Chronic wasting disease surveillance underway in central Idaho 

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports The arrival of a fatal neurological condition has Idaho Fish and Game officials concerned, but it’s not the only challenge facing Idaho’s deer and elk populations. The illness known as chronic wasting disease was detected this October in two mule deer in central Idaho. The samples were the first positiveContinue reading “Chronic wasting disease surveillance underway in central Idaho “

Dozens of water quality projects before CDA lake committee

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports A group of Kootenai County stakeholders met Wednesday to review dozens of projects meant to protect the long-term health of Lake Coeur d’Alene.  The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee is charged with prioritizing $2 million of funding intended to decrease phosphorus loads in the lake.  Increased levels of phosphorus canContinue reading “Dozens of water quality projects before CDA lake committee”

Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag

By Ruth Brown and Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports A massive wildfire season will cost the state tens of millions of dollars, and the state agency in charge of land management is telling policy makers to prepare for more fire-filled summers in coming years. On Wednesday, Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller spoke to theContinue reading “Burning through money: Historic wildfire season could bring historic price tag”

Funding available for Lake CDA phosphorus reduction

by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports There’s less than one week left to apply for a new grant to help prevent an ecological chain reaction that could devastate one of Idaho’s most iconic lakes. The $2 million in funding is available specifically for shovel-ready projects that will reduce the flow of phosphorus from the Coeur d’AleneContinue reading “Funding available for Lake CDA phosphorus reduction”

Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports In a blazing hot summer, fires continue to burn across Idaho and on Tuesday, the director of the Department of Lands said the conditions show no signs of improvement. The Idaho State Board of Land Commissioners met Tuesday to hear an update on fires from IDL Director Dustin Miller.  AsContinue reading “Costs of Idaho wildfire expected to double in 2021”

Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As wildfires across the state burn forests and property, budgeting for the suppression of the often human-caused blaze gets complicated.  Wildfire suppression takes into account which agency the burning property belongs to in Idaho. Those potential owners include the Idaho Department of Lands, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, theContinue reading “Price of wildfire expected to burn across government budgets”

Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Idaho authorities are stressing the need for people to recreate responsibly, as Idaho is already seeing more than double the number of fires than the previous record. “Idaho is experiencing severe drought and unprecedented fire conditions across most of the state,” said Idaho Department of Lands Director Dustin Miller. “ExtremeContinue reading “Idaho sees shortage of firefighters amid ‘unprecedented’ wildfire conditions”

Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As temperatures soar this week and the drought continues, Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an emergency declaration related to wildfire Friday. Little also mobilized Idaho National Guard firefighters and aircraft to assist in the effort. Northern areas of the state have reported fires starting due to lightning strikes. The Dixie-JumboContinue reading “Gov. Little issues emergency declaration in wildfire season”

Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal

By Melissa Davlin, Idaho Reports Since Congressman Mike Simpson unveiled his dam breaching proposal in early February, a handful of Idaho lawmakers have sent their reactions in newsletters to constituents. All of the reactions Idaho Reports has seen so far have been negative. On Thursday, Gov. Brad Little weighed in as well, saying that whileContinue reading “Gov. Little, lawmakers react to Simpson’s dam breaching proposal”