Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.
The fate of an important but little-known conservation fund is still uncertain after a vote in the Senate Thursday. The 50-year-old Land, Water and Conservation Fund is a federal program that uses royalties from oil and gas leases to protect forest, water and wildlife areas. Typically, that means buying up land and then setting it aside for conservation.
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Westerners in many states are using less water. However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.