Environment

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Advocates sue federal agency for failing to adopt national gray wolf plan

BY: - November 30, 2022

As the fate of Montana’s wolf hunting season was being decided in Lewis and Clark County, a national environmental group was filing a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that claims the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has shirked its duty and ignored federal law by failing to devise an adequate national recovery plan for the […]

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Judge rules that Montana’s wolf hunt will continue

BY: - November 30, 2022

A Lewis and Clark County judge has ruled that the state of Montana’s plan to harvest as many as 456 wolves can proceed because two organizations which challenged the state’s wolf hunting rules were unable to prove that Montana’s wolf population would be permanently harmed by the increased hunting, which includes the use of snares. […]

COMMENTARY
Idaho Rangeland Fire Protection Associations map

Idaho’s rancher-led Rangeland Fire Protection Associations work to stop wildfires early

BY: - November 29, 2022

When black storm clouds gather on a hot summer night, Mountain Home rancher Charlie Lyons drives up to a high-point where he can watch for lightning strikes in the desert. “When there’s lightning, we’re all out, and I go right up there to the towers is one of my spots, to sit and watch,” Lyons […]

Sen. Joe Manchin

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 28, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

COMMENTARY
Snake River below Teton Range

Idaho’s Snake River Plain: A tale of two basins

BY: - November 24, 2022

The Snake River Plain is a prominent river drainage that cuts a broad “smile” across southern Idaho, easily recognizable from satellite imagery. The geologic history of the Eastern Snake River Plain and the Yellowstone Hotspot track are closely intertwined, but the Western Snake River Plain has a different story to tell. The Snake River flows more […]

Pacific gray whale

Climate change likely playing role in 40% drop in Pacific gray whale population

BY: - November 24, 2022

Scientists are investigating the causes of a nearly 40% decline in the Pacific gray whales that pass along the Oregon Coast each winter and spring on their way from Baja, Mexico, to the Arctic. One primary suspect is food scarcity with Arctic feeding grounds impacted by warming temperatures and the loss of sea ice from […]

Idaho Committee on Federalism ESG

Idaho legislators readying bill to restrict environmental and social ratings in investments 

BY: - November 22, 2022

Idaho Republican legislators and state officials are preparing bills for the upcoming 2023 legislative session that would be designed to further restrict using environmental, social and governance standards in public funding or investments. The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Interim Committee on Federalism discussed legislation to limit or block environmental, social and governance, or ESG, standards during […]

transmission lines

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 22, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country.  In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, […]

Idaho high school student, school board trustee sent as delegate to UN Climate Change Conference

BY: - November 18, 2022

Boise High School senior and school board member Shiva Rajbhandari is in Egypt as a delegate for the League of Women Voters of the United States to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, according to a press release. Rajbhandari, 18, received a scholarship from the League of Women Voters to attend the meeting as one […]

Canyon County boat safety

Canyon County Sheriff’s Office plans upcoming boat safety courses

BY: - November 17, 2022

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Division is offering two free upcoming boating safety courses for those who want to be prepared and earn their boater education safety card before warm weather arrives in 2023.  One-day courses are scheduled for  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17 at the Canyon […]

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Judge halts part of Montana wolf hunting

BY: - November 16, 2022

A Helena judge has temporarily halted part of Montana’s wolf hunting rules after two groups filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s expanded wolf hunting program, established by the 2021 state Legislature. Lewis and Clark District Court Judge Christopher Abbott issued a temporary restraining order effective immediately that would stop snaring, cutting back the wolf hunting […]

A new Chevrolet Bolt EVU sits on the sales lot

Amid a major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 15, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]