Could legalization of marijuana be in the Gem State’s future?

Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr, left, shows 102 pounds of marijuana seized in early June. courtesy photo

TWIN FALLS — Last fall, Nevada legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the third state bordering Idaho to do so and opening the possibility that pot will soon be sold legally a short drive from Twin Falls.

Wildlife overpasses examined near Island Park

Contractor crews start installing sections of the eastbound portal of the wildlife overcrossing on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state in this Aug. 22 photo. The Idaho Transportation Department is considering similar wildlife overcrossings among options for improvements of U.S. Highway 20 as it approaches West Yellowstone. Washington State Department of Transportation

The Idaho Transportation Department is in the midst of reviewing options for the improvement of U.S. Highway 20 as it approaches West Yellowstone, and it could mean a safer future for area migratory wildlife and motorists alike. But the notion of wildlife overpasses near Island Park has seen a backlash in some corners, where some have cast the idea as part of a United Nations conspiracy.

Zinke recommends shrinking 6 national monuments

FILE - This May 23, 2016, file photo, shows the northernmost boundary of the proposed Bears Ears region, along the Colorado River, in southeastern Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, along with management changes to several other sites. A leaked memo from Zinke to President Donald Trump recommends that two Utah monuments — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante — be reduced, along with Nevada's Gold Butte and Oregon's Cascade-Siskiyou (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that six of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration be reduced in size, with changes to several others proposed.

States try to block access to public records

FILE - This May 29, 2015 file photo shows the Arkansas state Capitol building in Little Rock, Ark. In February 2017, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. They spent the following weeks debating and, in many cases approving, new exemptions to the law in what critics called an unprecedented attack on the public’s right to know. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations.

Broncos’ 42-17 crush of Cowboys shows they’re back

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, right, and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib exchange jerseys after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Denver. The Broncos won 42-17. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER (AP) — Where so many others saw a Super Bowl favorite in Dallas’ swaggering offense with its all-star linemen and pair of backfield superstars, Denver’s defense envisioned a chance to show everybody that the Broncos are back.

Hurricane Maria aims at battered Caribbean islands

This Sept. 14, 2017 photo provided by Guillermo Houwer on Saturday, Sept. 16, shows storm damage to the Biras Creek Resort in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. (Guillermo Houwer via AP)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Maria swirled toward the eastern Caribbean early Monday, with forecasters warning it probably would be a major storm by the time it passed through the already battered Leeward Islands later in the day.

LDS Church leaders plan trek dedication

Sellars Creek Ranch Trek Facility, south of Idaho Falls, will be dedicated Saturday. The facility will offer 2 1/2- and 3 1/2-day treks on a variety of trails. Photo courtesy Reuel Smith

Church leaders on Saturday will dedicate a facility south of Idaho Falls that aims to teach history and perseverance by reenacting the pioneer handcart trekking experience.

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