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Idaho Public Lands
7:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho’s Attorney General Says Transferring Public Land Faces Many Hurdles

The south fork of the Snake River, on Idaho public lands.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

Sixty percent of the land in Idaho is controlled by the federal government. And some people would like those national forests and rangelands transferred to state control. But the Idaho attorney general told a crowd of tea party conservatives in north Idaho on Saturday there’s a good chance the state would lose that effort in court.

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Idaho Median Income
7:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Idaho Women, Individuals Have Lowest Median Incomes In The Country

Idaho's median household income was $46,783 in 2013.

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:30 am

Census data released by the government this week show individuals and women in Idaho have the lowest median incomes in the country, while household and family median incomes are in the bottom third among states.

The data release is part of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2013 American Community Survey.

Idaho's median household income in 2013 was $46,783, meaning half the residents here earned more and half earned less.

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Northwest News
8:23 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Long-Running Battle Between Ranchers And Feds Over Fires Reaches Truce

A water tender for fighting wildfires is parked next to rancher Charlie Lyon’s barn near Mountain Home, Idaho
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

For years there's been a battle raging between Idaho ranchers and the federal government over whether ranchers should be able to fight wildfires. Get out there, with their trucks and tanks of water and try to put the fires out themselves. Ranchers say they've always done it. The Feds have said, leave it to the pros and don't make yourself a liability. At times it's almost come close to blows. But now a truce has been struck. And as correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, it could change the way fires are fought every summer.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
6:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Lawyers In Idaho Gay Marriage Case Expect To Meet Again At High Court

Credit Sebastian Bergmann / Flickr

The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, lawyers on both sides predict the case will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The opposing attorneys argued elements of the case at a discussion Wednesday organized by the University of Idaho law school.

Audio Pending...

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Wolf Kill Ban
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ketchum City Council Passes Resolution to Use Non-Lethal Tactics to Control Wolf Population

Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to collaborate on a project that helps ranchers use alternative measures against wolves.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


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Enterovirus Outbreak
6:41 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Credit Army Medicine / flickr

Public health authorities in Washington and Idaho are now investigating at least 79 cases of a serious respiratory illness that affects children. The widening disease outbreak is suspected - but not confirmed - to be a rare strain of enterovirus. 


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WWII Japanese Camp Presevation
6:38 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

To Preserve WWII Japanese Internment Sites, Federal Government Awards Grants

Laura Ng, the onsite crew chief in the summer of 2013 at the Kooskia site in Idaho. She has worked on numerous internment camp excavations, including at Granada Relocation Center and Manzanar Relocation Camp.
Stacey Camp

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 government officials rounded up Japanese Americans and sent them to harsh, ill-equipped camps. Now, the National Park Service has announced $3 million in new grants to help preserve that important history. One Northwest archeologist is working to keep a remote Idaho site on the map. 


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Aurora Borealis
6:07 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

A Aurora Borealis over North America in 2008.
Credit NASA / http://www.nasa.gov/

The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
6:03 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Idaho Gay Marriage Case Heard in Appeals Court

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco, California.
Credit dfb / flickr

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in California on Idaho’s gay marriage lawsuit. A lower federal court has already ruled that Idaho’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. 


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Idaho Obesity Rates
6:17 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Idaho Is The Most Obese In The West

Screenshot of the interactive obesity chart on The State Of Obesity's website.
Credit The State Of Obesity / http://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/

New figures on weight show Idaho stands out among Western states - but not in the way public health officials would like. 

Idaho was the most obese state west of the Dakotas and one of only six states nationwide where adult obesity rose between 2012 and 2013, jumping nine places on the list. It's an annual ranking by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report shows nearly 30 percent of adults in Idaho are obese.

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