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IdahoPTV Honored With Regional Emmy

June 23 2006 by Peter Morrill

Idaho Public Television's DIALOGUE captured a Northwest Regional Emmy Award Saturday, June 3, 2006 for a program on the Nez Perce Water Adjudication.

DIALOGUE SPECIAL "Nez Perce Water Agreement" took top honors in the Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in the Interview/Discussion category. The one-hour report with host and producer Marcia Franklin examined all sides of the Nez Perce agreement, the largest water rights settlement in Idaho's history. The program included a video piece from North Idaho and a live studio discussion with viewer call-ins.

Also working on the February 3, 2005, production were Chuck Cathcart, videographer and editor; Al Hagenlock, director of the live portion of the program; and DIALOGUE studio staff members. This was the only Emmy awarded to an Idaho entity.

The DIALOGUE program was part of a project called TAPPED OUT: IDAHO'S WATER CRISIS that included "Eastern Plain Aquifer," which looked at tensions between longtime holders of groundwater rights and holders of historic spring water rights. More information is at the IdahoPTV website (idahoptv.org/productions/tappedout).

The award was presented during ceremonies in Seattle by the Northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The chapter serves television professionals in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana.

DIALOGUE is Idaho's only weekly statewide public affairs program. The series is funded by the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation. Individual DIALOGUE programs, including the special on the Nez Perce water agreement, are archived on the IdahoPTV Web site at idahoptv.org/dialogue and may be Web streamed for viewing on a computer.

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