The 208
Monday, May 31

Monday, May 31

May 31, 2021

In honor of Memorial Day 2021, a United States Army veteran volunteered to stand guard at the Eagle Field of honor, watching as thousands stop by to pay their respects.

He fought in one of the bloodiest battles in American military history and survived. 75 years later, he returned to the South Pacific to pay his respects to those who didn't.

It's the final resting place for thousands of Idaho veterans and their families. Their headstones offer a small glimpse into who they were during their time on earth.

Friday, May 28

Friday, May 28

May 28, 2021

The last 24 hours at the statehouse have been filled with "petty politics" after Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order while Gov. Brad Little was out of state. On Friday, the governor repealed McGeachin's executive order and blast her for doing so. Even if the order wasn't repealed, it faced likely legal challenges and the deputy attorney general explained that it also likely over stepped the governor's powers.

Tuesday, May 25

Tuesday, May 25

May 25, 2021

One year after the murder of George Floyd, a new organization is trying to combat inequality in the Gem State. With more Idahoans getting vaccinated, are residents ready to finally buck face masks?

Friday, May 21

Friday, May 21

May 21, 2021

After asking one customer to wear a face mask in their Garden City bistro, one business owner was threatened with a bad review over their mask policy. So does it violate HIPAA when a business asks guests if they're vaccinated? Here's what HIPAA does and doesn't cover. Twenty years ago, the City of Boise passed a $10 million land levy to protect the Boise Foothills. Now, more than 12,400 acres of public land in Boise's back yard are proetcted.

Thursday, May 20

Thursday, May 20

May 20, 2021

After Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced that she'll challenge incumbent Gov. Brad Little for Idaho governor in 2022, the chairman of the Idaho GOP says it'll be a "very dynamic" primary next May. Five people died following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and on Wednesday night, only 35 House Republicans voted in favor of a commission to investigate what happened. Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson was one of the 35. Payette County is in the bottom five of Idaho counties' vaccination rates. Locals explain to KTVB why that may be the case.

Tuesday, May 18

Tuesday, May 18

May 18, 2021

Idaho has been the resettled home for thousands of refugees since 1975. This year, however, we're about to see refugee numbers triple thanks to an increase in the admissions cap. This could be a sudden and significant impact on those tasked with helping families resettle, but two Idaho resettlement programs say they are ready and excited for that task.

Lawmakers have been out of the Idaho Statehouse for nearly a week, but that doesn't mean legislative business has stopped. Gov. Brad Little signed several "Building Idaho's Future" bills this week, but will they build Idaho's future in terms of education?

It's definitely wise to avoid the comment section of anything, but we can't. However, we found a question regarding the upcoming hot-car summer that we felt needed to be answered: does Idaho have a "good samaritan" law?

Monday, May 17

Monday, May 17

May 17, 2021

Over a dozen local municipalities and counties across the Gem State have become "Second Amendment Sanctuaries." In Oregon, we're about to see if city law can stand up to state constitution. After an Idaho lawmaker quit the legislature following rape accusations, community leaders held a healing vigil for sexual assault survivors at the Idaho statehouse steps. Sure, Boise's Freak Alley may be the city's public love poem to art, but other Idaho artists are making waves on digital publications.

Friday, May 14

Friday, May 14

May 14, 2021

One year ago, Blaine County, Idaho was one of the biggest hot spots of COVID-19 in the United States. Now, the county is leading the state in vaccination percentage. How did the rural county turn it around? Face masks are no longer needed by the fully vaccinated, the CDC announced. But proving it isn't required by the state. However, one city council member in North Idaho is more than thumbing his nose at the notion. A Boise woman's TikTok went viral after she captured her dogs' reaction to finding out her real name.

Tuesday, May 11

Tuesday, May 11

May 11, 2021

On Tuesday, Idaho Governor Brad Little announced that he was ending the state's participation in the extra $300 unemployment benefits provided by the federal government. Cutting back employment may not be enough to address Idaho's worker shortage, as one human resources manager at a Boise company explains that it's about providing the right benefits and work environment to bring in new employees. After a fiery crash on Interstate 84 hospitalized three, the Idaho State Police reminds people that illegal to drive and take photos of an accident.

Friday, May 7

Friday, May 7

May 7, 2021

In April, a backyard airstrip stirred up a lot of controversy in Custer County. The county's planning and zoning commission approved it and the property owner spoke out for the first time with The 208. Bullying is often bad enough for many middle schoolers. But one mom in the Twin Falls School District said the bullying against her daughter is laced with antisemitism. New unemployment numbers show a stark fall in the number of new jobs, coupled with an uptick in those without a job, could extra unemployment benefits be to blame?

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