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Wildlife Recovery
5:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Federal Judge Sets 2018 Deadline For Lynx Recovery Plan

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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.

Wildlife advocates had asked the court to force faster action for the snow-loving big cats, which were added to the threatened species list in 2000.

But U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says in a Wednesday order that a January 2018 deadline proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reasonable.

Molloy also ordered the agency to submit semi-annual progress reports.

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Airline Safety
4:13 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

FAA Investigates Charter Jet That Went Off Runway In Hailey

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a chartered jet went off the edge of the runway in central Idaho.

Freidman Memorial Airport Manager Rick Baird tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the eight-passenger Learjet 60 ended up on the runway shoulder on June 17.

Baird says the safety features at the airport performed as planned.

Authorities didn't report any injuries.

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Business
1:28 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

How Saving One Small Town Idaho Bookstore Might Hurt Another

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A Ketchum bookstore will stay in business thanks to donations from its community. Last month, we told you ago about Iconoclast Books owner Sarah Hedrick and her Indiegogo campaign to save her store.

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Bowe Bergdahl
10:38 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Army Hasn't Yet Interviewed Former POW Bergdahl

Bergdahl, a Hailey, Idaho native, was handed over to U.S. officials on May 31 after five years in captivity.
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The U.S. Army sergeant recently released from captivity by the Taliban is in something of a legal limbo as the investigation continues into why and how he left his post in Afghanistan five years ago and ended up in insurgents' hands.

Senior U.S. Army officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not yet been interviewed by the two-star general appointed last week to investigate the matter. They said he has not been read his legal rights and has not asked for a lawyer.

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Public Health
10:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Anti-Smoking Group No Longer Supports An Idaho City's Proposed Ban

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Smokefree Idaho has withdrawn its support of a southwest Idaho city's proposed smoking ban after city leaders adopted a less restrictive version.

Spokeswoman Stacy Satterlee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Wednesday that the amendments the Garden City Council adopted Monday mean the ordinance no longer protects all workers from secondhand smoke.

The council moved ahead with a ban on smoking in most indoor public places but not in bars and bingo halls for people age 21 and over.

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Environment
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Scientists Ask Obama To Protect Old Growth Forest

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More than 75 scientists are appealing to President Barack Obama to create a policy for preserving old-growth forest.

The U.S. and Canadian scientists sent a letter to the president Wednesday urging the U.S. Forest Service to draw up plans to conserve ecosystems distinguished by old trees, accumulations of dead woody material and diversity of plant life. Most are found in the Pacific Northwest or Southeast Alaska.

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Education
8:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Idaho’s Largest School District To Change Its Name

Idaho’s largest school district is changing its name. The Meridian school board voted Tuesday night to adopt the name West Ada School District, according to the Meridian Press.

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Economy
4:09 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho Revamps Often-Criticized Worker Training Program

Idaho's Labor Dept. Director Ken Edmunds highlights details of the revamped program with Gov. Otter at his side.
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Acknowledging Idaho's economic development "sins of the past" Tuesday, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter unveiled a revamped business incentive program that was once touted as a job creator, but Otter now wants it viewed as a way to train workers for high-skill jobs. 

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News Awards
10:14 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Boise State Public Radio Wins 2 National PRNDI Awards

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom took home two first place awards in the national Public Radio News Directors Inc.'s (PRNDI) annual contest.

Entries from Boise State Public Radio were judged alongside other public radio stations of similar size, those are mid-sized newsrooms with four to seven full-time reporters.

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Politics
9:50 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Idaho GOP Leaders Call Competing Meetings In Fight Over Leadership

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The Idaho Republican Party infighting that bogged down the state convention 10 days ago, continues to spill over into the summer as groups have now called two separate meetings to address the ongoing issue of party leadership.

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Policy
4:11 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Judge Sides With Idaho Tribe On Poker Dispute

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U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill has sided with the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and will not issue a temporary ban on poker play at its Worley casino.

The state of Idaho filed a lawsuit last month to shut down the tribe's poker room. The state says that all poker is banned under Idaho's Constitution and by state law. Tribal representatives, however, counter that Texas Hold 'Em tournaments is not considered illegal gambling but a game of skill.

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Research
3:44 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How Red Squirrels Could Be Changing Western Forests

Red squirrels live in lodgepole pine forests and eat lodgepole seeds.
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The patchy recovery of lodgepole pine trees after the 1988 Yellowstone National Park fire could be due in part to the effects of squirrels.

Research from the University of Wyoming finds red squirrels could be having an impact on how lodgepole pine forests evolve.

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Event
1:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Scalia To Speak At Idaho Water Conference

Justice Scalia at a book signing in San Francisco.
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will visit Boise in August to give the keynote speech at a conference marking the end of a nearly 30-year water adjudication process.

The University of Idaho announced the upcoming event is sponsored by the Idaho Supreme Court, the Kempthorne Institute, and U of I’s College of Law.

Scalia is speaking at a conference celebrating the end of the Snake River Basin Adjudication process which negotiated water rights in Idaho. That adjudication started in 1987.

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Politics
1:05 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Special Meeting Called To Determine Idaho GOP Leadership

Idaho Republican Chairman Barry Peterson has called for a special meeting to resolve the controversy surrounding the party's leadership.

According to a news release, the state central committee will meet Aug. 9. The committee will vote on a June 19 decision where Republican officials agreed that Peterson is the party's leader for another two-year term.

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Policy
12:04 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Idaho May Have Trouble Defending Its 'Ag-Gag' Law

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On Wednesday a federal judge hears arguments on Idaho’s new “ag gag” law, which creates stiff punishments for people who surreptitiously video or photograph agricultural operations.

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Policy
10:42 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Priest Lake Cabin Owners Sue Idaho Over Land Valuation

The owners of 76 cabins built on state land around a northern Idaho lake are suing over the way the state determined the land's value.

The Spokesman-Review reports the lawsuit argues the state is including the value of improvements such as access roads and utility lines that renters paid to have installed at cabin sites on Priest Lake.

The appraised value will be the minimum bid for possible auctions and will be used as the basis for future rental costs.

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Bowe Bergdahl
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Former Idaho POW Bergdahl Continues Recovery In Outpatient Care

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The U.S. Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released from inpatient care at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

A statement Sunday from the Army says the former prisoner of war in Afghanistan is now receiving outpatient care at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. The Army says his "reintegration process" is proceeding with exposure to more people and a gradual increase of social interactions.

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Reader's Corner
3:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru

"This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"

“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.

But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.

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Republican Party
2:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Control Over Idaho GOP Remains Uncertain

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An Idaho Republican Party advisory committee meeting turned combative Thursday while members discussed who held the chairmanship.

Factions inside the Idaho Republican Party have spent the past week fiercely debating who holds the seat ever since the chaotic GOP convention last week ended with no new chair elected.

After nearly two hours of yelling and talking over one another, the committee concluded that Chairman Barry Peterson's term was extended for another two years.

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Economy
10:57 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Idaho's Jobless Rate Hits 6 Year Low

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Idaho’s jobless rate has dipped below 5 percent for the first time in almost six years. 

The Idaho Labor Department reports May’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.9 percent, that's as total employment grew by 1,000 jobs from April to May.

In May of 2013, nearly 50,000 Idahoans didn’t have jobs. This May, about 38,000 people were out of work.

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