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Bowe Bergdahl
10:42 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Taliban Suspends Prisoner Swap Talks On Idaho Solider

Bowe Bergdahl has been held captive since 2009.

The spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban says they have suspended "mediation" with the United States to exchange captive U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay.

In a terse emailed statement Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the "current complex political situation in the country" for the suspension of what was considered the best chance of securing Bergdahl's freedom since his capture in 2009. It is the first official acknowledgement of indirect talks with the U.S. to free Bergdahl.

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Recreation
7:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

As Sales For Next Ski Season Start, Bogus Doing OK Financially

Bogus Basin officials say inversions in the Treasure Valley - and sunshine on the mountain - helped boost January visits.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Next year’s Bogus Basin season passes went on sale this week. For skiers who buy before Monday, $229 will get them unlimited access to the ski mountain next season. Alan Moore, executive director of the non-profit attraction north of Boise, says prices are staying at the same level as this year.

The 2013-2014 season has been mixed, Moore says. Like many ski hills in Idaho, Bogus had pretty thin snow for a while.  But Moore says it’s also had a lot of sunny days that have drawn people out of the often hazy valley.  

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Winter Safety
1:55 am
Tue February 18, 2014

With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

Derick Noffsinger models a deployed avalanche air bag pack made by Black Diamond at an industry market in Salt Lake City last month.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:03 am

Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.

If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. When deployed, his company's version of the air bag comes out like wings.

"The whole idea when you deploy that thing in an avalanche is you're avoiding burial death," he says.

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Who Knew?
1:31 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Why Stoplights Hate Idaho Fog (And Why You Might Hate Stoplights)

Treasure Valley drivers made their way to work Monday morning in dense fog. This photo was taken on Amity in SE Boise.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Ada County highway officials say they received dozens of complaints Monday morning as heavy fog affected the operation of stop lights. 

Mike Boydstun, the Ada County Highway Department’s traffic operations engineer, estimates between 30 and 60 people called the department to report problems between 7 and 9 a.m.

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Business
12:51 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Russia Blocks Delivery Of Chobani Yogurt To U.S. Olympic Athletes In Sochi

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.

Schumer said Tuesday that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of "unattainable" Russian Customs certifications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested that Russia approve a USDA safety certificate for the yogurt, but Schumer said Russia still won't allow the shipment.

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Religion
2:13 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Catholic Diocese Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Cathedral of St. Helena in Helena, Mont.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson says the diocese does not expect to have to liquidate any of its assets or close any programs because of the filing.

The settlement details are being worked out, but the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana would be responsible for approving and supervising the disbursement of $15 million to compensate the 362 victims identified in two lawsuits.

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Science
9:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

NASA Image Of Saturn Shows An Idaho Professor's Work

Saturn's rings captured by Cassini.
Credit NASA.gov

The picture below is the planet Saturn and its rings back-lit by the sun. It’s essentially a planetary eclipse. Earth appears as a blue pinprick in the background. The picture is a mosaic of 141 different images. It comes from the Cassini space craft and it’s getting a lot of attention online.

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Terrorism
1:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Boise Lawyer Defends His Work On Behalf Of Accused 9/11 Mastermind

Boise lawyer David Nevin is defending accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Credit Screengrab from '60 Minutes'

Five years ago, Boise defense lawyer David Nevin announced he would defend accused terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Mohammed is considered the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Mohammed along with other accused 9/11 terrorists are being held in Camp 7 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Zoo Boise
11:55 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Baby Snow Leopards Born At Zoo Boise

Baby Snow Leopards at Zoo Boise
Credit Zoo Boise

You can now catch glimpses of two baby snow leopards born at Zoo Boise.  The cubs, one male and one female, were born May 23 to parents Kabita and Tashi.  These are the first snow leopards to be born at the zoo.

Kabita and Tashi were paired as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). The conservation program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps breed endangered or threatened species. 

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
2:16 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Four Idaho Men File Sexual Abuse Charges Against Boy Scouts, Mormon Church

Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court because they say they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.

Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the four men, who are named only as John Does I (one) through IV (four) in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Chasan says what the church and the Boy Scouts did amounted to a cover-up.

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Zoo Boise
10:51 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Baby Monkey Born At Zoo Boise

Mom Betty and her baby mangabey monkey who hasn't been named.
Monte Stiles Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise has a new addition, a baby black-crested mangabey monkey.  The male monkey was born earlier this month to his parents Murphy and Betty.  This is the first mangabey monkey to be born at Zoo Boise.

Mom Betty carries the baby upside down, which is normal for mangabey mothers.  She turns the baby right side up when he nurses.  The baby clings to mom’s belly until he gets older, then he’ll ride on mom’s back.

Idaho News
4:12 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Your Next Idaho Phone Number Might Not Start With 208

The PUC estimates Idaho will run out of 208 telephone numbers by 2019.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

In less than a decade, Idaho will likely join the ranks of states with more than one area code. That’s right, Idaho’s 208 area code is quickly becoming an endangered species.

This isn’t a new story. Back in 2007, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission said the state would run out of 208 phone numbers within five years. That’s when number conservation and consolidation kicked in. The amount of phone numbers available expanded when the state changed the way it assigns them.

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Bridge Collapse
4:13 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on the Skagit River Bridge Collapse

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River in Washington state.

What’s new in the report is a piece of information about the driver of the truck that struck the bridge.

The bridge collapsed on May 23 after a truck carrying an oversized load hit supports along the top.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the truck driver told investigators that he felt "crowded" by another semitruck that was trying to pass him on the left, so he moved to the right.

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Crime & Courts
11:02 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Lawyers Want Off Terrorism Case In Idaho Due To Budget Cuts

A sketch of Kurbanov at a recent hearing in federal court.
Credit Ward Hooper / Idaho Statesman

Lawyers for an Uzbek national facing federal terrorism-related charges in Idaho and Utah want a judge to let them withdraw from the case, saying federal budget cuts have left their office with too few resources.  

Fazliddin Kurbanov, 30, of Boise, has pleaded not guilty to charges involving teaching people to build bombs.

Court-appointed attorneys Richard Rubin and Thomas Monaghan, of Federal Defenders Services of Idaho, are seeking appointment of new counsel.

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Ricin
4:57 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

CIA-Bound Ricin Letter Found in Spokane

The fifth letter in a ricin-poisoning investigation, addressed to the Central Intelligence Agency, has been retrieved in Spokane.

The FBI says postal workers in Spokane discovered the letter Saturday when it was returned as undeliverable.

Supervisory Senior Agent Frank Harrill, from the FBI in Spokane, said in an email the letter was addressed to the CIA, and is “similar in appearance to four other letters sent from Spokane last month.” It’s postmarked May 13, written in red ink, and contains the deadly poison ricin. There are no related reports of illness.

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Remembrance
6:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Audio: Idaho Attorney Allen Derr Was Proud Of Historic U.S. Supreme Court Case

Boise lawyer Allen Derr seen here with Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Credit Courtesy of Allen Derr

Longtime Idaho attorney Allen Derr passed away in Boise Monday. He was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club and a champion of equal rights. He may be best remembered for a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case involving Sally Reed of Boise.  Her son had committed suicide a few years earlier. 

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Obituary
3:41 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Idaho Lawyer Allen Derr, Who Won Landmark Anti-Discrimination Case, Dies

Allen Derr was a founding member of the Idaho Press Club.
Credit Courtesy of the Idaho Press Club

Allen Derr, an Idaho lawyer who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling to bolster anti-discrimination protections for women, died Monday in Boise. He was 85.

On Nov. 22, 1971, the Supreme Court justices issued their Reed vs. Reed decision, holding states cannot discriminate against people because of their gender. It marked a departure from the era when courts often excluded women from full participation in important civil affairs.

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Military
1:25 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

War Prisoner For Nearly 4 Years, Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence

Credit Idaho National Guard

Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from Bergdahl who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years. The letter's confirmation came about two months after their son turned 27.

The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] helped to get the letter to the family in Hailey, Idaho.

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Iran
4:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Wife Of Imprisoned Boise Pastor Appeals To United Nations

Naghmeh Abedini is working to gain international influence to return Saeed Abedini from an Iranian prison. The Abedini's have two young children in Boise.
Credit Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The wife of a Christian Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran spoke in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday. Naghmeh Abedini traveled to Geneva to make her case for her husband’s release.

Saeed Abedini has been in prison since last September, and was sentenced for attempting to convert Iranians to Christianity.

Mrs. Abedini addressed the international governing body for the first time.

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Idaho News
1:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Watchdog Group Details Racist Writings Of Idaho Accountant

Credit Southern Poverty Law Center

In the summer 2013 edition of its quarterly magazine, the Southern Poverty Law Center details the racist writings of a white supremacist named Farnham O’Reilly. 

The Alabama-based organization keeps an eye on such authors and recently discovered O’Reilly is actually the pen name of a certified public accountant from Payette, Idaho named Tim Folke. 

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