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3:12 pm
Sat January 7, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers On Legislative Session Priorities

BOISE, ID – A new legislative session begins Monday.  Leaders in the Idaho statehouse shared their thoughts on what their key priorities are this year with reporters at an Associated Press preview last week.  Scott Ki put together this audio postcard of some of the highlights from Senate and House leadership. We begin with Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, a Republican from Rexburg.

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2:31 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Idaho’s Budget: Governor Cautious, Others Cautiously Optimistic

 

Boise, ID – Idaho may see more money for state programs like education this year. That’s one prediction from lawmakers as the state gears up for the 2012 legislature which starts next week. But  not everyone is optimistic.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter faced a room full of reporters Thursday to lay out his predications for the legislature. He starts by saying state revenues have been down for the past few months.

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1:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Counting Owls As Part Of An Annual Effort

 

Boise, ID – The 112th annual Christmas bird count comes to an end today, January 5th).  
Thousands of birders and biologists count all species of birds across the country for the event, sponsored by the Audobon Society.  Emily Schwing joined one biologist to count owls before dawn on a cold winter morning.

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2:35 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

BSU Football Coach Will Make 2 Million A Year

 

Boise, ID – Boise State University’s football coach will get two million dollars a year starting next fall. That puts him in a club with about 30 other members.  Wednesday Idaho’s State Board of Education approved a raise to boost Coach Chris Petersen’s salary.  Milford Terrell  told his fellow board members the raise wouldn’t cost the university or the state anything.

Milford Terrell “No state funds are used. And these amounts are paid only from programs, revenue, media, public appearance fees, donations and other non-state funds.”

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2:40 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Accounting For Idaho’s Execution Costs

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Department of Correction released more details Tuesday on how much the first execution in 17 years cost the state.

The Department spent $53,411 to execute convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades in November.  A little less than half of that was spent on employee overtime.  The rest, or nearly $28,000 went to operating costs.  That includes several thousand dollars for equipment rentals to accommodate the media and demonstrators.  And more than $13,000 for medical supplies.  Director Brent Reinke says it was important to have a qualified lethal injection team.

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2:39 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Tribe Gives To Boise Schools

 

Boise, ID – The start of 2012 saw Boise students and teachers receive a 16 thousand dollar gift. But  it comes from an unlikely benefactor, north Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe voluntarily gives five percent of its gaming money to education programs every year. In 2010 that was more than one and a half million dollars. Helo Hancock is a lobbyist for the tribe. Hancock says as much as 99 percent of the money goes to schools in north Idaho where the tribe is headquartered. But he says the tribal council uses its own set of priorities.

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1:55 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Idaho Department Of Correction Releases Execution Costs

 

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1:18 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Riding The Pony Express Trail: Part 3

 

Boise, ID – This summer we introduced you to Boise resident Tom Noll.

He’s an endurance horseman and he spent more than eight weeks this summer on the 2000 mile Pony Express Trail with his horses, Frank and Whiskey.  It’s been four months since Noll returned from his trip.

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12:29 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Time Running Out For A Smooth Primary Election

 

BOISE, Id – Time is running out for election officials as the fight over Idaho’s new legislative maps continues in court.  Samantha Wright wanted to know what happens if the redistricting tangle isn’t resolved in time for the Primary Election.

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2:48 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

AARP Says Seniors Have Trouble Keeping The Heat On

 

Boise, ID – More than 40 percent of Idahoans over the age of 50 struggle to pay their utility bills. That’s according to a study released this month by AARP’s Public Policy Institute. A second report from the senior advocacy group’s research arm says American’s over 50 spend an average of eight percent of their income to keep the heat and lights on. David Irwin with AARP Idaho says the average for other age groups is seven percent.

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1:38 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Processing Seeds At The Lucky Peak Nursery

 

Boise, ID- A multi-state effort to restore hundreds of thousands of acres of sagebrush country in the southwestern corner of the state requires lots of native plants.  Volunteers and scientists in Idaho harvest seeds from those plants on federal land.  The seeds have to be cleaned and processed before they’re planted.  Emily Schwing takes us to the government run nursery that does exactly that.

Inside a big garage, the air is heavy with the sharp smell of sagebrush.  And dust from the shrub is so thick it sticks in the back of your throat if you breathe in.

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12:34 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Update – Avalanche Alley Re-opens

 

Update:  Avalanche Alley, also known as Idaho Highway 21 between Grandjean Junction and Banner Summit on the way to Stanley re-opened Saturday, December 31st at 12:20pm.

 

 

BOISE, Id – The section of Idaho Highway 21 known as Avalanche Alley closed down today.  The 12-mile stretch runs between .  Reed Hollinshead is the Public Information Specialist for the Idaho Transportation Department.

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12:39 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Holiday Traditions – Santa Head

 

BOISE, Id – Everyone has a holiday tradition.  We here at Boise State Public Radio want to know what you do this time of year.  Baking cookies, trimming the tree, some traditions are, well, traditional.  Others are, more unique.  The most…”unique” tradition we’ve heard so far comes from Sean Kenney in Meridian.

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12:43 pm
Thu December 22, 2011

Holiday Traditions – Christmas Carol

 

BOISE, ID – Holiday music is one way to welcome in the season this time of year.  Today we hear from one mom who uses music to share her love of the holiday season with friends and family.  It started one day in 1998. Liza Long, was reading about jazz musician Alfred Burt and his Christmas song “The Star Carol.”  She found out that Burt wrote a Christmas carol every year for family and friends.  Long is, among other things, a piano teacher and at that moment, a new holiday tradition was born.

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2:52 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Idaho’s Capitol City In the Black For 2011

 

Boise, ID – Idaho’s capitol city took in more than 105- million dollars from property taxes in 2011. That’s the largest part of general fund revenue. Boise’s city council Tuesday heard a report on the fiscal year that ended in September. About two million dollars of anticipated revenue didn’t turn up. That’s because liquor sales and franchise fees were lower than expected. But budget advisor Brent Davis says the city didn’t have a problem adjusting for that.

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2:51 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Why Build A Temple In Meridian?

BOISE, ID – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have some 14 million members worldwide.  The LDS Church has more than 130 temples around the globe.  In Idaho, they plan to build another one near Meridian.   Soon Idaho will have more temples than any other state besides Utah and California.

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2:50 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Idaho Charter School Wants Its Day In Court…The Supreme Court

 

Boise, ID – The former charter school Nampa Classical Academy wants the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case over its use of the Bible in the classroom.

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12:46 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Holiday Traditions – Lost Souls Dinner

BOISE, ID – Food at holiday time can turn into a special tradition with a treat or a dish you only make during this time of year.  For ceramic artist and Timberline High School art teacher Jerry Hendershot, holiday food takes on a special meaning.  Every year, he and his wife cook up a feast for old and new friends.  Here’s a look at his Holiday Tradition.

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12:54 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Ellie Pierce’s Holiday Tradition

 

BOISE, Id – This is the time of year when you bake your favorite holiday cookies or get ready to travel. We all have something special we do for the holidays. And we here at Boise State Public Radio want to know your holiday traditions, those special things you do, just at this time of year.  So we set up the “holiday traditions” phone line. Already we’ve heard from some of you, including Ellie Pierce. She is an Administrative Assistant at Boise State University, in the School of Social Work.

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12:51 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Holiday Traditions – Squirrels

 

BOISE, ID – Each year families take part in activities or rituals to celebrate the holiday season.  We set up the “Holiday Traditions” phone line so you could share those stories with us.  David Habben called with his story from Boise.  Habben’s tradition has been handed down through the generations.  His family’s story begins on a night close to Christmas Eve:

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