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BOISE — Idaho on Monday had its fourth straight day of 300-plus new COVID-19 cases, surpassing 8,000 total cases.

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After Treefort Music Festival was postponed, and venues supporting the arts closed their doors due to COVID-19, advocates got together — figuratively speaking — to figure out how to help Treasure Valley artists; the result was raising $69,000 in grant funding to award to 69 creatives — paint…

BOISE — With Ada County moved back to Stage 3 of economic reopening after the coronavirus shutdown, but the rest of the state in Stage 4, there’s been some confusion as to which rules are in effect where.

BOISE — State officials added 398 new confirmed cases to Idaho’s coronavirus tally Friday, breaking a single-day record that was set earlier this week when 341 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday.

BOISE — Idaho’s increase in COVID-19 cases is “alarming,” Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday, as he called on Idahoans to wear face masks, practice physical distancing, stay home when sick and take other measures to prevent spreading the virus.

BOISE — Idaho’s House and Senate GOP leaders announced Monday that they’ll form “joint legislative working groups” to address COVID-19 in Idaho, including developing legislation for consideration in January on everything from election processes to the governor’s emergency powers.

BOISE — A federal judge on Monday denied a motion from Gov. Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to stay his ruling granting Reclaim Idaho a second shot at qualifying its school funding initiative for the November ballot, and the nonprofit group filed a new, expedited motion t…

Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that people wear masks in public as far back as early April to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the Idaho Department of Correction didn’t require its staff to wear them until Wednesday — the same day the firs…

The governor’s Idaho Rebounds continues as we struggle to get back to some sort of normalcy in our lives, but the coronavirus doesn’t seem to care. Another week has passed and we’re still at Stage 4, state-wise. But Ada County and Boise have moved back to Stage 3.

Rather than engage in an expensive and likely fruitless legal challenge, Hardware Brewing Co. in Kendrick has chosen to pay a $2,500 fine for violating Idaho’s coronavirus shutdown order.

The Nampa community is distributing thousands of free books to children until Friday. The city of Nampa announced it is pleased to partner with a variety of local organizations to help distribute over 2,000 free books to children at 18 different park locations, which are also the location of…

BOISE — Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday that he’s been talking with state legislators who want him to call a special session of the Legislature, but the Idaho Constitution requires such sessions to be called on a specific subject — and none of them have offered him one.

A statewide virtual job fair, put on by Idaho Business League Events and other partners, will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. To register visit iblevents.com.

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BOISE — For the next 30 days Boise is under a new health order to try to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 cases, Mayor Lauren McLean announced Tuesday. The move comes over a week after the city moved to Stage 4, the final phase of Idaho’s reopening plan, with the rest of the state.

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BOISE — Under the Idaho Constitution, only the governor can call a special session of the Legislature — but the Idaho Freedom Foundation and an unregistered political action committee are calling one for Tuesday morning aimed at overturning the governor’s executive orders on the coronavirus …

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 …

At first, it was cars lined up out the driveway and around the road to see “Call of the Wild” and “Onward,” something neither Karen Cornwell nor her daughter Susan Haaheim expected to see on opening night. Now as Parma Motor-Vu Drive-In weathers windy rain storms and a continuing global pand…

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The Third Cory Holm Memorial Heart N Hustle Softball Tournament is coming back to Emmett, July 31 – August 2. The past two summers his friends and family have celebrated the life of Cory Holm with a memorial tournament that has raised funds to support youth activities in the community.

Super Hunt winners get the best of the best by being able to hunt any open hunt in Idaho for the species they draw, and keep hunting, general or controlled hunts, until they tag an animal. No license is needed to enter a Super Hunt drawing for either residents or nonresidents.

Bogus Basin announced Friday that it will open for summer operations on Friday, June 26th. The nonprofit recreation area will operate seven days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., through August 16th, then transition to weekends through early October.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation’s “Idaho Trails Supporter” Sticker became available for the public on Saturday—National Trails Day.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is launching a negotiated rulemaking process and wants to hear from the public concerning nine proposed rule changes. The comment period opened on June 3, and runs through June 26.

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Did you know that you can now use your EBT/SNAP Card (food stamps) at the Emmett Farmers Market? Did you know that we also participate in the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program? That program started in 2016 at surrounding Idaho farmers markets to increase access to and affordability of fres…

Over thirty years ago, I took my first dance class in what was then called “Black Canyon Athletic Club,” now Raw Iron Gym, in Emmett, Idaho. I was nervous, shy, and completely unprepared. We used chairs as a barre, and I wondered why we didn’t dance on our toes the first class. Dance eventua…

Folic acid is amazing. Also known as folate and a type of Vitamin B9, it is found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and beans. When folic acid is used early in pregnancy, it can prevent birth defects.

In these dark times, many of us have have been seeking that ray of sunshine that casts light on humanity. We’ve seen it with healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and with those who serve and protect. But if you investigate the small niches of society, we can find a bright light that lay…

Nearly 100 people turned out on a blustery Sunday afternoon on June 14 at Bowman Family Memorial Park in downtown Emmett, to observe Flag Day. A ceremonial changing of the flag at the corner of the park was complete with regalia, oratory, and a history lesson as to the origination of flag da…

Summer is here. Modified vacations have been planned. Car trips, flip flops and sunscreen are ready to go and pictures of our adventures will be taken. The following is a conversation I have had with my daughter while on such a trip. “Mia, take a picture of me next to the statue. Hold on a m…

Friends, Memorial Day 2020 has officially come...and gone. For many, the last Monday of May means the unofficial start of summer. It also means that you can wear white up until Labor Day and not upset the proper fashion dress code. You can also buy any number of furniture items on sale — mem…

Imagine standing on the shore of a sparkling mountain lake, or wading a cool, clear stream and casting to trout that devour a fly or lure like it’s an eating contest. Imagine the only competition might be an osprey perched in a tall tree or an otter bobbing in the current.

The graduating class of 2020 from Emmett High finally got a chance to make a formal walk across a stage and receive a diploma designating the completion of a journey — and the commencement of another.

Good Morning, teachers, staff, parents, family members, and all my fellow peers and friends. I stand here today very proud, that I am finally able to say, we made it.

The Emmett Independent School District has adopted a budget for the 2020-21 school year that is $800,000 less than the one they operated on in 2019-20. The reductions required realignment of its administration, cuts in the technology department, and across the board tightening at almost ever…

The Idaho Transportation Department is asking for input on the just-released draft Idaho Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). Among the projects to be included in the program discussion is a rebuild and extension of the passing lane for southbound traffic on the Freezeout Hill grade of…