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BLM Signing Up Firefighters For 2013 Season

BLM Signing Up Firefighters For 2013 Season(IDAHO FALLS) – The BLM’s Idaho Falls Fire and Aviation Program is seeking applicants for firefighting positions for the 2013 season. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by their first day on the job, have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S. citizen and have a strong work ethic. Applications for […]

Otter Calls For Elimination of Property Tax

Otter Calls For Elimination of Property Tax(BOISE) – Gov. Butch Otter called for the end of personal property taxes in his State of the State address at the Capitol Monday. Under the plan, the state would reimburse lost funding for local governments and allow them to generate their own new taxes. Otter said that it would give more flexibility to county […]

Unemployed Receive Extended Benefits

Unemployed Receive Extended Benefits(BOISE) – More than 6,000 Idahoans who recently lost unemployment benefits will now have their payouts extended. In spite of not passing a budget in more than three years, Congress has voted to extend federal jobless benefits through 2013. Eligibility requirements will remain the same as they were in 2012. State benefits will also continue […]

Inmates Suing Alcohol Companies for Causing Their Illegal Behavior

Inmates Suing Alcohol Companies for Causing Their Illegal Behavior(BOISE) – Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution have filed a lawsuit against several beer and wine companies. The prisoners allege that because alcohol played a factor in their crimes, Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company, among others, are liable for their misbehavior. They claim the companies don’t sufficiently warn consumers about the addictive […]

Fee Hikes Expected for Some Solar Power Users

Fee Hikes Expected for Some Solar Power Users(BOISE) – A proposal from Idaho Power could undercut the investments some residents have made in solar panels. Last month the utility announced that it would quit paying some solar panel owners who generate excess power. They also plan to increase the rates of solar panel users who tap into the Idaho Power grid. Officials […]

Boise State to Remain in Mountain West

Boise State to Remain in Mountain West(BOISE) – Boise State football will remain in the Mountain West Conference. The team had originally planned to join the Big East Conference this fall, but after several high-profile teams left the conference, Boise State began to reconsider. As part of the agreement to remain in the Mountain West, the conference will not maintain exclusive […]

Suicide Leading Cause of Gun Deaths in Idaho

Suicide Leading Cause of Gun Deaths in Idaho(BOISE) – Suicides are the leading cause of gun deaths in Idaho, according to a new report released by the Department of Health and Welfare. In 2010, nearly 200 Idahoans died from gun-related deaths, of which 183 were suicides. Authorities say that’s abnormally high, considering Idaho has the sixth highest suicide rate in the nation. […]

Clinicians Concerned About Future of Mental Health Services

Clinicians Concerned About Future of Mental Health Services(IDAHO FALLS) – The current fiscal cliff debate is leaving area mental health clinicians concerned about the future of their patients. KIDK reports unless the sustainable growth rate is overridden in the next three days, physicians will see an average 27 percent cut to their Medicaid reimbursements. Officials say it could easily put several clinics […]

Otter Seeking Education Options

Otter Seeking Education Options(BOISE) – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is asking the state Board of Education to spearhead a discussion about improving schools following the rejection of Tom Luna’s Students Come First laws. He says a group made up of a broad selection of Idahoans will study options to make improvements without new legislation. Both Otter and Luna […]

Idaho Ranks Dead Last in Annual Incomes

Idaho Ranks Dead Last in Annual Incomes(POCATELLO) – According to new reports release by the U.S. Department of Labor, Idaho ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to workers’ annual incomes. Idaho ranked 51st out of 50 states and Washington, D.C. in total earnings by full and part time employers. Officials say the numbers are reflective of a still-lagging […]

Crapo to Give More Details About DUI

Crapo to Give More Details About DUI(BOISE) – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is expected to provide more details about his recent arrest for drunk driving. The three-term Idaho Republican faces a court date in Alexandria, Virginia on Jan. 4. On Wednesday, Crapo declined to speak with the press about the incident, but a spokesman says Crapo plans to offer more information […]

Washingtonians Coming to Idaho for Liquor

Washingtonians Coming to Idaho for Liquor(MOSCOW) – Liquor sales are on the rise in Northern Idaho, a trend officials link to the privatization of liquor stores across the state line in Washington. Washington closed its state-run liquor stores in May, prompting many people to come to the Gem State for booze. Sales are up 40 percent in the college town […]

Risch Offers Crapo Support

Risch Offers Crapo Support(BOISE) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch is offering his support for his colleague, Sen. Mike Crapo, following Crapo’s weekend arrest for drunk driving. Risch says Crapo has apologized for his actions and acknowledged the seriousness of his mistakes. The lawmaker’s arrest came as a surprise to many of his constituents in light of the fact […]

Red Road Closed in Fremont, Clark Counties

Red Road Closed in Fremont, Clark Counties(ST. ANTHONY) – Red Road between Egin and Hamer has been closed for the winter. Local News 8 reports the closure comes about two weeks earlier than usual because of drifting snow in Clark County. Commissioners in Fremont and Clark counties say cutting off public access to the road not only eliminates the risk for […]

ISP Urge Caution When Traveling

ISP Urge Caution When Traveling(IDAHO FALLS) – Slick roads and holiday travelers always make a dangerous combination this time of year. Officials have already reported several slide-offs in the past few days. The Idaho State Police will be monitoring roadways in full force this week. They’re urging drivers to give themselves a little extra travel time to avoid the […]

Sen. Crapo Arrested, Charged With DUI

Sen. Crapo Arrested, Charged With DUI(WASHINGTON D.C.) – Senator Mike Crapo has issued an apology after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence, according to news reports. According to the Associated Press, Police in Alexandria, Va., said Sunday the Idaho Republican was pulled over early Sunday morning after his vehicle ran a red light. Police spokesman Jody Donaldson […]

N. Idaho Man Assaults Child After Walking Into Elementary School

N. Idaho Man Assaults Child After Walking Into Elementary School(CRAIGMONT) – A 10-year-old elementary school student in northern Idaho was assaulted Monday by a man who walked into a school in Craigmont. Byron Scott Edwards, 36, allegedly harassed and assaulted several students, putting one into a chokehold. He was later jailed in a neighboring county on unrelated drug and theft charges. The guardian of […]

Boise Pastor Jailed in Iran

Boise Pastor Jailed in Iran(BOISE) – An Idaho pastor is being held prisoner in Iran. Rev. Saeed Abedini, 32, became a criminal in his own country when he converted to fundamentalist Christianity several years ago. Abedini oversees a Calvary Chapel congregation in Boise. He makes frequent trips to Iran to visit family, and was arrested in September after he […]

Otter Calls for Moment of Silence

Otter Calls for Moment of Silence(BOISE) – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is calling for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Otter is acting on a request from Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy to observe a few minutes of silence at 9:30 on Friday morning. Several other states are honoring Malloy’s request. Otter says he […]

Mom Blog Prompts Discussion of Mental Illness

Mom Blog Prompts Discussion of Mental IllnessBOISE) – A Boise woman’s blog post about the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness is receiving national attention. In a post titled “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” Liza Long gives a personal account of how her family has dealt with mental health issues. The state set aside $38.4 million for mental […]
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