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Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

Aug. 13, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort on Thursday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month. The court case remains alive, but it’s back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not...

Idaho's first national veterans cemetery dedicated in Buhl

Aug. 13, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

BUHL, Idaho (AP) — Officials dedicated the state's first national cemetery in Buhl this week, making burial services available to veterans and their families in the Magic Valley region. The Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration dedicated the Snake River Canyon National Cemetery...

Wildland firefighter in Idaho tests positive for coronavirus

Aug. 12, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A wildland firefighter who was working with about 270 other people on a small fire in Idaho has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. The Idaho Department of Lands said in a news release that the person who tested positive and those who were working with the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo released by the U.S. Forest Service smoke from the Nethker Fire billows into the air at Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, halts for the second time a 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning, the closing of some roads and restoration of Ponderosa pine ecosystems. (U.S. Forest Service via AP,File)

Giant Idaho forest project on hold again after court ruling

Aug. 12, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant Idaho forest project favored by some environmental groups but decried by others is on hold again following a federal court ruling. The decision Tuesday halts for the second time a 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest that includes...

Idaho family reaches settlement in cyanide bomb lawsuit

Aug. 12, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The federal government has admitted negligence and agreed to pay an Idaho family nearly $40,000 to resolve a lawsuit after an M-44 “cyanide bomb” placed near the family's home exploded, killing the family's dog and spewing poison on a 14-year-old boy. Reed Larsen, the...

Sockeye salmon return to central Idaho, numbers still low

Aug. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife experts have reported more than a dozen sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake in central Idaho after reporting a record-low number of salmon last year. State Department of Fish and Game fishery experts Dan Baker and John Powell said that sockeye salmon survival is not totally...

U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside

Aug. 11, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside. A U.S. judge decided last month that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment...

Idaho projected to see $405 million surplus amid pandemic

Aug. 11, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho could finish the fiscal year with $405 million in surplus tax revenue in spite of the pandemic's economic toll, according to a new revenue forecast. The state’s legislative budget office late Monday released its revised general fund revenue forecast for fiscal year 2021,...

U.S. judge: Cities cannot fine people for living outside

Aug. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon city has joined Boise, Idaho, in eliciting a precedent-setting court ruling that could change how cities nationwide cite and fine people living outside. A U.S. judge decided last week that Grants Pass, Oregon, violated its homeless residents’ Eighth Amendment...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Aug. 11, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Idaho newspapers: If the warning light flashes, don’t turn it off The Lewiston Tribune Aug 9 You wouldn’t override a circuit breaker that constantly flips. The answer to a blaring smoke detector is not removing its batteries. And disabling...