Amanda Peacher

Reporter & Host, LOCKED podcast

Amanda Peacher works for the Mountain West News Bureau out of Boise State Public Radio. She's an Idaho native who returned home after a decade of living and reporting in Oregon. She's an award-winning reporter with a background in community engagement and investigative journalism.

Amanda pedals her bike to work and spends weekends hiking the Boise foothills with her toddler and husband, baking unhealthy sweets, or feebly trying to get her garden to grow.

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Department of Interior

The nation’s first commercial oil-shale mine could be built here in our region. The Bureau of Land Management issued a decision that allows a mine in Utah’s Uinta Valley to move forward.

Headwaters Economics

A recent report looking at Bonner County in Idaho reveals – like many communities across the state – the area enjoys a lot of economic benefits from outdoor recreation and trails.

USFWS

The Department of Interior just released a new science policy that it says will increase transparency. But conservationists are concerned. 

Otto Kitsinger / AP Images

When Idaho's Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan took to the microphone at a recent campaign party, she immediately launched into a story.

 

Bureau of Land Management

An important but little-known public lands fund expired this weekend. 

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James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho and Utah voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid at the ballot this November. Those voters might want to look at a report out this week that assessed how the expansion of the federal health care program played out. 

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

Fourteen-year-old Caydden Zimmerman’s school days start early and end late.

 

Courtesy Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Public lands are a big deal in the mountain west. Conservationists across our region are celebrating these lands all this month.

 

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Jason Bechtel / Flickr Creative Commons

A federal judge has extended a temporary ban on grizzly bear hunting near Yellowstone National Park while he mulls the animal’s fate.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West News Bureau

If you’re poor and you get really sick in Idaho, your health care options might be really different than say, if you live in Colorado or Montana.

 

Courtesy Neils Hansen.

A congressional committee is focusing on a little known environmental law Thursday.

 

Department of Interior

The Trump Administration has finally nominated a director for the National Park Service. The new director will manage a public lands system facing record-breaking visitation and $11 billion in maintenance backlog.

 

Bureau of Land Management

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released more details about his plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. The plan could have big impacts for public lands in the west.

 

Courtesy Boise Rescue Mission

A new report out of Idaho shows the number of children without a permanent roof over their heads is increasing.  This trend is mirrored across much of the Mountain West. 

Courtesy Mountain Rides Transit

Public transit funding in Blaine County will get a boost next year, thanks to a federal transportation administration grant.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interior Department is once again facing change in agency leadership. The acting head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stepped down. 

Courtesy Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

We want to hear YOUR questions about wildfire. Click here to submit your question to the Wanna Know Idaho podcast.

Fires across the West are creating a lot of smoke. That means poor air quality in many parts of our region. 

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

Fatimah Abbood’s wedding was supposed to happen on July 1. She and her family had everything ready the night before—lace and flowers on the tables, her dresses were laid out, trays and trays of baklava were at the ready. 

But that evening, a disgruntled, transient man went on a stabbing rampage at an apartment complex in Boise.

 

Bureau of Land Management

The fate of an important but little-known conservation fund is still uncertain after a vote in the Senate Thursday. The 50-year-old Land, Water and Conservation Fund is a federal program that uses royalties from oil and gas leases to protect forest, water and wildlife areas. Typically, that means buying up land and then setting it aside for conservation.

 

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U.S. Forest Service, Northern Region / Flickr Creative Commons

President Trump’s pick to oversee the Forest Service went before a Senate committee Tuesday.

 


National Forest Service

Fewer federal land workers are being threatened and assaulted on the job, according to a new analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 

Mike Fernandez / Audubon

Cathalee La knows more about Idaho hummingbirds than your typical teenager.

 

Amelia Templeton / OPB

This week President Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers serving five-year prison terms for arson on federal lands. The two men had become a cause celebre in the ongoing fight between ranchers and the federal government over water and grazing rights.

 


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Mouldfish / Flickr

A house subcommittee is focusing on grazing on public lands on Thursday. Republican leaders want to discuss what they call the regulatory burdens on the industry.


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