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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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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Wildfires
9:06 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Hailey Homeowners

This is a screengrab of the Colorado Gulch Fire from a time-lapse video captured by Backcountry Image Productions.
Credit Andrew Kane / Backcountry Image Productions

This story was updated at 4:26 p.m.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office has lifted all mandatory evacuation orders for residents near Hailey impacted by the Colorado Gulch Fire.

The sheriff's website says some roads and bridges are still closed, but residents can return.

This story was updated at 4:15 p.m.

Authorities have expanded mandatory evacuation orders as a growing wildfire nears the community of Hailey.

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Wildfires
10:03 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay

Scenes like this have been rare in Idaho and other Western states this year, as the U.S. wildfire season is off to a slow start.
Credit Douglas Forest Protective Association

The number of acres burned by wildfires across the U.S. so far this year is less than half the 10 year average.

Figures from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise show 865,030 acres have burned this year throughout the country. That’s just 44 percent of the 10-year average. The 25,096 fires are 70 percent of the average.

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Politics
9:50 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho GOP Leaders Call Competing Meetings In Fight Over Leadership

Credit twitter.com/@IdahoGOP

The Idaho Republican Party infighting that bogged down the state convention 10 days ago, continues to spill over into the summer as groups have now called two separate meetings to address the ongoing issue of party leadership.

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Music
10:47 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Boise Musician Curtis Stigers Sets Out On His Latest European Tour

Stigers was born in California, raised in Idaho, and still calls Boise home.
Credit Marina Chavez

Curtis Stigers’ latest album “Hooray For Love” is the Boise singer’s first release since his 2012 record “Let’s Go Out Tonight.”

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Business
9:55 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Boise Company BMC Announces It's Leaving for Atlanta

A Boise-based construction supply and services company says it's moving its headquarters to Atlanta because it wants access to a larger population and better airline service.

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Wildlife
1:07 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Wolf Kills Sheep Herding Dog In Boise Foothills

USDA wildlife officials say Teson, a Border Collie belonging to rancher Frank Shirts, was killed by wolves in the Boise foothills May 8.
Credit Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission

A Boise-area sheep rancher says a wolf killed his border collie in the Boise foothills earlier this month. Rancher Frank Shirts says a wolf killed one of his herding dogs on May 8 in the upper Hulls Gulch area of the foothills.

It's the first wolf-related problem Shirts' herd has encountered since 2010. 

"I thought people would like to know," Shirts said. 

Todd Grimm, the Idaho director of USDA Wildlife Services, confirmed the dog was killed by a wolf. He says trauma and bite marks support that conclusion.

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Election 2014
1:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

As America Laughs, Host Of Wacky Idaho Debate Has No Regrets

Melissa Davlin is co-host of Idaho Public Television's "Idaho Reports."
Credit Courtesy Aaron Kunz

Idaho Public Television host Melissa Davlin says she doesn’t blame Idaho’s governor for insisting that long-shot candidates Harley Brown and Walt Bayes be invited to participate in this week’s GOP gubernatorial debate.

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Policy
9:45 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Facebook Gun Clubs Buy, Sell, Trade And Cause A Stir

A selection of guns on display.
Elena Liachenko/iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:01 am

Mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have put access to firearms in the cross-hairs of gun control groups. Last year, some gun control advocates urged Facebook to ban posts advertising guns.

Facebook recently announced that it wouldn't do that, but that it would tighten its rules. Some gun control groups say Facebook missed the mark, but for gun owners, it's a good deal.

Cody Bourgeois recently got a new Smith and Wesson M&P .40 semi-automatic. He says it was his wife's idea.

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Water
4:25 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Slow Snow Melt Means Record Low River Flow Through Boise

In early April, the Boise River in Boise was flowing at about three times its current rate.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Flow in the Boise River set a record low this week. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, flow Thursday at the Glenwood bridge on Boise’s west side was the lowest ever recorded on May 8. 

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2014 Election
6:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Listen: Gov. Otter Says His Primary Challenge Is A Battle For "Heart And Soul" Of Idaho's GOP

Gov. Butch Otter has served two four-year terms as Idaho's governor.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says no matter what, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it's known, was coming to Idaho.  

“Because if we hadn’t [have] established our own state exchange, we would have had Obamacare in Idaho,” he says. “We didn’t have a choice. We were going to have an exchange in Idaho. We were going to have the Obamacare exchange in Idaho or we were gonna have [an]  Idaho exchange in Idaho.”

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2014 Election
6:45 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Listen: Fulcher Paints Otter As GOP Outsider In Race For Governor

Sen. Fulcher is serving his fifth term in the Idaho Legislature.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Russ Fulcher says incumbent Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter no longer represents the heart of Idaho's Republican Party.  

Fulcher, a state senator from Meridian, has been on the campaign trail since late November spreading that message. He’s the tea party candidate trying to unseat a longtime cowboy politician he says has a political “machine” behind him.

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Boise History
6:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

How Boise's 1959 Mudslide Led To Lasting Protections For City's Foothills

The Idaho Daily Statesman, August 21, 1959.
Credit The Idaho Statesman / The Idaho Statesman/Boise Public Library

It was August, 1959. Boise was having one of its typical hot, dry summers. A fire had just burned 9,000 acres in the nearby foothills. Then on August 20, a huge storm system dumped heavy rain on the Treasure Valley. One inch of rain fell in an hour on the burn scar. 

The water overwhelmed the hills and washed away tons of topsoil. A Forest Service video made several years after the event, tells the story.

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Earthquake
8:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Challis, Idaho

The earthquake was recorded just outside Challis, Idaho on April 10, 2014.
Credit Google Maps

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.1 earthquake has been recorded three miles underground near Challis, Idaho.

USGS monitors recorded the quake at 6:21 a.m. Thursday. It occurred nine miles north-northwest of the town.

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Water
11:05 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Boise River Flow Increases Sixfold, Water Managers To Maintain Current Level

Flow in the Boise River has increased significantly in the last several days. Whitewater - absent for much of the winter - can be see in this location in east Boise.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Those managing water flow in the Boise River Basin say they plan to keep the river at its current level for the foreseeable future.

The river is been flowing at roughly 1,800 cubic feet per second at the Glenwood Street bridge in Boise.  The flow last week was around 300 cfs and then increased steadily over the weekend.

Snake River Area Office Water Operations Manager Brian Sauer says the outflow at Lucky Peak reached 1,800 cfs for the first time this season at 8 a.m. Monday.  Flood level is 7,000 cfs.

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Water
5:07 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Idaho Seeks Preliminary Permit From FERC As Part Of Weiser Dam Study

Flooding on the Weiser River near Cambridge kept state crews busy in early March. Better flood control would be one goal of a new dam on the river.
Credit Idaho Transportation Department

 Idaho water managers this week filed an application for a preliminary permit with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. The state's Water Resource Board continues to study the feasibility of building a new dam on the Weiser River. 

The Galloway Dam Site would include a 40-60 megawatt hydropower plant.  The project would be located 13.5 miles upstream of the confluence of the Weiser and Snake rivers.

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Higher Education
11:02 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University has released its preliminary plans for implementing the state’s new guns-on-campus law. It and other state colleges and universities have until July 1 before the law goes into effect.

The update from the university came in the form of an email Thursday from university president Bob Kustra. He says the school is in the process of revising policies and procedures and that administrators have already made several decisions. 

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Wildfire Budget
3:03 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Interior Secretary Jewell, Congressmen Visit Boise To Tout Wildfire Suppression Funding Overhaul

Gov. Butch Otter flanked by Sec. Sally Jewell, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Mike Crapo, Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Rep. Raul Labrador.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

A coalition of Congressional Democrats and Republicans gathered in Boise Monday to tout a proposal that would change the way the federal government pays for firefighting operations in the West and beyond.   

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Sen. Jim Risch, R-ID, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-ID, and Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Water
12:22 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Latest Snowpack Map Shows Continued Improvement In Idaho's Water Supply

Click on the map to enlarge.
Credit NRCS/USDA

The latest map showing the water content of Idaho’s snowpack reveals the state continues to make up significant deficits seen early this winter.

Idaho has 21 basins where the Natural Resources Conservation Service measures snow accumulation and then assesses how the water content compares to that of a normal year. As of Thursday, all but five are at 80 percent of their average, or greater.

The Boise River basin is at 95 percent. The Payette River basin is 94. Most areas in central, northern and eastern Idaho are now above 100 percent of their normal snowpack levels.

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