The value of antibody testing. Why testing now could help slow the spread of coronavirus in the fall. Plus, a 5% total increase in property taxes in two years. It's a reality under the city of Boise's proposed 2021 budget. And, we head to Quinn's Pond for today's COVID Calm, to listen to what sounds like life before the pandemic.
On this Memorial Day, we talk to the Bureau Chief of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise about how gravestones of our fallen heroes can humanize them, thanks to personal messages from their family. The 2020 May primary election in Idaho continues to have its twists and turns. This time, it's another extension to request a ballot. We have what you need to know.
Modified school schedules? Remote learning only? Two of Idaho's largest school districts are asking parents to weigh in on the future of school starting this fall. And, should we be worried about Lucky Peak Dam? The experts tell us no. Heavy rain, earthquakes, or faulty construction are not concerns for local officials who monitor and maintain the dam. Plus, it's a granite playground in Idaho's backyard. We're heading south to show you the beauty that is City of Rocks Natural Reserve - but also where vandals decided to leave their marks.
Turning 8th Street into Boise's biggest patio. City officials are proposing the closure of the busy street to give restaurant patrons more space to adequately social distance. Plus, an Idaho congressional candidate files a lawsuit over the state's online absentee ballot request system. And in today's 208 Redial, whitewater season is still a-go in the state's whitewater capital, despite cancellations by out-of-staters. How southern Idaho residents are helping keep the industry afloat in Riggins.
The pandemic has put the pinch on a lot of our normals, including what would have been our normal primary election day. Mailing it in may be why we've seen a big boost in ballots. Plus, after 20 employees at a Weiser food facility came down with COVID-19, the shut the plant down. The company says the pause on production is almost as frustrating as the testing it took to contain it. And, it was one of the most popular sitcoms on TV in the 1960s. While the show never took place outside of Mayberry, that didn't stop the crew from sneaking in outside influences - like a strange map of Idaho.
One in four Idaho counties have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19. So is it just pure luck, or something else? Plus, its violent eruption was felt hundreds of miles away. Forty years later, Idahoans remember that Sunday morning in May 1980 when Mount St. Helens turned Idaho's skies dark. And, it's graduation season for Idaho's high school seniors - just one more thing that we've seen changed by the pandemic. It won't be the same this year, but that doesn't mean it won't mean as much to the students, their families, and their teachers.
As Idaho moves ahead with stage two of its reopening plans, the tension between Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin is palpable. They simply disagree on the best way forward during the coronavirus pandemic. We asked them both about the divide. Plus, the personal information of nearly 300,000 Idaho voters is posted on a group's website. We found out that it is perfectly legal. Also, an Idaho City couple has been turning heads while out on their walks. That's because they are accompanied by their pet mountain goats.
A bar that serves food, or a restaurant that serves liquor? A key legal distinction is raising questions as Idaho approaches stage two of its reopening plans. And, tensions between Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin are escalating as McGeachin releases an op-ed slamming the governor over his reopening plans. Plus, in a Boise strip mall adjusting to life during a pandemic.
The owners of a North Idaho brewery that reopened early in violation of the state's phased plan says state officials are unfairly targeting them. A southern Idaho high school is rethinking its plans to host a traditional in-person graduation ceremony for more than 200 seniors. The coronavirus pandemic has exposed some deep divides in Idaho's GOP. And, the Boise Hawks are serving up dinner at Memorial Stadium.
The state of Idaho has a rainy day fund. Idaho teachers unions say it's never rained like this before; should we be using that money before we start flooding schools with staffing cuts? Plus, we've heard from local leaders that have said they don't have the time or manpower to enforce a phased-in reopening of Idaho. Well, the Idaho State Police does, and is trying to. And they say don't judge a book by its cover. So America, don't judge Idaho by our boring welcome sign.