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A fire, an SOS, a rescue: Man spends weeks in remote Alaska

Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter against the subzero temperatures and eating canned food – unable to reach the outside world. He knew his best chance for rescue would come from worried loved ones sending a plane to check on him. Help came about three weeks later.

Management plans advance for central Idaho wilderness areas

BOISE – Three new central Idaho wilderness areas could have management plans in place this year. Federal officials released the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Management Plan covering 183 square miles earlier this month, and are taking comments from those who have previously participated in the process through June 4.

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch slows budget bill over naming of forest after Cecil Andrus

WASHINGTON – The $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress approved early Friday was shaped by battles over major issues like immigration, health care and defense. But one of the last disputes involved a Republican Idaho senator’s effort to prevent a wilderness area from being renamed for his state’s deceased Democratic governor. In the end, Sen. James Risch lost. But the fight contributed to delays that left senators waiting until after midnight to approve the massive spending package, to the chagrin of some.

Montana lets mine work proceed but warns revocation possible

Montana regulators have allowed a company to proceed with exploration work for a large silver and copper mine near the Idaho border with a warning that the project’s license could be revoked if concerns over the environmental track record of its president are found valid.

Idaho Trails Association on a roll; seeks new members to keep momentum

TRAILS -- A statewide non-profit outdoor service group is looking for more members to achieve its simple goal of keeping Idaho's nonmotorized trails open and usable. The Idaho Trails Association is looking for more members to join trail building and maintenance projects next season, said...