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Drought Continues To Challenge Owyhee Valley Farmers

Southwest Idaho stands out in bright red on the most recent drought map. The color signifies the area is in extreme drought. Jay Chamberlin of the Owyhee Irrigation District says that's not surprising, given the lack of snowpack last winter. But Chamberlin says now, the water supply from Owyhee Reservoir – which serves farmers in Eastern Oregon and some in Idaho – is almost all gone. "They're desperate," says Chamberlin. "This is the third consecutive season of reduced water to these growers....
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Supermarket operator Albertsons Companies Inc., the No. 2 U.S. supermarket company whose brands also include Safeway, has filed for an initial public offering of stock, according to a filing Wednesday.

The Boise-based company did not say how many shares it would offer, what they would cost or where those shares would trade. It said it expects to raise $100 million from the offering, though that figure is only an estimate used to calculate a filing fee. Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay debt and for general expenses.

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Toxicology tests are planned on the body of a 21-year-old commercial pilot who died after his backcountry aircraft crashed within Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho.

Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel says Neil MacNichol of McCall died of blunt force trauma in the crash on Thursday.

Authorities say MacNichol was flying from Moab, Utah, to Stanley, Idaho, when he disappeared. The wreckage was found on Friday on a portion of the monument managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

A wildfire burning near the Idaho town of Bayview didn't change much overnight.

The fire remains at about 2,000 acres and has destroyed at least six homes.

Fire spokesman Geremy Olsen says fire crews are hoping to make progress Wednesday in containing the fire, if weather cooperates.

Olsen says progress depends on winds staying down. He also says there are predictions of thunderstorms in the Idaho panhandle, which could spark new fires.

Bayview is located on the southern end of Lake Pend Oreille (PAHN-duh-ray) and the fire started on Sunday.

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Idaho workers saw the largest per capita income increase in the country in 2013, according to data recently released by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. The 2.4 percent increase was substantially higher than 0.1 percent increase seen nationally.

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After sustained temperatures over 100 degrees last week, the shallow water and lack of oxygen in west Boise's Redwood Pond caused bass, bluegill and other species to die. At its deepest point, the pond is only about 14 feet.

Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement

Later this week, Ada County will take to the skies to spray for mosquitoes.  The spraying will occur Thursday after 8 p.m. over east Boise, and in Eagle and Star.

Mosquitoes in Canyon and Gem Counties have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and Ada County mosquito abatement officials say it’s only a matter of time before the potentially deadly disease reaches the state’s most populous county.

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You’ve seen roadside memorials - a cross or flowers that says someone died at that location. Now, the Ada County Highway District (ACHD) wants to regulate those displays.

ACHD commissioners asked a group to write some rules, and Wednesday morning the commission will decide if those are ready to advance.

Currently, people place the markers without permission. ACHD only removes them if they’re problematic, but spokesman Craig Quintana says they’re becoming problems too often.

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More mosquitoes, carrying the potentially deadly West Nile Virus, have popped up in traps in Canyon County. Two weeks ago, the disease was found between Parma and Notus. Now, mosquitoes at the Roswell Marsh near Parma have tested positive.

Ed Burnett, with the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District, says they found hundreds of Tule mosquitoes in a trap on the marsh. Tules – which carry the virus – are rare for this area. Burnett says they’ve multiplied because of recent hot weather.

Idaho fire managers are urging hundreds of residents to leave their homes in an upscale lakeside community threatened by wildfire.

The blaze has destroyed at least six homes and already forced about 200 people to evacuate from Bayview, a small town on Lake Pend Oreille, a recreation and fishing destination in the Idaho panhandle.

Officials on Monday recommended the rest of the town immediately evacuate as strong winds, rising temperatures and low humidity threatened to fan the flames later in the day.

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After it became clear that a power outage and failed alarm system at the Barber Dam caused the Boise River to flow nearly dry for eight hours on February 4, Marie Callaway Kellner of the Idaho Conservation League began asking for action.

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