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US restarts nuclear testing facility in Idaho after 23 years

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have restarted an eastern Idaho nuclear fuel testing facility amid efforts to boost the nation's nuclear power generating capacity and possibly reduce concerns about nuclear power safety. The U.S. Department...

 

Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state's sparsely populated region that contains...

 

Trump administration urged to avoid salmon protection rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. T...

 

US cattle grazing plan for Idaho national monument approved

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cattle grazing will continue at a south-central Idaho national monument known for its ancient lava flows following a challenge by an environmental group, federal officials announced this week. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

 

Canada OKs Idaho company's genetically engineered potatoes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered by an Idaho company to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, Canadian officials said Thursday. The approval by Health...

 

Lawsuit: Idaho oil and gas rules violate landowner rights

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A watchdog group and four southwest Idaho landowners have filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho officials contending a state-approved process forcing them to sell their natural gas and oil violates the U.S. Constitution. The...

 

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by natur...

 

'That tree wants to live': Onlookers watch tree-moving prep

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they'll wrestle the tree up a ramp to street level Friday. The...

 

Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type. Joey, who police credited with scaring off a burglar trying to break into his home's gun safe, made his long goodbyes earlier this...

 
 By Keith Ridler    Regional    June 16, 2017

US expands review of cyanide predator traps after boy hurt

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials are launching an expanded review of predator-killing cyanide traps and additional guidelines for workers deploying the devices after one sickened a young boy in Idaho and killed his dog. The U.S. Department of...

 

Overhaul of Idaho oil and gas laws includes new commission

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A revamped commission overseeing Idaho's natural gas and oil industry and a beefed-up state agency to aid that effort emerged from this year's legislative session along with more detailed reporting requirements for oil companies...

 

Federal efforts to eradicate Idaho potato pest succeeding

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Progress is being made eradicating a microscopic pest that has been threatening Idaho's $900 million potato industry the last decade, federal officials say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said viable potato cyst nematodes...

 
 By Keith Ridler    Regional    March 1, 2017

US approves 3 types of genetically engineered potatoes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three types of potatoes genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine are safe for the environment and safe to eat, federal officials announced. The approval by the U.S. Environmental Protecti...

 

Idaho spending $650,000 to feed elk, deer and antelope

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is spending about $650,000 this winter to feed elk, deer and antelope at 110 sites around the southern half of the state. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday said the severe winter prompted officials to...

 

Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access. Lawmakers earlier this month...

 

Idaho oil and gas industry growing; new potential areas eyed

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of severance taxes generated by Idaho's oil and gas industry is getting close to paying what it costs the state to regulate that industry. Idaho Department of Lands Director Tom Schultz estimates that 2017 severance...

 

Idaho homeowners fight Texas company over natural gas well

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of southwestern Idaho homeowners who say their mineral rights are being taken away is fighting a Texas company that is asking Idaho officials to settle the matter so a natural gas well can be drilled. An attorney...

 

US approves 2 types of genetically engineered potatoes

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of two types of potatoes that are genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine. The approval announced Friday covers...

 

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