Dairy prospects rise with growing global demand

Nampa dairy farmer Mike Siegersma, center, leads a tour of his Sunridge Dairy Wednesday, May 10, 2017 as part of the Dairy for Global Nutrition International Conference being held in Boise. This conference is designed to inform the aid community about the science-based benefits of dairy nutrients and dairy containing supplements during the first 1,000 days of life for use in programs designed to manage moderate malnutrition that are conducted in compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, as well as subsequent relevant World Health Assembly Resolutions and existing WHO recommendations.

MERIDIAN — U.S. dairy exports grew 14 percent in 2017 to $5.48 billion, which is good news for Idaho’s economy and farm families throughout the Gem State.

Interior Dept. veterans question need for overhaul

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Zinke wants to move more Interior Department employees out of Washington and into the field, closer to the public lands and resources they manage, saying that will lead to improved, decentralized decision-making. More than 90 percent of the department's employees already work outside the Washington area, and some retired department employees say the agency already has a well-established decentralized decision-making process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik,File)

DENVER — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan for a major realignment to put more of his department’s decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw, in the eyes of some who spent their careers making those decisions: They’re already out there.

Pro rodeo stock contractor began as bareback rider

In this Feb. 6, 2018 photo, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo unloads stock for the 86th annual San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo in San Angelo, Texas. Carr's journey to becoming a pro rodeo stock contractor started after 15-plus years competing as a bareback rider. (Yfat Yossifor/The San Angelo Standard-Times via AP)

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Pete Carr’s journey to becoming a pro rodeo stock contractor started after 15-plus years competing as a bareback rider.

Some fear Calif. drought cuts could erase rights

CORRECTS THE DATE TO VOTE TO FEB. 20, NOT 14 - FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, left, accompanied by Grant Davis, director of the Dept. of Water Resources, center and Michelle Mead, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, leave the nearly snow barren Phillips Station snow course, after conducting the first snow survey of the season near Echo Summit, Calif. The snow survey showed the snowpack at this location at 1.3 inches of depth with a water content of .4 inches. California water managers will vote Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, whether to reinstate some water restrictions and conservation campaigns and make them permanent, as a year with no almost no rain plunges Southern California back into drought and sends water use there climbing to levels above those of the state's historic 2013-2017 drought. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A proposal to make California’s drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday.

Ore. ranch outfits world’s best athletes

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, FEB. 17 -18 - In this Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 photo, A lamb feeds from its mother in a pen at the Imperial Stock Ranch in Shaniko, Ore. The sheep spend most of the year grazing in acreage on the ranch but spend about a month early in the year closer to pens and barns as they give birth and care for newborns. Wool from sheep at Imperial Stock Ranch was used by Ralph Lauren to make sweaters, caps, and mittens worn by Team USA Olympic athletes, coaches, and staff in South Korea. (Joe Kline/The Bulletin via AP)

At the first Winter Olympics, in Chamonix, France, in 1924, athletes competed in uniforms made from natural material resources like wool, cotton and leather; some had sport-specific modifications to aid in performance (like impact protection or warmth) or appearance (like a coat or skirt that would flare when spinning). They did include colors and badges to signify the countries their wearers represented, but overall their dress could have largely passed for everyday clothes. Since then, athletes’ uniforms have changed substantially.



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