Environment

Court Decides On Wolves
10:29 am
Thu March 15, 2012

What's Next For Wolves After Court Decision

BOISE, Idaho -- The wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That’s because Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Congress’s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Aaron Kunz has reaction to the decision.

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Environment
5:56 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Okay State Control On Gas Developments

BOISE, ID – Idaho lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a plan that limits local control of oil and natural gas development.  But even supporters  say this legislation isn’t perfect.

Idaho Senators debated for nearly an hour on the powers of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.  Under this bill, the agency has final say on where to drill for wells and how to develop the industry.  Democratic Senator Diane Bilyeu from Pocatello hoped to allow local governments to call public hearings on future developments.

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natural gas as a motor fuel
3:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Natural Gas Promoted As Cheaper Fuel For Trucks In NW

Freightliner demonstrated a natural gas fueled semi-tractor. The fuel tank is the tall, rectangular box behind the cab.
Tom Banse/N3

SALEM, Ore. – Natural gas prices are falling and likely to stay low for the coming years. That’s because of the dramatic increase in domestic gas supply from new drilling technologies. Oil prices on the other hand are rising again.

People in this region’s trucking industry are now taking a hard look at switching to natural gas as a motor fuel. But some significant hurdles remain before you’ll see a lot of natural gas-fueled trucks on the road.

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Environment
2:33 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

More Toxic Chemical Releases in Idaho Than Oregon and Washington

BOISE, ID – A just-released study from the Environmental Protection Agency shows Idaho far ahead of Oregon and Washington in toxic chemical releases.

Idaho reported a total of 67 million pounds of toxic chemical releases in 2010.  That’s nearly double Washington and Oregon’s combined total of 38 million.   Graham Kirn with the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle says the mining industry is a major source.

Graham Kirn:  “The metal mining releases in Idaho alone are greater than the total releases in the entire state of Washington or the entire state of Oregon.”

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adapting to life in captivity
3:58 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Hatchery Fish Adapting To Captivity Within One Generation

Ashley Ahearn/EarthFix

If you want to make it in the animal kingdom you’ve got to adapt. Take our canine companions. At one point they were wolves. But over the course of thousands of years they realized that by hanging around people, life got a lot easier.

A new study out today suggests hatchery fish may be taking a lesson from lap dogs when it comes to adapting to life in captivity.

Mark Christie, a post-doctoral researcher at Oregon State University and an author, explains:

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Environment
2:54 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Boise Votes To Sell Hammer Flat

 

Boise’s city council voted unanimously Tuesday to sell Hammer Flat to Idaho’s department of Fish and Game. Each member spoke in favor of the move as the best way to preserve the important winter wildlife habitat. But each councilor also expressed the same reservation.

The issue that gave Boise’s city council pause was recreation. The 700 acre plateau north-east of Boise isn’t just used by deer. It’s popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and others. Fish and Game deputy director Jim Unsworth says that won’t change.

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environmental concern is water quality protection
4:04 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Cleaning Up the Boise River

BOISE, Idaho — In a survey that was conducted for Boise State Public Radio, Idaho Public Television and other public media stations, Northwest residents say their top environmental concern is water quality protection.

Aaron Kunz has more on a river in Idaho, where residents are working to reclaim it from a legacy of pollution.

The survey, conducted by DHM Research, asked what concerned people the most out of ten categories. All three states in the Northwest indicated that water quality is the problem they care about the most.

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Environment
4:44 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Chobani Coming to Twin Falls

BOISE, ID - The New York-based greek yogurt maker Chobani announced its plans to build a multi-milion dollar manufacturing plant in Twin Falls this morning.  StateImpact Idaho Reporter Emilie Ritter Saunders has been following the event and talks to Samantha Wright.

Idaho’s endangered sockeye salmon
8:58 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Idaho Sockeye Count Exceeds Expectations

Aaron Kunz/EarthFix

BOISE, Idaho — This year might not be a record year for Idaho’s endangered sockeye salmon. But biologists with Idaho Fish and Game say the returning adult salmon count is already above expectations for the year. They get an idea of those numbers during the annual “Sockeye Roundup.” Aaron Kunz takes us to the roundup to find out how sockeye are doing.

Two dozen people drag a massive net that stretches across the clear waters of the Salmon River. They are helping round up dozens of red sockeye salmon that can’t make it back to Redfish Lake.

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borders is still a pressing issue
9:04 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Proposed Bill Puts National Security Ahead of Environmental Protection

Van Trump Creek in Mt. Rainier National Park
Ashley Ahearn/EarthFix

10 years after the tragic events of September 11, securing our borders is still a pressing issue for politicians on both sides of the aisle. But for some in Congress, national security and environmental protection can’t coexist.

A new bill introduced by Representative Rob Bishop of Utah would allow unhindered development within 100 miles of an international border or the U.S. coastline, as long as it can be justified as necessary for national security.

(Ashley Ahearn reports.)

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