Troy Oppie

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Troy Oppie is a weekend news host and reporter for Boise State Public Radio News, and host of Jazz Conversations (since 2013) on Boise State Public Radio Music.

He spent ten years working in television sports and news at local stations in Seattle, Missoula and Boise before leaving broadcasting for six years in 2013. 

His radio background includes time as a student and professional employee at KPLU-FM (now KNKX-FM) in Seattle/Tacoma, and 950KJR in Seattle. He's also previously been heard on NPR, Voice of America Radio and Montana Public Radio.

At home in Boise since 2008, he's a proud husband to Carly and dad of two beautiful girls. 

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Central District Health Tuesday improved the risk classification for multiple school districts in its area, moving the Boise, West Ada and Kuna school districts from the red, high risk category 3 to the yellow, moderate risk category 2.


Craters of the Moon National Monument/National Parks Service

The coronavirus pandemic has forced challenges and changes to almost every public-facing entity, including national parks. At Craters of the Moon National Park, tours of the lava caves were stopped in March. But another natural disaster may keep the caves closed even longer.


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After initially saying no to Boise bar owners’ requests to reopen, the Central District Health board Thursday said yes.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

The temporary payroll tax holiday President Trump issued last month went into effect September 1. It allows employers to pause payroll tax collection from employee paychecks, boosting take-home pay through the end of this year. But few — if any — employers in Idaho are participating.

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City of Boise

Boise and Meridian residents have been filling special orange bags with hard-to-recycle plastics since 2018. Initially, the ‘Hefty EnergyBags’ were shipped to Renewlogy, a Utah company, where the plastic waste could be turned into fuel. But, that plant stalled more than a year ago to undergo upgrades to its sorting equipment.


Idaho Public Television "Idaho in Session"

Governor Brad Little said Friday, while COVID-19 metrics like case numbers and hospitalizations have improved recently, the state will remain in 'Stage 4' of its reopening plan.

A rare, delayed condition of the coronavirus has appeared in nearly 600 children nationwide since May, and now, Idaho has its first case. Troy Oppie reports.


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College athletics across the country are in jeopardy. This week, the Pac 12, Big Ten and others have suspended football seasons, including Boise State. More could follow.

Michael Lycklama / Idaho Statesman

Wednesday, The Idaho High School Activities Association reaffirmed a previous decision to open the high school sports season statewide August 10. Treasure Valley Schools have decided to delay that one week, with games unlikely before September 8.


West Ada School District Document

School Boards of Trustees for Boise and West Ada districts met Tuesday, deciding when and how to reopen schools to students this fall.

Idaho recorded nearly 70 percent of all its confirmed coronavirus cases in the month of July.  That’s nearly 14 thousand new cases of COVID-19, with105 deaths. Multiple towns and counties have issued mask mandates, and Ada County reversed course to Phase 3 restrictions limiting gatherings and closing bars and nightclubs. But, as Troy Oppie reports, infection rates appear to be shrinking.

 


Idaho In Session, Idaho Public Television

Idaho’s Land Trust Board Tuesday voted unanimously to explore taking surplus revenue from previous land sales and building a new state prison.


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As people started spending more at restaurants during phases of reopening, credit card data appears to forecast an increase of new COVID-19 cases, and Idaho is at the top of that trend.


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Many international college students in the United States panicked Monday, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced anyone in the country on a student visa would have to leave the county if their institutions were not holding in-person classes this fall.


About a thousand people in Idaho are still waiting for the department of labor to resolve their pending unemployment claims. Governor Brad Little says the backlog should be cleared up by next week.


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Idaho Highway 95 will remain closed in both directions at Sheep Creek near Riggins, after a rockslide covered the road and left the remaining hillside too unstable to safely reopen the road.

Idaho Geological Survey

It’s been three months since a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck northwest of Stanley on March 31. Since then, Stanley residents have felt many more rumbles and geologists have deployed to central Idaho, investigating what happened and what it can tell us about Idaho’s seismic nature.

 


Courtesy State Department of Education

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week said schools should reopen as soon as possible. The group representing more than 67,000 pediatricians wrote that the effects of keeping schools closed is worse for kids than the risks of COVID-19. 

Photo from District Court Documents

The Stanley-to-Redfish recreational trail has been years in the making. Taxpayers paid more than a half-million dollars to previous owners for access to the land, now a 4.5-mile easement across private property.

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After five years of trying, Boise-based gorcery chain Albertsons is a publically traded company.   Cerberus Capital Management - the private equity firm which gobbled up majority ownership of Albertsons in two bites starting in 2006 - had hoped to offer its shares at $18-20. Instead, Thursday’s IPO landed at $16, and traders took another 3% bite out of the share price in its first full day of trading.

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