On The Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 28, 2018
  • Questions surround wolf depredation data in Idaho.
  • St. Luke's Virtual Care Center connects rural and immobile Idahoans with healthcare providers.
  • Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice previews the 2018 Toronto International  Film Festival.

- The USDA's Wildlife Service distributes funds to ranchers in the West for wolf depredation - the killing off of predators of commercial livestock. Questions have been raised about the number of predatory wolves preying on cattle and how those funds are being divvied out. Idaho Matters discusses wolf depredation with the Idaho Cattle Association and we'll talk to a conservation organization working to protecting Idaho wolves by working with ranchers.

- St. Luke's Health System is investing $3.4 million in a virtual care center - a "high tech hub" with a medical team available to provide assistance 24/7. The center will be able to connect doctors with rural Idahoans and those with mobility issues. Idaho Matters discusses this new trend in health care with St. Luke's and how this could be a game changer for underserved rural communities.

- Boise Weekly film critic (and Boise State Public Radio announcer) George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to preview his annual pilgrimage to the Toronto International Film Festival, discuss the impact of net streaming on the film industry and what we can expect at the box office in the coming year.