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Boise code now prevents sale of non-shelter pets at stores, updates sections about animals in cars

BY: - June 7, 2021

City code changes regarding animal cruelty went into effect on Monday, updating sections of code surrounding animals left in vehicles and prohibiting the sale of non-shelter animals at retail stores. “This represents a complete re-write of our animal code, setting the ‘gold standard’ for our furry friends and creates a ‘compassionate animal code’ for our […]

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Some states poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. It’s been against the rules governing collegiate sports for student athletes to make a profit off their name or image — a practice that’s […]

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline mural in Boise

Pandemic fallout: Idaho health department responds to need for depression, anxiety resources

BY: - June 4, 2021

The oldest caller to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline since it launched in 2012 was 92 years old, while the youngest was just 7 years old. And as the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the state, Idahoans of all ages have needed more mental health resources to get by.  During the first three months of 2021, […]

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Idaho’s nutrition program for women, infants and children benefits will temporarily increase

BY: - June 3, 2021

To promote the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, the cash-value benefit amount for participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children will temporarily increase to $35 per month, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced in a press release. The increase will be in effect from June […]

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‘A great move forward’: New transportation funds support Idaho Highway 16 extension project

BY: - June 3, 2021

From the time he chaired then-Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s transportation task force in 2010, Gov. Brad Little has known Idaho is short hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation funding on an annual basis.  That’s part of why this legislative session, he championed a funding package that included a one-time $126 million infusion from surplus […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

One day after it was signed, Little repeals McGeachin’s order banning mask mandates

BY: - May 28, 2021

Saying she disrespected the rule of law and threatened the state’s ability to protect children, first responders and seniors, Gov. Brad Little repealed the executive order Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued Thursday banning mask mandates  McGeachin issued the original order Thursday while Little was out of state and McGeachin was acting governor.  “The action that […]

COMMENTARY
Grandpa looking a historic photos in Chesterfield

This Memorial Day, let’s take time to ask our elders about our Idaho past

BY: - May 28, 2021

The dream came to him in 1977. But now, 44 years later almost to the day, Gary Hatch can still recall its most minor of details, down to the views of flowing hills and agriculture fields as far as the eye could see.  They came back to Chesterfield, Idaho, as old people, he and his […]

Online auction fundraiser for Idaho Public Television begins June 1

BY: - May 27, 2021

Offering unique items and experiences from around the Gem State, an online auction benefiting Idaho’s PBS stations is planned for June 1-13. Participants will be able to bid on original artwork from Idaho artists, wine events, a hot-air balloon flight, tickets to arts and cultural events, an aerial flight across North Idaho, hotel packages, many […]

Janice McGeachin

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues order terminating public agency mask mandates

BY: , and - May 27, 2021

While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. The order is effective as of […]

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Heading for a national park? ‘Biggest season in the history of the Park Service’ predicted.

BY: - May 26, 2021

Leaders of a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday extolled national parks for providing a respite during the COVID-19 pandemic, but cautioned that enthusiasm for outdoors recreation will create its own problems in this summer’s tourism wave. Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent and the chairman of a subcommittee that oversees the U.S. National Park Service, […]

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The pandemic brought triumphs, and obstacles, to special education in Boise schools

BY: - May 26, 2021

Hillside Junior High School teacher Jon Stevens worked in the Special Education Resource Room with students in seventh grade through ninth grade. Well, some of the students were there. Some of them were at home. Stevens and his 29 students had to balance expectations during a pandemic school year — with classrooms in the Boise […]

General Manager Ron Pisaneschi

Longtime Idaho Public Television leader to retire

BY: - May 21, 2021

Idaho Public Television announced today General Manager Ron Pisaneschi will retire June 30. The Idaho State Board of Education, which oversees the operation of Idaho Public Television, will form a committee to conduct a nationwide search for Pisaneschi’s replacement, according to a press release from IPT. “After more than 35 years at Idaho Public Television […]