Wilks Brothers

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we speak with Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press about new a closure by the Texas billionaire Wilks brothers of a private road leading to public lands. Don Day from BoiseDev discusses new building plans coming to downtown Boise and Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson breaks news about fresh charges filed against former Idaho GOP Chair Jonathan Parker.

Public Lands Access Bill Killed In Legislature

Mar 5, 2019

Outdoor enthusiasts and loggers often make strange bedfellows but both are feeling the impacts of restricted access to public lands by private landowners. Legislation was in play to stop this practice by landowners like the Wilks Brothers of Texas, but state lawmakers killed the bill on Monday. Idaho Statesman reporter Nicole Blanchard joins Idaho Matters to talk about efforts in the statehouse to maintain access to public lands.

On The Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 4, 2019

  • Nicole Blanchard discusses the Wilks Brothers and access to public lands.
  • An Idaho State University student partners with INL to study ocean pollution.
  • Treefort fun for kids and family.
  • A comedy duo takes over Liquid Lounge.

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Conservation is always a big issue in Idaho and 2018 was no exception. We look back and forward to 2019 when it comes to wildlife conservation, access to public lands and preserving our forests. Brad Brooks, the Public Lands Director for the Wilderness Society and Brian Brooks, the Executive Director of the Idaho Wildlife Federation talk to host Gemma Gaudette.

Idahoans Restricted From Access To Popular Private Lands

Oct 8, 2018
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Dan and Farris, The Wilks Brothers, are Texas siblings who made their fortune in hydraulic fracking. Around 2008, they began purchasing huge tracts of land around Idaho and closing off  access to traditional hunting, fishing and recreation grounds to the public.

On The Monday, October 8, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 5, 2018

  • Texas billionaire brothers restrict access to Idaho hunting and fishing grounds
  • Meridian school resource officer teaches body autonomy to students
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  • The Trailing of the Sheep Festival acknowledges their woolly contributions to Idaho's legacy


 Guest host Matt Guilhem leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we are joined by Mike Sharp from KIVI-TV and Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of IdahoPTV's Idaho Reports.

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Passions run high in a YouTube video showing an argument between a recreationist and a private land security guard in southwest Idaho.