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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 invasive species check station intercepts infested boat

INVASIVE SPECIES -- It's only the first week of spring and Idaho highway check stations already have intercepted three boats fouled with invasive species. The latest was an especially serious potential threat to the region's waterways. The mussel-fouled watercraft was intercepted Monday at the US...

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.