Troy Oppie

Host/Reporter

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

Following a report that the Central District Health Board violated state open meeting laws, the group held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon to rescind the directive that returned Ada County to Stage 3 coronavirus restrictions starting Wednesday, June 24.

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Budget and revenue forecasters for the state of Idaho projected a decline of as much as $585 million to the state budget due to the effects of COVID-19. 

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The number of Idahoans filing new initial unemployment claims stayed under 4,000 for the third straight week, but new claims remain nearly four times higher than this time a year ago.

U.S. Department of the Treasury

According to data from the small business administration, more than $2.5 billion in funding from the paycheck protection program has reached more than 29,000 Idaho businesses. About $11 million of that has reached the smallest businesses in under-served communities through loans made by Community Development Financial Institutions, better known as CDFIs.

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Since January, Idaho’s Workforce Development Council has been working on creating a short-term workforce training program for individuals. Typically, the agency distributes most of its funding, about $5 million last fiscal year, to employers for training. The proposed program would provide up to $2,000 for training in skilled, in-demand jobs like nursing assistants.

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There’s a growing concern on how scores of businesses will recover from the unprecedented economic crisis from COVID-19. Cities across the country are closing some streets to motorized traffic and Boise is trying this too to help Boise businesses spur a comeback.

 


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It’s been more than two months since many of us started staying home. Life has been different; there’s a different pace, a different rhythm. For the team at Boise State Public Radio, our domestic and family life has merged with our work lives. Our homes now double as our home studios and offices, and the members of our family (people and pets) have become our coworkers.

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Most of the nation’s more than 5,500 indoor theaters have been closed since Mid-March. But with a little gas in the tank, you can still have a night out at a movie in southwest Idaho. It's a throw-back for some to the late 1950s, when the number of drive-in theaters peaked at nearly 4,500.

 

 

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In Idaho, polling service Fitch Ratings said more than 14% of the state workforce has filed for unemployment. During the week ending May 2, nearly 72,000 people in Idaho received continuous unemployment benefits. 

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 Even during a pandemic, you can still spoil a good walk with a round of golf.  Boise retiree Jim Grunow hasn't given up his twice-weekly rounds, along with more than a dozen friends.


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When a hunter sets a trap close to a public hiking trail, they don’t have to let trail users know. Some wildlife advocates say that’s dangerous for pets and kids, but trappers say it's logistically impossible to mark each hunting device. Now, Idaho Fish and Game may weigh in.

 


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New unemployment claims in Idaho have surpassed 117,000 since mid-March, double the number filed all last year. 

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Traffic volumes plummeted in mid-March as the coronavirus hit Idaho and many people began staying and working at home. But as restrictions are about to be loosened, the number of cars on Idaho roads is creeping back up.

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Churches are included in the first phase of Governor Brad Little’s plan for reopening Idaho, and could resume in-person worship services starting this Sunday with proper social-distancing rules in place. Many will have their doors open and say they can operate safely, while other faith leaders disagree.

 

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As most of us have been spending more time at home, the amount of waste we’ve been taking to the curb has increased, too.  Trucks picking up our trash, recycling and compostable materials have been arriving in some neighborhoods an hour earlier than residents might be used to.

 

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Nearly 109,000 Idahoans have applied for initial unemployment since mid-March, according to the latest statistics from the Idaho Department of Labor. Thirteen thousand initial unemployment claims were made last week, a 30% drop from the prior week but still 12 times higher than last year’s average.

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Boise State University

Boise State University this week announced furloughs for all staff and full-time faculty. The university says cancelled events and student refunds have cost nearly $10 million in lost revenue. Employees will take between four and 10 work days without pay, depending on their salary.

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Essential workers include the people who farm, harvest, package and prepare our food. Manufacturing workers across industries continue to come together to work production lines and other essential jobs during the pandemic, and many employers have taken steps to keep their workers safe on the job.

While many industries are shedding jobs, short-term or temporary staffing companies help manufacturing and food production operations fill labor needs and are still hiring. Troy Oppie reports.


Classrooms across the developed world have gone digital, leaving teachers and students connected but ... not. Troy Oppie spoke with Boise teacher Loren Bailey about the challenges of staying in touch with her students and adjusting to teaching her own kids at home after the abrupt end of in-person teaching in March.


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