Lawmakers voted 62-6 to restore adult Medicaid dental benefits, arguing cuts three years ago that left 27,000 people without coverage cost Idaho more in dental-related emergency room services than it saved.
The House vote over the $1.4 million measure Tuesday pitted arguments for good preventative dentistry against fiscal hawks who say federal deficits trump good oral hygiene for low-income, elderly and disabled people.
Minority Leader John Rusche of Lewiston argued it not only made sense from a health perspective, but also from a fiscal perspective.
Idaho may have to repay $13.3 million if federal officials determine the state broke contracting rules on a $60 million education broadband project mired in a lawsuit for nearly as long as it's existed.
Department of Administration director Teresa Luna told the House Education Committee that even should Idaho prevail in the legal case, it still could be forced to repay the money that's gone to the Idaho Education Network.
The project is already growing far more expensive than Idaho intended.
Boise filmmaker Zach Voss may be best known for his promotional videos for Boise's Treefort Music Festival. His 2013 Treefort work grabbed the attention of a northwest movie producer, and now Voss is preparing to make his feature-film directorial debut.
The National Weather Service has issued an avalanche warning for central Idaho's Sun Valley region.
The Sawtooth Avalanche Center says the area got between one and a half to three feet of new snow, and that combined with strong winds have created a high avalanche danger. The warning includes the mountains around Fairfield, Galena Summit and Stanley.
The Twin Falls City Council will meet tonight and revisit the issue of planning a jump over the Snake River Canyon. It's the first meeting for the group since council members last week voted to deny access to city-owned land to a Texas stunt-man the city has been negotiating with for months. The council had concerns over Ed Beckley's proposed safety plan.
Preparing students to excel in a fast-changing world is a concern for many nations. Some countries, including our own, have implemented a variety of education reforms over recent decades, only to see piddling results. Others, including Finland, South Korea and Poland, have realized major gains.
Idaho Fish and Game officers and Garden City police tracked down and killed a mountain lion in Garden City Thursday. The animal was shot along the Boise River Greenbelt in the Riverside subdivision around 5:30 p.m.
An eyewitness says the cougar was under his front porch. It ran from that location and the chase began. Police, conservation officers and a houndsman tracked the animal through backyards and common areas in the subdivision. They say they were hoping to tree the animal, tranquilize it and then move it to another location.
Snow is coming to southern Idaho, lots of it. The National Weather Service says a “significant snowfall event” will start Thursday night and last through Saturday.
The snow comes from a combination of moisture from the Pacific and an upper level low pressure system from Alaska. It will bring prolonged snowfall, which could mean substantial snow totals in the mountains. NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from the Oregon border East to Twin Falls, Idaho.
Here are the latest projected snow totals from the National Weather Service: