On The Monday, September 10, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Sep 7, 2018
  • Refugee settlement reductions lead to employment gaps in the Treasure Valley.
  • Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill previews the new season of Wanna Know Idaho.
  • Boise blacksmith finds beauty in metal.
  • Metro Community Services will raffle off a tiny home to benefit Idahoans in need.

- Federal immigration policies have slowed the flow of refugees to the United States for resettlement. The Treasure Valley has a history of being a welcoming community to refugees, but this contraction in resettlement numbers has created a worker shortage for some industries in the Gem State. Idaho Matters will talk with Megan Schwab of the International Rescue Committee in Boise and an official from the agricultural sector who is seeing the labor shortages as a result of these policies.

- Wanna Know Idaho begins its second season, answering the un-Google-able questions you have about the Gem State. What's that red stuff planes drop on wildfires? Why are there so many Abe Lincoln statues in Boise? What would happen if the F-35 program came to Boise? Listeners are encouraged to submit questions and the Wanna Know Idaho team will get answers from the experts. Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to preview the upcoming season of the podcast.

- Susan Madacsi uses her blacksmithing skills to create stunning sculptures from glass and metal. Her work can be found in homes and businesses from Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong to Canyon County, Idaho. Madacsi joins Idaho Matters on Monday to describe her creative process.

- Earlier this year we learned about a unique raffle to benefit older and disabled Idahoans; Metro Community Services is selling tickets to raffle off a tiny home built by students from COSSA Regional Technology and Education Center in Wilder. We'll get an update on the drawing with Metro's Matt Jones.