Idaho News

Camp Rainbow Gold

After a decade of searching, Camp Rainbow Gold is close to buying a permanent property to host weekend trips and summer programs for children with cancer.

Photo courtesy Brassey Family Collection

More than 100 Idahoans served with the 20th Forestry Regiment during World War I. They were tasked with infrastructural projects and supplies. The granddaughter of Willis Brassey, one of those Idahoans, has curated a record of the service of the Idahoans of the 20th.

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A recently released study finds Idaho is one of the worst states for driving in bad weather. Snow, not rain, is the problem.

It’s still technically fall, but with dustings of snow already falling in some parts of the state, winter is definitely coming. A report from Safewise – a website that reviews and compares safety products – finds Idaho is one of the most dangerous places to drive in snow.

Downtown Boise
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Because of the increasing congestion downtown Boise faces on weekends, the city has decided to launch a pilot program with the goal of increasing safety for people getting in and out of cars.



Boise State Public Radio

Earlier this month, we held a Mayor’s Forum on growth in the Treasure Valley. The Idaho Statesman’s Sven Berg and Idaho Matters host Gemma Gaudette hosted five local mayors to talk about the growing issues facing their cities.

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A committee of Twin Falls residents recommends major upgrades to their jail and courthouse to fight overcrowding and prepare for future growth in the area.

Boise State Public Radio

Boise State Public Radio and HuffPost teamed up to present a conversation about Proposition 2 on Oct. 11, 2018. The event was part of HuffPost's 'Listen to America' tour.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Back in August, we had a chance to visit the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center south of Boise. We wanted to take a look at what life was like in a women’s prison and we heard about several very unique programs that the prison offers the women. We also heard some very compelling stories about what brought the women behind bars.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

There were 311 women prisoners at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center on the day we visited in August. It's a minimum security facility. We wanted to find out more about a women's prison, and about the woman who runs it. On a windy day outside the prison, Noel Barlow-Hust opened up about why she became warden and why women are different from men behind bars. 

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The South Boise Women's Correctional Center is a tight cluster of buildings south of Boise. Behind the prison stands a long, covered tent-like structure. Inside are thousands of rows of tiny green plants. Gemma Gaudette walked along the rows of sagebrush with warden Noel Barlow-Hust who says the plants are grown by inmates and help restore the landscape after wildland fires.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center has some very unique programs designed to help the women there learn job skills and other qualities like leadership and responsibility. One of those is the Whiskers Program, a collaboration with the Idaho Humane Society where inmates take care of sick and neglected cats and kittens.

We talk with Stephanie Mark, who's been at the prison since May. She's the Cat Coordinator. She starts out talking about the Whiskers Program and then the conversation takes a turn toward some very serious subjects.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

Boise State Public Radio News and the Idaho Statesman co-hosted a panel discussion with five Treasure Valley mayors on Oct. 3, 2018. The mayors discussed their vision for their cities as the region experiences explosive growth; in the last 18 years, the combined population in Canyon and Ada Counties has gone up by 61 percent.

Happy Day Brands creates chocolate bars, superfood mixes, coffees and teas. The company's mission isn't financial driven so much as an effort to elevate social awareness. Idaho Matters talks with the company's founder about connecting businesses with their communities.


Scooters are everywhere in downtown Boise. Meridian gave scooter sharing a shot and shelved it until the spring. Idaho Matters looks at this new transit phenomenon with representatives of Treasure Valley municipalities.

Make Boise Better

The Make Boise Better survey seeks to bridge the divides between members of the community and public administration. Survey creator Cameron Crow seeks to use an "affordable, sophisticated research platform" to engage the majority of the population that feels detatched from serious community engagement. Crow joins Idaho Matters to describe the survey and how its results could be applied to affect change.