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Cattle grazing suspended on 2 parts of central Idaho

An environmental group has settled a lawsuit against the U.S Forest Service with an agreement that suspends cattle grazing in a central Idaho area that includes part of the White Clouds Wilderness and has salmon-spawning habitat. The agreement between Hailey-based ...

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Yellowstone proposes building new youth education campus

Yellowstone National Park wants to move and rebuild its youth education campus to expand dorm and classroom space. The park released an environmental assessment that proposes building five dormitories. The dorms could house up to 140 students. The park also ...

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Idaho closes budget year with $94M more than projected

Idaho officials say the state has closed out the budget year with tax revenue exceeding forecasts by nearly $94 million. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on July 14 praised the state’s disciplined fiscal policies for the budget surplus. For fiscal year ...

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Social media lawsuits increase (access required)

As social networking has increased, so have lawsuits stemming from sites like Facebook and Twitter. According to Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm, 52 percent of 200 attorneys from large law firms nationwide reported an increase in lawsuits linked ...

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Katydids are laying waste to crops in the West

Farmers in the U.S. West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: Swarms of ravenous insects that can devour crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. Experts say this year could ...

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Zinke recommends no changes to Idaho, Washington monuments

Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and the Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state are no longer under review for possible modification, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said July 13. The monuments were among 27 covered by President ...

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Idaho investigating abuse allegations at home for disabled

Idaho’s welfare agency is investigating allegations that staffers physically and psychologically abused and neglected some residents at a state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced the investigation July 12, saying the ...

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