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Idaho Among Most Intolerant States

The Daily Beast has ranked the states in terms of most tolerant (Wisconsin) to least tolerant (Wyoming). Idaho finished 45th of 50 states — or as the sixth least tolerant state in The Daily Beast rankings. You can see Boise Weekly's story about the rankings here.

  • 41. Kentucky
  • 42. North Dakota
  • 43. Arizona
  • 44. Utah
  • 45. Idaho
  • 46. Ohio
  • 47. Nebraska
  • 48. Kansas
  • 49. Arkansas
  • 50. Wyoming

Question: Are you surprised that Idaho finished below all southern states but Arkansas?

Daily Beast: St. Maries 3rd Most Polluted

This is one of those times when you don’t feel so good about being in the top 5. Inspired, so to speak, by the ever-morphing-but-consistently-disgusting saga of the gulf oil spill, The Daily Beast decided to find America’s most toxic communities. Idaho’s very own St. Maries community ranks third based on a couple of factors and some college-level math. St. Maries sits on the banks of the St. Joe River, renowned for its world-class fishing. Recently, it was discovered that a harmful pollutant had been slowly spilling into the river and surrounding soils for decades. Over 200 tons of contaminated soil had to be removed. Is there good news? Kinda. The private companies responsible just signed a cleanup agreement in February 2010. Could there possibly be more bad news? Yeah. Remember this last legislative session when the state cut all funding for water quality monitoring?/Sara Cohn, Idaho Conservation League. More here. (SR File Photo of couple on water by St. Maries)

Question: Aren’t you proud to have this almost in our back yards?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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