July 16, 2020
A dramatic scene played out in Caldwell Thursday morning as a group of protesters forced their way into a building where Southwest District Health was holding a meeting over a possible mask mandate. A video shows how it all played out. Plus, coronavirus is starting to send more people to the hospital. But it doesn't always hit that hard. Hear about one man's mild case that left him with strong feelings. And, a Boise neighborhood - now quite desirable - was once anything but. Why state health inspectors eventually condemned what was known as the county's poor farm.
July 15, 2020
Just two weeks into the job, Boise's new police chief, Ryan Lee, sat down for his first one-on-one interview on Wednesday. Lee answers criticism of how the department handled a recent Black Lives Matter rally and counter-protest, talked about how he views enforcing new mask mandates, and how his time working in Portland will be a benefit to the City of Trees. And, a Nampa woman has a message for the community after she nearly died from COVID-19. She describes the life-changing ordeal. Plus, an effort to recall Boise Mayor Lauren McLean took a big step forward on Wednesday.
July 14, 2020
A group of healthcare leaders from throughout southwestern Idaho sent out a plea on Tuesday for a statewide mask mandate, saying that widespread mask-usage is the best way to curb the spread of coronavirus cases within the state. The medical professionals are raising the alarm that failure to limit new cases could quickly overwhelm Idaho's hospitals. Meanwhile, the Central District Health board took steps of its own by mandating face-coverings throughout Ada County, which has been the state's hot spot for weeks. Plus, Boise State announced its plans and guidelines for the fall football season - assuming it happens.
July 13, 2020
A board member on Southwest Central Health District shared misinformation about the effectiveness of face masks on social media over the weekend. Her posts were flagged by Facebook for being false statements. So we found out how someone can be a public health district board member while having no public health experience. Plus, 95 years ago today, Walt Disney married an Idaho woman who would later give him the inspiration to name his iconic mouse. Today is National Fry Day, and we'd be regretful if we didn't take the chance to talk about Idaho's famous potatoes.
July 11, 2020
ICYMI: Still stuck in stage four. State leaders say with COVID numbers continuing to rise, we're going to remain where we are -- when it comes to reopening.
so what happens from here and where do we stand when it comes to testing? Origin stories are always fun and this one, about the deepest gorge in North America and the mountains that tower over it is no exception.
July 10, 2020
ICYMI: Most of our kids haven't seen the inside of a classroom since march. Could they be finding their seats inside again this fall? This is what unacceptable looks like and what was left on the table for a waitress after serving a belligerent customer who refused to wear a face mask. Mountain goats are supposed to stay, well, in the mountains. Well, technically they were, but hoofing it on the highway caused quite the Kodiak moment.
July 10, 2020
We like to take a peek into Idaho history here on the 208 and as you know, Idaho's history has a lot to do with the Oregon Trail. It ran right through Boise, thanks to a little detour called the Jeffrey-Goodale cutoff. About 12 years ago, one man from Blackfoot decided to retrace those wagon ruts from Montpelier to Nampa. Here's hoping we don't get dysentery.
July 8, 2020
COVID-19 cases have surged in recent weeks. But is it enough to send Idaho back to square one? And speaking of sliding backward, are we in a worse predicament than we were when the pandemic began? The numbers and a member of the state's coronavirus task force say it certainly looks that way. Plus, we won't be seeing the boys of summer in the City of Trees this year, but a pair of twin brothers certainly saw and ran down their share of keepsakes almost 20 years ago. We bring back a classic Idaho Life from John Miller.
July 6, 2020
There has been some controversy over Boise Mayor Lauren McLean's health order requiring masks in public. Some are claiming that the order violates residents' constitutional rights. We asked a University of Idaho law professor to weigh in. Plus, a record-setting weekend when it comes to new COVID-19 cases, and it's drawing the attention of those whose job it is to keep us healthy. With numbers trending in the wrong direction, how local hospitals are dealing with it. And, a proposed land trade that could privatize 28,000 state-owned acres in Valley County is raising some eyebrows. Turns some of the players are not from Idaho.
July 3, 2020
Idaho turns 130 years old today, July 3. To celebrate the Gem State entering its 130s, we have a loaded episode of The 208 with everything Idaho. How Idaho celebrated the big 5-0 then the bigger 1-0-0? Check. How Idaho got its funky border with Montana? Check. How Idaho became, well, Idaho? Check.