On The Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 12, 2019
  • Salmon and dam removal.
  • Keeping kids safe while playing football.
  • Coping with back-to-school anxiety.
  • Conservation dogs find quagga mussels.
  • Girl Boy Scout numbers on the rise in Wyoming.

-It’s been awhile since Lonesome Larry made the long journey home to Redfish Lake and found no girl sockeye salmon to mate with. That was 1992. Since then the numbers have gone up and down. As of last week, Idaho Fish and Game reported that sockeye salmon returns are lower than they’ve been in 10 years. The Boise Weekly has published a series on salmon and dam removal and Idaho Matters jumps in for a closer look.

-Optimist Youth Football has been going strong since 1949 in Boise’s North End when 44 boys got together to play. Since then, more than 50,000 children have played in the program. For parents, the question is how do you keep your kids safe while playing football? Doctors in sports medicine and optimist youth football work to try and keep kiddos injury-free during the sport.

-It’s time to go back to school. That has parents juggling a thousand details. For some kiddos, it’s a time of worry and anxiety. How can kids and parents cope with that very normal anxiety? Dr. Ron Larsen of Optum Idaho has some tips.

-Zebra and quagga mussels can devastate an ecosystem and Yellowstone National Park is doing everything it can to keep them out. As the Mountain West News Bureau’s Maggie Mullen reports, that includes harnessing the power of a dog’s snout.

-Wyoming is known as the Equality State. So it’s fitting that earlier this year one of its Boy Scout Troops was amongst the first in the country to induct girls. The national organization changed its policy in February to be more inclusive. Since then, Troop 221 in Cheyenne has already seen its female scout number double. Maggie Mullen caught up with some of those scouts at their recent badge ceremony.