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McCall's Lardo Bridge was recently updated with some new sculptures. These were done by local artist Susan Madacsi, who received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Madacsi joins Idaho Matters to discuss her work amd her inspiration.

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The 19th Annual Seven Devils Playwrights Conference invites writers to McCall to present, discuss, develop and workshop plays in progress. The conference is open to the public and free of charge and we explore the event with the conference's executive director, Jeni Mahoney.

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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.


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Sister Mary's Children out of McCall has partnered with a community in South Africa to help at-risk youths in a formerly segregated region still recovering from the effects of apartheid. Idaho Matters talks with the organization's founders about people helping people around the world.

McCall Says 'No' To Stibnite Mine Agreement

Jan 9, 2019
Midas Gold

On Monday, the McCall City Council decided not to sign a community agreement with the mining company Midas Gold.

 

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A cold snap brought frigid temperatures and a blanket of white to the Treasure Valley in early December – too early for a Christmas card perfect holiday. With just a few days to go until Christmas, we look at the odds of a winter wonderland on December 25.


Payette Land Trust

A group of land conservationists from around the state are meeting in McCall Monday. The meeting comes as folks in the West Central Mountains have seen access cut off to some private land in the region.

 

City of McCall

The City of McCall is in desperate need of a new library. In the past 13 years, circulation has increased more than 80% and participation in programs has seen a nearly six-fold increase. The McCall Public Library is reaching out to the community for input and we look at the role of libraries in the growing Treasure Valley communities.

  • McCall plans a massive library expansion.
  • An Idaho company provides hygiene products for women in developing countries.
  • The 208 Comedy Fest returns to Boise.
  • We look deeper into the Idaho Matters theme music.

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About 120 people staged a protest in McCall over the holiday weekend with the message that re-opening the Stibnite mine could cause irreparable harm to the Salmon River watershed.

 

McCall City Source

For the third year in a row, the city of McCall will institute its ban on alcohol during and around the Fourth of July. The city forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages at lakefront parks in the resort corridor from Saturday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 5.

On The Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 26, 2018

  • Kids and social media.
  • McCall's alcohol ban, one year later.
  • Key federal conservation fund scheduled to expire.
  • A look at the third installment of 'Our Changing Idaho.'

McCall Uses Outdoors To Grow Economy

Jun 4, 2018
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The town of McCall, Idaho is looking to bolster its economy and facilitate responsible and sustainable growth models as residents pour into Idaho. We speak with Andrew Metzner of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council and Steve Stuener of Cable One about using the region's outdoor attractions to encourage economic growth as well as preserving McCall's natural settings.

On The Monday, June 4, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 4, 2018

  • Allegations of sexual abuse and a cover-up in a Boise church.
  • Big plans for economic growth in McCall.
  • Using drones to map Idaho's landscape.

McCall Chamber of Commerce

If you're looking for a fun weekend outing, just 100 miles north in the small resort town of McCall you will find an iconic Idaho event.

Noxious Air Hangs Over Southern Idaho

Aug 7, 2017
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A murky, smoky haze hung over the Treasure Valley throughout the weekend limiting visibility and wrecking air quality. The dense cloud hid the foothills and added a yellowish cast to the hot summer sun. Smoke from fires in neighboring states is parking itself over Idaho and cooking into noxious fog.

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Boise Weekly reports McCall is facing a shortage of seasonal workers to staff its hotels and restaurants this summer.

Monica Gokey

As the Little Ski Hill closes in on its 80th season, it’s easy to wonder why the tiny mountain has persisted for so long. It’s sandwiched between two destination resorts: Brundage and Tamarack. But therein lies one of the marvels of the tiny mountain -- people love it because it's not like any other resort.

 

 

There is no chairlift here. At the bottom of the mountain, skiers and snowboarders shuffle into the path of an aging t-bar.

 

Holiday shopping, Downtown Boise, Retail
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As Black Friday approaches, cities in Idaho are reminding shoppers to think about local stores too.

American Express has popularized Small Business Saturday over the last few years. But in McCall, the idea of shopping local during the holidays is a tradition that pre-dates the credit card company’s initiative. That’s according to Nicole Musgrove of McCall’s Chamber of Commerce.

“I think most people try to buy anything they can from local businesses,” says Musgrove.

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City officials in central Idaho have approved allowing restaurants with five or fewer locations to open in McCall.

KTVB-TV reports that the resort town had previously only allowed restaurants with more than one location to make up just 10 percent of restaurants inside the city limits.

City council members approved the new ordinance during their Nov. 3 meeting.

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Fourth of July revelers traveling up the Highway 55 corridor will encounter a few changes at popular party spots this year.

The communities of McCall and Crouch are striving to offer visitors and residents a more family-friendly vibe.

In Crouch, the tradition of setting off fireworks in city center was started for a good reason: to draw the celebration away from wildfire-prone lands nearby.

But escalating debauchery over the years has spurred the city to lean away from a party that's become known as 'Chaos in Crouch.'

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Representatives from Native American tribes are in McCall this week to talk about how they can adapt to climate change. Donald Sampson says Native Americans are and will continue to be more impacted by climate change than the rest of the country. That’s because climate changes are affecting their traditional food sources.

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Update on April 27, 2016:  Valley County officials learned Wednesday that they will advance to the top eight in the America’s Best Communities competition. They’ll bring home $100,000 to begin implementing an economic development plan. In 11 months the contest sponsors Frontier Communications, DISH Network and the Weather Channel will assess how well the eight communities are implementing their plans. They’ll then choose three winners who will receive $1 million, $2 million and $3 million.

Rich Brown

One of the signature events of the annual McCall Winter Carnival is the giant images carved in blocks of snow. But many people don’t know that the Carnival hosts two separate snow sculpting competitions. One is sponsored by local businesses and teams can use power tools and chicken wire to build their masterpieces.

Courtesy Robin Rausch

For the fourth-straight year, Meridian chef Rich Brown won the top prize at the Idaho state snow sculpting competition in McCall, creating a 14-foot circus elephant in just three days.

The McCall competition is one of two sculpting contests held at the winter carnival each year. Local businesses host a themed contest, the state competition is later in the week. Brown took part in both and picked up first prize in the state competition.

He and his two teammates chose to sculpt a circus elephant. "It turned out very well," says Brown.

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