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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.

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.

Grant allows rural Idaho kids to get ready for kindergarten

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 13th - 1:10pm

A $14.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow children in Idaho and other rural states to prepare for kindergarten through an online program.

Boy, 2, found dead in Idaho house fire; 2 adults escaped

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 13th - 12:07pm

Firefighters found a 2-year-old boy dead during a blaze in an Idaho house.

Wildlife commission to finally vote on Oregon wolf plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 12th - 12:01pm

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission is finally set to vote on a plan for managing wolves in the state, after years of contentious meetings.

Yellowstone's federal workers to resume some basic services

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 11th - 5:05pm

Yellowstone National Park officials say federal employees will start providing some basic services again, despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.