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Some of the Parts: Do You Find My Tractor Sexy?

Apr 27, 2017

Love and dating and finding a mate can be difficult no matter where you are. But they may be even harder if you live on a farm in Idaho. In episode four, we chat up a couple of farmers who tell their stories of dating and love and the struggle to find that 'connection' while working on a farm.

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Micron Technology says it has hired the co-founder of SanDisk to be the company's new chief executive officer and president.

The Boise, Idaho-based memory chip maker in a statement Thursday says Sanjay Mehrotra will also be a member of the board of directors when he starts on May 8.

Mehrotra led SanDisk as a startup in 1988 until it was acquired by Western Digital in 2016.

At Micron he replaces Mark Durcan, who worked for the company for 32 years and announced his intentions to retire in February. Durcan will stay on as an adviser until August.

Greek yogurt titan Chobani is suing Alex Jones and his InfoWars website for defamation. The yogurt maker claims a video and Tweets from Jones falsely links the company to a sexual assault case involving three young refugees in Twin Falls.

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A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities thought one body was at the site in high desert sagebrush steppe discovered by state fish and game workers who stumbled across the bones while out on a routine patrol.

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A dozen groups representing food safety supporters, free speech advocates and labor unions are helping fight the Idaho law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the groups have filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals detailing their opposition. They argue that the law violates the First Amendment.

No groups have filed similar briefs in support of the law.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

To mark the Boise Depot’s 92nd birthday, the Union Pacific Railroad brought in a very special guest from their facility in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As Engine 844 made the trip from Wyoming across Idaho, the unmistakable sound of a steam whistle rang out at stops in Pocatello, Gooding and Nampa as it headed to the Boise Depot.

When it arrived in Nampa Saturday afternoon, an excited a crowd of hundreds turned out to see the massive locomotive up close.

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The highest paid employee on Idaho's payroll is eligible for bigger bonuses under a newly amended contract.

The Idaho State Board of Education agreed Thursday to up how much Boise State University's head football coach Bryan Harsin can make in bonuses each year.

Harsin will now be eligible for a $50,000 bonus if the Broncos become the champion of its six-team division. Previously, the amount was $15,000. Harsin could also see a $75,000 bonus if the team wins its athletic conference's title game — a bump from the former $50,000.

Some of the Parts: Poor Shepherds

Apr 20, 2017
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Who are the Basques? In episode three of Some of the Parts, we look at why you’ll hear a different answer to that question in Idaho than you’ll hear anywhere else in the world.

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Update, April 20: The Valley County team did not take home one of the top prizes in Denver, despite making it to the finals. 

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When a rocket engineering club at the University of Idaho tested an experimental rocket fuel, the accelerant exploded sending 4 students to the hospital.

The students are out of surgery and recovering; initial reports following the explosion said three of the students were in stable condition and one was in critical condition.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The alley known as Cooper Court wraps around Interfaith Sanctuary homeless shelter near downtown Boise. For much of 2015 the alley was packed to bursting with tents, makeshift shelters and the people living in them who preferred the streets to staying in shelters. That camp was one of the biggest local news stories of 2015. Police eventually cleared it, scattering its residents.

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise reported Thursday that its beloved giraffe, Julius Longfellow, has died.

The 11-year-old male Julius fell early Thursday morning. Zoo workers tried to get him back up but couldn’t, and had to euthanize him. A necropsy is planned.

Julius came to Zoo Boise in 2008 from the African Safari Wildlife Park in Ohio. A private fundraising campaign paid for his purchase and transport to Boise. His first name, Julius, was in honor of a donor to Zoo Boise. His last name, Longfellow, came thanks to Longfellow Elementary School, which raised money for him.

Some of the Parts: Tent City Revisited

Apr 12, 2017
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The tent camp in an alley called Cooper Court put homelessness at the forefront of Boise’s collective conscience like nothing else had in recent memory. In episode two of Some of the Parts, we check in with some of its residents one year after Boise Police cleared the alley.

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"This is bad," says an unknown voice on the video. That seems to be an understatement, as 800 cubic yards of hillside slide down onto the roadway south of Bonners Ferry.

The slide was caught on video by Idaho Transportation Department workers on April 7.

Here's what happened: ITD Land Surveyor Mathew Wilson was checking out the stability of the hillside. As he videotaped, he heard popping and cracking coming from the site. Flaggers on the scene stopped traffic as horrified workers watched. Three minutes later, the hill slowly slides right down onto the road.

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