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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10:20 am
Fri December 13, 2013

4 Miners Injured At Lucky Friday Mine Sue Hecla

Credit Photo by Hecla Mining

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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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.
Credit Twitter: @SenatorRisch

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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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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4:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Some Wildlife Experts Say Its Time To Delist Grizzlies

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A panel of wildlife officials says it's time to remove federal protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Spokesman Gregg Losinski said members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of lifting protections. The committee's recommendation will now be considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Losinski says that if the federal agency concurs, it could propose a rule by mid-2014 to end protections. A final rule is possible sometime in 2015.

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Missing Airplane
4:30 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Search For Missing Plane In Idaho Winding Down

Family members say search efforts have mostly ended for a small private airplane that went missing over the mountains in central Idaho with five people aboard.

Alan Dayton of Salt Lake City is the uncle of Jonathon Norton, one of the passengers on the plane.

Dayton told The Salt Lake Tribune that a few family members were still in Idaho searching on Tuesday afternoon.

An official search by county, state and military rescue crews ended Friday, five days after air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft.

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1:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Idaho Gov. Otter Among State Leaders At Western Governors' Meeting

The governors are meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Leaders from around the West are meeting in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.

The Western Governors' Association is holding its winter meeting on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday and Thursday.

Among the governors in attendance are John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho, Steve Bullock of Montana, Gary Herbert of Utah and Matt Mead of Wyoming.

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12:43 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Megaload Back On The Road As Blaine County Expresses Concern Over Shipment

A megaload is expected to cross into Southern Idaho from Oregon.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A shipment of nearly a million pounds of oil field equipment resumed its drive Tuesday night toward Canada. The load had been stopped for the past week by bad weather in eastern Oregon.

A spokeswoman for the company in charge of the shipment, Omega Morgan, says the "megaload" started moving again around 10 p.m.  Holly Zander says crews pulled the equipment about 50 miles along Highway 395 before stopping around 4 a.m.

Omega Morgan is expected to be issued the necessary permits to move the load through southern Idaho.

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Federal Budget
11:47 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo Not Likely To Support Budget Compromise

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Legislation being supported by Democrats and Republicans in Washington has not impressed Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Crapo told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he’s still examining the compromise, but that he is not likely to support it.

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8:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Bronco Bryan Harsin Is Boise State's New Football Coach

Harsin is a Boise native who previous played and coached at Boise State.
Credit Boise State University

Update 9:55 a.m.: Boise State has hired a 37-year-old former assistant to be its next head coach.  Bryan Harsin will leave Arkansas State to be the next Bronco head coach. 

Harsin is a Boise native who was a BSU quarterback in the late 1990s. He then served as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010.  Harsin was an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Petersen from 2006 to 2010.

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Idaho News
5:55 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Idaho Pastor Who's Imprisoned In Iran Will Be The Focus Of U.S. House Hearing

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Pastor Saeed Abedini has been the focus of media reports and pleas for help from his family in Boise.  Now Abedini will be the focus of a hearing of a U.S. House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

Abedini has been a prisoner in Iran since September of 2012 after being accused of forming a network of Christian churches. He's serving an eight year sentence and was recently moved to a notoriously brutal prison in Iran.

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1:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Some Idaho Republican Leaders Ask Rep. Patterson To Resign

Credit Idaho Legislature

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Some Republican leaders in Boise have drafted a resolution calling for Rep. Mark Patterson's resignation and may meet on the matter next Tuesday.

Officials in District 15, which Patterson represents, say they're still mulling plans to discuss Patterson's future. Dan Luker, District 15's secretary, said the situation remains "fluid" and that no meeting agenda has been finalized.

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Transmitter Status
11:15 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Update: KBSY Returns To Full Power

Here's a view from the top of the repaired Albion tower antennae.
Credit Rick Strack / Boise State Public Radio

Update, Dec. 17, 3:40 p.m.: Thanks to a backup antennae installed at the Albion tower, KBSY 88.5 fm is back on the air at full power.

Thank you for your patience.

Original Post: Boise State Public Radio's news station that serves the Burley area is operating on reduced power, which may limit its availability for some listeners. KBSY 88.5 fm is on the air at just 30 watts.

The transmitter, located in Albion, can't be reset remotely. Engineers are planning to make a repair trip Dec. 16.

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Federal Land
9:52 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Two Idaho Counties Challenge Forest Travel Plan

The Clearwater Forest covers 1.8 million acres in northern Idaho.
Credit U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region / Flickr Creative Commons

A federal lawsuit filed by two Idaho counties is challenging the legality of a national forest travel plan that closed off about 200 miles of trails to motorized vehicles.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Idaho and Clearwater counties against the Clearwater National Forest.

The counties contend the forest failed to adequately coordinate with local leaders while drafting the plan and didn't consider the economic impact it could have on local communities.

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9:44 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Greek Yogurt Maker Chobani To Expand Twin Falls Production

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Greek yogurt company Chobani says it is increasing production at its Twin Falls plant and adding production of a new "light" yogurt called Simply 100.

Chobani officials tell The Times-News the $450 million plant is running at optimal production capability for the first time since it opened a year ago. When the plant opened, it made about 100,000 cases of yogurt per week running three or four production lines. It is now running 12 production lines and producing up to a million cases of yogurt a week.

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