NIC trustees resign; State Board will fill embattled college’s vacancies

By Kevin Richert, IdahoEdNews.org | Originally posted on IdahoEdNews.org on April 8, 2022 (UPDATED, 4:25 p.m., with State Board comments.) Two trustees have resigned at North Idaho College — leaving the embattled college’s board on a skeleton crew, and throwing the State Board of Education into the middle of the fray. Christie Wood and KenContinue reading “NIC trustees resign; State Board will fill embattled college’s vacancies”

Governor vetoes a bill to change Idaho Judicial Council

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Wednesday, Gov. Brad Little vetoed a bill that would have overhauled the way the Idaho Judicial Council recommends attorneys for judgeship in the state. HB 782 narrowly made it through the Legislature this year after strong debate over whether it would grant the executive branch too much authority overContinue reading “Governor vetoes a bill to change Idaho Judicial Council”

Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill that would provide Master Educator Premiums for school district employees who transitioned from teaching to administrative roles. In his veto letter, Little said the premium program is set to sunset on July 1, 2024, and that he would rather the legislature focus onContinue reading “Little vetoes first bill of ’22 session”

Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Customers soon won’t be able to find Russian vodka in Idaho’s state-run liquor stores ⁠— though there isn’t much to begin with. The Idaho State Liquor Division, in consultation with the governor’s office, is removing Russian-owned liquor from its store shelves to show support for Ukraine, said Marissa Morrison-Hyer, Gov.Continue reading “Idaho State Liquor Division removing Russian products from shelves”

Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful”

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports After a political uproar on Tuesday, former Gov. Butch Otter weighed in on Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s inquiries about sending the Idaho National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border. While Gov. Brad Little left the state to visit the border and McGeachin was serving as acting governor, she issued an executiveContinue reading “Otter weighs in on McGeachin’s actions, calling them “shameful””

Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho

By Ruth Brown, Logan Finney, and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports When Idaho Gov. Brad Little left the state, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin wasted no time using her authority as acting executive — though Little made it clear whatever actions she takes will be short lived. On Tuesday, as Little traveled to Texas to visit theContinue reading “Lt. Gov. McGeachin issues executive order while Little leaves Idaho”

Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature’s Committee on Federalism met Wednesday to discuss President Joe Biden’s recent announcement on employee vaccinations. Idaho still has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Crisis standards of care has been activated statewide due to a flood of COVID-19 patients, the overwhelming majority of whomContinue reading “Legislative committee questions consequences of Biden’s vaccine order”

Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports On Friday, Gov. Brad Little announced he and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden are exploring legal options to fight President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates. On Thursday, Biden announced he is taking steps to mandate vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, health care workers at facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid,Continue reading “Gov. Little “exploring legal action” against Biden’s vaccine mandates”

State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports President Joe Biden announced Thursday afternoon that he will impose new stringent vaccine and testing requirements for federal workers and for all employers with more than 100 employees.  The announcement comes as coronavirus continues to rip through Idaho, filling hospitals to maximum capacity. Northern Idaho hospitals have already reached crisisContinue reading “State, federal government at odds over vaccine mandates for private employers”

As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a last-ditch effort to avoid crisis standards of care, Gov. Brad Little announced Tuesday he is mobilizing Idaho National Guard members to support health care facilities across the state.  In a press release Tuesday morning, Little said they have not yet implemented crisis standards of care, but statewide, hospitalsContinue reading “As COVID-19 fills ICUs, Little deploys National Guard again”