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The Sheep Fire has burned more than 110,000 acres
Idaho National Laboratory

Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.

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Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

A new report shows sales of new homes in Ada County are helping to drive prices higher for the rest of the real estate market.

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This week, Pacific Rivers and Idaho Rivers United filed a petition challenging the way power is harnessed at the Hells Canyon complex. The groups claim the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, or DEQ, did not meet requirements when they gave certification to Idaho Power.

 

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A judge is revoking former Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker’s bail after he allegedly violated a no contact order with his estranged wife earlier this month.

Department of Health & Welfare

Officials in Canyon County said this week they have found a tenth positive test for West Nile virus this year in area mosquito traps. The most recent positive trap was found July 18 near the intersection of Dixie River and Pinto Roads in Caldwell.

Idaho National Laboratory

Update 07/26/19 9:15 a.m.: The fire, which burned 113,000 acres and was 60% contained on Thursday morning, is expected to be fully contained by Friday evening, according to the INL.

 

Update 07/24/19 1:50 p.m.: As of Wednesday morning, the Sheep Fire has burned 110,000 acres. Non-essential employees were told not to come into work Wednesday until further notice. The INL says this is the biggest fire in the lower-48 states so far this year.

 

 

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller is appearing in two separate hearings before the House judiciary and intelligence committees. Though Mueller said his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is his testimony, lawmakers have insisted that he testify in person.

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Two years ago, Ruby Horton was sitting in a room at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. She was there to support her father, who was a panelist at the Sun Valley Forum.

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Valley Regional Transit, or VRT, is looking to increase bus fare by 50% this summer. That will raise the price of a ride from $1.00 to $1.50.

 

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With an estimated 68,000 dogs in Boise, it’s no surprise that the city is well known for its Fido-friendly community. However, only around 9,000 dogs have the licensing required by the city.

 

Office of the Mayor of Boise

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter says his advocacy for installing facial recognition technology at City Hall and City Hall West comes as a response to city employees who say they're concerned for their safety.


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Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio

Much of Idaho has been untouched by drought so far this year, but dry conditions are beginning to creep in.

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The Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration has announced that farms can continue to use a common agricultural pesticide, despite documented health risks.

 

Craters Of The Moon National Monument

About a month after the Apollo 11 moon landing, astronauts travelled to Craters of the Moon National Monument to prepare for the next lunar expedition. Since then, the site has served as an important research hub for astronauts and scientists alike, who study rock formations and lava flows.

 

Molly Wampler, Boise State Public Radio

Construction is about to begin on the latest project from Boise’s urban renewal agency – Capital City Development Corporation – to make downtown more pedestrian friendly.

 

Boise State University

For the past week, the partisan debate has intensified regarding diversity and inclusion programs at Boise State University. A group of 28 Republican Idaho House members have openly criticized such programs, while a group of 21 Democratic members of the Idaho Legislature have voiced their support for the university's efforts of inclusion.

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The U.S. House Thursday passed a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Republicans have vowed to block it in the Senate, but Idaho voters might get to weigh in on the issue next fall.

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When wildfires rage, it’s pretty routine to share fire suppression crews across state lines. It turns out that sharing firefighters across national borders is not uncommon either.

 

Courtesy Headwaters Institute

Across the Mountain West, the majority of our land mass is publicly owned. A new mapping project by Headwaters Economics provides county-level data that can help you understand what that means.

 

Rachel Cohen / Boise State Public Radio

At the annual State of the City address in Twin Falls Tuesday, city leaders outlined important projects they will tackle in the coming year. Mayor Shawn Barigar, who is also president and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the luncheon address to Chamber members and guests.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is expanding the use of an insecticide that is toxic to bees. The move affects more than 17 million acres of farmland in our region.

 

Aaron Kunz / Idaho Public Television

Former Ada County Treasurer Vicky McIntyre has taken a plea deal with no jail time after originally being charged with seven felonies for misusing public money.

Katherine Jones/ Idaho Statesman

The streets of Meridian will soon be filled with the hum and zip of electric scooters. The city recently approved an agreement allowing Bird Scooters to deploy between 100 to 150 scooters at first, but eventually 500.

 

NASA

As temperatures heat up, a familiar and potentially dangerous sight of summer is returning to Brownlee Reservoir.

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In the past few years, suicide rates for firefighters have been climbing. The government doesn’t track employee deaths that happen off duty, but the firefighting community has felt the trend more in recent years.

 

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