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.

Tech companies look to set example by providing clean energy to Idaho Power’s grid

By: - August 7, 2023

Some state governments set their own ambitious clean energy goals far into the future, but Idaho typically defers its energy goals to the private sector. While the Gem State is a leading figure in the U.S. in renewable energy because of its hydropower production — Idaho is one of the only Western states that does […]

Have questions about Idaho Power’s 8.6% rate increase? Utilities commission to host workshops on proposal

By: - August 7, 2023

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is hosting virtual workshops Aug. 14 and 15 to share information about Idaho Power’s application to increase rates for electric services. If approved by the utilities commission, Idaho Power will increase its overall rates by 8.6 percent. The online workshops will be hosted by commission staff who will present an […]

Ada County Courthouse In Boise, Idaho

Idaho voter groups remain determined to halt new registration law

By: - August 4, 2023

A lawyer for Boise-based Babe Vote and the League of Women Voters Idaho argued at a court hearing Friday that a new law passed in the 2023 legislative session is making it harder for voting advocacy groups to register voters.  Meanwhile, the defense argued that the new law is constitutional, and it makes the registration […]

Power line electrocutions are no longer biggest threat to Idaho birds, Boise State study shows

By: - August 2, 2023

Illegal shooting along power lines is the leading cause of death for many protected bird species in Idaho and its neighboring states, according to new research from Boise State University.  Eve Thomason, the lead author of the study and a recent graduate of BSU’s raptor biology master’s program, partnered with private, state and federal agencies […]

New INL technology can help support rural Idaho communities during power outages

By: - July 31, 2023

Though it appears to be a shipping container on the outside, Idaho National Laboratory’s latest technology — Microgrid in a Box — can help rural communities maintain power during emergencies.  On July 21, the INL celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new microgrid project, which was deployed in partnership with the Fall River Electric Cooperative […]

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New report shows what is working well for Idaho’s prisoner reentry programs, and what isn’t

By: - July 28, 2023

A staffing shortage and hampered transition services are some of the main obstacles the Idaho Department of Correction must overcome to improve the reentry experience for formerly incarcerated individuals, according to a legislative report released this month.  But aside from those obstacles, some state programs seem to be working well, according to the report — […]

Potatoes are harvested and and sorted in Burley, Idaho.

Famous…Oregon potatoes? Nah. Idaho stats show which state reigns spud supreme

By: - July 24, 2023

Let’s make one thing clear: Idaho is the undisputed OG spud state.  And public officials say Idaho’s reputation as the potato state won’t fade — even if in June, the Oregon Legislature adopted a resolution to make the potato its state vegetable.  After the resolution passed, some Idahoans took to social media to share their […]

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise

Families of transgender youth file new motion in Idaho gender care lawsuit

By: - July 21, 2023

The families of two transgender teens, who are suing Idaho officials in federal court over a new law that would ban transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care, have made a new motion in the lawsuit.  On Friday, the families filed for a preliminary injunction — a move that asks the court to prevent the ban […]

Student loan borrowers gather near the White House

New debt relief plan will forgive federal student loans for 5,000 Idahoans

By: - July 19, 2023

More than 5,000 Idahoans can expect to see their federal student loans forgiven in the coming weeks, according to a Tuesday press release from the U.S. Department of Education. On Friday, the Department of Education and the White House announced that it will provide $39 billion in automatic loan relief to 804,000 federal student loan […]

North Idaho residents could see spike in Avista rates this fall. Here’s how to get involved in decision.

By: - July 19, 2023

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will host public hearings throughout North Idaho in late July to receive testimony about Avista’s proposal to increase natural gas and electricity rates, according to a press release.   Avista is asking the utilities commission to approve an increase in base rates for natural gas customers and electric customers in 2023 […]

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Latino students in Idaho are fed up with being associated with gangs, ACLU report shows

By: and - July 15, 2023

Dress codes that label items as “gang-related” have negative consequences for Latino students, according to a new report from the ACLU of Idaho.  On Monday, the ACLU of Idaho released its report on racism against Latino students in schools, “Proud to be Brown: Punishing Latine Culture in Idaho.”  In the report, the ACLU uses the […]

Idaho’s small towns are embracing LGBTQ+ pride, despite recent legislation

By: - July 10, 2023

When Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln began working as an LGBTQ+ activist in Idaho, she said there were only a few pride events available for Idahoans to attend.  “I went to Boise, Pocatello and Coeur d’Alene,” she told the Idaho Capital Sun. “Now here we are trying to schedule out the Idaho Pride events calendar for volunteers because […]