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Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two months after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land deep in the Northern California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site where trees were clear-cut, waterways were diverted, and the ground was littered...

Illegal pot farms on public land create environmental hazard

Nov. 17, 2019 1:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month after two men were arrested at an illicit marijuana farm on public land in the California wilderness, authorities are assessing the environmental impact and cleanup costs at the site. A group including Forest Service rangers, scientists and conservationists hiked into the...

Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon

Nov. 14, 2019 1:45 PM EST

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council, both based in La Grande, Oregon, filed the suit in...

Simplot proposing east Idaho phosphate mine with 5 open pits

Nov. 11, 2019 7:35 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal land managers have released a final plan for a phosphate mine with five open pits as well as reclamation work in eastern Idaho proposed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Company. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service released the jointly-prepared final...

Honolulu seeks to reopen war memorial as saltwater pool

Nov. 11, 2019 9:36 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu could remake a deteriorating war memorial swimming facility into an open-circulation saltwater pool, a city report said. The city designated the "perimeter deck" plan as a preferred option for the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium in a final environmental impact statement, The...

Lawsuit planned after giant forest project OK'd in Idaho

Nov. 5, 2019 3:15 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on again, and an environmental group says it violates the court's orders and will stop it with another lawsuit. The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer)...

Corps extends deadline to review Pebble Mine comments

Oct. 25, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended its deadline to review numerous comments submitted for a draft environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. Assistant Secretary of the Army R.D. James extended Thursday's deadline to Feb. 28 to...

Fighter jets could fly lower in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better simulate combat conditions. The Air Force on Wednesday said it plans to prepare an environmental impact...

Plan calls for fuel breaks to battle wildfires in 3 states

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a draft...