Idaho Congressmen Answer County Commissioner Questions

On Friday, IAC hosted a call for County Commissioners in the first district with Representative Russ Fulcher and a call with Representative Mike Simpson for County Commissioners in the 2nd district. Both had words of encouragement for Idaho county officials. Here are some of the highlights from the calls. Representative Russ Fulcher Rep. Fulcher shared …

Idaho Receives Disaster Preparedness Distinction

Accreditation highlights State’s emergency management proficiency Idaho is the first state in the Northwest to receive the prestigious Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) distinction. EMAP is a voluntary standards, assessment and accreditation process for disaster preparedness and response programs throughout the country. It fosters excellence, uniformity and accountability in emergency management and homeland security programs. …

GEM – Modernizing the DMV system

Next step in assuring a quality product is “User Acceptance Testing” After “Stakeholder” and “End of PI” demos, the next opportunity to shape a DMV product is by participating in “User Acceptance Testing” (UAT). The UAT process is hands-on testing of a software product by DMV subject matter experts and technical users. The feedback provided …

2017 NACo Annual Conference held in Franklin County, Columbus, Ohio

Report by Commissioner Cruickshank Thursday July 20th After arriving this afternoon I was able to attend a Special Dinner Event for Past Presidents of NACo held offsite. Several Past Presidents attended with one being from the 1980’s. It was interesting listening to their reflections of their year as NACo President. Friday July 21st My morning …

Idaho Communities to Receive $30 Million in PILT

Secretary Zinke announces record rural assistance funding WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that 44 local governments in Idaho are receiving a total of $30 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding for 2017. The payments are Idaho’s share of the record $464.6 million distributed to 1,900 local …

Congratulations Ada County Procurement!

Ada County Procurement played an integral role in a team that helped to modernize Idaho political subdivision procurement statutes for the 2017 legislative session. They helped to suggest statute changes that establishes delegated authority for counties, raises dollar thresholds for Goods, Services, and Public Works, adds an RFP process, and affords flexibility to political subdivisions …

Funding available for sage-grouse restoration projects

As part of the State of Idaho’s commitment to conserving sage-grouse and implementing habitat actions identified in the State sage-grouse conservation strategy, more than $300,000 will be distributed to groups and individuals for projects to improve habitat for the species on State and private lands in Idaho. The Governor’s Office of Species Conservation now is …

Why Public Lands Matter

Public lands — how they are managed and how they are used — matter.  Public Lands are critical to the conservation of fish and wildlife habitat, watersheds, cultural resources, and antiquities.  They’re a critical source of outdoor recreation such as hiking, fishing, and hunting.  They are also an important economic engine driving traditional resource use, …

Grants for Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Now Available

The Office of Drug Policy will award approximately $1.6 million in grants to fund substance abuse primary prevention programs across the state for FY2018. The funding is available through the Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG), and is intended to provide substance abuse prevention services directly to youth, families and other at-risk individuals, and/or community coalitions …

2016 Capitol Christmas Tree Project Wrap-Up

By Keith Lannom, Forest Supervisor, Payette National Forest After more than a year of planning, the 2016 US Capitol Christmas Tree project is almost complete. Brian Harris and Chris Niccoli are driving back to McCall now, once they are home safely, I will consider the project 100% complete. Tuesday evening, December 6th, Idaho 5th grader …

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