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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A group of about two dozen retired U.S. Forest Service employees has sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and Natural Resources Committee decrying a proposed northern Idaho land exchange. The Spokesman-Review reports the group is concerned that Idaho's congressional delegation is pushing the land exchange through Congress. The group says the deal trades away popular recreation areas for inaccessible timberlands on the Idaho-Montana border.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in eastern Idaho have recovered the body of a 68-year-old Blackfoot man from the Snake River. The Bingham County Sheriff's Office tells the Post Register that a search team recovered the body of Michael Birch at about noon on Saturday southwest of Blackfoot.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two eastern Idaho brothers have filed a tort claim seeking damages from Idaho Falls contending police used stun guns on them because they're black. The Post Register reports that Victor Delosanto Madrigal and Victor Manuel Madrigal filed the tort claims Feb. 24. Idaho Falls' Police Chief says the officers' actions in August weren't racially motivated.
OLNEY, Mont. (AP) —A BNSF Railway train derailment in western Montana sent 45 empty coal cars off the tracks and closed a portion of U.S. Highway 93 near the town of Olney. A BNSF spokesman says no one was injured when the eastbound train went off the tracks at about 3 p.m. Saturday. An Amtrak spokesman says trains will be held in Spokane, Wash., and Whitefish until the tracks are cleared.
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