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Why Is The Demographic In The West Central Mountains Primarily 55+?

Melissa Hamilton lives in McCall, Idaho with her young family. She works at the University of Idaho extension office in Cascade, and she identifies as being a member of the West Central Mountains. When she heard Wanna Know Idaho was featuring the region on the podcast, her first thought was not a question. It was a statement she's heard repeated many times:

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BOISE, ID – 45 million dollars in tax cuts.  60 million tucked away for a rainy day.  41 million for state employee raises.  Idaho Governor Butch Otter has unveiled his state budget for fiscal year 2013.  We break down the jobs portion of the budget.


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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.

IEA President Wants Teachers Voices Heard

Jan 6, 2012

Boise, ID – Idaho’s legislative session gets underway Monday. And the new president of the Idaho Education Association is ready. Penni Cyr became the president of the statewide teacher’s union last summer. She is a former teacher and school librarian from Moscow. She took over after the association unsuccessfully battled to block the new Students Come First laws. Those laws include limits on collective bargaining for teachers and institute a pay for performance system. Cyr talked with Adam Cotterell about what she sees as the top education priorities lawmakers need to address.


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.

Counting Owls As Part Of An Annual Effort

Jan 5, 2012


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.

BSU Football Coach Will Make 2 Million A Year

Jan 4, 2012


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.”

Tribe Gives To Boise Schools

Jan 3, 2012


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.


Riding The Pony Express Trail: Part 3

Dec 30, 2011


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.


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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