Federal judge to decide if transgender athlete case is moot
An Idaho woman says her lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on transgender athletes should continue moving through the court system because she is enrolled as a student at Boise State University and plans to play soccer on the school’s club team next spring.
Bundy: Campaigning counts as court-ordered community service
Far-right activist Ammon Bundy says time he has spent campaigning to be Idaho's next governor should count toward his order to perform community service after being convicted of obstructing police during his arrest for trespassing at the state Capitol.
Officials weigh Montana-Idaho border line move
Nov. 10—It literally takes an act of Congress to move the boundary of one of the United States. The last time was in 1961 when a small divison between Minnesota and North Dakota was adjusted. However, it seems that this process was bypassed on Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass when the highway was constructed and has been that way since. Denley Loge, House District Representative 14 and a rancher ...news.yahoo.com
Ammon Bundy: Report on far-right group undercounted members
Ammon Bundy took issue with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights report, saying People’s Rights is actually much larger and more of a network than an official organization. The report, released last week, found that the organization has grown by roughly 53% in the past year to more than 33,000 members, rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada. People's Rights now had 62,337 members as of Saturday, he said.news.yahoo.com
Report: Far-right anti-government group grows significantly
A far-right group launched by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada, according to a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. The quick growth happened despite legal problems faced by some prominent People's Rights leaders, and continued even as some of the organization's Facebook groups were removed from the social media platform. The organization has grown by roughly 53% in the past year in large part because of continued anti-public health sentiment, according to the report.news.yahoo.com
Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor, even among vaccinated Americans
Data: CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/AxiosEven vaccinated Americans who are 80 or older are at higher risk of dying from the coronavirus than anyone — vaccinated or not — under the age of 50, according to CDC data.Why it matters: The vaccinenews.yahoo.com
Coal-fired power plant looms over Indonesian village
Smokestacks belch noxious fumes into the air from a massive coal-fired power plant on the Indonesian coast, a stark illustration of Asia's addiction to the fossil fuel which is threatening climate targets. "There used to be a lot of red snappers and grouper fish here, among others. But now? Nothing," says one fisherman.news.yahoo.com
Trial starts in 1984 killing of girl shown on milk cartoon
A former longshot Idaho gubernatorial candidate on trial in the 1984 killing of a 12-year-old Colorado girl wasn't even remotely considered a suspect to law enforcement until his obsession with the crime and incessant visits to talk with police about it provided clues that turned him into the suspect, prosecutors said Wednesday at the start of the man's trial. Steve D. Pankey, a repeat longshot candidate, was arrested last year in the death of Jonelle Matthews. The girl's remains were found after her face appeared on milk cartons as one of the first missing children featured on them in an effort championed by former President Ronald Reagan.news.yahoo.com
Idaho reaches deal to reimburse hunters who kill wolves
Idaho officials will make available up to $200,000 to be divided into payments for hunters and trappers who kill wolves in the state through next summer. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game late last month entered into an agreement with a nonprofit hunting group to reimburse the expenses for a proven kill. The agreement follows a change in Idaho law aimed at killing more wolves that are blamed for attacking livestock and reducing deer and elk herds.news.yahoo.com
Police detail cultish beliefs of mom charged in kids' deaths
Newly released documents from the complex investigation of a woman accused of conspiring to kill her children and husband reveal sordid details of a cult-like belief system of “zombies” and “vibrations" plus a disintegrating marriage and an affair. Documents from the Chandler Police Department in Arizona offer a detailed look at the lives of Lori and Chad Daybell via text messages, computer files and interviews with close friends and family members. Both are charged in Idaho with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Lori's children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.news.yahoo.com
Idaho National Guard boss shuns lt. governor border request
The commanding general of the Idaho National Guard told Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin on Tuesday that she can’t activate troops to send to the U.S.-Mexico border. Major General Michael J. Garshak in a letter to McGeachin says a call for help from border states earlier this year involved law enforcement, not National Guard troops. Republican Gov. Brad Little announced Monday he was going to the Texas-Mexico border to meet with nine other Republican governors on Wednesday over concerns on how President Joe Biden is handling border issues.news.yahoo.com
Fire retardant could be 'game-changer' in fighting wildfires
U.S. officials on Tuesday approved a long-lasting fire retardant that could significantly aid in fighting increasingly destructive wildfires by stopping them before they ever start. The U.S. Forest Service approved Perimeter Solutions’ fire retardant that is intended to be used as a preventative measure and can last for months. It’s similar to the company’s red-dyed retardant dropped from aircraft while fighting active wildfires, but it’s clear and sprayed by ground-based workers and equipment.news.yahoo.com
US auto sales slump, stalled by car computer chip shortage
Last month, what happened at his dealership about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southeast of Boise was repeated across the country as factory closures due to a worsening global shortage of computer chips crimped U.S. new vehicle shipments. U.S. new vehicle sales tumbled about 26% in September as chip shortages and other parts-supply disruptions cut into the selection on dealer lots and raised prices once again to record levels. General Motors, which only reports sales by quarter, said its deliveries were off nearly 33% from July through September of last year.news.yahoo.com
Top Pentagon leaders testify on Afghanistan withdrawal and aftermath
Top Pentagon leaders, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, testified publicly before lawmakers for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. CBS News' Natalie Brand reports on their testimony, and then Mark Jacobson, former deputy NATO senior civilian representative for Afghanistan, joined CBSN to discuss the fallout.news.yahoo.com
Panic buying leads to U.K. fuel shortage
The U.K. has a dire shortage of gas throughout the country; not because there's no supply, but because there aren't enough truck drivers to move it around. The Post-Brexit world is colliding with the COVID one and suddenly, as Holly Williams reports, there aren't enough goods or, more importantly, services to sustain this little island.news.yahoo.com
Hot to trot: Shetland ponies prove popular during pandemic
For hundreds of years, the inhabitants of the northernmost part of Scotland and the United Kingdom have bred small horses -- the Shetland pony. The animals, named after the unforgiving northern archipelago in the North Sea, have long drawn attention for their distinctive shape, size and rough hair. But during the coronavirus pandemic they saw their value soar to new highs, prompting hopes of another bumper year as the islands' annual sale approaches.news.yahoo.com
Idaho COVID Insanity Shows How Much Worse the GOP Can Get
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesAs the morgues and ICUs in Idaho overflow with COVID patients, Republican Governor Brad Little said he would fine businesses with over 100 employees if they enacted a mask mandate.It’s an insane stance rooted in his desire not to give his challenger, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, any cause to attack him as she guns for his job.Dying people be damned, as Republicans turn against each other in contests up and down the ballot and across the counnews.yahoo.com
Ex Idaho lawmaker charged with rape is arrested in Georgia
A former Idaho state lawmaker charged with rape earlier this month has been arrested in Georgia. Aaron von Ehlinger is being held without bond in the Clayton County, Georgia jail on a “fugitive from justice” charge, according to court records. Von Ehlinger was a Republican state representative from Lewiston, Idaho when a 19-year-old legislative intern reported that he brought her to his apartment under false pretenses and raped her.news.yahoo.com
In COVID-slammed Idaho, schools risk buckling hospitals
Roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were getting ready for their first day of school when Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care.
Lawmaker who ID'd rape accuser may lose committee assignment
An Idaho legislative ethics committee says a state lawmaker who publicized the name of a Statehouse intern who reported being raped by another lawmaker should be stripped of one of her committee assignments for acting in an a manner “unbecoming” to the state's House of Representatives.
Leak of billionaires' tax data draws GOP outcry over privacy
Republicans in Congress are alarmed by the leak of confidential IRS data to ProPublica that has enabled the investigative news organization to reveal that famous billionaires including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg paid little in U.S. income tax at times.
Teacher disarmed school shooter, hugged her until help came
When a student opened fire at an Idaho middle school, teacher Krista Gneiting directed children to safety, rushed to help a wounded victim and then calmly disarmed the sixth-grade shooter, hugging and consoling the girl until police arrived.
'My soul is lighter': Serial killer's death brings closure
Following his arrest in 2005 for the slayings of that Idaho family, the FBI reviewed unsolved missing child cases nationwide. She prosecuted him in what she described as the only federal death penalty case in Idaho history. Ad“The sun is brighter today, and my soul is lighter,” Anthony’s mother, Diana, said in a statement this week. Duncan confessed to beating the two girls to death but was not prosecuted because he was already facing multiple death penalties. From the time he was taken into custody in 2005, Duncan confessed to all of his crimes and repeatedly sought to plead guilty, according to court records.
Idaho Legislature shuts down due to COVID-19 outbreak
FILE- In this March 4, 2020, file photo, is the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Legislature has voted to shut down for several weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Legislature voted Friday to shut down for several weeks due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Five of those who tested positive are Republicans and one is Democrat. ___This story has been updated to correct that six representatives have tested positive, not five.
Rescuers save 2 from pickup dangling over deep Idaho gorge
(Idaho State Police via AP)BOISE, Idaho – Authorities say a set of camp trailer safety chains and quick, careful work by emergency crews saved two people after their pickup truck plunged off a bridge, leaving them dangling above a deep gorge in southern Idaho. Idaho State Police responded to the accident at about 2:45 p.m. Monday, said ISP spokeswoman Lynn Hightower. A trooper found a man and a woman inside the pickup truck that was dangling, nose-down, off the side of the bridge spanning the Malad Gorge. The gorge is narrow but is roughly 100 feet (30.48 meters) deep below the bridge, roughly the height of a 10-story building. The gorge reaches about 250 feet (76.20 meters) deep at its deepest point.
Idaho ends Powerball in state, fearing foreign participation
Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson addresses the House State Affairs Committee at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The panel killed legislation that would have allowed the Powerball game with multi-million dollar jackpots to continue in the state. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)BOISE, Idaho – Idaho lawmakers fearing foreign participation in the Powerball lottery killed legislation on Wednesday that would have allowed the game with huge jackpots to continue in the state after a run of more than 30 years. The move came after Idaho Lottery officials sought a change in state law because Powerball is expanding to include Australia in 2021 and Britain in 2022. Some Idaho lawmakers said they feared that the odds of an Idaho resident winning would be reduced with more players.
Protesters burn masks at Idaho Capitol rally against rules
BOISE, Idaho – At least a hundred people gathered at the front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Anti-mask groups say mask mandates are a restriction of their freedoms. Videos posted on social media showed adults encouraging children to toss masks into a fire. Brad Little has never issued a statewide mask mandate, but seven counties and 11 cities have such mandates in place. More than 170,000 Idaho residents have been infected, and nearly 1,900 have died.
Idaho bill to outlaw demonstrating at private homes advances
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo Ammon Bundy, center, who led the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, stands on the Idaho Statehouse steps in Boise, Idaho. Many of those testifying against the bill used terms common among anti-government activist Bundy and his People's Rights network, contending in general the people were having their rights taken away. Bundy, who has picketed at people's homes and encouraged others to do so, is banned from the Statehouse following his two arrests in the building in August during a special session called to deal with the pandemic. His People's Rights network has grown significantly during the pandemic as precautions to avoid spreading the virus, such as mask-wearing or limits on public and private gatherings, have been put in place. Republican Reps. Ron Nate and Julianne Young opposed the bill, saying they appreciated the idea but that it was too broad.
Constitutional ban on legal pot advances in Idaho
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)BOISE, Idaho – As legal weed becomes a reality in every corner of the U.S., Idaho is putting up a fight. AdThe joint resolution to ban all psychoactive drugs not already legal in Idaho won approval along a 6-2 party-line vote in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Washington, Oregon, Montana and Nevada have legalized recreational and medical marijuana, while Utah allows medical marijuana. It’s not about caring for people who might have pain or sickness.”Those opposed said medical marijuana is needed for Idaho residents suffering from chronic or terminal illnesses. He said the constitutional amendment would prohibit legalizing medical marijuana through an initiative, even though he said most people in the state want medical marijuana approved.
State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)State capitols across the nation stepped up security Monday, deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers while several legislatures convened amid heightened safety concerns following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee activated hundreds of National Guard troops to help state police keep order at the state Capitol. Oregon state police will conduct building security training for those who work at the state Capitol, including journalists, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Michigan lawmakers are to return to session Wednesday.
State capitols reassess safety after violence at US Capitol
But if the U.S. Capitol — a shining symbol of democracy with a dedicated police force— can be overrun by a violent mob, could state capitols be next? Protesters in Idaho temporarily derailed a special legislative session last August. In Oregon, where Trump supporters burned a life-size puppet of Democratic Gov. “Pretty sure more #txlege members are going to start carrying inside the Capitol,” Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted Thursday, a day after the Capitol grounds were abruptly shuttered as hundreds of Trump supporters demonstrated outside without any reported incidents. Mike Parson is planning for more than a thousand guests to gather Monday on the lawn of the state Capitol for his inaugural ceremony.
Armed statehouse protests set tone for US Capitol insurgents
FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. In May, armed protesters forced their way into the Michigan Statehouse to object to pandemic-related lockdowns. Less than three weeks ago, crowds forced their way into the state Capitol in Salem, Oregon, to protest the building’s closure to the public during a special legislative session on coronavirus measures. “Anybody who was surprised by the fact that they stormed the Capitol, I don't know where they were. Indeed, protests by far-right militia groups are planned in Olympia, Washington, next week when the Legislature convenes there.
A child so sick they feared the worst, now they urge change
Cooper Wuthrich rests as he lays on a bed at the families truck stop Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Montpelier, Idaho. Cooper Wuthrich’s fever spiked as his joints and organs became inflamed, including his heart, putting his life at risk, his father said. Brad Little warned that car crash victims could need to be treated in hospital conference rooms if beds run out. “Luckily, it is a rare complication, but it’s a complication that can get kids pretty sick pretty quickly,” Truong said. In nearly two-thirds of cases, children went to intensive care units, and the average ICU stay was five days.
US population growth smallest in at least 120 years
(AP Photo/Donald King, file)The U.S. population grew by the smallest rate in at least 120 years from 2019 to 2020, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau — a trend that demographers say provides a glimpse of the coronavirus pandemic’s toll. Population growth in the U.S. already was stagnant over the past several years due to immigration restrictions and a dip in fertility, but coronavirus-related deaths exacerbated that lethargic-growth trend, said William Frey, a senior fellow at The Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. “I think it’s a first glimpse of where we may be heading as far as low population growth," Frey said. Among the states, Idaho had the largest single-year population increase, growing 2.1% to 1.8 million residents. Sixteen states lost population, including California, the nation’s most populous state, which declined 0.18% to 39.3 million residents.