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On The Thursday, June 27, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • Boise Fire Deparment on its first female captain and the foothills fire three years later.
  • Recommendations from the Idaho Study on Education & the Economy.
  • The screening of a film about the "boys of Boise" from the 1950s.
  • The Foote Park Center remembers Treasure Valley pioneers.

- Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan joins us to speak about the anniversary of the Foothills Fire, started by illegal fireworks. He’ll also announce how the Boise Fire Department, after 143 years, has its first female captain

- The Idaho Business For Education and HP Inc. are releasing their results of their “Statewide Study on Education and the Economy.” The study took in feedback from more than 1,800 Idaho teachers, businesses, politicians and school administrators. We’ll hear from Rod Gramer of Idaho Business for Education, Gus Schmelden from HP Inc. and Marcela Escobari from the Brookings Institution.

- In the mid-1950s, investigators arrested three men on charges of having sex with teenage boys. Further, they claimed it was part of a child sex ring. There was no such ring, but it led to an episode in Boise history that some considered to be a witch hunt. We speak with Alan Virta, retired archivist at Boise State University, and Seth Randal, director of the film, The Fall of ’55.

- The Foote Park Center opens with a focus on the early pioneers of the Treasure Valley. Mary Hallock Foote and Arthur DeWint Foote came to Boise in the late 19th century to create farms across the valley. Mary Ann Arnold and Janet Worthington join the program to talk about the history of this public space.

Tom Michael is General Manager of Boise State Public Radio and responsible for its management and leadership. His most recent focus is on digital transformation, long-term financial stability and a more inclusive workplace. When he wants a break from the news, he enjoys running in the Boise foothills.