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One Of The Darkest Places In The World Is Idaho's Night Sky Reserve. Here's What You'll See There

When is the last time you’ve had a clear view of the Milky Way? Chances are you’re among the 99 percent of Americans who can’t see all that much of the night sky from where you live.

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Idaho Department of Water Resources

It’s been a year of good news for the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer recharge program. The aquifer – which serves southern Idaho’s agricultural-rich Magic Valley and about 200,000 homes – is the subject of a strategic recharge project. 

Fire experts say this season could be big for wildfires in our region. Our Mountain West New Bureau takes you behind the scenes with stories about the people who protect our communities, land and wildlife during wildlfire season. 

This story is about the people who rush into the smoke not to save people or structures, but … animals.  

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The Nez Perce tribe is the latest indigenous government to sue drug makers over the opioid crisis gripping the nation.

Courtesy of Governor Butch Otter's office

Judge John Stegner of Moscow will be the next Idaho Supreme Court Justice. 

Governor Butch Otter appointed his former campaign manager to the open seat vacated by retiring Justice Warren Jones.

"Judge Stegner’s record alone speaks volumes about his commitment to the law, his community and our state," Otter said in a statement. "He understands and has the professional acumen and civic virtue to address the underlying issues impacting Idaho’s courts."

Wildfire season is ramping up across our region. There are all sorts of people involved in waiting, watching and fighting them -- people you might not expect. We’re profiling some of them in a series, Faces Behind The Fires.

Lyle St. Goddard, 56, is running along a dirt trail on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.  

“It takes me about a lap to loosen up,” he said.

Being a hotshot is a young man’s game.

“I still can do it,” St. Goddard, one of the oldest crew members in the country, said. “I just got to keep in shape. I’ll be okay.”

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Only Congress can create wilderness areas, which have tight land use restrictions. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation to protect about 14,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain at Scotchman Peaks in 2016.

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Republican congressional candidate Russ Fulcher suffered broken ribs and minor scrapes after losing control of his motorcycle Friday afternoon.

American Society Of Civil Engeineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers is out with its report card on infrastructure in Idaho. While the Gem State did better than the nation’s grade of “D+,” the society’s findings paint a less-than rosy picture.

Idaho is neither leading the class nor passing notes in the back with a grade of C-. The American Society of Civil Engineers describes the “C” category as infrastructure that’s mediocre and in need of attention.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West News Bureau

Each summer, thousands of firefighters devote long hours to putting out wildfires. At the end of each day, they retreat to camp a safe distance away where they can relax and recharge to be ready for their next shift. And also get fed. For the Mountain West News Bureau’s Faces Behind the Fire series, we talk to the man in charge of the kitchen.

 

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The Bureau of Land Management has launched a new website meant to make wild horse adoption easier. It has several streamlined search functions, allowing you to select the price range, age, gender and even location of wild horses currently waiting to be adopted.


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City Of Boise Condemns Immigration Policy

The City of Boise signed a resolution condemning the practice of seperating children from parents and housing them in detention center. Mayor Dave Bieter and a unanimous city council signed the resolution. Council president Lauren McLean talks about the city's reputation as one welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

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