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Forest Service Expects Expensive Wildfire Season, Renews Call For New Funding Model

A recent report published by the U.S. Forest Service shows that in 1995, 17 percent of the agency's budget went to fighting wildfires. By 2014, those efforts took up 51 percent of the agency's funding. Forest Service spokesperson Jennifer Jones says that should change. Jones says fire suppression is funded by taking an average of the wildfire costs over the last 10 years, and then applying that to the agency's overall budget. She says that method doesn't really work in an era of large and...
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School districts across the state are grappling with changes stemming from a new state law raising the salary for teachers and the major districts west of Boise are no exception.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Nampa Superintendent David Peterson says the starting wage increase of 4.5 percent will have a large effect on his district. A financial crisis in 2012 caused many veteran teachers to leave and brought an influx of first-time educators to the city.

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Idaho was the third-highest milk producing state last year, behind California and Wisconsin.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Idaho cows produced about 13.9 billion pounds of milk last year.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that's an increase from 13.4 billion pounds in 2013. The increase helped Idaho take the No. 3 milk producing spot back from New York.

California is the top producer with more than 42 billion pounds of milk, and Wisconsin comes in second with more than 27 billion pounds.

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Boise State University’s Andrus Center for Public  Policy and the University of Idaho’s McClure Center for Public Policy have teamed up to host a conference on early childhood education in Idaho. It’s Monday at Garden City’s Riverside Hotel.  

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Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is engaged to be married to Francee Reilly, of Boise, later this summer.

Batt declined to provide The Associated Press information on when or where the wedding will take place, but added those details will be released eventually. Batt also declined to say when the two became engaged.

The 88-year-old Batt was Idaho's governor for one term from 1995-1999.

In September, Batt's first wife, Jacque Batt, died of natural causes. The two had been married for 66 years.

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Happy free-comic-book eve. That’s not a thing, but Free Comic Book Day is, and it’s on Saturday. This annual event could also be called nerd-recruitment day. It’s the industry’s way of luring people into comic-book shops who may not otherwise venture into the realms of the nerd lords.

The College of Western Idaho has purchased a 10-acre lot of land at $8.8 million, twice the value assigned to it for tax purposes, but officials say they did not overpay.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the community college's board chairwoman Mary Niland said Thursday that she if she could go back she would have looked at the tax assessment and asked for an appraisal.

Board vice president Guy Hurlbutt described the lot's location as "superb" and did not think an assessment would have made much difference.

Idaho Education News

Idaho’s ill-fated $61.5 million Schoolnet experiment is all but over.

Now, school districts can choose a substitute: an instructional management system designed to help teachers tailor their lesson plans around students’ strengths and weaknesses.

It’s a big decision for district officials — albeit one subsidized by state dollars. And for education vendors, it’s a market opportunity.

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Courtesy: Delta Airlines

The number of flights in and out of the Boise airport increases Friday. Airport officials say Delta will begin flying new routes to and from Seattle as part of the airline’s west coast expansion. But there’s one route that continues to elude Boise travelers – a direct flight to a major east coast hub. 

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Said Ahmed-Zaid is an engineering professor at Boise State University. He's lived in Boise for 18 years, and is also a spokesperson for the city's Islamic Center. He's held that position since 9/11, representing his minority religion's members in a majority Christian state.

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Petroglyphs found outside of Melba in Southern Idaho have been around for thousands of years, but these symbols carved into solid rock are fading. Erosion and vandalism have put these pieces of history in jeopardy. Now a student club from the College of Western Idaho is working to preserve them.

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