Molly Wampler

Newsroom Intern

Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.

In her free time, Molly loves biking, cooking, and figuring out what she actually likes to do for fun now that weekends aren't monopolized by schoolwork.

Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Thick smoke from summertime wildfires can present major health risks. Prediction models help locals prepare for poor air quality to come, but the data behind those models is not as conclusive as we might think.

 

COURTESY IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE

Just how dangerous is poor air quality for our health? And how do pollutants make their way into our bodies?

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Boise’s Gowen Field is home base to NASA and NOAA’s newest collaborative research project on wildfire smoke and air quality.

 

DARIN OSWALD / IDAHO STATESMAN

Valley Regional Transit voted Monday to increase bus fares by 50%. It’s VRT’s first fare increase in 16 years, and they predict ridership numbers will decline by up to 10%.

 

Tess Goodwin, Boise State Public Radio

When Robin Fehlau was planning her move to Boise eight years ago, something peculiar kept throwing off her housing search: homes in Boise County kept on showing up, all of which were miles and miles away from her office.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The Treasure Valley woke up to the familiar smell of wildfire smoke Thursday morning, bringing residents back from their hopes of a smoke-free summer.

 


Molly Wampler

For students who rely on free and reduced lunch, summertime can mean hunger. But, Idaho Foodbank’s Picnic in the Park program means free lunch for needy students continues, even though school’s out.

 

Lindsey Johnson

The second round of 2020 Presidential Democratic debates starts Tuesday, and the Idaho Democratic Party will be hosting watch parties both Tuesday and Wednesday.

 

The Idaho Foodbank

June was Dairy Month at the Idaho Foodbank. Albertson’s helped raise money for milk; Girl Scouts provided the cookies … but the largest donation was a brand new refrigerated truck from Dairy West to add to their fleet of 10 others.

 


Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Construction is about to begin on the latest project from Boise’s urban renewal agency – Capital City Development Corporation – to make downtown more pedestrian friendly.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, US Department of Agriculture

When wildfires rage, it’s pretty routine to share fire suppression crews across state lines. It turns out that sharing firefighters across national borders is not uncommon either.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, Matthew Rice

In the past few years, suicide rates for firefighters have been climbing. The government doesn’t track employee deaths that happen off duty, but the firefighting community has felt the trend more in recent years.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, John Fowler

Fire season may have started with a bang this weekend, as lightning struck across parts of south and central Idaho.

 

Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game’s environmental education program is moving into another busy summer. WILD, which stands for Wildlife in Learning Design, hosts dozens of classes throughout the year for teachers to learn how to incorporate wildlife into their curricula.

 

Idaho Statesman

As summer temperatures rise, the hot days can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for those experiencing homelessness.

 

 


David L. Anderson

Boise biologist David Anderson wants to change the world with tree climbing.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, Richard Lee

The Idaho Attorney General will be investigating the circumstances of a closed meeting of the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.

 

Joe Jaszewski, File Photo from the Idaho Statesman

The saying goes: only you can prevent wildfires. But it turns out, a few other methods are also pretty effective in curbing those seasonal menaces.

 

Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Last week, the Boise City Council voted to approve a new long-term financial deal with Valley Regional Transit. Starting next year, VRT will get an extra $1.8 million to fund service, maintenance and capital improvements.

 

 

Tess Goodwin, Boise State Public Radio

For pyromaniacs and patriots alike, fireworks on the Fourth of July are a long-standing tradition. For some families, though, it’s also about some extra income.

 

Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

This weekend, for the third year in a row, the world’s best skateboarders and BMX bikers will compete at Boise’s Rhodes Skatepark for the X Games Qualifiers. The winners of the “Road to X Games” event this weekend will move on to the Minneapolis X Games next month.

 

Flickr Creative Commons, 禁书 网

The City of Twin Falls is joining a national lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, following an overwhelming vote by the city council Monday night.

 

 

Flickr Creative Commons, Matt Lavin

For the first time in decades, Idaho Fish and Game is stocking the Big Lost River in Butte and Custer Counties with thousands of rainbow trout.

 


Flickr Creative Commons, John Tann

West Nile Virus was detected in Canyon County mosquitos this week, for the first time this season.

 


Sam Swanson

Nearly 200 of the world’s best kayakers will compete this weekend on the North Fork of the Payette River for the annual North Fork Championship. This year, the event is the host of the world championship, which means one athlete will take home a world title by the end of the day Saturday.