A Night of Moon History in Twin Falls

You and your family are invited to join Idaho Public Television at the Faulkner Planetarium on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls [map] for a screening of dramatic segments from Chasing the Moon, a six-hour American Experience documentary.

Rick Greenawald, planetarium manager, will lead a live tour of the night sky. IdahoPTV staff will present several other space-related short films that illuminate Idaho’s role in the space race.

The event is free, but please register here as seating is limited.

Over-the-Air Signal Changes for Garden Valley, Crouch

On Tuesday, July 9, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting to the Garden Valley/Crouch area will be re-channeled.

Following the July 9 re-channeling, viewers in the Garden Valley/Crouch area who receive IdahoPTV 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. After rescanning, viewers will continue to find IdahoPTV on broadcast channel 4.

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

K41EO-D is the translator in the Garden Valley/Crouch area for IDPTV, currently broadcasting on frequency channel 41 (but received by television tuners on channel 4). Telecommunications company T-Mobile has purchased that frequency and is paying for us to relocate to a new channel (frequency channel 8, which will also be received by television tuners on channel 4).

In 2017, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Garden Valley/Crouch translator sits in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels or terminate operations entirely.  IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to continue broadcasting 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 Rich Van Genderen, IdahoPTV’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”

‘Educate and Celebrate’ at Our Event for Teachers!

Idaho educators, please join us at the Idaho Public Television studios in Boise on Thursday, June 20, as we celebrate YOU!

You’ll meet IdahoPTV’s newest Digital Innovator, Gabriel Garcia; learn about all the quality classroom resources we have for you; and get a tour of the station.

Lunch will be provided, and you might win one of many door prizes!

The event is free, but please register here to reserve your seat. See you then!

Boise Teacher Gabriel Garcia Named ‘Digital Innovator’

Capital High School principal Sandy Winters with teacher Gabriel Garcia

Idaho Public Television is thrilled to announce that teacher Gabriel Garcia has been named the 2019-2020 IdahoPTV Digital Innovator. Garcia teaches video production at Capital High School and computer science at Riverglen Junior High School in Boise.

The Digital Innovator program recognizes Idaho teachers who enhance learning by integrating technology or digital media into their classrooms. Each spring IdahoPTV selects one educator who will serve as Digital Innovator for the following school year.

“Gabriel Garcia was chosen as the 2019-2020 Digital Innovator because he exudes a passion for teaching students about video broadcasting, But Gabe does more than just teach kids how to create quality videos,” says Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV Teacher Ambassador. “He also encourages organization, inspires confidence, helps build leadership skills, and teaches students how to tell important stories, theirs and others’. We are so excited to work with Gabe and look forward to sharing his passion for education!”

Garcia will have many opportunities to explore new teaching strategies and share his knowledge with other Idaho teachers, beginning with IdahoPTV’s Educate and Celebrate event June 20 in Boise. Throughout the year, he will partner with IdahoPTV education staff on professional development trainings for teachers.

Garcia will also receive an expenses-paid trip to the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) conference in Seattle (February 2020) as well as a classroom innovation kit from IdahoPTV.

The IdahoPTV Digital Innovator Program is based on the national PBS Digital Innovators Program. Each Idaho honoree will be considered for the national honor of PBS Digital Innovator All-Star. For more information contact Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV Teacher Ambassador, at kari.wardle@idahoptv.org or (208) 373-7314.

Online Auction & Sweepstakes Offer Idaho Adventures

Between June 1 and 16, visit our Experiencing Idaho Online Auction at idahoptv.afrogs.org. You’ll find opportunities to bid on unique creations by Idaho artisans, wine tasting and fly fishing adventures, tickets to cultural events, and much more. All proceeds support the Friends of Idaho Public Television.

Sweepstakes Offers More Idaho Adventures

Everyone who registers at the auction site (whether or not they place a bid) will be entered into the Experiencing Idaho Sweepstakes. One winner will be selected to go behind the scenes with an IdahoPTV production team for an adventure of their choice between:

  • a visit or outdoor excursion with the Outdoor Idaho crew;
  • an historical reenactment production with the Idaho Experience crew;
  • a visit with Joan Cartan-Hansen to see how a Science Trek 360-degree video is made.

Create an account at idahoptv.afrogs.org, and you’ll be automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Then browse the list of auction items and bid on your favorites! More information is on the auction site.

Keith Allred Talks Common Sense Civility on ‘Dialogue’

Can we all just get along better? Idaho native Keith Allred answers a resounding “yes” to that question, and now has a national platform to try and make that happen.

In a new Dialogue episode that premieres Friday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m., Allred, the new executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), talks with host Marcia Franklin about his vision. The interview encores Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m.

Allred, the Democratic nominee for the Idaho governorship in 2010, is a mediator who founded The Common Interest, a multi-party citizens’ group that studied Idaho legislative issues and came to a consensus on positions. He is taking that model to a national level with a new initiative at NICD called “CommonSense American”.

Although political rancor is high right now, Allred just sees that as an opportunity for positive change. “I have never been more optimistic than I am today,” he tells Franklin.

Allred graduated from Twin Falls High School, and received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from UCLA.

IdahoPTV Honored With Emmy Nominations and WorldFest Awards

Idaho Public Television is proud of our many writers, producers, videographers and directors who were honored this week at the 56th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy Nominations and the 52nd Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

Here are a list of the nominees and winners:

OUTDOOR IDAHO
Special Jury Award – “35th Anniversary Celebration,” Travel/Tourism, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Special Jury Award – “Hops & Barley,” Agriculture, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Gold Award – “Land of the Lost River Range,” Information/Culture, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Gold Award – “Jobs Without Walls,” Lifestyle Programming, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
Emmy Nomination – “Hops & Barley,” Business/Consumer, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter 
Emmy Nomination
– “35th Anniversary Celebration,” Environment-Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter 
Emmy Nomination
– “Jobs Without Walls,” Informational, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter 
Emmy Nomination –
“Land of the Lost River Range,” Writer-Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination – “Land of the Lost River Range,” Editor-Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Finalist – “35th Anniversary Celebration,” Locally Sourced, National Educational Telecommunications Association

IDAHO REPORTS
Emmy Nomination — “Bail Reform,” Investigative Report, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter

IDAHO EXPERIENCE
Platinum Award – “Taking the Reins,” History/Archeology, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Platinum Award – “Pioneers of the Air,” Flight/Space Travel, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Platinum Award – “Forgotten Neighbors,” Ethnic/Cultural, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Platinum Award – “We Sagebrush Folks,” Biographical, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Gold – “A Little Las Vegas in North Idaho,” Information/Culture, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Emmy Nomination – “Pioneers of the Air,” Documentary/Historical, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination – “We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood,”  Documentary/Historical, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination — “Taking the Reins,” Historic/Cultural, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination — “Forgotten Neighbors,” Historic/Cultural, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination – Editor-Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First Place – Idaho Experience, Promotion-Integrated Media Campaign, National Education Telecommunications Association.

IDAHO PUBLIC TELEVISION
Emmy Nomination – Station Excellence, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination – “Lisa’s Story,” Promotion/Single Spot, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Emmy Nomination – “Beyond Civility,” Public/Current/Community Affairs, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Gold – “Educational Overview,” Education, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Gold – “Lisa’s Story,” Institutional Identity, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Silver – “Idaho Pathways: Career Education,” Recruiting/Career Guidance, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival


SCIENCE TREK
Gold – “What’s inside Your Head?” Educational/Instructional, Worldfest, Houstaon International Film Festival
Gold – “Gravity,” NASA Award, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival 
Bronze – “Nuclear Energy,” Nuclear/Energy Issue, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival
Emmy Nomination – Writer-Program, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
Emmy Nomination – “360: Tour of Craters of the Moon,” Health/Science, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, NW Chapter
 

IDAHO SCIENCE JOURNAL
Gold – “Treasure Valley Water Atlas,” Science/Research, Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival