On The Wednesday, July 31 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jul 30, 2019
  • Boise scooter riders deal with some new regulations. 
  • Sockeye struggling on their return to Idaho this summer. 
  • A species of moths are killing trees in Idaho forests.
  • An alternative school in Boise is the subject of a new documentary.

- Last fall, Boise welcomed two dockless e-scooter companies to the city. And riders have heartily embraced the devices; the scooters have been ridden a total of about 470,000 miles. But as use has increased, so have the number of complaints. The City Council passed three ordinances last week addressing concerns like speed, reckless driving and vandalism. We talk with city officials about the new rules.

- The Idaho Department of Lands is dealing with a big problem caused by a small creature. The tussock moth has infested Douglas-fir in the Packer John State Forest. The outbreak means the trees are more susceptible to wildfires. Now, IDL is planning to cut down some of the infested trees in an effort to contain the problem. 

- Every year at this time, biologists at Idaho Fish and Game watch closely for Snake River sockeye salmon to return to Idaho. This year, Fish and Game expects fewer fish to return to Redfish Lake. That’s due in part to the tough year the young fish had in 2017, trying to get out of Idaho to the Pacific Ocean. Now two years later, they still have to swim back over several dams to get to Idaho.

- A new documentary looks at One Stone, a student-led high school in Boise. The progressive school was founded in 2008 and is pushing the boundaries of student-empowered learning. The film was created by Jon Long, who has produced and directed films for PBS and National Geographic.