Monthly Archives: April 2014


“We need to play well.”

That’s what Idaho men’s tennis coach Jeff Beaman said after learning the Vandals will be taking on the number one seed, the USC Trojans, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Idaho men’s and women’s tennis teams both won Western Athletic Conference championships on Sunday to advance to NCAA competition. 

The Vandal men (11-13) take on the No. 1 overall seed Trojans (26-3) on May 10 at 12 p.m. in Los Angeles.

“They’re the number one seed in the tournament for a reason,” Beaman said in a statement. “They’re a great program. They’ve won multiple national championships recently.”

The men’s team heads into the NCAA tournament on a season-high four-match win streak. After winning just three of their first nine matches of the season, the Idaho men went 8-7 down the stretch and finished 11- 13.

“We have an extremely talented team,” Beaman said. “We honestly have, I feel, under-achieved for most of the year. The good thing is we got healthy and we started playing better at the right time.” 

“Winning the WAC was important for us. It was our goal as a team,” Idaho senior Jose Bendeck said. “We worked for our goal and we made it.”

Bendeck will play at the No. 1 singles and doubles spots for the Vandals during the NCAA tournament, He said in an interview with Idaho Public Radio that the tournament will be a good experience for the Vandals.

“We go there with no pressure,” Bendeck said. “We go there to enjoy it. know it’s the No. 1 team in the nation. We just have to enjoy the moment and play as hard as we can and just leave it all there…They’re all humans. Anything can happen in tennis.”


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The Idaho women (19-5) will play against the 16th seeded Trojans (16-7) in LA on May 9 at 2 p.m.

“Our women’s program has a winning record and we’ve beaten nationally ranked programs,” Beaman said.  “We have a very talented team and when we’re clicking we can compete with anybody.”

“They’re a tough team, but we’re a good team too,” Idaho senior Almudena Sanz said. “Anything can happen on the court. They have good players at every position but we have the skills to beat them. We are growing and coming together as a team. Everyone has to be focused on their match and give it their best.”


The Idaho men’s and women’s tennis teams each won Western Athletic Conference championships Sunday. It was the first WAC championship for both teams.

The top-seeded women (19- 5 overall) defeated No. 3 New Mexico State 4-1 and the second-seeded Vandal men beat New Mexico State 4-3.

For the Idaho women, the championship was especially sweet given that the team’s head coach left for another program two days before the season started. Men’s coach Jeff Beaman stepped in to serve in that capacity for both programs.

“A great accomplishment for the women’s programs,” Beaman said. “It really shows the character of the team, persevering after losing their coach two days before the season started.”


(Photo courtesy Western Athletic Conference)

Galina Bykova clinched the championship for the women, winning 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles after Idaho earned wins at No. 1 from Victoria Lozano, No. 4 from Sophie Vickers, and No. 5 from Belen Barcenilla. 

On the men’s side, the Vandals (11- 13 overall) and Aggies split the six singles matches, forcing a winner-take-all doubles competition. The Aggies took the early advantage with an 8-6 win at No. 1,  but the Vandals bounced back with 8-6 wins at Nos. 2 and 3.


(Photo courtesy Western Athletic Conference)

“It could have gone either way,” Beaman said. “We talked about competing…at no point have you lost until the entire match is over.” 

Artemiy Nikitin, Cristobal Ramos Salazar and Andrew Zedde won their singles matches at Nos. 2, 3, and 6, respectively. Zedde teamed up with Odon Barta to win at No. 2 doubles and Cesar Torres and Nikitin won at No. 3 doubles to clinch the championship. 

The NCAA tournament brackets for both the men and women will be announced on Tuesday, April 29.



Families Fight Internet Dangers With Better Information

One of the downsides of modern technology is the dangers families face through the internet, including sexual predators. The Idaho Attorney General has a program to help families confront the problem. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (2:03)

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Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says it isn’t often public officials get to say they did something that helped to save the life of a child. But that is precisely what he can say about his “ProtecTeens” program, which started in 2005 and is aimed at educating parents and their children about the potential dangers children face from sexual predators on the Internet:

Lawrence Wasden: “A couple of years ago, I was up here in north Idaho, and I was at a middle school, I was making a presentation to the kids at a middle school.”

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Lawrence Wasden: “And I had a local detective with me. While I was presenting to these kids, a young girl got up and walked over and started talking to the detective. He said she told him that she was in internet contact with a man in Texas who was driving to Idaho to meet that child. We were able to inform her parents, get the local police chief involved, and some weeks later the police chief called me and said, quote, ‘We got him.’”

Wasden says that one story is enough to justify the cost of the program, but he says there are many other stories like that one:

Lawrence Wasden: “Twin Falls, and Gooding, and Wendell, and a whole variety of communities that we have gone to where that same story has been repeated time after time in this state.”

The program includes a video presentation, and Wasden says over 100,000 copies of the DVD have been delivered to families in the state, and he says has given numerous presentations on the program around Idaho, as well. The program includes information on internet safety and computer security controls.

Wasden says that internet crimes against children are primarily crimes of sexual exploitation, and include distribution of child pornography and the use of the Internet to target children for sexual abuse.

Last year the Idaho State Legislature funded an expansion of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the Attorney General’s Office.  Wasden says the unit helps to coordinate efforts among law enforcement to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate these predators.

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Among the honorees this year for the Silver and Gold Award at the University of Idaho was Matt Shelley. A graduate from 1975, Shelley has received international acclaim for his work as a journalist, editor and television producer. Idaho Public Radio’s Rebecca Johnson reports. (1:04 )

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From his beginnings as a station manager at the University of Idaho’s student- run radio station KUOI, Shelley’s extensive resume includes working as a field producer for NBC News and producing documentaries for A&E and the History Channel.


(Matt Shelley, April 17, 2014)

Shelley said his time at the University of Idaho helped him develop his path by stressing the importance of practical experience and persuading students to seek experience outside the classroom:

Matt Shelley: “I still feel strongly about the job, I still feel very passionate about the job, and I really recognize the value of that practical experience and that’s something I’ve taken now overseas, and when we work with universities overseas, when we work with students, we really emphasize that, as well.”

In more recent years, Shelley has worked for the International Research and Exchanges Board, traveling to some of the most dangerous areas in the world such as Pakistan, Georgia, Kosovo and Beirut in order to help establish media development projects and a free press in places where independent media is hard to come by.

For Idaho Public Radio, I’m Rebecca Johnson.

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Snowden, Leaks, Privacy, and National Security

Global security expert Fred Fleitz spoke at the University of Idaho on the aftermaths of Snowden leaks of thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents and questions about balancing security and protecting privacy. Idaho Public Radio’s Rebecca Johnson reports. (:60)

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Snowden, Wiki-links, phone taps, computer hacking—all have become the talk of this generation.

 Among the questions the public asking: is our government infringing on our freedom of privacy, or is the government protecting us from a larger threat? Is divulging these documents an act of treason, or a service to the country?

 Fred Fleitz, a global security expert and senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, says the

best defense is a good offense in the global arena, and that people like Snowden pose an enormous threat to the United States’ prosperity.


(Frederick Fleitz poses with Idaho Public Radio reporter Rebecca Johnson)


 Fleitz says we live in a dangerous world, and that the United States has to keep up its security measures:

 Fred Fleitz: “There really is great evil out there, and nations that would not only take away our liberty, but would take away our territory.”

 Fleitz served as a senior analyst at the CIA for almost two decades. He currently lives in Washington D.C., where he oversees his company, LIGNET, which is a global analysis and forecasting service.

 Fleitz spoke at the University of Idaho on April 16th.

 For Idaho Public Radio, I’m Rebecca Johnson.


General Richard Myers, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the keynote address at the University of Idaho’s annual Borah Symposium.  His speech, “The Changes to the Laws of the War and the Control of WMDs,” was in keeping with this year’s symposium theme focusing on ‘The Legacy of WWI’ 100 years on and ‘The Making of the Modern World’.  Idaho Public Radio’s Joanne Durber reports.  (2:12)


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When exploring issues related to WWI, it is important to consider which actions have impacted our world today. General Myers says that there were two actions that stand out for him. First, he highlighted the devastation that occurred in World War I which increased tensions about the laws of war. Second, he emphasised the introduction of chemical warfare:

General Richard Myers: “Since World War One was the first true use of weapons of mass destruction, i.e. chemical weapons, I think that when people saw that, saw the devastation. They say 1.3 million people in World War I were casualties of chemical weapons, 91 000 died.”  

Myers says that it was difficult to unify command during WWI as each country involved had its own primary territory concerns. It wasn’t until after WWII in 1947 that General Marshall and President Truman put together a functioning Joint Chiefs of Staff Board.

As the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs advising the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks, Myers said that the response of the United States was fairly successful in engaging with allies to ‘change out’ some of Osama Bin Laden’s people.

General Richard Meyers: “If you were Osama Bin Laden, and you had your board of directors, your senior management, they changed out fairly frequently, so I think we were fairly successful, with allies, and so forth, in doing that. I think denying Al Qaeda a safe haven in Afghanistan was successful.”

During his keynote address, Myers said that the U.S has learned to transport combatants with traumatic injuries effectively out of Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S., he says, has also worked on intelligence and communication between government departments to ensure effective leadership during wartime.

Myers discussed the relevance of WWI, the decisions that were made and how those decisions continue to affect our lives. He gave advice for students making a different kind of decision at the University of Idaho and said that they should be intellectually open to new ideas, have the agility to follow their passions and to take the risks.

For Idaho Public Radio, I’m Joanne Durber.

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Google Glasses and interactive iPads were just some of the latest technological advancement tools on display at the University of Idaho’s Doceo Center for Innovation and Learning, which was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting on Friday.  The Center was established through a $3 million grant from The Albertson Foundation. Idaho Public Radio’s Rebecca Johnson reports. (:48)

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University of Idaho President Chuck Staben, with giant scissors in hand, cut the yellow ribbon to open the center on campus.

The center’s mission is to teach innovation and technology integration not only at the university level, but also K through 12, by providing cutting edge resources for students and administration.


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Professor Royce Kimmons, the director of the center, says the idea is to help teach students and instructors about new technology:

Royce Kimmons: “We go into classrooms, we might provide a set of iPads, or a set of phonebooks,  and we study the outcomes of that. We study how students are using them, how teachers are using them, and what ultimately are the valuable practices that lead to good use.”

Kimmons says the center is working with more than twenty school districts in northern Idaho to support their needs.

Reporting for Idaho Public Radio, I’m Rebecca Johnson.

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