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Supreme Court seems open to retaining cross on public land

The Supreme Court sounds as though it will allow a 40-foot cross-shaped war memorial to remain on public land in Maryland, but shy away from a sweeping ruling.

Coalition seeks to preserve, increase access to public lands

Less than a year ago Mitzi Schindele brought together a group of different outdoor recreation users and formed the Olympic Public Access Coalition who hope to keep the areas they …

Idaho agencies finalize deal on recreation on state lands

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has agreed to pay about $360,000 a year to retain public recreation access to nearly 3,600 square miles of state land.

Fire danger closes Suncrest-area shooting land

Due to high fire danger, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, working with Stevens County, has temporarily closed a portion of state land to shooting.

UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

Idaho to continue buying timberland and farmland

Idaho officials have decided to continue buying timberland and farmland to generate revenue for public schools following a financial consultant’s review of the state’s reinvestment plan.

UPDATED: Tue., July 18, 2017, 12:05 p.m.

Retrial begins in Vegas for 4 defendants in Bundy standoff

Armed assault and lawful protest were the opposing scenarios presented to a federal jury in Las Vegas as the retrial began for four men who bore assault-style weapons during a …

UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

Interior Secretary ponders fate of National Monument in Oregon

After touring the “unique” Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon and speaking to ranchers, loggers and environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke must next make a recommendation on whether it should …

As wildfires rage in West, D.C. lawmakers fight over forest policy

With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires.

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial …

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Cyanide device on U.S. land in Idaho broke agency policy

A cyanide device for killing coyotes that spewed the poison on a boy and killed his dog was set up on public land in Idaho in February despite a decision …

Audit planned on past sales of Idaho endowment lands

The director of the Idaho Department of Lands says he’ll hire an independent auditor to review the agency’s records involving decades-old sales of state lands that two environmental groups say …

Idaho officials looking to buy US Forest Service land

Idaho officials are in preliminary discussions with the U.S. Forest Service on possibly buying federal public lands.

Transferring federal land: an old idea that still offends the masses

Having a beef with the federal government is as old as the USA. So is the associated idealism and greed that’s helping fuel the current campaigns to transfer federal public …

Montanans rally at Capitol against federal land transfer

More than 1,000 people from across the state joined a rally inside the Montana Capitol against federal land transfers while calling for improved access to public lands.

Idaho’s sage grouse lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

judge has rejected Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s lawsuit contending the Obama administration acted illegally by imposing federal land-use restrictions intended to protect the sage grouse in Idaho and southwestern Montana.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 1:42 p.m.

State officials deliver $37 million to Idaho public schools

State officials on Tuesday presented Idaho’s public schools with a ceremonial check for about $37 million.

Montana land swap deal OK’d despite pushback from trail group

A controversial land swap deal between the state and a private company in southern Montana has been approved.

Guns, rods & wilderness: Backcountry sportsmen convene in Spokane

Sportsmen hooked on the rewards of hunting and fishing beyond roads and rigs are dropping their packs in Spokane this week. The 4th annual North American Rendezvous of Backcountry Hunters …

Plan to streamline solar development in West OK’d

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials today approved a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants, cementing a new government approach …

Target shooting prompts ban near Fishtrap

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued an emergency order to ban recreational shooting on about 5,290 acres of public land near Fishtrap Lake. The closure is aimed at …

BLM must release identities of those with grazing permits

BOISE – The Bureau of Land Management must release the names and addresses of people with grazing permits on the nation’s public land, a federal judge has ruled. The decision, …

State Trust Lands A Bonanza, First Audit Shows Yield $5.4 Billion In All Since 1970, With Half For School Construction

State lands have produced $5.4 billion since 1970 for the benefit of public schools and other institutions, according to a first-ever comprehensive report on the assets. Lands Commissioner Jennifer Belcher …

Congress Delays Fee Hike For Forest Leases Craig Provision Would Phase In Huge Increases For Cabin Sites

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to delay huge increases in land-use fees facing many people who own cabins in the national forests. The Forest Service is appraising cabin sites …

Forest Official Rejects Roads In Grizzly Area

Environmentalists fighting development of two roads into private lands in grizzly bear habitat east of Ashton have won an appeal from the U.S. Forest Service. The decision by Deputy Regional …

Hagadone Seeks Land Near Course Firm Again Asks State To Sell Two Parcels

The Hagadone Corp. is asking the Idaho Transportation Department to sell about 4 acres near the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. John Barlow of the Hagadone Corp. is appearing before …

Sides Debate Plan To Give States Blm Land

A plan to transfer 270 million acres of federal land to the states is expensive and unfair, a Clinton administration official said Tuesday. Bonnie Cohen, an assistant secretary at the …

Foe Of Grazing Will Bid On Land If Idaho Land Board Rejects His Application, Conservationist Plans To Challenge Law In Court

Hailey conservationist Jon Marvel has his eye on another chunk of state range land in eastern Idaho. Marvel said he has applied to bid on a 960-acre parcel of state …

‘Sagebrush’ Revolt Will Be Won Without Bloodshed Nye County, Nev., Commissioner Addresses Colville Crowd About Local Control Of Federal Lands

Commissioners in Nye County, Nev., have “worked hard” for 17 months to provoke the lawsuit the federal government filed against the county earlier this month, Nye County Commissioner Dick Carver …