Gavin Kinney (9) holds up a sign thanking veterans at the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2015, in New York City.

Air Force veteran selected to lead Idaho Division of Veterans Services

BY: - April 19, 2021

Mark Tschampl has been selected to serve as chief administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services, according to a press release from Gov. Brad Little. “As a veteran himself, I have the utmost confidence Mark will serve and support those who have served our country,” Little said in the release. “His career experience in […]

Scales of justice

As pandemic strains resources, here’s what you can do to support crime victims

BY: - April 19, 2021

It’s no secret that the last year has been a time of great challenge for crime victims and their families. The pandemic has resulted in more social isolation, economic uncertainty, and anxiety that experts say has triggered an increase in domestic violence, sexual assault and child and elder abuse.  This pandemic-driven increase has strained resources and […]

The Idaho Statehouse in Boise

Idaho governor signs into law legislation to raise bar on ballot initiatives

BY: and - April 17, 2021

Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill that would change the requirements for gathering signatures to bring a ballot initiative forward to Idaho voters. Little confirmed he signed Senate Bill 1110 on Saturday in a letter to Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who presides over the Idaho Senate. The bill requires organizers of a […]

Construction crane in downtown Boise

Idaho’s March jobless rate tells a story of layoffs, rebounds — and newcomers

BY: - April 17, 2021

Idaho’s unemployment rate continues to improve, and is doing better than the nation as a whole, according to new numbers from the Idaho Department of Labor. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2% in March, according to the Labor Department. That’s compared with a rate of 2% in March 2020, when COVID-19 officially arrived […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announces veto of Idaho Legislature bill to curb executive power

Idaho Gov. Little vetoing “just plain irresponsible” bills to curb emergency power

BY: - April 16, 2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced Friday that he will veto two bills passed by the Idaho Legislature that sought to limit his governing abilities during an emergency. In a public address, Little said the bills violate the Idaho Constitution “on a number of fronts,” including the powers of the executive branch. He spoke forcefully against what […]

Resolution requiring legislative approval to legalize drugs fails in House

BY: - April 15, 2021

A joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would require a two-thirds majority in the Idaho Legislature to approve legalization of controlled substances failed to reach the required vote threshold on Thursday, effectively killing the bill.  The House of Representatives debated the resolution for two hours, with emotional testimony from legislators who normally stay quiet […]

Nearly 80% of Boise-area residents surveyed say cities are growing too fast

BY: - April 15, 2021

The vast majority of Treasure Valley residents recently surveyed say the area is growing too fast, and nearly half say the rising cost of homes and rentals is causing them financial strain. The survey, conducted by the Boise State University School of Public Service between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, sampled 750 residents of the […]

Dave Lacknauth, director of Pharmacy Services at Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference on Dec. 23, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Idaho sets a lofty goal: 80% of people vaccinated for COVID-19 — this year

BY: - April 14, 2021

State officials hope to persuade more Idahoans to get the COVID-19 vaccine — and they’ve set the goal at a statewide vaccination rate of 80%. That’s a high bar for a state whose flu vaccination rate is below 50%. Idaho public health officials said Tuesday they’re planning to ask the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Idaho State Capitol

Child nutrition assistance program funding request moves forward after delay

BY: - April 13, 2021

After back and forth with legislators over details, a funding request for $1.6 million to continue a pandemic-specific nutrition assistance program cleared the Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee by a vote of 18-2. The funding is allocated for the free and reduced lunch program that will assist approximately 71,000 students. The request first came before […]

Largest transportation funding bill of 2021 heads to Senate floor

BY: - April 12, 2021

The largest transportation funding bill of the Idaho Legislature’s 2021 session advanced to the Senate floor on Monday, narrowly avoiding a trip to the amending order that would have continued to delay an end to this year’s legislative activities. House Bill 362 is a new version of a bill introduced earlier in the session that […]


Idaho families are still — and will always be — suffering because of COVID. Mine is one.

BY: - April 9, 2021

Editor’s note: Karen Kay died Sunday, April 11, 2021. She was 61.  My Aunt Karen Kay has a sneaky smile with crooked teeth, a rebellious stubborn streak and a purse collection that rivals even Cardi B’s.  She loves cold Cokes, black “kiki” cats and dozens and dozens of photo albums full of family. And as […]

Income tax cut and rebate bill sent to amending order for adjustments

BY: - April 8, 2021

An income tax bill that would lower Idaho’s top corporate and individual tax brackets and issue a tax rebate to Idaho residents was sent to the 14th Order for amendments by the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee on Thursday. Senators said adjustments need to be made to the tax bracket numbers, and one senator […]