On The Friday, August 16, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 15, 2019
  • Reporter Roundtable Time!
  • Using FirstNet on Idaho wildfires.
  • Cutting down Bogus Basin trees.

-It’s time for our Reporter Roundtable, where we get you up to date on all the news that made headlines around our region. Joining us this week are Betsy Russell with the Idaho Press, Don Day with Boisedev.com and Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman.

-Recent wildfires in the Stanley area got a little help from FirstNet. It was a higher frequency network created by Congress after 9-11 to ensure first responders have the service they need to communicate. A “Cell on Light Truck” was sent to the Stanley area fires to help multiple agencies talk to each other. Idaho Matters finds out more about FirstNet and how it helps in emergencies, like wildfires.

-More than a thousand acres of trees are being cut down at Bogus Basin. The timber sales are the result of an infection of the Douglas-fir dwarf mistletoe and beetles that take advantage of the sick trees. Almost 80% of tree stands in the Bogus Basin Project area are infected with mistletoe. Sick and dead trees can be dangerous to skiers. That’s why the Idaho Department of Lands and the Boise National Forest are working together to get logging started this week near the Superior chairlift.