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Fire season may have started with a bang this weekend, as lightning struck across parts of south and central Idaho.


Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

A new study that links strict firearms laws with lower rates of child gun deaths shows Idaho to be an outlier in the Mountain West.

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The city of Hailey has long been a leader on sustainability in the Wood River Valley — the city had an employee focused on sustainability efforts a few years ago. But it was only funded temporarily, by a state grant. After the position ended, many of the efforts fell by the wayside.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University students are pushing back against a group of Republican state lawmakers who blasted spending on programs aimed at boosting diversity.

Courtesy Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management is officially relocating its headquarters to the Mountain West. That’s according to an announcement by Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.


Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

Sultry weather didn’t stop throngs of cycling fans from lining the streets of downtown Boise for the Twilight Criterium this past weekend.

Idaho Fish and Game

Idaho Fish and Game’s environmental education program is moving into another busy summer. WILD, which stands for Wildlife in Learning Design, hosts dozens of classes throughout the year for teachers to learn how to incorporate wildlife into their curricula.


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The Idaho Department of Insurance is warning Idahoans to be wary of a surge in robocalls offering fake or limited coverage as comprehensive health insurance.

Courtesy National Park Service

More and more people are becoming rock climbers, and the economic effects are big in our region. That’s according to a new report from the American Alpine Club.


James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

The City of Bovill may be best known by University of Idaho alumni as a place to get a drink in rural Latah County. But right now, it’s facing an administrative crisis that only Idaho's top elected official has the power to solve.

Idaho Statesman

As summer temperatures rise, the hot days can be uncomfortable and even dangerous for those experiencing homelessness.



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Experiencing homelessness puts a huge strain on people — and it’s amplified if they have any pets. That’s because Boise shelters won’t let animals inside.


David L. Anderson

Boise biologist David Anderson wants to change the world with tree climbing.


Courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A gray wolf was spotted in Northern Colorado this week and Wyoming Game and Fish just confirmed it's a member of a Wyoming pack.



A new report from the Idaho Conservation League suggests the Eastern Snake River Plain Aquifer, which provides drinking water for around 300,000 residents across much of southern Idaho, is contaminated.


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Four participants in an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge are appealing their convictions and an Idaho militia is trying to help.

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The project proposed by the Ada County Highway District, or ACHD, would connect two popular Boise landmarks — Camel’s Back Park and the Greenbelt. The bikeway would run between Heron Street and State Street.


George Prentice / Boise State Public Radio

Southern Idaho is feeling some of its hottest temperatures of the year, so far. And "so far" are the operative words, because meteorologists at the Boise office of the National Weather Service office say the extended outlook is pointing to triple-digit heat.

Molly Wampler/ Boise State Public Radio

Lions and tigers and ... warthogs? This summer you can expect to see some new friendly — and frightening — faces at the zoo.


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The Idaho Attorney General will be investigating the circumstances of a closed meeting of the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.


Friedman Memorial Airport

The annual Allen and Company conference, which kicks off this week in Sun Valley, is notably secretive. But one place that isn’t so quiet before and after the conference is the airport.



Idaho Statesman

The Gene Harris Bandshell in Julia Davis Park nearly burned down last April, leaving Boiseans wondering if this city landmark would ever be the same. Doug Holloway, director of Boise Parks and Recreation, says it won’t be the same—it will be better.



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Last week Chobani announced a new certification program called Milk Matters that it says will help the dairy industry, which is struggling due to low milk prices.



Joe Jaszewski, File Photo from the Idaho Statesman

The saying goes: only you can prevent wildfires. But it turns out, a few other methods are also pretty effective in curbing those seasonal menaces.



Idaho’s wet and cool start to summer has calmed some usual fears about our dangerous, dry lands. However, it may be too soon to tell how severe this year's fires may be.