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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

File photo. Wood stoves are a major contributor to air pollution throughout the Northwest.

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:03 pm

The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

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12:22 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Labor Intensive: Letting Women Push Longer To Avoid C-Sections

Spokane mom Kelly with her newborn son Colton. Kelly and her doctor waited out 18 hours of labor to avoid a C-section.

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

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Environment
9:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

North Idaho Set To Begin Negotiations Over Water Rights

Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

The state of Idaho is preparing to establish water rights in the northern part of the state. It's a relatively water-abundant area, not prone to the sort of conflicts that have erupted elsewhere like Oregon's Klamath Basin.

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5:12 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Washington Races The Clock To Find New Beds For 200 Psychiatric Patients

The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds for an estimated 200 mental health patients by August 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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1:49 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Would-be Day Of Celebration In Bergdahl's Hometown Passes Quietly

This tree was one of four planted for an event last year in Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown. The trees marked his then four years in captivity.

A day of planned celebration of Bowe Bergdahl in his Idaho hometown turned out to be a pretty uneventful one. Hailey, Idaho, cancelled Saturday’s event after the city received threats.

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Idaho News
4:37 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death

Larry "Pete" Marek died in a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine on April 15, 2011.

It's been over three years since a tunnel collapse at a north Idaho silver mine killed miner Larry Marek. Yet federal records show a series of federal penalties issued to the mine's owners still have not been paid.

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Health
9:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Tacoma Housing Authority

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:31 pm

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another long-time industry: methamphetamine.

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10:08 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes

The Carlton Complex's 'dangerous nature' has made it the No. 1 fire in the country according to the Washington DNR.

Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.

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9:55 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps

An entire block of what residents describe as “nice, two-story homes” was destroyed in the fire.

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 1:49 pm

Fire officials estimate wildfires have burned more than 1,200 square miles in Washington and Oregon. Crews are working fast to build fire lines between the rapidly moving flames and rural communities. But hundreds of people remain on evacuation alert.

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11:54 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire

A view of smoldering home in Pateros, Washington.

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 10:45 pm

The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night.

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Wildfires
3:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But 'Not Like This'

File photo of a portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington

A blaze in Okanogan County, Washington, that Governor Jay Inslee called a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. Now, Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

File photo of Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:07 pm

The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks.

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Health
7:12 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs

Gonorrhea bacterium

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.

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Bowe Bergdahl
6:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance

File photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing. Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by U.S. Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.

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Crime
6:04 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Idaho Tribe Seeks Information On Vandals Behind 'White Power' Message

Vandals defaced a sign off Highway 95 on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation.

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 9:00 pm

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend.

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Policy
4:37 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs

Video screengrab from the February dog shooting incident in Filer, Idaho.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 9:50 am

A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.

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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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6:12 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway

Odessa Lake and subalpine forest in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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.

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5:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Bill Would Transfer 31 Acres Of Public Land To Idaho County For Gun Range

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of Bureau of Land Management land to be transferred to Idaho County for use as a gun range.

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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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