BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The forest in and around one of the nation's top ski destinations is in trouble from an ongoing combination of unusually warm temperatures, drought, wildfires, insect invaders and pathogens. The U.S. Forest Service is starting an environmental analysis to find ways to improve the forest's health at Sun Valley Resort's Bald Mountain ski area, a huge economic driver for the region heavily dependent on tourism.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A fall snowstorm is snarling traffic and causing power outages in the Rocky Mountains as it slowly moves across the northern U.S. toward the Great Plains. Winter storm watches and warnings stretched from eastern Washington state to Minnesota and freeze warnings as far south as Colorado and Nebraska on Wednesday.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Federal and state wildlife officials have started a search in northern Idaho for a cougar that killed multiple livestock. The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that Idaho Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to locate the cougar and trap it. Officials say the cougar was sighted northeast of Sandpoint and recently killed three alpacas, a miniature horse and a deer.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing one person and injuring three others in a drunken driving crash in March. The Coeur d'Alene Press says 36-year-old Cory Allan Kreager was sentenced in 1st District Court on Monday. He must serve at least 10 years before he will be eligible for parole.
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