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Editor's Note: Risë Kevalshar Collins' other essays are available at boiseweekly.com, including "It Will Require All the Love that We Have—and More—to Dismantle All Oppression"; "Leaning Into the Fire of White Supremacy with Love—and More"; and "Challenging American Apartheid, Championing Am…

Editor's Note: Risë Kevalshar Collins' other essays are available at boiseweekly.com, including "It Will Require All the Love that We Have—and More—to Dismantle All Oppression"; "Leaning Into the Fire of White Supremacy with Love—and More"; and "Challenging American Apartheid, Championing Am…

Until recently, tobacco use was on the decline among Idaho’s youth. Vaping—smoking e-cigarettes—reversed this trend, and tobacco use is surging among those most likely to develop a lifelong addiction. As mother of adolescents, here’s what I’ve learned about why:

It has been the honor of my life to serve as mayor of my hometown for the past 16 years. Since I first walked into City Hall as mayor, I’ve returned every morning with one goal in mind: make Boise the most livable city in the country. There is no doubt we have made significant strides toward…

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Over the past several years we have met with legislators from both sides of the aisle and from both parties trying to find a way to stop children dying from faith-based medical neglect.

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According to the Outdoor Industry Association, most Idahoans engage in an outdoor recreational activity every year. Also, around 30,000 new people move to, are born in or otherwise end up in Idaho every year, where mountain biking, trail running and hiking are not fads—they are reasons for l…

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The Trump Administration's plan to roll back policy initiatives between the United States and Cuba is a missed opportunity for the country and a substantive blow to potentially lucrative markets here in Idaho.

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In the early 1990s, I was a cheerleader in my rural Idaho high school. We wore our tiny uniform skirts and cropped sleeveless tops to school on game days as a way to promote school spirit—and, subsequently, to further mortify and objectify teenage girls with body image issues.


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