Adam Cotterell

News Reporter

Adam Cotterell returned to his home town of Boise, Idaho in 2007 after three years teaching university English in China. His plan was to teach high school drama and history, but in a move that almost makes him believe in destiny he took a part time job in Boise State Public Radio’s newsroom. He became a full time general assignments reporter in 2010. Adam's main focus is on covering education, but also enjoys doing all types of stories; from interviewing unique people to reporting on Boise's theatre scene.

Adam lives in Boise with his wife, daughter, and dog. He is also considered a pioneer in the art form abstract expressionist origami.

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Higher Education
1:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

5 Big Changes Coming To Boise State University

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University researcher Julia Oxford has won a $10 million grant to create a Center for Biomedical Research, making it the largest grant in the university’s history. Boise State President Bob Kustra made the announcement in his annual state of the university speech Wednesday.

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Higher Education
10:55 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Idaho Universities Recommend Cutting Several Degree Programs

The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
Credit Idaho Department of Commerce

Idaho’s public universities Wednesday told the State Board of Education what programs and degrees they’re ready to cut, which could lead to job layoffs. All four of Idaho’s four-year universities reported on a yearlong evaluation known as program prioritization. This was a requirement from the state board aimed at cost cutting.

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Health
11:39 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Blaine County Reports Idaho's First Human Case Of West Nile Virus This Year

Captured mosquitoes to be tested for West Nile
Credit bannokcountymosquito.com

Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus of 2014. A Blaine County woman in her 20s is recovering from a virus-induced fever. Eight other Idaho counties have found West Nile in mosquitoes this summer, but the Blaine County case is the first confirmed human infection.

Last year, 40 known people in Idaho contracted West Nile and two died. A 2006 outbreak saw nearly 1,000 cases and 23 deaths in Idaho.

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Education
9:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Boise Law School Students In Limbo As Concordia Accreditation Is Considered

Boise’s Concordia Law School will have to wait longer to find out if its first graduating class will be able to practice law in Idaho. The more than 40 students in Concordia’s class of 2015 expected to find out Monday if they’d be able to take the bar exam when they graduate. Instead, the American Bar Association (ABA) told them they’d have to keep waiting.

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Heimlich Maneuver
1:17 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

How A Rescue Attempt, A Death, And A TV Story Are Causing Problems For Boise

The New York Canal begins at Diversion Dam east of Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s ethics commission next week will look into a case of a city firefighter who rescued a man from an irrigation canal, who then died several days later.

In June, Boise firefighter Brent Matthews jumped into one of the area’s biggest and fastest irrigation canals to rescue a man who had fallen in. Local TV station KTVB did a story praising Matthews for his heroism.

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Idaho News
7:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Map Shows Boise County Has Highest Hate Crime Rate In The Nation, But It’s Wrong

Mic.com's map of all hate crimes in the U.S. in 2012. Subsequent maps in the same article show Boise County has the highest rate of hate crimes against Hispanics and members of the LGBT community and the second highest rate of hate crimes against black people. But according to the FBI no hate crimes were reported in Boise County that year.
Credit mic.com screen grab

A map from mic.com shows the places in the U.S. with the highest numbers of reported hate crimes. It names Boise County, Idaho as having the highest number of hate crimes per capita, by a very wide margin. But it’s wrong.

When I first saw the post, I assumed an unusually high number of hate crimes combined with Boise County’s tiny population had skewed the 2012 results.

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Arts + Culture
11:48 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Geena Davis Tells Idaho Parents To Talk With Kids About Hollywood's Portrayal Of Women

Geena Davis spoke to an invited audience Thurday at an event to honor Idaho women who are leaders in business, politics, nonprofits and the arts.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

You probably know actor Geena Davis from movies like "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own" and "The Accidental Tourist." But you probably don’t know her as a crusader for gender equality in kids movies.

Davis was in Boise Thursday to speak about her work. Her visit was sponsored by Zion’s Bank in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival.

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Politics
10:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Idaho's GOP Doesn't Have A Leader, Here's What Happens Next

Barry Peterson leads Idaho's Republican Party "unity rally" on May 21, 2014.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A judge ruled Tuesday that members of Idaho's Republican Party could go ahead with a meeting Saturday to choose a new leader. Last month’s contentious state GOP convention ended without finishing any of its business, including electing a new chairman.

Former chairman Barry Peterson maintained that meant he was still in charge. But district judge Randy Stoker ruled that Peterson is not the chairman, and the party doesn't currently have a leader.

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Business
3:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Boise Co-op To Open A Second Store

Current Boise Co-op location in Boise's Northend.
Credit boise.coop

The Boise Co-op announced Monday that it would open a second store in the Village at Meridian.

Co-op marketing director Shannon McGuire says two surveys solidified managers goals of opening a second store.

“We asked our shoppers ‘what should we do, where should we go if we considered expansion?’” McGuire says. “And out of that came ‘yes, please do expand and go West.’”

McGuire says survey respondents picked Meridian as their top choice for a second store. The second-most requested store location was Nampa, and McGuire says that could someday become a reality.

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Environment
6:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

At Least One Idaho Wind Farm Has Been Scrapped Because Of Sage Grouse

A southeast Idaho wind farm
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The New York Times reports more than two dozen energy projects in the West have been scuttled because of sage grouse, at least one of those projects was supposed to be built in Idaho.

The sage grouse represents a much bigger challenge for states like Idaho than its turkey-like stature might suggest. The bird is considered an important part of the high desert ecosystem, but it's sensitive to man-made development and its numbers are declining.

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Education
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.
Credit IlmicrofonoOgglono / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Movies
3:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts

Dusty Crophopper and a SEAT on the tarmac at NIFC in Boise.

As firefighters work to contain wildfires burning in Idaho and the West, an animated Disney movie opens this weekend portraying what those wildland firefighters do in real life. Disney’s "Planes: Fire & Rescue" isn’t exactly an action movie,  it’s a cartoon about anthropomorphic talking airplanes.

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Higher Education
12:56 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

How The Upward Bound College Program Helped One Idahoan Change His Life

Leo Morales
Credit Photo curtesy ACLU of Idaho

Boise State University this week is joining hundreds of colleges and universities around the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a program that helps kids go on to college. Upward Bound recruits low-income kids who would be the first in their families to go to college. More than 2 million people have participated in the last half-century.

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Crime
10:13 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Assaults On Idaho Police Officers Go Up While Crime Rate Goes Down

One in 10 Idaho police officers were assaulted on the job in 2013.
Credit Nicholas D. / Flickr Creative Commons

More Idaho police officers are being assaulted on the job at the same time the state's overall crime rate ticked down. That's according to the latest crime report compiled by the Idaho State police.

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Poverty
9:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Census: Idaho’s Poverty Concentration Has Tripled Since 2000

Even though Idaho's poverty concentration saw one of the biggest percent increases between 2000 and 2010, 30 states and the District of Columbia had higher overall concentrations than Idaho in 2010.
Credit U.S. Census Bureau

More than 15 percent of Idahoans live in poverty according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s a little higher than the nation as a whole. Now, a new census report shows that Idaho’s poor are becoming increasingly concentrated.

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Environment
10:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat

Credit Oregon Department of Forestry / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho has long restricted cutting down trees along stream banks as a way to keep water cool for trout and a salmon. On July 1, an updated version of the so-called shade rule goes into effect.   

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Business
1:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

6 Unique Things You'll Find At The Boise International Market

Habiba Abdullah prepares a Somali meal. Abdullah owns a grocery store in the market and her sons co-own the restaurant Taste of Africa.
Credit Photo Courtesy International Market

The Boise International Market is set to open its doors sometime in August. It will start out with 17 micro-businesses selling products from around the world. Developers hope to add more vendors soon after it opens.

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Business
12:06 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Boise Entrepreneurs Hope Their Diverse Market Brings Idahoans Closer To Global Cultures

By day, Miguel Gaddi is an architect, and Lori Porreca, a planner But their passion is their side business, the Boise International Market.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

A construction crew is busy renovating a dilapidated strip mall on the Boise bench. It’s just a big empty space with torn up floors, but by August this will be the Boise International Market. Lori Porreca is building the market along with her partner Miguel Gaddi.

The market will be home to many small businesses, each in stalls. There will be 17 when it opens and more added later. As Gaddi stands in the main entrance of his construction project, he describes what it will be like.

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Business
1:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another

Credit Kate Ter Haar / Flickr Creative Commons

A Ketchum bookstore will stay in business thanks to donations from its community. Last month, we told you ago about Iconoclast Books owner Sarah Hedrick and her Indiegogo campaign to save her store.

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Education
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name

Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, according to the Meridian Press.

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