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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It’s political convention season in Idaho. Republicans held theirs last weekend and Democrats will meet this weekend. Randy Stapilus admits what happens at party conventions doesn’t typically reach directly into people’s lives.

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Nine-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. She started having seizures when she was a couple months old. Her mom Clare says Alexis is a happy kid, but she can't speak or potty train.

“You have seizures that go on for over an hour and nothing stops them,” Clare says.

“It’s so hard to helplessly watch your kid seizing for an hour,” Alexis’ dad Michael Carey says. “You can’t describe how painful it is.”

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Members of Idaho's “add the words” movement have spent the last eight years asking state lawmakers to make it illegal to fire or deny housing to people because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Now a new documentary called "Add The Words" explores the events of the 2014 legislative session when that protest movement turned into large-scale civil disobedience.

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In her 28 years covering Idaho politics, Betsy Russell has never gotten a press release from someone running for a political party chairmanship, until this year.

Normally only the party faithful would even notice the state Republican Party convention, which starts today in Moscow, and lasts all weekend. But this year, the convention and the chairman's race are getting a lot of attention.

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The city of Boise likes to tout its livability to people looking to move in. It turns out, some of the same amenities that attract humans, might also make Boise look pretty attractive to a moose.  

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Property values in Ada and Canyon Counties went up substantially this year. Chances are, if you own a house here you’ve received a letter from the county assessor saying your home is worth more. In Ada County the average increase was 18 percent.

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Boise is getting hotter faster than almost any other city in the nation according to an Associated Press report, but the Northwest as a region isn't warming as quickly as other parts of the country.

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Data: Ada County Assessor | Chart: Adam Cotterell

Property values in Idaho's most-populated county went up between 2013 and 2014 in a big way. This is the second year in a row Ada County's property values increased. Of course those increases are on the heels of four-straight years of decline after the housing bubble burst.  

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If you own a home in Ada County, you may have received a letter in the mail last week from the county assessor’s office. And that letter probably said your property value had gone up, maybe even substantially.

That's good news for those wanting to sell their house or those who’ve been underwater on their mortgage. But the increases could mean higher taxes, and it could actually be bad news for the economy. 

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Ketchum’s Iconoclast Books has been a fixture in the community for 20 years. But next month, the store will permanently close its doors unless owner Sarah Hedrick can raise $85,000 to pay off debts.

Hedrick and her late husband Gary Hunt were partners in their bookstore. They each had different jobs. Hedrick says she had all the fun ones.

“Buying and merchandising and finding new lines, that kind of stuff,” Hedrick says. “And he was definitely the person in the office.”   

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Chuck Staben started his new job as president of the University of Idaho in March. Staben came to Moscow from the University of South Dakota where he was a provost. Before that, he was a vice president at the University of Kentucky, and before that, he was a researcher and biology teacher.

Staben spoke with reporter Adam Cotterell about the future of the University of Idaho and his own future there. Here are some highlights from their conversation.

“I plan to be here for approximately 10 years.”

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This post was updated at 5:00 p.m. May 15.

Same-sex weddings likely won't begin Friday morning in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reports the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a temporary stay of a lower court's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban.

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Idaho’s first same-sex marriages are expected to begin Friday morning after a federal judge denied Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's request to hold off on the unions while the state works through its appeal process. 

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This story was updated at 11:25 a.m. on May 14, 2014

The Associated Press reports U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has denied Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's request to put Idaho same-sex marriages on hold.

The Idaho Statesman reports Otter requested that no same-sex marriages be allowed until the appeals process was complete.

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The saga of two groups with competing plans to jump Idaho’s Snake River Canyon has featured quarreling county and city officials, attempts to draw focus from the other, and a lot of smack talk. The melodrama around the jumps of “Big” Ed Beckley and Eddie Braun had reached the reality TV level -- so the next logical step was obviously to make it into reality TV.

Broadcaster Fox told advertisers Monday it had signed a deal with both jump teams and will air both attempts in a TV special this fall, with the working title “Jump of the Century.”

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Whenever people talk about Idaho politics, chances are someone will say something like “Idaho is one of the reddest, if not the reddest state in the country.” Republicans have been the majority party for most of the state’s history, but until relatively recently, Democrats were also very competitive.

To find out how Idaho became a one party state, take this stroll down the historic road to red.

Idaho’s First 100 Years of Party Politics

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When we spoke to Idaho author Anthony Doerr in 2010 about his award winning book "Memory Wall," we asked him what his next novel would be about. 

“It’s about radio of all things,” Doerr answered. “It’s about the power of radio. I’m just trying to bring a reader back to that time when it was still kind of a miracle to hear the voice of a stranger in your home.”

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A federal district judge in Boise hears arguments Monday morning in a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. It challenges Idaho’s 2006 constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage.

Lawyers for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are defending the ban.

Four lesbian couples filed the suit last November. Lorie and Sharene Watsen are one of them. When they were thinking about suing to get Idaho to recognize their marriage they were scared. But Sharene says they were also excited.

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A federal judge in Idaho will hear arguments Monday on a lawsuit to overturn the state’s ban on same sex marriage. Similar suits have been filed in more than 20 states since last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court made two decisions that strengthened the gay marriage cause.

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Idaho voters won’t be making any new laws when they go to the polls in November. Efforts to get two initiatives on the ballot failed to get enough signatures by Wednesday’s deadline.

The people who wanted Idaho voters to legalize medical marijuana gathered 559 qualified signatures after a year of trying.

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