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On The Thursday, August 1 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • Idaho Redistricting Redux.
  • Valley Regional Transit gets more Late Night Lyft.
  • Keeping Idaho schools safe.
  • The Peregrine Fund helps Aplomado Falcons recover.

-Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers tried – and failed – to change Idaho’s Constitution to give their party the upper hand when it comes to the redistricting process. That amendment seems likely to come back next year. The GOP is also embracing a plan that would simply add more lawmakers to the state legislature. Gemma Gaudette goes in-depth with Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson.

-In January, the Valley Regional Transit Late Night Program started up in Boise. It lets qualified riders get a low-cost Lyft ride to to work and training after the buses stop running. VRT calls the program "incredibly beneficial," so much so that it's expanding the program into Nampa. 

-The Idaho Office of School Safety was created by the Idaho Legislature in 2016. Its mission is to help public schools create safer learning environments. Theoffice assesses each school campus for threats and vulnerabilities and offers mitigation strategies. Idaho Matters finds out about a new video that deals with school safety issues.

-From the 1950s to the mid-1990s, no wild Aplomado Falcons were born. Last month, with a lot of help from the Boise-based Peregrine Fund, the 500th Aplomado Falcon nestling was banded in southern Texas. How did baby falcons born in Boise in the 1980s and 1990s help bring the population back from the brink?

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.