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Eye On Boise archive for May 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Cecil Andrus rides horseback into Hells Canyon. As governor, he and U.S. Sen. Jim McClure wrote the Idaho boundaries for the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. (Cecil D. Andrus Papers, Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University)

Idaho icon Cecil Andrus reflects on career that helped shape the state; full story 

When Cecil Andrus closed Idaho’s borders to nuclear waste, the former Democratic governor’s decisive action captured the attention of the nation and put pressure on the federal government to remove long-stored waste from a nuclear research complex near Idaho Falls. “Did I have the authority to do that? No, I did not,” Andrus said with a grin...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016

From left, Betsy Russell, Jim Weatherby, Kevin Richert and co-host Melissa Davlin on Friday's "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public TV (Idaho Public TV / Seth Ogilvie)

The week that was...

Tonight is the last “Idaho Reports” show of the season – don’t miss it! It includes a roundup of the events of the past week, a report on campaign finance, and an interview with Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney. On the pundits panel, Kevin...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

Feds reject request to lift Snake River fall chinook listing

The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities. The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites concerns Snake River fall chinook wouldn't remain viable...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (U.S. Dept. of Interior /  Tami Heilemann)

Jewell: Making landscapes more resilient to fire 

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the latest $10 million federal investment into the “Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program,” which she announced during a visit to Idaho today, will make critical landscapes across the country more resilient to the impacts of wildfire and climate change....

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell tours the Blackstock Springs area, Tuesday May 24, 2016 where the Soda Mountain Fire in August of 2015 charred over 280,000 acres of public and private land along the Idaho-Oregon border. (AP/Idaho Statesman / Darin Oswald)

Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday toured a massive wildfire rehabilitation effort in southwest Idaho that's part of the federal government's new wildfire strategy and then announced $10 million for projects in 12 states to reduce wildfire threats. The money is part of the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program intended to restore...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

Federal court upholds contempt ruling against prison company 

A federal appellate court has upheld a contempt of court ruling made against private prison company Corrections Corporation of America for falsifying staffing reports at an Idaho prison. Monday's ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the Nashville, Tennessee-based CCA will have to pay higher-than-normal attorneys' fees...

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