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Water users appeal ruling on central Idaho water diversions

Jan. 16, 2020 12:20 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of water users on Wednesday appealed a federal court decision ordering the U.S. Forest Service to consult with other federal agencies about nearly two dozen water diversion projects in central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley that could be harming salmon, steelhead and bull trout....

Judge won't stop Idaho tribe lawsuit against mining company

Jan. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by the Nez Perce Tribe that seeks to force a Canadian gold mining company to acquire permits for pollution discharged from its central Idaho facility will be allowed to continue, a federal judge decided. Judge B. Lynn Winmill at Boise forwarded the...

Judge: 'Filthy' zoo must give up animals; Zoo appeals

Dec. 31, 2019 3:36 PM EST

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland zoo where five endangered animals died was ordered by a judge to send its remaining big cats to a sanctuary. Tri-State Zoological Park in Cumberland has seen two tigers, a lion and a lemur die within a three-year span. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals...

FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours outside Baggs, Wyo. Two environmental groups concerned the Trump administration won't defend an Obama administration-era policy on sage grouse protections are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Idaho ranchers. The National Audubon Society and The Wilderness Society on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, filed documents in U.S. District Court. The initial lawsuit was filed in 2018 by Oakley-based brothers Douglas, Don and David Pickett. Idaho intervened on the ranchers' side a few months later. The lawsuit alleges the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to submit the rules to Congress for review.(Dan Cepeda /The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Environmental groups aim to intervene in sage grouse lawsuit

Dec. 23, 2019 3:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two environmental groups concerned the Trump administration won't defend an Obama administration-era policy on sage grouse protections are seeking to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Idaho ranchers. The National Audubon Society and The Wilderness Society filed documents Friday in U.S....

Delaware firefly clears first hurdle to federal protection

Dec. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed an initial review and determined that a petition to add a firefly unique to Delaware to the Endangered Species list merits further examination. The service announced Wednesday that the petition to list the Bethany Beach firefly presented...

New Mexico officials ask for Endangered Species Act probe

Dec. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — County officials in New Mexico have asked for an investigation into alleged waste and mismanagement of public lands by federal wildlife agencies. Officials from the Otero County Commission made the allegations against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and U.S. Forest Service in a...

This Sept. 19, 2018 photo shows the last standing building above the Yellow Pine Pit open-pit gold mine in the Stibnite Mining District in central Idaho, where a company hopes to start mining again. Documents show the Trump administration intervening in a U.S. Forest Service decision so that a Canadian company could write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho. (Riley Bunch/Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)

Documents: Mining company writing own environmental report

Dec. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Documents show the U.S. Forest Service allowing a Canadian company to write a key environmental report on its proposed open-pit gold mines in central Idaho after the Trump administration became involved. The documents obtained by conservation group Earthworks show British...

FILE - This Aug. 10, 2013 file photo shows a rare mountain yellow-legged frog in an alpine lake in Kings Canyon National Park, in California's Sierra Nevada. The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of a related species, the foothill yellow-legged frog, that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)

California commission lists yellow-legged frog as endangered

Dec. 11, 2019 11:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s new hope for an endangered California frog that has vanished from half of its habitat. The state Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday approved protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The Center for Biological Diversity had sought...

Hawaii state bird status goes from endangered to threatened

Dec. 10, 2019 9:59 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government has changed the protection status of Hawaii’s state bird from endangered to threatened, officials said. Federal officials said the nene has been brought back from the brink of extinction through a breeding program and habitat restoration, Hawaii Public Radio...

Manure spill kills threatened steelhead in Washington creek

Dec. 7, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — U.S. officials have fined a northwestern Washington farmer $6,750 after a manure spill killed threatened steelhead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this week announced the fine against Harold Carbee of Bellingham. Officials said a hose broke in May and...