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Idaho Matters is the place on-air and online where folks with different views can talk with each other, exchange ideas, debate with respect and come away richer from the experience. We hope you'll engage with us! You can email us , tag the show in a tweet using the #IdahoMatters hashtag, or submit a question to our regular Wanna Know Idaho segment. _

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Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: August 7, 2020
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It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen.
Aug 07, 2020
ENCORE: What Was Idaho Like During World War II? Idaho Students' Tell The Story
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Aug 07, 2020
As Idaho Students Prepare For Class, Doctors Weigh Risk Of COVID-19 Spread In Schools
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News about the coronavirus changes daily, so to keep you informed about the newest research, statistics and guidance, each Wednesday, Idaho Matters brings in a panel of medical experts to answer your coronavirus questions. One big topic today? How best to safely reopen schools in light of Idaho's continued surging case numbers and deaths.
Aug 05, 2020
ENCORE: Police Training & Culture As Calls For Racial Justice In Idaho Continue
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Aug 03, 2020
ENCORE: What Would Defunding The Police Look Like? Two Boise Nonprofits Consider
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Aug 03, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 31, 2020
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Well, we've made it to Friday and it's time for the weekly Reporter Roundtable. This week, our panel discusses the latest with Idaho's coronavirus cases , mental health and COVID-19 , local reaction to President Trump's suggestion that the November election could be delayed, folks showing up at Black Lives Matters protests with firearms , and how Idahoans are dealing with the expiration of a federal moratorium on evictions.
Jul 31, 2020
Treefort Music Fest Seeks Investment From Community To Save Iconic Boise Event
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Treefort Music Fest was supposed to take place in downtown Boise this March. But a few weeks before the first band took the stage, coronavirus forced organizers to postpone the independent music festival.
Jul 31, 2020
Why Idaho's Racist History Matters: Part 1
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As the country continues to grapple with racial injustice and questions about white supremacy in 2020, we’re taking a critical look at Idaho’s racist past. We think it’s important to examine our roots so we can better understand how we got here today and what steps we can take to be a more inclusive and equitable place for everyone.
Jul 30, 2020
Idaho Sets National Records For Cases Per Hospital Bed As Deaths Surge
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As cases of the coronavirus rise across our state and hospital beds fill, we know many of you have questions: how exactly does it spread? What is safe, and what isn't? To get answers for you, each week we've been bringing in Idaho medical experts to answer your COVID-19 related questions.
Jul 29, 2020
Here's How Idaho's First Online Education Ballot Initiative Is Going
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After two federal courts sided with an effort to secure online signatures for a ballot initiative, organizers with Reclaim Idaho went into overdrive to meet their August deadline.
Jul 29, 2020
Small Town Idaho Mayor Talks Earthquakes, Coronavirus And Tourism
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Stanley, Idaho Mayor Steve Botti has his hands full. Besides coronavirus, wildfires, earthquake aftershocks and routine city business, Botti has been dealing with a controversial trail plan and the retaliation that has come from moving forward with constructing that trail. Mayor Botti joins Idaho Matters live to talk about what's been going on in his small town.
Jul 27, 2020
'The Daily' From The New York Times Comes To Boise State Public Radio
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“The Daily” is a five day a week audio show from the New York Times . It’s heard by more than two million listeners each week and carried by more than 200 public radio stations. It began as a podcast that launched after the 2016 election.
Jul 27, 2020
NPR's Steve Inskeep Authors Book About Two Men Who Helped Map Idaho
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You know him as the host of Morning Edition from NPR. Now, Steve Inskeep is also the author of a new book looking at a long ago part of western American history. Our Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke with Inskeep recently about his book “ Imperfect Union: How Jessie and John Fremont Mapped the West, Invented Celebrity and Helped Cause the Civil War .” Eastern Idaho’s Fremont County is named for John Fremont.
Jul 27, 2020
Boise's Annual Biking 'Goathead Fest' Spreads Out Across City This Year
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Each year, Boise Goathead Fest celebrates celebrates the capital city's bicycling culture with a big gathering of cyclists in a downtown park. The goathead is the common name for the puncture vine, a pesky invasive weed that embeds in bike tires and causes many flats throughout the year. They're found in the Boise foothills, but goatheads can also wreak havoc on the Greenbelt and roads around the Treasure Valley.
Jul 27, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 24, 2020
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Having trouble staying up to date on the week's news? Idaho Matters has you covered.
Jul 24, 2020
Need A (Socially Distant) Live Music Fix? This Idaho Festival Adapts To COVID-19
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While most of the world's festivals, concert houses and theaters have gone silent this summer, the Sun Valley Music Festival will showcase no less than 14 concerts beginning Monday, July 27.
Jul 24, 2020
ENCORE: How COVID-19 Has Put More Pressure On Working Mothers
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Jul 23, 2020
ENCORE: “We Need Black People To Matter For All Lives To Matter" Says Boise State Student
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Jul 23, 2020
While Idaho Plans School Reopenings, Doctors Concerned About COVID-19 Spread
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As Idaho education leaders struggle through adapting classrooms and technology to rise to the COVID-19 challenge, there are still so many unknowns. For doctors working to combat Idaho's unprecedented surge in cases since the pandemic began, there's reason to be concerned about the risks for students, faculty and staff as the fall semester draws near.
Jul 22, 2020
Preserving The History Of Erma Hayman, A Longtime Black Resident In Boise
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Have you heard of Erma Hayman? The Boisean lived a long and influential life, much of it spent in the historic River Street Neighborhood. Hayman, who was Black, was a leader in the community until her death at the age of 102 in 2009. The neighborhood was one of the only places in the capital city where Black people were able to live in the 1940s due to racist redlining policies and housing discrimination.
Jul 22, 2020
Boise's New Police Chief Talks Transparency, Community Policing
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As calls to defund the police continue in Boise and other cities across the country, a new chief of police is leading the department in Idaho's capital city. Chief Ryan Lee began his role July 1 after years working for the Portland Police Deparment.
Jul 21, 2020
University Of Idaho Professor Challenges Higher Ed To Take Action For Black Lives
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Since the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis in May, organizations, businesses and higher education institutions have released statements in support of Black lives. But at universities which are predominantly white, a growing number of people say they’re disappointed by the lack of tangible change to policy and programs.
Jul 21, 2020
ENCORE: Artists Hard Hit By Pandemic Closures, But Boise's Curtis Stigers Plays On
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This interview originally aired Apr. 21, 2020. Idaho artists and artistic organizations are feeling the punch of COVID-19, with cancelled shows and closed stages with no timeline for getting back on tour. Boise-based jazz musician Curtis Stigers has had to cancel all of his concert dates for the foreseeable future. However, with a new album out and with a lot more time on his hands, he’s been writing more and playing more.
Jul 21, 2020
ENCORE: A Look At Intersectionality In The Fight For Racial Justice In Idaho
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Jul 20, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 17, 2020
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For this Friday's Reporter Roundtable, we're joined by Boise State Public Radio's Madelyn Beck , the Associated Press's Rebecca Boone and the Idaho Press's Margaret Carmel . They discuss the ever-evolving school reopening plan , Idaho's record-setting coronavirus spike , Boise's new police chief Ryan Lee , efforts to recall Boise Mayor McLean and more.
Jul 17, 2020
Annual Idaho Gravel Bike Race Still On Despite Pandemic (Here's How It'll Look Different)
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When the coronavirus hit Idaho, events across the state were cancelled or postponed. But at the same time, doctors are telling us that being outside, away from others, is safe. So one annual mountain bike race is still on… it just looks a little different this year.
Jul 17, 2020
Idaho Epidemiologist On Hospitalization Data: 'Other States As Unhappy As We Are'
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Idaho Matters is joined weekly by our panel of St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Plus, State Epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn joins today to give a statewide perspective.
Jul 15, 2020
Boise Activist Connects With City Leaders, Advances Racial Justice Through Policing Survey
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Since we last had Dele Ogunrinola on Idaho Matters , his op-ed about being Black in Boise and America has been published by the Idaho Statesman. But that’s not all he’s been up to.
Jul 14, 2020
Boise State Linguistics Professor Documents Northern Paiute Language To Prevent Extinction
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Language is a critical part of any culture, and when a language is lost to time, so is a part of that culture.
Jul 14, 2020
What To Expect From Idaho's Economy In The Third Quarter Of 2020
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There was more market activity and angst in the last six months than we sometimes see in a full year, or even a few years. So, how are things shaping up as we enter into the third quarter of 2020?
Jul 14, 2020
Black, Latino People 3x More Likely To Get The Coronavirus, Idaho Proves No Exception
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As Idaho’s COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket, one thing remains the same: Latino and Black people are three times more likely to become infected as their white neighbors, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Jul 14, 2020
ENCORE: In Overwhelmingly White Idaho, Here's How (And Why) To Talk To Our Kids About Racism
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This interview originally aired live on June 15, 2020. The recent police killings of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others have sparked a movement unlike any in recent memory, as calls to defund the police and dismantle white supremacy have moved into the mainstream.
Jul 13, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 10, 2020
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Today on the weekly Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin , Kevin Richert of Idaho Ed News and Idaho Statesman Opinion Editor Scott McIntosh discuss the state's School Reopening Plan , racist counter-protesters at racial justice rallies and the state's spike in coronavirus cases.
Jul 10, 2020
From Panic-Buying To Mask Mandates, Here's How The Pandemic Is Changing The Way Idahoans Shop
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First, it was cleaning products. Then, toilet paper. Now, sales of alcohol and video games are skyrocketing. All of these are no coincidence to Niusha Jones, a marketing professor at Boise State University.
Jul 10, 2020
Doctors Concerned As Coronavirus Cases Climb in Idaho
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Idaho Matters is joined weekly by our panel of St. Luke's and St. Alphonsus medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Today, they discuss the recent rise in hospitalizations, travel restrictions and staying safe in restaurants.
Jul 08, 2020
Previewing Idaho's Plan to Reopen Schools This August
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Many public schools in Idaho are only five weeks away from the scheduled first day of school, but planning how to safely open school doors during the coronavirus pandemic is uncertain at best.
Jul 08, 2020
As Idaho Cities Say It's Time To "Mask Up," Critics Push Back On Mandates
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The City of Ketchum became the latest community to mandate face masks in public, with a 3-1 vote Monday night. Moscow, Hailey, Driggs, McCall and Boise made the move last week.
Jul 07, 2020
What Recent SCOTUS Rulings Mean For Idaho
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For the first time since 1996, the Supreme Court of the United States is issuing decisions in July. The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of oral arguments in ten cases.
Jul 07, 2020
New Study Looks At Impact Of Pandemic’s Decreased Traffic On Idaho Roadkill
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When stay-at-home-orders went into effect in states across the U.S. to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, ecologists realized they had a perfect research opportunity to study the connection between traffic patterns and animals killed in collisions. Fraser Shilling, with the Road Ecology Lab at UC Davis, was one of those scientists.
Jul 07, 2020
A Look At Police Training, Policy & Culture As Calls For Racial Justice In Idaho Continue
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(This interview is the first of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the second half — on defunding the police — here. ) After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May, people around the country been asking tough questions about policing in America — including in Idaho.
Jul 06, 2020
What Would Defunding The Police Look Like? Two Boise Nonprofits Consider This Question
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(This interview is the second of a two-part show about policing in Idaho. You can find the first half — on the history of policing and the laws that protect officers — here .) Amid the protests against the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black people by police in the the past months and years, activists quickly formulated one central demand: Defund the police.
Jul 06, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 2, 2020
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On today's Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Madelyn Beck , Idaho Ed News's Kevin Richert and BoiseDev's Don Day come together to discuss the last week in news.
Jul 02, 2020
Boise's Story Story Night Grows Up: The First 21+ Show Of Summer Season Was A Hit
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On Monday, we were joined by Jodi Eichelberger , artistic director of Boise's storytelling arts organization Story Story Night. He told us about their summer season, named Story Story Late Night for its 21+ content, which kicked off Tuesday.
Jul 02, 2020
Idaho Is Breaking COVID-19 Records. Here's What Doctors Fighting The Disease Say
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Idaho Matters is joined again by our panel of medical experts to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they discuss Idaho's record-setting spike and what it means, free testing sites and contact tracing.
Jul 01, 2020
No Fireworks This 4th Of July, But Boise Parks Remain Open
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During a normal 4th of July in Boise, thousands of people flock to city parks like Ann Morrison to have a picnic, enjoy the day and watch fireworks. But this year has been anything but normal.
Jul 01, 2020
Turning The Microphone Around On Idaho's "Latino Card" Podcast
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Journalism, broadcasting and podcasting in Idaho has a big problem. The overwhelming majority of reporters, hosts and producers speak from one perspective: whiteness.
Jun 30, 2020
Historians Share Unknown Stories Of LGBTQ Representation In Idaho
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Have you heard of “the Boise 7?” In honor of Pride month, Idaho Matters takes a look back at some forgotten (or unknown) parts of LGBTQ history in Idaho.
Jun 30, 2020
As Idaho's COVID-19 Cases Surge, A Look At How Our Dreams Have Changed
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Your eyes close, and you’re asleep. Suddenly you’re out in public without a mask on. Or, you’re wearing a mask, but no one around you is and they’re getting way too close to you. These are a couple of common dreams that Harvard Medical School Psychology professor Deirdre Barrett says many people experienced in the first phase of coronavirus anxiety.
Jun 30, 2020
New Sexual Abuse Allegations Surface Against Boise Catholic Diocese Priest
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Note: the following text and audio contains discussions of sexual assault. It’s been nearly three decades since Lisa Houser first came forward with allegations of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest at Gonzaga University in Spokane.
Jun 29, 2020
Idaho Transgender Inmate Is Set To Make History After Suing The State
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Note: the following story contains a mention of self-harm. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by the State of Idaho, the latest turn in a potentially precedent-setting case that could change the medical treatment some transgender inmates receive. Now the plaintiff, named Adree Edmo, is set to undergo gender confirmation surgery in July. if that happens, she’ll make history.
Jun 29, 2020
Boise's Story Story Night Grows Up: The 21+ Summer Season Starts Tuesday
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Story Story Late Night — the adults-only version of Boise's storytelling arts organization — kicks off its summer season tomorrow. This latest theme will take you back to the good ol’ days of the old school B-movies.
Jun 29, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: June 26, 2020
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Between a lawsuit to give a ballot initiative another chance, response to the homophobic vandalism found at the College of Idaho, and Ada County returning to Stage 3 of Idaho's reopening plan (while Gov. Brad Little announced the state will remain in Stage 4) there's a lot to cover on this week's Reporter Roundtable.
Jun 26, 2020
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean: Masks Not Required — Yet
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In the wake of the Central District Health Department's order to pull Ada County back to Stage 3 restrictions due to a recent eruption of COVID-19 cases, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean issued a separate public health order for the City of Boise, intended to remain in effect for at least 30 days.
Jun 26, 2020
Doctors In Ada County Plead For Young People To Take COVID-19 Seriously
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Idaho Matters is back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, you asked them about the new Ada County spike and the Central District Health Department's decision to close bars and what this means for hospitals dealing with the increase in cases.
Jun 24, 2020
What's At Stake For An Idaho Education Initiative Getting Its Day In Court
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Advocates of an initiative to increase education funding in the state are having their day in court this afternoon. The group, called Reclaim Idaho, is responsible for the successful push to expand Medicaid in 2018. But when they turned their attention to education funding, they had no idea that a disease called COVID-19 would be a thing in 2020.
Jun 23, 2020
Black Women In Idaho And Colorado Reflect On Long Overdue Calls For Racial Justice
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As the movement for racial justice presses on in Idaho and across the country, we’re hearing from people of color in the Mountain West who feel like this moment is long overdue.
Jun 23, 2020
Your Anti-Racist Reading List, Courtesy Of Boise’s Rediscovered Bookshop
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In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers nearly one month ago, the conversation about race changed rapidly in the U.S. Calls for white people to educate themselves about systemic racism and how they benefit from it were brought to the forefront. And many white people who hadn’t engaged before seemed to listen.
Jun 23, 2020
Boise Arts And History Grant Program Adjusts To COVID-19 Realities
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For more than 20 years, the City of Boise’s Arts and History Department has offered grants to individuals and organizations big and small to fund projects that benefit the people who live in the city. Boise has expanded this program to grant $150,000 annually. But this year, because of the pandemic, they’re hosting two rounds of funding instead of one. This round will close on June 30.
Jun 23, 2020
What The Supreme Court Rulings On DACA And LGBTQ Rights Mean For Idaho
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Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic decisions: First, they ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Then, the court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected 700,000 “DREAMers” from deportation.
Jun 22, 2020
Weekend's Boise Rally Brings Attention To Racism In Health Care And Medicine
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Over the weekend, folks gathered at the Idaho Statehouse steps to hold a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. But this protest had a very specific angle: health care and its connection to systemic racismc .
Jun 22, 2020
Anti-Racism Protests Attract New Activists To The Cause In The Mountain West
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Protests against racism and police brutality are not new to the U.S. or to our region. However, large, sustained turnout, especially in small, mostly-white towns, is something we’ve not seen before. For many of those protestors, it’s been their first time demonstrating—ever.
Jun 22, 2020
As Economy Continues To Struggle, Idaho Food Bank Sees Demand Increase
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Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Idaho Foodbank has ramped up their efforts to fight food insecurity. The organization says their partners across the state have reported a 10-50% increase in food demand.
Jun 22, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: June 19, 2020
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The Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable has another weekly breakdown of the news you might have missed from around the state this past week. Besides updates on COVID-19, we'll cover Juneteenth, regional protests in support of racial justice, planning for the new library in Boise, and more.
Jun 19, 2020
An Idaho Juneteenth Celebration Through The Eyes Of A 9-Year-Old
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Today is the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the freedom of the last slaves in the nation, as news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally made its way to slaves in Texas two years after President Lincoln’s speech. This year, as calls for racial justice and an end to systemic racism ring across the country, the day has special significance to one Idaho family.
Jun 19, 2020
Here's What One Black Medical Student From Boise Wished His White Friends Understood
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On Saturday in Boise, a group of health care workers are planning to gather at the capitol steps for a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Speakers are set to address the connection between systemic racism and medical care in the United States.
Jun 19, 2020
As Idaho Sees Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Doctors Answer Your Questions
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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about the clusters of cases that popped up in the last week, the importance of mask-wearing and what we should expect this fall.
Jun 17, 2020
Boise's 20th World Refugee Day Celebration Moves Online
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This Saturday, June 20 is the 20th celebration of World Refugee Day, but because of the coronavirus, the Idaho Office for Refugees is opting for a virtual celebration to keep everyone safe.
Jun 17, 2020
A Look At Intersectionality In The Fight For Racial Justice In Idaho
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As protests and media attention continue three weeks after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, community organizers are working to maintain the momentum towards racial justice this moment has created. But at the same time that the conversation of racial justice is being pushed to the forefront, many organizers are taking care to recognize that those facing racial injustice may also experience other oppression from their other marginalized identities.
Jun 16, 2020
In Overwhelmingly White Idaho, Here's How (And Why) To Talk To Our Kids About Racism
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The recent police killings of Black people like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others have sparked a movement unlike any in recent memory, as calls to defund the police and dismantle white supremacy have moved into the mainstream.
Jun 15, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: June 12, 2020
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Our Reporter Roundtable has shares fresh perspectives and stories you might have missed from around the Gem State this week.
Jun 12, 2020
Gender Equality At Risk As COVID-19 Puts More Pressure On Working Mothers
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The coronavirus lockdown created many burdens for working mothers. Research is showing they have taken on a disproportionate share of day care, home schooling and housework.
Jun 11, 2020
Boise State Student: “We Need Black People To Matter In Order For All Lives To Matter”
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Dele Ogunrinola is a Boise State University student studying biochemistry and physics. He’s been involved in community organizing and activism since he was in high school, and recently participated at the Boise vigil in honor of George Floyd and other Black people who have been killed by police. Idaho Matters host Gemma Gaudette talks with him about his experience being Black in Boise and in America.
Jun 11, 2020
Police Arrest Stepfather In Connection With The Case Of Two Missing Idaho Children
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There are new developments in the case of two missing children in Eastern Idaho. Today, Chad Daybell, the husband of the children’s mother, is behind bars. He's been charged with concealment of evidence, after police say human remains were found on his property. Prosecutors announced at his bail hearing Wednesday morning that the remains belonged to children.
Jun 10, 2020
As Idaho Eyes Reopening More, Doctors Wary Of A Recent Rise In COVID-19 Cases
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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about kids and the coronavirus, changes to hospital visitation policies, who's following CDC guidelines, and stage four in the Gov. Brad Little's reopening plan . The governor will announce whether the state will move to stage four on Thursday.
Jun 10, 2020
To Incentivize A Return To Work, Idaho Governor Gives Out $1,500 Bonus
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On Friday, Governor Brad Little announced a new $100 million program that will pay workers directly to return to their jobs. Under this program, an Idaho worker on unemployment who returns to full-time work would receive a one-time bonus of $1,500, while someone who works part time would get $750.
Jun 09, 2020
Lessons From Past Pandemics: How Idaho Can Use History To Get Through The Coronavirus
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Idaho has gone a week without a resident of our state dying from COVID-19. But, the disease is still spreading in Idaho, and by best estimates we are months away from a vaccine or cure. With the state now in reopening phase three of four, it’s sometimes hard to remember we are still only a few months into this pandemic.
Jun 09, 2020
Antifa Rumors Spreading Through Idaho And The Mountain West Are False
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A couple hundred people gathered to protest racism and police violence in Missoula, Montana last Friday. It looked and sounded like a usual rally.
Jun 09, 2020
The First Amendment During A Time Of Civil Unrest: Protecting Protesters And Journalists
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Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis two weeks ago, protests demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice have swelled across the country. Of course, the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government are both protected rights under the First Amendment.
Jun 08, 2020
After Pressure, Idaho Shares Information On COVID-19 Deaths In Nursing Homes
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Since the coronavirus first started spreading in Idaho, one concern for both the public and health officials has been the protection of folks who live in nursing homes . But as March turned to April and then to May, the state remained tight-lipped about exactly how many cases of COVID-19 exist in which facilities.
Jun 08, 2020
After They Were Hard Hit By The Coronavirus, Sun Valley Region Welcomes Back Tourists
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At one point this spring, Blaine County was one of the hardest-hit areas in the country for coronavirus infections. The area, which draws tourists from around the world for both its recreational and arts opportunities, was forced to close. The area’s shops, restaurants, hotels and arts centers went into hibernation as health officials worked to control the spread.
Jun 08, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: June 5, 2020
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Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including Boise's Black Lives Matter protest and vigil and how K-12 schools are planning to reopen in the fall.
Jun 05, 2020
How You Can Stay Safe This Summer In Idaho Outdoors During The Coronavirus Pandemic
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As the state opens back up, health care and government experts are saying that being outdoors is relatively safe, since physical distancing is easier outside. But that doesn’t mean you’re totally safe when you leave your house.
Jun 05, 2020
College Of Southern Idaho Leadership Reflects On Racial Unrest And COVID-19 Closures
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Idaho’s higher education community has been rocked by the pandemic. In the middle of the semester, classes moved to distance learning and students and professors alike were forced to get used to a “new normal.”
Jun 04, 2020
Boise Closes 8th Street To Cars, Joining Cities Nationally In Rethinking Streets
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Across the country, cities are closing streets to cars to encourage socially-distanced exercise, or to allow restaurants to seat patrons away from one another. Now, the trend has hit Idaho.
Jun 04, 2020
Boise State Researchers Look At How To Protect Sage Grouse Habitat
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If you want to protect a species, understanding and protecting their habitat is essential. In Idaho, one of the creatures at risk of extinction is the sage grouse, named after the landscape they rely on for food and shelter. The science that’s conducted in the sage brush sea can inform the policy decisions by land managers at the Interior Department, and can protect hundreds of other species at the same time.
Jun 04, 2020
McCall Doctors Concerned About Travel Causing A Summer COVID-19 Outbreak
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Valley County is many Idahoans summer playground: from the fresh mountain air, to hiking and biking and sunny days on the lake, people come in droves to this area to get away and relax.
Jun 04, 2020
Historic Night Of Democracy: Vigil For George Floyd & Idaho's First Vote-By-Mail Election
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Last night, thousands of Idahoans came together on the Capitol steps in Boise to mourn the lives of Black people killed at the hands of police. And while crowds were gathered outside the statehouse exercising their right to assemble, election officials were inside the building administering the first vote-by-mail election in Idaho.
Jun 03, 2020
Idaho Hospitals' New Sanitation System Kills Airborne Coronavirus
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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about new sterilization protocol, inconsistant reporting and the risk of super-spreader events like protests.
Jun 03, 2020
Two Black Idaho Leaders Reflect On Police Violence: ‘The Boiling Point Has Been Hit’
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For the last week, protests have been held across the United States over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of white police in Minneapolis last Monday. All four officers involved were fired after the killing but o nly one former officer has been charged in connecton with his death.
Jun 02, 2020
Idaho Historian Studies Towns Drowned By Snake River Hydroelectric Projects
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In the 1950s and 60s, towns across the American west were razed and relocated to make way for major hydroelectric projects. These towns were essentially drowned by the reservoirs and rivers that replaced them.
Jun 02, 2020
Feeding Idaho Kids This Summer — In The Middle Of A Pandemic
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So many children in Idaho deal with food insecurity on a daily basis. During a regular school year, kids often have access to food through their schools. But what about summer weekends, during a pandemic?
Jun 02, 2020
Idaho High School Student Advocates For Stricter Child Marriage Laws
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In March, Governor Brad Little signed into law legislation setting 16 as the minimum age a person can get married in the state of Idaho.
Jun 01, 2020
Connecting Rural Idaho Doctors' (Virtually) To Increase Specialty Care
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In 2018, Idaho started a platform for health care workers to support and educate one another. Project ECHO works to share knowledge through weekly video conferences to increase the specialist knowledge among doctors in our state.
Jun 01, 2020
How The Coronavirus Could Shape The Future Of Elections In Idaho
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Tuesday, we will learn the results of Idaho's first vote-by-mail statewide primary. How might the changes election officials have been forced to put in place because of the coronavirus influence future elections?
Jun 01, 2020
Chobani Scholars Program Aims To Bring Up The Next Generation Of Idaho Dairy Farmers
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The dairy industry is big business in Idaho, and is one of the strongest sectors of our agriculture economy. But what does the future of dairy farming look like in the state?
Jun 01, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: May 29, 2020
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Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including the recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Magic Valley, how Idaho schools are planning to safely reopen and what new developments are coming to our area despite the pandemic.
May 29, 2020
Snake River Raptor Festival Goes Online With Live Birds, Virtual Tours, And Concerts
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Have you ever wanted to take a tour of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area? How about a guided walk along the petroglyphs in Celebration Park near Melba? Would you like to tips to better spot raptors ? Draw a kestrel? Let your kids make a short-eared owl mask ?
May 29, 2020
As Coronavirus Complicates Renting In Idaho, Housing Experts Say Communication Is Key
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When the coronavirus pandemic hit and left thousands of Americans out of work, one question kept popping up: what about rent? How can tenants pay for their housing when they’re out of work, especially when some of the hardest-hit industries are low-wage jobs?
May 28, 2020
Boise State Geologists Begin Research On Idaho Earthquake And Aftershocks
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Idaho experienced a 6.5 earthquake on March 31. That was pretty scary and unusual for Idaho. But, it was also really exciting for geologists in the state, country and world. In fact, this earthquake, and the subsequent aftershocks, were so unusual that they’re telling scientists quite a bit about the earth’s crust in Idaho and the Mountain West.
May 28, 2020
Boise Joins International Study To Test Coronavirus Levels In Wastewater
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One of the biggest unknowns about coronavirus is how it spreads within a community, especially with asymptomatic carriers and minimal testing capabilities. In a new international effort, the City of Boise in partnership with the lab Biobot, has started sampling the city’s wastewater system to collect data on community levels of COVID-19.
May 28, 2020
Boozie Idaho Covid-19 Relief Fund
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Boozie is an Idaho canned cocktail company started by two Boise State University alum. Now, they’re trying to help fight the coronavirus, by donating a portion of each sale to the Boise State nursing program and the Blaine County Charitable Fund .
May 28, 2020
May 27 Doctor Roundtable: Hair Salon Safety, Coronavirus Statistics, And Just One COVID-19 Hospital?
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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they answer questions about current Idaho outbreaks , what precautions we should be taking during reopening and how area hospitals are doing in Stage Two of Idaho's reopening plan.
May 27, 2020
Moscow, Idaho High School Student Wins National Writing Award
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For nearly 100 years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been recognizing the creative work of high school students across America. Only sixteen students are chosen in the entire country, and this year, Moscow, Idaho's own Jieyan Wang won gold, and a $10,000 college scholarship.
May 27, 2020
What Should Idaho Businesses Do When Workers Test Positive For The Coronavirus?
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Two weeks ago, the Fry Foods processing plant in Weiser shut down after employees started testing positive for COVID-19. The company Fry Foods makes products like onion rings and mozzarella sticks and the majority of its employees are Latino.
May 26, 2020
Boise Professor Studies Our Changing Relationship With Pets During Quarantine
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Americans love their dogs. Now, with many people working from home to fight the coronavirus, our canine friends have taken center stage.
May 26, 2020
Idaho Gyms, Health Centers Reflect On Reopening Safely
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Businesses are beginning to open up again in Idaho, even as new cases of COVID-19 continue to appear. And as this happens, we are all having to figure out what we’re comfortable with doing in this new world. One highly anticipated reopening? Gyms.
May 26, 2020
‘Numbered’ Book Goes Back In Time For A Look At Idaho's Prison For Women
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Idaho women won the right to vote 100 years ago this year. In commemoration, the Idaho State Historical Society and the Old Penitentiary in Boise teamed up on an interesting project.
May 26, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: May 22, 2020
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Today, our Reporter Roundtable has all the news you need to know from the past week, including Idaho’s first vote-by-mail election, an outbreak of coronavirus at the Nez Perce Reservation, what an outbreak at a food processing plant means for the state's response to COVID-19, our low testing rate and a push for tourists to return (safely).
May 22, 2020
How Ballet Idaho Keeps Dancing & Creating During COVID-19
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We know that there isn’t an industry that hasn’t been touched by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Arts organizations are in a serious predicament. With no live performances, many artists and companies are looking for other ways to share their art and make ends meet.
May 22, 2020
Is COVID-19 Threatening Democracies? This Boise State Professor Is Watching Closely
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The coronavirus pandemic is uncharted territory for most everyone. And among all the newness, this disease and the way that countries are dealing with it are presenting a whole new set of academic questions.
May 21, 2020
Idaho's Family Farms Face World Of Unknowns During A Pandemic
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Industries across the world are being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., one sector facing significant uncertainty is agriculture. In Idaho, family farms have had to adapt to a constantly changing set of dynamics, creating challenges and opportunites in the local food system.
May 21, 2020
Fear Of COVID-19 Could Be Keeping Idaho Heart Attack Patients From Seeking Help
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In some ways, the message to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic may have been taken a little too seriously. Hospitals across the country, including here in Idaho, are reporting fewer visits for heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies.
May 21, 2020
Idaho Doctors Address Your Vaccine And Faulty Testing Questions
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Idaho Matters is back with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. This week, they cover questions about a rapid coronavirus diagnostic test that has come under scrutiny , Idaho's low testing rate per capita , possible longterm effects of severe cases of the virus, symptoms to watch for in your children and much more.
May 20, 2020
The Wild — And Domestic — Sounds Of Quarantine Life In Idaho
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It’s been more than two months since many of us started staying home. Life has been different; there’s a different pace, a different rhythm. For the team at Boise State Public Radio, our domestic and family life has merged with our work lives. Our homes now double as our home studios and offices, and the members of our family (people and pets) have become our coworkers.
May 20, 2020
With Workers On The Front Lines, Trash Collection Firm In Idaho Buys Takeout Meals
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During this pandemic, many businesses are stepping forward to show extra appreciation for their frontline workers. In the trash collection industry, employees around the country have pushed for hazard pay and personal protection equipment (PPE) to stay safe.
May 19, 2020
As Idaho & Other States Reopen, Publically Traded Companies Are Watched Closely
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As the United States begins to re-open there is still so much uncertainty, especially as it relates to our financial future. One question that has come up is whether values-based investing change in the wake of this pandemic, and will corporations in turn shift their culture to become more employee-focused and less reliant on traditional office work systems.
May 19, 2020
How Idaho Farmers Markets Are Adapting Their Business Because Of The Coronavirus
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Farmers markets are a staple of spring and summer in Idaho. Strolling through the crowd, chatting with old friends, browsing seasonal and buying local produce is part of a ritual for many folks on the weekend.
May 19, 2020
Idaho Sleep Apnea Patients Could Have A New Option For Help
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Millions of people suffer from severe sleep disorders, which can take a big toll on your health. There’s a new surgical procedure that is making a difference for people suffering from certain types of sleep apnea.
May 19, 2020
Here's What You Need To Know About Idaho's First Vote-By-Mail Primary
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The coronavirus has changed almost every part of life globally. And here in Idaho, how we vote has changed, at least this spring. Tuesday's state primary election, where all 105 legislative seats are up for grabs, was supposed to be conducted primarily in-person.
May 18, 2020
Coronavirus May Worsen Mental Health Concerns Across Rural Idaho
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When the coronavirus first began spreading in Idaho, the health care system was primarily focused on the physical health of folks. While those concerns continue, some are also raising alarm bells about the mental health challenges that come with a pandemic.
May 18, 2020
Your Reflections On The 40th Anniversary Of The Mount St. Helens Eruption
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On Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted. The volcanic blast and its after effects killed 57 people and caused millions of dollars of damage, sending ash and sulphuric acid into Idaho, Oregon and across Washington.
May 18, 2020
Exploring Idaho's Volcanic History On The 'Wanna Know Idaho' Podcast
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Mount St. Helens erupted 40 years ago today. But what did the Treasure Valley look like millions of years ago when there was volcanic activity? Our senior producer Frankie Barnhill tells that story in an episode of Wanna Know Idaho .
May 18, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: May 15, 2020
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Today on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Public Radio’s Heath Druzin and The Idaho Press’s Betsy Russell and Margaret Carmel join Idaho Matters to talk about stage two of reopening the state — which begins tomorrow — plus Governor Brad Little’s controversial move to open bars two weeks early.
May 15, 2020
Podcast Contest Engages Idaho High Schoolers For 'Law Day'
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E very year, Idaho high school students participate in Law Day , an event to help students better understand the law and our legal system. This year’s event had a special project: a podcast contest for high school students.
May 15, 2020
McCall, Valley County Prep To Welcome Summer Tourists — But With Some Caveats
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For counties that rely on tourism as summer approaches, Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan can mean a chance for small businesses to make much needed money. But it also presents risks for a population with limited medical resources during a pandemic. Finding the right balance between protecting the tourism economy and protecting the health of residents is a conversation many rural leaders are looking toward.
May 14, 2020
Private Idaho Program To Fill Gaps In Coronavirus Aid
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There is overwhelming demand for emergency financial assistance right now as so many people have lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
May 14, 2020
University Of Idaho Students Earn National Science Foundation Grants
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With so much of our world at a standstill, it’s uplifting to hear about the amazing things people are still doing. Science and research, for example, must go on.
May 14, 2020
With Phase 1 Underway, Idaho Doctors Assess Phased Reopening
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We’re back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Five days into Phase 1 of the reopening , Idaho Matters is here to help get your questions answered.
May 06, 2020
Idaho Governor: Salons, Bars That Violate Reopening Plan Are "Putting License At Risk"
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Idaho is five days into the state's phased re-opening . More retail businesses are opening up, and houses of worship are allowed to open. But some business owners are choosing to violate the state's plan by reopening early. Speaking on Idaho Matters Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little (R) says these violations are "incredibly disrespectful" to the majority of businesses that are following the rules.
May 06, 2020
Idaho's New $300M Program Seeks To Keep Small Businesses Afloat
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The first round of the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, was a flop for many business owners. A part of the CARES Act that was supposed to help small businesses prevent laying-off their employees, the PPP ended up prioritizing larger franchises with more resources. Now, the state of Idaho is taking matters into its own hands, using $300 million of federal money to support Idaho’s small businesses.
May 05, 2020
Montana Author Explores Conservative In-Fighting With 'Never Trump' Book
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A soon to be released book titled “Never Trump," is based on extensive interviews with conservative opponents of the current president.
May 05, 2020
For Some Idaho Restaurants, Takeout Is The Only Way To Stay In Business
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With Idaho restaurants closed for dine-in guests at least until mid-May , delivery drivers are critical to keeping the industry afloat. So how have restaurants adapted to their new reality?
May 05, 2020
Visit Idaho Video Series Lets You Explore Idaho Virtually
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The coronavirus is keeping many folks at home these days, limiting non-essential travel. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still explore Idaho...from your living room.
May 05, 2020
Idaho Refugees Offer Unique Insight On Coping With Coronavirus
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Americans across the country are grappling with limited movements and a lot more time at home. For many refugees, this is familiar territory. Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin joins Idaho Matters to talk about how their insights can be valuable to coping with life under lockdown.
May 04, 2020
Here's How Idaho Nonprofits Are Doing With Virtual 'Idaho Gives' Fundraiser
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Idaho Gives is normally a one-day event to raise money and awareness for non-profits in the Gem State.
May 04, 2020
Grow Your Home Gardening Confidence With Idaho Virtual Class
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The coronavirus pandemic is exposing a lot of issues in our society. One of those? Food insecurity. But at the same time that our world seems to be facing the worst of problems, communities are coming together to tackle these together.
May 04, 2020
Idaho, Mountain West Howls On Cue To Stay Connected During Isolation
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Stay-at-home orders mean spending a lot of time away from your friends and family and it can be difficult bridging the distance. An attempt to keep the connection going has created some new traditions across the global. Our region has its own take: Howling.
May 04, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: May 1, 2020
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The Friday Reporter Roundtable is back with all the information you might have missed from the week's news. They cover grocery store earnings, plans to begin reopening the state, a lawsuit from the state superintendent, the uncertainty felt by higher education during COVID-19 and disruptions in the food supply chain in the Mountain West.
May 01, 2020
Boise Organizations Create Coronavirus Art Fund For Local Artists
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A new collaboration between the City of Boise's Arts & History Department, the Morrison Center and Treefort Music Fest will give $1,000 to local artists working on projects related to their experience of COVID-19. The goal? To get money direclty into artist's hands with donations from the community, and to make sure this historic time is highlighted in the arts.
May 01, 2020
Here's How Churches Are Preparing To Reopen Their Doors In Idaho
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As Idaho prepares to start it’s four-part reopening process, there are many unknowns. “Phase 1” starts tomorrow, bringing with it the opportunity for places of worship to reopen, following social distancing and health guidelines.
Apr 30, 2020
As Baby Formula Vanishes From Stores Amid Coronavirus, Idaho Moms Share Breast Milk
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Fear about the coronavirus led to shortages of toilet paper, bottled water and other essential items. And from the beginning of this crisis, one of the most essential things couldn’t be found anywhere was baby formula.
Apr 30, 2020
Idaho State Historical Society Wants Your Coronavirus Story
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There's no question we're living through historic times. And to record it, the Idaho State Historical Society has opened up an online portal for Idahoans across the state to share their stories of this time.
Apr 30, 2020
Idaho Doctors Weigh Risks That Come With Governor's Plan To Reopen Idaho
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We’re back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. As the state prepares to begin reopening on Friday, Idaho Matters is here to help get your questions answered.
Apr 29, 2020
Hospital Chaplains Ease Suffering Of Idaho Coronavirus Patients
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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted how we grieve and heal. Families are forced to stay apart to stay healthy and it is in this space where hospital chaplains have become intermediaries, providing messages of love, support and compassion during a time of physical distancing.
Apr 29, 2020
Idaho Local News Even More Precarious During Coronavirus Economy
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As the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus continues to ripple out across countries and industries, one industry that was already struggling has found itself on unsteady — but familiar — footing: local news.
Apr 28, 2020
Students Balance School And Idaho Farm Jobs During Distance Learning
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Students across Idaho are now doing school at home. But many are having to balance school work with their agricultural jobs to make money for their families .
Apr 28, 2020
Idaho STEM Action Center Responds To Coronavirus With New Initiatives
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The Idaho STEM Action Center helps give Idahoans the training they need to enter science, technology, engenierring or math-related fields. The coronavirus pandemic has disturbed their normal operations, but has also given way to new initiatives, including STEM at Home , Idaho Codes , and #IdahoMakersUnite .
Apr 28, 2020
'Wanna Know Idaho' Finds Out How You Can Help Right Now
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We’re excited to share the most recent episode of our podcast Wanna Know Idaho . The podcast explores the curious elements of life in Idaho… with you, our listeners! This month, we answer the question, “How can I help out right now?”
Apr 28, 2020
How The Coranavirus Has Exposed Cracks In Idaho's Education System
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As families continue to stay home in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many parents have had to take on a new role: that of educator. In normal circumstances that is a big lift. Add a global pandemic to the ask, and it can be overwhelming.
Apr 27, 2020
Helping The Helpers: Getting Idaho Doctors Access To Mental Health Services
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The Ada County Medical Society runs the Physician Vitality Program, a way for doctors and nurses in Ada County to get access to mental health care. Now, in response to COVID-19, they are expanding their services to less-resourced parts of Idaho.
Apr 27, 2020
Payette Land Trust Celebrates Victory With Salmon River Ranch Protections
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A 100-acre ranch along the South Fork of the Salmon River is now under a conservation easement with the Payette Land Trust, ensuring the land won’t be used for future mining development.
Apr 27, 2020
Boise Artist Encourages Community Through Screenprinted Works
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When the coronavirus began to spread in Idaho in March, folks who could retreated to their homes. But even with the governor’s stay-at-home order, getting outside for walks is something elected officials and health experts encourage folks to do. That inspired Boise artist Wendy Blickenstaff.
Apr 27, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: April 24, 2020
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Talks of reopening Idaho's economy have dominated the coronavirus conversations this week, as Republicans in leadership butt heads about when and how to safely get people back on the job.
Apr 24, 2020
Boise Artist Documents Coronavirus Narratives Through "19 Love Stories" Project
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Boiseans might recognize her from her 2019 art installation “ Open Air Archive ” which pasted portraits of refugees and immigrants on the sides of buildings across Boise last spring. Now, artist Angie Smith is working on her latest photography project, “ 19 Love Stories ,” which is documenting through photography the experiences of Boiseans during self-isolation.
Apr 24, 2020
University Of Idaho Researchers Search For Coronavirus Cure
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Almost as soon as COVID-19 was identified as a unique threat caused by a particular strain of the coronavirus, researchers around the world got to work. From finding a way to test for the presence of the the virus, to finding a vaccine that will prevent the disease, there’s much researchers have already learned and still more they need to learn to solve the pandemic.
Apr 23, 2020
Idaho Youth Ranch Still Hard At Work During Pandemic
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For close to 70 years, the Idaho Youth Ranch has been helping Idahoans by providing accessible programs and services that help to bring hope, healing and resilience. But how are they handling the coronavirus pandemic?
Apr 23, 2020
A Virtual Running Race? Caldwell YMCA Hosts Annual 5k/10k Online
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For almost twenty years, West Valley Medical Center has hosted a 5k and 10k race in Caldwell to benefit the Caldwell Family YMCA. But this year, the race looks a bit different. It is online, free and virtual and takes place between Thursday-Sunday.
Apr 23, 2020
How The Nampa Bicycle Project Is Filling A Transportation Need Among Adults
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The Boise Bicycle Project has a new friend in the Treasure Valley. The Nampa Bicycle Project is up and running and is now fully established as a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Apr 23, 2020
Doctors Question Use Of Antibody Testing As Pressure To Reopen Idaho Mounts
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We’re back again this week with our panel of Idaho doctors to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. From antibody testing to questions about when to reopen the state, Idaho Matters is here to help get your questions answered.
Apr 22, 2020
Idaho Celebrates 50th Earth Day With One Of The Original Activists
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Fifty years ago today as air pollution choked America’s skies, and oily, oozing rivers – like one in Cleveland – caught fire and burned, a senator and 20 college students decided to make a change.
Apr 22, 2020
Idaho's Class Of 2020 Will Enter An Unprecedented Job Market
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The COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020. But that’s not the only disappointment this class is facing. For the newly-graduated trying to enter the workforce, the job market is facing unprecedented times of uncertainty and unemployment.
Apr 21, 2020
Idaho Veterinarians Are 'Essential', But The Coronavirus Has Changed Pet Care
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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinary practices have consistently been designated an essential healthcare business. However, as their work continues, veterinarians and their teams are working together to create protocols that protect the health and safety of team members and their clients.
Apr 21, 2020
New Path Community Housing Successfully Homes Boise's Chronically Homeless
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New Path Community Housing opened its doors at the end of 2018 and provided permanent homes for nearly 50 of Boise’s most vulnerable residents experiencing homelessness. Since that time, 80% of the residents have been stably housed in a building near downtown.
Apr 21, 2020
Artists Among Those Hardest Hit By Pandemic Closures, But Boise's Curtis Stigers Plays On
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Idaho artists and artistic organizations are feeling the punch of COVID-19, with cancelled shows and closed stages with no timeline for getting back on tour. Boise-based jazz musician Curtis Stigers has had to cancel all of his concert dates for the foreseeable future. However, with a new album out and with a lot more time on his hands, he’s been writing more and playing more.
Apr 21, 2020
Idaho Public Television Pilots Distance Learning Initiative
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K-12 public school students and parents are navigating uncertain territory these days with schools still closed around Idaho. Depending on the district, schools might be better or worse equipped to teach students online.
Apr 20, 2020
How Social Distancing Is Affecting Idaho’s Rehab And Sobriety Programs
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The national emergency caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 is putting stress on every part of our nation’s health care delivery system. And our efforts to slow spread, while working, are creating a whole set of new challenges.
Apr 20, 2020
Boise Online Retailer Pivots To Connect Home-Bound Idahoans With Food
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Boise business Balsam Hill is best known for its highly realistic artificial Christmas trees. Every year the company delivers tens of thousands of Christmas trees and decor to customers around the country. Normally this time of year employees would be busy planning for the second half of the year. Now, they're pivoting to help home-bound folks get food delivered.
Apr 20, 2020
What Was Idaho Like During World War II? Idaho Students' New Book Tells The Story
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Most college students dread group projects. Dividing the work evenly is always hard, and even basic communication can be stressful. Idaho State University professor Alex Bolinger researches groups and teams, and for his honors class, he thought a textbook wouldn’t suffice.
Apr 20, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: April 17, 2020
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It’s officially been more than a month since the novel coronavirus was first detected in Idaho.
Apr 17, 2020
Idaho Shakespeare Company Planned For Emergencies — But Not A Pandemic
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Nonprofit arts organizations are having to make difficult decisions these days. With performances out of the picture, how will they stay afloat?
Apr 17, 2020
Uninsured In Idaho During The Coronavirus? Here's What You Can Do
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For Idahoans who are uninsured, life in a pandemic adds an additional layer of fear and uncertainty. As more people lose their employer-provided health insurance with layoffs mounting, more people may need to find other ways to get protected.
Apr 16, 2020
How Idaho Power Plans To Keep The Lights On During The Coronavirus
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As a response to the coronavirus pandemic and widespread layoffs, Idaho Power has declared it will not be disconnecting power for those who fail to pay their bill. That’s one of several changes Idaho Power has made to the way it runs the state’s power grid.
Apr 16, 2020
NRA Lays Off Staff Despite Major Gun Sales Last Month
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Though gun sales skyrocketed last month in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Rifle Association is laying off staff.
Apr 16, 2020
Radio Boise Adapts To Keep The Music Going During A Pandemic
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Between the technology and the logistics, transitioning quickly to work-from-home as a radio station is not easy. Community radio station Radio Boise has over one hundred radio programmers and DJs, which takes a lot of coordination, even in pre-pandemic times.
Apr 16, 2020
As Idaho Extends Stay-At-Home Order, Doctors Answer Your Coronavirus Questions
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We’re back again this week to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Every Wednesday during at least the month of April , we will bring on a panel of doctors and health professionals to get us updated and to answer your questions.
Apr 15, 2020
Lawsuit Challenges Idaho Law Banning Transgender Women From Sports
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A lawsuit was filed Wednesday that challenges Idaho’s recently passed law banning women and girls who are transgender, and many women and girls who are intersex, from participating in sports.
Apr 15, 2020
Addressing Coronavirus Concerns Among Boise's Homeless Population
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When it comes to the populations most vulnerable to the coronavirus, people experiencing homelessness have a lot to worry about.
Apr 15, 2020
Idaho Group Shifts From Education Initiative To Medicaid Enrollment Due To COVID-19
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Organizers with the group Reclaim Idaho had to abandon their ballot initiative to increase education funding as the coronavirus began to spread in Idaho. But they're not done organizing.
Apr 13, 2020
How Idaho Is Planning For Wildfire Season While The Coronavirus Spreads
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The coronavirus has stopped many things that happen each year: birthdays, weddings and holidays just to name a few. But one thing that doesn’t stop because of a virus is wildfires.
Apr 13, 2020
How The 'Digital Divide' Is Affecting Idaho Students At Home During The Coronavirus
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School districts across our state are dealing with unique challenges since school buildings have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some districts were ready to teach kids online, while others were not.
Apr 13, 2020
Week Of The Young Child Celebration Looks Different In Idaho This Year
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This week is the “Week of the Young Child,” an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The goal is to raise awareness about the needs of young children and their families.
Apr 13, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: April 10, 2020
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It's been nearly a month since coronavirus was first confirmed in Idaho.
Apr 10, 2020
Keeping Idaho's Mass Transit Safe During a Pandemic
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With the state under a “stay at home” order, there are fewer cars on the road. In the Treasure Valley, public transportation is an essential service and remains an important mode of transportation for many people working essential jobs.
Apr 10, 2020
After An Idaho Man Died In March, His Family Worries He Had The Coronavirus
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The rate of testing for COVID-19 in Idaho has rapidly accelerated in recent weeks. But there still aren’t nearly enough kits to test everyone who might have symptoms of the coronavirus. After one man fell ill and died in early March, his family wonders if he was the state's first COVID-19 victim.
Apr 09, 2020
Idaho Businesses Join Forces To Get Coronavirus Tests To Essential Workers
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Idaho businesses are coming together to crush the curve of coronavirus in the state.
Apr 09, 2020
Law Firm Offers Free Legal Advice To Idaho Small Businesses
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Eighty percent of Idaho’s economy consists of small businesses, and the coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on these companies. Many small business owners are struggling to make sense of the new federal stimulus bill, and the legal implications of the coronavirus.
Apr 09, 2020
How Idaho Families Are Dealing With Life At Home During The Coronavirus
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Overnight, the coronavirus turned us parents into teachers, responsible for facilitating our kids’ education while also working from home ourselves. This has not been easy. But, there are moments of joy in the challenges.
Apr 09, 2020
Social Distancing Seems To Be Working But We're Far From The End, Idaho Doctors Say
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We’re back again this week to answer more of your COVID-19 questions. Every Wednesday during at least the month of April , we will bring on a panel of doctors and health professionals to get us updated and to answer your questions.
Apr 08, 2020
South Central Idaho May Face Drought This Summer
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Since 1932, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has collected and published updates about snowpack, precipitation, reservoirs and streamflow in Idaho. This data in part helps the agriculture industry prepare for the coming months.
Apr 08, 2020
Medical Center Brings Virtual Coronavirus Screening To Idaho
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West Valley Medical Center just launched an online COVID-19 screening tool for the public, which assesses a person’s risk of the virus through a series of questions. Based on the person’s answers the screening will recommend the best next steps for care.
Apr 08, 2020
Child Abuse Prevention Month Lives On Despite Canceled Idaho Events
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. But due to the coronavirus, all the associated events in Idaho have been cancelled. But there are still things going on that we can all participate in virtually, and ways to remain hyper-vigilant about child abuse.
Apr 07, 2020
Domestic Abuse Is More Of A Concern During Shelter-In-Place In Idaho
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Quarantine is stressful for everyone, but for some, being cooped up alone with no school or work as an escape is dangerous. And that is the reality for some Idahoans: those currently quarantined with an abusive partner or parent.
Apr 07, 2020
Is There A 'Right Way' To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus?
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You don’t have to be sick or even know someone who is to feel the effects of the coronavirus. This virus has gone viral in other ways: scary news about chaotic financial markets, suspended sports events, closed schools and new infection numbers dominate the radio, TV and our conversations.
Apr 07, 2020
Boise Rock School Keeps The Music Going By Moving Band Practice Online
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The Boise Rock School has been teaching music and band-making principles since 2008. Now, the coronavirus has moved nearly 400 students online. That’s significant when their programs are set up to feel like band practice, which is the way the school has found their students learn best.
Apr 07, 2020
More People May Face Eviction And Foreclosure In Idaho During The Coronavirus
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As the economy grinds to a halt during the coronavirus epidemic, renters and homeowners alike are facing hardship. The scary fact is: many people who have never faced foreclosure or eviction may face it now. But there are programs to help some folks get through this challenging time.
Apr 06, 2020
How Creative Workers Can Help Idaho Get Through The Coronavirus Crisis
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The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of our lives. With a recession on the horizon and unemployment through the roof, the survival of entire sectors of the economy are now at risk. Arts organizations and other creative businesses like restaurants and tech startups are facing challenges similar to the 2008 Great Recession.
Apr 06, 2020
A Look At New Boise State Research On Cheatgrass And Its Effects On Wildfire Patterns
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COVID-19 is taking most of our attention now, but in the midst of it all, another crisis is on the horizon: it’s almost wildfire season in Idaho.
Apr 06, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: April 3, 2020
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This week was packed (there was that earthquake , changes to how the May 19 primary will be run, and getting homeless Idahoans tested for COVID-19).
Apr 03, 2020
Idaho Nonprofit Leader Says Coronavirus Will Cause Some Organizations To Close
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Every year, the “Idaho Gives Day” showcases dozens of Idaho non-profits and encourages people to donate to keep them alive. This year, the one-day event has been expanded to two weeks to try to help nonprofits during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 03, 2020
Anti-Government Groups Respond To Idaho's 'Stay At Home' Order
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To battle the coronavirus pandemic, many state governments are ordering residents to shelter in place. But that’s creating a rift in some anti-government circles.
Apr 02, 2020
How One Idaho Doctor Says You Can Protect Your Mental Health During Crisis
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While stress is a part of life, long term stress can cause negative health outcomes, such as digestive and sleep disorders, headaches, and anxiety, depression and other mental illness. And with widespread isolation, as well as fear and uncertainty, the coronavirus pandemic is causing long-term stress in many individuals.
Apr 02, 2020
One Expert Shares Tips For Idaho Families During The Coronavirus
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So many Idaho famliies are trying to adapt to a new normal during the coronavirus outbreak. Staying healthy and maintaining social distancing standards are essential. But what about the added pressures for families who now are juggling work, school and family life all under one roof?
Apr 02, 2020
COVID-19 Has Closed Stages Across Idaho. Here's How To Help
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Many businesses and organizations are being greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, as they’ve had to close their doors as part of the push to social distance.
Apr 02, 2020
Idaho Doctors Warn Of Increases In Coronavirus Cases And Deaths In April
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As we continue to cover the coronavirus pandemic, we know many of you have questions and concerns about how to stay healthy and how to protect your community. The best way to answer those questions with facts is to bring on Idaho’s medical experts.
Apr 01, 2020
Livestock Auctions Continue In Idaho And The West During COVID-19 Outbreak
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Among the essential services remaining open during COVID-19 shutdowns are grocery stores, hospitals, and… livestock auctions. The Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck recently reported on this and joins Idaho Matters .
Apr 01, 2020
Morrison Center Prepares For Upcoming 'Broadway in Boise' Season
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Today we’re looking ahead to the end of 2020 and into next year, as we dream about enjoying the arts. For years now, The Morrison Center has hosted “Broadway in Boise.” The upcoming season was just announced, which will feature "Hamilton," "Cats" and several more well-known musicals.
Apr 01, 2020
How Boise And Treasure Valley Leaders Are Adjusting Outreach For The 2020 Census
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Door-to-door census takers are a hallmark of the once-a-decade national survey. But that goes against the social distancing and isolation orders more and more states—including Idaho—are implementing. Even under these extraordinary circumstances, the US census will be carried out this spring and summer.
Mar 31, 2020
Initiative Organizers End Idaho Education Campaign During Era Of Social Distancing
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Idaho’s May 19 election will be held entirely by absentee ballot to avoid spreading COVID-19. And with large events being shut down and door-to-door canvassing potentially hazardous, ballot initiative organizers in many states are having to completely shut down their campaigns. Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson has been in touch with initiative organizers and joins Idaho Matters live on the phone to talk about the effect this might have on upcoming elections. As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog . Idaho Matters is working on a story about how families are dealing with school closures during the coronavirus outbreak. Parents: What do your days look like now? Are you creating structure, or are you letting your kids have an extended spring break? Kids: What do you like about being at home, and what do you
Mar 31, 2020
How Idaho's Child Care System Is Coping With The Coronavirus Changes
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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every aspect of our nation, state and economy. It’s also exposing shortcomings and inequalities in job security, health care access, and now, childcare.
Mar 31, 2020
Here's What To Watch While You're Staying Home, Idaho
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Running out of things to do all cooped up at home? You’re in luck: Boise State Public Radio's Morning Edition host (and resident film critic) George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to share his suggestions for must-see movies to watch in quarantine.
Mar 31, 2020
What We Do And Don't Know About Idaho's Economy Now
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The coronavirus outbreak could thrust economies around the world into a deep freeze for up to six months. Countries across the globe have effectively shut down. With that said, the markets are shifting and changing as quickly as the pandemic is.
Mar 30, 2020
School Looks Different Now. Here's How Idaho Teachers & Education Leaders Are Adjusting.
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School is officially back in session for most Idaho kids, but it sure looks different today than it did just a few weeks ago.
Mar 30, 2020
Here’s An Update On Idaho's Coronavirus Response Fund For Nonprofits
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Last week on Idaho Matters , we told you how the United Way Treasure Valley and the Idaho Community Foundation are working together to get much needed financial help to people who are now experiencing housing insecurity because of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is working with reputable nonprofits to support folks around the state. Nora Carpenter is the executive director of the United Way Treasure Valley and Karen Bilowith is with the Idaho Community Foundation. Both join Idaho Matters live to give us an update on this project.
Mar 30, 2020
Idahoans Are Fleeing To — And Endangering — Rural Mountain Towns With The Coronavirus
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In the midst of this global pandemic, folks from Idaho’s urban areas and out-of-staters are fleeing to rural towns.
Mar 30, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: March 27, 2020
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Idaho Matters begins today with Governor Brad Little’s noon press conference, outlining his response to layoffs, a tightened state budget and strapped small businesses amid the coronavirus crisis.
Mar 27, 2020
Idaho Court System Will Look Different During Coronavirus 'Stay-At-Home' Order
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With a statewide stay-at-home order in place for 21 days, what does that mean for the Idaho courts?
Mar 26, 2020
Idaho Election Officials Push Folks To Absentee Voting For May 19 Primary
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In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, voting and elections may not be top of mind for many people. But if you want to vote on May 19, it’s something you should be thinking about.
Mar 26, 2020
The Sun Valley Area Is Idaho's Coronavirus Hot Spot. Here's What's Been Going On.
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Blaine County has been hit hard by the outbreak of COVID-19. Fourteen of the region's medical personnel -- including two emergency room doctors -- have contracted the virus.
Mar 26, 2020
Boise Chef And Restauranteur Is Semi-Finalist For Prestigious James Beard Award
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Even with the coronavirus outbreak taking up most of the news, Idaho Matters wants to continue bringing listeners some lighter stories. Joining the show today is Sarah Kornfield Kelly, the chef and owner of Boise’s Petite 4 restaurant, who also happens to be a 2020 semi-finalist in the chef category for the James Beard Awards (basically, the Oscars for chefs!).
Mar 26, 2020
Schools Are Closed. How’s Your Family Coping? Tell Us Your Story!
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Idaho Matters is working on a story about how families are dealing with school closures during the coronavirus outbreak. And we need your help!
Mar 26, 2020
Idaho Foodbank Is Strained Under Increased Demand From Coroanvirus
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When the Idaho Foodbank opened its doors in 1984, the mission was clear: solve hunger in Idaho.
Mar 25, 2020
Check In With Loved Ones: Suicide Risk Is Higher During Coronavirus Crisis
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Extended social isolation. Layoffs. A run on firearms. These are indirect effects of the COVID-19 p andemic. They are also conditions that have suicide experts worried about at-risk Americans.
Mar 25, 2020
Here's How To Make Sure Your Masks And Gloves Get To Idaho Hospitals In Need
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As more and more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed around the world and here in Idaho, there is a critical shortage of PPE, or personal protective equipment. Medical professionals are pleading for more supplies as they help people infected with the coronavirus.
Mar 25, 2020
Boise's Beloved 'Story Story Night' Goes Remote During Era Of Social Distancing
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The need to connect and be able to continue to share stories with each other during this time of social isolation is critical and vital to so many of us. So Boise's Story Story Night has worked quickly to take its stage show – with an audience of upwards of 300 people – to a webinar that will continue to feature storytellers mixed with a community slam.
Mar 25, 2020
How Idaho's Department Of Labor Is Handling An Increase In Unemployment Claims
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Unemployment numbers in Idaho are climbing due to the coronavirus crisis. How is the state Department of Labor managing the influx of unemployment insurance applications?
Mar 24, 2020
Idaho Doctor On The Governor's Coronavirus Task Force Answers (More Of) Your Questions
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Last week , we asked health leaders your questions about coronavirus. But there were so many good questions, we didn’t get a chance to answer them all. So Idaho Matters is back this week with Dr. Dave Pate, the former CEO of St. Lukes and a current member of the governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.
Mar 24, 2020
Facebook Groups Filling A Critical Gap In Coronavirus Messaging & Support In Idaho
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The coronavirus is reaching deeper into Idaho as the number of confirmed cases continue to rise . In the midst of all this, Facebook is becoming the meeting space for information and community support.
Mar 24, 2020
Gov. Brad Little Resists Calls For Statewide Closures As Coronavirus Spreads
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We know it’s important to bring you conversations with elected leaders making crucial and tough decisions during this time. Idaho Gov. Brad Little joins Idaho Matters today to talk about how the state is working to control the pandemic.
Mar 23, 2020
Idaho's Legislature Has Adjourned. Here's What Got Done (And Went Unfinished) In 2020
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In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak in Idaho, the state legislature adjourned last week after a turbulent session.
Mar 23, 2020
Boise Blues Society Educates Youth Through Music, Cancels Annual Fundraiser
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For close to three decades the Boise Blues Society, a volunteer non-profit organization, has been bringing blues music to the Treasure Valley with the main goal of inspiring and educating youth through the power of music.
Mar 23, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: March 20, 2020
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Between the coronavirus and the Idaho State Legislature, this week has been one of the most news-heavy the state has seen in a while.
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus Response Fund Aims To Ensure Resources For Idaho Nonprofits
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As more and more businesses close or limit hours, the impact these decisions are having on low-wage and hourly workers in our community has the potential to be financially devastating. That’s why the Idaho Community Foundation, United Ways of Idaho and the Idaho Nonprofit Center are partnering together to create the COVID-19 Response Fund for Idaho.
Mar 20, 2020
How Idaho Restaurants & Bars Are Coping In The Era Of Coronavirus
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Boise State Public Radio Reporters Troy Oppie and Rachel Cohen join Idaho Matters today to give us the latest on the hard-hit service industries in Idaho as restaurants and bars close, and others try to stay open for dine-in or take-out service. We’ll learn from them about how different cities and their businesses are dealing with what looks to be a prolonged economic downturn.
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus Exposing Social Issues, Empowering Community Resilience In Idaho
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There are now cases of coronavirus in all 50 states. With no definitive federal orders but rather recommendations, states and localities have been left to their own to decide how to handle the pandemic in their area. Idaho has made no statewide restrictions but has announced guidelines for folks.
Mar 19, 2020
Boise Mayor Announces Bar & Restaurant Dine-In Closures In Light Of Coronavirus
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NOTE: Since news broke during this interview on Idaho Matters that Boise Mayor Lauren McLean planned to announce restrictions on restaurants and bars in light of COVID-19, more details have emerged. In a press conference at 2:45 p.m., McLean detailed restrictions on restaurants and bars b eginning at midnight Thursday. All dine-in restaurant options will close in the Capital City for 30 days, while pick-up, drive-thru and delivery options can remain open if those businesses choose.
Mar 19, 2020
Idaho Doctors Answer Your Coronavirus Questions
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We've asked you to submit any questions you have about Coronavirus in Idaho, and you stepped up. With news (and mis-information) coming out every hour, it’s more important than ever that we provide the most up-to-date and accurate information.
Mar 17, 2020
'How Can I Make You Care?' BuzzFeed Reporter & Idaho Native On Culture & Coronavirus
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Anne Helen Petersen is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News, She's based in Montana. Petersen has been covering the culture of the coronavirus, specifically how Americans got to this point in the crisis and why so many of us are having a hard time convincing loved ones to care about this pandemic.
Mar 17, 2020
How Is Coronavirus Affecting Idaho's Economy (So Far)?
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Idaho Matters considers the economic impacts Idaho is already seeing because of the spread of Coronavirus.
Mar 16, 2020
Investigating Private Prisons In the Mountain West
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Private prisons are often touted as a good source of jobs and economic prosperity for communities. But how do those jobs compare to the ones in government-run facilities?
Mar 16, 2020
Idaho Doctor Shares Health Risks Known About E-Scooters
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When life begins to get back to normal and we as a community resume regular activities, many folks around the Treasure Valley are going to hop back on an electric scooter to easily get around town.
Mar 16, 2020
Coronavirus Postponed Treefort Music Fest. Here's What That Means For Bands & Fans
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Treefort Music Fest was set to kick off next week. The 5-day multi-genre festival usually happens right after SXSW in Austin and brings 20,000 fans of music, technology, film, yoga and more to downtown Boise.
Mar 16, 2020
What You Need To Know About The Idaho 'Star Card'
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Come October 1, Idaho residents will need extra identification in order to board a flight or access a federal building.
Mar 13, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable Discusses State Coronavirus Response: March 13, 2020
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UPDATE: March 13, 4:45 p.m. Since this segment aired, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the first case of COVID-19 in Idaho. Click here to learn more . Between Coronavirus and the Idaho Legislature, there's lots to discuss on this week's Reporter Roundtable. Listen to hear reporter Don Day from BoiseDev , Scott McIntosh and Cynthia Sewell from the Idaho Statesman along with James Dawson and Frankie Barnhill of Boise State Public Radio to break down this week in news.
Mar 13, 2020
A Look At The Prison Economy In Wyoming And A History Of Idaho Prison Scandals
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Over the next few days, the Mountain West News Bureau is exploring the private prison industry in our region.
Mar 12, 2020
As U.S. Becomes More Welcoming Of Trans Athletes, Idaho Considers A Ban
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Transgender Idahoans have come under fire at the State Capitol this year — and in particular — transgender athletes.
Mar 12, 2020
Utah Plant That Takes Boise's Orange Bag Plastics Hasn't Been Functioning Since 2018
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Boise city officials told residents they could recycle certain plastics for repurposing as diesel fuel as part of the EnergyBag program.
Mar 12, 2020
New Documentary Highlights The Rise Of Women's Basketball In Montana
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Beginning in 1978, in the wake of Title IX, the notion of young women competing in college basketball at a high level was barely a blip on anyone’s radar. That was when Robin Selvig at the University of Montana took the women’s basketball team and made it his life’s work.
Mar 12, 2020
Biden Surprises Idaho With Primary Win
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Former Vice President Joe Biden scored a surprising victory last night in Idaho’s Democratic presidential primary.
Mar 11, 2020
Boise State Women’s Basketball Takes Home Title For 4th Year
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Boise State Athletics isn’t a stranger to dramatic moments that make history. Just a few days ago, history was made once again at Boise State when the Bronco Women’s Basketball team took home its historic fourth straight Mountain West title in a nail biter of a game.
Mar 11, 2020
How One Idaho Boy Has Learned To Be Empowered By His Dyslexia
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One in five students has a learning or attention challenge, and Idaho sixth grader Jacob is one of those students.
Mar 11, 2020
How Smartphones Have Changed The Nature Photography Industry
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This interview originally aired Dec. 18, 2019. Most people today will walk around with a smartphone in their pocket, giving people access to worldwide communication, internet access, and computing power that was unfathomable even 20 years ago. However, smartphones have also given access to high quality cameras to everyone. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Madelyn Beck investigates the impact of this technological improvements on the photography industry.
Mar 11, 2020
Idaho Lawmakers Seek To Set Minimum Marriage Age At 16
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Idaho may soon increase the minimum age that a person can get married in our state.
Mar 10, 2020
Boise-Based Writer And Linguist Gets Inspired By James Castle
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The James Castle House hosts artists of various backgrounds around the year. Named after the self-taught artist who lived in the home in the early to mid-20th century, the house allows current-day writers, painters, sculptors and more to break away from their daily return and focus deeply on a project.
Mar 10, 2020
‘Bamboo And Barbed Wire’ Film Tells Story Of Idaho's Minidoka Internment Camp
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The internment of Japanese Americans in Idaho during World War II is a dark part of our history that’s inspired art and social criticism. This Thursday and Sunday , the Idaho State Museum in Boise will screen a documentary, called “ Bamboo and Barbed Wire ,” on the Minidoka camp in South Central Idaho.
Mar 10, 2020
Who Wrote Down The Idaho Constitution?
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We know about the delegates back in 1889 who wrote Idaho’s constitution. But who actually wrote it down, putting pen to paper to capture it for posterity?
Mar 10, 2020
NRA Lobbying Stalls Bill Increasing Protections For Idaho Sexual Assault Survivors
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In January, Idaho state lawmakers debated a bill that would have allowed more sexual assault survivors to get protection orders against their assailants. The bill, introduced by Democratic representative Melissa Wintrow, died after lobbying from the National Rifle Association.
Mar 09, 2020
Here's The Latest On The Case Of Two Missing Idaho Children
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The case of two missing children in Idaho has garnered national attention.
Mar 09, 2020
Boise Takes Aim At Pesticides In Parks
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As spring weather in parts of Idaho begins to make an appearance, you might be daydreaming about warm gatherings with friends and family on a green patch of grass in a local park. In Boise, Parks and Recreation officials are already planning for the busy spring and summer months by taking a new strategy to maintain those green spaces.
Mar 09, 2020
Boise Art Museum Showcases Idaho Artists In Triennial Exhibit
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Since the 1930s, the Boise Art Museum has been committed to showcasing local Idaho artists. Every three years, the museum selects a couple dozen Idaho artists — not limited by medium — for a special exhibit.
Mar 09, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: March 6, 2020
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This week's Reporter Roundtable has a little bit of everything from the week's news: abortion funding at the state legislature, possible restrictions for transgender athletes in Idaho, state officials preparing for coronavirus spread and the arraingment of an Eastern Idaho woman in connection to the disappearance of her children.
Mar 06, 2020
Outer Space Light Phenomenon Central To Boise State Lecture Friday
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For the last few years, scientists have been studying “fast radio bursts” in the night sky. These are radio pulses from space that are only milliseconds long.
Mar 06, 2020
Study: Idaho Loses Almost $500M Annually From Gaps In Child Care
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Idaho loses close to $500 million annually because of child care issues, according to a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report.
Mar 05, 2020
Idaho National Laboratory Is Playing A Critical Role In NASA Mars Mission
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In July, NASA plans to launch the next Mars rover into space.
Mar 05, 2020
Documentary That Will Stop In Boise Details Breadth Of Medical Mistake Deaths
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According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins , more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death in our country after heart disease and cancer.
Mar 05, 2020
'Depressed Cake Shop' Event In Boise Puts A Unique Spin On Mental Health Awareness
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Eating cake usually signifies a celebration: a celebration of a birthday, a wedding, a graduation, a retirement. But there’s an upcoming event in Boise that will turn this paradigm on its head: the Depressed Cake Shop.
Mar 05, 2020
What To Know Before Voting In Idaho's Upcoming Presidential Primary
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With Super Tuesday in the rearview, it's almost Idaho's turn to weigh in on the presidential primaries. Next Tuesday, Idaho Democrats will head to the polls to cast their ballot for who will represent the democratic party in the general election later this year.
Mar 05, 2020
Meet The Boise Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Executive Director
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Idaho’s largest and oldest performing arts organization is changing leadership. Laura Reynolds is the Boise Philharmonic’s new executive director, and joins Idaho Matters to talk about her new position.
Mar 05, 2020
A College Education Affects Income More In Idaho Than In Other States
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Idahoans with a bachelor’s degree earn close to $32,000 more per year on average than those with only a high school diploma. That’s according to a new study from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
Mar 04, 2020
Idaho Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Previews Latest Performance
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Idaho Dance Theater is prepping for its latest performance. Coming up this week, the performance, called Vigor, will focus on active strength and energy of the body and the mind. Marla Hansen is the artistic director and joins Idaho Matters to talk more about the show. Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters
Mar 04, 2020
Addressing The Crisis Of Missing And Murdered Indigenous People In Idaho
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In late 2019, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to create a task force – called “Operation Lady Justice” – that would address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the United States. The order was one of the first federal acknowledgements of the epidemic. According to the Department of Justice, indigenous women and girls face higher rates of domestic and sexual violence than other populations. And since reporting mechanisms are inconsistent across the country, there is a huge gap in the data. In other words: the problem is likely much larger than we know. One goal of the task force is to bridge this gap and understand just how widespread this issue is. Tara Sweeney is the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, and a member of the Operation Lady Justice task force. “We are scheduling listening sessions and consultations throughout the country to listen, to learn, and to provide recommended solutions,” she said
Mar 03, 2020
Here’s How The State Of Idaho Is Preparing For COVID-19
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Last week, we spoke to the former head of St. Luke’s health system about how hospitals are preparing for COVID-19, or the coronavirus. There are no coonfirmed cases of the virus in the state yet, but state officials are preparing for that to change.
Mar 03, 2020
Wanna Know Idaho Explores The Treasure Valley Bird Takeover
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We’re excited to share the most recent episode of our podcast Wanna Know Idaho . The podcast explores the curious elements of life in Idaho… with you, our listeners!
Mar 03, 2020
Feds Say Snake River Dams Are Here To Stay
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Between 1938-1976, the federal government built four dams on the Snake River. The dams would help with flood risk management, irrigation, hydropower and water supply. But damming any major river has serious implications for wildlife – in this case: salmon.
Mar 02, 2020
Does Boise Have List Fatigue?
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This interview orginally aired Dec. 19, 2019 There was a time earlier this decade when getting on a list with a national magazine or online publication was a big deal for Boise and Idaho. But as the city's population continues to grow -- perhaps in part because of the exposure from these lists -- public opinion about these accolades seems to be shifting. We check in with local journalist Don Day of Boise Dev , to help make sense of this national media attention. Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters
Mar 02, 2020
2020 'Idaho Day' Celebrates Creation Of The Idaho Territory, Plus Voting Rights
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This Wednesday, the Gem State is celebrating “Idaho Day,” a nod to the day when President Abraham Lincoln created what was then the Idaho Territory.
Mar 02, 2020
What To Expect At 2020 Les Bois Film Festival
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Les Bois Film Festival is returning to Boise this weekend. The event, which is locally produced, features films about conservation and the outdoors.
Mar 02, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 28, 2020
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Today on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin , KIVI's Mike Sharp and BoiseDev's Don Day chat legislature news and more.
Feb 28, 2020
Eco-Conscious Event In Boise To Give Forgotten Artwork A New Home
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Most of us have some piece of art we love but never got around to hanging. It sits in storage, inspiring guilt and is never fully appreciated.
Feb 28, 2020
Here's What A Former Idaho Health Leader Says About Coronavirus
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As the former CEO of St. Luke's in Idaho, Dr. David Pate has an inside view into what hospitals do to prepare for public health pandemics.
Feb 27, 2020
New Boise State Scholarship Puts Focus On Rural Idaho Students
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Boise State University President Marlene Tromp has made rural outreach to students a priority in her short time in office. Now, the university will offer a special scholarship for rural Idaho students.
Feb 27, 2020
Idaho Lawmakers Look To Reform Medical Billing And Debt Collection
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When you get a bill from your doctor’s office or health insurance, do you always know line by line what the charges are for? Or, have you ever received a bill for a procedure...only to be billed again after reimbursement?
Feb 27, 2020
The Craft Of Gun Engraving Lives On With Eastern Idaho Cowboys
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The art of gun engraving is alive and well in eastern Idaho thanks to a few dedicated cowboys.
Feb 27, 2020
They Passed Medicaid Expansion In Idaho. Can They Do It With Education Funding?
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In 2018, the group Reclaim Idaho spearheaded an effort to expand Medicaid in Idaho, which passed with 61% of the vote. Now, the group has turned its attention to another hot topic in the state: education funding.
Feb 26, 2020
From Celebs To Local Filmmakers, It's All Part Of The Sun Valley Film Festival
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One of the highlights of Idaho’s entertainment calendar is the Sun Valley Film Festival, which continues to attract a combination of movie fans, Oscar-winning filmmakers and emerging actors and directors.
Feb 26, 2020
How Idaho Lawmakers Could Change The Way Boise Elects Council Members
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The debate over how cities should elect their city councils in Idaho is expected to intensify in the coming days at the state legislature.
Feb 25, 2020
Two Retiring Idaho Democrats Reflect On Their Years In The Minority Party
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Republicans control about 80% of both the House and the Senate at the Idaho Statehouse. Out of 105 seats, only 21 are held by Democrats.
Feb 25, 2020
Why Is Bloomberg’s Campaign Pouring Resources Into The Mountain West?
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Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg has spent more than $460 million on his campaign.
Feb 25, 2020
Next Generation TV: Boise State Program Gives Students Media Experience
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The Narrative TV Initiative is a Boise State University program that gives students real world experience in the television production process through the creation from start to finish of a show.
Feb 25, 2020
'Parental Rights' Sex Ed Bill Introduced In Idaho
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Sex education in public schools is often a controversial topic. Questions of what to teach, how to teach it, and when to teach it are sensitive subjects for many parents.
Feb 24, 2020
Idaho's Doctor Shortage Is Improving. Here's What's Helping
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Three years ago, the state of Idaho faced a severe physician shortage placing them 49th in the nation for primary care doctors per capita.
Feb 24, 2020
Here's What Happens When An Actor Makes Hunting His Side Hustle
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Hunting and acting are two ideas that don’t typically go together.
Feb 24, 2020
'Book Arts' Exhibit Combines Visual Expression And Literature For Idaho Artist
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Picture books aren’t just for kids, especially not when they’re made by Scott Samuelson.
Feb 24, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 21, 2020
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With the Idaho legislature in full swing, there is much to discuss on this week's Reporter Roundtable.
Feb 21, 2020
Idaho Constitution Is Restored And Returned To 130-Year-Old Document To The State
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“We, the people of the state of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution…”
Feb 21, 2020
Future Of Boise's Concordia Law School Steadies
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About two weeks ago, Concordia University Portland announced it would be closing after 115 years leaving the future of Concordia Law School in Boise uncertain.
Feb 20, 2020
Oregon Governor Chimes In On Snake River Dam Debate
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Should the four Lower Snake River dams be torn down? The debate has been going on for years.
Feb 20, 2020
Uncertain Future At Expo Idaho Prompts Citizen's Advisory Committee
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Expo Idaho is perhaps best known as the home of the Western Idaho Fair. County leaders are now asking citizens to participate in deciding how the site should be used.
Feb 20, 2020
Idaho's Politically Active Send Volunteers To Nevada Ahead Of Saturday's Caucuses
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Idaho’s presidential primary is now less than three weeks away, but almost everyone’s focus will be on Nevada this coming Saturday when that state holds its own presidential caucuses.
Feb 20, 2020
Are You Missing Out On A Property Tax Break In Idaho? Ada County Tells Us More
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Rising property taxes in the Treasure Valley and beyond have some homeowners worried about how they will afford to stay in their homes.
Feb 19, 2020
Idaho Community Colleges Wince At Talk Of Property Tax Decrease
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Community colleges in Idaho receive some of their funding from property taxes. In the Treasure Valley, the College of Western Idaho is one of those schools.
Feb 19, 2020
Former Boise Mayor's Aide Received About $40,000 For 23 Days Of Work
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Amber Pence was Boise Mayor Dave Bieter’s intergovernmental affairs aide before she left his office to work on his reelection campaign.
Feb 19, 2020
Seattle Fundraiser For Leukemia and Lymphoma Is Personal For Boise Firefighter
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When more than 2,000 firefighters start climbing 69 flights of stairs in Seattle on March 8, each one will have their own reasons why they race to the top of the Columbia Center.
Feb 19, 2020
Idaho Power Prepares For Change In CEO
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There’s some big changes afoot in leadership at Idaho Power.
Feb 18, 2020
Boise State Study Targets Unhealthy Food Choices In Schools
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As adults, we know how eating unhealthy makes us feel compared to healthier options. Sugar crashes, impacted sleep patterns, decreased focus at work are feelings many of us can relate to.
Feb 18, 2020
Story Story Night Turns Idaho Matters Interview Upside-Down
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Story Story Night is celebrating a decade of sharing narratives and connecting with people, each month highlighting a different decade through themed stories.
Feb 18, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 14, 2020
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Happy Valentine's Day Reporter Roundtable! Today we're joined by Boise State Public Radio's Madelyn Beck , Idaho Ed News's Kevin Richert and the Idaho Statesman's Nicole Foy . They break down what happened at the Idaho state legislature this week as a flurry of bills received initial hearings.
Feb 14, 2020
‘3 Minute Thesis’ Challenges Idaho Students To Make Academic Research Relatable
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Graduate students spend years researching and writing about one single topic. They graduate with knowledge and information many people will never understand. And that’s a problem... a problem an unusual competition seeks to solve.
Feb 14, 2020
Is The Supreme Court Next For The Case Of A Trans Inmate In Idaho? The Governor Says Yes.
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Earlier this week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to re-hear the case of a transgender inmate in Idaho.
Feb 13, 2020
National Archives In Seattle To Close, Send Indigenous Records Out Of State
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The National Archives facility in Seattle holds historical government records from Idaho and other northwest states, including indigenous archives.
Feb 13, 2020
Idaho Build-To-Rent Market Means More Rentals, Less Ownership Opportunities
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The build-to-rent market has been exploding in the Treasure Valley, with developers building homes not for people to buy —but for people to rent.
Feb 13, 2020
Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?
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Yesterday would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday.
Feb 13, 2020
Why The Bloomberg Campaign Is Focusing Resources In Idaho
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On Tuesday, March 10, Idahoans will get the chance to vote in the GOP and Democratic presidential primaries.
Feb 12, 2020
Getting Kids To Love The Outdoors In A Country That Doesn't
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In western states like Idaho, experiencing the outdoors as a family is part of everyday life. But in other places in the country, that isn't the case.
Feb 12, 2020
How Idaho's Disaster "Prepper" Culture Is Reacting To Coronavirus Fear
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An outbreak of the deadly coronavirus has set off alarm bells among public health officials.
Feb 11, 2020
Idaho Farmworkers Say They Were Hurt By Pesticides. Now, Lawmakers Could Relax Rules
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After a group of Parma farmworkers were hospitalized last year from alleged exposure to pesticides sprayed by a crop duster, advocates demanded change.
Feb 11, 2020
How Light, Noise, Temperature And Air Quality Could Affect Student Outcomes
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When it comes to improving student performance and outcomes, there are many factors that education experts look to. Things like class size, socio-economics, school safety, and one’s home life to name a few.
Feb 11, 2020
BCT's 'Slow Food' Pokes Fun At Bad Restaurant Service On Boise Stage
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You know that feeling of being so hungry that your emotions get the best of you?
Feb 11, 2020
Idaho National Lab Director Talks Nuclear Energy, Economic Impact And NASA
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Before Mark Peters joined the Idaho National Laboratory as Director in 2015, he worked at several other national labs across the United States managing projects dealing with nuclear energy and national security.
Feb 10, 2020
Farmers Big And Small Learn Gardening, Ecosystem Lessons In Ada County Class
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Want to help save declining bees and butterflies? Or maybe you're curious about raising chickens for fresh eggs, or how to compost like a pro?
Feb 10, 2020
'La Boheme' Comes Alive With Opera Idaho
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'La Boheme' is returning to Opera Idaho this weekend for the seventh time. The story of bohemian life in the Latin quarter in Paris in the 1830s is also "about the death of innocence" according to tenor Peter Drackley.
Feb 10, 2020
The Biggest Book Club In Idaho: A Look At Treasure Valley Reads
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Something magical occurs when groups of people gather to explore the pages of a chosen novel or memoir.
Feb 10, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 7, 2020
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For this week's Reporter Roundtable, Idaho Matters brings the Boise Weekly's Harrison Berry , the Idaho Press's Betsy Russel and our own James Dawson to break down the week in headlines.
Feb 07, 2020
How Old Are Saturn's Rings? Idaho Professor Chimes Into The Debate
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Just how old are Saturn’s rings? You might think that would be an easy question to answer. But apparently in the scientific world, there’s quite a divide over this topic.
Feb 07, 2020
Fly Fishing Film Tour Makes Boise Stop
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Though fishing was long used just for sustenance, it has evolved into a sport celebrated around the world.
Feb 07, 2020
A Look At The Link Between Affordable Housing And Prison Overcrowding
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For men and women returning to society from incarceration, access to affordable housing is key to their success.
Feb 06, 2020
'Kids Who Code' Program Gets Boise Youth Into Computer Science
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Programs to get kids into coding have been popping up all over in the past several years. Idaho has been no different.
Feb 06, 2020
Exploring A Rich Tradition Of Campeche Mexican Dancing In Idaho
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Boise State Public Radio is launching our second season of Expressive Idaho in partnership with Idaho Commission on the Arts.
Feb 06, 2020
What's Next For Boise's State Street?
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Three-quarters of Treasure Valley residents say they want better public transportation, according to a Boise State survey. But with low funding, limited routes and challenges with sprawl, most commuters have to rely on their cars to get around. So where do we go from here?
Feb 05, 2020
Boise Chef Launches Cooking Classes For Kids
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Culinary coach and chef Christina Murray has a long resume. She has a Culinary Health Education Certificate from Harvard Medical School and has been featured in Redbook Magazine.
Feb 05, 2020
Wait, What's A Firkin? Beer And Fundraising Go Together At This Boise Event
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The Rotary Club of Boise is gearing up for the Annual Firkin Frolic, a beer festival that raises money for a good cause.
Feb 05, 2020
Musician Curtis Stigers Will Play February Show To Hometown Crowd In Boise
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Award-winning singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers is bringing his talent back home to Boise.
Feb 05, 2020
What Brexit Could Mean For Trade Between Idaho And The UK
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Between Brexit and a big change with the royal family, the UK has been in the news a lot recently.
Feb 04, 2020
Boise Research Collaboration Addresses Concussions In Youth Sports
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A collaboration between St. Luke’s Hospital and Boise State University's researchers resulted in new findings about head injuries that occur in youth football.
Feb 04, 2020
Idaho Mobile App Developer Creates 'Reader Zone' Tracker To Encourage Literacy
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Research shows reading builds empathy, improves memory and refines critical thinking.
Feb 04, 2020
Annual Kids' Ice Fishing Derby Gets Idaho Youth Outside For Nearly 30 Years
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Ponds freeze over in the winter, but fish are still swimming underneath beneath the ice. So why wait ’til spring to break out the fishing rod? Drill a hole in the ice and you’re good to go.
Feb 04, 2020
Former Boise City Councilman Plans To Take Stadium Vote To Idaho Supreme Court
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Remember the stadium ordinance on Boise November’s ballot?
Feb 03, 2020
Making Boise A Conference Destination
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Are big conferences on their way to Boise?
Feb 03, 2020
Join Boise State Public Radio For A Gun Policy Forum Tuesday, Feb. 4
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The gun debate in America has been changing quickly, with Democratic presidential candidates embracing new gun control proposals and even some Republicans offering support for certain measures.
Feb 03, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 31, 2020
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It's time for another Reporter Roundtable here on Idaho Matters.
Jan 31, 2020
Science Meets Art In Boise Exhibit
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Jay Rasgorshek is a scientific illustrator and co-curator of the “Picturing Science in Illustration and Art” exhibit at Boise State University.
Jan 31, 2020
Australian Musician Courtney Barnett Talks Songwriting, Touring Ahead Of Boise Show
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Courtney Barnett first picked up the guitar when she was ten.
Jan 31, 2020
Here's What A 1930's Guidebook Said About Boise Architecture. (Hint: It Wasn't Great)
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What was Boise like in the 1930s?
Jan 30, 2020
Bipartisan Proposal Would Give Some Former Idaho Inmates A 'Clean Slate'
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Democrats and Republicans are coming together at the Idaho statehouse to address criminal justice reform with a proposed bill that would allow certain folks to get their record sealed.
Jan 29, 2020
Boise Exhibit Recognizes Those Excluded From Women's Suffrage 100 Years Ago
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage here in Idaho. This gave women the right to vote, but not all women.
Jan 29, 2020
Parents Of Missing Idaho Children Found In Hawaii
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It’s been more than four months since an eastern Idaho brother and sister have been seen. This story has made national headlines as authorities try to figure out what happened to seven-year-old JJ Vallow and his 17-year-old sister Tylee.
Jan 29, 2020
U.S. Constitution Competition Brings Idaho's High Schoolers Face-To-Face
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Nation states, ideas of rights and power, and Shay’s Rebellion are subjects that may have left many of our minds after high school. But these topics are critical to understanding the history of our country and the constitution that supports it.
Jan 29, 2020
Idaho Birds Of Prey Conservation Area And Radio Boise Launch Podcast
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If you travel 30 miles south of Boise to Murphy, you'll find a unique home for the highest nesting density of birds of prey in North America. This is the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, which celebrated its 25th anniversary two years ago.
Jan 28, 2020
Growth And Education At The Top Of Idahoans Concerns, According To New Boise State Survey
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Every year, Boise State University surveys the state to learn how folks feel about key issues. From growth to taxes, education to salmon recovery, the wide ranging topics help tell a story about Idahoans’ priorities and concerns. The new survey came out Monday. Author Jeffrey Lyons of the University’s School of Public Service joined Idaho Matters to interpret the results.
Jan 27, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 24, 2020
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Another Friday...another Reporter Roundtable here on Idaho Matters! Listen to the discussion of the week's headlines from Madelyn Beck with the Mountain West News Bureau, KIVI 6 On Your Side's Mike Sharp and Erin Bamer of the Idaho Press.
Jan 24, 2020
Idaho Bluegrass Association Making A Comeback With Winter Festival
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Bluegrass music is making a comeback in Idaho. The Idaho Bluegrass Association has been around since the 1980s, but after membership waned, the group’s popularity has taken off in the past few years. Supported by new members and leadership, the group is putting on the first Idaho Bluegrass Winterfest this weekend in Boise.
Jan 24, 2020
What Trump's Proposed Rollback Of A Landmark Environmental Rule Means For Idaho
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Earlier this month, the Trump Administration proposed changes to fundamental environmental rules. The National Environmental Policy Act has been in place since President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1970. But in recent years, some people have questioned whether some elements of it go too far, holding back industries like ranching and mining.
Jan 23, 2020
How To Stay Safe In Idaho While Participating In Winter Sports
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January is peak season for skiers and snowboarders in Idaho. But with these kind of high-impact sports, brain injuries can be far too common. How should folks stay safe while taking part in their favorite cold weather sports? During National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, Idaho Matters is joined by Dr. Steven Gale, director of the St. Alphonsus hospital trauma center, and Bert Mecham with Fremont County’s EMS in eastern Idaho.
Jan 23, 2020
Dog Sled Racing Becomes Mainstay Of McCall Winter Carnival
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For the third year in a row, the McCall Winter Festival will host a dog sled race. But this isn’t just any race. Organized by people involved with the Iditarod, the Idaho Dog Sled Challenge is 300 miles long. And with more than 44,000 feet of elevation change on the course, mushers call this a 500 mile race packed into 300. Race judge Stan Smith and veterinarian Dawn Sessions join Idaho Matters to talk more about what goes into facilitating an event like this.
Jan 23, 2020
A Closer Look At The STEM Jobs That Go Unfilled In Idaho
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Thousands of high-paying STEM jobs continue to go unfilled in Idaho. That’s according to the Idaho Stem Action Center, which released updated numbers to the legislature last week. But with more computer science teachers and students interested in the field, will that storyline change soon? Dr. Angela Hemingway joins Idaho Matters from the Idaho STEM Action Center.
Jan 22, 2020
Influential Public Radio And Podcast Host Jad Abumrad To Visit Boise
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RadioLab explores big ideas every week on WNYC. The nationally-distributed public radio show disrupted both the public radio and podcast space and has inspired many producers in the world of audio storytelling. Host Jad Abumrad has spent years perfecting his craft, and will share some of his experience in storytelling with an audience in Boise. He joins Idaho Matters ahead of his talk as featured speaker at The Cabin on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Jan 22, 2020
The Controversy Stoking Idaho's Oil And Gas Industry
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Idaho’s oil and gas industry continues to spark interest, concern and controversy, especially in Payette County. Natural gas was discovered in southwest Idaho in 2010. Since then several gas wells and one oil well have been built. Now those wells are changing hands -- again. The new owner wants to put past issues of transparency and underpayments by the first owner behind him.
Jan 21, 2020
Smithsonian Exhibit On Japanese Internment Camps Features Idaho Artifacts
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During World War II, tens of thousands of Japanese Americans were rounded up and held in camps around the country. One of those internment camps was in south central Idaho. The Minidoka camp housed folks from Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Now, a traveling exhibit curated by the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. will open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 25 in Boise. Idaho State Museum Director Liz Hobson joins Idaho Matters to talk more about the exhibit.
Jan 21, 2020
Bosnian In Boise: Celebrating Culture Through Food And Dance On Thursday
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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Cultural Center of Idaho has been in Boise since 2000. Since then, they have been using traditional dance, music and food to share Bosnian culture with Idaho. This Thursday, the group will bring all kinds of traditional food to JUMP in downtown Boise. Folk dancers will be teaching visitors new dance steps and a Bosnian author will talk about Bosnian heritage, history, and refugees. Maya Duratovic joins Idaho Matters to talk more about the event and share some Bosnian food with us. Here's a link to a few recipes she shared !
Jan 21, 2020
The World Of The Fashion Industry And Kathy Ireland's Career, As Told By Idaho Author
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The fashion industry is about more than just clothes. It’s also about scandal, #MeToo moments, human trafficking and murder. At least that’s what the new book “Fashion Jungle” is about. Co-author Rachel van Dyken is from Boise, and joins Idaho Matters to talk about her book, which is based on real events from her co-author and former supermodel Kathy Ireland’s life and career.
Jan 21, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 17, 2020
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Legislative session is in full swing here in Idaho. Our own Jimmy Dawson , Kevin Richert (Idaho Ed News) and Don Day (BoiseDev) explain what's gone down this week in the capitol and beyond.
Jan 17, 2020
St. Luke's Community Health Assessment Finds Two Main Health Concerns For Idaho
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Every three years, hospitals in Boise, McCall, Jerome, Twin Falls and beyond take part in a survey to determine the state's biggest health needs. The survey is conducted by the St. Luke's system and the new survey is out today. The two most significant concerns? Obesity and mental illness. Hear from Jean Fitzgerald Mutchie, Lyle Nelson and Dr. Alejandro Necochea about what these statistics mean and how they plan to address the issues.
Jan 17, 2020
Boise State University Organizers Plan MLK Day Celebration
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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Idaho Human Rights Day. George Prentice talked with the organizers of the MLK Living Legacy Celebration, that will be taking place at Boise State University. Francisco Salinas is the director of the Boise State Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and Ryann Banks is a Boise State University Student who is this year’s chair of the celebration.
Jan 17, 2020
Bogus Basin And Tamarack Execs Talk Idaho Ski Season So Far
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This week’s snowfall in the Treasure Valley means only one thing: ski season is here . Tamarack Resort in Donnelly and Bogus Basin in Boise County both received tons of snow this week. Tamarack’s President Jon Reveal and Bogus Basin’s GM Brad Wilson join Idaho Matters to talk about their snow, new lifts, & how they deal with crowds on the roads and slopes.
Jan 16, 2020
An Economic Forecast For Idaho's Coming Year And Decade
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Ten years ago, the global economy was in the depths of the financial crisis and investors had just finished posting negative returns for the decade. This scared many people. But if you stayed in the market, your return was more than 250% or 13.5% per year. So, ten years later as we are weeks into a new year and a new decade, what does the financial outlook look like for 2020?
Jan 16, 2020
'You Know The Place' Podcast Takes An Idaho Hot Spring Dip And A Beer Sip
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Hot springs were practically made for winter, which is why we're presenting this episode of our You Know The Place podcast. Join hosts Lacey and Joel on their trip up to Kirkham Hot Springs in Lowman and a quirky bar in Idaho City.
Jan 16, 2020
How Idaho Tourism Relies On Work-Travel Visa Program
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The J-1 visa program was intended to promote international understanding, hosting international workers for positions like camp counselors and au pairs. Hospitality workers make up a large percentage of visa holders, and Idaho's tourism industry relies on these folks for seasonal work. Our Twin Falls reporter Rachel Cohen fills in Idaho Matters on the work-travel visa program that's "essential" to Idaho tourism.
Jan 15, 2020
Boise State University Professor Frees Innocent Man After 18 Years In Prison
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Greg Hampikian is a professor at Boise State University and part of the Georgia Innocence Project. He joins Idaho Matters to talk about his recent victory freeing a former Georgia inmate after he served 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit.
Jan 15, 2020
Owners Of New Boise Meditation Studio Balance Business With Peaceful Practice
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There's a new business in downtown Boise, dedicated to something many people do at home or in a private space: meditation. We talk with the owners of Source about meditation and the business side of this practice.
Jan 15, 2020
Tetonia, Idaho Is A Small Town With A Quirky Winter Tradition
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The small town of Tetonia, Idaho will celebrate their 9th annual Snow Plane Rally this weekend. Not sure what a "snow plane" is? Despite it's name, the devices never leave the ground, but move over the snow on skis powered by propellers.
Jan 15, 2020
As Australia's Bushfires Rage, Idaho Sends Fire Crews To Help
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The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise has sent wildfire supression crews to help fight the Australian Bushfires. NIFC spokesperson Jessica Gardetto talks more about how countries share resources and how changing fire seasons are impacting the need for firefighters internationally.
Jan 14, 2020
Women's March In Boise Celebrates Idaho's 100th Anniversary Of The Women's Vote
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The third annual Women's March falls on the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. This year, the event will be a gathering at the Idaho State Capitol on Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. Idaho Matters checks in with event coordinator Keri Steneck about this year's Boise event.
Jan 14, 2020
Boise Organization To Unveil New Certification On Diversity In The Workplace
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The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is getting ready to unveil a new program for local businesses and organizations who want to build a diverse workforce. The Center’s executive director Dr. Dan Prinzing joins Idaho Matters to tell us more about the Human Rights Certification Program and why it’s being implemented.
Jan 14, 2020
Former Olympian Visits Treasure Valley For Talk Series
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Jeff Galloway has been a major name in the running community since before his appearance in the 1972 Olympics. Since then, Jeff’s books, personal coaching and training groups have reached thousands. He's visiting the Treasure Valley this week for a series of talks, and joins Idaho Matters to share his tips on running and training.
Jan 14, 2020
Wolf Reintroduction In Idaho, 25 Years Later
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Twenty-five years ago, wolves were reintroduced in Idaho. Ranchers feared for their livestock while wolf supporters celebrated their return. The controversial decision still is playing out today. We talk with Suzanne Stone of the Wood River Wolf Project and former Idaho Statesman environmental reporter Rocky Barker about this historic anniversary.
Jan 13, 2020
Law Enforcement Officials Say Medical Neglect Laws Don't Protect Children Enough
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Currently in Idaho, faith healing is legally exempt from medical neglect laws. The Campaign to Protect Idaho Kids has been working on a project to change this. Later this week the organization is hosting a panel discussion on this issue at the Idaho State Capitol. Two of the panelists will be Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson and Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue. Both join Idaho Matters to discuss why is change is important.
Jan 13, 2020
Portland's Biking Film Fest Stops In Boise
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"Filmed By Bike: The World's Best Bike Movies" is a Portland project making its way to Boise on Friday, January 17. Cynthia Gibson, the executive director of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and film creator Alyeen Crotty join Idaho Matters to talk about the history of the festival and why they’re making a stop in Boise.
Jan 13, 2020
Idaho Matters Takes A Look At The 2020 Academy Awards Nominations
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Join Boise State Public Radio's George Prentice as he breaks down the Academy Award nominations. He'll tell Idaho Matters about any surprises in the nominations and who he thinks will take home the Oscars next month.
Jan 13, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 10, 2020
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It's been a busy first week after the holidays. To break it all down, tune in to the Reporter Roundtable as reporters Heath Druzin of Boise State Public Radio , Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press and Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman join us.
Jan 10, 2020
Meet Lauren Necochea, Idaho's Newest Lawmaker
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Lauren Necochea is the newest Idaho lawmaker, appointed by Gov. Brad Little in December to replace former Minority Leader Mat Erpelding's seat in Boise's 19th District. Previously, she was the Director of the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. Necochea joins Idaho Matters to discuss her transition from policy to electoral politics.
Jan 10, 2020
'Wanna Know Idaho' Finds Out Where Zoo Animal Waste Goes
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This segment originally aired on Feb. 4, 2019. Wanna Know Idaho asked Idahoans to submit questions they want answered about our state. In the latest edition, host Frankie Barnhill seeks to answer the question on everybody's mind - "what happens to the poop at Zoo Boise?" Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to flush out the answer.
Jan 10, 2020
Former State Department Official And Boise State Professor Talks Iranian Tensions
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After an American drone strike killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani at the airport in Baghdad, many people around the world braced for possible war. Iran then retaliated with a missile strike on American bases in Iraq. Former State Department official and current Boise State University professor Steven Feldstein helps us make sense of the last week of tensions.
Jan 09, 2020
Idaho Receives Federal Preschool Education Grant
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Idaho is getting an almost $3.5 million federal grant to improve early childhood education. The Preschool Development Grant gives the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children the ability to look at existing programs, measure effectiveness and find room for improvement. Executive Director of Idaho’s AEYC Beth Oppenheimer tells Idaho Matters more on what we can expect from the grant.
Jan 09, 2020
Wood River Valley 7th Graders Design Drones In New Program
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Hailey’s Wood River Middle School has a new program for 7th-graders: “Drone Designers" teaches students to code and choreograph live drone performances to music. Joining Idaho Matters are curriculum designer Erika Liebel, Wood River Middle School Teacher Melanie Schrader, and a 7th grade alum of the program Freya Colville.
Jan 09, 2020
How Low Steelhead Returns, Closed Seasons Impact Idaho's Fishing Economy In Small Towns
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Idaho Fish and Game just reopened steelhead fishing along the Clearwater River after dismal returns last year. Closing fisheries for a season helps grow fish stocks which is important for ecology and ensures future seasons will be very fishable. But what happens in small towns whose economies rely on fishing? We talk with Roy Akins who owns Rapid River Outfitters in Riggins, along with Lance Hebdon of Idaho Fish and Game.
Jan 09, 2020
Idaho's Prison System Is Overflowing. Here's What ACLU Of Idaho Says Should Be Done
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The ACLU of Idaho has long lobbied for change in criminal justice, urging officials to take a closer look at things like mandatory minimums, prison overcrowding and employment opportunities after folks serve their time. The group has a new statewide report they'll use to try and convince lawmakers to reform the criminal justice system.
Jan 08, 2020
Everything We Know About Alzheimer's May Be Wrong
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When you think of Alzheimer's, you think of plaque. For 30 years, clumps of these proteins have been suspected of causing the memory loss that comes with Alzheimer’s. But at least three new studies say those plaques might not be the driving force behind the disease. That could affect how we diagnose and treat it. Dr. Troy Rohn of Boise State University joins Idaho Matters to talk about this new theory.
Jan 08, 2020
95-Year-Old Idaho Angler Shares A Lifetime Of Fish Tales
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Winston Moore is an Idaho angler who has been making fishing history for over 80 years. In that time, he’s developed new techniques for catching trout and remembers a time when he’d be the only fisherman on miles and miles of beach. He joins Idaho Matters ahead of his Thursday evening lecture at 6:30 p.m. at St. Alphonsus in Boise.
Jan 08, 2020
Idaho Dance Troupe Makes National 'Dance Mag' List
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Idaho's LED performance group was just named one of Dance Magazine's 2020 "25 to Watch list." The group formed in 2015 fusing original music with fresh choreography. LED co-founders Lauren Edson and Andrew Stensaas join Idaho Matters to talk about the recent honor.
Jan 08, 2020
From Budget Cuts To Prison Reform, What Idaho's Governor Wants To See In 2020
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Monday, Governor Brad Little gave his annual State of the State address at the Idaho capitol. The Republican laid out his vision for the new year in a forty-minute speech. But now, it's up to Republican and Democratic lawmakers to decide what to do with his proposals. James Dawson covers the statehouse for us and helps Idaho Matters break down the speech, and their response to it.
Jan 07, 2020
Treasure Valley Struggles With More Development In Eagle Foothills
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In 2006, Ada County officials permitted a development of 800 acres in the Eagle foothills. At the time, the planned community ordinance allowed for urban-style development outside city limits. Fast forward more than a decade, and the Avimor development is at the center of debate about further growth. Now, the question is whether to develop the 23,000 acres it owns in the area. We talk with Idaho Statesman reporter Kate Talerico about how the public feels about Avimor in 2020.
Jan 07, 2020
In Advance Of Boise Visit, Lunch For Literacy's 2020 Speaker Talks The Joys Of Reading
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Nancy Pearl is a librarian, best-selling author and literary critic. Her reading and knowledge of books and literature first gained her recognition in Seattle, where she regularly appears on local public radio recommending books. She achieved in broader fame with Book Lust , her 2003 guide to good reading. She was named the 2011 Librarian of the Year by Library Journal. On February 7, she will be in Boise as the featured speaker for the Learning Lab’s annual Lunch for Literacy.
Jan 07, 2020
Idaho's College Savings Program Is Changing. Here's What You Need To Know
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The cost of college education keeps going up. Idaho tries to mitigate that cost with a state-sponsored 529 college savings program. It’s called IDeal and it has shifted over time to better help future students and their families save for higher education. IDeal’s executive director Christie Stoll joins Idaho Matters shares details on a new national campaign to help families start saving sooner.
Jan 07, 2020
NPR Reporter Kirk Siegler Sets Up In Idaho To Cover Complex Rural Issues
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This interview orginally aired Dec. 9, 2019. NPR reporter Kirk Siegler has spent the last few years investigating the urban-rural divide in the western United States. He's just moved from Los Angeles to set up in Boise so he can move closer to his reporting. He talks with Idaho Matters about the stories he hopes to tell from here.
Jan 06, 2020
BEAM App Helps Reduce Waste And Food Insecurity At Boise State
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This interview orginally aired Dec. 9, 2019. Three Boise State students are helping the problem of food insecurity and waste with a modern solution: they built an app. Bronco BEAM gives alerts to users whenever there is extra food from events around campus -- food that otherwise would be thrown away. Idaho Matters speaks with the three developers to find out why they decided to create the app.
Jan 06, 2020
Idaho Governor Brad Little Reflects On His First Year Ahead Of State Of The State Address
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It’s been more than a year since Governor Brad Little took his oath of office on the steps of the Capitol. The rancher and longtime elected official told the crowd that day that his goal would be to “reflect shared Idaho values.”
Jan 06, 2020
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 3, 2020
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From Medicaid to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter's exit, the Reporter Roundtable brings you the biggest headlines of the week — and what to expect heading into the legislative session. For this first Roundtable of 2020, we're joined by reporters James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio , Margaret Carmel with the Idaho Press and Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Statesman .
Jan 03, 2020
Physicist, Poet And Science Fiction Writer Talks Astronomy Ahead Of Boise Lecture
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Telling the story of our universe is one of the main roles of astronomers. Idaho Matters talks with astronomer J.A. Grier of the Planetary Science Institute, who specializes in impact craters. Besides telling the story of the cosmos, the scientist writes science fiction and poetry in her spare time. You can catch her free lecture Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Boise State University.
Jan 03, 2020
Advocates Want Immigrants In Idaho To Know They Can Use Public Programs
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Last summer, the Trump administration announced a rule change that would have penalized people applying for green cards if they used public benefit programs. This rule is currently blocked in federal courts. But as Boise State Public Radio’s Rachel Cohen reports, advocates across Idaho have been working to make sure the announcement doesn’t stop immigrants from signing up for programs that they’re legally eligible for.
Jan 03, 2020
Boise State University Plans Launch Of Cybersecurity Certificate In 2020
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Cybersecurity is an in-demand industry in Idaho and beyond. In response to that need, Boise State University is launching a new online cyber security certificate. The university is partnering with organizations including the Idaho National Laboratory to secure the funding through a state grant. To learn more, Idaho Matters speaks with the Sin Ming Loo of Boise State College of Engineering, Peter Risse with Boise State’s Extended Studies Department and Wayne Austad of the Idaho National Laboratory.
Jan 02, 2020
Book Recounts Author's Second 24-Town Tour Of Rural Idaho
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Idaho author Alan Minksoff first made his 24-town tour of the Gem State in the 1970s. He went back to these small towns last year to write his book “The Idaho Traveler.” Centered around interviews with locals, he brings readers from town to town sharing insider knowledge on the best drives, sights and food the state has to offer. He shares memorable stories of his travels with Idaho Matters.
Jan 02, 2020
Idaho Organization Links Corporations With Artists Who Have Disabilities
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This interview orginally aired Dec. 18, 2019. Idaho Parents Unlimited provides many services to folks with disabilities. One of their programs, called "Work of Art" allows corporations to decorate their offices with art from people in the program. Idaho Matters talks with program coordinators about this unique oppportunity.
Jan 02, 2020
What Holiday Food Looks Like Across Idaho And The Mountain West
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Follow along as two Mountain West News Bureau reporters share cultural holiday cooking traditions from across the region. Madelyn Beck of Boise State Public Radio takes Idaho Matters up close with Basque food in Idaho and Nate Hegyi of KRCC joins Montana hunters as they cook up an elk-filled twist on an eastern European classic.
Jan 02, 2020
New Year's Eve: Popping Bottles With Idaho Matters At The Boise Co-Op
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With New Year's Eve just around the corner, it’s about time to break out the champagne. But with bottles ranging from $5-$500, how do you choose how to celebrate the start of 2020? Is bubbly even necessary? Join Boise State Public Radio's George Prentice in a wine tasting and conversation with the Boise Co-Op’s wine buyer Barry DeVine about the best beverages to ring in the new year.
Dec 30, 2019
This Boise Tattoo Artist Is Competing For $100K On A Reality TV Show
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Jordan Allred is a Boise tattoo artist who is known for her black and grey floral designs. Not long ago, she was contacted by producers of the hit TV reality show “Ink Master: Turf War” where top tattoo artists from around the country compete for a $100,000 prize. She’s back in town after filming the 13th season of the show which premieres Jan. 7. Before she joined Idaho Matters in studio, we dropped by the “Born Weird Tattoo” shop to watch her work on one of her clients.
Dec 30, 2019
'Anonymously Single' Boise Weekly Columnist Talks Local Dating
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She’s single... and now one of Boise Weekly’s most provocative columnists. Since “ Anonymously Single ” started writing this summer, her column has covered first dates, breakups, and everything in between. In an exclusive interview with Idaho Matters , A.S. talks more about dating in Boise and what it takes to stay anonymous to her readers.
Dec 30, 2019
The Future Of Solar Energy In Idaho
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