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As Ag, Interior secretaries vow to find wildfire funds
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell were the bearers of bad news in Boise on Monday, where they said Bureau of Land Management funds for fuels reduction may have to be diverted to fight wildfires.
Idaho Statesman; May 14
Federal judge puts Utah law limiting USFS, BLM enforcement authority on hold
A federal district court judge issued an order Monday that temporarily blocks HB 155, which makes it a class B misdemeanor for federal employees who are not certified law enforcement officials to enforce state laws on federal lands, from becoming law.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 14
Idaho potato industry says B.C. GMO apples could clear path for Simplot tater
British Columbia-based Okanogan Specialty Fruits expects that it will gain both Canadian and U.S. approval this year for its Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples that have been genetically modified to prevent browning, and Idaho potato industry officials said consumer response to those apples could help the genetically modified potato of J.R. Simplot make it to the U.S. market.
Idaho Statesman; May 14
Exxon Mobil challenges $1.7-million in fines for Montana oil spill
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday, Exxon Mobil challenged allegations that the company made a chain of bad decisions leading up to a pipeline breach in the Yellowstone River in Montana and immediately after, and the oil company asked that $1.7-million in penalties either be reduced or fully withdrawn.
Billings Gazette (AP); May 14
Idaho ranch built atop ancient geothermal hot springs to be auctioned
The White Arrow Ranch in Idaho's Magic Valley features a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house heated by the ancient geothermal springs on the property, and on Thursday, the ranch will be auctioned off in three separate parcels.
Twin Falls Times-News; May 14
Nation's first commercial hemp crop in nearly 6 decades planted in Colorado
The 60 acres of hemp planted by Springfield farmer Ryan Loflin in southeastern Colorado got a lot of media attention as it's the first commercial planting of the crop in the United States in nearly 60 years.
Denver Post; May 14
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