Idaho News

No Insurance Coverage for Idaho Homeowners After Sewers Back Up

The insurance company for the south-central Idaho city of Twin Falls says it won’t pay reimbursement costs sought by residents whose homes sustained damage when the city sewers backed up last month. The Idaho Counties Risk Management Program sent letters …

Some Idaho Counties Suffer Crop Disasters After Hail , Rain

Officials in some Idaho counties are declaring a state of emergency after ill-timed hail storms and several days of rain-damaged crops. Clearwater County commissioners in northern Idaho declared a state of emergency earlier this week after farmers on the Weippe …

Idaho Man Charged With Arson After BMW Set on Fire

A 25-year-old Boise, Idaho, man police say set his BMW on fire to get out of making car payments is facing a charge of third-degree arson. KTVB-TV reports that Steven M. Carter turned himself in at the Ada County Jail …

Idaho to See Increase in Oil Trains

The number of oil trains moving through north Idaho is expected to increase in coming years, raising fears of a catastrophic accident. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says they move an average of 1.5 loaded oil trains through north Idaho …

Idaho House Backs Protecting Ski Areas From Injury Lawsuits

House members voted 61-8 to give ski areas expanded protections from lawsuits that arise when their customers are hurt in terrain parks or swept up in in-bounds avalanches. Tuesday’s vote moves the measure to the Senate. The Idaho Ski Areas …

Idaho Lawmakers Propose Raising Speed Limits

A bid to increase speed limits on Idaho roads raced to a victory on the Senate floor, as lawmakers voted 30-4 to send it on to the House. Legal speeds would jump from 75 to 80 mph on the interstate …

Idaho Senator Seeks Clarification of Boating Safety Laws

A Senate committee agreed Idaho’s boating laws governing gross negligence are too vague and backed a measure aiming to help judges mete out appropriate punishments for mariners who put others’ lives at risk. The bill, which cleared the Senate Judiciary …

Work Release Suspended for Idaho City Councilman Convicted of Insurance Fraud Case

An eastern Idaho judge has suspended the work release for a former Rigby councilman convicted of insurance fraud. The Post Register reports that 7th District Judge Gregory Moeller made the order Wednesday concerning Lawrence Blackburn. Idaho Deputy Attorney General Kenneth …

Idaho Man Sues Oregon Officer in Road Rage Case

An Idaho man who reported a road rage encounter with a Portland, Ore., police captain is suing the officer and city. In August 2011, Todd Wyatt waved his gun and badge in the window of his truck after he and …

Idaho Lawmakers Look to Bolster Private Pool Regulations

A Democratic lawmaker whose district includes an apartment pool where a 6-year-old boy drowned says it might be a good idea for legislators to look at bolstering regulations to make such pools safer. “We need to know why children die …