Idaho was the 50th state to legalize industrial hemp. Now eight farmers are ready to produce it.

BY: - January 25, 2022

Amid years of historic drought and a push for more sustainable resources to lower carbon emissions, industrial hemp legalization may have come along at just the right time for Idaho agriculture. Hemp is believed to be one of the earliest cultivated crops in modern human history, but it only became legal to grow in Idaho […]

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What happens when thousands of Idahoans get sick? Business takes a hit.

BY: - January 24, 2022

Schools shut down in Nampa. Hospital staff and clinic workers calling out sick. “Out of stock” at restaurants and stores. Limited hours at some Boise city buildings and the Pocatello public library. Idaho has stayed “open” for nearly the entire pandemic. Then omicron arrived; some parts of Idaho’s economy are now struggling to stay open […]

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Children encouraged to pen unique story for Idaho Public Television’s KIDS Writers Contest

BY: - January 24, 2022

Kids in Idaho have a chance to pen a story to be judged for uniqueness, language skills, creativity and even illustrations in a contest announced last week by Idaho Public Television. For the 28th year, Idaho Public Television is hosting the Idaho PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The three regional stations across the state — KUID […]

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Looking for work? Seminars, networking and applications available at Idaho Job and Career Fair

BY: - January 18, 2022

Idahoans seeking a new job are encouraged to attend the free Idaho Job and Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Nampa Civic Center, 211 Third St. S., according to an IBL Events press release. Two free seminars will also be offered at the hiring event. At 10:30 a.m., job […]

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What could Idaho’s future look like as climate changes? This economic report details the risks.

BY: - January 14, 2022

Last summer was one of the most difficult seasons on record for climate disasters in Idaho — from extreme wildfire conditions across the state to severe drought conditions, farmers were forced to cull cattle herds earlier in the season, some ended crop growing seasons early, and areas across Idaho struggled with water supply. Those types […]

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“Camas: Sacred Food of the Nez Perce” documentary premiers Saturday

BY: - January 12, 2022

Editor’s note: The premier of the “Camas: Sacred Food of the Nez Perce” documentary scheduled for Jan. 15 has been postponed, according to a U.S. Forest Service press release. A new premier date will be released when logistics are finalized, according to the release. This weekend, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests and the Nez Perce […]

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Snowplow driver shortage across U.S., transportation departments could mean slower road clearing

BY: - December 29, 2021

The nation’s snow belt is facing a severe snowplow driver shortage: Montana is down half its temporary snowplow drivers this year. Kansas is missing nearly a third of all snowplow operators. Pennsylvania needs almost 60% more temporary drivers. “As much as states want to do a good job, they may not be able to provide […]

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Is the state of Idaho sitting on emergency rental assistance funds? Not exactly. 

BY: - December 14, 2021

While the city of Boise has spent nearly all of the emergency rental assistance that was allocated by the federal government to assist residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association say that doesn’t mean the $175 million that was allocated to the state agency is going to waste. The […]

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Executive director tells U.S. House panel that infrastructure law fixes Amtrak funding woes

BY: - December 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The leader of Amtrak told a U.S. House panel Thursday that the recently enacted infrastructure law made great strides to solving the passenger rail system’s financial woes and placed it on equal footing with other modes of transportation. Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s rail subcommittee and Amtrak Executive Director Stephen […]

Boise has spent all of its federal rental assistance money. Now it’s asking for more.

BY: - December 9, 2021

After distributing all of the federal rental assistance funds for the city of Boise and nearly all of the allocation to Ada County, the Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority is hoping to receive more through reallocated dollars in the coming months. The program is meant to help individuals who need help with rent or utilities […]

Looking for a good cause to donate to this month? Here are 48 to choose from in southwest Idaho.

BY: - December 9, 2021

A statewide fundraising campaign called Avenues for Hope that will benefit 92 housing-related nonprofits begins today and will last through the end of December, according to a press release. The campaign, hosted by the Home Partnership Foundation, includes nonprofits that are dedicated to efforts such as preventing homelessness, assisting people who are chronically or temporarily […]

Treasure Valley nonprofit Jesse Tree to hold fundraiser to prevent evictions, homelessness

BY: - December 8, 2021

Jesse Tree, a local nonprofit dedicated to preventing eviction and homelessness in the Treasure Valley, will hold an event Thursday that will serve as the beginning of the Avenues for Hope December fundraising campaign, according to a press release. The Avenues for Hope fundraising campaign, which is a statewide campaign hosted by the Home Partnership […]