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Four Years On, Youth Leading ID Women's March

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Idaho Womxn's March

Four years after the original Women's March, young women in Idaho are taking the reins this year.

ID Health-Care Advocates To Gov Little: Funds Available For Medicaid

Jan 12, 2021
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To kick off the Idaho legislative session, Gov. Brad Little gave his 2021 State of the State and Budget address on Monday. The coalition Close the Gap Idaho says the governor's budget doesn't do enough to protect health care.

ID Salmon Workgroup Ends, Considered 'Stepping Stone' Toward Recovery

Jan 5, 2021
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A group convened by Gov. Brad Little to address the dire situation for salmon and steelhead numbers has finalized its recommendations and should release a final report next month.

Behind Scenes, Poll Workers Led to Successful ID Election

Dec 30, 2020
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Election workers were the driving force behind a 2020 election that was like no other before it.

Report: Idaho Families 'Left On Their Own' During Pandemic

Dec 22, 2020
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As in the rest of the country, families in Idaho are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows 11% of Idaho families don't have enough to eat and 13% aren't confident they'll be able to pay the rent or mortgage on time.

2020 Wildfire Season Could Be Taste of Future

Dec 14, 2020
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The West's intense wildfire season this year could be a taste of what the future holds, scientists say.

Doctor's Orders: Program Prescribes Fresh Fruits, Vegetables to Idahoans

Dec 10, 2020
Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

A pilot program that prescribes a trip to the produce aisle has been a success in Idaho.

Shopping Isn't Over: One Week Left to Compare Medicare Drug Plans

Nov 30, 2020
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Idahoans may have shopped until they dropped over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, but Medicare enrollees have one last thing to shop for: a prescription drug plan.The open-enrollment period for Medicare Part D ends on Dec. 7, allowing folks to compare prices until then.

Analysis: Reopening No Cure for ID Families' Financial Struggles

Nov 17, 2020
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Despite a largely reopened state, Idaho families are struggling and expect the financial pain will continue.

Questions Remain About ID Nuclear Reactor Project

Nov 16, 2020
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Questions are being raised about the future of NuScale Power's Idaho project to bring nuclear energy to cities in the Mountain West.

Pesticide Protections Needed For ID Farmworkers, Advocates Say

Nov 13, 2020

Idaho farmworkers exposed to pesticides don't know what effects these chemicals will have on their health, and advocates are pushing for more safeguards for these laborers.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Resources For ID Caregivers Available

Nov 10, 2020
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A new resource guide is out for folks feeling overwhelmed by their responsibilities as family caregivers.

Proposed Cell Tower in Scenic Sawtooth Valley Could Get Another Look

Oct 30, 2020
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Critics in central Idaho don't want a cellphone tower to be part of the view of the region's iconic Sawtooth Mountains.

Hunger Awareness Month: ID Orgs Go 'Above and Beyond'

Oct 29, 2020
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Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued a proclamation declaring October Hunger Awareness Month. The Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force and Idaho Foodbank are recognizing three organizations that have gone above and beyond to serve their communities during the pandemic.

Important Dates, Tips For ID Voters As Election Approaches

Oct 22, 2020

For Idahoans voting in the November election, there are some dates and tips to keep in mind.

Report: ID-Based Far Right Militia Network Grows Across U.S.

Oct 20, 2020
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Membership in a network of self-styled militia groups reportedly has expanded from Idaho to 15 other states.

A Solution To Restore The Sagebrush Sea Is Cooking In The West

Oct 12, 2020
The Nature Conservancy

The recipe for restoring the West's Sagebrush Sea could involve pasta makers. A project stewing in Idaho and four other western states is testing a new method for replanting sagebrush and other native brunchgrasses.

Idaho Officials Working To Expand Suicide Prevention Efforts During Pandemic

Oct 7, 2020
Public health officials say they're concerned mental distress from the pandemic and the onset of another Idaho winter could increase suicide rates.
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Idaho's already high suicide rates could worsen as the COVID-19 crisis stretches into the winter months, and state officials are relying on technology for some outreach efforts.  

Potential for New Nuclear Testing Brings Up Old Harms to Idahoans

Sep 1, 2020
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Restarting discussion about nuclear-weapons testing is on the table in Washington, D.C., even as Idaho still is waiting for recognition of the harms from testing in the 20th century.

Report: Mining Shouldn't Come At Expense of Special Outdoor Places

Aug 27, 2020
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The rugged wilderness of central Idaho is home to natural wonders, including the start of one of the longest salmon runs in the world. There's also a history of mining for critical minerals such as cobalt, which powers everything from wind turbines to smartphones.

Forgotten Fruits: Once-Lost Apples Become Appealing Again

Aug 17, 2020
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Lost apple varieties of the Northwest are sprouting anew and in the spotlight at a conference this week.

Parents Seek Ways to Confront Uncertainty as Schools Reopen

Aug 13, 2020
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Working parents face tough decisions as the school year starts, including who will care for their children while they attend school virtually.

Report: Contaminants Threaten Drinking Water for 300,000 Idahoans

Aug 12, 2020
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A new report raises growing concern about the contamination of Idaho's Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. Reports the Idaho Conservation League has released its second groundwater report on the aquifer, which supplies drinking water for more than 300-thousand Idahoans. 

Idaho AARP Working To Protect Older Voters

Aug 7, 2020

AARP is encouraging older Americans to get ready to vote this November. AARP Idaho has launched its "Protect Voters 50-Plus" campaign, to educate people about what they need to do to have their voices heard in this election.

Proposed Emergency Plan Exemption for New Nuclear Designs Raises Concerns

Jul 15, 2020
A nuclear laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory / Flickr

A proposal from the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission exempting emergency planning for new nuclear plant designs is raising alarms.

Idaho's New Distracted Driving Law: How Effective Are These Measures?

Jul 8, 2020
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As of this month, Idaho is now enforcing its new distracted driving law.

Despite tougher measures across the U.S., researchers said there's still a lot they don't know about reducing cell phone use behind the wheel.

As COVID-19 Rent Protections End, Some Utahns May Be Facing Evictions

Jul 7, 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to thousands of Utahns losing their jobs or having their hours cut, but most have been able to stay in their homes, thanks to an eviction moratorium and assistance programs put in place by the state. 

Judge Keeps ID Tax Initiative Alive; State Attempts to Block Ruling

Jul 6, 2020
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Supporters of an initiative to tax corporations and wealthy Idahoans in order to fund education will begin to collect signatures again next week.

ID Lawmakers Eye Removing Energy Efficiency From Building Codes

Mar 6, 2020
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Some Idaho legislators believe the state's building codes don't need to include energy standards, whichdictate things such as heat insulation. The building industry has said removing these standards could endanger Idahoans. 

Greater Awareness Could Help Children Come Forward about Abuse

Feb 20, 2020

Findings that child sexual abuse reports in Idaho went up in 2019 have made headlines, but advocates for child welfare say more reports could be a good sign. The Idaho Attorney General's annual report said there were 696 reported cases of child sexual abuse in 2019, up 103 from 2018.