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ECobalt Solutions Inc., owner and developer of the Idaho Cobalt Project, announced Tuesday that it successfully tested the process required to produce a clean cobalt concentrate, a significant hurdle for company as it moves toward cobalt production in Idaho.

WELCHES, Ore. (AP) — The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says a dead hiker was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first verified fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — With snowfall dwindling at the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, tourism promoters see an opportunity to stretch out the visiting season at the less popular side of the canyon so more people experience it and spend money in the region.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman convicted of helping a former street preacher kidnap Elizabeth Smart in 2002 will be freed from prison more than five years earlier than expected, a surprise decision that Smart called “incomprehensible” on Tuesday.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A 55-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to 130 days in jail after pleading guilty to misconduct in two national parks, including harassing a bison in that stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park.

POCATELLO — Engineering firms have commenced with studies and soil analysis to pave the way for Idaho State University to replace the iconic letter “I” that graced Red Hill for 98 years, until it was removed in 2014 for safety reasons.

FREDERICK, Colo. — Shanann Watts' Facebook page painted a portrait of a happy married life — of a woman dedicated to her husband and their two young children. She called her husband "my ROCK!" and said he was "the best dad us girls could ask for."

Beginning Wednesday, those floating the Middle Fork of the Salmon River will see signs designating chinook redds — nests built by female salmon to house their eggs — and boaters should move to the opposite side of the river to avoid damaging the species, which is threatened with extinction.

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Two people died Saturday when a small passenger airplane nose dived into a hay field in Baker City, Ore., according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

JACKSON, Wyo. — Skiers and snowboarders might not know that the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center's forecast includes no information from Grand Teton National Park's backcountry.

SAN FRANCISCO — Firefighters struggled against rugged terrain, high winds and an August heat wave Tuesday to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California, an inferno that exploded to more than 450 square miles in just 11 days.

BOISE —A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — On a plateau north of the Madison River, there are dense stands of dead lodgepole pine trees. Most are short. Interspersed among the thick toothpick stands are blank spots, having been nuked by a fire two years ago. Red stripes on the ground show where big l…

JACKSON, Wyo. — Reassignments being forced upon National Park Service executives continue to cause early retirements, the latest being the employee tapped to take over the Intermountain regional office in Denver.

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah LGBTQ groups marched for the first time Wednesday in a prominent July Fourth festival in the conservative city of Provo after years of organizers blocking the groups from participating.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A stamp that mistakenly featured the image of a Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas instead of the original New York Statue will cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

DENVER (AP) — A growing wildfire destroyed more than 100 homes in the Colorado mountains, while other blazes across the parched U.S. West kept hundreds of other homes under evacuation orders and derailed holiday plans.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two men charged in a California warehouse fire that killed 36 people agreed to a plea deal Tuesday during an emotional hearing where the judge read the name of each victim aloud, bringing tears from loved ones in the courtroom.

GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire in rural Northern California has exploded in size and forced evacuations in hot, dry weather that is sweeping through several western states where blazes are threatening thousands of homes.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Residents of a New Mexico Hispanic village near the site of the world’s first atomic bomb test say they were long ignored about the lingering health effects and were expected to share their stories with Congress.

GUINDA, Calif. (AP) — Evacuations were ordered as dry, hot winds fueled a wildfire burning out of control Sunday in rural Northern California, sending a stream of smoke some 75 miles south into the San Francisco Bay Area.