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  • A peditrician explains the importance of vaccinations.
  • A Nampa nonprofit makes special shoes for special kids.
  • We look at how development changes animal behavior.

IDAHO OFFICE FOR REFUGEES

World Refugee Day is Saturday -- there will be celebrations and 20 men and women who were resettled in Boise as refugees will become American citizens. We talk with Kara Fink of the Idaho Office for Refugees and Moses Mukengezi from the Agency for New Americans about the path to citizenship and how Boise became a home for so many seeking the American Dream.

college of idaho

Doug Brigham and Jim Everett were both candidates for the presidency of the College of Idaho when they decided to lead the college together, as a team. The notion broke convention, but the college's search committee and board of trustees liked the idea. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, co-presidents Brigham and Everett discuss the advantages of leading the small liberal arts school as a team.

npr

NPR's Kirk Siegler has been reporting on the urban-rural divide in America, including coverage in Idaho and throughout the Northwest. We talk about some of that work including the 2014 Bundy standoff and the 2016 election and the ever-growing population and changing landscape of the Northwest.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via NPR

The City of Boise signed a resolution condemning the practice of seperating children from parents and housing them in detention center. Mayor Dave Bieter and a unanimous city council signed the resolution. Council president Lauren McLean talks about the city's reputation as one welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

  • Boise becomes home to America's newest citizens.
  • College of Idaho's co-presidents talk higher education.
  • NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about reporting from Idaho.
  • The City of Boise condemns immigration policy.

Efforts are being made to detect signs of depression in earlier stages. We talk with health care professionals about spotting the symptoms early on.

Back in April, the Idaho Department of Insurance issued a directive requiring insurance companies to start insuring some therapies for individuals on the autism spectrum. We talk about the benefits to the child, the family and the schools when insurance supports autism therapy.

recent survey found that a shocking number of Americans have very little understanding of the Holocaust. Idaho Matters looks at efforts to keep Holocaust education in Idaho classrooms.

Yelp

Author Scott Marchant joins Idaho Matters to talk about "The Hiker's Guide: Best Easy Hikes Greater Boise."

  • Early screenings for depression.
  • Holocaust education in Idaho.
  • Insuring therapy for youths with autism.
  • Boise's best hiking spots.

CREDIT SODA FIRE

The Bureau of Land Management released 26 wild horses into the wild last week. They were the survivors of the Soda Fire of 2015 and on Monday's Idaho Matters we talk with Heather Tiel-Johnson, spokeswoman for Idaho's Wild Horse and Burro program.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICES

Department of Agriculture officials want to know how Mississippi ghost shrimp found their way to Boise  River. We talk about invasive species in Idaho and the damage they cause to both the economy and our natural landscape.

Last week, stakeholders in the state's mental healthcare community met to develop a collaboration to better serve Idahoans and encourage investment in treatment for addiction. Idaho Behavioral Health Alliance coordinator Ceci Thunes joins Idaho Matters to talk about those efforts.

National Park Service

This story takes you deep into one of the most magestic of wild areas – Glacier National Park. Glacier straddles the Canadian border in Montana and features one of the most dramatic stretches of the Rocky Mountains, where glaciers have etched the mountain range into sharp peaks and wide valleys. Reporter Michael May takes us into the park, with just what he could fit in his backpack ... and a microphone.

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