Latest Idaho state government News

Misinformation leads to animosity toward health care workers

Sep. 28, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A constant barrage of misinformation has Idaho health care workers facing increased animosity from some patients and community members, officials say. It's gotten so bad in northern Idaho that some Kootenai Health employees are scared to go to the grocery store if they...

Idaho officials recommend ways to prevent school shootings

Sep. 28, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Schools should set up confidential tip lines that can be used by students and others to report concerning behavior as a way to prevent school shootings, a report reviewing an eastern Idaho school shooting said. That’s one of 29 recommendations in...

Ex Idaho lawmaker charged with rape is arrested in Georgia

Sep. 27, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho state lawmaker charged with rape earlier this month has been arrested in Georgia. Aaron von Ehlinger is being held without bond in the Clayton County, Georgia jail on a “fugitive from justice” charge, according to court records....

Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

Sep. 24, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group Justice in Aging...

Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

Sep. 22, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho should adopt a health policy that would make vaccine status a private medical record that employees could refuse to make available to employers as a way to thwart President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, an attorney told lawmakers Wednesday. ...

Former lawmaker not yet arrested two weeks after rape charge

Sep. 22, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A former Idaho state lawmaker has not yet turned himself in to face a rape charge despite a warrant being issued nearly two weeks ago. Aaron von Ehlinger was charged with rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object on Sept. 10 following a...

Idaho's COVID outlook is dire as cases continue to climb

Sep. 21, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health care workers are exhausted and angry. Some of Idaho's coronavirus vaccines are expiring because they have sat unused for so long. And coronavirus case numbers and deaths continue to climb, putting the state among the worst in the nation for the rate of new...

State officials kill attempt to revive McCall land swap

Sep. 21, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State officials on Tuesday rejected an investment firm’s request to reconsider its massive land swap proposal involving state land in and around McCall for timberland in northern Idaho. Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other members of the...

Lawmakers to discuss vaccine mandate with eye on reconvening

Sep. 20, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on a committee that considers state sovereignty issues have bumped up their planned meeting next week to Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate. The meeting announced Monday is a potential avenue to reconvening the Legislature. ...

Higher pay, bonuses attract more Idaho correction officers

Sep. 20, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Pay raises and bonuses should help ease a shortfall of prison workers in Idaho, the state's top prison official said. Idaho Department of Correction Director Josh Tewalt told the Legislature’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee on...