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On The Thursday, May 9, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 8, 2019

  • Idaho ranks second in the nation for child drownings.
  • Protecting yourself and kids from measles outbreak.
  • AirBnb is squeezing Boise's rental market.
  • Robert Hayashi will discuss the Asian civil rights movement for Boise's Fettuccine Forum.

Boise Fire Department / Twitter

At the end of April, a special boat used by the Boise Fire Department to perform swift-water rescues on the Boise River was severely damaged in an accident. The loss of the boat will change how the agency performs river rescues.

Valley Regional Transit

Valley Regional Transit is unveiling a mobile app that allows people to purchase bus tickets anytime, anywhere. This is one of the many programs launching this month as VRT begins "May in Motion." We talk with VRT Principal Planner Stephan Hunt and Kaite Justice, Program Director with the Downtown Mobility Collaborative.

TAG Historical Research and Consulting

Before WWII, street trolleys were once a ubiquitous feature in all medium-to-large cities in America. You can still see the tracks embedded in streets from Philadelphia to Fresno. Boise celebrates its streetcar heritage with the Traveling Trolley Time Capsule - a mobile exhibit of trolleys from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that will travel to several Treasure Valley neighborhoods. We talk with Barbara Perry Bauer from TAG Historical Research and Consulting about this unique glimpse into the region's past.

Rotary International provides global professionals with the opportunity to study at one of six Peace Centers located around the world. This year, Rotary International District 5400 in Boise will host its first ever Peace Conference with Rotary Peace Fellows in attendance. We talk with Ashley Orme, associate director for the Conflict Management Program at Boise State, about the conference.

The state legislatures in Washington and Oregon are working on bills that would expand daylight saving to 12 months. The agrarian tradition of changing our clocks twice a year has its roots in the early 20th century and was codified by Congress in 1966. Idaho Matters speaks with Coeur d'Alene Press reporter Craig Northrup and Idaho State Senator Steve Vick of Dalton Gardens about the impact passage of these bills could have on Idaho's cross-border commerce.

On The Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

May 6, 2019

  • Boise Rotary to host Peace Institute summit.
  • Oregon and Washington vote to expand daylight saving.
  • Engineering for Kids extends STEM education beyond the classroom.
  • American Lung Association's 2019 State of the Air ranks Idaho.

Mountain Home Air Force Base

The Air Force proposed a series of Urban Close Air Support Training exercises to be operated from Mountain Home AFB. These exercises would involve overhead flights coordinating with personnel on the ground in urban and suburban settings. These exercises are of concern to some Treasure Valley residents; a complaint has been filed on behalf of seven individuals and an advocacy organization called Great Old Broads for Wilderness. We talk with Lt. Emileigh Rogers of Mountain Home AFB about the exercises and we'll explore the concerns of the community with claimant Kathryn Railsback and attorney Sarah Stellberg.

Guy Finley is a motivational speaker who founded the Life of Learning Foundation; he specializes in counselling couples in relationship repair. Finley will speak at the Boise Public Library on Monday, May 6, and he joins Monday's Idaho Matters.


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.  

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