US attempt to improve wildland firefighter shelters fails

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials say an effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed. Officials a...

National weather radar system upgrades are on track

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say an eight-year plan for a major upgrade to the nation's weather radar stations to help predict dangerous storms and improve air traffic safety is on track at the midwa...

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities have started killing more California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border. ...

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, including imperiled sage grou...

Groups ask judge to halt drilling, mining in 7 states

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four conservation groups have asked a judge to block a Trump administration plan allowing drilling, mining and other activities in seven western states they say will harm sage grou...

Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It's called the "Dark Side" because the 50 workers there prefer to keep the lights low so they can dim the brightness on their computer screens. Or maybe it...

Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fadin...

Groups file lawsuit to stop eastern Idaho gold exploration

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government violated environmental laws by approving a Canadian company's plan to search for gold in key wildlife habitat in eastern Idaho, two conservation groups say i...

Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world's ...

Forest Service advances changes to sage grouse protections

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is advancing changes to sage grouse protections in five Western states that environmental groups say are part of the Trump administration's efforts favoring...

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman dies at 96

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Leon Lederman, an experimental physicist who won a Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles and coined the phrase "God particle," has died. He was 96. ...

Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Randy Brooks' son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho's Co...

US rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho blamed on wolves don't have to be made public, the U.S. government says. The U.S. Department of Justice in documents...

Airplane theft shows potential dangers from airline workers

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The theft of an empty turboprop plane by an airline worker at Sea-Tac International Airport who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illu...

Justice Department can withhold national monument documents

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government doesn't have to turn over documents to an environmental law firm involving legal arguments behind President Donald Trump's decisi...