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CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho yesterday, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries. USGS geophysicist Dale Grant says the earthquake was the first one of its strength in the area since 2005. It struck 8 miles northwest of Challis, a town of around 1,000 less than 200 miles northeast of Boise.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff has refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey and has criticized the organization for pushing for concealed-carry guns on Idaho college campuses. Balukoff says Idaho's governor and Legislature shouldn't be beholden to the NRA. Rather than complete the 23-question survey, Balukoff wrote a letter to the NRA, saying the questionnaire allows only for polarizing and extreme positions.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former State Controller Donna Jones has endorsed Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane to be Idaho secretary of state. In a statement on Friday, Jones says McGrane is a stalwart in Republican politics with the background and experience that makes him the only qualified candidate in the race who can get the job done.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is seeking public comment on proposed infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. The agency is proposing to make improvements to various energy production systems to conserve water and energy and reduce waste. The project seeks to increase renewable energy and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the fossil fuel-powered generator.