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.

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The White House recently announced that it would not create a federal “vaccine passport” requirement, or proof that you’ve gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. Even so, leaders in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah have rejected such requirements, using everything from denunciations to executive orders to planned legislation.


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New research published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that snow is melting earlier – often in the winter. That’s a bad sign for the Mountain West. 


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Spring bird migration is underway and will continue in the Mountain West for the next few months. 


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Parts of the Mountain West are still seeing snow and frost and sleet – but there's one sure sign that spring is actually here: the songs of migrating birds. 

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Not enough jurors showed up for a trial last week in a case that could have implications for avalanche safety in the Mountain West.


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A new study shows that listening to nature could have significant health benefits.  


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As health officials battle vaccine hesitancy and a reluctance to follow safety guidelines, they could turn to employers for help. 


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The wind and solar industries made historic gains last year. Both reached new highs in energy production and capacity in 2020.


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A salmonella outbreak is killing songbirds around the West, and it continues to spread.


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A new report could help you analyze wildfire risks to homes in your state, county or community.

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There’s high drama in the oil world right now. Last year, we saw prices go negative as a glut took over the world. Annual production fell by record amounts. Last week, though, prices shot up after oil-producing countries decided they would keep production low.

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Chris Bruton said his dad got sick in 2017 and just never got better. 

"He had fatigue and we didn't know what it was," he said. 

By January 2018, they had an answer.

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Vaccine appointment frustration is pretty common these days. And because of challenges with hospital systems, a lot of people are turning to pharmacies to get their COVID-19 vaccine. However, it's still a pain to track down information on every pharmacy's website.


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A recent snowstorm that blew through the Mountain West was a welcome sight for states facing extreme drought. But across the southern half of the region, it may not have been as beneficial as it looks. 


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The Biden administration reopened enrollment for the Affordable Care Act this week. But enrollment details aren't the same everywhere.


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In the Mountain West and across the country, states are rolling back COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates and allowing more people to gather. While this was largely a response to reduced infection numbers, new strains of the virus are on the move.


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A year into the pandemic, many of us have adjusted in little ways. We’ve grown more accustomed to the masks. We have largely mastered Zoom, even if we sometimes forget to hit “unmute.“

But we still miss a lot from our old lives, and after all this time, that’s become more acute.

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Gun sales have spiked during the pandemic, and retailers are running low on ammunition all around the country.


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Bloomberg News broke the story this week about a very bleak outlook for a big industry in the West: Morgan Stanley is predicting coal will completely leave the U.S. energy mix by 2033, replaced largely by renewables.


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As the pandemic continues to slow down the court system around the U.S., the situation in Idaho stands out.


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