Jessica Robinson

Idaho Potato Commission

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The Women, Infants and Children or WIC program provides modest monthly vouchers for a variety of foods. They’ll cover any vegetable -- except “white potatoes.”

That single exclusion outraged the potato industry. They felt it sent the wrong message and Northwest lawmakers from both parties got on board to reverse the rule.

Northwest potato farmers are cheering a small provision tucked into the newly passed federal spending package.

The U.S. Department of Justice this week opened the door to a legalized pot market on tribal land.

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Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.

But hospital CEO Rick Rasmussen is thinking big -- Canada big. A little Canadian flag was recently added in the upper right of the hospital’s website.

Medical tourism boom

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

The search is on to find an alternative to salting the roads in winter. Salt helps melt the ice, but it also builds up in stream beds and drinking water.

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had her buried as a man lit up social media.

The movie “Wild” hits select theaters Friday, December 5. It's based on a memoir by a Portland author who made a life-changing trek on the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Jim Peaco / Yellowstone National Park

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

Researchers wanted to compare the hormone levels in wolves that often deal with hunters’ fire, versus wolves that are hunted very little. They were able to measure levels of progesterone, testosterone and the stress hormone cortisol by looking at samples of wolf hair from different parts of northern Canada.

A new study out of Canada reveals a surprising side-effect that hunting may have on wolves.

A slowdown at West Coast ports is beginning to stifle the flow of goods in and out of the Northwest.

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets.

The Native American Music Awards recognize indigenous musicians from the U.S., Canada and Latin America. It is considered to be the Grammys of Native American music.

Communities around the Northwest Tuesday honored the men and women who’ve served in the nation’s armed services.

New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continues to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld gay marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. It’s a break with the trend in most courts.

The position of Idaho state superintendent of public instruction rarely makes the holder a household name. But it's an office that's expected to play a key role in Idaho over the next several years.

The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

The Environmental Protection Agency is testing out a new technique for keeping heavily-used river banks from eroding into the water.

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