Madelyn Beck

Reporter, Mountain West News Bureau

Madelyn Beck is Boise State Public Radio's regional reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau. She's from Montana but has reported everywhere from North Dakota to Alaska to Washington, D.C. Her last few positions included covering energy resources in Wyoming and reporting on agriculture/rural life issues in Illinois.

Pre-journalism jobs include (but are not limited to): ranch hand for Icelandic horses, hotel laundress, large caliber brass shell sorter/inventory, salmon processor in Alaska and waitress for a murder mystery dinner theater.

Phil Roeder / Flickr

Mix gelatin, sand and cyanobacteria and what do you get? A solid building material with a low carbon footprint.

NOAA

It was a dry start to the year for some mountain ranges in the region, but recent storms brought most Mountain West snowpack levels back to normal.

 

Colorado State Land Board

Recent data shows that the U.S. had more minable oil and natural gas reserves than ever before.

Devon Meadowcroft / Penn State

New research shows that you don’t need a big population to foster innovation.

 

James Abbott-Donnelly / Flickr Creative Commons

A new study casts doubt on the safety of state abortion laws in the Mountain West.

Thomas Hawk / Flickr Creative Commons

As we get ready to chow down on holiday foods over the next couple of weeks, a new study has some grim news. It projects half of Americans will be obese and a quarter will be severely obese in the next decade.

While the prevalence of obesity isn’t projected to be as high in the Mountain West as in other parts of the country, the Harvard study suggests that no state will have an obesity rate less than 35% over the next few years. 

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Epi’s is a Basque restaurant in Meridian Idaho, just west of Boise. In mid-morning, things are still pretty quiet, but owner Eric McFarland and a few others are prepping food.

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the case Boise v. Martin, which means a prior ruling stands: the city’s ordinance against sleeping in public is unconstitutional.

Madelyn Beck

On a recent walk along a trail north of Boise, Idaho near dusk, photographer Glenn Oakley stopped and pointed.

“Oh, over there. See that owl?”

A great horned owl was flying out over one of the hills.


Colorado Department of Agriculture's Industrial Hemp Program

The Eastern Shoshone in Wyoming is considering legalizing medical marijuana and hemp production.

Wasatch Resource Recovery

It’s nearly Thanksgiving, which means extra food — and extra food waste. But one man’s garbage is another’s renewable energy.

Jay Jacobsen / Flickr Creative Commons

A report published last week graded 506 cities around the U.S. on how inclusive their towns are to the LGBTQ community, and cities in the Mountain West are all over the map.

 


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will be discussing bills to fund programs that help pay for public schools and infrastructure in rural areas this Thursday.

U.S. Census Bureau

The 2020 census count is coming, and it will determine where funding goes for things like schools, emergency services and health care. For the last several census counts, though, American Indians and Alaska Natives were the most undercounted ethnic group, limiting their access to funds.

 

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

An analysis of dams around the United States shows that nearly 1,700 are reaching dangerous levels of disrepair, including dozens in the Mountain West.

 

Madelyn Beck / The Moutain West News Bureau

Last year, on a warm Saturday evening in Boise, Idaho, Timmy Earl Kinner Jr. walked into the birthday party of a family. In a random attack, he stabbed nine people, including the birthday girl Ruya Kadir. That little girl died at just three years old.

For the first time in Boise Mayor history, there will be a runoff election, which means no one candidate got more than 50-percent of the votes. Madelyn Beck reports.


State of Utah

The U.S. accepted zero refugees in October. That’s after the Trump administration has set a year-long cap on refugees at 18,000, the lowest number since the modern refugee program began with the Refugee Act of 1980.

 


Jeso Carneiro / Flickr Creative Commons

State rankings are out for 2019 ACT test scores. For the Mountain West, it’s a mixed bag.

 

Kelsey Thomson / Boise State Public Radio

The number of people who consider themselves Christian continues to fall around the U.S., including in the West.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report from Congress’s watchdog says employees overseeing public lands are facing hundreds of threats and assaults.

 

Madelyn Beck / The Mountain West News Bureau

Drew Eggers stood at the edge of one of his stubble fields when he plucked a patch of mint left over from harvest.

“You can smell the spearmint,” he said, offering it up for a sniff.


Arapahoe Basin Ski Area / Boise State Public Radio

Ski and snowboard season is already here.

 

U.S. Geological Survey

Researchers out of Colorado are hoping to map the entire earth with a new type of laser technology, and climate change is driving the effort. 

Courtesy of Amazon

The Mountain West will be getting at least two new Amazon warehouses this year, including Idaho’s first in Nampa.

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