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Feds eye stricter rules for railroad rights of way

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior says it made a mistake giving railroads too much discretion on what can be built on 200-foot-wide rights of way across thousands of miles of public land in 11 Western states.

A proposed water pipeline in California having nothing to do with railroad operations prompted the agency to fix an error from 15 years ago that could also provide a legal justification for putting in oil or natural gas pipelines on the publicly owned land.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a memorandum to field offices earlier this month about the change that requires projects on rights of way to serve railroad operations only.

The agency says up to 3,500 evaluations could be needed to determine if work done the last decade and a half meets the updated criteria.


Man dies in stabbing in Fort Hall

FORT HALL, Idaho (AP) - Authorities are investigating the stabbing death of a man in Fort Hall.

Police have not released the name of the victim.

They say the stabbing happened around 11:15 p.m. Friday. The victim suffered a stab wound on the upper part of his body.

The case is being investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department and the FBI.


Man dies in rollover near Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A single-vehicle rollover near Twin Falls has claimed the life of a 76-year-old man.

The Idaho State Police identified the victim as Glenn Nelson, of Twin Falls.

It says Nelson was driving a pickup westbound on Highway 74 southwest of Twin Falls when it went across the lanes, off the roadway and overturned about 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

A 51-year-old passenger in the vehicle was taken to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.

The crash remains under investigation.


Man killed, 2 hurt in Bingham County crash

ABERDEEN, Idaho (AP) - A 54-year-old man died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Bingham County.

Authorities say the crash occurred Saturday afternoon northeast of Aberdeen.

The Bingham County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased as Jeffery D. Ellis, of Pocatello.

Two others were treated and released at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot.

The crash remains under investigation.


Bison hunt starts slowly in northwest Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Hunters haven't had much success at the start of the annual Jackson Hole bison hunt in northwest Wyoming.

Game managers say only 11 bison were harvested in the opening days of the hunt that started on Aug. 15 and goes on for five months.

Hunting is allowed on the National Elk Refuge and Bridger-Teton National Forest to protect forage for elk wintering on the refuge and to keep bison numbers at manageable levels.

Ten bison were killed on the refuge through the first 12 days, and a single bison was killed on Bridger-Teton land.

Elk refuge biologist Eric Cole tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that bison that had wandered south from Grand Teton National Park, a hunt-free safe zone, quickly left the refuge once hunting started.


Yellowstone, Grand Teton parks rescues near 90

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Rangers have conducted about 90 search and rescue operations Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks so far this year.

Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash says an estimated 15 "major" and 20 "minor" search and rescue operations have occurred in Yellowstone, which covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

A search and rescue operation involving emergency personnel is considered to be major when expenses exceed $500. Otherwise the event is considered minor.

In neighboring Grand Teton National Park, spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says there have been 31 major and 23 minor search and rescue operations.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Yellowstone averages about 50 to 55 search and rescues annually, while Grand Teton records about 65 to 70.


43 to become US citizens in Yellowstone ceremony

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park sees plenty of foreign visitors who come to see its unique natural features.

But this week, 43 foreigners will be coming to the park to become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs.

The immigrants come from 20 different countries and currently live in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark L. Carman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming will preside over the ceremony on Wednesday.

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