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After years of deliberations and negotiations, the Bellevue City Council approved a final area of city impact map and ordinance on Monday night, a step that paves the way for annexation of about 227 acres of ranch land currently between Bellevue and Hailey.

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Idaho’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in December, down one-half of a percentage point from November’s rate of 4.9 percent and 7.4 percentage points below a historic high of 11.8 percent in April, the state Department of Labor reported.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare counted a combined 1,224 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide yesterday and today. (The department did not update numbers yesterday because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.) Today’s numbers increase the total to 156,778, of which hea…

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Another Blaine County resident has died of coronavirus-related illness, according to the state Department of Health and Welfare. The latest was a man in his 50s, according to South Central Public Health District spokeswoman Brianna Bodily. He had underlying conditions and was hospitalized pr…

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Blaine County was downgraded to the “high” risk category for COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon, after being upgraded last week from the “critical” category to “moderate” status the week prior.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 1,538 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 144,843. Of those, health officials continue to monitor an estimated 81,157 active cases.

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On the final day of the year, the state Department of Health and Welfare confirmed that another Blaine County resident has died of COVID-19. Blaine County’s 13th coronavirus-related death was its sixth this month. No further details are available at this time.

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported 1,340 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total to 139,864, of which health officials continue to monitor an estimated 80,691 active cases. With that, more than 27 percent of Idaho’s total case count si…

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported another 1,426 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide today, raising the total since March to 126,878. Of those, health officials continue to monitor an estimated 76,301 active cases.