Regional News for Idaho and the Pacific Northwest



Partnership provides warming place for snowmobilers

It can be a great day, tooling along to the whine of a snow machine in the back country, but even bundled up for a long trip, it can still be a long, cold ride. Meeting the snowmobiler’s needs for a warm place to rest, the Sno-Drifters of Grangeville, in partnership with the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, is providing Adams Camp warming cabin.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

High-tech culverts on Deer Creek open up seven miles of steelhead spawning habitat

Three years ago, Katherine Thompson was out chukar hunting with neighbor and friend, Tom Fliss, who’s a commissioner on the Deer Creek Road District. They were hunting on steep, grassy slopes on the Zumwalt property, upslope from the Salmon River near White Bird. They paused to look at a road culvert on Deer Creek, next to the Salmon River. “It was undersized and too high for fish to pass,” said Thompson, a fish biologist for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
 

State off to slow start - Region 2018 water season above normal

Regionally, the water season is above average for the region, while for Idaho overall it is off to a slow start, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) first outlook report for the 2018 year. Precipitation since the water year started on Oct. 1, 2017, varies across the state with watersheds ranging from 70 to 130 percent of normal.

January 17, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

NAFTA under negotiations

The Trump administration has not backed down from their controversial stances at the NAFTA negotiations, which have some working in Idaho agriculture worried about the possibility of increased costs to export agricultural goods and the possibility of job losses in farming and food manufacturing.

January 10, 2018 6 a.m. read more..


Comment due Jan. 5 on proposed settlement approving Hells Canyon relicensing expenses

Comment deadline is Jan. 5 on a tentative settlement involving the relicensing of Idaho Power’s largest hydropower complex. The proposed settlement agreement calls for approximately $216.5 million in expenditures related to the relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex to be designated as prudently incurred and eligible to be a factor in determining customer rates at a later date.

January 3, 2018 6 a.m. read more..
   

Expect snow Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day

Winter weather advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, to 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25. This is planned to impact the northern and southern Clearwater Mountains, Orofino/Grangeville region and lower Hells Canyon/Salmon River region.

December 24, 2017 3:24 p.m. read more..


New county ordinance outlines business property tax exemption

Aiming to boost economic development, the Idaho County Commission has adopted a new ordinance under which the county may provide property tax breaks to new businesses. A 2017 state law allows counties to establish criteria, and the ordinance – No. 62, published in full on the idahocounty.org website – states how the local board has drawn the lines. The law on which the ordinance is founded – state code 63-602NN – says the exemption is allowed for “plant or building facilities…for nonretail purposes that are either commercial or industrial.”

December 20, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

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