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One Of The Darkest Places In The World Is Idaho's Night Sky Reserve. Here's What You'll See There

When is the last time you’ve had a clear view of the Milky Way? Chances are you’re among the 99 percent of Americans who can’t see all that much of the night sky from where you live. As part of our series touring some of our favourite public lands, Amanda Peacher takes us to the first U.S. International Dark Sky Reserve in Central Idaho.

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This is the second year in a row the X Games qualifier is in Boise, two years after Rhodes Park reopened. More than 50 athletes are competing in skateboard, BMX and motorcycle racing events.

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Boise’s Pridefest gets underway today. The event has grown from a potluck-style get together in a park to a two-day takeover of the city’s downtown. Attendance is expected to be high, and a range of new sponsors have signed up to back the event.

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"Girls Burn Brighter" is the debut novel from author Shobha Rao and it has landed on the must-read list of 2018. Vogue magazine calls the novel "incandescent." The Los Angeles Times says Rao writes her characters "into life, into existence, into the light of day."

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Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls "discrepancies" involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014.

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The Transportation Security Administration predicts that 6,500 passengers a day will pass through their body scanners in Boise this summer. That’s a 10 percent over last year.

A federal watchdog group said the U.S. Interior Department didn’t give an adequate reason for cancelling a study on the health impacts of coal mining last year.

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In the past, we’ve brought you stories of the plague in cats, dogs and rodents -- mainly ground squirrels. But this year, for the first time in decades, Idaho has reported a case of the disease in humans.

In another shuffle of department leadership, the Bureau of Land Management has a new Deputy Director of Operations. The agency, along with the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, still await Senate-confirmed directors. 

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Mosquitos found in traps west of Parma have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.


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As Idaho's inmate population swells, state officials are considering building a new state prison. The suggestion comes at a time when all of Idaho’s county jails and prisons are at or above capacity.


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On The Monday, June 18, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

BLM releases wild Soda Fire horses. Department of Agriculture monitoring invasive species. Exploring Glacier National Park.

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