Complaint calls Crapo’s use of election funds into question

Sen. Mike Crapo, left, meets with Butte City Mayor Carl Nulf, center, and Russell King during a September 2015 meet-and-greet in Butte City. The Campaign for Accountability, a Washington, D.C., watchdog group, filed an ethics complaint against Crapo on Thursday related to undisclosed payments to his wife.

BOISE — A Washington, D.C., watchdog group filed an ethics complaint Thursday related to just over $6,000 of undisclosed payments to the wife of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.

FCC chairman visits Ammon, INL

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has been touring Idaho this week, including visits Wednesday with the city of Ammon and Idaho National Laboratory. Here Pai, second from right, learns about the Ammon Model for fiber optic internet connection. Also pictured from left are Amy Taylor, Brennan Summers, Brian Powell, Mayor Sean Coletti, Brent Stacey, and Jay Schwartz, FCC wireline adviser.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai has been touring Idaho in recent days, including visits with the city of Ammon and Idaho National Laboratory on Wednesday.

Investigation continues into barrel rupture cause

This 2016 photo provided by U.S. Department of Energy shows the Radioactive Waste Management Complex at the federal Nuclear site in eastern Idaho. A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at the facility, federal officials said Thursday, April 12, 2018, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state. ( U.S. Department of Energy via AP)

Investigators are still trying to determine why four barrels of radioactive sludge ruptured at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex west of Idaho Falls in April.

Sage grouse, oil development run into conflict

A male sage grouse tries to impress a group of hens, at left, near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County, Wyo., in this 2014 file photo. The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections in six Western states by eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. Alan Rogers / The Casper Star-Tribune via AP

As the Trump administration revises plans for sage grouse preservation, new conflicts are developing both inside and outside the courtroom over the future of the iconic bird, which has at times been considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. A recently filed lawsuit challenges a recent spate of oil and gas drilling leases, including one proposed in eastern Idaho, as in violation of the existing sage grouse management framework. And on Wednesday the U.S. Forest Service released a set of proposed alterations to its rules for sage grouse management.

Craters national park push stalls

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve features a unique landscape, including Spatter cone, with Big Cinder Butte in the background. Courtesy Dave Clark / National Park Service

A push to get Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve designated as a national park is on hold, and the idea’s backers aren’t optimistic that it will go anywhere anytime soon given the political situation.

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