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Wolf's comeback in US triggers debate on protection levels

Andrew Selsky, Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 2:10pm

The gray wolf is on track for a remarkable comeback after being almost exterminated in the contiguous United States, but a Trump administration proposal to take the iconic symbol of the wild off the endangered species list has exposed divisions among states.

Appeals court to decide surgery for Idaho transgender inmate

Rebecca Boone, Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 1:28pm

Attorneys for Idaho prison officials argued Thursday that a transgender inmate who is suing for access to gender confirmation surgery is too mentally unstable to receive the irreversible medical procedure.

The Latest: Lawmaker pans tribes' push to protect bears

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 2:03pm

The Latest on a proposal to give grizzly bears permanent protections regardless of their population size (all times local):

Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 9:56am

Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho.

Yellowstone proposes more housing for summer workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 6:53am

Yellowstone National Park is proposing to add more housing for seasonal workers employed by private companies operating inside the park.

S. Idaho grazing plan that destroyed sagebrush is rejected

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 1:31pm

A federal administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments in south-central Idaho that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in favor of non-native plants to increase forage for cattle and sheep.

Wild horses to return to southwest Idaho following wildfire

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 12:45pm

Federal officials plan to release 45 wild horses in southwestern Idaho later this month in an event that's open to the public.

Investment group plans redevelopment of Idaho mall

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 10:59am

A California-based investment group is planning to spend more than $30 million to redevelop an Idaho mall, adding multifamily housing and a hotel to the site.

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 4:43pm

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA.

Chicago woman sentenced for defrauding Kmart in 11 states

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 11:30am

A 40-year-old Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states during a four-month crime spree.

Oregon wildlife head backs delisting of wolves as endangered

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 4:09pm

The director of Oregon's wildlife department has told the federal government the state agency supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to take the gray wolf off the endangered species list, drawing fire from conservation groups and an Oregon congressman.

WSU President says lower freshman enrollment is a good thing

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 11:09am

Washington State University is predicting lower freshman enrollment next fall, and school president Kirk Schulz says that's a good thing.

Idaho awaits word on Medicaid expansion plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 10:30am

The federal government could decide by the end of May whether it will accept Idaho's voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Report: Jail staff didn't check on inmate before his death

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 15th - 8:42am

A report from a sheriff's investigation says an inmate at an Idaho jail was left alone for three hours while suffering the effects of a drug overdose — far longer than the 15-minute interval checks required under jail policy. Thomas Rettew died of the overdose Jan. 17 while in a holding cell at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.

Yellowstone: Honk at bears that get close to cars

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 14th - 3:55pm

Officials in Yellowstone National Park tell drivers to honk at bears.

Idaho man ordered to pay $2,000 for damaging cultural site

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 14th - 2:16pm

An Idaho man has been ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution after damaging an archaeological site in Challis.

Appellate court to hear transgender inmate's surgery lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 14th - 1:39pm

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a transgender inmate who wants the Idaho Department of Correction to provide her with gender confirmation surgery.

Allred, Otter join to promote civil discourse program

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 14th - 12:06pm

Former political rivals Keith Allred and C.L. "Butch" Otter will join forces on Friday to discuss a new program aimed at finding positive common ground across partisan lines.

Idaho inspectors intercept 14 boats with invasive mussels

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 14th - 11:06am

Idaho officials say inspectors have already intercepted 14 boats carrying invasive mussels into the state nearly a month into inspection season.