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washington — the $1.3 trillion spending bill congress approved early friday was shaped by battles over major issues like immigration, health care and defense. but one of the last disputes involved a republican idaho senator's effort to prevent a wilderness area from being renamed for his state's deceased democratic governor.in the end, sen. james risch lost. but the fight contributed to delays that left senators waiting until after midnight to approve the massive spending package, to the chagrin of some."it's most like a saturday night live skit," said sen. clare mccaskill, d-mo."that kind of fight is silly, but it comes from a ridiculously dysfunctional process," said sen. ben sasse, r-neb.risch did win sympathy from sen. ted cruz, r-texas, who's also not been shy about slowing legislatio






idaho auctions federal timber in deal with forest service


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho officials have auctioned timber on federal land as part of an agreement with the u.s. forest service intended to increase logging and reduce the severity of wildfires.the jasper ii west timber sale on the idaho panhandle national forests in northern idaho is the third timber sale sold by the idaho department of lands under the federal good neighbor authority program.stimson lumber company on thursday submitted the winning bid of $1.47 million to log 306 acres north of priest river. the idaho department of lands says the company will be removing dead and dying timber.money from the sale will reimburse the state, and leftover money will be used for restoration projects on the forest.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks






forest service, idaho work to boost logging on federal land


boise, idaho (ap) — the u.s. forest service and idaho have forged 10 agreements for logging and restoration projects on federal land in what officials say could become a template for other western states to create jobs and reduce the severity of wildfires.under the deals, idaho foresters will administer timber sales on about 10,000 acres (40 square kilometers) the federal agency has on its to-do list but can’t complete because the money for the work is instead going to fight wildfires.so far this year, the cost of that fight has surpassed $2 billion — more than half the federal agency’s annual budget — during one of the worst fire seasons on record in the west.the state work involves managing timber sales to a lumber company after determining how much is available and sometimes even markin






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huge supertanker planes from the us, russia and brazil have been deployed to fight forest fires in chile.the fires are the worst in modern history and have spread to affect 480,000 hectares (1,186,105 acres) so far.chile forest fires: troops join fight against worst fires in decadeschile forest fires: death toll now rises to six






budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing


washington — a spending bill slated for a vote in congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the west in recent years.the bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the forest service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire-related accounts to pay for wildfire costs, which approached $3 billion last year.western lawmakers have long complained that the current funding mechanism — tied to a 10-year average for wildfires — makes budgeting difficult, even as fires burn longer and hotter each year.the new plan sets aside $2 billion per year — outside the regular budget — so officials don't have to tap money meant for prevention programs to fight wildfires."common






new idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground


idaho passes a comprehensive law dealing with short-term rentals, allowing them everywhere but letting governments impose regulations, including the collection of state sales and lodging taxesboise — idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a long-simmering fight over the growing industry.the bill, which gov. butch otter signed into law earlier this month, forbids cities or counties in idaho from banning short-term vacation rentals, which are home rentals for 30 days or less. but it does allow local governments to regulate them with regard to health, safety and welfare; requires zoning ordinances to recognize them as a residential use; and also requires collection of s






idaho house oks bill exempting mothers from indecency law


boise, idaho (ap) — a proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is advancing through the idaho statehouse.the idaho house on thursday unanimously approved sending a bill designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from idaho’s indecent exposure law. fifteen years ago, idaho lawmakers killed a similar proposal over fears of women removing blouses and exposing their breasts in public spaces.forty-nine states, the district of columbia and the virgin islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, but not idaho.meanwhile, idaho is one of 17 states, as well as puerto rico, to exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury duty.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.hb 448 must now pass the senate before it can go to






idaho senate panel oks vaccination form bill


boise, idaho (ap) — an idaho senate panel has narrowly agreed to introduce legislation allowing parents to opt out of vaccinating their children with a simple letter rather than using a state form.sen. dan foreman, a republican from moscow, argued tuesday that the bill clarifies state law and does not discourage parents from using existing state or school forms to opt out of vaccines. supporters of the bill include health freedom idaho, an organization against vaccinations.senate health and welfare committee members spent more than an hour debating the merits of the bill before voting 5-4 to send the bill to a full hearing.sen. lee heider, chairman of the panel, warned the bill would cause confusion for schools in the event officials need to send students home due to a disease outbreak.mos






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president trump flew to salt lake city this month to remove 2 million acres from two national monuments in utah, and to rebuke "distant bureaucrats" for acting to safeguard the west's public domain without adequately consulting neighboring communities."under my administration, we will advance that protection through a truly representative process," said trump, "one that listens to the local communities that know the land the best and that cherishes the land the most."advertisementthough the president's critics questioned the administration's fealty to more inclusion in managing the west's natural bounty, one place that the president and his aides could look for a model of a "truly representative process" is how former foes have cooperated to manage millions of acres of national forest land






idaho lawmakers introduce bill that will allow car booting


idaho falls, idaho (ap) — idaho lawmakers have introduced a bill that will allow vehicle booting operations to continue in the state.senate pro tem brent hill says the bill introduced thursday will clarify the legality of the procedure that is unpopular with students at brigham young university-idaho in rexburg.the post register reports last year, a legal review by rexburg’s city attorney found that while state codes permit towing for unauthorized parking in a private parking lot, they are unclear on booting.hill says the advantage to booting over towing is that it’s a less invasive procedure with less risk for damage.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the bill leaves it largely to cities and other local entities to make rules for booting and having boots removed and






sen. kamala harris on idaho congressman's healthcare claim: 'what the ... is tha


california sen. kamala harris had some heated words this week for an idaho congressman's assertion at a town hall that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.""like this guy, this congressman, you might as well say, ‘people don't starve because they don't have food.' what the ... is that? what are you saying? how can you say that?" harris said during an interview with pod save america, a podcast run by former obama administration staffers. it was recorded live in front of an audience of more than 2,000 people in san francisco, according to her staff.you can listen to the podcast here. the democratic freshman senator's comments to the friendly crowd begin about 42 minutes in.rep. raul labrador (r-idaho) clarified his comment from the town hall by saying it was "inelegant"






complaint filed against idaho senator who yelled at students


boise, idaho (ap) — a republican state senator who shouted at university of idaho students in the capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker’s directed students to discuss “killing babies” with a democratic colleague.state sen. maryanne jordan filed the complaint against republican state sen. dan foreman.“it’s one thing to disagree with policy, it’s another thing to position something like that against another lawmaker,” jordan said in response to the tweet monday. “this type of behavior is beneath the idaho senate.”ethics complaints against lawmakers are typically anonymous, so while jordan confirmed she is filing a complaint, she did not disclose many details what would be included in the comp






complaint filed against idaho senator who yelled at students


boise, idaho — a republican state senator who shouted at university of idaho students in the capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a democratic colleague.state sen. maryanne jordan filed the complaint against republican state sen. dan foreman."it's one thing to disagree with policy, it's another thing to position something like that against another lawmaker," jordan said in response to the tweet monday. "this type of behavior is beneath the idaho senate."ethics complaints against lawmakers are typically anonymous, so while jordan confirmed she is filing a complaint, she did not disclose many details what would be included in the complaint






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sandpoint, idaho (ap) — avalanche warnings have been issued for three counties in northern idaho due to heavy snowfall.the bonner county daily bee reports that the u.s. forest service and national weather service issued the warnings friday for bonner, boundary and shoshone counties.officials are warning backcountry travelers to watch for signs of unstable snow and avoid those areas.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.information from: bonner county (idaho) daily bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com






private scholarship bill headed to idaho house


boise, idaho (ap) — an idaho house panel has advanced a measure that would create a new scholarship program for private schools.however, opponents of the bill argue hb 590 is a cleverly disguised attempt to establish a voucher system in idaho — which would violate idaho’s constitutional ban on funneling public funds to religious or sectarian schools. the spokesman-review reports the house education committee on wednesday voted 9-7 to send the bill to the house floor.republican rep. julie vanorden, chair of the education panel, was the deciding vote in advancing the measure, but said she might change her vote when the bill is up for debate on the house floor.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksif approved, the scholarship program would be administered by the state board






idaho senate advances stand-your-ground legislation


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho’s senate has approved legislation that would codify existing case law surrounding protections for a person who uses deadly force under a serious threat of harm.all of the senate’s republican members agreed on friday to send sb 1313 to the house with just six democratic members voting against.if approved, the bill would expand the definition of justifiable homicide to include defending one’s place of employment or an occupied vehicle and not just while defending one’s home.republican sen. todd lakey — the bill’s sponsors — says case law and jury instruction have already established so-called “stand your ground policies” in idaho, but the principles need to be placed in state law.most read storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeks






new bill would tweak idaho’s trespassing laws


boise, idaho (ap) — an idaho house panel has introduced legislation that would add increased fines for trespassing on private property.the idaho statesman reports that house agricultural affairs chairwoman judy boyle on thursday described the state’s trespass laws as a “patchwork” and in need of an update.if approved, boyle’s bill would set trespassing penalties anywhere from $50 to $500, with higher fees for people who intentionally trespass. additionally, third time trespass offenses would be charged as a felony.boyle, a rancher, says she’s experienced trespassing on her property and added that the law should protect private property rights.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the house agricultural affairs committee introduced the proposal thursday. it must now pass






new bill would allow 12-month prescriptions of birth control


boise, idaho (ap) — an idaho senate panel has introduced a democrat’s bill to allow women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control.currently, many idaho insurance providers currently have a one-month or three-month limit.the idaho senate health and welfare committee agreed to introduce democratic sen. cherie buckner-webb’s proposal on wednesday. it must now pass a full hearing.webb, who is from boise, says birth control is dependent on consistent use and allowing women to have access to a year’s supply will particularly help women in rural areas with limited access to pharmacies.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.eleven states have such laws in place.






us civil rights groups decry 'anti-muslim' bill in idaho | news


a spate of bills in state legislatures across the united states have been decried by civil rights groups as islamophobic. most recently, the council on american-islamic relations (cair), a washington, dc-based muslim civil rights group, has called on idaho's senate to vote against a bill recently passed by the state's house of representatives that seeks to ban the implementation of "foreign law" in the state.according to cair, the bill, known as hb-419, targets muslims and fits into a long pattern of "unconstitutional" bills that demonise muslims by barring sharia, or islamic law.hb-419 was passed by idaho's house of representatives at a time when similar bills are being considered in several us states, including montana, oregon and wisconsin. in an open letter to idaho state senator jeff






forest service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse


boise, idaho — the u.s. forest service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six western states after a u.s. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in nevada.the agency announced tuesday that it's working with the u.s. bureau of land management, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling bird following an order by interior secretary ryan zinke.forest service spokesman john shivik says the coordinated review makes sense two years after federal officials decided the chicken-sized bird shouldn't receive endangered-species protections. but the government did impose restrictions on land use.the agency is taking public comments in idaho, montana, nevada, utah, colorado and wyoming through jan. 5. it says it will review the input






idaho house clears tax conformity bill


boise, idaho (ap) — the idaho house has approved aligning the state’s tax code with federal rules despite a handful of members once again objecting to the recognition of same-sex marriage.the idaho legislature usually syncs the state’s tax code with the federal version each year to make it easier for residents and businesses to do their taxes. this includes allowing same-sex married couples to file jointly even though idaho’s constitution includes a ban on same-sex marriage.that ban was invalidated by the u.s. supreme court in 2014.however, republican rep. ron nate of rexburg and a handful of others have debated for year against conforming with federal law because it violates idaho’s constitution.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.house minority leader mat erpelding,






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idaho wins delay on destroying wilderness wolf, elk data


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho officials don’t have to immediately destroy information from tracking collars placed on wolves and by illegally landing a helicopter in a central idaho wilderness area where engines are prohibited.u.s. district court judge b. lynn winmill earlier this week agreed to an idaho department of fish and game request to delay his order to destroy the information while the state appeals to the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals.fish and game in january 2016 put collars on four wolves and 57 elk in the frank church fire of no return wilderness.western watersheds project sued. winmill then ruled that the u.s. forest service broke environmental laws by authorizing fish and game to land helicopters in the wilderness.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.fis






forest service weighs changes to protections for sage grouse


boise, idaho (ap) — the u.s. forest service is rethinking protection plans for sage grouse in six western states after a u.s. court agreed with mining companies that the agency illegally created some safeguards in nevada.the agency announced tuesday that it’s working with the u.s. bureau of land management, which also is reviewing its plans for the struggling bird following an order by interior secretary ryan zinke.forest service spokesman john shivik says the coordinated review makes sense two years after federal officials decided the chicken-sized bird shouldn’t receive endangered-species protections. but the government did impose restrictions on land use.the agency is taking public comments in idaho, montana, nevada, utah, colorado and wyoming through jan. 5. it says it will review the






bill addressing idaho’s building codes to be amended


boise, idaho (ap) — a group of idaho lawmakers are hoping to tweak a proposal banning local cities and counties from adopting residential building code provisions that are more stringent than those already approved by the state.the senate commerce and human resources committee on tuesday agreed to send hb 547 to be amended by the full senate.lawmakers raised concerns after an opinion from the idaho attorney general’s office — issued just earlier that day — suggested several key revisions to avoid unintended consequences.for example, the attorney general’s office pointed out that the current bill does not contain any grandfathering provisions and lacks definitions for new requirements.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekssupporters of the bill say the curr






sen. kamala harris on idaho congressman's healthcare claim: 'what the ... is tha


california sen. kamala harris had some heated words this week for an idaho congressman's assertion at a town hall that “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.""like this guy, this congressman, you might as well say, ‘people don't starve because they don't have food.' what the ... is that? what are you saying? how can you say that?" harris said during an interview with pod save america, a podcast run by former obama administration staffers. it was recorded live in front of an audience of more than 2,000 people in san francisco, according to her staff.you can list to the podcast here. the democratic freshman senator's comments to the friendly crowd begin about 42 minutes in.rep. raul labrador (r-idaho) clarified his comment from the town hall by saying it was "inelegant" b






expert: idaho hay prices low until dairy market rebounds


burley, idaho (ap) — experts say hay prices are down in idaho due to low milk prices that are depressing the market.steve hines is the university of idaho extension educator for jerome county.the capital press reports that he says idaho has carried over a lot of hay in recent years.premium alfalfa hay in idaho last week sold for $125 a ton last week. that compares to $187 in the columbia basin and $210 in northern california.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.hines says he doesn’t see prices going up in idaho until supplies go down.but he says the dairy market is also down, making it difficult for hay prices to rise.___information from: the capital press (ore.), http://www.capitalpress.com/washington






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otter signs open meeting law expansion bill into law


boise, idaho (ap) — gov. c.l. “butch” otter has signed into law a bill that would expand idaho’s open meeting laws.otter signed the measure on monday along with nearly 40 other bills.beginning july 1, boards and commissions created by executive order will now be subjected to the idaho open meeting law. currently, these panels are not required to let the public know when they’re meeting, post an agenda or keep minutes summarizing what they discussed. nor are the meetings required to be open to the public, even though most — if not all — are.however, the measure will continue to exempt otter’s cybersecurity task force and the governor’s committee awarding the idaho medal of achievement.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksotter also signed into law a propos






idaho settles lawsuit involving allegations of coerced sex


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho officials have paid $24,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an eastern idaho woman who said an idaho state police detective investigating her as part of a federal drug case coerced her into having sex.the idaho statesman reports (http://bit.ly/2ytt2wv) that the idaho office of risk management settled the case on monday.the u.s. attorney’s office dismissed drug charges against the woman and four other defendants following the allegations against former isp detective ryan blackhawk.when the lawsuit was filed in august 2015, blackhawk had already been fired from his job following an idaho state police internal investigation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.isp officials say no other isp employees violated procedures.___information from: idaho st






republican senator heller opposes healthcare bill: msnbc


u.s. republican senator dean heller said on friday he would not support a healthcare bill unveiled by the senate republican leadership in its current form, becoming the fifth republican senator to oppose the draft legislation, msnbc reported.“this bill … is not the answer,” heller told msnbc. “i’m announcing today that in this form i will not support it.”(reporting by mohammad zargham in washington; writing by eric beech; editing by tim ahmann)






a trial by imaginary fire for women who want to fight real wildland flames


the veteran wildland firefighter holds up a stopwatch, his thumb on the button.“everyone ready?” he asks.for four of the competitors lined up in the scrubby terrain near hansen dam, it will soon become apparent that they should have answered, “no.”fifty-four candidates filed applications to participate in the u.s. forest service’s women in wildland fire basic training camp — the first to be held in southern california’s angeles national forest.now it’s down to 10.women have fought wildfires in the u.s. for decades. but a wide gender gap remains, with women holding about 13% of the permanent wildfire-suppression jobs in the forest service.to address this, in 2012 the forest service launched its first all-women training program, in new mexico.“our goal was to do a better job of targeting wom






idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal


boise, idaho — idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited.a federal judge earlier this week agreed to delay his order to destroy the information collected from the collars while the idaho department of fish and game appeals to the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals. but u.s. district judge b. lynn winmill rejected the agency's request to lift his ban on using any of the information."we're proceeding with the appeal to ultimately allow us to use these scientific data in future decisions," fish and game spokesman roger phillips said.the agency in january 2016 put collars on four wolves and 57 elk in the frank church river of no






snow causes power outages in eastern idaho


idaho falls, idaho (ap) — heavy snow falling in eastern idaho is causing power outages.news outlets report saturday that snow is taking down tree branches in the idaho falls area and some of those branches are hitting power lines.the city of idaho falls said the outages are scattered throughout the city.crews plan to work on restoring the lines through the day.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.officials are warning residents to stay clear of downed lines.the snow also prompted officials at the idaho falls zoo to close for the day, due to concerns about slick pathways and possible treed damage.






idaho officials say 5 new flu-related deaths reported


boise, idaho (ap) — idaho health officials say they have received five new reports of deaths caused by an influenza-related illness, bringing the season’s total to 13 deaths.according to a statement from the idaho department of health and welfare, flu-related deaths at this point in the season are higher than they were during the same time frame in the seven previous seasons.health officials recommend anyone over six months of age get a flu vaccine.the idaho statesman reported tuesday that 72 people reportedly died from flu-related illnesses during the last flu season in idaho, higher than the annual average of 23 deaths during each season from 2009-10 through 2015-16.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: idaho statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.c






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