The 208
Wednesday, July 7

Wednesday, July 7

July 7, 2021

An affordable housing crisis was thrown on top of a pandemic, a combination that led to a federal moratorium on evictions that will end at the end of this month. Now, Idaho's most populous county is testing a new way to solve potential evictions. Looking for a way to gain an edge in this competitive housing market? Have you looked at writing a letter to the buyer? Well, if you're looking at moving west across the border into Oregon, don't expect it to work. It's the day we've had marked on our calendars since last week. could we break the consecutive days streak of highs 100 degrees or hotter? Today's that day.

Friday, July 2

Friday, July 2

July 2, 2021

There's a new sheriff in town for Ada County but many residents may remember him. ON Friday, Ada County Commissioners selected Matt Clifford, the police chief for the Eagle Police Department, to be the county's next sheriff. On Thursday night, Ammon Bundy was convicted of trespassing at the Idaho statehouse. July 2 is World UFO Day and one Idaho man explains why the Gem State has so many sightings.

Tuesday, June 29

Tuesday, June 29

June 29, 2021

After a sudden retirement left Ada County searching for a new sheriff, hear from two of the three candidates. While Ada County Commissioners decide the future of the sheriff's office, they're also weighing in on what to do with EXPO Idaho, the home of the Western Idaho Fair. Senate Bill 1110 may have passed the Idaho statehouse and was signed into law, but the Idaho Supreme Court will decide if the law is actually constitutional. 

Wednesday, June 23

Wednesday, June 23

June 23, 2021

With drought conditions worsening across the Northwest, fire season has become a year-long battle. Two of the top doctors in Idaho who dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic first-hand are writing a book together, which will be published by John Hopkins University, the gold standard in scientific literature. Viewers of The 208 share some of their photos and videos of Tuesday's massive dust storm, which even made a porta-potty move around in a construction zone.

Tuesday, June 22

Tuesday, June 22

June 22, 2021

Extreme and exceptional are not how you want to have your drought described. With more than half of the west in those conditions- something we haven't seen in more than 30 years- we are poised for a potent fire season.

While drought can be bad for fires, it has a more immediate effect on agriculture. This year, it's had a sudden impact on certain southern farmers by shortening their growing season. 

It's almost the season for fireworks, but not if you live in a certain mountain community. The city of Hailey issued a ban on fireworks for the upcoming Independence Day.

Monday, June 21

Monday, June 21

June 21, 2021

The Ada County clerk explains why some homeowners in the county will see some relief on their property taxes this year. The 208 spoke with farmers in the Magic Valley about how they're handling the severe drought. It took him five decades for his service to be recognized with one of the highest honors in the county, the Purple Heart. Over the weekend, one Vietnam veteran was presented the award.

Wednesday, June 16

Wednesday, June 16

June 16, 2021

On Tuesday, the Boise City Council voted for a plan that would get the City of Trees 100% carbon neutral by 2050. What does carbon neutral actually mean and how does the city plan to reach that lofty goal? For one Boise barbershop, it's all about family. The 208 was there when the fifth generation of the Kezar got their first haircut at the family-owned business.

Tuesday, June 15

Tuesday, June 15

June 15, 2021

With sky-rocketing housing prices in Ada County, the county accessor explains why some homeowners may be sticker shocked by their property tax assessments. With float season on the Boise River officially open, The 208 takes a look back on float seasons from the 1990s to now. After the ISBA president-elect resigned from Lt. Gov. McGeachin's education task force, she appointed a motivational speaker to the 15-member board.

Monday, June 14

Monday, June 14

June 14, 2021

White water recreation is a summer staple in Idaho. But in one of the Gem State's most scenic stretches of river, outfitters say there's a problem with the water this season and how much of it they are getting to use.

In a search for "indoctrination", the co-chair of the Lt. Governor's task force has asked to see curriculum plans from one Idaho school district. However, the requested papers will come with a pretty hefty price tag.

It could have been the script from a Cohen brother's movie: prohibition-era bumbling bank robbers borrow the then-Lt. Governor's car to pull off a heist. Only this was a kidnapping that didn't quite work out according to plan.

Thursday, June 10

Thursday, June 10

June 10, 2021

One of the only education leaders on Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin's "indoctrination" task force resigned after it felt "political" and other members trying to avoid transparency.  The Treasure Valley Community College in eastern Oregon is bucking the trend of other Oregon colleges and universities requiring students to be vaccinated and is following Idaho colleges' path.

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