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Appeals court reinstates Clean Air rules

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court reversed itself Tuesday and temporarily reinstated regulations aimed at sharply reducing smog and soot from power plants in 28 Eastern states over the next …


Plan keeps sediment at dam cleanup site

BUTTE – Officials say some sediment from the Milltown Dam cleanup may stay on site rather than being shipped to Anaconda. The issue is part of a recently proposed amendment …


Filmmaker details worldwide water woes

There’s a problem with a liquid shortage that affects everyone in the world. And we’re not talking about oil.


Residents can give input on waste repository

Residents and community members near Cataldo have 30 days to offer ideas on a proposed repository for hazardous mining waste. Design of the East Mission Flats Waste Repository is 60 …


EPA is auditing Cataldo repository

CATALDO, Idaho – Federal officials are investigating whether the public received adequate notice and opportunity to comment on a hazardous-waste repository planned near Old Mission State Park. Two officials from …


State plans smaller mound of waste near I-90

Visitors to the Cataldo Mission along Interstate 90 in Idaho won’t see a hazardous waste storage site now that government officials plan to build a shorter mound of contaminated soil. …


Lakebed will be ready just in time for spawning

BAYVIEW, Idaho – Just in the nick of time, Lake Pend Oreille’s kokanee salmon should again have a clean bed of gravel for fall egg-laying. The gravel beds and tens …


Groups suing to protect big worm

A giant, rare earthworm from the Palouse prairie is inching its way to court. Environmental groups contend the federal government has ignored their requests for Endangered Species Act protection for …


You are what you eat … and then some

Each time you put food into your mouth, take a second to pause and put your fork down. Think before you eat, advised Brother David Andrews, a longtime advocate for …


Drought draining region’s rivers

Severe drought conditions are expanding across the Inland Northwest, with forests and fields crackling under weeks of heat and rivers trickling with record-low flows, according to a briefing issued Thursday …


Hopeful development

DOVER, Idaho – This town was born twice. Seemingly overnight, dozens of buildings popped up in the meadows, marsh and cutover forest on the waterfront where Lake Pend Oreille flows …


Roads facing troubled waters

During the first week of November, 17 inches of rain and snowmelt came gushing out of Lightning Creek east of Sandpoint. Flowing with the record amount of water was at …


Burn ban brightens outlook

Something’s missing in the skies above the Rathdrum Prairie this August: smoke. Because of a recent federal court ruling, no bluegrass fields on the prairie are being burned for the …


Washington wants input on wolves

Wolves are now making regular forays into the forests of northeastern Washington, and state wildlife officials are developing a plan to manage the predators. Public meetings are being held across …


Residents consider catch, release for deer chomping their gardens

Fernan Village has become prime real estate for whitetail deer: no wolves, no hunters, easy access to the forest and loads of tasty landscaping. But the ravenous and increasingly bold …


Campfire ban covers the region

Campfires have been banned across the entire Inland Northwest because of the extreme risk of wildfire. The bans took effect earlier this week and now blanket the region and apply …


Medieval for a modern life

HERON, Mont. – Deep in the Cabinet Mountains east of Sandpoint, a fairytale village is being hatched. The design looks straight out of a Brothers Grimm story – half-timbered houses, …


Kokanee spawning bed plan in works

Silt smothering a kokanee salmon spawning bed on Lake Pend Oreille will be vacuumed in coming weeks in hopes of restoring the gravelly site before any egg-laden fish return this …


Preserving fire towers

LITTLE GUARD LOOKOUT, Idaho – For most of the 20th century, this 6,000-foot perch served as a lighthouse of sorts over countless green miles of Panhandle backcountry. In the days …


Preserving peace of mind

HAUSER LAKE, Idaho – John Matheson can’t do much about stars being dimmed by the growing number of house lights. Or the increasingly impatient drivers who flip off his tractor …


Growing kids and forests

CAREYWOOD, Idaho – On Thursday, a group of elementary school students from Sagle and Priest River sat on the grass and got a lesson in high technology. “This here will …


Fighting fire with fire

The smoke pouring out of national forests across the region Monday – including Canfield Mountain in Coeur d’Alene – will hopefully help keep the skies a bit clearer later this …


Wildflowers seal the deal: Spring has sprung

Tubbs Hill Natural Area is known for jaw-dropping vistas of steep cliffs, sparkling waves and views of the Coeur d’Alene skyline typically only enjoyed by those with a boat. Hill …


Builders learn flow control

Smothered trout spawning beds, muddied lake water and bays filled with silt are evidence of a dirty secret behind North Idaho’s building boom: Erosion. A new class for developers and …


Saving world, one bulb at a time

Over the past few months, about 100 people across North Idaho have been meeting to do something about climate change and, they hope, help prevent a global catastrophe. The consequences …


Roadless plan getting federal review

Federal forest managers have begun scrutinizing environmental impacts of Idaho’s plan to manage its 9.3 million acres of roadless national forest, including several tracts in Kootenai County. Should it become …


Vehicles still barred from washed-out Idaho roads

Torrential rains in November left some mountain roads east of Sandpoint so heavily damaged that U.S. Forest Service crews are having trouble reaching the areas to assess the problem. Mountain …


Myrtle Creek heats up again

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho – Iced tea, coffee and even bathwater stank like campfire smoke after a 2003 fire burned the creek valley that has supplied this town’s drinking water for …


Blackwell tests to be done by March

By March, consultants for local businessman Duane Hagadone will have completed soil tests to show whether dredging the Blackwell Island Channel would release heavy metals into the Spokane River and …


Extension given for marina dredging tests

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has given local businessman Duane Hagadone a 60-day extension to provide additional soil tests to show whether dredging the Blackwell Island Channel would release …