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Will Solar Power Raise Electric Bills?

Will Solar Power Raise Electric Bills?

Idaho's electric rates are among the cheapest in the country. Will the solar power boom we see today cause our rates to rise?

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Wilderness on the Chopping Block?

Wilderness on the Chopping Block?

The Idaho Legislature is considering a new resolution seeking control over millions of acres of public lands in Idaho. Now, they're including designated wilderness areas on the chopping block, have a proposal for selling off lands, and are requiring maximum revenue be generated from these lands.

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Celebrating Leaders in Conservation

Celebrating Leaders in Conservation

Congrats to the recipients of the Conservation Leadership Awards given by CVI at Monday's legislative reception. Find out who they are! Also learn what the Legislature is doing regarding the Boulder-White Clouds and electric cars.

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Recent News Reports Increase Oil Transport Concerns

Recent News Reports Increase Oil Transport Concerns

Exploding trains—even with upgraded tanker cars—in West Virginia and Canada raise new questions about the safety of oil transport.

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Are Electric Cars Good for the Environment?

Are Electric Cars Good for the Environment?

As more electric cars hit the roads, we must carefully consider their environmental impacts.

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Could We Be Feeling Optimistic?

Could We Be Feeling Optimistic?

Join us for a legislative reception next Monday evening! This week, we may be feeling optimistic about a few of the issues before the Legislature. Read more in our weekly legislative update.

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ICL Stops Sewage Dumping

ICL Stops Sewage Dumping

Idaho Conservation League stops illegal sewage dumping. The operator was fined $100,000.

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Voting for Laws Despite the Law

Voting for Laws Despite the Law

Join us for a legislative reception on Feb 23! This week, a mining bill goes to the House floor despite its unconstitutionality, and another opposes all national monument designations. Read our weekly legislative update.

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What's Up With Clean Energy Contracts?

What's Up With Clean Energy Contracts?

Why is Idaho Power trying to change the rules for our growing clean energy sector?

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Support for Trails Strong in Bonner County

Support for Trails Strong in Bonner County

Multiple trail proposals are in the works in Bonner County, setting the stage for making the Sandpoint area a biking and hiking destination. This week, the city of Sandpoint endorsed a 25-mile mountain bike trail to connect town to Schweitzer.

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Boise River Flow Drops to Zero

Boise River Flow Drops to Zero

The Boise River stopped flowing Tuesday night for seven hours, and no one is sure exactly why it happened. No matter the reason, it wasn't a good night for Boise River fish.

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Money Matters

Money Matters

State agencies are presenting their budgets to the Idaho Legislature. And we have concerns about the state's water policy. Read our weekly legislative update.

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The Energy World Is Heating Up

The Energy World Is Heating Up

As 2015 gets going, the Idaho energy world is heating up (pun intended)! In the next few months, ICL will address several important issues—from a new commissioner at the PUC to Idaho Power's request to shorten the time period on future solar contracts. Read more!

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Stop the Land Grab

Stop the Land Grab

For two years, a Legislative Interim Committee has considered how, and whether, Idaho should attempt to wrest control of up to 34 million acres owned by all Americans. It's time to stop wasting time and move past easy soundbites, and instead focus on the real issues that impact Idahoans.

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Sign Our Petition for Public Lands

Sign Our Petition for Public Lands

Read what's happening at the Idaho Legislature regarding the conservation issues you care about. This week, there's more about the public lands takeover and rules affecting chronic wasting disease from elk farms. We also invite you to our annual legislative reception.

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Nonmotorized Trail Funding Proposal Gaining Traction

Nonmotorized Trail Funding Proposal Gaining Traction

We love Idaho's rugged backcountry, and we need trails to access it. But we can't rely on federal dollars anymore—we need to look for state sources of revenue to maintain our trail systems.

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Big Things Are Happening

Big Things Are Happening

Just days after the President's visit to Boise, he announces a tremendous conservation move to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Taking a Stand for Public Land

Taking a Stand for Public Land

The Legislature has been in session a couple of weeks. Read what's happening, including federal land takeover, money for trails, and oil and gas regulations that create problems for property owners.

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Delta Restoration Project in Full Swing

Delta Restoration Project in Full Swing

After years of careful planning, the Clark Fork River delta restoration project is underway.

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Rally for the Boulder-White Clouds

Rally for the Boulder-White Clouds

Join us on Wednesday at 1 pm at Boise State University to show President Obama your support for protecting the Boulder-White Clouds!

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