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Idaho Doctors: Now Is Not The Time To Let Our Guard Down
As Idaho prepares to expand its vaccine availability to priority group 2.3, confusion and frustration persist over who qualifies for the shots. In this week's discussion with our panel of medical experts, we hear answers to your questions about COVID-19, the different vaccines, and why now is not the time for society to let down its guard.
Mar 03, 2021
Women In The Mountain West Continue To Struggle With Pandemic Job Losses
T he country’s pandemic-induced recession and subsequent job losses have been hard on women. Particularly among Black and Latino working mothers, the number of women who have left the job market or reduced their hours is staggering. It's revealed lingering inequity in the home — and workplace. T he December job numbers were especially brutal.
Mar 02, 2021
Republican Lawmaker Pushes To Allow Driving Privileges For Undocumented Workers
A bill that would issue driving privileges to undocumented immigrants — and any Idahoan who doesn’t want the federal star card — is back at the statehouse this session.
Mar 02, 2021
How Idaho's Hearing Impaired Community Has Dealt With The Pandemic
Public health has been the leading issue for the last year since COVID-19 first came to U.S. And for the 48 million Americans with hearing loss, this pandemic has its own set of challenges.
Mar 02, 2021
Boise State's New Athletic Director Talks College Sports During The Pandemic
Boise State University hired Jeramiah Dickey to lead the school’s athletic department late last year. Dickey came to Boise State after a leadership role at Baylor University in Texas.
Mar 02, 2021
Idaho State Health Department Director On Vaccination Effort: "We Are In A Race"
Idaho is approaching the one-year anniversary of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state. The state has been vaccinating eligible residents since December, and according to the Kaiser Family Foundation , Idaho is in the top 10 states when it comes to distributing and administering vaccines.
Mar 01, 2021
Idaho Has Treated Children With Syndrome That Can Affect COVID Patients
I n May 2020, many countries that had an outbreak of the coronavirus started reporting an inflammatory syndrome in some children. This is now called multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C for short. T hough this syndrome is rare, kids in Idaho have experienced what can be a serious medical condition.
Mar 01, 2021
Idaho Artist Local Looks To Community For Latest Project
Hallie Maxwell is a sculptor and mixed media artist from Meridian. H er art examines the human condition of love and suffering.
Mar 01, 2021
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 26, 2021
The Idaho Legislature is ramping up as bills begin getting approved by both chambers. Higher education budgets are on the docket next week at the statehouse, a discussion over vouchers for private schools continues and a Republican lawmaker is pushing for driver privledges for undocumented immigrants. Idaho Matters gets the rundown on these topics and more on this week's Reporter Roundtable.
Feb 26, 2021
Boise's Authentic Taco Scene Is Thriving. Here's Some Spots To Try
How do tacos sound for dinner? I f you’re looking for a new taco truck or taqueria suggestion to shake up your pandemic routine this weekend, we have some ideas for you.
Feb 26, 2021
Struggling To Pay Rent In Boise Or Ada County? This Program Can Help
Many renters in Idaho are facing a challenging financial future, after a devastating year . While businesses shed jobs and cut hours as the government struggled to get safety net systems in place, these folks faced tough questions. Questions like “what’s more important to spend my limited money on: my rent, my utility bill or groceries?”
Feb 25, 2021
Celebrated Soprano (And Idaho Native) Joins Opera Idaho As Artistic Advisor
You may know Cecilia Violetta López as a celebrated soprano, as well as being named one of opera’s 25 rising stars by Opera News. O r you’ve seen her perform in Opera Idaho Productions for the last six plus years.
Feb 25, 2021
Teaching High School Biology During A Pandemic In Idaho
For the past year, we have talked so much about science and biology. And for good reason: as a pandemic has rocked the planet. So, can you imagine what it's like to take a biology class in 2021, in the shadow of this biological crisis?
Feb 25, 2021
Doctors React To News Of COVID-19 Variants Confirmed In Idaho
The State of Idaho announced a proof of residency requirement for folks who are eligible for the vaccine, more than 500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K. have now been confirmed in Idaho, and the FDA is preparing to authorize the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We cover all these topics — and answer your questions about the coronavirus.
Feb 24, 2021
Historians Work To Preserve And Highlight Black History In Idaho
Idaho has a dark history of white supremacy , a history that tragically still shows up in our story today. But just as importantly, the state is also home to a resilient and proud community of Black and African American Idahoans. For some, their history in this majority white state goes back generations.
Feb 23, 2021
ENCORE: How Light And Noise Pollution Affects Bird Populations In Idaho
This interview originally aired Nov. 30, 2020 America’s bird population is in decline. Some studies show that as much as 30% of the population across species has been lost. So, what is to blame for this shocking loss of birds? New research from universities, including Boise State University, is painting a more complete picture of what is causing the decline. Two of the factors — light pollution and noise pollution — are human-caused. Joining Idaho Matters to talk about this research is Jesse Barber, biology professor at Boise State who helped lead this recent study. Barber says that the focus of the research was on nesting, which correlates directly to mating and reproduction among bird species. Although Idaho is a more wild state than many others in the U.S., birds in the Gem State are not immune to the affects of light and sound pollution. Barber says that the research harnessed citizen science from across the country. Mountain chickadees and white-chested nuthatches are two Idaho
Feb 23, 2021
"Nuestras Voces" Events Highlight Idaho's Latino Arts, Culture And History
Idaho’s growing Latino population has a rich culture of arts and history. In honor of that culture, the Idaho State Museum is hosting a series of virtual events — all in Spanish. The series — called “Nuestras Voces” (our voices in English) began during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to connect Spanish-speaking Idahoans with their history in our state.
Feb 23, 2021
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 19, 2021
Another week in Idaho politics and news means there's plenty to cover on the Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable. From legislative fights to explosive growth , housing and development in the Treasure Valley, plus education and COVID-19, there's plenty to cover.
Feb 19, 2021
After COVID, One Young Man Goes To Work For Ketchum Hotel That Took Care Of Him
The journey of Rowan Jones is not unlike a lot of young Americans with an eye to the future. He had big plans for college at the beginning of 2020: the Virginia native was on his way to achieving some of his dreams of attending school in Shanghai. A nd then, the pandemic hit.
Feb 19, 2021
Idaho Rep. Simpson Explains His $34B Plan To Restore The Salmon
After decades of funding efforts to try and help Idaho sockeye salmon survive the trek through four dams in Washington, one Idaho congressman says it’s time to change the game altogether .
Feb 18, 2021