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It was another tumultuous week in Idaho as the state continues to struggle against the coronavirus. While there are some signs that hot spots in the southwest part of the state are beginning to slow down in new cases, hospitalizations are up and another 26 fatalities were reported by the state since Sunday. With that backdrop, schools are trying to reopen. 

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As coronavirus cases rise and testing becomes scarce, Idaho’s COVID-19 numbers may not be telling the full story.

 


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The City of Ketchum became the latest community to mandate face masks in public, with a 3-1 vote Monday night. Moscow, Hailey, Driggs, McCall and Boise made the move last week.

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Valley County is many Idahoans summer playground: from the fresh mountain air, to hiking and biking and sunny days on the lake, people come in droves to this area to get away and relax.

Discover McCall

The resort community of McCall's economic sustainability depends on opening its collective arms to visitors. But COVID-19 has changed everything. In fact, out-of-area license plates are now met with shaming in store parking lots.

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center

If a patient needed to be hospitalized for symptoms of coronavirus in the Wood River Valley today, they’d most likely be transported — by ambulance or helicopter — to a hospital in Twin Falls an hour and a half south, or one in Boise two and a half hours west.

 

 

via Susan Madacsi

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
Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

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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