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As millennials mature into adulthood, many are settling their families in the Treasure Valley. Idaho Matters looks at why this demographic is choosing this region over bigger, more urban markets with Our Town America franchisees Scot and Amy Hecht. 

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Wednesday is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.


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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press about new a closure by the Texas billionaire Wilks brothers of a private road leading to public lands. Don Day from BoiseDev discusses new building plans coming to downtown Boise and Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson breaks news about fresh charges filed against former Idaho GOP Chair Jonathan Parker.


LEAP Charities partnered with the National Housing Trust Fund and the Idaho Housing and Finance Association along with builders IndieDwell to create Windy Court, a housing development in West Boise built out of shipping containers. The concept creates affordable housing options in one of the fastest-growing housing markets in the country. Idaho Matters talks with Leap co-founder Bart Cochrane and LEAP CEO Scott Flynn about this unique approach to housing.

Friday, June 20, is World Refugee Day — a time when people in Idaho and around the globe recognize the struggles of the world's refugees and efforts to provide relief, security and freedom for these populations. Kara Fink and Salome Mwangi of the Idaho Office for Refugees join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's legacy as a refugee-welcome city and events downtown commemorating the day.

Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1858-1860

Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail tells the stories about and contributions of the pioneer women who braved the 2,000 mile journey across the continent to settle the West in the 19th Century. The book is being re-published in a 25th Anniversary edition and author Susan Butruille will be signing copies at Rediscovered Books on Thursday evening. Butruille joins Idaho Matters with publisher Kathy Gaudry.

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Close to 5,000 property owners in the Treasure Valley haven’t paid their irrigation taxes. That can lead to fines, a lien or even seeing their home put up for auction to pay what’s owed.

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Summertime means roads projects and we check in with Jake Melder from the Idaho Department of Transportation to find out what projects are underway and how these improvements are impacting Treasure Valley commuters.

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Indulge Boise leads diners on a culinary tour of Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Sun Valley and McCall. From charcuterie to desserts, wines, beer and cocktails, we look at all the vittles the Treasure and Wood River Valleys have to offer with Indulge Boise owner Angela Taylor.

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The North End Garden Tour is a self-guided stroll through the hidden nooks of Boise's North End neighborhood. The tour takes place this Sunday and proceeds will benefit a traffic median beautification project. Stephanie Allen and Anne Hausrath of the North End Neighborhood Association join Idaho Matters to talk about the event and the community.


A recent report from the Brookings Institute found that Boise's growth prosperity may be evening out. We look at the numbers and talk with BoiseDev reporter Don Day about the economic future of the City of Trees.

Idaho's Basque Legacy Begins In The 19th Century

May 28, 2019

Idaho has one of the largest Basque populations outside of Spain. The diaspora began in the late 19th century as Basque workers arrived in the region to work in the silver mines. The skillset expanded to included sheep herding. Today, more than 30,000 Basque Americans live in Southern Idaho and on Tuesday we speak with community leaders Dave Lachiondo about the legacy and traditions of Idaho's Basque communities.

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St. Luke's Hospice is working with Wish Granters to facilitate the wishes of veterans with terminal illness. Idaho Matters looks at this program with St. Luke's Hospice social worker Kennette McWilliams, Chaplain Craig Kennedy and Nurse/Case manager Becky Rudell, also with St. Luke's.

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The Idaho Chukar Foundation wants you to go safely hunting and hiking with your dogs. They are offering a training programthat teaches dogs to stay away from snakes, skunks and porcupines. We learn about the classes and why they are good for both your pet and the wildlife with Foundation president Drew Wahlin and marketing director Alli Thompson.


A townhall meeting in Nampa got a bit fiery on Monday as critics of a property tax increase verbally sparred with supporters of a new jail for Canyon County. Idaho Matters looks at the need for more detention beds with Ysabel Bilbao, spokeswoman for the effort to approve a bond for a new jail.

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The National Institute for Civil Discourse was established in 2011 following the shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 13, including former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Today, the Institute is creating 50 advisory boards to be positioned in each state.

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For 180 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has worked with low income and homeless people across the country, trying to provide avenues to head off homelessness before it occurs. Nearly 700 people volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho to serve tens of thousands of Idahoans. We talk with executive director Ralph May about the society's service and the upcoming "Fun and Food Tapas for a Cause" event.

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Street closures are pretty common these days around Boise with all of the road work going on. But it’s not every day traffic gets diverted due to a house in the middle of the street. That’s exactly what’s been happening behind St. Luke’s Hospital since early May, though.

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The Stibnite Foundation was recently established with nearly $1 million from Midas Gold, the company hoping to reopen the Stibnite mine in west-central Idaho. But there’s an ethical quandary over whether or not the foundation ties local cities and counties too closely to the mine’s success or failure.



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The Boise Co-Op has hired Chef Jin Yang to serve as its culinary director. Yang comes from Portland with nearly 10 years experience as a corporate executive chef, a 2015 Portland Iron Chef win and the distinction of being named one of the country's most sustainable chefs. Jin Yang joins Idaho Matters to talk about upcoming food trends and what we can expect to see at the Boise Co-op this summer.

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Boise’s North End neighborhood could be expanding by several homes. Plans are in the works to turn a historic property once owned by the Salvation Army into a residential development.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. Melissa Davlin of IPTV's Idaho Reports about the state's maternal mortality rate and the re-naming of two city parks in Boise. Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press joins the roundtable to parse out Idaho's new abortion reporting requirements and a lawsuit involving the sex offeder registryBoise State Public Radio's Matt Guilhem sits in to discuss a controversial high school mascot in Driggs and a botched training maneuver on the Boise River.

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Idaho postal workers will be carrying more than mail Saturday as they collect items for the 27th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 


Idaho Statesman reporter Kate Talerico recently uncovered the ways in which Airbnb is squeezing the rental market in the Treasure Valley. Talerico joins Idaho Matters on Thursday with local renter Brittany O'Meara to parse out the ways the online homestay industry is creating havoc for renters.

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The City of Boise's Fettucine Forum is bringing Amherst College associate professor Robert Hayashi to city council chambers on Tuesday, May 9 to talk about the Asian American civil rights movement and how it grew from oppressive immigration policies from the turn of the 20th Century and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.