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As Idahoans turned their calendars to July, many of the laws approved by the 2011 Idaho Legislature went into full effect and the state budget hit its reset button. While some of the new laws are relatively small tweaks – words including “mentally retarded” were removed from some statutes and budding acupuncture professionals are now licensed as trainees rather than…

Gov. Butch Otter's office is contemplating suing the federal government over its new designation of critical habitat for bull trout. "It's just this overarching, overbearing, overwhelming designation," said Nate Fisher, administrator of the Governor's Office of Species Conservation. The critical habitat areas established last fall by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates 8,772 stream miles and 170,218 acres of…

Neither conservationists nor industry advocates are satisfied with a new Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) rule establishing how the state will judge the health of lakes and rivers and determine if they can take on more pollutants. The conflicts hinge on highly technical definitions and criteria, but it basically boils down to this: the Idaho Conservation League (ICL) thinks the…

The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is looking to restart a water pollution watchdog program shelved for the last two years because of budget cuts. The department's proposed budget that begins in July 2011 and runs through June 2012 includes $350,000 to pay for reinstatement of the Beneficial Use Reconnaissance Program (BURP), said Barry Burnell, water quality division manager.…