Idaho

Wildfire Season
6:55 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wildfire Season Looks Bad For Central Idaho, Easier In Southern Part Of The State

Where you are in Idaho will determine your wildfire risk this summer. Fire officials gave their predictions Tuesday on what fire seasons will be like around the state. If you’re in southern Idaho you shouldn’t see the type of catastrophic wildfires we had last year.

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POW Letter
6:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Bowe Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence

Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from their son, who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years.

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Glass Recycling
7:29 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Idaho Couple Takes Glass Recycling Into Their Own Hands

In Coeur d’Alene, residents can recycle paper, plastic, and aluminum. A new non-profit is chipping away at what they see as a problem: the city doesn’t recycle glass. Spokane Public Radio’s Paige Browning reports.

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Idaho Silver Mining
7:21 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Idaho Silver Feels The Slip In Metals Prices

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:34 pm

The decreasing price of gold has gotten a lot of attention among investors in recent weeks. The price of silver has received fewer headlines, but it's also dropped. That price has real economic impact in north Idaho, which has one of the richest silver deposits in the country.

There's not much wiggle room when silver drops down to $22 an ounce. That's only a little more than it costs the Galena Mine near Kellogg, Idaho, to get the silver out of the ground. Owner U.S. Silver has placed a hiring freeze on the mine and plans to cut costs by $1 million this year.

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Green Energy Credit
6:45 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Idaho Power Seeks to End Excess Green Energy Credit Payouts

Idaho Power addresses public about it's application to change procedure for net metering customers.
Credit Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

If you use solar panels or wind turbines to generate your own power, you can sell the electricity you don’t use back to your utility. But one Northwest power company wants to stop sending checks to customers who are big energy producers. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Gay Rights Ordinance
7:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pocatello Rejects Gay Rights Ordinance In Close Vote

The Pocatello City Council heard testimony from the public on April 4.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

An ordinance to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people failed in the city council of Pocatello, Idaho Thursday. The close vote was a setback for gay rights advocates, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Idaho Gay Rights
8:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

In Idaho, Towns Take Up Gay Rights In Absence Of State Action

Kevin Lish and Tom Nestor run the All Under One Roof youth center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens in Pocatello.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This Thursday, the city council in Pocatello, Idaho, is expected to vote on whether to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s one of several cities in Idaho that have taken up the cause of gay rights – an issue the Idaho legislature has so far resisted. But as Jessica Robinson reports, even some gay rights supporters wonder if the local ordinance will change anything.

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Public Lands Management
6:44 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Western States Gearing Up To Debate Public Land Management

Fire burned a significant section of public land north of Featherville in central Idaho. State lawmakers believe fire risk could be better managed if the state managed these lands instead of the federal government.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

For some of us public land in the west is a place to camp and recreate. For all of us, these lands are a source of water and the air we breath. That’s especially true in Idaho - where more than half of the land is federally owned and managed.

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Northwest News
7:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pocatello Council Hears Emotional Testimony Over Local Gay Rights Law

The Pocatello City Council hears testimony on a proposed ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Credit By Jessica Robinson

A city in the heart of Idaho's Mormon country held a four-hour public hearing last night on whether to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. A growing number of cities in Idaho are adopting local rules that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Northwest News
6:52 am
Fri April 5, 2013

EPA Requiring Dredge Mining Permits in Idaho

Anyone who wants to mine gold in Idaho streams with a suction dredge will need to get a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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