Gov. Brad Little

Wildfire

‘It’s a tinderbox situation’: Western governors ask Biden for better wildfire prevention

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden met virtually with governors from Western and Midwestern states on Friday to discuss how federal intervention can best aid states battling wildfires, amid complaints from states about federal forest management. “We’ve got big, complex wildfires burning across multiple areas,” Biden said. “We’re in for a long fight this year, and […]

Idaho State Police concerned about increasing fentanyl overdoses

BY: - July 14, 2021

Across the state, Idaho State Police are concerned about the availability and use of methamphetamine and fentanyl, which they say is becoming easier to manufacture and distribute and is leading to more overdose deaths. Seven law enforcement officials from around the state, including the chief of police in Twin Falls and the Bannock County sheriff, […]

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Idaho State Police troopers receive $1,000 hazard duty bonuses 

BY: - July 14, 2021

Idaho State Police troopers and dispatchers began receiving $1,000 hazard duty bonuses last week that were funded by a federal coronavirus stimulus package.  Altogether, 320 Idaho State Police personnel received the bonuses, including patrol troopers, detectives, vehicle enforcement specialists and regional communications officers, who are the dispatchers that take the emergency calls.  All commissioned Idaho […]

Brad Little meets with firefighters

As unprecedented fire risk looms, Gov. Little calls on Idahoans to use extreme caution

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gov. Brad Little issued a dire warning about the nearly unprecedented fire risk in Idaho as he toured the Great Basin Smokejumpers base Tuesday at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.  Tuesday’s visit to the fire center and the public warnings followed the emergency declaration Little issued Friday. That order authorizes Idaho National Guard […]

Idaho governor issues emergency declaration for wildfire season

BY: - July 9, 2021

Originally published on the Idaho Reports blog on Friday, July 9. As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting […]

Bedke: ‘We’re going to be deliberate’ on lt. gov.’s request to look at vaccine rules

BY: and - July 9, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued a letter to Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, on Friday calling on him to reconvene the Legislature to address the issue of health care providers mandating COVID-19 vaccines for employees. Bedke told the Idaho Capital Sun on Friday afternoon that he and Senate leadership plan to do more research […]

Adare Manor apartments in Boise

‘Universally non-supportive’: Idaho is one of four states without state-level support for affordable housing

BY: - July 6, 2021

When affordable housing development Adare Manor opened in September 2019 on Fairview Avenue in Boise, it was fully occupied within three months and has had a waitlist ever since. It is one of nearly 50 affordable housing developments in Boise.  The rent ranges from $662 per month for one bedroom to $1,104 for a three-bedroom […]

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Little to send five Idaho State Police troopers to U.S.-Mexico border

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Brad Little is sending five Idaho State Police troopers to the United State-Mexico border, Little announced Thursday. The 21-day mission begins July 6 and will cost the state $53,391, Little said. The team of five troopers will assist Arizona State troopers in intercepting drugs at the border, he said. In a written statement, Little […]

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Idaho begins new fiscal year eyeing record $800 million-plus budget surplus 

BY: - July 1, 2021

Barring an unexpected last-second meltdown, the state of Idaho likely ended its budget year Wednesday with a record surplus in excess of $800 million. State officials won’t know for sure for a few days, but Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams said that as of Friday, revenue sources were tracking ahead of projections […]

Wildfire

President Biden didn’t invite Idaho’s governor to wildfire meeting

BY: - June 30, 2021

Idaho has among the worst wildfires in the nation. It is home to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildland firefighting for the U.S. And experts predict this year’s droughts and record-high temperatures may bring more fires. But as President Joe Biden hosts a meeting of Western governors today to talk about this year’s […]

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Little, Republican governors call on Biden to oppose adding justices to Supreme Court

BY: - June 29, 2021

In a letter released Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Brad Little joined 19 other Republican U.S. governors urging President Joe Biden to oppose adding any additional seats to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court is essential to the preservation of our democracy and in the absence of understanding from the Biden administration, governors are stepping up […]

‘A gamechanger in the darkest months,’ Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 mission ends

BY: - June 24, 2021

After more than a year of service, from helping food banks to helping vaccinate Idahoans, the governor is winding down the Idaho National Guard’s pandemic mission. Noting that COVID-19 is now under better control in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little on Thursday announced the draw-down of the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 response teams this month. Their […]