Environment

Several utility companies in the West have announced they will institute power blackouts in areas with high fire risk when conditions are particularly bad. 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Courtesy Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management

Colorado Senator says the Bureau of Land Management is moving its headquarters to his state. Supporters say that will help decision makers be closer to the land they manage. Some conservationists oppose the idea. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

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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.

NASA

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

Molly Wampler / Boise State Public Radio

Thursday marks the opening of one of Zoo Boise's most ambitious projects to date. The 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit will debut to the public. The new exhibit features baboons, hyenas, warthogs, Nile crocodiles and other animals. But Idaho Matters finds out it's much more than just a chance to see exotic animals.

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

 

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.

 

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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.

 

David L. Anderson

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

 

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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.

 

Rocky Barker

Rocky Barker just got back from Gorongosa National Park, which was hit by a devastating cyclone earlier this year. He talks about his trip and about the new Gorongosa exhibit about to open at Zoo Boise.

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Farm-to-Fork dinners are served on the very farms that grow the evening's food. They are a national phenomenon. But ultra fresh fare isn't all these feasts offer. Correspondent Guy Hand goes to dinner at Peaceful Belly Farms in the Treasure Valley and finds there's more on the menu than a good meal.

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.

 

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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.

 

As we head into the dog days of summer, 2019 is projected to be among the top five hottest years on record. That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

National Park Service

A new analysis shows that despite record visitation, the National Park Service is hiring fewer rangers and other staff.

 

Idaho Conservation League

A lot of sewage treatment plants in Idaho got a failing grade in the latest Idaho Conservation League study. Gemma Gaudette talks to the League about why they scored so low and how the ICL wants to help change that trend.

Multiple proposals from Democratic presidential candidates are calling for a full transition from fossil fuels to renewables over the next 10 years. Independent analytics firm Wood Mackenzie was interested in the numbers behind those proposals. It found a transition would take closer to 20 to 30 years. Dan Shreve, head of global wind energy research at Wood Mackenzie, co-authored the report.

Most people in the United States can't see a full night sky that's not affected by light pollution. But, in a remote corner of Nevada, the Milky Way Galaxy shines bright enough at night to cast a shadow.

The area is known as Massacre Rim and it was recently designated as a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

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For the first time in decades, Idaho Fish and Game is stocking the Big Lost River in Butte and Custer Counties with thousands of rainbow trout.

 


The Mountain West is home to huge swaths of public land. A new web-based tool is now showing people exactly where that land is and which agency is managing it.

The Nature Conservancy just appointed Obama’s former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as its new interim CEO.  The leadership change comes in the wake of an investigation into sexual harassment and misconduct at the organization. Several top executives were implicated and have stepped down, including the CEO and the President.

A neurodegenerative illness called chronic wasting disease is spreading among deer and elk in our region. Now, researchers at Colorado State University say they’ve found a new way to study the disease -- and another indication that it might eventually become capable of sickening people.

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