TRANSGENDER INMATE-SURGERY LAWSUIT
Supreme Court won't put transgender inmate surgery on hold
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won’t put an Idaho transgender inmate’s gender confirmation surgery on hold while a lawsuit over the procedure moves forward. Thursday's order means Adree Edmo can continue getting pre-surgical treatments and potentially even gender confirmation surgery while Idaho officials wait to hear if the high court will consider their appeal. Edmo has been housed in a men’s prison since 2012. She sued three years ago, contending prison officials’ refusal to provide her with gender confirmation surgery causes her severe harm. But attorneys for prison officials and Idaho Gov. Brad Little say the surgery isn't medically necessary and the state shouldn't have to provide it.
Radioactive waste cleanup paying off for giant Idaho aquifer
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Scientists say radioactive and chemical contamination in a giant aquifer below an eastern Idaho federal nuclear facility has decreased or remained constant in recent years. A report released earlier this year by the U.S. Geological Survey attributes the decreases to radioactive decay, changes in waste-disposal methods, cleanup efforts and dilution from water coming into the Lake Erie-sized Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. The contamination originated at an 890-square-mile U.S. Department of Energy site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory. The report says contamination levels at all but a handful of nearly 180 wells are below acceptable standards for drinking water as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Lawsuit seeks to stop northern Idaho forest project
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups say an 18-square-mile forest project approved by the U.S. Forest Service in northern Idaho harms wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to stop the Brebner Flat Project in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Forest Service officials say the project includes logging and other work needed to improve forest health and lessen the severity of a potential wildfire. The environmental groups say the Forest Service's analysis failed to include the potential effects on grizzly bears or a wild river corridor. The U.S. Department of Justice said it's reviewing the lawsuit and didn’t offer a comment.
MOTHER STABBED-SON CHARGED
Nampa man charged in connection with mother's stabbing
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A Nampa man has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he stabbed his 92-year-old mother. The Idaho Press reports 73-year-old Danial Fairchild is being held on $1 million bond in connection with the Tuesday evening stabbing. Nampa police say they found Fairchild and the injured woman when they responded to a home in Nampa. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, and her current condition was not released. He has not yet had the opportunity to enter a plea, and court records don’t show the name of his attorney. Fairchild is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 2.
DEPUTY DIES-HIT BY CAR
Idaho deputy who died in line of duty identified
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Bonneville County sheriff’s office has identified 23-year-old Wyatt Maser as the deputy who was hit and killed by another deputy earlier this week. The Post Register reported that Maser died Monday while responding to a rollover crash in eastern Idaho before sunrise. Authorities say Maser and another deputy arrived to see a woman involved in the crash walking away. They were following her on foot when another deputy arrived, hitting Maser with his patrol vehicle. Maser was taken to a hospital, where he died. The driver was placed on leave. An investigation is underway. Maser is survived by his wife and daughter, who is about nine months old.
YELLOWSTONE BISON ATTACK
Visitor hurt when bison knocks her to ground at Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say a visitor was injured when she was knocked to the ground after getting too close to a bison near the popular Old Faithful Geyser. The visitor, whose name and age have not been released, was injured Wednesday afternoon but refused to be taken to a hospital. Park officials did not provide any details about her injuries. The incident is the first time a bison has injured a visitor this year. Visitors are required to stay at least 25 yards away from large animals, including bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes, and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves.
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