Briefs

Resolution requiring legislative approval to legalize drugs fails in House

BY: - April 15, 2021

A joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds majority in the Idaho Legislature to approve legalization of controlled substances failed to reach the required vote threshold on Thursday, effectively killing the bill.  The House of Representatives debated the resolution for two hours, with emotional testimony from legislators who normally stay quiet […]

Coronavirus and COVID-19 vaccine

Idaho health officials urge pause on Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines

BY: - April 13, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Tuesday issued a recommendation to health care providers to follow guidance from U.S. regulators and hold off on continuing to administer COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson. Federal officials issued a recommendation early Tuesday morning that health care providers pause use of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine. […]

New Boise State Model United Nations program receives $500,000 gift

BY: - April 13, 2021

Boise State University will begin a new Model United Nations program after a donation of $500,000 from the Frank Church Institute, according to a BSU press release. The money will be used to administer the program and to subsidize attendance from high school students who will participate in an annual competition on Boise State’s campus. […]

Jim Jones stands in front of Gov. Brad Little's office before handing over a petition with 16,000 signatures calling on the governor to veto a bill expanding requirements for ballot initiatives.

Former chief justice delivers 16,000 signatures to governor’s office urging veto on initiative bill

BY: - April 8, 2021

A former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court delivered a petition with 16,000 signatures to Gov. Brad Little’s office asking that the governor veto a bill that would add more requirements for Idahoans to get an initiative on the ballot, according to a press release from Conservation Voters for Idaho. Senate Bill 1110, which […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho may soon become 50th state to legalize industrial hemp

BY: - April 7, 2021

Both chambers of the Idaho Legislature passed a bill that would legalize the production, processing, research and transportation of industrial hemp statewide. The Idaho Senate passed the bill in a 30-5 vote on Wednesday. Until now, Idaho has been the lone holdout in the United States that did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. […]

ACHD announces intent to hire bicycle, pedestrian program coordinator

BY: - April 7, 2021

The Ada County Highway District announced it will add a bicyclist and pedestrian program coordinator to its team to better meet the needs of residents who walk or ride bicycles as their mode of transportation. The coordinator will play a large role in existing and future projects and will advise the highway district on best […]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposes mortgage servicing changes to prevent wave of COVID-19 foreclosures

BY: - April 6, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a set of rule changes Monday intended to help prevent avoidable foreclosures as the emergency federal foreclosure protections expire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, millions of families nationwide have suffered the loss of income and nearly 3 million homeowners are behind on their mortgages. The […]

Activists march for missing and murdered Indigenous women at the Women's March California 2019 in Los Angeles.

Federal, state and tribal partners confront violence against Native Americans

BY: - April 5, 2021

Various members of Idaho’s federal and state court systems met Thursday to hold a roundtable event with Idaho tribal partners to learn from each other about violence against Native Americans and what actions could be taken to reduce domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other violent crime on Idaho’s reservations. The discussion is part […]

Idaho’s largest one-day vaccine clinic is next Thursday at Boise Airport

BY: - April 1, 2021

Idaho’s largest mass clinic for COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled for April 8 at the Boise Airport. The clinic was organized by Crush the Curve Idaho in partnership with the city of Boise, Boise Airport and Red Rock Pharmacy. Crush the Curve hosted a mass vaccination drive in Meridian in February, vaccinating more than 1,000 people. […]

A clinical doctor goes over some test results with an elderly patient at the hospital.

Your Health Idaho is open through April with lower-priced health insurance

BY: - April 1, 2021

Idaho residents can sign up for health insurance through the Your Health Idaho exchange until April 30. The special enrollment window gives Idahoans a chance to enroll in health plans that have heavily discounted premiums. “For the first time ever, tax credits, which act like an instant discount, may be available for those who were […]

Want to help Idaho seniors? Dept. of Insurance seeks Medicare program volunteers.

BY: - March 31, 2021

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Program in Idaho is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens better understand Medicare. The program, through the state’s Department of Insurance, helps train and certify Medicare counselors who provide assistance to Idahoans seeking Medicare coverage. The program can also help Idahoans update their Medicare plans with easy to understand […]

A health care professional in protective gloves organizes a tray of COVID-19 vaccine vials.

It’s your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho. Here’s what to know.

BY: - March 31, 2021

It’s the most closely watched vaccine rollout in Idaho memory. The first tiny vials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived in a small shipment in mid-December. Since then, more than 33% of Idaho adults have received at least one shot, according to federal data. And among the most vulnerable age group — 65 and older — […]