Idaho Governor Brad Little

Idaho Public Television

Idaho Governor Brad Little says individual school districts will decide whether to bring students back to the classroom this fall. But he says the expectation is that schools will not be closed for an extended period.

Little told reporters today [Thursday] the state has allocated tens of millions of dollars to pay for a variety of Covid-related school needs, from computers and Internet connections to testing and PPE supplies.

He says he’s sure that when students and teachers are summoned back to schools, they’ll be safe.

Idaho Public Television

Idaho Governor Brad Little today [Thursday] announced the Gem State will stay where it is in its recovery from the coronavirus.

“Over the past two weeks, Idaho did not meet the criteria to advance past the final stage of the Idaho Rebounds plan. We will remain in stage four for at least another two weeks," the governor said.

State epidemiologist Christine Hahn cited the rise in Covid cases in Idaho over the last two weeks.

U.S. Justice Department

An Idaho group that has sponsored a public school funding initiative is asking the state to immediately certify the measure for the November ballot.

Attorneys for Reclaim Idaho filed that motion today [Monday] with a federal judge in Boise not long after the judge ruled against a motion by the state.

Idaho To Move To Phase 4 Reopening On Saturday

Jun 11, 2020
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced his state will move to the final phase of its reopening strategy, beginning Saturday.

“One hundred percent of businesses will be able to open their doors as we enter stage four of our Idaho Rebounds plan."

Idaho Offers Cash Incentives To Get People Back To Work

Jun 5, 2020
Idaho Public Television

Idaho Governor Brad Little today [Friday] announced cash incentives for people who are currently collecting unemployment benefits, despite being called back to their jobs.

“The one-time return-to-work bonuses will be provided to the worker upon return to the workplace," he said.

State of Idaho


Idaho Governor Brad Little today [Thursday] announced his state is ready to move on to the next phase of its coronavirus reopening plan, beginning Saturday.

“Gatherings of up to 50 people can occur where appropriate physical distancing and precautionary measures are observed," Little said.

Idaho Announces Need For More Testing, Contact Tracing

May 22, 2020
Idaho Public Television


An Idaho task force says the state needs to continue to increase its capacity for testing more people for the coronavirus.

The task force released its recommendations today [Friday].

Idaho To Move To Next Covid Recovery Phase On Saturday

May 14, 2020
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Brad Little says the Gem State will move to the second phase of state’s four-part coronavirus recovery plan on Saturday.

That means businesses such as gyms and hair salons will be able to reopen with the appropriate precautions.

Little made his announcement today [Thursday] and threw in a surprise as well.

Idaho Governor Announces Four-Stage Reopening Plan

Apr 23, 2020
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced a four-stage plan for re-opening the state’s businesses and communities after closures due to the coronavirus.

“The first stage will be almost all the retail and houses of faith. The second stage will be restaurants. The third stage will be bars," Little said.

The fourth stage will allow even larger gatherings with the appropriate physical distancing.

The first stage is scheduled to take effect May 1.

State of Idaho

Idaho state parks officials are trying to maintain a balance between allowing day-time public access to favored areas, but keeping people from getting too close to each other.

Governor Brad Little’s office has launched a “Recreate Responsibly” campaign, aimed at promoting good behavior.

Idaho Governor Extends Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Apr 15, 2020
State of Idaho

Idaho Governor Brad Little has extended by two weeks statewide stay-at-home orders to combat the coronavirus. But he announced in Boise today [Wednesday] that some businesses that have been considered non-essential will be allowed to reopen.

Idaho's Primary Election Won't Be Postponed

Mar 30, 2020
Idaho Secretary of State

Idaho’s May 19 primary election will not move to a different date, but it will be conducted differently.

The governor’s office today [Monday] announced the election will be all vote-by-mail. He issued a statement saying it became clear the state wouldn’t have access to enough polling places and workers to make voting at the polls possible.

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, the states of Washington and Idaho are now both in ‘stay-at-home mode.’ Spokane County officials stay consistent with the “social distancing” message, but not everyone is listening. An employee at Fairchild Air Force Base tries to explain the coronavirus and its ripples in a new book for children. And we’ll hear about life in an Idaho household where Dad has the virus and the rest of the family is trying to avoid it. Those stories and we’ll ask you about your new coronavirus rituals today on Inland Journal, after the news.

Idaho Governor Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order

Mar 25, 2020
Idaho Governor's office

Idaho Governor Brad Little has issued an order requiring his state’s residents to stay-home whenever possible.

The governor also signed what his office calls an “extreme emergency declaration.”

Idaho Public Television

UPDATE: Health officials in north Idaho says two more confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported. Both are in Kootenai County.

The Panhandle Health District says one is a man who is younger than 30. He put himself in isolation after returning from travel. He is experiencing mild symptoms. The second person is a woman in her 60s. She is also recovering at home from mild symptoms.


Idaho Governor Brad Little is urging his state’s citizens to impose more discipline on themselves to keep COVID-19 from spreading. The governor told reporters today [Wednesday] that the Gem State will adopt federal guidelines to maintain as much physical distance between people as they can.

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Today on Inland Journal and the Inland Journal podcast, we look ahead to next week’s presidential primary in Washington.

“I think we’re one of the biggest on March 10 and I think that we’re going to get some national coverage, certainly, on Election Night and I think we’re going to see candidates, the two remaining candidates, come and campaign here.”

We’ll talk with Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman about issues related to the primary. Nick Deshais will tell us about a legal challenge over restricting guns at the Festival at Sandpoint.

The state of Idaho is preparing for the coronavirus. And we’ll talk about a public campaign in Washington aimed at steering young people away from opioids.

Idaho Creates Coronavirus Working Group

Mar 4, 2020
Courtesy of Idaho Governor's office

Idaho Governor Brad Little says he has created a working group to oversee his state’s response to the coronavirus.

Little held a press conference in Boise to announce that that group met for the first time today [Wednesday]. He says his staff and state agencies have been monitoring the worldwide situation for the last two months.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little today [Tuesday] named a Coeur d’Alene pastor to fill an open legislative seat.

Little tabbed Tim Remington to serve the seat vacated by John Green. The House voted earlier this month to remove Green from his seat after his conviction in Texas on a charge of conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

Office of the Governor

Idaho Governor Brad Little delivered his State of the State address Monday.

Much of his focus was on education.

The Idaho Republican Governor touted improvements in the state’s school system, including pay raises for teachers, and doubling funding for literacy programs.

Washington Department of Natural Resources

Today on Inland Journal, two segments about the health of forests in our region.

Later, we’ll hear part of a session from a Western Governors Association workshop conducted Tuesday in Post Falls. It focused on improving the resilience of forests in the region.

But first, this week, Washington state Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz released a plan to create a dedicated fund to pay for forest health and wildfire prevention. She proposes a surcharge on property and casualty insurance premiums. Her office estimates the increased cost for the average household will be a little more than a dollar a month and raise about $63 million a year.

the hole

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe has officially pulled out of a pact with the state to oversee the lake management plan and Governor Brad Little has asked for a third party to conduct a review and analysis of the previous lake management efforts.

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Idaho Governor Brad Little says he’s pleased that state and federal agencies are making forest health projects a higher priority. The governor led a panel discussion Tuesday in Post Falls that was focused on natural resource management. That includes increasing timber harvests in the region’s federal forests.

The venue was a daylong Western Governors Association workshop to “Reimagine the Rural West.”


Idaho Governor Brad Little and some of his cabinet members leave tomorrow [Saturday] for what is billed a “European diplomatic mission.”

The group will make stops in Spain, The Netherlands and Ireland.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Idaho state officials say they’re surprised and disappointed by the federal government’s response to the state’s application for a Medicaid expansion waiver.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected Idaho’s request for a waiver of federal rules that would allow the Gem State to expand Medicaid.

Bonners Ferry Becomes Idaho's "Capital For A Day"

May 30, 2019
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For a few hours Thursday, Bonners Ferry was the working capital of the state of Idaho.

Governor Brad Little was there and so were several of his cabinet members and regional state agency directors. They had designated the Boundary County town as Capital for a Day.

That Idaho ritual began years ago with the late Cecil Andrus. Other governors since then, including Butch Otter, signed on. And now, so has Brad Little.

Idaho Governor Signs Naloxone Bill

Feb 14, 2019
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Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law a bill that allows any licensed health professional to give the drug naloxone to a person suffering an opioid overdose.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, reverses the effects of an overdose.

Idaho Public Television

This week, Butch Otter passed the baton to Brad Little in Boise. The three-term governor left his office in the Idaho Statehouse to his second-in-command, now-former Lieutenant Governor Brad Little. The rancher from the town of Emmett took the oath of office twice, first in public in front of the Statehouse last Friday.