Northern Rockies News Service

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Idaho hospitals are rationing care because of the strain from the pandemic. Some groups are questioning the use of age as one of the determinants for who gets medical attention, or how promptly.

Nuclear Research Facility Near Idaho Falls
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The U.S. Senate has passed a massive infrastructure bill, and buried within the package is $12 billion for the nuclear industry, but critics said the money would be better spent elsewhere.

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The internet has become a key facet to life during the pandemic, but access still lags in many parts of the country.

ID Food Banks See Need Grow as Emergency SNAP Ends

May 26, 2021
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Food banks have seen increased need since pandemic-related food benefits expired in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare decided not to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments in the state, which were designed to increase benefits to the lowest-income households during the pandemic shutdown.


Families are flying kites in Idaho Friday to lift each other up during Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Idaho child-care providers closed their doors and came to the doors of the Capitol this week to call on lawmakers to approve federal funding for their facilities.

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About one in three Idahoans who have federal student-loan debt would see it erased entirely if the Biden administration goes forward with a $10,000 forgiveness plan. That's according to analysis from the website Student Loan Hero.

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It's Child Abuse Prevention Month and this year the awareness campaign comes in the wake of a hard year with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Groups are urging Northwest leaders to act on U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson's infrastructure and Snake River dam proposal.

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The Nature Conservancy in Idaho is demonstrating regenerative farming practices in the hopes that they will spread throughout the region.

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With stimulus checks hitting bank accounts and tax refunds on the horizon for some, financial experts are advising people to make a plan for what to do with the influx of cash.

For Older Idahoans, Online Classes Help Fight Social Isolation

Mar 17, 2021
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A program designed as a source of continuing education for older Idahoans has a new function during the pandemic: combatting social isolation.

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With the stress from the pandemic raising concerns about child abuse and neglect, Idaho organizations are coming together to offer parents support.

Idaho Lawmakers Looking To Bump Up Minimum Wage

Feb 8, 2021
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Amid national discussion about increasing the minimum wage, the Idaho Legislature is also seeking to raise wages.

ID Ranchers Wrangle Up Meals for Idaho Foodbank in 2021

Feb 2, 2021
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A group of Idaho ranchers are riding to the rescue for people in need during the pandemic.

ID Project Prepares Young Refugee Women For Workforce

Jan 26, 2021
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A Treasure Valley program is helping young women from refugee communities into the workforce, and hopefully to narrow the state's gender pay gap.

Experimental Nuclear Reactor Design Could Come To ID

Jan 25, 2021
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The public can weigh in this week on an experimental nuclear reactor which could be coming to the Idaho National Laboratory.

Four Years On, Youth Leading ID Women's March

Jan 20, 2021
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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
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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.