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Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.

Saint Alphonsus Health System giving the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Homedale

What’s behind vaccine hesitancy in Idaho? It’s not just political.

By: - May 10, 2021

It’s a novel coronavirus. The only thing that could stop it was a novel vaccine. An estimated one-third of Idaho’s population was infected by the COVID-19 virus as of late February, according to one highly regarded data scientist’s model. And now, more than one-third of Idaho’s population, has been vaccinated against it. But Idaho public health […]

Patrick Anderson and cousin

Hundreds of Idahoans have lost their lives ‘for a paycheck’

By: - May 7, 2021

Patrick L. Anderson was 25 when he died. He worked on oil rigs. He worked as a wildland firefighter. Those jobs, he survived. It was moving dirt in a residential development north of Boise that killed him on Oct. 5 — his first day at work. Mario Vazquez Vergara was 35 when he died. He […]

Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine

Southwest District Health says it won’t “infringe on the rights” of residents during pandemic

By: - May 4, 2021

The board that oversees Southwest District Health on Tuesday passed a resolution vowing not to issue or enforce COVID-19 restrictions or vaccine rules. The health district has never issued a mask mandate or other rules beyond those issued by the state. When local business owners and physicians asked the board to pass a mask mandate, […]

Photo shows hard hats

Saturday events honor memory of Idaho workers who died on the job

By: - April 30, 2021

At least three dozen Idaho workers lost their lives on the job in 2019, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many of them were employees in Idaho’s agriculture and construction industries. OSHA each year around Workers Memorial Day recognizes people who died in work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses. Labor unions will host […]

Idaho governor signs ‘social justice’ bill, but chides Legislature for passing it

By: - April 29, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed a bill into law that is premised on the idea that public schools and teachers are indoctrinating students into a “social justice” worldview. In a letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke, the governor suggested the Legislature’s approach may damage Idaho public education. The pandemic gave students, parents, teachers and […]

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger

Legislative staffer who alleges assault by Idaho representative will be subpoenaed to testify publicly

By: and - April 27, 2021

The 19-year-old legislative staffer who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will be compelled to testify publicly before the House Ethics Committee on Wednesday, according to representatives who have been assisting the teen. Members of the organization spoke during a press conference Tuesday morning about the 19-year-old and the overall issues […]

Data shows widening gap between Ada County’s commercial, residential property taxes

By: and - April 26, 2021

As debates over property tax relief have continued in the Boise area, legislators, city officials and residents alike have pointed to an increasing shift of the tax burden to residential homeowners over commercial properties. A dataset of residential and commercial property taxes obtained from the city of Meridian and reviewed by the Idaho Capital Sun […]

Idaho Department of Correction facilities

Idaho inmates worked at food plants. They got COVID. So did their bunkmates.

By: - April 22, 2021

Idaho inmates who worked in the community likely got COVID-19 at those jobs and brought the coronavirus back into their correctional facilities and dorms. A new report published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes how COVID-19 outbreaks tied to workplaces, such as Idaho food processing plants, may have seeded outbreaks […]

PFAS gel

Idaho works to find and remove “forever chemicals” in our water

By: - April 19, 2021

When you pour a glass of water from your kitchen tap, you expect it to be clean. You expect it not to be contaminated with toxic “forever chemicals.” And if you live in Boise, your expectations are most likely true. If you live elsewhere in Idaho, your local water utility may or may not know […]

Construction crane in downtown Boise

Idaho’s March jobless rate tells a story of layoffs, rebounds — and newcomers

By: - April 17, 2021

Idaho’s unemployment rate continues to improve, and is doing better than the nation as a whole, according to new numbers from the Idaho Department of Labor. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2% in March, according to the Labor Department. That’s compared with a rate of 2% in March 2020, when COVID-19 officially arrived […]

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Idaho sets a lofty goal: 80% of people vaccinated for COVID-19 — this year

By: - April 14, 2021

State officials hope to persuade more Idahoans to get the COVID-19 vaccine — and they’ve set the goal at a statewide vaccination rate of 80%. That’s a high bar for a state whose flu vaccination rate is below 50%. Idaho public health officials said Tuesday they’re planning to ask the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho health officials urge pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines

By: - April 13, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Tuesday issued a recommendation to health care providers to follow guidance from U.S. regulators and hold off on continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson. Federal officials issued a recommendation early Tuesday morning that health care providers pause use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. […]