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.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

As catastrophic wildfires have become more common in the West, they’ve also become more expensive. That’s forced the Forest Service to raid money set aside for fire prevention and instead use it to pay suppression costs.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist have packed their schedules with visits to rural communities around the state as they attempt to shore up votes before the May 15  primary.


Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Between now and May 11th, Ada County residents will have plenty of opportunities to vote before Election Day. That’s because the county has expanded Saturday early voting hours at both Meridian and Boise city halls, as well as at the county elections office in Boise. Here's the complete list of hours and locations for early voting.

Nicholas K. Geranios / AP Images

A decades-long debate over four Snake River dams and salmon resurfaced on the floor of the U.S. House Wednesday. A bill from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) would prohibit removal or other structural changes of dams on the Federal Columbia River Power System.

Dana Oland / Idaho Statesman

The fire was reported at the Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park around 8:15 p.m. Monday. The red, Spanish revival roof was damaged in the fire, but the extent of the damage isn’t clear yet. Tuesday, fire investigators determined the cause was man-made but aren’t sure whether the fire was set on purpose. Boise police are now handling the investigation.


Otto Kitsinger / AP Images

Idaho's top Republican governor candidates gave voters three distinct options to choose from during their second televised debate Monday on Idaho Public Television, which included plenty of jabs at each other's campaign tactics. The three candidates sparred over education, taxes, health care and social issues.

Keith Ridler / AP Images

In 1995, former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt signed an agreement with the Department of Energy, laying out deadlines to safely remove nuclear waste from the Idaho National Laboratory storage facility. The first of those deadlines is the end of this year.

Mike Vogt / AP Images/Idaho Press Tribune

Idaho’s doing better than in previous years when it comes to emergency preparedness. That's according to a new national study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 


Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

For the second year in a row, Idaho farmers will have ample water to keep their fields watered this season.

 


NeighborWorks Boise

A planned block of new homes in the Treasure Valley is attracting buyers before the foundations are even laid.

Raul Pacheco-Vega / Flickr Creative Commons

In Boise, the days of throwing all of your recyclable material in the same bin are over. That’s because China -- which used to accept recycled material from around the world -- put stringent new standards into effect January 1. 

City of Nampa

On May 15, voters in Nampa will vote on a bond to update how the city’s waste water gets treated. The $165 million bond will go toward updates to Nampa’s wastewater treatment facility, mandated under the Clean Water Act.

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

Athletes looking to make their mark on the X Games qualifying competition in Boise this summer have been announced. Dozens of women and men will skateboard at Rhodes Park June 15-16, the second year in a row the competition has been held at the Treasure Valley park.

erin_pass / Flickr Creative Commons

The Black Canyon Dam was built in 1924 on the Payette River northeast of Emmett. The two original generators create 10 megawatts of power and help protect against flooding. The Bureau of Reclamation was planning to install a third power plant at Black Canyon, but the project is now on hold.


Larry Moore / Idaho Bureau of Land Managment

After the Soda Fire ate up nearly 280,000 acres in the southwest corner of Idaho and eastern Oregon in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management launched expansive efforts to rehabilitate the land.


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