POLYGAMY-CHILD ABUSE ARREST
9 boys pulled from polygamous home in Idaho
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - A polygamous man who oversaw an Idaho home where nine boys were sent on repentance missions by Warren Jeffs has pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse.
The Idaho State Journal reports that Nathan C. Jessop entered his plea Thursday in Pocatello. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and two years' probation.
The nine boys were pulled out of a Pocatello home last month after the alleged abuse was reported by a boy who escaped.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a police report shows Jessop is accused of not feeding the boys, hitting them and sending them into the cold without jackets.
Jessop told police the boys are members of Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who were sent to him after getting in trouble.
SILVER VALLEY CLEANUP
Appeals court rules against UP railroad
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled against Union Pacific railroad in a case involving cleanup of mining pollution in Idaho's Silver Valley.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed a lower court decision that had dismissed a lawsuit by Asarco against the railroad, and the case is now headed to trial.
Asarco wants the railroad to pay some of the costs of cleaning up mining pollution in the Superfund site in the Silver Valley. Asarco has already paid $480 million to help clean up a century of mining pollution.
Union Pacific constructed rail lines to haul silver and other metals across the Silver Valley.
The railroad contended that a settlement agreement with Asarco had resolved the issue. But the appeals court found that the agreement was ambiguous.
INTERSTATE SPEED LIMITS
Increased Idaho speed limits lead to more tickets
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State Police say troopers have handed out more speeding tickets on interstates where speed limits have increased to 80 mph compared to the same time period last year.
The agency tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Thursday that some drivers appear to think the new 80 mph speed limit means they can drive 90 mph.
But agency spokeswoman Teresa Baker says troopers aren't giving a break on speeding tickets to anyone going over 80 mph.
Speed limits on rural sections of Interstates 84, 86 and 15 increased from 75 to 80 mph in late July.
The agency says at least two crashes in south-central Idaho can be attributed to the higher speed due to drivers misjudging distance and then not being able to react fast enough.
COUNTY PARKS-GUN BAN
S. Idaho county to allow loaded guns in parks
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Twin Falls County officials in south-central Idaho are working on a new ordinance that will allow loaded guns in county parks.
The Times-News reports that commissioners say the move is needed to bring county laws in line with state law.
Workers have already removed signs prohibiting firearms.
The new ordinance doesn't allow the firing of guns in county parks except in self-defense.
Commissioners decided to make the move after a group called Idaho Second Amendment Alliance told the county its law conflicted with a 2008 state law giving the state control of gun regulations.
The county is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the planned new ordinance on Friday.
Nebraska man dies in Idaho ATV crash
ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) - A Nebraska man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash at the St. Anthony Sand Dunes in eastern Idaho.
The Freemont County Sheriff's Office says Phillip J. McDonald of Hastings died Wednesday at the area popular with ATV and motorcycle riders.
Authorities received a report of a crash at about 1:30 p.m.
Emergency responders pronounced McDonald dead at the scene.
Authorities didn't say how the crash happened or if McDonald was wearing a helmet.
Mountain lion attacks dog on west side of Boise
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Wildlife officials say a mountain lion attacked a dog in the backyard of a home on the west side of Boise.
Idaho Fish and Game conservation officer Bill London investigated and confirmed the homeowner's report of the attack Wednesday morning before daylight.
The homeowner says the lion for a time crouched on the back porch.
London says it's likely a yearling lion on its own for the first time.
The agency says the German shorthaired pointer survived and is being treated for injuries that weren't specified.
The agency says it's not clear where the mountain lion went, and area pet owners should turn on flood lights when putting pets outside early in the morning.
Environmental groups seek wolf rules
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to push for the creation of strict rules limiting when wolves can be killed in response to livestock depredations.
Their petition seeks to limit when the state Department of Fish and Wildlife can kill wolves. It would also require ranchers to use nonlethal measures to protect their livestock.
Rules similar to those requested by the petition are in place in Oregon.
The groups made the request on Thursday as the state is in the process of trying to kill four wolves in the Huckleberry Pack in an effort to protect a herd of sheep. One wolf has been killed so far.
Wolves were hunted to extinction a century ago in Washington. Since the early 2000s, the animals have started to make a comeback.
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