Idaho

Rep. Russ Fulcher

Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher announces kidney cancer diagnosis

BY: - June 18, 2021

Rep. Russ Fulcher, who represents Idaho’s First Congressional District, announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he has renal cancer, which affects the kidneys. “No one likes to hear the ‘C’ word, especially when having a discussion with their physician, but as many of you have previously experienced … sometimes it happens,” Fulcher wrote. According […]

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Bungalow court in the North End of Boise

As cities, counties change zoning codes, let’s consider how ‘lovably nonconforming’ housing may help

BY: - June 18, 2021

I have a special place in my heart for a type of buildings that might best be called, “Lovably Nonconforming.”  These are buildings that wonderfully add to the fabric of our neighborhoods — and likely could not be built under today’s zoning codes.  When we talk about how to preserve neighborhood character and create amazing […]

Given short notice, Treasure Valley cities to remain open for new Juneteenth holiday

BY: - June 17, 2021

With short notice mere hours after President Joe Biden signed a law making June 19 a national holiday, the mayors of Boise, Nampa and Meridian announced city operations would be open as normal on Friday, while the state’s executive branch agencies will be closed. June 19 is celebrated as the end of slavery in the […]

income taxes

We don’t review tax exemptions in Idaho. Could models in neighboring states work here?

BY: - June 16, 2021

Editor’s note: This is Part II of an ongoing series examining the various aspects of Idaho’s tax exemptions and lack of a legislative review process. Part I can be found here.  With the exception of Nevada and Wyoming, Idaho is surrounded by states with varying degrees of a state-level review process for tax exemptions and […]

Idaho’s urban areas are booming. One city’s population grew 7.5% last year.

BY: - June 14, 2021

About 10% more of Idaho’s residents live in the state’s urban areas than they did in 1980, according to the Idaho Department of Labor, and that trend of population growth is continuing. The state had the fastest growing population in the nation at 2.1% between 2019 and 2020, with much of that growth concentrated in […]

ave Lacknauth, Director of Pharmacy Services, Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

More than 90% of Idaho’s COVID cases now are among the unvaccinated

BY: - June 8, 2021

More than 90% of newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Idaho “have no record of being vaccinated” against the coronavirus, Idaho Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Turner said Tuesday. The numbers underscore how effective the vaccines have been, not only in controlled clinical trials. A study published Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Author Ernest Hemingway is buried in Ketchum, Idaho.

Idaho PBS shares an Ohio connection to Hemingway’s years in Idaho

BY: - June 8, 2021

Idaho Public Television has a new online event celebrating the “Idaho roots” of author Ernest Hemingway. “Papa” was a worldly rolling stone who wound up in Ketchum, Idaho, and lived there until he died in 1961. Now, an Ohio University alumnus who lived in Idaho and became involved in preserving Hemingway’s legacy continues curating more information about […]

The Idaho State Capitol reflected in the Joe R. Williams building on March 21, 2021.

Feds approve extension for Idaho to file plans for latest round of stimulus funds for schools

BY: - June 7, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education has given the Idaho State Board of Education an extension to file its plan for using $146 million in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds earmarked to help schools reopen and sustain safe operations.  The deadline to submit the plan for using the federal American Rescue Plan Act’s Elementary and Secondary School […]

State Street in Boise

State Street, Boise rail upgrades have stalled for years. Can Biden’s plan move projects forward?

BY: - June 7, 2021

The Treasure Valley is pinning hopes of upgrading its modest public transit system on an initial pot of federal money that may also jumpstart major investment in a reimagined transportation network and offer expanded service to the region’s exploding population. A long-envisioned passenger rail line linking Boise with expanding employment hubs west in Caldwell and […]

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Boise State campus

Idaho pursues that most elusive quarry — critical race theory

BY: - June 3, 2021

Idaho politicians have been doggedly engaged of late in a quest to find and defeat a cunning and elusive adversary —critical race theory. Republican legislators spent weeks this past session, trying without success to define it, then just gave up and prohibited its presence in public school classrooms. Much like the chimeric Sasquatch, they could […]

Gov. Brad Little

‘Brad, I’ve got an executive order here.’ Little talks mask mandates, gubernatorial authority

BY: - June 2, 2021

Gov. Brad Little knew something was up as soon as he walked off the stage Thursday at the Republican Governors Association spring policy conference in Nashville. His phone was vibrating. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney was on the other end. And he wasn’t just calling to shoot the breeze. “He says, “Brad, I’ve got an […]

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Sen. Jim Woodward

‘Enough is enough.’ Why far-right, anti-education policies don’t represent the Republican Party.

BY: - June 2, 2021

Who are these people? Where did they come from?   Now, most of our new citizens that have immigrated to our beautiful North Idaho are not the subject of this writing. Only a few of them who believe and have self-anointed themselves as our saviors are being discussed here.  When did they decide to take […]