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Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:13pm

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said.

Girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:47am

A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

Amid debate, Wyoming approves Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt

Mead Gruver, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:48pm

A debate over whether the Yellowstone ecosystem's grizzly bear population can thrive while being hunted will be put to the test this fall after Wyoming officials on Wednesday approved the state's first grizzly hunt in 44 years.

The Latest: Wyoming approves 1st grizzly hunt since 1970s

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:37pm

The Latest on a vote in Wyoming that would allow grizzly bears to be hunted for the first time since 1974 (all times local):

How to spend 24 hours in Boise

Steph Grimes, Contributor  |  Posted   May 23rd - 12:15pm

Boise is a relatively quick getaway for much of northern Utah. Whether you're in the mood for a change of scenery or you're in the city for a business trip, here's what to do if you only have 24 hours in the city.

Sheriff: 4 people missing after car crashes into Idaho river

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:52am

Officials are searching for four missing people after their vehicle was found in the upper Selway River in northern Idaho backcountry.

Idaho candidates could see big pension perks if elected

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 11:40am

Idaho's top candidates will see big boosts to their state pension benefits if successful in their pursuit of statewide positions.

Idaho abandons plans for new governor's mansion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:29am

Idaho lawmakers are abandoning plans to build a new governor's mansion and will instead hand the land over to Boise for a park.

Woman charged with murder in downtown Portland homicide

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 7:07pm

Authorities say a 33-year-old woman has been arrested in the shooting death of a woman whose body was found on a downtown Portland, Oregon, sidewalk.

E. Idaho police officer dies of apparent heart attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:44pm

An eastern Idaho police officer has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while responding to a disturbance.

Northern Idaho judge appointed to state's high court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:25pm

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has appointed 2nd District Judge John Stegner of Moscow to the Idaho Supreme Court.

Experimental nuclear reactor opens for tours on Friday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 1:52pm

Federal officials in eastern Idaho say the first nuclear reactor to produce a usable amount of electricity will be open for free guided tours starting Friday.

Idaho adds inspection stations to target invasive species

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:27am

Idaho officials have added watercraft inspection stations and extended operating hours at some in anticipation of a busy season.

Idaho care center worker sentenced for sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:51am

A judge has retained jurisdiction in sentencing a former employee of a rehabilitation center in southeast Idaho convicted of sexually assaulting a patient.

Medicaid expansion moves closer to possible referendum

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:43pm

A Medicaid expansion proposal has passed the signature threshold, officials confirmed on Thursday, but said further review is needed before it gets on the November ballot.

Employee claims hostile environment at coroner's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:50pm

An employee of a coroner's office in western Idaho is claiming she was harassed by the outgoing coroner.

Plan aims to protect largest grizzly population in lower 48

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:45pm

U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana — the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 — as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals.

Officials work to ensure existence of caribou population

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:26am

Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger.

Female grizzly bear killed in northwest Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 9:11am

Wildlife managers are investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear in northwest Wyoming.