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The Boise Airport announced plans for a dramatic expansion program on Wednesday. Idaho Matters discusses new parking garages, new rental car lots and a new concourse with Rebecca Hupp, director of the Boise Airport.

Boise Airport Braces For Big Expansion

Mar 27, 2019

People flying through the Boise Airport can expect to see some big changes to the facility in the coming years. The five-year project to upgrade the facility could get underway as soon as this fall. of Congress

Author and Idaho historian Randy Stapilus has no trouble talking smack about others, assuming they are great big jerks. He is giving a presentation in Moscow on Saturday entitled "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Idaho History" and Stapilus joins Idaho Matters to talk about Idaho's biggest "jerks" and what makes their legacy less than rosy.

boise co-op

The Boise Co-op hired its first-ever CEO earlier this month. Michelle Andersen will oversee a staff of more than 200 and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about the future of this Treasure Valley institution.

idaho national laboratory

In addition to being one of the nation's leading nuclear research facilities, Idaho National Laboratory has emerged as the tip of the spear for national and global cyber security. On Monday's Idaho Matters, we talk with the cyber security division's director, Scott Cramer, about the cyber threats faced by Americans today and how we are being protected online.

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Leaders from the Treasure Valley's Muslim and Christian communities met last week for a "peace-feast" where they looked to bring together Idahoans of different faiths. Idaho Matters talks with Phillip Thompson of the Islamic Center of Boise and Nick and Laura Armstrong of the Cole Community Church's Glocal Community Partners about improving community relations, encouraging tolerance and celebrating differences.


The region's volcanoes represent the northeastern portion of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and 12 million years ago, Idaho saw much more volcanic activity than it does today. The latest installment of Wanna Know Idaho imagines a Gem State covered in lava-spewing volcanoes.

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
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.