The 208
Tuesday, June 30

Tuesday, June 30

June 30, 2020

Special times call for special measures - and maybe a special session. When it comes to Idaho's Legislature, that call is out of their hands. We look at how Idaho's current governor is responding to calls for a special session, and what the state's former leader has to say about life in that hot chief executive seat. And, Pride Month comes to a close. We're taking a look back on the more than three decades of Boise Pride events, shaped by the local LGBTQ community. Plus, Biden, Bob Hope or Winston Churchill? It's not multiple choice, but it is one of Idaho's borders. Once you see it, you can't unsee it.

Monday, June 29

Monday, June 29

June 29, 2020

Some Idaho lawmakers feel like the deck is stacked when it comes to special sessions in the Statehouse. What they want fixed, according to the House leader. And, four years since Boise's fireworks fiasco in the Foothills that destroyed a family's home. We take a look back at the night and the events that sent Table Rock up in flames. Plus, many Idaho landmarks are named after late U.S. Senator William Borah. On his 155th birthday, we examine what made Borah one of Idaho's legislative lions.

Friday, June 26

Friday, June 26

June 29, 2020

The conversation about wearing a facemask during the coronavirus pandemic has become a national debate. A lot of people have reached out to tell why they refuse to wear a mask in public. We took those comments to an expert and asked them to weigh in. And, the apparent hate crime that took place on the College of Idaho campus this week has brought some unwanted attention to the oldest private liberal arts college in the state. We spoke with a former student who wrote her senior thesis on the LGBTQ experience at the college and says there has always been an undercurrent of unacceptance on campus. Plus, it's been 18 years since the last Boise River Festival, but it's still being talked about today. So on what would have been the official Boise River Festival weekend, we take a look back at the iconic event.

Thursday, June 25

Thursday, June 25

June 26, 2020

Some can stay open, but many more have been told to close. Stage 3 restrictions in Ada County are sending mixed signals to some bar owners, and they're not happy about it. And three days after the county was sent back to Stage 3, Gov. Brad Little stops the rest of the state from advancing out of Stage 4. We take a look at what that means for Idahoans. Plus, how he got his nickname is not really known. But we do know what Richard "Beaver Dick" Leigh was known for, well, other than his descriptive moniker.

Wednesday, June 24

Wednesday, June 24

June 25, 2020

An investigation is underway at the College of Idaho in Caldwell after someone vandalized Pride flags that had been up around campus just hours before. Today, officials from the city and the school, in addition to several student groups, are speaking out about what they're calling an act of hate. And, we're following the coronavirus money. The state is meticulously tracking the $1.25 billion in federal funds it received as part of the CARES Act. Now you can see for yourself where every penny of that money is going. Plus, a look at the women - 216 of them - who were incarcerated at the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise between 1887 and 1968. The co-editor of a new book called, "Numbered: Inside Idaho's Prison for Women" provides insight on a part of Idaho's history that is rarely talked about.

Tuesday, June 23

Tuesday, June 23

June 23, 2020

Not nearly enough to do much more than make a few speeches, but a group of Idaho lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday morning still felt like they made more than a statement. And, bars in Ada County will be forced to close their doors at midnight - again - thanks to the coronavirus. So what kind of impact will this have on bars just across county lines? Plus, California has something to say about Idaho's new transgender laws - and the country's most populous state is saying it with its wallet.

Monday, June 22

Monday, June 22

June 22, 2020

After a big spike in coronavirus cases over the last couple of weeks, Ada County is moving back to Stage 3 of reopening. That means, according to Central District Health, that all bars the county must close indefinitely starting on Wednesday. We spoke with a downtown Boise bar owner who called the new development "devastating." And, we talk with a member of Gov. Brad Little's COVID-19 working group - Dr. David Pate - about how this new spike in cases is different from the first one. Plus, a University of Idaho researcher weighs in on whether he thinks Ada County's new restrictions will help.

Thursday, June 18

Thursday, June 18

June 18, 2020

The day before Idaho recognizes Juneteenth, a powerful new exhibit at the Idaho Black History Museum opens. It's a graphic illustration of the violent "Era of Terror" - the lynching of Black people in America. And, Idaho's first mail-in-only election was a huge success. Has it shown us the way of the voting future in the Gem State? Not so fast, says a state election official. Plus, some very good pups are paying close attention during Dog Bite Awareness week.

Wednesday, June 17

Wednesday, June 17

June 17, 2020

A North Idaho brewery that was one of the first to openly, and publicly, defy Gov. Brad Little's phased re-opening plans says they have been fined $2,500 by the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau. Now Hardware Brewing Company plans to fight the fine. And, a group looking to put an initiative on Idaho ballots, but got sidelined by the pandemic during the signature collection process, is now getting an expedited hearing in their lawsuit against the state. Plus, how did Lucky Peak get its name? It's simple, sort of.

Tuesday, June 16

Tuesday, June 16

June 16, 2020

Whether you want to believe it or not, we are still in the middle of a pandemic, but you might not know that if you've been in downtown Boise over the last few weekends. Health officials are warning about an expanding cluster of coronavirus cases among young people who visited Boise bars and restaurants in recent weeks. Those new cases aside, how exactly are local restaurants doing when it comes to people following the recommended protocols for reopening? Also, two weeks after Boise City Council member Lisa Sanchez crafted a scathing letter to the parents of an 18-year-old man arrested for firing his gun during a protest at the Statehouse, she's speaking out about the backlash she's received.

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