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Culture
3:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

What Are The Sounds That Make Your Idaho City Home?

Floaters drift down the Boise River on a July day.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On a hot summer day, the sounds that echo through Boise State Public Radio's windows along the Boise River are the shrieks and squeals of floaters drifting downstream.

A mini-rapid is right in front of the newsroom, and it's at that spot where floaters tend to get a healthy dose of cold river water. Their giggles, shock-induced screams, and mild expletives mixed with the constant churn of fast-moving water, are a lovely reminder of summer in Boise. It's a sound that likely defines Boise.

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Shots - Health News
12:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, shown here in her home town of Twin Falls, Idaho, decided not to hide the insulin pump she wears to treat Type 1 diabetes during the pageant.
Photo illustration by Drew Nash/Courtesy of Times News

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:57 am

There she is, Miss Idaho. And there it is, the insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition. Since posting the photo on social media on Monday, Sierra Sandison has become a new hero to the Type 1 diabetes community.

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Quiz
8:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Quiz: Do You Know The Difference Between Idaho And Iowa?

Idaho is the top producer of potatoes in the United States.
Credit 4435Russet / Flickr Creative Commons

Yes, Idaho and Iowa are two very different states.

It seems the great state mix-up has made it back into the spotlight, so we made this quiz to test your knowledge of the Gem State and the Hawkeye State.

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Culture
11:40 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Idahoans And Iowans Join Forces To End State Mix-Up

Both agricultural states, Idaho is known for potato production while Iowa is known for its corn.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho and Iowa are, in fact, two different states, and entrepreneurs, writers and creative-types want the world to learn the difference. (Take our quiz to see how well you know Idaho and Iowa.)

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Marijuana
8:48 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips

File photo of 106 pounds of pot.

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.

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Culture
11:34 am
Fri May 9, 2014

#WhyIStay: Show Us Why You Live In Idaho

Mount Borah, within the Challis National Forest, is Idaho's tallest peak at 12,667 feet.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A recent Gallup survey found that 17 percent of Idahoans have made plans to leave the state within a year. Those planning to leave told Gallup it was primarily for work, family, and school-related reasons.

If given the option, 29 percent of Idahoans say they'd leave while 69 percent told Gallup they'd prefer to stay. So, we want to know why you've decided to live in Idaho.

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Idaho
8:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

New Google Maps Feature Gives Idahoans Few “Time Travel” Options

Google's cameras captured a parking garage and an empty lot on Boise's 9th St. in 2007. In the most recent 2012 image glass apartments top the garage and the Simplot JUMP building has just begun.
Credit google.com/maps screen grab / Google

Google describes its new map feature with references to the movie “Back to the Future."

“Forget going 88 mph in a DeLorean—you can stay where you are and use Google Maps to virtually explore the world as it is—and as it was,” a company blog post declares. “Happy (time) traveling!”  

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Drought
8:55 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Drought In Idaho's Elmore County Means It's Now A Disaster Area

The latest drought map of Idaho, issued March 27, 2014 by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought.

The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster area, making farmers and ranchers in the county eligible for natural disaster assistance. Other Idaho counties with federal natural disaster declarations include Ada, Boise, Custer, Owyhee, Blaine, Camas, Gooding and Twin Falls.

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Economy
6:45 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The Number Of Idaho Fur Trappers Doubles As Pelt Prices Soar

Patrick Carney sets his traps in a gated community pond near Eagle, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Murri / For Boise State Public Radio

Just four years ago, bobcat fur sold for about $200. Now, that same bobcat pelt can be sold for almost $2,000. Higher prices come from a rise in demand for fur in Asia, and it has led to more trappers in the field here in Idaho.

Patrick Carney, president of the Idaho Trappers Association, gets calls almost daily from folks who want advice on how to get into commercial trapping.

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Taxes
6:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho A Big Supplier

Tax Foundation/Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 10:23 pm

Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state according to an estimate from a new study by two think tanks.

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Wildlife
1:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Hunters Kill Nearly 500 Wolves In Idaho, Montana

Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Hunters and trappers in Montana killed 230 wolves during the recently concluded wolf season.

That's only five more wolves than the prior year's wolf harvest despite the lifting of quotas on the animals across most of the state and a higher bag limit for individual hunters.

Hunters took 144 wolves during a season that started in September and ended Saturday. Trappers took 86 wolves.

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Idaho News
1:36 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

FBI Takes Over Idaho Criminal Investigation Of Prison Company CCA

The FBI has taken over the Idaho criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America.

The Nashville, Tenn.,-based CCA has operated Idaho's largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the prison by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements.

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Idaho News
9:49 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Idaho Man Convicted Of Shooting At Crop Dusting Plane

Credit Joe Gratz / Flickr Creative Commons

A south-central Idaho man has been convicted of shooting at a crop duster.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports that a jury on Thursday found 42-year-old Christopher V. Lewis of Filer guilty of felony discharging a firearm at an aircraft.

Prosecutors say the pilot told police he saw someone holding a shotgun below him at about 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 24.

Authorities say that at about the same time, someone called the spraying company saying the pilot was flying too low over home and threatened to "dust the pilot with his 10-gauge shotgun."

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Idaho News
10:59 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Driver Dies Near Eagle After Striking Horse

A woman died and three other people were injured in two crashes involving a horse on the highway northwest of Boise.

Ada County officials say the woman's car hit a horse on State Highway 16 just after 5 a.m. Monday. Deputies say the car then went off the highway, traveled about 300 yards through fields and fences before hitting a rock wall.

The victim's name hasn't been released. Both of her passengers were injured.

A short time later, another car hit the horse that was lying in the road and flipped onto its top. One person was injured.

Health Insurance
7:09 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Stethoscopes/Wikimedia

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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Agriculture
8:25 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Idaho Farm Profits Up, Number Of Farms Continues To Fall

In 2012, crops accounted for $3.4 billion dollars of Idaho's ag sector. Livestock and related products totaled $4.3 billion.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The value of Idaho’s agriculture products grew from $5.7 billion to $7.8 billion between 2007 and 2012. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA.) It released preliminary results from its Census of Agriculture Thursday.  The USDA provides the update every five years and the latest covers 2012.  

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Weather
10:04 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Flooding, Mudslides Possible Across Southern Idaho

A map of precipitation totals forecast for southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon. After a relatively dry day Thursday, more rain is expected Thursday night and Friday.
Credit National Weather Service

What a difference a week makes.

Last week, concern was mounting over how little precipitation had fallen in southern Idaho this winter. Now, forecasters say areas in southwestern Idaho and southeastern Oregon could see several days of flooding.

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Politics/Policy
10:02 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Idaho Truckers Want To Increase Gas Tax To Improve Roads

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A trucking group says Idaho's 25-cent-per-gallon gas tax should be hiked 6 cents a gallon.

That's according to the Idaho Trucking Association's measure introduced Thursday in the House Transportation Committee, to do it over the next three years. It's considered a longshot to pass.

Truckers pitched the bill on grounds Idaho should get started on tackling an estimated annual $262 million backlog of road and bridge projects.

Still, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has already said highway funding probably won't be an issue in 2014.

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Winter Olympics
12:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

See Which Idaho Athletes Have The Best Shot At An Olympic Medal

Hilary Knight plays forward on the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team.
Credit Sara Melikian / Flickr Creative Commons

The Winter Olympics officially kick off Friday in Sochi, Russia. But competition for Idaho’s group of Olympians started early Thursday. Jessika Jensen, a native of eastern Idaho, finished seventh in her qualifying heat in the event of slopestyle snowboarding.

Nine people with Idaho ties will compete in the Olympics. Reporter Tom Banse of the Northwest News Network has been previewing the games. He says that figure is on par with the state's recent delegations.

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Idaho News
8:53 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Autopsy Finds Heart Defect Killed Young Idaho Skier

Torin Tucker.
Credit Dartmouth College Athletics

An autopsy has determined that a rare heart defect killed a 20-year-old Dartmouth College cross country skier last weekend.

Torin Tucker, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho, died while competing at a cross country skiing marathon in Craftsbury, Vt., on Saturday.

His death certificate says he suffered sudden cardiac arrest as a result of a problem in the left coronary artery. Medical research says the condition is rare and is frequently associated with sudden death during intense physical activity.

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