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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 23, 2017

Today in New West news: Governor Bullock to deliver keynote at Why Public Lands Matter, Wyoming population drops for first time in 27 years, and Denver economics good for millennials.

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BSU Home Game Tickets on Sale Thursday

Sure, supporting a winning local team is an easy bandwagon to jump on, but there were Boise State football fans long before the Broncos won the Fiesta Bowl last season. In fact, pretty much everyone in the city of Boise (save a few University of Idaho loyalists) loves Boise State football. So bandwagon fans and long-time devotees alike should be thrilled that individual BSU home football game tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m.

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BSU Gets Millions for Nursing Education Building

Boise State University is a little richer today. And really, it makes us all richer as well. Jim Kissler, CEO of Boise-based Norco Inc., presented the university with a $2 million gift on behalf of the Kissler Family Foundation that will be used for the construction of a new building for the Department of Nursing and the Student Health Wellness and Counseling Center. The $25 million building is expected to be completed in time for the fall 2009 semester, and the Kissler donation is going to help provide more research and clinical opportunities and more classrooms and labs so the school can accept more nursing and wellness students.

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Boise City Midweek News

Depot Will be Open to the Public on Sundays The City of Boise is expanding the hours for the Boise Depot beginning this weekend. Starting June 3rd the Boise Depot, Great Hall and Bell Towers will be open Sundays from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. through September 30th. Admission is free. Plenty of Summer Classes Are Still Open at BSU Many summer session core classes and upper-division, graduate and doctoral classes are still available at Boise State University. More about both these stories --->

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New Web Community Created by BSU Student Debuts

A new Web-based community for scholars, Pronetos, has debuted this week. Pronetos, or the "Professors' Network", is the brainchild of Chris Blanchard, a Boise State University graduate student in history. While working as an undergraduate student to publish a paper with social work professor Dan Huff in 2003, he became frustrated by the cumbersome process of peer review and publishing. As a certified Web developer, he knew the internet could solve a lot of his problems.

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Making Idaho More Bike Friendly

Traffic planners and designers in the Treasure Valley may be able to make future roads more bicycle-friendly thanks to information they learned today at the Bicycle Congress, held at Boise State University. Speakers from the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley talked about concepts such as traffic lights that sense bicycles in an intersection and extend the green light accordingly, as well as changing the configuration of roads to reduce the incidents of "dooring," or a bicyclist riding into an open door of a parked car. Attendees at the conference included representatives from the Ada County Highway District, Idaho Transportation Department, and Capital City Development Corp., leading bicycle advocates to hope that these innovations might be implemented in Idaho at some point.

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Boise State College Republicans Soil Their White Hats

I never thought I'd say this, but I am grateful to the College Republicans at Boise State University. I would like to congratulate them for lifting the veneer of respectability off the state's immigration debate and exposing the bigotry, hatred, and ill will that motivates legislation like S1172, a bill that would make English Idaho's "official" language. Soon, I expect white will be named Idaho's official race, and blond-haired and blue-eyed our official phenotype. [Editor's note: S1172 passed the Idaho House of Representatives this afternoon, 46-20. Having passed the Senate previously, it will now go to Governor Butch Otter for signature.]

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Writer to Share Travels, Insight About Afghanistan

We call it the War on Terrorism now and we voice our opinions about the American military’s future, but it wasn’t so long ago that words like Taliban and Al-Qaida (or variant spellings) made up dinner table conversations. It is the war in Afghanistan, and though we may talk about the country and the war and popular opinions a little differently than we did five years ago, most of us could benefit from personal, or at least second-hand, insight on what’s happening in Afghanistan. That’s what writer Christian Parenti is offering. Parenti, who has traveled to Afghanistan three times since 2004, will host two free presentations this week, in Boise and in Caldwell, about his recent Afghan travels and he will also share insight into the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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Gore Speaks; Now’s Your Chance to Respond

The Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University was packed on Monday night. It was, of course, because of the keynote speaker at the Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs: Former Vice President Al Gore. To paraphrase Bethine Church, who introduced the former VP, this year will be marked by two events, the Fiesta Bowl and the talk by Al. Gore’s speech addressed issues of global warming and was very similar to his famous movie on the subject, An Inconvenient Truth, but updated with more statistics and findings from the past year. It also incorporated issues relevant to the Northwest and facts about specific climate-related incidents in Idaho, such as flooding, droughts and forest fires. Instead of summarizing the speech or the conference, we instead just want to start a dialogue about Gore, global warming and what Americans can do to rectify the grim situation. So check out what some of the attendees said after the Gore speech:

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Micron Gives $12.5mil to BSU for Biz-Econ Building

The Micron Technology Foundation and Boise State University announced today a $12.5 million gift to help fund a new state-of-the-art building for the College of Business and Economics. The proposed building will be located at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and University Drive and will serve as a gateway to the university from the west. Current budget projections are for a total project cost of $31 million. “Boise State University has been a great partner in education, helping Micron and others achieve success through the success of its faculty and students,” said Steve Appleton, Micron chairman, CEO and president. “Boise State is an institution that continues to increase its contributions to the community, the state of Idaho and the nation. We are pleased to participate in the university’s efforts to again reach new levels of excellence.”

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