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.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking input from the public on a proposed new bike trail at Lucky Peak Dam and Lake.

The 15-mile mountain bike trail would start along the southern shore of Lucky Peak near Lydle Gulch and stretch to the area around Chimney Rock.

The Statesman reports the trail would be designated for multi-use and open to more than just mountain bikers. Horseback riders, hikers, birders and picnickers would all be welcome to utilize the proposed pathway.

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The former head of the Idaho GOP, Steven Yates, plans to run for lieutenant governor. His campaign is planning to officially launch Tuesday.

Yates will be barnstorming across the state when he kicks off his campaign. He’ll start the day at the capitol in Boise, jet up to Coeur d’Alene for lunch and make a third stop in the east at the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls.

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Three big fires raged across the Bureau of Land Management’s Twin Falls District this week.

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On Wednesday in Washington D.C., the Senate unanimously confirmed Judge David Nye to be Idaho’s next U.S. District Court Judge. With his confirmation, Nye fills a more than two-year vacancy on the federal court’s bench.

Matt Guilhem spoke to Carl Tobias at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Tobias is a legal scholar who studies the federal judiciary and says this is a big day for the Gem State.

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Idaho officials say they’ll hold off on providing detailed voter information to the President’s commission looking into alleged voter fraud. States across the nation are now being told to pause.

On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence’s office sent out an email to states saying they should wait before sending the detailed information requested by the Trump Administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Pence leads the commission along with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

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Update, Monday 3:40 p.m.: The BLM tweeted that Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park has reopened.  

Update, Monday 2:30 p.m.: The wildfire has forced the closure and evacuation of Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park.

A wildfire burning south of Bruneau ignited Sunday afternoon and grew rapidly overnight. Evacuations are in place and firefighters are dealing with high winds.

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Part of the Trump Administration’s travel ban upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court has put a 120 day freeze on admitting refugees to the country. In spite of the ban, a refugee center in the Magic Valley doesn’t anticipate much impact.

Unlike the blanket ban on refugees announced in January, the revised one upheld in a June 26 Supreme Court ruling allows some refugees who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States” to enter the country.

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The temperature is scorching and the Boise River is slowly dropping, but it's still not clear when float season will get underway. Officials say the river is nearly low enough to start pulling debris like logs and other hazards from the water.

With the river running well above flood stage for several months earlier this year, the annual job of removing debris is expected to take longer than usual.

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Things are heating up around the Treasure Valley and across much of southern Idaho. Little relief appears to be in sight for the heatwave that could break records.

In eastern Idaho, people are in the midst of a heatwave that, if it keeps up, could be the longest in the region’s history. It’s not so much the temperatures that are setting records, though a few have fallen in the past few days, but it’s the sustained high temperatures says Dawn Harmon.

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Tuesday is Independence Day and people across the nation are on the move for the holiday. Whether by air or by car, travelers should budget in some extra time to reach their 4th of July destinations.

Independence Day means fireworks, Uncle Sam, barbeques and a 24-hour loop of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Increasingly, the holiday is becoming synonymous with getaways.

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Governor Butch Otter and state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are threatening to sue the Trump Administration if it doesn’t abolish a holdover policy from former President Obama.

This week, the Idaho leaders joined nine other attorneys general from Republican-led states who want to curtail the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The program protects some undocumented people from deportation who were brought to the country when they were small children.

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Two big wildfires likely sparked by Monday’s thunderstorms continue to burn an hour east of Boise.

The smaller of the two fires is the Sand Point Fire. Firefighters have successfully held containment lines of the roughly 7,800 acre blaze and kept it from threatening structures. It’s burning about three miles south of Hammett. Emergency responders expect to have the Sand Point Fire contained by this evening.

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Workers at a Twin Falls potato processing plant are claiming the company is trying to bust up a bid to join a local branch of the Teamsters Union next month.

Employees of Lamb-Weston, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods based in Eagle that specializes in potato products, claim a so-called “union busting firm” has been hired to dissuade workers at a Twin Falls plant from joining Teamsters Local Union 483.

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After being constructed in secret by a small group of Republican senators, a push is underway to pass a bill reforming the nation's health care system.

For perspective on what changes could be in store both nationally and in Idaho, Matt Guilhem spoke to Dr. David Pate, the President and CEO of St. Luke's Health System.

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In the run up to the Fourth of July, fireworks are now on sale at licensed stands. With the memory of last summer’s Table Rock Fire still fresh, officials are asking people to be mindful of where they detonate their pyrotechnics.

The Table Rock Fire scorched four square miles of the Boise foothills and burned destroyed one home last year; it started with an illegal Roman candle.

Even so-called “safe and sane” fireworks can start wildfires and present a danger if set off improperly or in areas close to accelerants like fuel or dried brush.

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