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Two recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton have left more than 30 people dead and dozens wounded. The debate over guns in America and who should have them is front and center after the shootings and remarks from President Donald Trump about “Red Flag” laws. Reporter Heath Druzin with Boise State Public Radio and Guns & America has been covering the Idaho reaction to this story. He joins us on Idaho Matters.

Following back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend, Democratic presidential candidates have sharply criticized President Donald Trump, blaming his policies and sometimes racist tone for emboldening violent white nationalists.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden capped off a two-day trip to Idaho Tuesday with a fundraiser at the home of a prominent Boise family.

President Trump is touting his environmental achievements this week. But some environmental advocacy groups are not impressed. 

The Center for Western Priorities just released a new study that shows the administration has been almost unanimously approving de-regulatory policy changes requested or supported by mining and drilling groups. 

The last time the royalty rate for oil and gas production on federal land changed was in 1920. Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives would address that, but the industry stands opposed.

A controversial oil and gas advisory committee has been disbanded by the Trump administration, according to an interior department spokesperson.

Four environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of protections for an imperiled species.

 


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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finished his highly-anticipated report on ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Having found no evidence of collusion, some of Idaho’s staunch Republican congressmen are weighing in on the special counsel’s conclusions.

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An environmental group is launching a campaign to defend the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which has been a target for President Trump. The court hears some of the most important environmental and other cases in our region.

Utah’s Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s request for the Trump administration to rollback restrictions on 4 million acres of national forest land in his state has environmentalists raising flags that it could spur a wave of states in the region to follow suit.

The Trump administration is assembling a panel to take a second look at recent federal climate change reports.

The conservative sportsmens’ group Hunter Nation is offering people the chance to go elk hunting in Utah with President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

Gun sales have been trending down since the 2016 presidential election when the sales hit a record high.

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Idaho resident and anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is weighing in on the crisis unfolding at the nation’s southern border with Mexico. Bundy, a prominent figure in far-right circles, is offering stiff criticism of President Trump’s rhetoric surrounding the issue.

President Trump has pledged to nominate the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as it’s next permanent head, a move that some Senate Democrats have promised to oppose.

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President Donald Trump may have shelved an endorsement that could have been a factor in one of Idaho’s most contentious gubernatorial primaries.

About two weeks out from Election Day, a dozen United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers came out to the small eastern city of Warren, Ohio. They were there to support the Democratic ticket for governor, Richard Cordray and his running mate Betty Sutton.

On Thursday night, President Trump rallied in Montana for Republican candidates. At the rally, he congratulated a Montana congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year.

The U.S. Forest Service advanced changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring industry but that push the imperiled bird closer to extinction.

  • Area agencies provide healthcare options for the Treasure Valley's homeless population.
  • The Trump Administration's public land policies could affect Idaho.
  • Storytellers try to eliminate the stigmas surrounding mental health through performances.
  • Preservation Idaho highlights historic houses with Heritage Homes Tour.

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A leaked memo this week from the Interior Department shows Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to give states more clout over wildlife management on public lands, unless it conflicts with federal law.

 

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A congressional committee is focusing on a little known environmental law Thursday.

 

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The Trump Administration has finally nominated a director for the National Park Service. The new director will manage a public lands system facing record-breaking visitation and $11 billion in maintenance backlog.

 

Bureau of Land Management

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has released more details about his plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. The plan could have big impacts for public lands in the west.

 

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The Trump Administration has announced details to its agriculture mitigation program. The move is a reaction to what the White House says is “unjustified retaliation by foreign nations," and is meant to offset financial losses for producers who depend on global exports.

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