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Roam Yocham / Boise State Public Radio

A private intelligence firm based in Virginia monitored political demonstrations in Idaho last summer and sent information to federal authorities.

Release Of D-EIS For Stibnite Gold Project Delayed

May 1, 2019
Midas Gold

The release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Stibnite gold project is running behind schedule. The draft EIS (or "D-EIS" in regulator-speak) is a part of the permitting process for the Stibnite gold project in the Payette National Forest. 

 

 

Brian Pearson / Idaho Fish and Game

Equipped with kneepads and trowels, three dozen volunteers helped replant native seedlings near Lucky Peak in March. Turns out Idaho Fish and Game relies on hundreds of volunteers for their habitat restoration program.

Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

In a booming city like Boise, a new apartment complex is hardly news. But New Path Community Housing, which opened in December, is different — all of its residents used to be homeless. This is the “housing first” model adopted by other cities, and Boise wants to build more.


Idaho Nonprofit Center

Nonprofit organizations are bracing for Idaho Gives. The day-long campaign to raise money for a variety of charities brought in well over a million dollars last year.

On Saturday, April 27, the Boise State Public Radio news and programming departments brought home 26 Idaho Press Club Awards, including 11 first-place prizes.

Mesa Burn Closed To Commercial Morel Pickers

Apr 29, 2019
Monica Gokey / Boise State Public Radio

Every summer, commercial mushroom pickers scour the previous summer's fire maps to find the most promising ground for morel picking. But in one of Idaho’s biggest burns, the forest will be closed to commercial picking.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The drive from the Treasure Valley to points north along the main route, Idaho Highway 55, is about to get a little longer. The Idaho Transportation Department is giving the roadway some overdue maintenance.


Report for America

Boise State Public Radio announces today it will be working with Report for America to place a reporter in the radio network's eastern region. This new reporter is Rachel Cohen and she will be based in South-Central Idaho, helping to expand Boise State Public Radio's editorial coverage area, as part of a group of service-minded journalists spanning the country.

Brittany Yann / Boise State Public Radio

At one point in history, music by the great composers was at the heart of popular culture. Ageless compositions by Brahms and Beethoven may no longer be on everyone’s lips, but an organization dedicated to sharing the richness of classical music is bringing the melodies to communities throughout Idaho.


RTDNA

The Mountain West News Bureau has won three regional 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Established in 2018, the Mountain West News Bureau is a collaboration of public media stations that serve the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

City of Boise

One of the world’s most prominent architects is designing Boise’s new downtown library. Recently revealed documents show a member of the firm was fined for not being licensed to practice architecture in Idaho.


RTDNA

Boise State Public Radio News has won three regional 2019 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), which oversees the awards, announced winners of the regional contest Tuesday.

Roger Tabor / USFWS

Idaho and Oregon have worked out a deal to keep operating the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River.

 

Valley County

Update: May 10, 2019 - Valley County commissioners decided to scrap a proposed waterways ordinance that would have bumped the no-wake zone from 300 to 1,000 feet on area lakes. The McCall Star-News reports that commissioners decided not to vote on the proposed ordinance at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, instead choosing to start fresh on drafting a waterways ordinance to better regulate motorized boat use in the region.

Boise State University

Marlene Tromp will join Boise State University as the seventh president in the university’s history. A packed crowd of students, faculty and staff applauded loudly as the Idaho State Board of Education voted to approve her appointment Tuesday. They also approved her $425,000 salary.

 

Jens Alfke / Flickr

The 2020 election is still over a year away, but some of the initiatives that could appear on the ballot are already taking shape.

Payette National Forest

Hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to find out if forest officials will be burning the landscape near their getaways.

Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25

A debate is swirling around the campaign to upgrade parts of the historic Pocatello High School. At a meeting of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission this week, questions of public input on the project were raised.

Roam Yocham / Boise State Public Radio

After an acrimonious, 95-day session marred by political infighting and, at times, daily protests, Idaho lawmakers have left Boise. Much of the last three months at the Idaho legislature have focused on hot button issues – Medicaid expansion, ballot initiatives and hemp.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

When the legislature adjourned last week, lawmakers left without approving a bill that renews thousands of rules governing the lives of Idaho citizens. Due to their inaction, the governor will now get to pick which rules stay and which ones go.

AP Images

It may soon be illegal to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in many public places in Boise.


Roadsidepictures / Flickr

Customers of Idaho Power could see their bill go down in the coming year.

Regular, residential customers would see their monthly power bill go down by about 60 cents per month. While not a lot, the decrease would indicate a trend of downward rates at Idaho Power. As the utility files its fourth rate adjustment with regulators, it’s proposing collecting about $40 million less from ratepayers.


Boise River, Flooding
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Boise River is on the rise once again.

 

OPB

Boise State Public Radio announced Tuesday the honor of a Gracie Award for Amanda Peacher’s radio feature on a homeless student in Boise. The story that won the national honor is called “Evicted And Homeless, This 14-Year-Old Describes Every Day As 'A Fight’.” It was broadcast on September 25, 2018, across the four-state region of the Mountain West News Bureau and later carried nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition on October 9.

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