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Rural Idaho counties have more active voters than urban ones

More Idaho voters are turning out for statewide elections than ever before, but many counties lag behind the U.S. average, according to data from the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office. The Pew Research Center puts average voting rate in the ...

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Drought conditions begin to creep into Idaho

Idaho is seeing more hot, dry weather and with it some parts of the state are experiencing drought. Data from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 31 percent of the state is experiencing a moderate drought. Boise State Public Radio ...

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Idaho schools seek to spend $21 million on school safety next year

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra is preparing to pitch a $21 million school safety initiative — Keep Idaho Students Safe, or KISS — to the Legislature in January. The Idaho Press-Tribune reported the initiative would, among other things, ...

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Boise State gets OK to use eminent domain for stadium

Boise State University has received approval to use eminent domain to acquire properties where school officials want to build a baseball stadium. Documents from the Idaho State Board of Education show the school has tentatively agreed to buy land where ...

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Yellowstone continues effort to restore native fish

Wildlife managers are undertaking a project to eliminate nonnative fish from the upper Gibbon River drainage in Yellowstone National Park. Beginning August 20 and continuing through the week, biologists will remove nonnative rainbow trout and brook trout using the fish ...

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Utah energy cooperative exploring nuclear power in Idaho

A small commercial nuclear reactor that a Utah energy cooperative wants to build in Idaho would be game-changing for energy customers if the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the project, a high-ranking federal official said at a conference the week ...

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Appeals court ruling halts giant forest project in Idaho

A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold following a ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision August 13 halts the 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to ...

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US pledges to work more closely with states vs. wildfires

As wildfires continue to choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged August 16 to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and ...

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State board of Education fires University of Idaho athletic director

The Idaho State Board of Education has fired University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear after an investigation into how his department handled sexual assault and harassment complaints. The Idaho Statesman reported the board made the unanimous decision August 16 ...

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City sewer fee case goes to Idaho’s highest court

Cities across Idaho are closely watching a case where a lawsuit is seeking refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ...

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