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Addition of Texas-Arlington gives WAC 10 members for 2012

The reshaping of the Western Athletic Conference continued Thursday with the addition of the University of Texas-Arlington. But don’t expect the membership changes to stop there. With UTA, which will …


Homeless numbers decline in Idaho

A statewide count indicates 2,199 people are homeless in Idaho, a 6 percent decrease from the 2,346 people counted as homeless in 2010. Of those, 1,310 were single and 889 …


Judge blocks Idaho anti-union law

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has blocked a new state law that sought to strip labor unions of power, ruling the measure passed this year during a flurry of …


Some folks are missing the point of vaccines

We’re No. 1. Measles will be overjoyed. A new report shows that more parents in Washington refused to have their children vaccinated than any other state in the nation. I’d …


Idaho ranks low, falling for school spending

It’s not just that Idaho ranks 50th in the nation for per-pupil spending on schools, an area where the state long has ranked low. It’s that Idaho’s ranking for school …


Raiders select former EWU running back Taiwan Jones

Former Eastern Washington University running back Taiwan Jones slipped deep into Saturday’s fourth round of the National Football League draft before being selected by the Oakland Raiders. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, …


Otter signs wolf disaster bill into law

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed into law a measure to allow the state to declare a disaster due to wolves and take emergency measures to combat the animals.


Scott’s hitting helps Whitworth to doubleheader split

Landon Scott went 4 for 5, with three doubles and three runs batted in, as Whitworth (9-12) defeated Central Washington 6-4 Tuesday to open a nonconference baseball doubleheader at Ellensburg. …


Vandals will play at USF in CollegeInsider.com event

Former NCAA tournament darlings Northern Iowa and Valparaiso highlight the 24 teams selected to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Sunday. As previously announced, Idaho will play at San …


Randall sparks Sasquatch victory over Whatcom in tourney

It was a banner day for Brooke Randall and the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch on Saturday at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges tournament in Kennewick. Randall ripped …


USC rallies past Washington State women in Pac-10

Briana Gilbreath scored 19 points and Cassie Harberts added 17 to lead USC to a 74-67 victory against Washington State on Thursday night at Los Angeles. Jacki Gemelos had 11 …


Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions

The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …


Idaho’s McClure effective without resorting to vitriol

See if this rings any bells: The country was in a double crisis – budgetary and ideological. The cupboards were bare. The deficit was ridiculous. Democrats, unwilling to yield on …


Editorial: Texting bill misses root of problem: cell phones

Last year, the Idaho Legislature was on the verge of passing a broadly supported bill that would ban texting while driving, but infighting and parliamentary maneuvering distracted them from reaching …


Smart Bombs: Here’s a teachable moment

We’ve heard plenty about how public employees are to blame for budget deficits around the nation. It’s as if the Great Recession never happened, and instead public employee unions suddenly …


EWU, Idaho in BracketBuster games on Saturday

With its postseason fate resting squarely on the outcome of its three remaining Big Sky Conference games, the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team will be forced to turn its attention …


Idaho teachers in demand despite proposed cutbacks

BOISE – Job opportunities for teachers in Idaho are relatively good and, based on projections, will likely continue to be that way, educators and state officials said. A growing state …


Vandals lose squeaker to Grizzlies

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho coach Don Verlin left Montana three weeks ago after a 42-point drubbing from the Grizzlies and made a simple, candid declaration. The Vandals didn’t compete, he …


Basketball Notebook: Change is good

Heidi Heintz didn’t hesitate when discussing why she left San Francisco after two seasons to play at UC Davis, although it’s old news by now. The senior from Central Valley …


Lookout for big changes to Idaho’s first ski hill

Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area might be one of the smaller ski hills in the Northwest, but it’s a mountain of firsts.


Technology improves Schweitzer experience

Schweitzer Mountain Resort has long been a favorite Inland Northwest ski destination, and this season the resort is betting that technology will take them another step toward the top.


Minnick concedes in Idaho congressional race

Outgoing Congressman Walt Minnick issued a statement early this morning, saying, “It now appears that Raul Labrador will be the victor when all the votes are finally tallied. Therefore, early …


Editorial: Four Idaho resolutions merit voter approval

Four proposals to amend Idaho’s constitution await voters on Nov. 2. All involve money, a predictable cause of anxiety, but each has been drafted thoughtfully enough to win overwhelming majorities …


Wolves among predators exacting a toll on elk in Idaho

Since the return of wolves to Idaho 15 years ago, Idaho’s overall elk population has dropped by 20 percent from 125,000 to about 100,000. Idaho Fish and Game research in …


Hecla stakes its claim in Wallace with new office

After an absence of 26 years, Hecla Mining Co. has moved an office back into Wallace. The 119-year-old company had an office in Wallace from about 1917 to 1984, when …


Idaho tourism industry shows signs of hope

Idaho’s $3 billion tourism industry is showing fledgling signs of recovery, with outfitters among those who expect their businesses to expand this year after the poor economy caused guests to …


Hecla Mining opens Silver Valley office

Hecla Mining Co. is opening an office in Idaho’s Silver Valley to keep local residents abreast of future expansions at the Lucky Friday Mine and the company’s role in environmental …


Minnick spending-cut bill gains new stature

Legislation proposed by freshman Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick to make it easier for the president to push Congress to slice specific items out of big spending bills has been latched …


In brief: Inspection finds damage in mine

The Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho was evacuated Thursday morning when a routine inspection uncovered damage to the No. 2 shaft, which serves as a secondary escape route for …


Raul Labrador eyes more nuclear power

Idaho Republican congressional candidate Raul Labrador on Tuesday unveiled a plan for economic prosperity that leans heavily on the state developing a more robust nuclear power industry and exporting this …