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$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

$3 million in technology grants available for Idaho schools

From the Idaho State Department of Education:


For the second year, schools across Idaho will have the opportunity to submit their ideas for what the next-generation classroom looks like and put them into action. It’s all part of the Idaho Technology Pilot Program, which received a second year of funding from the Idaho Legislature.

 

N. Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game

State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.

Officials tell the Lewiston Tribune that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.

Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.

Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer Barry Cummings says many people don't report wildlife crimes because they don't consider it a crime against them.

The fine in Idaho for illegally killing an elk is $750, while the fine for illegally killing a moose is $10,000.

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

Boise State had asked for a 6.1 percent increase, while UI had asked for a 4.7 increase.

But the board said it wanted to hold increases to no more than 4 percent.

N. Idaho kidnapper gets life sentence

N. Idaho kidnapper gets life sentence

A 58-year-old homeless man who kidnapped a Rathdrum woman in northern Idaho has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Mitchell Lee Walck received the sentence Tuesday in 1st District Court and must serve 20 years before being eligible for parole.

Walck in February pleaded guilty to robbery, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

In late 2012 Walck shot at Idaho police and eluded them during a car chase. He kidnapped a northern Idaho woman, using her vehicle, and traveled to Montana, where he released her unharmed.

He was taken into custody in North Dakota after pulling a gun on a trucker and being found hiding in a tractor-trailer.

He received a 10-year sentence for his crimes in North Dakota.

Suspicious item found in Spirit Lake

Suspicious item found in Spirit Lake

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday morning in the Middle Avenue area of Spirit Lake.

The Spirit Lake Police Department and other agencies are investigating the incident. Police are asking all area residents to stay in their homes unless contacted by law enforcement and asked to evacuate.

A reverse 911 message was sent to all residents east of 12th Ave. between Blackwell and Delaware to notify them of the situation.

All outside traffic is advised to avoid that area of town.

N. Idaho council approves voluntary smoking ban

The Lewiston City Council has approved a voluntary ban on smoking in some public outdoor spaces.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the council voted 5-2 on Monday to approve the ordinance.

Lewiston Parks and Recreation Director Tim Barker says the city's health department will pay for signs asking people to use tobacco away from crowded areas.

Councilor Bob Blakey says there's a problem with people using tobacco in places where people gather.

Councilors who voted against the ordinance say a voluntary ban with no penalties for violators is pointless.