Within 24 hours of opening, Boise's hotline to report violations of the city's new COVID-19 restrictions was flooded with robocalls. Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin spoke on Facebook live about her plan for the state's COVID-19 response, and it doesn't involve face masks. On Tuesday, the outcome of the lawsuit of whether West Ada teachers could strike with their "sick out" was announced.
A line of cars and an unprecedented demand this Thanksgiving season as more Idahoans struggle to put food on their tables. How one local nonprofit is helping out. Also, we look at the significant contributions from Idaho's native peoples, starting with Joseph R. Garry of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Plus, the great debate: Is it too early to put up Christmas decorations? Joe Parris and Gov. Little don't think so. And in today's 208 Redial, we take you back 17 years for a Thanksgiving lesson that began almost 400 years ago.
KTVB's Joe Parris explains how spikes in COVID-19 cases follow holidays or holiday events and Brian Holmes shares the story of how a mom's visit on Halloween led to a family of five all contracting the coronavirus. In today's 208 Redial, Brian goes back five years to a snowy day at the Boise Towne Square Mall where KTVB asked people what they were thankful for this holiday season. Some of the answers your about to hear don't apply to 2020, like for some "softball" or for others, "a job." Idaho's Taysom Hill will start this Sunday under center for the New Orleans Saints after franchise quarterback Drew Brews suffered multiple fractured ribs. Thanks to the Saints' creative use of Hill in their offense, he will be listed as a quarterback and a tight end in ESPN fantasy football leagues. Here's what fantasy general managers should know about the Idaho native.
The city of Boise now has a health order with some bite. New COVID-controlling mandates issued by the mayor include enforcement for the first time and will affect some city services through next summer. And, next summer is when we're supposed to have this coronavirus all under control - thanks to the release of a vaccine. At least that's according to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho. Joe Parris sat down with him today to get his take on the worsening crisis. He also asked the senator about the presidential election. Plus, talk about a transfer of power. It was a century-and-a-half ago that Idaho's state capitol was "transferred" from Lewiston to Boise. But this week, it was moved again - kind of.
We've been advised. Then again haven't we been before? Amidst record COVID-19 numbers, Central District Health has some recommendations for us to keep us from pushing this pandemic out of reach. despite the dire situation in hospitals right now, area nurses keep showing up. We're hearing from one in Twin Falls, who is feeling the pressure from long days and a lack of faith from her community. idaho's next legislative session is right around the corner. Today, we are reaching across the aisle to find out what Democratic lawmakers have put on their agenda for January.
Giving oxygen to the toxic minority and conspiracy theorists. That's what a chief medical officer says a Treasure Valley health district is doing while doing nothing else to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. And, health districts aren't the only ones grappling with mandates and executive orders. After already passing three bills addressing those issues during a special summer session, Idaho's legislature may be looking to wrestle more control from the governor's office. Also, with more than 19,000 miles of trails to explore statewide, it's no wonder we have a national holiday insisting you take a hike. But how did trails like Table Rock, Elephant Rock or even Hippie Shake get their names?
Some encouraging news on the COVID-19 vaccine: Moderna's trial vaccine has proved to be nearly 95% effective. Idaho medical experts predict it could be available to the general public as soon as April 2021. In more COVID-19 news, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement encouraging Idaho leaders to ramp up the fight against the virus. Kootenai County, the Idaho county closest to Idaho, has begun transferring patients to Spokane hospitals as a result of the spike in cases. And, did you know that hay is now only for horses?
On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced that Idaho would move back into Stage 2 of his reopening plan. So what does that change for Idahoans? Well, not all that much. One Idaho state representative from Twin Falls is urging the GOP to point to concrete cases of voter fraud before crying foul. It's Friday The 13th so in this 208 Redial, Brian goes back to 2013 when he set out to learn why the US Bank Building in downtown Boise doesn't have a 13th floor.
It was borne out of necessity but turned into a career and eventually became a place for other veterans to go for a fresh cut and conversation that can only be shared between brothers in arms. Celebrating the legacy and service of Idaho’s women on the front lines. What the state is now doing to honor the sacrifices of our home-grown heroes. Five years ago, we went for a flight with several of Idaho’s oldest veterans. For one of them, it meant he would add even more unique moments to his memoirs.
One of Idaho's biggest cities, in one of the hardest-hit counties when it comes to COVID-19, thought about making masks mandatory. Their plan to stop the spread, well, was stopped in its tracks. A week after Election Day, some of Idaho's votes are now certified. So much of a record-breaking year was it? After 25 years, a time capsule at West Boise YMCA is opened. So what goodies from the 1990s were stored away?