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U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, issued an update on the Paycheck Protection Program, a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service say that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

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One new case of COVID-19 in the Idaho Panhandle today brings the total cases to 45, with 42 cases confirmed in Kootenai County and three in Bonner County.

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Public health plays a critical role in building strong, prosperous, and free societies around the world. Today, as our Nation and entire global community continue to combat the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we reaffirm our commitment to do our part to stop the spread of this …

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-Montana, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the Trump Administration to grant farmers more flexibility in their Farm Service Agency loans in order to ensure the continuity of the country's food supply and support rural areas during the co…

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Any business, school, organization or agency with news of a COVID-19 related closure or postponement in Lincoln County, Montana, Boundary County Idaho or the Kootenay Region of British Columbia is encouraged to message notices here, email them to mikew@kootenaivalleytimes.com or call (208) 2…

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The Centers for Disease Control reports 277,205 confirmed cases of COVID-19 today in the U.S. and a cumulative total of 6,593 deaths, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Baltimore, shows 311,301 confirmed cases in the U.S., 14,694 recovered and 8,476 deaths as of 5:21 p.m. Eastern today.

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With over a million people around the globe suffering COVID-19, more and more people with the sniffles or a cough wonder if it could be ... and wonder at what point they should take their symptoms seriously and when and how they should seek a test or medical attention.

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“Grandma: I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.” “Grandpa: I’m stuck overseas, please send money.” Grandparent scams can take a new twist – and a new sense of urgency – in these days of Coronavirus.

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The National Weather Service, Missoula, has issued a winter weather advisory for the Kootenai/Cabinet Region of Montana, with up to two inches of new snow expected by noon today, when the advisory expires.

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As New York reels under the strain of COVID-19, with 92,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,400 deaths as of Thursday, President Donald Trump issued a scathing letter to New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who had requested the president appoint a military general to oversee the Defense Production Act.

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Road conditions across the region are reported slick; give yourself extra time as you set out this morning and use extra caution as you drive in. We see about half an inch of snow on Bonners Ferry's South Hill and deputies report slick conditions in the south half of Boundary County.

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Venus – the brightest planet – blazes mightily in the western sky after sunset, starting out the month in close conjunction with the Pleiades star cluster. It’s the only bright planet to light up these April evenings all month long.

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You’ve probably heard the news by now – the government is sending out relief checks as part of the federal response to the Coronavirus. Scammers heard the same thing, and they’re hoping to cash in on yours.

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It has been a month like no other at KootenaiValleyTimes. Previously our highest months for hits was six-million, an astonishing figure. Here are the hit counts for March, 2020, and on behalf of all of us to all of you, thank you!

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The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

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As the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, I am entrusted with the responsibility of protecting the civil rights of the brave men and women of our nation’s armed forces, and our nation’s veterans.

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The Lincoln County Health Department received notice today that an additional individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Lincoln County. The fifth case is a male with direct contact of a known positive.

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The Panhandle Health District and Kootenai Health have confirmed one additional case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases to 28 in the Panhandle area.

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Staying at home right now is hard, especially if you have kids. The Pearl Theater and Missoula Children's Theatre have a solution: Get ready to put on a theatrical production in your own home!

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The global COVID-19 total passed 700,000 cases today, just one day after passing the 600,000-case mark, fueled by steep rises in Europe and the United States, where President Donald Trump said today that social distancing guidelines will be extended through the end of April.

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As the nation's hospitals clamor to acquire the face masks, respirators and other medical materiel needed to treat the rising number of Covid-19 patients nationwide, a February 7 press release from Secretary of State Michael Pompeo touting our nation's generosity to China is getting renewed …

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We've received a report from a customer there that Kootenai Drug True Value, 611 East Missoula Avenue, Troy, are taking telephone orders, offering a parking spot up front and delivery to the cars of the elderly, those at high risk of infection and those unable to do their own shopping!

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Governor Steve Bullock today issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus responses have severely impacted the U.S. blood supply as Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories.

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