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The Future Of State Street In Boise: More Buses, More Apartments

Jan 29, 2020
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Imagine a weekday morning on State Street: A commuter leaves her newly built apartment in a four-story building along State that replaced an aging strip mall. She walks a few blocks to a bus stop. An electric sign shows how soon the next bus will arrive. The buses run every 15 minutes or more.


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Every year, Boise State University surveys the state to learn how folks feel about key issues. From growth to taxes, education to salmon recovery, the wide ranging topics help tell a story about Idahoans’ priorities and concerns. 

The new survey came out Monday. Author Jeffrey Lyons of the University’s School of Public Service joined Idaho Matters to interpret the results. 

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Another Friday...another Reporter Roundtable here on Idaho Matters! Listen to the discussion of the week's headlines from Madelyn Beck with the Mountain West News Bureau, KIVI 6 On Your Side's Mike Sharp and Erin Bamer of the Idaho Press. 

Boise State University is suing the Mountain West Conference over it’s new television broadcast contract announced earlier this month. Troy Oppie explains.


The Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s Annual Meeting begins Wednesday in Boise. Rachel Cohen tells us what to expect from that gathering.

Idaho Matters is the place on-air and online where folks with different views can talk with each other, exchange ideas, debate with respect and come away richer from the experience. 

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It was an historic election night in the capital city as the race for Boise mayor will now go to a run off. Plus, numerous initiatives and levies were on the ballot throughout Idaho and we dive into those results. We bring you a full hour of election results and analysis on Idaho Matters.

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Legislative session is in full swing here in Idaho. Our own Jimmy Dawson, Kevin Richert (Idaho Ed News) and Don Day (BoiseDev) explain what's gone down this week in the capitol and beyond. 

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Update at 10 p.m. on Jan. 9:

The death toll has risen in the aftermath of the avalanche that hit the Silver Mountain ski resort in northern Idaho this week.

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Winter means battening down the hatches to keep out the chilly temperatures. But what if closing windows and doors might boost the risk of inhaling dangerous gases?

City of Twin Falls

Suzanne Hawkins will take over as the mayor of Twin Falls for a two-year term. Shawn Barigar, who had lead the city for four years, was not nominated by other council members to continue in his role, and he did not nominate himself.

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Thousands of Idaho troops are slated to head overseas this spring with global military tensions high.



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  • An exclusive interview with Governor Brad Little. 
  • A Boise State University app tackling food insecurity.

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Here it is! Tucked between listicles of the best Netflix series to binge and favorite books of the year is your public radio station’s top 10 web stories of 2019. But unlike many of those other lists, this one isn’t voted on or judged in any way — it’s purely based on the numbers. Your numbers, in fact. We’re talking about news stories from this year that got the most eyeballs on them.

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Cold temperatures and short days make winter one of the most energy-intensive times of year.


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There are 15 certified dark sky reserves in the world, with the third-largest being right here in Idaho. These designated areas have little to no light pollution, making it easy to see a lot of stars. However, the area here is being threatened by growing light pollution.

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Amanda Murphy of Caldwell was travelling with her then two-year-old son through Chicago O’Hare airport when, suddenly, it all became too much for him.

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Three student developers in Boise State University’s GIMMWorks program were brainstorming ideas for an app project when they came across this statistic: 36% of Boise State University students experienced food insecurity during the month-long survey in 2018.

Boise Bicycle Project

Every December for the past 12 years, the Boise Bicycle Project teams up with local nonprofits to gather applications for the Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway.


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Ten Mile Road in Meridian is getting an upgrade.


ACHD commission approved the project Wednesday, which will widen and improve the mile-long segment of Ten Mile Road between Ustick and McMillan. 


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As an outpouring of mourning continues for nine members of an Idaho Falls family killed in a Saturday plane crash, federal investigators are trying to figure out what caused the accident


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Mother and daughter duo Karen Hendricks and Karisa Baker place small pickups on the branches of a flocked tree. They’ve been decorating trees together for about 17 years.


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  • BYU-Idaho Medicaid kerfuffle.
  • Thanksgiving pie from a popular bakery.
  • Women in entrepreneurship. 
  • T-Rex exhibit. 

  • The Friday Reporter Roundtable.
  • Holiday movie preview. 

Courtesy of Boise River Flood District #10

Removing fallen trees and burning debris along the river banks may seem like a humdrum part of river maintenance, but Steve Stuebner with Boise River Flood Control District #10 said this yearly upkeep is a key factor in preventing disaster.