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The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have reverberated into almost every aspect of people’s lives. Many people are unsure where to turn for help as they navigate this new reality.

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A recent United Ways of Idaho survey found three-fifths of Southeast Idaho residents have experienced some degree of financial distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Tracking based on geotagged Twitter data has found that Idaho is fourth in the country for people refusing to wear masks as protection against COVID-19, according to a survey by Florida based marketing company Fresh Mechanism.

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REXBURG — We are pleased to announce that Brigham Young University-Idaho will broadcast an online commencement service to celebrate and recognize our Spring Semester 2020 graduates. Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latt…

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Idaho Falls City Council on Thursday will consider making face masks mandatory in public spaces, as a growing number of Idaho cities are doing as the state’s COVID-19 caseload soars, according to an agenda posted on the city website on Tuesday evening.

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A resident of a Blackfoot-based assisted living facility has died due to COVID-19-related illness. The resident was in his 80s with underlying health conditions. This is the second death from COVID-19 in southeast Idaho.

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Project Protect, a service project created in Utah to produce masks for health care workers, sent about 190 kits to Rexburg on May 6. Each kit had 100 masks to be sewn. In the last two weeks of May, Upper Valley residents created over 93,000 clinical-grade pleated masks.

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A new N95 mask decontamination system in Idaho Falls can handle up to 80,000 face masks a day, and while it is cleaning masks for medical and emergency services providers throughout the state, so far it is running well under its capacity.

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On April 30, Governor Brad Little announced the state’s readiness to begin Stage One protocols for Idaho to reopen. Stage One is expected to take place over a two-week period (May 1 – May 15). In order to advance to the next stage, all state-identified criteria must be met.

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Madison Memorial Hospital respiratory therapist, Aaron Craythorn, is in New York treating COVID-19 patients at the Lincoln Bronx Hospital in New York. He has done so for the past six weeks and plans to be there for another month.

REXBURG − On Saturday near the Madison County Courthouse, Idaho residents gathered to protest Governor Brad Little’s stay-home order. The gathering began around 10 a.m. and by 10:25 a.m. there were about 30 occupied vehicles and at least 10 individuals congregating on the sidewalks, many at …

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused a once strong potato market to make an abrupt about-face, leading some Idaho growers to dump surplus spuds from storage cellars or to feed them to cattle.

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At the April 15 City Council meeting, the council approved a budget amendment and proposal for a dog park within Eagle Park. It should be available in June and will cost $79,000 to build.

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Madison and Sugar-Salem School Districts plan to continue the ‘soft closure’ of their schools. The Fremont School District also plans to continue with its online education, but is also awaiting more information from Gov. Little, Idaho education and health officials on how to continue the rem…

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At the Madison County Commissioner meeting Monday, officials looked at how COVID-19 impacted businesses within the county and how many of the businesses might need tax relief due to lower profits caused by a steep decline in the number of Brigham Young University-Idaho students living in Mad…

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Longtime Madison County Detective Sgt. John Virgin plans to run for Fremont County Sheriff in May.

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Come Sunday morning, instead of bundling up and making the annual trek to Marsing’s Lizard Butte before sunrise, the roughly 1,500 people who normally mark this Easter tradition will likely be at home, tuning in through a computer screen instead.

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In a 75-day legislative session that was dominated by bitter debate over social issues and failure to agree on major challenges, from property tax relief to regulating hemp, Gov. Brad Little sees some significant advances for the state. “Overall, I was very pleased,” Little said in an interview with the Idaho Press, taking a brief break from his current “COVID-19 all day every day” schedule. He cited enactment of his initiatives on education, including adding an advanced rung to the teacher career ladder; approval of his corrections initiative to provide more services aimed at preventing reoffense by parolees; and limiting overall spending while beefing up the state’s rainy-day funds...

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In order to keep communities safe amid the growing coronavirus pandemic and protect citizens’ right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home. If you want to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to request your ballot at IdahoVotes.gov. 

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The majority of Idahoans who have tested positive for COVID-19 so far are under age 50, with more than 600 people aged 18-49 testing positive. The second-largest group is Idahoans 50 and older, at more than 500 cases; but there also have been 15 cases in people under 18. “I think a lot of young people are maybe not aware...

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has ordered the creation of a committee to oversee the state’s $1.25 billion share of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue package approved by Congress last month.

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Idaho is a big state, the 11th largest in the U.S. in terms of square miles. And it boasts a diverse environment from the fertile Snake River Basin to the high deserts in the southwest and eastern parts of the state to the lush forests of the panhandle.