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History
3:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Plan To Save Boise's Historic Fowler House Hits A Roadblock

Samantha Martin wants to save the Fowler House and turn into an arts collective.
Credit Idaho State Historical Society

An effort to save and restore a 120-year-old downtown Boise mansion hit a snag at auction Friday.

Samantha Martin has been working with Preservation Idaho to prevent the Fowler house from being demolished. Her original plan was to raise enough cash buy the land across the street from the house at 5th and Myrtle and relocate it there.

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History
7:05 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Boise Exhibit Is A Glimspe Into Anne Frank's Life Pre-Diary

Panels juxtaposing Hitler's rise to power with the Frank family's peaceful existence in Amsterdam are displayed in stark contrast.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / for Boise State Public Radio

It’s hard not to be struck by how happy and normal the Frank family seems in the photos taken before they went into hiding in 1942 during World War II. There’s a black and white photo of Anne with her older sister Margot on the beach, another with all four of her family members dressed up and smiling in a courtyard.  

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History
7:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Why One Woman Wants To Preserve A 120 Year Old Boise Mansion

The Fowler house.
Credit Idaho State Historical Society

Parts of downtown Boise were once covered with stately homes and mansions full of history. Slowly, those homes have disappeared, and have been replaced with new development. One woman is working to save one of those remaining historic homes, the Fowler house at 5th and Myrtle, from demolition.

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Dance
7:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Boise Bids Farewell To The Trey McIntyre Project Dance Troupe

Dancers John Orr, Ryan Redmond and Brett Perry rehearse for the premiere of "Vinegar Works" this Saturday.
Credit Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman

Dancers with the Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will give their final bow on the Morrison Center stage Saturday evening. Many of the dancers have earned rockstar status in the six years they’ve called Boise home.

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Dance
7:08 am
Fri February 14, 2014

McIntyre Proud To Have Built Boise Dance Company Worth Mourning

Trey McIntyre is shifting his focus from ballet to film. He has two documentaries in the works.
Credit Trey McIntyre Project

Trey McIntyre says when word spread last month that he was shifting focus from his Boise-based dance company to filmmaking, people generally met the news with sadness. 

“And that’s a great thing – to actually have something to mourn in this process, that makes me feel really proud that we achieved something great,” says the internationally-known choreographer who brought his dance company to Boise six years ago.

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Treefort Fest
8:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

352 Bands Set To Play Boise's Treefort Music Fest

Credit Treefort Music Fest

If you're looking for a way to beat the mid-winter cabin-fever blues, the folks at Treefort Music Fest have just the thing. The three-year-old festival has released the final list of musical acts set to play in Boise March 20-23. It's a doozy: in total, 352 groups will show off their talents to music fans at venues around downtown Boise.

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Film
11:46 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Boise Director Takes On Quirky Project For Feature Film Debut

Zach Voss is currently directing Treefort 2014's promotional videos. It's a multi-part series about a band on a flying ship. It's his first venture into stop-motion animation.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise filmmaker Zach Voss may be best known for his promotional videos for Boise's Treefort Music Festival. His 2013  Treefort work grabbed the attention of a northwest movie producer, and now Voss is preparing to make his feature-film directorial debut.

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Boise
9:29 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Plans Announced To Expand Boise Convention Space

The Greater Boise Auditorium District has announced plans to partner with the Gardner Company to create more convention space by expanding the Boise Centre.

Officials including Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Gardner Company Chief Operating Officer Tommy Ahlquist and the Auditorium District Board made the announcement Thursday.

Plans call for two new buildings with about 43,000 square feet of space for meetings and a kitchen to be built on the parking lot around the U.S. Bank building owned by the Gardner Company.

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Weather
8:27 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Treasure Valley Wakes Up To Freezing Rain

Ice accumulated on a tree on the Boise State University campus.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Police in southwestern Idaho are asking drivers to slow down and buckle up this morning as drivers are headed to work amid freezing rain.

The precipitation began falling overnight.  At 7:30 a.m., radar showed a line of precipitation over Interstate 84 from the Idaho-Oregon state line to an area east of Twin Falls. Slick roads are being blamed for several accidents and slide-offs in the region.

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Treefort Fest
10:32 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Treefort Releases List Of Headliners, Hopes To Boost Ticket Sales

Minneapolis band Polica will headline the third annual Treefort Music Fest.
Credit Cameron Wittig

Organizers of Treefort Music Fest are considering this their biggest band announcement yet. Indie darlings Polica top the billing for the 2014 festival, along with instrumental hip hop acts RJD2 and Blockhead. The festival is March 20-23 in downtown Boise.

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Boise News
9:30 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Boise City Council Unanimously Approves Revamped Panhandling Law

Only a handful of protesters turned out for the city council meeting last night to quietly hold signs disputing the new anti-panhandling ordinance.
Credit Jessica Murri / For Boise State Public Radio

The Boise City Council Tuesday unanimously approved revamped panhandling restrictions after last year's ordinance to limit the practice was largely struck down by a federal  judge.

At the beginning of January, a federal judge halted the majority of Boise's new anti-panhandling ordinance, the very day it was supposed to go into effect. The judge said parts of the law to limit panhandling in Boise restricted free speech.

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Media
8:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Watch Downtown Boise's 'Big Hole' Become An 18-Story Tower In Idaho Statesman's Time-Lapse

The new Zions Bank building in downtown Boise took 14 months to build. Photographer Darin Oswald documented its construction in a project that will be unveiled this weekend.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Satesman

When a developer decided to build a new tower in downtown Boise, it was big news. It was especially newsworthy because of its location: the corner of 8th and Main streets. That spot had been empty for more than 20 years, earning it the nickname 'The Hole.'

So when word broke that Zions Bank would build its new Idaho headquarters there, Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald decided to set out on an ambitious project. He wanted to document the building’s construction through time-lapse photography. 

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Courts
10:07 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Federal Judge Halts Part Of Boise's Panhandling Ordinance

Credit SalFalko / Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge has halted part of Boise's new anti-panhandling ordinance. The ordinance was set to go into effect Thursday.

Boise approved the ordinance in September to crack down on aggressive panhandling.  The tougher rules make a first offense an infraction when panhandlers seek handouts while someone is crossing a roadway or near a sidewalk cafe. 

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Idaho News
8:21 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Update: Boise Man Dies In Fall At Washington Dam

Pinto Dam in Grant County, Wash.
Credit U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Update 5:41 p.m.:

In a story Dec. 26 about the death of an Idaho man at a dam in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously the agency that will investigate the death. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate, not the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The error was caused by incorrect information supplied to the AP.

A corrected version of the story is below:

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Dance
7:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Live-Choreographing Lifts The Curtain On Trey McIntyre's Art

(L to R) Grandma Kelsey plays while Trey McIntyre choreographs a "Make A Ballet" piece with dancers Chanel DaSilva, Brett Perry and Ryan Redmond.
Credit Christina Johnson

To make a ballet, choreographer and artistic director Trey McIntyre needs fresh musical inspiration. For this, he turns to Boise musician Kelsey Swope – whose stage name is Grandma Kelsey.

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Music
9:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Treefort Releases First List Of Bands To Play 2014 Festival, Expect Hundreds More

Dan Deacon performs on the mainstage of Treefort Music Fest 2013.
Credit John Webster / Treefort Music Fest

Music fans, get your headphones ready.

Boise's Treefort Music Fest released a list of 23 bands that will play at the third annual event next year. Organizers expect that number to grow to about 300 bands by the time the March festival rolls around.

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Idaho News
6:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Boise Police Department Begins Handing Out Bike Lights After Time Change

Credit phoenixar / Flickr Creative Commons

After two Boise cyclists were killed by cars this fall, bike safety is getting renewed attention. Cyclists without lights are even less visible to motorists during their evening commutes with the time change.

The Boise Police Department has noticed, and has started a new initiative to make cyclists safer in the dark.

“Ada County Highway District has a supply of bike lights," says Deputy Chief Pete Ritter. "We have given them out to officers to when they contact cyclists or if they see cyclists who appear to need a light so they can hand them out.”

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Boise
11:11 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Boise Mayor Bieter Disappointed In Bond Failures, But Says Another Try Is Possible

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Fire Chief Dennis Doan wait together for election returns Tuesday night at the Basque Center in Boise.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s mayor says he’s disappointed that the two bond proposals failed in his city Tuesday, but he’s also encouraged by how many residents voted for the measures. 

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Boise
7:37 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Boise Bonds Fail Despite Getting A Majority Of Votes

The Yes Yes for Boise banner comes down as Tuesday night's pro-bond party disperses.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Boise residents voted down two bonds Tuesday. Together they would have generated more than $30 million for the city’s fire and parks departments and for buying land to set aside as open space.

More than 60 percent of Boise voters cast ballots in favor of the bonds. But the bonds needed a two-thirds majority to pass. Fire Chief Dennis Doan wanted the $17 million from the fire bond to build a new training center and upgrade and replace some old stations.

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Lawsuit
12:11 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

ACLU Sues Boise Over New Panhandling Rules

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is taking aim at the City of Boise's new rules designed to restrict panhandling downtown.

The organization — joined by two homeless plaintiffs — filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court arguing the city's ordinance is an attack on free speech rights. ACLU-Idaho Legal Director Richard Eppink also contends the rules unfairly harm families, veterans and disabled citizens struggling to make ends meet.

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