This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for May 14. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And it’s (almost) all over but the voting, for the primary election at least After more than a year on the campai9gn trial, Raul Labrador, Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist are about to find out which two of them will have a fairly free calendar the next few months. Contenders in a string of other competitive primaries will learn the same on Tuesday night.
Idaho’s gubernatorial candidates combined to raise more than $6.6 million during the reporting period that ended Tuesday.
Ryan Nelson, an attorney from Idaho Falls, was on May 9 nominated to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. When confirmed, Nelson will take the seat of Judge N. Randy Smith, who announced he will take senior status later this year.
The U.S. Forest Service projects that the upcoming wildfire season will be another historic year of destruction across several western states. Thanks to bipartisan legislation, the U.S. Forest Service is well-positioned to lay the groundwork to stabilize its wildfire fighting efforts beginning this year and well into the future.
State regulators have determined that differences in the electricity usage and load characteristics of Idaho Power customers with on-site generation and customers with standard electric service warrant the separation of the two groups. As a result, the Idaho Public Utilities Commission ordered the closure of the company’s current net-metering classification and the creation of two new classes for customers with on-site generation, Residential and Small General Service.
Albertsons, Inc., a national retail grocery chain, violated federal law when a class of Hispanic employees in San Diego were subjected to harassment and a hostile work environment through the implementation of a no-Spanish policy, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed last week.
More than 830 acres of forested state lands affected by wildfire or wind blow-down events were treated this spring to prevent infestations of bark beetles.
Self-advocates and mothers with children gathered at the offices of Idaho’s members of Congress urging Idaho representatives to protect and preserve existing Medicaid. Deliveries began at Senator Crapo’s office and made additional stops at Senator Risch and Congressman Simpson’s offices. Advocates have been carefully watching the Congressional agenda after multiple attempts to cut or add new burdensome regulations to Medicaid over the last year.
PHOTO More than 830 acres of forested state lands affected by wildfire or wind blow-down events were treated this spring to prevent infestations of bark beetles. Idaho Department of Lands and U.S. Forest Service employees stapled 11,475 “bubble capsules” filled with a pheromone produced by Douglas-fir beetles to trees affected by the Clearwater Complex Fire near Kamiah and the Tepee Springs Fire near Riggins in 2015. Several infested stands near Rexburg in eastern Idaho also were treated. (photo/Department of Lands)