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Fredericksen and Riggins Co-Author Article on Idaho’s FY18 Budget

Elizabeth Fredericksen recently co-authored an article with Public Policy and Administration doctoral student John Riggins for the California Journal of Politics and Policy titled “Idaho: Carefully and Cautiously Progressing”. The article focused on what went into Idaho’s FY18 budget and possible implications for the FY19 budget.

The full article is available on eScholarship.

Original Source: Boise State Update 

John Freemuth Interviewed by Boise Public Radio

John Freemuth was interviewed by Boise State Public Radio for a story titled “What The Nevada Bundy Mistrial Means For Public Lands” about the federal government case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

Freemuth is quated saying that the trial “sets back a lot of work,” and noted the roll personality and personal relationships between ranchers and managers had on this case.

You can read and listen to the story here: Boise State Public Radio

Original Source: Boise State Update 1/5/18

Dr. John Freemuth is quoted in the Conversation

Interior Secretary Zinke invokes Teddy Roosevelt as model, but his public land policies don’t
John Freemuth is the Executive Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University. He receives funding from USGS and BLM.

Original source: The Conversation US, 9/27/17; Boise State Update, 9/27/17

Dr. John Freemuth was quoted in the Lewiston Morning Tribune

Are we seeing an end to Idaho’s ‘forest wars’?
“For decades, Idaho seemed caught up in what Boise State University environmental policy professor John Freemuth coined the “forest wars.”.”

Original source: Lewiston Morning Tribune, 9/27/17

The Blue Review post, “Lessons Learned”, by Chris Birdsall

Red brick building with columns in front Idaho set a goal to have 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-old Idahoans hold a college degree or certificate by …
The post Lessons Learned appeared first on The Blue Review.

Original Source: The Blue Review, 9/25/17

John Freemuth was quoted in an titled “Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land.”

John Freemuth, PhD

Dr. John Freemuth

Forest Service, Idaho work to boost logging on federal land
… you don’t compromise environmental values,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor and public lands expert.

“The article discusses agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other Western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires.”

Original source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 9/22/17, Associated Press, 9/22/17 and the Boise State UPDATE 9/24/17 

Suzanne McCorkle and Melanie Reese, published 2nd edition of “Personal Conflict Management”

Photo of Suzanne McCorkle 1Suzanne McCorkle and Melanie Reese have published the second edition of their book, “Personal Conflict Management” (2018, Routledge). The book details the common causes of conflict, showcases the theories that explain why conflict happens, presents strategies for managing conflict, and invites consideration of the risks of leaving conflict unsettled.

Origination source: Boise State UPDATE, 9/15/17

John Freemuth Quoted by High Country News

Portrait of John Freemuth
John Freemuth was quoted in a High Country News story titled “Trump administration erodes environmental protections.” Read the full article in the High Country News.

Original source: Boise State UPDATE 9/13/17; High County News 9/11/17

President Kustra to Moderate Politics of Protected Areas Forum

“Boise State University President Bob Kustra will moderate a forum presented by the Idaho Environmental Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational association, from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel.

The forum, titled “The Politics of Protected Areas: National Parks, Monuments, and Wilderness,” will focus on the politics of monuments such as Craters of the Moon and Bears Ears, as well as other protected areas such as national parks and wilderness. The speakers will discuss challenges and opportunities related to federally protected areas, including the role of the American people and how they interpret and engage with these places.

“The passing of Cecil Andrus and the celebration of his public lands legacy illustrate the importance of our national parks monuments wilderness and protected areas. Some of these lands appear to many to be under assault today; this forum will explore their status and the issues surrounding them,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State professor of environmental policy and executive director of the Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy.

In addition to Freemuth, the forum will feature University of Illinois professor of political science Robert Pahre and Idaho Conservation League executive director Rick Johnson.

Learn more and register to attend on the Idaho Environmental Forum website.”

Original source: Boise State UPDATE 9/2/17

MPA Alumni and IMGMA Executive Director, Steven Sumter, Announces 2017 MGMA Conference

The Idaho Medical Group Management Association (Idaho MGMA) is a professional association of approximately 200 medical practice administrators and managers from a variety of medical practices and facilities throughout Idaho. As an affiliate of the national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), we help improve members’ practices through exclusive member benefits, education, resource news, and networking opportunities.

This year, Idaho MGMA is hosting it’s 2017 Annual Conference at Boise State University on September 20th-22nd. In partnership with the Boise State School of Public Service and Department of Community and Environmental Health, MHS and MPA program students may attend the educational portion of this event September 21-22 at no cost. The conference is a fantastic educational and networking opportunity. Idaho MGMA is still in need of volunteers if interested.

Student conference registration includes program materials and meals for participation during the educational portion of the conference. Registration DOES NOT include admission to Wednesday Golf Tournament, Wednesday Evening Reception, or the Thursday Evening Dinner/Entertainment. In accordance with university policy, students are prohibited from participating in these activities.

If you are currently enrolled in Boise State’s MHS or MPA program you may register here. Students must register prior to September 8.

Click here to view the tentative conference schedule. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Contact Steven Sumter, Idaho MGMA Executive Director, by phone at (208) 344-7888, or via email at