The 208
Friday, August 14

Friday, August 14

August 14, 2020

It was taken down as quickly as it was put up. One billboard on the outskirts of downtown Boise is causing quite the controversy but hear from the people who paid for it. We jokingly call it snail mail but is the Postal Service in Idaho ready for the November election and the expected wave of mail-in voting?

Thursday, August 13

Thursday, August 13

August 14, 2020

With just days until students in the Boise School District head back to school - at least virtually - the district is working to get devices like iPads and Chromebooks out to those who still don't have them. Some parents are worried the devices won't arrive in time.  And, after a Southwest District Health board member promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine at a meeting earlier this week, it has sparked a renewed debate over the efficacy of the anti-malaria drug in treating COVID-19. We talked with a local infectious disease expert to get his take. Plus, it's a video you just have to see, or rather, hear - a bison walking down a highway in Yellowstone National Park making an unusual noise. A Boise woman who sent us the video describes it as "screaming," but we'll let you decide.

Wednesday, August 12

Wednesday, August 12

August 12, 2020

It's a tale of two counties - and two health districts. As Ada County and neighboring Canyon County continue to be Idaho's daily hot spots for new COVID-19 cases, the health districts that oversee those two counties have taken drastically different approaches at slowing the spread of the virus. A board member for Central District Health has been pretty vocal about the lack of action across the county line.  This, as weddings and other events have begun relocating to Canyon County. Plus, we ask the question: Why does Idaho continue to lose lawsuits over laws passed by the Idaho Legislature?

Tuesday, August 11

Tuesday, August 11

August 11, 2020

For the first time in 75 years, the Boise State Broncos won't be taking the field. Hear from fans about what losing the season means to them. Students of the Caldwell School District will be returning to school through online classes this month. KTVB spoke with parents and officials about the decision. 

Monday, August 10

Monday, August 10

August 10, 2020

One Idaho program has about $13 million in unspent funds meant for Idahoans in need with their rent and utilities. Here's what you need to know. Sixteen years ago, Idaho's Kristen Armstrong made her Olympic debut in Athens, Greece. She finished eighth but how she got there and where she went next is worth revisiting in this 208 Redial.

Friday, August 7

Friday, August 7

August 8, 2020

The Cathedral of the Rockies took down its stained-glass portrait of Robert E. Lee. Hear from some of the leaders of Boise's Black community on what the action represents. Central Health District will not force gyms to close down because of an Ada County-wide public health order. Officials say the lack of evidence tying gyms to outbreaks wasn't enough to force them to close down as well.

Thursday, August 6

Thursday, August 6

August 6, 2020

It's deja vu all over again: Idaho has once again failed to meet the criteria to move out of Stage 4 - for the fourth time. During a news conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Brad Little talked about what needs to happen before the state can advance out of Stage 4. He also discussed what state leaders are doing to help prepare students, parents and teachers to head back to school in the coming weeks. This all comes as the governor prepares to call a special session of the Idaho Legislature, one that makes some lawmakers a little uneasy, given the ongoing pandemic. Plus, as Central District Health prepares to consider a proposal to re-close all gyms in Ada County, some gym owners are speaking out. And, in today's "Get to Know Idaho," Kim Fields looks into the origins of the Boise's iconic North End locale - Hyde Park.

Wednesday, August 5

Wednesday, August 5

August 5, 2020

Idaho school districts have been releasing their plans for the start of the upcoming school year and no two plans are the same. Some have delayed the start of school, while others will start on time in an online-only format. After the state's two largest districts - Boise and West Ada - announced their plans on Tuesday, we're talking with school leaders and parents about their concerns as the fall semester approaches. Plus, We've seen what happens when people respond to hate with hate: Riots erupt, violence can happen, fear and anger dominate. But what happens when we respond to hate with love and compassion? We found out after the home of a Boise veteran was vandalized.

Tuesday, August 4

Tuesday, August 4

August 4, 2020

It's come to this: signing a liability waiver before sending students back to school during a pandemic. A private school in Nampa is asking parents to do just that. And, adapting to the COVID-19 business model. What the city of Boise is doing to help some downtown businesses lure customers back. Plus, what is the Charles Dickens and "Mary Poppins" connection to Boise? Well, it has to do with a hurt ankle and a heart attack. We explain in the latest edition of The 208.

Monday, August 3

Monday, August 3

August 4, 2020

A pair of new studies show kids may be more efficient at spreading COVID-19 than adults, meaning they might not get sick, but they're pretty good at passing the virus on to older people in their orbit. We spoke with the medical director for St. Luke's Children's about the new reports and what it could mean, especially with schools about to start back up. Also, an Idaho doctor is on a mission to get OSHA to enforce their own safety standards, especially when it comes to personal protective equipment in medical facilities. Plus, we answer a viewer's question about why the state of Idaho counts "probable" coronavirus cases in addition to "confirmed" cases.

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