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For many young adults, college is a time full of excitement and exploration. However, this time can also be challenging for students' mental health. For this reason it’s important to know the common warning signs of mental health issues and the resources that are available to students for help.

Boise River Café
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This holiday season, Boise State University students with meal plans can donate one of their unused guest meals to a student in need.


With school in session, many people shift their daily schedules to accommodate the school calendar. Recent studies show that these shifts in routine have a more significant impact on children than was earlier thought. Idaho Matters looks into the changes in mood, rhythm, and body clocks that occur in children when their daily schedule is altered.

On The Thursday, May 31, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 30, 2018

  • The negative health effects of loneliness.
  • How to talk to kids about school shootings.
  • Little houses that also help seniors.
  • Efforts to preserve Idaho's birds of prey.

Student Stress

Apr 27, 2018

Anxiety is the most common mental health ailment, affecting nearly one third of Americans - both adolescent and adult.  Anxiety disorders are being detected in children as young as four.  Christy Porter is a student counselor at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Boise and she sat down with Idaho Matters to discuss the warning signs of stress in school-aged children and ways to alleviate the anxiety.

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The Obama administration Friday issued new guidelines about transgender students in the nation’s schools. A letter sent to schools firms up already existing policies that the Title IX law banning gender discrimination in schools taking federal money also applies to transgender students in K-12 schools.

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Norovirus has been found in samples from an outbreak at a Nampa Middle School two weeks ago. The Southwest District Health Department confirms two stool samples came back positive for the virus.

It started two weeks ago when children at Lone Star Middle School came down with vomiting and diarrhea. By that Thursday, more than 150 kids stayed home sick. The next day, close to 500 students missed class.

Idaho Schools Count Down To Summer Break

May 27, 2013
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Most Idaho schools are days away from summer vacation. Boise, Meridian and Kuna school districts will end the year this Friday.

May 31st is the most common last day this year. Nampa students finish a day earlier and Caldwell schools are already finished. 

Other districts like Blaine County and McCall-Donnelly continue classes through the first week of June. Twin Falls will go home halfway through next week.

Two Idaho Students Named Presidential Scholars

May 10, 2013

This week the U.S. Department of Education released its annual list of Presidential Scholars. The award honors the highest achieving high school seniors in each state. Idaho’s 2013 Presidential Scholars are Josephine Minick of Centennial High School and Joseph Regan Bell of Boise’s Riverstone International School.

Police investigations continue into the deaths of two University of Idaho students in Moscow. They died in separate incidents over the three day weekend. 

Moscow Police say 18 -year-old Joseph Wiedrrick of Hailey, Idaho was found dead on Monday after being reported missing by his dormitory roommate at noon on Sunday. Search and rescue teams spent the rest of Sunday and most of Monday looking for him. They found his body under a bridge just over three miles from campus. No foul play is suspected.

Explosions Rock University Of Oregon Campus

Jan 7, 2013

On the first morning back from winter break the University of Oregon campus community in Eugene experienced a series of explosions. The booms and resulting smoke were traced to an underground tunnel which houses the electrical power system.

U of O spokeswoman Julie Brown says power is off in the residence halls and crews are working to restore electricity to some buildings. "We are looking at how we can get power back as quickly as possible whether that's by generator or fixing the main system that our campus operations is working on right now."

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New numbers out this week from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) show Hispanic students in Idaho making big improvements in reading. The NAEP from The U.S. Department of Education is known as “The Nation’s Report Card.” Its periodic assessments look at how students are doing on standardized tests in various subjects. The most recent report looks at reading vocabulary scores of fourth and eighth graders in 2011.

Idaho Students Plan Trip To Mars

Jul 15, 2012

A group of 17 year olds discuss building hydroponic greenhouses on Mars. They’re some of the Idaho high school students getting college credit before their senior year by designing a future interplanetary. The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program has two summer sessions each with about forty students.  The first wrapped up over the weekend. And  a new session begins today Monday.

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 Idaho does worse than any other state when it comes to encouraging pregnant and parenting students to finish high school. That’s the finding in a study released this week by the National Women’s Law Center.