Explore the Beauty of Australia and Mexico in Two August Specials

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Outback (three Wednesdays at 7 PM beginning August 1) explores Australia’s Kimberley region over the course of a year. This rugged northwestern section of Australia comes to life with spectacular wilderness and tough characters in The Kimberley Comes Alive (August 1). Turtles lay their eggs, cattle are prepared for rodeos, elite athletes dive for pearls, and a mother marsupial sets her babies free in The Dry Season (August 8). In Return of the Wet (August 15), watch as the Outback skies explode with thunder and rain, breaking the stifling heat, bringing relief to the animals and people, and beginning a new season in this ancient land.

Wonders of Mexico (three Wednesdays at 8 PM beginning August 1) travels along Mexico’s mountain spine, explores the tropical forests of the Maya, and journeys across the deserts of northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture. Forests of the Maya (August 1) explores the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico’s far south, swathed in a forest stretching 50,000 square miles and once ruled by the mighty Maya civilization. Mountain Worlds (August 8) travels the rocky spine of the Sierra Madre mountain chain to discover an amazing diversity of life and culture. Burning North (August 15) journeys through the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, introducing the animals that have adapted to the harsh conditions in order to thrive there.

Over-the-Air Signal Changes for McCall Area

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In August, the KAID-TV signal broadcasting from the translator at No Business Mountain will be re-channeled. This translator serves viewers in the McCall, Donnelly, Lake Fork and Meadows Valley areas.

Between August 10 and 25, viewers in these areas who receive the KAID signal via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to receive the updated channels.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

If the rescan does not display the new channel, it may be necessary to follow these additional steps:

  • Turn off the television set or converter box
  • Unplug the power to the TV or box
  • Disconnect the antenna from the TV or box
  • Wait 10 minutes
  • Plug the power back into the TV or box
  • Rescan the channels with the antenna still unattached
  • When the scan is complete, reattach the antenna and rescan channels again.

According to Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology, the No Business Mountain translator serves the McCall/Donnelly area and is one of two units that repeat or translate the KAID-TV signal from Boise.  The other translator located on Brundage Mountain will remain unchanged with service offered on channel 11.

Last year, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The No Business translator sits right in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels no later than October 31 or terminate operations entirely.  IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to remain whole in the area.

“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Van Genderen. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

Over-the-Air Signal Changes for Kellogg Area

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In August, the KUID-TV signal broadcasting from the translator at Wardner Peak will be re-channeled. This translator serves viewers in the Kellogg, Wardner, Pinehurst and Smelterville areas.

Between August 1 and 15, viewers in these areas who receive the KUID signal via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to receive the updated channels.

Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.

If the rescan does not display the new channel, it may be necessary to follow these additional steps:

  • Turn off the television set or converter box
  • Unplug the power to the TV or box
  • Disconnect the antenna from the TV or box
  • Wait 10 minutes
  • Plug the power back into the TV or box
  • Rescan the channels with the antenna still unattached
  • When the scan is complete, reattach the antenna and rescan channels again.

According to Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology, the Wardner Peak translator serves the Kellogg area and repeats or translates the KUID-TV signal from Moscow.

Last year, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Kellogg translator sits right in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels no later than October 17, 2018.  IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to remain whole in the Silver Valley area.

“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Van Genderen. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

Join us for ‘Kids Day’ at the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic!

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The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic in Ann Morrison Park begins with CapEd Kids Day on Wednesday, August 29, from 7 to 9 AM. Kids can enjoy tethered rides aboard one of the many hot-air balloons.

Find the Idaho PBS KIDS Channel table sponsored by CapEd Credit Union and take home a free hovercraft activity! Keeping with the balloon theme, this science experiment from PBS KIDS Design Squad Global teaches the basics of propulsion and friction using a CD hovercraft propelled by an inflated balloon.

Pacific Time Zone Viewers: Daytime Schedule Changes

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Beginning August 1, our Pacific time zone viewers will notice a change in their daytime schedules on the IDAHO Channel. Prime-time schedules will remain the same.

Monday-Friday daytime programs (until 5:30 PM) and Saturday-Sunday daytime programs (until 5 PM) will air one hour later beginning in August. This will allow our IDAHO Channel to air programs at a consistent time in both time zones around the clock.

As an example, Curious George (which previously aired at 2:30/1:30 PM Mountain/Pacific) will now air at 2:30 PM in both time zones.

‘Idaho Experience’ Explores Stories and Legacy of Chinese Immigrants

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In 1870, nearly one-third of the Idaho territory’s population was Chinese. Most of these individuals were men who worked in mines, though a handful of Chinese women found their way to Idaho. While the majority of the workers ultimately returned to China, they left a substantial impact on the American West, through the infrastructure they built and the Western culture they influenced.

Forgotten Neighbors: Idaho’s Chinese Immigrants, a new episode of Idaho Experience, explores their stories and their legacy. The show airs Thursday, July 26, at 8:30 PM and repeats Sunday, July 29, at 7:30 PM. Following its debut broadcast, the show will be available for streaming at video.idahoptv.org/show/idaho-experience.

“Not many Idahoans know the history of Chinese workers in our state,” says producer Melissa Davlin. “This episode doesn’t just tell their stories. It also explores what it means to be an Idahoan and who gets to define what ‘Idahoan’ means.”

Major funding for Idaho Experience is provided by Anne Voillequé and Louise Nelson, and Judy and Steve Meyer. Additional support provided by the Friends of Idaho Public Television, the Friends of Idaho Public Television Endowment, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IdahoPTV’s Teacher Ambassador Develops Online Coding Class

Idaho Public Television’s teacher ambassador, Kari Wardle, has developed an online, self-paced professional development course that is designed to teach elementary school educators how to code and how to integrate coding into the classroom. TCP Logo

Coding is a form of computer programming that can be used to create games, apps, webpages and instructions for electronic devices.

Wardle’s course, “Teaching Coding to K-5 Students,” is available online through the Idaho State University website. It can be taken individually or in a collaborative group.

TCP child.jpgAs a teacher myself, I know the need for high-quality professional development,” Wardle says, “but I also know the need for that PD to be flexible and work within the teachers’ schedule. Coding is a new type of literacy, and I knew it was an area where teachers, especially elementary teachers, could use some more training.”

Lisa Ramsey, a teacher at Wendell Elementary School who has taken the course and applied its techniques in her classroom, says, “I really enjoyed participating in this class. It has shown me new ways to enrich my lessons. Whenever my students are creating with PBS Kids ScratchJr [coding language] they have an excitement about them, and I know they are loving what they are doing.”