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Christina Lords

Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.

.J. Saldaña (center) poses for a picture with some of the 2023 interns through the Voces Internship of Idaho program

Celebration of life services scheduled for Idaho Latino activist, J.J. Saldaña

By: - September 28, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. A celebration of life will take place for longtime Idaho Latino advocate J.J. Saldaña, who died Friday at the age of 49. The family of Saldaña invites the community to come together from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Boise State University’s Simplot Ballroom in the Student Union […]

Huckleberry Creek Campground in the Idaho's Payette National Forest

Improvements coming for Payette National Forest campgrounds through Great American Outdoors Act funds

By: - September 27, 2023

Renovations will soon begin at the Payette National Forest’s Huckleberry Creek and Cabin Creek campgrounds thanks to funding from the Great American Outdoors Act, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. The work on the campgrounds will begin the week of Oct. 2. Work at the Huckleberry Campgrounds is expected to be complete by […]

cyanobacterial bloom in water

Health advisory issued for eastern Idaho’s Henrys Lake for harmful algal bloom

By: - September 26, 2023

A health advisory has been issued for Henrys Lake, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is urging caution for those recreating in or near its water. Recent samples from the lake showed high amounts of cyanobacteria, which can produce cyanotoxins that are harmful to people, pets and livestock. The health advisory, which is […]

J.J. Saldaña (second from the left in the back row) poses for a picture with the members of the Voces Internship of Idaho

‘A relentless advocate’: Idaho officials mourn death of longtime Latino activist J.J. Saldaña

By: and - September 25, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. Messages of love and support continue to flood social media as state and local elected officials, as well as leaders from Idaho’s Latino and LGBTQ+ communities, mourn the death of longtime Idaho activist J.J. Saldaña. Saldaña, who served as the community resource development specialist at the Idaho […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho governor schedules next Capital for a Day in Lemhi County’s Carmen

By: - September 25, 2023

In an effort to bring state government to rural Idaho residents, Gov. Brad Little has scheduled his latest Capital for a Day event on Thursday in Lemhi County’s Carmen, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension […]

Ada County voting

Need to register to vote? Head to the Idaho Statehouse for National Voter Registration Day.

By: - September 18, 2023

The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with election officials in Ada and Canyon counties to offer voter registration in front of the Idaho Capitol Building on Tuesday to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, according to a press release. The voter registration drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 […]

Algae bloom in Lake Pend Oreille

Toxin-producing cyanobacteria found in water samples at Idaho’s Island Park Reservoir

By: - September 11, 2023

Idahoans should use caution when recreating in or near the Island Park Reservoir after high amounts of toxin-producing cyanobacteria was recently found in water samples there, according to a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The toxins can be harmful to people, pets and livestock. The health department works closely with […]

cyanobacterial bloom in water

South Central Idaho health officials warn of unhealthy toxin levels in Cedar Creek Reservoir

By: - August 29, 2023

Idaho’s South Central Public Health District has issued a public health advisory for Cedar Creek Reservoir, also known as Roseworth Reservoir, due to toxins being found in the water from a harmful algal bloom, according to a press release. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s testing shows levels of a cyanotoxin, Microcystin, are now at […]

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise

Public invited to Idaho government transparency workshops in Boise — or online

By: - August 23, 2023

Idaho residents, public officials and journalists are encouraged to attend a series of government transparency workshops relating to Idaho’s open meeting laws, public records laws and campaign finance laws, according to a press release from Idahoans for Openness in Government. The workshops, which will feature discussions with members of the Idahoans for Openness in Government […]

Payette National Forest offices

Payette National Forest road to close for Great American Outdoors Act improvements

By: - August 17, 2023

The South Fork Salmon River Road in Idaho’s Payette National Forest will close for construction funded by the Great American Outdoors Act beginning Sept. 5, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. Road closures will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with no closures scheduled over the […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little at the inauguration

Idaho Gov. Brad Little to host ‘Capital for a Day’ event in St. Maries

By: - August 13, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little invites the residents of St. Maries to his latest “Capital for a Day” event to connect with state government officials and offer feedback on issues facing the state, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the […]

Cherry Springs Nature Area in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho

Caribou-Targhee National Forest’s Cherry Springs Nature Area, amphitheater closed for renovations

By: - August 6, 2023

The Cherry Springs Nature Area and the Cherry Springs Amphitheatre have been closed for renovations funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, according to a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. The nature area and amphitheater are located in southeastern Idaho’s Westside Ranger District in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The closure, which began July […]