Voters advised to mail absentee ballots no later than May 15

BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane reminds voters that completed absentee ballots for the May 21st Primary Election must be returned to County Clerk Election offices or to an official Elections ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 21st to be counted. Voters returning completed ballots by USPS mail are encouraged to send them by close of business today. Of the 67,255 absentee ballots issued statewide, 31,268 have been returned to county elections offices,

How Much Do Morel Mushrooms Sell for in Iowa?

After finding the photo of these 3 guys, morel mushroom hunters in eastern Iowa better get after it! A photo on the I Grew Up in Iowa Facebook page shows 3 guys who recently hauled in 117 pounds of morel mushrooms. This is probably the biggest haul of morel mushrooms that I've ever seen. I've always wondered if hunters make multiple trips back to their secret spots when they find an area that provides this many morels or do they try and grab as many as possible at one time? I'd guess it's proba

Pruning tips to protect baby birds

As spring blooms in Sonoma County, gardens burst with vibrant colors and bird songs. Gardeners look forward to this season, but many face a common challenge: when to prune without disturbing the baby birds nesting in their gardens. In Sonoma County, May is a crucial time for nesting birds, making pruning a delicate task. Experts recommend pruning during the dormant season, from late fall to early spring, when birds are less likely to be nesting. Early fall pruning, around September or October,

Russell Hitchcock Is Relishing Air Supply's Big, Young Audiences

My 15-year-old daughter says that she has never heard of Air Supply. This is distressing. She is a classic-rock-loving teenager, with many of the same posters on her bedroom walls that I had on mine when I was her age. Yet somehow the music of Air Supply — those massive, swoony love songs that were ubiquitous in the early ‘80s, songs that seemingly came right out of the taps and drifted along on the, well, air supply — have escaped her. How do these screenagers today slow dance at parties withou

Grand Haven Man Charged With Stealing, Selling mPerks Points

(Lansing, MI) – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is charging 22-year-old Nicholas Mui of Grand Haven of stealing and selling Meijer customer’s mPerks rewards points. Seven victims have been identified so far and Nessel says hundreds of others may also be at risk. “We’re alleging that Mr. Mui acquired a large data set of user names and passwords on the dark web and put software to the task of attempting to log in.” Attorney General Dana Nessel says Nicholas Mui used a previous data breach

Saltburn: A visceral, humorous commentary on wealth

“Mom, wake up. A new Oscar contender just dropped.” 2023 has been the year of movies, which seems ironic to say considering the 2023 Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes that paralyzed Hollywood. But this year still gave us some truly great films: Barbie, Oppenheimer, Past Lives, The Holdovers, The Killer, Bottoms and so many more. And, just on the cusp of the next year, we are gifted with one of the anticipated movies of the year, Saltburn. Saltburn, the sophomore film of writer and

Snow scenes across Mendocino County: February 22 — 24

MENDOCINO Co., 2/24/23 — This most series of storms facing Mendocino County may not be the last, but the winter weather has brought significant snowfall in unusual locations across the county, including in Hopland, Point Arena, and Fort Bragg. We’ve put together some photos from our staff and readers over the last few days, and we’ll be adding to this article with additional submissions, so check back throughout the snow days. We’d love to see your photos as well! You can click through the slid

California Has a Lot to Offer Storm Victims

[by Mark Hedin, Ethnic Media Services; photo via Sarah Stierch/Missvain via Wikimedia Commons] It’s never too late to be prepared. During a calm between storms, officials from the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the state departments of Public Health, Social Services and Insurance gathered to discuss efforts to help Californians recover from the “atmospheric rivers” that have deluged the West Coast. The Jan. 17 media briefing, “Staying Alert and Safe Through the Storms: I

Contra Costa County ratifies emergency proclamation

The proclamation was originally declared a week ago by County Administrator Monica Nino. The emergency status allows the county to be eligible for future disaster relief funding, should it be authorized by the federal and state government. The proclamation was sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the State of California Office of Emergency Services so Contra Costa County can be added to the governor's statewide proclamation on Jan. 11. Newsom issued the statewide emergency proclamation Jan. 4, allow

Why California's Climate Change and Housing Crises Hit Women Hardest

An advocate explains how gender equity goes beyond Roe v. Wade. While Californians are well aware that the Golden State is struggling to solve its affordable housing crisis and mitigate the impacts of climate change, most are unlikely to think of these battles as gender equality problems. But that would be a mistake, says Nancy Cohen, the president and founder of the Gender Equity Policy Institute, an organization launched in 2021 to study how policy proposals would affect women and others syst

Sportsbooks on their way to Belleville’s casino

Sports betting is coming to Shorelines Casino Belleville – once city council amends its agreement with Ontario Lottery and Gaming. OLG announced earlier this fall sportsbooks would be introduced at select casinos, in compliance with provincial regulations. In order for the city to benefit from revenue that Sportsbook will bring in, an amendment must be made to the existing contribution agreement. The proposed amendment will see the city receive 4% of Sportsbook revenue.

Upstate New York Poison Center getting more calls about kids consuming marijuana edibles

WRVO – The number of young children getting into marijuana edibles is on the rise in upstate New York, and experts are warning families to keep a lid on any gummies, cookies, or other cannabis-containing food products. In 2019, the Upstate New York Poison Center got 10 calls about children under the age of five getting into marijuana edibles that contain THC. Poison Center Medical Director Dr. Vince Calleo said they’ve gotten over 60 already this year, in the 54 county upstate region. “That’s

Biden administration says refusing to fill abortion medication prescriptions can violate federal civil rights law

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Civil Rights Wednesday issued a legal guidance warning the country’s 60,000 retail pharmacies that refusing to fill prescriptions for medication that can be used for abortion violates federal civil rights law. The guidance clarifies that under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act: As recipients of federal financial assistance, including Medicare and Medicaid payments, pharmacies are prohibited from discriminating on the basis

From the Inside: The Jamestown Colony

The early 17th century was a time of discovery. The world was now to anyone who wanted to settle, especially in the New World. This is the story of the first permanent settlement known as Jamestown. On May 14, 1607, a group of roughly 100 members of a joint venture called the Virginia Company founded the first permanent English settlement in North America on the banks of the James River. Famine, disease, and conflict with local Native American tribes in the first two years “brought Jamestown to the brink of failure before the arrival of a new set of settlers and supplies in 1610.”
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