Idaho News

Drought Designation Given to 5 Idaho Counties

Federal officials have designated five Idaho counties as natural disaster areas due to recent drought conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday declared that Butte, Clark, Custer, Jefferson and Washington counties qualified for federal assistance. The designation means farmers …

Rural Eastern Idaho Visited by Small Tornado

Authorities say a small tornado in a rural area of eastern Idaho caused no damage or injuries. The National Weather Service says the twister touched down at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday about 10 miles northwest of American Falls and remained on …

SeaFire Seeks Agency Partners for Dealership Programs in Oregon and Idaho

Overland Park, Kan.-based SeaFire Insurance Services is seeking new agency partners in Oregon and Idaho for its auto dealer and repair insurance program. SeaFire will consider appointments for retail insurance agencies with scale, brand, resources and auto dealer expertise. Agents can …

Idaho’s Elmore County Disaster Area: USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a southern Idaho county to its list of Idaho regions considered natural disaster areas because of drought. The department designated Elmore County a primary natural disaster area, making farmers and ranchers in the …

Idaho Senate Panel Passes Sobriety Testing Bill

A bill that would allow Idaho judges to require alcohol breath testing twice a day for some probationers is headed to the full Senate. The bill sponsored Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, gives counties the option to take part in …

Idaho Worker Awarded Damages for Reporting Safety Violations

A northern Idaho jury has awarded $56,000 to an excavation crew foreman who said he was fired for reporting safety violations on the Sand Creek Byway. The Bonner County Daily Bee reported the Bonner County jury on Friday voted 9-3 …

Idaho Principal Who Got Axed Files Notice Of Lawsuit

A fired northern Idaho high school principal who says she was discriminated against because of her race has filed a notice of her intentions to bring a lawsuit against the Kamiah School District. The Lewiston Tribune reported in a story …

Proposal To Raise Speed Limits In Idaho Clears Senate

A bid to increase speed limits on Idaho roads raced to a victory on the Senate floor, as lawmakers voted 30-4 to send it on to the House. Legal speeds would jump from 75 to 80 mph on the interstate …

AIA Western Region Vice President Marjorie Berte To Retire

Marjorie Berte, vice president for state affairs for the American Insurance Association’s Western region on Tuesday announced plans to retire on March 31 Berte joined AIA in January 2011, and has been responsible for overseeing AIA’s government affairs efforts in …

Former Idaho Councilman Sentenced For Insurance Fraud

A former Nampa City Council member in Idaho has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 12 years of supervised probation for insurance fraud. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that terms of the sentence given to Bob Schmidt on Tuesday in …