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Meetings set on Idaho plan to regulate water pollution

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Federal authorities are holding five public meetings around Idaho the week of Sept. 11 that are part of Idaho’s plan to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments ...

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Late-season wildfires cause cancellations, delays

Smoke nearly obscures distant mountains in this view of fields near Cascade in central Idaho Sept. 7. Photo by Anne Wallace Allen

Heavy winter snow and a very wet spring in the Western U.S. generated predictions the 2017 wildfire season would be tame. But it’s shaping up to be one of the worst in U.S. history in land burned. Across the region, ...

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Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics

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Vast stands of dead timber in the Western U.S. have forced firefighters to shift tactics, trying to stay out of the shadow of lifeless, unstable trees that could come crashing down with deadly force. About 6.3 billion dead trees are ...

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Endurance pays off for Idaho River Sports (access required)

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Store owners Jo Cassin and Stan Kolby couldn’t have dreamed up a prettier scene for Idaho River Sports than the first weekend in June. The 55-acre Esther Simplot Park, with 23 acres of ponds, was full of families splashing, paddle ...

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Idaho’s Craters of the Moon designated top stargazing site

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve between Twin Falls and Idaho Falls. File photo

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in south-central Idaho has been designated an International Dark Sky Park due to its exceptional stargazing. National Park Service officials formally announced the designation in a news release Sept. 5 that the ...

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More groups sue over Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

A grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park. File photo

Three more conservation groups are suing to restore federal protections to grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park. The complaint filed Sept. 6 by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project and Native Ecosystems Council brings the ...

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Idaho pays feds $3.5 million to settle FCC broadband claims

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Idaho has repaid the Federal Communications Commission $3.5 million to cover federal funds that went to the botched statewide school broadband contract. State leaders made the payment Sept. 5 as part of a settlement with the federal agency over claims ...

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American Bar Association launches fact-checking website (access required)

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In what amounts to a kind of PolitFact.com for law, the American Bar Association has launched a website that pushes back against legal misinformation. The ABA’s Legal Fact Check website launched Aug. 17. On Tuesday, new ABA President Hillarie Bass ...

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An agricultural tradition continues

A helper sits in front of contestants waiting for the next run, 2017 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity Event, Ford Idaho Horse Park, Nampa, Idaho, Wednesday, 30 August 2017, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Hundreds of horses and riders gathered in Nampa the week of August 28 for the 2017 Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Aged event at the Ford Idaho Horse Park. In horse cutting, a sport based on traditional ranch work, ...

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