Jessica Robinson http://www.kplu.org en Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal http://www.kplu.org/post/campaign-get-sherman-alexie-book-idaho-students-tops-goal <p>Two women in Washington have raised enough money to send 350 copies of a controversial book by Sherman Alexie to students in Meridian, Idaho.&nbsp;</p><p>The move is in reaction to the Meridian School Board's decision to suspend use of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" after parents complained about profanity and sexual content in the novel.</p><p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:08:09 +0000 Jessica Robinson 16144 at http://www.kplu.org Campaign To Get Sherman Alexie Book To Idaho Students Tops Goal The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985 http://www.kplu.org/post/landslide-statistic-everyones-using-1985 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142028776&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The massive landslide in Oso, has shined a national spotlight on the damage this kind of natural disaster can cause.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But geologists say they don't have comprehensive data on landslides in most places. In fact, the most frequently cited statistic on landslides in the U.S. is out of date.</p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:12:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson 15453 at http://www.kplu.org The Landslide Statistic Everyone's Using Is From 1985 Lawsuits: 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech http://www.kplu.org/post/lawsuits-ag-gag-laws-violate-free-speech <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">A lawsuit led by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new so-called </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“ag-gag”</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"> law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">And Idaho's law isn't the first to be&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.aclu.org/free-speech/aclu-idaho-and-coalition-files-lawsuit-over-controversial-ag-gag-law" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">challenged on free speech grounds</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:11:30 +0000 Jessica Robinson 15038 at http://www.kplu.org Lawsuits: 'Ag-Gag' Laws Violate Free Speech Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-students-make-last-ditch-effort-kill-guns-campus-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031014JR_GunsOnCampus_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.<p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:43:31 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14693 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho Students Make Last-Ditch Effort To Kill Guns-On-Campus Bill Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public http://www.kplu.org/post/exposed-shoreline-behind-damaged-wanapum-dam-closed-public <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030614JR_WanapumDamUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Officials in Grant County, Wash., are asking the public to stay away from the shoreline behind the damaged Wanapum Dam.<p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:17:02 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14519 at http://www.kplu.org Exposed Shoreline Behind Damaged Wanapum Dam Closed To Public National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown http://www.kplu.org/post/national-parks-report-nearby-towns-lost-nearly-half-billion-dollars-during-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October, according to a report released Monday by the National Park Service. But surrounding communities say the shutdown wasn't a complete loss.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 23:55:24 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14376 at http://www.kplu.org National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly Half-Billion Dollars During Shutdown Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From WIC Nutrition Program http://www.kplu.org/post/spud-snub-potato-growers-steamed-over-exclusion-wic-nutrition-program <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC. And it will cover all fruits and veggies — all but potatoes.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 00:58:55 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14299 at http://www.kplu.org Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From WIC Nutrition Program High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare http://www.kplu.org/post/high-enrollment-state-no-love-obamacare-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.</span></p><p>Even though Idaho politicians regularly condemn Obamacare, Idahoans are signing up at one of the highest per capita rates in the country, second only to Vermont.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:38:30 +0000 Jessica Robinson 14083 at http://www.kplu.org High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-bill-banning-secret-video-farms-moves-ahead <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A measure that seeks to bar animal rights activists from making undercover video in Idaho dairies is moving ahead in the state House.</span></p><p>What critics call the "ag gag" bill is a reaction to a 2012 video that showed workers abusing cows at a farm near Twin Falls. Farmers say they need protection from what they call "vigilante" tactics.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:46:34 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13942 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho Bill Banning Secret Video Of Farms Moves Ahead Idaho Family 'Cautiously Optimistic' Prisoner Swap Will Bring POW Home http://www.kplu.org/post/idaho-family-cautiously-optimistic-prisoner-swap-will-bring-pow-home <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The Idaho family of <a href="http://www.kplu.org/search/google/bowe%20bergdahl?query=bowe%20bergdahl&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">captured U.S. soldier Bowe </a></span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/search/google/bowe%20bergdahl?query=bowe%20bergdahl&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=">Bergdahl</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;"> is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Bergdahl has been a captive of the Taliban on the border lands of Afghanistan and Pakistan for nearly five years, and past attempts at negotiations have stalled out.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The idea of a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl has been talked about for years, most recently as a way to open broader peace talks with the Taliban. But such an endeavor required a delicate balance with the Afghan government and talks never got off the ground.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Now, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-seeks-prisoner-swap-with-taliban-to-free-army-sgt-bowe-bergdahl/2014/02/17/f142ed50-9590-11e3-afce-3e7c922ef31e_story.html" target="_blank">the Washington Post reports</a>, U.S. negotiators are floating the idea of just a swap: Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives at Guantanamo Bay.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:20:14 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13775 at http://www.kplu.org Idaho Family 'Cautiously Optimistic' Prisoner Swap Will Bring POW Home Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows http://www.kplu.org/post/midwives-say-idaho-licensing-law-has-brought-practice-out-shadows <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2010, Idaho started licensing midwives under the Midwifery Practice Act to allow midwives to legally deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers.</span></p><p>Idaho midwives say the move to officially license midwives brought the practice out of the shadows.&nbsp;But the law was only for a five-year trial period. Now the Idaho Midwifery Council is now asking lawmakers to renew and extend the law for another 10 years before it sunsets this summer.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13708 at http://www.kplu.org Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk http://www.kplu.org/post/snow-mountains-comes-heightened-avalanche-risk <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two cross-country skiers from the Seattle area died and two others were injured Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern </span>Wallowa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mountains in eastern Oregon, according to the Baker County sheriff.</span></p><p>The skiers were part of an eight-member group on a guided tour when the avalanche hit. After a dry period, the Northwest is seeing heavy snow, which has increased the avalanche danger across the region.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:08:41 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13569 at http://www.kplu.org Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas http://www.kplu.org/post/risk-falling-trees-shutters-northwest-camping-areas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Forest managers in western Washington and northern Idaho will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers. It’s a problem Northwest forests may see more of in the coming years.</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 01:06:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13490 at http://www.kplu.org Risk Of Falling Trees Shutters Northwest Camping Areas Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-school-district-considers-ban-sherman-alexie-novel <p>A school district in Sweet Home, Oregon is considering whether to pull a book by Northwest author Sherman Alexie from junior high classrooms.</p><p>“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” is frequently targeted for removal from school reading lists for its language and depictions of violence and sexuality.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:12:29 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13192 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon School District Considers Ban On Sherman Alexie Novel Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans http://www.kplu.org/post/gay-rights-advocates-idaho-bills-would-upend-local-discrimination-bans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities. The new bills are aimed protecting religious people from activities they say violate their beliefs.</span></p><p>Republican Idaho lawmakers are responding to incidents elsewhere in the Northwest. A <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/arlenes-flowers">florist in Richland, Wash., faces lawsuits</a> for refusing to provide the flowers for a same-sex wedding. In Oregon, investigators found a baker in Gresham who made a similar stand violated the state's civil rights laws.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13026 at http://www.kplu.org Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans