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.

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Media
3:47 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Idaho Public TV Plans 'Vigorous' Fight Against Rules For Filming Public Land

Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest.
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho Public Television plans to fight the U.S Forest Service over a proposal that would require its camera crews to ask government permission before filming on public land.

The Forest Service first introduced the rule four years ago as a means of protecting public lands from commercial interests.

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Sports + Recreation
11:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

College Of Idaho Football Returns, Presents 'Refreshing' Option For Fans

Credit College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. 

Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. 

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Defense Department Detonates Explosives In Eastern Idaho Rock Bed

Credit Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Something unusual happened Thursday near Newdale in eastern Idaho. The Department of Defense detonated more than 200 pounds of explosives deep underground near the old Teton Dam site.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an anti-terrorism branch of the government founded in 1998, says it wanted to conduct the test to better understand how the specific rock type found in that area absorbs shock waves.

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Sports
10:42 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Stadium Metal Detectors Debut At Boise State Home Opener

Credit Boise State Photo Services

Boise State opens its home football schedule Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. The game vs. Colorado State marks the first time fans entering the stadium will be required to walk through metal detectors.

The university has purchased nearly $200,000 worth of equipment to help beef up security.

Greg Hahn, a university spokesman, says Idaho’s recent change in campus gun laws led Boise State to make the move.

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Water Policy
12:53 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Why It Took 27 Years And $94 Million To Complete Idaho Water Rights Adjudication

Idaho Deputy Attorney General Clive Strong helped oversee the 27-year Snake River Basin Adjudication.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The largest-ever review of water rights claims wrapped up in Idaho this week. A project that started in 1987 ended Monday when a judge signed the final decree of the Snake River Basin Adjudication

Conflicts between Idaho Power, its customers and farmers in southern Idaho in the late 1970s prompted the state to tackle the massive review. The goal was simple: to clearly define water rights in the basin to help resolve future disputes during drought. 

Since the project, Idaho has defined more than 158,000 water rights.

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Education Funding
11:15 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Voters Reject $104 Million Bond For Idaho's Largest School District

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A $104 million bond that would have helped the West Ada School District address overcrowding failed Tuesday. It needed a two-thirds super majority to pass, but failed with 63 percent of the vote.

The Idaho Statesman reports the school's superintendent says overcrowding won't be going away, and the district will need to attempt the bond measure again.

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Politics
9:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Idaho's New GOP Chairman Promises To Leave Personal Politics Out Of His Job

Steve Yates, chairman of Idaho's Republican Party.
Credit Melissa Davlin / Idaho Public Television

The new leader of Idaho's Republican Party says the GOP is beginning to heal after a chaotic state convention in June, and a summer full of fighting that ended in court.

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Idaho News
8:33 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl's Attorney Says Former POW Wants To Go To College

Credit Dept. of Defense

Hailey, Idaho native and former Taliban prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to go to college.

In an interview with CBS News, Bergdahl's attorney said Tuesday his client would like to attend college once an Army investigation into the soldier's 2009 disappearance from a base in Afghanistan is over.

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Higher Education
2:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Provost: Prioritization Of Programs Makes Boise State Better

Credit Boise State University

Boise State University Provost Martin Schimpf says the university’s recent program prioritization will make the school a more relevant, efficient and higher-quality institution. 

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Wildfires
1:50 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

A DC-10 firefighting aircraft drops fire retardant in northern California in 2008. As the Forest Service expands and modernizes its fleet of air tankers, it has recently added several DC-10s.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

In the battle against wildfires, the Forest Service often draws on a fleet of air tankers — planes that drop fire retardant from the sky.

But the fleet shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, and by 2012, the Forest Service was woefully low on planes. Now, the agency is quickly increasing the number of planes at its disposal — and modernizing the fleet in the process by adding bigger, faster and more efficient planes.

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Business
8:51 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Wall Street Executive Brings Message Of Gender Equity To Boise

Sallie Krawcheck
Credit Ellevate

A former Wall Street executive is bringing her message of gender equity to Boise. Sallie Krawcheck is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a conference of small business people Tuesday.

Krawcheck used to oversee the world's largest wealth management company. Today, she champions the cause of diversity in corporate leadership.

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Wildfires
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Fire Managers: Keep Drones Away From Wildfires

Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Those who oversee the government’s aerial firefighting operations are asking the public to keep drones away from wildfires. Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say there have been three instances this year in which drones interfered with aerial firefighting.

One of the incidents occurred in early June over the Two Bulls Fire in Oregon. Another was on the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington in July. And officials say the third - in northern California - recently forced firefighters to shut down their aerial attack for a period of time.

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Boise
6:09 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Boise Ethics Commission Says It Doesn't Have Authority To Investigate Alleged Heimlich Coverup

Members of Boise's citizen ethics commission listen to a city attorney offer counsel during a meeting held Thursday afternoon at City Hall. The commission later voted that it does not have the authority to investigate an alleged cover-up in the Boise Fire Department.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

The City of Boise’s ethics commission says it does not have jurisdiction to conduct an investigation into an alleged cover-up in the city’s fire department.

The four member citizen panel met Thursday afternoon and unanimously agreed that the city statute that governs the ethics commission doesn’t give it such authority. 

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Wildfires
10:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

7,000 Acre Timber Butte Fire Burning North Of Boise

Credit Inciweb

A 7,000 acre fire burning north of Boise near the town of Sweet, Idaho made a significant run after sparking Saturday afternoon. The Timber Butte Fire is burning in Gem and Boise counties.  

The Idaho Department of Lands is managing the fire, and is scheduled to hand over command to a Type 2 incident management team. Three outbuildings have burned in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Copyright 2014 Boise State Public Radio

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Politics
5:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Why Idaho's Most Well-Known Political Reporter Is Now Working For A Politician

Popkey joined the Idaho Statesman in 1984. He's covered 26 legislative sessions and five governors during his tenure.
Credit Jim Hadley / Idaho Public Television

Dan Popkey, the longtime Idaho Statesman reporter who announced last week he’s going to work for Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, says his decision to make a career change has been an agonizing one.

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Economy
10:47 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Boise Business Leaders Make An East Coast Flight Their Top Priority

Boise is courting Delta to add a non-stop flight to its Atlanta hub.
Credit Courtesy: Delta Airlines

The head of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce says lining up daily, non-stop flights to a major East Coast hub is now the local business community's top priority.

The airport has again applied for a federal grant that, if successful, would be used to help cover costs for an airline if the route proves to be initially unprofitable. The city applied for a similar grant last year but was unsuccessful.

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Weather
8:46 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Flash Floods Could Be On The Way For Parts Of Southern Idaho

Credit Tom Kelly / Flickr

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say storms will move into southern and central Idaho this afternoon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain and flash flooding.

The system is a surge of monsoonal moisture approaching Idaho from the south. NWS Meteorologist Les Colin says an inch of rain could fall in some areas.

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Economy
4:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Luke's Acquisition Of Elks Rehab Could Result In More Than 100 Layoffs

Officials with the Elks Rehab System in Boise have sent letters to local mayors announcing layoffs associated with St. Luke’s takeover of Elks facilities. Elks officials say significant financial and operational challenges are forcing it to hand over its operations to the Idaho healthcare giant. 

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Television
9:16 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Boise Native Aaron Paul Nabs 5th Emmy Nomination

Paul grew up in Boise as Aaron Sturtevant, the son of a local minister.
Credit Tibault / Flickr Creative Commons

Boise native Aaron Paul is up for another primetime Emmy this year. Nominations were announced early Thursday in Los Angeles.   

Paul is nominated in the category of 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad. Paul won the award in 2010 and 2012. He's now been nominated for five primetime Emmys. 

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Idaho News
12:23 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Update: Private Planes Collide Mid-Air In Central Idaho, One Pilot Dead

Landmark Airstrip near McCall, Idaho.
Credit Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

This story was updated July 8 at 12 p.m.

The surviving pilot of a deadly midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho is an aviation professor at Central Washington University.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the Monday morning collision about 30 miles east of Cascade. The other plane crashed and caused a small fire.

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