Idaho

  • Boise becomes home to America's newest citizens.
  • College of Idaho's co-presidents talk higher education.
  • NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about reporting from Idaho.
  • The City of Boise condemns immigration policy.

We assemble our team of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we have BIll Manny of the Idaho Statesman, Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News join host Gemma Gaudette.

  • Friday Reporter Roundtable.
  • College of Western Idaho president Bert Glandon.
  • Runaway to the Gem State to marry on the fly.

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Idaho prisons are so overcrowded the Idaho Department of Corrections is forced to send state prisoners to other states for incarceration. Idaho officials are discussing the possibility of a new half-billion dollar prison to accommodate the prison population. Idaho Press Boise Bureau Chief Betsy Russell joins Idaho Matters to talk about her coverage of the proposal.

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The Idaho wine industry has enjoyed explosive growth in recent years with more than 50 vineyards operating in the Snake River Valley alone. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we speak with the Idaho Wine Commission about the market forces motivating this growth.

We assemble our team of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we'll have Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press-Idaho, Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press and Betsy Russell of the Idaho Press join host Gemma Gaudette.

Advance care planning allows people to make choices about their healthcare should they become unable to do so in the future. We discuss the options and advantages of advance care planning with Honoring Choices Idaho, a nonprofit organization that promotes discussions about the importance of planning.

  • Friday Reporter Roundtable.
  • Promoting advance care planning for Idahoans.
  • Idaho's dark skies.

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Hops are the bitter, piney flower of the hop plant, and when fermented with malted barley and water, they create beer. Ninety-eight percent of hop cultivation takes place in the Northwest and Idaho just surpassed Oregon to become the second-largest producer of hops.

  • The state of the state's educational funding.
  • Efforts to draw down the cost of childcare.
  • Idaho surpasses Oregon to become #2 producer of hops.
  • Folk music legends The Kingston Trio visit the Treasure Valley.

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Youth Empowerment Services (YES) provides mental health care for youths in Idaho by coordinating the services of multiple agencies, including the Department of Health and Welfare, State Department of Education and Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction. 

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A study by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that only 53% of medical residents stay in the Gem State to practice medicine at the conclusion of their residency. While this is above the national average for in-state retention of doctors, this still makes it difficult to lure licensed medical professionals to Idaho's rural communities. Idaho Matters speaks with State Representative Mat Erpelding about ways to keep doctors in-state and provide quality health care for the state's rural residents.

  • Allegations of sexual abuse and a cover-up in a Boise church.
  • Big plans for economic growth in McCall.
  • Using drones to map Idaho's landscape.

BSPR

Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stopped at, shopped at or (sometimes) even noticed. That's where we come in. From reptile markets to running groups, bead stores to bodegas, natatoriums to nude retreats, You Know The Place explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit. Podcast co-hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's best kept secrets.

City of Meridian

Meridian is the second-largest city in Idaho and one of the fastest growing in the nation. Mayor Tammy de Weerd joins Idaho Matters to talk about how that community is handling the influx of residents.

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