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.

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Oregon man pleads guilty to hate crime charges after LGBTQ+ attacks in Boise

By: - June 16, 2023

A 32-year-old Oregon man who was arrested after targeting Boise’s LGBTQ+ community has pled guilty to two federal hate crime charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho said in a news release Thursday. Matthew Lehigh was arrested last year after threatening and attacking multiple individuals who he believed were a part of […]

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Water utility company in eastern Idaho fined for inadequate services to customers

By: - June 16, 2023

A utilities company based in southeast Idaho is facing penalties after failing to provide adequate water services to its customers.  The Idaho Public Utilities Commission announced in a Wednesday press release that Island Park Water Company failed to provide its customers with safe and reliable services. The company, which serves more than 300 customers in […]

Historic mining practices continue to impact health of North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Lake

By: - June 15, 2023

Known for its water sports, fishing and hiking spots, the Coeur d’Alene Lake is a natural lake that lies at the center of concern for many environmentalists in Idaho.  The Coeur d’Alene Lake, fed primarily by the Coeur d’Alene River and St. Joe River, is the second largest lake in North Idaho. The lake is […]

Boise, Twin Falls celebrate Idaho’s refugee community this upcoming World Refugee Day

By: - June 13, 2023

Idaho’s refugee community and local nonprofits will celebrate World Refugee Day this weekend in Boise and Twin Falls with food, music and cultural performances.  Hosted by the Idaho Office for Refugees, Agency for New Americans and International Rescue Committee, the Boise event will take place at 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at the […]

Idaho Power customers will see price hikes starting this month

By: - June 12, 2023

Idaho Power customers will see an increase in monthly prices after the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the company’s annual spring cost adjustments June 1. Idaho Power applied to increase its power cost adjustment rates in April after citing higher power costs related to natural gas and market prices, lower than expected hydro generation and […]

Idaho nonprofit and state programs are key to reentry process, former prisoners say

By: - June 8, 2023

Idaho has a higher incarceration rate than any democratic nation, and it incarcerates more women than any other state. But eventually, most Idaho prisoners will leave prison and navigate the reentry process. Nonprofit programs and state programs are the key to a person’s success after getting released from prison, former prisoner Mark Renick told the […]

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Idaho Power prepares for the next 50 years with hydroelectricity from Hells Canyon dams

By: - June 7, 2023

Idaho Power is preparing to renew its license to operate its most important hydroelectric sources for the next 50 years: the three Hells Canyon dams. Built in the 1950s and ‘60s, the three dams — Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon — are located along the Idaho-Oregon border in the Snake River.  In 2005, Idaho Power’s […]

‘Reject the hate’: A look at North Idaho’s LGBTQ+ community after Patriot Front arrests

By: - June 4, 2023

COEUR D’ALENE – North Idaho’s infamous resort town made national headlines last year after a white nationalist group planned to disrupt a local Pride event, but that didn’t keep the local LGBTQ+ community from celebrating this year.  Hundreds of organizers, city officials and LGBTQ+ allies gathered peacefully Saturday in downtown Coeur d’Alene at City Park […]

Celebrating culture: Blaine County’s Hunger Coalition hosts second annual FoodFest

By: - June 1, 2023

Para leer esta historia en español, haga clic aquí. The Hunger Coalition is hosting its second annual FoodFest from 4-6:30 p.m. June 17 at the Bloom Community Food Center. Located at 110 Honeysuckle St. in Bellevue, the event includes a taco cooking competition, kids activities with Sun Valley Museum of Art, taco flights with sides and […]

Japan won’t accept fresh Idaho potatoes, so U.S. lawmakers are pushing for change

By: - May 30, 2023

If there’s one thing that can get bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress, it’s potatoes. On May 11, Idaho’s entire congressional delegation — Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo and Congressmen Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher — sent a letter along with 31 other U.S. House and Senate members to the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Idaho Public Utilities Commission accepting input for Hemingway transmission line

By: - May 30, 2023

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is hosting public hearings throughout southern Idaho in mid-June to receive testimony about a proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line, according to a press release.   Known as the Boardman to Hemingway transmission line, the project would expand 300 miles across five Oregon counties and connect to Idaho Power’s existing Hemingway substation in […]

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A step into the energy transition: INL unveils first-of-its-kind biomass feedstock facility

By: - May 25, 2023

IDAHO FALLS – From Styrofoam to polyester to corn husks, a $15 million upgrade at a research facility in the East Idaho desert can turn your garbage into new products that might help save the planet. In a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, the Idaho National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm unveiled […]