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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Many of the country's most prominent national parks, including Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Zion, set new visitation records in 2015. Officials say the records could be short-lived as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial in 2016, when even bigger crowds are expected. Overall visitation is on track to hit 300 million for 2015, besting last year's all-time high of nearly 293 million.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A 74-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran is asking to receive jail time rather than be asked to pay a fine for allegedly using bait to hunt deer. The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Tacoma resident James Brummett says he plans to plead guilty to the misdemeanor hunting citation if his recent motion to dismiss the case is denied. Brummett says his heart condition prevents him from climbing hills or packing heavy weight. He says he wants the rules on baiting deer relaxed for disabled veteran hunters.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In the wake of a Nampa couple that was found dead in their home this past week, Ada County firefighters are reminding residents to invest in carbon monoxide monitors. KTVB-TV reports that firefighters say having a detector could save your life, as the poisonous gas is colorless and odorless. Officials say this year alone Ada County firefighters have responded to more than 260 carbon monoxide poisoning-related calls.
KUNA, Idaho (AP) — A 19-year-old Nampa man died after the vehicle he was driving collided with a train in Kuna in southwest Idaho. The Ada County Coroner's Office says Peter Francois died of blunt force trauma. The crash is under investigation.