Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Protests continue in the lead-up to vaccination deadlines set by St. Luke’s, St. Alphonsus, and Primary Health, but if nothing changes between now and September, will employees who are fired for not getting the COVID-19 vaccine be eligible for unemployment benefits?  It depends, but it will likely be an uphillContinue reading “Will healthcare workers who decline the vaccine be eligible for unemployment?”

What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The House is at recess and the Senate is adjourned sine die, but that doesn’t mean lawmakers get a summer break.  The Ethics and House Policy Committee will meet Monday, August 2, to review two complaints accusing Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, of conduct unbecoming a Representative and detrimental toContinue reading “What to expect in the Giddings ethics hearing”

Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho recorded 439 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest one-day total logged since March, and is nearing 200,000 total cases over the course of the pandemic.  The state’s positivity rate has climbed to 8 percent for the first time since January, and the number of confirmed cases with theContinue reading “Oh, we’re back to this again: Test positivity climbs to 8 percent for first time since January”

Idaho receiving $5.6 billion through ARPA. Now the hard work begins.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Idaho is anticipating $5.65 billion in direct payments, grants, and fiscal relief from the American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March. Figuring out how to spend that money is shaping up to be a complex task, as lawmakers heard during the first meeting of the Interim Committee onContinue reading “Idaho receiving $5.6 billion through ARPA. Now the hard work begins.”

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”

As Delta rises, state still not able to sequence most COVID positives for variants

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports As new cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have nearly doubled in Idaho in the last few weeks, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is eyeing a rise in confirmed Delta variant cases. During a media call on Tuesday, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn said not all hospitals and labsContinue reading “As Delta rises, state still not able to sequence most COVID positives for variants”

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”

Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gov. Brad Little and law enforcement officers this week described growing drug availability as a threat to the region, and pointed to the U.S.-Mexico border as the primary source of those drugs. Officials spoke in a press conference at the Idaho State Police headquarters in Meridian following a roundtable discussionContinue reading “Governor, law enforcement say growing fentanyl trade threatens ‘Idaho way of life’”

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”

Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports During a Thursday press conference calling on the Idaho Legislature to reconvene and address employer vaccine policies, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin mentioned, to applause from supporters in the audience, she would be serving as acting governor “at some point today.” She was quick to add she wasn’t sure how longContinue reading “Who’s in charge? In Idaho, it’s sometimes not clear.”