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 full time broadcasting in 2013. 

His radio background includes time as a student and professional employee at KNKX-FM (formerly KPLU-FM) in Seattle/Tacoma.

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

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Idaho has maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country throughout the pandemic, but the state's weekly jobless reports have only partially included a key indicator of recovery.


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As COVID-19 infections in Ada County and Boise are on the rise, the Boise City Council is exploring what to do next.

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The Idaho Secretary of State’s office reports that fewer than 10 of Idaho’s 44 counties still count ballots by hand each election night.

Idaho Secretary of State

A new, military-like digital mapping system helped the Idaho Secretary of State’s office catch potential problems at voting locations Tuesday.

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This interview originally aired Oct. 1, 2020.

During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered by the U.S. government to be incarcerated in remote camps. The order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was meant to prevent Japanese people on American soil from taking up arms and bringing the war inside U.S. borders. Today, that period is recognized as one of the most shameful in American history. 

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The water provider for much of Ada County wants a rate hike of more than 22%. That means average users could pay $80 more each year. Suez Water Idaho asked for the increase starting October 31, but the Public Utilities Commission said it will delay that by up to six months, a move allowed while the PUC audits the utility to justify the rate hike.

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While some may cringe at the mere suggestion of finding a silver lining in the pandemic, for others, this time has sparked a new sense of what’s possible; finding new ways to get things done — for ourselves, for our neighbors and for our communities.

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During World War II, thousands of Japanese Americans were ordered by the U.S. government to be incarcerated in remote camps. The order, signed by President Franklin Roosevelt, was meant to prevent Japanese people on American soil from taking up arms and bringing the war inside the United States borders. Today, that period is recognized as one of the most shameful in American history. 

Sawtooth Brewery

As bars and restaurants reduced service or closed during the pandemic, draught beer consumption fell dramatically — 47% according to March data from the federal Tax & Trade Bureau for tobacco and alcohol.


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Update on Friday, Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m.:

On Thursday, the Mountain West Conference approved a plan to begin an eight-game football season on October 24. The unexpected return to the field will require athletes, coaches and trainers to be tested three times a week – which won’t be cheap.

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Initial unemployment claims in Idaho fell 4% last week, according to the Idaho Department of Labor. The state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.


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The Woodhead Fire is the largest of Idaho’s current wildfires. Fire managers told local community members Wednesday night that it’s grown to more than 84,000 acres and is 39% contained.


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The housing market in southern Idaho has been on a tear, with low interest rates, high demand and fewer and fewer homes for sale pushing prices to record highs in August.


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Since opening its campus for school August 31, Northwest Nazarene University has discovered five cases of COVID-19.

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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.


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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.

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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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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.


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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.

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