Idaho News

Urban Goose Chase

Jun 13, 2011

There isn’t a lot of information about the Canada geese that live in Idaho’s capital city, where they come from and migrate to, and which are the most troublesome. Scientists are banding the birds this week. Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing joined the early morning effort on Monday.

Dreaming of a Year-Round Farmers Market

Jun 10, 2011

Right now is prime time for farmer’s markets around Idaho. But come late fall, those markets close up for the season. A Boise woman wants to change that by building a place where farmers can gather year-round to sell their goods. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

There’s been a lot of talk about the aerospace industry in Idaho this week. GE Aviation met with 60 Idaho companies to try to bring them into GE’s supply chain. And Idaho’s governor met with executives of aerospace companies in the state. As Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports it’s all part of an effort to help the industry take off.

Idaho wind developers will get paid less for the power they produce from now on. That’s because of a decision by Idaho’s Public Utilities Commission. Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports.

Food Detective

Jun 9, 2011

Europe is trying to find out what caused a strain of e-coli that’s killed more than 20 people and sickened thousands. Getting to the bottom of an e-coli outbreak – whether overseas or here in Idaho – can be a challenge. As Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports food safety inspectors have to act like detectives.

Senate Votes to Keep Debit Card Fee Cuts

Jun 8, 2011

Idaho’s U.S. Senators, Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, voted Wednesday to delay a rule on debit card fees. But the full Senate rejected the idea. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

 

The number of cows and calves killed by wolves in Idaho is down this spring. Eleven cases have been confirmed this year. As Boise State Public radio’s Emily Schwing Reports, South-Central Idaho saw its first livestock kill this past weekend.

Sun Valley Next Olympic Training Site?

Jun 7, 2011

The Sun Valley area wants the U.S. Olympic Committee to certify its Nordic trails and facilities as a training site. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, organizers believe the Olympic brand would bring more visibility and dollars.

Organizers hand over signed petitions to Idaho’s Secretary of State today (Monday). They’re trying to put a measure on the 2012 ballot to repeal Students Come First. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Ada County Considers Renewable Energy

Jun 6, 2011

Ada County Commissioners are considering a plan that would allow renewable energy to be produced in rural areas. They heard from the public Wednesday night about this idea. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Payette County Commissioners consider the future of nuclear power in Southwest Idaho Monday evening. A company called Alternate Energy Holdings Incorporated wants land rezoned for a potential reactor. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Tonight in Boise, you can wander through galleries and peruse new art installations as part of first Thursday. Among them, altars created by elementary education students. They’re learning to bring art into their future classrooms. Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing met up with the students as they finished their artwork.

Idaho’s Healthy Food Plate

Jun 2, 2011

Move over food pyramid. Thursday morning First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil a new symbol of American nutrition – a plate. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, this image isn’t new to Idaho.

Here’s a question. Are you more likely to lose weight if you watch the TV show “Biggest Loser” and see contestants dropping pounds. An Idaho State Professor says maybe not. In fact, identifying with those contestants may make you LESS motivated to lose weight. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports it all comes down to how your brain motivates you.

Condor Deaths Hamper Recovery

Jun 1, 2011

Federal and state agencies announced today (Tuesday) that three California condors died from lead poisoning. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, recovery of this endangered bird species has been dealt a major setback.

There’s a standard forecast for the northwest these days – cold and rainy. That means bulging rivers and stunted seed crops here in Idaho. As Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing explains, it’s a combination of changing climate and fluctuating weather patterns.

Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward has written about everything from judging fruitcakes to haunted houses to personal stories about his family. And we’re not kidding when we say he’s written thousands of columns. Wednesday, after 40 years on the job, he retires. Woodward told Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright that his career, like many journalists, began with getting his journalism degree…

Boise’s Lost Chinatown

May 31, 2011

It’s hard to believe downtown Boise once had a bustling Chinatown. You hardly see any signs of it today. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on what happened to a once thriving community. Clarification: Ah Fong lost in District Court. He appealed to Idaho’s Supreme court which decided in favor of Ah Fong.

Idaho Legal Aid Furlough Day

May 27, 2011

Idaho Legal Aid offices are closed today (Friday). As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, the non-profit plans furlough days once a month because of budget cuts.

Candy Bomber Over Quigley Canyon

May 27, 2011

Hundreds of tiny white parachutes dropped from the sky in Hailey this afternoon (Thursday). The precious cargo: candy. It’s a reenactment of US Air Force missions during the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949 flown by retired Colonel Gail Hallvorsen. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki spoke with reporter Tony Evans who was in Quigley Canyon during the drop. Tony Evans writes for the Idaho Mountain Express.

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