Monday, April 20, 2015

Boise Man Dies of Injuries Suffered in March 31 Crash

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Idaho State Police report that a Boise man has died of injuries he suffered in a two vehicle crash on March 31.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Chinden Boulevard and Eagle Road. That's where 64-year-old W.D. Taylor, of Boise, was travelling northbound on Eagle Road in a Dodge Dakota pickup. But witnesses said Taylor made an improper left tun in front of a tractor-trailer, causing the tractor-trailer to smash into the passenger side of Taylor's vehicle. 

Taylor was rushed to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. That's where he died April 17, succumbing to his injuries.

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Report: Largest Wolf Pack in West Roams Northwest Wyoming

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:49 AM

People who track wolves for a living say the largest wolf pack in the West now roams the backcountry of northwest Wyoming. The Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News and Guide reports that at last count, there were 24 wolves in the pack, dubbed the Lava Mountain Pack, roaming the Gros Ventre hill country, approximately 30 miles northeast of Jackson. That's nine more than any other pack recently surveyed in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington or Wyoming.

"That’s a very large pack,” Mike Jimenez, Northern Rocky Mountain wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told the News and Guide. “They actually had a double litter a year ago, and that’s uncommon.”

But Jimenez was quick to add that the pack's days are probably numbered.

"Big packs don't stay big for very long," Jimenez told the News and Guide.

In early April, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game issued a report indicating that there were at least 770 wolves in the Gem State with a minimum of 26 breeding pairs.  But conservationists quickly pushed back, saying that those numbers were based primarily on anecdotal information from hunters rather than trained professionals.
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Tribune's Blotter Fodder: 'Rambo Wannabe' Holds Puppy at Gunpoint

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:45 AM

One of the more entertaining columns for readers of the Lewiston Tribune to read each morning if reporter Ralph Bartholdt's rundown of that region's police blotters.

And this morning's edition has a real gem:

"Holding a neighbor's puppy with one hand, while threatening to kill the dog with the assault rifle he held in his other hand, a Lewiston man told his neighbor he had every right to protect his family."
The Tribune reports that the "Rambo wannabe" told the unsuspecting pet owner that he was justified "by using violent, unreasonable force against the neighbor's boxer puppy." At first the dog owner laughed, thinking the whole thing was a joke; that is, until he realized that the gunman meant business.

"Police cited the gun wielder for being unneighborly," reports the Tribune.

By the way, Monday's police blotter also included a report of drugs after midnight in Moscow, a man bitten by a horse in Nez Perce County and someone tampering with license plates at a ballgame.
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Today's Boston Marathon Includes One of the Oldest Practicing Attorneys in Idaho

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM

More than 30,000 runners faced very high security and chilly temperatures this morning for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon, the most famous race in North America. 

More than a few spectators said sentiment was mixed as they cheered the runners as the trial of 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took a one-day pause as jurors decide whether he should be put to death or remain behind bars for the rest of his life for his role in the 2013 bombing which killed three people and injured 264.

91 runners, out of a field of 30,250, call Idaho home, including 25 who listed their  hometown as Boise.

Idaho's oldest runner in today's marathon is 72-year-old Lowell Hawkes of Pocatello, one of the oldest practicing attorneys in the Gem State. The youngest is 23-year-old Sam Magnuson of Coeur d'Alene, a physics major at Marquette University.

There are 53 participants using wheelchairs today and 29 using handcycles. By far the 18-39 age range group has the most participants—12,354; 4,664 are between the ages of 40 and 44; 4,908 are between the ages of 45 and 49; 3,716 are between the ages of 50 and 54; 2,412 are between the ages of 55 and 59; 1,368 are between the ages of 60 and 64; 590 are between the ages of 65 and 69; 177 are between the ages of 70 and 74; 50 are between the ages of 75 and 79; and there are 12 runners over the age of 80.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Take a Look at New Plans for New Central Addition Apartment/Retail Building

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM

"Roost," 401 S. Fifth Street - HOLST ARCHITECTURE
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  • "Roost," 401 S. Fifth Street

Don't blink.  Big changes are coming to Boise's Central Addition, the long-neglected neighborhood that, once upon a time, was a thriving area. 

In the coming weeks, a few of the once-threatened historic homes in the Central Addition will be moved away from the neighborhood in an effort to save the structures from the wrecking ball.

Soon thereafter, the city of Boise will begin extending its geothermal line through the neighborhood. The Boise City Council will be asked on Tuesday, April 21 to transfer $1.3 million to the geothermal project.

Portland, Ore.-based Holst Architecture will stand before the city of Boise Design Review Committee in mid-May to unveil details of its planned seven-story, 204,000-square-foot apartment building at 401 South Fifth Street, which would see retail and live-work units on the ground floor and structured parking on the first and second levels.

The project is being called "Roost." According to architects, the development will include:

-"Farm-to-table" experience for residents, with garden plots and cooking/dining areas
-Five housing levels "to humanize the building with an organic, sinuous and lyrical volume, expressed as a rippling wave in plan"
- Second floor community spaces, as well as ground floor retail spaces
- A community open space along Broad Street
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Video: Bad News (Already) for Southern Idaho Water Users

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Gem State irrigation canals are beginning to fill for the season and the news isn't good for a number of growers in Southern Idaho.

KMVT-TV is reporting that the Idaho Department of Water Resources is already calling for severe water cutbacks for hundreds of farmers. The Twin Falls Canal Company has been warned that it's looking at a 73,000 acre-feet water shortfall, and the American Falls Reservoir District No. 2 will need to make up for approximately 15,000 acre-feet of water. 

As a result, IDWR has issued a mitigation to cut back on the groundwater available to farmers affected by the shortfall.

Water users have been given three options: 

-Request a hearing on the matter
-An appeal of the order
-A reconsideration of more long-term solutions

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One Idaho Inmate Captured, Another Still Missing

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Delaine Kreeger, 42, convicted to grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. - IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION
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  • Delaine Kreeger, 42, convicted to grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.
A female Idaho inmate went missing for a brief time in the Boise area, but was recaptured in the late-night hours of Saturday, April 18.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Correction reported that Delaine Kreeger, 42, walked away from the East Boise Women's Community Reentry Center. Kreeger's record includes felony convictions for grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. Her sentence was scheduled to have been completed in 2020, but she was scheduled to be eligible for parole in February 2016.

The East Boise Community Reentry Center is located on Old Penitentiary Road and houses minimum-security offenders so they can hold jobs, perform community service and attend treatment programs.

Krreeger was reported to have been captured at 11:10 p.m. April 18.

Darin Lish, 49, is charged with drug possession, driving without privileges and failure to appear. - BANNOCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Darin Lish, 49, is charged with drug possession, driving without privileges and failure to appear.
Meanwhile, law enforcement in eastern Idaho are looking for another inmate who bolted from a Bannock County courtroom just as his trial was set to begin.

The Idaho State Journal reports that the incident occurred April 17 in a Pocatello courtroom. That's where 49-year-old Darin Lish, charged with drug possession and driving without privileges, said he needed a drink of water. Instead, court officials said they saw Lish leave the building and start running.

Lish now faces an additional charge of failure to appear.
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Idaho Health Insurance Exchange: Fourth-Highest Participation in Nation

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Idaho ranks fourth in the nation, per capita, when it comes to the number of residents who have secured coverage through the state health insurance exchange. To date, more than 85,000 Idahoans are enrolled in, and paying for, health insurance plans purchased through the state-run Your Health Idaho.

Though the 2015 enrollment period closed in February, health exchange officials remind Idahoans that anyone experiencing significant changes in their lives—a new marriage, a new baby, or change in employment—may qualify for a special enrollment period. Otherwise, the next general enrollment is set for Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016.

During this past year's open enrollment, Idaho became the first state in the nation to transition from, the federally run exchange platform, to a state-designed technology platform.

Meanwhile, the board of directors for Your Health Idaho has voted to increase the fee assessed to insurance companies participating in the exchange, in order to move closer to financial sustainability. Idaho had assessed a 1.5 percent fee to carriers for any health insurance plans sold on the change. That  fee will rise to 1.99 percent, effective January 2016. Your Health Idaho officials insist that the fee is still below the 3.5 percent assessed on plans sold on the federal platform.
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Video: Bomb Threat Triggers Tense Moments at WSU; Officials Say Alert System 'Was a Little Slow'

Posted By on Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

A student at Washington State University was taken into custody Saturday following some tense moments at the Pullman, Wash. campus, where the student allegedly made a series of death threats and said he had a bomb.

KHQ-TV reports that the incident occurred just before noon Pacific Time at the WSU recreation building. 

"He confronted two females and said something to the effect of, 'This is for all of you. All of us are going to die. WSU students are going to die,'" WSU Police Lt. Michael Larsen told KHQ-TV. 

Hundreds of students were evacuated while police investigated, but they didn't find any evidence of a bomb and no one was injured.

A student subdued the suspect as police arrived on the scene.

"He saw the cops show up and turned around and started running," said sophomore Kyle Oliver, who added that his ROTC instincts kicked in. "And that's when I just reacted and went after him because I realized the cops weren't going to be as quick And I just chased him down right here and tackled him until the police came."

Police said the suspect, Dmitry Dementyev, will undergo a mental health evaluation and could face felony harassment charges.

Meanwhile, students say they're concerned that the university's text alert system didn't send out a message about the threat until 1:56 p.m., a full two hours after the incident. 

"It would have been really good to know and be informed of what was happening," said student Brenna Kelly. 

Officials said the alert system "was a little slow."
Spokane, North Idaho News
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Saturday, April 18, 2015

How Much Do Boise Parks Add to Value of Your Home?

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Camel's Back Park
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A park, particularly a green space in the heart of a metropolis, adds tremendous value to a city. But is it possible to put a dollar value on that worth?

In an effort to measure that value, Dr. Jaap Vos and Dr. Thomas Wuerzer, two professors in Boise State University's Department of Community and Regional Planning, have completed a research project addresssing the question "What is the added economic value that Boise's Parks and Recreation system provides to the City of Boise?" They will reveal their findings to the Boise City Council on Tuesday, April 21.

The national nonprofit Trust for Public Land uses a standard of 500 feet. In other words, they measure a park's economic impact to homes within 500 feet. There are 11,749 properties within 500 feet of Boise parks. Those homes represent more than $2.7 billion in assessed residential property value. Add in the Boise Greenbelt and Foothills, and there are 16,101 properties within the 500 feet, representing $4.2 billion in assessed residential property value.

But Vos tells Boise Weekly that they were more interested in measuring Boise's entire park system (including the Greenbelt and Foothills) and their economic impact to all residences. That comes close to an impact of approximately $580 million.

There are many variables, however, beginning with the fact that not all parks have the same impact and some homes have greater access to multiple parks. 

The following are among the study's conclusions:

-Access is more important than distance.
-Different parks have different economic impacts (for example Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks have a much greater impact to all city residences while neighborhood parks have a more parochial impact).
-The park system has a significant impact on property tax revenue in all of Ada County.
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