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A townhall meeting in Nampa got a bit fiery on Monday as critics of a property tax increase verbally sparred with supporters of a new jail for Canyon County. Idaho Matters looks at the need for more detention beds with Ysabel Bilbao, spokeswoman for the effort to approve a bond for a new jail.

Idaho Statesman/DARIN OSWALD

The National Institute for Civil Discourse was established in 2011 following the shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, including former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Today, the Institute is creating 50 advisory boards to be positioned in each state.

Boise State Public Radio

For 180 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has worked with low income and homeless people across the country, trying to provide avenues to head off homelessness before it occurs. Nearly 700 people volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho to serve tens of thousands of Idahoans. We talk with executive director Ralph May about the society's service and the upcoming "Fun and Food Tapas for a Cause" event.

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Street closures are pretty common these days around Boise with all of the road work going on. But it’s not every day traffic gets diverted due to a house in the middle of the street. That’s exactly what’s been happening behind St. Luke’s Hospital since early May, though.

Idaho Gold Mine, Yellow Pine Pit
Courtesy Midas Gold Corp.

The Stibnite Foundation was recently established with nearly $1 million from Midas Gold, the company hoping to reopen the Stibnite mine in west-central Idaho. But there’s an ethical quandary over whether or not the foundation ties local cities and counties too closely to the mine’s success or failure.



boise co-op

The Boise Co-Op has hired Chef Jin Yang to serve as its culinary director. Yang comes from Portland with nearly 10 years experience as a corporate executive chef, a 2015 Portland Iron Chef win and the distinction of being named one of the country's most sustainable chefs. Jin Yang joins Idaho Matters to talk about upcoming food trends and what we can expect to see at the Boise Co-op this summer.

Preservation Idaho

Boise’s North End neighborhood could be expanding by several homes. Plans are in the works to turn a historic property once owned by the Salvation Army into a residential development.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. Melissa Davlin of IPTV's Idaho Reports about the state's maternal mortality rate and the re-naming of two city parks in Boise. Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press joins the roundtable to parse out Idaho's new abortion reporting requirements and a lawsuit involving the sex offeder registryBoise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem sits in to discuss a controversial high school mascot in Driggs and a botched training maneuver on the Boise River.

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Idaho postal workers will be carrying more than mail Saturday as they collect items for the 27th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 


Idaho Statesman reporter Kate Talerico recently uncovered the ways in which Airbnb is squeezing the rental market in the Treasure Valley. Talerico joins Idaho Matters on Thursday with local renter Brittany O'Meara to parse out the ways the online homestay industry is creating havoc for renters.

Amherst College

The City of Boise's Fettucine Forum is bringing Amherst College associate professor Robert Hayashi to city council chambers on Tuesday, May 9 to talk about the Asian American civil rights movement and how it grew from oppressive immigration policies from the turn of the 20th Century and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

  • Idaho ranks second in the nation for child drownings.
  • Protecting yourself and kids from measles outbreak.
  • AirBnb is squeezing Boise's rental market.
  • Robert Hayashi will discuss the Asian civil rights movement for Boise's Fettuccine Forum.

Boise Fire Department / Twitter

At the end of April, a special boat used by the Boise Fire Department to perform swift-water rescues on the Boise River was severely damaged in an accident. The loss of the boat will change how the agency performs river rescues.

Valley Regional Transit

Valley Regional Transit is unveiling a mobile app that allows people to purchase bus tickets anytime, anywhere. This is one of the many programs launching this month as VRT begins "May in Motion." We talk with VRT Principal Planner Stephan Hunt and Kaite Justice, Program Director with the Downtown Mobility Collaborative.

TAG Historical Research and Consulting

Before WWII, street trolleys were once a ubiquitous feature in all medium-to-large cities in America. You can still see the tracks embedded in streets from Philadelphia to Fresno. Boise celebrates its streetcar heritage with the Traveling Trolley Time Capsule - a mobile exhibit of trolleys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that will travel to several Treasure Valley neighborhoods. We talk with Barbara Perry Bauer from TAG Historical Research and Consulting about this unique glimpse into the region's past.

Rotary International provides global professionals with the opportunity to study at one of six Peace Centers located around the world. This year, Rotary International District 5400 in Boise will host its first ever Peace Conference with Rotary Peace Fellows in attendance. We talk with Ashley Orme, associate director for the Conflict Management Program at Boise State, about the conference.

The state legislatures in Washington and Oregon are working on bills that would expand daylight saving to 12 months. The agrarian tradition of changing our clocks twice a year has its roots in the early 20th century and was codified by Congress in 1966. Idaho Matters speaks with Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Craig Northrup and Idaho State Senator Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens about the impact passage of these bills could have on Idaho's cross-border commerce.

  • Boise Rotary to host Peace Institute summit.
  • Oregon and Washington vote to expand daylight saving.
  • Engineering for Kids extends STEM education beyond the classroom.
  • American Lung Association's 2019 State of the Air ranks Idaho.

Mountain Home Air Force Base

The Air Force proposed a series of Urban Close Air Support Training exercises to be operated from Mountain Home AFB. These exercises would involve overhead flights coordinating with personnel on the ground in urban and suburban settings. These exercises are of concern to some Treasure Valley residents; a complaint has been filed on behalf of seven individuals and an advocacy organization called Great Old Broads for Wilderness. We talk with Lt. Emileigh Rogers of Mountain Home AFB about the exercises and we'll explore the concerns of the community with claimant Kathryn Railsback and attorney Sarah Stellberg.

Guy Finley is a motivational speaker who founded the Life of Learning Foundation; he specializes in counselling couples in relationship repair. Finley will speak at the Boise Public Library on Monday, May 6, and he joins Monday's Idaho Matters.


Bill Riley enlisted in the Air Force in the Cold War in the mid-80s, when U.S.-Soviet relations were still pretty icy. He pursued a career in military intelligence, serving in Colorado, Kuwait and everywhere in between. Riley published his memoirs from his service in the book, Baghdaddy: How Saddam Hussein Taught Me To Be A Better Father and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about his time in the military.


As Baby Boomers grow older, urban and suburban planners are looking at new ways to afford safety and convenience for an aging population. Last month, the City of Boise joined AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities - municipalities committed to developing comprehensive strategies for creating safe and accessible amenities as well as fully inclusive communities. Idaho Matters speaks with Boise Parks and Recreation director, Doug Holloway, and Thomas V. Trotter, the AARP of Idaho's point person for implementing this program in the Gem State.

Idaho State Historical Society / Community Library Regional History Department

Annie “Peg Leg” McIntyre Morrow was legendary in late 19th century gold rush Idaho. Orphaned at 16, married off at 17, the child of the frontier learned through grit and persistance to not only survive, but to thrive - as a brothel owner. Idaho author and historian Bob Love has documented her exploits in the book Peg Leg Annie: Pistol Packing Madam, Rocky Bar, Idaho Territory. He'll be signing copies at the Mountain Home Public Library on Saturday and he joins Idaho Matters to spin the tragic yarn of "Peg Leg" Annie.

Roam Yocham / Boise State Public Radio

On Tuesday, Mayor David Bieter announced Boise has been certified as a “Welcoming City” by the national nonprofit Welcoming America. The organization helps communities become more inclusive, especially with immigrants. Boise is only the fifth city in the nation to receive this recognition.


Release Of D-EIS For Stibnite Gold Project Delayed

May 1, 2019
Midas Gold

The release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Stibnite gold project is running behind schedule. The draft EIS (or "D-EIS" in regulator-speak) is a part of the permitting process for the Stibnite gold project in the Payette National Forest.