Risch, Crapo take aim at ‘fire borrowing’

In this Sept. 5 photo, the Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. Wildfires have blackened more than thousands of square miles across the American West. (Genna Martin /seattlepi.com via AP)

A bipartisan group of western Senators, including Sen. Jim Risch and Sen. Mike Crapo, have introduced an updated version of a bill meant to end the problem of “fire borrowing,” where federal land management agencies expend so much of their budgets fighting wildfires that they have little left over for their other tasks.

Top state aide accused of sexually, racially harassing employee while boss let it happen

BOISE A former Idaho State Controller’s Office employee has filed a claim alleging a supervisor who recently left two state jobs sexually and racially harassed her and discriminated against her. The head of the Controller’s Office let the harassment continue, she says. 

Pocatello scraps ridiculed flag, unveils new design

The city’s website describes the new flag as representing the three mountain peaks most prominent to Pocatello — Scout Mountain, Kinport Peak, and Chinese Peak. The peaks also symbolize industry, recreation and education, the website said. The lower white portion of the compass star is suggestive of snowy peaks. The blue symbolizes the sky and blue line near the bottom of the flag symbolizes the Portneuf River. courtesy city of Pocatello

POCATELLO (AP) — Pocatello raised a new flag in front of its city hall after its old one was described as the worst on the continent.

Wyoming’s Dime Lake is now fish-free

An Aug. 30, 2017 photo Wyoming Game and Fish Department staffer Jim Wasseen pours the remainder of a 5-gallon jug of rotenone into the Dime Lake outlet stream in the Teton Wilderness as part of an effort to rid the Upper Snake River watershed of the non-native fish, which competes with native cutthroat trout. (Ashley Cooper/Jackson Hole News&Guide via AP)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Diana Miller stood on the spongy banks of oval-shaped Dime Lake in the Teton Wilderness. It boiled intermittently with writhing fish.

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty to fraud

FILE - This 2017 file photo provided by the Tooele County Sheriff's Office shows Lyle Jeffs. Jeffs, a polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run in a fraud case, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in an escape and food-stamp fraud cases, in federal court in Salt Lake City. Jeffs is facing federal charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme as well as his escape from home confinement. (Tooele County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A high-ranking polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run pleaded guilty Wednesday in a food-stamp fraud and escape case, ending a wide-ranging investigation seen as a crackdown on the secretive group.

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design

Researchers and invited dignitaries watch gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, before a series of tests on new bridge designs intended to better withstand violent temblors. Scientists say the 100-ton, 70-foot-long concrete bridge subjected to violent motions on a giant ''shake table'' held up better than expected using new innovations to connect prefabricated pieces with ultra-high performance concrete and could prove pivotal in earthquake-prone places like Mexico and the western U.S. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage.

Bird rescue celebrating 30 years of volunteer care

In a Sept. 5, 2017 photo, A red-tailed hawk on the mend takes advantage of the hawk flight barn to build up strength for a possible release at the Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, Wyo. Ironside Bird Rescue cared for 37 great horned owls in 2016. (Mark Davis/The Powell Tribune via AP)

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — This past winter, after she fell, Susan Ahalt got on the phone and called a couple volunteers from her short list. Ahalt rarely needs help, but at 74, the the list of chores she can no longer do is growing. The broken kneecap only slowed her down. She knows if she can’t do the work, many will suffer.

Montana must rewrite bathroom ballot description

FILE - In this Thursday, May 12, 2016, file photo, signage is seen outside a restroom at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, N.C. The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people to use public restrooms designated for their gender at birth. The court ruled Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017, in a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, saying the language didn't include the initiative's specific definition of "sex" and was otherwise vague. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court ordered the state attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people to use public restrooms and locker rooms designated for their gender at birth.

Detention center sued for paying detainees $1 a day

FILE - In this April 12, 2017, file photo, students and other immigration-rights supporters gather outside tents by the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. Washington state on Wednesday, Sept. 20, sued the operator of the detention center over claims it did not pay detainees the state's minimum wage for work performed over a decade. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state on Wednesday sued the operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers in the United States, claiming thousands of detainees were paid $1 per day for the work they performed but should have received the state’s much higher minimum wage.

Las Vegas waiting for Denver to act on pot lounges

FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a man shops for marijuana at The Source dispensary in Las Vegas. Recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada on Saturday. Officials with authority over the Las Vegas Strip have decided to wait until the city of Denver approves the nation's first marijuana club before they discuss licensing and regulating pot lounges in Sin City. Commissioners in Nevada's Clark County on Tuesday, Sept. 19, decided they will wait for Denver to act. There's been heavy demand for pot from Vegas tourists. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials with authority over the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday decided to wait until the city of Denver approves the nation’s first marijuana club before they further discuss licensing and regulating pot lounges in Sin City.



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