On The Monday, July 29, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jul 29, 2019
  • Eastern Oregon has a new pot shop – with lots of Idaho customers. 
  • Is the high altitude getting you down? 
  • Zero Waste Boise Institute and the City of Boise on rethinking our habits. 
  • "Les Miserables" comes to Boise. 

- Less than 60 miles from Boise, there's a new pot shop open for business. Weedology opened Friday in Ontario, Ore. after Malheur County removed a ban on marijuana businesses in 2018. Idaho Statesman reporter Michael Katz will be in studio to talk about the shop's first few days, and what it means for Treasure Valley residents just across the state line. 

- Many people flock to the Mountain West for the access to mountains and quality of life. But are those mountains actually contributing to the region's high rate of depression and suicide? Mountain West News Bureau reporter Rae Ellen Bichell has a story about a group of scientists looking into the possible effects of altitude on mental health.  

- The so-called "zero waste" movement is picking up steam in Boise. City officials announced a plastics challenge in July, asking folks to give up at least one type of single-use plastic for 31 days. But how much impact can one month really make? Haley Falconer with the City of Boise will be in studio to give an update on the city's efforts to reduce waste, and she'll be joined by the nonprofit Zero Waste Boise Institute

- "Les Miserables" opens July 30 at the Morrison Center in Boise. Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, the new production of the famed Broadway musical has received accolades across the country. We talk with the actor who portrays Marius on the eve of his Idaho debut.