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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After touring the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should be abolished or resized. It's going to require a lot of study, Zinke indicated, given that the monument was created to protect biodiversity in an area where three mountain ranges converge, creating diverse habitats for species that would normally be living apart.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says the top-elected official remains hospitalized after recently undergoing a second back surgery. Spokesman Jon Hanian said Monday that Otter is recovering from an infection contracted following a second back surgery on Friday for a ruptured disc.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Law enforcement officials say they have located the vehicle wanted in connection with the deaths of three women near a rural southwestern Idaho farmhouse. Canyon County Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell announced Monday that the white 2007 Ford Focus was found at a remote campground in northwest Wyoming in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Fish and Game Commission is considering several changes to hunting rules, including allowing the use of bait to hunt wolves. The Idaho Mountain Express reports the department is proposing the rule change in response to requests from hunters who want to use bait for hunting wolves outside of the black bear seasons.

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