A fall flourish: Idaho universities report enrollment increases

BY: - October 21, 2021

Originally posted on on October 20, 2021 Idaho’s three universities all reported enrollment increases for the fall — growth that nearly erases their pandemic-driven losses from 2020. The four-year schools turned in their fall numbers to the State Board of Education this week. The rebound comes at a pivotal moment for Idaho higher education. […]

‘Public opinion … will not alter the law,’ says Idaho Board of Medicine attorney

BY: - October 21, 2021

In a roundabout way, the Idaho Board of Medicine addressed some of the controversy surrounding COVID-19 misinformation during a meeting Wednesday. Board attorney Yvonne Dunbar described the board’s jurisdiction and rules for disciplining doctors, physician assistants and others whose licenses it oversees. The Idaho Medical Association recently filed a complaint against Garden City pathologist Dr. […]

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U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

BY: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday, the second time this year — thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws.  “When we are faced with a coordinated effort across our country to limit the freedom to vote, we […]

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Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to […]

Biden’s new public lands chief faced with building bridges after contentious confirmation battle

BY: - October 20, 2021

Before she inspired partisan theatrics in the U.S. Senate as the Bureau of Land Management nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning built a reputation in Montana — her home for more than 30 years — as a consensus-builder, people who have worked closely with her say. Stone-Manning stood out as an expert at bridging divides between conservationists and […]

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Kids age 5 to 11 next in line for COVID-19 vaccines as White House rolls out plans

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Smaller needles. Redesigned shipments to ease the storage needs in pediatricians’ offices. And enough vials of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate the 28 million U.S. children between ages 5 and 11. Those are among the plans announced by the White House on Wednesday as federal and state officials prepare for a regulatory decision […]

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JFAC doesn’t take up McGeachin’s supplemental budget request 

BY: - October 19, 2021

The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Tuesday did not discuss or debate Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s supplemental budget request to have taxpayers cover her outside legal bills. Instead, JFAC members and staff budget analysts took a deep dive into the state budget and revenue picture, including other supplemental budget requests, during a daylong meeting […]

Idaho health misinformation

Health misinformation was an Idaho-grown product for years. Now it has a body count.

BY: - October 19, 2021

The parking lot was overflowing at a Garden City church, the site of a day-long “Healing America Medical Truth Symposium.” It was early October, one of the last warm Saturdays of the year, and health officials were pleading with Idahoans to avoid indoor gatherings. Judging by the parking situation, at least 220 people declined to […]

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National parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

BY: - October 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records. Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is […]

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Washington medical board investigating Idaho doctor for COVID-19 misinformation

BY: - October 19, 2021

The Washington medical licensing commission has found cause to open an investigation into the conduct of Dr. Ryan Cole, according to a document obtained by the Idaho Capital Sun. Cole is a pathologist who owns Cole Diagnostics, a laboratory in Garden City. The Washington Medical Commission sent a letter Oct. 15 to an individual who […]

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Idaho Transportation Department has a new director

BY: - October 19, 2021

Scott Stokes will become director of the Idaho Transportation Department next spring, with the retirement of current Director Brian Ness. ITD announced the leadership change on its website this month. “Scott shares my goal of making Idaho’s transportation system as safe and efficient as possible, so we can save Idahoans’ time on the road and […]

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Today in Idaho hospitals and COVID-19 (updated 10/18): Patients, ERs, ICUs

BY: - October 18, 2021

Editor’s note: This story will not be updated with data from Oct. 18 or Oct. 19 because of hospital reporting delays that likely resulted in inaccurate numbers. The information below is for Oct. 17. The delta-fueled surge of COVID-19 has become a sustained burden on hospitals in Idaho and the upper Mountain West. Wyoming, Idaho […]