Scott Graf

News Director

Scott comes to BSPR from WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., where he served as local host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” for the past eight years. He began his new position as Morning Edition Host/Senior Editor for BSPR in 2012.

Scott is a multi-award winning host and reporter who was named the North Carolina Journalist of the Year in 2007. He has produced several feature stories for NPR news magazines and he contributes to WBUR's “Only a Game” sports program.

Erin Fenner / Idaho Statesman

State and federal officials in Boise announced Friday that two Adams County Sheriff's deputies involved in the shooting death of a rancher last year near Council will not face charges.

Both Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen say they will not charge deputies Cody Roland and Brian Wood in Jack Yantis' November 1 death along Highway 95. Wasden's office has spent four months reviewing information provided after an Idaho State Police investigation.

Scott Graf, Boise State Public Radio

Final update: Crews reached full containment on the Table Rock Fire at 9 o'clock Thursday evening. Boise Fire officials say crews will monitor the fire through at least Friday to maintain containment. 

Update, 5:35 p.m.: Fire crews continued to make progress on the Table Rock Friday Thursday afternoon. Boise Fire Department officials said just before 5:30 that the fire is now 85 percent contained and that full containment is expected by 10 p.m.

Ada County Sheriff's Office

The Ada County Coroner's Office says the three children killed in a crash into Lucky Peak Reservoir Thursday morning died of a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning.

The office released the identities of the four victims Friday morning. The dead are 40 year-old Noel J. Voermans, 13-year-old Anika Noel Voermans, 11-year-old Logan R. Voermans and 8-year-old Gwyneth G. Voermans. 

An official at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say there are no plans right now to send resources to Canada to help fight wildfires burning in Alberta.

Boise State University

Boise State and Idaho State will hold spring commencement ceremonies Saturday. 

Boise State says 2334 students are eligible for degrees and certificates following the spring semester. All told, about 4,000 students will graduate from Boise State this academic year. 

BC Lions

Fans of the University of Idaho were recently greeted with news that the Vandal program will leave college football’s highest level. The move to the lower-tier FCS follows some very challenging years in Moscow. The final straw was word earlier this year from the Sun Belt Conference that Idaho was essentially being kicked out.

Without a conference, President Chuck Staben and Athletic Director Rob Spear opted not to play a difficult schedule as an independent team. Instead, the school will accept an offer to join the Big Sky Conference in 2018.

DraftKings / Facebook

Two national daily sports fantasy contests have agreed to stop offering their games to Idaho consumers. 

The Idaho Attorney General’s office announced Monday an agreement with DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the settlement was reached after three months of negotiations.

“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden says in a news release.

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Today, April 20th, is a bit of a holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. It's a day when they get together to smoke what has traditionally been an illegal drug. That on its own is not necessarily news. 

But it is the backdrop for this notion: Idaho is seeing a sharp decline in the number of new police recruits, in part, because it's easier than ever to smoke pot legally

Bond Huberman / KUOW

Update, 5:02 p.m.: The Trump campaign has amended its website to attribute the copied content to the reporter who created the 2012 voting material. The information remains out of date and used without permission of Boise State Pubic Radio.

Orginal post: The Donald Trump campaign website has posted content copied from a 2012 Boise State Public Radio post explaining voting rules. The material was used without BSPR permission.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) says he’s made no decision on a run for governor in 2018. The former state lawmaker is in his third term in Congress and says his immediate focus will be on winning re-election to the House this year, but that he’ll “have to take some serious consideration” to a potential gubernatorial bid after that.

Still Burning / Flickr

A forum in Boise will focus on reform in the Idaho and federal criminal justice systems.

Boise State University has revived a longtime poll.

For 21 years between 1990 and 2011, Boise State offered an annual glimpse into the mindset of the Idaho electorate. On Monday, the university’s new School of Public Service announced a 2016 version.

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Update, 1:00 p.m.: KBSS service to the Wood River Valley has been restored. The issue was resolved with the repair of the third party data line that feeds the KBSS transmitter with programming.

BSPR engineers continue to monitor the signal for quality and reliability. 

We apologize for the interruption and thank listeners for their patience. 

Original post: Work continued Monday morning to resolve the outage that’s interrupted Boise State Public Radio service to the Wood River Valley since last week.

Idaho Statesman

A reporter who’s been one of Idaho’s most widely-read journalists is stepping down next week.

For 14 years, Chadd Cripe has covered Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman. His articles and Tweets are consistently among the paper’s most popular coverage, sports or otherwise. Next week, he’ll leave the beat and cover recreation and the outdoors.

Boise State University

Many Boiseans woke up Friday to news that a former president at Boise State University had passed away.

Dr. John Keiser served as president from 1978 to 1991, and is credited with beginning a major transformation at the institution. For instance, facilities like Morrison Center and Taco Bell Arena were built during his tenure. The famous blue football turf was also installed while Keiser was president.

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An inability to replace business lost in the Great Recession is what operators say is behind this week’s decision to close a scenic train line in southwest Idaho.

The Thunder Mountain Line has operated train rides out of Horseshoe Bend since 1998. The company says ridership in 2015 failed to meet goals. That prompted the decision Monday to cease operations. 

A senior U.S. official says the plane carrying Americans who had been imprisoned by Iran has left Tehran.

The Obama administration official isn't saying whether all four Americans were on the plane, just that those "who wished to depart Iran have left."

Among those released as part of a deal between the American and Iranian governments is Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Boise. On Twitter, his wife Naghmeh said her husband has left Iran.

Update: Rep. Simpson (R-ID) has also released a statement regarding Saeed Abedini.

“Congress has been urging the Administration to secure the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans wrongly detained in Iran for far too long, and the failure to do so was among the many reasons I opposed the Iran nuclear deal. I’m extremely grateful that these Americans will finally be returning home where they belong.” - Rep. Mike Simpson

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The federal official who oversees the Salmon-Challis National Forest says Idaho Fish and Game’s unapproved collaring of four wolves in a wilderness area last week is a “big deal.”

Bogus Basin Recreation Area

Forecasters have some good news for Boise area skiers. After a recent lull in new snow, Bogus Basin could get two feet by the end of the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Boise is predicting up to four inches of new snow early Friday. Rain is in the forecast for the mountain Friday afternoon, but the snow is expected to resume Saturday and continue through Sunday night. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night, with up to nine inches predicted.

By the time the system winds down Monday, forecasters expect 13 to 24 inches of new snow.

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