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Bill Riley enlisted in the Air Force in the Cold War in the mid-80s, when U.S.-Soviet relations were still pretty icy. He pursued a career in military intelligence, serving in Colorado, Kuwait and everywhere in between. Riley published his memoirs from his service in the book, Baghdaddy: How Saddam Hussein Taught Me To Be A Better Father and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about his time in the military.


As Baby Boomers grow older, urban and suburban planners are looking at new ways to afford safety and convenience for an aging population. Last month, the City of Boise joined AARP's Network of Age-Friendly Communities - municipalities committed to developing comprehensive strategies for creating safe and accessible amenities as well as fully inclusive communities. Idaho Matters speaks with Boise Parks and Recreation director, Doug Holloway, and Thomas V. Trotter, the AARP of Idaho's point person for implementing this program in the Gem State.

Idaho Author Tells The Tragic Story Of Peg Leg Annie

May 2, 2019
Idaho State Historical Society / Community Library Regional History Department

Annie “Peg Leg” McIntyre Morrow was legendary in late 19th century gold rush Idaho. Orphaned at 16, married off at 17, the child of the frontier learned through grit and persistance to not only survive, but to thrive - as a brothel owner. Idaho author and historian Bob Love has documented her exploits in the book Peg Leg Annie: Pistol Packing Madam, Rocky Bar, Idaho Territory. He'll be signing copies at the Mountain Home Public Library on Saturday and he joins Idaho Matters to spin the tragic yarn of "Peg Leg" Annie.

Roam Yocham / Boise State Public Radio

On Tuesday, Mayor David Bieter announced Boise has been certified as a “Welcoming City” by the national nonprofit Welcoming America. The organization helps communities become more inclusive, especially with immigrants. Boise is only the fifth city in the nation to receive this recognition.


Release Of D-EIS For Stibnite Gold Project Delayed

May 1, 2019
Midas Gold

The release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Stibnite gold project is running behind schedule. The draft EIS (or "D-EIS" in regulator-speak) is a part of the permitting process for the Stibnite gold project in the Payette National Forest. 



california's forgotten children/vimeo

California's Forgotten Children is a documentary that highlights the stories of people who were trafficked and sexually exploited as children and grew up to become leaders in the fight for children's rights. The film is being presented by the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition at The Egyptian on Wednesday, May 1. We talk with Melody Miller, the film's director and Jennifer Zielinski, executive director of the Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition about what we can learn from this film.

Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

In a booming city like Boise, a new apartment complex is hardly news. But New Path Community Housing, which opened in December, is different — all of its residents used to be homeless. This is the “housing first” model adopted by other cities, and Boise wants to build more.


Purposity is an app that helps Treasure Valley social workers use crowdfunding to raise money to by essential products like clothes, toiletries and and other daily necessities for low-income students. Idaho Matters learns how social media, crowdfunding and mobile apps have coalesced to meet the needs of area students with Jill Matthews from the State Department of Education and social worker Sydney Sasser.


Wednesday is Yom Ha'Shoah, the day when people around the world remember the horrors of the Holocaust. Idaho Matters discusses this somber day with Janet Kaufman and Susan Curtis, organizers of Holocaust Remembrance Day events in Boise.

Happy Jack's Cats

Happy Jack Cats matches felines in need of friends with humans looking for furry companionship. This Saturday is Happy Jack's Alley Cats Bowling Fun Day and we talk with Deborah Phantana about cat adoption and bowling.

Pittsburgh Press

Fearless tells the story of Farris Lind, the founder of Stinker Stores and an all-around wildcat. Author Rick Just joins Idaho Matters to talk about Lind, his exploits and contributions to Idaho commerce and communities. Just will be signing copies of Fearless Farris at Rediscovered Books on Thursday, May 2.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The drive from the Treasure Valley to points north along the main route, Idaho Highway 55, is about to get a little longer. The Idaho Transportation Department is giving the roadway some overdue maintenance.

Idaho Hunger relief task force/facebook

The faces of hunger surround us more than we know; it is subtle, hidden from society in shame and has devestating ripple effects for all who must deal with it. The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force takes a proactive approach to confronting hunger in the Gem State and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, they discuss the importance of promoting fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.

Valley County

Update: May 10, 2019 - Valley County commissioners decided to scrap a proposed waterways ordinance that would have bumped the no-wake zone from 300 to 1,000 feet on area lakes. The McCall Star-News reports that commissioners decided not to vote on the proposed ordinance at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, instead choosing to start fresh on drafting a waterways ordinance to better regulate motorized boat use in the region.

Proposed 2020 Census Question Argued Before Supreme Court

Apr 23, 2019
National Archives

The 2020 census will have resonant effects on Idaho's economy, public services and election processes. Idaho Matters speaks with Greg Hill, director of Boise State University's Idaho Policy Institute about the role this census will have in the lives of Idahoans.

Rebecca Boone / AP Images

A transgender inmate serving a nine-year sentence for sexual abuse of child under 16 is suing the state of Idaho for gender reassignment surgery. This landmark case is now being considered by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the eventual ruling could affect access to treatment for transgender inmates across the country.  

We want to hear what you think about this.

Latah County Historical Society

The Idaho Public Television series Idaho Experience is debuting an episode chronicling Psychiana, a bizarre Depression-era cult that recruited people through mail order ads placed in magazines. We speak with IPTV's Bill Manny about this strange chapter in Idaho history.

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It may soon be illegal to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices in many public places in Boise.


This segment originally aired on February 26, 2019.

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.


This segment originally aired on February 19, 2019.

The days of card catalogues and mimeograph machines are over. Your public library probably looks more like an R&D lab these days. We look at the library programs preparing people for the 21st century with Boise Library director Kevin Booe.

Chadd Cripe / Idaho Statesman

A Boise city park and a foothills reserve may be getting new names.


This segment originally aired on February 27, 2019.

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.


This segment originally aired on February 13, 2019.

Nampa officials have been battling an infestation of crows for years. The birds have overwhelmed the community with their noise and waste and the city has been scrambling to find a humane way of dispatching of them. Mountain West News Bureau correspondent Amanda Peacher joins Idaho Matters to discuss some of the solutions they have found.


This segment originally aired on March 4, 2019.

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

ENCORE: St. Luke's Physician Trains Medics In Myanmar

Apr 10, 2019

 This segment originally aired on February 19, 2019.


Once a year, Dr. Charles Washington puts together a team and travels to Myanmar to train emergency medics in trauma treatment. Idaho Matters talks with the St. Luke's emergency physician about educating first responders around the world.