Mountain West

Bureau of Land Management

The president’s controversial nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management is facing renewed pushback from Western lawmakers.

Russell Tate / United Nations COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 cases are still increasing around the Mountain West, and wait times to get test results are getting longer for many.


A recent study shows that humans have been living in a specific temperature "niche" for at least 6,000 years, but climate change could force billions of people to live in areas outside of the niche by 2070. That could be intolerably hot, even lethal, for many of them.  

Madelyn Beck

On a recent walk along a trail north of Boise, Idaho near dusk, photographer Glenn Oakley stopped and pointed.

“Oh, over there. See that owl?”

A great horned owl was flying out over one of the hills.


The Bureau of Land Managment announced earlier this year that the agency's headquarters would move from Washington D.C. to Grand Junction, Colo. Proponents of the move believe this will make the agency more efficient, since most of the land the BLM manages is West of the Mississippi. But critics say the move will give preferential treatment to the fossil fuel industry. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Noah Glick talks to Idaho Matters about the controversial change.

Courtesy of Amazon

The Mountain West will be getting at least two new Amazon warehouses this year, including Idaho’s first in Nampa.

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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

California is king of U.S. agriculture. But on a per capita basis, no state brings in more farm revenue than Idaho.

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Pharmaceutical companies are facing scrutiny over the opioid crisis, but that hasn’t stopped them from giving millions of dollars to members of Congress, including many in the Mountain West.

Over the past decade or so, the Mountain West has seen rapid population growth, but there are parts of the region that are slowing down.

Elizabeth Garner, the State Demographer for Colorado, said that for a while the Mountain West has had the advantage of lower costs and more space. But since 2015, Colorado’s growth rate has been declining, which means that “we’re still increasing, just by not as many,” said Garner.

Three states in the Mountain West have ballot initiatives this November focused on expanding access to Medicaid. Over time, these traditionally Republican states appear to have warmed to a program originally linked to the Affordable Care Act.

Credit Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

While firefighters work to contain the multiple wildfires raging in Idaho, smoke from fires from Canada to California is pouring into the Treasure Valley. Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill and Matt Guilhem join Idaho Matters to provide updates on this season's wildfires and to run through the flag warnings around the state and air quality forecasts for the Treasure Valley.

2018 Wildfire Season Predictions

Jun 13, 2018

Ed Delgado, a meteorologist with predictive services at the National Interagency Fire Center, and Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill discuss the outlook for the 2018 wildfire season.

Two Native Americans were pulled out of a college tour this week when a parent told campus police the young men were making her nervous.

With 70 percent of its land owned by the federal government, the Great Basin is known as America’s last frontier. It’s home to ghost towns, endless sagebrush and secretive government test sites. Paradoxically, the Great Basin also is the fastest growing urban region in the United States, thanks to the cities of Boise, Salt Lake City, Reno and Las Vegas that perch on its rim.

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So far, Boise State has sold just over 22,000 tickets for Saturday's Mountain West Championship football game with Fresno State. That’s about 14,000 short of a sellout.

Max Corbett works in the university's sports information office. He says that’s fewer ticket sales than he’d like. But Corbett says it’s the first time the school has hosted a championship game with just one week’s notice.

Broncos Again Picked To Win Mountain West

Jul 24, 2012

The Boise State football team has again been picked to win the Mountain West Conference.  Media members selected the Broncos as the preseason favorites during the conference’s annual media days that kicked off Tuesday morning in Las Vegas.  This is the final year the Broncos will play in the Mountain West before leaving for the Big East.  It’s the fifth straight year Boise State has been picked to finish first. 

Boise State University

In two years, the college football postseason will be getting an overhaul.  The Bowl Championship Series will disappear in favor of a small playoff.  The change is expected to benefit Boise State, and could also affect the school's planned moved to the Big East Conference. 

On Tuesday, college presidents approved a set of rules that will mean four teams -  instead of two - will get a chance to compete for the national championship, starting with the 2014 season.