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Hiker recalls harrowing week in Montana-Idaho wilderness

Aug. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Mont. (AP) — A Utah man said he ate berries and bugs to survive for nearly a week while lost in wilderness along the Idaho-Montana border. Kaden Laga, 25, is about to become a father and told himself he had to survive and make it home to his pregnant wife no matter what, he told Salt Lake City...

Open-pit phosphate mines approved in Idaho with safeguards

Aug. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved two open-pit phosphate mines in eastern Idaho that include environmental protections intended to prevent the type of pollution caused by past phosphate mining in the area. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it approved the Caldwell Canyon...

Sage grouse numbers continue to drop in Idaho

Aug. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's sage grouse population has dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015. It's not yet clear whether the three-year decline is part of a cyclical pattern or indicative of a more serious issue, but the Idaho...

US gives initial OK to predator-killing sodium cyanide

Aug. 7, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an initial step to reauthorize a predator-killing poison that injured a boy in Idaho and killed his dog. The federal agency on Tuesday announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that's used in M-44s, devices embedded in the...

Energy Department wants to build nuclear test "fast" reactor

Aug. 5, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new nuclear test reactor is needed as part of an effort to revamp the nation's fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday. The federal agency said it will prepare an environmental impact statement as part of the...

Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service said the changes allow for greater flexibility and local control,...

Idaho girl falls from tree, is impaled in head by steel bar

Aug. 1, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old Idaho girl is fighting for her life after she fell out of a tree and was impaled in the head by a steel bar. Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries said Thursday that Shaylyn Bergeson was playing in her backyard Monday near the city of Rexburg when she fell....

Idaho customers flock to new pot shop on Oregon-Idaho border

Jul. 27, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Idaho customers gave a new marijuana dispensary just across the Oregon-Idaho state line a booming first day in business. When the store called Weedology opened Friday, customers from Idaho had been waiting in line for more than three hours, the Idaho Statesman reported . A large number...

Workers return to Idaho nuke facility after fire evacuations

Jul. 25, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Employees returned to work Thursday at a sprawling nuclear research site in southwestern Idaho after a wildfire forced two days of evacuations. The lightning-caused wildfire at the Idaho National Laboratory is one of several burning across the U.S. West. "The fire is anticipated to be...

The Latest: Wildfire in northern Arizona now 12% contained

Jul. 24, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 7:45 p.m. A wildfire that has raged since Sunday in northern Arizona now is 12% contained. Fire officials say firefighters worked Wednesday to bolster containment lines, directly attack the blaze and extinguish flames in...