On The Monday, October 8, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 5, 2018
  • Texas billionaire brothers restrict access to Idaho hunting and fishing grounds
  • Meridian school resource officer teaches body autonomy to students
  • Unicorn Rescue Society: The Basque Dragon takes fantasy into Basque Country
  • The Trailing of the Sheep Festival acknowledges their woolly contributions to Idaho's legacy

- Dan and Farris, The Wilks Brothers, are Texas siblings who made their fortune in hydraulic fracking. Around 2008, they began purchasing huge tracts of land around Idaho and closing off  access to traditional hunting, fishing and recreation grounds to the public. On Monday's Idaho Matters, we'll discuss the impact this is having on local outdoor recreation and what the brothers may have planned for these lands.

- Meridian Police Officer Ray Ellis and West Ada School District Resource Officer Shannon Garza have put together a program to help teach students the importance of establishing physical boundaries and respecting body autonomy. They will join Idaho Matters to talk about why this is an important topic today and why children should learn about it from a young age.

- The Basque Dragon is Newbery Honor winning author Adam Gidwitz's newest book in his Unicorn Rescue Society series. It is a tale of fantasy that takes the main characters on a cross-Atlantic adventure to Basque Country in search of a missing dragon. Gidwitz will be appearing at Rediscovered Books on October 13 and he joins Idaho Matters on Monday to talk about what inspired him to set his story in the Basque region.

- Domesticated sheep were brought to Southwest Idaho in the 1860's and helped support the state's economy as mining began to drop off in the late 19th century. The industry attracted herders from all over the globe and helped develop the fabric of Idaho's diverse population. In 1997, an event was created to celebrate the legacy of sheepherding in Idaho and from October 10 through 14, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival will take place in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. Idaho Matters speaks with the founders of the festival about the unique dimension sheep ad to Idaho's history and economy.