BOISE, ID. – People are being evacuated southwest of Salmon. That’s because the Salt Fire has grown. The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and the National Forest Service ordered a mandatory evacuation Tuesday.
The Salt blaze has charred more than fifteen thousand acres. The fire threatens several buildings in the forest according to Madonna Lengerich of the Bureau of Land Management.
BOISE, Id – The bi-partisan group tasked with re-tooling Idaho’s congressional and legislative lines, couldn’t wrap up business by Tuesday’s deadline. The Commission’s failure kicks the whole redistricting process up to the justices sitting on the bench of the Idaho Supreme Court. Today the Secretary of State asked the Court to bring the commission back for up to sixty days. Meanwhile Republican commissioners asked the justices to adopt the GOP maps or reconvene the commission for three days.
Boise Idaho – About two hundred mega loads could roll down Idaho’s scenic highway 12. The state’s Department of Transportation granted permits to Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobile Wednesday. Adam Cotterell reports.
The price of aluminum is up these days, and that’s the case for most other valuable metals… gold, silver, copper. That also means theft of valuable metal is on the rise even here in Idaho. I wanted to find out how much extra money I could make with a bag full of aluminum cans. So, I took them to the Pacific Steel and Recycling center in Boise.
BOISE, ID. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $13 million to help Idahoans at risk of home foreclosure. The deadline to apply for these emergency loans ends soon.
Idahoans who are unemployed or underemployed, and are three months overdue on their home mortgage have a place to turn to. It’s called the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. Heather Bowman works for the non-profit.
BOISE, ID. – Next month public hearings get underway for one of two major developments near Mountain Home. Homeowners are concerned about both but especially over what’s called the Mayfield Townsite. It’s a development that would put some fourteen thousand homes in the middle of open space.
Scott Ki: “I’m on a bluff overlooking the Mayfield Townsite. It’s just a few miles off Interstate 84 and as far as the eye can see, it’s just grass, rolling foothills, weeds, a few trees near the Indian Creek.”
The number of Idaho children not receiving immunizations has climbed steadily for several years. That’s according to Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare. Idaho requires children be vaccinated against more than twenty diseases before they enter school. But parents can exempt their children.
Tom Shanahan “Idaho’s exemption rate is about 3.8% of children, but it’s growing and it keeps going up a small number every year.”
BOISE, Id – A movie that airs tonight in the Treasure Valley chronicles the story of a Florida college professor diagnosed with lymphoma. John Kaplan was diagnosed with two forms of cancer in 2008. He began the long journey into cancer treatment carrying a camera, which he used to document his experience.
BOISE, Id –The Idaho Redistricting Commission did not meet the 5 o’clock deadline this afternoon to draw a Legislative and Congressional map. Today is the three month deadline for the bi-partisan commission. Throughout the day, Commissioners switched between anger and compromise. Republican Lou Esposito, was repeatedly frustrated when he looked at several contested districts.
Lou Esposito “The only way to describe this is just an abomination for political advantage. I don’t know how else to even characterize this.”
BOISE, Id – The Idaho Redistricting Commission couldn’t meet its Tuesday afternoon deadline. Despite three months of negotiations, Commissioners called it quits and walked out of the Statehouse without an agreement.
Boise Idaho – Over the weekend a mountain lion was reported in Boise. There have been similar reports in Kuna in recent weeks. As Adam Cotterell reports cities can be attractive places for mountain lions
Steve Nadeau attributes most cougar sightings in Boise to the power of suggestion.
Steve Nadeau “Other people will all of a sudden think that what they’re seeing are cougars when in fact they might be housecats or something.”
The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is back over the skies of Boise this weekend. It started as part of Boise’s River Festival and when that disappeared the balloon classic remained. Scott and Laurie Spencer run balloon company Lighter than Air America and organize the event. Laurie Spencer says there are a lot of balloonists who live in Boise because the mild weather means you can fly year round.
Laurie Spencer “At one point in time you could go down to Lady Bird Park and we’d have our own mini rally and there’d be ten balloons launching on the weekend.”
BOISE, ID. – Army officers at Fort Bragg in North Carolina held a private memorial for Idaho soldier Devin Daniels today. He and another soldier were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Colonel Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard is acting as the family’s spokesman. He says, “Here in Idaho when a soldier is killed in action overseas the Idaho National Guard is often called on to notify the family, provide that initial notification, and then follow up with casualty assistance.” Marsano adds the Guard helped the family with travel and logistics.
BOISE, Id – The Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed its doors at a flag-lowering ceremony over the weekend. The 102-year-old Washington D-C facility will be folded into other medical centers as part of a consolidation effort. Tens of thousands of wounded military men and women have passed through Walter Reed. Samantha Wright talks to one Idaho Marine who spent time there.
When you first meet Josh Callihan you wouldn’t know that ten years ago he was severely injured in the line of duty.
BOISE, ID. – Idaho’s Congressional Delegation gathered at the Statehouse today to honor dozens of young Idahoans.
Idaho’s Congressional delegation awarded medals to sixty-eight Idahoans from ages fourteen to twenty-three. U.S. Senator Mike Crapo explains the award’s significance.
Mike Crapo: “They are able to develop their own proposals in key areas of community development, and personal development, and the like. And if they meet their own targets, and they work with a counselor, then they’re able to win an award.”
BOISE, ID. – The American Red Cross has sent three volunteers from Idaho to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. They flew to North Carolina Tuesday. Jodie Andrew manages Emergency Services for the Idaho Chapter.
Jodie Andrew: “One of them has gone out in a position called staff relations, so it’s basically HR for the volunteers that are on the operation. And then we have two volunteers that have gone out as shelter service associates so they’re going to be helping out in the actual shelters that clients are staying in.”