Richard Copeland

Senior Producer

Richard Copeland is the senior producer of Boise State Public Radio's daily show, Idaho Matters.

Previously, he was the producer for WITF's Smart Talk in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was a producer with WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight in Philadelphia and a producer and technical director for KNPR's State of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Rich is also a trained sushi cook and loves to ski.

Idaho Tourism

Long-time Boiseans remember when downtown was a ghost town by 10 p.m. These days, BoDo after midnight is alive with food and revelry. We take a look at what's going on downtown after the witching hour.

  • Boise Mayor David Bieter discusses Saturday's violent attack.
  • Plans for a new Boise Public Library unveiled.
  • Downtown nightlife after midnight.

JAMES DAWSON / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Idaho Matters discusses the horrific attack that took place in Boise Saturday evening. We're joined in studio by Boise Police Chief William Bones, City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee, Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson, Idaho state senator Grant Burgoyne, International Rescue Committee development manager James Brownson and St. Luke's Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, Jeni Emerizy.

UPDATE: In light of the events of this past weekend in Boise, the content of today's Idaho Matters is changing. At noon today we will be talking with city leaders about the mass stabbing that has affected people in our refugee community.

We assemble a panel of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we have Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, Melissa Davlin from IPTV's Idaho Reports and Scott McIntosh of The Idaho Press.

LACEY DALEY / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Boise State Public Radio concludes its series on growth, Our Changing Idaho.  Today, BSPR's James Dawson looks at examples of responsible, sustainable growth that can be applied in the growing regions of Idaho.

  • Our team of Idaho reporters break down the week's headlines.
  • The final installment of Our Changing Idaho looks at lessons in growth.
  • BSPR's Tom Michael speaks with a legendary Broadway producer.

Rental rates in the Treasure Valley are rising steadily and many fear affordable housing in the valley is a thing of the past. We talk about rental rates, inventory and the impact it could have in retaining residents and attracting newcomers.

Credit Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

We hear the fourth installment of 'Our Changing Idaho' and talk to BSPR reporter Matt Guilham about a small Idaho town that is neither growing like many Idaho cities, nor shrinking like many American small towns.

NPR/Ted S. Warren/AP

We look at efforts by the Idaho chapter of the Nature Conservancy to preserve the natural landscape of Yellowstone Park.

Boise Period Project

The Boise Period Project gathers menstrual hygiene products to create period packs for the local homeless community in Boise. They aim to end the stigmas that surround both periods and homelessness. We talk with the project about an often over-looked need of homeless women.

  • Treasure Valley rental rates are on the rise.
  • BSPR's 'Our Changing Idaho' looks at a small Idaho town.
  • Efforts to enact conservancy in Yellowstone.
  • A local group aids homeless women with hygiene products.

McCall City Source

For the third year in a row, the city of McCall will institute its ban on alcohol during and around the Fourth of July. The city forbids the consumption of alcoholic beverages at lakefront parks in the resort corridor from Saturday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 5.

CREDIT BRUCE REICHERT / IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION

The Land Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase of lands for preservation and conservation. The program is funded by off-shore drilling leases and seperation fees. In 2015, Congress chose not to renew the LWCF, and it will run itself out sometime this fall. We discuss the role of the LWCF in preserving the West and its contribution to preservation and conservation in Idaho.

AMANDA PEACER / MOUNTAIN WEST NEWS BUREAU

Boise State Public Radio continues its series looking at the growth in Idaho and the various social, economic and environmental impacts on the people and institutions of the state. The third installment of Our Changing Idaho airs on Wednesday's Idaho Matters.

Pages