US attempt to improve wildland firefighter shelters fails

U.S. 05/16/19, 16:03

Federal officials say an effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday say the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.Officials ...

National weather radar system upgrades are on track

U.S. 05/10/19, 15:18

An eight-year plan for a major upgrade to the nation's weather radar stations to help predict dangerous storms and improve air traffic safety is on track at the midway point, a federal official said Friday.The improvements will keep the 25-year-old system viable into the 2030s, said Jessica Schultz, deputy director ...

Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:04

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit.The state legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday approved about $240,000 for three testing devices for crime labs ...

Firm sues over product it says is hemp; state says it’s pot

U.S. 02/02/19, 22:31

A company has filed a lawsuit against Idaho State Police and Ada County after authorities seized nearly 7,000 pounds of cannabis from a truck headed to Colorado, the Idaho Statesman reported.Authorities who stopped the truck said it was filled with marijuana, but Big Sky Scientific LLC, which was shipping the ...

Boise State will install new blue artificial turf at stadium

Sports 01/20/19, 18:09

The blue turf that brought fame to Boise State University's athletic stadium will be refreshed this year.Boise State has received permission from Idaho's Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, a board charged with approving state public works projects, to spend up to $600,000 to replace the iconic blue turf at Albertsons ...

Forest Service taking comments on Idaho open-pit mine plan

U.S. 12/26/18, 18:04

The U.S. Forest Service is taking comments and holding a public meeting on proposed exploratory drilling for an open-pit molybdenum mine being considered in Boise National Forest in Idaho.The meeting comes two years after a federal judge rejected a previous Forest Service environmental assessment as lacking information about a rare ...

Idaho Catholic priest sentenced to 25 years for child porn

U.S. 12/20/18, 19:08

A Roman Catholic priest who possessed more than 2,500 images of what investigators called the most disturbing child pornography they had ever seen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher pleaded guilty to five felonies including possessing and distributing child pornography and a ...

BYU looks for winning record facing Western Michigan

Football 12/20/18, 17:35

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Western Michigan (7-5) vs. BYU (6-6), Dec. 21, 4 p.m. EST (ESPN)Line: BYU by 12.Series Record: BYU leads 3-2.WHAT'S AT STAKEBack in a bowl game after missing last year, the Cougars look to close out a roller coaster season that saw them return to the AP ...

No. 24 Fresno State outlasts No. 19 Boise State in snow

Football 12/01/18, 23:57

Ronnie Rivers scored on a 1-yard run in overtime to give No. 24 Fresno State a 19-16 victory over No. 19 Boise State on Saturday night in the snowy Mountain West championship game.Fresno State (11-2, No. 25 CFP) won its first conference title since 2013, beating the Broncos (10-3, No. ...

Hello again: Boise State hosts Fresno State for MWC crown

Football 11/30/18, 12:23

Jeff Tedford wrapped up Fresno State's regular-season finale last weekend and the second-year coach flipped on the television to see where the Bulldogs would be headed for the Mountain West Conference championship game.To little surprise, the Bulldogs had to book a trip back to Boise, Idaho."It's not a surprise they ...

Boise State beats Utah State, gets Mountain West title shot

Football 11/25/18, 02:59

Boise State has a chance for a conference title and maybe even a big bowl game.Brett Rypien threw for 310 yards and a touchdown, Alexander Mattison rushed for 200 yards and three scores, and the No. 21 Broncos beat No. 14 Utah State 33-24 on Saturday night.Boise State (10-2, 7-1), ...

Monitors check for radiation release after waste site blast

U.S. 11/20/18, 17:03

Air monitoring systems were set up Tuesday to check for low-level nuclear radiation and other harmful contaminants following a powerful weekend blast at a hazardous waste site in Idaho that killed a worker, destroyed a building and damaged other structures, an official said.Results were not yet available from the monitors ...

Driver who plowed into Idaho crowd, hurting 11, is sentenced

U.S. 11/16/18, 15:44

A man driving a Porsche that plowed into a crowd of spectators at an Idaho car show has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended.Roy Drennon of the Boise suburb of Eagle received the sentence Friday after being convicted of reckless driving last month.Police ...

Rypien leads Boise State past No. 16 Fresno State 24-17

Football 11/10/18, 02:58

Brett Rypien threw for 269 yards and Alexander Mattison rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Boise State to a 24-17 upset over No. 16 Fresno State on Friday night.Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Mountain West), which hasn't lost to Fresno State at home since 1984, beat ...

Update: Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Health 11/07/18, 02:50

The Latest on Election Day in Idaho (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Idaho voters have approved a ballot initiative that will expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 62,000 Idaho residents who can't afford health insurance on the state exchange. The vote means lawmakers must now enact laws to expand Medicaid coverage to adults who ...

Idahoans to decide on Medicaid expansion

Health 11/06/18, 02:35

Of all the decisions Idaho voters are making on election day, the decision on whether to expand Medicaid to more low-income Idahoans might be the one that hits closest to home for many.The citizen initiative called Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across ...

Rypien, Boise St. hold off BYU for 21-16 win

Football 11/04/18, 02:11

Brett Rypien threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and the Boise State defense made a last-minute goal line stand as the Broncos held off upset-minded BYU 21-16 on Saturday night.Boise State (7-2), which has now won three straight against the Cougars, leaned heavily on its defense to secure the ...

Medicaid, immigration, climate top Idaho 1st District debate

Politics 10/30/18, 00:48

Environmental regulations, health care and immigration marked a few of the sharp divides to surface in a debate Monday night between the two candidates vying to represent Idaho's 1st Congressional District.Republican Russ Fulcher and Democrat Cristina McNeil are running to replace Republican U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador who opted to run ...

Rypien leads Boise State in romp over Colorado State 56-28

Football 10/20/18, 00:39

Brett Rypien threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns to lead Boise State over Colorado State 56-28 on Friday night.Boise State (5-2, 3-1 Mountain West), which had to rally from a 35-10 halftime deficit last season against the Rams, flipped the script this time in racing out to a 35-7 ...

No. 20 BYU continues Pac-12 tour facing No. 11 Washington

Football 09/28/18, 14:45

Chris Petersen got a firsthand look at BYU's Tanner Mangum many years ago when the quarterback was a high school star in Idaho and Petersen was still in charge at Boise State.When Petersen started looking at film in preparation for Saturday's game between No. 11 Washington and No. 20 BYU, ...

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