Environment

Westerners in many states are using less water.  However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.

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Wheat farmers in the Treasure Valley have begun harvesting their crops, and so far – so good.

National Forest Service

Fewer federal land workers are being threatened and assaulted on the job, according to a new analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group.

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Fishing, swimming, standup paddleboarding: Eagle Island State Park has it all. It also now has blue-green algae, a kind of bacteria that’s dangerous to people and pets.

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Cathalee La knows more about Idaho hummingbirds than your typical teenager.

 

Idaho Fish and Game

Selfies with mountain goats are not cool. That’s the message from Idaho Fish and Game. Officials are stressing the “wild” part of wild animal after receiving reports of hikers getting up close and personal with the wooly critters.

Pikas are fluffy mammals that live at high altitudes across the West. They squeak when danger nears. The squeaky fluff-balls are considered indicators of climate change because they’re so sensitive to heat. Scientists say they have found some of animals in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains are behaving strangely.

Jessica Castillo Vardaro, a wildlife biologist with the University of California, Berkeley, studies pika genetics, a field that can involve some unusual data collection methods.

Earlier this year, Federal Officials in Utah posted the confidential location and description of about 900 artifacts - by mistake. Reveal News reported the Bureau of Land Management’s error this week. Now archaeologists are worried that these artifacts are now vulnerable to looters.  

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The Martin Fire has scorched almost 700 square miles north of Winnemucca. Much of that land is owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

According to the Western Governors Association, species like the Canada thistle and common carp aren’t just nuisances -- they’re a matter of western biosecurity.

Hundreds of veterans are calling on Congress to scrap a seemingly unrelated attachment to this year’s defense spending bill.

Jeremy Nicholson / Idaho Fish and Game

This bear is taking a nap, courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game. The young male grizzly was trapped near the Mill Creek Campground in Island Park Wednesday.

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This week President Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers serving five-year prison terms for arson on federal lands. The two men had become a cause celebre in the ongoing fight between ranchers and the federal government over water and grazing rights.

 


Record-breaking temperatures are scorching the United States with parts of our region seeing all-time highs. A number of heat-related deaths are already being reported in the U.S.

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