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The chief justice of Idaho's Supreme Court says he won't run for re-election, and one potential candidate has already announced he'll run for the newly vacant seat.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Chief Justice Jim Jones said Wednesday he won't seek a third six-year term. The 73-year-old Jones says he decided not to pursue the seat once he learned Clive Strong was interested.

The chief justice can't endorse a candidate but believes that Strong, who works in the state Attorney General's office, is "certainly qualified."

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You’ve likely heard the sound bites and watched the videos before

More than once, Donald Trump has suggested or implied that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should be executed for leaving his base in Afghanistan. Now, Bergdahl’s attorneys want to interview Trump, which could lead to him being deposed in the Army sergeant’s court martial. 

 

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Public lands managers have released an outline for creating a decades-long strategy to combat wildfire-prone invasive weeds considered a main threat to Great Basin sagebrush ecosystems.

The report released Monday by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies says piecemeal efforts must be replaced by landscape-wide strategies stretching across Western states.

Officials say without it there will be declines in sage grouse and other species possibly leading to regulatory actions limiting economic growth.

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Mar 9, 2016

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho was no small-potatoes for Ted Cruz after winning Tuesday's Republican presidential primary in the Gem State.

Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas, beat out Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich and added a seventh state to his win tally in the 2016 race for the White House.

"Idahoans are looking for more substance," said state Sen. Jim Rice, R-Caldwell. "(Trump) tends to skim the issues. It's harder for him to make those inroads in Idaho. We've been about conservatism for a lot longer than he has."

Multiple state-based websites for the Donald Trump campaign contain wording copied exactly from others sources with no attribution.

The Republican presidential front-runner has copied wording for Arkansas, Idaho, Ohio, Colorado and Michigan sites all regarding voter information from outside sources.

In Idaho, the Trump campaign used a 2012 Boise State Public Radio story containing information on where and how to vote. It also cited judicial races no longer taking place and quotes a former Idaho Republican Party official.

Bond Huberman / KUOW

Update, 5:02 p.m.: The Trump campaign has amended its website to attribute the copied content to the reporter who created the 2012 voting material. The information remains out of date and used without permission of Boise State Pubic Radio.

Orginal post: The Donald Trump campaign website has posted content copied from a 2012 Boise State Public Radio post explaining voting rules. The material was used without BSPR permission.

Amelia Templeton / OPB

Law enforcement says Oregon State Police officers were justified in the shooting death of one of the militants from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said at a morning press conference Tuesday that Oregon State Police officers fired six shots on January 26th. Three of the shots hit and killed Robert LaVoy Finicum.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

A senate committee voted Monday to send a bill that would extend protection orders to all victims of stalking – no matter their relation to their stalker. Senator Grant Burgoyne (D-Boise) wrote the bill, which he says will help fix a gap in the system.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio/ StateImpact Idaho

Polls are open from 8:00 am until 8:00 Tuesday night for Idaho’s Republican presidential primary. To cast a ballot, voters have to affiliate with the GOP, and registration is allowed at polling stations. There are 13 candidates on the Republican ballot. That could complicate who gets Idaho’s 32 delegates.

Tiny Houses In Boise Still Face One Big Problem

Mar 8, 2016
Courtesy of Russell Bridges

The house Shaun Wheeler is standing in can only be described as tiny. It’s 310 square feet, half the size of a semi trailer. He designed and built it from the ground up. When it’s done, it’ll have everything a normal house has, in a fraction of the space.

 

Wheeler owns Wheeler Homes, and builds tiny houses. He used to build typical homes, even mansions in Sun Valley. But after going to college, his mentality about housing changed.

Courtesy Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Since we learned recently that a for-profit medical school will be built in Meridian, we’ve also heard criticism that it won't help solve Idaho’s doctor shortage. Much of that criticism is about the lack of residency positions in Idaho. Critics argue doctors don’t practice where they go to medical school, but where they do their residency. Idaho only has 41 spots for residents and competition is already stiff.

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Idaho officials have released a 10-year draft management plan aimed at reducing the American white pelican population in the state by about half to protect native trout and sport fishing.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game released the 46-page plan Friday and is taking comments through April 2.

Officials say the white pelican population in Idaho in the last 25 years grew from a few hundred to a five-year average of more than 5,600 breeding pelicans. The draft plan calls for reducing that to 2,800.

This week we are mourning the loss of one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors – George Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy gained world-wide fame for his Oscar-winning role as Dragline in Cool Hand Luke in 1967. Over the course of his long career, he appeared in more than 200 films, including The Dirty Dozen , the Airport series, The Eiger Sanction, Death on the Nile, and as Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series of the 1980s.

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Volunteers with the group New Approach Idaho have spent several months gathering signatures to put medical marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. Now, with less than two months until the deadline, the group’s president has canceled the petition.

Bill Esbensen says he received a letter from a national pediatric organization that had been listed on the petition as supporters of medical marijuana. The group asked that its name be removed. Esbensen says New Approach leadership had been considering pulling the petition anyway because it wasn’t written well enough.

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A new film festival to celebrate the conservation community in Idaho and around the globe will be held Saturday night in Boise. The goal is to inspire viewers to get outside and help the land.

A film from a high school student in Victor, Idaho and a local film about ranchers making room for sage grouse are just some of the stories in the Les Bois Film Festival. Viewers will also see conservation films from Borneo and Singapore.

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Federal wildlife officials plan to take the grizzly bear off the Endangered Species List in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. If the proposal goes through, Idaho will take over management of the bear within the state’s borders. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe says the decision to take the iconic predator off the list comes after decades of collaboration. 

Idaho National Guard

The latest episode of the popular podcast, "Serial," delves into the complicated diplomatic steps it took to get Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back to the U.S. after he was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

Bergdahl, of Hailey, was captured after he walked off his base in 2009, and wasn't released until 2014. The strategies the Obama administration used to get Bergdahl home, including trading five Taliban prisoners for the Idaho soldier, were controversial.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/military/bowe-bergdahl/article63800217.html#storylink=cpy

Idaho Education News

The state has been negotiating with two Idaho Education Network vendors since October — in hopes of settling more than $6 million in legal claims.

But when the state absorbed another resounding defeat in court Tuesday, the negotiations got derailed.

“Right now we’re in a little bit of a cooling-off period,” Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill told Idaho Education News Thursday. “People want to go back to their own corner.”

41 Days: A Documentary

Mar 3, 2016
Dave Blanchard / OPB

In early January, armed occupiers took over a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. They said they weren't leaving until two local ranchers who had set fires on federal property were released from prison, and until the federal government handed its lands over to local residents.

Militants from all over the country answered the call of the occupiers to stand against what they saw as federal tyranny. The weeks that followed captured the attention of the nation and ripped the local community apart.

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