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Idaho Gov. Brad Little this week touted his call, along with two other governors and two Canadian province premiers, for “normal movement” to be restored across the U.S.-Canadian border. However, Little’s Tuesday news release, noting a letter he and the other governors and premiers sent on F…

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West Nile Virus has now been detected in mosquitoes in Ada County, prompting warnings to drain standing water and avoid mosquito bites; the virus was detected in multiple locations in Canyon County in late June. Locally acquired mosquito-borne human infections from West Nile Virus were first…

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The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Idaho has doubled this month, and they’re sicker; the number of ICU patients with COVID-19 nearly tripled, writes Idaho Capital Sun reporter Audrey Dutton. It is July 2021, and health care workers are exhausted. But now, they’re frustrated, too.

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A federal court has temporarily halted a northern Idaho logging project in grizzly bear habitat following a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws, the AP reports. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Friday in favor of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and issued a preliminary injunction...

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When the lightning-caused fires that would become the Snake River Complex south of Lewiston roared to life earlier this month, fuels were dry, the weather was scorching hot and, like so many places in the West, the landscape was unusually receptive to flames, writes Lewiston Tribune reporter Eric Barker. "The fires made huge runs...

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Idaho Democratic leaders Tuesday announced their three appointments to the Citizen Commission for Reapportionment, writes Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence. The bipartisan commission is responsible for redrawing Idaho's congressional and legislative district boundaries, using the 2020 ce…

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Idaho officials are working on a hemp plan to submit to federal officials this fall so that farmers can grow it next year. State Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Chanel Tewalt told the Capital Press the state intends to submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Sept. 1. Idaho lawmakers earlier this year approved the growing and selling of hemp...

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To understand why COVID-19 cases are rising in Idaho, you don't have to look far, writes Post Register reporter Kyle Pfannenstiel. In fact, some experts say, just look at our neighbors to the south: Utah. Cases started rising there weeks ago. Utah's seven-day rolling average more than double…

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Slightly more than half of Idaho nursing home workers are fully vaccinated, according to federal data released this week. Post Register reporter Kyle Pfannenstiel writes that the latest update from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says 54% of nursing home staff in Idaho are ful…

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Two proposed high-rises in downtown Boise could alter the city's stretching skyline, writes Idaho Press reporter Ryan Suppe. Meanwhile, another future tower — one that aims to be the state's third largest — is not downtown, but in Garden City, Ada County's second-smallest city.

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More than a third of Idaho House members have accused Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, of engaging in behavior that’s “detrimental to the dignity and integrity of the House,” writes Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence. Two recent ethics complaints say Giddings fell short of the high …

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Another COVID-19 surge is taking place in Idaho, doctors said Thursday at a virtual press conference. In the past few weeks, the positivity rate has doubled in tests conducted by the St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus health systems, writes idaho Press reporter Paul Schwedelson, which coincides …

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The national eviction moratorium ends at the end of July, but it remains to be seen if Idaho would see an increase in evictions, writes Idaho Press reporter Caroyln Komatsoulis. That’s partially because evictions never stopped in Idaho, Jesse Tree Executive Director Ali Rabe said. Jesse Tree…

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A pot shop opening in northern Nevada is raising concerns just across the border in Idaho where marijuana is illegal, the Twin Falls Times-News reports. Thrive Cannabis Marketplace in mid-September is opening a dispensary in Jackpot, Nevada, about 45 miles south of Twin Falls, Idaho. Thrive's marketing...

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The city of Caldwell is considering ending its new residential development moratorium in mid-August instead of waiting until mid-September for it to expire, writes Idaho Press reporter Paul Schwedelson. The city council discussed this possibility at Monday’s meeting. The moratorium was imple…

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Environmental groups have notified Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other state officials of their intent to file a lawsuit over an expanded wolf-killing law they believe will result in the illegal killing of federally protected grizzly bear and lynx, the AP reports. The Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and others...

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After a monthslong lull, coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are surging in Idaho while state health officials spot more cases caused by the ultra contagious delta variant, writes Post Register reporter Kyle Pfannenstiel. The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases has more t…

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The Idaho Department of Lands on Tuesday presented a draft proposal to Republican Gov. Brad Little and four other members of the Idaho Land Board that would be the first change in the grazing rate calculation since 1993, the AP reports. The board could take action later this year. Land Board members...

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, acting governor with Gov. Brad Little out of the state, on Tuesday sent what she called a formal inquiry to the director of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare concerning private health care businesses requiring their employees get COVID-19 vaccines, the AP reports. McGeachin, who is running for governor...

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The Idaho Press Club is suing Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin after several journalists said they were wrongly denied access to public records, the AP reports. The statewide press association filed the lawsuit in 4th District Court on Monday, asking a judge to order McGeachin to fully release the records about her Education Task Force and comply...

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Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has asked a judge to throw out his conviction for trespassing at the Idaho Capitol and acquit him instead because he says the state's trespassing law should not be applied to public property, the AP reports, though he said earlier he had said he wouldn't appeal the unanimous jury verdict...

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Lewiston's state senator wants to become its first strong mayor in generations, the Lewiston Tribune reports. District 6 GOP Sen. Dan Johnson said he supports the citizen initiative on the November ballot to switch the city's form of government from the city manager-city council model to the strong mayor model and plans on officially running for the mayoral position...