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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's call to increase peak-season entrance fees at 17 popular national parks appears to be an unpopular idea. The overwhelming majority of submitted comments were strongly opposed to it. Now, the National Park Service is rethinking the plan.

Matt Guilhem / Boise State Public Radio

The Environmental Protection Agency just announced its plan to roll back vehicle emissions standards. That could be cause for concern in Mountain West communities with poor air quality.

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Officials at Idaho Fish and Game are coming up with guidelines for a proposed grizzly bear hunt later in the fall.

The grizzly – an icon of the American wilderness – was first listed as an endangered species in 1975 when fewer than 150 of the creatures roamed the area around Yellowstone National Park. Their numbers having increased to over 700, the Interior Department delisted the Yellowstone population last year.

The omnibus spending bill passed by Congress last month earmarked billions of dollars for fighting wildfires.  Many conservationists and politicians celebrated that change.

But the legislation also rolls rolls back some environmental protections and that has split the conservation community.

Larry Moore / Idaho Bureau of Land Managment

After the Soda Fire ate up nearly 280,000 acres in the southwest corner of Idaho and eastern Oregon in 2015, the Bureau of Land Management launched expansive efforts to rehabilitate the land.


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In the latest round of tit-for-tat tariffs between China and the U.S., the Asian nation has imposed new prices on 128 American-made products. The new regime of tariffs could impact some goods produced in Idaho.

Drought has basically divided the Mountain West into two separate regions this year.

Storms kept Idaho, Montana and Wyoming wet over the winter, and the national Drought Monitor shows no drought in those states.

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Idaho may be known as the land of potatoes, but some farmers are beginning to turn to canola as a new cash crop.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Idaho’s economy relies heavily on agriculture and farmers need good soil to keep their crops growing. But keeping soil healthy is a challenge around the globe and in Idaho.

Bill Miles

In her new book, Elizabeth Smart returns to her horrific ordeal when, at the age of 14, she was abducted at knifepoint and held captive for nine months. Nearly 16 years later, she's writing about how she and other people find the power to never give up, heal and move forward.

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A question regarding citizenship has already embroiled the 2020 census in controversy. As California sues the federal government over the words, some in Idaho worry the question will leave out a portion of Gem State residents.

A new Gallup poll shows the majority of Americans do believe in climate change. The poll shows 66% of Americans believe that most scientists think global warming is occurring, 64% believe it is caused by human activities, and 60% believe its effects have already begun.

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It took 80 days, but the 2018 Idaho Legislature wrapped up this week. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate officially closed up shop and lawmakers headed home to campaign for the May primary.

James Dawson

After 12 years as governor, Butch Otter still says the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make have been whether or not to follow through with the death penalty.

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An exchange between the boss of Idaho’s Hecla Mining Company and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is ringing alarm bells in some circles.

The brief interaction between Hecla Mining CEO Phillips Baker Jr. and Interior Secretary Zinke happened in October.

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