Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.


A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

ID Partnership Supports State's Numerous Rural Communities


Thursday, January 5, 2023   

The Idaho Rural Partnership is among the state rural development councils still active more than 30 years after the program supporting the councils was funded in the 1990 Farm Bill.

Jerry Miller, interim coordinator of the partnership, said the Idaho organization is made up of board members representing state, local, tribal and private interests. He explained the partnership provides reviews to identify areas in which communities need help.

"That could be downtown revitalization, and that's probably one of the more popular areas that are requested in a community review application," Miller noted. "We in the past have helped communities figure out arts issues, public safety issues."

Miller pointed out the reviews have also aided in areas such as infrastructure projects and recreational opportunities. The partnership is then able to provide recommendations and figure out how to pursue the recommendations. It also shares best practices on community assessments with their neighbors in Montana and Wyoming.

Miller emphasized while urban areas get most of the attention, it is vital to support rural communities. He added the communities provide crucial services, such as places to recreate and the farming needed to feed everyone.

"We wouldn't have the timber, the lumber we need to build homes," Miller stressed. "We wouldn't have the minerals we need for our technology and for all the other products that we tend to take for granted."

Idaho has one of the fastest growing populations in the country, according to the 2020 census. While much of the growth is centered in urban communities, all but one of the state's counties grew faster than the national average between 2020 and 2021.

get more stories like this via email
Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …


Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …

According to The Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation, 3,514 men and one woman have won the Medal of Honor in service of their country from the Civil War to the present day. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

A report published in late February says children of mothers who are abused or neglected were more likely to demonstrate symptoms and behaviors linked to depression, along with other health issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…


One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021