BOISE, ID - As troops come home from Iraq, American troops continue to be involved in Afghanistan. A new book takes readers on a visual journey through the eastern part of that country. “Afghanistan Through the Humvee Window” focuses on people and the landscape. Nampa native Joe Relk took the pictures in 2006 while working as a State Department Officer. He was assigned to a reconstruction team in the Khost province near the border with Pakistan.
In November, eleven thousand sheep made their way west to Wilder, Idaho after spending the summer grazing in the foothills of the Boise National Forest. But before they arrived home, they got a haircut. Emily Schwing finds out what it takes to shear a sheep, and why you’d do it just as the snow starts to fly.
A handful of pickup trucks and trailers are parked in a half moon around a corral filled with ambivalent looking sheep.
BOISE, ID – New data from the Idaho Department of Labor confirms what many people already know – the number of underemployed Idahoans is growing. StateImpact Idaho reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders talks to Samantha Wright.
Boise, ID – Boise residents pay, on average, about $84 dollars monthly to Idaho Power. The average monthly electricity bill in Portland is about $109 dollars. Spokane residents pay about $79 dollars per month. But that’s nothing for one Boise man. He doesn’t pay an electricity bill most of the year. In fact, Idaho Power credits him. But he had to tear down and rebuild a house to make that happen. Emily Schwing takes us on a tour of Boise’s Small Footprint Housing Project, one of the only structures of its kind in the Gem State.
The newest of NASA’s Mars rovers has launched. Curiosity’s mission has been called the “precursor to human exploration” on Mars. Boise native Dan Isla is a systems engineer with NASA. He gave some of the commands during Curiosity’s launch. He says before people can go to Mars, NASA has to prove they can land large cargos on the red planet.
By proving the technology works, Isla says they will be able to deploy supplies and cargo to people who might colonize the Red Planet in the future.
Boise, ID – This month, NASA sends its newest rover to the red planet. Curiosity is on its way to Mars. But it won’t land there until next August. Boise Native Dan Isla is part of the launch team. The Boise State University graduate is an electrical systems engineer working on the NASA project. He tells Emily Schwing that Curiosity is more than a rover. It’s actually a “mobile laboratory.”
BOISE, ID – Remember the kid’s game Hot or Cold? If you’re getting closer, you’re getting hotter. If not, you’re getting colder. A group of young Boise area professionals want to update that game for the smart phone age. They plan to submit their I-Phone version of Hot or Cold to Apple Friday. Scott Ki profiles one of the creators behind the app.
BOISE, Id – It was an early Thanksgiving at Zoo Boise today. Several animals were given specially made treats, thanks to local Girl Scout Troop 431. The Troop made fifteen pies, which were handed out to the Gibbons and other animals. Liz Littman is with Zoo Boise.
BOISE, ID – The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that grizzly bears in Yellowstone should be placed back on the Endangered Species List. The court upheld the regulatory process of delisting the bear, but found fault with the federal government’s scientific conclusions.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted Yellowstone grizzlies in 2007 because of a rebound in population. That didn’t sit well with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. The non-profit sued the Service to protect the area’s ecosystem. Mike Clark leads the Coalition.
Idaho is the first state outside of Alaska to regulate a trapping season for wolves. It after the animal was removed from the Endangered Species List this spring. Trappers who are hoping to snare a gray wolf are required to take a mandatory class. Emily Schwing joined the class to find out what it takes to trap a wolf.
If anyone can tell you how challenging it is to trap a wolf, it’s Rick Williamson.
BOISE, ID - This morning, four journalists were chosen to witness the execution of convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades. It’s the journalists job to sit in for the public, to report what they see. One of those selected is Rebecca Boone at the Associated Press. She’s been talking to colleagues to get a sense of what will happen.
BOISE, ID – Convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades died by lethal injection this morning. His death marks the first time in 17 years Idaho has held an execution. In his last remarks, Rhoades did not take full responsibility for the three murders he was charged with.
Boise, Idaho – It’s been 17 years since Idaho last executed a prisoner. Friday morning convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades is slated to die by lethal injection. Idaho has a long history with capital punishment unlike Michigan which abolished the death penalty in 1846. Adam Cotterell takes us to one place in Idaho that’s had a history with execution.
Amber Beierle opens an iron door with a key the size of her hand. Beierle manages Idaho’s historic old penitentiary. Behind this door is the room where Idaho hanged its last man.
BOISE, ID – Barring a last minute stay of execution, Rhoades will become the 14th death row inmate in Idaho to die since statehood. Protesters for and against the death penalty have areas set aside near the state prison. Meet two women on opposite sides of capital punishment.
Sharann Nafus lives in Blackfoot, not far from where Paul Rhoades killed his three victims – Stacy Baldwin, Nolan Haddon, and Susan Michelbacher. Nafus remembers how it felt in 1987 with a murderer at large.
BOISE, ID – The last execution in Idaho happened in 1994. That’s when Keith Eugene Wells died by lethal injection. It took place in a small trailer that looked like a temporary classroom. Friday’s scheduled execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades will take place in a new building.
BOISE, ID – A manual by the Idaho Department of Corrections will guide the preparations for Friday’s scheduled execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades - the first in seventeen years. It spells out in detail every step, down to the chemicals used.
According to this 34-page manual and a timeline provided by the Idaho Department of Corrections, a lethal injection team will start the flow of chemicals at approximately 8:10 Friday morning. Brent Reinke leads the Department.
BOISE, ID – Pennsylvania State Police arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez Wednesday. He’s accused of firing shots at the White House. Ortega-Hernandez has been missing from Idaho for several weeks. Joelyn Hansen is a spokeswoman for the Idaho Falls Police Department. She said, "His family reported him missing on October 31st. He apparently was supposed to be going to Utah and they had not heard from him. We put him into our database as a missing person and we’ve been working the case."
BOISE, ID - Every year in the U.S. dozens of death row inmates are executed. And journalists are there to witness and share what they see with the public. That will happen this Friday when four Idaho reporters will see the execution of convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhodes. Bob Fick knows what it’s like to watch this. He was a correspondent for the Associated Press back in 1994 when the last execution in Idaho took place. He watched Keith Eugene Wells die by lethal injection. Wells was convicted of beating two people to death with a baseball bat at a Boise bar.
Boise, ID – The Better Boise Coalition has a list of places the city could build a new stadium. The group has been trying to drum up public support for a new minor league baseball facility in Boise. Last night the coalition released the results of a study it commissioned on potential locations. Coalition co-founder Marc Johnson says three locations top the list.