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It's Official – Mountain West States Are Among The Biggest Pet Lovers

According to a new survey pet ownership is on the rise across the country with around 60 percent of households having some sort of animal at home. And our region is especially pet-friendly.

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Parts of the Mountain West have been tangled up in long-term drought and it doesn’t look like it’s lifting anytime soon.

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This holiday season, Boise State University students with meal plans can donate one of their unused guest meals to a student in need.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee could decide this week which Mountain West city could host the 2030 Winter Games. But both cities have a complicated history when it comes to the Olympics.

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Idaho is one of just five states that doesn’t have an official residence for the governor. In lieu of a house, the state pays the executive a housing stipend. This week, lawmakers voted to pay Brad Little, the incoming Republican governor, more for accommodations.

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An internationally-recognized environmental health expert says the Boise School District is taking the right first steps to purge lead from school water sources – but that more needs to be done to protect the health of students and staff.

Matt Corsi / Idaho Fish and Game

Anglers and outfitters are celebrating an eleventh hour deal to preserve Idaho’s steelhead season. A coalition of environmental groups and the state’s Department of Fish and Game came to an agreement late on Friday, December 7 – just a day before the possible closure – keeping many of Idaho’s waterways open for fishing.

Boise Bicycle Project

A local group that gives away refurbished bikes to kids is in desperate need of some help for Christmas.



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It’s been pretty chilly here in Boise for the last few days as well as up north in McCall. It is actually that cold?

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Melissa Hamilton lives in McCall, Idaho with her young family. She works at the University of Idaho extension office in Cascade, and she identifies as being a member of the West Central Mountains. When she heard Wanna Know Idaho was featuring the region on the podcast, her first thought was not a question. It was a statement she's heard repeated many times:

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The number of uninsured children across the country has increased for the first time in more than a decade.


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Encore: St. Luke's Program Streamlines Adoption Process

This interview was originally broadcast November 8, 2018. Idaho Matters examines the process with a St. Luke's program director and a parent who has adopted a child.

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