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Lewiston home for troubled youngsters gets good marks from state - Wed, 24 May 2017 PST

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:09:27 GMT

The state of Idaho has lifted an admissions ban at the Northwest Children's Home in Lewiston after it showed sufficient progress in correcting problems revealed in an investigation last year. Regulators at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare threatened to revoke the operating license for the treatment facility for troubled youth in December after the investigation found several deficiencies, including residents committing sex offenses and other assaults against each other.

Guest column: Idaho's newest community college

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:46:35 GMT

The campaign plan in favor of a community college was simple: Identify supporters and turn them out to vote, writes Steve Taggart. Last Tuesday, Bonneville County voters went to the ballot box and by a vote of 71 percent to 29 percent created Idaho's newest community college.

Here Comes the Sun... No, Really

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:04:44 GMT

Idaho won't need to make up a guest room this summer for La Nia or her equally pushy brother, El Nio, because neither will be heading to the Gem State for a while. This winter, La Nia sent a seemingly endless barrage of cold and wet weather systems into the region, delighting ski enthusiasts but keeping snow plow drivers on round-the-clock duty.

Trump budget proposes DOE cuts

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:53:37 GMT

Tuesday's release of President Donald Trump's budget confirms that he has proposed sharp cuts in a wide variety of areas that would impact Idaho National Laboratory, resulting in hundreds of local job losses if enacted. The Post Register reported last week that the Office of Nuclear Energy's budget would be cut to $703 million.

Crapo: Trump budget calls for 'dramatic cuts' affecting Idahoans, ...

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:05:13 GMT

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo speaks during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2017. Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said while there's "significant agreement" that the nation needs to bring the federal budget into balance, the budget proposal released today by President Trump calls for "dramatic cuts to programs affecting Idahoans and its communities."

Trump budget concerns Idaho reps

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:05:12 GMT

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo said while there's "significant agreement" that the nation needs to bring the federal budget into balance, the budget proposal released today by President Trump calls for "dramatic cuts to programs affecting Idahoans and its communities." "As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, I will work with my colleagues to strike a fair balance between funding necessary programs and the need to reduce ongoing deficit spending," Crapo said in a statement.

Guest column: Labrador wasting taxpayer dollars

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:47:55 GMT

If U.S. Representative Raul Labrador were a real fiscal conservative, he wouldn't live off the state while running for governor, writes state Rep. Mat Erpelding. Idahoans share a common set of values including fairness, hard work, ethical leadership and fiscal responsibility.

Science Trek

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:27:57 GMT

SCIENCE TREK, produced by Idaho Public Television, airs the third Tuesday of the month throughout the school year and focuses on a variety of science-related topics. Host Joan Cartan-Hansen and guest scientists answer questions that students have submitted either as a video or as an email.

BSU gets grant to investigate wrongful convictions

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:03:23 GMT

Convicts who believe they were wrongfully convicted of murder or forcible rape may benefit from a $630,000 federal grant to test DNA. Why? Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will not sign a federally required form certifying that the state's DNA testing and collection practices comply with federal requirements.

After disastrous winter, Idaho cities, highway officials wait for road-repair help

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:42:48 GMT

In December and January, southern Idaho was hit with frigid temperatures and, in some areas, record-breaking amounts of snow. The second week of February, warm weather led to extensive snowmelt.

Huckleberries: Still-vivid memory in fight for equality - Mon, 22 May 2017 PST

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:06:56 GMT

Norm Gissel, left, Tony Stewart and Diana Gissel celebrate the destruction of the watch tower of the former headquarters of the Aryan Nations on Wednesday, May 23, 2001, in Hayden Lake. Norm Gissel and Stewart have been leaders in the human rights movement in North Idaho for decades.

New science standards hope to appease Idaho lawmakers - Sun, 21 May 2017 PST

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:15:20 GMT

Jessica Taylor, center, a junior at Lake City High School listens to instruction during AP Environmental Science class at the school in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017. New revisions to Idaho's K-12 science standards downplay the negative impacts of human activity on climate change as part of the latest attempt to appease Idaho's Republican-controlled Legislature.

Idaho Digest - May 22

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:43:47 GMT

Significant drops in the number of unemployed Idahoans and people looking for work pushed the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate down to 3.4 percent in April, narrowing an already tight labor market even further. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter on May 18 announced that President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration today for eight northern and north-central Idaho counties, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from flooding that occurred March 6-28.

More on Plus

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:32:01 GMT

Great Performances at the Met "Nabucco" Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's early drama of Ancient Babylon, Nabucco, with Placido Domingo adding a new role to his repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco's willful daughter, with Jamie Barton as Fenena, Russell Thomas as Ismaele, and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the prophet Zaccaria.

House editorial: A government affair

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:55:51 GMT

Are we in a long-distance relationship with our Congressional delegation? The kind of long-distance relationship that ends in distraction, angst, heartache and, dare we ponder the notion? Possibly political "affairs"? Are our senators and representatives putting other interests before ours, letting their political alliances and obsessions become all-consuming to the detriment of their focus on their relationship with us, their "significant others"? The Post Register's Bryan Clark reported on Friday that Idaho Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo failed to sign a joint letter to President Trump arguing against a proposed 31 percent cut to the Department of Energy's nuclear research funding because, as they put it, "This particular letter details efforts at the Sandia Lab and natural gas research, neither of which are relevant to the INL."

Eye on Boise: GOP still posting strong numbers in Idaho - Sun, 21 May 2017 PST

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:17:06 GMT

With all the roiling national hubbub surrounding President Trump, there's been speculation on the national scene that voters may turn away from the Republican Party, but there's certainly no sign of that here in Idaho. According to data posted Friday by the Idaho secretary of state's office, about 50 percent of Idaho's registered voters were Republicans, 11 percent were Democrats and 38 percent were unaffiliated as of May 1. On Jan. 3 of this year, Republicans were at 48 percent, Democrats at 11 percent and unaffiliated voters at 40 percent.

Student Readiness Symposiums planned statewide

Sun, 21 May 2017 01:26:02 GMT

Hundreds of educators charged with helping secondary students reach their goals for higher education will meet during the next two weeks across Idaho in six Student Readiness Symposiums. The symposiums are sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education in partnership with Idaho Digital Learning Academy, Idaho Department of Labor and Idaho Career Technical Education, a State Department of Education news release said.