On The Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 6, 2019
  • Idaho reacts to recent shootings.
  • Boise 4th grader wants to go solar without building power lines.
  • Just what is the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship anyway?
  • Boise River Boogie.

-Two recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton have left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded. The debate over guns in America and who should have them is front and center after the shootings and remarks from President Donald Trump about “Red Flag” laws. Reporter Heath Druzin with Boise State Public Radio and Guns & America has been covering the Idaho reaction to this story. He joins us on Idaho Matters.

-Ten-year-old Lily Colson likes penguins. And polar bears. And she wanted to protect them from the effects of climate change. This Boise 4th grader somehow went from protecting penguins to coming up with a new way to use solar power ... without having them build more infrastructure. She calls the idea “Solar Lines.”

-On Monday, we talked to Nicole Foy with the Idaho Statesman about emails she uncovered from Idaho Republicans that could mean the legislature might try to ban DACA students from getting Idaho Opportunity Scholarships. What exactly are these scholarships, are “Dreamers” getting them now, and why have they been controversial with lawmakers in the past?

-Time for the Boise River Boogie. No, it’s not a dance, it’s a duathlon. And it’s a fundraiser to help keep the river in good shape. Not that long ago, slaughterhouses in Garden City made the river run red. Raw sewage was dumped directly in the river. And the habitat suffered. Over time, valley residents began to clean up the river. Over the last eight years, the Boise River Enhancement Network has been working to keep the waterway healthy