Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher announces kidney cancer diagnosis
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 […]
As cities, counties change zoning codes, let’s consider how ‘lovably nonconforming’ housing may help
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
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 […]
We don’t review tax exemptions in Idaho. Could models in neighboring states work here?
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.
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 […]
More than 90% of Idaho’s COVID cases now are among the unvaccinated
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 […]
Idaho PBS shares an Ohio connection to Hemingway’s years in Idaho
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 […]
Feds approve extension for Idaho to file plans for latest round of stimulus funds for schools
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, Boise rail upgrades have stalled for years. Can Biden’s plan move projects forward?
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 […]
Idaho pursues that most elusive quarry — critical race theory
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 […]
‘Brad, I’ve got an executive order here.’ Little talks mask mandates, gubernatorial authority
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 […]
‘Enough is enough.’ Why far-right, anti-education policies don’t represent the Republican Party.
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 […]