Law & Government

Jun 23, 2021

Boise mayor’s budget proposal increases police force

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The mayor of Boise has proposed a budget adding 17 workers to the police department, including 11 officers. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that Mayor Lauren McLean's budget also includes three training instructors, an evidence analyst, a civilian investigator and an information technology worker. Officials said that would give the department 332 sworn officers and[...]

Artist's rendering of the winning proposed urban renewal project for the HUD Building in downtown Mountain Home. Image courtesy of the City of Mountain Home.
Jun 23, 2021

Mountain Home announces downtown redevelopment

[caption id="attachment_268887" align="alignright" width="300"] Preliminary artist's rendering of the winning proposed urban renewal project for the Hub Building, looking south from across E. 2nd N. St. in downtown Mountain Home. Image courtesy of Teran Mitchell/TKM Architecture[/caption] The Mountain Home Urban Renewal Agency (MHURA) accepted a proposal at its June meeting from Weitz and Compa[...]

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Jun 23, 2021

Jamie Robb to be trial court administrator for Third District

[caption id="attachment_268900" align="alignleft" width="162"] Jamie Robb[/caption] Jamie Robb has been appointed by the Idaho Supreme Court as the trial court administrator for Idaho’s Third Judicial District. She is expected to start on June 21. Robb since May 2016 has been the assistant to the trial court administrator in the First Judicial District, comprising the northernmost part of Ida[...]

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Jun 22, 2021

Colleen Zahn appointed to Idaho Supreme Court

[caption id="attachment_268876" align="alignleft" width="175"] Colleen Zahn[/caption] Gov. Brad Little has appointed Boise lawyer Colleen Zahn to the Idaho Supreme Court, replacing Justice Roger Burdick, who is retiring June 30. Her civil litigation experience includes working in the private sector for trial and litigation firms for 10 years. As a deputy attorney general, she handled civil matt[...]

Jun 18, 2021

Idaho recognizes Juneteenth, holiday marking end of slavery

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued Thursday. The Republican governor said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new federal holiday is created. Little said state offices will be closed Friday because the holiday falls on a Saturday this yea[...]

Jun 16, 2021

Unemployed workers risk benefits if they skip job referrals

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Unemployed Idaho residents could get kicked out of a state benefits program if they don't follow new job-seeking requirements that went into effect this month. People receiving unemployment benefits now have two business days to apply for a job opening after receiving a referral from the Idaho Department of Labor, the Idaho Statesman reported. If they don't, they could los[...]

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Jun 15, 2021

Boise revises climate action roadmap, McLean says

[caption id="attachment_268557" align="alignleft" width="300"] Boise Mayor Lauren McLean discussed the city's climate action roadmap. Screenshot by Royce McCandless[/caption] The city of Boise has expanded and revised its climate action roadmap. The climate roadmap was first put forward by Boise Mayor Lauren McLean during her time as a member of the city council with the foremost goal of the[...]

Jun 14, 2021

Judge upholds dismissal of case against resort developer

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. bankruptcy judge has upheld court decisions that the state of Montana lacked legal standing to file an involuntary bankruptcy petition nearly a decade ago against Yellowstone Club co-founder Tim Blixseth. Judge Mike N. Nakagawa of Nevada on June 3 confirmed the ruling by previous judges to dismiss the involuntary petition, noting the case has lingered for nearly 10[...]

Jun 14, 2021

One motion still on Albertsons’ plate in lawsuit

[caption id="attachment_256088" align="alignleft" width="300"] One of four motions of a lawsuit against Albertsons can go forward, a judge ruled. Photo courtesy of ESI Construction[/caption] In the Plated meal kit company lawsuit against Albertsons, just one motion out of four survived a legal challenge to dismiss in Delaware Chancery Court on June 7. The former owners of Plated filed a suit a[...]

Jun 14, 2021

Cybersecurity, the existential threat facing our nation

[caption id="attachment_263509" align="alignleft" width="125"] Mike Simpson[/caption] The recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and JBS are just the latest salvos in an ongoing digital war that is putting innocent citizens in its crossfire. Just as the U.S. Intelligence Community once warned about al-Qaeda, they are now publicly sounding the alarm over the cyber capabilities of China, Ru[...]

Jun 11, 2021

Idaho to get $30 million to reduce COVID health disparities

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Idaho was awarded $30.7 million in federal coronavirus relief funds Wednesday to address health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic. The money awarded Wednesday is part of the $2.25 billion in supplementary funding previous approved by Congress. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the money is intended to improve COVID-19 testing and contact[...]

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Jun 11, 2021

Idaho Democrats hire Jared DeLoof as executive director

[caption id="attachment_268490" align="alignleft" width="131"] Jared DeLoof[/caption] Idaho Democratic Party Chair Fred Cornforth announced that the State Party has hired Jared DeLoof to serve as executive director heading into the 2022 election cycle. He comes to the IDP after five years of working with NextGen America registering voters and electing Democrats. He is a native of Spring Mills i[...]