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Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

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There likely won't be any Lonesome Larry's this year. The first sockeye salmon of 2018 made it to Redfish Lake Creek on July 26.

Climate change is causing temperatures to rise, fanning the flames of wildfires across the region. But when it comes to extreme weather in the region, there’s a new kid on the block — tornados.  

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Public health advisories have been issued for two south-central Idaho reservoirs due to harmful algae blooms.

A lot of people may not have heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or that it’s in jeopardy.

Bureau of Land Management

The fate of an important but little-known conservation fund is still uncertain after a vote in the Senate Thursday. The 50-year-old Land, Water and Conservation Fund is a federal program that uses royalties from oil and gas leases to protect forest, water and wildlife areas. Typically, that means buying up land and then setting it aside for conservation.

 

Representatives of state outdoor recreation offices gathered in Denver Wednesday to sign something called the Confluence Accords.

The eight states include Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.

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President Trump’s pick to oversee the Forest Service went before a Senate committee Tuesday.

 


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Another summer recreation spot in the Treasure Valley is closed until further notice due to algal bloom.

A new study out of Colorado State University shows that disease-bearing ticks are more widespread than previously thought, but the Mountain West is still relatively safe.

Westerners in many states are using less water.  However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.

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Wheat farmers in the Treasure Valley have begun harvesting their crops, and so far – so good.

National Forest Service

Fewer federal land workers are being threatened and assaulted on the job, according to a new analysis by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Three wolves have been killed by federal authorities in central Idaho near Stanley, an action blasted by an environmental group.

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Fishing, swimming, standup paddleboarding: Eagle Island State Park has it all. It also now has blue-green algae, a kind of bacteria that’s dangerous to people and pets.

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