candidates to replace a departing state senator.

District 18 in southeastern Boise is aiming to fill the vacancy left when former Sen. Branden Durst relocated to western Washington.

They are incumbent state Rep. Janie Ward-Engelking, the No. 1 choice of the district's officials; Lawrence Crowley, a utility consultant; and Elizabeth Oppenheimer, an education advocate.

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Homelessness
11:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Idaho Lands On Top 10 List For Increase In Homeless Students

More than 6,000 Idaho students were homeless during the 2011/2012 school year. That's .5 percent of all public school kids.
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Student homelessness in Idaho has grown by 27 percent, putting the state in a list of 10 that have seen the largest increase in the number of kids without stable, reliable homes. That data from the U.S. Department of Education measured growth from the 2010/2011 school year to 2011/2012.

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Election 2014
10:31 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Former Idaho Lawmaker From Pocatello Plans To Run For Secretary Of State

A former Idaho legislator from Pocatello, Evan Frasure, is running as a Republican in the ever-more-crowded 2014 secretary of state primary.

The Idaho State Journal reports Friday Frasure plans to make a formal announcement next week.

Frasure says he believes it's the right time for somebody from eastern Idaho to fill the post.

Already, two southwestern Idaho people have joined the GOP primary race: Rep. Lawerence Denney of Midvale, and deputy Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane.

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Lawsuit
10:20 am
Fri December 13, 2013

4 Miners Injured At Lucky Friday Mine Sue Hecla

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Four miners who were injured and trapped by a rock burst at a northern Idaho mine two years ago are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging mine mangers sent them into unsafe working conditions while assuring them the area was safe.

The Spokesman-Review reports Ronnel E. Barrett, Gregg Hammerberg, Eric J. Tester and Matthew Williams are seeking more than $1 million for injuries, medical treatment and lost wages.

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Dance
7:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Live-Choreographing Lifts The Curtain On Trey McIntyre's Art

(L to R) Grandma Kelsey plays while Trey McIntyre choreographs a "Make A Ballet" piece with dancers Chanel DaSilva, Brett Perry and Ryan Redmond.
Credit Christina Johnson

To make a ballet, choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre needs fresh musical inspiration. For this, he turns to Boise musician Kelsey Swope – whose stage name is Grandma Kelsey.

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Federal Budget
5:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Idaho's Labrador, Simpson Split On Federal Budget Deal

Idaho's Republican congressmen again parted ways on a budget vote.

Eight-term U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on Thursday aligned with House Speaker John Boehner and other backers of the measure that passed 332-94, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats.

That didn't stop second-term Rep. Raul Labrador from branding the bi-partisan package "a bad deal, plain and simple."

For Simpson, it protects funding for the Idaho National Laboratory, shores up rural schools' budgets — and reduces the federal deficit by $23 billion, all without raising taxes.

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Idaho News
3:30 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Search Called Off For Missing Airplane In Idaho's Central Mountains

Search efforts for a missing airplane in Idaho have been suspended.
Credit Idaho Department of Transportation

Efforts to find a missing airplane in Idaho’s central mountains have been suspended. The Idaho Division of Aeronautics, which is in charge of the search, made the decision Thursday.

On Dec. 1, five people on board a Beech Bonanza left the Baker City, Ore., airport headed for Butte, Mont. Shortly before noon on Dec. 1, the plane vanished from radar near the Johnson Creek Airstrip, 50 miles northeast of Cascade. Search efforts started the same day, but poor visibility, snow and freezing temperatures have made the search challenging.

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Insurance Exchange
1:29 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Idaho's Health Insurance Exchange Launches Ad Campaign After Delay

Idaho's insurance exchange will begin paid marketing around Dec. 20, a delay of more than a month.

Still, don't expect to see Your Health Idaho television advertising over Christmas.

Consultants told the exchange's board Thursday holiday TV spots were too expensive, so this initial "bridge" marketing will concentrate instead on radio, Internet and newspapers.

The exchange's $3 million-plus ad campaign has been pushed back due to software problems since Oct. 1.

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Idaho News
11:49 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Advocates Of Boise Man Held In Iran Say Obama Administration Must Do More

Nagmeh Abedini met with Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) during her trip to Washington this week.
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A Boise woman was on Capitol Hill Thursday to make her case for the U.S. government negotiating the release of her husband from a prison in Iran. 

Nagmeh Abedini, her attorney and experts on human and religious rights, testified in front of a House subcommittee. They urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department to do more to free Saeed Abedini – the Boise man held in prison in Iran for more than a year.

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Yellowstone
9:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Yellowstone National Park Opens Its Gates For Winter Tourists

Park snowcoaches take visitors through Yellowstone during the winter months.
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Yellowstone National Park is reopening for the winter.

Starting Sunday, the north, west and south entrances to the park will be open commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches.

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, dining room and gift shop will open for the season on Dec. 20 and the park's east entrance over Sylvan Pass is set to open Dec. 22.

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Health Insurance
6:15 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Number Of Idaho Exchange Enrollees Up, But Falls Short Of Those Who Need Insurance

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

While the number of Idahoans who've signed up for subsidized health plans through the state's insurance exchange increased in November, enrollment hasn't made much of a dent in the number of uninsured people in Idaho.

“The number of individuals who have selected a marketplace plan and are considered enrolled through the process is 1,730 as of November 30,” says insurance exchange director Amy Dowd.

That's a big jump from the 338 people who signed up for a plan in October, the first month the online marketplace was available to consumers.

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