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Local News 11/1/23

The FBI is on the scene of the Moscow home this week where four U of I students were killed last year. The school is giving access to the King Road House to give investigators the opportunity to make visual displays because the trial of Brian Kohberger has been delayed indefinitely.

Local conservation groups are speaking out against a mining exploration project proposal in the headwaters of the Boise River. Idaho Copper Corporation is currently seeking the green light from the U.S. Forest Service for a project that would involve the construction of up to eight miles of new roads and the clearing of 122 drill pads within National Forest lands near Grimes Creek.

Idaho legislators will set the stage for the upcoming 2024 legislative session during a series of seven meetings at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise over the next two weeks. Although the 2024 legislative session does not begin until Jan. 8, activity will pick up inside the Statehouse halls starting tomorrow, with the first of seven consecutive days of meetings. During some of the meetings, legislators are expected to discuss deadlines for the legislative session and begin looking at budget requests and revenue reports.

Idaho is ranked as the No. 7 safest state, according to a new study from the research firm Hubscore that graded all 50 states in five categories including crime rates, firearms, and personal and social welfare. In the study, Idaho was No. 1 for welfare and personal security, largely due to significant statewide declines in larceny and property crimes.

Brendan Ash, who has served as Lincoln County Magistrate Judge since 2022, has been selected for the same position in Camas County. A former assistant public defender in Gooding County who has been practicing law since 2014, Ash will succeed Daniel M. Dolan, who is set to retire on Jan. 1.

The Bureau of Land Management is issuing Christmas tree permits Nov. 15-Dec. 24. The permits allow for members of the public to harvest up to three Christmas trees on BLM-managed public lands in southwestern Idaho. Christmas tree permits are available for $10 at the BLM Offices.

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