A Thousand homes threatened by nation’s largest wildfire in North California

News 08/16/21, 15:55

A nation's largest wildfire endangered thousands of homes in Northern California on Sunday, Aug. 15, with temperatures predicted to reach 100 degrees (38 degrees Celsius), while authorities cautioned that the risk of new fires emerging across the West was high due to unpredictable weather. The Dixie Fire, which had been blazing ...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. 05/25/19, 09:47

Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.The neo-Nazi group ...

Suspect in Utah shooting found in Idaho after 2-day manhunt

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:09

Idaho police captured a man Friday afternoon suspected of shooting and killing a motorist in northern Utah earlier this week after a two-day manhunt.Officers arrested 45-year-old Jonathan Llana about 3:15 p.m. in an area of southern Idaho outside of Pocatello about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from where the suspect crashed ...

Abducted Idaho girl found safe in Arizona, suspect jailed

U.S. 05/21/19, 18:35

A 17-year-old girl abducted from an Idaho fast-food restaurant where she worked was found safe in Arizona on Tuesday and the man accused of taking her was jailed on a $1 million bond, authorities said. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise said 18-year-old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez of Jerome, Idaho, was taken ...

Idaho State’s Haley Harrison still fighting off the darkness

Health 05/17/19, 01:20

The darkness rolls in like an invisible fog, draping over every thought, compounding until the internal agony becomes unbearable.Haley Harrison built a facade to mask its clutches, swallowing the mental torment to avoid any appearance of weakness. A senior softball player at Idaho State, she had been taught all her ...

US attempt to improve wildland firefighter shelters fails

U.S. 05/16/19, 16:03

Federal officials say an effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday say the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.Officials ...

National weather radar system upgrades are on track

U.S. 05/10/19, 15:18

An eight-year plan for a major upgrade to the nation's weather radar stations to help predict dangerous storms and improve air traffic safety is on track at the midway point, a federal official said Friday.The improvements will keep the 25-year-old system viable into the 2030s, said Jessica Schultz, deputy director ...

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

U.S. 05/03/19, 12:45

More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service made public reduced criteria for removing sea lions at Bonneville Dam about 145 miles (235 ...

Forecast calls for busy wildfire season along West Coast

U.S. 05/01/19, 14:29

Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday.California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the ...

Pilot rescued from plane that crash-landed atop Idaho tree

Amazing 04/25/19, 19:13

A pilot who was trying to crash-land this week in an Idaho field instead brought his small plane to rest at the top of a 60-foot (18-meter) tree, officials said.Pilot John Gregory was not hurt in the Monday night crash, which happened when his single-engine Piper Cub PA-18 lost power ...

Federal appeals court overturns Idaho wolf-killing ruling

Enviroment 04/24/19, 13:54

A federal appeals court has overturned a U.S. District Court's dismissal of a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging a federal agency's killing of wolves in Idaho.A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday ruled that U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge erred in January 2018 when he ruled ...

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

U.S. 04/23/19, 12:03

Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, including imperiled sage grouse.Officials say the 248-page document released this month is a paradigm shift relying on advances in technology and analytics to categorize sagebrush areas based on ...

NRA has history of advising gun-rights groups outside US

U.S. 04/14/19, 11:31

The recent revelation that National Rifle Association representatives had met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting generated outrage from various politicians.The reality is that the NRA has been exerting its influence on gun debates outside the U.S. for a number of years, exporting its firebrand ...

Bump stocks are turned in or destroyed as ban takes effect

U.S. 03/28/19, 14:08

The largest supplier of bump stocks turned in its entire remaining inventory to be destroyed — some 60,000 devices. Washington state's buyback program was so popular it ran out of money. One dealer held a "Viking funeral" for his last bump stock, pouring a can of beer on it and ...

Kimberly family finds its niche in mint

Business 03/24/19, 02:05

You may not recognize a mint farmer by the looks of him, but his aromatic crop is unmistakable. Its sweet, spicy-cool scent makes mint one of man's most valued herbs.Black Mitcham peppermint resembles alfalfa in the field, but its dark green foliage puts off an odd purple hue, puzzling those ...

The bump stock ban is just days away. What will owners do?

U.S. 03/21/19, 12:12

David Lunsford is an avid gun owner with a firing range on his Texas spread. With bump stocks about to be banned by the U.S. government, he grudgingly decided to sell off his and let someone else figure out what to do with them. "If I get caught with one, I'm ...

Idaho State Police may get tests to tell hemp and pot apart

U.S. 03/02/19, 15:04

Idaho State Police may get the funding to purchase equipment that would allow investigators to distinguish hemp from marijuana after a high-profile case in the state grabbed headlines and prompted a federal lawsuit.The state legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Friday approved about $240,000 for three testing devices for crime labs ...

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