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Idaho House speaker appoints replacement for redistricting commission

BY: - July 30, 2021

Speaker of the House Scott Bedke announced Friday in a press release that he will appoint former Rep. Thomas Dayley to Idaho’s Citizen Commission for Reapportionment to replace John Simpson, who had to withdraw his appointment because of lobbying rules. The committee is tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional district maps with updated U.S. Census […]

Bonner County commissioner announces run for Idaho governor

BY: - July 29, 2021

Steven Bradshaw, a Bonner County commissioner in Sandpoint, announced Wednesday he is running to be governor of Idaho, joining a crowded field for the Republican primary contest in May 2022. Bradshaw was elected as a commissioner in 2018 on a platform of “very strong conservative values,” including a stance against abortion and in favor of […]

New online tool launched to help locate rental assistance programs by state

BY: - July 29, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the addition of an online tool to help renters and landlords find and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities and other expenses if they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release. The Rental Assistance Finder directs renters and landlords to state and local […]

Democratic leaders choose three Idaho redistricting commission members

BY: - July 27, 2021

Leaders of the Idaho Democratic Party have selected Dan Schmidt, Amber Pence and Nels Mitchell as their three appointees to the Idaho Citizen Commission for Reapportionment, according to a press release. The committee is tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional district maps with updated U.S. Census Bureau data every 10 years. According to previous reporting […]

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Idaho Department of Lands seeking temporary workers for firefighting efforts

BY: - July 20, 2021

The Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache, which stocks and maintains wildland firefighting equipment and supplies, is in need of more truck drivers and warehouse workers to assist with the severe fires burning across the state, according to a release. Wildfires in Idaho and across the West are depleting resources, the release stated, and there is […]

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Boise-area hospitals are getting full again. Saint Al’s urges vaccination.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Hospitals in the Boise area are once again starting to hit capacity. It’s not just because of COVID-19 patients. But the more infectious delta variant now spreading through Idaho isn’t helping, a local hospital administrator said. State data show a rise in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The number of patients statewide with the coronavirus had […]

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Boise realtor foundation donates $250k for affordable housing developments

BY: - July 19, 2021

The Boise Regional REALTORS Community Foundation announced it will donate $250,000 to the LEAP Housing Trust to support affordable housing developments in Elmore, Gem and Ada counties, according to a press release. “LEAP’s Housing Trust was chosen for this gift not only because of what they build, but by doing so, they provide more options […]

Idaho House speaker to appoint different redistricting member due to lobbying requirements

BY: - July 16, 2021

One day after announcing local lawyer John Simpson would serve on the Idaho Citizens Committee for Reapportionment, Speaker of the House Scott Bedke will appoint someone else, according to a press release. Simpson removed his name from consideration after learning he was not eligible based on his status as a registered lobbyist. “During the interview […]

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Republican leaders choose three Idaho redistricting commission members

BY: - July 15, 2021

The three Republican members of the Idaho Citizens Committee for Reapportionment have been named by party leaders, according to press releases sent on Thursday. The committee is tasked with redrawing legislative and congressional district maps with updated U.S. Census Bureau data every 10 years. Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, announced the appointment […]

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Idaho State Police troopers receive $1,000 hazard duty bonuses 

BY: - July 14, 2021

Idaho State Police troopers and dispatchers began receiving $1,000 hazard duty bonuses last week that were funded by a federal coronavirus stimulus package.  Altogether, 320 Idaho State Police personnel received the bonuses, including patrol troopers, detectives, vehicle enforcement specialists and regional communications officers, who are the dispatchers that take the emergency calls.  All commissioned Idaho […]

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Idaho Dept. of Labor reopens remote employment services locations

BY: - July 13, 2021

The Idaho Department of Labor will reopen remote locations in 40 Idaho cities to return to service levels not seen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the department. According to the release, walk-in hours and appointment times are available for employment services, including resume writing, applying for jobs, […]

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30-plus employers participating in Boise job fair Tuesday

BY: - July 12, 2021

More than 30 employers are partnering with the Idaho Department of Labor for a free job fair set for Tuesday in Boise.  The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3050 S. Shoshone St., in Boise.  Participating companies include Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Amazon, Holiday Inn Express, the […]