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Idaho Weekly Briefing – May 7

This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for April 30. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com.

As votes start to drop, various forms of political conflict accelerate, including sharp discussion about a new form of political mailer. Meantime, the arrival of spring coincides with a renewed look at the prospects for wildfires this year.

allot initiative to bring quality, affordable health care to 62,000 people by expanding Medicaid in the state. Over the past several months, a diverse group of volunteers, from Bonners Ferry to Driggs, have been collecting signatures from citizens covering the entire political spectrum to qualify the initiative, which would bring health coverage to residents who are caught in what’s known as “the health coverage gap.”

A 48-page printed publication called “The Idahoan,” self-described as “written by conservatives, information for everyone,” was broadly distributed around Idaho last week, evoking numerous questions and an inquiry to the Idaho secretary of state’s office.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing an $8,500 fine to Idaho State University for failing to maintain control and surveillance of one gram of radioactive material.

After more than five years of bipartisan collaboration, Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined Representative Mike Simpson on May 2 at the National Interagency Fire Center to mark the end of the practice known as fire borrowing. Also present was Vicki Christiansen, Acting Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

Vista Outdoor Inc. on May 1 announced its strategic business transformation plan, designed to allow the company to focus resources on pursuing growth in its core product categories.

The Bureau of Land Management marked a milestone in the administration’s effort to better align plans for managing Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on federal lands by publishing a draft environmental impact analysis of proposed changes to resource management plans in Idaho.

PHOTO U.S. Senator Mike Crapo has held scores of small meetings in recent months at communities around Idaho, many of them in communities too small to be cities, sometimes in houses where no public buildings would have been available. This photo shows one of them, a constituent meeting held at a house in Pleasantview, in Oneida County (image/Senator Crapo)
 

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