Author: Associated Press

Replacing benefits of Snake River dams would cost billions

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the lower Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a new report released Thursday.…

City of Vancouver bans protests outside officials’ homes

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The City Council in Vancouver, Washington, has passed a measure that would make it illegal to picket outside the homes of city employees and elected officials. Opponents of the move called it an unconstitutional violation of…

Increase in felony criminal cases strains some Idaho courts

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors and public defenders in north-central Idaho are struggling to keep up with hundreds of felony criminal cases, and the backlog is straining budgets. Nez Perce County has 330 felonies in its court system and is…

2 boaters fined for getting too close to orca whales

SEATTLE (AP) — Two boaters accused of illegally approaching endangered Southern Resident killer whales in rented boats were fined for violating regulations that protect the whales, NOAA Fisheries said Wednesday. State and federal regulations require recreational boats to stay at…

Nearly one third of Idaho voters cast ballots in May primary

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Just under a third of Idaho’s registered voters cast ballots in the May 17 primary election, nearly matching the percentage that voted in the 2018 primary. Including new election-day voter registrations, 32.4% of registered voters cast…

Records outline detention plans for Idaho school shooter

RIGBY, Idaho (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who shot three people at an eastern Idaho junior high school last year will remain in juvenile detention until her 19th birthday or until a review board deems her rehabilitated, according to newly…

Feds stop boat with 1,400 pounds of meth by US-Canada border

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities say they stopped a small boat carrying a large shipment of methamphetamine after they saw it riding low in the water near the Canadian border with Washington state. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers…

Gunman kills 19 children in Texas school rampage

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children as he went from classroom to classroom, officials said, in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade and the…

Power outage at Yakima airport halts commercial flights

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Commercial flights into the Yakima airport were temporarily shut down after a car crashed into the control tower early Friday morning. The Yakima Police Department said a driver was speeding on Washington Avenue at about 2:30…

Experts warn that drought will impact Northwest this summer

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Drought is expected to impact much of the Pacific Northwest this summer, including areas in eastern Washington, southern Oregon and southern Idaho, according to climatology and water officials. A recent map from the U.S. Drought Monitor…

Mariners to miss ‘couple players’ in Toronto over vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said “a couple players” won’t make the trip for the three-game series that starts Monday at Toronto because of the Canadian government’s vaccine mandate. Speaking before Sunday’s series finale at the…

Idaho Republican Party sues over ‘illegal endorsements’

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Republican Party and Chairman Tom Luna have filed a lawsuit accusing the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee of making illegal endorsements in the Republican primary and demanding the committee stop making recommendations. The eight-page…

Idaho agrees to $119 million opioid crisis settlement

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Friday agreed to a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence…

WA high court: Drivers can get DUIs for driving while high

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court ruled Thursday people can be cited for driving under the influence for driving while high, a decision that upholds the state’s decade-old law regulating marijuana use behind the wheel of a…

Idaho school board votes to ban 22 books from libraries

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school board in southwestern Idaho has permanently banned 22 popular books from the district’s libraries, including Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Khaled Hosseini’s “Kite Runner.” The Nampa School Board made the vote on Monday,…