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Five Years After Water Rights Agreement, Idaho's Largest Aquifer Is Improving

For decades, Idaho cities and farms have relied on the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. In the early 2000s, years of drought forced competing water users to come together. Five years into the compromise, officials say water levels are improving and that the system could provide some lessons for the West on managing declining aquifers.

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In late June, a new wave of coronavirus cases in Ada County was tied to young people visiting Boise bars. But, a few weeks later, doctors are seeing an increasing number of older people getting sick, including those at long-term care centers.

 

 


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Some communities in the Mountain West are again facing testing delays and shortages as the number of COVID-19 cases reach record highs across the country. 


How can congregations safely congregate, if at all?

Places of worship all across the country have been wrestling with the question since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

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Many international college students in the United States panicked Monday, when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced anyone in the country on a student visa would have to leave the county if their institutions were not holding in-person classes this fall.


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As coronavirus cases reach record highs in Idaho, testing centers, as in other states, are seeing a surge in demand. Wait times to get tested are increasing and tests sent to out-of-state labs are coming back upwards of four days later, rendering them ineffective in monitoring positive cases.

 


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How are our law enforcement — nationally and locally — handling high-risk calls with individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis? And what if that person was Hispanic/Latinx?

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Lots of wildfire smoke in the summer can lead to more flu outbreaks in the winter, according to a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environment International

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While Idaho is experiencing its sharpest spike in coronavirus cases of the entire pandemic, Gov. Brad Little is pushing for K-12 schools to re-open for in-person instruction this fall.


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Nearly two-thirds of residents in the Mountain West believe Trump isn't doing a good job handling the pandemic, according to a survey from researchers at Harvard, Rutgers, Northeastern and Northwestern universities released Tuesday.

 

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold a federal judge’s 2018 decision to keep Yellowstone grizzly bears under Endangered Species Act protections. 

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Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: July 10, 2020

Today on the weekly Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable, Boise State Public Radio's Heath Druzin , Kevin Richert of Idaho Ed News and Idaho Statesman Opinion Editor Scott McIntosh discuss the state's School Reopening Plan , racist counter-protesters at racial justice rallies and the state's spike in coronavirus cases.

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