It's back-to-school for thousands of kids across Idaho. So what are school districts doing to help students and parents make the switch to online learning? Plus, a Meridian restaurant chain is keeping the lights on and employees on payroll by changing its business model on the fly. And they're not the only ones: A Boise bar is getting creative with "virtual happy hours."
As Congress passes a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package, Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher explains why he voted in favor of the massive Cares Act. And a Blaine County doctor, recovering from coronavirus, explains the challenges facing medical providers as he prepares to return to work. Another local physician, Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, weighs in on the current status of COVID-19 testing in the Treasure Valley. Plus, Christmas in March? One local radio station is playing yuletide tunes 24 hours-a-day.
Gov. Brad Little sits down for a Q&A session to answer questions from viewers about his stay-at-home order. Also, what Boise State is doing to help combat an expected shortage of respirators at Treasure Valley hospitals. Plus, the shelter-in-place order has put the brakes on a lot of things - like birthday parties. But that didn't stop an entire neighborhood from showing up to celebrate a Kuna boy's 6th birthday.
What is already supposed to be happening in some places, is now the rule across Idaho. Gov. Brad Little's stay-home order creates several questions, like who can leave home and what services are considered "essential?" And, for some, human connection is essential. But we're supposed to be staying away from each. One Boise is hoping to stay in touch, with a personal touch. Plus, employees at an Idaho paper company are being rewarded for their hard work - with toilet paper.
Overworked and under-appreciated. These essential employees are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure life remains as normal as possible in these unpredictable times. And, locked down abroad - an Idaho woman shares what she's seen in the last month while under mandatory quarantine in China. Plus, What does self-isolation actually look and feel like? One of our own at KTVB is living it and shares what it's been like for her and her family.
Social distancing doesn't mean descending on city parks and flocking with your friends to Idaho’s mountain towns. So why is everyone doing it? Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. How this cliché phrase is actually helping competing businesses survive this economic uncertainty. These Hungry Hungry Hippos seniors are reminding us why hoarding hurts everyone.
Shutdown showdown? Idaho lawmakers are taking sides. Should they shut down the session in light of the coronavirus,or continue on as scheduled? One senator made the decision for herself. Are you taking care of yourself? Why your mental health is so important during uncertain times like these. And more of your random acts of kindness because let's face it, we could all use some good news these days.
Looking for answers. There are a lot of questions about coronavirus in Idaho, we continue to ask how many people are being tested, and, how do you even get tested? Handshakes? Sooooo last week. In this serious circumstance of social distancing, what do we do instead? The kids? Probably home from school today. What if they depend on getting fed at school? at least one Local restaurant is stepping up.
The sports world comes to a screeching halt amid concerns over coronavirus, and we're not just talking the big-money basketball events. Plus, preparing for the possibility, or all-out panic? We ask a psychiatrist about why we think stocking up on stuff, sometimes to excess, is what we need to do. And, wasn't Tom Hanks just in Twin Falls last week? Why an Instagram post got people wondering, and worried.
What a difference a day makes; the annual Treefort Music Fest has been postponed just a day after Boise Mayor Lauren McLean said there were no plans to cancel any local events due to the coronavirus outbreak. We look at the economic impact of the postponement. Plus, Boise State is preparing for the coronavirus by holding all classes online only on Friday. And in Idaho Life: A wandering peacock has become the unofficial mascot of a Boise Bench neighborhood.