Jurassic starfish discovery in Montana wows researchers

Starfish are related to sand dollars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers. The nickel next to this fossilized starfish demonstrates how small the animals were. Tom Guensburg photo

It took five years for Jay Gunderson to find a scientist willing to investigate the fossilized starfish — also called sea stars — that he discovered in crumbling rock along the base of the Pryor Mountains. It was worth the wait.

Idaho’s gay marriage ban remains in state constitution

Parade viewers cheer at the 41st annual Pride Parade on June 28 in Seattle. Rainbows and good cheer were out in force Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people packed gay pride events from New York City to Seattle, San Francisco to Chicago to celebrate a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

BOISE — Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, but nestled in the Idaho Constitution remains the provision that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Despite cutbacks, Idaho’s state parks thriving

A moose cools off in Silver Lake at Harriman State Park. Harriman, off Highway 20 in Island Park, is Idaho’s oldest state park. Post Register file / Monte LaOrange

Five years after Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter proposed eliminating the state’s parks department and cutting all state funding, Idaho’s state parks are thriving, with campsites booked and boat ramps beckoning.

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