Idaho News


Sep 20, 2011


NASA experts will be on Boise State’s campus to give students and faculty a glimpse of what it takes to be an astronaut.  This is all part of NASA Day at the university.  Barbara Morgan was NASA’s first Educator in Space.  Now, she works with the university.  She says NASA and Boise State have a close relationship when it comes to sharing research and ideas.

“We’re both all about the future,” she says.  “And we’re looking ahead to great partnership in many, many areas including biology engineering, chemistry and history.”

BOISE, ID. – The ACLU of Idaho and the Corrections Corporation of America settled a potential class action lawsuit today.  Prisoners at the Idaho Correctional Center called it “Gladiator School.”  That’s because they alleged staff failed to prevent inmate-on-inmate violence.  The Idaho facility is state-owned but privately run by CCA out of Tennessee.  Monica Hopkins, Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho, says, “They (CCA) agreed to investigate and prepare reports on all inmate-on-inmate assaults with findings and conclusions to determine the causes of each incident.

Idaho Unemployment Drops Slightly

Sep 16, 2011


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BOISE, Id – Three hundred forty three firefighters died at the World Trade Center on September 11th.  That’s a number firefighters anywhere around the country are familiar with.  The number 343 came up often during Samantha Wright’s recent visit to Boise’s Fire Station 7 near the airport.  We hear from local firefighters who remember that day ten years ago.

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Eagle Mayoral Race Could Be Contentious

Sep 15, 2011


Homedale Wins Blue Ribbon Award

Sep 15, 2011



On September 14th, 2001, communities around the U.S. held a day of remembrance for those who died in the September 11th terror attacks. It was on this day that University of Idaho professor Gary Machlis stood before an auditorium full of fellow faculty members and students and shared his thoughts about what 9-11 meant.  Here is an excerpt from Machlis’ speech:


Bronco Football Tickets Go Fast

Sep 14, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Bronco football tickets went on sale to the general public Wednesday.  But many passionate fans are shut out due to high prices and lack of seats.

About two dozen fans wait in line to buy tickets to Bronco home games.  Some are willing to shell out as much as $75 a person.  Julie Houston says she loves attending home games. 

Julie Houston:  “You know, when the crowd, ‘BOI-SE! STATE!’ You know, just the enthusiasm and everything. I can’t pick one thing because everything is just so exciting – the crowd, even riding the bus.  I mean everyone’s so hyped up.”


BOISE, Id – This week we’re looking at how the ten year anniversary of September 11th changed Idaho. One of those changes has been on the law enforcement front especially when it comes to training people how to handle terrorism events.  In fact, 9-11 was the catalyst for one Idaho man to launch a private company that does just that.  Chadd Harbough is the President of the Eagle-based Government Training Institute.He told Samantha Wright he got the idea for the company while he was a police officer in Garden City.

Remembering 9/11: Idaho Statehouse Security

Sep 13, 2011

BOISE, ID. – This week we’re looking back at what happened in Idaho right after September 11th.  Ten years ago security around the state tightened, especially at the Idaho Capitol.  But it’s a different story today.

Today, you can walk right through the doors of the Capitol without going through a metal detector or a bag search.  But right after September 11th, Idaho’s then Governor Dirk Kempthorne beefed up security to protect the state against terrorism.

BOISE, ID. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association cited Boise State University for violations in its football, tennis, track and field, and cross country programs today.  Gregory Sankey, a member of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, says this was a major case, “I think the extent of the report indicates the number of allegations.  They occurred in five sports, exceeding five years, and exceeded 75 either prospective student-athletes or student-athletes involvement.”   

BOISE, ID. – The NCAA cited Boise State University for violations in five sports Tuesday.  You can read the full report here.  The University’s President is disappointed with the outcome.


The U.S Congress recently cut the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aging satellites.  That could spell some trouble for meteorologists here in Idaho who rely on these satellites for information.