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With drought emergencies declared in eight Idaho counties so far—including Blaine, Butte, Camas, Custer, Gooding and Lincoln—and over 1 million Idaho residents now living in drought areas, growers across the state are already reporting devastating crop losses.

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A local family is urging dog owners to fit their pets with high-visibility vests or brightly colored bandanas after their dog was mistaken for a wolf, shot and wounded during a camping trip last weekend.

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Idaho’s 2021 legislative session brought a flurry of headline-making new laws on perennial issues as varied as property taxes and wolves. But state lawmakers did little this year to directly address what Blaine County officials say is their top priority at the moment: a lack of affordable ho…

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Last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federal monitoring system overseen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, upgraded most of Blaine County’s drought status from “severe” to “extreme” and northeastern Blaine County from “extreme” to “exceptional.”

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A bill signed into law by Gov. Brad Little on May 6 will allow hunters and private contractors to each kill an unlimited number of wolves starting on July 1, potentially removing more than 90% of Idaho’s gray wolf population over the next year.

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A study recently completed by a group of young researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles found that light pollution from nearby cities and mining operations could potentially impact the pristine night skies of the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.

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A state-initiated hearing to determine whether groundwater rights will be curtailed around Bellevue area irrigation season has been extended by six days due to higher-than-anticipated legal involvement.

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Starting June 1, Idaho Department of Labor workforce consultants began to refer qualified unemployment insurance claimants to job openings posted on IdahoWorks, the state’s job search engine, during one-on-one meetings.

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin passed an executive order banning local mask mandates across the state yesterday. McGeachin was serving as acting Idaho Governor while Gov. Brad Little was out of state attending the Republican Governors Association Conference.

Since last Monday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has reported 1,118 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 statewide, raising the total to 191,397. In the past week, the state’s coronavirus-related death toll has risen by 17, to a total of 2,086.

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While cities in Idaho’s fast-growing Treasure Valley have made headlines for lamenting the potential impacts of a new property tax law on their city budgets, local leaders in Blaine County say they don’t anticipate drastic changes resulting from the measure in the next few years.

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Blaine County’s COVID-19 transmission risk was declared “minimal” by the South Central Public Health District today and “moderate” by the county’s own estimation. Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Idaho Mountain Express for the full story on local coronavirus rates.

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The Idaho Senate voted to adjourn sine die—effectively ending its 2021 legislative session—on Wednesday. But the Idaho House had different plans, choosing instead to go into recess, which would allow House Speaker Scott Bedke to call the House back into session later in the year without the …