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Wednesday, December 23

Wednesday, December 23

December 23, 2020

The pandemic has lasted longer than a lot of people expected.  Now the money meant to help Idahoans get through it will also extend into the next year. How Congress's $900 million budget is now in limbo after President Trump's push for $2,000 checks. Nimble fingers once propelled Frank Morris to the top of the speedcubing world.  The Boise man is no longer in the game but his skill with the six-sided puzzle is still pretty sharp.

Tuesday, December 22

Tuesday, December 22

December 22, 2020

During the upcoming legislative session in Idaho, COVID-19 protocols will be in place and will change based on the situation in the state. Majority leaders explain their plans to keep the Statehouse safe for everyone.

Some of Idaho's elected leaders are planning on the pandemic being behind us shortly after the end of the 2021 legislative session. We discuss what that would take, and why it seems like a stretch.

All of the normal holiday-type information we would give you in a year condensed into a COVID-19 style information blast? What more could you ask for just days before the Christmas holiday?

Monday, December 21

Monday, December 21

December 21, 2020

Three weeks after the Thanksgiving holiday, Idaho medical experts are seeing better than expected COVID-19 numbers. This good news, however, does not mean big gatherings and traveling over the Christmas holiday can be done freely. 

Monday is Sun Valley Ski Lodge's 84th birthday. To commemorate one of the most iconic ski resorts in the Gem State, we're revisiting how the resort came to be and looking back on the recent renovations.

Jupiter and Saturn got very close to each other, something nobody has seen for centuries. While this phenomenon is called the "Christmas Star", it doesn't have much to do with the first Christmas.

Thursday, December 17

Thursday, December 17

December 17, 2020

Idaho has not yet had to transition to crisis standards of care due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the state's leading medical expert has already experienced it. Dr. David Pate, the retired CEO of St. Luke's Health Systems, worked in crisis standards for days in 2001, after Tropical Storm Allison ravaged the city of Houston, Texas.

Thousands of COVID-19 tests are being administered every day in the Treasure Valley. We asked one pathologist how his lab is keeping up with the demand. Short answer: by spending a lot of money on equipment and very little time sleeping.

The snow is falling on Idaho's mountains. If you're planning on heading up to enjoy the fresh powder this weekend, you not only have to remember your skiing etiquette, but also your COVID-19 protocols.          

Wednesday, December 16

Wednesday, December 16

December 16, 2020

The 65th Idaho legislative session ended under a cloud of COVID last March. And that cloud has yet to lift like we hoped it would. That's why some lawmakers want to delay the start of the 2021 session in an effort to set a good example for the public and to help slow the spread of the virus. Also, that list of things you were going to do before making it to grandmother's house for Christmas dinner may or may not include getting a COVID-19 test. Why the sense of security around a negative test is false and shouldn't be your ticket to a traditional holiday. Plus, John Miller shows us why you may not really know all the names of Santa's reindeer. Go ahead, sing it out loud, and test yourself.

Tuesday, December 15

Tuesday, December 15

December 15, 2020

Sometimes a tie equals a loss. That was the situation on Tuesday when an expanded Central District Health order failed due to a divided board. Also, hundreds of Idahoans - more than 200 just this month - have died from COVID-19. A Boise woman continues to document every single one. Plus, saying goodbye to a loved one. How the coronavirus has changed one of the most intimate and heartbreaking moments of life - and death.

Monday, December 14

Monday, December 14

December 15, 2020

More than a month after Election Day, Idaho's election results are official - as are the rest of the nation's. So does that mean we have an official president-elect? Also, just three days after it was approved by the FDA, Idaho healthcare workers became the first Idahoans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And trumping hate with kindness - that's what folks are doing this week to show what's truly at the heart of our community.

Friday, December 11

Friday, December 11

December 15, 2020

Before the Supreme Court dismissed the case, Idaho's Congressional delegation and other state lawmakers supported Texas' lawsuit to overturn the election. Central District Health approves of the CDC's new recommendations on how long to quarantine after getting COVID-19. Plus, one family spent endless hours building a gingerbread White House.

Thursday, December 10

Thursday, December 10

December 10, 2020

It's been a month since the last time Gov. Brad Little was in front of the Idaho news media. A lot has changed on the COVID-19 front since then. But the governor's approach hasn't changed, and we all wanted to know why. Also, Idaho's doctors have made it clear that our hospitals are nearing the tipping point. So how close are they to crossing into crisis standards of care criteria? That final push could be just days away. And on the lighter side of things, get your menorahs and dreidels ready. We're celebrating the first night of Hanukkah with a John Miller festival of lights classic.

Tuesday, December 8

Tuesday, December 8

December 8, 2020

An angry, vocal contingent has certainly made itself heard at local Idaho health districts during the pandemic. On Tuesday, the other side made itself heard and seen - by posting hundreds of signs in support of the board on the lawn of the Central District Health building. Also, COVID-19 has always been about more than just numbers. We hear from the family of another victim of the coronavirus. Plus, NNU in Nampa will finish the fall semester just as they started it - in person. We found out how they were able to reopen when many other Idaho universities are still doing virtual learning.

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