Idaho

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

Credit FutureAtlas.com / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Homelessness
6:30 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Why Idaho Homeless Shelters Are Full When There Are Fewer Homeless People

Homeless people often spend days outside Interfaith Sanctuary or inside nearby Corpus Christi House day shelter.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Luanne Jensen sits in an alley behind Boise’s Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter. She recently had knee surgery, so she's sitting on a bench built into her walker. The surgery, she says, is why she’s staying at Interfaith Sanctuary -- again. Jensen says she stayed here three years ago before landing a job. Now, she can’t work.

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Bucket List
12:46 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Idaho 'Bucket List' Readers Add 35 More Must-Dos To The List

This is Upper Mesa Falls near Ashton, Idaho off Highway 47.
Credit Pete Char / Flickr Creative Commons

Of the hundreds of comments we've received on the Idaho Bucket List we published last week, two things are abundantly clear: Idahoans are passionate about their state, and 75 simply isn't enough to create a complete bucket list.

In all honesty, we knew both of those things going into the project.

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Wildfires
11:44 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Sen. Crapo Says Changing Wildfire Fighting Budget Formula Is ‘Critical’ Issue

The costs of fighting wildfires in the U.S. often exceed allotted budgets. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) says the federal government needs to overhaul its funding system.
Credit Boise National Forest

Republican Sen. Mike Crapo says he expects wildfire funding legislation he introduced just before Christmas to get bipartisan support in Washington.

Crapo and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, introduced the legislation on December 19. If approved, it would bolster funding for the U.S. Forest Service.

At issue is the agency’s firefighting budget, which is regularly exhausted before a wildfire season ends. Funds from other parts of the agency’s budget are then used to cover additional costs. That money often comes from fire prevention budgets, which can make future fires worse.

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Bucket List
7:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once)

Fly-fishing the Henry's Fork near Island Park, Idaho is #7 on the bucket list.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho's nearly 84,000 square miles of breathtaking views, rugged terrain, and unique landmarks mean the Gem State is rife with recreation and site-seeing options. It could take a lifetime to see it all. In the spirit of the new year, we've compiled a list of the 75 things you must experience in Idaho -- at least once.

Consider this list a starting place for your own Idaho bucket list. By no means is this a definitive list. Send us more Idaho must-dos using the hashtag #IDbucketlist.

75. Bike the Hiawatha Trail.

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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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Wildlife
10:26 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Conservationist Groups Sue To Stop Controversial Wolf Hunting Contest

This photo was taken in Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley.
Credit Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

Update, 11:26 a.m.: The groups finished filing their suit Monday morning. You can read it here.

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Governor
1:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Idaho Gov. Otter Among State Leaders At Western Governors' Meeting

The governors are meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Credit Hereticsun / Flickr Creative Commons

Leaders from around the West are meeting in Las Vegas to discuss land use, wildfires and environmental conservation.

The Western Governors' Association is holding its winter meeting on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday and Thursday.

Among the governors in attendance are John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, C.L. "Butch" Otter of Idaho, Steve Bullock of Montana, Gary Herbert of Utah and Matt Mead of Wyoming.

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