Mia Maldonado

Mia Maldonado

Mia Maldonado joined the Idaho Capital Sun after working as a breaking news reporter at the Idaho Statesman covering stories related to crime, education, growth and politics. She previously interned at the Idaho Capital Sun through the Voces Internship of Idaho, an equity-driven program for young Latinos to work in Idaho news. Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, Mia moved to the Treasure Valley for college where she graduated from the College of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and international political economy.

The scope of wolf hunting in Idaho substantially increased after the 2021 legislative session, when Senate Bill 1211 was signed into law.

Wildlife conservation groups petition U.S. Forest Service to stop aerial wolf hunting in Idaho

By: - December 8, 2023

Wildlife conservation groups have filed a legal petition asking the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit aerial gunning of wildlife in national forests in Idaho. The petition was filed Nov. 29 by International Wildlife Coexistence Network, the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project. “Killing wolves from helicopters is barbaric and scientifically unjustifiable, and we […]

A wolverine makes its way across a snowy landscape in Montana.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists wolverines as ‘threatened’ under Endangered Species Act

By: - November 29, 2023

After more than two decades of petitions by wildlife conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed wolverines as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The decision marks a win for conservation groups, who have petitioned for a federal listing since 1995 and have gone through six rounds of successful litigation […]

After lawsuits, reports found Idaho’s public defense system was failing, a new office offers hope

By: - November 29, 2023

After reports of overworked public defenders and years of lawsuits against the state claiming inadequate public defense for those in the criminal justice system, Idaho’s new state agency for public defense is in its early stages of formation to help. On Sept. 20, Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s office announced it had appointed Eric Fredericksen as […]

Chinook salmon spawn in Snake River.

Federal funds boost tribal-led revival efforts for salmon in upper Columbia River Basin

By: - October 30, 2023

In June of 1940, Native American tribes from across the Northwest gathered at Kettle Falls in northeast Washington to mourn the loss of their historic fishing grounds. Known as the “Ceremony of Tears,” the gathering drew thousands of tribal citizens from the Colville Reservation in Eastern Washington, Tulalips from Western Washington, Blackfoot from Montana, and […]

Idaho Department of Agriculture confirms invasive mussel species in Snake River near Twin Falls

By: - September 25, 2023

The Idaho Department of Agriculture is asking the public to stay out of the water in the Centennial Waterfront Park area in Twin Falls as it has confirmed the presence of quagga mussel larvae in the Snake River. In a press release last week, the department said multiple samples of quagga mussel at larval life […]

An Oregon man pleaded guilty to targeting LGBTQ people in Boise, Idaho.

Oregon man pleads guilty to hate crime charges after LGBTQ+ attacks in Boise

By: - June 16, 2023

A 32-year-old Oregon man who was arrested after targeting Boise’s LGBTQ+ community has pleaded guilty to two federal hate crime charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho said in a news release Thursday. Matthew Lehigh was arrested last year after threatening and attacking multiple individuals who he believed were a part of […]