Boise Bicycle Project / via Facebook


It’s fair to say this has been a difficult year for all of us, perhaps especially for kids. The Boise Bicycle Project wants to make sure that children in need still get a magical holiday season with the annual BBP Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway.

Lower-income Idahoans are still struggling five months after the state reopened in-person businesses. Audrey Regan reports on what new census findings say about income loss in Idaho.

COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool website

Going to a bar tonight in Boise, Idaho or Reno, Nev.?

There's about a 50-50 chance someone carrying COVID-19 will be there too.


The news of a promising COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and the German company BioNTech is generating optimism this week.

But in the Mountain West, there will be significant challenges in storing and distributing this type of vaccine in rural areas.


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Intermountain Healthcare

As hospitals around the Mountain West run out of space, some patients are fleeing to states that have more health mandates, which further burdens states that have been more aggressive in fighting COVID-19.

St. Luke's Health System

COVID-19 continues to ravage the state of Idaho, with climbing hospitalizations and deaths. At the same time, local and state government officials are struggling to get folks to follow mask mandates where they do exist and encourage mask use where they are not required

Idaho Statesman

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is rolling Idaho back to a modified version of Stage 2 pandemic restrictions and calling up the National Guard to prop up a teetering healthcare system amid skyrocketing COVID-19 infections in the state.

Intermountain Gas Volunteers - 2019

For 35 years, volunteers have raked the yards of residents who are elderly or disabled for “Rake Up Boise.” This year, they’re working to stop the spread of leaves — and coronavirus, too.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

State health officials say Idaho could see field hospitals and National Guard call-ups if skyrocketing COVID-19 rates continue.

Lauren McLean / via Facebook

Local officials across the country are continuing to battle the health and economic fallout from COVID-19. In Boise, Mayor Lauren McLean was just two months into her tenure when Idaho had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. Our Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke with Mayor McLean this week about the pandemic, her hopes for a statewide mask mandate, the new Boise Fire Chief and her opinions on the presidential election.

Alexa Rose Foundation / via Facebook


Every year, the Alexa Rose Foundation awards over $100,000 in small grants to local Treasure Valley artists, many early in their careers. New this year, the nonprofit has created a fellowship to sponsor established local artists. The foundation just announced two recipients who each recieved $25,000 in the inaugural year of the fellowship. 

COVID-19 is surging across the Mountain West, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America held a briefing Wednesday on the many challenges facing the region as the pandemic surge continues.

Lauren McLean

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean says the rising numbers of infections and hospitalizations due to the pandemic are not good... not good in Idaho, not good in Ada County and not good in Boise.

Screen Capture/Zoom

As COVID-19 infections in Ada County and Boise are on the rise, the Boise City Council is exploring what to do next.

Mackenzie Hudson

Reporting on COVID-19, particularly chronicling the personal stories of those directly affected by the virus, is difficult. Reporting on a college campus with strict safety protocols is doubly challenging.


On Sunday, Utah’s Republican governor Gary Herbert declared a new state of emergency and a statewide mask mandate. The move came as hospitals approached critical capacity and the state’s positive coronavirus test rate hovered around 17%.

Melinda Shelton / Flickr

The Boise School District board met with local health professionals last night to discuss the spread of COVID-19 in schools, as cases surge statewide.


Drew Nash Times-News/

The Twin Falls City Council abruptly reversed course Monday, voting to indefinitely table a discussion on a face mask mandate after nearly four hours of heated testimony.


National Cancer Institute/Unsplash


Over the last eight months, we’ve talked often about the mental health issues that folks are experiencing during the pandemic. Many people are accessing mental health care for the first time during COVID-19, using video chat and telehealth options that weren’t as widely available before.