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Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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Idaho governor asks full appeals court review of gay marriage ban
On Tuesday evening, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said that he would ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to have the full court review the decision rendered last week by a three-judge panel that overturned Idaho's constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 22

Idaho city settles Greenbelt claims, pathway, bridge under construction
Work is expected to be completed on a 1-mile stretch of the east-west Greenbelt corridor in Boise that connects Eagle to Garden City and Boise after Eagle settled easement claims with three property owners, and a bridge on the pathway is nearly complete, although parking for pathway users in the Idaho city continues to be a concern.
Idaho Statesman; Oct. 22

Public land managers meet in Montana to share climate adaptation plans
On Monday and Tuesday, dozens of state, federal and tribal land managers met in Missoula to share information on how less moisture and rising temperatures have changed the landscapes that they manage, with the Montana conference one of five scheduled this week across the Pacific Northwest.
Missoulian; Oct. 22

BLM to offer 23 mustangs gathered from Idaho at Boise adoption event
Wild horses from the Hard Trigger Wild Horse Herd Management Area in the Owyhee Desert will be offered for adoption at the Boise Wild Horse Corrals south of the Idaho city on Friday and Saturday.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 22

Idaho angler snags sea-going coho that's one for the record books
With the first-ever sports fishing season for seagoing-coho salmon underway in Idaho, the 9.4-pound, 31-inch female caught by Ethan Crawford of Moscow is thus far a record.
Twin Falls Times-News (Lewiston Tribune); Oct. 22

Colorado wildlife officers resigned about poachings
Wildlife agents in Northwest Colorado are on the hunt for those responsible for a couple of incidents in the Roaring Fork Valley, where a female bear was shot and left, orphaning her cub, and shooting and leaving a 5x5 bull elk near Owl Creek, while in Lincoln County, wildlife agents are investigating the illegal killing of eight pronghorn antelope and two cows, as well as the shooting and wounding a third cow.
Denver Post; Oct. 22

Hillary Clinton calls again in Colorado
Last week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Colorado for a fundraiser for Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in Denver, and today she spoke before a crowd of about 900 at an event for two other Democrats, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Democratic congressional candidate Andrew Romanoff, who are also facing tough races this year.
Durango Herald; Oct. 22

Candidates in Idaho congressional race rematch stake out positions
Idaho Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and Democrat Richard Stallings, who also challenged Simpson in 1998, have thus far run a fairly low profile campaign, but on Monday Stallings sat down with the Twin Falls Times editorial board to stake out areas where he differs on Simpson, including protection of the Boulder-White Cloud mountains--Stallings said he'd get the legislation passed where Simpson has failed to; and immigration, where Stallings supports a pathway for citizenship for undocumented residents who are in the U.S. now.
Twin Falls Times-News; Oct. 22

U.S. Senate candidates focus on E. Montana in second debate
Democrat Amanda Curtis and Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, who are vying for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat, traveled to the heart of the oil patch to hold their second debate Tuesday evening, where they disagreed on oil and coal development, the Affordable Care Act and each other's voting records.
Ravalli Republic (Lee State Bureau); Oct. 22

Montana U.S. House candidates debate public lands, health care
At the final debate between the three candidates seeking election to Montana's lone U.S. House seat: Libertarian Mike Fellows, Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke traded views on public lands, abortion and campaign finance, and Lewis and Zinke again engaged in a back-and-forth on Lewis' role in drafting the Affordable Care Act.
Billings Gazette (Lee State Bureau); Oct. 22

Montana's unemployment rate dips to 4.6% in September
The jobless rate in northwest counties in Montana followed the state's unemployment rate down in September with Flathead County reporting a 4.8 percent jobless rate; Lincoln County, 8.7 percent; Lake County, 5.3 percent; and Glacier County, 8.4 percent. You can see a full county-by-county listing of unemployment rates here.
Flathead Beacon (AP); Oct. 22

Former congressman plans Burger King franchises in 6 Montana cities
On Tuesday, former U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg presided over a ribbon-cutting at a Burger King restaurant in Kalispell, the second such franchise his company, BigSkyKing LLC, has opened, with the first to open in Billings; BigSkyKing plans future openings in Laurel, Missoula, Hamilton and Sidney.
Flathead Beacon; Oct. 22

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"P art of it is philosophical and part is understanding the biological effect. The more you shoot or poison or trap or kill them in various ways, the more it creates a pretty big reproductive response. It absolutely is an ephemeral effect. You can’t just extirpate them and expect a decade of relief."

Brian Bean, co-owner of Lava Lake Land & Livestock in Idaho, on why the owners of the sheep ranch decline to kill coyotes, which are the number one predator of the ranch's sheep.
- Idaho Mountain Express (Sun Valley)

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