Energy Department: Progress at Idaho nuclear waste plant

BOISE — An eastern Idaho nuclear facility is getting closer to successfully treating high-level liquid radioactive waste stored in tanks above a massive aquifer, federal officials have said.

Garden Wise: Why biodiversity matters

Two issues, unrelated except for their focus on diversity, hit our news in the last several weeks. First, a group of 28 Idaho Legislators signed a letter written by Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, and addressed to incoming Boise State University president Marlene Tromp — encouraging her to abandon university diversity programs because those programs “highlight differences” between groups, draw attention to group grievances and go counter to the “Idaho way.”

Gooding Soil Conservation District receives grant

GOODING — The Gooding Soil Conservation District and the University of Idaho Extension in Gooding County announced they were awarded an urban agriculture conservation grant from the National Association of Conservation Districts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Twin Falls City Council keeps cap on recycling, even if it means it’ll go to trash

TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls City Council says it will not raise waste removal rates again this fiscal year, even if that means it’ll have to send recycling to the landfill this summer.

DEQ seeks members for Wood River Watershed Advisory Group

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking representatives of soil conservation districts, recreation and tourism interests, conservation groups, and the public to serve on the Wood River Watershed Advisory Group.

Curious Mind: Proper battery disposal prevents heavy metals from decomposing in landfill

Q: Where do you dispose of batteries? Batteries cannot be taken to the dump or thrown in the trash.

Blaine County temporarily stops paper recycling

HAILEY — Due to changes in international paper recycling markets, no vendors are currently accepting Blaine County’s used mixed paper for recycling.

Noxious Weed Control board holds meeting

TWIN FALLS — The noxious weed control advisory board for Twin Falls County will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at 1234 Highland Ave. E., Twin Falls. The agenda will include discussion about: the Shoshone Basin CWMA cost share 2018, an aquatics grant, the BLM and the Forest Service.