Latest Idaho state government News

Anti-government activist Bundy issues Idaho campaign videos

Jun. 19, 2021 22:54 PM EDT

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for governor because I’m sick and tired of all of this political garbage just like you are,” Bundy said in a nearly...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Jun. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: Cheers & Jeers: Irony is dead June 18 The Lewiston Tribune JEERS ... to U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Now that Joe Biden is president, Risch...

Maine adopts new voting access law, including student ID use

Jun. 18, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has approved a suite of rule changes designed to make the process of voting in elections go more smoothly. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, signed the proposal into law on Wednesday. One aspect of the proposal allows students at Maine schools to...

Idaho recognizes Juneteenth, holiday marking end of slavery

Jun. 17, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued Thursday. The Republican governor said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new...

Northwestern Band of Shoshone sues Idaho over hunting rights

Jun. 17, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger. The lawsuit,...

Idaho Board of Ed drops college entrance exam requirement

Jun. 17, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho State Board of Education says higher education institutions no longer have to require entrance exams for admissions. The board formally approved the change during a meeting Wednesday, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reported. TJ Bliss, the...

Idaho officials brace for tough wildfire season amid drought

Jun. 16, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season. A meteorologist on Tuesday told Republican Gov. Brad Little and other statewide elected officials on the Idaho Land Board that the state had its second driest spring in the...

Idaho officials pay $2.6M for wrongful convictions of 2 men

Jun. 16, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Tuesday approved payments of $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, to two men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Republican Gov. Brad Little and two other statewide-elected members of the Idaho...

Unemployed workers risk benefits if they skip job referrals

Jun. 15, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Unemployed Idaho residents could get kicked out of a state benefits program if they don't follow new job-seeking requirements that went into effect this month. People receiving unemployment benefits now have two business days to apply for a job...

Idaho district begins summer school to address education gap

Jun. 10, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — School district officials in Idaho have started offering a full summer school program to catch up all students who may have fell behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic. The Cassia County School District was prompted to move to a full...