COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s governor has called for a third-party assessment of Lake Coeur d’Alene’s water quality as the tribe that owns a third of the lake backs out of a joint monitoring project. The Coeur d’Alene Press reported Republican Gov. Brad Little wrote to the Coeur d’Alene Tribe requesting data compiled since 1996 when the tribe and state began collaborating to track toxins and produce plans to reduce pollutants. The tribal chairman says the plans have not helped reduce pollutants.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An Idaho community is in mourning after nine members of one extended family were killed in a Thanksgiving weekend plane crash. Jim Hansen Sr. was killed in the crash that also killed his son, grandchildren and other relatives. Three generations of his clan ran a petroleum business called Conrad & Bischoff. They were returning from a pheasant-hunting trip in South Dakota when their plane crashed.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state’s commissioner of Public Lands released a proposal Monday that provides some $63 million each year to fight wildfires and take steps to prevent them in the first place. The bill includes the largest investment Washington has ever made to expand its wildfire team and restore the health of forests, the commissioner’s office said.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Boise has been delayed because the tree fell over. The Idaho Statesman reports that the 45-year-old evergreen toppled sometime Thursday night. The ceremony, which brings a crowd to the Grove in Downtown Boise every year, had been set for Friday night. The Downtown Boise Association says it will reschedule the event
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