Idaho News

Boise Defers Fees for Commercial Development

Sep 21, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Bankers, developers, and city officials announced plans earlier this week to fill the Hole in downtown Boise.  The news overshadowed the Mayor’s launch of a fee deferral program for commercial developers.

Boise Mayor David Bieter chose the Zion’s Bank project as the first to take advantage of the city’s new program.

Mayor David Bieter:  “For the next six months, any commercial project that comes to us, we’ll defer those fees to the end.”

The Airport Just Can't Get Off the Ground

Sep 21, 2011

Boise Idaho - Residents of the Wood River Valley have known since the mid-90s that their airport would soon be too small for their growing communities.  But what to do about that has been a sticky issue there just as long. Progress toward a replacement airport encountered some turbulence last month. Community members now are coming together to talk about what to do next.

John Strauss moved to Hailey three years ago. He runs a small flight school called Glass Cockpit Aviation. Strauss says he found himself in the middle of a long debate. It’s about building a new airport.

Boise, ID – You’ll get a chance to find out what it takes to become a NASA astronaut as part of Boise State’s NASA Day.  Barbara Morgan helped organize the event. She was NASA’s first educator astronaut in space. Now she’s an educator in residence at the university. Emily Schwing recently talked with Barbara Morgan and asked her what it means to be a part of NASA Day at a time when the space agency is going through change.


Sep 20, 2011


NASA experts will be on Boise State’s campus to give students and faculty a glimpse of what it takes to be an astronaut.  This is all part of NASA Day at the university.  Barbara Morgan was NASA’s first Educator in Space.  Now, she works with the university.  She says NASA and Boise State have a close relationship when it comes to sharing research and ideas.

“We’re both all about the future,” she says.  “And we’re looking ahead to great partnership in many, many areas including biology engineering, chemistry and history.”

BOISE, ID. – The ACLU of Idaho and the Corrections Corporation of America settled a potential class action lawsuit today.  Prisoners at the Idaho Correctional Center called it “Gladiator School.”  That’s because they alleged staff failed to prevent inmate-on-inmate violence.  The Idaho facility is state-owned but privately run by CCA out of Tennessee.  Monica Hopkins, Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho, says, “They (CCA) agreed to investigate and prepare reports on all inmate-on-inmate assaults with findings and conclusions to determine the causes of each incident.

Idaho Unemployment Drops Slightly

Sep 16, 2011


BOISE, ID. – Idaho’s U.S.


BOISE, Id – Three hundred forty three firefighters died at the World Trade Center on September 11th.  That’s a number firefighters anywhere around the country are familiar with.  The number 343 came up often during Samantha Wright’s recent visit to Boise’s Fire Station 7 near the airport.  We hear from local firefighters who remember that day ten years ago.

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Eagle Mayoral Race Could Be Contentious

Sep 15, 2011


Homedale Wins Blue Ribbon Award

Sep 15, 2011



On September 14th, 2001, communities around the U.S. held a day of remembrance for those who died in the September 11th terror attacks. It was on this day that University of Idaho professor Gary Machlis stood before an auditorium full of fellow faculty members and students and shared his thoughts about what 9-11 meant.  Here is an excerpt from Machlis’ speech:


Bronco Football Tickets Go Fast

Sep 14, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Bronco football tickets went on sale to the general public Wednesday.  But many passionate fans are shut out due to high prices and lack of seats.

About two dozen fans wait in line to buy tickets to Bronco home games.  Some are willing to shell out as much as $75 a person.  Julie Houston says she loves attending home games. 

Julie Houston:  “You know, when the crowd, ‘BOI-SE! STATE!’ You know, just the enthusiasm and everything. I can’t pick one thing because everything is just so exciting – the crowd, even riding the bus.  I mean everyone’s so hyped up.”


BOISE, Id – This week we’re looking at how the ten year anniversary of September 11th changed Idaho. One of those changes has been on the law enforcement front especially when it comes to training people how to handle terrorism events.  In fact, 9-11 was the catalyst for one Idaho man to launch a private company that does just that.  Chadd Harbough is the President of the Eagle-based Government Training Institute.He told Samantha Wright he got the idea for the company while he was a police officer in Garden City.

Remembering 9/11: Idaho Statehouse Security

Sep 13, 2011

BOISE, ID. – This week we’re looking back at what happened in Idaho right after September 11th.  Ten years ago security around the state tightened, especially at the Idaho Capitol.  But it’s a different story today.

Today, you can walk right through the doors of the Capitol without going through a metal detector or a bag search.  But right after September 11th, Idaho’s then Governor Dirk Kempthorne beefed up security to protect the state against terrorism.

BOISE, ID. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association cited Boise State University for violations in its football, tennis, track and field, and cross country programs today.  Gregory Sankey, a member of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, says this was a major case, “I think the extent of the report indicates the number of allegations.  They occurred in five sports, exceeding five years, and exceeded 75 either prospective student-athletes or student-athletes involvement.”   

BOISE, ID. – The NCAA cited Boise State University for violations in five sports Tuesday.  You can read the full report here.  The University’s President is disappointed with the outcome.


The U.S Congress recently cut the budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s aging satellites.  That could spell some trouble for meteorologists here in Idaho who rely on these satellites for information.

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.