Pills runs Nebraska DHHS, 2 other leaders of the Ricketts era

Nebraska Governor-elect Pillen plans to host the Inaugural Ball in Omaha Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen announced Friday that he would retain three additional members of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ administration, bringing the total number Ricketts appointed to 11. Kelly Lammers remains in his role as director of the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance and … Read more

Fall 2022 Idaho Reading Indicator Results Reach Pre-Pandemic Levels | Idaho

BOISE — The latest results from Idaho’s early reading test, the Idaho Reading Indicator, show overall literacy exceeding pre-pandemic levels, with particularly strong improvements in kindergarten and first grade. Nationwide results from the fall IRI show that 56.7% of students read at grade level in kindergarten through third grade, up from 51% last fall and … Read more

The calendar change raises uncertainty about Iowa meetings

Iowa is quite well known nationally for corn and caucuses. Now maybe just the corn. The Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee on Friday approved a new calendar for its presidential nomination process that strips Iowa of first-in-the-nation status and removes it entirely from the early window. The move, aimed at giving … Read more

OPINION: The Yin and Yang of the California Job Description | Open ~ California

When California’s monthly employment report was released last week (November 18) – telling us how the situation was in October – Gov. Gavin Newsom was quick to make a solemn statement. “California has now fully recovered all of the jobs lost to the recession caused by the pandemic, but we know that’s not the finish … Read more

Investigators identify four suspects believed to be involved in kidnapping of Idaho 5-year-old | Idaho

FRUITLAND, ID – On Thursday, the Fruitland Police Department held a news conference to provide the latest information on the investigation into the disappearance of now 6-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan. To date, Fruitland Police investigators believe four people were involved in the kidnapping of Michael Vaughan. Two of those believed to be involved, Sarah and … Read more

Butter Battle: Essential holiday ingredients feel threatened by inflation Idaho

It’s the peak season for home cooks, holiday bakers and more experienced cooks. And Thanksgiving was just the first act. The holidays bring about Christmas and Hanukkah cookies, holiday pies, casseroles, mashed potatoes, and turkey. That means it’s the best time for butter—a staple and essential ingredient for seasonal dinners and holiday celebrations. Famous chef … Read more

As the population of the western United States grows, so does bitterness over access to public lands

Andy Thomas drives a 4×4 along Adobetown Road, a historic trail whose gates he fights to keep open despite landowners locking the gates along the way.Photography by Nathan VanderKlippe/The Globe and Mail Andy Thomas gets behind the wheel of his side-by-side SUV and rolls toward Adobetown Road. The historic back road once brought gold miners … Read more

How Forest Thinning Could Fund California Wildfire Protection | guest perspectives ~ California

Reducing catastrophic wildfires is one of the state’s most difficult climate problems. A recent study by researchers from UCLA and the University of Chicago found that carbon emissions from wildfires in the 2020 fire season alone were more than double the total emissions reduced in California from 2003 to 2019. The state has a goal … Read more

The History and Death of Iowa’s First in the Nation Status

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – For decades, the state of Iowa has been the benchmark for testing viable political candidates before continuing their campaign across the nation as they seek a White House seat. Now, after 50 years, Iowa’s long history as “first in the nation” comes to an end. THE BEGINNING After the chaotic … Read more