Idaho News

Students Speak Out Against Climate Change Inactivity

Mar 18, 2019

About 200 students left classes in the Treasure Valley on Friday to gather at the state capitol to bring attention to climate change. Idaho Matters speaks with organizers Elise Malterre and Liam Neupert about this global demonstration.

Students Demand Change At Boise’s Youth Climate Strike

Mar 15, 2019
Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

Liam Neupert is a junior at One Stone school in Boise and helped to coordinate the Idaho Youth Climate Strike Friday morning. For several weeks now, he’s been at the statehouse every Friday, missing school to protest climate change inaction.


Skye Borgman

Netflix debuted a documentary in February that detailed the terror and exploitation one man brought on a Pocatello family more than forty years ago. Abducted in Plain Sight tells the story of the Brobergs and how a family friend manipulated them to sexually assault and kidnap their daughter. Idaho Matters talks with Jan Broberg about her experience and Skye Borgman, director of the film.


The Fundsy charity auction has raised more than $8 million for Treasure Valley organizations and we talk with Carolyn Holly and Meredith Stead about how the non-profit is helping other non-profits.

Efforts are underway to weaken the ability to bring voter initiatives to ballot and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we talk with Luke Mayville and Tracy Olson of Reclaim Idaho.

meridian library district

Meridian is growing and so are the demands on the city's library services. Meridian voters will have the opportunity to vote on a levy that would expand the municipality's library. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss this growth with Meridian library director Gretchen Caserotti.


Michael Ames's book "American Cipher" tells the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army private who spent five years as a captive of the Taliban to later be released in a controversial prisoner swap. Many have called Bergdahl a deserter; others have pointed to mental health issues. Ames joins Idaho Matters to share insight into the life of this Idaho native.

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As residents of Nampa deal with thousands of crows turning the town into a scene from a Hitchcock film, a preserve in eastern Idaho is seeing avian visitors of a nobler sort.

With their graceful profiles and snow white feathers, thousands of trumpeter swans have taken up residence at the Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The Guns & America series looks at the popularity of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The firearm's name and design are licensed to numerous manufacturers and can be customized with a plethora of attachments, making it one of the top-selling rifles in America. Heath Druzin, Boise State Public Radio's Guns & America reporter, joins Idaho Matters to parse out the popularity of this gun.

Ada County

Ada County is out with its year-in-review report for 2018. Highlights include county-wide growth and some departments seeing record-setting revenue.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

If you live in Stanley, Idaho, it’s going to take you an extra couple of hours to drive to the Treasure Valley. That’s because an 11-mile stretch of road between Lowman and Stanley is still covered in snow.


Katherine Jones/Idaho Statesman

Cheeky Boutique founder Jessi Roberts joins Idaho Matters to talk about her book, Backroads Boss Lady.

Public Lands Access Bill Killed In Legislature

Mar 5, 2019

Outdoor enthusiasts and loggers often make strange bedfellows but both are feeling the impacts of restricted access to public lands by private landowners. Legislation was in play to stop this practice by landowners like the Wilks Brothers of Texas, but state lawmakers killed the bill on Monday. Idaho Statesman reporter Nicole Blanchard joins Idaho Matters to talk about efforts in the statehouse to maintain access to public lands.

Animal advocates in the Wood River Valley are anticipating the opening of a new adoption and education center. We talk with Jo-Anne Dixon, executive director and medical director of Mountain Humane in Hailey.

Leaders of the region's Native American tribes meet in Boise on Thursday and Friday for a conference to raise awareness and understanding of Native culture and history and to maintain a dialogue with leaders of all communities. Idaho Matters discusses the conference with Norm Cavanaugh of the Duck Valley Reservation and Ed Keener, creator of the Kessler-Keener Foundation, a sponsor of the conference.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center tracks hate groups nationwide. Data from the organization reveals the number of groups in Idaho is down, but they remain a concentrated force in parts of the Gem State.

Ada County Highway District

For most nights this week, the Idaho Transportation Department plans to close sections of I-84 in Boise. They plan to continue work on the new Cloverdale overpass bridge project that began in January. The bridge needs to be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a fire after a fatal crash involving a semi truck and several vehicles last summer.



Idaho Day Celebrates The Origins Of The Gem State

Mar 1, 2019

Honest Abe Lincoln designated Idaho as an official territory 156 years ago. Every March 4, Idahoans celebrate this milestone as Idaho Day and on Friday, we talk with Janet Gallimore, executive director of the Idaho State Historical Society and former state representative and historian Linden Batemen about the day's origins and the commemorations at the state's capitol.

City of Meridian

Tammy de Weerd announced she would not seek a fifth term as Meridian's mayor. De Weerd joins Idaho Matters to talk about skippering the bedroom community through unprecedented growth.

DARIN OSWALD/Idaho Statesman

One of the many challenges met by recently-released state inmates is a lack of identification. This can make it difficult to rent a home or get a job and it creates further problems when dealing with the DMV or probation departments. A new program makes sure recently released felons are not starting over from behind the eight ball by providing ID on release.

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Sometimes wounds of war affect veterans in ways that make having children difficult. Recent legislation has proposed the government help these veterans with fertilization services. On the Wednesday edition of Idaho Matters, we discuss these efforts and ask why they haven't been previously addressed.

Idaho Transportation Department

The Real ID Act of 2005 was a post-9/11 attempt to normalize government-issued ID standards across the country. Beginning in 2020, Idahoans will need a Star Card to board flights and enter federal buildings. Idaho Matters talks about the new ID standards with the state's DMV.

Assistance League of Boise

The Assistance League of Boise is partnering with Kohl's and some Treasure Valley school districts to provide low-income students with the opportunity to shop for new clothes. We talk to the league about the Teen Retail program and how big a role some fresh clothes can play in a child's life.

Sister Mary's Children out of McCall has partnered with a community in South Africa to help at-risk youths in a formerly segregated region still recovering from the effects of apartheid. Idaho Matters talks with the organization's founders about people helping people around the world.

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U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Earlier this month, Fish and Game opened up a public comment period for proposed changes to 2019 and 2020 big game hunting. One of the animals that could be affected by the changes are wolves. The new regulations would expand wolf trapping on private land and the season would start a month sooner.