The Idaho director for the wildlife advocacy group Greater Yellowstone Coalition has pleaded guilty to poaching two elk.
The Idaho State Journal reports Marv Hoyt is currently on vacation and will retire from his post at the end of the year. Hoyt pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of unlawful taking of game and wasteful destruction of wildlife. Prosecutors said Hoyt only had one elk tag but that he killed three cow elk during a November hunting trip in Caribou County.
Idaho's Republican U.S. senators both voted against a bipartisan budget deal that now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Sens. Mike Crapo and James Risch on Tuesday opposed the plan that passed 67-33.
Like Crapo and Risch, all those against the measure were from the Senate's minority GOP side.
The deal marked a modest congressional accomplishment at the end of a year punctuated by a partial government shutdown, a near-default by the U.S. Treasury and congressional gridlock on issues ranging from immigration to gun control.
Federal wildlife officials have delayed until next summer a decision on whether wolverines should receive more federal protections.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the delay will be used to address questions about the impacts of climate change on wolverine habitat. Spokesman Steve Segin says the agency will decide by Aug. 4 if wolverines should be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Government scientists say the carnivorous weasels face an uncertain future as their high mountain snow field habitat dwindles because of warming temperature.
Officials in a southwestern Idaho city have passed new rules limiting where payday loan businesses can open shop.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the Caldwell City Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week limiting new payday loan businesses to manufacturing and light industrial zones. The rules mean that if a payday loan company wants to open a storefront in a populated area, it will have to get a special use permit first.
State wildlife officials have hired a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs in a federal wilderness area in central Idaho because officials say they are eating too many elk calves.
Fish and Game Bureau Chief Jeff Gould tells the Idaho Statesman that hunters are having a difficult time getting into the Frank Church-River of No Return wilderness, so the agency hired hunter-trapper Gus Thoreson of Salmon to kill the wolves in the Golden and Monumental packs.
Bryan Harsin was formally introduced as the new head football coach of Boise State’s Broncos Friday. The 37-year-old has a long history with the Broncos. He was a quarterback for the team in the late 1990s and was then an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010. Harsin was also an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Peterson from 2006 to 2010.
“It feels great to be home,” Harsin told the crowd at a press conference Friday. “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to stand here before you today as the next head coach of Boise State.”
Student homelessness in Idaho has grown by 27 percent, putting the state in a list of 10 that have seen the largest increase in the number of kids without stable, reliable homes. That data from the U.S. Department of Education measured growth from the 2010/2011 school year to 2011/2012.
Four miners who were injured and trapped by a rock burst at a northern Idaho mine two years ago are suing Hecla Mining Co., alleging mine mangers sent them into unsafe working conditions while assuring them the area was safe.
The Spokesman-Review reports Ronnel E. Barrett, Gregg Hammerberg, Eric J. Tester and Matthew Williams are seeking more than $1 million for injuries, medical treatment and lost wages.
Efforts to find a missing airplane in Idaho’s central mountains have been suspended. The Idaho Division of Aeronautics, which is in charge of the search, made the decision Thursday.
On Dec. 1, five people on board a Beech Bonanza left the Baker City, Ore., airport headed for Butte, Mont. Shortly before noon on Dec. 1, the plane vanished from radar near the Johnson Creek Airstrip, 50 miles northeast of Cascade. Search efforts started the same day, but poor visibility, snow and freezing temperatures have made the search challenging.
A Boise woman was on Capitol Hill Thursday to make her case for the U.S. government negotiating the release of her husband from a prison in Iran.
Nagmeh Abedini, her attorney and experts on human and religious rights, testified in front of a House subcommittee. They urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department to do more to free Saeed Abedini – the Boise man held in prison in Iran for more than a year.
While the number of Idahoans who've signed up for subsidized health plans through the state's insurance exchange increased in November, enrollment hasn't made much of a dent in the number of uninsured people in Idaho.
“The number of individuals who have selected a marketplace plan and are considered enrolled through the process is 1,730 as of November 30,” says insurance exchange director Amy Dowd.
That's a big jump from the 338 people who signed up for a plan in October, the first month the online marketplace was available to consumers.