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N. Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game

State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves.

Officials tell the Lewiston Tribune that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer.

Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning poachers are likely killing about 600 elk, 80 moose, 260 mule deer and 1,000 whitetail.

Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer Barry Cummings says many people don't report wildlife crimes because they don't consider it a crime against them.

The fine in Idaho for illegally killing an elk is $750, while the fine for illegally killing a moose is $10,000.

Man tased, detained after standoff in Orofino

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office has a man in custody following an overnight standoff Friday morning.

Just before midnight Thursday, police officers responded to a home near Rudo Road in Orofino.

Police were acting on information that a man had pointed a rifle at another person and fired several shots in their direction. The witness claimed he was suicidal.

Officers arrived and soon found themselves in a standoff with Randy Kester. He was outside the home saying he wanted to end his life in a shootout with police. He told officers he wanted to be shot or he would shoot them.

Police say after about an hour of negotiations, Kester approached the patrol vehicle, claiming he wanted to end his life. Deputies then deployed a taser and Kester was safely taken into custody.

He is being held at the Clearwater County Jail on counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault and a warrant from Asotin County.

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.

Feasibility study approved for new Clarkston fire station

Feasibility study approved for new Clarkston fire station

The Asotin County Fire District #1 Board of Fire Commissioners has voted unanimously to approve a feasibility study on property that is being considered for a new fire station in the Clarkston Heights.

The district had made an offer on the property and existing building at 2377 Appleside Blvd in January. That offer was contingent on a feasibility study showing that the 22,600 square foot building could be converted to emergency service uses.

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

Idaho State Board of Education approves tuition hikes

The Idaho State Board of Education has approved tuition increases.

The board on Wednesday approved an increase of 4 percent at the University of Idaho and Boise State University.

Idaho State University will see a 3.5 percent increase and Lewis-Clark State College a 2 percent increase.

The increases mean full-time students at the University of Idaho will pay $6,784 a year and Boise State students will pay $6,640.

Idaho State University tuition rises to $6,566, while tuition at Lewis-Clark State College jumps to $5,900.

Boise State had asked for a 6.1 percent increase, while UI had asked for a 4.7 increase.

But the board said it wanted to hold increases to no more than 4 percent.

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho sues timber company over N. Idaho wildfire

Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the state filed the lawsuit Monday in 2nd District Court seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages for costs in fighting the fire.

Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12, 2012, after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.

The lawsuit names Potlatch Land and Lumber, Potlatch Forest Holdings, Clearwater Paper Corp., Potlatch Corp., and DABCO Inc., a Kamiah-based logging contractor.

Idaho officials contend a logging crew started the fire using equipment that didn't meet Forest Service standards required by law.

Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

The Idaho State Police says an alcohol age compliance check in north-central Idaho over the weekend resulted in 9.46% of the businesses failing to comply with the state law.

ISP's Alcohol Beverage Control, with the assistance of the Lewiston and Moscow Police Departments, conducted checks on Friday and Saturday nights at 74 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties.