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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Business
10:07 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Smith Optic's Departure From Central Idaho Will Have Economic Ripple Effect

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The Wood River Valley is bracing for the loss of one of its largest employers. Ski equipment maker Smith Optics is one of the area’s top 10 employers and one of the biggest private-sector employers, according Harry Griffith, director of Sun Valley Economic Development - a nonprofit focused on the Blaine County economy.

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Higher Education
2:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Idaho Universities Reveal Latest Enrollment Numbers (Hint: 1 Up, 2 Down)

Some of Boise State's 22,000 plus students walking to class.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University has more students this fall than it did fall 2013, but Idaho State University and the University of Idaho have fewer. All three of Idaho’s public universities saw substantial growth during the height of the Great Recession. But for the last few years the trend has been declining enrollment.

Boise State

Total enrollment – 22,259

Idaho’s largest public university grew by a little more than 1 percent after two years of declining enrollment.

University of Idaho

Total enrollment – 11,534

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Weather
5:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Is It Fall Yet? Idaho's October Is Unusally Warm And Dry

This map from the Nation Weather Service website Monday afternoon shows temperatures in the 80s in some places in southwest Idaho. The average high for Boise that day is 63 degrees.
Credit wrh.noaa.gov

After highs Monday about 15 degrees above average, temperatures in southern Idaho Tuesday should be below average. But so far, this fall has been unusually warm.

October days have averaged more than five-degrees warmer than what's typical for this time of year.  Through Monday, there were only four days this month the Treasure Valley did not reach the 70s.

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Trends
6:30 am
Mon October 20, 2014

See What Your Idaho Zip Code Tells Marketers About You

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Your zip code tells postal workers how to get you your daily pile of junk mail advertisements. Your zip can also tell advertisers what junk mail to send you. That’s the idea behind software company Ersi’s Tapestry Segmentation program.

The tool allows users (marketers) to type in a zip code and get an analysis of the people who live there based on U.S. Census Bureau and market research data.

Boise's North End

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Jobs
12:42 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why So Many Idaho Journalists Leave News For Public Relations

Former Idaho Statesman journalist Dan Popkey (right) pictured with Idaho First Lady Lori Otter.
Credit Otter For Idaho Twitter

The news business as we know it is in crisis. It's been well reported that revenue has been drying up as advertisers move online, causing newspapers to shrink their staffs. Something that's less-often reported is how much the public relations business has been booming.

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Voting
9:26 am
Fri October 17, 2014

How Idaho Makes It Harder (And Easier) To Vote

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In the past few years, Idaho has made it harder for people to vote. In the past few years, Idaho has made it easier for people to vote. Both of those sentences are true according to PBS Frontline.

A recent article from the PBS show’s website features Ballot Watch, an interactive that lists 18 states that made it harder to vote and six states that have expanded voter access.

Idaho is one of only two states to pass laws since 2010 that make it both harder and easier to vote. Rhode Island is the other.

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Gay Marriage
10:44 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

From Writing Vows To Saying Them, One Idaho Couple's Journey To Historic Gay Marriage

Rachael and Amber Beierle stepped out of the Ada County Courthouse to a cheering crowd after getting their marriage license.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

For the last year, KBSX has been following the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Idaho. The fight ended Wednesday as a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Idaho's gay marriage ban went into effect.

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Health
8:47 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Idaho Nurses Concerned But Not Scared About Ebola

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Nurses are worried about Ebola after nurses in Texas and Spain contracted the disease while caring for infected patients. A survey from the organization National Nurses United says most nurses have serious concerns about how prepared their employers are to deal with Ebola.

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Gay Marriage
3:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Idaho Governor Isn't Worried About How History Will View His Fight Against Gay Marriage

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Despite what many legal experts see as momentum for same-sex marriage legalization, Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter says he is not concerned about being on the wrong side of history.   

“I don’t know how you end up on the wrong side of history defending the constitution of the state of Idaho,” Otter said Friday morning at a press conference at the Boise airport.

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Gay Marriage
2:56 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Idaho's Gay Marriage Plaintiffs Disappointed, Not Defeated By Supreme Court Stay

Amber and Rachael Beierle are two of eight plaintiffs who sued the state to overturn Idaho's gay marriage ban.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gay couples were denied marriage licenses at county courthouses around Idaho Wednesday morning after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay preventing lower and appellate court rulings from taking effect. 

Nearly 100 people had already gathered outside Ada County's courthouse before doors opened at 8 a.m. Many of those gathered had hoped they'd be getting their marriage licenses.

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Gay Marriage
11:37 am
Mon October 6, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Makes Gay Marriage Legal In 30 States, Not Idaho

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This story was updated at 5:45 p.m.

State bans on same-sex marriages have been falling around the country since summer 2013, when the Supreme Court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The high court Monday cleared the way for more expansion by turning away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit it.  

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Education
4:27 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Idaho High School Students Gather In Boise To Solve The World’s Problems

Today’s teenagers will soon inherit all of the worlds’ big problems. So why not enlist their help in solving them? That’s the idea behind the 24 Hour Think Challenge sponsored by the J.A. And Kathryn Albertson Foundation and the student leadership organization One Stone.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Idaho Teachers Push Back Against Plan To Change How They Get Licensed

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Those who follow education and politics in Idaho will probably be hearing the phrase ‘tiered licensure’ a lot in the next few months. The idea is to create different levels of teaching licenses.  Idaho Education News reporter Clark Corbin has been following the issue closely. Corbin says the plan has many teachers worried.

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Homeless
11:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

City Of Boise Limits Police Action On Homeless, ACLU Not Satisfied

A homeless man's belongings outside Boise's Corpus Christi day shelter
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise City Council this week changed its ordinance which makes it illegal to sleep in public places. The council voted not to enforce its “camping” ordinance when homeless shelters are full. That comes after police this summer cracked down on people sleeping on the sidewalk near some of the city’s shelters and homeless advocates and others criticized the move.

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Environment
5:45 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Why One Environmental Writer Compares Idaho’s Snake River To A Sewer

The Snake River near Twin Falls.
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Idaho is famous for its crystal clear rivers. But these days, the Snake River is not one of them.

The Snake is the state’s largest river and it makes southern Idaho’s agriculture economy possible. But that industry is also polluting the Snake

The U.S. Geological Survey uses words like ‘degraded’ and ‘impaired’ to describe parts of the river. Richard Manning calls the Snake “Idaho’s sewer system.”

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Drug Policy
7:42 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Congress May Answer (And Complicate) An Idaho Girl's Need For Epilepsy Treatment

Clare, Alexis and Michael Carey before Alexis was hospitalized in June.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

There’s a bill in Congress that would legalize a marijuana extract to treat children with severe epilepsy. We’ve reported previously on plans to introduce a similar bill in Idaho’s Legislature.

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Theater
10:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Growing Up In Idaho Has Shaped 'Genius' Playwright's Work

Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. He now lives in New York.
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Idaho playwright who was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant this week has traveled far from his hometown of Moscow, but continues to revisit the state in much of his work.

Samuel Hunter now lives in New York, and has a play opening this weekend in Chicago.

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Arts + Culture
11:58 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Idaho Playwright Wins $625,000 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Samuel D. Hunter
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Idaho native Samuel Hunter is one of 21 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as genius grants. Just in his early 30s, the Moscow native has already made a mark on the nation’s theater scene. He’s won numerous awards for his work including the prestigious Obie Award in 2011 for his play “A Bright New Boise.”

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Health Insurance
4:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Census Report: High Number Of Idahoans Are Uninsured

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The percentage of Idahoans with no health insurance was unchanged between 2012 and 2013. A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau says 16.2 percent of the state’s residents lacked health coverage in 2013. That’s about 257,000 people.

The nation as a whole saw a slight decline in the uninsured in that time, from 14.8 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013.

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Arts + Culture
1:41 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Boise State Scientist Using High Tech Tools To Solve An Ancient Mystery

Mummy portrait of a bearded man. A.D. 170-180. From the collection of the Walters Museum.
Credit art.thewalters.org

A Boise State University professor is trying to solve a historical mystery.

Darryl Butt is trying to figure out who was buried in an Egyptian sarcophagus.  Butt, however, is not an archeologist or historian. He’s a materials scientist and associate director of Idaho’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies. He mostly works with nuclear fuels. Butt says his involvement started with a chance meeting with someone from the Walters Museum in Maryland.

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