IDP: U.S Sen. Jim Risch Loves Perks of Dysfunctional Congress

U.S Sen. Jim Risch Loves Perks of Dysfunctional Congress

Risch is just kicking back in D.C., content to frequent the Ford Theater, take exotic trips on the taxpayer dime, and be part of the “dsysfunction.” He tells Statesman reporter Dan Popkey the job is so easy, “This you could do ad infinitum.” 

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Minimum Wage For All: Your Idaho GOP Economy

Idaho has the largest percentage of minimum wage earners in the country. That’s a full-time job earning $15,000 a year. Decades of GOP control created Idaho’s economy. It will take Idaho Democrats and some reasonable decision-makers to fix this.

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School Board Elections May 21

Plenty of examples out there of why these elections matter. A good starter would be to ask them how they voted on the Luna Laws last November.

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Idaho State University Professor Turns To Drones In Quest For Sasquatch

An Idaho anthropologist has risked his career in pursuit of what the rest of science considers a myth. Jeff Meldrum of Idaho State University is the nation’s lone academic trying to make the scientific case for Bigfoot. It’s no joke. Now he’s even raising money to launch an unmanned aircraft that would scan the Northwest’s forests for the large, hairy creature. Meldrum now hopes drones can finally prove his critics wrong.


What happened with Tavoy Moore?

Idaho State University Athletic Director Jeff  Tingey confirmed Thursday morning that all-star running-back Tavoy Moore has been dismissed from the football team. It happened during the Thursday morning Bengal football team practice.

“For the most part it was for conduct detrimental to the team,” Tingey said. He said the dismissal was the result of a “combination of events.”

This sounds pretty bad. Although at least one poster praised the coach for sticking to his guns and dismissing a star player.

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Welcome Back Orange and Black Aug. 22! Students can win free car, diamond, other prizes, plus free food and entertainment

Idaho State University students will have a chance to win a car, a $2,500 diamond and other great prizes, plus enjoy free food, music and a variety of booths and entertainment during the second annual “Welcome Back Orange and Black” from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in Old Town Pocatello.

A scene from last year's Welcome Back Orange and BlackA scene from last year’s Welcome Back Orange and Black

“It’s going to be bigger and better than last year,” said Valorie Watkins, event organizer. “We’ve had great support welcoming students back to campus and to our communities.”The car, a Lincoln Town Car painted in orange and black with a Bengal logo, will be awarded through a drawing for students who fill out an information card at the celebration on the first day of fall semester. The car was donated by Jim Rogers, owner of Intermountain West Communications/KPVI-TV and is being painted by auto body staff at Cole Chevrolet.

Mock-up photo of the car to be given away from web picture; not actual car.Mock-up photo of the car to be given away from web picture; not actual car.

The Russian diamond, donated by Molinelli’s Jewelers in Old Town Pocatello, will also be awarded through a drawing at the event. Other prizes include gift certificates worth up to $250, a microwave oven, a cruiser bike and an ISU parking pass.There will be about 60 booths manned by businesses and restaurants, which will be providing free food samples, coupons and drawings to promote their goods and services

Entertainment includes music by the eclectic Pocatello band Blind Autumn; bouncy houses for families and children; recreational activities by the Pocatello Parks Department; a 23-foot hockey-shot trailer; music by the ISU Marching Band; and appearances by the Bengal Dancers, ISU Cheerleaders and members of several ISU athletic teams.

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The Idaho State Journal, KPVI-TV, Idaho State University, City of Pocatello, Old Town Pocatello, the Chamber of Commerce and many other sponsors are hosting the event. It celebrates the partnership and relationship between the university and the community.Businesses are being encouraged to paint signs in their store windows and decorated their businesses welcoming students back and letting them know their presence and business is appreciated. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorations.

Bus transportation will be available to Old Town leaving from designated campus locations and Bengal Village. The on-campus pickup stops are on Eighth Avenue/Cesar Chavez Way at the bus stop in front of the ISU Student Health Center across from the ISU Administration Building, and on the North Side of Holt Arena near the ticket office.

For more information, contact Watkins, 208-238-1278.

Idaho Museum of Natural History gets boost from INL; will use 3-D imagery system for research

A sophisticated 3-D imagery system on loan from the Idaho National Laboratory is giving a boost to the Idaho State University and the Idaho Museum of Natural History, allowing tremendous displays of the Museum’s virtual collections and expanding research capabilities in the College of Science and Engineering and elsewhere on campus.

Personnel from the Museum and the INL demonstrated an IQ-Station displaying 3-D images from Museum’s virtual collections on Wednesday. The IQ-Station is on loan from the INL Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Museum Director Herbert Maschner demonstrates the IQ-Station provided by the INL Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

“The IQ-Station is a key addition to the Idaho Museum of Natural History’s $1 million-plus project, which is creating an online, interactive, virtual museum of northern animal bones that will be used by scholars and educator around the globe,” said Herbert Maschner, Museum director. “This system, so generously provided by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, will also form the foundation of the IMNH Virtual Museum of Idaho Project.”

Both projects are collaboration between the Museum and professor Corey Schou of the ISU Informatics Research Institute.

This latter project will create a variety of online “education modules” that will provide multi-media, comprehensive exhibits to Idaho K-12 and university students, as well as to researchers and the general public –anyone who has a computer and Internet access.

“The IQ-Station is key because it allows us to really use 3-D images as an analysis tool,” Maschner said. “It will be used primarily by researchers, but there will also be demonstrations for the public.”

The $25,000 system, designed and built by the INL, consists of six infrared cameras that project 3-D graphics on a large television screen. Researchers wear special eyeglasses and manipulate software to view, navigate and interact with the images.

“Modeling and simulation are important tools for modern scientific research,” said J.W. “Bill” Rogers, Jr., director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. “The INL-developed IQ-Station strengthens the modeling and simulation capabilities at each of the CAES partner universities and enhances their ability to conduct cutting-edge research.”

Maschner believes the IQ-Station has the potential to revolutionize visualization and simulation techniques and fundamental research in fields such as engineering, physics, ecology, bioinformatics, genetics, geosciences, and archaeology.

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies has also provided IQ-Stations to Boise State University and the University of Idaho. The Center for Advanced Energy Studies ( is a research and education partnership between BSU, INL, ISU and UI. The goal of providing the IQ-Stations is to bolster the modeling and simulation capabilities and advance the research being conducted at the CAES partner institutions.

The Idaho Museum of Natural History is the State of Idaho’s official museum for life sciences – the plants, animals, and environments of Idaho; anthropology and archaeology– the indigenous and past peoples and cultures of Idaho; the earth sciences–the paleontology, geology, and landscape history of Idaho; and natural history education.

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ISU Society of Physics Students honored by American Institute of Physics

The ISU Society of Physics Students (SPS) has earned the Blake Lilly Award by the American Institute of Physics for their science outreach to Idaho schools and community groups, and public science presentations.

Club members and physics faculty visit more than 40 schools and community groups a year for science presentations, activities, and workshops. They also organize a “Punk’n Chuck” competition and the Southeast Idaho Science Olympics, and present an annual public science demonstration show on the ISU campus.

The club is one of five SPS chapters nationwide to receive this award in 2011.

The Blake Lilly Prize recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics.

An article on the ISU club’s activities is posted on the National SPS web page at, and will appear in the Fall 2011 issue of the “SPS Observer.”  The award consists of a plaque and a three-volume set of the Feynman Lectures on Physics.

ISU-Meridian accepting applications for paramedic science

MERIDIAN – Idaho State University is accepting applications to its Associate of Science degree program in paramedic science. The deadline to apply is July 15. Classes start Aug. 22 and will be held at the ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive, just north of I-84 and Locust Grove Road.

The paramedic science program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to treat patients in and out of a hospital setting, conduct thorough patient assessments, and provide medical care to reduce illness and injury.

The program, which will be taught through a partnership between ISU and Ada County Paramedics, consists of three semesters of lecture, laboratory and clinical field experience, including a three-month field internship.  Applicants must fulfill prerequisites to gain admission.

To apply, call the Meridian Health Science Center at (208) 373-1700 or go to online to .

In addition to a completed ISU application, prospective students must make an additional, separate application specifically to the paramedic science program and submit a copy of their current EMT-B certification, a copy of their CPR certification for Health Care Providers, a one-page essay describing why they want to be a paramedic and their professional goals.  For more information and to download the paramedic science application form, go to

Upon acceptance, students must provide a copy of their immunization records, a physical exam and an ISU background check.  Individual interviews will be conducted in July.The ISU paramedic program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, is the only paramedic program in Idaho offering an Associate of Science degree.

For more information, contact Ellen Jones, training coordinator, at 373-1760 or email her at

Idaho State University College of Education ICEE is providing training to 486 K-12 educators this week

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The Idaho State University College of Education and Dell, Inc., are again teaming up to provide east Idaho K-12 teachers and administrators with a proven, comprehensive teacher-training model that improves student achievement.

Nearly 500 K-12 teachers and administrators throughout east Idaho are attending a Total Instructional Alignment Conference running through June 10 at Idaho State University in the Pond Student Union.  Dell will provide computer technology and support for the conference.

Participants are learning and implementing the Total Instructional Alignment (TIA) teaching model, as authored by Lisa Carter, which aligns standards to student learning outcomes, curriculum with instruction, and then assesses how effectively the standards have been met.

There are teams of teachers and administrators from 30 school districts attending the training, said Chuck Zimmerly, interim director for the ICEE. A total of 486 professionals are attending the conference.

“This model of teaching looks to incorporate standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment into a strategic, logical holistic program,” Zimmerly said. “Classrooms, schools and districts that have implemented this program have shown measurable improvement.”

For more information on the ISU Total Instructional Alignment program, visit

White supremacist music CDs distributed at Pocatello High School, ISU

POCATELLO—CDs with white supremacist music were recently distributed at Pocatello High School and Idaho State University, according to the local anti-hate group Pocatello: Too Great for Hate.

The label on the CDs said they were from a group called Fetch the Rope.

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State education board raises tuition at universities

The Idaho State Board of Education in a meeting today in Moscow voted to approve the amount of proposed tuition/fee increases for all of the state’s universities and colleges, according to a press release.

The following tuition/fee rates are now in effect for the 2011-2012 academic year, which starts in the fall:

University of Idaho

$5402   8.4%    $454    $5856   8.4%

Idaho State University

$5416   7.0 %   $380    $5796   7.0%

Boise State University

$5300   5.0%    $266    $5566   5.0%

Lewis-Clark State College

$4998   7.0%    $350    $5348   7.0%

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