Idaho News

Two Boise Projects on the Drawing Board

Sep 12, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Two projects in Idaho’s Capitol City are in the early stages of development.  But they have the potential to add jobs and people downtown. 

Downtown Boise’s only department store — Macy’s — closed its doors about a year ago.  Now, there’s interest from a possible buyer.  Todd Bunderson is acting head of the Capitol City Development Corporation, Boise’s redevelopment agency.

Todd Bunderson:  “We can’t say too much except for we understand it is under contract and there’s a couple of development entities that are looking at a reuse of the project.”

 

BOISE, Id – More Idaho soldiers are preparing to head to Afghanistan just as the last of the 116th Cavalry Brigade trickles home from a year-long stint in Iraq.  Sixty National Guard soldiers from the 168th will support ongoing operations in Afghanistan.  Colonel Tim Marsano is with the Idaho National Guard.

Sugar Showdown

Sep 12, 2011

 

Boise ID – Two sides of the agricultural industry are squared up for a court battle. Sugar producers, including Idaho’s Amalgamated Sugar, are suing corn producers. But it’s not about land use or water it’s over… words.

There’s a series of TV commercials. They all show two people and a sweet treat. This one features two women with a gallon of punch at a kids’ party.

First woman “Wow, you really don’t care what the kids eat do you?”

Second woman “Excuse me.”

First woman “That has high fructose corn syrup in it.
Second woman “And?”

Flying Idaho Post 9/11

Sep 12, 2011

 

Bill Lebotski lifts his suitcase off the carousel at the Boise airport.   Lebotski moved away from Boise twenty five ago but he visits three or four times a year. He recalls the days anyone could walk up to the gate and watch loved ones step off their planes.

Bill Lebotski  “They’re long gone. They seem like a lifetime ago.

Adam Cotterell “Do you ever miss those days?”

Bill Lebotski “Of course we do. I think we all miss those days, but it’s just part of the reality of living in the new millennium, I guess.

Adam Cotterell “Are you OK with that?”

 

The National Park Service hosts dedication and commemoration ceremonies this weekend to honor the victims of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Gary Machlis is a professor at the University of Idaho.  He currently serves as the science advisor for the National Park Service. Machlis says the ceremonies lead up to the unveiling of a permanent memorial where flight 93 crashed.

BOISE, ID. – The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security didn’t exist in name ten years ago.  But in the years after September 11th, this agency has become the nerve center for handling disasters.  Scott Ki toured its facility at Gowen Field in Boise. 

Robert Feeley:  My name’s Robert Feeley and I’m the Public Information Officer for the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.  Ki: OK, let’s go on this tour now. 

Robert Feeley:  Downstairs is our emergency operations center.  And this was put together with some grant funds that we got from the federal government.

BOISE, ID. – For some in the military, September 11th was their motivation to enlist.  That was the case for some of the soldiers who make up the 116th Cavalry Brigade of the Idaho National Guard.  Scott Ki met up with them at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, where they shared their memories of 9/11.

Specialist Shawn Ryan of Boise was seventeen years old on September 11th, 2001.

The Idaho Supreme Court has refused to play the Redistricting Game. The Court today threw out two lawsuits and said it has no authority to order Idaho’s Redistricting Commission back to work. The lawsuits came from the Secretary of State and the Republicans on the Commission. That’s after the Commission failed to redraw Idaho’s Legislative and Congressional maps during their 90 day session. The Supreme Court says it only has jurisdiction to rule on the old Redistricting plan from 2002.

Boise Neighborhood Summit

Sep 9, 2011

 

Saturday, Garden City (Doubletree Riverside hotel) plays host to a city of Boise event. It is the Treasure Valley Neighborhood Summit, sponsored by the program Boise Celebrates Good Neighbors and the Idaho Crime Prevention Association. Boise has put on similar gatherings for neighborhood associations in the past but they’ve focused solely on crime prevention. Saturday’s event is a daylong conference dedicated to the broader notion of strengthening neighborhoods. Lynn Lockhart is excited about the event. Lockhart is the president of Boise’s Morris Hill neighborhood association.

BOISE, Id – Idaho soldiers with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team have spent the last nine months in Iraq.  Now they’re flying back in small groups. They first arrive at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.  There the soldiers go through what’s known as “out-processing” for about ten days.  They get a health check, turn in their weapons, and figure out legal and personnel issues.   Scott Ki is at Lewis McChord today to talk to the soldiers who are coming home.  I asked him what a typical day on the base was like.

Cougar Killed In Boise

Sep 8, 2011

 

A mountain lion was killed in Boise early Thursday morning. And Ada County sheriff’s deputy shot the animal on the grounds of St. Alphonsus Medical Center on Curtis Road. The cougar was a juvenile and weighed about 80 pounds. Steve Nadeau with Idaho’s department of Fish and Game says mountain lions sometimes come into Boise in late summer when streams and pools in the hills dry up.

Salt Fire Causes Mandatory Evacuations

Sep 7, 2011

BOISE, ID. – People are being evacuated southwest of Salmon.  That’s because the Salt Fire has grown.  The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and the National Forest Service ordered a mandatory evacuation Tuesday. 

The Salt blaze has charred more than fifteen thousand acres.  The fire threatens several buildings in the forest according to Madonna Lengerich of the Bureau of Land Management. 

BOISE, Id – The bi-partisan group tasked with re-tooling Idaho’s congressional and legislative lines, couldn’t wrap up business by Tuesday’s deadline.  The Commission’s failure kicks the whole redistricting process up to the justices sitting on the bench of the Idaho Supreme Court. Today the Secretary of State asked the Court to bring the commission back for up to sixty days. Meanwhile Republican commissioners asked the justices to adopt the GOP maps or reconvene the commission for three days.

Idaho Grants Mega Load Permits to Exxon

Sep 7, 2011

 

Boise Idaho – About two hundred mega loads could roll down Idaho’s scenic highway 12. The state’s Department of Transportation granted permits to Imperial Oil/Exxon Mobile Wednesday. Adam Cotterell reports.

 

The price of copper is pushing $4.05 per pound.  The price of brass has been up since May.  With prices of metals on the rise, scrap metals have become more popular to steal and sell back to recyclers.

 

The price of aluminum is up these days, and that’s the case for most other valuable metals… gold, silver, copper.  That also means theft of valuable metal is on the rise even here in Idaho.   I wanted to find out how much extra money I could make with a bag full of aluminum cans.  So, I took them to the Pacific Steel and Recycling center in Boise.

Emergency Loans for Unemployed Homeowners

Sep 6, 2011

BOISE, ID. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $13 million to help Idahoans at risk of home foreclosure.  The deadline to apply for these emergency loans ends soon.

Idahoans who are unemployed or underemployed, and are three months overdue on their home mortgage have a place to turn to.  It’s called the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.  Heather Bowman works for the non-profit.

A Townsite Called Mayfield

Sep 6, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Next month public hearings get underway for one of two major developments near Mountain Home. Homeowners are concerned about both but especially over what’s called the Mayfield Townsite. It’s a development that would put some fourteen thousand homes in the middle of open space.   

Scott Ki:  “I’m on a bluff overlooking the Mayfield Townsite. It’s just a few miles off Interstate 84 and as far as the eye can see, it’s just grass, rolling foothills, weeds, a few trees near the Indian Creek.” 

Immunization Exemption Rates Climb in Idaho

Sep 6, 2011

 

The number of Idaho children not receiving immunizations has climbed steadily for several years. That’s according to Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare. Idaho requires children be vaccinated against more than twenty diseases before they enter school. But parents can exempt their children.

Tom Shanahan  “Idaho’s exemption rate is about 3.8% of children, but it’s growing and it keeps going up a small number every year.”

 

BOISE, Id – A movie that airs tonight in the Treasure Valley chronicles the story of a Florida college professor diagnosed with lymphoma.  John Kaplan was diagnosed with two forms of cancer in 2008.  He began the long journey into cancer treatment carrying a camera, which he used to document his experience.

 

BOISE, Id –The Idaho Redistricting Commission did not meet the 5 o’clock deadline this afternoon to draw a Legislative and Congressional map.  Today is the three month deadline for the bi-partisan commission.  Throughout the day, Commissioners switched between anger and compromise.  Republican Lou Esposito, was repeatedly frustrated when he looked at several contested districts.

Lou Esposito “The only way to describe this is just an abomination for political advantage.  I don’t know how else to even characterize this.”

No New Maps

Sep 6, 2011

 

BOISE, Id – The Idaho Redistricting Commission couldn’t meet its Tuesday afternoon deadline.  Despite three months of negotiations, Commissioners called it quits and walked out of the Statehouse without an agreement.

Cougar Town

Sep 6, 2011

 

Boise Idaho – Over the weekend a mountain lion was reported in Boise. There have been similar reports in Kuna in recent weeks. As Adam Cotterell reports cities can be attractive places for mountain lions

Steve Nadeau attributes most cougar sightings in Boise to the power of suggestion.

Steve Nadeau “Other people will all of a sudden think that what they’re seeing are cougars when in fact they might be housecats or something.”

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