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In a press release Wednesday morning from Yellowstone National Park officials, it was determined that missing hiker, 67-year-old Mark O’ Neill from Chimacum, Washington, succumbed to hypothermia.

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The Family Place is an organization that offers therapy services, workshops, classes and educational services with the aim of strengthening family bonds and protection of children in Cache Valley. 

Worsening conditions in the drought-stricken landscape of the American West triggered an emergency round-up of wild horses in Colorado. Activists and organizations opposed these roundups, saying they are unnecessarily extreme and that the horses are being blamed for damage caused by livestock. Scientists studying the rangeland ecosystem say the issue is complicated. One naturalist proposed a solution.

President Biden is set to deliver remarks on Afghanistan after a tumultuous weekend that saw the U.S.-backed government fall to the Taliban. Biden's remarks also come as chaos has enveloped Kabul and its airport as thousands of people attempt to flee the country.

This page will go live at 1 p.m. (3 p.m. ET). Biden will speak at 1:45 p.m (3:45 p.m. ET). 

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AARP Wyoming is gearing up for a series of Webinars and Telephone Town Halls to help residents of all ages get their financial houses in order.

Tiny Particles in Wildfire Smoke Pose Health Risks

Jul 27, 2021
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Wildfires are affecting air quality across the West, bringing hidden dangers in smoke that can harm people's health.

ID Partnership On 'Farmacy' Treats Food As Medicine

Jul 20, 2021
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Boise State University nursing students and the Idaho Foodbank are teaming up to establish healthy food as crucial medicine for Idahoans.

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New figures show since the 2020 election, thousands of Arizonans have changed their voter registration to a different party, shifting in significant numbers from Democrats and Republicans to Independents.

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Supporters from both sides of the aisle are touting a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework taking shape in Washington, D.C.

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An unprecedented heat wave and fears of another severe wildfire season have put the warming climate at center stage in the Northwest.

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Summer usually coincides with a troubling spike in childhood hunger while kids are out of school, but a program set up during the pandemic could show the path to feeding more children every summer.

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Participants in WIC, the federal nutrition assistance program for women, infants, and children, can now get vouchers to buy food at farmers markets across Colorado.

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A new report finds Nevada's children suffered more during the pandemic than those in many other states and that small gains in child well-being made before the pandemic may have been reversed.

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As the Biden administration and Congress continue to wrangle over the size and scope of a federal infrastructure package, a new report showed how investing $274 billion to electrify the nation's transportation system, including electric school busses, 18-wheelers, charging stations and more, would yield a five-fold return for the overall economy.

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's announcement in early May that the state would stop paying the higher, pandemic-related federal unemployment benefits set off a domino effect as other states followed.

Experts: Halt Comeback Of Spent Nuclear Fuel Technology

Jun 16, 2021
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As the U.S. aims to push past fossil fuel dependency, nuclear power is part of the conversation, but non-proliferation watchdogs hope a method for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel to retrieve plutonium doesn't make a comeback.

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An event in Idaho this week hopes to plant seeds for the sustainability movement in agriculture.

The Carbon Summit will be held at the College of Idaho in Caldwell Wednesday and Thursday, featuring speakers with a range of expertise.

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Mike Nolan has been a farmer for about 18 years.

“I don't like gardening,” he said. “I like farming in the sense of like, I like tractors, I like equipment. I like big harvests.” 

His farm is in the Mancos Valley at the base of southwest Colorado’s snow-capped San Juan Mountains and across from the bluffs of Mesa Verde National Park. In a normal season, Nolan grows up to seven acres of vegetable crops, anything from turnips to squash to tomatoes.  

ID Food Banks See Need Grow as Emergency SNAP Ends

May 26, 2021
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Food banks have seen increased need since pandemic-related food benefits expired in Idaho. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare decided not to extend SNAP Emergency Allotments in the state, which were designed to increase benefits to the lowest-income households during the pandemic shutdown.

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's announcement in early May that the state would stop paying the higher, pandemic-related federal unemployment benefits set off a domino effect as other states followed.

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Drivers traveling from Cody to Yellowstone National Park will see a large billboard featuring a wolf and a call to action to end a largely underground practice known as wildlife-killing contests.

Report: NV Seniors Face High Rates of Hunger, Suicide

May 25, 2021
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A new study shows seniors in Nevada had some of the worst rates of hunger and suicide in the country, even before the pandemic.

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Water is critical to Arizona's future, and the state's three public universities are challenging high school students to propose solutions for the water problems communities face around the state.

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Families are flying kites in Idaho Friday to lift each other up during Mental Health Awareness Month.

Study: Wyoming Has Capacity to Raise Taxes

May 20, 2021
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As Wyoming lawmakers grapple with mounting budget deficits due to lost oil, gas and coal revenues, a new report by the Wyoming Center for Business and Economic Analysis showed the state can afford some tax increases without making the state less competitive with neighboring states for business development.

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Idaho lawmakers are among the first in the country to attempt to ban critical race theory in public schools.

Nominations Open For Idaho Volunteer Award

May 18, 2021
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Nominations are open for Idahoans who are making a difference in their communities through volunteering as part of the 2021 Andrus Award for Community Service.

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Gov. Brad Little announced last week he will pull Idaho out of the federal unemployment programs that have provided enhanced benefits to people who lost jobs during the pandemic.

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 Utah Gov. Spencer Cox says he's exploring the idea of paying residents to get vaccinated. Meanwhile, Cox is cancelling COVID-related unemployment payments in the state. And the various ways Utah restaurants and bars are responding to the lifting of public health orders. 

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You’ve been hearing about the violence in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, and southern Israel. Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah is at his home just outside Jerusalem. He’ll join us for the next Access Utah to give us a report directly from the area. Here’s the Deseret News: “What started as a week of tense clashes in Jerusalem has escalated into violent unrest on the streets of Arab Israeli towns, as well as a deadly aerial conflict. More than 1,000 rockets lit up the skies of Israeli cities, while at least two high-rise buildings were leveled in the Israeli bombardment of the blockaded and impoverished Gaza Strip, home to 2 million Palestinians.”

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