Madelyn Beck

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The ski wax industry is working to leave PFAS behind

Apr 4, 2022
Laws and regulations are changing to kick this harmful “forever chemical” off the ski hill.
Eric Straubhar buffs the wax on a child's ski in his Idaho shop. Bans on PFAS waxes haven't provoked pushback, he said. If they apply to everyone, "the playing field is level."
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News Bureau

Could making fentanyl test strips more available curb opioid overdoses?

Feb 10, 2022
Some health officials and researchers say the tests could save lives. But many state drug paraphernalia laws make them illegal.
Packages of fentanyl test strips and instructions for their use. Some experts and officials say they can save lives, but they are outlawed in many states.
Gustavo Sagrero/Boise State Public Radio

As more people seek recreation outdoors, backcountry rescues are on the rise

Jan 26, 2022
Many volunteer rescue groups had an increase in calls last year.
Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Unit volunteers extract a person portraying a lost snowshoer during a training exercise.
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News

A boon for local butchers is a hurdle for hunters

Dec 27, 2021
Flush with demand, meat processors are walking away from wild game.
Northwest Premium Meats in Idaho. Manager Elliott Tolbert says he's seen strong demand for butchering services, but processing wild game isn't always worth the effort.
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News Bureau

Prescribed burns can help reduce wildfire threat in the West

Nov 17, 2021
Managed burns take communication between federal officials and locals.
A U.S. Forest Service truck drives along a dirt road in the Albion Mountains in southern Idaho. Prescribed burns in the area can reduce overgrown vegetation that’s crowding out the iconic aspen tree.
Madelyn Beck/Mountain West News Bureau.

Will the Bureau of Land Management's new headquarters stay in the West?

Jul 12, 2021
The Trump administration moved the agency's headquarters to Colorado from Washington, D.C. in a controversial move that's still questioned.
The Bureau of Land Management is renting out space in this building near the airport in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Madelyn Beck via Mountain West News Bureau

Beef market still feeling the effects of COVID-19

Dec 29, 2020
Disruptions weren't as bad as they might have been. But some consumer practices have changed because of the pandemic.
Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Will telehealth continue after the pandemic passes?

Jul 30, 2020
Medical appointments via phone and video have boomed for everything from physical therapy to counseling, even in rural states.
A patient attends a teleconsultation on suspicion of COVID-19 at a special medical unit in Paris in May.
Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

With some meatpacking plant closures due to COVID-19, a look at their role in the food supply chain

Apr 20, 2020
The industry has consolidated over the last decades, so there are fewer plants, that handle a lot more meat.
Stacey Vanek-Smith/Marketplace

Among essential operations during COVID-19: livestock auctions

Apr 14, 2020
Those auctions are an important part of the rural economy and the food chain. The people working the auctions are taking safety precautions.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images