U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican,

Treasury secretary pinpoints June 5 as earliest date for U.S. debt default

BY: - May 26, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress and the Biden administration have until at least June 5 to broker and enact a debt limit bill under new estimates from the Treasury Department, giving negotiators a few more days before the country would default. “Based on the most recent available data, we now estimate that Treasury will have […]

Leadership changes at Idaho medical records organization as bankruptcy continues

BY: - May 26, 2023

A consultant from the Washington, D.C., area is no longer the director of Idaho’s central health records repository, the Idaho Health Data Exchange. Hans Kastensmith — managing partner of Capitol Health Associates, a consulting group based in Washington, D.C. — became executive director of the Idaho Health Data Exchange in October 2019. Jesse Meldru, who […]

Kristina Frandson of the Museum of Idaho

Idaho State Historical Society honors 12 Idahoans for preserving state’s history, heritage

BY: - May 26, 2023

The Idaho State Historical Society has announced this year’s recipients for the Esto Perpetua Award and is holding its 24th annual award ceremony at 5 p.m. June 5 at the Idaho State Museum in Boise.  The award is named after the state’s motto, esto perpetua or “let it be perpetual” and is given to individuals […]

Deb and Ray Cullen, along with GOP Rep. John Joyce

Fentanyl-related drugs permanently made criminal under bill passed by U.S. House

BY: - May 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in the U.S. House passed bipartisan legislation Thursday in an effort to curb staggering overdose deaths from illegal fentanyl substances that are illicitly produced and up to 50 times stronger than heroin. The HALT Fentanyl Act, passed on a 289-133 vote and support from the Biden administration, would permanently categorize lab-made substances […]

U.S. Supreme Court building

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Biden wetlands regulation, ruling for Idaho couple

BY: - May 25, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court in a major environmental decision on  Thursday overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of wetlands that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction, siding with an Idaho couple who’d said they should not be required to obtain federal permits to build on their property that lacked any navigable water. All nine justices agreed […]

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks with BFNUF Director Lynn Wendt

A step into the energy transition: INL unveils first-of-its-kind biomass feedstock facility

BY: - May 25, 2023

IDAHO FALLS – From Styrofoam to polyester to corn husks, a $15 million upgrade at a research facility in the East Idaho desert can turn your garbage into new products that might help save the planet. In a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday, the Idaho National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm unveiled […]

Memorial Day Boise

Morris Hill, Fort Boise and Pioneer Cemeteries open to the public over Memorial Day weekend

BY: - May 25, 2023

Cemetery staff will be available to help the public locate grave sites Saturday through Monday at Boise’s Morris Hill Cemetery in observance of Memorial Day. In honor of Memorial Day, the public will be able to place wreaths, flags and flowers at grave sites at Morris Hill Cemetery, 317 N. Latah St.; Pioneer Cemetery, 460 […]

Medical Workers Inside Maryland Hospital Work During Coronavirus Pandemic

States see record low unemployment across the US

BY: - May 24, 2023

Across much of the country, the jobs market is as strong as it’s ever been, and Black women, young people and people with disabilities are among the workers benefiting, recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show. Twenty states reported an unemployment rate under 3% in April, while 15 states saw record lows, led by […]

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Idaho selects 16 rural health care providers for student-loan grants. One is the sole provider in his area.

BY: - May 24, 2023

People travel to Boundary Community Hospital from across a region of remote, underserved rural towns in North Idaho. The hospital has one rural health clinic to provide primary care and basic mental health care. “Our organization has very limited funding and resources, making recruitment and retention of providers in this area very challenging,” hospital officials […]

Montana Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte

TikTok files suit against state of Montana’s ban in federal court

BY: - May 24, 2023

In a court filing that chronicles how it stores data and protects minors, TikTok has responded to Montana’s first-of-its-kind ban on the social media app, which was signed into law earlier this month by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. TikTok Inc. is suing the state of Montana to strike the recently passed law, alleging a number […]

Yellowstone National Park bison calf incident

Yellowstone National Park investigating bison calf incident, death

BY: - May 24, 2023

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are asking the public for information about an incident that occurred on the evening of May 20 between an unidentified man and a newborn bison calf in the park’s northeast corner. The man intentionally disturbed the calf, which resulted in the death of the […]

Galena Mine

Idaho DEQ alleges Galena Mine made numerous violations of the Clean Water Act near Wallace

BY: - May 24, 2023

The public has an opportunity to comment on a proposed settlement agreement after the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality alleged U.S. Silver, Inc., violated the Clean Water Act at Galena Mine by discharging pollutants into Lake Creek near the city of Wallace.  Galena Mine is located about three miles from Wallace and produces silver, copper […]