Idaho News

Sun Valley Next Olympic Training Site?

Jun 7, 2011

The Sun Valley area wants the U.S. Olympic Committee to certify its Nordic trails and facilities as a training site. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, organizers believe the Olympic brand would bring more visibility and dollars.

Organizers hand over signed petitions to Idaho’s Secretary of State today (Monday). They’re trying to put a measure on the 2012 ballot to repeal Students Come First. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Ada County Considers Renewable Energy

Jun 6, 2011

Ada County Commissioners are considering a plan that would allow renewable energy to be produced in rural areas. They heard from the public Wednesday night about this idea. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Payette County Commissioners consider the future of nuclear power in Southwest Idaho Monday evening. A company called Alternate Energy Holdings Incorporated wants land rezoned for a potential reactor. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Tonight in Boise, you can wander through galleries and peruse new art installations as part of first Thursday. Among them, altars created by elementary education students. They’re learning to bring art into their future classrooms. Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing met up with the students as they finished their artwork.

Idaho’s Healthy Food Plate

Jun 2, 2011

Move over food pyramid. Thursday morning First Lady Michelle Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveil a new symbol of American nutrition – a plate. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, this image isn’t new to Idaho.

Here’s a question. Are you more likely to lose weight if you watch the TV show “Biggest Loser” and see contestants dropping pounds. An Idaho State Professor says maybe not. In fact, identifying with those contestants may make you LESS motivated to lose weight. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports it all comes down to how your brain motivates you.

Condor Deaths Hamper Recovery

Jun 1, 2011

Federal and state agencies announced today (Tuesday) that three California condors died from lead poisoning. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, recovery of this endangered bird species has been dealt a major setback.

There’s a standard forecast for the northwest these days – cold and rainy. That means bulging rivers and stunted seed crops here in Idaho. As Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing explains, it’s a combination of changing climate and fluctuating weather patterns.

Idaho Statesman columnist Tim Woodward has written about everything from judging fruitcakes to haunted houses to personal stories about his family. And we’re not kidding when we say he’s written thousands of columns. Wednesday, after 40 years on the job, he retires. Woodward told Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright that his career, like many journalists, began with getting his journalism degree…

Boise’s Lost Chinatown

May 31, 2011

It’s hard to believe downtown Boise once had a bustling Chinatown. You hardly see any signs of it today. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on what happened to a once thriving community. Clarification: Ah Fong lost in District Court. He appealed to Idaho’s Supreme court which decided in favor of Ah Fong.

Idaho Legal Aid Furlough Day

May 27, 2011

Idaho Legal Aid offices are closed today (Friday). As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, the non-profit plans furlough days once a month because of budget cuts.

Candy Bomber Over Quigley Canyon

May 27, 2011

Hundreds of tiny white parachutes dropped from the sky in Hailey this afternoon (Thursday). The precious cargo: candy. It’s a reenactment of US Air Force missions during the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949 flown by retired Colonel Gail Hallvorsen. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki spoke with reporter Tony Evans who was in Quigley Canyon during the drop. Tony Evans writes for the Idaho Mountain Express.

The Greenhouse is about helping innovative companies grow. It’s something Boise Mayor Dave Bieter highlighted in his State of the City address last week.

Mayor Bieter: I’m happy to say seven companies are located in the Greenhouse and we expect over the coming year at least one of those businesses will graduate and be out on their own.

Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki visited the local business incubator to find out how far along these companies are.

Greenhouse Graduation?

May 25, 2011

The Greenhouse is about helping innovative companies grow. It’s something Boise Mayor Dave Bieter highlighted in his State of the City address last week.

Mayor Bieter: I’m happy to say seven companies are located in the Greenhouse and we expect over the coming year at least one of those businesses will graduate and be out on their own.

Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki visited the local business incubator to find out how far along these companies are.

 

The Pony Express was the Fedex of the late 1800’s.  The trail became the nation’s most direct route for mail between Missouri and California.  The ten day trip crossed the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.  Today, an Idaho man sets out from Kansas on that route with his horses.

Most of us have a bucket list – the things you’ve always wanted to do.  Tom Noll is no exception.   He’s in his fifties and his light blue eyes give way to one defining feature…

Farmers in Idaho should be pleased with all the spring rain, but all those storm clouds have kept temperatures low, sunlight to a minimum and seeds from sprouting on time.

Unemployment Falls Slightly

May 23, 2011

Idaho’s unemployment rate ticked down slightly to 9.6 percent in April. It’s the first time the rate fell since November 2006. And, six thousand fewer Idahoans applied for unemployment benefits. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, it’s too early to break out the champagne.

Imagine you’re laid off after twenty years. That’s what happened to Eagle resident Barry Baker. But, he turned that setback into an opportunity to reinvent himself. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, Baker’s created a software program called Portfolio D-M that launched this week.

Imagine playing with kittens in Idaho while you’re quaffing a brew in Munich. Or trying to grab a prize out of a machine in Beijing while sitting in Boise. As Boise State Radio’ Scott Ki reports, a local company called Apriori Control has the technology to make these applications possible.

Chemistry and Computer Science – each subject on its own is arguably one of the tougher programs at any graduate school. Combine them and the result is likely even tougher. But researchers at Boise State University have successfully bridged the two disciplines. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, they teamed up to develop “Dock-o-matic,” a software application that streamlines the process of modeling potential drugs.

In today’s installment of Tech Ki, Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki talks with the founders of Tsuvo. Sort of sounds like a small country in Asia doesn’t it? But it’s a web site development and internet marketing firm that also develops cutting-edge software.

If you’re in Boise and have a great idea for a technology or other start-up company, what do you do? In previous stories, we mentioned a couple of groups that can help like Tech Boise and the Idaho Technology Council. In today’s installment of Tech Ki, Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki talks with Kickstand, an organization that supports entrepreneurs and innovators in any industry.

Look up while walking the streets of downtown Boise at night and you’ll see them everywhere – streetlights. But the basic design of the ubiquitous electric street light and those that illuminate parking lots and other areas haven’t changed much in oh more than 100 years or so. One Boise company hopes to radically change that. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on Inovus Solar.

Some tech entrepreneurs will tell you they had a vision of how to make the world a better place. Others will build a product to fulfill a need or to improve on what’s out there. MetaGeek is a Boise tech company that really wanted to make things simpler. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, it found a niche and keeps on growing.

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