Idaho

UI Athletic Division
6:25 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Idaho Athletic Diector Says UI Wants To Stay In Football Bowl Subdivision

The University of Idaho is reevaluating its options in football, with the emphasis on staying in Division 1 and protecting its Football Bowl Subdivision status. The statement from University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear came following announcements from colleges last week that make the future of the Western Athletic Conference unclear.

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Idaho Rare Earths
6:45 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Idaho's Rare Earth Minerals On The Radar

China’s stranglehold on the world’s rare earth mineral supply has re-ignited interest in Idaho. The state’s rare earth minerals run through environmentally sensitive lands. Bonnie Stewart has the story.

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Glass Recycling
5:45 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Artist Finds Niche Business In Glass Recycling

Terra Cressey, 37, of Sandpoint, Idaho owns Glass Roots Recycling, a business that finds creative ways to use glass bottles that would otherwise end up in the local landfill.
Photo by Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A fledgling business in Sandpoint, Idaho is giving locals a place to finally take their glass bottles – besides the landfill, that is. North Idaho is one of the few corners of the Northwest that doesn’t have glass recycling. As Jessica Robinson reports, the business is barely up and running, and already has more glass bottles than it can handle.

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Selenium Pollution
5:58 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Two-Headed Trout Spur Scrutiny Of Mine Pollution

A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom).
Photos courtesy J.R. Simplot Idaho DEQ

Here’s an image you usually don’t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho. The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Idaho Representative/Tax Evader
6:31 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Idaho Lawmaker Is Tax Crusader To Some, Tax Dodger To Feds

Idaho Representative R- Phil Hart is in danger of the U.S. Justice Department foreclosing on his home near Athol, Idaho.
Photo credit: Idaho House of Representatives Northwest News Network

ATHOL, Idaho -- Tax evasion will get you into hot water with the IRS. But in north Idaho, it won’t necessarily spell the end of your political career. A Republican state legislator who believes the federal income tax is unconstitutional is battling charges of tax evasion, even as he seeks reelection.

The federal government says Phil Hart owes more than $500,ooo in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to foreclose on his home near Athol, Idaho if he doesn’t pay up. Meanwhile, Idaho tax collectors say Hart owes the state another $53,000.

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Moscow Actor
5:46 am
Mon April 9, 2012

In Moscow, Actor Bill Fagerbakke Says The Arts Are A Neccessity

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The actor Bill Fagerbakke is perhaps best known for his comedic roles on the television series Coach and Spongebob Squarepants. But in Moscow, Idaho, last week, he was also talking about serious issues, like the role of the arts in our culture. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports.

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Idaho Wolf Season Results
3:44 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Hunters And Trappers Take 372 Idaho Wolves This Season

Hunters have bagged 372 animals this season and Idaho Fish and Game has decided to expand wolf hunting next season.
Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Wolf hunting ends Saturday in most of Idaho. Hunters have bagged 372 animals since the season began in August, according to the latest count. Idaho Fish and Game officials are pleased, while wolf advocates find the high total worrisome.

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Breaking: Flood Warning
10:24 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Flooding And High Water Continues In Palouse Region

Paradise Creek at Railraod Avenue, near the University of Idaho, in Moscow on Monday.
Photo by Glenn Mosley Northwest Public Radio

UPDATED Tuesday 10:20 AM: Area streams and rivers are now receding, although a flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch.

UPDATED Tuesday 5:55 AM: Flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch, and also for urban areas and small streams. 

UPDATED Wednesday 10:15 PM: The flood warning has been canceled for the Palouse River (South Fork) at Pullman, but remains in effect for the Palouse River near Potlatch. See updated NWS statement at the end of this post.

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Idaho Contraception Stance
3:17 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Reject New Contraception Policy

Republican Representative Carlos Bilbao of Emmett sponsored a joint memorial on the House floor to have the current contraception policy reversed.
Idaho House of Representatives

Religious beliefs and contraception collided today in the Idaho House of Representatives. a majority of state lawmakers voted to send a message to the President and U.S. Congress to reject a new birth control policy.

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Idaho Texting Law
4:01 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Texting While Driving May Soon Be Banned In Idaho

Idaho may be close to banning texting while driving.
Wikimedia user: WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Idaho lawmakers are one step closer to signing off on a bill that would ban texting while driving.

For years state lawmakers have tried to pass legislation that would make it illegal to text and drive. This year may be different because Tuesday the House agreed to a bill that would make texting while driving an infraction. Supporters say this would send a strong message to drivers, especially teenagers, that it's dangerous to text and drive.

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