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Record-breaking amount of wildfire supply returns coming into Idaho Fire Cache 

Excess supplies from wildfire fighting. Photo courtesy of Idaho Department of Lands

Idaho Department of Lands expects this to be a record-breaking year for equipment issued and returned to the Idaho Department of Lands Coeur d’Alene Interagency Fire Cache, officials stated in a recent announcement. Many of the items that come back to the Fire Cache can be used for future fires after they are refurbished. Unused items can go back into the stockpile. The returning of equipment means fire costs associated with the supplies can be refunded, which reduces fire expenses and benefits taxpayers. Items include saws, pumps, yurts, tables, chairs, and lots and lots of hose. Items that can’t be reused are offered up as state surplus and are often sold through auction back to taxpayers via the surplus website, sco.idaho.gov. 


The legal basis for Biden’s vaccination requirement 

President Joe Biden announced a vaccination requirement on Sept. 9 that would affect over 100,000 people in the United States. The ruling mandates that businesses with more than 100 employees must require COVI-19 vaccinations or weekly testing. The order includes the 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid and all the executive branch of the federal government and contractors who do business with the federal government. The mandate will be issued as a safety regulation through the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Non-compliance will result in a fine. 

Imposition a fine for not following a government regulation imposing vaccination has substantial backing in case law. The case that all such vaccination measures rest upon is Jacobson vs. Massachusetts (1905). The Board of Health in Cambridge, Mass. requiring smallpox vaccination while in the middle of the Boston smallpox epidemic of 1901-1902. Those who refused to be vaccinated were fined $5. Rev. Henning Jacobson sued Massachusetts over this law when he was cited for violating it. The case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which found in favor of Massachusetts and is considered a groundbreaking case for public health. 

Cashless bank to host Meridian grand opening 

Willamette Valley Bank is hosting a grand opening 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 for its second, cashless location, The Lounge at Willamette Valley Bank. Community members are invited to the event at 3693 E. Longwing Lane, Suite 120 in The Village at Meridian. Willamette Valley Bank is a Member FDIC. 

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This Sawtooth anti-drone technology, made by Black Sage, was voted the Coolest Thing Made in Idaho in 2020. Photo courtesy of Black Sage

Nominations open for Coolest Thing Made in Idaho 

The Idaho Manufacturing Alliance has announced its nomination period for The Coolest Thing Made in Idaho is now open. Nominations will be considered until Oct. 4, with voting taking place through Oct. 28. Any item manufactured in Idaho is eligible. There is no limit to the number of products each person may nominate and company representatives may nominate their own product. To review the rules or timeline, nominate a product and learn more about the contest visit coolestthingmadeinid.com. 

The winner will be announced Oct. 29. The 2021 winner will get bragging rights and perks through Idaho Manufacturing Alliance. Idaho is home to over 2,000 manufacturing companies, according to the organization. 

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