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.

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Ken Salazar served as Secretary of the Interior for President Barack Obama. He’s speaking in Idaho next week on the role the U.S. plays in global climate change negotiations and is critical of the current administration’s attention to climate change.

 

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Emissions from Boise metro area traffic have gone up almost 146% over the last two decades, according to a New York Times analysis published Wednesday from Boston University’s data. Pollution from transportation grew faster than the area's population, resulting in a 12% pollution increase per capita from 1990-2017.

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A proposed crackdown on Airbnbs and other short-term rentals by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter would regulate how property owners can rent out their spaces. He hopes any new rules will create more affordable long-term rentals.

 

But some Boise realtors are pushing back.

 


Screenshot from Rave Guardian App (Molly Wampler)

Boise State University, like most college campuses, has programs to keep students, faculty and staff safe. Boise State partners with the app Rave Guardian, which connects users to help when they need it. 

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The near-freezing night temperatures of the last week in Boise make it hard to remember that just a month ago, the city was close to triple digits. Is winter early this year, or is this quick transition actually pretty normal?

 

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The frustration that comes with sitting at a red light in an empty intersection is familiar to everyone on the road. But Idaho law allows bikers to treat red lights as stop signs. They can proceed through the intersection once it’s safe.

 

Museum Of Idaho

The Idaho Falls Museum re-opened this Saturday, with a new space nearly double the size of the original venue. Idaho Matters takes an in-depth look at the new remodel of this attraction aimed at educating more people on the history of the Gem State.

Chris Wethered / Boise Chordsmen

Wednesday, Sept. 25 is the third and final night of the 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival in Boise. More than 1,000 high school and junior high students from across the state gather over these three days to showcase their a cappella, four-part harmony skills.

 

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Antsy toddlers and fussy babies are not typically accepted in live theater. Theater-goers expect an attentive, quiet audience. But Company of Fools, a Wood River Valley theater company, is challenging that expectation.

 


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Hundreds of cases of vaping-related lung disease were reported across the U.S. last week. Two were in Idaho. Now, a local organization is bringing a national expert on the risks of teen vaping to Boise.

 

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The Boise State football team has launched into a season of headlines. From a star starting quarterback to slumping ticket sales, the Broncos are ranked 20th nationally and are 3 and 0 in non-conference play.

ITD

The last several years have brought floods and mudslides to Idaho, damaging roadways across the state. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is sending $14.2 million to Idaho help pay for repairs, the eighth highest amount reimbursement this cycle.

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Vaping has caused concern among parents and doctors for years. But now, U.S. health officials say they have about 450 cases of serious respiratory disease most likely tied to vaping. Here in Idaho, public health officials say two people have developed serious lung disease from vaping. 

 


Mia Goodwin

The University of Idaho now ranks 6th in the country for its clean energy use. 

 


SCOTT GRAF / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Ski season is right around the corner and ski areas are wrapping up pre-season renovations. Bogus Basin has spent $20 million in the past three years on these updates, and shows no signs of slowing down.

  


Tom Michael, Boise State Public Radio

A couple of Boise elementary schools have been piloting a pre-K program since 2015. Four years later, the program is expanding. In fact, twice as many Boise schools are now offering pre-K.

 

Boise State Photo Services

Wildland firefighters spend the summer season working in the state and beyond, but fires don't just end by the start of the new school year.

 

Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise welcomed into the world a pair of baby red pandas this summer. The cubs are healthy, and growing as they should, according to Zoo Boise.

Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

Usually, the Sunday before school starts is the last day to enjoy a dip in one of Boise’s seven public pools. (The indoors Aquatics Center located in the Downtown Boise YMCA is technically a Boise public pool, and is open year-round.) But in response to community requests, Boise is breaking tradition this year, keeping Borah pool open almost two weeks longer, and extending Ivywild’s hours through Labor Day weekend.

 

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.

 


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