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.

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.

Andrew Kuhn / National Park Service

Federal officials told Utah park superintendents to allow off-road vehicles on park roads— but at least one official is pushing back.


Lauren McLean

Boise Mayoral Candidate Lauren McLean has come out against the city’s efforts to take a camping ordinance case to the Supreme Court, putting her at odds with incumbent mayor Dave Bieter.

Rolf Peterson / Michigan Technological University

What do elk populations, wolf teeth and saber tooth tigers have in common? They may provide clues to help today’s struggling large predators.


Neal Herbert / NPS

Off-road vehicles such as ATVs and UTVs will soon be allowed on roads in Utah’s national parks after a controversial policy change last week.

 

Micron Headquarters Building (2)
Dan Greenwood / Boise State Public Radio

President Donald Trump mentioned Boise-based Micron during his speech before the United Nations on Tuesday, using the high-tech company to denounce China’s trade tactics.

 


Madelyn Beck / The Mountain West News Burea

When it comes to homelessness, it seems all eyes are on California. President Donald Trump is accusing homeless people there of damaging the environment and has suggested shutting down encampments. But Boise, Idaho, is at the center of a case that’s affecting cities across West.

Science

A study published this week in the journal Science found that the bird population in the U.S. and Canada has fallen by nearly 30%, or 3 billion birds, over the past 48 years.

 

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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

California is king of U.S. agriculture. But on a per capita basis, no state brings in more farm revenue than Idaho.


Money
401 K / Flickr

Pharmaceutical companies are facing scrutiny over the opioid crisis, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving millions of dollars to members of Congress, including many in the Mountain West.

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Federal agencies are trying to tackle the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women after years of extremely limited record-keeping and uncoordinated attempts to address these crimes. 


A committee at the University of Idaho recommends that a journalism professor there be fired, leaving the final decision up to President Scott Green.

Ammon Bundy, who led an armed standoff with the federal government in an Oregon wildlife refuge, took to Facebook this past weekend. He said he failed a background check to buy a firearm -- and then things took a turn.  

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