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Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Pat Graham and Michael Casey, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 11:14am

even if for a brief moment — is to follow a bit of his own advice: Go fish.

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 9:18am

The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks.

Ski vacation hot spot becomes virus ground zero in Idaho

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 3:20pm

A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has one of the highest per-capita rates of confirmed coronavirus infections in America.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 3:20am

A northern Idaho lawmaker led a church service on Sunday despite a statewide stay-at-home order by Gov. Brad Little to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Republican Rep. Tim Remington is pastor of The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene. The church held two services on Sunday. It's not clear how many people attended. Remington was appointed to the House of Representatives by the Republican governor in late January when another lawmaker was expelled after being convicted of defrauding the U.S. government. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally on Monday morning, Idaho has 325 confirmed cases of the virus and six deaths.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 1:40am

A northern Idaho lawmaker led a church service on Sunday despite a statewide stay-at-home order by Gov. Brad Little to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Republican Rep. Tim Remington is pastor of The Altar Church in Coeur d'Alene. The church held two services on Sunday. It's not clear how many people attended. Remington was appointed to the House of Representatives by the Republican governor in late January when another lawmaker was expelled after being convicted of defrauding the U.S. government. According to a Johns Hopkins University tally on Monday morning, Idaho has 325 confirmed cases of the virus and six deaths.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 3:40am

A Caldwell man who reportedly fired a shot at his wife, held his neighbors at gunpoint and fired a shot at a passing vehicle was critically injured in an officer-involved shooting, Caldwell Police say officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, police said Shane Farwell began shooting at them. Officers returned fire and Farwell was critically injured. Investigators later learned of the rest of the incident involving Farwell, who had apparently argued with his wife earlier in the evening. Four Caldwell officers will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 1:20am

A Caldwell man who reportedly fired a shot at his wife, held his neighbors at gunpoint and fired a shot at a passing vehicle was critically injured in an officer-involved shooting, Caldwell Police say officers responded to a report of shots fired shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, police said Shane Farwell began shooting at them. Officers returned fire and Farwell was critically injured. Investigators later learned of the rest of the incident involving Farwell, who had apparently argued with his wife earlier in the evening. Four Caldwell officers will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 3:40am

Tribes say their persistent efforts to be included in a massive stimulus bill to respond to the new coronavirus have paid off. Tribes have been lobbying Congress to help address shortfalls in an already underfunded health care system that serves Native Americans. They secured $10 billion in the bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday. Most of it is set aside as a relief fund that will be distributed based on need. More than $1 billion will go to the federal agency that provides primary health care for more than 2 million Native Americans. The Navajo Nation in the U.S. Southwest has been hardest hit by the virus with more than 90 confirmed cases.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 1:20am

Tribes say their persistent efforts to be included in a massive stimulus bill to respond to the new coronavirus have paid off. Tribes have been lobbying Congress to help address shortfalls in an already underfunded health care system that serves Native Americans. They secured $10 billion in the bill that President Donald Trump signed Friday. Most of it is set aside as a relief fund that will be distributed based on need. More than $1 billion will go to the federal agency that provides primary health care for more than 2 million Native Americans. The Navajo Nation in the U.S. Southwest has been hardest hit by the virus with more than 90 confirmed cases.

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 3:20am

A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has the highest per-capita rate of confirmed coronavirus infections in America outside of New York City and its surrounding counties.  Numbers from Johns Hopkins University showed Friday that Blaine County had more than 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, among roughly 22,000 residents. At least 14 of those cases were among health care workers, partly hobbling the region's small medical facility. The county includes tony Sun Valley Resort and draws skiers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. 

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 1:40am

A scenic Idaho county known as a ski-vacation haven for celebrities and the wealthy has a new, more dubious distinction: It has the highest per-capita rate of confirmed coronavirus infections in America outside of New York City and its surrounding counties.  Numbers from Johns Hopkins University showed Friday that Blaine County had more than 80 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, among roughly 22,000 residents. At least 14 of those cases were among health care workers, partly hobbling the region's small medical facility. The county includes tony Sun Valley Resort and draws skiers and outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. 

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 3:20am

State health officials say three Idaho residents have become the first reported deaths in the state because of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The officials said Thursday that two of the cases were in Blaine County. One was a man over the age of 60 and the other was a man over the age of 80. It wasn't clear if either had underlying health issues. The third case was a man over age 70 from Canyon County who had underlying health issues. More than 146 Idaho residents have tested positive for the coronavirus so far. Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Idaho's 1.75 million residents on Wednesday.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 26th - 1:40am

State health officials say three Idaho residents have become the first reported deaths in the state because of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The officials said Thursday that two of the cases were in Blaine County. One was a man over the age of 60 and the other was a man over the age of 80. It wasn't clear if either had underlying health issues. The third case was a man over age 70 from Canyon County who had underlying health issues. More than 146 Idaho residents have tested positive for the coronavirus so far. Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued a statewide stay-at-home order for Idaho's 1.75 million residents on Wednesday.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issues statewide stay-at-home order

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 1:35pm

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issues statewide stay-at-home order.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 3:20am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued a statewide stay-at-home order as the coronavirus continues to spread. Little announced the order Wednesday and said it will remain in effect for 21 days. Idaho has more than 91 confirmed cases of COVID-19 spread throughout the state. The governor also issued a new “extreme emergency” declaration for the state, a step he said would allow him to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho's health care system.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 25th - 1:40am

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued a statewide stay-at-home order as the coronavirus continues to spread. Little announced the order Wednesday and said it will remain in effect for 21 days. Idaho has more than 91 confirmed cases of COVID-19 spread throughout the state. The governor also issued a new “extreme emergency” declaration for the state, a step he said would allow him to take additional steps to expand the capacity of Idaho's health care system.

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 3:20am

Gov. Kate Brown says she is ‘gravely concerned’ about Oregon's ability to deliver basic services over the next six months to a year because of the economic fallout from statewide closures and stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Brown said Tuesday that the state has far more needs than resources and the economy is “tumbling down" as thousands are laid off. The governor plans to call a special session of the Legislature as early as next week to earmark $250 million for the COVID-19 response and to insure there is enough money for the upcoming wildfire season.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 24th - 1:40am

Gov. Kate Brown says she is ‘gravely concerned’ about Oregon's ability to deliver basic services over the next six months to a year because of the economic fallout from statewide closures and stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Brown said Tuesday that the state has far more needs than resources and the economy is “tumbling down" as thousands are laid off. The governor plans to call a special session of the Legislature as early as next week to earmark $250 million for the COVID-19 response and to insure there is enough money for the upcoming wildfire season.

Latest Idaho news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. MDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 3:20am

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean has enacted a social distancing order, requiring Boise businesses and venues to keep groups of people to fewer than 10 at least 6 feet away from each other and to follow stringent cleaning practices. The 30-day order goes into effect Tuesday, and grocery stores, medical facilities, government agencies and sites providing social services are exempt. With more than five dozen confirmed cases of the coronavirus confirmed by Idaho's public health districts, agencies, businesses and schools continue to work to slow the spread of the illness. Idaho Gov. Brad Little has postponed the state tax deadlines to June 15.