The 'Instagram Effect' Is Shaking Up Public Lands And National Parks

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UTAH — The dark blue, predawn sky was just beginning to brighten over Mesa Arch — a once-hidden gem in southern Utah — as Jonathan Zhang frantically set up his camera and tripod.

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Cassandra Fleckenstein is the center manager at the Vale District for the Bureau of Land Management. She's been in fire since 2006, getting started as a dispatcher right out of high school.


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There are a lot of guns in America – roughly one per person. And in Idaho, on top of high rates of ownership, gun stores, gun makers and ammunition manufacturers make up a sizeable part of the Idaho economy – two recent studies put the state as one of the top two as far as economic impact per capita from the firearms industry.

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It seems Governor Brad Little has friends in high places. Not a day after telephoning country superstar Garth Brooks, the musician added a second performance in Boise.

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This week, 23 women from six Idaho universities and colleges are gathered on Boise State’s campus for an intense workshop on civic engagement.

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Idaho Fish and Game is working with lumber companies to make sure the public has access to private timber land. It’s all part of the department’s new “Large Tracts” land lease program that targets parcels 50,000 acres or larger.

Canyon County Voters Resoundingly Reject Jail Bond

May 22, 2019
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Voters in Canyon County went to the polls Tuesday and overwhelmingly rejected a bond initiative that would’ve funded a new jail.

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State lawmakers and activists are urging prosecutors to drop drug dealing charges against three men who were arrested for trucking large amounts of what they said was hemp.

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As trade tensions escalate with China, the U.S. appears to be normalizing things with trading partners Canada and Mexico. The shifting relationship is good news for Idaho wheat producers.

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Security officials found two guns and ammunition in one traveler’s carry-on luggage at the Boise airport Monday.

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May is National Pet Month, and to highlight it we’re looking at an organization that works to promote something called “humane education.” The nonprofit Helping Idaho Dogs looks to boost the number of registered therapy dog teams in the Gem State and spreads the benefits of being with an animal.


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Surel's Place May/June Artist-In-Residence Collects Words

This Saturday night, Surel's Place combines physical exertion with art with the artBike Tour in Garden City. The tour will visit Surel's Place resident Laura Pelligrinelli , Heather Wright 's installation at the " Green Box ," Julia Ballenger , Karen Woods , Linda Williams, Sue Latta and more. Idaho Matters talks with Jodi Eichelberger, director of programming at Surel's Place and May/June Artist-in-Residence , Laura Pellegrinelli, about her work collecting words and creating installations that convey messages of growth.

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