For some pastors, the past year was too much to bear

Stock image (RNS) — Jeff Weddle, a 46-year-old, wise-cracking, self-deprecating, Bible-loving, self-described “failing pastor” from Wisconsin, was already thinking of leaving the ministry before COVID and the 2020 election. He was, as he put it, fed up with church life after two decades as a pastor. Then, what he called “the stupid” — feuds about … Read more

Here’s what Treasure Valley school districts are planning for 2021 graduation ceremonies

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is well underway in Idaho, meaning some seniors will be able to celebrate their achievement in person with safety precautions in place. BOISE, Idaho — When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Idaho in March 2020, many Treasure Valley seniors were forced to forego traditional in-person graduation and take part in a drive-by … Read more

North Idaho sees second highest daily coronavirus numbers since start of pandemic on Friday

Here is where Spokane County and North Idaho stand when it comes to COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Where do Spokane County and North Idaho stand when it comes to coronavirus cases, deaths and coronavirus vaccine distribution? This article is updated daily with new information and analysis.  Spokane County Spokane County is reporting 129 new … Read more

Tokyo Olympics: Differences inside and outside the National Stadium

The head of the world governing body of track and field helped Japanese officials run a meet at the new National Stadium this weekend. Seated inside Tokyo’s new $1.4 billion National Stadium, Sebastian Coe again tried to reassure athletes and skeptical residents of Japan that the postponed Olympics will be safe when they open in … Read more

Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding the Tokyo Olympics

The second-ranked tennis player was asked about the games at the Italian Open. She says she wants the Olympics to happen, but has doubts. Naomi Osaka is conflicted over whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The second-ranked tennis player, who represents Japan, was asked about the games at the Italian … Read more

Viewpoint: Idaho Transportation Dept. director discusses transportation funding and future projects

Idaho Legislators approved millions of dollars in new funding for major highway projects. BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s rapid population growth puts a strain on many facets of life, including public services like fire and police, the housing market, schools, and roads.  More people means more cars and trucks on our roads and bridges. That means … Read more

Post-COVID: What the 1918 flu pandemic can help predict for the future

OSU professor Christopher Nichols’ research into the 1918 influenza pandemic is drawing a lot of attention as people wonder what life after COVID-19 will look like. OREGON, USA — Both health experts and historians say the “end” of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be a finish line. Some changes and impacts will be felt for … Read more

Meridian surrogate prepares to give birth ahead of Mother’s Day

Kaylee, a Meridian mother of three, understands the joys of motherhood and is excited to help a California couple grow their family. MERIDIAN, Idaho — Ahead of Mother’s Day, a Meridian mother is giving the ultimate gift to a family in California: a child of their own. Ever since Kaylee of Meridian was a teenager, … Read more

‘I’m scared but I think I’m ready’: Boise State University honors 2020, 2021 graduates during 108th commencement

3,032 students in the Class of 2021 received 3,666 degrees, according to a release from the university. BOISE, Idaho — Boise State University held its 108th Commencement Ceremony between Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. 3,032 students in the Class of 2021 received 3,666 degrees, according to a release from the university. The ceremony … Read more

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