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Study challenges views about Western forest fires

Scientists using field notes from surveys first conducted by the government before the Civil War believe they’ve gained a better understanding of how Western wildfires behaved historically. Researchers at the University of Wyoming studied historical fire patterns across millions of ...

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Conservation group sues northern Idaho trailer park over sewage lagoon

The Idaho Conservation League has filed a lawsuit against a northern Idaho trailer park accused of discharging sewage into the South Fork of the Palouse River and violating the Clean Water Act. The environmental group sued this month in U.S. ...

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Swarming invasive insect found in U.S. for first time

An invasive insect commonly found in south-central Europe has been detected in southwestern Idaho, marking the first time the elm seed bug has been spotted in the U.S., according to federal officials. A U.S. Agriculture Department specialist has confirmed the ...

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Formerly depleted state rainy-day reserves up to nearly $90 million

Idaho ended the 2012 fiscal year with more revenue than forecast in January, allowing the state to replenish reserves to nearly $90 million after draining the rainy day funds since the economy soured in 2008. The state said July 13 ...

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Suspended midwives’ birthing center gets new name

An Idaho birthing center has taken a new name after midwives there were suspended earlier this year following a state investigation into babies that died. A certificate of organization for New Beginnings Baby Place LLC was filed June 5 with ...

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Supervalu halts dividend, reviews options after 1Q

Supervalu Inc.’s shares plunged in after-hours trading July 11 after the grocery chain reported a dismal first quarter, suspended its dividend and announced plans to potentially put itself up for sale. Supervalu, which owns the Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Save-A-Lot and other ...

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Ada County hires help to probe Dynamis deal

Ada County has enlisted an outside prosecutor to scrutinize complaints over alleged irregularities in a contract with a company aiming to build a waste-to-energy plant at the local landfill. The Idaho Statesman reports Mark Hiedeman, Bannock County’s prosecutor, will lead ...

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States seek federal help fighting mussel scourge

Regional energy planners for four Western states are asking Congress for help building a stronger line of defense against what some officials call an unfolding environmental disaster – an invasive mussel that is clogging Colorado River reservoirs like Lake Mead ...

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Idaho State cuts ties with basketball booster

Officials at Idaho State University are severing ties with an athletics booster accused of offering money to potential basketball recruits and their coaches, an eastern Idaho newspaper reported July 8. The Idaho State Journal obtained a letter the university sent ...

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