Idaho

LINE Report
6:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Report

LINE Commission Chairman Jeff Sayer explaining the recommendations to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Idaho Water Quality
6:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

How Much Fish You Eat Determines Water Quality In Idaho

How much fish do you eat every week? That’s a question Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality wants to answer. As Samantha Wright reports, the agency has asked state lawmakers for funding to study that question.

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Public Lands
6:30 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Western States' Public Lands Fight Comes To Idaho

Ken Ivory addresses Idaho lawmakers on January 21, 2013.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

A fight between western states and the federal government over control of public lands has surfaced in the Northwest. Last year Utah and Arizona lawmakers passed bills requiring the feds to sign public land over to them. Now Idaho lawmakers are discussing whether a similar bill is right for their state.

EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Idaho Teachers
6:56 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Report: Idaho Teachers Feel “Strong Undercurrent Of Despair

Teacher morale is low throughout Idaho. And school administrators have serious concerns about recruiting and retaining teachers. As Adam Cotterell reports, those are some of the findings from a new study presented to lawmakers Tuesday.

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Idaho Education
6:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Not Committed To Education Says Former Adviser

Governor Otter giving annual State of the State address on January 7, 2013.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / Northwest News Network

Eliminate a tax on business, build a new mental health facility for prisoners, start a state run health insurance exchange: all things Governor Butch Otter said he wanted to do in his annual State of the State address Monday. But as Adam Cotterell reports, Otter says one thing trumps them all.

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Idaho Nuclear Waste
6:16 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Idaho Governor Underscores Commitment to Keep Nuclear Waste Out of Idaho

Idaho governor Butch Otter.
Credit Photo courtesy U.S. Congress

Idaho Governor Butch Otter underscored his commitment Monday to keeping more spent nuclear waste from entering Idaho. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Idaho 'Roadless Rule'
5:04 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Appeals Court Rules In Favor of Idaho 'Roadless Rule'

Governor Butch Otter praised those who worked on Idaho's roadless rule before he was governor. He snuck this unscripted into his annual State of the State address.
Credit Aaron Kunz

Idaho leaders are hailing Monday's decision by a federal appeals court to uphold the state's strategy for managing millions of acres of roadless wilderness.

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Idaho Incomes
6:19 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Landing One Job No Longer Sufficient For Many In Idaho

James Drennen of Post Falls, Idaho, works three jobs to support his wife and two daughters.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Personal incomes took a hit in the economic downturn across the nation. But according to the latest figures, no state has lower median earnings than Idaho. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Northwest Salmon
6:37 am
Wed December 12, 2012

NOAA Asks for Input From NW Salmon Stakeholders

Sockeye salmon swim the final leg of the journey to Redfish Lake in Idaho.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Environmentalists in the Northwest are being offered an expanded role in shaping the long-term recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Idaho Salmo
6:40 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Working for Idaho's Extinct Coho Salmon

Nez Perce fishery employees work through Coho at the Lapwai Creek weir.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz

The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species.

But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe noticed. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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