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Poaching Spree Leads to Hunting Ban in Idaho

Poaching Spree Leads to Hunting Ban in IdahoIDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – The hunting licenses for two southeast Idaho men have been revoked for life in Idaho following a three-month poaching spree. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Harris of Ririe and 33-year-old Adam Harris of Archer received the sentences in 7th District Court in November. Brandon Harris pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing or possessing a […]

Sage Grouse Discussed by Western Governors

Sage Grouse Discussed by Western GovernorsLAS VEGAS (AP) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told Western governors that the federal government is trying to find a way to save the sage grouse without having to list the bird as an endangered species. Jewell, during the Western Governors’ Association’s winter meeting in Las Vegas, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has […]

Some Criticize Proposed Yellowstone Fees

Some Criticize Proposed Yellowstone FeesJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – A proposal to double the cost to enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming is drawing resistance. The town of Jackson, fishing guides and wildlife safari companies are among those speaking out against a plan that calls for increasing entrance fees for the two neighboring parks. Under the […]

Possible Hope in Western Battle Against Cheatgrass

Possible Hope in Western Battle Against CheatgrassBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A century-long losing battle against an invasive weed responsible for fueling massive western wildfires and threatening native species and rangeland could be about to turn around. Cheatgrass has become the most common plant in the Intermountain West and the dominant plant in an area about the size of Montana. But federal […]

Teen Boy Killed Riding Skateboard in Boise

Teen Boy Killed Riding Skateboard in BoiseBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A teenage boy who had been riding his skateboard on a sidewalk in downtown Boise is dead after a collision with a pickup. The Idaho Statesman reports that the truck, driven by a 43-year-old Boise man, was leaving a parking garage Saturday when it struck the 14-year-old. Police say witnesses reported […]

Idaho Reroutes Labrador Link on State Webpage

Idaho Reroutes Labrador Link on State WebpageBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A link on Idaho’s official state website that led to a campaign donation page for Republican Rep. Raul Labrador has been replaced with a link to his congressional website. State officials tell The Spokesman-Review in a story on Thursday that the link was a mistake. The newspaper reports that the link […]

Bird’s Fate Shaping Energy Development in US West

Bird’s Fate Shaping Energy Development in US WestSARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) – Efforts to conserve a struggling species of grouse that ranges across the Western U.S. are having far-reaching effects on the region’s energy industry. The Obama administration faces a September 2015 deadline to decide whether greater sage grouse need more protections. Already sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil […]

Idaho Outdoor Businesses Want National Monument

Idaho Outdoor Businesses Want National MonumentBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Outdoor Business Council has sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to use his executive power under the Antiquities Act to create a 592,000-acre national monument in a rugged swath of central Idaho. The coalition of 45 business and recreation groups says in a statement Wednesday that […]

Idaho Senate Determines Coveted Chairmen Positions

Idaho Senate Determines Coveted Chairmen PositionsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho lawmakers have gathered in Boise to divvy up some of the most coveted spots in the Statehouse – committee chairmen positions. The decisions can set the tone for the 2015 Legislative session because chairman holds the power to kill any bill that crosses his or her desk. Republican Sen. Dean […]

Chamber Launches “CEO Speaker Series”

Chamber Launches “CEO Speaker Series”Idaho Falls, Idaho —  The Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce launched their CEO Speaker Series on Thursday afternoon at the ARTitorium in Idaho Falls.  The first CEO on the series was CEO of Melaleuca, Frank VanderSloot. CEO of the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Michelle Holt conducted the on stage interview of Mr.  VanderSloot.  VanderSloot […]

Frank L. VanderSloot to Receive 2015 Horatio Alger Award

Frank L. VanderSloot to Receive 2015 Horatio Alger AwardWASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2014) – Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Frank L. VanderSloot, CEO, Melaleuca, Inc., has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization.  Mr. VanderSloot joins eleven […]

Firefighters Arrested after Burglary Report

Firefighters Arrested after Burglary ReportNOTUS, Idaho (AP) – Two volunteer firefighters with the Wilder Rural Fire Protection District in southwest Idaho have been suspended after police say they burglarized a home in Notus. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office says 26-year-old Michael Squibb and 32-year-old Robert Mullins were arrested Tuesday. Police say a caller reported a burglary and minutes later […]

Court: Police Need Warrant for DUI Blood Tests

Court: Police Need Warrant for DUI Blood TestsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that police must get warrants before drawing blood from suspected drunk drivers who refuse to cooperate. The court in two separate decisions released Tuesday said Idaho’s implied consent law cannot be used by police to perform warrantless blood draws because that action violates the Fourth […]

Republican Leadership in Idaho House to Remain the Same

Republican Leadership in Idaho House to Remain the SameBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Republican leadership will remain the same in the Idaho House after lawmakers voted behind closed doors Wednesday evening. House Speaker Scott Bedke and Majority Leader Mike Moyle didn’t face rivals. However, Assistant Majority Leader Brent Crane and Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude held off challenges. Democratic leadership also remained the […]

Study: Killing Wolves Means more Livestock Attacks

Study: Killing Wolves Means more Livestock AttacksGRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – Scientists have found that, contrary to what many people think, killing wolves does not always reduce attacks on livestock. Researchers at Washington State University found that for every wolf killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming over the past 25 years, there was a 5 percent increase in the sheep and […]

Kempf Named New Director of Idaho Prisons

Kempf Named New Director of Idaho PrisonsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Kevin Kempf as the new director of prisons one week after his predecessor, Brent Reinke, gave his resignation notice. The board made the appointment during a special meeting Wednesday, but the choice wasn’t a surprise. Kempf has been with the department for 19 years […]

Second Report of Missing Cattle in Southeast Idaho

Second Report of Missing Cattle in Southeast IdahoPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – More cattle have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho. The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office tells the Idaho State Journal  that a person reported 41 pairs of cows and calves stolen on Monday near the town of Bone. That follows another report of 25 pairs of Black Angus cows and calves missing […]

Idaho Student Suspended after Toy Gun Found

Idaho Student Suspended after Toy Gun FoundMIDDLETON, Idaho (AP) – A southwest Idaho boy who brought what turned out to be a toy gun to class leading to a 45-minute search by police and two school lockdowns has been suspended. Middleton School District Superintendent Rich Bauscher says the second-grader at Middleton Heights Elementary School will get a two-day suspension and possibly […]

Police: Utah Teen Planned to Open Fire at School

Police: Utah Teen Planned to Open Fire at SchoolSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Police say a student caught with a loaded gun at his northern Utah high school planned to shoot a former girlfriend and open fire on the rest of the school. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office says another student spotted the handgun at about noon Monday at Fremont High School. The […]

Faulty Equipment is Cause of Wyoming Propane Fire

Faulty Equipment is Cause of Wyoming Propane FireJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Faulty equipment is being blamed for a series of dramatic explosions that destroyed a propane business and fitness center in the northwest Wyoming resort town of Jackson last month. Jackson fire investigators on Tuesday released their findings in the Nov. 20 fire and explosion at the AmeriGas facility on the southwest […]

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