Idaho News

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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.

Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman

Usually, the Sunday before school starts is the last day to enjoy a dip in one of Boise’s seven public pools. (The indoors Aquatics Center located in the Downtown Boise YMCA is technically a Boise public pool, and is open year-round.) But in response to community requests, Boise is breaking tradition this year, keeping Borah pool open almost two weeks longer, and extending Ivywild’s hours through Labor Day weekend.


Midas Gold

The charitable giving arm of Midas Gold, the Stibnite Foundation, recently announced the formation of its board. The group will decide how mine money is awarded to local causes.


  • Boise State's new president stops by for a chat.
  • New study looks into public perceptions of red flag laws. 
  • How do you keep drones from flying into each other?

Navy Week In Idaho

Aug 19, 2019
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What does the U.S. Navy mean to Idaho? Monday kicks of Navy Week and the captain of the Navy’s namesake sub, the USS Boise, drops by Idaho Matters to chat about what they’re doing in the Gem State. Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines, like the Boise, were designed at the height of the Cold War. Over 350 feet long, these high-tech giants can cruise beneath the ocean’s surface for months at a time, running on an almost endless supply of nuclear power.

  • Taxed out of your home.
  • Inside the Southern Idaho Scleroderma Support Group.
  • Navy Week in Idaho.
  • Take a trip with us to the Western Idaho Fair!

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It’s time for our Reporter Roundtable, where we get you up to date on all the news that made headlines around our region. Joining us this week are Betsy Russell with the Idaho Press, Don Day with and Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman.