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Oregon to use radio-controlled helicopter on fires

When a fire filled the Cascade Range’s rugged canyons in southwestern Oregon with smoke in 2011, firefighters started thinking an unmanned aircraft might help them get a look beneath the cover that a conventional scout plane could not. The state’s ...

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Boise entrepreneurs seek to create startup hub (access required)

A team of Boise entrepreneurs is seeking to create a new hub for entrepreneurs. The new organization is looking for space in downtown Boise for meetings and information gatherings. The entity doesn’t have a formal name, though it’s called Actuate ...

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Teams trap grizzlies as feds consider delisting

Sixteen grizzlies have been captured so far this year by teams gathering information for the federal government. The information will be used this fall to decide whether to propose lifting federal protections of the bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. ...

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High court ruling leaves open questions on patenting software (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that some, but not all, computer-implemented software functions are too abstract to qualify for a patent. But the court’s ruling in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Int’l, No. 13-298, did not clearly define ...

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Big summer ahead in Idaho for rules on remote medical practice

Efforts to set up guidelines for remote medical services in Idaho are gathering momentum this summer, with the formation of a new state Telehealth Council in June and an important conference on telehealth planned in August. Doctors, administrators, and regulators ...

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ITD weighs requests for heavier truck allowances

The Idaho Transportation Department is weighing requests to allow trucks that weigh up to 129,000 pounds on more non-interstate, state-maintained highways. Starting with a pilot project in 2003, the state has been allowing trucks weighing up to 129,000 to use ...

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Expanding Medicaid could save Idaho $176 million (access required)

A working group examining Medicaid expansion has received new estimates saying that a public or private model to expand Medicaid would save the state money. But lawmakers on the panel say those options are unlikely and that the state should ...

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Boise State to lease space in new downtown building for computer science (access required)

Boise State University will lease space in Gardner’s City Center Plaza once it is constructed. The State Board of Education approved the partnership between Gardner Company and Boise State Jun. 19. The plan calls for the university to move portions ...

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State Board OKs Albertsons Stadium name change

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved the $12.5 million deal to rename Boise State University’s football stadium Albertsons Stadium. The 15-year deal was announced by Boise State and the Boise-based grocer in May. Under the contract approved by ...

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POM Wonderful case heads to federal court (access required)

The legal food fight between a fruit juice manufacturer and soft drink conglomerate Coca-Cola Co. will continue in federal court now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a false advertising claim was not precluded by federal law. The ...

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