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Meet One Of Idaho's Best Philanthropists; He's 13 Years Old

Jack Pierce dreams big. Not about himself, mind you. His dreams include health care for others and protecting Idaho's caregivers. In fact, Jack Pierce has been honored this year by the Idaho Nonprofit Center as one of Idaho's best philanthropists.

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The Mountain West Athletic Conference, Boise State and UNLV on Wednesday jointly announced the cancelation of the Boise State vs. UNLV football game scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas.

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States only have a few weeks left to spend federal COVID-19 relief funds, which is spurring lawmakers around the Mountain West to pass major aid deals now.


In April, Governor Brad Little authorized a 16-member coronavirus financial advisory committee to oversee $1.25 billion in federal pandemic aid provided to Idaho through the CARES Act.

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By the end of the year, more people in Idaho will have access to broadband, thanks to the state’s nearly $50 million investment during the pandemic.

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Despite a drop in confirmed COVID-19 cases across the Mountain West last week, public health officials are warning folks not to breathe a sigh of relief.

"Here [in Utah] a lot of the facilities that were doing testing were closed completely on Thanksgiving," said Utah Department of Health spokesperson Charla Haley. "I think that had a big impact on the smaller numbers of people testing positive as well as people just being tested in general."

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Bonner County Commissioners will consider retaliating against the region’s public health district Tuesday morning after it implemented a five-county mask mandate last month.

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Dr. Ted Epperly, President and CEO of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, knows quite a bit about the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he was very much a part of its foundation in 2009, when he served as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. More than a decade later, Epperly says the ACA is more important than ever, considering the nation is grip of a pandemic.

Ali Rabe

Ali Rabe defies the main characteristics of the Idaho Legislature's majority (old, male and Republican). As Executive Director of Jesse Tree, she has spent most of her days doing her best to challenge evictions and homelessness. But as District No. 17's new State Senator-elect, Rabe will take that energy to the Statehouse, when the 2021 edition of the Idaho Legislature convenes in January.

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Sales of hunting and fishing licenses are up dramatically across the country due to the pandemic and Idaho is no exception.

Bogus Basin opened all 10 of its lifts this past weekend, the start of what’s sure to be a very different ski season. Conditions on the mountain will be unusual this year and it has nothing to do with snow.


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How Biden's Environmental Policies Could Affect Idaho

President-elect Joe Biden has begun to announce his cabinet choices, including former Federal Reserve Chief Janet Yellen as Secretary of Treasury. But he has yet to announce his choice to lead both the Interior and Agriculture Departments, or the EPA. Each of these positions can carry a lot of influence in Idaho when it comes to the environment and slowing the effects of global climate change within our borders.

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