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For years, the Boise area has become known for its winding 25-mile pedestrian and bicycle path, but the Greenbelt was once just a vision of a city council member.

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Rising housing demand in Boise is driving up prices and competition for buyers and renters alike. People looking for rentals often have to pay multiple application fees and those can add up quickly. 

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As college tuition continues to climb, students across the country struggle to pay for things like tuition, housing and food.

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A refugee garden that was raided for produce last month now has a new fence to guard the tomatoes and other vegetables.

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  • A proposal to regulate rental applications fees in Boise. 
  • Guns in stores...can you carry there? 
  • STEM grants for Native American students. 
  • A new app celebrating the Boise Greenbelt.  

  • How to book a campsite in Idaho.
  • Farm to Fork Dinner for a good cause.
  • Taxing higher income folks and corporations to pay for education – but will it work?
  • An update on an ocean mammal on the brink of extinction. 

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  Ammon Bundy buys a gun, there's a new — but familiar — name in the Boise Mayoral race, a new voter ballot initiative kicks off, plus delicious fruits from Canyon County...those are just some of the topics on the reporter roundtable today on Idaho Matters.



  • Welcome to Friday and our Reporter Roundtable.
  • An update on Dust devils science.
  • Coding camps for girls.

  • Feds turn down Idaho Medicaid waiver - Part Two.
  • Idaho Press Club and Ada County spar over public records.
  • Comedians descend on Boise this weekend.

  • Getting Sockeye back to Idaho.
  • Female genital mutilation laws in the Mountain West.
  • Digging up a better Idaho wine.
  • Campfire Theatre Festival.

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A new HBO documentary titled "Fostered" takes a critical look into the child welfare system in our country. The Los Angeles times calls the documentary disturbingly accurate in explaining the problems of child welfare agencies. So what are the solutions for the almost 2,000 children currently in the foster care system in Idaho? We learn more from folks with the Family Resource and Training Center, which is holding a series of informational meetings in September.


  • Feds turn down Idaho Medicaid waiver
  • Idaho doctor uses rare heart surgery technique.
  • Building communities of hope for foster care.

Join us for your weekly dose of all-things-Idaho news! From mayors to Medicaid Expansion, the roundtable will cover it all. Guests are Don Day with BoiseDev.comKevin Richert with Idaho Ed News and James Dawson with Boise State Public Radio.

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The Boise’s Central Trades & Labor Council’s annual Labor Day picnic is coming up this Monday. Although there are fewer labor union marches in the streets nowadays, the holiday prompts workers to remember what was gained through the sacrifices made by union workers.

  • Our Reporter Roundtable gathers together.
  • Can libraries fix news deserts?
  • Prescribed fires: Good or Bad?

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The garden at Hillview United Methodist Church was raided the morning of Wednesday, August 21, while church employees worked inside. They stole dozens of bags of vegetables, which church staff suspect they plan to resell, and damaged many plants.

  • How to free an inmate.
  • The Constitution in a Crucible.
  • Refugee drowning deaths.
  • St. Luke's Children's Pavilion.

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Few people look forward to going through airport security — especially if there are long lines.

  • Can you bring your gun to the County Fair?
  • A chat with the NEA President.
  • A year in movies and the Toronto Film Fest.

  • A talk with Boise's mayor about homelessness and housing.
  • "The Fickle Financiers of Elections?"
  • Return to Mount Kennedy

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Our regular Friday segment goes deep on the predatory landlords in Boise, school security in the West Ada District, state budget issues and public discussions and rulemaking on gender markers on birth certificates, immunizations and more. 

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In 2017, only 20.3% of registered voters cast their ballot in Nampa’s mayoral election. This year, Conservation Voters for Idaho is providing bilingual information about the importance of voting in local elections.


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On a hot August afternoon, breads, biscotti and cinnamon rolls cover nearly every surface of Georgia White’s kitchen.


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  • Idaho Matters and the Reporter Roundtable. 
  • Ketchum native and filmmaker A.J. Eaton. 
  • New music festival in Hailey to wrap up summer. 

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Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson spent some time in the Treasure Valley last week. Calling Idaho a great place to live during his visit, he spent time with some of our state lawmakers. Idaho Senator Cherie Buckner Webb had an opportunity to speak with Secretary Ben Carson and she said Idaho is in the midst of a housing crisis.