After being a staple on Idaho’s Spanish airwaves for almost 40 years, Ricardo “RQ” Quilantán kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

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One year after a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision that means police officers can’t make warrantless arrests for domestic violence, Lisa Growette Bostaph and her team at Boise State University got to work on a study about its effects.

When Idaho schools started closing in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rod Gramer, president of Idaho Business for Education, knew many students would require learning devices and internet connections to continue their education.

Back in 2009, Diane Ronayne, columnist at The Idaho Statesman, now retired, was in a quandary. Five of her friends from separate circles were all wanting to have lunch with her. Ronayne calls herself “a pollinator,” and what she really loves to do is bring people together. So, she brought al…

Leora Murphy was crowned by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a shot-giving superhero and lauded with an award and new title: “2020 Immunization Champion.” Murphy, one of nine receiving the award in Idaho, has been a nurse for three decades and has worked at her current job as as…

Ted Kunz, Idaho Press’ own “Two-wheeled wanderer,” set out over a year and a half ago to travel around the world “on two wheels.”

It began with a call in the middle of the night, but not one you answer with a phone. Jim Kern said he was awoken at 3 a.m. one morning in 2008, “and God said ‘You need to do something to help the veterans.’” And that was the inauspicious beginning of Brave Hearts of Idaho. Formerly under th…

CALDWELL — Mary Rodriguez has spent a career helping migrant children and children with disabilities at Community Council of Idaho Caldwell head start program.

FRANK CHURCH-RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS — Discovering the whats and whys of scientific mysteries is a powerful magnet for many scientists. And in Claudio Berti’s case, it brought him all the way from Italy to Idaho.

Vanessa Crossgrove Fry now lives in Boise, but she was raised in Sun Valley and during the ski season especially, you can find her going back and forth. In March, after one such ski trip, Crossgrove Fry returned to Boise with more than she’d bargained for.

MERIDIAN — The novel coronavirus pandemic isn’t the first time Salwan Swidan and Dhuha Ali, a husband and wife duo from Iraq, have dealt with a dangerous environment. They lived through the Iraq War from 2003 until they were able to flee to Jordan in 2006, and three years later they settled …

When Linda Peterson and her husband moved to the area nine years ago, she was a bit restless. Retired, she wanted to do something, and thought she might be able to help out in hospice work as a volunteer. As she finished up and handed in her paperwork at a local hospice, the woman at the des…

Erin Stewart and her group at Make-A-Mask idaho have been making masks to fill orders as they come in for them through spreadsheets she set up on Google. She was first approached by Rob Vande Merwe, executive director of Idaho Health Care Association. Vande Merwe oversees assisted living and…

Mason Bennett is a seventh-grader at Compass Charter School in Meridian. In a recent email to Idaho Press, he wrote: ”With so much negative, I wanted to tell you about some positive in the community. Waffle Love has been delivering free waffles to the elderly and immune compromised every Sun…

In March, with new cases of COVID-19 pouring onto the state’s coronavirus website and into state hospitals, J. Brian Scott and his team at Caldwell’s Reyco Systems decided to use their technology to help healthcare workers. Normally, the company supports the food industry exclusively — it sp…

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Southwest Idaho has been providing an invaluable service to many families and individuals who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing economic destruction.

Karissa Patterson and Amanda Dillon joined forces to lead a Facebook group in sewing vital medical masks for health care professionals even before it was recommended by the Centers for Disease Control that everyone should wear them to contain the coronavirus.

Josh Harrison, Jennifer Walz and Stacey Leavitt-Wilson are three local community administrators for Ada and Canyon County COVID-19 Mutual Aid subgroups. The original group, which was set up on Facebook, exploded with members and necessarily split into subgroups so that those of need could be…

Columbia High School senior Evelynn Eslick has four years of acting and production experience behind her now as she auditions for college drama departments, and she’s worked to make theater education more accessible. She’s helped drama teacher Glynis Calhoun and special education teacher Mel…

At this year’s “Serve with Compassion Day,” all of the students at The Ambrose School in Meridian, grades K through 12, participated in writing a card and packing a box with a variety of items to send to a serviceman or woman serving abroad, thanks to Michele Vernon and Amy Yenor for coming …

John Reusser, director of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, is stepping down from his post after helping launch the call center and providing leadership for the past seven years.

After finishing a decades-long career as a teacher, principal and administrator for the Nampa School District, Ole Beymer wasn’t done helping local students.

Canyon County Commissioner Tom Dale was elected to the Canyon County Board of Commissioners in 2015 as a Republican and told the Idaho Press over the phone, that he will retire after the end of this year.

Four years ago, Matt Nelson presented his twin sons, Blake and Tyler Nelson, with a challenge. The 15-year-old Eagle residents were just getting started in the Boy Scouts of America’s Scouts BSA program, and their father, a former scout, challenged them to earn all of the merit badges.

Seventy years ago at Nampa High School, the winningest sports year in the Bulldog’s history happened, rolling from fall to summer like an unstoppable force of nature.

In October, Boise-based novelist Anthony Doerr donated 30 copies of his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “All the Light We Cannot See” to the library at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. He also gave a seminar in the prison’s chapel, and both members of the prison’s staff and those incar…

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After being a staple on Idaho’s Spanish airwaves for almost 40 years, Ricardo “RQ” Quilantán kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Being an American newly in England, I pictured myself (in pre-pandemic times, of course) exploring the far flung corners of the country, from Cornwall to The Lake District and everywhere in between. I saw myself on epic outdoors trips, backpacking and bikepacking great distances through scen…

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