11:59 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Forest Service Expands Ban Of Exploding Targets

The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and a small portion of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.

Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban that started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015, on national forest lands.

Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke.

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10:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump

Beckley is a 63-year-old who's been jumping motorcycles since the mid 1970s. At 285 lbs. he bills himself as the world's largest motorcycle jumper.
Credit Big Ed Beckley's Facebook page

The Times-News reports that the Fox television network won't broadcast Texas stuntman "Big" Ed Beckley's planned Snake River Canyon motorcycle jump.

On his Facebook page, Beckley writes the network didn't have the money to broadcast the event.

"We received the final word the executes at FOX TV have backed away from the Snake River Canyon Jump. It was not in their new budget for us to make the jump.

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10:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

23 New Wildfires Ignite On The Boise National Forest

Credit Photo Courtesy Boise National Forest

A Boise National Forest spokesman says 23 new fires are now confirmed in the area.

An overnight lightning storm sparked the new wildfires, and more could still be discovered.

In a press release, spokesman David Olson says reports of fires have been streaming into the Interagency Dispatch Center all day.

Most of the fires are small, less than an acre, but they are becoming more active.

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2:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Firebreak Along I-84 To Reduce Risk Of Roadside Wildfires

A look at I-84 at Simco Road.
Credit Google Maps

On average, nine fires spark each year along Interstate 84, burning more than 1,000 acres. Now, the Bureau of Land Management is partnering with various agencies to cut down on the risk of roadside wildfires.

Fire officials are building a firebreak along a 10-mile stretch of the highway to keep fire starts from trailer chains or hot mufflers to a minimum.

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10:40 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Report: More Idaho Children Live In Poverty, Education Outcomes Slide

A group of students participate in a reading lesson.
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The number of Idaho kids living in poverty has risen to 21 percent, that's a 3 percent increase since 2005. That means at least 87,000 Idaho children were living in poverty in 2012. The poverty statistic is just one of the findings in the annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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1:35 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Boise Catholic Bishop To Offer Resignation

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The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise will offer his resignation to Pope Francis early next month in keeping with church policy.

Michael P. Driscoll has been bishop in Boise 15 years.

All bishops are asked to submit a resignation on their 75th birthday. Driscoll, who is Idaho's oldest presiding bishop, will turn 75 on Aug. 8.

The Idaho Statesman reports that it's possible his resignation could be denied, in which case he would remain bishop.

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1:12 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters, Whiskey Complex Now 50 Percent Contained

A firefighter uses a drip torch along the South Fork Payette River Road.
Credit Photo Courtesy Boise National Forest

This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. July 22, 2014.

The Whiskey Complex wildfires burning on the Boise National Forest are now 50 percent contained. Forest officials say the fires have burned a combined 9,640 acres since lightning sparked the blazes on July 13.

Cooler temperatures and cloud cover helped firefighters Monday. No new fires sparked within the Boise National Forest after Monday's thunderstorms. Still, more afternoon thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon.

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Idaho News
1:02 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cell phone information.

Anna Smith of Coeur d'Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency's collection of the data amounts to an illegal search and seizure. In June, U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill dismissed her lawsuit, and now Smith is appealing the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Transmitter Status
2:58 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

KBSS, KBSW Return To Air

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This post was updated at 9:00 p.m. July 20.

KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls have returned to air.

Thank you for your patience.

This post was first created at 2:45 p.m. July 20.

Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of the intermittent outages on KBSS in Sun Valley and KBSW in Twin Falls and are working with network providers to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience as we work to fix the problem.

You can still listen online here.

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