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On The Thursday, June 13, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • Keeping Boise parks' ponds clean.
  • A Nampa doctor uses social media to connect with patients.
  • A domestic violence survivor shares her story to raise awareness.
  • Opera Idaho brings Matthew Shepard's story to Boise.

- The Boise Parks and Recreation department has implemented new measures to keep the ponds in city parks clean and free of e. coli, bacteria and algae blooms. Parks & Rec director Doug Holloway joins Idaho Matters to talk about keeping the city's ponds clean, safe and swimmable.

- Family physician Dr. Erik Richardson uses his YouTube program, "FamilyMed," to connect viewers with educational medical videos. Richardson joins Idaho Matters to talk about using social media to educate Idahoans.

- For years, Kelly Sundberg endured horrific domestic battery at the hands of her husband. After being found guilty of assault, her husband's only sentence was to write a letter of apology. Sundberg writes about her experience in Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival, which is being issued in paperback. She joins us to share her story and bring awareness to the problem of domestic abuse.

- Considering Matthew Shepard tells the tragic story of the senseless killing of a Wyoming college student in the form of an opera. Shepard was 21 years old when he was beaten, tied to a fencepost, set on fire and left for dead by two men who had offered him a ride. Opera Idaho presents Considering Matthew Shepard and on Thursday, Idaho Matters speaks with Dr. Michael Porter, artistic director of the Critical Mass Vocal Artists about the production at the Cathedral of the Rockies.

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