Articles by Keith Ridler

Idaho Governor Issues Warnings over Potential Flood Disasters

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says residents facing possible flooding in some areas of the state aren’t taking what he calls a potential disaster seriously. About a dozen state and federal officials at a news conference Wednesday in Boise described …

River in Idaho Rising Along With Flood Insurance Policy Sales

Federal officials say the Boise River in Idaho that’s already past flood stage will be raised again as flood insurance sales spike in the region. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the river …

Idaho Potato Processor Fined $273K for Workplace Hazards after Gas Release

Federal authorities have fined an Idaho food processing company $273,000 following the release of a dangerous gas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration assessed the fine against Dickinson Frozen Foods. Federal officials say the large release of anhydrous ammonia in …

Rain Delays Wildfire Season in Parts Of West

Rain and cooler temperatures mean the wildfire season in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Montana will start later than initially predicted, officials with the National Interagency Fire Center said Saturday. But wildfire analyst Jeremy Sullens said the wet weather hasn’t been …

5 Killed In Idaho Home Fire After Electrical Short

An extension cord hooked to an electric grill on a porch shorted out and started a house fire that killed five people Saturday morning, a northern Idaho fire official says. Orofino Fire Chief Mike Lee said the house was fully …

Judge Rules Lowe’s Suit Can Proceed Against Idaho

A federal judge has ruled in favor of former Idaho Transportation Director Pamela Lowe on a key legal question of her wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. U.S. District Judge Ronald Bush in a decision filed Saturday agreed with Lowe …

Insurance company protecting pricey Idaho homes from wildfire

Idaho’s Sun Valley Insurance is doing everything it can to keep claims at bay during wildfire season — including sending in a fire truck to cover million-dollar homes threatened by a wildfire outside the central Idaho resort town of Ketchum. …

Insurance Company Protecting Pricey Idaho Homes from Wildfire

Idaho’s Sun Valley Insurance is doing everything it can to keep claims at bay during wildfire season — including sending in a firetruck to cover million-dollar homes threatened by a wildfire outside the central Idaho resort town of Ketchum. “It’s …