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.

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 […]

LGBTQ+ Pride flags in Boise

Boise students sue Idaho officials ‘to protect trans youth’ from school restroom bill

By: - July 7, 2023

Students in the Boise School District have filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho school officials to keep them from enforcing a new law meant to prevent transgender students from using school restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.  Signed into law by Idaho Gov. Brad Little on March 22, Senate Bill 1100 requires that public […]

Caldwell home for sale by the Caldwell Housing Authority

Want to buy a home in Caldwell? CHA hosts affordable housing opportunity for families

By: - July 3, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. The Caldwell Housing Authority is hosting a unique opportunity for first-time home buyers living in Caldwell to purchase a newly renovated home – an opportunity organizers hope developers will replicate throughout the state.  The housing authority, a low-cost housing provider, is selling a newly remodeled three-bedroom, two-bathroom […]

Safety tips to prevent power outages, fires in Idaho this Fourth of July

By: - June 30, 2023

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, energy providers and forest officials are reminding Idahoans to take caution to prevent power outages and forest fires. In a press release Tuesday, Idaho Power asked its customers to stay safe and prevent power outages this Fourth of July that could be caused by wildfires sparked […]

Idaho State Police parked in front of the Idaho State Capitol building in Boise

After judge dismisses case, Boise woman sues Idaho State Police for wrongful arrest

By: - June 28, 2023

Six months after an Ada County judge dismissed battery charges against her, a Boise woman is now suing Idaho State Police troopers for wrongfully arresting her.  The lawsuit traces back to June 28, 2022 — or four days after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade — when Avalon Hardy, a Boise woman, […]

The Idaho National Laboratory's Materials and Fuels Complex

INL to receive $4 million in federal funds to increase market access to clean energy technology

By: - June 27, 2023

The Idaho National Laboratory will receive $4 million to advance commercial clean energy technology, U.S. Department of Energy officials announced in a press release Thursday.  Located in Idaho Falls, the Idaho National Laboratory is one of the 17 national laboratories that are a part of the U.S. Department of Energy complex. The laboratory focuses on […]

Fresh potatoes are one step closer to entering Japan’s market after Idaho trade mission

By: - June 26, 2023

Idaho officials are taking steps to get fresh potatoes to Japan. Between June 5 and 8, representatives from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and the Idaho Potato Commission traveled to Japan on a trade mission to promote market access for fresh U.S. potatoes, according to an ISDA press release. Traveling alongside the U.S. Department […]

Idaho nonprofit brings affordable housing to Caldwell — with more projects in the pipeline

By: - June 23, 2023

In its grand opening Tuesday, the Housing Company and its community partners unveiled new affordable housing developments for Caldwell workers and families at Sunset Landing Apartments.  The Housing Company, an Idaho nonprofit whose goal is to preserve affordable housing developments, partnered with the Idaho Housing and Finance to address the housing needs of Canyon County.  […]

Working class roots to tourist central: See how North Idaho has changed in the past century

By: - June 22, 2023

North Idaho has more than doubled in size since 1990, with many newcomers from Washington and California settling in Coeur d’Alene – the region’s biggest city. Coeur d’Alene grew from 24,500 residents in 1990 to 54,600 residents in 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That population boom has given way to development and a […]

Idaho receives $9.3M in federal funding to improve electrical grid

By: - June 20, 2023

Idaho will receive $9.3 million to improve its electrical grid infrastructure, U.S. Department of Energy officials announced Friday.  The Gem State, six other states, three tribal nations and the District of Columbia will receive a total of $77 million in federal grants focused on modernizing the electric grid to reduce impacts of extreme weather and […]