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More Snow Coming To Idaho

Tuesday’s snowfall was just a preview of events to come. Another storm is moving into the Treasure Valley, which could disrupt traffic Thursday afternoon. National Weather Service Meteorologist Elizabeth Padian says there’s a warm front moving in from the Pacific Coast. “With the cold air that we had this morning and today trapped here in the Valley and the Snake River Plain, that’s going to allow that warm air from the warm front to override over that colder air, produce precipitation and it...

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In September, we told you the story of traveling Idaho artist Ken Newman and his wife Debbie, who tour the country each year, showcasing Ken’s art. When last we left them, the Newmans were in Grand Rapids, Michigan at ArtPrize8 with the bronze sculpture titled “ The Last Whistle .” The sculpture of a blue-collar worker coming off his shift and heading wearily home did not win the top prize, but the couple says it got enormous support. It placed in the top 25 in Sculpture and the top 100 of...

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A Twin Falls man is asking the community to submit designs as he works to create a flag for Twin Falls County. The Times-News reports Dan Carter plans to form a committee to work on the project and is working to set up a Facebook page to get the effort started. Carter, president of the Twin Falls County Gold Buckle Club, is responsible for the openings of the county rodeo, where the Mounted Color Guard carries the U.S. and Idaho flags into the arena. He realized he would like to add a county...

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As Black Friday approaches, cities in Idaho are reminding shoppers to think about local stores too. American Express has popularized Small Business Saturday over the last few years. But in McCall, the idea of shopping local during the holidays is a tradition that pre-dates the credit card company’s initiative. That’s according to Nicole Musgrove of McCall’s Chamber of Commerce. “I think most people try to buy anything they can from local businesses,” says Musgrove. Musgrove says besides...

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There were whines, tears and even barks in Boise's Taco Bell Area where as many as 1,500 people gathered to mourn a police dog that was killed in the line of duty. The Idaho Statesman reports at least 30 police dogs from departments across the state gathered Tuesday at a memorial service for six-year-old K-9 Police Officer Jardo , who was shot Nov. 11 working with officers to apprehend a suspect. Jardo, a Belgian Malinois, joined the Boise Police Department in 2013 and was trained in drug...

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The Idaho Democrats filed a complaint in October alleging an official with the Idaho Republican Party violated the state’s campaign laws. Since then, the Secretary of State’s office looked at the issue – and says no wrongdoing occurred . Secretary of State Chief Deputy Tim Hurst says after looking closely at the complaint, there’s no evidence the Idaho Republicans broke the law while creating a political attack ad against House Minority Leader John Rusche. He says a GOP official worked with...

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Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Monday that it's taking public comments through Jan. 3 on the plan to eliminate trees from 940 square miles in southwest Idaho. Experts say juniper trees have expanded to displace sage brush needed by the bird in many places in the West due to fire suppression efforts and other human activities. Experts say the...

Idaho Statesman

Nampa's fire chief, who was seriously injured when he crashed his motorcycle into the back of a car in September, has handed in his resignation. Nampa Mayor Bob Henry said in a prepared statement that he accepted Karl Malott's resignation on Tuesday. Henry's statement did not reference Malott's legal troubles. Malott's arraignment for the excessive DUI charge is set for Nov. 28. Excessive DUI indicates a blood alcohol of 0.2 percent or higher. The legal limit for drivers in Idaho is 0.08....

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A small group of Idaho lawmakers say the Republican-dominated Legislature must find a way to provide health care to the state's low-income uninsured population in 2017. However, the legislative panel fell short from backing a specific proposal during its final meeting on Tuesday. Instead, lawmakers agreed on broad recommendations, such as urging a sunset provision if the Idaho Legislature does consider Medicaid expansion and promoting using general funds to help cover any new program costs....

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Idaho will continue to pay its governor a housing stipend because it still has no governor's mansion. The Spokesman-Review reports Idaho is one of only six states without a mansion for its executive. A state committee decided Monday to continue paying a $4,500 monthly stipend to Gov. Butch Otter in lieu of housing. The J.R. Simplot family donated a hilltop mansion for the purpose, but no governor ever lived there. It required extensive renovations and, when they were complete, Gov. Butch...

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There’s no way around it – November 8 was a rough day for Idaho Democrats. The red state went even redder, as Republicans picked up four seats in the Legislature, including the one held by House Minority Leader John Rusche. To Idaho Democratic Party Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown, the election was a turning point for progressives – both on the national and state level. “I think is a wakeup call to folks to say we need to start reaching out to our neighbors and having more...

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