Idaho

Potato living; safe landings; swarms at the bend
Potato living; safe landings; swarms at the bend
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
In Idaho, a law meant to boost mining actually allows for its end as recreation transforms the West’s economy.
How recreation boosts the economy
How recreation boosts the economy
From travelers to new residents, outdoor enthusiasts make an impact on the West’s bottom lines.
Worth the work
Jeremias Pink fixes up bikes and gives them away because he loves his town, Pocatello, Idaho
Cow power
In Idaho’s Magic Valley, cow capital of the fourth-largest milk-producing state in the U.S., entrepreneurs are hoping to cash in on all that manure by using anaerobic digesters to convert it into energy
Rural Education 2.0
Rural Education 2.0
Tiny Vilas, Colo., thought it was a great idea to open an online school and enroll at-risk students from far-away Denver – but neither the students nor the school district ended up scoring well at report card time
Condemned
In Idaho and Wyoming, old eminent domain laws allow private entities to condemn landowners’ property – as Peter and Judy Riede discovered when J.R. Simplot Co. announced plans to expand its phosphate mine and build a road across their ranch.
History of a decline
An illustrated timeline charts the appearance of dams on the lower Snake River and the resulting decline of salmon, along with the so-far-inadequate response of the federal government.
Idaho's permissiveness leads to elk on the lam
The escape of 100 domestic elk from self-styled mountain man Rex Rammell’s Idaho game farm shows up the foolishness of the state’s permissive attitude toward the industry
Burning money
Wildfire financial data
Wildland acres burned
Western wildland acres burned
Mother Nature rides an ATV
Factory Butte closed to ORVs
One dam down; four in limbo
Oregon’s Chiloquin dam to come down
BLM busted for booting whistleblower
BLM ordered to pay whistleblower Earle Dixon
Will your favorite Forest Service campsite be closed down next summer?
Forest Service may close campgrounds
Some 'canned' elk get uncanned
Game elk escape in Idaho
Online: Web watchdog
Dave Frazier started the online Boise Guardian in order to keep an eye on local government and rile his fellow citizens
Energy Colonizes the West
Acres leased for drilling in the West
A little wild
Percentage of federally owned land and wilderness in Western states
Two weeks in the West
Bush cuts EPA library budget; BLM admits failure to protect air quality and wildlife around Pinedale, Wyo., gas fields; California announces perchlorate limits for drinking water; Grand Junction, Colo., passes ordinance against drilling
Magic Valley Uprising
An unusual grassroots coalition of citizen activists stops a coal-fired merchant power plant from being built in Idaho’s Magic Valley
A New Dialogue for Idaho
Rick Johnson of the Idaho Conservation League is working with Republican Congressman Mike Simpson on a wilderness bill for the Boulder and White Cloud mountains, but not everybody in "Planet Idaho" is happy
A new breed of 'ski bums' is anything but
Young people in booming Ketchum, Idaho, struggle to make a living and find an affordable place to stay
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