Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

History And Relevance Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome

Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, and celebrations are planned across our nation and around the world, including here at Boise State. Forty-four years after it was first launched, this annual event continues to evolve, attract new participants and raise awareness about environmental issues. What many may not realize is that Earth Day also played a major role in the birth of the modern environmental movement.  

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Fish
3:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Federal Officials Eye Improving Fall Chinook Runs

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Officials at the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a long-range plan that could lead to delisting fall chinook in the Snake River.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that officials for the first time are setting down precise standards that must be met for the fish to be taken off the endangered species list.

But officials say it's a long process with many hurdles.

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Unemployment
1:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Idaho's March Jobless Rate Drops To Lowest In More Than Five Years

A recruiter talks with a job seeker in Boise.
Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point since August 2008.  It dropped a tenth of a percent in March to 5.2 percent. 

Bob Fick is with the Idaho Department of Labor. He says the March data continues a trend that started a year and a half ago.

“We’ve seen job creation at two percent to three percent over the last 18 months, while the national rate has been about 1.5, 1.6 every month, year over year," Fick says. "So we’re creating jobs at a significant pace."

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Hunting
11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

North Idaho Poachers Taking Heavy Toll On Game

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State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.

Officials tell the Lewiston Tribune that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.

Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.

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Mount Everest
10:58 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Boise Veteran Not Caught In Everest Avalanche

Mount Everest
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A Boise resident climbing Mount Everest with a film crew as part of a motivational project for injured veterans didn't get caught in an avalanche Friday that killed at least 12 Napalese guides.

The Heroes Project spokesman Zach Rosenfield says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville remains at basecamp at 17,598 feet where he arrived on Wednesday.

Linville lost his right foot, several fingers and suffered an injured back while diffusing a bomb in Afghanistan in 2011.

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Boise History
6:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills

The Idaho Daily Statesman, August 21, 1959.
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It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar. 

The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service video made several years after the event, tells the story.

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Station News
7:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boise State Public Radio Listeners Contribute $180,000 In 6 Days

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More than half of Boise State Public Radio’s annual revenue comes from listener donations. That’s why periodic pledge drives are so critical to maintaining, and strengthening, Boise State Public Radio throughout southern and central Idaho.

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Gambling
10:24 am
Thu April 17, 2014

North Idaho Tribe: State Poker Ban Doesn't Apply

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The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in northern Idaho plans to offer poker after deciding Idaho's constitutional ban on the game doesn't apply to the tribal-owned casino.

The Spokesman-Review reports the tribe has announced plans to open a poker room on May 2.

The tribe says it will offer Texas Hold' Em and Omaha.

Tribe spokesman Helo Hancock says several legal opinions have led the tribe to conclude that poker is exempted from state regulation under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Tuition
8:09 am
Thu April 17, 2014

College Tuition Hikes Approved For Idaho Schools

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The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

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Polling
6:53 am
Thu April 17, 2014

What Do Idaho Voters Want? Without Recent Public Opinion Polls, It's Hard To Tell

Election day might be the most consequential poll, but routine public opinion polling can also impact policy.
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Idaho voters will soon be inundated with campaign ads and sound bites from political candidates who proclaim to know exactly what Idahoans want. But it's unclear how voters are feeling heading into the May 20 primary election, thanks to a lack of public opinion polling. Without such polling, it's tough to tell if politicians' rhetoric matches the electorate's viewpoint.

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