Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise attorney Terri Pickens Manweiler announced her intent Wednesday to join the 2022 race for the open lieutenant governor’s seat in Idaho.  Pickens Manweiler, a Democrat, is the only member of her party to join the race so far, while the Republican race has three candidates.  She made the announcementContinue reading “Boise attorney joins lieutenant governor race as ‘voice of reason,’ she says”

Positivity rates in coronavirus tests climb, ICU patients are younger

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Boise Mayor Lauren McLean hosted health care administrators for a coronavirus briefing Wednesday to provide an update on the Delta coronavirus variant in Idaho.  The doctors stressed the importance of vaccinations and continuing to wear masks indoors as the Delta variant continues to rip through Idaho. Primary Health Medical GroupContinue reading “Positivity rates in coronavirus tests climb, ICU patients are younger”

Delta variant is now dominant in Idaho, contributing to child infections

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare stressed Tuesday that the number of coronavirus illnesses among unvaccinated people continues to rise.  The Delta variant of COVID-19, which is more transmissible, is now believed to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the state.  The test positivity rate in the state isContinue reading “Delta variant is now dominant in Idaho, contributing to child infections”

Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As wildfires across the state burn forests and property, budgeting for the suppression of the often human-caused blaze gets complicated.  Wildfire suppression takes into account which agency the burning property belongs to in Idaho. Those potential owners include the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, theContinue reading “Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets”

House ethics committee sets hearing for review of Rep. Giddings’ conduct

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Ethics and House Policy Committee reported Tuesday that they found probable cause to further review two complaints made about Rep. Priscilla Giddings’ conduct.  The allegations revolve around conduct unbecoming of a representative, as first reported by the Idaho Capital Sun. Giddings, R-White Bird, was previously accused of identifying, orContinue reading “House ethics committee sets hearing for review of Rep. Giddings’ conduct”

Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates

by Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Roughly 300 people gathered outside the Idaho capital on Thursday, protesting the mandatory vaccinations that some health care providers have implemented for employees. Saint Alphonsus Health System, St. Luke’s Health System, and Primary Health Group have announced that they will mandate employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination by Sept. 1 asContinue reading “Hundreds gather to rally against health care worker vaccine mandates”

Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho authorities are stressing the need for people to recreate responsibly, as Idaho is already seeing more than double the number of fires than the previous record. “Idaho is experiencing severe drought and unprecedented fire conditions across most of the state,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “ExtremeContinue reading “Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions”

Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports While the Idaho National Guard was recently activated to assist with emergency wildfires in the state, the Guard has spent the past eight months helping health care providers in the pandemic. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management reported that most of the Guard’s missions were “personnel support” where Guard membersContinue reading “Idaho National Guard wraps up coronavirus pandemic support missions”

Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting due to lightning strikes. The Dixie-JumboContinue reading “Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season”

Gov. Little appoints new State Board of Education member

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced the appointment of new State Board of Education member on Wednesday, naming Bill Gilbert, of Boise. Gilbert serves on the board of Idaho Business for Education and was appointed co-chair of the “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” task force by Little in 2019. Gilbert’s appointment comesContinue reading “Gov. Little appoints new State Board of Education member”