On The Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 13, 2019
  • Teacher evaluations.
  • Hepatitis A hits the Treasure Valley.
  • Confronting barriers when you're deaf and going to the doctor's office.
  • Don't dump that old couch in a canal.

-Idaho Ed News is reporting that during the 2018-2019 school year 98% of teachers in the Gem State got either the highest score or the second highest score. Teacher evaluations are more than just a benchmark. They’re tied to some of the money a teacher can earn.

- Three different restaurants in the Treasure Valley have been hit by hepatitis A this summer. The Central District Health Department has issued advisories for people who ate at these places on specific dates. But what is hepatitis A? And what can people do to protect themselves?

-It’s not easy to go to the doctor if you speak a different language. But, what if you’re deaf? How do you communicate? What barriers must be overcome for a simple doctor’s visit? Saint Alphonsus is working with the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on programs to help.

-TVs, tires, mattresses, even a recliner. All these items, and lots and lots of trash, are dumped into canals and ditches around the Treasure Valley. Sometimes it’s grass clippings or tree limbs that are dumped, which can clog the water flow. The Treasure Valley Water Users Association says it’s a growing problem.