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4/30 – Celebrating 6 months of Elemental Idaho

On today’s show we’ll share highlights of the last six months of Elemental Idaho, as well as interviews with the winners if the 2012 ICIE Earth Day Art Contest. Featured below are: “Secret Garden,” winner, Best of Show by Kaira Paris-McDade of Borah High School “Flight Patterns,” winner, 1st Place Poster by Jessica Scheider of Boise High … Continue reading

4/23 – Department of Energy projects in Southeast Idaho

In 1952, the Department of Energy established a Subsurface Disposal Area in southwest Idaho for the burial of radioactive waste.  In 1980, the entire Idaho Site was put on the National Priorities List to address contamination of the Snake River Plain Aquifer from direct injection of liquid radioactive waste and migration of contaminants from known soil contamination … Continue reading

4/16 – An Interview with Toni Hardesty

Toni Hardesty, former director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, was named the new director of The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, earlier this year.  Hardesty served as director of Idaho’s DEQ since 2004. As director, she was responsible for leading efforts to preserve the quality of Idaho’s air, land and water for the use and enjoyment … Continue reading

4/9 – Water in the West

In the Intermountain West, with its largely arid climate, how we manage our water resources now has a lot to do with how available this resource will be in the future, and is perennially a topic of discussion among local policy makers.  Rich Rankin from the Mountain West Water Institute talked to me about how … Continue reading

4/2 – The 2012 Legislature in Review

The 2012 legislative session adjourned sine die last week.  This episode of Elemental Idaho features a look back at the legislation that was considered on the floor, and issues that died in committee. My guest was retiring Representative Wendy Jaquet (D-Ketchum) of District 25.


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