On The Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jul 15, 2019
  • Boise State diversity controversy.
  • Summer heat and homeless families in Boise.
  • Time for warthogs, hyenas, baboons and Nile crocodiles.

-Last week, a group of 28 state lawmakers in Idaho sent Boise State University’s newly minted president a letter targeting the school’s diversity programs. The letter says the programs create “unnecessary costs.” Democratic lawmakers fired back with their own letter to Boise State President Marlene Tromp, who started her new role July 1. Democrats argue multicultural events and programs “celebrate diversity and drive academic success.” Now, a group of students is planning a rally in support of the programs caught up in the controversy. Idaho Matters goes in-depth on the issue.

-It's summer, it's hot, and your kids are out of school. Keeping kids cool, and occupied, is no easy feat for busy families. But what if your family is homeless and doesn't have a nice air-conditioned house to spend the summer in? Boise's Pioneer Neighborhood Community Center Day Shelter is now open.

-Thursday marks the opening of one of Zoo Boise's most ambitious projects to date. The 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit will debut to the public. The new exhibit features baboons, hyenas, warthogs, Nile crocodiles and other animals. But Idaho Matters finds out it's much more than just a chance to see exotic animals.