The government's automatic budget cuts are taking down up to 150 stream gauges -- devices that provide life-saving flood warnings and help scientists track drought conditions. The first round of nationwide closures started this week.
Vast tracts of public land in the West create opportunities to hunt, hike and to work in extractive industries. They also create frustration for those who want those lands controlled by their own states, rather than the federal government.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday. But not everyone is happy about it.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho’s Governor created a permanent commission Wednesday to help protect the nuclear industry in Idaho. This was one of several recommendations made by a five member panel known as the Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission.
BOISE, Idaho -- An Idaho legislative committee Tuesday approved a bill to encourage teams of ranchers who would volunteer to fight rangeland fires.
Mining has pumped billions of dollars into the Idaho economy. It's one of the states considered by the industry to be the most mining-friendly. A push to further accomodate mining companies has environmentalists worried.
BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission is set to issue its final report this week. The task force spent a year looking for ways to enhance the role of the Idaho National Laboratory.
A fight between Western states and the federal government over control of public lands has surfaced in the Northwest. Last year Utah and Arizona lawmakers passed bills requiring the feds to sign public land over to them. Now Idaho lawmakers are discussing a similar bill.
Idaho Gov. C.L. Butch Otter pledged to make wildfires on public land a priority in 2013. He’s asking lawmakers to help put more volunteers to work with professional firefighters.
Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter underscored his commitment Monday to keeping more spent nuclear waste from entering Idaho.
Environmentalists, irrigators, and other stakeholders in the Northwest are being offered an expanded role in shaping the long-term recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.
Very few people seemed to notice when Idaho’s coho salmon went extinct in 1987. But the Nez Perce Indian tribe noticed. And thanks to its extraordinary efforts, coho are once again returning by the thousands to Idaho waters.
BOISE, Idaho -- A task force in Idaho Monday issued a first draft of recommendations that could include the shipment of spent nuclear waste into the state.
The grizzly bear population in the greater Yellowstone area is growing despite an increase in the number of bear deaths.
Northwest power utilities are finding inventive ways to push for energy conservation. The goal behind these social media campaigns and giveaways: tap into conservation as a way to manage customers' future demand for electricity.
Idaho voters Tuesday passed an amendment that adds the right to hunt, fish and trap to the state constitution.
When Idaho voters decide the fate of HJR 2, they'll be determining whether to constitutionally preserve the right to hunt, fish, and trap. Backers say these activities are a critical part of Idahoans' way of life. Opponents say HJR 2 makes it too hard to restrict trapping in the future.
A recreational miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold along a stretch of the Salmon River. The lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raises some questions about the suction dredging technique he will use to get the gold.
Despite smoke from a nearby wildfire, the annual Sawtooth Salmon Festival brought in many visitors to central Idaho this weekend.
Farming is the single biggest reason rivers are failing to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act. Visit Idaho's Pahsimeroi Valley and you'll discover it isn't so much what cattle ranchers and alfalfa growers are putting into the water that leaves it impaired -– it’s what they’re taking out.
BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group's challenge to Boise's new wastewater discharge permits is complicating a pollution-trading proposal that federal regulators and Idaho leaders hope will eventually help other U.S. cities manage sewage and reduce farming's impact on water quality.
BOISE, Idaho -- The extended wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That’s because the [9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals](http://www.scribd.com/doc/85411095/9th-Circuit-Court-Opinion-1 "9th Circuit Court of Appeals Wolf Decision March 14, 2012") upheld Congress’s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho -- Wind energy is facing some tough opposition in one Northwest state. Idaho lawmakers are hearing concerns that utilities and their customers are paying too much for power because of subsidies for wind energy. But on the other side of the argument, there are some who benefit from wind.
BOISE, Idaho --Some Idaho legislators are concerned about a bill that reduces county control over the oil and gas industry. The Senate Resources and Environment Committee grilled industry leaders and stakeholders Wednesday over legislation that gives the state control to regulate the natural gas industry.
A Montana commission voted against extending this year's wolf hunt, which ended this week. Hunters wanted to do more wolf hunting in the Bitterroot Valley, which is near the Idaho border.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho lawmakers are looking for ways to reverse the decline in the state’s dwindling sage grouse population. They’re worried that if the state doesn’t act, the federal government will impose its own plan to protect the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
BOISE, Idaho -- The controversial method of extracting natural gas from the ground is one step closer to reality in the Northwest.
BOISE, Idaho – State regulators today approved new regulations on natural gas extraction as energy developers seek to make Idaho the first place in the Northwest where a controversial extraction method called "fracking" occurs.
EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz is working on a documentary that will air next year on Idaho Public Television. As part of that effort, Kunz and two other photographers from Idaho PTV set out to get underwater footage of spawning salmon.
Canyon County Commissioners announced they plan to declare Lake Lowell a "local historic property". It's a political chess move to make it harder for federal wildlife managers from changing use of the lake for recreational purposes.
Some in Idaho are angered over several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposals to close sections of Lake Lowell in the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge to water skiing, motorized boating, and jet boats. Canyon County commissioners want to sidestep such a ruling by declaring the lake a local historic property.