Risch, Crapo take aim at ‘fire borrowing’

In this Sept. 5 photo, the Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Ore. Wildfires have blackened more than thousands of square miles across the American West. (Genna Martin /seattlepi.com via AP)

A bipartisan group of western Senators, including Sen. Jim Risch and Sen. Mike Crapo, have introduced an updated version of a bill meant to end the problem of “fire borrowing,” where federal land management agencies expend so much of their budgets fighting wildfires that they have little left over for their other tasks.

Las Vegas waiting for Denver to act on pot lounges

FILE - In this July 1, 2017 file photo, a man shops for marijuana at The Source dispensary in Las Vegas. Recreational marijuana became legal in Nevada on Saturday. Officials with authority over the Las Vegas Strip have decided to wait until the city of Denver approves the nation's first marijuana club before they discuss licensing and regulating pot lounges in Sin City. Commissioners in Nevada's Clark County on Tuesday, Sept. 19, decided they will wait for Denver to act. There's been heavy demand for pot from Vegas tourists. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials with authority over the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday decided to wait until the city of Denver approves the nation’s first marijuana club before they further discuss licensing and regulating pot lounges in Sin City.

Judge OKs lawsuit for protection of Puget Sound

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Ships passing the narrow busy channel off Washington's San Juan Islands are slowing down this summer as part of an experiment to protect the small endangered population of southern resident killer whales. Vessel noise can interfere with the killer whales' ability to hunt, navigate and communicate with each other, so US researchers are looking into what impact the project will have on the orcas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s Department of Ecology faces the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal money after a judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon-based environmental group.

Condors take flight in wild after near extinction

In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017 photo, a California condor sits in the Ventana Wilderness east of Big Sur, Calif. Three decades after being pushed to the brink of extinction, the California condor is staging an impressive comeback, thanks to captive-breeding programs and reduced use of lead ammunition near their feeding grounds. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

Could legalization of marijuana be in the Gem State’s future?

Minidoka County Sheriff Eric Snarr, left, shows 102 pounds of marijuana seized in early June. courtesy photo

TWIN FALLS — Last fall, Nevada legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the third state bordering Idaho to do so and opening the possibility that pot will soon be sold legally a short drive from Twin Falls.

Targeted monuments hold artifacts, key habitat

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rides a horse in the new Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Zinke is recommending that four large national monuments in the West be reduced in size, potentially opening up hundreds of thousand or even millions of acres of land revered for natural beauty and historical significance to mining, logging and other development. (Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to shrink four sprawling national monuments in the U.S. West jeopardizes protections for ancient cliff dwellings, scenic canyons and habitat for endangered fish and threatened Mojave desert tortoises.

Officer in arrest was reprimanded for harassment

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, frame grab from video taken from a police body camera and provided by attorney Karra Porter, nurse Alex Wubbels is arrested by a Salt Lake City police officer at University Hospital in Salt Lake City. The case of the police officer caught on video dragging Wubbels from the hospital in handcuffs is now before a Utah police chief to decide possible punishment after a law enforcement oversight board found the detective lost control and got aggressive while his supervisor failed to seek legal advice that could have calmed the situation. (Salt Lake City Police Department/Courtesy of Karra Porter via AP, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah officer caught on video dragging a nurse from a hospital and handcuffing her was previously reprimanded for sexually harassing a female co-worker, according to police documents released amid investigations into the arrest that became a flashpoint in the debate over police use of force.

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