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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prolonged drought conditions across the West have national wildfire experts expecting a busy and early fire season. According to the latest wildfire report issued by the National Interagency Fire Center, Idaho could experience above-normal wildfire activity in its southwestern and northern regions starting in July.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Meridian man has been charged with attempting to intimidate a witness after police say he issued online threats against a police officer who arrested him. The Idaho Statesman reports that 29-year-old Matthew Townsend was protesting taxes when he was arrested and is accused of posting the threats on Facebook.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials say five Idaho juveniles have been removed from a Utah treatment facility following a report of sexual misconduct. Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray tells the Idaho Press-Tribune that the misconduct was reported in March at the Copper Hills Youth Center in West Jordan, Utah.

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) — Cassia County Commissioners acknowledge that they twice violated the state's open meetings law. But as the Times-News reports, they are challenging allegations of other violations of the law. Chairman Dennis Crane says commissioners didn't try to do anything wrong but determined they hadn't done everything right.

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