Matt Guilhem

Morning Edition Host/News Reporter

Matt Guilhem is the Morning Edition host and a reporter for Boise State Public Radio. He came to Idaho by way of southern California where he was a reporter and host for the NPR affiliate in the Inland Empire region.

 His reporting has been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Here & Now. During the December 2ndterror attack in San Bernardino, Matt was the first reporter on the scene for NPR. This year, he's one of about 25 reporters from California to be a 2016 Reporting on Health Fellow through USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

 Matt got into radio while getting his master's degree abroad at the London School of Economics; he hosted a weekly talk show and immediately knew radio was something he wanted to pursue. After returning to southern California from London, he started volunteering at his local NPR station and eventually was hired. He earned his B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

When he's not behind a microphone, he's probably out exploring Idaho or pretending to be a mixologist.

City of Twin Falls

In a 5-to-2 vote Monday, the Twin Falls City Council decided to label the community a “Neighborly City.”

In the run-up to the decision, the city council heard more than three hours of public comment at meetings over the last month.

The “Neighborly City” label is a tamer version of declarations other cities have made calling themselves either “Welcoming” or “Sanctuary Cities” where federal immigration law is either downplayed or outright flouted.

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The warm temperatures late last week are being blamed for rising flood waters in parts of Blaine and Elmore Counties.

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Organizers of Idaho Gives say the day-long event to raise money for Idaho nonprofits was a success. With donations topping $1.3 million, organizers beat their goal.

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Ahead of August’s total solar eclipse which will pass through Idaho, the state’s Department of Commerce is launching a website to help eclipse watchers coming to the Gem State.

Anywhere from 500,000 to a million people are expected to descend on Idaho this August to watch the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of day turning to night as the moon blots out the sun.

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The National Interagency Fire Center issued its Fire Potential Outlook this week. With the harsh winter depositing plenty of snow in the mountains, the risk of fire for the next few months in the upper elevations should be reduced.

Across Idaho, NIFC is predicting a slow start to the fire season – especially in the mountains, according to Bryan Henry. The manager at NIFC’s Predictive Serives says reserves of mountain snow from the winter are melting slowly.

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The Boise School District informed parents and guardians extra security will be on campus at Capital High School Friday in response to a threat found inside a bathroom stall. It’s the latest in a string of threats made against Treasure Valley schools.

Boise District spokesman Dan Hollar says while the threat is vague and not directed at a specific individual, it specified the date: Friday, May 5. Police are investigating and say they believe it's not credible, but in an abundance of caution they'll increase their presence at the school that day. No suspect has been identified.

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Monday evening in Twin Falls, the city council heard two hours of testimony about a resolution that would declare the community a “Neighborly City.”

The language in the resolution describes Twin Falls as “a community where all residents are welcomed, accepted and given the opportunity to connect with each other without bias.” Out of 28 speakers who shared views on the proposal, 21 spoke in favor of it.

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Around 6,000 acres of dead trees in the Sawtooth Valley and Stanley Basin will be thinned to prevent wildfires. The move is part of a plan introduced last week at a meeting of the Sawtooth Valley Wildland Fire Collaborative.

The Collaborative was founded five years ago in the wake of the devastating Halstead Fire that scorched 179,000 acres. One of the key partners is the nonprofit Sawtooth Society, whose mission is to protect more than half a million acres of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

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The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a ruling by a lower court finding public school student fees are unconstitutional.

The case was brought in 2012 by former Nampa Schools Superintendent Russell Joki. The case claimed school fees undercut the guarantee of free public education in the state. Listed defendants in the suit were the state of Idaho, the West Ada School District and the state legislature.

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There’s no need to worry about the state’s largest Sequoia standing guard in front of St. Luke’s in Boise. Despite looking a little ragged, the mighty tree is doing just fine.

Fans of the Pittenger Sequoia in front of St. Luke’s have been worrying about the health of the tree after the long and harsh winter. They’ve taken to a North End Facebook page to raise their concerns about the evergreen’s brownish tinge.

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Alex Jones, the creator of the right-wing radio and online program InfoWars, vows he’s coming to Idaho to validate claims he’s made against Greek yogurt manufacturer Chobani.

Jones is being sued for defamation by Chobani. In posts made on his InfoWars website and Youtube channel earlier this month, Jones claims the yogurt company is “importing migrant rapists” to Twin Falls where the company has its manufacturing plant. The false claim stems from a 2016 incident involving three refugee minors who recently pleaded guilty to assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

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The College of Southern Idaho is launching a pilot program next school year allowing high school students to take college science classes for free.

Dubbed the “Dual Credit General Education Academy,” twenty-five students from across the Magic Valley will be able to take all of their gen-ed courses in the two year program.

Greek yogurt titan Chobani is suing Alex Jones and his InfoWars website for defamation. The yogurt maker claims a video and Tweets from Jones falsely links the company to a sexual assault case involving three young refugees in Twin Falls.

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It was another marathon session for Congressman Raul Labrador at his second town hall event in a week. The Idaho Republican took questions for over two and a half hours.

Labrador’s event Monday night in Nampa at Mission Aviation Fellowship was smaller than the first one held in Meridian. Around 350 people filled a meeting room at MAF as opposed to the almost thousand constituents that filled an auditorium April 19.

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We’re only midway through spring, but motorists should plan ahead as they drive across the state this summer. Magic Valley roadways will see lots of construction in the upcoming season.

The terrain of the Magic Valley may change heading through Jerome, Twin Falls and Burley, but a constant companion along the drive this summer will be orange cones.

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