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Chadd Cripe / Idaho Statesman

A group of state lawmakers is asking Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to call a special legislative session to support a potential deal on water rights in southwest Idaho.

Thomas Hawk / Flickr

An investigation into an April fire at a Sun Valley ski lodge has come back inconclusive.

The Warm Springs Lodge – part of the Sun Valley Resort – caught fire on Wednesday, April 18. The blaze was especially hard to put out as flames burned in a space between the roof and the ceiling meant to prevent ice dams.


Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

Last year, the cold and wet winter evolved into a cold and wet spring, presenting a swath of challenges for producers. But milder conditions have prevailed so far this season. According to the Capital Press, growers from Nyssa to New Plymouth are reporting a good start to the summer.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West News Bureau

Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt made a quiet visit to Boise Tuesday, to sign a new agreement between his agency and the state of Idaho.

 

Alex Proimos / Flickr

With many schools on summer vacation and the summer travel season here, deaths on Idaho roadways are spiking in what the Idaho State Police call the 100 Deadliest Days.

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According to a 2016 NPR report, Syringa Mobile Home Park was once a nice place to live – beautiful, even, in view of golden wheat fields and snowy north Idaho mountains.

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Bureau of Land Management

Federal officials have approved a project that aims to help the iconic sage grouse in southwest Idaho. The threat? An encroaching evergreen that has infiltrated much of the region's sage brush steppe.

 

Boise State University

Martin Schimpf will serve as interim president of Boise State University for the coming academic year. Idaho’s State Board of Education announced the decision Friday morning.

He joined Boise State in 1990 and has worn several hats, including Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Schimpf announced in November 2017 that he planned to step away from his administrative position and go back to the classroom.

“This is someone the board was very familiar with,” says Linda Clark, president of the State Board of Education. “The continuity that he will provide is really the largest and single most important factor.”

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Schimpf says, "I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim president of Boise State University and appreciate the trust our State Board of Education has placed in me."

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Last week, we reported on closures on the Greenbelt due to a swelling Boise River. But even the flooding is part of a controlled process involving three dams: Lucky Peak, Arrowrock and Anderson Ranch.

 

 


Scuddr / Flickr

The Trump Administration announced it’s allowing stiff tariffs to go into effect on steel and aluminum from Mexico and the European Union. With Idaho’s growing beer scene, the move is getting mixed responses from brewers.

Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Legislative leaders say Gov. Butch Otter might call a special legislative session to address a years-long water battle that has been building in southwestern Idaho.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Winds from the Pacific coast bring much-needed rains to dry Southern Idaho this time of year. For wheat farmers, they may also carry a tiny threat: fungal spores, which cause stripe rust.

Courtesy U.S. Forest Service

President Trump has overturned a rule requiring outfitters to pay river and backcountry guides on public lands a minimum wage.

CarSpotter / Flickr

A recent study by the Ada County Highway District found instances of speeding around the Treasure Valley to be on the rise. The agency is launching on a new initiative to get people to slow down.

Amanda Peacher / Mountain West New Bureau

When you hear about companies like REI or Patagonia, you might think about tents, rain jackets or hikers in puffy coats on a mountaintop. But how about politics? These outdoorsy companies are part of a new wave of business advocates fighting for public lands.

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