BILLINGS, Mont. — Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered federal land managers on Thursday to give greater priority to access for hunting, fishing and other kinds of recreation when the government considers selling or trading public land.

BOISE — Despite significant testimony against a bill that would make it much harder to qualify an initiative or referendum for the Idaho ballot, the bill is now headed to the Senate for amendments amid concerns over a potential flaw.

The Statehouse is abuzz this morning, after eight Republicans failed to show up for this morning’s House Education Committee meeting — denying the committee a quorum, as it was set to introduce yet another version of a school funding formula bill from its chairman, Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Fa…

BOISE — A long-standing proposal to relocate a portion of the Idaho state treasurer’s staff and provide more office space for House lawmakers is expected to cost about $10.6 million.

Idaho received its long-awaited steelhead fishery permit from the federal government Friday, ending months of uncertainty over the future of the ongoing steelhead season.

A conservative lawyer from Post Falls, who recently won a landslide election to the Idaho House of Representatives, is facing federal charges in Texas alleging that years ago he helped a well-heeled couple avoid federal taxes by hiding the proceeds from the sale of gold coins.

CHEYENNE – While the federal government paved the way for industrial hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill, states still need direction on how the nascent industry will be regulated before seeds can go into the ground.

Yellowstone National Park trapped 23 bison Wednesday morning, taking advantage of a large group that migrated north in search of food.

At the end of February, Victor city administrator Olivia Goodale, who had become increasingly concerned that the city building was unsafe, realized that the building didn’t have a single smoke detector.

BOISE — A bill to create tax-deductible savings account for first-time homebuyers was introduced into the Idaho Legislature on Wednesday.

BIG SKY RESORT — Like a controlled freefall into a dim cave, it was unnervingly dark as Ben Brosseau skied down aptly named Ambush run. A cone of bright white light shone in front of him. Just before he pushed off, a smile seemed frozen to his frosted face.

BOISE — House Speaker Scott Bedke said there are not enough votes to repeal Proposition 2 — the Medicaid expansion that 61 percent of voters passed in November — nor are there enough to pass a version with work requirements or a version without them.

BOISE — A bill to create a panel of doctors and medical professionals to study maternal deaths in Idaho is headed to the governor’s desk.

As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) effort to find good homes for wild horses and burros removed from public lands, the agency today began offering new financial incentives to encourage qualified people to adopt one or more of the animals. The program is part of the BLM’s effort…

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — The first grizzly bear sighting of 2019 occurred in Yellowstone National Park just days ago. On Friday, March 8, visitors observed a large grizzly bear between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge. Additionally, grizzly tracks were reported between Mammoth Hot Spring…

After a lengthy, sometimes heated, discussion Monday, the Idaho Falls City Council decided to withhold funding for the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority until a Federal Transit Administration audit of the bus service is resolved.

BOZEMAN, Mont. — The flat roof of the South Gym at Montana State University’s PE complex collapsed early Thursday, injuring no one but shocking people on campus.

Teton County Fire Chief Bret Campbell said Thursday morning that while the investigation into the explosion that sent one man to the hospital is still under investigation, the department has determined that propane was the fuel source that caused the accident last Saturday.

Teton County Fire & Rescue, Air Idaho and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an explosion followed by smoke Saturday morning around 9 a.m. at a residence on 4500 West and 8000 South in Victor.

POCATELLO — The Art Deco architecture of the planned local temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be reminiscent of Pocatello High School and Idaho State University’s pharmacy and administration buildings.

POCATELLO — A city police officer has been cited for allegedly causing a Thursday night four-vehicle wreck on one of Pocatello's busiest streets that injured a 27-year-old Utah woman, Idaho State Police said. 

Smith's, the Kroger-owned supermarket chain, will no longer accept Visa credit cards because, it says, Visa charges excessive interchange fees, or transaction fees set by credit card companies.

WYDOT is posting that Teton Pass is closed as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 1. Early reports indicate that a slide near the Twin Slides is causing the road to be blocked in both directions. 

In a news release today, the Kroger Company announced that its Smith's Food & Drug Stores division will stop accepting Visa credit cards as a form of payment, beginning April 3. Smith's will continue to accept all other forms of payment.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it has launched its Versatile Test Reactor project, which will be hosted by Idaho National Laboratory.

BOISE — A freshman lawmaker, who introduced a controversial guns-in-schools bill Tuesday, is speaking out against a Boise restaurant after he and fellow members of the Three Percenters group were chided for open-carrying guns there.