BPA at a crossroads

The Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River produces energy for the Bonneville Power Administration. The agency’s business model is being eroded by a changing market. Cheap renewable energy such as wind and solar, along with conservation and the low cost of abundant natural gas, have driven down the price of wholesale electricity, disruoting the market for surplus electricity. Pete Caster / Lewiston Tribune

The Bonneville Power Administration is one of a few self-funded federal agencies that operates like a private concern, but difficult market conditions are eroding the business model it’s depended on for decades and threatening to upend its future.

Hispanic population grows in south-central Idaho

In Spanish, the sign above this store on Jerome’s Main Street advertises Mexican music, exotic boots, fine sombreros, women’s hats, jewelry, herbs, medicinal teas and items for good luck. Drew Nash / Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS — Hispanic residents are driving population growth in rural south-central Idaho, data recently released by the state’s Department of Labor shows.

Flooding cancels hundreds of trips to coveted waterfalls

This Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo released by Benji Xie shows a helicopter landing to rescue people from flooding on the Havasupai reservation in Supai, Ariz. Rescue workers were evacuating about 200 tourists Thursday who were caught in flash flooding at a popular campground on tribal land near the Grand Canyon where visitors go to see towering blue-green waterfalls. (Benji Xie via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds of tourists who booked coveted overnight trips on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon will have to reschedule after heavy flooding forced evacuations and shut down the area for at least a week.

S. California thunderstorms bring flash-flood warnings

A father and son watch as Tina an Asian elephant gets a cooling hose down in the afternoon heat by an animal keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning from late morning through midafternoon Thursday for San Bernardino and Riverside counties. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thunderstorms dumped heavy rain Thursday on mountain and desert areas of Southern California, unleashing flash-flooding and debris flows that stranded vehicles and covered roadways, authorities said.

Cheyenne doctor performs first cochlear implant in WY

In this Friday, July 6, 2018, photo, Robert McCartney of Wheatland, Wyo., laughs after getting the ability to hear during his cochlear implant activation at Brant Audiology in Cheyenne. This was the first cochlear implant to be surgically implanted in Wyoming. (Jacob Byk/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Robert McCartney has struggled with progressive hearing loss for more than 20 years, likely a result of transporting minerals in and out of deafening coal mines for decades.

Arizona man arrested after trying to pull over troopers

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's office shows Matthew Disbro. Arizona authorities say the 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway.

Timid Missoula tailor’s love of boxing changes her life

Lynette Kelly warms up before boxing on July 3, 2018 in Missoula, Mont. Kelly began boxing four years ago. She said she had an urge to become a stronger person, and boxing was the farthest thing from her personality she could try. (Tommy Martino/The Missoulian via AP)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — At the Tailor of Missoula shop on South Higgins Avenue, photographs of professional fighters hang on the walls. They’re clients, friends and idols of Lynette Kelly, the 30-year-old tailor who works behind the counter.

Mistrial declared at neo-Nazi’s murder trial in Phoenix

FILE--This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Travis Ricci, a neo-Nazi whose murder trial in Phoenix ended with a mistrial on July 11, 2018. Ricci is accused of killing Kelly Ann Jaeger in October, 2009. Authorities say Ricci intended to shoot Jaeger's boyfriend, who is black, but instead fired fatal shotgun blasts at Jaeger, who is white. Ricci has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges. (Arizona Department of Corrections via AP, file).

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a neo-Nazi charged with trying to kill a black man and fatally shooting the man’s white girlfriend nearly eight years ago after a dispute in a Phoenix park.



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