Idaho governor seeks tribal water quality data for review
(Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com)
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 from the tribe and the state Department of Environmental Quality compiled since 1996 when the tribe and state began collaborating to track toxins and produce plans to reduce pollutants.
PLANE CRASH-SOUTH DAKOTA
Survivors from South Dakota plane crash in stable condition
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A family representative says that the three survivors from a plane crash in South Dakota are in stable condition at a hospital. The Saturday plane crash killed nine members of an extended Idaho family. The three survivors are recovering at a hospital in Sioux Falls. The family was returning from an annual pheasant-hunting trip near Chamberlain, South Dakota, when the plane crashed during a winter storm warning.
Lighting ceremony in Boise delayed after evergreen topples
(Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com)
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
Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility will voluntarily dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving relicensing of the company’s hydroelectric project where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court says the EPA in response to the lawsuit has approved allowing warmer water temperatures in the Snake River below the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border.
RAPE KITS-TRACKING SYSTEM
Ohio selects rape kit tracking system created by Idaho
(Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com)
CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio plans to use a system developed in Idaho that lets sexual assault survivors anonymously track the processing and testing of rape kits collected as evidence. Cleveland.com reports Ohio legislators last year approved the use of a tracking system. The law requires use by medical facilities, law enforcement, and labs once a system is operational. Ohio officials haven’t specified what information will be available to victims and haven’t provided a timeline.
Washington plans to spray for gypsy moths
(Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/washington)
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two small areas of northwest Washington likely will be sprayed with an insecticide to stop an outbreak of gypsy moths, including a type native to Asia never before detected in the U.S. The Capital Press reports the Washington State Department of Agriculture said it tentatively plans to release the insecticide over a small city called Woodway, and an Everett neighborhood. Gypsy moths native to Asia are more mobile than European varieties and are considered more of a danger to spread.
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