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Idaho business community supports higher education

Nearly 100 members of Idaho Business for Education (IBE) recently wrote an open letter to the members of the Idaho House of Representatives. We wrote this letter because we are concerned with the anti-education campaign that has been waged this ...

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Idaho House approves prohibition on mask mandates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved legislation prohibiting mask mandates by government entities in Idaho, voting 47-22 with no Democratic support to send the bill to the Senate. Republican Gov. Brad Little has never imposed a statewide ...

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Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday rejected legislation to pay $1.1 billion to Idaho’s K-12 teachers amid concerns about what is being taught in schools. Lawmakers deadlocked 34-34 in a tie vote that means the bill fails to ...

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Idaho small businesses see only modest economic recovery (access required)

photo of closed sign

Long-term trends are emerging on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Idaho’s small businesses, based on data gathered by the U. S. Census Bureau. The census has been surveying small businesses around the country since April 2020 to measure ...

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Congressman Simpson should put Idaho first, do no harm

The expression “first do no harm” is a popular phrase often attributed to the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors. The idea is that it may be better to do nothing rather than intervening and causing more harm than good. The ...

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Idaho Falls to get US-20 free-flowing offramp (access required)

Looking up the off-ramp from northbound I-15 at exit 119. The free-flowing right-turn lane will be at the top of the ramp.

Exit 119 on I-15 is possibly the worst interchange in eastern Idaho. It is the interchange that everyone uses to travel between the interstate and the Idaho National Laboratory complex in Idaho Falls. Every tourist heading to Yellowstone National Park ...

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How sewage, dams affect Lake Coeur d’Alene (access required)

Post Falls Dam in 1950.

Fourth in a series. Although Lake Coeur d’Alene is the subject of a National Academy of Sciences investigation, one already-known problem doesn’t require more study: the input of nutrients into the lake water. The nutrient problem can be summed up ...

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Listening to my constituents on the Columbia Basin Initiative

Recently I met with county commissioners from Twin Falls, Gooding, Shoshone, Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka, and I was able to discuss my Columbia Basin Initiative to address ending the perennial lawsuits, creating certainty for agriculture and salmon recovery. I was ...

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Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation’s third-largest state geographically. Representatives of ...

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