12:37 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Lawsuit Filed To Stop Idaho Gold Mine Exploration

A conservation group and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies seeking to stop a central Idaho gold mine exploration project by a Canadian company.

The tribe and the Idaho Conservation League filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Idaho against the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service.

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10:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Boise State Professor's Documentary Heads To Cannes Film Festival

Protest leader "Mommy" faces off against police.
Credit Phil Atlakson

In Cambodia, a group of women have started a movement to save their homes from destruction. For the past two years, Boise State University Theater Arts Professor Phil Atlakson and his son Garret have been filming their story.

Atlakson is the producer of the short film “Eviction.” His son is the director. It features the ongoing fight in Cambodia between homeowners and government-backed corporations who are demolishing villager’s homes to create new developments.

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Idaho News
10:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Idaho Town Residents Want Mayor, Council Booted After Police Officer Kills Dog

This is the video from Filer police officer Tarek Hassani's dashboard camera. It was released by the Filer Police Department, and edited for length by the Times-News.
Credit Screengrab from Filer Police Video

A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council.

Their grievance is over the February shooting of a pet dog and the city's decision to retain the police officer who did it.

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:52 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Report: Taliban Captors Not Sure Which Americans Have Authority To Negotiate Idaho POW's Release

June will mark Bergdahl's fifth year in captivity.
Credit Idaho National Guard

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal.

That's according to a U.S. defense official and a military officer working for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous U.S. agencies involved. A defense official says about two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military, the CIA and FBI are working on the case.

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Civil Rights
5:12 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Listen: ACLU Idaho Leader Talks About Triumphs, Failures And Moving On

Monica Hopkins
Credit courtesy ACLU of Idaho

For six years Monica Hopkins has been one of Idaho’s top civil rights campaigners as head of the ACLU of Idaho. Now Hopkins is leaving the state to take charge of the American Civil Liberties Union branch in Washington D.C.  

Hopkins says the ACLU of Idaho has accomplished a lot in these last six years. Among those successes, she lists lawsuits seeking better conditions for inmates in Canyon County as well as lawsuits against prison operator Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).

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3:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Idaho Governor Appoints Public Records Ombudsman

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed a public records ombudsman to review how state agencies handle records requests and to look at ways to improve Idaho's public records laws.

Cally Younger, the associate attorney for the governor's office, is filling the post, Otter announced Wednesday.

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2:14 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Group Sues To Protect 42 Grizzly Bears In Remote Montana Area

This grizzly lives in captivity in West Yellowstone, Mont., near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Nomadic Lass / Flickr Creative Commons

A conservation group is suing the federal government for failing to reclassify a small population of grizzly bears as endangered.

The estimated 42 Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bears in northwestern Montana are considered a threatened species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last year issued a decision that said changing the bears' status from threatened to endangered was warranted but precluded by higher-priority species.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies says in its lawsuit filed Tuesday the population needs to be at least 100 to be considered viable.

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Web Streams
10:52 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Jazz, Radio Bilingue Web Streams Unavailable

Boise State Public Radio's jazz and Radio Bilingue web streams are currently unavailable.

Chief engineer Tom Lowther says the two station's streaming machines are down and repair is underway.

Boise State Public Radio's news and classical web streams, however, are fully functional.

10:25 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Software Company Declara To Expand Its Boise Office

Declara's founder Ramona Pierson's personal story often overshadows her business and technology achievements. At age 22 she was hit by a car leaving her blind and unable to walk. It took years of surgeries to restore her sight, crushed legs and fix her other injuries.

A software company with an Idaho presence is expanding its operations thanks to an influx of cash. Palo Alto-based Declara announced a new $16 million investment Wednesday.

The company’s Boise office of 10 developers will double because of that, a spokesman says. It also plans to expand its offices in California and Mexico.

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Transmitter Status
10:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Boise State Public Radio's High-Definition Stations Remain Off Air

This post was updated April 23, 2014

Boise State Public Radio is experiencing continued technical problems with all of our HD stations, including KBSU HD2 Jazz.

Chief engineer Tom Lowther says the issues originate at the transmitter site. Lowther hopes to get to the transmitter in the next few weeks to resolve the ongoing outages.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

This post was updated April 11, 2014

Boise State Public Radio's HD Jazz station returned to air April 11.

Thank you for your patience.

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