SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — Landowners alongside an Idaho lake have filed 27 lawsuits saying the county has overvalued their property. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the Priest Lake landowners are questioning whether Bonner County's assessed valuations reflected fair market value. The lawsuits also question whether the county failed to consider proper measures of applicable land sales and whether it relied on incorrect or incomplete information when setting values.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows. The decision this week comes following a challenge by an environmental group. Grazing on BLM-administered portions of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve not covered by lava flows will stay at about 99 percent of current levels.
WENDELL, Idaho (AP) — A police report suggests a man shot and killed a construction worker in south-central Idaho and later turned the firearm on himself after a dispute over the progress of the construction project. The Times-News reports four Gooding County sheriff's deputies found 34-year-old Agustin Nopal Donu's body slumped in a chair and 56-year-old Tony Sousa's body on the floor at the Magic Valley Portuguese Hall last week, where Sousa was president. Sousa's wife found the men when she went to see Sousa.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A ceremonial groundbreaking opening the way for site preparation of a $1.65 billion facility to handle spent fuel from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships has taken place in southeastern Idaho. The Post Register reports that several hundred people gathered Thursday at the Naval Reactors Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's site that covers about 890-square-miles of high-desert sagebrush steppe.