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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.

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When the fourth annual Cory Holm Memorial Heart and Hustle tournament gets underway this Friday afternoon, there is a lot more than bragging rights for weekend softball players at stake. The event is geared to make the legacy of the former Emmett High athlete live on through the lives and dr…

It’s certainly too early to make predictions of what this fall’s season might hold for the Emmett High football team, but there was a promising sneak peak at Huskie Field on Thursday.

The Emmett Blue Devils hopes of extending their American Legion baseball season came to a disappointing end on Monday. The A Legion team team saw used up its final elimination card in a 9-6 loss to Melba in a game played in Homedale.

Emmett football fanatics who are already itching for fall will get a chance to scratch that itch this Thursday, July 22. EHS will be hosting a community open house to check out a series of scrimmage situations involving several high schools beginning at 5 p.m. at Huskie Field.

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Hot! Hot! Hot!!! The heat this summer has challenged everyone and yet we have very faithful vendors who come to the Market twice a week to sell their creations. We also have incredibly supportive customers who come to purchase freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and freshly made foods for …

You don’t need a plane ticket, tank full of gas or train ride to enjoy a bit of paradise. Create your own in a small alcove, large patio, or deck in your own backyard.

A free 6-week class will help you learn how to eat healthy, save money and prepare tasty meals. The class will take place on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m., from Aug. 4 through Sept. 8 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Over 100 kids took part in the Summer Soccer Camp sponsored by the Gem County Recreation District last week. Kids of all ages received coaching in the fundamentals of soccer — with and without the ball — with a wide variety of drills to introduce or enhance basic skills. The fall soccer seas…

The Open Classification at the Gem/Boise County fair is designed to engage all citizens as participants in traditional aspects of country fairs and exhibitions. This includes all ages. All “Open Class” Exhibitor Divisions at the Gem/ Boise Fair are restricted to residents or taxpayers of Gem…

This year, I’m thrilled to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of IDeal, Idaho’s official 529 College Savings Program. It’s remarkable to see how far we’ve come and exciting to imagine how we can keep growing to help enable the professional and educational hopes and dreams of Idahoans.

This heatwave we are experiencing showed me that animals like to have fun, just like we do. Some things I saw were almost human-like.

You have spent years building your small business, but have you taken time to consider what will happen to it when you retire, become disabled, or pass away? Although it is often hard to fathom an event that may not occur for many years, it is important to put plans in place in advance. The …

We know the Smokey Bear saying by heart: Only you can prevent forest fires. But every year, nationally, around 80% of wildfires are caused by humans. That jumps to more than 90% of fires when you look at what the Idaho Department of Lands has responded to this year. It could be a thrown ciga…

Friday evening, July 30, the Gem County Sheriff's office announced that the body of a Gem County senior they had been looking for since Wednesday has been discovered. 

The Emmett High cheer team took part in a three-day camp at Northwest Nazarene University last week, and the Huskies brought home a bevy of honors from the event.

The City of Emmett adopted last night, April 27, a pair of amendments to its Comprehensive Plan that will effectively make Development Impact Fees (DIF) a part of its plan to have new growth “pay for itself”.

Mosquitoes collected in traps during routine surveillance within the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD) have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Jason Kinley, Director of the abatement district. Results of the West Nile virus tests on mosquitoes collected on July 21…

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