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State of Boise State

Aug 17, 2011

Classes start at Idaho’s public universities Monday. Wednesday Boise State’s president gave his State of the University speech. And the focus was on money.

BOISE, ID. – A lot of homeowners use a timer to automatically water their lawns.  But, a Meridian company wants to change that.  Baseline Systems makes a moisture sensor that turns sprinklers on or off.  In fact, this high tech product will be used to keep the landscape healthy at the 9-11 Memorial Plaza in New York City.

Tech-Ki: Baseline Systems

Aug 17, 2011

BOISE, ID. – A lot of homeowners use a timer to automatically water their lawns.  But, a Meridian company wants to change that.  Baseline Systems makes a moisture sensor that turns sprinklers on or off.  In fact, this high tech product will be used to keep the landscape healthy at the 9-11 Memorial Plaza in New York City.

Boise, ID- Boise native, Jaimee Kinzer just signed up for her rookie run at the 2012 Iditarod next year.  It’s one of North America’s longest and most grueling sled dog races.  The race begins just outside of Anchorage, Alaska and takes competitors more than 11-hundred miles to the Bering Sea coast.  Kinzer talked with Emily Schwing about her plans for the historic race.

Utility Rate Increases on the Horizon

Aug 16, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Wild swings in the stock market, gasoline above three dollars a gallon, higher food prices.  Next, Boise-area residents should brace themselves for higher utility rates. 

If you add them all up, it could mean thirteen dollars more a month for the average user in the Boise area.  Idaho Power accounts for at least seven dollars of that increase.  Gregory Said is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs. 

Gregory Said:  “We are very aware of the economic times that our customers face and so the company takes great efforts to manage costs to reasonable levels.” 

2011 Fire Season: Idaho’s Turn

Aug 16, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Nearly half of all active large wildfires in the country are burning in Idaho.  This fire season could be the most destructive in several years. 

Big Hill and Blair are just two of the fires burning in Idaho that have scorched thousands of acres of grassland.  Ken Frederick is a spokesman with the National Interagency Fire Center.

Ken Frederick:  “We’re fairly normal actually a little lower than normal for mid-August, but for the year we’re well ahead of normal.  6.4 million acres burned so far this year.”

 

Boise, ID – After a near 2000-mile horseback ride on the Pony Express Trail, Idaho resident Tom Noll is back home.

It took eight weeks for Noll and his two horses to cross prairie, mountains, and desert in eight states.  Back in May, he said the trip took more than a year’s worth of planning.  Emily Schwing sat down with Noll to talk about his journey.

Read Tom Noll’s email dispatches here.

Cubs Day

Aug 15, 2011

Today in Boise it’s Chicago Cubs Day. That’s the pronouncement from the mayor’s office. The owner of the Windy City Baseball club is in town to review his affiliate team, the Boise Hawks. Tom Ricketts will also speak to Boise’s Chamber of Commerce about the future of baseball in Boise.

 

BOISE, Id – Scientists can use DNA from hair, saliva, even scat to track a bear or a mountain lion.  But it’s a lot harder to track and study say a frog, until now.

Salamanders are shy so it’s tough for scientists to find them in a lake or stream.  So researchers at the University of Idaho teamed up with the U-S Geological Survey to find a new way to track salamanders and other animals under water.

Lisette Waits “The key thing that’s happening is we’re extracting DNA from cells that the organism has left behind.”

 

BOISE, id – Last month, we brought you the story of the Boise Front Butterfly Count.  A dedicated group of volunteers counts and catalogues butterflies in Southern Idaho.  The count happens each year in July.  Doctor Paul Castrovillo is the Butterfly Curator at the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History.  It’s at the College of Idaho.  He directs the Butterfly Count.

Gene Bleymaier made Boise State University’s football field blue. He hired the coach who would lead the Broncos to national prominence on that field. But as Adam Cotterell reports Boise State’s longtime athletic director won’t have the chance to leave his mark on any more Bronco sports.

Greenbelt Bike Ban Protest

Aug 11, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Nature trail.  Not suitable for bikes.  Those are some of the reasons Garden City officials say a dismount zone is needed on a chunk of the Greenbelt.  A non-profit group isn’t happy about that.

The bike ban begins on the North side of the Boise River, just up the road from City Hall in Garden City.  It lasts for a mile and a half.  Cyclists must dismount or take another route that runs along city streets.  If they don’t, they can be fined seventy-four dollars plus court costs.  Garden City Mayor John Evans says he plans to keep the bike ban in place.

Voters in Boise have known for months they’d be asked to pay more to help their school district. But, “how much” has remained an open question. This week  Boise School District officials answered….14 million dollars. As Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, getting voters to approve the levy may prove a challenge.

 

BOISE, Id – Over the past few weeks, some storm drains around Boise have been fitted with what look like thick, old-fashioned welcome mats.

Cars zip by along Americana in Boise, between two city parks.  On both sides of the street, light brown fiber mats cover up the storm drains.

Jason Korn “We’re looking at a Blocksom Filter; it is a natural fiber mat that is zip-tied to the storm drain to keep pollutants from entering the storm drain system and ultimately the Boise River.”

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