Regional News for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest

Forest Service monitoring finds South Fork miners sticking to the rules

In recent years, gold miners have gone to the state capitol in large numbers to demand a sweeping rollback of state and federal Clean Water Act regulations they say impinge on small scale suction dredging operations, but a subtle change in the state’s rules for this upcoming dredging season may put to the test how many miners are willing to work the South Fork Clearwater River this summer.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Medicaid Expansion expects 60k signatures for initiative

Voters across Idaho were filing the final signatures on Tuesday, May 1, for a November ​ballot initiative​ to expand Medicaid in the state. According to a release, supporters were anticipating turning in more than 60,000 valid signatures, collected from all 44 counties and all 35 legislative districts across Idaho, to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Of this, Idaho County volunteers collected nearly 800 signatures.

May 2, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Giddings, Ada County poised to grapple over homeowners exemption

A local elected official insists she has followed the law, but an April 20 report in the Lewiston Tribune exposed a dispute between Rep. Priscilla Giddings and the Ada County Assessor’s office, in which that county may yet seek tax payment related to Giddings’ move from Garden City to White Bird ahead of her run for the District 7 House seat she won in 2016.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

McMillan returns, Lawrence to challenge incumbent Giddings

Voters have a three-way race in the Republican primary for Dist. 7A Representative, between incumbent Priscilla Giddings, Shannon McMillan — who lost this seat to Giddings in the 2016 election — and newcomer Ryan A. Lawrence. Primary elections are May 15.

April 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Water picture ‘looking interesting’ ; Clearwater Basin precip highest in state

The stage is set: Early April is when Idaho’s mountain snowpack generally reaches its peak snow water content, “… and things are looking interesting for the water supply picture,” said Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist for the Idaho Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). According to the April water supply outlook report, precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 85 to 120 percent of normal.

April 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Wet weekend blows through county causing minor problems

“The county road infrastructure survived fine, at least as what we know at this point,” said Jerry Zumalt, coordinator for Idaho County Disaster Management. “I think, for the most part, we did alright.” Wet and windy, but no major damage; that’s the overall summary from officials following last weekend’s storm event that generally brought up to an inch in precipitation across Idaho County with related water impacts to area streams and minor power outages and road blockages.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Bridge work starts next week; kicks off US12 multimillion revitalization work

Bridge work starting next week kicks off $17 million in infrastructure improvements for U.S. Highway 12, a revitalization project by the Idaho Transportation Department that is expected to be completed this fall. According to ITD public information specialist Megan Sausser, work on Fish Creek Bridge near Bald Mountain (46 miles east of Kooskia) will begin on Monday, April 16, and work on Maggie Creek Bridge near Kooskia is expected to begin April 30.

April 11, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Key takeaways from this year's legislative session

The Idaho legislature wound down to a close last week. Here are some key takeaways: · Several proposals to deal with the state Medicaid gap surfaced. None passed. · Lawmakers passed one of the biggest tax cuts in state history. · A national debate on school safety made its way into the legislature. · K-12 science education standards referencing climate change survived a rocky journey.

April 4, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Trillion-dollar bill renews SRS funds for local budgets

With President Trump having signed off on renewing Secure Rural Schools funding Friday, March 23, local school and highway tax districts stand to receive the first of two big payments – totaling about $5.8 million – within the next 45 days. The renewal is part of a massive federal spending bill – a $1.3 trillion roll-up of numerous topics – which passed Congress Thursday despite opposition by conservatives including Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Raul Labrador.

March 28, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Anti-trespass bill increases penalties, overhauls civil laws

In a matter of three days, a controversial anti-trespassing bill was amended and, with amendments, passed by the Idaho Senate and the House. To become law, HB 658 just needs to be signed by the governor. The bill, which has received hours of testimony and debate in public hearings, increases penalties for trespass and ultimately overhauls current civil trespassing laws.

March 26, 2018 11:12 a.m. read more..


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