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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 12:43 P.M.

Environmental group appeals SW Idaho power line approval

An environmental group has filed an appeal seeking to stop the construction of two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho. Western Watersheds Project filed the appeal late last week with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Board of Land Appeals concerning the Gateway West project.

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In this photo taken Oct. 26, 2010, corralled wild horses are shown at the Yakama Indian Nation near Toppenish, Wash. (Alan Berner / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 10:39 A.M.

Officials plan capture of wild horses in central Idaho

Federal officials say they plan to capture 150 wild horses starting later this month in central Idaho near Challis and remove about 50 for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a news release Tuesday says the capture will likely go through mid-April using a large-scale bait trap operation.

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UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 6:55 P.M.

Teen walking on highway injured when struck by car near Cheney

A pedestrian was injured Tuesday evening when he was struck by a car on a state highway three miles east of Cheney. A teen walking on state Route 904 at about 8:45 p.m. was struck by a westbound Saturn Vue driven by a 19-year-old man of Nine Mile Falls, the Washington State Patrol reported in a news release.

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Rick Shaffer, prime minister of Wallace, Idaho, is shown in top hat and finery at the annual Accordion Festival in his historic mining town, which is also known locally at the Center of the Universe. (Diane Reifer courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:30 A.M.

Huckleberries: From Dante’s Peak to Center of the Universe

Now just a darn minute, says Rick Shaffer, the prime minister of historic Wallace, Idaho. “Dante’s Peak” may not have received critical acclaim, but it was fun. Yes, Rick said, he received his “2 minutes of fame” as an extra on the set of “Dante’s Peak.” And, yes, Rick is the prime minister of the Shoshone County seat by official proclamantion of the City Council.

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Eye On BoiseThe week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, co-host Melissa Davlin interviews outgoing U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson, and Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls. The show also ...

Huckleberries OnlineParting Shot — 2.24.17 

Veteran Ron Goodall stands by his Harley-Davidson three-wheeler revving the engine to disrupt Friday's Where's Cathy demonstration at the Walla Walla County Courthouse along Main Street, Walla Walla, Wash. The ...

Spin ControlBaumgartner town hall Saturday

It may not have the passion and excitement of a congressional town hall meeting, but state Sen. Mike Baumgartner will hold a legislative town hall meeting on Saturday. Baumgartner, a ...

Photo blogCatching up with Then and Now

In the July 18 column about the Washington Cracker Co. building on E. Pacific Ave., it was mentioned that the cookie and cracker company used the swastika as a its ...