Ada County

Who Knew?
1:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights)

Treasure Valley drivers made their way to work Monday morning in dense fog. This photo was taken on Amity in SE Boise.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights. 

Mike Boydstun, the Ada County Highway Department’s traffic operations engineer, estimates between 30 and 60 people called the department to report problems between 7 and 9 a.m.

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City of Boise
10:57 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Boise, Ada County Parking Spat Highlights Hole In State Law

Parking meters in downtown Boise outside of City Hall.
Credit JOE JASZEWSKI / Idaho Statesman

The City of Boise and the Ada County Highway District have been going back and forth recently over new high-tech parking meters. 

The city wants to install about 800 special sensors in downtown streets that will ultimately help Boise collect more parking revenue. But those streets are controlled by the county highway district.

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Election 2012
2:29 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Idaho Voter Turnout High, Exact Numbers Unclear

One of the counting machines at Ada County Election Headquarters. One machine failed overnight, but the other six kept running until dawn.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

So what percentage of people in Idaho voted?  Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says that’s a hard number to pin down so soon after Election Day.

“It’s difficult to give a turnout figure based on registered voters because we register voters on Election Day, so that’s a moving target,” Ysursa said.  “History has shown in a Presidential year, there could be 100,000 to 112,000 who have registered on Election Day.”

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Election 2012
3:14 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting In Ada County

The counting machines are prepped and ready at Ada County Election Headquarters
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Voters around Idaho are heading to the polls this afternoon.

In the state's largest county voting has been smooth so far.  That’s according to Phil McGrane, Ada County’s Chief Deputy Clerk. ”Only small issues far, we haven’t had any real challenges to deal with and as far as we know right now there aren’t any strong lines to speak of and people are able to get in and get out relatively quickly.”

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Your Election Day Primer

Ballots lined up and ready to ship out to Ada County precincts.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

If you haven’t taken advantage of absentee or early in person voting, today’s the big day.  It’s time to get out to the polls and vote.  Here's what you’ll need for a smooth voting experience.

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Idaho’s Voter ID Law New To Some Voters

Credit Ada County Clerk

Idaho voters who haven't been to the polls in a while may be surprised when they’re asked for photo identification.  Idaho’s voter I-D law is only two years old and infrequent voters haven’t encountered it yet. 

Everyone who wants to cast a vote in Idaho will be asked the same question. 

“When you show up at the polls, you will be asked for photo identification, so don’t be surprised,” says Phil McGrane, Ada County’s Chief Deputy Clerk.

The law recognizes several forms of photo ID.  They include:

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Idaho Voters Face Less Mess In November Election When Compared To Primary

Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

Ada County’s Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane describes the upcoming November election this way, “It’s a nice, clean, old-fashioned election.”

He says it will be a big change from the May Primary. “Don’t have to pick a party, don’t have to pick a ballot, no other selections that you have to make.”

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Early Voting
6:09 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Record Early Voter Turnout In Idaho's Largest County

Voters line up to cast early ballots in Ada County
Scott Graf Boise State Public Radio

Early voters in Idaho's largest county are turning out in droves this year.  The process started Monday and hasn’t slowed down yet in Ada County.

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane was expecting a big voter turnout for this election, but not this big.  “Someone said we opened the fire hydrant and it just hasn’t stopped.  People are showing up in record, record volumes for early voting this election.” 

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Environment
9:26 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Apparent Mountain Lion Spotted Again Thursday On Boise Greenbelt

UPDATE 10:45a.m.:

The mountain lion’s future is uncertain.  Evin Oneale is with Idaho Fish and Game.  He says it will all depend on the situation.  He says cougars come into the city all the time, but usually they pass through and are never seen by people. 

He says this lion may be young and looking for territory.  It may also have followed deer which have been pushed into the area thanks to a dry summer and fall.

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Election 2012
6:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Absentee Voting Picks Up In Idaho's Largest County

Early in person voting in Ada County begins October 16.
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

Last Friday was a big day for county clerks in Idaho.  They mailed out the first round of absentee ballots for the November general election. 

In Ada County, 9,274 absentee ballots were mailed to voters last week.  Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane calls it the kickoff to the November election.  “We’ve received close to 500 absentee requests each day in the recent days, absentee ballots are pushing themselves pretty hard for this election.”

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Dynamis
12:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Ada County Commissioner Says Fellow Leaders Ignoring Residents' Concerns On Dynamis Project

Ada County

For months, the debate over a proposed trash and tire burning facility at the Ada County landfill has escalated. 

A citizens group that opposes the Dynamis project has criticized Ada County Commissioners  Rick Yzaguirre and Sharon Ullman - arguing that the two aren’t listening to residents' concerns.

But this week, there’s a new voice speaking out on the garbage-fueled power plant.  That’s the third county commissioner, Dave Case. 

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Environment
4:50 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

First Case of West Nile Virus Of 2012 Found In Twin Falls

West Nile Virus typically peaks in July, August, and September, but minimizing mosquito breeding grounds will help prevent the illness.
Dave Fotsch Central District Health Department

A woman from Twin Falls has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. It’s the first confirmed case in Idaho this year.

Dave Fotsch of the Central District Health Department says mosquitoes tested positive in Ada, Canyon, and Payette counties. According to the Ada County Weed, Pest, and Mosquito Abatement website, the virus has also been found in west Boise.

Fotsch says West Nile’s peak year came in 2006, with almost one-thousand confirmed cases and 23 deaths. Since then, Fotsch says it’s tapered off, with only three cases last year.

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Energy
1:19 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Ada County Commissioner Tries To Kill Dynamis Contract

Ada County Commissioner Dave Case
Ada County

Ada County Commissioner Dave Case grilled executives from Dynamis Energy Friday morning.  The Eagle-based company wants to build a plant at the Ada County landfill that would turn trash and tires into electricity.  Case, though, failed in his attempt to bring an end to the county’s contract with Dynamis.

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Energy
4:50 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Ada County Commissioners Question Dynamis CEO

Ada County Commission Chairman Rick Yzaguirre
Ada County

Ada County Commissioners want answers  from the CEO of a company that plans to create energy from garbage.  A citizens group has accused the County and Dynamis Energy of fraud.  Commissioners have called a meeting on the project for Friday morning. 

Eagle-based Dynamis Energy plans to convert garbage to electricity at the Ada County Landfill.  County Commissioners gave the go ahead for the project about two years ago. They also provided the company with $2 million for design work, but the project is now behind schedule. 

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Idaho Primary
3:14 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Voter Turnout Low In Ada County

Ballot Cage at Ada County Election Headquarters
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

Election officials expected low voter turnout on Tuesday. That's due in part to all the changes surrounding this year’s primaries.  That turned out to be true in Idaho's most populous county. Phil McGrane says voter turnout in Ada County was extremely low. “It was 16.74%.”

The Chief Deputy for the Ada County Clerk says that’s lower than normal. “For the past three primaries, in 2010, 2008, and 2006, it’s been just above 21%.”

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Politics/Policy
10:13 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Primary Results: District 14 House Races

In District 14, the Senate primary pitted two high profile candidates against one another.  Representative Marv Hagedorn (R-Meridian) faced a former lawmaker, Stan Bastian of Eagle.  Hagadorn won last night in the primary and will likely take his place as Senator after the November election.

Hagadorn says he wants to build on the tax cuts the legislature passed this year. “So I want to continue on that, work on personal property tax. And try and reduce that burden for business. Cause right now everything is about the economy and jobs. Anything else is noise around that.”

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Politics/Policy
10:08 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Primary Results: District 19 House Races

It was a three-way Democratic race for House Seat A in Boise’s District 19. In the end, Matthew Erpelding took home enough votes to win the primary. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to go into the Legislature and work and write and see things from behind the scenes and be involved in trying to push forward what I think is progressive and intelligent policy.” 

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Politics/Policy
12:52 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

8 Things You Need To Know To Vote In Idaho’s Primary

Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

So you’re planning to vote in a Primary on Tuesday.  Here’s what you need to know: 

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Politics/Policy
7:06 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Idaho Primary: How Your Ballot Gets Counted

Boxes Wait For Blank Ballots. They'll Be Delivered To Ada County Precincts
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

County election headquarters around Idaho are busy places ahead of tomorrow’s primary - especially in Ada County.  The state’s most populous county re-did its Election Headquarters after the last Presidential Election.  Samantha Wright took a tour to find out how your vote gets counted in Ada County.

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Politics/Policy
6:35 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Idaho Primary: Poll Workers Prepare To Help Voters With New Primary Rules

District Judge Helen Robins
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

Now that the Idaho Republican Party has opted for a closed primary, voters will encounter some big changes at the polling booth.  Elections officials are trying to explain the new format to the public, and prepare workers for questions on voting day.  Lots of questions. 

Helen Robins is gearing up for Election Day.  She’s petite, energetic, and she laughs a lot.  She’s been a poll worker and a Chief Judge, that’s the person in charge at a precinct.  “I think I’ve seen it all…”

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