9:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Boise's Mormon Cannery Serves Beyond Its Church Walls

On this day in Garden City’s LDS cannery John Viehweg (left) is first to get his hands on the pears that have been peeled, cored and halved by a machine. Viehweg turns them right side up. The volunteers further down the conveyor belt cut the bad spots off
Adam Cotterell Boise State Public Radio

Many churches view feeding the poor as an important responsibility. But none go about it quite like the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Across the country, the LDS church has farms, orchards and ranches. And the crops go to church-owned food processing facilities. Six of these facilities handle perishable food like meat and fruit, including this cannery in Garden City, Idaho.  

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Idaho News
1:22 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Idaho Program To Help Abused Kids Needs Volunteers

Credit Court Appointed Special Advocates

A program advocating for abused or neglected children in southern Idaho says there are too many cases for volunteers to handle.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports there are only 67 trained volunteer advocates in the region's Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

But 525 children from the region surrounding Twin Falls were abused or neglected so badly in 2012 they had to be removed from their homes.

Currently, there are more than 100 children without a volunteer.

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Tornado Relief
9:21 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Idaho Red Cross Volunteer Sent To Moore, Oklahoma

A Moore resident looks out at the damage around his house after the tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Louise Nagel has seen her share of destruction. The Red Cross volunteer has responded to floods in Wisconsin and Montana, and hurricanes in Texas and the Northeast.

But this is the first time the Boise resident has dealt with the path left by a tornado – let alone the two-mile-wide path left by last Monday’s twister in Moore, Okla.

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10:51 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Idaho Rangeland Budget Approved By Committee

Credit Aaron Kunz

Idaho ranchers looking to help fight rangeland fires near their homes received a funding nod from lawmakers this Thursday.

The Idaho Budget committee unanimously approved $400-thousand dollars for more volunteer rangeland fire protection associations. The money was requested by Governor Butch Otter in January.

Idaho currently has one fire association, in Mountain Home. Three more are proposed for Owyhee, Elmore, and Twin Falls counties. Graig Glazier is with the Idaho Department of Lands. He says that’s a good start.

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7:36 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Idaho Volunteers Honor Veterans' Graves With Wreaths

Some of the 2,000 wreaths that cover veterans' graves this holiday season.
Frankie Barnhill Boise State Public Radio

More than 2,000 wreaths will be placed on the graves of Idaho veterans Friday.  The decorations are part of the annual Wreaths Across America project. 

About 30 volunteers with the Idaho Civil Air Patrol recently gathered at an airport hangar in Nampa to make sure that every grave would have a wreath this year. One of those volunteers was Rhonda Rook. 

When asked about her process for securing fresh evergreen boughs in an old metal wreath frame, Rook laughed.

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9:25 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Lapwai Dads Go To School To Help Kids

Lapwai Elementary

Sunday is Father’s Day, when we think about all the things our dads have done for us. In one north Idaho community  dads are trying to do a lot more for their school and their kids.

Leotis McCormack’s 9 year old son started getting in trouble at school last fall. That did not go over well with McCormack, an officer with the Nez Perce Tribal Police in Lapwai. But it wasn’t just his son, many of his son’s friends were acting out at school as well. McCormack wanted to help.

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