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Boise State Public Radio's KBSJ serving Jackpot, Nev. is off the air. You can still listen live online at your desktop or mobile device.

Our engineers are aware of the outage and are headed to the transmitter site to repair the signal.

Thank you for your patience.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On February 11, 2015, KBSX hosted four panelists and members of the public for a discussion on the state of police and community relationships in Idaho.

Police-involved controversies in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City last year served as the impetus for the discussion.


NPR Morning Edition host and reporter David Greene will be in Boise March 19 to give you an insider's look at what it's like to interview some of the world's most interesting people, cover American presidents, and report inside Russia.

What: David Greene speaking at Boise State Public Radio

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Boise State Public Radio; Yanke Family Research Park 220 E. Parkcenter, Boise.

At various points in 2014, the issue of gay marriage dominated headlines in Idaho.

In May, a federal judge in Boise determined the state's ban on gay marriage was illegal. The appeals process played out over the next five months, and resulted in an October back-and-forth between same-sex couples, the state, and appeals courts in California and Washington D.C. 

2014 Newscast Contest Entry

Feb 12, 2015

This is a Boise State Public Radio newscast from the morning of May 14, 2014, the day after a federal judge declared Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. 

The newscast aired during Morning Edition on KBSX 91.5. The newscaster is Scott Graf.

Boise State Public Radio shined in 2014.  Coverage included multiple series that produced in-depth examinations of how Idaho's very conservative political culture was shaped, and how a fragmented mental health system hurts those living with a mental illness.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness nearly a quarter of Idahoans are living with a mental illness. Nearly 6 percent of those people are living with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition, Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

So, what's the state doing to turn around those statistics?

Idaho is considered one of the most conservative states in the country. But it hasn't always been this way. In fact, just two decades ago, Idaho was a purple state. 

So what happened?  How did things change? 

This sense of place series looked at various aspects of Idaho politics and applied a very simple question: Why are things the way they are?

In 2014, the issue of gay marriage in Idaho played out in courts in Boise, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

In October, the issue reached a fever pitch, as a result of back-and-forth court activity on opposite ends of the country. 

In the 24-hour news cycle that started the afternoon of October 7, gay couples hoping for the right to marry experienced extreme excitement, anticipation and then disappointment.  Along the way, Boise State Public Radio kept listeners apprised of the very latest in a rapidly-changing news story.  

This post was updated Feb. 11 at 10:02 a.m.

Boise State Public Radio's KBSS Sun Valley and K262BZ Bellevue are back on the air after Century Link repaired a problem with a T-1 circuit.

Thank you for your patience as we worked with our network providers to get back on air.

This post was originally created Feb. 10

Boise State Public Radio's news stations, KBSS Sun Valley and K262BZ Bellevue, are off the air.

Our engineers are aware of the problem and are working to get both stations back on the air.

This post was updated at 4:05 p.m.

Boise State Public Radio's McCall stations returned to air at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Thank you for your patience.

This is the original post

Boise State Public Radio engineers are aware of the signal outage in McCall, and are driving to the location to fix the problem.

You can still hear Boise State Public Radio's news and classical channels online or via the NPR app.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Boise State Public Radio listeners may experience intermittent outages between midnight and 2 a.m. Feb. 5.

The station's engineers will be doing routine maintenance and equipment configuration.

Thank you for your patience. 

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Last year's events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City showed just how poor the relationship can be between police and the communities they serve.

Aaron Kunz / Idaho Public Television

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is resting after a total hip replacement surgery. Otter was expected to have his hip resurfaced.

Otter's spokesman Jon Hanian says surgeons discovered the 72-year-old governor's hip had deteriorated too much, and needed to be replaced.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Former Idaho Govs. Phil Batt and Cecil Andrus say current Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is turning the state into nuclear waste repository.

The former governors at a Thursday news conference blasted Otter's recently revealed deal with the U.S. Department of Energy to allow 50 spent nuclear fuel rods into the Idaho National Laboratory for research.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Legalizing marijuana in Idaho has been a complete no-go, even as its neighbors have started licensing pot dispensaries and retail shops.

But now Republican leaders in Idaho say they're willing to consider a very narrow version of a medical marijuana law.

Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke said this year lawmakers may explore legalizing a cannabis extract. It’s been found to help some patients with a rare and severe form of epilepsy.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has publicly taken his oath of office as Idaho's chief executive officer.

The Republican governor stood on the steps of the state capitol Friday, along with the six other statewide constitutional officers, to be sworn-in to their recently elected positions.

More than 200 people attended the event, including legislators, Idaho Supreme Court justices and three former Idaho governors.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

It’s an exciting time to be a listener, member or staffer at Boise State Public Radio because in 2015 the station will continue its transition into becoming an even more reliable and robust conduit to NPR news and talk programming, regional and local news coverage, and an eclectic blend of music programming.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra offered a brief glimpse of her agenda for the 2015 Idaho Legislature at her first press conference since being elected in November.

Ybarra told reporters Monday that she is considering increasing operational funding for schools while possibly delaying the implementation of a new plan that seeks to tighten teacher certification credentials.

Gay marriage, couples, lawsuit
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

If there's one thing Idaho is never short on, it's a good story. In 2014, the KBSX newsroom produced unique, enterprising content that's worth a second look.

Perhaps you didn't catch these stories the first time around, or like us, maybe one of them has really stuck in your memory.

Each person in the KBSX newsroom submitted these stories that, to us, stood out in our 2014 coverage.


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