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The Idaho County Free Press presents this year's Get Acquainted 2021. The 38th annual issue …

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.

          BOISE -- Senate Joint Memorial 103, which acknowledges the four dams on the Snake River as multipurpose and beneficial to the state of Idaho while condemning their removal, was passed in Senate on Tuesday this week.

          BOISE -- The Idaho Press Club hosted a virtual breakfast where Governor Brad Little answered many questions highlights on the recently killed House Bill 226, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.

          BOISE — When another pandemic strikes, who should have the power to close schools? Local school boards should, according to two bills passed by the Idaho Senate last week. The bills are en route to Gov. Brad Little to sign into law that take closure authority away from public health district…

          The Idaho Joint Democratic Caucus held a news conference on Wednesday explaining the concerns of the minority party whit what it describes as a Republican “power grab” that has filled the legislative session thus far.

          BOISE — Residents within North Central Idaho have already started seeing improvements to broadband Internet, thanks to infrastructure additions implemented across the region late last year. More work is planned for this year, through a $35 million bill to be brought before a house committee …

          BOISE — Legislative efforts to end the governor’s COVID-19 emergency orders received a rebuke from Gov. Brad Little last Friday, who said Idaho’s response to the coronavirus would be greatly hindered and called the actions “harmful.” In response, the House Republican Caucus replied in a stat…

            Senator Carl Crabtree, Rep. Priscilla Giddings and former Rep. Paul Shepherd, all of District 7, were among a total 94 legislators named Ag All Stars by Food Producers of Idaho (FPI) based upon their voting records on selected pieces of legislation in the 2020 Idaho Legislative Session.

              BOISE — The Department of Finance (DOF) responded to nearly 200 consumer complaints in fiscal year 2020 restoring approximately $39,000 to consumers, as well as pursuing securities enforcement actions resulting in restitution, recission, and judgments exceeding $10 million dollars, and penal…

              BOISE — The state’s agenda is full and lawmakers are engaged in the 66th regular session of the Idaho Legislature, which began Jan. 11. Speaking to their return, the session’s highlights and their own goals, Senator Carl Crabtree (R, Grangeville) and Rep. Priscilla Giddings (R, White Bird) s…

              While several agencies and counties across the United States have decided against a PIT (Point In Time) homeless count for 2021 due to COVID-19, Idaho will still participate, although it may be a bit different this year.

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