Idaho News

City Hall Facelift Means Statehouse Meetings

Oct 11, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Upcoming construction at Boise’s City Hall will mean some changes in the coming months.  Rob Bousfield, an assistant city engineer, says evening City Council, planning, and other meetings will be moved “because the work is noisy and will have to happen at night.  And so we made arrangements with the state to hold those meetings over at the state capitol.”  Bousfield says city services will still be available during the day.  And locations of city offices will not change.  The multimillion dollar remodel will bring the building up to code.

U of I “Throws the V”

Oct 11, 2011

BOISE, ID.

U of I “Throws the V”

Oct 11, 2011

BOISE, ID.

Wool Tsunami to Flood Ketchum

Oct 7, 2011

Boise, ID – This weekend the Wood River Valley holds its annual Trailing of the Sheep festival. The event comes at the time when sheep leave their high pastures for the winter. Organizer Mary Austin-Crofts told Adam Cotterell the festival culminates with the trailing parade through downtown Ketchum when 1500 sheep stroll down Main Street.

What is Listeria?

Oct 6, 2011

Boise, ID - Eighteen  people have died so far in an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe coming from Colorado. And that outbreak has made its way to Idaho. More listeria has prompted a recall of lettuce from California. Juliette Tinker is a pathogenic microbiologist at Boise State University. Tinker is not surprised listeria is in the news. She says there are hundreds of listeria cases a year. The bacteria is common and especially prevalent on non-pasteurized dairy products and lunch meat. Tinker says it is unique among bacteria because of one skill.

Boise K9 Retires

Oct 6, 2011

BOISE, Id – One of Boise’s finest officially retired Thursday.

Patricia Braddock “This is a bittersweet day here at the Boise Police Department.”

That’s Deputy Chief Patricia Braddock.

Patricia Braddock “Today we retire and honor one of the most if not the best accomplished police service dog in the history of the Boise Police Department.”

Braddock’s talking about Blek, a ten year old black and tan German Shepherd.  Blek’s handler is Officer Mike Nance.  He says when Blek isn’t chasing down suspects, he sniffs out illegal drugs.

Larry Chase

Oct 4, 2011

Before Bronco Nation was a nation, while it was just a territory, Larry Chase and a small group of dedicated sports lovers dared to bring the sights, the sounds, the plays and all the action of the gridiron to the masses.

Seana Young

Oct 4, 2011

How many engineers, techies, geeks and managers does it take to program a printer to create the letter ‘y’?  Seana Young knows.

Talitha Neher

Oct 4, 2011

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you followed in your dad’s footsteps?  Talitha Neher is glad she did.

Mary Ann Seitz-Hart

Oct 4, 2011

Looking back from her golden years at how she shaped those of others,  Mary Ann Seitz-Hart shows us how to tap into the wisdom of our elders – from her experience as Director of Aging at the ripe old age of 39.

Bill McGlynn

Oct 4, 2011

Bill McGlynn shows us the power of a handshake and how that simple act determined the economic future of Boise and the State of Idaho.

BOBEC Apps

Oct 4, 2011

Take 9 smart and successful individuals. Add a helping of passion for doing something big; mix in a programmer in India. Let chill with a mentor and you’ve got BOBEC, Boise’s Big Experiment Company. Serve hot or cold.

Judge Orders Bustamante Files Open

Oct 4, 2011

Boise, ID - A judge ruled Monday that the University of Idaho can release the personnel records of former professor Ernesto Bustamante. Police suspect Bustamante killed U of I grad student Katy Benoit then killed himself. The University maintained it couldn’t legally release the records because employee files aren''t public under Idaho law. Several media organizations joined forces with the school to petition to open the files. They argued personnel records are only private while a person is alive.

Storm moves in over SW Idaho

Oct 4, 2011

 

A major change in the weather is looming in the Northwest.  Meteorologist George Skari says he expects the storm to move through parts of southeast Oregon and southwestern Idaho beginning Tuesday.

The front originated in the Gulf of Alaska.  It’s likely to bring significant amounts of rain to Idaho’s valley floors.  Snow could accumulate at elevations higher than seven-thousand feet.

Boise, ID - A Boise State University professor can take some of the credit for American Amanda Knox going free from an Italian jail Monday. Knox was studying in Italy four years ago when she and her boyfriend were convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher. Greg Hampikian  first became familiar with the Knox case when he was researching a new DNA technique being used by the Italian police.

Futurist On Future of Health Care in Idaho

Oct 2, 2011

 

Boise, ID – A group of health industry insiders met in Boise last week to talk about the future of Idaho’s health care system.

Insurance provider Regence Blue Shield assembled the panel of health care experts. The most interesting job title in the group was futurist.

Ian Morrison “I always say my definition of a futurist is an economist who couldn’t handle the calculus. Basically I’m in the sweeping generalization business.”

 

Idaho saw 30 large scale fires burning in the state this year.  Eighteen of those are still active, but the season is quickly drawing to a close. Don Smurthwaite, with the National Interagency Fire Center, says part of the reason for that is becasue of a storm front that’s expected to bring precipitation and even snow at higher elevations to the state int eh next few days.   “Given those factors,” says Snmurthwaite, “it’s safe to say we can bring the current down on the Idaho fire season before much longer.”

 

Boise, ID – This week researchers at the American Dietetic Association’s Food and Nutrition Conference in San Diego showed that potatoes could be a cheap source of a nutrient most American diets are lacking.  As Emily Schwing reports, this comes at a time when the potato has drawn some bad press.

A team of researchers at the University of Washington combined data from two USDA databases to show that Idaho’s famous tuber may be one of the least expensive natural sources of potassium.

 

If you’ve eaten a nicely marbled porterhouse or a tender filet mignon lately, you probably reveled in its delicacy.  But, did you know those cuts of meat don’t naturally come tenderized or marbled?

Producers work hard to select for the genes to yield those top-end cuts.

It’s a beef industry practice that’s on the agenda at the “Applied Reproductive Strategies for Beef Cattle” conference in Boise.

BOISE, ID. – A District Court judge ruled today that one of the “Students Come First” laws is constitutional.  TheIdaho Education Association brought the lawsuit.

Feds Help Fund Idaho Biogas Project

Sep 29, 2011

BOISE, ID. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave five Idaho producers of advanced biofuels nearly $220,000 this week.  One of those companies received about $25,000 for turning cow manure into electricity.

Big Sky West Dairy near Gooding isn’t a typical dairy farm.  At least it doesn’t smell like one.  Bob Joblin, one of the project’s owners, says that’s what happens when gas from cow manure gets captured and turned into electricity.

BOISE, ID. – Idaho’s Health and Welfare Department learned today that recalled cantaloupe melons made their way to an Aberdeen food distributor.  These fruits could be contaminated with Listeria according to Emily Simnitt, a Health and Welfare spokeswoman.  She said, “Those 43,000 pounds of cantaloupe were donated to the public between the end of August and beginning of September.”

 

BOISE, Id – A group of lawmakers got together Thursday to consider what would happen if Idaho set up a health insurance exchange.  The Federal Health Care act requires states to implement some sort of exchange program by 2014.

The definition of a health insurance exchange was first up for the House Health and Welfare Committee.  Matthew Ellsworth looks at it this way.

What the Industry Thinks of State Insurance Exchanges

Sep 29, 2011

 

Boise, ID – On the same day Idaho lawmakers took up health insurance exchanges, another group of healthcare industry experts met to talk about the future of healthcare in Idaho.  Many at that meeting support the exchange idea. Scott Kreiling is president of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, one of the state’s largest insurance providers. Kreiling compares exchanges to the magazine Consumer Reports.

BOISE, ID. – Idaho gas prices on average are higher than the nation’s.  The difference is nearly thirty cents per gallon.  A fire at a Stinker refinery in Wyoming is responsible according to Dave Carlson of AAA Idaho.  He says, “The very limited supplies that we already have in this region were constricted even further because you have one of the major refineries not producing anything for four weeks.”  Carlson thinks gas prices should begin to settle in the next couple of months when that refinery gets back up to speed.

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