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Idaho won’t be getting F-35 fighter jet training center

The Department of Defense has chosen Luke Air Force Base in Arizona as the site of a new training center for F-35 fighter jets. The 71-year-old base in west Glendale, Ariz., was competing with bases in Tucson, New Mexico and ...

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State agency says school laptop program on track

State officials negotiating to supply every high school teacher and student with a laptop under Idaho’s contested education reforms report that they’re still on track to get the program started this fall — even after hitting a snag last month. ...

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Sand Creek Byway opens in northern Idaho

The $106 million Sand Creek Byway that routes U.S. Highway 95 out of downtown Sandpoint in northern Idaho has opened. Workers on July 27 removed barrels and uncovered signs to clear the way for a pilot car to guide northbound ...

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Idaho Water Dept. turns down Bear River dam permit

The Idaho Department of Water Resources rejected a proposal to build a dam on the Bear River. The Twin Lakes Canal Co. filed an application with the agency in 2007 to build a 700-foot-long, 108-foot-high dam in Oneida Narrows near ...

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Dead cattle, devastation in wake of Western fires

Cecil and Delores Kolka thought they escaped the worst of the Ash Creek Fire when the 390-square-mile blaze spared their home and several pastures as it ripped through the couple’s Montana cattle ranch. But when the family went to round ...

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Report: US has fewest cattle in at least 4 decades

A widespread drought that’s forcing ranchers to sell off animals has helped shrink the nation’s cattle herd to its smallest number in at least four decades. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported July 20 that the number of cattle and ...

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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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