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.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks with BFNUF Director Lynn Wendt

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 […]

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity to host 17th annual fundraiser for housing programs

By: - May 23, 2023

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and Citi are hosting the 17th annual “Evening in the Garden” fundraiser at FarWest Landscape and Garden Center on June 9.  Located at 5723 W. State St., this year’s theme is “light up the night.”  The fundraiser includes a live and silent auction offering Idaho rafting trips, getaway stays and […]

After lobbying in D.C., Idaho activist shares experience advocating for immigrant rights

By: - May 18, 2023

In March, Marielena Vega traveled to the U.S. Capitol alongside 20 progressive agricultural groups to represent the Idaho farmworker community during the Rally for Resilience in Washington, D.C.  In her speech to hundreds of attendees, the Canyon County native urged Congress to prioritize climate change policy and protections for farmworkers. She lobbied for those protections […]

Growth, drought, aging infrastructure: Here’s why Idaho utility prices are rising

By: - May 17, 2023

Brandi Stoker lives in North Idaho and is a stay-at-home mom with six children living at home. For the first time after living in their home for 17 years, Stoker had to pay above the budgeted amount she has ever had to pay for utilities. “I have only once ever gone over that budgeted amount […]

Nationwide ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive begins Saturday. Here’s how Idahoans can help.

By: - May 11, 2023

The Idaho Foodbank is preparing for the largest nationwide food drive, set to take place this Saturday, May 13, according to a press release from the organization. This year marks the National Association of Letters Carriers’ 31st annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.” Idahoans can participate in the nationwide event by filling any bag with […]

Clean energy, at what cost? BLM to decide what’s next for Idaho Lava Ridge Wind Project

By: - May 5, 2023

After closing its 90-day comment period for the Lava Ridge Wind Project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement, the Bureau of Land Management must make revisions to release a final statement in the coming months in order for the project to move forward.  The Lava Ridge Wind Project would consist of 400 turbines up to 740 feet […]

Members of the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals

‘A bittersweet decision’: Idaho Supreme Court Justice announces retirement plans

By: - May 2, 2023

Idaho Supreme Court Justice John R. Stegner is retiring from judicial service to work at a private practice as an attorney, according to a press release from the Idaho Judicial Branch.  In a resignation letter to Gov. Brad Little Monday, Stegner said he will retire as a Supreme Court Associate Justice Oct. 31. “This has […]

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity partners with company to build playhouse for local kids

By: - May 1, 2023

Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Weyerhaeuser, a building materials company, to build and deliver a children’s playhouse to a local family, according to an April 18 press release.  The Playhouse Program is a volunteer opportunity that gives people a creative and hands-on day of building playhouses that are then donated to local […]

Idaho’s Wilder School District to celebrate upcoming Mental Health Awareness day

By: - April 28, 2023

The Wilder School District is taking steps to promote mental health services for its students this  Mental Health Awareness Day, according to a press release from the district. The district will host an event at the Wilder High School gym from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 1 to raise awareness and reduce stigma around […]

Post Falls, Idaho, library

North Idaho librarian wins national award for supporting LGBTQ+ youth despite backlash

By: - April 27, 2023

A North Idaho librarian has received a distinguished award for her work providing safe spaces for LGBTQ+ teens amid community backlash. Denise Neujahr, a district teen librarian at the Community Library Network based in Post Falls and Hayden, is the recipient of the 2023 American Library Association’s Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with […]


Treasure Valley owners should take these steps to protect horses from West Nile virus, other diseases

By: - April 26, 2023

The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District announced in a press release Tuesday steps Treasure Valley horse owners can take to protect their animals from mosquitos and the diseases they carry.  Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District director Jim Lunders said West Nile virus is present each year across southwest Idaho, and horses are particularly susceptible to […]

After living in Idaho, filmmaker uses his immigrant experience to share stories at border

By: - April 25, 2023

George Nicholas moved to Idaho from Bulgaria with his family when he was 12-years-old. As a filmmaker, he uses his immigrant experience to share the stories of those entering into the U.S. at the southern border.  His most recent film, “Límite,” is based on true events that took place in 2013 when a 16-year-old teen […]