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Crapo Bill Seeks to Limit President on Monuments

Crapo Bill Seeks to Limit President on MonumentsWashington, D.C. — Idaho Senator Mike Crapo introduced legislation Thursday to limit Presidential power related to the designation of national monuments.  Crapo’s bill comes in advance of new designations likely to be made by the Obama Administration over the course of the next two years, potentially including the Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho. Senators Jim Risch […]

Tax Report: Exemptions Cost Idaho $2.4 Billion

Tax Report: Exemptions Cost Idaho $2.4 BillionDeborah Courson Smith BOISE, Idaho – The 136 tax breaks on the books in Idaho should be reviewed, according to a new report. Using state numbers, the study from the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy estimated that $2.4 billion in tax breaks will be granted this year. Center director Lauren Necochea said many other states […]

Survey Finds Idaho Falls a Safe Community

Survey Finds Idaho Falls a Safe CommunityIdaho Falls, Idaho — The survey says…Idaho Falls is a safe place to live. A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Idaho Falls Police found that 97 percent of those who responded feel safe in Idaho Falls and overall the police department has a positive reputation. The survey was conducted by Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center […]

D93 Seeks Input on Proposed New High School

D93 Seeks Input on Proposed New High SchoolAmmon, Idaho — Bonneville School district 93 wants your help to decide the layout of the proposed new high school. The public is invited to the first site committee meeting Wednesday at Cloverdale Elementary at 7pm. Architects, engineers, and others will be there to answer questions. A second meeting will be held Jan 29 at […]

“Get Loud for the Clouds” Will Greet Pres. Obama

“Get Loud for the Clouds” Will Greet Pres. ObamaDeborah Courson Smith BOISE, Idaho – Several rallies and demonstrations are planned today in Boise as President Obama speaks on the Boise State University campus. One of those events is “Get Loud for the Clouds,” organized by those who want the president to create a national monument in the Boulder-White Clouds. “It would take the […]

Pocatello Hosts Potato Conference

Pocatello Hosts Potato ConferencePocatello, Idaho — The 47th Annual Idaho Potato Conference is in Pocatello this week. The event begins Monda and runs through Thursday. Farmers from all over the region will attend crop improvement seminars. The Ag Expo will be in Holt Arena featuring more than 135 exhibitors and the latests potato equipment. Admission is free.

MLK March Monday on ISU Campus

MLK March Monday on ISU CampusPocatello, Idaho — Martin Luther King Jr Week will wrap up in Pocatello Monday afternoon with a march honoring the civil rights leader on the campus of Idaho State University. It will start at 1pm on the south parking lot of Holt Arena and will finish at the ISU Stephens Performing Arts Center. That will […]

Tickets Available Monday to See Obama at Boise State

Tickets Available Monday to See Obama at Boise StateBoise, Idaho — Tickets will be available Monday to see President Barack Obama at Boise State University on Wednesday. This week’s trip to Idaho will be the president’s first since his 2008 election. He last visited Boise during his 2008 campaign, when he spoke to more than 14,000 in Taco Bell Arena. Tickets will be […]

Saturday is Safety Day at Pebble Creek

Saturday is Safety Day at Pebble CreekPebble Creek Ski area is holding a Max Safety Day Saturday, January 17. The event will focus on safety awareness and the role of the ski patrol on the mountain. Patrollers will be rewarding those seen using safe behaviors on the slopes with prizes. There will also be activities and contests for kids, including a […]

Cabela’s Hiring for New Ammon Store

Cabela’s Hiring for New Ammon StoreAmmon, Idaho — Ninety jobs are coming to Ammon courtesy of Cabela’s. The outfitter is currently taking applications for its new store scheduled to open this spring. The 4,200 foot store will be located at Sandcreek Commons near Hitt road and Sunnyside Avenue.

Aftershock Rattles Challis

Aftershock Rattles ChallisChallis, Idaho – Custer County felt a minor earthquake Thursday afternoon. The magnitude 3.1 quake was centered six miles east of Challis. That is the same spot as the magnitude 4.9 quake that hit January 3rd. There were no reports of any damage or any injuries.

City Leaders Vow to Fight Mail Center Closure

City Leaders Vow to Fight Mail Center Closure  Pocatello, Idaho — Civic and business leaders met Thursday in Pocatello in solidarity against the United Postal Service’s plans to close the mail processing plant center in the Gate City in April. They are concerned that mail delivery may take several days longer if it has to go all the way to Salt Lake City […]

D93 Board Approves $56M Bond Proposal

D93 Board Approves $56M Bond ProposalAmmon, Idaho — A school bond will be on the ballot in March for patrons of Bonneville Joint School District 93. Voters will decided the fate of a $56.1 million bond on March 10. If it passes, a new high school that can accommodate 1,500 students would open in the fall of 2018. Voters rejected […]

Minimum-Wage Campaign Hits Statehouse

Minimum-Wage Campaign Hits StatehouseDeborah Courson Smith BOISE, Idaho – Advocates for boosting Idaho’s minimum wage say they’re trying again in the state Legislature. “Lift Up Idaho,” a coalition pushing for a minimum wage increase, is made up of a variety of nonprofits, charities and religious organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, Catholic Charities of Idaho, […]

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce “Add the Words” Bill

Idaho Lawmakers Introduce “Add the Words” BillBoise, Idaho — After denying a hearing for nine straight years, the Idaho House approved the introduction of a bill that would include sexual orientation and gender identity protections in the state’s Human Rights Act. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 6-1 to bring the proposed legislation, commonly called the “Add the Words” bill, […]

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty in Social Security Fraud

Idaho Man Pleads Guilty in Social Security FraudPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An Idaho man accused in a scheme that skimmed at least $79,000 from 250 people who expected him to manage their Social Security money has pleaded guilty. The Oregonian reports that Golden W. Barrett of Idaho Falls faces a maximum 20 years in prison for his wire-fraud conviction. He entered his […]

Siddoway: Bump Teacher Pay to $40,000 or No New Tax Cuts

Siddoway: Bump Teacher Pay to $40,000 or No New Tax CutsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho lawmaker who has the power to kill tax bills says there will be no new tax breaks unless beginning teacher salaries boost to $40,000 a year. Republican Senator Jeff Siddoway threatened to hold proposed tax cuts hostage in order to get more funding for Idaho’s public schools even before […]

Man Accused of 4 shootings Remains in Jail on Suicide Watch

Man Accused of 4 shootings Remains in Jail on Suicide WatchMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – A man remains in jail under a suicide watch after being accused of shooting four people, killing three, in Moscow, Idaho, over the weekend. John Lee was in custody on Tuesday after making his first court appearance Monday in Colfax, Washington, and being advised of his rights. The Lewiston Tribune reported […]

Otter: No New Transportation Funding for Idaho’s Roads

Otter: No New Transportation Funding for Idaho’s RoadsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho lawmakers overall agree that the state’s aging roads and bridges must be upgraded, but Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s new budget proposal includes no additional funding for transportation maintenance efforts. That means it’ll be solely up to legislatures to find a plan to increase funding that does not compete with education […]

Otter: Boost Education Funding by 7.4 Percent

Otter: Boost Education Funding by 7.4 PercentBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking lawmakers to restore money for public education back to pre-recession levels by adding more than $101 million to Idaho schools budget. The amount is a 7.4 percent boost from last year’s budget and includes more than $31 million to increase teacher pay. Idaho lawmakers slashed […]

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