Idaho News
10:13 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Micron CEO Made Wrong Decision Before Fatal Plane Crash

Steve Appleton was the CEO of Micron Technology.
Credit Micron

Federal investigators say the likely causes of an airplane crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton in 2012 are a reduction in engine power during takeoff and Appleton's ill-fated decision to turn around rather than make an emergency landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board in a report released Monday said fire damage made it impossible to know if the engine power reduction was mechanical or a decision by Appleton.

The report says Appleton shouldn't have attempted a second takeoff with a "known problem" after aborting an earlier takeoff minutes earlier.

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Idaho News
11:44 am
Thu August 14, 2014

No Mechanical Issues Found Before Micron CEO's Fatal Airplane Crash

Federal investigators say they found no evidence of any mechanical malfunctions in an experimental airplane before a 2012 crash that killed Micron CEO Steve Appleton.

The National Transportation Safety Board also reported Tuesday that Appleton didn't take specialized training before crashing while taking off from the airport in Boise, where Micron is based.

The agency's report doesn't say what caused the crash that killed the head of the memory chip company.

It was unclear when the agency will release a final probable cause report.

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2:15 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Federal Court Approves $311 Million Settlement Involving Micron

Credit Micron Technology

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says Idaho and other states have obtained court approval of a $311 million settlement involving Boise-based Micron Technology and other computer chip makers.

The court approval announced Tuesday means consumers can start filing claims to recoup the money they overpaid as a result of chip makers engaging in unlawful anti-competitive practices to inflate prices.

The approval involves the settlement of a lawsuit Idaho and 34 other states brought against 12 makers of dynamic random-access memory, or DRAM.

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1:56 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Micron To Cut 5 Percent Of Its Global Workforce

Micron's Boise headquarters sits east of the city.
Credit Micron Technology

Officials with Micron Technology Inc. say they are seeking to cut 5 percent of the company's workforce in Idaho and abroad.

The cuts were announced Aug. 7 and come in the wake of Micron's acquisition of a Japanese competitor. The company has about 30,000 employees worldwide — so the rollback could impact 1,500 workers.

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8:43 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Education Battle Tops Idaho News Stories For 2012

The battle over the future of public education and ballot box rejection of the 2011 education laws has been chosen as the top story in Idaho for 2012 by The Associated Press.

It's the second straight year public debate over the future of schools has dominated state headlines.

The highlight of 2012 came in November when voters rejected laws limiting collective bargaining, a teacher merit pay plan and giving high school students laptop computers.

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7:58 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Wildfire Burning Near Boise's Micron Campus

Air tankers and small aircraft were busy Tuesday evening fighting a grass fire east of Micron Technology.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

UPDATE 10:20 PM:  The BLM has estimated the fire to be around 1200 acres.  Spokeswoman Mallory Eils told KBSX the fire's active flames have been controlled.  The fire has burned only grass and sage brush.  Eils says firefighters haven't set a date and time for containment. 

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StateImpact Idaho
9:53 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Update: Transform Solar Received $1.68 M In State Training Grants Before Announcing Layoffs

Transform Solar

Earlier this week, Micron-owned Transform Solar, a maker of high-tech solar cells, announced it’s closing and laying-off at least 250 people over the next three months.

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StateImpact Idaho
10:02 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Idaho’s Transform Solar Received $1 Million In State Training Grants

Transform Solar

A Nampa-based solar company partly owned by Micron Technology will close its doors and lay-off about 250 people over the next three months.

Transform Solar was a joint venture between Boise-based Micron Technology and Australian energy company “Origin.” The company launched in 2009, making high-tech solar cells.

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2:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Micron’s Bid To Stay Competitive In Memory Chips

Micron's Boise Campus
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

The Reuters news agency reported earlier this week Micron Technology bid $2.5 billion to negotiate exclusively for a bankrupt Japanese company.  One semiconductor analyst thinks the benefits of a potential deal outweigh the costs. 

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2:52 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Explosion At Micron’s Boise Campus Injures 7

Micron's Boise Campus
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

An explosion at Micron Technology in Boise injured seven people Tuesday.  The injuries were minor and damage is limited to a utility room. 

The call for emergency crews came in at about ten Tuesday morning.  A piece of equipment at Micron’s campus exploded.  Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says the accident happened in a utility room underground, below where semiconductors are fabricated. "It did move a concrete wall.  It was a fairly significant explosion down in that room."

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11:06 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Update: Explosion Reported At Micron In Boise

Micron's Boise headquarters.
Micron Technology

Update 11:50 AM

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan says there were two explosions at an underground Micron utility room.  Doan says seven workers were injured, all with minor injuries, the worst of which was a laceration to the arm. 

Doan reports no chemicals or hazardous materials were released as a result of the explosion. 

Emergency responders are in the process of packing up to leave.

We'll have more on this story during All Things Considered beginning at 3:30.

11:06 AM

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