Mia Maldonado

Mia Maldonado

Mia Maldonado joined the Idaho Capital Sun after working as a breaking news reporter at the Idaho Statesman covering stories related to crime, education, growth and politics. She previously interned at the Idaho Capital Sun through the Voces Internship of Idaho, an equity-driven program for young Latinos to work in Idaho news. Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Mia moved to the Treasure Valley for college where she graduated from the College of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and international political economy.

PODER of Idaho to host its second annual Latinos Unidos Conference at NNU in Nampa

By: - April 24, 2023

PODER of Idaho, an organization dedicated to mobilizing and empowering the state’s immigrant community, announced in a press release Tuesday that it is hosting its second annual Latinos Unidos Conference May 8.  This year’s theme is “Building Latino Power,” and the conference will include workshops and guest speakers to discuss equity issues and economic prosperity […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little at the State of the State

Governor says lawmakers must decide how to proceed after elimination of March presidential primary

By: - April 19, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said in a press conference Wednesday that he does not anticipate a special legislative session happening after Republican and Democratic party leaders recently raised concerns about a new law that eliminates the March presidential primary election. House Bill 138, a bill that was pushed by Secretary of State Phil McGrane and […]

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise

GOP, Dems raise concerns about new law eliminating Idaho’s March presidential primary election

By: and - April 18, 2023

Some progressives and conservatives alike are raising concerns about a new Idaho law from the recent 2023 legislative session that eliminates the state’s March presidential primary election.  With little debate or vetting, the Idaho Legislature overwhelmingly passed House Bill 138, which was pushed by Secretary of State Phil McGrane and Rep. Dustin Manwaring, R-Pocatello, as […]

‘A model for the nation’: Boise’s Interfaith Sanctuary breaks ground for new shelter

By: - April 18, 2023

During a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, the Interfaith Sanctuary and its community partners celebrated the start of remodeling its new facility for Boise’s unhoused population.  Located at a former Salvation Army building at 4308 W. State St., the new location will offer recovery and mental health services, a computer library, classrooms for workforce training, emergency shelter […]

Idaho Power looks to solar energy, battery storage to supplement future energy demand

By: - April 18, 2023

Idaho’s largest electricity provider is taking steps to provide clean energy resources for the next 20 years, with one of its recent projects expanding the state’s solar power usage. In January, Idaho Power began providing energy through the Jackpot Solar Project, a new solar facility based on 952 acres south of Twin Falls. Developed by […]

Tomatoes grow in a field at Peaceful Belly Farm in Caldwell, Idaho

USDA sets new deadline for Idaho farmers and ranchers to complete 2022 agricultural census

By: - April 17, 2023

Farmers and ranchers in Idaho still have time to be counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.  Although the original deadline for the agricultural census passed on Feb. 6, the statistics service will continue to accept completed census questionnaires throughout […]

Tax filing services, tax law assistance available to Idahoans across the state

By: - April 14, 2023

At least two organizations are offering help for Idahoans who may need to file their taxes last-minute and those who need an extension or have tax-law questions. The Idaho State Tax Commission announced in a press release Wednesday that it will offer curbside tax filing for last-minute tax filers in the Boise area.  Boise tax […]

Foreign trade in Idaho: State Department of Commerce helps businesses reach new markets

By: - April 12, 2023

The Idaho Department of Commerce is inviting local businesses interested in selling their products abroad to attend informational meetings throughout April and June with the state’s international trade representatives from China, Mexico, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. The meetings will focus on market overviews of the countries, including market trends, opportunities and potential challenges, Idaho Department […]

Homes under construction

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity opens applications to build affordable home for Idaho family

By: - April 7, 2023

The Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications from Idaho families for its affordable homeownership program, according to a Tuesday press release.  The program would allow a low-income family in need of adequate housing to help build and purchase their own home at an affordable cost from the organization.  The Boise Valley Habitat for […]

Transgender Flag

All kids ‘deserve a chance’: Idaho, U.S. react to governor signing law to ban gender-affirming care

By: - April 6, 2023

Late Tuesday and into Wednesday, organizations at the local and national level applauded and condemned Idaho Gov. Brad Little for signing House Bill 71. Little signed the bill just before 6 p.m. Tuesday to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender minors. The law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2024. It will keep transgender youth from accessing […]

Boise Public Library

Idaho doesn’t need a ‘library bounty,’ says Gov. Little, vetoing bill to restrict library materials

By: and - April 5, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little vetoed a bill Wednesday afternoon that would have prohibited libraries and schools from promoting or giving out materials that are “harmful to minors.” House Bill 314a would have allowed a parent or legal guardian to sue a school or library for $2,500 in statutory damages if their child were to access […]

Downtown Boise seen from the Boise Depot

Idaho’s population growth is slowing down, latest census data shows

By: - April 5, 2023

After making its way to the second place spot for the highest-growing state in the country, new data reveals that Idaho is no longer at its peak for population growth, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Idaho Department of Labor. In 2022, Idaho’s population grew by 1.8%, making […]