The 208
Friday, April 30

Friday, April 30

April 30, 2021

Just as Idaho’s House wraps up one ethics investigation, they are being asked to launch another. And, yes, it has to do with how Representative Priscilla Giddings handled the von Ehlinger investigation. That potential probe could add even more days to what is already on track for the longest legislative session in state history. There are still hundreds of bills and budgets still on the table. Going home in nine days is gonna be a big ask.

Tuesday, April 27

Tuesday, April 27

April 27, 2021

As Idaho lawmakers prepare for the upcoming ethics hearing of Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who is accused of raping a 19-year-old Statehouse staffer, The 208 is taking a deeper look into the allegations against the first-term lawmaker and what they mean going forward. TW: Sexual abuse

Students at an Eastern Idaho high school were photographed posing with blackface as well as a small baby doll that was painted black and hanging from a stick. The photos are just now resurfacing on social media, with reactions ranging from outrage to defending the students.

Madelynn Lee Taylor, a United States Navy veteran, passed away this month. She sued for the right to be buried with her wife at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery but was denied due to Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Now that she has passed, has the state changed its mind?

Monday, April 26

Monday, April 26

April 26, 2021

Idaho lawmakers pass a flurry of bills and budgets when they returned to the statehouse on Monday. However, with several more major issues to tackle, the legislature will likely be in the longest-ever session this year. The U.S. Census released some of its 2020 numbers, and Idaho was the second-fastest growing state in the nation, but a neighbor took the top ranking.

Friday, April 23

Friday, April 23

April 23, 2021

After vetoing two bills that would curtail the governor's powers during an emergency, Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed into a law that would tighten the requirements to get an initiative on the ballot. He also did so after thousands of Idahoans contacted his office and urged him to veto it. 

About this time last year, the coronavirus pandemic was just settling in and the City of Boise called for artists to capture the mood and feeling of the pandemic. One 14-year-old was able to express the lingering doom and constant boredom that quarantining at home brought.

Monday, April 19

Monday, April 19

April 19, 2021

Idaho lawmakers failed to override Gov. Little's veto of a bill that would trim the governor's powers. However, Little did sign a bill that would increase the requirements needed to get initiatives on the ballot. A Boise company is printing of hats and stickers that are quickly tapping into locals' nostalgia. 

Friday, April 16

Friday, April 16

April 16, 2021

Idaho's legislature successfully agreed to yank some emergency powers from the executive branch. Gov. Brad Little, however, isn't ready to give up on this constitutional tug-of-war.

There's a good chance you've seen it, and probably just as good a chance you've snapped a view or two from it. The red-tiled roof and tower make it one of the most recognizable landmarks in the entire state. Today, we're learning more about the iconic Boise Train Depot.

Thursday, April 15

Thursday, April 15

April 15, 2021

Branch Rickey's time in baseball was eventful and Hall of Fame-worthy. His time in Boise? Not so much. The state says there's plenty of COVID-19 vaccines to go around but demand isn't quite keeping up as anticipated. So are younger Idahoans getting vaccinated?

Tuesday, April 13

Tuesday, April 13

April 13, 2021

On Tuesday, the CDC recommended a "pause" on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 one-dose vaccine after six women reported blood clots after receiving it. What does that mean for Idaho? Idaho House Republicans once again voted down a K-12 budget bill over concerns of social justice ideology. The Middleton school board met on Monday night and voted to lift the district's face mask mandate.

Monday, April 12

Monday, April 12

April 12, 2021

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announces a new task force focused on the " scourage" of socialism and critical race theory. The NCAA laid out the groundwork on its response to the state's anti-transgender athlete bills. The founder of the Greater Idaho plan met with Gem State lawmakers about his plan to expand Idaho's borders.

Friday, April 9

Friday, April 9

April 9, 2021

The City of Boise faces a growing number of homeless families, many driven out of their homes due to domestic violence, but Mayor Lauren McLean and a partnership of about 30 agencies is working on creating projects that will eliminate some of the massive waitlist. Idaho House Republicans are accusing the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare of overstepping its legal authority. The department director said it's well within its power to do so and welcomes the opinion of the Idaho Attorney General, who they say they've worked with on the matter.

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App