After being called a racial slur, a Boise woman is speaking out. Last week, Dr. Charlene Taylor was waiting for a friend on a patio when someone passing by called her a racial slur. With people surrounding her, not one person spoke up. Because of this, Taylor decided to write a blog post about what white silence means and what it feels like when racial epithets are used in public. And, Idaho's governor proclaims June 19 as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" in Idaho. Why leaders in Boise's black community say declarations and protests must be followed by action. Plus, we take a close look at what senior living facilities are doing to make it safe before reopening for visitors.
Today is Friday, June 12. Several bars in downtown Boise had several guests that tested positive for COVID-19 during the first weekend that bars could reopen. Now, bar owners are saying there is more to the story than just contact tracing people that visited their establishments. "WE REPENT." That's what a banner that is covering up a Boise church's stained-glass mural that features Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Both the reverend and a local leader agree that more action against white supremacy needs to be done.
For weeks we've watched communities across the country speak out against the police. There are calls in some places to defund the police, while other communities want the police stripped down and re-booted. We spoke to Boise's interim police chief about what it all means for his department. Plus, what exactly does "defund the police" mean? A criminal justice professor at Boise State explains. And in the 208 Redial, a look back at when Pedro's home from "Napoleon Dynamite" went up for sale.
Earlier this year, Idaho became the first state to ban transgender athletes from competing on the team of their chosen gender. It may become the second state to face championship consequences from the NCAA. And, a Nampa bar chose to reopen early - ahead of the governor's phased reopening plan. Now they'll have to choose between a $2,500 fine or the temporary loss of their liquor license. Plus, she's spoken out against Idaho Gov. Brad Little about his handling of the pandemic. But is Lt. Gov. McGeachin in favor of an effort to recall the governor?
Another piece may have fallen into place as police try to put together the puzzle of Lori Vallow's missing children. Human remains have been found on the property of Vallow's husband, Chad Daybell. And, a group of strangers - turned dedicated protesters - march through downtown Boise every night. But that's not all they're doing in an effort to prompt change. Plus, he walked out of jail because he is white. That is the sentiment of a Boise City Council member after a man fired his gun during a protest downtown. That's not all Lisa Sanchez had to say in a letter that has stirred some controversy across social media.
Gov. Brad Little's plan to give $1,500 to unemployed workers who go back to work is meeting some resistance - from those who have been working throughout the pandemic. But another of the governor's plans - one that could result in lower property taxes, at least temporarily - is meeting a lot less resistance. Plus, a group trying to collect signatures for a ballot initiative is now suing the state of Idaho. Organizers from Reclaim Idaho say the governor's statewide stay-at-home order unconstitutionally limited their ability to collect signatures, and now they are demanding an extension.
A new incentive that would not only put money in the bank accounts of unemployed workers but also get them back to work. What Governor Little has to say about that, and an update on the ongoing issues with the Department of Labor. Volunteering to serve. We're hearing from some of the hundreds of guardsmen and women deploying to Washington D.C. amid continuing protests in our nation’s capital. It's Friday -- Feel Good Friday - and today we're asking you, what is it that makes Idaho the best place to live.
Two separate groups are calling for the recall of Idaho Gov. Brad Little and Boise Mayor Lauren McLean over some of the same issues. We take a look at where the campaigns stand. And, "All Lives Matter vs. Black Lives Matter." Why some, including a former Boise State basketball player, are saying it's unfair and inappropriate to compare the two. Plus, don't expect another large gathering like Tuesday night's vigil at the Statehouse anytime soon. Hear from one of the organizers of that event about what they are working on next.
Idahoans voted in record numbers for the state's first-ever mail-in-only election. But was it successful? We asked officials how it went. And, where's the love? That was the question posed by a woman holding a sign at Boise Mayor Lauren McLean's news conference on Tuesday. Boise's interim police chief says he knows where to find it, and we don't have to look very far. Plus, what happens next after last night's massive Black Lives Matter vigil? Kim Fields has some thoughts.
Today is Tuesday, June 2. Hear from Boise Mayor Lauren McLean about Tuesday's vigil for George Floyd and what the city hopes will happen. Today was supposed to be the final day of classes for the West Ada School District. Instead of students and staff celebrating the end of the year together, they are on their own at home. Families are already asking, what will the fall look like? Plus, McCall seniors give graduating seniors some life advice.