Anteia McCollum is an intern with the Idaho Capital Sun. She will graduate from a the University of Idaho with a journalism degree in December. She has served as a columnist, reporter, photographer, graphic designer and editor during her time at The Argonaut, the UI student newspaper. She also freelances with Project FARE, a nonprofit focused on telling Idaho's food stories. In 2017, she joined the Idaho Army National Guard as a combat engineer and will complete her contract in December 2023. She's an avid outdoor enthusiast with an interest in environmental reporting as a lifelong career. Her hobbies collide with her line of work, including reading, photography, design and some outside activities like backpacking and wandering around the local farmers market.
U.S. ag, health secretaries talk Western issues at governors’ association meeting in Cd’A
By: Anteia Elswick - July 26, 2022
The breadth of Western issues handled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is wide, but in his address to Western governors on Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack focused on issues Idaho and the West faces every day. Issues like longer, hotter and drier wildfire seasons without the workforce to fight them. Like […]
Boise State University researchers assemble first complete sagebrush genome sequence
By: Anteia Elswick - July 20, 2022
Researchers at Boise State University have assembled the first sagebrush genome sequence, opening many doors to help protect the sagebrush sea of the American West from risks like drought and wildfire. But more than saving sagebrush itself, this milestone allows for further preservation of entire ecosystems. Animals such as sage grouse, pygmy rabbits, pronghorns and […]
From distance to the power grid, electric vehicles face fair share of challenges in rural Idaho
By: Anteia Elswick - July 14, 2022
Editor’s note: To read more about a new proposal to add EV charging stations to Idaho’s interstates, read this story. In 2003, Christiane Rudd became an early adopter of hybrid vehicles. She bought her first hybrid, a Toyota Prius that she drove for 18 years, before she upgraded to a newer, more efficient Hyundai Ioniq, […]
Idaho Department of Labor opens four new mobile offices in Adams, Valley counties
By: Anteia Elswick - July 11, 2022
The Idaho Department of Labor has increased accessibility to job services in Adams and Valley counties by opening four mobile offices. Those living in or around Cascade, Council, McCall and New Meadows can use services related to finding a new job, searching for better pay and accessing other training resources. Walk-in hours and appointments are […]
University of Idaho researchers find correlation between pesticides and cancer
By: Anteia Elswick - July 8, 2022
A correlation between agricultural pesticides and cancer in Western states has been found by University of Idaho and Northern Arizona University researchers. Two studies were conducted, one that examined correlating data in 11 Western states and one that took a closer look at data in Idaho specifically. The studies found a possible relationship between agricultural […]
Over 60 Idaho communities receive funding to improve water systems
By: Anteia Elswick - July 5, 2022
A total of 63 communities across Idaho will receive funding for clean water projects ranging from the evaluation and repair of current water distribution to removing lead water pipes.
FDA warns North Idaho business of ‘serious violations’ with its sale of mineral supplements
By: Anteia Elswick - July 1, 2022
A business in Kooskia that sells supplements, such as colloidal silver, violated federal law and regulations, according to a warning letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA inspected C R Supplements last year, between Dec. 6 and Dec. 10. That inspection and a review of the business’s website and Facebook page found "serious violations" of federal law and regulations, according to the letter, sent to owner Susan Hull on April 20.
Idaho’s Highway 95 expansion near Moscow faces opposition from environmental group
By: Anteia Elswick - June 29, 2022
The Idaho Transportation Department is moving forward with construction south of Moscow that will expand Highway 95 and create a safer route for drivers, the department said. Drivers can expect to begin using the highway in October 2024, according to ITD. The project has been long in the making, with original plans beginning in 1999 […]
As phosphorus levels rise in Coeur d’Alene Lake, new plan invests $20M for water quality efforts
By: Anteia Elswick - June 23, 2022
As phosphorus and lead levels in Coeur d’Alene Lake increase at a quicker pace, Idaho Gov. Brad Little is directing millions of dollars to research and efforts that will inform decisions about the health of the lake and surrounding communities.
Nez Perce Tribe signs Good Neighbor Authority agreement with Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forest
By: Anteia Elswick - June 17, 2022
The agreement will allow for more partnerships for fuels reduction projects. Other goals of the agreement include conducting heritage surveys and to begin planning projects that benefit the most important areas to the tribe.