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Craters of the Moon National Monument was originally designated in 1924. It was expanded in 2000. (BLM/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Public lands advocates from Idaho and around the country are in Washington Thursday to tell policymakers not to make changes to the country's national monuments, including Idaho's Craters of the Moon. The Interior Department is reviewing 27 monuments that have been designated

A number of undercover investigations have revealed cruel conditions for cows on dairy farms. (Scott Olson/GettyImages)

BOISE, Idaho – The state of Idaho is appealing a court decision that struck down its so-called ag-gag law, which was passed to punish food safety and animal rights activists who secretly film and reveal conditions for animals at agricultural facilities. Oral arguments on the law, which was r

A screenshot from a video made at the Bettencourt Dairy in Hansen, which sparked Idaho's ag-gag law. (Mercy for Animals)

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law that discourages undercover investigations at large-scale livestock farms is headed for a showdown in federal court, in a case that could have implications across the West. Last summer, a district court struck down Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law. The state appealed

Today is World Wildlife Day, and conservation groups are promoting measures to conserve habitat by fighting the transfer of public lands to state control. (sgarton/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Today, March 3, is annual World Wildlife Day and this year, conservation advocates in Idaho are taking the opportunity to speak out on issues that most affect wildlife in the Gem State. They are particularly concerned about the movement to transfer federal public land to state contr

Opposition to federal management of public lands is a longstanding idea in Idaho and underpins support among some in the Gem State for the protesters currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon. (ostephy/morguefile)

BOISE, Idaho - Some of the ideas behind the standoff in Oregon this week, in which anti-government protesters have seized buildings on a federal wildlife refuge, have been floating around for years in Idaho. More than 60 percent of the Gem State is comprised of federally owned land. A few years ago

Cows in Bettencourt Dairy, the case that sparked Idaho's

BOISE, Idaho - Animal-welfare groups are slamming Idaho's attempt to revive the state's Agricultural Security Act, which critics call an "ag-gag" law. The state is appealing a federal judge's decision in August to invalidate the law, which made it illegal to secretly film animal abuse on farms. The

A bee-keeping group says pesticide labels carry inaccurate information to protect bees. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Pollinator Stewardship Council program director Michele Colopy. She says current guidelines for most pesticides don't protect bees and other insect pollinators. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made big news when it said the Environmental Protection Agency was wrong to approve a p

It's National Farmers Market Awareness Week in the Gem State. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho – This week marks National Farmers Market Week in Idaho, as proclaimed by Governor Butch Otter. One goal of the week is to highlight the role markets play in local economies by keeping money in communities and strengthening local food systems. Ariel Agenbroad with University of

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