BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The future is clearer for a test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation’s fleet of nuclear-powered warships. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a deal Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Energy and its Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory. The agreement makes clear that spent fuel from the reactor can be kept in a cooling canal past 2023, but must eventually go into dry storage and shipped out of state. Idaho and the Energy Department disagreed that a 2023 deadline existed. The new agreement clears up that matter without litigation.
REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — The grandparents of a 7-year-old boy who has been missing for months have asked a judge to grant them temporary guardianship of the child. Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old older sister, Tylee Ryan, were last seen in September. Police say their mother Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell have lied about the childrens’ whereabouts. JJ’s grandmother told the Rexburg Standard Journal that she and her husband want to make sure they’re first in line for custody when JJ is found. Vallow has failed to comply with a court order directing her to bring the kids to Idaho.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways is headed to the governor’s desk. The House voted 70-0 Tuesday to approve the measure the state Department of Environmental Quality says is needed to prevent someone from contending their water right is being violated due to an emergency cleanup. The Senate unanimously approved the measure last month. Emergency crews pulling contaminated water from rivers after such things as tanker trunk crashes is standard cleanup practice. But removing that water could be violating the state’s strict water-rights laws where water distribution is closely monitored.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Federal agencies have announced a long-closed road built through grizzly bear habitat in northern Idaho will reopen following national security concerns. The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security announced the plan to reopen more than 5 miles of Bog Creek Road after years of discussion. Officials say the road was closed in the late 1980s to protect endangered grizzly bears roaming the area between Upper Priest Lake in Idaho and the Canadian border. Forest Service officials say the U.S. Border Patrol started to ask in 2013 to reopen the road because of threats to border security.