Idaho News

Looking South for Anti-Smoking Idea

Jul 21, 2011

Right now one in five Americans smoke.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to drop that number to 12 percent.  Idaho has looked to a Southern neighbor for ideas to meet that goal.  Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

This week, trail users in Northwest Boise might be surprised to see hundreds of goats grazing amongst the sagebrush.  As Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing reports Idaho’s capitol city has rented the animals to manage a pesky weed.

Measuring Dairy Emissions

Jul 21, 2011

BOISE, ID - A group of Idaho scientists have published some numbers that may shed light on the impact  dairy farms have on air quality.

This summer many of you are river rafting, mountain biking or maybe even hula hooping out in a park.  There are lots of fun ways to stay active during the hot summer months. And we’re checking some of them out in our summer series “Let’s Get Physical.” We begin today with Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki who tries out pole dancing for the first time.

Imagine growing a business with someone you’ve only met on the Internet. And, not seeing that person for years. That’s the level of trust that’s guided a Boise man as he launched Kayako with partners halfway around the world. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

The Les Bois Chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosts the annual Western region Convention in Boise this week. The man responsible for the organization is C. Griffith Bratt. He sat down with Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing to talk about how he brought what’s still the valley’s only concert organ to Boise.

Young Boise’s Exciting Future

Jul 5, 2011

Phil Kushlan has helped develop some of Boise’s landmarks like the Basque Block and BoDo. Now, the leader of the city’s urban renewal district retires Wednesday after twelve years on the job. Kushlan talked with Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki about his career and what’s ahead for Idaho’s capitol city.

McGee Pleads Guilty to DUI

Jul 1, 2011

Idaho Senator John McGee plead guilty to Driving Under the Influence Friday. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports on what this means for the four-term lawmaker.

Playing the Horses

Jul 1, 2011

Live horse racing returns to Les Bois Park Saturday. It’s been three years since the last race. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, a clocker, a jockey, and an author are ready for the races.

Wildfire Protection at INL

Jul 1, 2011

New Mexico’s Las Conchas fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is threatening Los Alamos National Laboratory. Idaho’s National Laboratory is also no stranger to wildfires. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

A miniature plane flew across the desert near Shoshone Thursday. The unmanned craft snapped pictures of sagebrush. Scientists hope to use this test flight to map pygmy rabbit habitat. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright reports the goal is to help them survive.

It’s the End of the Year As We Know It

Jun 30, 2011

As Adam Cotterell reports Thursday marks the close of another fiscal year for Idaho.

Spud: Good Or Evil?

Jun 30, 2011


Idaho’s famous Spud is getting picked on. A Harvard study and the federal government have slammed the tater. The Governor and the Potato Commission came out this week in the spud’s defense. Boise State Public Radio’s Samantha Wright asks a dietitian to weigh in.

Governor Otter Defends Potatoes

Jun 29, 2011

Idaho’s governor and the potato commission are defending the state’s famous tuber. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki explains why.

Sick of Sprouts

Jun 28, 2011

An outbreak of salmonella that started in Idaho has spread to five states. As Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports the chief suspect for the source is in North Idaho.

Recall Tom Luna Effort Falls Short

Jun 27, 2011

The Committee to Recall Tom Luna turns in petitions Monday, but organizers don’t have the number of voter signatures they need. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Personal Income Is Up. Why Do I Still Feel Down?

Jun 27, 2011

Personal income in Idaho is up. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports, by some estimates it should be a lot higher.

The 6th international women’s world cup kicked off Sunday with host, Germany facing Canada. Right here in Idaho, soccer players will be watching the tournament for the next month. Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing met up with some of Boise’s own women soccer players at Sunset Park.

Winco Parking Lot Goes Half Solar

Jun 24, 2011

Two Boise-based companies have teamed up to deploy new energy technology. Inovus Solar has installed sun-powered lights at the downtown Winco. Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports.

Pedal 4 the People Ends This Weekend

Jun 24, 2011

This week the Boise Bike Project concludes its new summer bike festival called Pedal 4 the People. The nonprofit is hoping for a big finish, as Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell reports that’s in part to make up for the pot hole they hit as the festival began.

The Healing Fields

Jun 24, 2011

US troops in Afghanistan may be getting ready for their gradual draw down, but Idaho soldiers are still busy. The 116th cavalry brigade is in Iraq and 15 members of Idaho’s Army National Guard returned from a medical relief mission to Cambodia a few weeks ago. This Southeast Asian nation is among the poorest in the region. Colonel Heather Taylor led that mission. She talked with Boise State Public Radio’s Adam Cotterell about her experience helping Cambodian citizens.

Idaho is hosting this year’s Far West Regional Soccer Championship in Boise this week. Teams from Alaska to New Mexico are in town. Quarterfinal games will be played Friday and men’s and women’s age group champions will be crowned Sunday. But the Far West championship isn’t the only game in town. Boise State Public Radio’s Emily Schwing has more.

University of Idaho President Duane Nellis says the lagging economy has hit his school hard. Budget cuts and tuition increases are challenging the Moscow institution. But Nellis says the economy will turn around, bringing new opportunities to Idaho. This week, he’s on a Statewide Leadership Tour, traveling, talking, and listening to what people have to say about the U of I. He stopped by Boise State Public Radio and told Samantha Wright the University has lost 20-million dollars in state funding in the past two years.

Fort Hall Marine’s Mom: He’s Doing Well

Jun 23, 2011

Idaho Marine Phillip Baldwin is alive but severely injured after an explosion in Afghanistan. As Boise State Public Radio’s Scott Ki reports, his mother says he’s recovering quickly.

The Last Good War

Jun 23, 2011

He photographed over 400 World War II veterans. Then he took those photos, and the stories behind them, and put them into a book: “The Last Good War: the Faces and Voices of World War II.” Author and photographer Thomas Sanders will speak at the Idaho State Historical Museum Thursday night. He sat down to talk about his book, and the rather graphic image that started the project. A warning to our listeners, Sanders’ story begins with that strong image.