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    BOISE — Last week, Idaho legislators voted to censure Dist. 7A Rep. Priscilla Giddings and remove her from one of her three assigned committees regarding conduct unbecoming of a legislator.

    Tensions were high between legislators Monday morning, Nov. 15, as they debated and ultimately voted to censure Rep. Priscilla Giddings and remove her from one of her three assigned committees over conduct unbecoming of a legislator.

    Challenges in the change, and positive outlooks on the future were shared by area legislators, speaking on recently completed state legislative redistricting. The Free Press reached out to all six representatives for current districts 6 and 7, and received responses from Dist. 7 Senator Carl…

    GRANGEVILLE — “I’m very offended by this. It’s wrong, it’s a warrantless search. Normally you have to have cause to come in and look at someone’s financials.”

    Editor’s note: Regional economist Kathryn Tacke died unexpectedly on July 2. This is the last article she submitted for publication. Her previous articles can be found at Labor’s Idaho@Work blog.

    Twenty years ago, the lives of people in the nation were changed in an instant. The ripples from the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, were felt around the globe.

      BOISE — Following testimony in a public hearing last week, the House Ethics Committee on Aug. 3 unanimously recommended Dist. 7A Rep. Priscilla Giddings be censured, saying she lied to the committee and to the public and engaged in other behavior detrimental to the Idaho House.

        BOISE — As Idahoans make their summer travel plans, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) encourages drivers to prepare with the new Idaho 511. Recently, the streamlined low bandwidth Idaho 511 website, lb.511.idaho.gov, officially retired, and the transition to the newest Idaho 511 trav…

        Boise — Grangeville resident Mary Schmidt is among 12 in the state of Idaho who will be honored by the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) later this month.

        Among the activities curtailed during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic year was criminal, as statistics released from the state’s annual Crime in Idaho report show. For Idaho County, criminal offenses were at a five-year low last year, which also showed a nearly 17 percent decrease in crime from 2019.

          BOISE – Governor Brad Little joined state and federal fire managers during a press conference, on July 13, at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise to urge Idahoans to be safe and smart in the outdoors to minimize the risk of wildfire during what could be the worst fire season…

          Stop by Umpqua Bank, 147 W. Main Street, Grangeville, Friday, July 2, during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to wish Beryl Grant a happy retirement. She has been with the bank for 35 years.

            The number of burn permits issued averages about 18,000 a year in Idaho, and that number continues to rise. Area residents are advised that burn permits are — as of May 10 — now required, and this runs through Oct. 20.

            GRANGEVILLE — On account of his nose-to-the-grindstone style, even those who have been around Idaho County more than five years may be more likely to think of Carl Crabtree for his ranching than for the no-nonsense work he did for the county government, keeping noxious weeds in check.

              Boise — The Idaho Secretary of State has given volunteers the green light to begin collecting signatures for the Quality Education Act. The ballot initiative would boost funding for K-12 education by more than $200 million annually.

              Employers across the U.S. report difficulties recruiting workers. The problem is especially intense in Idaho, where unemployment rates are lower, and employers are trying to add jobs faster.

              BOISE — May 12th’s announcement by Gov. Brad Little that he is ending the state’s participation in three federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs, combined with last week’s signing of House Bill 380 into law, come on the heels of a recent release of the latest Rich States, Poor St…

              Idaho is seeking to execute a prison inmate for the first time in nearly a decade, issuing a death warrant for next month for convicted double-murderer Gerald Pizzuto, Jr.

                BOISE – Governor Brad Little recently signed Senate Bill 1199 into law, directing $45 million toward new investments in internet connectivity for underserved areas to improve commerce, economic growth, and education, on top of close to $50 million made available for broadband investments last year.

                Grangeville Community Foundation, Animal Rescue Foundation, ALACCA Bible Conference and many others have been joining hundreds of Idaho nonprofits and their supporters in Idaho Gives which runs through May 6. This statewide effort is designed to bring the state together, raising money and aw…

                BOISE -- The Idaho Legislature passed the 100 day mark this week; bills are still flowing as we hit the third longest session in the history of the state.

                During their second week back from recess, Idaho’s legislators are in overdrive moving bills, updating budgets, and hearing proposals for Idaho to absorb more than half of Oregon and bits of Northern California.

                BOISE — Teachers are in the spotlight again in Idaho, but once more, they are denied funding after House Bill 354 failed after a long debate. This hour and a half discussion on the floor involved fears that House Republicans have regarding teachers talking about race theory with their studen…

                BOISE -- After a two-week recess due to COVID related issues in the statehouse, costing upwards of $300 thousand, the Idaho legislature is back in Boise and is in overdrive to finish the session.

                  BOISE — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently announced it will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.

                  BOISE — “There’s a lot of good conservative legislation in the building, but it’s not being allowed to go through,” said Dist. 7A Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird. “Bringing light to the whole social justice curriculum in schools is a slow process,” she said, during an interview last We…

                    To honor veterans, military and their families, AARP Idaho is now offering free, new career tools that are especially designed for older veterans and military personnel. The Gem State is home to some 122,000 vets, according to the latest data from the National Center for Veterans Analysis an…

                    BOISE -- Idaho Governor Brad Little held a press conference emphasizing the need to accept almost $5 billion of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds from the federal government to invest in Idaho’s future.