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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Television
6:45 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Go Behind-The-Scenes At Boise's 'Antiques Roadshow' Taping

David Rago says he's been in pottery and porcelain for more than four decades and with Antiques Roadshow from the beginning.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

April and Andy Davis don’t have many antiques. The couple doesn’t have much money to spend on collecting and they do have a 2-year-old, Hudson, who will pull down anything not nailed to the wall. But April Davis has been watching PBS' 'Antiques Roadshow' since she was a kid.

The popular public television show travels the country to appraise antiques people bring to the event. Some of the antiques, and their owners, end up on the program talking about their treasures and the stories behind them.

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Population
3:05 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Idaho's Population Grew Slightly In 2013, Now Tops 1.6 Million

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For the first time, Idaho’s population has topped 1.6 million. The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimate shows Idaho gained 16,500 people in 2013 for a grand total of 1,612,136.

That’s slightly more than 1 percent growth from 2012. The fastest growing state, at more than 3 percent, was North Dakota. That's thanks to its recent oil and gas boom.

Two states, Maine and West Virginia, saw population declines from 2012 to 2013.

Here’s how Idaho’s neighbors compare in total population for 2013:

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Minimum Wage
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

3 Of Idaho’s Neighbors To Raise Minimum Wage, Idaho Stays The Same

Idaho's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Credit Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

The minimum wage goes up Wednesday in 13 states. Idaho isn’t one of them, but some of its neighbors are.

Washington and Oregon already have the first and second highest minimum wages in the country at $9.19 and $8.95 respectively. And, effective January 1, the lowest paid workers in Washington must get $9.32 an hour, and $9.10 in Oregon.

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Theater
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

How Boise Contemporary Theater Writes A Play In The Digital Age

Dwayne Blackaller (left) and Matthew Cameron Clark work on The Uncanny Valley in their shared office at BCT.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater’s Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller sit at separate computer screens in a basement office. A passing eavesdropper would find their conversation impossible to follow because it’s part spoken, part typed and all about a fictional world evolving somewhere between their two brains and two keyboards.

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Theater
6:01 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Listen: Geek-Speak And Metaphysics Meet In Boise Contemporary Theater's New Play

Boise actor Stitch Marker will play an automaton in The Uncanny Valley. He's seen here in BCT's 2011 production of Shipwrecked! in which he played several characters including a dog.
Credit Andy Lawless / Boise Contemporary Theater

Boise playwrights Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller have a little more than three months to curtain on their latest work-in-progress.  The Uncanny Valley, mixes science fiction with Idaho's landscape.

Co-writer Blackaller says most people will likely think the title refers to where it takes place, a valley in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains. But it’s actually a reference to the themes in the play, not the setting.

You can listen to Blackaller explain what the title means by clicking on the audio player.

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Theater
6:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

What Boise Contemporary Theater’s New Original Play Is About, So Far

Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller work on The Uncanny Valley in their basement office at Boise Contemporary Theater.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) has earned respect producing works by nationally-known playwrights. The company is also demonstrating it can create strong original work in-house.

Early in 2013, BCT debuted A Nighttime Survival Guide. It was written by Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark and Education Director Dwayne Blackaller, and it was a hit for the theater.

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Theater
11:27 am
Mon December 23, 2013

2 Boise Playwrights Feel "Right Amount Of Panic" As They Work Toward April Opening

Dwayne Blackaller on stage in A Nighttime Survival Guide. He co-starred in and co-wrote this play that drew the largest audience in BCT's history.

Boise Contemporary Theater (BCT) is selling tickets for a play that opens in April, but that play hasn’t yet been written. For the next few months, I’ll be following its progress as it goes from idea to rehearsal to an audience.

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Food
9:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Boise's Mormon Cannery Serves Beyond Its Church Walls

On this day in Garden City’s LDS cannery John Viehweg (left) is first to get his hands on the pears that have been peeled, cored and halved by a machine. Viehweg turns them right side up. The volunteers further down the conveyor belt cut the bad spots off
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

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Education
6:35 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Idaho Democrats Want Education Improvement Recommendations Enshrined In Law

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Democrats in Idaho’s Legislature unveiled four bills Wednesday they plan to introduce in the 2014 session that starts in January. The bills would implement the recommendations of the state’s education improvement task force.

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Politics
1:07 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Why The 2014 Idaho Governor’s Race Could Be A Real Race

Credit Boise State Public Radio

Long time Idaho political analyst Jim Weatherby says this is the most exciting governor’s race he’s seen in years.

Three people with major party backing now say they’re running. Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter hasn’t officially declared his candidacy but he’s said repeatedly he plans to run for a third term. He's hired a campaign manager and has a campaign website.

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Election 2014
11:13 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Democrat A.J. Balukoff Announces Bid For Idaho Governor

Balukoff made his in-person announcement at Hillcrest Elementary flanked by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and members of his family.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

As expected, Boise School District trustee and businessman A.J. Balukoff officially announced Tuesday he's running for governor of Idaho. He becomes the first Democrat to enter the race.

Balukoff's campaign website went live mid-Tuesday morning and features this announcement video.

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Religion
8:43 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah: How One Boise Family Is Celebrating This Rare Holiday Mash-Up

Traditional Hanukkah decorations are mixed with Thanksgiving decor at the Geffon house.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

You’ll find menorahs all over Dorothy Geffon’s immaculate Boise home. These candelabras are the symbol of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Each night of the eight-day festival, Jews light one candle or oil-light. Some of Geffon’s menorahs are traditional. Others…not so much.

Take the wind-up one that hops around on little plastic legs. “This I have for the little kids,” she says. “It’s fun for the youngest grandchildren.”

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Poverty
5:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Homeless Numbers Drop In Idaho, So Does Money To Help Them

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You might look at Thursday's announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as good news and bad news for Idaho. First the good news. Between 2010 and 2013 Idaho saw a 24 percent drop in homelessness. That’s more than 560 fewer people living on Idaho’s streets. Nationally, homelessness decreased by 6 percent.

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Science
1:21 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

What Idaho’s Sky Would Look Like If Earth Had Saturn's Rings

Noted science and science fiction artist Ron Miller did several works imagining Earth with Saturn-like rings which went viral a few years ago. At 38 degrees latitude Washington DC would see a bit more of the rings than Boise would at 43 degrees.
Credit Ron Miller

Look south and imagine the bottom-tenth of the sky blocked by a striped arch like a colossal wall on the horizon. That’s what it would look like from Idaho if Earth had rings like the planet Saturn.

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Congress
5:21 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Updated: Why An Idaho Senator Wants The Air Force To Keep A Plane It Doesn’t Want

The A-10 Thunderbolt is more commonly known as the Warthog. It was developed in the 1970s and production stopped in the early '80s. Its slow speed allows it to train its powerful machine gun on ground targets faster planes would zip by.
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Idaho Senator Mike Crapo spoke to reporters at length Wednesday on the importance of reducing government spending, at the same time he spoke about keeping a program that Air Force leaders want to phase out in order to save $3.5 billion.

Crapo, a Republican, has joined Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and others to push legislation that would block the Air Force from retiring the A-10 fighter jet.

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Preschool
12:03 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Why One Idaho Lawmaker Wants To Pilot Public Preschool

Kloc is in the middle of his first term as an Idaho legislator.
Credit Courtesy: Hy Kloc

A recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds more than two thirds of low income Idaho kids don’t go to preschool. But as we’ve reported before, two thirds of Idaho kids from high income families do go to preschool. That’s not surprising since Idaho is one of only a handful of states that does not have statewide, state-funded preschool.

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Science
9:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

NASA Image Of Saturn Shows An Idaho Professor's Work

Saturn's rings captured by Cassini.
Credit NASA.gov

The picture below is the planet Saturn and its rings back-lit by the sun. It’s essentially a planetary eclipse. Earth appears as a blue pinprick in the background. The picture is a mosaic of 141 different images. It comes from the Cassini space craft and it’s getting a lot of attention online.

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Elections
10:25 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Heads You're Mayor: Coin Toss To Decide Tiny Idaho Town's Leader

The Albion coin toss is Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
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John Davis says he is not a gambler. In all his 73 years he doesn’t recall having won anything from a coin toss.

“I think I won a bottle of after shave lotion at the carnival one time, throwing horse shoes or something,” Davis says.

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Airport
8:16 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Boise Airport Opens New $30 Million Air Traffic Control Tower

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City officials will cut the ribbon this week on the new control tower at the Boise airport. The tower is 268 feet tall, right in between the height of Idaho’s two tallest buildings in downtown Boise. The $30 million facility actually started full operations last month, about five years after construction began.

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Gay Marriage
2:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Idaho Couples Sue State Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Amber Beierle is a historian who works for the state of Idaho. She says her lawsuit won't have any impact on her work.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Four Idaho couples are suing the state over its ban on same-sex marriage. They asked the U.S. District Court Friday to declare Idaho’s prohibition unconstitutional.

The suit says Idaho’s laws which prohibit gay couples from getting married, and prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states, violate equal protection and due process guarantees.

Two of the couples have been legally married in other states and two have tried to get Idaho marriage licenses and been denied.

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