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.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Presidential candidate Joe Biden had another round of wins last night, sweeping up four states, including Idaho.

 

Madelyn Beck / Boise State Public Radio

Support for our series Private Prison: Locking Down The Facts came from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support in-depth reporting and education around the globe.

It was the early 2000s, and the largest prison in Idaho was run by the private company Corrections Corporation of America, or CCA. The state had also started sending prisoners to a private facility in Texas run by GEO Group.


Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management’s plan to move its headquarters out west is costing the agency around half the employees asked to make the move, according to a new report from federal watchdog Government Accountability Office.


Mike Duniway / USGS

As water becomes more scarce in the Mountain West, a new analysis finds that a surprising amount is being used to raise cattle.

U.S. Census Bureau

As outreach efforts ramp up ahead of the next U.S. census, many people are confused about what the census means or how they can participate, according to a new report.

 


Jack Barnitz, BLM Las Cruces Wildlife Biologist

New research suggests hunting cougars does not achieve state management goals of reducing conflicts between the large cats, humans and livestock.


Dan Dzurisin / Flickr Creative Commons

The Bureau of Land Management is now taking public comments on newly-published information about its sage grouse management plans. The agency posted these draft supplemental environmental impact statements to the Federal Register on Friday, Feb. 21.

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

It’s no secret that Michael Bloomberg is spending a lot on his Democratic presidential campaign, from Super Bowl ads to social media influencers. But he’s also spending a lot of that money to hire staff in the Mountain West. 


Madelyn Beck / Boise State Public Radio

As part of its budget plan, the Trump administration proposes spending $150 million for a new uranium reserve. That could help struggling uranium mining companies in the Mountain West. But the idea has its critics.

 

Tim Wallace / Descartes Labs

Light pollution is usually associated with big towns and cities. But a new kind of light pollution map shows it’s also a problem in rural areas, including in the Mountain West.

 

Chris Butler / Idaho Statesman

Concordia University’s School of Law in Boise may soon have a new name and be part of a new university.

Nearly 40 hospitals in the Mountain West are being penalized for having high rates of infections, patient injuries or other complications from hospital stays. That’s according to data released last week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


BLM

A new survey by the philanthropic arm of the Outdoor Industry Association shows that more people are recreating outdoors, but fewer are doing so regularly. And nearly half of Americans surveyed didn’t participate in outdoor recreation at all in 2018.

 

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

Tech startups have been migrating into cities all around the Mountain West, from Denver to Salt Lake to Boise.

Matthew Roth / Flickr Creative Commons

Rural economies could get a massive boost under policies meant to decrease carbon emissions, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

 

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

The number of avalanche fatalities in the U.S. has remained fairly steady over the years, despite more people visiting the backcountry. But one thing that’s changed, according to a recent study, is the median age of victims has gone up.

 


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. 

Madelyn Beck / The Mountain West News Bureau

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.


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