The expansion debate

Supporters gather during a rally in favor of a Medicaid expansion initiative on the steps of the State Capitol in downtown Boise on Friday. Backers of the initiative later delivered their verified petitions to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office at the close of the rally. Brian Myrick / Idaho Press

The Idaho Legislature has for four years considered, debated and rejected proposals to provide coverage to those in the Medicaid gap. On Friday, members of a grassroots movement aiming to expand Medicaid through a ballot initiative turned in their petitions at the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. In all likelihood, the question will be up to the people of Idaho in November.

Beloved Salmon man battles brain cancer

Jerry Slagle’s love of photography propelled him into a career has taken him from Vietnam to Salmon. The Salmon man is battling brain cancer and is moving to Florida this week to seek treatment near his daughter’s home. courtesy Jerry Slagle

SALMON — Jerry Slagle has been a beloved fixture here as assistant manager of Purple Easel Gallery, as a member of the area’s emergency responders and as the founder of a photography club that welcomes those interested in capturing images.

Stark reaches Oregon, sets sights on the coast

Laura Stark gives a thumbs-up while showing off her cast after breaking her ankle while riding her reclining hand bike into a barrier on a bike trail. Stark is attempting to finish the coast-to-coast bike ride she was forced to quit two years ago after she was hit and nearly killed by a distracted driver outside Idaho Falls. courtesy Laura Stark

Laura Stark made it to Oregon last week on her Collision to Coast journey. 

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