For reponse teams, what might look like one big damaging Idaho winter is actually five separate events, each requiring its own response from local, state and federal agencies. The task of dealing with the impacts, even as summer now approaches, is far from over.
Public safety and keeping open the roads and trails that take people into the Boise national Forest is the driving force behind two projects to rehabilitate the forest after the Pioneer Fire burned 188,000 acres in 2016. It also would put logging of 60 million board feet of timber on the fast track with the support of local conservation groups.
Cows at Bettencourt Farms in Hansen were beaten by farmworkers in video recorded in 2012 by an undercover investigator from the animal rights group Mercy for Animals. Idaho lawmakers later passed a law making it illegal to film such scenes without the owner's permission. A ruling striking down the law is in appeal before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Idaho Transportation Department officials were eyeing a stretch of U.S. 95 near Bonners Ferry after the area experienced several small landslides. They decided to close the highway just 3 minutes before a bigger mudslide covered the road.