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With new federal rule, Spokane-area e-bike laws vary

Regional rules governing motorized electric bikes vary and, with the approval of a new federal order allowing e-bikes on national parks and other public lands, that variance has only increased.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019

Moving US land agency West brings praise, prompts questions

The Trump administration’s plan to move the government’s largest land management office from Washington to the West evoked a mix of praise, criticism and questions on Tuesday.


Lawsuit claims oil boom imperils national park in New Mexico

U.S. land managers violated environmental laws and their own regulations when issuing dozens of leases to drill in one of the nation’s busiest oilfields, environmentalists claimed Monday in the latest …


Judge rejects plan for public land grazing allotments

An administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments in south-central Idaho that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in favor of non-native plants to increase forage …


Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018

Illegal harvest of Doug firs ‘blatant,’ BLM official says

Thieves have been helping themselves to Douglas fir trees on federal land near Pinehurst, Idaho. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the successful prosecution of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

New study finds BLM lands contribute billions from recreation to Idaho, Washington, other western states

Amid pressure in some states to transfer federal public land to state management and control, a study commissioned by several wildlife-related groups finds that federal land contributes billions of dollars …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Fire danger prompts Bureau of Land Management to ban shooting in eastern Washington

The Bureau of Land Management has banned target shooting in Eastern Washington due to high-fire danger, according to a news release.


BLM hopes to have Charcoal Fire contained by noon

The Bureau of Land Management is still investigating the cause of a fire near Lucky Peak Reservoir which began Wednesday evening and has since burned about 60 acres in the …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018

Groups sue to overturn Alaska petroleum reserve lease sale

Five environmental groups sued the federal government Friday, claiming the Interior Department conducted a petroleum lease sale in a part of northern Alaska known for its wildlife without proper environmental …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

BLM changes sagebrush habitat management policies, likely won’t impact Washington

The Bureau of Land management has changed sagebrush habit policy guidelines allowing some grazing and oil and gas leasing. The new policy reverses an Obama-era rule mandating that BLM offices …


Federal land manager to Idaho National Guard: Stop building

The Bureau of Land Management has ordered the Idaho National Guard to stop building a tank crossing on a road in a national conservation area until an environmental analysis is …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Feds plan to remove protections for 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat

The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

Judge: BLM broke law in plan to sterilize Idaho wild horses

A federal judge says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management violated environmental law in its plan to sterilize a herd of wild horses in southwestern Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

Wildfire breaks out west of Hanford Reservation; smoke could reach Spokane Monday

A new wildfire has started west of the Hanford Reservation and it was sending smoke drifting toward Spokane Monday.


Web page for BLM showcases coal mine

In a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of …


UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017

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 …


Bureau of Land Management offers reward for graffiti info

The Bureau of Land Management is looking for information about the person or people who spray-painted graffiti on the Black Cliffs climbing area along Highway 21 just outside of Boise.


Man accused of causing wildfire with fireworks pleads guilty

A 19-year-old man accused of sparking a Boise-area wildfire that destroyed one home and threatened dozens more has pleaded guilty.


Officials plan capture of wild horses in central Idaho

Federal officials say they plan to capture 150 wild horses starting later this month in central Idaho near Challis and remove about 50 for adoption. The U.S. Bureau of Land …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017

BLM shuts down grazing areas

The Bureau of Land Management has formally barred sheep from three grazing allotments along the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers east and south of Riggins and reduced access to a …


BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming.


BLM places 2-year limit on mining in Methow Valley

The Bureau of Land Management says it will make 340,000 acres in Methow Valley off-limits to mining for two years while it studies the potential impact of large-scale mines.


Log home estate near Spokane Valley hits market at $3.5 million; belonged to former federal official

A luxury log home close to the city yet secluded on 200 forested acres has just hit the Spokane real estate market for the first time. And it can be …


Massive project proposed to remove juniper trees in Idaho

Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse.


BLM drops plan to surgically sterilize wild horses

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dropped a research effort that would have led to the surgical sterilization of more than 200 wild mares at a facility in Oregon.


U.S. announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds

Federal land managers announced long-awaited plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.


Plans to spay wild horses draws scrutiny

A plan to remove the ovaries of 100 wild horses has prompted backlash from a nonprofit horse group. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management Burns District said it plans to …


Ross Point facility on Spokane River targeted for upgrades

The Ross Point Recreation Site on the Spokane River in Post Falls is targeted for some upgrades.


Idaho woman fined for trying to rescue wild horse

The Bureau of Land Management has fined an Idaho woman who attempted to rescue an emaciated wild horse.