U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo (both R-Idaho) joined Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and 40 additional colleagues in sending a letter to the heads of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to r…

My mother is ninety-five and lives in an assisted living center. The people in charge there provide a lot of activities for the residents to enjoy. There are, of course, things like card games, Bingo, and putting puzzles together. My mother doesn’t get too excited about any of those. She gre…

Bill, a friend of mine from Nebraska, works for a newspaper there. He shared a story that occurred around this time of year.

Washington, D.C.--Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following joint statement on the vaccine mandate issued by t…

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, is requesting details about what is being publicly marketed as a “new approach” to the Administration’s financial reporting regime, under which Americans’ private financial information will b…

I recently I had a chance to do a reader’s theatre for a group interested in western history. The stories were a lot of fun, taken from the journals of past residents of the valley where we live. But there was one that I thought was particularly good that goes well with this time of year.

For political conservatives, countering big government’s alluring but empty promises is challenging. The task is tenfold harder when libertarians pretend to speak for conservatives.

The catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan has been thoroughly canvassed. The Biden administration’s failures in its retreat have been discussed at length. The fallout from President Joe Biden’s decision to leave Afghanistan the way we did will tarnish America’s reputation.

Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch (both R-Idaho) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and 18 of their Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas to address reports that thousands of migrants in…

Samantha was embarrassed that she had passed out when Timmy spit the crab spider into her hand. She had wanted to get out of the big city where she grew up and learn what rural life was like. But she was beginning to wonder if she was up to it.

In December 2014, Maryland parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv received a visit from police and were investigated by Child Protective Services over concerns about parental neglect after allowing their two children, ages 6 and 10, to walk one mile home from a nearby park.

Can you believe the changes to our lives over the last 20 months? Remember when we were told it would be a 2 week lockdown, that included schools and “nonessential” business shutdowns? Next, we were required to wear masks and social distance until the vaccine was ready. Many millions receive…

Americans are deeply divided on COVID-19 and the response to it. Public health has turned political, there’s no doubt about it.

But the situation playing out in hospitals across the country isn’t up for debate.

There are more patients in need of critical care in Idaho than ever before in our state’s history. As a result, medical care is now limited for anyone who needs it, whether they have COVID-19 or not.

We’ve taken many steps to alleviate pressure on the system. Just in the past few months:

  • Idaho expanded access to monoclonal antibody treatment, which is one more tool that’s helped hundreds of Idahoans with COVID-19 avoid a trip to the hospital.
  • Between mobilizing the National Guard, deploying a military medical response team to North Idaho, contracting with the federal government, and other steps, we added hundreds of medical and administrative personnel in our hospitals.
  • We directed millions of dollars to primary care and urgent care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals to relieve staffing shortages and free up hospital beds due to the surge in patients.
  • We cut red tape to get retired and inactive nurses back in the workforce more easily.
  • We made COVID-19 testing more accessible in schools to minimize virus transmission.

All these actions have helped, but the end of the pandemic can only come if more people choose to receive the vaccine.

However, President Joe Biden’s plan to punish America’s businesses with his vaccine mandate is not the answer. It is an unlawful act of unprecedented government overreach. Businesses should be left to make decisions about the management of their employees.

Idahoans do not like being bullied into submission by the federal government. Biden threatening Americans into compliance damages a country already divided. He is breeding a level of resentment and distrust of government that will take generations to heal. His actions simply are not good for our country, now or in the long term.

I have resisted putting in place statewide mask mandates and vaccine mandates all along because COVID-19 mandates from high levels of government do not work to change behavior in places where people hold fiercely independent values. Idaho has leaned on a more localized approach with these decisions, consistent with the law.

Consider the State of Washington. Governor Jay Inslee is quick to blame Idaho for stresses in Washington’s health system yet Spokane County and the surrounding area on his side of the border continue to be hot spots for virus activity with relatively low vaccination rates, despite Governor Inslee issuing vaccine mandates and mask mandates.

Here in Idaho, we have been working to build confidence in the vaccine by sharing the message about its safety and effectiveness.

The most compelling evidence is this fact – since May when the vaccine was made widely available, 90-percent of new COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 hospitalizations, and COVID-19 deaths in Idaho are unvaccinated.

The disease is not afflicting just the elderly and health compromised. Those falling ill with COVID-19 are younger than ever before.

Unfortunately, we have reached a point in the pandemic where we all know someone who has died or become seriously ill from this aggressive disease. Please consider your risk in not receiving the vaccine. Your loved ones want you to be safe and healthy.

In the meantime, we will continue to do what we can to expand capacity in our hospitals and support our healthcare professionals. These friends and neighbors on the frontlines of our war with a disease will be forever remembered for their sacrifices and getting us through this troubling time.

Growing up in a big city and coming to teach in a small school in rural Idaho, Samantha had a lot to learn. When her idea for a pet day turned into chaos after Tanya brought a skunk, Samantha was sure she would be fired. The school was closed for two weeks to air it out, and Samantha had to …

Idaho’s deputy state epidemiologist today told the State Board of Education that the COVID-19 Delta variant surge is affecting students at all levels, setting records both in school-aged children, teenagers and young adults.

Samantha had wanted to teach in a rural school district after having grown up in a big city. However, she wasn’t prepared for everything there. After having a disaster with a goat and a horse for show and tell, she decided something had to be done. She realized the children were attached to …

I’m not here to lecture on whether COVID is real. It is. I’ve experienced it. When I was wheeled into a hospital emergency room in November 2019 after returning from a trip to southeast Asia, no one here had heard of the new, mysterious virus that was making its way around the world. I was p…

True to form, Idaho Ed News left out important details in its story about Boise State University President Marlene Tromp’s presentation that welcomed staff and students for the fall 2021 semester.

Lilly had a terrible dislike of goats, and she didn’t know why. It seemed a little beyond reason. She couldn’t find the slightest enjoyment, even in the little ones. While other children would play with the goats and pet them, she would walk away in disgust.

U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan:

The new school year began with more uncertainty than we expected because of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 delta variant strain. However, based on our overall performance and experience last year, I am confident that our local school boards, administrators, teachers and parents are ready t…

Alice loved the chickens. It was her job to gather the eggs each day, and though the family didn’t have names for the chickens, she secretly did and knew each one. She became familiar with the most common nesting places and was good at finding the eggs around the yard. Yes, she loved the chickens.

Governor Brad Little announced today a last-ditch effort to avoid the first-ever activation of statewide crisis standards of care by adding hundreds of new medical personnel for Idaho hospitals, but he said the real solution to the crisis is more Idahoans choosing to receive the safe and eff…

By all accounts from the hospital staff, Bart had died. He had been in a wreck, and when the emergency crew arrived on the scene, he barely had a pulse. Bart was life-flighted to the nearest regional hospital, and the nurses and doctors did everything they could to save him.

Early education advocates want you to believe that the case for universal preschool is so concrete that questioning its track record is an act of heresy. After all, who wouldn’t want to help adorable little kids get an early start on success? But the data show universal preschool will have d…

I grew up in the last house on the edge of miles of open rangeland. Our nearest neighbor was about a mile away. Since cell phones were still unheard of, it wasn’t unusual for people who didn’t know that country to get stuck and come walking in to our house.

U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) joined U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 12 of their colleagues in introducing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency Accountability and Transparency Act. This legislation outlines a comprehen…

The celebration of our pioneer heritage is important in our area. In July there is a musical and a rodeo. But the most significant event is the parade. Every church congregation builds a beautiful float, some taking half a year to complete it. These were always church assignments. But then t…

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little today hosted a roundtable with law enforcement leaders at Idaho State Police (ISP) headquarters in Boise to discuss Idaho’s growing drug threat and the connection to the United States-Mexico border.

Hannah had worked a long shift at the fast-food restaurant and was ready to get off when a big rush came. Her manager needed her to stay to get through it. She tiredly nodded and kept the drive-up headset on.

In a House Appropriations Committee meeting today, Congressman Mike Simpson spoke in favor of restoring life-saving provisions in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS-Ed) Bill for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

This heatwave we are experiencing showed me that animals like to have fun, just like we do. Some things I saw were almost human-like.