On Thursday, the Nampa School District announced that the school year will be delayed by a week and will be online. During the meeting with board members, a Nampa teacher gave a powerful, emotional plea. Idaho Gov. Brad Little is asking the public for help with getting all Idaho students a computer and internet connection so they can do online classes this year.
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has seen a tumultuous start to her first term as leader of Idaho's capital city. She sat down for a virtual interview to talk about her first 200 days in office, which have included the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, hiring a new police chief amid a national outcry over law enforcement, and the efforts to recall her. And, McCall city leaders are set to renew their order requiring face coverings in public places. They're also considering enhanced enforcement options.
They take the oath to serve and protect our community - all of our community. We take you to the final steps of training for Boise police cadets, at a place dedicated to humanity. And, transitioning to online-only education is challenging for nearly all students, but what about students with special needs? We talked with one couple struggling with that possibility. Plus, the party's been postponed till 2021, but instead of being down about it, we're reliving the last time Boise hosted the biggest Basque celebration outside the Basque country.
Were just 98 days out from the general election, so what's the plan for Idaho voters? Will we be able to vote in person, or have plans changed? We check in with the secretary of state's office for an update. And, a symbol of support for some, and systemic racism for others. Why the thin blue line is no more for Boise Police. Plus, a piece of history inside Kathryn Albertson Park that not even Google seems to know about. Who are the Klingensmith and why do they have their own engraved stone near the park's water fountain?
Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced on Thursday that the state will remain in Stage 4 of reopening, where it's been for five weeks. Simply put, Idahoans haven't done enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The governor has said for weeks that people should be wearing masks out in public, but the topic of masks remains a contentious one. And, a former Borah High School teacher is speaking out against Boise School District leaders and their plans to reopen schools in the fall. Plus, two congressmen from Idaho are not seeing eye-to-eye on some major bills going before the US House of Representatives.
Idaho already had a shortage of healthcare professionals before the coronavirus pandemic. But now, some hospitals are struggling as doctors and nurses come down with the virus. One local hospital even had to divert patients due to staffing shortages and capacity issues. And, a federal judge hears the case over Idaho controversial new law banning transgender women and girls from competing in women's college and high school sports. Plus, what is a 'Guberif' anyway? How Idaho's 70-year-old fire prevention campaign is still being talked about today.
The Black Lives Matter rally was moved to Boise State, but hundreds of people still gathered at City Hall to protest defunding the police. You could say Idaho can consider itself relatively lucky when it comes to COVID-19 deaths. But some still think we haven't had as many as the state is reporting. How do they account for that? We have the answer. Lastly, we find out the Treasure Valley's hospital capacity as coronavirus cases continue to increase.
On Monday, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and new Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee spoke about the city's concerns about Tuesday's planned protests at City Hall. The 208 reached out to four community leaders to find out what they think of the planned protests and Black Lives Matter Boise. Plus, we redial it back to 1999 to visit the Craters of the Moon.
After their last meeting was canceled, Southwest Public Health District explains how they'll hold their next public meeting. A Boise man is recovering at home after spending two weeks in the hospital because of the coronavirus. His son spoke to KTVB about how it impacted their family. Lastly, on this date in 1955, Arco is eastern Idaho became the first town to be powered by nuclear energy.