Idaho

Sockeye Salmon
5:55 am
Mon July 30, 2012

First Sockeye Reach Idaho's Stanley Basin

This is the Sawtooth trap where the first sockeye returned to in 2012.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

The first sockeye arrived in Idaho’s Salmon River this week -- That’s later than usual. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Commenter Revealed
6:01 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Anonymous Commenter Reveals Identity

Linda Cook revealed herself as the commenter “almostinnocentbystander” on the blog Huckleberries Online.
Sandy Clemons

A lawsuit in north Idaho over anonymous comments posted in an online forum attracted national attention. Now, the commenter at the center of that dispute has unmasked herself. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, the case reveals a rift within the north Idaho Republican Party.

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Wildfir Season
6:23 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Two Cabinet Members Discuss Wildfire Efforts During Stop In Idaho

Despite wildfires burning hundreds of homes in the last few weeks, the Cabinet member who oversees the U.S. Forest Service said [yesterday] Tuesday there have been fewer fires this year compared to this time last year. Tom Vilsack made the comments during a stop in Idaho. From Boise, Scott Graf has more.

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Olympic Runner
6:04 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Boise-Native Nick Symmonds Is Heading Back To The Olympics

In the men’s 800 meter race Monday, Boise-native Nick Symmonds, now of Springfield, Oregon, clocked the fastest time by an American at Hayward Field. As KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports, it earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

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Idaho Budget
4:49 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Idaho Budget Writers Tour U- Idaho, Other North Idaho Locations

U- Idaho illustration of proposed integrated science research facility
Northwest News Network

Members of Idaho’s state legislative budget committee are on a fact- finding tour of locations in north central Idaho this week.  The delegation is making the rounds in places like Moscow and Orofino, with the intent being to better understanding issues and budget requests that will come up in the next legislative session.

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Idaho Inmate Execution
5:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Leavitt Faces Execution Tuesday Morning

Idaho will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection.
Idaho Dept. of Corrections

In 1985, a jury convicted Richard A. Leavitt of the brutal first-degree murder of Danette J. Elg a year earlier. Elg of Blackfoot, Idaho had been stabbed more than a dozen times and her body was mutilated. The state will execute 53 year-old Leavitt Tuesday by lethal injection unless there’s a last minute stay. .

Male death row prisoners are housed in the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, or Idaho Max. Guards moved Leavitt to a lone cell last month after the state Department of Correction served him with a death warrant.

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Idaho's Stake in Wash. I-1183
5:08 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Idaho Wonders How Wash. Law Will Affect Cross-Border Booze Runs

Could Washington's liquor laws become a boon to Idaho?
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Washington retailers are getting ready for the 78 year old state monopoly on liquor sales to end this Friday. It’s not yet clear what privatization will do to the price of alcohol in Washington. One entity with a big stake in the matter … is the state of Idaho.

Some of Idaho’s most profitable state-run liquor stores just happen to be along its Northwestern border.

Jared Tatro: “And when we went up to visit those stores, we look at IDs, we’re looking at license plates,  they’re coming from Washington.”

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Reporters Sue Idaho For Execution Coverage
4:22 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

News Organizations Sue To Watch Entire Idaho Execution

The Associated Press and other news agencies sued the state of Idaho Tuesday to view prisoner executions from start to finish.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

The Associated Press and other news agencies sued the state of Idaho yesterday to view prisoner executions from start to finish. Reporters want to be able to observe and report any complications that might come up.

AP reporter Rebecca Boone is among those fighting to see the entire execution.

Rebecca Boone: "This is the most powerful action that the courts and government can take, it’s killing a person. So if we don’t know what happens for half of that process, then it’s impossible to have an educated and vital debate about it."

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Cougar Shot By Boise PD
4:45 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Boise Police Kill Cougar On Boise State Campus

A cougar was shot and killed by Boise Police on the BSU campus.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Mike Searson Wikimedia Commons

Early Tuesday morning a Boise police officer shot and killed a mountain lion on the Boise State University campus.

Idaho Fish and Game Senior Conservation Officer Matt O’Connell says it’s likely the same cat that was first spotted in an east Boise foothills neighborhood Friday and seen several times Monday morning near downtown. O’Connell says police responded to calls from Boise State staffers who saw the lion eating from a dumpster near the student union building.

He says that’s unusual behavior for this species.

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UI Athletic Division
6:25 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Idaho Athletic Diector Says UI Wants To Stay In Football Bowl Subdivision

The University of Idaho is reevaluating its options in football, with the emphasis on staying in Division 1 and protecting its Football Bowl Subdivision status. The statement from University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear came following announcements from colleges last week that make the future of the Western Athletic Conference unclear.

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