Idaho expects redistricting process to begin in September

BY: - July 13, 2021

Beginning later this summer, Idaho will redraw legislative and congressional boundaries based on new Census data .

Tracy Stone-Manning

Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight

BY: - July 9, 2021

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained, vocal resistance to President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s […]

Google's New York office

Idaho joins 35 other states in lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Idaho is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app […]

Many Idaho health care workers face a choice: get the COVID shot or leave your job

BY: - July 8, 2021

Almost all of the Boise area’s largest health care employers on Thursday said they’ll require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by fall. Anywhere from to 22% to 28% of the health care organizations’ staff haven’t gotten a coronavirus vaccine. Based on the size of their workforces, that means thousands of health care workers must […]

Little appoints a familiar figure to the State Board of Education

BY: - July 7, 2021

Originally posted on on July 7, 2021 Gov. Brad Little is appointing an old ally to fill a vacancy on the State Board of Education. Bill Gilbert — a Boise businessman who co-chaired Little’s 2019 education task force — will succeed Boise business executive Andrew Scoggin on the State Board. In the weeks and […]

Downtown Boise from the Boise Depot

Post-COVID, let’s build neighborhoods that value human connection in the Treasure Valley

BY: - June 29, 2021

Now that we’re (mostly) on the other side of the pandemic, we need to make different choices around how we build housing and create connected neighborhoods across the Treasure Valley. It’s no secret frenetic growth and a lack of housing supply is driving up the cost to own a home. In Ada County, the median […]

Branden Durst speaks at the task force meeting at the Statehouse

Conservative speakers and candidates dominate second education task force meeting

BY: - June 24, 2021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education indoctrination task force met for the second time Thursday at the Statehouse, with the agenda again dominated by a series of conservative speakers who agreed with the task force’s mission. McGeachin formed the task force herself — it wasn’t created by the Legislature or statute — “to examine indoctrination in […]

A school bus arrives at Morley Nelson Elementary in Boise

Idaho must find ways to pay school support staff competitive wages — before it’s too late

BY: - June 24, 2021

As our country and our state emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, a disconnect between available jobs and workers willing to accept poverty level compensation is hitting home. Potential steps forward for many workers in retail and other private sector fields could threaten school districts’ ability to recruit and retain vital support staff workers who will […]

Tracy Stone-Manning has been selected as the nominee to lead the BLM.

Murkowski to oppose Stone-Manning nomination, while Tester works to keep support among Dems

BY: - June 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Another Republican senator plans to oppose President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, who has been targeted by conservatives over her connection to an Idaho tree-spiking scheme three decades ago. A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who serves on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, […]

Idaho cities can start applying for $54 million in federal relief funds

BY: - June 22, 2021

Idaho cities with populations of fewer than 50,000 people will begin receiving their share of $54 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act, Gov. Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced Monday in a press release. Almost all Idaho cities have a population small enough to be eligible for the funds. Little and […]

Halima Hamud was born in a refugee camp in Kenya.

‘Thankful to God, I’m safe.’ Three refugees became Idahoans. Here are their stories

BY: - June 20, 2021

Idaho has welcomed thousands of refugees, from dozens of countries, for decades. That tradition slowed in recent years, as the Trump administration placed record-low caps on refugee admissions and temporarily banned travel from Muslim countries, and last year as the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel. President Joe Biden has lifted the cap, but warned that it […]

Tracy Stone-Manning has been selected as the nominee to lead the BLM.

Biden public lands nominee opposed by GOP over link to 1989 tree-spiking in Idaho

BY: - June 18, 2021

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are ramping up opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management after a conservative news site and other news reports detailed her connection to an Idaho tree-spiking scheme three decades ago. Without GOP support, Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning would need the votes of every Democrat in […]