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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 284 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

5/4/16 – Esther Simplot Park – Innovative Storm Water Management and Flood Protection (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, Boise City Engineer John Tensen and Superintendent of Parks, Tom Governale, presented details of the Esther Simplot Park, which is designed to reduce flood risk and manage storm water, as well as provide valuable recreational opportunities.  Construction is expected to be completed by this summer. This is an encore episode … Continue reading

6/7/17 – Etiquette on Foothills Trails

Ever wonder about trail etiquette? Which trails to choose, or which plants and animals are living there? For those who are just beginning to explore the trails that cross the Boise foothills, have never gone before, or need a seasonal reminder, Genny Gerke, College of Idaho Outdoor Program Director, joined us for this program.   … Continue reading

5/31/17 – All About Bees

On this program, we learn all about honeybees in this encore airing of our interview with local beekeeper and expert, Steve Sweet who spills his guts about beekeeping, threats and challenges, bee behavior, and trends in honeybee populations. This program originally aired in 2015. You can listen to that broadcast here.

5/24/17 – Solarize the Valley

On this program, we received an update on the Snake River Alliance’s program Solarize the Valley, a unique initiative that aims to accelerate the installation of solar in the Treasure Valley. SRA’s executive director Wendy Wilson was our guest.

5/17/17 – Integrating Local Foods into Summer Meals

Idaho Preferred is working with local schools to incorporate local foods into their summer school lunch programs. Summer is a great time to incorporate local foods, and a time when local food is in abundance from fresh fruit and  juicy melons to vine ripened tomatoes. Program manager, Leah Clark, with Idaho Preferred, joined us for this program.

5/10/17 – Water and Climate Change in Southern Idaho

Water is profoundly important to Southern Idaho’s economy and way of life. Climate change is altering temperatures and circulation patterns in the atmosphere, changing both how much precipitation is falling and whether it falls as snow or rain. Most of the effects can be summarized as more severe drought, more flooding, and altered timing. Dr. … Continue reading

4/12/17 –  Wildfires in Idaho and the Northwest

 A recent University of Idaho report highlights the human factor in wildfires, examining twenty-year trends in their causes and conditions under which they begin. They say the results of their study show the problem will likely get worse. Our guest for this program, UI Professor John Abatzoglou, worked with counterparts from the University of Colorado-Boulder and … Continue reading

4/5/17 – Legislative Recap

Idaho Conservation League’s Jonathan Oppenheimer and government affairs and environmental expert Nate Fisher come together on this program to review the 2017 Idaho Legislative session.

3/29/17 – Birds in Idaho (encore)

Idaho bird expert Terry Rich is on hand in today’s program to talk about the make up and status of our resident bird populations: about how bird populations are assessed and prioritized for conservation action and efforts, what species are moving into and out of our state at different times and a possible shift in overall migration patterns … Continue reading

3/22/17 – The IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Program (encore)

The IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Program of the University of Idaho Extension is the focus of today’s program, rebroadcast from last spring, with program director Jim Ekins. Workshops are open to any individual or group with an interest in water quality and monitoring. On this program, we’ll talk about an interactive map of the stream study … Continue reading

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