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Trapping ban urged for cat-sized forest predators in Montana

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:47pm

Wildlife advocates on Tuesday urged Montana officials to ban trapping along much of the state's border with Idaho to protect an isolated population of cat-sized predators living in old-growth forests.

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:07pm

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter.

Idaho wolf control board seeks $200,000 to kill wolves

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 12:15pm

A member of an Idaho board that manages money to pay a federal and state agency to kill wolves that attack livestock and big game says a $200,000 budget request by Gov. Brad Little is sufficient for fiscal year 2020.

Only 1 candidate applies for Idaho county prosecutor job

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:03am

Officials say only one person has applied to be appointed as Bingham County prosecutor, and the deadline for applications is looming.

Idaho courts facing court reporter shortage, seek pay boost

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 9:45am

An official with the Idaho courts system says the state is facing a shortage of court reporters and needs $340,500 to boost salaries for its 45 court reporter positions.

1 killed, another injured in W Yellowstone snowmobile crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 3:50pm

A sport utility vehicle struck a snowmobile that failed to stop at a stop sign in the town of West Yellowstone, killing one rider and critically injuring another.

Rule clarifies who must pay to film in Idaho state parks

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:48pm

Idaho lawmakers have advanced a proposed rule giving a sharper focus on who can take photos and record moving images in Idaho state parks without having to obtain a permit.

Federal trial for 'AK-47 Bandit' set for March in Nebraska

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:46pm

A federal trial in Nebraska has been pushed to March for a man suspected of being the "AK-47 bandit," who investigators believe robbed banks in five states.

Businesses seek help maintaining Yellowstone roads

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:42pm

The coalition of businesses that has been maintaining snowmobile and snow coach access to most of Yellowstone National Park during the federal government shutdown is reaching out for help.

Complaint: Health facility staff weren't fired after neglect

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:44am

A complaint survey says two employees who falsified records and failed to check on a resident who died at an Idaho health care facility were not fired.

Idaho's Veterans Services Division struggles to hire nurses

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:36am

The director of Idaho's Division of Veterans Services says beds for veterans are going empty despite waiting lists because the agency can't hire enough medical staffers.

Tri-Cities groups pushing support for Snake River dams

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:02am

A plan to spend $750,000 of state taxpayer money to study the impacts of tearing down four dams on the lower Snake River is not sitting well with Tri-Cities area supporters of the dams.

Commission eyes new model for protecting vulnerable adults

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:48am

Idaho lawmakers have advanced legislation Gov. Brad Little's administration says will help prevent abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.

Northern Idaho man gets up to 10 years for infant's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:44am

A northern Idaho man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old daughter has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison.

Idaho officials want to cap hundreds of artesian wells

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 2:28pm

Lawmakers have advanced legislation to help state officials cap what are thought to be hundreds of artesian wells across southern Idaho in a plan that could help irrigators and a federally protected snail.

Lawmakers consider money request for math, science training

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 11:51am

The top official of a state program to boost student participation in science and technology learning to keep Idaho competitive in those fields says there are thousands of openings for jobs requiring those skills.

Veteran seeks to reunite burial flag with rightful owners

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 11:31am

A veteran is hoping to return a military burial flag to its rightful owners, but first he has to find them.

Shutdown threatens state's hatchery-based steelhead season

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 11:23am

An Idaho nonprofit says the federal government shutdown is threatening the state's ability to keep hatchery-based steelhead season open, and thus affecting local families and businesses that depend on the fish for their livelihoods.

Idaho arts commission seeks increase in operating budget

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 14th - 8:51am

The Idaho Commission on the Arts is requesting a budget committee accept Gov. Brad Little's request that will result in an operating budget of just more than $2 million for fiscal year 2020.