Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Moscow High School Flooded, Cleanup Crews Hope to Reopen Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Emergency restoration and custodial crews will need to work through much of the remaining holiday break in order to make sure that Moscow High School opens on time in the New Year.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that an old pipe just outside of Moscow High burst, causing a major flood of the school's first floor. The flood was first discovered Dec. 26.

Moscow school officials said crews have already been working through much of the holiday break just to make it safe to turn the building's power and boilers back on. The water pipe was the main water line into the school.

The Moscow School District has already brought in electricians, plumbers and carpet cleaners to help with the flood aftermath.

"And they're still cleaning up as we speak," Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey told the Tribune.

Meanwhile, school officials are still expecting staff to report to the school on Monday, Jan. 6, and students to resume classes on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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Police Blotter: New Year's Eve's First Felony DUI

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Christine Dilbeck, 43, is charged with felony DUI.

Boise Police say an early morning felony DUI arrest highlights law enforcement's stepped-up efforts this New Year's Eve to stop impaired driving.

An officer on patrol at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning saw a vehicle whose registered owner had a suspended license from a previous DUI. When the officer made contact with the driver, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed the driver's eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The driver also failed field sobriety tests and blew a .098 blood alcohol level. The suspect had two prior DUIs, making the latest arrest a felony.

Christine Dilbeck, 43, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony count of DUI.

Cody Bauer, 20, is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Boise Police also report that during a Dec. 30 traffic stop at North 13th and Front streets, an officer found two glass pipes with white powdery residue and a clear plastic baggie with white powdery residue, which both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Cody Bauer, 20, of Boise was charged with felony meth possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Netflix Tinkers With Its Subscription Plans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Netfllix, which saw record usage and critical acclaim in 2013, is trying something new for 2014: subscription fees based on the number of users per account.

According to an offer posted on its website, Netflix is offering some new customers plans that provide access on as many as four screens, letting household members watch different shows at the same time. The monthly prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.

In essence, Netflix is looking for ways to curb account-sharing, which chisels away at Netflix's revenue stream from is approximate 40 million subscribers.

Currently, standard Netflix streaming costs $7.99 per month.

But Netflix runs the risk of a number of its customers downgrading to one-screen for $6.99 a month.

“If consumers who would have taken the $7.99 plan now sign up at $6.99, that all comes out of their profit margin," media business analyst Richard Greenfield told Bloomberg Businessweek. "This is not the next pricing move investors were expecting.”

Netflix was the top-performing stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index for 2013, nearly quadrupling its value while seeing record subscriber growth.

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New Study Maps the Body's Emotional Reactions

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).
  • Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen
  • Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).

There are countless medical journals that display the human anatomy, but Finnish researchers have found a way to map human emotions. For instance: Where in your body do you feel when you see the person you love? How about when you feel angry or nervous?

Researchers used five different experiments to create new "corporal topography," with evidence pointing to specific areas of the body where people feel emotion. The scientists used various stimuli to test 13 different basic and complex emotions.

For instance, our body goes warm and we feel happiness across our chest and hips when we're happy but those areas dull when we feel sad. Anger and contempt we feel in our heads.

The study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

And scientists are encouraging the public to participate in their ongoing experiments by clicking here.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Planning for 2014? How About the Best Internship On the Planet?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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We must admit to some bias, but we think Boise Weekly interns are among the best and brightest.

So, while Treasure Valley institutions of higher learning are preparing for their pending spring semesters, BW is also finalizing its search for our next crop of student interns.

For the record, BW internships don't involve those fetch-me-a-cup-of-coffee assignments you may find at other outlets. Our interns get access to high-profile concerts, lectures and gallery openings and refine their interview skills with a long list of headline-makers. Additionally, we put our interns through the multimedia wringer, crafting videos and photo slideshows.

Think you have what it takes? Chances are, we'll think so, too.

Touch base with your adviser or department head as internships are limited to college students.

Then, forward a letter of interest and a couple of writing samples to george@boiseweekly.com as soon as possible.

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Police Blotter: 26 DUIs and Burglars Caught in the Act

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Elton Denny, 18 (left) and Joseph Smile, 20 (right) are each charged with two counts of felony burglary and felony Grand Theft.

Boise Police say a neighbor alerted law enforcement to three would-be burglars in the Hulls Gulch neighborhood.

Police were called Dec. 29 to North Eighth Street. That's where a witness said he saw an unfamiliar car parked near the home of neighbors who were out of town. The witness said he also heard sounds coming from the neighbor's house.

When police arrived, they said one man was seen running from the home and two more suspects were inside. The two men inside surrendered to police but law enforcement is still looking for the third suspect.

Police also recovered items stolen in a separate home burglary on North 27th Street.

Elton Denny, 18, and 20-year-old Joseph Smiley, both of Boise, were each charged with two counts of felony burglary and a felony count of grand theft.

Boise Police also report that they made a total of 15 DUI arrests between Friday, Dec. 27, and Sunday, Dec. 29. In a "typical" weekend, Boise Police make approximately 10 DUI arrests.

Meanwhile, Ada County, Meridian, Garden City and Idaho State Police made an additional 11 DUI arrests.

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No Wolves, 21 Coyotes Killed in 'Derby,' Residents Say They Were Threatened

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

No one claimed the $1,000 prize for killing the largest wolf in this past weekend's controversial wolf hunt derby in Salmon. In fact, no wolves were killed by hunters during the two-day event.

But organizers of the event said 21 coyotes were killed during the event.

The hunt attracted media attention from across the globe:

"Wolf and Coyote Derby Turns Small Idaho Town Into a Battleground," wrote Guardian Liberty Voice.

"Two-Day Holiday Killing 'Derby' in Idaho Targets Wolves and Coyotes," wrote the Huffington Post.

Managers at the Stagecoach Inn in Salmon say a hunter's tire was slashed in their parking lot Dec. 27. And managers of the Savage Grill in Salmon—co-sponsors of the event—told a Twin Falls television station that they received a series of threats because of their sponsorship.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Dec. 27 that the derby could go on as scheduled after an attorney for Wild Earth Guardians had argued that the U.S. Forest Service was ignoring federal law by permitting the hunting derby on federal land. But Forest Service officials said that while the hunting—a noncommercial event—was taking place on federal land, any judging and awarding of prize money would take place on private land.

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UPDATE: Boise Police Reconstruct Crash That Claimed Life of Young Man

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:27 AM

UPDATE: Dec. 30, 2013 11 a.m.


The Ada County Coroner has identified the victim of a one car crash, found dead in his vehicle in West Boise Dec. 29 as 18-year-old Taylor Lobdell of Boise.

The Coroner reports that Lobdell died from blunt force trauma to the chest as a result of the crash.


ORIGINAL POST: Dec. 30, 2013 9 a.m.


Sometime later today, the Ada County coroner is expected to identify the body of a young man found deceased in a car in the early morning hours of Dec. 29.

Emergency responders, including Boise Police, Fire and Ada County EMS, were called to a parking lot off of West Executive and West President drives Sunday morning after a citizen found a young man, not breathing, behind the wheel of a car. Emergency responders confirmed the 18-year-old man was deceased.

Boise Police crash reconstruction experts say it appears the young man was driving eastbound on Executive, failed to make a turn, drove over some parking curbs, careened off of a gate and came to a stop in a parking lot, near a coffee shop. Officers believe the crash occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Dec. 28.

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Mega-Load Attracts the Mega-Curious

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

After spending most of the weekend near the Marsing and Hammett areas—where it was met by a handful of protesters and scores of the curious—a 900,000 pound mega-load continued to crawl across Southern Idaho overnight. According to the Idaho Department of Transportation, the oversized shipment was scheduled to travel northwest on Interstate 84 to Mountain Home and then east on U.S. 20 on its journey toward Montana before heading north to the tar sands oil fields in Alberta, Canada.

Currently, the mega-load is sitting near Cat Creek Summit on U.S. Highway 20, west of Fairfield. The shipment is expected to resume travel Monday night.

Activists with Wild Idaho Rising Tide said four women from Boise, Moscow and Parma stood in silent vigil to demonstrate their displeasure over the mega-load in Marsing Dec. 28, but they were outnumbered by more than 100 onlookers "who seemed mostly supportive" of the shipment.

Another series of protests are expected tonight and through the New Year holiday period as activists say they're prepared to meet the mega-load as it travels through the Wood River Valley.

A permit from the ITD allows the mega-load to travel between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and is not allowed to impede other vehicles on Idaho highways for more than 15 minutes at a time. The mega-load is also not allowed to travel after 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve but will be permitted to travel at dawn on Jan. 2.

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Montana, Oregon, Washington, 10 More States Will Raise Minimum Wage This Wednesday

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

While activists fight an uphill battle to secure more than 53,751 signatures by April 15 in order to put an initiative before Idaho voters on raising the Gem State's minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, 13 other states are set to bump up their minimum wages this Wednesday, Jan. 1.

The wage floor will rise in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

An ABC/Washington Post poll published last week found that two-thirds of Americans think the minimum wage should go up. More than one-third of respondents said an increase to $9 per hour is reasonable.

Washington currently has the highest state minimum wage of $9.19 an hour. That state's wage floor will be raised to $9.32 per hour. Oregon's will bump up to $9.10 per hour and Montana will increase to $7.90 per hour.

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