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Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.

Public invited to help draw new Boise political boundaries 

By: - October 3, 2022

City officials in Boise are encouraging the public to help them draw new city district boundary maps that will help shape elections in the City of Trees for years to come. This week, the Boise Districting Commission opened up the Maptitude software they will use to draw new city district maps to the public. The […]

Payette Lake

Four of five state-owned lots at Payette Lake’s Cougar Island fail to sell at auction

By: - September 30, 2022

When Idaho state officials auctioned off an exclusive island nestled on a mountain lake in the town of McCall earlier this month, only one of the five parcels of land sold. Now that most of Cougar Island, situated on Payette Lake, failed to sell, a Valley County commissioner who opposed auctioning off the state-owned island […]

Rep. Wendy Horman (R, Idaho Falls)

Idaho Legislature’s JFAC hits the road for fall budget meetings

By: - September 30, 2022

The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee will begin three days of training and meetings Monday in Twin Falls.  The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee sets the state budget each year and is one of the largest, hardest working committees in the Idaho Legislature.  Although the Idaho Legislature is not in session now, JFAC’s fall meetings held outside […]

voters cast ballots in the Idaho 2022 primary election

What’s on the ballot? How to vote? Everything you need to know for Idaho’s general election

By: - September 26, 2022

The 2022 general election season is officially open. On Friday, Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane announced election officials sent out the first batch of 26,000 absentee ballots, which should arrive this week for Ada County voters who already requested an absentee ballot.  Election Day itself is just six weeks away, and in-person voting will be […]

Moose fire Idaho 2022

As wildfires become common, Idaho’s smoke season becomes a public health hazard

By: and - September 23, 2022

Ethan Sims and Wesley Pidcock know what to expect when fire season arrives. As doctors who specialize in helping people breathe, they see what happens when wildfire smoke spreads into communities throughout Idaho. Every time there is a spike in the air quality index — a rating for hazardous air — there is a spike […]

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park visitation numbers down again in August

By: - September 20, 2022

Recreational visits at Yellowstone National Park were down again in August as the park continues to recover from historic flooding earlier in 2022. In August, Yellowstone hosted 582,211 recreational visits, according to a press release from park officials. That is down 37% from the 921,844 recreational visits a year earlier in August 2021, park officials […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho Gov. Little again declines to participate in debate heading into election 

By: - September 19, 2022

Idaho’s governor and the state’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives have all decided not to debate their challengers in a long-standing series of televised political debates. Incumbent Idaho Gov. Brad Little and U.S. Reps. Russ Fulcher and Mike Simpson, both R-Idaho, pulled out of the debates leading up to the Nov. 8 […]

Idaho GOP drops lawsuit against Bonneville County Republican Central Committee 

By: - September 16, 2022

The lawsuit that former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Tom Luna filed against the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee in May has been dismissed.  An Ada County judge dismissed the lawsuit and a preliminary injunction order on Thursday after Idaho Republican Party delegates voted to direct the party’s new executive committee to dismiss the lawsuit, according […]

Idaho Capitol Building

Idaho legislators receive report on tax values of privatizing federal public lands

By: - September 16, 2022

The CEO of a Utah-based real estate analytics software company told members of an interim committee of Idaho legislators that the state could receive millions of dollars more in tax revenue if it privatized federally controlled public lands in Idaho.  Ryan Freeman, CEO of Lehi, Utah-based AEON AI, made the remarks during Thursday’s meeting of […]

Moose fire Idaho 2022

Hot, dry summer leads to an increase in wildfires across Idaho

By: - September 13, 2022

Following a slow start to the fire season attributed to the area’s wet spring, fire activity has increased across Idaho and the West in recent weeks. Several large fires are burning in Idaho, including the Moose Fire burning north of Salmon, the Four Corners Fire burning in the Payette and Boise national forests outside of […]

Anderson Ranch Dam

Idaho Water Resource Board extends public comment on criteria for evaluating water projects 

By: - September 13, 2022

The Idaho Department of Water Resource’s Finance Board voted Thursday to extend the public comment period for feedback on the criteria that will be used to evaluate water projects for a project priority list.  The board’s vote extends the public comment period an additional 30 days, through Oct. 11, according to a press release issued […]

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

Interior Department votes to rename geographic places in Idaho that included ethnic slur for Indigenous women

By: - September 12, 2022

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Board on Geographic Names has voted to approve replacement names for 650 places across the West, including Idaho, that included the slur “sq—.” The board voted Thursday to approve the replacement names, including 71 places in Idaho, as part of an effort to remove the term from federal use, according […]