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.

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In between the myriad of shows to see today at Treefort Music Fest – including K. Flay, Yacht, and Wooden Indian Burial Ground – a food truck rally is happening. Local vendors are selling their delectables throughout the festival.

John Webster / Treefort Music Fest

You have plenty of choices to make if you're at Treefort Music Fest this weekend. There are more than 260 musical acts at a dozen downtown venues. So for some fans, they've already planned out their weekend music lineup.

But if you can't get enough of the regular schedule, The Record Exchange is hosting a series of "secret" in-store performances. Chad Dryden is in charge of marketing at the Boise store. 

Grandma Kelsey
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Boise-based singer-songwriter Kelsey Swope, a.k.a. “Grandma Kelsey," will perform at Treefort Music Fest on Sunday. She played for us in the studio recently for what we're calling Studio 208 Sessions.

Over the coming months we hope to bring you more in studio performances from artists around Idaho. So enjoy and if you know of a local band or musician we should invite into our studio send them our way

Lucas James Swope

The Treefort Music Fest is underway in Boise and goes through this weekend. More than 260 indie and emerging bands will perform during the festival including local acts. Grandma Kelsey is one of them.

Jeremy Conant / Courtesy of Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest gets underway tonight in Boise. Local rock band Finn Riggins will kick off the second annual festival and bands will play into the early morning hours. The four day event will bring indie and emerging bands to a dozen venues in downtown. 

Frankie Barnhill has been covering the lead-up to Treefort, and she talked with Scott Graf about why Treefort is becoming a big deal for the Idaho music scene.

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The inaugural Boise Beardsmen Beard and Mustache Championships packed the house Saturday night at the Red Room. Men sporting bushy beards and twisted mustaches worked the rowdy crowd. They were judged in several categories including "Full Beard" and "Freestyle Beard." Female Beardsmen competed in the "Whiskerina" section. 

Matthew Wordell

Last June was a big month for Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker. For one, the Boise filmmakers formed a media company shortly after Gittings graduated from Boise State. And two, the pair received the green light to pursue their most ambitious project yet: turning “Smoke,” a story by local author and professor Alan Heathcock – into a short film.

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Scholars often look to Abraham Lincoln as one of the most important figures in American history. Memorials to the famous president continue almost 150 years after he was killed, including last year’s blockbuster film bearing his name.

Monday, Idaho memorialized Lincoln with a special ceremony, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the day he signed the bill designating the Idaho Territory. 

The Family of Woman Film Festival is underway in Sun Valley. One documentary that will be shown this weekend comes from Nisha Pahuja, a filmmaker who splits her time between India and Toronto. Her film, “The World Before Her,” looks at two different groups of women.

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Friday's looming sequestration deadline has left federal agencies struggling to come up with contingency plans.  According to the White House, the Federal Aviation Administration's [FAA] budget would be cut by $600 million. 

At the air traffic control tower at Boise’s airport, manager Gordon Stewart stays away from the political debate. He’s faced potential cuts before, but Stewart says two days away from the deadline -- these cuts seem very possible.

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Boise was treated to a “secret show” at the Neurolux Monday night. Youth Lagoon, also known as Trevor Powers, kicked off his spring tour with an unofficial concert at the downtown venue.

Guy Hand

If you eat at Rupert’s at the Hotel McCall, you could soon be indulging in some Oscar-worthy food. Chef Gary Kucy received word last week that he is a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards. That's kind of like being nominated by the Academy.

Chef Gary Kucy has worked with a number of James Beard finalists throughout his career. But he was surprised and humbled to hear that this year, he is one of them.

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The National Weather Service in Boise has issued a winter storm warning for the West Central and Boise Mountains through Saturday morning. Meteorologist Colin Baxter says snow levels will be greatest in elevations above 4,000 feet.

The storm is moving in quickly from the Alaskan Gulf. Wind is also an issue with this storm.

Treefort Music Fest

If you've been itching to plan your Treefort Music Fest experience, the wait is over. Friday, organizers shared the schedule for the March 21-24 festival.

After making a profile here, festival goers can pick and choose bands they simply can't miss. A personalized schedule gets compiled, and friends who also make profiles can then see yours. Organizers say to "stay tuned" for a Treefort app.

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The board of Ada County commissioners voted unanimously to end the contract with Dynamis Energy this morning. The decision releases both the county and the Eagle-based company from any potential legal action, and means the county’s $2 million loan to the company will not be repaid.  

The vote came after more than two years of public outcry over the proposed waste-to-energy plant at the county’s landfill.

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The Ada County Commission announced it intends to end a deal with Eagle-based Dynamis Energy.

Nearly three years ago, the County contracted with Dynamis to build a waste-to-energy processing plant. The company received a $2 million loan from Ada County to create site specific plans.

But the project quickly turned controversial when citizens started raising environmental concerns. Karen Danley was among them.

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Less than three months after its launch, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is expanding its hours. Starting today volunteers will take calls Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So far, the suicide hotline has taken about 160 calls since November. Executive Director John Reusser says there’s no question the hotline has helped many Idahoans in crisis.

Reusser says the hotline’s next goal is to launch a marketing campaign to connect with people around the state. That campaign will likely begin next week.  

Treefort Music Fest

The final round of Treefort Music Fest acts were announced today. Indie rock band The Walkmen tops the list, joining Animal Collective and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings as mainstage headliners. The eclectic final group of artists include enigmatic rapper Brother Ali, the orchestral band Typhoon, and emerging local acts like Grandma Kelsey. These groups will perform with about 250 others during the March 21-24 festival. 

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Catholics in Idaho celebrate Ash Wednesday today. It marks the beginning of the six-week Lenten season, and this year, it comes two days after the pope's surprise announcement that he's retiring.

Pope Benedict XVI will renounce his duties on February 28, at the age of 85.

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Catholics around the world have been talking about the upcoming resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The papal resignation will be the first since the Middle Ages.

Students at Boise's Catholic high school, Bishop Kelly, have been talking about it during theology class. Deacon Rick Bonney says his juniors have lots of questions.

“ ‘Well what happens when he resigns? Does he get security? Where will he live? What will he do?' I had to basically answer, ‘I don’t know any of that since we haven’t had a pope resign in 598 years,’ ” says Bonney.

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