Idaho County Association

Outstanding Sessions Planned for ICCTFOA Institute in CDA

There is still time to register for the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association Institute in Coeur d’Alene September 19-21 at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn... Read More

AIC News

Flags to be at Half-Staff on Tues., Sept. 11 for Patriot Day

Flags are to be at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, September 11 to commemorate Patriot Day.  Read More

9th Annual Northwest Climate Conference in Boise Oct. 9-11

The 9th Annual Northwest Climate Conference will be held in Boise October 9-11, and a broad range of climate specialists will be in town, along with 300+ attendees.  Read More

2018 Home Efficiency Forum

The Home Efficiency Forum is an annual event that brings together Northwest building professionals of all kinds to discuss and advance energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction. This year, the theme is Building for the Future. This two-day event offers training, networking opportunities and the chance to tour one of the first projects to participate in the Idaho Power Residential New Construction Pilot Program.  Read More

Idaho Dept. of Commerce Update on Opportunity Zones

With the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the words “Opportunity Zones” have become very popular and promising in the world of economic development. At Idaho Commerce, we have received a number of questions from investors and communities alike wanting to learn more about the program, better understand how to get involved, and strategize on how to best use the tool to benefit Idaho’s economy.   Read More

2019 City Election Calendar Available

The 2019 General City Election Calendar is now available and can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  The calendar includes deadlines for passing an ordinance to change elected official salaries, candidate filing, publishing the notice of candidate filing deadline, write-in filing, and candidate withdrawal.  Read More

Process for Submitting AIC Member Initiated Legislative Proposals

AIC has a process for members to submit legislative proposals for consideration as AIC priority legislation. Members can submit proposals to AIC staff at any time; however, in order to prepare for the upcoming session, the Bylaws do contain a deadline of October 15. This post is to serve as a resource for those interested in submitting legislative proposals to AIC for possible inclusion in the AIC priority legislative package.  Read More

Newly Revised AIC Open Meetings Law Manual Available

The AIC Open Meetings Law Manual has been recently revised and may be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  Read More

Register Today for FEMA Training Sept. 11-13

FEMA Region X is pleased to announce an offering of the L0426 Building a Roadmap to Resilience: A Whole Community Training course, taking place on September 11-13, 2018 in Salem, OR. For additional details, please review the flier which is linked at the bottom of this post, which includes more information and application procedures.   Read More

National League of Cities Announces Commitment to Enhance Cities' Use of Data and Evidence

The National League of Cities (NLC), the nation's largest and most representative organization for cities and their elected leaders, today announced that its members will have access to a first-of-its-kind workshop series through NLC University on foundational data practices that build effective local governments.  Read More

AIC Shines its Community Spotlight on Tensed

Tensed lies about 30 miles north of Moscow, six miles east of the Idaho/Washington border.  Read More

AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho...  Read More

AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by cities around Idaho...  Read More

ICRMP Corner

Register to attend the PRIMA Fall Training:  “The Role of the Risk Manager and Personnel Management”

Oct. 16 – Coeur d’Alene
Oct. 18 – Idaho Falls
Oct. 31 – Boise

For training topics and to register, visit


Portland wanted to shelter every homeless family. The plan backfired, but it offers lessons for Seattle.

No city wants families living on its streets, but fixing the homeless problem turns out to be more complicated than simply saying “We won’t turn anyone away” from shelters.   Read More

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

OLYMPIA – An initiative on police use of deadly force will go on the November ballot, but not the changes the Legislature approved in an effort to make it better.  Read More

California ended cash bail.  Why are so many reformers unhappy about it?

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this week a plan, years in the making, to end the use of cash bail in the state’s criminal justice system. But what once promised to be an unambiguous policy victory for the most progressive state in the country seems instead to have become a lesson in the inherent political and legal difficulties of enacting criminal justice reform.  Read More

Portland arrests for drunken driving have dropped.  That's because police cut back on traffic stops.  

Portland police say they are too busy responding to other problems to watch for drunken drivers.   Read More

Idaho News

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren Jones dies

BOISE – Former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Warren E. Jones has died. He was 75 years old.   Read More

The rural-urban divide: As cities expand, rural residents feel the squeeze of population growth

TWIN FALLS — Magic Valley residents have a complicated relationship with agriculture.  Read More

US agencies OK Idaho wilderness plans for pristine areas

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The final management plan has been approved for the last two of Idaho’s three most recent wilderness areas that protect some of the most pristine landscapes in central Idaho.  Read More

County studying regional 911 option

SANDPOINT — Bonner County may ultimately go a different route as it tries to resolve the dilemma of 911 dispatching fees.   Read More

$90M grant will pay to widen I-84, Franklin to Karcher

The Idaho Transportation Department has received a $90.2 million infrastructure grant to widen part of I-84, the largest such grant it’s ever received.  Read More

Precision Aviation leaves Twin Falls for new home at Jerome County Airport

JEROME — An aircraft charter business will be pulling its operations out of the Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Airport and relocating to the Jerome County Airport over the next several months.  Read More

Chris Carlson

John McCain, the senator and former presidential contender who died last week, said this in the last paragraph of his new and final book: “What an ingrate I would be to curse the fate that concludes the blessed life I’ve led. I prefer to give thanks for those blessings, and my love to the people who blessed me with theirs.”  My fellow columnist and long-time Idaho politics writer Chris Carlson, who died just about a day after McCain, likely would have been glad to second that sentiment. In fact, with only slightly different words, he often did.   Read More

Idaho Potatoes And Dairy Could Get Tariff Relief Under Trump Plan

The Trump Administration has announced details to its agriculture mitigation program. The move is a reaction to what the White House says is “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations," and is meant to offset financial losses for producers who depend on global exports.  Read More

Special Investigation Unit sees results in first year

There is a Special Investigation Unit out in the Twin Falls area, attempting to get crime off the streets and keeping neighborhoods safe. The team has been working for a year now and has seen some results.  Read More

Initiative will speed up Internet in rural Idaho

COEUR d'ALENE — High-speed internet is on its way to underserved areas of rural North Idaho.  Read More

Jerome's new sheriff tackles familiar issues

JEROME — George Oppedyk donned a sheriff’s badge just five months ago, but he already knows he will run for sheriff in 2020.  Read More

One year later, Kellogg is still healing from McConnell Fire

KELLOGG — It was one year ago this past Wednesday that the mighty McConnell Hotel building in Kellogg met its fiery demise.  Read More

The number of Idahoans seeking treatment for marijuana addition is on the rise

Idaho is bordered by four states (and one country) with some form of legalized marijuana. Addictions specialists in the state are seeing an increase of patients looking to break an addiction to marijuana and the increased potency of the plant is forcing researchers to re-think its addictive qualities. Idaho Matters discusses the subject with two treatment specialists who have witnessed this increase of use.  Read More

County to pick up Preston garbage

During their August 27 meeting, Franklin County Commissioners finalized their decision to contract with Preston City to pick up garbage. Starting Oct. 1, the City of Preston will remove garbage collection fees  from Preston residents’ water and sewage bill. Garbage removal fees will be reflected in their county tax statement.  Read More

Treasure Valley homelessness program assists over 100 families in first year

Joanna Sherman knew she was home when she saw the sunflowers.  Read More

Water Ways: Magic Valley wastewater plants grapple with growth, plan for future

JEROME — Gilbert Sanchez, wastewater superintendent with the city of Jerome, is less concerned about Environmental Protection Agency violations these days and more worried about picking up loose screws found outside his plant.  Read More

Child homelessness is on the rise in Idaho, region

A new report out of Idaho shows the number of children without a permanent roof over their heads is increasing.  This trend is mirrored across much of the Mountain West.  Read More


New day in the firehouse

The job of firefighter has changed almost beyond recognition.  It's not easy to do--or to recruit those necessary to do it.  Read More

What Brett Kavanaugh means for states

The Supreme Court nominee's legal vision could empower state governments on some issues but imperil their laws on others.  Read More

Risky Waters

Everyone knows it's a bad idea to build new development on flood-prone land.  So why deo we keep doing it?  Read More

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