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Sierra Club’s Waterman tells how he would replace Idaho Power’s coal

The Sierra Club’s Idaho Representative Zack Waterman has been charged by a grizzly bear and offered a seat at the desk of the Vice President by Joe Biden while interning at the White House. In Idaho he’s working on the

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Idaho scientists lay out their data on how our climate has changed

Idaho scientists, engineers and managers rarely get dragged anymore into the debate about climate change. They avoid it when they can. They are too busy analyzing its impacts on our land and water. They all take for granted that the

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Canyon County Quail Forever chapter could help enrich our valley

So much of my attention as environmental reporter focuses on the species on the edges, I sometimes lose track of the other wildlife and fish that enrich our lives. From sage grouse to salmon, to wolves and grizzly bears, my

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Idaho PUC approves Idaho Power cost shift

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved an Idaho Power request to shed $105.7 million from its annual power cost adjustment and to place the costs into its permanent base rate. The power cost adjustment reflects Idaho Power’s actual costs of

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See what fat tire biking in the snow is like from a biker’s view

Idaho Statesman photographer Darin Oswald and I went to the Wood River Valley last week with Idaho Public Television producer Aaron Kunz and Videographer Pat Metzler in our first effort to forge a partnership between our two mediums. Out of

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Otter signs wolf control board bill as feds are silent

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a bill Thursday that establishes an Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board. The amended bill places the new board within the governor’s office to fund wolf management with $400,000 from general tax dollars, and additional funds

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House passes bill to limit presidential power on monuments

If you want to understand what House Republicans think about handing presidents the power of protecting special places with their signature alone, their vote Wednesday was a clear message. The bill, which passed on a relatively slim 222-201 margin, would

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Federal judge upholds Payette bighorn sheep protections

A federal judge upheld the decision by the Payette National Forest to close 70 percent of the forest to domestic sheep grazing to protect wild bighorn sheep. U.S. 9th Circuit Judge Wallace Tashima denied a motion by the Idaho Wool

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Elephant’s Perch owner Rosso explains how to resolve trail conflicts (video)

I’m working on a story for this weekend about how Blaine County residents view the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument proposal, a project we are partnering up with our friends at Idaho Public Television for. But we split up one day

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Seeding after wildfire doesn’t help sage grouse much

The emergency post-fire seeding done to stabilize soils is not helping sage grouse, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service researchers said in a paper published Monday in the journal “Ecosphere.” The new study looked at burned areas seeded eight

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