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Gay Marriage
9:38 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post in Couer d'Alene has filed a preemptive lawsuit against the city.
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Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

The quaint Old West style wedding chapel called the Hitching Post is just across the street from the county courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

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9:09 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Gays Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:16 am

Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages.

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Gay Marriage
4:57 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Already-Married Gay Couples Celebrate State Recognition In Idaho

Juli Stratton and her wife were married in California, but their license should now be legally recognized by Idaho.

County clerks in Idaho officially began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples today. But those couples aren’t the only ones celebrating.

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Gay Marriage
4:31 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

3 Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

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The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho under an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And the county clerk’s office isn’t the only place where the ruling is expected to take effect.

University of Idaho law professor Richard Seamon said many rights of marriage fall into the “death and taxes” category -- like joint tax returns and medical decisions.

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4:05 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

File photo of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:45 pm

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

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4:05 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:54 am

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning.

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9:09 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Court Request Delays Marriages For All But A Few Gay Couples In Idaho

Katherine Sprague (left) and Tabitha Simmons and were the first couple in line for a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday.

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 3:55 pm

Same-sex couples in Idaho are awaiting one more court decision Monday on the state's on-again, off-again gay marriage ban.

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Election 2014
9:45 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Dis Washington's Legal Pot

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 9:36 am

Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday.

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9:19 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Candidates For Idaho Governor Square Off In Coeur d'Alene

From left: Democrat A.J. Balukoff, Libertarian John Bujak, Republican incumbent Gov. Butch Otter, independent candidate Pro-Life.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

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Election 2014
4:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Listen: Idaho Gov. Otter Defends His Record In First Debate Against Balukoff, Bujak

All four candidates met in their first debate Oct. 3 in Coeur d'Alene.
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Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter defended his record on schools, healthcare and the economy at a debate in Coeur d'Alene Friday.

The two-term Republican governor faced off for the first time with his Democratic opponent A.J. Balukoff, and Libertarian candidate John Bujak, who is hoping to appeal to disillusioned Republicans. 

Bujak kicked off the debate by thanking the governor for being there.

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Museum
9:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Founders Of Idaho Creation Museum Urge Visitors To 'Think Critically'

Stan Lutz, left, and Doug Bennett stand with a mastodon skull in the Vision Center, a smaller version of what they hope to build.

A group in the Boise area is in the midst of fundraising for a new attraction in the Northwest. It'll be called the Northwest Science Museum.

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Hunting
8:50 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Report Finds Minimal Environmental Impacts From Idaho Wolf, Coyote Hunting Derby

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Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

That’s the finding of an environmental assessment released Wednesday. It’s part of a controversy that started last winter when hunters competed to kill wolves and coyotes during a two-day event.

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6:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Report Finds Minimal Environmental Impacts From Idaho Hunting Derby

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Federal land managers in Idaho project minimal environmental damage from allowing a predator hunting derby to take place in the north-eastern part of the state.

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Arts + Culture
3:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Northwest Author Wins PEN Prize For 'Godforsaken Idaho'

'Godforsaken Idaho,' by Shawn Vestal

A Northwest writer is this year’s winner of a prestigious PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Spokane’s Shawn Vestal won the prize for debut fiction Monday night in New York.

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Education
5:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4M Grant To Train Health Care Workers

Coeur d’Alene's North Idaho College received a major grant Monday to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry.

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Public Lands
9:31 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho Attorney General Says Transferring Public Land Faces Many Hurdles

File photo of Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:14 am

Around 60 percent of the land in Idaho is controlled by the federal government. And some people would like those national forests and rangelands transferred to state control.

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Media
9:49 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says Filming Regulations On Public Land Won't Apply To Journalists

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A federal agency under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land. The head of the U.S. Forest Service Thursday clarified a rule that’s been generating charges of government overreach.

“There's no way that our proposal will infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights,” says Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell. 

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9:07 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

File photo of Mt. Hood. The chief of the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that you will not be charged for taking photos on U.S. Forest Service land.

Under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts, the U.S. Forest Service, said Thursday it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land.

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6:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

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9:26 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Concern About Oil Spills In Inland Northwest Rises With Rail Traffic

File photo of an oil train

The coast has generally been considered the area of the Northwest most at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. But the rise in oil moving through the region by rail has raised the stakes for some inland areas.

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