On The Thursday, July 26, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 25, 2018
  • A grant to the Idaho Health Care Association will help bolster CNA numbers.
  • Ada County accesses McArthur grant to look at criminal justice reform.
  • A documentary examines mental illness and addiction in extreme sports shows in Boise.

- As the state's population grows, the number of healthcare professionals continues to strectch.  A grant awarded to Idaho Health Care Association Foundation will help recruit and train 500 certified nursing assistants.  We'll talk with the College of Western Idaho about the role of CNA's in Idaho.

- In October of 2017, Ada County was awarded a grant from the McArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge. The $1 million grant will allow Ada County's courts look at productive approaches to criminal justice that minimize levels of incarceration and recidivism. We'll speak with an Ada County official about looking at criminal justice differently.

- 'Andy Irons: Kissed By God' tells the story of one of the greatest surfers in history, a kid who grew up on the North Shore of Kauai and was touring the globe in his teens. Irons crushed competition in the surf, but his battles with bipolar disorder and addiction led to his death in 2010. The documentary, produced by Teton Gravity Research Films in Wyoming, will be showing at the Overland Park Cinemas Thursday evening and Idaho Matters speaks with one of the film's directors on Thursday's edition.