Idaho Reports: Idaho's 'Rec Tech' industry includes some innovative and adventurous souls

If you didn't catch last night's Outdoor Idaho premier, you can watch it on demand here.

This was my first stab at the show, and we had a great time putting it together - hearing some amazing stories from longtime outdoor innovators like jet-boat designer Darell Bentz and 40-year Scott engineer Charley French - as well as some newer additions to this world like Kate Schade, who turned her homemade energy bar into a business that is now a growing employer in tiny Victor, Idaho.

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Idaho Reports: Watch this week's full show on demand


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Idaho Reports: Does your 2nd Amendment stance square with your 1st Amendment one? (And vice-versa...)

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Idaho Reports: Gov. Otter gets philosophical on the Constitution this week

Gov. Butch Otter on Idaho ReportsSometimes when we're working on our weekly show, it all comes down to the final few hours and we pack in a ton of interviews on Friday afternoon.

This is not one of those weeks...

Idaho Reports: New info on Kempthorne's Dept. of Interior bathroom?

A story is making the rounds today from an Atlanta TV station about the costs of a bathroom remodel at the Department of Interior when Idaho's former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne was secretary.

We caught it on one of the cable channels as we were flipping channels at our little Capitol Mall office.

It says a four-year-old Freedom of Information Act request by a reporter at WSB-TV was finally answered, and came with photos of swanky hardware used and other high-cost elements of the $222,000 remodel.

Idaho Reports: The brewing fights at the Idaho Statehouse

Usually these first couple of weeks at the Statehouse are pretty slow, news-wise. Committees are hashing out the rules agencies wrote over the interim, new chairmen and new members are just getting their feet wet.

But you can usually get a glimpse of some of the discussions building up, like storm systems in the atmosphere...

Here are a few I'm keeping an eye on:

1) School labor issues.

Idaho Reports: Otter's steps to counter a looming doctor shortage

Idaho has one of the lowest numbers of physicians per capita in the U.S., and the 6th-oldest physician workforce in the country.

It also has no medical school (just a few seats at the universities of Washington and Utah) and about 10 percent of the residency training programs as most of its neighboring states.

Idaho Reports: Watch Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby and the pundits

The pundits took on state revenues, nuclear waste, health care reform, education spending and more:

Idaho Reports: Gov. Butch Otter tackles a looming physician shortage, but will it be enough?

On tonight's show, we spend some time with some medical residents and new rural doctors -- and the physicians who train them -- to explore some of the issues Gov. Butch Otter addressed in his State of the State speech.

Otter wants to expand Idaho's seats at the University of Washington med school to 25 from 20, and help pay for the rural rotations of doctors training for three years at Boise's VA Medical Center. We'll have Boise State Public Radio StateImpact reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders on with the pundits to find out just how severe this physician shortage really is.

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