Latah County Officially Ends Mask Mandate

Latah County News

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As of 8 AM today, May 20, 2021, Latah County has ended restricted access to all Latah County buildings. Masks will not be required, but are recommended for those that have not been fully vaccinated. Individual departments and county offices may adopt reasonable policies regarding access and conduct of persons in their offices, which may include mask requirements.

Mental Health Concerns from Nez Perce County

NPC Prosecutor's Office

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“The first time someone sees a mental health specialist shouldn’t be when they come to jail,” says Sheriff Bryce Scrimsher. “When mental health goes untreated, individuals have a higher likelihood of being arrested and placed into our county jail. The jail is full of great employees, but they are not mental health doctors,” continues Sheriff Scrimsher. Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office contracts with a specialty medical team to maintain mental health in the jail, but they are not full-time. All of the Deputies in patrol and the jail have extra training for identifying and communicating with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis but they are not specialists. “The detention center has one room designed for an individual who needs special housing called the ‘Safe Cell’. But the majority of the time, the room is already full when we have someone else that needs it. Our Deputies then must use a spare holding room as a temporary mental crisis room which puts added stress on both the individual and the Deputy,” explains Chief Deputy Mike Rigney.

CRAPO, CARDIN, KING, CRAMER WANT CBO TO BETTER TRACK HEALTH SAVINGS

Crapo Press Release

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Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Maryland.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) have reintroduced S. 1685, the Preventive Health Savings Act, which would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive health care.  The bipartisan legislation also would allow congressional leaders of relevant committees to request an analysis of preventive measures extending beyond the existing 10-year window for two additional 10-year periods.  Such requests could come from the Chair or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget committees, or the health committees--Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Finance; Ways and Means; or Energy and Commerce.  Senator Crapo is a Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Owner of a Tanker Truck Repair Company Pleads Guilty to Violating Safety Standards and Making False Statement to OSHA Investigator

USAO

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POCATELLO – Loren Kim Jacobson, 65, of Pocatello, and owner of a tanker testing and repair company, KCCS Inc., pleaded guilty to making an illegal repair to a cargo tanker in violation of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) and lying to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced today. The case arose from an explosion that occurred at KCCS during a cargo tanker repair on August 14, 2018, severely injuring a KCCS employee.

Pfizer Vaccine Soon to be Available for Youth at Nimiipuu Health

NPT Press Release

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Lapwai, Idaho- Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) has been working diligently to vaccinate patients since the vaccine became available. Recently, NMPH was able to work with the Central Public Health District to obtain doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer Vaccine), which is now recommended for youth ages 12 and up. As widespread vaccination continues to be an imperative tool to aid in putting a stop to the pandemic, NMPH will now be scheduling appointments for youth to receive the Pfizer Vaccine.

THE CITY OF LEWISTON WILL ADJUST DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC SIGNALS TO REMOVE FLASHING YELLOW LIGHTS ON SUNDAYS DUE TO INCREASED PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC

City of Lewiston

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LEWISTON, ID - The City of Lewiston will adjust downtown traffic signals to remove flashing yellow lights on Sundays, due to increased pedestrian traffic. This change will assist with the safety and flow of pedestrians and motorists.

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