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Western governors want federal help in invasive mussel fight

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors' Association on Thursday sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in place by spring 2018 controls to prevent the spread...

Oregon rafters may get a break on permits

The Oregon State Marine Board is considering a plan that would no longer require people who rent commercial rafts and kayaks to carry Aquatic Invasive Species permits.

Idaho, Utah sign agreement to fight invasive mussels on cross-border lake

Idaho’s state Department of Agriculture and Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources have announced a cooperative agreement with the Bear Lake Regional Commission through which all three will work together to coordinate anti-invasive species efforts on Bear Lake, including boat inspection stations to check for invasive quagga or zebra mussels. The lake straddles the Idaho-Utah state line.

Idaho lawmakers plan big budget boost for fight against invasive mussels

Idaho lawmakers on Wednesday approved a whopping 40.2 percent increase in state funds for the Idaho Department of Agriculture next year, largely because of a big boost to a boat inspection program aimed at preventing invasive quagga and zebra mussels from entering the state.

Eye on Boise: Diverse group urges Idaho to invest in early-childhood education

BOISE - The best thing Idaho can do for its kids, its workforce and its economy is invest in early-childhood education, citizens told a state senate committee last week. The array of presenters was diverse, including a longtime judge, a kindergarten teacher, the state’s lieutenant governor, a school superintendent and a bank chairman.

Boaters have big responsibilitly to be clean of invasives

INVASIVE SPECIES -- Nobody wants to be regulated, or required to stop at a boat inspection station. But the risks and consequences of bringing invasive species into Northwest waterways are extreme. If you've been out of state with your boat, get it inspected and make...