TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho groundwater users have agreed to cutback more than 10 percent of their water claims in a monumental deal designed to stave off crippling water shutoffs. The Times-News reports that junior groundwater users in southern Idaho had failed to provide 89,000 acre-feet of water to senior surface irrigators by May 1. In Idaho, senior water right holders get a priority in water delivery.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bridge that carries 1,600 cars a day over the Snake River is structurally deficient. A major interstate in northern Idaho needs new guardrails. And a rural intersection in eastern Idaho needs a left-turn lane. These are some of the more than 700 maintenance projects that will be vying for new money from Idaho's transportation panel in the coming weeks. Lawmakers approved $95 million in new funding this year.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — They don't stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University. For the past six years, every wine made by a WSU enology student or researcher has come with a screw cap. Screw caps help winemakers avoid cork taint, which leaves a moldy smell inside a bottle.
VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah infant has died 11 days after being found unresponsive in his family's hot tub. Sixteen-month-old Bronx Young died Saturday at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. Investigators say the child appeared to have been in the tub for a short period of time, and the death was a tragic accident.