The 208
Friday, February 12

Friday, February 12

February 12, 2021

One of Idaho's Senators who is supposed to be an impartial juror in former President Trump's impeachment doesn't seem to be an engaged juror when he was seen on the phone during the trial. In this 208 Redial, The 208 goes back nearly two decades to find the true story of one of Idaho's strange love laws.

Thursday, February 11

Thursday, February 11

February 11, 2021

"But you know what, voting shouldn't be easy."

Well, that's what one Republican Idaho lawmaker thinks. But after a swift backlash from both sides of the aisle, the bill is going back for revisions.

And - new strains of COVID-19 are putting a strain on our psyches and leaving a lot of us to wonder how many are here in Idaho and how will the vaccine handle those variants? We put those questions to the experts and try to put your anxiety at ease.

Wednesday, February 10

Wednesday, February 10

February 10, 2021

"Ballot harvesting" has become a partisan talking point across the country. Now, a law making its way through the Statehouse would make the practice illegal in Idaho. But what does that mean for you and your ballot?

Idaho lawmakers have made it clear they don't want cities changing the historical names of places without their approval. Idaho's attorney general says it's not that easy. And what about all the rather rude and offensive names peppered across the Gem State? Shouldn't we change those?

Students in the West Ada School District are headed back to class for full-time in-person learning. Why the school board decided it was time to come back.

Tuesday, February 9

Tuesday, February 9

February 9, 2021

We're getting better, and at 91%, Idaho is getting a low "A" grade on its vaccine distribution. What is it going to take to get that to a solid A?

Also, what is it like for a Black girl to grow up in Idaho? Well, for one, there aren't a lot of others like you around. A high school senior tells us what it's been like for her and how she's learned to accept it - but not quietly.

Plus, at one point, Idaho had the most specialty license plates per capita in the country. We're going back to that time with a little help from a John Miller 208 Redial.

Monday, February 8

Monday, February 8

February 8, 2021

We're more than halfway through the school year, but being back in the classroom full-time is already being considered by the state's largest school district, West Ada. Thanks to COVID-19 numbers dropping and vaccine rates rising, it may be a reality soon, but one teacher is wondering if it may be too soon.

Cannabis is the formal name of the plant that produces marijuana. While there's a push to make marijuana permanently illegal in Idaho, what about the plant and what it can do for those who are sick? There could be a bipartisan answer for that.

Bringing Idaho's salmon population back from the brink would take a breach of what's been the norm for generations. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is hoping to breach several dams to do so. But it could come at the cost of the town who count on them.

Thursday, February 4

Thursday, February 4

February 4, 2021

Idaho lawmakers have been warned about the pace that they're spending hundreds of millions in aid. But who's to blame for the budget bog down? Depends on who you ask. Developing a COVID-19 vaccine may have been a marathon, but distributing it is a numbers game for a public health district in Eastern Idaho.

Wednesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 3

February 3, 2021

They wanted to decide how the state spends money in an emergency. But for weeks $900 million in federal funding has been waiting to be divvied out - a delay that doesn't necessarily bode well in a state of emergency. We're asking: Why the hold-up?

Hundreds of thousands of Idahoans are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But we're only getting about 21,000 doses a week into the state. It's a case of supply and demand - and patience. One is outweighing the other two.

And, what happens when a popular phone number is just one digit different from another? Lots of unwanted phone calls - from angry constituents - to an unsuspecting Meridian business.

Tuesday, February 2

Tuesday, February 2

February 2, 2021

We're moving up by moving back into Stage 3 of Idaho's reopening plan. There's a whole lot of wordplay involved, and some massaging of the benchmarks to help make that happen. We'll look at how Idaho earned an upgrade.

There were a lot of people upset about the possibility of a homeless shelter moving into their neighborhood. The shelter's executive director tells us why these cries of "not in my backyard" should be put on the back burner.

Idaho schools want more money and Gov. little wants to give it to them. After a year like this one, you could argue Idaho educators have earned it. So why are some lawmakers questioning some teachers' dedication?

Monday, February 1

Monday, February 1

February 1, 2021

Abraham Lincoln has always been held in high regard in Idaho - but not so much for some in our community who vandalized a statue of the revered president at Julia Davis Park. The vulgar defacement came on the first day of this year's Black History Month. 

Sixty-five years of marriage is supposed to be marked by the blue sapphire. But one Boise couple commemorated the milestone with something a little more valuable these days - the COVID-19 vaccine. A celebration for them, sure. But even getting set up for a shot has been anything but a party for so many others today.

Another decades-long celebration put on pause because of the pandemic. So instead of braving the cold and crowds this year, sit back as we check out some of the best McCall Winter Carnival snow sculptures in recent memory.

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