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On The Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • New director parses out plans for Idaho Department of Correction's future.
  • A photographer documents the last of the mountain caribou.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters provides much needed mentorship.
  • A state program helps Idahoans plan for rising college costs.

- In late November, Josh Tewalt was appointed by the Idaho Board of Correction to lead IDOC. He replaced Henry Atencio, who directed the department for 28 years. Tewalt joins Idaho Matters to discuss recent allegations about conditions in a Texas prison where Idaho inmates are serving time, the proposed $500 million prison expansion and the future of corrections in a state with a rapidly growing population.

- David Moskowitz is a biologist, photographer and certified wildlife tracker. His work focuses on the fauna of the interior of the Pacific Northwest and his latest book, Caribou Rainforest, follows the migration of a shrinking herd through the Selkirk Range. Moskowitz joins Idaho Matters to describe the shrinking herds of mountain caribou.

- Big Brothers Big Sisters have been matching volunteers with youths in need of role models and guidance. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we'll meet volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho and learn about how they help shape the futures of today's youth.

- Secondary education costs are on the rise and college debt is one of the biggest financial obstacles facing Americans today. The state's Idaho College Savings Program helps parents plan and save for their kids' education. We'll talk with the program's director about some of these methods and how Idahoans can access the program.