Water research a growing focus at INL, CAES

This March 25, 2014, file photo shows a machine mixing sand and water before it is pumped underground during a hydraulic fracturing operation in Colorado. Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies are working to find ways to lessen the energy industry’s dependence on fresh water, often used for oil and gas extraction and other mining. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Water wasn’t always a research focus for the U.S. Department of Energy or the national laboratories.

Divided America: Clinton highlights lack of women in office

Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, listens to Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra present her proposed budget Jan. 28 at the Capitol. Horman is one of 19 women in the state’s House of Representatives. Otto Kitsinger for the Post Register

Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January.

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