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Idaho redistricting commission could begin drawing proposed maps Sept. 9-10 

Idaho’s bipartisan redistricting commission wrapped up its first three days of meetings with commissioners spending additional time training with the software they will use to redraw the state’s political boundaries.   The commission didn’t take any votes or any action Sept. 3.   ...

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Guidance for small businesses amidst mask mandates and vaccine requirements 

Highly contagious COVID-19 variants have proven to be major curveballs for the general public, especially for business owners, as The Center for Disease Control guidelines continue to shift. Stances on mask mandates and vaccination requirements vary across the country. So where does that ...

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Right now, local government can cut your property taxes 

As cities and counties begin to set budgets for the upcoming year, it is important to understand the recent changes implemented by the state Legislature, as well as the impact of the huge allocation of federal rescue funds sent to local ...

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Statewide protocol is needed when releasing body cam footage 

Several Ada County Democrats have released a joint statement stressing the need for a consistent, statewide protocol when releasing body cam footage. The lawmakers — many of whom are a part of the Legislature’s Judiciary and Rules committees, as well as the ...

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Keep hiring issues from hurting the team you have right now 

Hiring issues are hampering how companies operate right now. Nearly half of all U.S. businesses recently reported unfilled jobs, and the candidates who are applying aren’t qualified for the positions they’re hoping to fill. Workforces are running thin. Employees of those understaffed ...

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Western wildfires — as foresters, we urge science-based solutions right now 

More than 75 million acres across America have burned in the last decade. The California cities of Paradise and Concow were both destroyed in 2018, and tragically, 349 wildfire-related fatalities have occurred in the past 20 years. These aren’t just numbers on a page ...

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A letter to Washington state Governor Inslee: halt Washington Care Act 

Dear Governor Inslee:   I’m very concerned about the Washington Long-Term Care Act. So are thousands of other Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) employee-owners in several states. Forced participation in a state-mandated program is no substitute for individual choice and responsibility.  Some Washingtonians want long-term ...

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