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On Inauguration Day, Revisiting Joe Biden's Very Personal Connection To Idaho

As Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the United States, it's important to remember that near the beginning of his political career, it was Idaho's U.S. Senator Frank Church that took the then-youngest senator to be elected to the Senate under his wing.

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State senators are moving forward with their effort to end Idaho’s emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though Idaho could still lose millions in federal funding if it’s passed.

Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, having defeated Donald Trump in an acrimonious, divisive election last November.

Biden will be sworn in alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in an unusual inauguration ceremony, conducted amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis and heightened physical security risks.

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Joe Biden addressed the nation for the first time as its 46th president on Wednesday. Biden spoke at a scaled-down event before a divided nation still reeling from the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and from the coronavirus pandemic that has now killed more than 400,000 Americans.

But his remarks were ones of hope.

As the vaccine rollout continues into its sixth week and clinics around the valley begin to allow registration, many questions still remain for Idahoans. Idaho’s health department is hoping their COVID hotline will help reach more populations in different languages.

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An effort to repeal Gov. Brad Little’s limitations on gatherings is headed to the full House for a vote.

The pandemic has brought Idaho’s public health districts into the spotlight. Many of their decisions — from mask mandates to recommendations for online schooling — have been heavily scrutinized, attracting large crowds to meetings and sometimes protests, too.


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2021 has to be a better year for Diana Lachiondo. In 2020, she faced a barrage of criticism from a far-right political opponent; she grappled with debates over public health orders while sitting on the Central District Board of Health and she suffered the loss of  her father.


The Board of Central District Health met Friday morning for an update on the spread of COVID-19, the strain found in the United Kingdom and vaccine distribution, among other items.

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A procedural attempt to allow lawmakers with physical disabilities or health conditions to vote remotely during this year’s legislative session has failed.

Eat The Buddha is a gripping portrait of Tibet, spanning decades of Tibetan and Chinese modern history and told through the lives of its people. Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick explores one of the most hidden corners of the world, telling the story of a Tibetan town eleven thousand feet above sea level.


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As Climate Warms, Mama Grizzlies May Adapt By Taking More Cool Dips In Idaho Water

Humans are not the only mammals that get relief from hot temperatures with a cooling swim. According to a new study , female grizzlies seek out pools of water in warmer temperatures, especially lactating mother bears. As climate change creates longer periods of heat in the Mountain West, what can this research tell us about grizzly’s adaptability?

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