Police officer dead after suspect rams car into barricade outside U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON — One U.S. Capitol Police officer was dead and another injured Friday after a driver slammed a car into a barricade outside the Capitol and struck the officers, according to law enforcement. The officer who died was identified as Officer William “Billy” Evans by police. “Officer Evans had been a member of the United […]
30 U.S. states now considering version of Idaho’s transgender athlete bill
A bill that bans transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports has quickly spread to 30 statehouses across the country after originating in Idaho. Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, the bill originated in the form of House Bill 500 during the 2020 Idaho legislative session. The Republican supermajority that […]
Have questions about filing taxes this year? Start with our guide.
Between stimulus funds, unemployment payments, state-distributed assistance and plain old traditional deductions, filing taxes this year could get complicated. “There’s been so many balls up in the air lately that it’s hard to keep up with what’s going on,” said Cynthia Adrian, income tax specialist for the Idaho State Tax Commission. There’s plenty of issues […]
Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws
WASHINGTON — A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. The hearing in the House Administration Committee’s elections subcommittee also served as a way […]
Idaho’s largest one-day vaccine clinic is next Thursday at Boise Airport
Idaho’s largest mass clinic for COVID-19 vaccines is scheduled for April 8 at the Boise Airport. The clinic was organized by Crush the Curve Idaho in partnership with the city of Boise, Boise Airport and Red Rock Pharmacy. Crush the Curve hosted a mass vaccination drive in Meridian in February, vaccinating more than 1,000 people. […]
Idaho bills restricting voting, ballot procedures hang in balance as session nears end
The fate of several bills that would restrict voting or ballot initiative procedures in Idaho hang in the balance when the Legislature reconvenes April 6 after postponing the 2021 session due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol. One would put new restrictions on turning in absentee ballots. House Bill 223, pushed by House Majority […]
2C residents had a tool to avoid eviction. Now, judges want to make it permanent.
As Canyon County begins its budgeting process for the 2022 fiscal year, one line item housing advocates are hoping to see included is mediation services for the magistrate court. Officials with Idaho’s Third District Court, which encompasses Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington counties, asked Carol Barkes to lead the program in November. Barkes, […]
Your Health Idaho is open through April with lower-priced health insurance
Idaho residents can sign up for health insurance through the Your Health Idaho exchange until April 30. The special enrollment window gives Idahoans a chance to enroll in health plans that have heavily discounted premiums. “For the first time ever, tax credits, which act like an instant discount, may be available for those who were […]
Legislators seek to alter voting access with Idaho turnout at highest levels in decades
At a time when legislators are considering changes to voting, ballot initiative and election laws, the percentage of Idahoans voting is at the highest levels in decades. Voter turnout in both the 2020 primary and general election was the highest percentage since at least before 1996, which is as far back as online records are […]
Biden pairs ‘down payment’ on climate crisis with rebuilding infrastructure
The sprawling $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs proposal President Joe Biden laid out Wednesday in Pennsylvania includes significant spending to address climate change, providing what conservationists say is an important “down payment” to address the crisis. A 25-page outline calls for $10 billion for a Civilian Climate Corps, $16 billion for capping abandoned wells and […]
Want to help Idaho seniors? Dept. of Insurance seeks Medicare program volunteers.
The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors Program in Idaho is seeking volunteers to help senior citizens better understand Medicare. The program, through the state’s Department of Insurance, helps train and certify Medicare counselors who provide assistance to Idahoans seeking Medicare coverage. The program can also help Idahoans update their Medicare plans with easy to understand […]
Since January, more than 250 Treasure Valley evictions have come before court despite moratorium
KC Hunt and his fiancée, Alissia, spent five hours preparing and decorating a nursery in their rented Boise Bench home in preparation for their baby boy’s arrival in July. They set up the crib, nestled a big stuffed brown bear in the corner and stuck blue polka dot stickers to the wall above the changing […]