Idaho News

 

BOISE, Id –The forecast in Boise Thursday calls for a high of 95.  That’s two degrees above normal.  You hear that a lot from forecasters talking about temperatures, whether they’re above normal, below normal.

Idaho’s new normal temperature has everything to do with the 1970’s.

George Skari “We just came out with new normal that began in 1981 through 2010, we got rid of the ‘70s.”

 

George Skari is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boise.

 

Astronauts in Idaho

Aug 4, 2011

BOISE, ID. – Idaho astronaut Barbara Morgan and two others will be in Boise over the next week.  They’re here for Idaho Space Days which starts Friday.  Jose Hernandez is one of the astronauts.  He grew up between two cultures.  

Judge Rules on Idaho Medicaid Program

Aug 4, 2011

BOISE, ID. – A federal judge has delayed Idaho Health and Welfare’s plan to use just one company to oversee a Medicaid program.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill’s decision Thursday affects dozens of businesses and people that provide care in their homes. 

Bike Polo

Aug 3, 2011

In our summer series Let’s Get Physical we’re highlighting unique, even unusual ways to stay active and fit. Today a tournament for a growing sport.

Judge Rules On Fed Salmon Plan

Aug 3, 2011

BOISE, ID. – A judge ruled Tuesday that the Obama Administration’s plan to protect salmon in the Snake and Columbia Rivers falls short.   

Schweitzer Engineering Hiring in Idaho

Aug 2, 2011

BOISE, ID. –   A Washington State company wants to hire for jobs in Idaho.  Reps for Pullman-based Schweitzer Engineering will be at the Silverstone Amenity Center in Meridianon Wednesday for a career fair. 

The Treasure Valley is growing and so is its urban forest.  So, this summer, a handful of students are evaluating trees in communities across the valley.  As Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing reports, the goal is to find out how much trees are worth and where we need more of them.

McCall Real Estate Snapshot

Aug 1, 2011

BOISE, ID. – The second home market has taken a dive in resort towns like McCall.  That’s bad news for home owners, but good news if you want to buy a place there. 

More First Timers at Food Pantries

Aug 1, 2011

BOISE, ID. –   More people need food and groceries.  That’s according to the Idaho Foodbank and its non-profit partners like the Salvation Army.

Business As Usual

Jul 29, 2011

Four days and counting. That’s how long Congress and the President have to figure out what to do about the nation’s debt ceiling. And this week in our series “Debt Line” we’re exploring how this debt crisis could impact Idaho.  If the nation doesn’t raise its borrowing limit, it will have to take money from several federal programs to avoid default. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, federal employees in Idaho aren’t letting that get to them.

Idaho Sprouts Come Up Clean

Jul 29, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration warned people not to eat sprouts from a North Idaho farm in June because of a salmonella outbreak, but recent tests show no signs of salmonella. 

The suicide of Olympic skier Jaret “Speedy” Peterson shocked people in his native Idaho. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, the warning signs were there.

 

BOISE, Id – Sherri Wood has been the President of the Idaho Education Association and a teacher.  Now after 34 years as an educator, she’s retiring.

Sherri Wood planned to spend five years teaching first, second and third graders at Van Buren School in Caldwell.

Sherri Wood “After I was there five years, the kids and the families that attended Van Buren School, became very attached to them, very much enjoyed working with them and 28 years later, I was still there.”

Teaching, wood says, is more than just 50 minutes in a classroom.

Remembering Speedy

Jul 28, 2011

Matt Christensen stood by Olympic silver medalist Jeret “Speedy” Peterson for more than ten years.  The freestyle aerial skier took his own life Monday night.  Christensen was Peterson’s coach, travel companion, and friend. 

"There’s Been Many Times He’s Cried Out For Help"

Jul 28, 2011

The suicide of Olympic skier Jaret "Speedy" Peterson shocked people in his native Idaho. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, the warning signs were there.

Athletes and Depression

Jul 28, 2011

The suicide of Olympic skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson shocked people in his native Idaho. But Peterson had struggled with depression for years.  Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell talked with a sports psychologist about athletes and mental health.

BOISE, ID – There are lots of fun ways to stay active during the hot summer months.  Last week, in our series Let’s Get Physical, we took you pole dancing.  Today we climb into a hammock to do yoga.

Katie Ponozzo stands on a ladder.  She hangs up a bright blue piece of silk from the ceiling of Ophidia studios in Garden City.

Katie Ponozzo: “So they’re a big piece of fabric that’s made into a loop and we’re able to do different types of yoga positions and lay in the fabric and it’s like a cocoon.”

Aerial Yoga

Jul 27, 2011

BOISE, ID – There are lots of fun ways to stay active during the hot summer months.  Last week, in our series Let’s Get Physical, we took you pole dancing.  Today we climb into a hammock to do yoga.

Katie Ponozzo stands on a ladder.  She hangs up a bright blue piece of silk from the ceiling of Ophidia studios in Garden City.

Katie Ponozzo: “So they’re a big piece of fabric that’s made into a loop and we’re able to do different types of yoga positions and lay in the fabric and it’s like a cocoon.”

Crapo on Debt Limit Negotiations

Jul 27, 2011

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo from Idaho believes some type of debt limit agreement must be reached.  But he’s not sure what it’ll contain and whether it’ll be enough to satisfy credit rating agencies.

 

Boise ID – The US Postal Service announced this week that it’s considering the closure of nearly 3,700 offices as a way to save money.  Twenty-three of those offices are in some of Idaho’s more rural communities.  Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing reports.

The first handful of closures could take place this fall.  The USPS is also considering an end to Saturday delivery service.  Over 80 post offices in Oregon and Washington may also face closures.  Adam Cotterell contributed to this report.

North Idaho Republicans Squabble Over Redistricting

Jul 26, 2011

BOISE, ID – Idaho’s redistricting commission reconvened Monday. The commissioners announced they wouldn’t meet their goal of redrawing the state’s political boundaries by Wednesday. That’s after last week’s meetings ended in tensions between Democrats and Republicans on the committee. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, redistricting is creating tension even within parties.

The bombing in Oslo, Norway Friday, and the massacre of people on a nearby island shocked people throughout the world, including here in Idaho.   For more information visitwww.sonsofnorway.com.

Too Close for Comfort for In-N-Out

Jul 25, 2011

The owner of a mom and pop burger joint in Boise feels the heat from a larger chain that doesn’t even operate in Idaho.  In-N-Out’s lawyers say Burger Express looks a lot like their client’s restaurants.

What’s a Fisher?

Jul 25, 2011

In June, the US Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the Fisher as an endangered species.  Most people think this animal is a bird, but actually, it’s a member of the weasel family.  And, as Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing finds, it’s hard to track down.

Boise Parks Board Wants Smoking Ban

Jul 22, 2011

Boise’s Parks and Recreation Board wants to ban smoking in all city parks and the Greenbelt.  Members voted unanimously on a recommendation Thursday. 

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