Madelyn Beck, KBSX 91.5

Madelyn Beck

KBSX 91.5

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  • KBSX 91.5
Past:
  • KMUW
  • St. Louis Public Radio
  • Harvest Public Media
  • Iowa Public Radio
  • WBUR
  • KCUR
  • IL Public Media
  • KBIA
  • KUNC
  • NPR
  • and more…

Recent articles by Madelyn:

A breakdown of the big bucks visitors spend at national parks

National Park Service locations report how many people visit, how much tourists spend and how many jobs that creates every year. In 2021, those visitors spent more than $20 billion. → Read More

Some backcountry rescue groups see increase in calls

More and more people headed into the backcountry this year – and many rescue groups have seen an increase in calls. That puts pressure on volunteers who help respond to emergencies. → Read More

Maligned fruitcake has at least one big fan in the Mountain West

The holiday fruitcake has been the butt of jokes for decades. But one professor in the Mountain West wants to clear its name. → Read More

A boon for local meat processors is a hurdle for hunters

The pandemic slowed food supply lines across the country as workers at major meat processing plants got sick. That meant more ranchers were turning to local butchers for processing, and consumers were turning to them for meat. But more business at local meat shops means less room to process wild game for hunters. → Read More

Biden Visits Western States To Talk Fire, Infrastructure

President Joe Biden flew into Idaho today as the first of several stops around the West to talk wildfires, climate change and his infrastructure plan. In Boise, he visited the National Interagency Fire Center, a hub for agencies managing wildfires. He heard about the need for resources to fight and prepare for fires, and talked about bipartisan support for wildland firefighters. He’ll also be… → Read More

Biden Administration Starts Process To Re-Open Oil And Gas Leases On Federal Land

The Biden Administration is starting the process of re-opening federal lands to oil and gas leasing. That comes after a federal judge ruled Biden’s across-the-board moratorium on the leases was an executive overreach. → Read More

'Everything Is Converging': All Signs Point To An Extreme Fire Season

All signs are pointing to an extreme fire season across the region this year. That is, we’re seeing warm conditions, low soil moisture, low stream flows and low snowpacks. → Read More

Why We Can Be Left Numb By The Climbing COVID-19 Death Toll

The U.S. hit a horrific milestone this week: More than 3,000 COVID-19 fatalities in just one day. But rising deaths do not necessarily translate into → Read More

Worsening Healthcare Crisis Forces Hospitals To Look Across State Borders

The Mountain West is facing a hospitalization crisis, and even states that cracked down early are feeling the effects of those that didn't. In Washington → Read More

Protesters Convene On Boise Capitol

Hundreds showed up to the capitol building in Boise on Sunday afternoon to protest George Floyd’s death. → Read More

Idahoans Can Now Request Absentee Ballots Through Tuesday

The deadline to request absentee ballots was extended until Tuesday, May 26 after Idaho Congressional candidate Nicholas Jones won a federal court case → Read More

Record Viewership As NFL Teams Draft 14 Mountain West Players

More than a dozen football players from universities around the Mountain West are headed to the NFL. They were drafted over the weekend as a record number → Read More

Paleontologists Identify Feathered Dinosaur Unearthed In New Mexico

Imagine something like a velociraptor, but faster and stronger, and with feathers. → Read More

Tech Startups Are Coming To The Mountain West, But How Can We Grow Them?

Tech startups have been migrating into cities all around the Mountain West, from Denver to Salt Lake to Boise. → Read More

U.S. Sees Most Available Oil And Natural Gas In History

Recent data shows that the U.S. had more minable oil and natural gas reserves than ever before. → Read More

A Look At Rich Basque Cuisine For The Holidays

Epi’s is a Basque restaurant in Meridian Idaho, just west of Boise. In mid-morning, things are still pretty quiet, but owner Eric McFarland and a few → Read More

Sweeping Study Finds Alarming Loss Of Birds In The Mountain West

A study published this week in the journal Science found that the bird population in the U.S. and Canada has fallen by nearly 30%, or 3 billion birds, over → Read More

FDA To CBD Retailers: Don’t Make Unfounded Health Claims

Federal agencies are scrambling to establish regulations for hemp and hemp products as farmers in the Midwest and around the country start growing the crop → Read More

Farming Is Headed Toward A Gene-Editing Revolution, And Hoping The Public Comes Along, Too

Sci-fi writers have long warned about the dangers of modifying organisms. They come in forms ranging from accidentally creating a plague of killer locusts → Read More

Hemp And The Challenges Of Farming’s Frontier

There’s millions of dollars to be made from growing hemp, which for years was lumped in and vilified with its sister plant, marijuana. With the government → Read More