BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land managers have released a final plan for a phosphate mine with five open pits as well as reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly prepared final environmental impact statement Friday for the Dairy Syncline Mine Project about 14 miles (23 miles) east of Soda Springs.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — County officials in Washington say they are planning a mental health crisis stabilization unit based on a nearby center in Idaho. The Spokesman-Review reported the North Idaho Crisis Center in Coeur D'Alene served about 1,400 people in 2018, enabling the clients to stay out of an emergency room or jail. The Spokane County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on whether to grant $350,000 to Pioneer Human Services to develop an operational framework for the proposed center.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Last month's chilly weather broke records for Idaho, coming in as the coldest October since the state began recording the average temperatures in 1895. Boise State Public Radio reports the average temperature for October 2019 was 36.7 degrees Fahrenheit. That compares to the mean temperature of 44.1 degrees Fahrenheit for roughly the past century.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, Yellowstone National Park wildlife managers have found no evidence wolves killing each other. The park's annual report on wolves says seven wolf deaths were recorded 2018, but none were wolf-on-wolf deaths. At the end of 2018 there were at least 80 wolves in nine packs with seven breeding pairs that were calling Yellowstone home.