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On The Thursday, April 11, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • New research finds more kids vaping than smoking.
  • Rocky Barker chronicles the modern-day extinction of the caribou of the Selkirk Range.
  • A seed cooperative makes organic, GMO-free gardening available to Idahoans.
  • The Wood River Valley prepares for a new animal adoption and education space.

- Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher studies the effects of tobacco on teens and her recent research refutes claims that vaping is safer than smoking. Dr. Halpern-Felsher joins Corey Surber, Advocacy & Community Health Coordinator with Saint Alphonsus, on Idaho Matters to discuss her research.

- Freelance journalist Rocky Barker has been tracking the dwindling numbers of the Selkirk caribou and he joins Idaho Matters to illustrate the effects of encroachment and climate change on the iconic steer of the Northwest. Originally aired 3/4/19.

- The Snake River Seed Cooperative encourages regional growers to produce organic, non-GMO seed for both farmers and backyard gardeners. We meet the co-op's founder and director and learn why this program can lead to healthier communities and wealthier growers. Originally aired 1/23/19.

- Animal advocates in the Wood River Valley are anticipating the opening of a new adoption and education center. We talk with Jo-Anne Dixon, executive director and medical director of Mountain Humane in Hailey. Originally aired 3/4/19.