Agriculture
2:44 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Twin Falls Haystack Bursts Into Flames; Will Burn For A Week

Hay, like this field, can spontaneously burst into flames if not stacked with care.
Credit Nikos Koutoulas / Flickr

Firefighters say nearly $100,000 of alfalfa went up in flames Thursday after a large stack spontaneously combusted in Twin Falls.

Rock Creek Fire District spokesman Taylor Hunsaker says the stack, which was made of 480 tons of hay, will burn for almost a week.

Craig Giles, who grew the alfalfa, says he hired a custom operator to bale it. He says the bales were stacked with enough distance between them to allow moisture and heat to escape.

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Energy
8:24 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Idaho Inventor Pushes Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

This is a graphic rendition of what solar roads would look like.
Credit Graphic Artist: Sam Cornett / Solar Roadways Indiegogo

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw is the head of Solar Roadways, a company that proposes using solar panels to pave the nation's roadways.

The electrical engineer from Sandpoint, Idaho, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear from vehicles and inclement weather while generating electricity.

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Wilderness
6:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act Sparks Conversation, Idaho Lecture Series

The Sawtooth Wilderness is a rugged landscape in Central Idaho.
Credit Greg Dusic / U.S. Forest Service

Fifty years ago, the Wilderness Act was signed into law, setting aside large areas of land in their natural state. Today, almost 110 million acres have been designated as wilderness by the U.S. Congress.

Idaho is celebrating the milestone with a lecture series in the shadow of the Sawtooth Wilderness Area, sandwiched between Atlanta and Stanley.

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Vital Statistics
5:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Fewer People Are Getting Married In Idaho, More Are Having Babies

Credit Allan / Flickr

More Idaho babies are being born outside of marriage than ever before, and the state's marriage rate is at a 60-year low, that's according to a recent report from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The latest Vital Statistics Annual Report is for 2012 and it covers everything from births, population, marriages, and deaths.

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Idaho Legislature
4:13 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Audit: More Proof Of Review Needed From Idaho Treasurer

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

Auditors with the Idaho Legislature say State Treasurer Ron Crane has not provided enough evidence that a full review was conducted following an inappropriate money transfer.

The auditors found earlier this year Crane's office overrode internal controls meant to contain financial risk and the transfer resulted in a loss of at least $10.2 million loss of taxpayer money.

The 90-day follow-up audit says Crane's office asserts it has reviewed its securities lending transactions but has only provided state officials with documentation for two specific transactions.

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Idaho News
3:05 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Colorado Man Identified As Pilot Killed In Idaho

Authorities have released the name of a Colorado pilot killed in a midair collision involving two small private planes in central Idaho.

Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess on Thursday told the Idaho Statesman that 45-year-old Michael A. Bond died in the Monday morning crash about 30 miles east of Cascade.

Authorities say 52-year-old Amy Hoover of Ellensburg, Washington, landed her plane in a grassy area after the collision.

The plane carrying Bond crashed and caused a small fire. Both pilots were flying alone.

Gov. Evans
10:49 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Gov. Evans To Lie In State Friday At Idaho Capitol

Former Gov. John Victor Evans Sr. will lie in state Friday at the Idaho Capitol.

Evans died at his home in Boise on Tuesday at age 89.

The Idaho Statesman reports that a public viewing is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A funeral service will be held starting at 5 p.m. in Boise at the First United Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies.

Television
9:16 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Boise Native Aaron Paul Nabs 5th Emmy Nomination

Paul grew up in Boise as Aaron Sturtevant, the son of a local minister.
Credit Tibault / Flickr Creative Commons

Boise native Aaron Paul is up for another primetime Emmy this year. Nominations were announced early Thursday in Los Angeles.   

Paul is nominated in the category of 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad. Paul won the award in 2010 and 2012. He's now been nominated for five primetime Emmys. 

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Research
9:03 am
Thu July 10, 2014

It Takes 100 Years For Forests To Recover From Wildfire, Study Finds That's Fast

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA.
Credit Philip Higuera / University of Idaho

Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington, continues to threaten houses in the area.

Fires can be devastating to people's lives. But according to new research, at least certain types of forests recovery fairly quickly.

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Public Lands
3:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Rep. Labrador Asks Congress To Turn Parcel Of Federal Land Into Idaho County Gun Range

Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of federal land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range. 

The 31-acre area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho. An act of Congress is needed because the land currently falls under the protection of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

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