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Beth Markley

Beth Markley has written 290 posts for el.e.men'tal Idaho

8/16/17 – The Great American Eclipse

Boise State University assistant professor of physics and astronomy, Brian Jackson, and Elizabeth Duncan of the Idaho Office of Emergency Management joined us on Elemental Idaho to talk about one of the most exciting natural phenomenons Idahoans had the opportunity to experience this summer, what to expect and tips on how to have a safe … Continue reading

8/9/17 – The Case for Dark Skies 

Light pollution can have serious environmental consequences for humans, wildlife, and our climate. Idaho Conservation League’s Dani Mazzotta joined us to talk about some of these impacts and a collaboration under way in the Wood River Valley and Stanley Basin to establish a dark sky reserve.  

8/2/17 – A Legislative Solution to the Gateway West Transmission Project

The Gateway West Transmission Project consists of 1,000 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines between the Windstar substation near Glenrock, Wyoming and the Hemingway substation near Melba, Idaho. This spring, Idaho Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador introduced legislation that would clear the way for the transmission line to be built through the Snake River Birds … Continue reading

7/26/17 – Seeds and Seed Saving (encore)

On this episode of Elemental Idaho, I visited with Casey O’Leary of Earthly Delights farm, as we explored the role of seeds in human history as well as the state of seeds in the US and beyond. We talked about the amazing abilities of seeds and the various strategies humans are employing to protect them against … Continue reading

6/21/17 – Managing Invasive Plant Species (encore)

Every year in Idaho, noxious weeds cause agricultural losses, diminish critical habitat, increase wildfire events, reduce water and air quality, threaten public health due to pest control issues, and limit recreational opportunities. There are roughly about 300 undesirable plants in all states, with about 64 of those in Idaho, and they posses an alarming ability to … Continue reading

6/14/17 – Flood Protection and Esther Simplot Park (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, Boise’s newest city park, designed to reduce flood risk and manage storm water, as well as provide valuable recreational opportunities. This is an encore episode of Elemental Idaho. You can hear the … 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.

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