Below are our top dozen stories, published in 2015, by number of readers. As you can see, many of the stories hail from our Fall Special Issue, TBR 6: Food and Inequality, a topic that we plan to expand upon in 2016.  As you settle down to a long, holiday weekend, you can load up several of our top long reads, including a piece by Mark Bieter on the the Basque-Tijuana soccer friendly from July and Mike Medberry’s pre-wilderness bill, but still relevant, plea for the Boulder-White Clouds, from March.

You might also sit down with our bike crash data set, from map maker/writer PJ Mitchell and then watch a mini-documentary on the refugee experience in Idaho, produced by Claudia Peralta’s summer students.

Thanks for reading in 2015 and look for us at the Idaho Legislature in January with a special series to be announced early next year and several new interactive features that we’ve been developing.


This site will be quiet for the next few weeks as I report on cutting edge volcano research in Guatemala along with Boise filmmaker Zach Voss of Retroscope Media. We will be following along as a group of international volcanologists, convened by Jeff Johnson at Boise State, share research methods and data at the base of Santiaguito, a highly active volcano on the outskirts of Guatemala’s second largest city. We will bring you the story in early 2016.

Meanwhile, here are the top 12 stories from 2015… we’d love to see your comments as you read through them:

  1. Small-scale farmers in alternative food networks
  2. Food Waste, Poverty and the ‘Ugly Food Movement’
  3. Why poor people care more about animal welfare
  4. Basque Soccer Friendly: Two Idaho Immigration Stories
  5. Indifference to seven years of Boise bicycle crash data
  6. Nuclear Waste in Idaho
  7. War and Wilderness in the Boulder White Clouds
  8. Strawberry harvest and farmworker injustice
  9. Who will be Indian Country’s Barack Obama?
  10. Food and immigration: food systems and food security
  11. Starting Over Again: The Refugee Experience in Boise, Idaho
  12. The relation between assessed value and sales price at CWI?

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