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National Association of Insurance Commissioners

There’s a new tool helping Idaho residents find old money. An online search can now reveal whether a long-forgotten life insurance policy is waiting to be claimed.


Kimberlee Miller / Idaho Potato Drop

Tonight rings in the New Year ... where New York City has its ball, Mobile, Alabama drops a Moonpie and Eastport, Maine drops a sardine. Not to be outdone, Idaho drops a glowing resin and fiberglass potato.


Jeremy Bishop

When it comes to news content, local coverage and community engagement, 2018 was a monumental year for us here at Boise State Public Radio. Here's a quick rundown of all the new projects and initiatives we kicked off during this trip around the sun.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

Back in August, we had a chance to visit the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center south of Boise. We wanted to take a look at what life was like in a women’s prison and we heard about several very unique programs that the prison offers the women. We also heard some very compelling stories about what brought the women behind bars.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

There were 311 women prisoners at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center on the day we visited in August. It's a minimum security facility. We wanted to find out more about a women's prison, and about the woman who runs it. On a windy day outside the prison, Noel Barlow-Hust opened up about why she became warden and why women are different from men behind bars. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center is a tight cluster of buildings south of Boise. Behind the prison stands a long, covered tent-like structure. Inside are thousands of rows of tiny green plants. Gemma Gaudette walked along the rows of sagebrush with warden Noel Barlow-Hust who says the plants are grown by inmates and help restore the landscape after wildland fires.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center has some very unique programs designed to help the women there learn job skills and other qualities like leadership and responsibility. One of those is the Whiskers Program, a collaboration with the Idaho Humane Society where inmates take care of sick and neglected cats and kittens.

We talk with Stephanie Mark, who's been at the prison since May. She's the Cat Coordinator. She starts out talking about the Whiskers Program and then the conversation takes a turn toward some very serious subjects.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The holidays can be a tough time for older veterans, especially those far away from family. But local military and civilian groups come together each year to make sure they know they’re not forgotten.


  • Addiction and the Holidays.
  • Rail Transit.
  • Holiday Gifts.
  • The Idaho Botanical Garden.

Alexodus / Flickr

Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week Idaho Matters speaks with Bill Manny and Seth Ogilvie from Idaho Public Television and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

John Sonderman / Flickr

Veterans laid to rest in Idaho are getting a special recognition Saturday, December 15. The organization Wreaths Across America is placing holiday wreaths on the graves of fallen men and women who served.


Boise Parks and Recreation

Kathryn Albertson Park will turn 30 in 2019 and the space has been reconditioned and upgraded. We'll visit the park named for the wife of Idaho's supermarket magnate.

Boise Bicycle Project

A local group that gives away refurbished bikes to kids is in desperate need of some help for Christmas.

 

 


Kevin Rank / Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been pretty chilly here in Boise for the last few days as well as up north in McCall. It is actually that cold?

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

This week, TSA inspectors at the Boise Airport found three guns in three days as luggage was being screened.

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The Federal Communications Commission is re-aligning over-the-air TV signals to make room for more broadband services. Idaho Matters discusses this with an FCC official.

City of Boise

As the City of Boise moves forward with plans for a new downtown library, some of the more practical aspects of building the structure are coming into focus.

Idaho To Pay Legal Fees In Farm Spying Lawsuit

Dec 5, 2018
Cows on a dairy farm
Charlie Litchfield / AP Images

Idaho must pay $260,000 to attorneys in a settlement between Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and various animal rights activists and civil rights groups.

 

idahoptv.org

America's first commercial airmail delivery left from an airfield where Boise State University stands today. We'll learn more about this and other aspects of Idaho's aviation history from IPTV's latest edition of Idaho Experience, "Pioneers of the Air."

Ada County Highway District

Interstate 84 shut down Monday night in both directions with the closure lasting into Tuesday morning. As a demolition project finishes up, part of the freeway will be closed again.

Boise River, Flooding
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s Greenbelt system is still healing after significant flooding during the spring of 2017. That means a long list of closures over the next several months.

Winter Weather Systems Expected For Thanksgiving Weekend

Nov 21, 2018
Map of expected snowfall in Idaho through Thanksgiving
National Weather Service Boise

The National Weather Service office in Boise held a special live weather briefing Wednesday morning for those traveling during Thanksgiving and the upcoming weekend.

Jeremy Brooks / Flickr

Authorities in Owyhee County are cleaning up what’s being called an industrial accident at a waste processing site near Grand View that left one man dead and three others injured. It's not yet known what caused the blast.

Kevin T. Quinn / Flickr


It’s just three days until Thanksgiving and you may be getting ready to sit down with a loved one that you don’t get to talk to very often.

Storycorps is hoping you will see that as an opportunity to record an interview and create a bit of oral history in America.

Camel's Back Park North End Trail Entrance
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Ridge to Rivers partnership released a shiny new map of Boise area trails last week. The new map is currently in beta testing while they collect feedback on what features people use the most.

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