In a widely expected decision, Idaho’s Supreme Court ruled today that Medicaid Expansion in the Gem State is indeed constitutional, dismissing a case brought by the Idaho Freedom Foundation (“IFF”). The IFF argued Proposition Two violated the separation of powers between federal and state go…

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An informative session about weather spotting which includes the proper training needed to become an official NWS spotter. Training includes definitions and climatology of severe weather, cloud and storm recognition, storm hazards and safety tips, weather reporting procedures, and a review o…

The Idaho STEM Action Center has awarded 70 grants worth more than one-quarter million dollars to schools, districts, libraries, and out-of-school and youth-enrichment programs statewide to advance science, technology, engineering, and math education. Magic Valley and Wood River Valley schoo…

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Many people think female veterans are such a small minority that they are practically invisible. Surprisingly, female veterans are not such a small number anymore. In the nation as a whole, female veterans comprise approximately 9.2 percent of all veterans; however, in Idaho, female veterans…

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Come Valentine's Day, couples are anxious to enjoy time spent with the one they love - whether it involves a dinner at a restaurant or a few hours of uninterrupted conversation at home. Parents who rely on babysitters and caregivers to tend to children while they get a night out may find tha…

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Heart-shaped boxes filled with decadent treats are coveted gifts on Valentine's Day. Chocolate lovers typically have a favorite type of chocolate, whether it's creamy filled truffles or chocolate pieces with fruit or nut fillings.

Each of us have certain core areas that govern the quality of our lives. I call these core areas “pillars” that govern our daily habits, actions, and ultimately the quality of our lives.

Joel Packham is an extension educator from the University of Idaho housed in Burley, Cassia County, Idaho.  Joel has been in extension since 1991 where his major emphasis is Farm and Ranch Financial Management.  Joel has a master’s degree in beef reproduction and farm financial management.  …

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With focused attention on the behavioral health needs of students in Cassia County which includes new programs and resources to support healthy minds, school counselors are at the center of it all. National school counselor week (Feb 4-8) recognizes the work of these important human resource…

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A lawsuit challenging Medicaid Expansion in Idaho is under advisement with Idaho’s Supreme Court today following oral arguments in Regan v. Denney. The law is being challenged by the Idaho Freedom Foundation (“IFF”) and its Board Chairman Brent Regan. The IFF has been working against expandi…

The American Legions Post 77 would like to thank the men and women who have served our country with courage, honor, and commitment.  The Paul Post would like to invite military veterans to coffee and conversation at no charge.

The Dog and Cat Rescue Act will get a full hearing in front of the House Judiciary, Rules, and Administration Committee following a vote today to move it forward. Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Smith (D-Pocatello), the bill would protect first-responders from civil liability and criminal prosecuti…

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A skier and snowboarder were caught, carried 100-150 yards, and buried in an avalanche they triggered in the Warm Springs Creek drainage on Sunday, January 20th. The skier was fully buried and was able to dig himself out of the debris in approximately 25 minutes. The snowboarder was partiall…

The Idaho State Board of Education today unveiled a new online tool designed to make information about student access, progress and success at Idaho’s eight public colleges and universities easily accessible to the public.

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(Almo) Castle Rocks State Park is offering pasture for cattle grazing from June 3, through September 3, 2019, for 165 animal unit months (AUM). The state park contains remnants of one of the oldest ranches in the Almo Valley, which has included cattle on the landscape since the 1870’s. The p…

It was a rollercoaster ride for gas prices in 2018, with prices tumbling, both nationwide and in Idaho, for the last quarter of the year.  There’s more good news – the trend of seasonal savings continues into January, thanks to an abundance of global crude oil and the lowest fuel demand in n…

As an estate planning attorney and licensed insurance agent, I often meet with people to help them make plans for after they are gone. However, I also often meet with folks who are left behind without a plan and serious financial difficulties.

North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, Antarctica. Humans live, work, and play on the 7 continents. Humans sail the seas. Humans fly the skies. And humans read online newspapers.

Keeping ARMOR on your soil is a great protection from erosion.  How do you "Armor" the soil?  You keep it covered year round.  Many farmers are concerned that if they leave residue on their fields, or plant cover crops, their fields will look trashy and unkempt.  "It's just not that clean, s…

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The start of a new year signals many people to make resolutions and reorganize their lives along more productive lines.  If you are a veteran, now may be a good time to think about registering with your county’s Veteran Service Officer if you have not already done so. 

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Idaho dairy farmers are pioneering a new program to educate and train employees on workplace safety and awareness on the job. Ryan DeWit joined the Idaho Dairymen's Association in 2017 to develop and implement an on-farm training program dairy farm owners can apply with their employees. The …

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Hopefully you too had a wonderful Christmas, spending time with family, eating too much food, and exchanging gifts to commemorate the season. As we relax and enjoy the company of friends and family our thoughts often turn to the new year, wondering what it will bring, perhaps planning vacati…

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The bill for Idaho’s failure to seriously address our prison problem is about to come due, and it’s a big one: $500 million. That’s the cost of a proposed state prison expansion. What’s worse is that Idaho will have to issue bonds for the project which means we’re on the hook for principal A…

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OAKLEY - Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, Lisa Hitt and Oakley High School have been named the Idaho state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for its proposed plan to address vaping.

More than 103,000 Idahoans Enroll in Health Insurance for the 2019 Plan Year. Boise, Idaho- More than 103,154 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance coverage for the 2019 plan year during open enrollment held from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, 2018, through Your Health Idaho, the state’s health ins…

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Just after ten Wednesday morning Crews from Burley Fire, Heyburn Fire and the Minidoka Fire District responded to a fire at the Burley wastewater treatment plant. The fire was quickly brought under control and damage estimates are not yet available. The cause of the fire is undetermined at t…

The Faulkner Planetarium announces a new show, Mars: One Thousand One, opening Wednesday, December 26.

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As Congress advances our national dialogue on criminal justice reform, it is critical to remember that criminal justice issues are issues that dramatically impact people with disabilities. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 32 percent of federal prisoners and 40 percent of people…

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 The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are lifting the public health advisory for Mormon Reservoir after recent testing showed micro-toxins are now at safe levels in the water.

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Dairy farmers and industry partners gathered in Boise for Dairy West's recent annual meeting. The group, formerly known as United Dairymen of Idaho, gave out several awards at the event to honor dairy farmers and industry leaders who have had a significant impact on the dairy community:

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The 8th annual Avenues for Hope Housing Challenge to help Idaho’s homeless kicked off today. The 20-day online campaign, organized by The Home Partnership Foundation and Idaho Housing and Finance Association, supports 55 nonprofits that manage the day-to-day work of serving more than 7,000 s…

If you're lounging by the fire, snuggled up in a blanket, sipping hot cocoa and thinking to yourself, “Now, this is the life,” then you’ve discovered hygge (HOO-ga), the Danish idea of coziness.

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Cassia School District is pleased to announce that Raft River’s school counselor has been named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year.

Critical, bipartisan legislation led by U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-ID) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to protect Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed salmon and steelhead from extinction has passed the Senate without objection. The entire Northwest Senate delegation, including U.S. Senators Jeff M…

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About sixty people lined up for free dental care at the third annual “Free Dental Day” sponsored by Drs Ty and Chad Bodily of Season’s Dental. The event is scheduled to coincide with the #LightTheWorld event put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

 DecemberFest 2018, Idaho Public Television’s year-end fundraising campaign, will feature a new Dialogue conversation from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, a new Idaho Experience documentary on the early days of Idaho aviation, an hourlong Outdoor Idaho trek into the Lost River Range, and…