BOISE – This week, the Idaho House defeated HB 137, a bill that would have repealed a state law that allows voters to use an affidavit as a means of identification at the polls.
In 2020, the Gem State’s most populous county, Ada, saw more residents move out than move in.
BOISE – House Bill 265, to “create a duty of care for promoters, organizers, and performers of sexual exhibitions to take reasonable steps to restrict the access of minors,” passed the House this week, 48-21-1.
BOISE – There was lots of testimony and discussion on Wednesday, March 1, as the Idaho House Education Committee considered a pair of library bills.
The U.S. economy has had an uneven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. By some metrics, the economy has bounced back and is increasing: GDP in the last quarter of 2021 grew by 7.0%, the unemployment rate dropped to around 4%, and wages are rising sharply. But the economy continues to strugg…
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New short-term employment projections from the Idaho Department of Labor show Idaho’s healthy rate of job creation is expected to continue over the next two years. Total employment in Idaho — including self-employed and family businesses — reached a new high of 854,474 in the base period in …
BOISE – The Idaho House has recently passed HB 71, ‘The Vulnerable Child Protection Act.’ The main part of the bill would ban puberty blockers and other related treatments for children with gender dysphoria. Some house members spoke in support, saying it would protect children, while others …
BOISE – House Bill 63, on counselors and therapists, was passed by the House Health and Welfare Committee with a ‘do pass recommendation’ and will be sent to the House floor.
BOISE – The House has passed House Bill 18 which would “remove a sunset clause from a provision that makes psychological injuries suffered by first responders compensable.”
Idaho is still tops in family and community and still near the bottom in education. That information comes from the “2022 Kids Count Data Book” from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. This lists the state trends in child well-being.
Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Idaho’s population growth from 2020 to 2021 was well dispersed around the state, with every Idaho county growing in population throughout the year.
BOISE – The Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) went before the House Education Committee. Superintendent Jeff Simmons and director Jolene Montoya discussed the digital program Launchpad on Monday, Jan. 23.
BOISE – The City Club of Boise held a Pundits Forum during this year’s legislative session. The Jan. 19 forum was filled with laughs, and many questions, which were answered by an array of guest speakers. Clark Corbin, a reporter for the Idaho Capital Sun, Representative Greg Chaney, and Dr.…
BOISE — The Idaho State Tax Commission began processing 2022 Idaho individual income tax returns on Jan. 23. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing federal returns the same day.
BOISE – The Idaho Commission on the Arts is currently accepting applications for literature fellowships and Idaho’s Writer in Residence. Idaho writers are encouraged to apply. Online applications and more information can be found at: arts.idaho.gov/grants/. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, …
The State of Idaho, overall, experienced an increase in liquor sales for the 2022 fiscal year, while Idaho County had a slight decrease in liquor distribution revenue.
The snowpack is well above normal throughout the state, and regionally near or above normal as of Jan. 1, according to the January Water Supply Outlook Report through the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Idaho’s July 2022 population at 1,939,033, an increase of 1.8% from July 2021, ranking it second nationally in percentage growth. Idaho grew about four times faster than the national growth rate of 0.4%.
There have been 43 reports of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) throughout Idaho in 2022, according to data from the National UFO Reporting Center. Idaho ranks 32nd in the United States overall for UFO spotting, as reported by the center. Reported sightings are increasing in the Gem State, …
BOISE – Idaho Governor Brad Little brought forth in the 2023 State of the State address with a dedication to bring “Idaho First.”
Mountain States Policy Center (MSPC) recently released its Idaho Poll 2022 results.
Idaho has been recognized for excellent public education outcomes in a new national education report from The Heritage Foundation that ranks the state at No. 3 in the nation overall, citing low spending numbers and strong academic achievement.
Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline provides 24/7 free and confidential suicide and behavioral health crisis support. For crisis support: call 800-273-8255 or text 208-398-4357.
The winner of the Grangeville Christmas decorating competition, held by the Community of Grangeville Facebook group, went to Kris and Lindsay Wagenmann. They received $40 in Mammoth Bucks from the Grangeville Chamber of Commerce. Second place went to Sherry Beattie and third place to Brett a…
BOISE — The Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy in partnership with PODER of Idaho and a handful of community organizations have come together as the Elevate Idaho Families Coalition with the aim of creating state economic policy that reflects the needs of Idaho working families. Elevate Idaho Fa…
Idaho County’s unemployment rate was slightly above the state average unemployment in November.
COTTONWOOD – Oregon State University (OSU) archaeologists have uncovered projectile points along the Salmon River in Idaho County that are thousands of years older than any previously found in the Americas, helping to fill in the history of how early humans crafted and used stone weapons.
Idaho County residents made a good showing at the polls election night with 66.3% voter turnout.
According to Top Data’s “The Happiest States in the US,” Idaho ranks at 34.
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The Nov. 8 general election is next Tuesday, and Idaho County voters will be deciding on state and U.S. positions, as well as two ballot questions.
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney launched a new web portal, providing Idahoans with a means to report election-based misinformation. The site (https://sos.idaho.gov/elections-division/election-misinformation-reporting/) encourages Idaho voters to be aware of election misinformation,…
Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up from 2.7% in August to 2.8% in September – the eighth consecutive month the state rate has been below 3%.
BOISE — Idaho Governor Brad Little recently announced Idaho families can start applying for Empowering Parents grants.
GRANGEVILLE — “I want to bring enthusiasm and engagement back to politics,” said Kaylee Peterson. “With how partisan and divisive the rhetoric has gotten, people are exhausted, they feel disconnected and that they have no representation in D.C.” The Congressional candidate looks to provide v…
BOISE — Governor Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf announced new enhancements to Townhall.Idaho.Gov, the new public meeting website.
The Nov. 8 general election is eight weeks away. While county and District 7 Legislative seats were filled in the May primary, Idaho County voters will still be looking at regional, state and federal positions to decide, as well as two ballot questions.
The Idaho Department of Lands sold a timber sale on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Kamiah. Golden Glen, located 10 miles east of Kooskia, was sold to IFG Timber, LLC. The estimated 4,885 MBF was sold for an average price of $501 per M. Proceeds will benefit the State Hospital South endowment.
By annual job postings, registered nurses (RNs) have been the No. 1 occupation in demand in north central Idaho since 2016 and was consistently in the top three from 2012-2015. In 2021, the more than 800 online postings for RNs throughout the region were 60% higher than the 500 postings of t…
The Idaho State Board of Education recently announced it will make Empowering Parents grant applications available to Idaho families in mid-September.
BOISE — Nearly one-third of Idahoans may be eligible to receive discounted broadband internet service through a new Federal Communications Commission program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program may lower the cost for families and households to access broadband internet more affordably.
BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is encouraging the public to prepare for smoke impacts this year during what is expected to be another active wildfire season.
Want to know what your property tax bill might be this year? Residents in Idaho County can estimate their 2022 property taxes by using a calculator (https://tax.idaho.gov/i-1072.cfm) on the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website at tax.idaho.gov (https://tax.idaho.gov/). The calculator is avai…
Improving internet connectivity is a continuing work in progress for Idaho where much of the state, notably North Central Idaho, is lacking in not only access but in speeds to allow for many residential and commercial uses. CEDA (Clearwater Economic Development Association) is pursuing feder…
Reading score gains from fall noted; Local districts see at least 60% of students at grade level for IRI
BOISE — Statewide results from the spring Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI) show that more than two-thirds of all Idaho students in kindergarten through third grade were reading at grade level by the end of the school year, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said.
News for Idaho renters is not good.
WASHINGTON — Recently, U.S. Senator Jim Risch, senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced the selection of Hillco Technologies, Inc., in Nezperce as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for July 2022. Hillco Technologies, Inc.…
Idaho’s 2021 average wage for all occupations was $23.05 per hour, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. The release includes 2021 data on employment and wages by occupation for the state, seven Me…
BOISE – On Saturday, Aug. 6, the Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce will host its first Military Heritage Gala, honoring The Military Order of the Purple Heart. This event will be held at the Boise Centre in Downtown, Boise. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event will commence at 6 p.m.
Gas prices in Idaho have started to decrease, according to AAA Idaho. The average price of gas in the state Wednesday, July 13, was $5.21 per gallon, a 4-cent decrease from the week before, but still 12 cents more than a month ago.
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- MVSD’s Higgins resigns; Martinez, Robinson hired for principal positions
- Crews busy with three house fires
- High-speed pursuit ends in arrest on multiple felonies; damaged: three officer vehicles, house; shot fired
- It's Your Business: MVSD 244 seeks new superintendent, principals
- Earthquake near Donnelly
- Patrick W. Barnett, 59
- Syringa to offer gastric sleeve surgeries
- Idaho County District Court
- Idaho County Commissioners: ICC to sponsor a BPC fire department grant
- MVSD’s Higgins resigns; Martinez, Robinson hired for principal positions
- Grangeville City Council: ARF services request may require city code changes
- Crews busy with three house fires
- Bulldog of the Week: Thacker’s big hit lifts Bulldogs
- Baseball: Tournament delivers despite foul weather
- Track & Field: Five individual firsts lift KHS boys atop second home meet
- Volunteers, partners recognized by UYLC