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Governor Little Explains Crisis Standards of Care, Highlights Steps to Address Hospital Constraints


(Idaho Governor’s Office Press Release, December 10, 2020)

Governor Brad Little (Official Photo)

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little explained today that Idahoans can expect diminished healthcare access if the State of Idaho must activate the Crisis Standards of Care, and he outlined many of the actions the state has taken to address the constraints facing hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The State of Idaho would activate Crisis Standards of Care if the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed over a broad geographic region and if resources cannot be obtained quickly enough to address the shortage.

“If the State of Idaho must activate the Crisis Standards of Care, you or someone you love may be turned away from the hospital or given a lower standard of care because we simply may not have enough beds, critical care doctors, nurses, and technicians to handle the number of COVID-19 patients in need of care.  Hospitals are telling us the need to activate Crisis Standards of Care will arrive in Idaho if individual Idahoans do not make the choice to reverse the trend in our rising COVID-19 cases,” Governor Little said.

The Governor provided specific examples of what Idahoans could expect under the activation of Crisis Standards of Care:

  • If your son or daughter gets in a car crash, a hospital bed may not be available, or your child will receive care in a repurposed conference room.
  • If your wife is diabetic and gets an infection, she may not get a hospital bed.
  • If your husband has a stroke or heart attack, it may take longer for paramedics to arrive.
  • Breathing machines and ICU beds may need to be directed to patients who are most likely to survive.

Eighty percent of Idaho’s hospitals are not operating normally right now because healthcare workers are out sick with COVID-19 and too many very sick COVID-19 patients are coming through their doors.

Governor Little outlined the steps his administration has taken to prepare hospitals:

  • In the spring, we worked to equip our hospitals, clinics, and first responders with the PPE and staff to handle the influx of patients.
  • We expanded access to medical professionals by lifting regulations at the state level and facilitating staffing contracts with federal sources.  Through the state’s actions, out-of-state medical professionals and retired or inactive practitioners may treat patients in Idaho.  Since March, we have licensed 1,100 new nurses to help in the fight and we have gotten nursing students to start work faster to help our hospitals.
  • Use of telehealth rose 40-fold after we rolled back dozens of regulations, and Governor Little signed an executive order making those changes permanent moving forward.
  • We allocated and distributed new and effective treatments for COVID patients.
  • We put more than $100 million to testing and contact tracing.  We increased testing lab capacity and testing in schools and long-term care facilities.  We enabled pharmacists to administer testing in our rural communities.
  • We designated six long-term care facilities as COVID-only facilities and put millions toward testing of facility workers in order to better protect residents.
  • We activated the National Guard to obtain staffing for Idaho’s hospitals.  The guardsmen are deployed across the state to help with testing, decontamination and sanitization and planning.

“My administration will continue to do the job of ensuring hospitals are equipped with the resources they need to avoid Crisis Standards of Care.  We will continue to improve access to testing.  We will continue to move toward broadly available therapeutics and a vaccine.  Those actions are the responsibility of government.  But government alone is not going to solve our problem.  The solution is each and every one of us and our personal actions.  Our success or failure to protect our loved ones comes down to personal responsibility.  Please make the right choices,” Governor Little said.

Idaho will remain under the Governor’s Stage 2 statewide public health order. Under the order:

  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.  This does not pertain to religious or political expression.  Physical distancing is required.
  • At-risk Idahoans should self-isolate.
  • All Idahoans are encouraged to telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations.
  • Masks are required at long-term care facilities.
  • Bars, nightclubs, and restaurants continue to operate with seating only.

“I want to commend our hospitals across the state for working around the clock to share resources so we can avoid a devastating situation as much as possible.  I also want to express my deep appreciation to our doctors, nurses, and other medical staff who are overworked and pulling extra shifts to help in the fight.  You are true heroes,” Governor Little said.


City of Chubbuck Posts Snow Removal Priority Map


December 10, 2020

The City of Chubbuck has posted a snow removal priority map on their Facebook page.  To view a larger version of the map, or to visit the City of Chubbuck Facebook page, click on the image, below:


POW*MIA Awareness Association Blood Drive is Today, Thursday, December 10


December 10, 2020 (Photo Credit:  POW*MIA Awareness Association)

The POW*MIA Awareness Association is sponsoring the 15th Annual Bikers for Blood Community Blood Drive today, Thursday, December 10.

The blood drive will take place at the Mountain View Event Center, 1567 Way to Grace Avenue, in Pocatello, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Fore more information, view the poster, below.  Click on the poster to visit the POW*MIA Awareness Association Facebook page.


Statement from the President on the National Space Policy


(White House Press Release, December 9, 2020; Photo Credit: SpaceX Daily, from @everydayastronaut)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The new National Space Policy is my plan for how the executive branch will advance United States interests in space for the benefit of the American people.  By charting a clear course for United States space activities, this policy reaffirms our leadership in the space domain and our status as the world’s foremost spacefaring nation.

This policy represents a whole-of-government approach that recognizes space as a national imperative.  After years of drift, my Administration revived the United States space enterprise to once again unleash our unmatched pioneering potential.  In particular, I am proud that my Administration oversaw the restoration of our capability to transport American astronauts to space on American rockets from American soil.  Through our Artemis program, the United States is working hand-in-hand with commercial and international partners to return to the Moon—this time to stay—and prepare for the next great American adventure, the giant leap to Mars.

Moving forward, the United States will proudly encourage and facilitate the continued growth of an American commercial space sector that generates new markets and promotes entrepreneurship while furthering core United States interests.

The National Space Policy also directs the United States to continue to adapt its national security strategy to defeat aggression and protect national interests in space.  As part of this effort, the newly created sixth branch of our Armed Forces, the Space Force, will enhance the capabilities of our Armed Forces to protect our freedom of operation in, from, and to space.

Under this new policy, the United States will advance our national interests in space and lead a new era of permanent human presence in space on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

To view the National Space Policy, click here.


Idaho GOP Will Support Texas Lawsuit with Amicus Brief


(Idaho GOP Press Release, December 9, 2020)

The Idaho GOP released the following statement today indicating their support for the lawsuit filed by Texas, and currently supported by 17 other states, challenging the 2020 election results in four battleground states:

Boise, Idaho – The Idaho Republican Party fully supports Texas in its efforts to ensure that our elections meet the high standards and expectations of the U.S. Constitution.  The people need certainty and clarity to restore their faith that the integrity of our elections was maintained. 
To show our support, the Idaho Republican Party will file an amicus brief in support of the Texas suit.


U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID): Collaboration Brings Results


(U.S. Senator Mike Crapo Office Press Release, December 8, 2020)

Crapo:  Collaboration Brings Results

In Speech on Senate Floor, Crapo Highlights Forest Health Improvement and Economic Progress on Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests

(U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, official photo)

Washington, D.C.–Yesterday, in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) highlighted successful collaborative processes underway in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests to improve the health of the Forests.  He urged continued collaborative efforts nationwide to address often contentious natural resources challenges and enactment of bipartisan legislation to increase active management of federal forests, cut red tape, reduce frivolous litigation and advance fire risk reduction.  Senator Crapo and fellow Idaho Senator Jim Risch are co-sponsors of S. 4431, the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act, introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California).

I have been a longtime champion of collaboration to address public lands management disputes, as collaborative processes are good for the environment and good for natural resources-based economies,” said Crapo in part 

“The work on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is a great example of the benefits of collaborative efforts.  The Clearwater Basin Collaborative (CBC), which was officially launched twelve years ago, has had an important role in furthering discussions about the management of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. 

“A total of 536 miles of streams have been restored on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, resulting in the Forests being ranked fourth nationwide in miles of streams restored.  The Forests have a strong partnership with the Nez Perce Tribe, which contributes greatly to its watershed restoration accomplishments.  At the same time, the priorities of much needed restoration of landscapes, including water quality improvements, are also providing a supply of raw materials to local mills. 

“More work is underway to address significant challenges, but this is the direction we need to continue to go in delivering long-term results.  I commend all those involved in this effort for their hard and exemplary work improving our treasured landscapes. 

“As senators and shared stewards of these natural resources, we must continuously work to ensure federal statute and policy empowers collaborative efforts and forest health projects.” 


Annual City of Chubbuck Christmas Lighting Contest Winners Announced


(City of Chubbuck Press Release, December 9, 2020; Photo Credit:  City of Chubbuck)

Photo Credit: City of Chubbuck

CHUBBUCK – The overall winner of this year’s [City of Chubbuck Christmas Lighting] contest was 617 Dell St.  They have a huge yard and its full of Christmas Cheer!  The whole yard is covered with trees, presents, snowmen, and lights!  Its very neat and very nicely done.

In typical 2020 fashion, the award for People’s Choice was given to 910 Margaret.  This is a house with a huge skeleton in a Santa hat decorating a Christmas tree!  (The display is in the back yard on the deck and can be seen from Chubbuck road.)  This award is voted for and chosen via online survey posted on the City of Chubbuck’s social media.

Photo Credit: City of Chubbuck

Here are the other category winners:

  • Best Commercial Display- Chubbuck Fire Station
  • Griswold Award- 1102 Congress
  • Best Animation- 1389 Sawtooth
  • Most Traditional- 947 Old Glory
  • Most Colorful- 5626 Sorrel (The one at the very end)
  • Best Small Display- 1105 Sawtooth
  • Spirit of the Season (People’s Choice)- 910 Margaret (Back side on Chubbuck Rd)
  • Spirit of the Season- 5333 Hawthorne
  • Mayor’s Choice- 5647 Eden

Because we want to include as many people as possible in the contest, including those whom have not won awards in the past, we have two additional categories of houses that deserve recognition, even though they will not get a physical award in their yard.  Santa’s Favorites- These are houses that are above and beyond the typical Christmas Display and include many of our houses that win awards every year.  Even though these houses did not get an award, they still deserve recognition.  There is a second category of note that we will call the “borderline” category.  These houses are deserving of awards but sit just beyond the Chubbuck boundaries, so they do not actually qualify.

Photo Credit: City of Chubbuck

Santa’s Favorites “Borderline Acknowledgements”

  • ICCU 14458 W Siphon Rd.
  • 485 Lariat
  • 5745 Sorrell
  • 5227 Stuart
  • 596 Taylor Ln 1077 W Quinn Rd
  • 4951 Cole St
  • 201 Henry

We expanded our judges pool this year and had more than 15 judges out and about checking out the displays!  There were so many great displays that it made it very difficult to pick the winners this year!  We hope to see even more houses with bigger and better displays for next year.


Idaho State University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Seeks Volunteers for Short Research Survey


December 9, 2020

Idaho State University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is seeking volunteers to take a short (about ten minutes), anonymous, research survey.

The survey asks how COVID-19 has affected food-related behaviors.

Anyone interested in helping with this research can click on the link, below, to review the consent form and take the survey:



City of Pocatello Announces Meeting Cancellations Due to Lack of Business


December 9, 2020

The City of Pocatello has announced the cancellation of two meetings due to a lack of business.

The City’s email notifications state:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Housing Alliance & Community Partnerships meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. has been canceled due to a lack of business.  The next meeting is scheduled for January 20, 2021.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT the Library Board meeting regularly scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. has been canceled due to a lack of business. The next regular meeting is scheduled for January 20, 2021.


Pocatello Fire Department Posts Tips on Preventing Winter Holiday Fires


December 9, 2020  (Photo Credit:  Pocatello Fire Department Facebook Page)

The Pocatello Fire Department has posted tips on preventing winter holiday fires from the U.S. Fire Administration on their Facebook page.  To see more from the Pocatello Fire Department, click on the image, below: