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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Maj. Gen. Gary Sayler will retire from his post as commanding officer of the Idaho National Guard at the end of October after a 45-year career in the military. The Associated Press confirmed Sayler's pending retirement with state officials on Thursday. Sayler was expected to retire in June, but Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter asked him to stay on a little longer while he continued the search for a suitable replacement.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Top federal and state fire managers say the National Fire Preparedness Level will be raised to its highest point Friday afternoon. The National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group made the announcement Thursday, saying the jump to Preparedness Level 5 reflects a high degree of wildfire activity and that further assistance from the military and international resources may be considered and requested.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Sometime within the next four to six years, Yellowstone National Park is expected to reach its capacity for being able to handle all the vehicles that tourists drive through the park every year to see its sights. The National Park Service says potential solutions that will be discussed include instituting a reservation system or passenger shuttles to control the number of visitors during peak times for the busiest attractions in the park.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Pro-industry environmental decisions by the Trump administration are giving hope to a group that represents farmers in the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association says it wants the government to sidestep U.S. laws protecting imperiled salmon and bring stability to a pair of rivers. Environmental groups decry the effort and say it will hurt businesses that rely on healthy fish runs.

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