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BOISE — The first case of the United Kingdom variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Idaho, in an Ada County woman, Central District Health and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Wednesday.

Pet adoptions have increased across the country over the last year. A national database by Shelter Animals Count found that pet adoptions increased by about 15% in 2020 compared to 2019, the Washington Post reported.

BOISE — Before the pandemic, Daniel Ojeda was used to supplementing his income with unemployment benefits. A 29-year-old ballet dancer and choreographer, Ojeda works about half the year as a freelancer, when he’s not on contract with Ballet Idaho during the fall and winter.

Public health officials say extreme winter weather across the U.S. has prevented any coronavirus vaccine from being shipped to Idaho this week, potentially delaying some vaccination efforts.

Wyatt Lindley goes to class just one day a week at Kuna Middle School. The rest of the week, he has little to do. He started sixth grade this year in a new school and his family just recently moved to Idaho, so his social circle is small.

BOISE — Two new variants of the novel coronavirus, including one that may be more infectious than current variants in Idaho, have been discovered in wastewater samples from three Ada County cities, Central District Health announced Wednesday.

BOISE — COVID-19 vaccine access is expanding across Idaho this week with the rollout of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The collaboration between federal and state governments and roughly 40,000 pharmacies will facilitate the distribution of 1 million doses.

It’s been nearly three weeks since Idaho health officials flagged five coronavirus samples as having possibly dangerous mutations, shipping them to national labs for more thorough screening because state labs can’t yet do that.

MERIDIAN — Crush the Curve Idaho on Thursday launched a COVID-19 vaccine awareness campaign focused on providing a central location for vaccine information, education and resources for Idahoans.

BOISE — Treasure Valley COVID-19 vaccine facilitators have been short on supply in recent days, leading to appointment cancellations by one major health care provider and scheduling delays by another.

Here's a look at the latest data from the state's coronavirus dashboard, which is updated daily at 5 p.m. Sunday’s numbers are typically lower, as not all agencies report on Sundays. Data is preliminary and subject to change. Case numbers included lab-confirmed and probable cases. 

BOISE — The chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee said suicide rates in Idaho did not increase substantially in 2020, despite claims to the contrary from many critics of COVID-19 protocols.

After appointing former U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador to the Central District Health board last week, the Ada County Commission will reconsider its choice, and will include infectious disease expert Dr. Sky Blue in the running for the health board’s open seat.

BOISE — Former U.S. Congressman Raúl Labrador on Tuesday was named Ada County’s new representative on the Central District Health, replacing former County Commissioner Diana Lachiondo, who lost a reelection bid in November.

Public health district boards, tasked by the governor with the bulk of Idaho’s COVID-19 response, are bracing for a potential attempt by state legislators to redraw the board’s roles by clawing back their legal powers and slashing funding.

BOISE — Central District Health will hold monthly meetings in 2021, a departure from its weekly meeting schedule that became a lightning rod for protests toward the end of 2020.

People are desperate to get out of the house during the winter, and Bogus Basin has offered the nearest escape valve for the Treasure Valley for decades. But this year, things have looked different due to COVID-19 regulations at the resort to keep skiers, snowboarders and staff safe.

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The girls doubles teams on the Emmett High tennis squad have been on fire since spring break ended. Last week both the number-one and number-two slots picked up impressive victories over perennial tennis power Bishop Kelly in Southern Idaho Conference action on the Emmett City Park tennis courts.

Baseball slips into tie for league lead

Tatum Richards is a new face on the Emmett High track and field team. Friday she put a new face on the Emmett record book, smashing the previous pole vault record and moving within a whisper of the 100 meter hurdles mark in winning both events at the Middleton Invitational.

According to Idaho Fish and Game biologists around the state, turkey hunters in Idaho can expect more of the same in 2021 — which is great news for hunters looking to bag a gobbler during the spring season.

The Emmett High baseball team rode consistent hitting and solid fielding for a strong start to the season. After being recognized last week as the number-one ranked 4A team in the state, however, the Huskies ran into a motivated number-three Bishop Kelly and saw both hitting and fielding tak…

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The 38th annual Squaw Butte Music Festival was held on April 10 here in Emmett, with approximately 60 students participating in the festival. All area piano teachers are invited to enter their students in the festival, and this year the following teachers had participants: Barbara Weissenbuh…

Wrapped in bright pink, “Stella” is ready to hit the road. Stella is the name given to Saint Alphonsus’s newest mobile mammography unit. The 40-foot long bus contains the latest in 3D mammography technology and started serving patients throughout Idaho and Eastern Oregon in early March.

The library at Butte View elementary was converted into space for the Emmett School District administration and staff several years ago. Now that the school is being returned in part to an elementary school, the library is going to have to be replenished. It got a jump start last week.

Add a burst of color to the start of the garden season with spring flowering shrubs. Small or large, these beauties add color, support pollinators, and help attract birds to the landscape.

There is a television commercial that is using the tag line: “It’s Your Health” to promote a product with claims to improve well being. There are plenty of accurate sources of information to get healthy and to stay healthy; but in the end, it is each individual’s choice. Covid 19 has been a …

Growing up, every Sunday morning meant going to church, which I loved. But because I was an early riser, up and dressed in my Sunday best and all set to go, I had to wait for everyone else in the house to get ready before I could go and worship. So I would turn on the little black & whit…

As my mother has gotten older, she has lived with some of her children for a time. I was the last one she lived with before choosing to go into an assisted living center. “It’s not that I don’t like living here,” she said. “You make me quite comfortable. It’s just the stairs and the tub.”

I ran the item over the scanner. “Peanut butter—four-thirty-five.”

My wife, Donna, and I are hoping to build a new home. As we get older, we realize that our house with its myriad of stairs will not be sufficient for us. We have purchased some land and have started the impossible task of getting building permits, moving our current house contents into stora…

Grant and Emma had just seen the last of their children married. Ed was almost sixty, and Emma was only a couple of years younger. They now talked about all the wonderful things they would do together during their retirement years. Then the Covid virus came.

According to the Gem County Prosecutor's office, the scheduled preliminary hearing for the Emmett woman facing charges involved with the death of eight-year-old Taryn Summers was postponed Monday afternoon.

The Idaho Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) warns Idaho consumers of Medicare scams from unsolicited callers.

The 38th annual Squaw Butte Music Festival was held on April 10 here in Emmett, with approximately 60 students participating in the festival. All area piano teachers are invited to enter their students in the festival, and this year the following teachers had participants: Barbara Weissenbuh…