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10:51 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Northwest Soldier Latest To Die In Afghanistan

Sgt. Michael Ristau

The summer fighting season in Afghanistan continues to claim the lives of Northwest soldiers. So far this year, 19 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington have been killed. The Army announced the latest death over the weekend.

Sgt. Michael Ristau of Rockford, Illinois was just 25. But he leaves behind a wife and two children, including an infant son.

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City of Boise
11:59 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Boise’s Low Point To Become Its Highest

Tommy Ahlquist, Gardner COO, holds up a rendering of the building his company is putting on top of Boise's infamous downtown hole.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

An era ends in Boise Thursday with the groundbreaking of the new Idaho headquarters of Zion’s Bank. The new building goes up in downtown where there’s been a hole for more than a decade.  But the new building will also end an even longer era in the capitol city.

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4:38 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Newspaper Locked In Legal Fight Over Online Comments

The Spokesman Review based in Spokane, Washington finds itself in the middle of a lawsuit. A judge ruled Tuesday that the newspaper, which serves Idaho, must turn over any information identifying an anonymous commenter on one of the newspaper’s blogs. That’s after the person wrote a disparaging comment about the chairwoman of the Kootenai County Republican Party.  The GOP chair has since brought a libel suit.  Gary Graham is the editor of the paper.  He says the case began in February.

The paper has two weeks to decide whether to turn over information or appeal the ruling. 

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11:37 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Miner’s Family Wants Company To Take Responsibility For Death

Larry Marek, pictured about a week before he was killed by a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.
Hayley Marek

The family of a miner who was killed last year in Idaho’s Silver Valley is speaking out for the first time. In interviews with public radio, the family of Larry Marek says the the mine’s owner, Hecla Mining, hasn’t taken responsibility for its role in the tragedy.

Larry Marek’s mining partner Mike Marek says he thinks about his brother every time he goes underground. Mike witnessed the cave-in that killed Larry and says it was clear that the tunnel was too wide to be stable.

Mike Marek: “To me that was a scary looking place. I didn’t even like going in there.”

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9:53 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Fighting Wildfires Isn't Cheap But The Bill Doesn’t Come Right Away

Tory Henderson has been with the U.S. Forest Service since she finished college. Now she's the acting Assistant Director of Fire Operations.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

About 300 firefighters have been working to put out Idaho’s largest wildfire burning in the state’s south central desert lands. Twelve aircraft and more than 30 pieces of ground equipment have been used on this blaze. All of these efforts to stop a fire cost millions of dollars. 

At the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise,  big monitors in command central show… cable news, and phones ring sporadically. But a few weeks ago when destructive fires burned in Colorado and around the west, this room was controlled pandemonium as people marshaled firefighting efforts.  

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Social Media
11:16 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Tweeting Through Natural Disaster

New Zealander Kaleb Urike used social media to let people know he survived last year's Japanese earthquake and tsunami
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

As more people use Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch, more disaster response agencies are signing up for their own accounts.  The Bureau of Land Management, for instance, has been tweeting updates about the massive Kinyon Road fire burning this week in Southern Idaho.  Social media is playing a growing role in natural disasters.

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5:33 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Boise Hits 108 Degrees

If you thought it was warmer than usual Monday, you were right. Valerie Mills with the National Weather Service says Boise was nearly 20 degrees above average.

“The high temperature at the Boise airport today hit 108 degrees, and that was at 3:05 PM. That’s a new record for today but," she adds,  "not quite as hot as we were July the 19th of 1960 when we hit 111 degrees. That’s our all-time record high for Boise.”

Technology and Social Media
6:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Skippy: Sun Valley’s Stone-Skipping Robot

Eleven Inc.

Web surfers from anywhere in the world can remotely skip a stone across a Sun Valley lake this week.  A robot controlled through a person’s computer keyboard and the Internet makes this possible. 

Skippy stands about three feet tall and two feet wide along the shore of a private, mountain lake near the Sun Valley resort. 

Daniel Murphy directs Interactive Production at ad agency, Eleven Inc.  The San Francisco firm designed, engineered, and built the robot. 

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6:12 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Boise Learns Lessons From Pocatello Fire

J.D. Ellis relaxes on his back porch after days spent fighting the Charlotte Fire.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Pocatello’s Charlotte Fire destroyed nearly 70 homes last weekend. Some Boise fire fighters went to help battle that blaze,and they brought some lessons back with them.

J.D. Ellis relaxes on his back porch. The Boise Battalion Chief is taking a much needed day-off after spending last weekend fighting the Charlotte fire near Pocatello. Ellis says when it was contained he saw a neighborhood of nothing but blackened foundations, except one patch of green.  

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9:13 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Idaho Soldier Killed In Attack In Afghanistan

PFC Cody Moosman
US Army


Idaho solider Pfc. Cody Moosman died Tuesday in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said the 24-year-old soldier from Preston, Idaho had died in Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. 

Moosman was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He joined the military two years ago.  

Earlier today, Pfc. Moosman's family issued this statement:

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7:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Lost, Frightened Pets Flood Into Idaho Humane Society

Alexandra Guerson Flickr

The 4th of July week is a busy time for fireworks retailers and firefighters.  But the day after the holiday is the busiest day of the year for the Idaho Humane Society, when it comes to stray animals.  Loud noises, smoke, and confusion can send pets running far from home. 

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Other News
9:53 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately High Number Of Northwest Runners On Team USA

Tom Banse

Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final scheduled day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region.

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City of Boise
7:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Boise Opens Long-Awaited River Park

Tom Governale, Boise's Superintendent of Parks, says the new river park has been 14 years in the making.
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

The City of Boise Thursday officially opens its whitewater river park. Building it has been a long process.

Boise’s Park superintendent Tom Governale remembers when he first heard the idea of a whitewater park in Boise. It was 14 years ago.

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5:08 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Boise State Football’s Move To Big East Still Likely

Boise State Broncos
Boise State University

In two years, the college football postseason will be getting an overhaul.  The Bowl Championship Series will disappear in favor of a small playoff.  The change is expected to benefit Boise State, and could also affect the school's planned moved to the Big East Conference. 

On Tuesday, college presidents approved a set of rules that will mean four teams -  instead of two - will get a chance to compete for the national championship, starting with the 2014 season. 

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Idaho Veterans
4:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Korean Diplomats Honor Idaho Veterans

Idaho Veteran Leonard Brown
Scott Ki Boise State Public Radio

South Korean diplomats from their Embassy in Washington, D.C. visited the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise Wednesday.  They honored Korean War veterans while in the Northwest to promote a free trade agreement between the U.S and Korea. 

Sixty years ago, U.S. servicemen and women battled communist Chinese and North Koreans in what’s been called the Forgotten War. The war is not officially over, but a somewhat stable peace has existed in the Korean peninsula since the nation was divided in the 1950s. 

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Bike Safety
2:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

New Road Symbols Hope To Improve Safety For Bikers

A "Sharrow," or Shared Lane Marking
Ada County Highway District

New symbols are popping up on some roads in Ada County.  They’re part of a pilot project to increase awareness and safety for bicyclists. 

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10:08 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Hundreds Pay Tribute To Fallen Boise Firemen

Scott Graf Boise State Public Radio

Several hundred people turned out at the Linen Building in downtown Boise Thursday night for a memorial to honor firefighters Ron Chambless and Todd Tompkins.  They were killed June 3 when their Lockheed P2V air tanker crashed as they helped fight a wildfire near the Utah-Nevada border.  Just before the memorial, the men were honored with a procession of cars, fire trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles.  Family members held a service for Chambless on June 10 in his native Texas.  A service for Tompkins will be held Saturday in Washington.   

6:35 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Idaho Swimmers Make A Splash To Help Break World Record

Dozens take part in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson in Eagle
Samantha Wright Boise State Public Radio

About fifty kids check in at a pool in Eagle Thursday to be a part of the World’s Largest Swim Lesson.

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Other News
10:10 am
Thu June 14, 2012

BSPR Program Schedule Changes

Starting July 2nd, Boise State Public Radio makes improvements to its broadcast schedule. KBSX 91.5 is adding The Diane Rehm Show to its weekday schedule and moving several other programs into new times. We are also looking to improve the weekend service by adding some brand new offerings from NPR. 

KBSW in Twin Falls will also make improvements to its weekday schedule. 

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5:50 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Idaho Swimmers Try For Guinness World Record

freefotouk Flickr

Thursday morning, 72 children and adults will jump in a pool in Eagle to try and help break the Guinness record for the world’s largest swimming lesson.  The old record, set last year, was 20-thousand swimmers. 

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