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Residents of a southeast Boise neighborhood say at least 25 cats have disappeared from the area in the last few months and are concerned missing cats could be a problem throughout the city.

Cat owners tell KBOI-TV that felines started disappearing last July and then again in the last few weeks.

Erin Liedtke says five stray cats living in her garage for eight years all vanished in the last nine months.

Humane Society spokeswoman Allison Maier says predators are a big concern and a reason cats go missing.

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Raptor biologist Janie Veltkamp met Beauty in 2007. Beauty is a 14-year-old bald eagle, and back then the bird was struggling to survive. She had been illegally shot in the wild, and lost her upper beak from the trauma. Without her upper beak – which is vital to eating – she wasn’t expected to live very long.

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The Idaho Potato Commission says its traveling advertisement, the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck, could roll on indefinitely.

The Capital Press reports that IPC considered retiring the truck after its current tour, but recent celebrity comments may have saved it. President and CEO Frank Muir says IPC is now leaning toward keeping the giant potato on the road as long as the public is eager to see it.

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He’s the record-holder in Idaho for state service; 57 years at the Idaho Transportation Department. And Terry Jacobsen says he’s planning to break that record. He wants to keep going until he hits his Diamond anniversary; 60 years working for the state of Idaho.

“I was a greenhorn when I started,” Jacobsen says. That was April 14, 1959. They didn’t even have calculators then, so he had to use a slide rule, or “slip stick,” as he calls them. He’s watched so many things change and advance over the years.  "It boggles my mind to think about them,” he says.

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If you're looking for something to do Saturday and have an interest in eco-friendly homes, you should consider checking out the straw bale house being built in East Boise.

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Getting a driver's license in Idaho now requires a little knowledge of those who are also on the road.

The Idaho Statesman reports that since January, everyone taking the driver's license test has had to answer two questions about bicycle and pedestrian safety.

3 Months, 11 Episodes: What Did "Serial" Teach About Bergdahl?

Apr 8, 2016
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“Serial” didn’t set out at first to tell the Bowe Bergdahl story for its second season. But after obtaining 25 hours of audio recordings with the Hailey native, producers of the popular podcast figured Americans wanted to hear the one voice missing from the conversation.

“I had seen the videos that the Taliban had released when he was released and I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, that guy’s got a story to tell,’” said Julie Snyder, the podcast’s co-founder and executive producer. “This was a story I was dying to hear.”

Co-hosts Erin Fenner of the Idaho Statesman and Frankie Barnhill of KBSX lead panelists John Sowell, Anna Webb and Katy Moeller in a discussion of the final episode of "Serial" Season Two. The big question? Whether Sgt.

The Federal Aviation Administration will do an aeronautic study after a south-central Idaho company increased the size of exhaust stacks. Pilots from a nearby airport cited safety concerns.

Steve Engebrecht of the FAA tells The Times-News in a story on Wednesday that the study will take about 45 days to complete.

Burley Airport Users Association President Jack Hunsaker says the new stacks put in by Gem State Processing could interfere with some approaches and departures.

Erin Fenner and panelists John Sowell, Anna Webb and Nate Poppino discuss episode 10 of Serial's second season. We digest the rift between Congress and the Department of Defense that formed in the wake of the Bergdahl trade and react to descriptions of Bergdahl's initial recovery.

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Well before Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan, he washed out of the Coast Guard during boot camp when he suffered a panic attack.

Two years later, though, he joined the Army, obtaining a waiver from rules that bar the enlistment of those with psychological problems.

The details about his mental health — including the Army's later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from "schizotypal personality disorder" — are contained in newly released documents that offer a glimpse of the legal strategy his lawyers may use in the desertion case against him.

Frankie Barnhill with Boise State Public Radio and Erin Fenner with the Idaho Statesman discuss episode nine of Serial's second season with panelists Nate Poppino and Anna Webb.

Frankie Barnhill with Boise State Public Radio and Erin Fenner with the Idaho Statesman discuss episodes seven and eight of Serial's second season. Our panelists share their reactions to stories of Bergdahl's childhood and time before the military--almost all of which was spent in Hailey, Idaho.

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Families living in a mobile home park in Nampa will get a knock on the door Thursday from city officials, telling them their homes are unsafe. Seventeen homeowners will face an order that says they have seven days to find another place to live.

KBOI TV first reported this week the problems at the Rushmore Mobile Home Park. The park has a private - and now faulty - sewer system. The owner has a temporary fix in place that leaves homeowners without running toilets and with access to tap water just one hour a day.

We told listeners over the weekend that the beginning of Daylight Savings Time would require that clocks be set back. That was incorrect. As of 2:00 a.m. Sunday, clocks were supposed to be set forward one hour.

We apologize for the error.

Tiny Houses In Boise Still Face One Big Problem

Mar 8, 2016
Courtesy of Russell Bridges

The house Shaun Wheeler is standing in can only be described as tiny. It’s 310 square feet, half the size of a semi trailer. He designed and built it from the ground up. When it’s done, it’ll have everything a normal house has, in a fraction of the space.

 

Wheeler owns Wheeler Homes, and builds tiny houses. He used to build typical homes, even mansions in Sun Valley. But after going to college, his mentality about housing changed.

Idaho National Guard

The latest episode of the popular podcast, "Serial," delves into the complicated diplomatic steps it took to get Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back to the U.S. after he was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

Bergdahl, of Hailey, was captured after he walked off his base in 2009, and wasn't released until 2014. The strategies the Obama administration used to get Bergdahl home, including trading five Taliban prisoners for the Idaho soldier, were controversial.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/military/bowe-bergdahl/article63800217.html#storylink=cpy

Members of the Idaho Air National Guard are preparing to deploy to the Middle East this summer.

The Idaho Statesman reports officials announced Monday that more than 500 members of the 124th Fighter Wing based at Gowen Field will depart as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

This will be the Idaho Guard's first major deployment in the U.S.'s fight against the Islamic State group.

Deployments typically last up to 180 days, with multiple departures spread out over several months.

City of Emmett

Many people in Idaho know the city of Emmett for its annual cherry festival, which draws thousands to the small town every year. But its place on a recently published list is drawing some negative attention.

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The State Board of Education has unanimously approved an agreement to build Idaho's first private medical school during its Thursday meeting.

According to the board's agenda, an investor group out of New Mexico has identified Idaho State University's Meridian campus as a future location for a private osteopathic medical school.

The investors, known as the Burrell Group, want to affiliate with a public university to build a private medical school.

The Burrell Group previously considered Montana as a possible location, but those discussions fell through in December.

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