Bison gather along Rose Creek in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone extends comment period for bison management plan after high volume of comments

BY: - September 25, 2023

Given the volume of people writing in, Yellowstone National Park has extended the public comment period for its draft Bison Management Environmental Impact Statement until Oct. 10. “We’ve received nearly 2,000 comments so far,” a park spokesperson said Thursday in an email. “At the end of the 60-day public comment period, we’ll analyze and consider […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little

Idaho governor schedules next Capital for a Day in Lemhi County’s Carmen

BY: - September 25, 2023

In an effort to bring state government to rural Idaho residents, Gov. Brad Little has scheduled his latest Capital for a Day event in Lemhi County’s Carmen, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nancy M. Cummings Research, Extension and Education […]

The “Moonhouse” in McLoyd Canyon is part of Bears Ears National Monument, near Blanding, Utah

In new collaborations, tribes become stewards of parks and monuments

BY: - September 25, 2023

In a rural area of Michigan’s Thumb region, a small state park preserves a collection of sandstone carvings that date back many hundreds of years. One of the carvings, a figure with a bow and arrow, symbolizes ancestors shooting their knowledge ahead seven generations. Some might say that arrow landed in 2019. That year, descendants […]

Lake Mead

Feds’ cash stream supports Colorado River conservation — but the money will dry up

BY: - September 23, 2023

Editor’s note: Read more Stateline coverage of how communities across the West are grappling with drought that’s worsening because of climate change. Despite a megadrought, states in the West have been able to avoid drastic cuts to their allocations of Colorado River water this year not only because of surprising storms but also thanks to […]

Idaho Joint Legislative Oversight Committee

Idaho’s direct care workforce is in ‘crisis,’ state legislative panel hears

BY: - September 22, 2023

Staffing in Idaho’s direct care workforce — those who care for people with disabilities and older Idahoans — is in “crisis,” the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee heard in testimony on Friday at the Idaho State Capitol in downtown Boise. The committee heard follow-ups to a February report issued by the Office of Performance Evaluations that […]

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee

Menendez steps down temporarily as U.S. Senate committee chairman amid federal charges  

BY: - September 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez will temporarily step aside as chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee following a federal indictment for conspiracy to commit bribery and other charges. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement Friday afternoon, saying in a written statement that “Senator Menendez has rightly decided to […]

Pistols on the shelf at Caso’s Gun-A-Rama store

Biden administration to create new gun violence prevention office

BY: - September 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday announced the formation of an Office of Gun Violence Prevention that will help states and local governments as they implement a gun safety legislative package President Joe Biden signed into law last year. Lacking additional action in Congress to curb gun violence, “the Office of Gun Violence Prevention […]

a gray wolf

The latest clash over managing Washington’s wolves

BY: - September 22, 2023

Eleven conservation groups are asking Washington state to tighten its guidelines for when wolves that attack livestock can be killed. The groups are concerned too many wolves are dying needlessly under the current system. Their petition to Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission describes the existing standards the state uses to authorize lethal action against the […]

Idaho Capitol

Idaho officials can’t verify state revenues as errors hamper statewide software system

BY: - September 22, 2023

Idaho state legislators and government officials can’t verify how much revenue the state has collected during the first three months of the state’s new fiscal year because of errors transitioning to a new statewide business software program, documents obtained by the Idaho Capital Sun show. State officials transitioned to the Luma software system on July […]

Idaho Gov. Brad Little gives the State of the State

‘We’re hopeful we run out of money:’ Little seeks to get the word out on Launch

BY: - September 21, 2023

This story was originally posted on on Sept. 21, 2023. NAMPA — Idaho Launch will officially launch next month, and some students are counting down the days. Hundreds of high school seniors have already signed up for notifications about the Launch application window, which opens on Oct. 3, Gov. Brad Little said Thursday. That’s […]

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Meets With U.S. Lawmakers On Capitol Hill

‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war’: Zelenskyy asks Congress to help Ukraine

BY: and - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to reiterate the need for continued aid to support his country’s fight against the Russian invasion, even as the U.S. faces a partial government shutdown as soon as the end of the month. “If we don’t get the aid, […]

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.,

Shutdown inches closer as U.S. House GOP fails to pass defense bill, lawmakers exit D.C.

BY: - September 21, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans were unable for a third time Thursday to begin debate on the Defense funding bill, throwing another wrench into Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership tenure. The 212-216 vote that rejected the rule for the $826 billion Defense spending measure was unexpected, coming less than a day after House GOP lawmakers gathered […]