Environment

COMMENTARY
Cory Peavey of the Flat Top Sheep Company with a Great Pyrenees puppy in the Pioneer Mountains

Livestock guardian dogs have a job to do — please leave them in the field

BY: - July 12, 2021

Everyone loves dogs. But some dogs aren’t pets. Idaho sheep ranchers use special dog breeds to protect their flocks from predators. These are livestock guardian dogs that have been bred to fend off coyotes, wolves, bears and mountain lions from killing sheep. The dogs are a non-lethal method of protecting sheep — it’s a long-standing […]

Idaho governor issues emergency declaration for wildfire season

BY: - July 9, 2021

Originally published on the Idaho Reports blog on Friday, July 9. As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting […]

Tracy Stone-Manning

Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight

BY: - July 9, 2021

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained, vocal resistance to President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s […]

Scout Mountain map

Great American Outdoors Act funds repairs to Pocatello’s Scout Mountain

BY: - July 8, 2021

A popular recreation spot near Pocatello will receive upgrades to make it more accessible, according to a press release from the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. In the release, officials from the Westside Ranger District said the work, including 5.3 miles of chip sealing for Road 001 up to the Scout Mountain Campground, will begin the week […]

COMMENTARY
Oregon wildfire

As climate change disasters strike, couldn’t we at least try to leave our descendants a livable world?

BY: - July 7, 2021

Every Scouting family knows that Lord Robert Baden-Powell was the founder of the world Scouting program. Included in his last message to the Scouts was this piece of wisdom: “Try and leave this world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that […]

Integra Resources DeLamar Mine

Mining company hoping to reopen near Silver City partners with Trout Unlimited

BY: - July 6, 2021

A company that hopes to reopen mining operations near Silver City has partnered with Trout Unlimited to study ways to improve fish habitat in a nearby watershed. Integra Resources entered into a memorandum of understanding with Trout Unlimited to study the Jordan Creek watershed in Owyhee County, Integra President and CEO George Salamis told the […]

Firefighting crews battle Howe Peak Fire

Fire officials warn of above average potential for large wildfires in Idaho through September 

BY: - July 1, 2021

Wildland fire officials from multiple government agencies warned Thursday the potential for significant fires is above normal for Idaho for July through September due to drought and extreme heat. And with the Independence Day weekend ahead, fire officials urged Idahoans to seriously consider not using fireworks to reduce the risk of human-caused fires. There are […]

Biden convenes Western wildfire meeting

Biden, Western governors plan for ‘severe’ wildfire season in White House briefing

BY: - June 30, 2021

For years, American presidents have held annual meetings with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to plan ahead for the Atlantic hurricane season. In an era when the catastrophic impacts of climate change are accelerating from coast to coast, President Joe Biden on Wednesday convened a first-of-its-kind meeting to make similar preparations for what is shaping […]

Wildfire

President Biden didn’t invite Idaho’s governor to wildfire meeting

BY: - June 30, 2021

Idaho has among the worst wildfires in the nation. It is home to the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates wildland firefighting for the U.S. And experts predict this year’s droughts and record-high temperatures may bring more fires. But as President Joe Biden hosts a meeting of Western governors today to talk about this year’s […]

Simpson’s salmon plan: Once in a generation opportunity or no path forward?

BY: - June 27, 2021

Two of the major hurdles to U.S. Rep Mike Simpson’s proposed salmon recovery plan: people and money.  In an effort to save endangered and threatened salmon, Simpson, R-Idaho, unveiled the Columbia Basin Initiative in February after he and his staff said they participated in 300 meetings over the past three years on the topic. The […]

PFAS gel

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat and Fred Upton, a Republican, was approved 33-20 late Wednesday. […]

Idaho Power has several electric vehicles in its fleet, including passenger cars, hybrid-electric trucks and electric utility vehicles.

There are only 2,700 fully electric vehicles in Idaho. Could that start to change soon?

BY: - June 24, 2021

Courtney Rosenkoetter was just about to knock off from his weekend shift moonlighting part-time for Uber when he decided to take on one more early morning pick up from Boise Airport and push the limits of the charge remaining on his new Tesla. “I almost turned off the app,” he recalled telling his stranded passenger […]