On The Monday, May 13, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 10, 2019
  • The Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau encourages more visitation to the Treasure Valley.
  • College of Idaho student will bring solar energy and education to remote regions of Burundi.
  • Shingles vaccines run low throught nation and Idaho.
  • Dog T.A.G.S. teaches veterans to train their own service dogs.

- The Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to increase the number of visitors to the City of Trees this summer. Idaho Matters speaks with Carrie Westergard, executive director of the Bureau about the difference between courting visitors and attracting residents. 

- In each year since 2007, the Davis Project for Peace awards funds to college students around the world who propose "peace projects" that facilitate education, clean resources, agricultural assistance and medical aid for developing communities. Students from the College of Idaho have won this honor 12 years in a row. This year's recipient is Anniella Kabitso, who will be returning to her home country of Burundi for the summer to work on her project, “Book, Dialogue, and the Clean Light that Lasts: Burundi.” On Monday's Idaho Matters, we talk with Kabitso about building a solar powered educational facility in the Twa community in Burundi. We also talk with Dr. Robert Dayley, the advisor for C of I's Davis Project for Peace applicants.

- Shingles are painful rashes that can be accompanied by fevers, headaches and nausea. It is virally transmitted with the chicken pox virus and can lie dormant in the body for years. The latest CDC approved shingles vaccine is in short supply throughout the nation and on Monday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Laura McGeorge, a doctor of internal medicine with St. Luke's about an infection that impacts 1 in 3 Americans.

- A program called Dog T.A.G.S. teaches veterans with PTSD how to train their own dogs to become service dogs. The dogs are trained to help their masters move in public with more confidence, and in specific tasks such as awakening them from night terrors and turning on lights. Training and bonding with the dogs becomes a way for the veterans to cope with many of the issues of the disorder. We present this report produced by member station WITF in Harrisburg.