Environment

Roger Phillips / Idaho Department of Fish and Game

It looks like anglers will be able to bag steelhead in Idaho after all this year, despite mixed public opinion.

 

NIFC Fire Center Smoke Jumpers
Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

The National Interagency Fire Center, based in Boise, is playing an integral role in getting resources to Northern California to fight wildfires there that have claimed more than 20 lives.


Rocky Barker

Removing the four lower Snake River dams could be enough to bring salmon stocks back from the brink of extinction. That’s one conclusion from reporter Rocky Barker’s series on the fish in the Idaho Statesman, which wrapped up this month.

James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho, according to a recent ruling from a federal judge.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled Friday the BLM failed to analyze consequences of the action and ordered the agency to reconsider its decision.

Richard Vogel / AP

Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven states.


Steelhead
Matt Corsi / Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho anglers may not have to wait much longer before they’re able to stock their freezer with steelhead.

Keith Ridler / AP Images

Obama’s Interior Department decided not to put the greater sage grouse on the Endangered Species List. In exchange, officials created a plan which restricted ranching, mining and other resource extraction – but not as drastically as a listing decision would have.

Jim Peaco | Yellowstone National Park / Flickr Creative Commons

Wolf hunting opens up this weekend in Wyoming for the first time since 2013. That’s after the state regained management of the animals.


Zoo Boise

Just four months after he celebrated 20 years at Zoo Boise, Executive Director Steve Burns says he’s leaving the familiar attraction.

InciWeb / AP

Snow fell this week in Brundage, Stanley and at Bogus Basin. The wet weather in Idaho is good news for wildfires that continue to burn. Now we look at the costs of this year’s fire season.


Penn State / Flickr

The recent outbreak of earthquakes in eastern Idaho seems to be diminishing. Since a 5.3 quake jolted the region around Soda Springs at the beginning of the month, close to 2,000 aftershocks have been measured.


John Robison / Idaho Conservation League

Justin Hayes says he would rather not experience this kind of déjà vu.

“Having a mining company upstream flaunting environmental laws and discharging arsenic into the Boise River is really not acceptable,” says the Idaho Conservation League Program Director.

Elk Complex, wildfire
Ashley Smith / Times-News

Wildfires across the country this year have charred millions of acres, threatened homes and burned cultural landmarks. They've also set a record.

 

Idaho Power

Earlier this month, two Idaho Power linemen made a high-altitude rescue of a young osprey at Swan Falls Dam.

Robert Scott of Boise and his wife were fishing when they noticed a juvenile bird high up in a nest on top of a power pole. The bird was trying to fly but was stuck on some baling twine inside the nest. Scott said the parents of the bird were shrieking and flying around the nest. He found a maintenance worker from Idaho Power and explained the problem. The worker radioed for help.

Alexey Kljatov / Flickr

As summer winds down, the prospect of winter looms on the horizon. After last year’s record-setting cold and snow, many places are still recovering from the weather. With the seasons changing, one source of weather information is saying Idaho could be in for another rough winter.


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