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'Greater Idaho' Plan Would Make It 3rd-Biggest State
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'Greater Idaho' Plan Would Make It 3rd-Biggest State

State lawmakers hear details of plan to annex large parts of Oregon

(Newser) - Millions of Americans now living in Oregon, California, and Washington state could end up in their own Greater Idaho if a proposal submitted to Idaho lawmakers Monday becomes reality. Mike McCarter, president of Move Oregon's Borders for a Greater Idaho, told a joint committee of lawmakers that the plan,...

Ammon Bundy Arrested After He Spurns Face Mask, Misses Trial

Far-right anti-government activist wasn't allowed in courthouse because he wouldn't don face covering

(Newser) - Ammon Bundy was arrested in August 2020 and charged with trespassing and resisting arrest after he helped storm Idaho's Capitol during a legislative session to protest coronavirus safety protocols, including his state's mask mandate. Now he's been arrested again, this time tied to another mask-related incident. The...

Driver Loses Control on Bridge, Ends Up Here

2 people, 2 dogs rescued from truck dangling over Idaho gorge

(Newser) - Authorities say a set of camper trailer safety chains and quick, careful work by emergency crews saved two people after their pickup truck plunged off a bridge, leaving them dangling above a deep gorge in southern Idaho, per the AP . Idaho State Police responded to the accident at about 2:...

Mask-Burning Protesters Swarm Idaho Capitol

100 people protested mask mandates, but their state has never issued one

(Newser) - A group of around 100 people gathered at the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Some groups say mask mandates are a restriction of their freedoms. Health experts say they help...

After Unexpected Twists, Justice for Angie Dodge

Brian Leigh Dripps pleads guilty to 1996 murder following another man's wrongful conviction

(Newser) - Carol Dodge initially thought police had found the man who killed her daughter nearly 25 years ago. In fact, prosecutors convicted the wrong man—a fact Dodge herself helped discover . Christopher Tapp, who did not match DNA evidence from the scene, was cleared after serving 20 years in prison for...

Cops Mistakenly Kill Man in His Own Yard

Investigation underway after 'devastatingly tragic' shooting in Idaho Falls

(Newser) - Idaho police killed a man in his own backyard on Monday after mistaking him for a suspect on the run. The man police had been chasing, with warrants for felony battery on an officer and failure to appear, was found hiding in a shed on a nearby property in Idaho...

She Hit It Big in the Lottery, Then Again the Next Day
Odds of Her
Lottery Feat:
1 in 282M

Odds of Her Lottery Feat: 1 in 282M

Idaho's Orlene Peterson hit it big on 2 consecutive days for a total of $500K

(Newser) - Was Orlene Peterson carrying around a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover in her pocket late last month? Per a CNN report on the Idaho woman's two big lottery wins—$200,000 first, then $300,000 the very next day—it sure seems that way. A release from the...

Man Wins Idaho Lottery for 6th Time

Business owner scores $250K jackpot

(Newser) - Idaho's Bryan Moss says he plays the state lottery to support public schools—but the fact that he keeps winning is probably also an incentive. The lottery says the Meridian resident won $250,000 in a Crossword scratch game last week, his sixth "large win" but his first...

'Wanton Waste Case' in Idaho Involves 34 Dead Ducks

Department of Fish and Game is asking for public's help to find person who dumped carcasses

(Newser) - While much of the nation was watching the inauguration events on TV last week, someone was dumping dozens of duck carcasses behind a market outside Boise. Now, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking the public to help it track down who that someone was, seeking any information...

Seeking Retirement Bliss? Check Out These States
10 Best States
for Retirement

10 Best States for Retirement

Florida ranks No. 1 on WalletHub's list

(Newser) - If your golden years are approaching, or if early retirement is in the cards, where to decide to enjoy your post-work life can prove to be a challenge. WalletHub has tried to take some of the guesswork out of the process, examining nearly four dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Cops: We Know for Certain How Lori Vallow's Husband Died

Third husband Charles Vallow died of natural causes, Phoenix police confirm

(Newser) - Lori Vallow did not kill her third husband. That was the word Tuesday from authorities in Arizona, who'd reopened an investigation into Joseph Ryan's 2018 death of an apparent heart attack. Ryan's sister had turned over a recording, made six months after Ryan's death, in which...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Drive In

You'll be cruising pretty in Texas, trying to tame your road rage in Hawaii

(Newser) - There's still not a lot to do these days as we continue our weary march through the pandemic, but at least going for a drive can be a nice escape—unless you're in Hawaii, that is. That's the surprising last-place entry in WalletHub's new ranking of...

The Only Anne Frank Memorial in America Is Defaced

Swastika stickers were left at Boise site

(Newser) - The only Anne Frank memorial in the US was defaced this week with stickers bearing swastikas and the words "We are everywhere." Boise, Idaho, police chief Ryan Lee called the vandalism, which happened late Monday, "absolutely reprehensible" and said the department has reached out to the Anti-Defamation...

Judge Decides How to Try Lori and Chad Daybell

The Idaho couple can be tried together in the deaths of her 2 children

(Newser) - Chad and Lori Daybell won't be tried separately. A judge ruled Thursday that the Idaho couple—who face similar charges in connection with the deaths of her two children—can have their trials combined, East Idaho News reports. This after Chad's lawyer, John Prior, and Special Prosecutor Bob...

County Hit by Surge Ends Mask Mandate

One official says it's not COVID-19 that's making people sick anyway

(Newser) - A health board in Idaho reacted to the news that the county's main hospital was out of room for new patients by throwing out the local face mask mandate. The Kootenai County board voted 4-3 Thursday to pull back to just a recommendation that residents wear masks to contain...

He Was Obsessed With a Cold Case. Now He's the Suspect

Steven Pankey arrested for murder in case of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews, killed in 1984

(Newser) - A man who "intentionally inserted himself in the investigation" into the murder of a 12-year-old girl more than 30 years ago has now been arrested for the crime. Steven D. Pankey, 69, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the 1984 disappearance of Jonelle Matthews from Greeley,...

Ammon Bundy Busted in Most Unusual Way

Anti-mask activist arrested for trespassing at State Capitol; cops wheeled him out in chair he was in

(Newser) - Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has been pushing back on COVID-19 safety measures for months, and those efforts came to a head this week at the Idaho Capitol, leading to his arrest Tuesday. The Washington Post reports that as state lawmakers gathered Monday for a special legislative session on coronavirus-related issues,...

Crowd Pushes Into Legislative Session on Pandemic
Maskless Crowd 
Storms Legislature

Maskless Crowd Storms Legislature

Spectators break glass door in rush to fill Idaho House gallery for pandemic session

(Newser) - Angry, maskless spectators forced themselves into the Idaho House special session on the coronavirus pandemic Monday, shattering a glass door, rushing into the gallery that had limited seating because of the virus and forcing lawmakers to ask for calm in a crowd that included a man carrying an assault-style weapon....

A Young TV Producer Ran Off an Idaho Shoot and Vanished

Inside the 2018 disappearance of Terrence Woods

(Newser) - No one knows what happened to Terrence Woods. The 27-year-old producer vanished in a rugged part of Idaho on Oct. 5, 2018, during a TV shoot. No evidence of him has been found since, and in a lengthy piece for Deadline , Jake Kanter delves into the friction between what UK...

Chad Daybell Hears Wife With Police on Recording

Lori Vallow told officers she just looks 'like a suspect'

(Newser) - A courtroom that included her husband, Chad Daybell, heard Lori Vallow tell police officers on a recording made last November, "I look like a suspect, but I'm a good person." The officers had come to the couple's home in Rexburg, Idaho, to ask about their two...

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