Frankie Barnhill

News Reporter

Frankie Barnhill is a general assignment reporter for Boise State Public Radio. Her work has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

She earned her production chops at American Public Media, where she interned for Marketplace Tech Report and American RadioWorks. Frankie was also a researcher in Minnesota Public Radio's newsroom for an investigative report on bullying.

As a freelance reporter in 2014, Frankie won a grant to profile five emerging artists for Boise State Public Radio's audience. The project, entitled "Artist Statement," was an exploration of Boise's burgeoning artistic scene.

Frankie was a fellow with the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources in 2013 and again in 2015, where she began to hone her environmental reporting skills.

Frankie graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a degree in English literature. The Missoula native spends most of her free time quoting "30 Rock" and going to concerts.

Martin LaBar / Flickr

Wheat farmers in the Treasure Valley have begun harvesting their crops, and so far – so good.

Rick Bowmer / AP Images

Fishing, swimming, standup paddleboarding: Eagle Island State Park has it all. It also now has blue-green algae, a kind of bacteria that’s dangerous to people and pets.

Boise National Forest

The Lodgepole Fire was a prescribed burn set in late April. The goal was to torch dry grasses and brush in an area north of Crouch, to prevent a wildfire from running loose in the forest. But over the weekend, forest managers declared it a wildfire after it failed to burn out by itself.

NASA via AP

The Martin Fire has scorched almost 700 square miles north of Winnemucca. Much of that land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

Camas County Picnic Association

Sharon Kohler was raised in a farmhouse near Fairfield, Idaho. She remembers the annual pioneer picnic which would take place every summer in Camas County, and how they sometimes held it in the Pioneer Mountains north of Fairfield. But for the last couple of decades, organizers have held it in town.


Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP Images

Wednesday morning, a senate committee will consider the nomination of an Idaho attorney for a spot on the bench of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court itself has been in the political crosshairs of President Trump.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

This spring, we asked you to share stories about how Idaho’s rapid growth is changing your life. Since then we’ve heard from dozens of you over social media, email, voicemail and through our website. We received memories about dairy farms on Federal Way in Boise, concerns about sprawl in Ada County, excitement about newcomers with new ideas and anxiety about a loss of beloved places.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

The Trump Administration will distribute a record amount of money to counties with non-taxable federal land this year. In March, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill that included full funding for the Payment in Lieu of taxes program, better known as PILT.

Idaho State Legislature

Republican state Sen. Marv Hagedorn started his public service in the Navy. Now, he’ll help others who have served in the military in his new role as administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. The Meridian lawmaker will start his new job at the end of July.

Bryan Wright / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Republican Sen. Jim Risch is sponsoring a bill that would make it easier for federal fishery managers to kill sea lions that could prey on salmon and steelhead. Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington has also signed on in support of the proposal.

 


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

It’s 7:00 p.m. after a long day of work, and Rudy and Sami Ashenbrener sit on their back porch in Twin Falls. Their eight-month-old Miles is in his high chair next to them while their dog Hercules runs around their backyard.

via Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise is welcoming the arrival of a new male African lion. Four-year-old Revan joins the city-owned zoo's two female lions already at the facility. He comes to Boise from Maryland through a partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Ford DSFL / Flickr

We all know it’s bad to text and drive, and in Idaho it’s illegal. But what about when you want to skip to a good song on Spotify, or you’re checking your Twitter notifications while driving? Blaine County is making it clear: Don’t do it or you’ll get a ticket. Drivers who are parked in a designated spot or who are stopped and not holding up traffic are exempt.

 


Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This is the second year in a row the X Games qualifier is in Boise, two years after Rhodes Park reopened. More than 50 athletes are competing in skateboard, BMX and motorcycle racing events.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

The Transportation Security Administration predicts that 6,500 passengers a day will pass through their body scanners in Boise this summer. That’s a 10 percent over last year.

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