Environment

University of Idaho, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences / Facebook

Idaho’s college enrollment numbers surpassed a milestone — and defied a downward national trend.

Mike Carney / Flickr Creative Commons

Republic Services picks up paper, aluminum and plastics in southwest Idaho communities from Middleton to Mountain Home. The company is no longer accepting plastics numbered 3-7, which includes things like pipes, plastic bags, some food containers and plastic utensils.

Snake River Alliance

Last year, we told you about a program designed to get more people to put solar panels on their roof. The program called its second year successful, but it’s not clear if it'll continue.

David Gassel / Idaho Fish and Game

A picture is worth ... 9.04 pounds.

In this case, Meridian fisherman Dave Gassel reeled in this largescale sucker and broke the record in Idaho. He pulled the fish out of Lake Cascade.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States is located here in Idaho. Word came Monday evening officially designating the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.

Southern Idaho Tourism

In April, as all the snow from last year's punishing winter melted, flows over Shoshone Falls peaked around 20,000 cubic feet per second. By May, the flow rate over the falls had settled around 12,000 cfs, but they still dazzled. If you missed the show in the spring, water managers are again upping the water that will tumble over the Niagara of the West.

Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Idaho officials have reached a tentative agreement approving a utility company's $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border.

snake river, canyon
Chad H / Flickr Creative Commons

Authorities have released recovery plans for federally protected Snake River chinook salmon and steelhead intended to make sure each species is self-sustaining in the wild.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

After months of cold and wet weather, the 4 Bros. Dairy near Shoshone started to flood last February. Melting snow and winter rain overwhelmed the wastewater ponds, prompting the Lincoln County Commissioners to call an emergency meeting.

Turns out the dairy was pumping the excess water into a canal, where water leaked into residential wells.

Malcolm / Flickr

The first day of winter is December 21, but a telltale sign of the colder months is here. Starting November 30, the Sawtooth Avalanche Center will start publishing daily avalanche advisories. The center is relying on a range of media to broadcast its information.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

USDA Wildlife Services in Idaho is asking ranchers to report all cattle deaths and leave the carcasses undisturbed in an effort to preserve evidence and help investigators confirm a wolf depredation.

Bambi Waidelich

It’s a near-miss lunker. Jason Waidelich had the catch of a lifetime on the Boise River this month when he hooked a rainbow trout that weighed a whopping 19.25 pounds.

Ted S. Warren / AP Images

The first Idaho Climate Summit wraps up Friday in Boise. Keynote speaker Kate Gordon set the tone for the two-day event Thursday morning, making an economic case for Idahoans to heed the signs of climate change.

Skytech Solar / Flickr Creative Commons

This week, the Sierra Club released a list of cities around the country that have made a commitment to green energy. Among them are bigger metros like Atlanta and Portland – as well as smaller cities like Pueblo and Boulder, Colorado. Nearby Salt Lake City also made the cut.

Boise National Forest

Word around the Northwest from some vendors is that there could be a shortage of real Christmas trees this year. That could lead to higher prices. But the National Forest Service says they have plenty of trees just waiting for families to take home while also making memories.

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