Don’t Waste Idaho

Nuclear Waste. The challenge of making nuclear power safer doesn’t end after the power has been generated. Nuclear fuel remains dangerously radioactive for thousands of years after it is no longer useful in a commercial reactor. The resultingwaste disposal problem has become a major challenge for policymakers. – Union of Concerned Scientests

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The recent rupture of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) highlights why Snake River Alliance is investing in a far-reaching public education campaign, Don’t Waste Idaho, to stop more shipments of nuclear waste to the Gem State.

Our goal is to stop the federal government from bringing in nuclear waste in violation of the 1995 Nuclear Settlement Agreement. The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing changes that would weaken the agreement —if the Idaho Governor and Attorney General agree to the new terms.

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About Don’t Waste Idaho, former Governor Phil Batt said, “I’m grateful they are trying to get the agreement carried out. I want to stop any weakening of the agreement that I negotiated and signed with the federal government in 1995”.

Currently, INL stores hundreds of thousands of gallons of liquid nuclear waste, thousands of barrels of plutonium waste, and hundreds of tons of highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel. The INL sits directly above the Snake River Plain Aquifer and the fresh water supply for over 1/5th of Idaho’s residents. The State of Idaho’s own research shows that the water beneath the INL – and the radioactive isotopes it contains – will flow to the Magic Valley within 150 to 250 years.

​In the 1950s and ’60s, plutonium-contaminated waste from the Rocky Flats H-bomb plant was buried in unlined pits and trenches in the Arco Desert above the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. Much of that waste is being exhumed and processed for shipping to a permanent disposal site in N.M.

Now, the Department of Energy plans to change the 1995 agreement so large quantities of nuclear waste can be brought to Idaho. There are also plans to bring in very radioactive commercial fuel rods to INL for “research” from Byron, IL.

“When I learned that the federal government now wants to truck nuclear waste on I-84, right through Boise, I was horrified,” said Amber Labelle, a veterinary specialist who recently moved to the area and had no knowledge of Idaho’s nuclear waste issues. “As a mother and a scientist, I was shocked to learn about Idaho’s history of being used as a nuclear waste dump.”

Leslee Reed co-owns Onsen Farms in Buhl with her husband James Reed. As part of the Don’t Waste Idaho advisory board, they are calling on Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Gov. Butch Otter to make sure there is a clear plan for any additional nuclear waste that comes into Idaho leaving within one year.

“If we don’t enforce our existing agreement with the federal government, the Hanford waste could get stranded in Idaho and threaten our water,” said Leslee Reed.

Everyone’s voice matters: Take Action Today!

Boise State Video Production Suite Features One Button Studio

Written by Sherry Squires

The Boise State university Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Video Production Suite featuring the One Button Studio. The suite provides a simplified system for creating videos and is located on the second floor of the library, Room L205.  It can be reserved and scheduled via the library’s website under Study Rooms. Students can schedule the room for one-hour increments, up to 2 hours each day. Room reservations can be made at http://boisestate.libcal.com/booking/vps. Then, check out the room key from the circulation desk to access the room.

The process of creating a video using this resource is simple: Insert the thumb drive into the USB slot on the table, press the “one button” and record. When finished, press the “one button’” again to end recording, and your video will be written to the thumb drive. Take the thumb drive to one of our two editing stations, and apply the appropriate finishing touches.

The room contains a green screen wall with different color backdrops, overhead lighting, a lectern, and a handful of adjustable height chairs for use in your video.There are two 27″ iMac computers, a Blue Yeti microphone, and the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite for your post-production editing needs. Assistance is available. To learn more about the Video Production Suite, go to http://guides.boisestate.edu/vps

C of I honored as top accounting bachelor’s program in Idaho

The College of Idaho recognized as the top Accounting bachelor program in the state.

 

The College of Idaho can add another accolade to its list of top honors with an endorsement from AccountingEdu.org listing the College’s Accounting-150 Hours program as the top accounting bachelor’s program in the state for the 2018-2019 school year.

AccountingEdu.org, a resource for aspiring CPAs and other accounting professionals to explore options for education and career options, rated bachelor accounting programs based on data from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), ranking schools primarily on graduating students’ first-time pass rate of the CPA exam.

“At its core, accounting is about the concrete…the quantifiable,” stated AccountingEdu’s lead-in to the list of top schools. “But all too often even accounting students give too much attention to subjective noise when trying to get a feel for the quality of one degree program versus another. We all know better than to give weight to anything that can’t be represented in numbers.”

The C of I’s CPA exam first-time pass rate stands at 63.6 percent, the highest rate of success within Idaho. 2016 data provided by NASBA revealed only 54 percent of candidates nationally pass all four sections of the exam on their first attempt, placing C of I’s students far above the national average.

Although AccountingEdu chiefly used this statistic in its endorsement of the C of I, the website also praised the College’s accounting program for its unique, five-year program providing all the necessary credits for students to qualify for CPA designation, as well as the amount of opportunity for internship and experiential learning, including individually arranged capstone projects.

“There are plenty of reasons why The College of Idaho stands out for its Accounting 150 Hours Major program,” stated AccountingEdu. “It provides students with opportunities to work on projects that connect them with the community, build strong connections with accomplished alumni and local leaders, and partner with professional mentors.”

Dr. Marilyn Melchiorre, C of I’s chair of the business and accounting department, credited fellow faculty members John Danielson, Kris Erne and Rick Goodwin for their work over the last five years to continue pushing C of I’s accounting curriculum to higher levels of rigor, helping to better prepare students for post-graduation success.

“This is exciting news for our department,” Melchiorre said. “What sets the C of I accounting degree apart from others is the unique curriculum of fundamental and advanced accounting courses containing hands-on learning with faculty mentors who have extensive work experience in both public and private accounting sectors.”

For more information about C of I’s accounting program, visit https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/academics/departments/business-accounting.

For AccountingEdu’s full list of top accounting schools, click here.

Miss Pocatello Nina Forest Crowned Miss Idaho

by Michael Strickland

“Congratulations to our new Miss Idaho 2018, Nina Forest!” reads the Miss Idaho Facebook page. “She will represent Idaho on the Miss America stage in Atlantic City on September 9th. Make sure to keep up with her exciting year!”  Forest, who was Miss Pocatello, received her crown last night at the Nampa Civic Center.

Her platform is Leave Childhood Hunger Behind and as Miss Idaho Forest will focus on decreasing food insecurity in the Gem State.

The Miss Idaho Scholarship Program is a preliminary competition of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading scholarship  and achievement programs for young women. Forest received thousands of dollars in scholarship money and other prizes. These included an award for the talent portion, in which she played an expressive self-arranged piano solo of Rhapsody Brillante by Melody Bober.

After being a classical violinist most of my life, I started playing piano six years ago in high school and discovered what it truly meant to love music. While I haven’t had the years of experience most pianists have had, I am completely humbled to have won preliminary talent at #MissIdaho2018. The place you start does not determine how far you can go. With passion, hard work, and perseverance anything is possible.  – Nina Forest

A self-described adrenaline junkie, she muses: “I love roller coasters, heights … and I’ve been skydiving. One of the reasons that I love living in Idaho is that our backyard is just one big adventure.” Forest is also a first generation American. “My mom immigrated to the United States from China and my dad was born in England,” she said.

Since 1950, this state-level program has provided all its participants with educational assistance. The mission of the Miss Idaho Organization is to create a foundation of self-esteem and empowerment for the young women who participate. Participants develop interview skills and build self-confidence that lasts a lifetime and prepares them for future challenges and pursuits.

WATCH NINA FOREST’S INTRODUCTION  VIDEO FOR THE MISS IDAHO COMPETITION. 

Miss Idaho participants have achieved success in diverse fields including education, medicine, law, business, theater, politics, and broadcast journalism. Contestants work for causes represented by their personally chosen platforms which have included cancer research, organ donation, suicide prevention, child enrichment and mentoring programs, senior citizen advocacy, arts, culture and public safety.

The program has a deep well of community sponsors, parents, and volunteers who offer unwavering support of this organization that dignifies and empowers women. Read more at http://www.missidaho.org.

Top 5 finalists pictured below:
4th runner up – Kaitlin Hae Hae
3rd runner up – Miso Jang
2nd runner up – Marissa Lynne Goodwin
1st runner up – Hannah Menzner
Miss Idaho 2018 – Nina Forest

 

Young People’s Pavilion – P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

Young People's Pavilion

By The Book Bearimages

I first met Stan “The Bookman” Steiner at a reading conference many years ago. He was dubbed “The Bookman” by his students because of his vast knowledge of children’s literature. That is why I was very pleased to see that the acclaimed Discover America State by State series continued with his P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet. Lyrically written with his wife Joy, this title explores the lush land and rich history of a state too often overlooked.

Kids of all ages wil love the A to Z rhymes boasting about all the treasures found within Idaho’s borders- from the Appaloosa steed to the zinc mines to Mount Borah, to, you knew we couldn’t forget it, the potato. But after a few pages readers will also allow peregrine, Union Pacific, Quinceanera, Nex Perce, and other Idaho icons to share in the spotlight.

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Moving to Idaho: A Guide

IdahoAlthough justifiably known for its world-renowned potatoes, Idaho has much more to offer than just its leading agricultural export, writes Jim Hoehn in Eight Reasons to Move to Idaho.

Idaho is a state in the northwestern region of the United States. It borders the state of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west. To the north, it shares a small portion of the Canadian border with the province of British Columbia. With a population of around 1.6 million and an area of 83,569 square miles (216,440 km2), Idaho is the 14th largest, the 12th least populous and the 7th least densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. The state’s capital and largest city is Boise.

Nestled against the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon, Idaho offers a scenic mix of rivers, jagged peaks and farmland with the lowest cost of living of the 11 western states. Although the 11th-largest state in terms of size, Idaho ranks 39th in population. Boise, the state capital, has a population of 218,281, but is the only city with a population of more than 100,000.

Idaho prior to European settlement was inhabited by Native American peoples, some of whom still live in the area. In the early 19th century, Idaho was considered part of the Oregon Country, an area disputed between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. It officially became U.S. territory with the signing of the Oregon Treaty of 1846, but a separate Idaho Territory was not organized until 1863, instead being included for periods in Oregon Territory and Washington Territory. Idaho was eventually admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, becoming the 43rd state.

Forming part of the Pacific Northwest (and the associated Cascadia bioregion), Idaho is divided into several distinct geographic and climatic regions. In the state’s north, the relatively isolated Idaho Panhandle is closely linked with Eastern Washington, with which it shares the Pacific Time Zone – the rest of the state uses the Mountain Time Zone. The state’s south includes the Snake River Plain (which contains most of the population and agricultural land), while the south-east incorporates part of the Great Basin. Idaho is quite mountainous, and contains several stretches of the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, around 38 percent of Idaho’s land is held by the United States Forest Service, the most of any state.

Read Eight Reasons to Move to Idaho.