Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman

Bill Roberts

Idaho Statesman

Boise, ID, United States

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Past articles by Bill:

Rising tuition, debt burdens students as Boise State University grows

Boise State's students face rising tuition and debt. But they have a campus dotted with new buildings, and BSU says its tuition is reasonable. → Read More

Is Idaho getting its $12 million worth from dual credit-classes? State looks at tighter rules

Some students hoping to amass college credits to speed their time through college find it isn’t always working the way they hope. But change could be coming to make the system more transparent and accountable. → Read More

What will Boise see on eclipse day? Darkness, maybe stars

We’re close enough to the path of totality that we won’t miss much. → Read More

How you can make sunshine run your appliances, and save money on your power bill, too

The Snake River Alliance promotes a plan to increase the number of homes running on solar energy in the Treasure Valley by partnering with local installation companies. About 1,200 Valley homes so far run on power from the sun. → Read More

Wondering what the old Macy’s building looks like inside now? Take a video tour

The former Macy’s building, a 90-year-old Downtown Boise structure, will officially reopen as Athlos Academies. → Read More

Living science: School delayed, lessons changed, to let students see Aug. 21 eclipse

Several Southwest Idaho districts delayed the start of school in August so kids can see the eclipse. Others are trying to figure out how to help kids in school that day still benefit from the experience. → Read More

You can make Idaho forecasts better, data more reliable. Be a weather watcher

Boise’s National Weather Service office and a Colorado university volunteer network need more Southwest Idaho people to check rain gauges and measure snow depth. → Read More

Where will you chase the shadow? Idaho gets ready for crowds of Aug. 21 eclipse watchers

Weiser is throwing a four-day party. Stanley is lining up education and astronomy programs. And a 16-year-old in Idaho City is launching her own eclipse festival on the big day. → Read More

Eager for the eclipse? Tell us how you’re planning to see it

Tell us what you need to know to make viewing the eclipse more fun. Idaho and eastern Oregon will offer prime viewing Aug. 21. → Read More

Boise is hosting its biggest-ever convention this week. Are we ready for the big time?

Boise Centre’s supporters hope a pleasant experience will lead to positive word of mouth and even more convention business. The nation’s epidemiologists decided to move their convention to Boise last year to protest North Carolina’s transgender law. → Read More

Nampa will host a three day Jehovah Witness convention at the Ford Idaho Center

This is the second year in a row Nampa has played host to the regional convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. → Read More

More room for the arts. West Ada considers selling, building bigger fine arts school

There is no timeline for the project, but the district is considering the sale of the Eagle campus that today hosts nearly 200 students. → Read More

Tax assessment notices are in the mail. Here’s how to understand yours.

Median assessments for 2017 hit $233,100, above the 2008 high of $211,000, as market values rise throughout the county. Assessment notices are being mailed this weekend. → Read More

Ten Idaho schools gets funds for suicide and bullying prevention programs

One in five Idaho high school students have contemplated suicide, report shows → Read More

Ada County assessed home values, up 8.1%, surpass 2008’s prerecession peak

Median assessments for 2017 hit $233,100, above the 2008 high of $211,000, as market values rise throughout the county. Assessment notices are being mailed this weekend. → Read More

Boise schools may change school year to start in mid August and end in May

Parents are being asked their opinion in a survey before trustees make a decision this fall. The new calendar wouldn’t take effect until the 2018-2019 school year. → Read More

Teaching climate change: Idaho educators take a second shot at state science standards

New standards put more emphasis on scientific discovery and less on lecturing students about the perils of climate change. → Read More

‘He has grit.’ After losing his leg to a grenade he kept going – all the way to graduation

Prince Muragizi will graduate from Meridian High in June. He wants to become a therapist so he can be like the people who helped him learn to walk again. → Read More

Boise's remodeled Macy's buildings is now home to a charter school suppport company

Athlos Academies spent about a year renovating the familiar building at 10th and Idaho streets. Athletic-style remodel echoes the education company’s commitment to strengthening students’ bodies as well as their minds and characters. → Read More

Tiny Stanley, at the foot of Idaho’s Sawtooths, offers history, hiking and hot springs

At the foot of Idaho’s Sawtooth mountains sits Stanley, offering history, hot springs, swimming, hiking and a great place to eat breakfast → Read More