Occupy Boise: Idaho should pay $175K in legal fees
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Members of Occupy Boise are asking a federal judge to order the state of Idaho to pay more than $175,000 in attorney costs and legal fees after the group won a lawsuit over rules designed to curb protests and rallies around the Capitol.
Under federal law, the winner of a lawsuit can generally seek to recover attorney's fees and costs from the losing side. The amount must be approved by a judge and can be appealed, just like the verdict itself.
The lawsuit was filed in 2012 after the state tried to evict Occupy Boise protesters from a tent city set up near Idaho's Statehouse in 2011. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill found that the state's efforts to quell or limit the protest violated Occupy Boise members' free speech rights.
11 new fires started in Boise National Forest
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Officials with the Boise National Forest say there are 11 new fires burning Wednesday morning following widespread lightning overnight.
Spokesman David Olson says the fires are each smaller than half an acre and crews are being dispatched to put them out.
He says overnight rain that dampened the area will hold the fires in the morning, but they'll become more active as the day heats up.
Fire lookouts spotted the new fires, and Olson says more fires will likely be reported during the day.
Forest Service expands ban on exploding targets
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and a small portion of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.
Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban that started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015, on national forest lands.
Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke.
But the Forest Service says exploding targets the past two years have started at least 16 wildfires in Western states that cost $33 million to fight.
The Forest Service in May imposed a similar ban in northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and portions of South Dakota, and last year in Oregon and Washington.
Body recovered at eastern Idaho reservoir
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A body has been recovered from the shore of American Falls Reservoir in eastern Idaho.
The Power County Sheriff's Office in a statement on Wednesday says U.S. Bureau of Reclamation workers found the body Monday.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Jackie Morris says the body was recovered Monday, but an identification hasn't been made. An autopsy is planned.
Morris declined to give additional details.
He says an investigation is continuing.
BALD MOUNTAIN-TREE THINNING
Tree thinning started on ski area at Bald Mountain
KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service and Sun Valley Resort have started a tree-thinning project at the ski area on Bald Mountain.
The Idaho Mountain Express reports that 25 acres are being thinned in one area this year and that about 182 acres will be thinned during the next three to five years.
Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson says the thinning will take out trees killed by insects as well as infected trees while preserving healthy trees.
Jack Sibbach of Sun Valley Resort says the project is also intended to make the mountain better for winter recreationists by creating more space on ski runs.
The project is being paid for by Sun Valley Resort and grants from the U.S. Forest Service.
Officials say a cost estimate hasn't been made.
S. Idaho woman charged with striking daughter
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A 23-year-old southern Idaho woman police say hit her 6-year-old daughter outside a Twin Falls bar is facing a misdemeanor charge of injury to a child.
The Times-News reports that the woman appeared in court Monday and also faces a charge of failing to present identification while under the influence of alcohol.
She's been released on her own recognizance.
Twin Falls police say they responded Saturday to a report of an intoxicated woman yelling at a little girl and hitting her.
The girl told authorities they slept in an alley, that her mother accidently burned her with a cigarette, and that she hadn't eaten all day.
The girl was taken into protective custody and a process started to determine if she should be returned to her mother.
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