BPA at a crossroads

The Lower Granite Dam on the lower Snake River produces energy for the Bonneville Power Administration. The agency’s business model is being eroded by a changing market. Cheap renewable energy such as wind and solar, along with conservation and the low cost of abundant natural gas, have driven down the price of wholesale electricity, disruoting the market for surplus electricity. Pete Caster / Lewiston Tribune

The Bonneville Power Administration is one of a few self-funded federal agencies that operates like a private concern, but difficult market conditions are eroding the business model it’s depended on for decades and threatening to upend its future.

1 in 7 Idaho prison inmates are in on drug convictions

Prisoners are seen at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise on June 26. The Idaho Legislature’s Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee hopes to have significant recommendations for lawmakers to combat the state’s prison growth when they convene in January. Brian Myrick / Idaho Press

BOISE — Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor told state lawmakers Tuesday that no one goes to prison for a first-time drug possession charge, saying a more typical picture is an addict who runs up three, four or five convictions before authorities give up and incarcerate him.

WY game commission OKs increased wolf hunting season

FILE - In this April 6, 2016 file photo provided by the Yellowstone National Park Service, a white wolf walks in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyo. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission has approved a wolf hunting season this fall that allows for hunters to take up to 58 wolves. The quota is up from the 44 wolves that were allowed to be hunted in 2017. Changes approved Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by the commission meeting in Laramie include allowing hunters to kill up to two wolves. (Neal Herbert/Yellowstone National Park via AP, file)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday approved a wolf hunting season this fall that allows for hunters to take up to 58 wolves, which is up from the 44 wolves that were allowed to be hunted last year.

Crews gain more control over NV fire visible from space

This July 8, 2018 satellite image from NASA's Suomi NPP satellite shows a wildfire, shown in red, also known as the Martin Fire, in Nevada, and smoke reaching to Idaho. The NASA satellite captured infrared imaging of the fire that has burned nearly 700 square miles (1,813 sq. kilometers) of mostly sage brush, grasses and rangeland, an area almost half the size of the state of Rhode Island, according to the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. (NASA via AP)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lighter winds brought some relief Wednesday to crews working to contain a wildfire in northern Nevada that is so big it can be seen from space.

Pardoned ranchers arrive home, plan lots of ‘decompressing’

Rancher Dwight Hammond Jr., center, is embraced after arriving by private jet at the Burns Municipal Airport, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Burns, Ore. Hammond and his son Steven, convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon, were pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, July 10. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Father and son ranchers, who were the focus of a battle about public lands and were freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, were welcomed home Wednesday in Oregon by relatives and horseback riders carrying American flags.

Execution blocked: Company objects to use of its drug

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Nevada Department of Corrections photo shows death row inmate Scott Raymond Dozier, who was convicted in 2007 of robbing, killing and dismembering a 22-year-old man in Las Vegas, and was convicted in Arizona in 2005 of another murder and dismemberment near Phoenix. A Nevada judge halted the use of a drug in the execution of Dozier hours before he was scheduled to die Wednesday, July 11, 2018, by a first-of-its-kind lethal injection mixture. (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A twice-convicted killer who wants to die rather than spend his life in prison was about an hour from eating his final meal Wednesday when he found out a Nevada judge had indefinitely delayed his execution after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death.

Alaska plane survivor: ‘For those wondering I’m alive’

Emergency responders assist a passenger in Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, after the crash of a Taquan Air float plane on Prince of Wales Island's Mt. Jumbo. The chartered Taquan Air flight plane crashed Tuesday on a rocky mountainside near Ketchikan. Everyone survived and were rescued hours later by the U.S. Coast Guard. (Dustin Safranek/The Ketchikan Daily News via AP)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Ginny Hacker Eiseman spent the weekend reeling in a bounty of colorful fish at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on remote Noyes Island in Alaska. She was returning home to Ketchikan when the unthinkable happened.

Explore Seattle with map of sites known for ‘high weirdness’

In this June 12, 2018 photo, Seattle residents Garrett Kelly, left and Jeremy Puma, sitting next to the Time Travel Mailbox located at 20th and Union, are creating a crowd sourced map of Liminal Seattle that shows people all the magical and liminal places in town. Kelly found a message in the mailbox thanking the recipient for believing in time travel. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Jeremy Puma and Garrett Kelly, friends and observers of the paranormal, have launched a crowdsourced map of the Seattle places where people have experienced peculiar, preternatural or spooky phenomena. Got an addition for their map? They want it.



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