U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, met with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch: Don’t bail on Ukraine as it fights back against Russian invasion

BY: - March 29, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t win many friends in Congress when he dismissed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as a “territorial conflict,” but may well be the toast of the Kremlin and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has not commented about DeSantis specifically. But […]

roadcut exposure on Huckleberry Ridge Tuff and Mesa Falls Tuff

Ashton to Island Park: 2.1 million years of Idaho’s volcanic history in 30 minutes

BY: - March 27, 2023

When people think of Yellowstone, they typically think of Yellowstone National Park, complete with its spectacular geysers and hot springs, abundant wildlife and stunning volcanic features that attract millions of visitors each year. Volcanic features within the park largely reflect the recent geologic history of Yellowstone (well, recent in a geologic sense) over the past […]

transgender flag illustration

To protect Idaho’s youth, we should provide health care options — not take them away

BY: - March 24, 2023

As a doctor, I have seen a lot of people in their most vulnerable moments. But some visits with patients stick to your soul and never leave.  I’ll never forget one of my most heartbreaking visits, when a transgender patient looked at me with pleading eyes and asked, “Am I safe here?”  My patient was […]

Young Marine in the Vietnam War

March 29 is a time to recognize America’s Vietnam War veterans

BY: - March 23, 2023

When many Vietnam veterans returned home from serving their country, they were met with indifference, even hostility. The war had divided the public and feelings ran high over that ill-fated war, particularly in the late 1960s and continuing for more than a decade. It was an ugly war that took the lives of 58,220 U.S. […]

Idaho Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard,

It’s time to stand up to political intimidation. Our democracy demands it.

BY: - March 17, 2023

The envelope arrived with a Blanchard, Idaho, return address.  “How quaint,” I thought. “Old-fashioned snail mail from Idaho.” But this was no love letter. “You are hereby notified that you are violating federal copyright laws … You have been found to be illegally posting or reporting or continuing to post the photo In support of […]

Idaho State Capitol building is reflected in the Joe R. Williams building

On National FOIA Day, let’s celebrate a law ‘vital to the functioning of a democratic society’

BY: - March 16, 2023

For many of us, March 16 is a special day. Happy birthday to James Madison, and happy Freedom of Information Day to everyone else. National Freedom of Information Day celebrates the ability of people to look at most government records and is observed on the birthday of the man who wrote the First Amendment. The […]

Voters wait in line at a polling place at the College Church of the Nazarene on the Northwest Nazarene University campus

Introducing a new grassroots movement built on community and respect in Canyon County

BY: - March 9, 2023

If you follow Idaho’s political news, you’ve likely seen new faces, heard new ideas and participated in new conversations. It seems, at times, that civil conversations with compromise, collaboration, negotiation and understanding have been tossed aside for civil unrest with riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals or assemblies that have become disruptive.  Nationwide, we’ve seen troubling displays […]

U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho,

Democrats do the work, while Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson takes bows

BY: - March 8, 2023

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson should be sending thank you notes to Democrats and President Biden, for they have given him a wealth of material for press releases. Since the first of the year, Simpson has sent out more than a dozen news releases about how he has “secured” funding through the Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus […]

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade

Change is needed in Idaho’s abortion laws before it is too late

BY: - March 7, 2023

To those who witnessed the fall of Roe v. Wade and the implementation of Idaho’s total abortion ban, the medical community accepts that broad access to abortion is no longer an option in Idaho. What most do not realize is the dramatic impact criminalizing medical care is having on recruitment and retention of physicians who […]

Idaho Transportation Department names headquarters after former Gov. Phil Batt

Idaho has been truly lucky to have had a man of integrity living among us like Gov. Batt

BY: - March 4, 2023

It was only appropriate that Gov. Phil Batt passed away on March 4 which was his 96th birthday – and the day we celebrate as Idaho Day. Perhaps more than any other political leader of the past half century, Gov. Batt personified what it means to be an Idahoan.  Born on a farm in Canyon […]

Lava Ridge Wind Project map

Lava Ridge project shows lack of concern for wildlife, important cultural sites in Southern Idaho

BY: - March 4, 2023

South Central Idaho is facing three proposed wind turbine projects that would consume over 200,000 acres in our Magic Valley. And there are at least eight more proposals waiting in the wings.  As a Magic Valley native who enjoys and loves our wildlands, viewscapes and open spaces, this is a concerning pattern. Specifically, LS Power […]

Doctor tends to a patient in a hospital room

Fertile ground: How building communities helps retain Idaho physicians

BY: - March 1, 2023

In 1982, I started medical school at the University of Idaho with WAMI Medical Education. Today, Idaho’s premier medical school is known as WWAMI, which stands for the states that partner with the University of Washington School of Medicine: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (Wyoming had not yet joined the regional medical school when […]