Idaho

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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Bowe Bergdahl
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Turns 27 In Enemy Hands

Courtesy of Bergdahl family.

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:38 pm

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Psychiana
6:01 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Psychiana: Moscow's Mail-Order Religion

Staff outside a new building on 3rd and Jackson streets in Moscow, 1934.
Latah County Historical Society

You’re probably aware of TV evangelists. They speak to you through the television, some claiming to heal you through the screen. Before television, there were radio evangelists, and mail-order evangelists. One of which offered a money-back guaranteed religion, and was headquartered in the Northwest. Sueann Ramella has the story of the Mail-Order prophet of Moscow, Idaho.  

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Idaho Water Plan
6:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Idaho Adopts New State Water Plan

Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday. But not everyone is happy about it. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Abortion Law
6:25 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Judge: Idaho’s ‘Fetal Pain Law’ Unconstitutional

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:56 pm

A federal judge has declared Idaho’s so-called “Fetal Pain Law” unconstitutional. Idaho is one of eight states with a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. As Jessica Robinson reports, the case stems from a woman’s arrest under a separate statute for having an abortion.  

Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the 20-week limit on abortions is unconstitutional because it doesn’t seek to inform the pregnant woman, nor improve her health, as the Supreme Court has allowed. Rather, he writes, it’s solely intended to put an insurmountable obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions. 

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Rangeland Firefighters
6:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Idaho Closer To Realizing Citizen Rangeland Firefighters

Firefighters spraying water on a fire burning in Idaho.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Idaho Mining Permits
6:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period

Idaho lawmakers listening to mining industry leaders talk about the economic impact of mining. More than half of Idaho is federally managed.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried.

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Idaho Potatoes
6:27 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Keeping ‘Idaho Potatoes’ From Becoming ‘Brussels Sprouts’ No Easy Task

A promotional photo of Idaho potatoes.
Credit Photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission

You've heard of fake designer handbags and imitation Apple stores. Well, the state of Idaho is worried about knock-off potatoes. Idaho is trying to block a trademark on the word “IDAHO” in Turkey. The state sees it as a potentially costly threat. But as Jessica Robinson reports, controlling the global brand is no easy task.

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