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Kennewick Man
12:39 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction
Brittney Tatchell

For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500-year-old bones known as Kennewick Man. Now, after years of careful examination, scientists are releasing some of their findings to tribes at meetings this week in Central Washington.

Kennewick Man was buff. So says Doug Owsley. He’s the head of physical anthropology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and led the study of the ancient remains.

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6:50 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Boise LDS Temple To Reopen After Multimillion Dollar Renovation

Boise's LDS temple will hold open houses October 13 through November 10.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is preparing to reopen its temple in Boise. The temple is used for special religious ceremonies and serves the 100,000 plus Mormons in the Boise area. It’s been closed for more than a year for a major renovation. William Walker, who oversees the church’s temple program, says most of the work was done by local contractors under the direction of a Salt Lake City company. Walker says everything from the electrical system to the stone exterior is new. It needed to be done he says, because the building is nearly 30 years old.

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Dairy Video
4:08 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Animal Rights Group Releases Video, Calls On Burger King To Drop Idaho Dairy

UGA College of Ag Flickr

An animal rights group wants Burger King to sever its ties with Idaho’s Bettencourt Dairies, and force the rest of its suppliers to implement strict animal welfare guidelines. 

The demands from the group Mercy for Animals came Wednesday as it released a disturbing video of animal abuse shot inside one of the Bettencourt dairies near Hansen, in Twin Falls County. 

The video shows workers stomping, kicking, punching and dragging cows.

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Dairy Video
2:34 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Idaho Dairy Operator Fires Workers After Video of Animal Abuse Surfaces

UGA College of Ag Flickr

The owner of a large Twin Falls County dairy operation says he fired five of his employees in August after seeing an undercover video made at a farm near Hansen.  Luis Bettencourt’s operation at Dry Creek Dairy was the apparent target of an animal rights group. 

The head of the Idaho Dairy Association, Bob Naerebout, says the video shows a cow with a chain around its neck being pulled by a tractor.  He says cows are kicked and jumped on in the recording.  It also shows workers using an electrical prod on the animals. 

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Other News
4:16 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Idaho Human Rights Group Unsurprised By Neo-Nazi Festival

Poster advertising the Oct. 6 festival.
Credit www.crew38.com

A gathering of Neo-Nazi bands in Canyon County this weekend came and went without any reported problems. Hammerfest is the annual gathering of the Hammerskin Nation, and this year the group chose to hold the festival near Boise.

Details of the event were closely watched by state and national human rights groups. Alabama’s Southern Poverty Law Center considers the Hammerskins to be one of the most violent and dominant white supremacist groups in the country.  

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Air Travel
2:45 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Alaska Airlines Apologizes for Delay

Updated October 8, 3:55 p.m.

Alaska Airline, which has flights to and from Boise,  has experienced delays today.

Company president and CEO Brad Tilden says a power outage in Wisconsin affected he airlines’ internet connection, and its ability to check in passengers. The system is now back up but the airline reports there are long delays for checking in online.

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4:13 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Boise State Construction Snarls University Drive

Construction on University Drive.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

If you visit the Boise State campus this fall, you are likely to run into some construction. Three separate projects are disrupting the flow of traffic on University Drive. At times, parts of the street are down to a single lane with flaggers directing traffic.

Jared Everett is with Campus Planning and Facilities.  One project will link Boise’s geothermal heating system to the University.

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Other News
4:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Neo-Nazi Group Expected In Boise Area This Weekend

Poster announcing white supremacist music festival.
Credit www.crew38.com

Boise Police remain on alert for details about a Neo-Nazi music festival scheduled for this Saturday. Hammerfest is the annual gathering for members of the Hammerskin Nation, a national white supremacist federation.  

Saturday’s Hammerfest will mark the twenty-fifth gathering of its kind. The event is part recruiting tool and part showcase of Neo-Nazi bands.

Although the exact location of the gathering is unknown, online posters show it will occur in Boise.

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Population Growth
9:51 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Recession Delayed Growth In Idaho's Capitol City


A new study from the U.S. Census Bureau shows many people have left the suburbs and moved downtown. That’s especially true in the nation’s largest cities like New York or Chicago which added nearly 48,000 people to its downtown between 2000 and 2010. That didn’t happen in Idaho’s largest city. But that's not because Boise didn’t try.

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10:45 am
Mon September 24, 2012

One Small Idaho Town Pitches In To Build Library

Aerial view of Stanley, Idaho
Sam Beebe, Ecotrust Flickr

When you live in a small town it’s important to have places for people to come together to create a community identity. That’s what Jane Summerville says the library is for the mountain town of Stanley.

“It provides story time for preschoolers, the only preschool activities available in Stanley. We have great book discussions,” she says. “I think more it’s a community center than anything, a gathering place.”

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12:37 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Idaho Olympian's Bicycles Stolen

Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong tests out her new time trial bike ahead of the London games. This bike and another one were stolen recently.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Boise resident and Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong has had two bicycles she rode in the London Olympics stolen. Armstrong received two empty boxes at her house Tuesday, according to a news release issued by her cycling team, Exergy TWENTY12.

The road and time trials bikes had been on display in Germany two weeks ago, and then were supposed to be shipped through Atlanta to Boise.

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5:45 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Police Return Bike After Suspect Cooperates

Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise Police returned a stolen bike to a local woman this afternoon. The bike was one of about 50 stolen in a rash of thefts this spring, which included 13 Exergy race bicycles. 

Detective Paul Jagosh says 29 bikes stolen in the Boise area have been recovered. The suspect in custody, Michael Lawrence, is cooperating with police to recover as many bikes as possible as part of his plea agreement.

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September 11 Terror Attacks
3:29 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Idaho Governor, Others Remember September 11 Attacks

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter (right) and Gov. Butch Otter (center) recite the names of Idaho's 62 fallen soldiers during the Idaho Fallen Soldier memorial service at the Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial in downtown Boise on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11 2012
Joe Jaszewski Idaho Statesman

While family members gathered at Ground Zero in New York this morning to remember the September 11 terror attacks in 2001, another group gathered in Boise at the new Idaho Fallen Soldier Memorial.

3:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Militants Say Terrorist Listing Will Add To Idaho POW’s ‘Hardships’

SGT. Bowe Bergdahl
Idaho National Guard

Commanders of the militant Haqqani Network say the U.S. decision to designate the group as a terrorist organization could have repercussions for a captive Idaho soldier. That’s according to reports out Friday from Reuters and NBC. 

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Farmers' Market
4:57 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Boise Farmers’ Market Dismisses Its Executive Director

stepheye Flickr

Boise’s Capital City Public Market is looking for a new executive director. The farmers' market board has dismissed Karen Ellis, its leader of 18 years.

Ellis founded the market in 1994 and since then it has grown to encompass six blocks of downtown Boise every Saturday between April and December. Market board member Kurtis Williams calls Ellis a visionary but not a business person. Williams says earlier this year the board discovered Ellis had made a number of book keeping mistakes.

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6:44 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Boise Gardeners Compete For End Of Season Deals

Jerma Ackers was first in line. She got to the greenhouse at 6:30.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

As summer draws to a close a lot of things people like to do wind down. The baseball season, water skiing, and of course gardening.

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10:16 am
Wed August 15, 2012

A Closed Runway, Air Tankers Make For Busy Days At Boise Airport

This B-747 is one of the many air tankers landing and taking off in Boise during this fire season.
Gordon Stewart Boise Airport

This time of year is typically the busiest for the Boise Airport. Commercial flights compete with air tankers being used to fight wildfires to get off the ground. And with the thick smoke around Boise, air traffic controllers have to take extra steps to keep flights safe.

Gordon Stewart manages Boise Airport’s Air Traffic Control. Lately, that room has been crazy.

“Overall, it’s kind of a balancing act and I think that, by and large, we make it work,” Stewart says.

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2:48 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Pop Bottle Bombs Found In Boise

Enockson Flickr

Boise police officers found two pop bottle bombs this week in West Boise.  Usually the bottles are designed to make a big bang, but in this case, they injured an officer. 

Soda pop bottle bombs explode and make a loud bang.  That seems to be why they’re so popular, especially among kids.  Lynn Hightower with the Boise Police Department says officers will get a call about them about once a month. "They're unfortunately common in neighborhoods and communities around the country as they’re extremely easy to make.”

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2:36 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Apparent Suicide At Idaho Women’s Prison

The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating an apparent inmate suicide.  Cindy R. Jones, 51, was found dead Sunday afternoon in a shower area of the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center.   

In 1994, Jones was found guilty of 2nd degree kidnapping, aggravated assault, and illegal possession of a weapon.  Jones was scheduled to be released in 2018.   

The Department of Correction has asked the Idaho State Police for help in the investigation of Jones’ death. 

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12:54 am
Sun August 12, 2012

Hundreds Celebrate Olympic Gold Medalist Kristin Armstrong

Olympic gold medal cyclist and Boise native Kristin Armstrong leads riders to a special celebration in downtown Boise Saturday.
Sadie Babits Boise State Public Radio

Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong rode with hundreds of riders down Capitol Boulevard Saturday. The ride, which started at the Boise Depot,  was part of a special celebration to honor Armstrong for her second gold medal win in the individual time trial at the London Olympics. Saturday's celebration was also a birthday bash complete with cake for Armstrong's 39th birthday.

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