Idaho state budgeting committee meets, surplus nears $1 billion

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee met Tuesday to review budget requests from multiple state agencies.  The Legislative Services Office outlined a variety of supplemental appropriation requests the committee will need to approve. A supplemental appropriation is a request for more taxpayer funding to pay for an expense that’s incurredContinue reading “Idaho state budgeting committee meets, surplus nears $1 billion”

Von Ehlinger appears at first Idaho court appearance

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former legislator accused of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern appeared in front of an Idaho judge for the first time Wednesday morning. Ada County Magistrate Judge John Hawley scheduled Aaron von Ehlinger’s preliminary hearing for Oct. 29 during a brief virtual hearing. Von Ehlinger, 39, of Juliaetta, faces chargesContinue reading “Von Ehlinger appears at first Idaho court appearance”

Ex-legislator von Ehlinger booked into Ada County jail on rape accusation

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Law enforcement booked the ex-legislator accused of raping a House intern into Ada County Jail on Friday, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s website.  Aaron von Ehlinger was initially arrested and booked into jail in Clayton County, Georgia on Sept. 25 after an Ada County warrant was issued on Sept.Continue reading “Ex-legislator von Ehlinger booked into Ada County jail on rape accusation”

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”

Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Authorities arrested former legislator Aaron Von Ehlinger, who is accused of raping a legislative intern, in Clayton County, Georgia. A warrant was issued for Von Ehlinger’s arrest on Sept. 9 in Ada County on charges accusing him of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. He was booked intoContinue reading “Former legislator accused of rape arrested in Georgia”

Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, has begun accepting civilian patients from Idaho. Idaho has been in statewide crisis care standards since Sept. 16 and regularly struggles to find open beds for patients in need of health care. Mann-Grandstaff normally only treats veterans, but given circumstances inContinue reading “Spokane VA hospital accepting Idaho civilian patients”

Funding available for Lake CDA phosphorus reduction

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports There’s less than one week left to apply for a new grant to help prevent an ecological chain reaction that could devastate one of Idaho’s most iconic lakes. The $2 million in funding is available specifically for shovel-ready projects that will reduce the flow of phosphorus from the Coeur d’AleneContinue reading “Funding available for Lake CDA phosphorus reduction”

Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The former legislative intern who claimed a state representative sexually assaulted her and faced an ethics hearing has taken the first step in civil litigation. On Sept. 3, attorney Erika Birch filed a tort claim with the state on behalf of the 19-year-old woman, identified as Jane Doe.  Idaho ReportsContinue reading “Jane Doe, alleged rape victim, files tort claim against Idaho Legislature; von Ehlinger charged”

Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a blazing hot summer, fires continue to burn across Idaho and on Tuesday, the director of the Department of Lands said the conditions show no signs of improvement. The Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners met Tuesday to hear an update on fires from IDL Director Dustin Miller.  AsContinue reading “Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021”