Water chief supports Gold Butte boundary change

FILE - In this May 26, 2017, file photo, Susie Gelbart walks near petroglyphs at the Gold Butte National Monument near Bunkerville, Nev. nterior Secretary Ryan 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. Zinke's recommendation, revealed in a leaked memo submitted to the White House, prompted an outcry from environmental groups who promised to take the Trump administration to court to block the moves. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Word that U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is proposing to downsize Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada drew condemnation from environmentalist advocates and Democratic elected officials, but a measured cheer from the head of a southern Nevada water district with springs in the area.

Ammo, manifesto seized in shooting suspect’s home

Freeman High School students walk arm-in-arm with parents, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, near Rockford, Wash., as they re-enter the school to attend classes for the first time after a shooting left one student dead and three injured last week. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Guns, ammunition, a Molotov cocktail and a school yearbook with pictures of faces marked with X’s were seized by police from the home of a Washington state high school sophomore accused of fatally shooting a classmate and wounding three other students, according to court documents filed in the case.

Groups against oil drilling on U.S. land in Nevada

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2014 file photo, anti-fracking protesters rally outside the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Reno, Nev., during the auction of oil and gas leases for energy exploration that critics say poses a threat to fish, wildlife and groundwater. Environmentalists filed an anti-fracking lawsuit in Nevada to block an effort to expand oil and gas drilling on federal land. Two national conservation groups say the Bureau of Land Management is reversing course from policies it enacted in the final weeks of the Obama administration. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmentalists have sued a U.S. agency to try to stop it from allowing oil and gas drilling on a vast stretch of federal land in Nevada, where the government is reversing protections put in place nine months ago under the Obama administration.

Recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned

FILE- In this July 6, 2000, file photo, Pilot Rock rises into the clouds in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Lincoln, Oregon. Oregon and its political leaders await word on whether the Trump administration will shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a 112,000-acre monument along the border with California, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to President Donald Trump recommending downsizing the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument has several errors, one of the people who was behind the creation of the monument said Monday.

Multnomah Lodge: ‘We didn’t want Oregon to lose that’

The Multnomah Falls Lodge, built in 1925, remains unscathed after fire crews worked for two days to protect it from the Eagle Creek Fire, Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017, near Troutdale, Ore. The lodge survived the worst of the fire, but hot spots continue to burn and trees continue to fall from the hills nearby. (Genna Martin/seattlepi.com via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rick Buck could feel the fire coming.

Idaho Power maps plan for Idaho and Oregon

Named after the renowned explorer and mountain man, Jim Bridger, this coal-fired power plant employs approximately 360 people and is owned by Idaho Power (one-third) and PacifiCorp (two-thirds).

BOISE — Idaho Power wants to retire two coal-fired power plants it says won’t be able to produce electricity at competitive prices as part of a 20-year plan to provide energy for Idaho and Oregon that has drawn concerns about cost, pollution and energy needs.

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

In an Aug. 31 photo, the Rice Ridge Fire burns in the Lolo National Forest near Woodworth Road northeast of Salmon Lake, Mont. Montana’s wildfire season has left lawmakers there facing difficult decisions. The state typically keeps between $50 million and $100 million on hand for wildfire costs. This year, after a relatively wet winter and facing an estimate of lower than expected tax revenue, lawmakers authorized the governor to use some of that money to help fill a budget gap — leaving about $30 million in the fund. Rion Sanders / The Great Falls Tribune via AP

ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.

Wildlife overpasses examined near Island Park

Contractor crews start installing sections of the eastbound portal of the wildlife overcrossing on Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state in this Aug. 22 photo. The Idaho Transportation Department is considering similar wildlife overcrossings among options for improvements of U.S. Highway 20 as it approaches West Yellowstone. Washington State Department of Transportation

The Idaho Transportation Department is in the midst of reviewing options for the improvement of U.S. Highway 20 as it approaches West Yellowstone, and it could mean a safer future for area migratory wildlife and motorists alike. But the notion of wildlife overpasses near Island Park has seen a backlash in some corners, where some have cast the idea as part of a United Nations conspiracy.

Veteran suicides highest in West, rural areas

FILE - In this June 21, 2013, file photo, the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. A new first-of-its kind government study finds suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas. The numbers suggest that social isolation, gun ownership and limited health care access may be factors behind the higher numbers. The Department of Veterans Affairs released data Sept. 15, on suicide by state. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership and access to health care may be factors.

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