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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — This summer's massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked. That has renewed a longstanding debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or just let it burn out. Nearly 29,000 firefighters are battling 100 large blazes across the West, but it hasn't been enough. In northern Idaho, private citizens have even jumped on fire lines.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Sen. Jim Risch used a recent energy meeting to call on the state to take action on two proposed shipments of spent nuclear fuel. The Post Register reports that Department of Energy officials say at least one of the shipments needs to be approved within about a month or it could be sent elsewhere. But Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has banned the shipments until a radioactive waste treatment facility is up and running.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former employee at the Idaho State Correctional Institution has been arrested for sexual contact with an inmate. The Idaho Statesman reports 22-year-old Shauna Kelly was arrested and is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $75,000 bond. The detectives found evidence that Kelly had allegedly engaged in illegal sexual contact with a 21-year-old male inmate.
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The former Blackfoot High School girls soccer coach accused of having sexual relations with one of her players has appeared in court for a preliminary hearing. Alisha Yeates, who coached the girls soccer team in 2013, is facing seven counts of lewd conduct. Yeates is to appear in court Sept. 17.
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