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Idaho town told not to drink water amid contamination scare

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:57pm

Residents of an Idaho town have been told not to drink its well water amid concerns that a fired municipal worker who killed himself in his home may have contaminated it, officials said Friday.

Rescuers recover vehicle from Selway river, no bodies inside

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 7:20pm

Rescuers have recovered a sport utility vehicle from the upper Selway River in the Idaho backcountry, but Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says none of the four hunters missing since the crash earlier this week were inside.

Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:14pm

A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife.

Idaho care center worker sentenced for sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:44pm

A judge has ordered a former caregiver to enter a treatment program that could be followed by a prison sentence after the man was convicted of sexually assaulting a patient at a rehabilitation center in southeast Idaho.

University of Idaho's president to leave next spring

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:30am

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced that University of Idaho President Chuck Staben's contract will not be renewed in 2019.

Idaho adds inspection stations to target invasive species

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:27am

Idaho officials have added watercraft inspection stations and extended operating hours at some in anticipation of a busy season.

Medicaid expansion moves closer to possible referendum

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:43pm

A Medicaid expansion proposal has passed the signature threshold, officials confirmed on Thursday, but said further review is needed before it gets on the November ballot.

Utah, Idaho are building homes faster than any other state — but is it enough?

Maria L. La Ganga, Idaho Statesman  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:55pm

Even as it struggles to shelter its rapidly growing population, Idaho built new housing units at a faster pace than all but one other state, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday.

Plan aims to protect largest grizzly population in lower 48

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:45pm

U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana — the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 — as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals.

Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:13pm

Public lands managers are losing a battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching and recreation and are home to an imperiled bird, officials said.

Girl who died in car fire identified, parents jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:47am

A 4-year-old girl who died after a car erupted into flames in Boise has been identified by authorities who say both parents are in custody at the Ada County Jail.

Celebratory event for Snake River Birds of Prey area planned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 11:02am

An event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the designation of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area is set.

Officials in Boise warn of high flows in Boise River

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 10:22am

The Boise Fire Department has issued a dangerous conditions warning for the Boise River as federal officials increase flows over the Memorial Day weekend.

Forest Service OKs exploratory drilling for N. Idaho silica

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 9:36am

Federal officials have approved exploratory drilling for a silica mine on Green Mountain in northern Idaho.

N. Idaho woman facing embezzlement charges disappears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 9:00am

A $500,000 arrest warrant has been issued for a northern Idaho woman charged with embezzling money from a nonprofit that helps low- to moderate-income people buy homes.

The Latest: First tests find no water contamination in town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:48pm

The Latest on an Idaho town where officials told residents not to drink the water after a fired municipal worker was found dead in his home. (all times local):

Sheriff: Parents, don't bring guns to school lockdowns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 5:10pm

Law enforcement officials in eastern Idaho have issued a public safety warning after several parents responded to a recent school lockdown armed with AR-15 rifles and a pistol.

Police: Man who threatened Idaho deputies shot and killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 2:19pm

Officials in southwestern Idaho say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened deputies with a military-style knife.

Employee claims hostile environment at coroner's office

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:50pm

An employee of a coroner's office in western Idaho is claiming she was harassed by the outgoing coroner.