Many rodeos and county fairs were cancelled this summer due to COVID-19. But some Idaho fairs went on as planned, and their rodeos attracted more contestants who didn't want to miss out on a summer season.


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The number of coronavirus cases in Canyon County has tripled in the past two weeks — from 435 to 1,397 on Tuesday evening. In the last week, the percent increase of cases on a per-capita basis was 83%, compared to an increase of 47% per-capita in Ada County. 


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Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said the city is urging businesses to follow the guidelines of Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s phased reopening of the state. But she also said the city won’t prioritize enforcement of the rules.

reporter roundtable

Another Friday...another Reporter Roundtable here on Idaho Matters! Listen to the discussion of the week's headlines from Madelyn Beck with the Mountain West News Bureau, KIVI 6 On Your Side's Mike Sharp and Erin Bamer of the Idaho Press. 

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What's on Tap: A night out in Nampa with the Idaho Matters team! Come get to know host Gemma Gaudette, senior producer Frankie Barnhill and producer Samantha Wright. They'll talk about the show, share some of their favorite interviews and answer any questions you might have about what it takes to run a daily news program. (Plus, if you have segment ideas, we're all ears!)

When: Thursday, November 21 from 6-9 p.m.

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

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Death Rattle Writer's Festival is kicking off their 6th event in as many years, taking over many Nampa, venues. The festival looks to support under-represented groups and inspire all with the literature and poetry shared at the event. Death Rattle founders join Idaho Matters to talk about this year's event.


This segment originally aired on February 13, 2019.

Nampa officials have been battling an infestation of crows for years. The birds have overwhelmed the community with their noise and waste and the city has been scrambling to find a humane way of dispatching of them. Mountain West News Bureau correspondent Amanda Peacher joins Idaho Matters to discuss some of the solutions they have found.

On The Monday, April 15, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 12, 2019

  • Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd discusses serving through four terms of growth.
  • Nampa officials scramble to scare off nuisance crows.
  • Morrison Center executive director James Patrick announces big plans.

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The Mountain States Cancer Institute in Nampa is going to be relocated and updated. St. Luke’s says the new facility will offer a more serene space and more options for those going through cancer treatments.

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Since 2005 the City of Nampa has sold trees to folks, encouraging residents to plant more in the city’s right-of-way areas. They're for sale again this spring.



Nampa officials have been battling an infestation of crows for years. The birds have overwhelmed the community with their noise and waste and the city has been scrambling to find a humane way of dispatching of them. Mountain West News Bureau correspondent Amanda Peacher joins Idaho Matters to discuss some of the solutions they have found.

  • An Idaho funeral home comes up with a creative send-off.
  • Nampa officials scramble to scare off nuisance crows.
  • 'Girls on the Run' empowers young women.
  • Treefort adds new programs, including yoga.

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Imagine a swarm of big, black birds flying overhead at dusk. No, it’s not a scene from a Hitchcock film. This is Nampa, Idaho — a small community that’s become the winter home for tens of thousands of crows. They are noisy and messy, and Nampa residents are pushing back.


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Federal, state and county elections in Idaho require candidates disclose their political affiliation. Currently, municipal elections are nonpartisan, but that could be changing.

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The Treasure Valley community of Nampa is again under siege by the birds. Thousands have descended on the town for the third year in a row.

On The Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 29, 2018

Idaho Matters looks at a recent forum of Treasure Valley mayors discussing the impacts of growth in the region.

Nampa City Council Votes For Anti-Panhandling Signs

Oct 17, 2018
Cooper Court, a former tent city in Boise
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In the Treasure Valley, panhandling is a regular issue. To combat this, the Nampa City Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow city police to put up to 10 anti-panhandling signs throughout the city.


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Five Treasure Valley mayors met on Wednesday to discuss growth in the region. The forum was organized by the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio and it allowed Nampa's Debbie Kling, Boise's David Bieter, Meridian's Tammy de Weerd, Garden City's John Evans and Eagle's Stan Ridgeway to address the issues of housing, transportation and development. Idaho Matters re-caps the discussion.

Idaho Town Braces For Avian Invasion

Sep 20, 2018
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The city of Nampa is bracing for what’s become something of an avian invasion. Thousands of crows will soon visit the Treasure Valley city and bring a mess of feathers and droppings. Nampa is trying to get ahead of the influx by building a volunteer corps.

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This interview was originally broadcast Monday, July 23, 2018.  

The Healthy Impact Nampa Coalition is looking at growth in their region in terms of cultivating the healthiest community it can. The council is looking at housing, transportation, and especially food access that can impact both the well being of the indivdual resident and the health of the community. We speak with the program's manager about new ways to look at growth.

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The infrastructure project to widen part of Interstate 84 through Canyon County received a major federal grant from the Department of Transportation.

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Treasure Valley housing prices are steadily increasing, as are rental rates. We speak with Boise Regional Realtors CEO Breanna Vanstrom and Equity Idaho Northwest Real Estate's Gary Salisbury about the state of housing in Southwest Idaho.

Iconic Nampa Water Tower To Meet The Wrecking Ball

Jul 17, 2018
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A Monday night city council meeting in the Treasure Valley sealed the fate of a local landmark thousands drive past every day.

snake river stampede

A $400,000 purse makes the Snake River Stampede one of the top stops on the rodeo circuit. This Tuesday, barrel-riders, bullfighters, bronco-busters and their fans will descend on Nampa for the 103rd running of the Snake River Stampede and on Monday's Idaho Matters we'll talk about the legacy of rodeo in the West and more than a century of stampeding in the Gem State.