Environment http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters, Whiskey Complex Now 50 Percent Contained http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/cooler-temperatures-help-firefighters-whiskey-complex-now-50-percent-contained <p></p><p><em>This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. July 22, 2014.</em></p><p>The Whiskey Complex wildfires burning on the Boise National Forest are now 50 percent contained. Forest officials say the fires have burned a combined 9,640 acres since lightning sparked the blazes on July 13.</p><p>Cooler temperatures and cloud cover helped firefighters Monday. No new fires sparked within the Boise National Forest after Monday's thunderstorms. Still, more afternoon thunderstorms are predicted for this afternoon.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:12:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders & Associated Press 49205 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters, Whiskey Complex Now 50 Percent Contained Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/dry-conditions-hot-weather-make-fighting-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-challenge <p>Fire officials working to contain and control the <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3955/" target="_blank">Whiskey Complex wildfires</a> burning near Garden Valley, Idaho say conditions on the ground are more like late August, not mid July. "This demonstrates how the very dry vegetation challenges the suppression efforts," spokesperson Dave Olson writes.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 49062 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Dry Conditions, Hot Weather Make Fighting Idaho's Whiskey Complex Wildfire A Challenge Is It Hot Enough In Idaho? Keep Cool And Save Money With These 9 Tips http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/it-hot-enough-idaho-keep-cool-and-save-money-these-9-tips <p></p><p>The last few days have been scorchers, and the National Weather Service says the heat will continue at least into next week. Everyone is looking for ways to stay cool.</p><p>One spot that should always provide respite is your home. Idaho Power has these tips on&nbsp;how to keep your house cool, while saving a little money on air conditioning.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 48869 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Is It Hot Enough In Idaho? Keep Cool And Save Money With These 9 Tips Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-proposed-clean-water-act-revisions-0 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070214CL_ditchtherule_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters">wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.<p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 01:02:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 48153 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/updated-shade-rule-aims-protect-idaho-fish-habitat <p>Idaho has long restricted cutting down trees along stream banks as a way to keep water cool for trout and a salmon. On July 1, an updated version of the <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1111108630404-108/2014_fpa-shade-rule-fact-sheet-rev062014.pdf" target="_blank">so-called shade rule</a> goes into effect. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:53 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47978 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Updated 'Shade Rule' Aims To Protect Idaho Fish Habitat Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/surges-rain-snow-keep-western-wildfires-bay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of acres burned by wildfires across the U.S. so far this year is less than half the 10 year average.</span></p><p>Figures from the <a href="http://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm">National Interagency Fire Center</a> in Boise show 865,030 acres have burned this year throughout the country. That’s just 44 percent of the 10-year average. The 25,096 fires are 70 percent of the average.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:03:04 +0000 Scott Graf 47850 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Surges Of Rain, Snow Keep Western Wildfires At Bay Federal Judge Sets 2018 Deadline For Lynx Recovery Plan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-sets-2018-deadline-lynx-recovery-plan <p>A federal judge says the government has until 2018 to come up with a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:11:44 +0000 Associated Press 47750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Federal Judge Sets 2018 Deadline For Lynx Recovery Plan Idaho Officials To Spend $400,000 Fighting Beetle Infestation http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-officials-spend-400000-fighting-beetle-infestation <p></p><p>The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has set up 3,000 traps in southwest Idaho and budgeted $400,000 to fight a Japanese beetle infestation.</p><p>Agency spokesman Lloyd Knight says the department is also treating areas with insecticides to prevent the beetles from multiplying.</p><p>The beetles attack more than 300 different ornamental and agricultural plants, as well as flowers and fruit.</p><p>The larvae are also destructive, feeding on grass roots and damaging lawns, golf courses and parks.</p><p>Japanese beetles started multiplying in the Boise area in 2011.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:29:17 +0000 Associated Press 47024 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Officials To Spend $400,000 Fighting Beetle Infestation Meet Idaho's 'Bluebird Man' Who Helped The Species Make A Comeback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/meet-idahos-bluebird-man-who-helped-species-make-comeback <p>For the last 35 years, Al Larson has been helping bluebirds thrive in Idaho. He loves bluebirds. He’s known around birding circles as Idaho’s “<a href="http://www.wildlensinc.org/bluebirdman/" target="_blank">bluebird man.</a>” “That’s what they call me. I haven’t sprouted wings yet,” Larson chuckles.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:55:21 +0000 Samantha Wright 46763 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Meet Idaho's 'Bluebird Man' Who Helped The Species Make A Comeback Boise Is Getting Hotter Thanks To Urbanization, Climate Change http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-getting-hotter-thanks-urbanization-climate-change <p>Boise is getting hotter faster than almost any other city in the nation <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-hottest-spots-warming-northeast-southwest" target="_blank">according to an <em>Associated Press </em>report</a>,<strong> </strong>but the Northwest as a region isn't warming as quickly as other parts of the country.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:11:20 +0000 Adam Cotterell 46588 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Is Getting Hotter Thanks To Urbanization, Climate Change Central Idaho Wildfire Is Contained At 80 Acres http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/central-idaho-wildfire-contained-80-acres <p><em>This post was updated at 2:05 p.m. on June 6.</em></p><p>Firefighters in central Idaho have contained an 80-acre wildfire burning about 10 miles south of Stanley and expect to have it controlled on Sunday.</p><p>Gold Fire spokeswoman Julie Thomas says crews succeeded in getting a line around the fire Friday morning despite flames moving into downed lodgepole pine.</p><p>She says three hotshot crews along with six engines and two water tenders are working within the perimeter of the fire to make sure it's out.</p><p>U.S. Forest Service Road 210 remains closed.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:21:19 +0000 Associated Press 46502 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds To Spend $38 Million On North Idaho River Cleanup http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-spend-38-million-north-idaho-river-cleanup <p></p><p>Federal officials plan to spend $38 million in northern Idaho's Coeur d'Alene River Basin this summer cleaning up toxic pollution left from a century worth of mining in the region.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://bit.ly/1g5ufAD">tells the Coeur d'Alene Press</a> that up to 125 residential and commercial properties will be cleaned up.</p><p>Agency spokesman Ed Moreen says that more than 17 miles of paved roads in eight upper basin communities will be repaired or replaced.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:50:06 +0000 Associated Press 45245 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds To Spend $38 Million On North Idaho River Cleanup Landslide Tragedy Prompts Board To 'Take Stock' Of Logging Rules Around Unstable Slopes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/landslide-tragedy-prompts-board-take-stock-logging-rules-around-unstable-slopes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/051214TB_OsoLand_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark repeated Monday that "It's still too early to tell" if there is a connection between logging and this spring's deadly landslide near Oso, Washington.<p> Tue, 13 May 2014 01:04:00 +0000 Tom Banse 45146 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Landslide Tragedy Prompts Board To 'Take Stock' Of Logging Rules Around Unstable Slopes Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Make A Comeback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/snake-river-fall-chinook-salmon-make-comeback <p></p><p>The Snake River's fall chinook salmon are making a comeback.</p><p>There were just 78 wild chinook salmon counted at the Lower Granite Dam in 1990. Last year, more than 20,000 of the wild salmon were counted, and 75,846 wild and hatchery-born fall chinook total.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:56:55 +0000 Associated Press 45101 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Snake River Fall Chinook Salmon Make A Comeback Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lone-caribou-herd-lower-48-keeps-federal-protection <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050714JR_LastCaribou_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection, but it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered.<p> Thu, 08 May 2014 15:50:35 +0000 Jessica Robinson 44883 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection Scientists: Non-native Yellowstone Trout Decline http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/scientists-non-native-yellowstone-trout-decline <p>Scientists say a voracious species of trout that entered Yellowstone Lake and decimated its native trout population appears to be in decline following efforts to kill off the invading fish.</p><p>Non-native lake trout were first found 20 years ago in the 132-square mile lake in the center of Yellowstone National Park. Crews have since caught and removed more than a million of the fish in hopes that cutthroat trout populations would rebound.</p><p>On Tuesday, scientists from the park and Trout Unlimited said those efforts are finally showing progress.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:24:37 +0000 Associated Press 44786 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 10 Entities In 6 States Apply To Get Yellowstone Bison http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/10-entities-6-states-apply-get-yellowstone-bison <p></p><p>Ten entities have submitted proposals to take bison from Yellowstone National Park that came through an experimental program to establish new herds of the animals.</p><p>Applicants include wildlife agencies in Utah and Minnesota, three American Indian tribes and private conservation groups in Montana, Nebraska, New York and Colorado.</p><p>Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks released details of the proposals on Monday. Spokesman Ron Aasheim said the agency hopes to relocate the roughly 135 bison by the end of November.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 19:29:21 +0000 Associated Press 44704 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 10 Entities In 6 States Apply To Get Yellowstone Bison Report: Idaho's Air Quality Is Below Average http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-idahos-air-quality-below-average <p></p><p>An American Lung Associate <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/" target="_blank">report finds Idaho still has work to do</a> when it comes to good air quality. The “State of the Air 2014” report shows Ada County has seen an increase in year-round particle pollution compared to last year’s report.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 17:01:41 +0000 Samantha Wright 44487 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Idaho's Air Quality Is Below Average Feds Spend $236 Million To Help Landowners Protect Sage Grouse http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-spend-236-million-help-landowners-protect-sage-grouse <p></p><p>The federal government has paid $236 million to landowners in 11 states to preserve sage grouse habitat amid a debate over whether the bird should be listed as an endangered species — potentially hindering energy development and ranching.</p><p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/kwlfgdd">The Casper Star-Tribune reported</a> Wednesday the money paid for conservation efforts on nearly 6,000 square miles, mostly in the West.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:43:49 +0000 Associated Press 44413 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Spend $236 Million To Help Landowners Protect Sage Grouse Why One Western Congressman Says It's Time To Update The 1872 Mining Law http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-one-western-congressman-says-its-time-update-1872-mining-law <p></p><p>Chris Cora stands on what used to be a mountaintop in the Umpqua Basin of southern Oregon. Now, it’s essentially a landfill. “Filled with waste rock and tailings," Cora says. "There’s actually zinc ore in here. Well, it’s concentrated zinc, which is really bad for the environment.”</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:28:43 +0000 Liam Moriarty 44350 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why One Western Congressman Says It's Time To Update The 1872 Mining Law