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Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:53pm

Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report.

Storms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:43pm

Rural mountain communities outside Seattle that have been without power for days and cut off from the outside world by a series of winter storms saw some relief as convoys brought in food and other supplies.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 3:20am

Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a snowmobiling accident in southwest Montana. The Montana Standard reports 39-year-old Douglas Baker, of Butte, went missing while snowmobiling with a group of friends near Jackson on Jan. 12. Beaverhead County's coroner says Baker's friends started looking for him and found his body in an area she described as “off the beaten path." Baker was traveling up a snow-packed incline when his snowmobile rolled and trapped him underneath. He died of asphyxiation.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 1:40am

Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a snowmobiling accident in southwest Montana. The Montana Standard reports 39-year-old Douglas Baker, of Butte, went missing while snowmobiling with a group of friends near Jackson on Jan. 12. Beaverhead County's coroner says Baker's friends started looking for him and found his body in an area she described as “off the beaten path." Baker was traveling up a snow-packed incline when his snowmobile rolled and trapped him underneath. He died of asphyxiation.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:40am

Authorities have released the name of a man who was killed in a snowmobiling accident in southwest Montana. The Montana Standard reports 39-year-old Douglas Baker, of Butte, went missing while snowmobiling with a group of friends near Jackson on Jan. 12. Beaverhead County's coroner says Baker's friends started looking for him and found his body in an area she described as “off the beaten path." Baker was traveling up a snow-packed incline when his snowmobile rolled and trapped him underneath. He died of asphyxiation.

Man rescued, cited after rappelling into Yellowstone canyon

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 2:13pm

A 55-year-old Indiana man had to be rescued in Yellowstone National Park after he rappelled down a deep canyon, then was unable to climb back out after he left his rope to retrieve a backpack he dropped, park officials said.

Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 12:11pm

A Montana man told authorities that he cut off a grizzly bear's claws as a memento after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him, according to court records.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 3:40am

A report has found marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average. The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis released the report Friday saying Idaho residents are purchasing cannabis in Oregon because recreational marijuana is illegal in Idaho. Idaho borders three states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales: Oregon, Washington and Nevada. Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Idaho have started collecting signatures to get an initiative on the general election ballot. The number 420 is a colloquial term referencing marijuana or cannabis consumption.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:20am

The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee on Friday that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine. The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company's bankruptcy deal. Tippets also said the U.S. Department of Energy is ending a $500,000 annual payment to the state involving air pollution monitoring at the Idaho National Laboratory. Tippets says that money paid for a third of the state's air quality program.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 3:20am

The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee on Friday that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine. The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company's bankruptcy deal. Tippets also said the U.S. Department of Energy is ending a $500,000 annual payment to the state involving air pollution monitoring at the Idaho National Laboratory. Tippets says that money paid for a third of the state's air quality program.

Here is the latest Idaho news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. MST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:40am

The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste. John Tippets told the Legislature's powerful budget-setting committee on Friday that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine. The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company's bankruptcy deal. Tippets also said the U.S. Department of Energy is ending a $500,000 annual payment to the state involving air pollution monitoring at the Idaho National Laboratory. Tippets says that money paid for a third of the state's air quality program.

Idaho House expels member convicted of fraud by Texas jury

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:43pm

The Idaho House of Representatives on Thursday expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government.

Pileup injures 33, spills diesel fuel on Idaho highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 12:02pm

A fuel tanker and several other vehicles crashed on an Idaho highway, injuring 33 people and spilling diesel fuel, authorities said.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 3:20am

The Idaho House of Representatives has expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The House voted 65-0 Thursday to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. Green was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from helping a wealthy Texas couple hide assets to avoid paying income taxes. Green maintains his innocence. Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke made the motion to declare Green's seat vacant, and it was seconded by Republican House Majority Leader Mike Moyle. A process to replace Green now begins that requires the involvement of Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 1:40am

The Idaho House of Representatives has expelled one of its members a day after he was convicted of conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The House voted 65-0 Thursday to expel Republican Rep. John Green of Post Falls. Green was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from helping a wealthy Texas couple hide assets to avoid paying income taxes. Green maintains his innocence. Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke made the motion to declare Green's seat vacant, and it was seconded by Republican House Majority Leader Mike Moyle. A process to replace Green now begins that requires the involvement of Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little.

Report: Idaho avalanche that killed 3 started by skiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:14am

An avalanche at an Idaho ski resort that killed three people last week was triggered by skiers, despite the efforts of the ski patrol to mitigate the danger, according to a preliminary investigation.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 3:20am

A panel of Idaho lawmakers has taken testimony involving Idaho's education standards on English and literacy for the state's 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education. The House Education Committee on Wednesday opted not to vote on a recommendation to the full House on whether to approve or reject them until also hearing testimony on math and science standards in coming days. The standards are benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states to describe what students should know after completing each grade. Those opposed to keeping them say they are failing Idaho students. Those in favor of keeping them say that are keeping Idaho students competitive. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:40am

A panel of Idaho lawmakers has taken testimony involving Idaho's education standards on English and literacy for the state's 300,000 students put forward by the Idaho State Board of Education. The House Education Committee on Wednesday opted not to vote on a recommendation to the full House on whether to approve or reject them until also hearing testimony on math and science standards in coming days. The standards are benchmarks adopted by more than 40 states to describe what students should know after completing each grade. Those opposed to keeping them say they are failing Idaho students. Those in favor of keeping them say that are keeping Idaho students competitive. 

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 3:20am

Two methods to bring in millions of dollars to pay for maintaining Idaho's roads have gained traction with lawmakers. The House Transportation and Defense Committee on Tuesday voted to send to the full House a bill that would use money generated from investing about $275 million sitting in the state's rainy-day account. Republican Rep. Joe Palmer says the investment account would still serve as an emergency reserve should an economic slowdown occur. The same committee also voted to hold a hearing on another plan to double to 2% the amount of money dedicated to roads coming from the state's sales tax. That would bring in $36 million annually.