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Beth Markley

Beth Markley is a 40-something consultant and overcommitted volunteer. She blogs about mothering teenagers without losing her marbles at www.manicmumbling.com, and has been featured on Huffington Post, What The Flicka, Scary Mommy and Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Beth loves writing, reading, and running long distances very slowly. She consistently overestimates her abilities as a chef. She shouldn't be allowed to dye her own hair or pick out living room furniture, and she can't figure out the TV remote, but is otherwise a good person. If she could choose any superpower, it would be the ability to read in a moving vehicle without getting woozy.
Beth Markley has written 163 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

01/07/15 – Through the Waters (rebroadcast)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from October, I talk with Randy Stapilus, editor of Through the Waters, An Oral History of the Snake River Adjudication, a compilation of the personal perspectives of those most centrally involved with one of the largest legal cases in American history. The SRBA was a 27 year-review of more … Continue reading

12/31/14 – The Swan Falls Agreement – 30 Years Later

Three decades ago, the Swan Falls Settlement resolved an ongoing controversy over how to balance water uses for agriculture and water needs for hydropower generation in the Snake River Basin. It was central to the Snake River Basin Adjudication process, a 27-year review of more than 150,000 water rights and one of the largest legal … Continue reading

12/24/14 – A History of the Boise River Greenbelt (Rebroadcast)

Historian Susan Stacy joined us on this episode of Elemental Idaho, first broadcast in October, for a conversation about one of the most beloved amenities in Boise today. The City of Boise celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Greenbelt last week with commemorations and events, but its origins weren’t without some struggle, and along the way, the … Continue reading

12/17/14 – Fish Consumption Standards Survey (Rebroadcast)

In May, The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality began a statewide survey to estimate fish consumption rates among Idaho residents. Information from the survey will be used to tailor water quality criteria to protect human health in Idaho. On this episode of Elemental Idaho, rebroadcast from June, we talked about the potential outcomes for the survey … Continue reading

12/10/14 – Idaho Power’s Response to EPA’s Clean Power Rule

In July, Kate Kelly of the EPA joined us on Elemental Idaho to outline the Obama administration’s ambitious proposal to combat climate change: a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30% over 2005 levels by 2030. On today’s program, Julia Hilton shares Idaho Power’s response to the rule.

12/3/14 – Idaho’s Water Resources

Our guests on this program were Cynthia Bridge Clark and Neely Miller with the Idaho Department of Water Resources talking about the Water Sustainability and Aquifer Stabilization Initiative and some of the issues that are being prioritized by the Idaho Water Resource Board.

11/26/14 – EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Rule (rebroadcast)

The EPA has extended its comment period on a proposed rule aimed at reducing carbon pollution from power plants. The rule would require states to reduce a certain percentage of their heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, as well as submit plans to the agency by 2016 to prove how they’ll make those cuts. Nationwide, the rules are … Continue reading

11/18/14 – Learning Outside the Classroom (rebroadcast)

In this rebroadcast from 2013, the University of Idaho – McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) Leadership Coordinator Gary Thompson talks to us about the process of fostering scientific literacy, enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue through graduate and professional education, youth science programs, seminars, conferences, and leadership development initiatives. Founded in 2001, MOSS is the only publicly operated K-12 … Continue reading

11/12/14 – The Gateway West Transmission Project – Filling in the Gaps

Last year, the BLM approved eight of the ten segments of the Gateway West High-Voltage Interstate Transmission Line Project in Wyoming and Idaho, deferring a decision on the last two segments until it could conduct stakeholder outreach and public engagement. At the time, officials with the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) opposed an alternative route … Continue reading

11/5/14 – The Barber Pool Conservation Area

The BPCA, a more than 700 acre area just 6 miles east of downtown on the Boise River, is home to more than two hundred species of wildlife, including bald eagles and mule dear, and one of the last intact black cottonwood stands in the rapidly urbanizing Boise area. On this episode, hear from Sharon Hubler, … Continue reading

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